Friday, December 19, 2008

Just lovely

I just saw these on A Little Sussy and had to share. Photographers Rene & Radka are fashion photographers who are pretty amazing, but this particular shoot with kids made my day. The colors are gorgeous and the expressions of the the kids are perfect. 

This one is my absolute favorite. "The winds are really picking up out here in the city, Suzie!"

Just gorgeous.


"Get your own damn coffee."

"Gasp! Is that his evil twin brother possessed by the devil, who kidnapped his wife, and came back from the dead?!"

"This is how I roll."


Today is my last day of work for two weeks!! Truly one of the happiest Fridays in my life. 

Thursday, December 18, 2008

El Capitan



We got to see Bolt at the El Capitan. It was my first time experiencing the theater and it definitely made me feel like a kid again. 

While waiting for the show to begin, Rob Richards plays the pipe organ. Apparently he makes  a boatload of money  for doing this. Must be nice. 



Every movie begins with a live show. Confession: I let out an audible squeal every time I see any Disney character shake their groove thing. It's an uncontrollable instinctive response. This happens in every live-show context. Disneyland parades, broadway shows, whatever. They shake, I squeal.



What didn't make me feel like a kid were the other kids in the audience. I did not realize that children like to talk through entire movies. The entire movie. There was not a single moment of silence for the full 90 minutes. Since I was on their turf, I kept the dirty looks to myself. Watching the show for free also helped calm my nerves. 

I really, really liked this movie. But that's because I'm a huge ball of cheese. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Happy Birthday, MOH!!!

To my dear MOH,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Have a great day!!

xoxo,
me

We celebrated MOH with a dinner at Pastis. I loved the ambiance and French owner at Pastis, but the food wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. However, the french fries were oh so good.

We then hit up the Pantages to see Wicked. All of the girl except Cheesy had seen it, but it's worth seeing a second time.


I hadn't seen it since the first time it came to LA, before this way-too-long run. I noticed a bit more ad-lib action. Eden Espinosa was impressive but Megan Hilty wasn't as good as I wanted her to be. Mainly because I'm in love with Kristin Chenoweth.

Dinner and a show. We all agreed that this was one of the most "grown-up" birthday celebrations any of us had ever had. So bittersweet. Adieu, sweet youth. Bonjour, life crisis. 

Le Cordon Bleu

*Exhale* Finally with reliable internet and enough time to post! Everything has been great in le shoebox. We're all moved in and have been living here since Thanksgiving. We're still missing a lot of furniture but the couch, tv, and mattress on the floor has been serving us just fine. Will post pictures once everything is set up. Give me about a year or so. 

A long, long while ago, Gun Boy invited us to visit him at Le Cordon Bleu, where he is in the hospitality program. His class was having a dinner to celebrate the end of their first cooking class and everyone invited their friends and family to taste their handiwork. 


Gun Boy's crowd made up about half of the entire party there.



There was so much food that I was forced to have seconds. And then thirds.


Gun Boy's instructor had the best French accent. Made my meal 10x better.


and pots galore!



Thanks, GB! Can't wait to see your blog when it goes live.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The First Supper

We had our first meal in le shoebox last night. There was no furniture, no plates, no real utensils. Just surrounded by faithful friends who are always available to help. Whisperer, Greenpeace, and Marathon were kind enough to help us get started on the transition process.

We dined on take out from Islands and toasted with our paper cups and beer bottles. For the first time, I was overwhelmed with the joy and pride of being in our very first home. It was one of the best dinners I've ever had.





The movers are coming for our stuff today. As I type the contractor is still putting in the flooring. He still has to paint the kitchen and put a second coat of paint in the closet. Our cabinet doors are still somewhere drying. For the past 5 days. 




It's going to be an interesting night.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Torta

Besides HK-style cafes, K likes to try new places to eat. Not hip, new, raved-about places but smaller places yet to be discovered. I, on the other hand, am not a fan of this. I rely on previous experiences, recommendations of friends, and yelp. However, since we've been dating/married, I've been more willing to go along on K's food adventures. In general, this has worked out favorably.

We visited Cook's Tortas last night and was very pleased. They have a range of tortas ranging from smoked salmon to carne asada. You would think with a menu like that, it wouldn't be authentic, but it is.

 
We picked it up to go since there was a basketball game on TV last night.



I also tried their pineapple celery aqua fresca and it had a unique taste. Kinda strange, but good. Hard to explain.

Hooray for another new place under my belt.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mishap. Again.

Awhile ago, my father bought my mom a beautiful Tod's bag. She loved it but left it here when she went back to Hong Kong. I wanted to keep it from feeling neglected so I used it. One day, I tossed a bottle of water in the bag and the water slowly leaked out into the bag. The beautiful leather bag. 

It left such a dark stain that there was really no solution. So MOH and I dashed off and went to buy a replica. My income had no business buying that bag but I felt so guilty. I stashed the stained one in my room and years later, she discovered it and teased me for buying a replica. I should've just bought a new and different bag, she teased. Yea, mom. OK.

That experience left a deep scar on the bag, my bank account, and me. I never put water bottles in my leather bags again. Until this past Sunday.

I thought the bottle was empty when I tossed it in but alas, it was not. Nor was it closed tightly.

This was the result.



At least this time it was my own bag and this bag has had a good run for about 2 years. It's my go-to Fall bag. It has beautiful gold metal accents and (formerly) gorgeous, rich leather. RIP beautiful bag. We were so good together.

It also got on my wallet, but it covered it well enough that you can hardly tell there was a water stain. And also because I just can't afford to replace it right now.

The bag, the wallet, my bank account and I are devastated.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Duped

On Saturday, we spent much of the day indoors packing away. The air was so awful that we didn't let Louie or ourselves out for most of the day. We now live in a fort of boxes. 

For dinner, K wanted to dine at a - shocker -  Hong Kong style cafe and he decided to try Harbor Kitchen. Harbor Kitchen recently replaced Regent Cafe on the corner on Garfield and Valley in Alhambra. Regent Cafe was one of our go-to places, but according to the manager, had to close because of rising rent and operations costs. 

As it turns out, Harbor Kitchen is not a HK cafe! Evidence: there is no chicken steak or pork chop rice on the menu. Rice does not come with your dish. Spaghetti is not an option. Soups are not automatically served upon ordering. It's deceptive because the menus look exactly the same like those at cafes as well as the sponsored place mats.



You'll notice that the advertisements in the menus, prevalent in all cafes with updated menus, are similar to those at the Cheesecake Factory. 


And it's very uncomfortable drinking cold water out of a stainless steel cup.


Harbor Kitchen is a happy medium between cafes and traditional Chinese restaurants because it serves the traditional food but in smaller portions and with the coveted iced lemon tea. (The iced lemon tea isn't listed on the menu but they'll gladly make you one if you ask for it.) We ordered the broccoli beef and the clams with green onions and scallions. 



The broccoli beef was too salty  for my taste and the clams was decent. Didn't taste like anything spectacular but coupled with the above-par quality of service, it was good enough for two people exhausted from packing and smoke.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

So far

BathKitchen Man is wrapping up today. K dropped me last night and snapped photos of the progress.

I love this tile combination. It reminds me of the NY subway.  Except much, much cleaner. (I also love the Top Chef tile mosaic banner in this season's kitchen!) The spout (where the water comes out?) will be installed today. 


This is the Hutton Single Washstand from Restoration Hardware. We saved a lot of money by purchasing the base from RH and then buying the marble from elsewhere. I'm sure it's not Italian Carrera marble like you get from RH, but the savings was worth it.


PaintFloors Man will come on Friday and start sanding down the kitchen cabinets to paint them white. I wanted to replace the cabinet doors but the cabinets are some weird size and would require custom doors. Custom doors = $$$. A fresh coat of paint will do. Keeping the appliances from the previous owner will also save some dough.



After the cabinets is the flooring and that's it. It's coming along, folks! From the way things are going, it looks like we'll be moving in during the week of Thanksgiving. Great, great fun that should be.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Must Love Dogs

Y'all know that I love Louie.


(Yes, I specifically selected the worst pictures of Louie from throughout the years. =))

I'm a bit worried about transitioning Louie to le shoebox. It has no yard and much less space, not to mention neighbors with whom we'll be sharing walls. Louie is a really mellow fellow and doesn't even like to exercise more than once a day. He barks only when someone is at the door, but in a condo, there is much motion and noise with people throughout the building. I plan on taking a day or two off from work when we move to help him get settled.

K's biggest worry are the new floors. Does anyone else have dogs + wood floors? Do the dogs scuff and scratch the floors? K's actually contemplating some dog shoes for Louie. We're also getting a shag rug and when we brought a sample home, Louie didn't display any desire to rip and destroy it. I wonder if he's just waiting until we bring the entire rug home to ruin it.

Since we're getting all new furniture, it's only fitting that Louie does also. Not that he actually sleeps in his own bed, but on the rare occasion that he chooses to, we need a dog bed. I've been seeing these fatboy dog beds on undrgrnd. Seems a bit steep for a dog bed, even at a discount. 

The outdoor beds from Jax and Bones are perfect. I love the fabric choices. Still steep.


girl and a dog creates matching pillows and dog beds. You can use your own fabric or pick one of their choices. Looks good in theory!




Louie would never go for a dog crate/den sort of arrangement, but these looked pretty cool ... or kind of sad? I'm not sure. (From DenHaus)


And probably the mother of them all, this $1000 dog bed from Muleh.


I also think Louie would love a replica of himself to play with. This etsy artist takes a picture of your dog and makes it into a "stuffed portrait." It looks nothing like the actual picture, IMO, but I love it.