Friday, January 29, 2010

for real??

for real??
I can't let you know how much I LOVE Kelis. I think she's fly as hell, I mean, I put her in the same vein as Aaliyah, if you know what I mean. But with that being said, we all have our moments of not-so greatness...  I love you Kel, but this is one of them...
Are you for real rockin a grey rat tail, with a irodescent pink lycra/patent leather suit, the McQueen shoes and some feather lashes..? Now each of those items are relatively fly on the individual level well minus the grey rat tail, but as a collective, its a no go my lady... 

More power to you for rockin some crazy ish... but I can't help but shake my head to this one.

much love, 


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Peter Callesen

Peter Callesen
This week was the beginning of my night classes at the local city college hence why I haven't posted with such frequency, soso sorry. On Tuesday, I attended what I thought was going to be 3D Design Drawing but turned out to be simply 3D Design class. At first I was a little skeptical mainly because of the intense attendance policy but I've settled with excitement that it's not just another drawing course. Through the semester we will be using a variety of mediums to create 3D art. Our first medium: Paper.

Via our first lesson, I learned to Peter Callesen. His work is world renowned so I feel that many people may already be aware of who he is, however it's my first introduction.

Most of his work simply uses A4 paper which is in between letter and legal. With the most simple medium, he's been able to transform paper something we can all relate to into something magical. His themes are laced with romanticism and tragedy, givin you that "ah-huh" and "how the hell did you do that" sensation. What's even more amazing and not to mention sustainable he only uses the paper that he cuts out for the shadow to construct his 3D forms. Pretty cool, huh?

Anyways, thanks for reading. I'm new to this blog world and love receiving all your feedback and the flattery that comes with ;)

much love and until next time,


Thursday, January 21, 2010

buttery lentils

buttery lentils
Lentils are one of those foods that I crave. They're a great way to get your dosage of legumes without the hassle of soaking PLUS the texture has me hooked. Here's a simple recipe that's a great starter that you can always build upon.

buttery lentils Mmmmmmmm

2 1/2 cups of dried brown lentils
3 carrots
1 shallot
1/2 stick of butter
2 T of olive oil approximation... you may use more
1/2 lemon
1 T balsamic vinegar or sherry vinegar
salt & pepper to taste

Throw the lentils and a pot and cover them with water, about 1 inch above the legume line. Add some salt about 1t & olive oil in about 1T and bring to a boil. Once boiling, place on low and cover you're gonna cook these for about 35-40 minutes, until tender... make sure you don't over cook because it becomes mushy You may have to add water while they cook, so check on them every 10 minutes or so.

While lentils are cooking, slice up the shallots. Melt the butter in a pan big enough to hold all the lentils because you'll be adding them in later and throw the shallots in with a dash of salt and olive oil.  Saute on medium/low...about 10 minutes. Chop up the carrots, and throw into the sautéed shallots towards the end of the 10 minutes.

Once lentils are tender, strain out the water and add them to the shallot/butter/carrot pan. Mix it all up the burner should be on low.  Make sure that all the beans are covered with the shallot butter.  Take off the heat, squeeze the 1/2 lemon over the lentils, mix in the vinegar, and add salt & pepper to taste, you might want some extra olive oil too.

And that's it. 
with love & a full belly,


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

soggy toes

soggy toes
It was just one of dem days today. Stormin like Seattle here in California, I was rushing like crazy to work due to my heavy thumb hitting the snooze twenty too many times and got the splash n drive up my hip, which wasn't all that bad since I was soaked through and through already, I conveniently forgot an umbrella. All I could do was laugh, and the dude behind me shared the giggle. It was funny minus the soggy toes...

I'll be back at it tomorrow. Much love y'all,


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

martha davis SS10

martha davis ss10

Martha Davis is to die for...
I was tempted to post all of her SS10, but didn't want to overwhelm visually, check her collection out here

Relatively new to the fashion scene but no stranger to good design & the importance of quality construction Made in Italy at the same factories of Cholé and Chanel & Martha is a former industrial designer. Martha Davis never fails to twist contemporary styles into timeless treasures that make you feel elegant and fly simultaneously. Most definitely a designer to watch, so take a look now and keep your ears to the street, you'll be hearing about her soon.

much love,


Saturday, January 16, 2010

saturday farmer's market

saturday farmer's market

overalls: thrifted Levi's, wife beater: Hanes, cardigan: Old Navy, shoes: Converse, sunglasses: vintage YSL, purse: NYC boutique...can't remember
I love going to the farmers market. It's just one of those optimistic places that lifts my spirits. Not that I was down or anything, but I was definitely feeling last night's toxins. Anything to distract the temple pound is a good thing. Me and my girl, Hilary many of my photos courtesy of her, rolled thru to pick up some veggies for the week and a humble bbq. Selection is kind of slim this time of the year, but I was able to find some yummy beets, chard, satsumas, cauliflower & radishes.

We headed back to the house and made a feast: mini corndogs made by hil, sooo good, bbq chicken, beet orange salad, cauliflower ... etc ... and we capped it off with a backyard fire. It was a good day.
sweet dreams y'all,


Friday, January 15, 2010

happy friday

happy friday
lunch break
sunpeek at kellan's farm
laundry day
fish cake with cheese
django being silly
osso bucco & tony's cauliflower
hey! let's have sex!!
back to work...
kick off your shoes and relax your feet... happy friday!

much love,


Wednesday, January 13, 2010


photos courtesy of NY Times
Looking over the Port-au-Prince Bay, hillsides of once humble homes now lay as ruins of concrete. An earthquake with a magnitude of no mercy has buried everyone - from UN workers  and the Parliament to the most impoverished communities of the world. An estimated ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND HUMANS have lost their lives.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, by a severe margin. Four out of five people live in poverty and more than half in abject poverty. Prior to Tuesday's earthquake, aid was greatly needed. Now, even more so.

If you have some bucks to spare, be it by cooking at home for the eve or resisting tempting purchases, Haiti can use it. 

Technology has simplified donations. You can text "Yele" to 501501, which will donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund donations will be charged to your cell phone bill, or you can click here.

Anything helps. Do it for Teddy.

RIP Teddy P

Sorry for the sad post but we need to reflect on what's wrong in order to celebrate what's right.



Monday, January 11, 2010

asian fried eggplant

fried eggplant asian style
My eggplant had to be cooked up tonight it was starting to look not so good. It can be a tricky vegetable for me. I often create a mushy platter however there seems to be two solid ways that come out consistently: grilling and frying. Since its a tid bit nippy and I'm not tryin to light up the grill, I fried some eggplant and made an asian sweet soy sauce for dipping you can surely find better ingredients for the dipping sauce, but I'm going with what I had

fried eggplant asian style
2 Japanese Eggplants 
3 C Panko japanese bread crumbs, can be found at ANY asian market
1 C Flour
1 T Corn Starch
1 t Salt
6 C Peanut Oil or Canola Oil or Vegetable Oil
3 eggs

1 C Low Sodium Soy Sauce I always like to use low sodium because you can increase saltyness but not take it away
1/4 C Ketchup
1/3 C Sugar
1 T Rice Vinegar
Sriracha to taste

Go ahead and chop up the eggplant into 1/2 inch pieces and put aside. Combine Panko, Flour, Corn Starch and Salt on a flat dish. In a separate bowl beat the eggs. 

Dip the eggplant pieces into the egg, after soaked, dredge in Panko mixture, once breaded, put on a separate dish, they are ready to be fried. Everyone has their different assembly line system, I prefer to make about 6 at a time. Continue this process until all the eggplant is breaded. 

If you have a iron pan, great, if not, any old sauce pan will work fine. My dutch oven was occupied with some coconut chicken so I just used a regular pan. :) Because I'm not completely submerging my eggplant in oil, but rather I cooking them a side at a time, I like to  heat 2 cups of oil at a time. Heat up it  up on high, and when hot enough you can tell by sprinkling a little of the panko in the pan and it'll sizzle start frying them up! Again, I like to do about 6 - 8 at a time. I fry them until they're golden on one side and flip them until they're golden on the other if you check out the pictures below, it makes more sense, I think... Fry them all up and place them on some paper towels to soak up the excess oil. 

For the sauce: stir up all the ingredients into a small sauce pan on med-high and let it simmer for about 3 minutes, let it cool down and you have yourself some yummy sauce.

Frying can be intimidating, but it's super simple and very yummy... ENJOY!

with love and a full belly,