the art of coffee fortune telling

19 06 2009

turkish coffee cup

Anyone ever had their fortune told from coffee grounds? I know it may sound odd but this practice actually has an official name. Fortune telling from tea leaves, or more commonly in the Middle East, coffee grounds is called Tasseography. My Mom has been reading my fortune and my family members’ fortunes from coffee grounds, tea leaves and cards for years. No, fortune telling is not her day job. She is just clairvoyant and has an innate ability to depict signs and symbols from different media. She barely ever indulges us though but after mutiple instances of begging, I had the honor of having my fortune read by her the other day.

coffee fortune steps

The steps are pretty simple. Turkish is the coffee of choice since it has lots of coffee grounds left to settle at the bottom of the cup. This coffee is very rich and has a robust flavor. You must drink the coffee and cover it with the saucer once you’re done. Then you flip the cup (with the saucer on, of course) towards your heart as you make a request or wish in your mind. For instance, you can be thinking “what will my job future hold” and such.

turkish coffee grounds

From the coffee grounds and stains left on the cup and saucer, the fortune teller sees different symbols. Every shape and symbol is interpretted with a specific meaning (hopefully good). You must have an expert’s eye to see these shapes and symbols to define them and give meaning to them. So, unfortunately you can’t perform your own coffee fortunes but I am sure you can google someone.

~Saam

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cb2 time!

5 06 2009

So if you haven’t noticed already, I’m sort of obsessed over simple, unique designs. Lucky me, Andi was up in NYC last weekend and she brought me back something to feed my design hunger. This chic simple hour glass is the new addition to my collection. Actually, it was the quarter hour glass (Andi side note: I did not want to bring the giant AND fragile full hour glass back on the bus with me).

cb2 hourglass

cb2 fifteen minutes

Well maybe I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. Have you heard of CB2? It’s basically a modern and more hip line by Crate & Barrel. “A new destination from Crate & Barrel that dials up the fun. Smart designs, clever materials. Neat stuff, cool colors.” I absolutely fell in love with this place the first time I was up in NYC. It’s like Ikea but minus the Swedish meatballs. For now they only have 5 locations in Chicago (where Crate & Barrel started), LA, and NYC. So if you’re feeling what I’m feeling, you should check it out!

cb2 store

~Saam





simple stylish saving

28 05 2009

bankfarm

bankele

Was out gift shopping for my one year old nephew at Target and I ran into these fresh looking animal piggy banks. Check out the variety of ceramic animal banks from ducks to elephants. Afterall, pig piggy banks are played out. Love the simple flat sided design and pastel colors. So if your looking to teach your child the art of saving at an early age, why not do it with style? What’s your favorite animal bank? Mine is obviously the elephant!

~Saam





stomping in my air force ones

26 05 2009

pr4

Puerto Ricos anyone? I used to work at this shoe store called “the athelete’s foot” back in 2002 at one of my very first jobs. Naturally when you work in a shoe store you get pulled into the shoe obsession world. I was able to control myself for the most part and rarely gave in. But these Puerto Rican Air Force 1s were one of my fave’s. These had a limited release in 2003 and I managed to keep them fresh and unworn! One of my only fresh AF1’s still in its box. I have recieved many entertaining offers from friends but I managed to resist. I doubt you can find this very model for sale anywhere but they do have a variety of models they release once a year by Nike in correspondence with the Puerto Rican parade in New York.

af1-flag af1-tongue
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Are you an AF1 collecter? Check out the awesome nike af1 collector site. They have almost every single AF1 ever made. Enjoy!

~Saam





modern mexican?

22 05 2009

What is the first food that comes to mind when you hear the term modern mexican? Some kind of tex mex or tacos? What about the name “zengo“? It was a rainy Saturday afternoon when me and my teammate Andi decided to hit up Chinatown in DC for some grub before we met up with some buddies. We came across the most appealing restaurant on the block, Zengo, which is japanese for “give and take.” Now let me tell you, nothing about the resturant looked or tasted Mexican. But I’ve got to say, it was one of the most hip and modern asian fusion resturants I have exprerienced. The modern decor with the floating artistic hangings and amber accented walls stood out at me immediately. I do believe I have somewhat of an eye and appreciation for art and interior design. But let’s just say, if I were to ever open a reasturant of my own, it would be closely modeled after Zengo.

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The menu was rather small yet refreshing. We tried everything from sushi rolls to peking duck taco to chicken tandoori. Each individually delicous and well decorated with a simple modern touch. Here is a good chance for me to clue you in on a little secret about me. Well me and seafood don’t really get along well, especially raw seafood. The farthest I’ve gone is a variety of fish, calamari and maybe if you’re lucky you’ll catch me eating shrimp. So this was my 2nd time attemping to eat sushi. So I decided to take it slow and start off with the “vegetarian roll” which was suprisingly tasteful. I promise to be brave next time and try some rolls with actual fish/seafood. Oh did I mention the elegant design of the diningware?  (Side note – the dinner pics are not the clearest since I took them with an iPhone and it was dimly lit inside – nice ambiance but not conducive to great shots using the flashless iPhone).

zengorolls

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Ok, you’re probably still wondering where “modern mexican” came from? I was wondering the same thing untill I got my hands on a Zengo business card. Modern mexican is the name of the company which owns Zengo and 6 other restaurants, including locations in Mexico, Qatar, and Dubai. All resturants are the invention of the fine chef Richard Sandoval. Appears to me that most of the other 6 restaurants do infact have some type of a Latin/Mexican taste to it. I will try to check out La Sandia, the only other one close to me when I get the chance! I suggest you do the same!

~Saam





buddakan

19 05 2009

So I don’t know where to start and break the ice. I was going through some of my old pics from chritsmas and came across our day trip pics. I believe it was a few days before chritmas when me and some buddies decided to take a day trip to Atlantic City. After a long day of gambling we all decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner. We came across “buddakan” located right outside the Caesar Hotel by the pier shops.

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  coco martini chocolate pagoda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 
The food, the restaurant design, and the service were all amazing! From the elegantly lit communal dining table to the golden life size Buddha statue. My meal consisted of the Wok Cashew Chicken with plum wine sauce along with the Cantonese spring rolls. And let’s not forget drinks and desert. The thai coco martini was just the perfect blend with coconut rum, lemongrass syrup, and fresh lime juice. Lastly the pagoda chocolate desert really topped off our diner experience. Chocolate mocha chip ice cream, frozen mousse,  hazelnut praline, and the design speaks for itself.

And not that I hadn’t already been “wowed”, you must take a second to check out the design of the buddakan website!

 

~Saam





howdy!

17 05 2009

Just wanted to say hello and introduce the bon joon team.  Stay tuned for posts with actual substance!

saamandi