the cutest little sliders

24 06 2009

krabby patty doppelgänger

So, this post doesn’t really have much substance other than I wanted to share a picture of the cutest sliders I had when I visited the Philippines. I have never seen a burger as cute (I know I need a thesaurus) or tasted one as yummy as these. I don’t even recall the name of the restaurant. It was at this really nice mall called Rockwell in Makati City. Don’t these suckers remind you of Krabby Patties? Spongebob would be proud.

patty in my hand

Here I am holding up the tiny burgers. My brother is pictured here drinking a “frozen hot chocolate” (I know – whaa? …but trust me it was so delicious). So if you are ever in Makati, definitely stop by the mall I mentioned and try to have these sliders!

Happy eating!

xoxo,
andi





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





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





i have only been to 3 of the world’s 21 sexiest beaches

21 05 2009

I caught this show on the Travel Channel the other day and it made me long for summer and reminded me I needed to hit the gym badly. It was an hour full of sand, surf, and sex appeal (alliteration is awesome).  They “circled the globe to find the world’s best stretches of sand. These sun-drenched locales offer dramatic landscape, romantic appeal, world-class sports action and, for some, a great place to party. They all have one thing in common – their unique sex appeal.”  There were several beaches in the United States and several others in exotic places such as the Grenadines and New Jersey (just kidding).  View the full list here.

Yes, I have only been to a paltry 3 out of 21 sexiest beaches.  BUT, my friends, these 3 were in the TOP 6.

Coming in at number 6 is everyone’s favorite hot spot down undah: Bondi Beach in Sydney.  Travel Channel says: Thirty minutes from Sydney. An international hot spot known for clear blue waters and active surf.  I say: This beach is Kim Kardashian approved (Just stating facts, she was there a week before I was).

bondi

Next up at number 2 is our very own South Beach in Miami.  Travel Channel says: Constant energy and a hot nightlife.  I say: South Beach is muy caliente but not the  most productive place to take your company to for an offsite meeting. Don’t party with the boss while in Miami, kids.  No need to see pictures here.

And finally, at numero UNO (or i should say “um”) is Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Travel Channel says: Beautiful people, tiny swimsuits and mountain views. I say: By “mountain views” they mean of thong-clad derriere. And lots of it. Seriously, I loved Rio. It is one of the most beautiful places I have been to, full of beautiful people like Adriana Lima. And they sell you everything on the beach like swimsuits, jewerly and blocks of cheese on sticks which they grill in tiny, portable grilling devices in front of you. I will probably do a post just on Brazil later on since i love it THAT much.

ipanemasamba singers

For now, hope you all enjoy the official start of the summer this weekend!

xoxo,
andi





howdy!

17 05 2009

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

saamandi