Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Halal Guys (New York)

A visit to New York City won't be complete if you haven't tried the best chicken / gyro rice plate with white and red sauces from The Halal Guys. Their original cart is located at 53rd and 6th Ave (beside Hilton Hotel, Avenue of the Americas).

The Halal Guys cart

Their infamous chicken and gyro

One of the Halal brothers preparing the customers' orders

This line is still long even after lunch hour

My share of chicken and rice plate. Yay!

This is such a delicious serving of street meat and only for $6.00. My husband and I have to share because their serving portion is enough for both of us. It is best combined with a can of ice-cold Coca-Cola. =)

I highly recommend it! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Yoga School Dropout by Lucy Edge

Currently re-reading this:

The author: Lucy Edge, a former London advertising executive goes in search of spiritual riches (and the perfect headstand) in India. 

After over a decade spent working and drinking too much in the world of advertising. Lucy decided she'd have enough debating what song sunflowers should sing and went in search of a more meaningful way of life.

Yoga School Dropout is an emotional journey, a divine comedy on the Western obsession with life's deeper meaning, a yogic experiment and a love letter to India.

I am currently on Chapter 9: "Stretch Out Upper Eyelashes". The author's description of the people she met, the ashrams and other places she visited, and her experience with yoga in India are so vivid I can almost imagine myself with her on her journey. 

This memoir is definitely a must-read! I am already looking forward to reading The Handbag and Wellies Yoga Club, another book by Lucy Edge. =)  
{Image and Information from Lucy EdgeBooks}

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Gray and Blue Inspiration

My best friends and I met for coffee yesterday and planned a possible trip to Seoul, Korea this coming fall. Besides the place to stay, the food and the beautiful sites to see, I immediately thought about what clothes to pack. I got transported in time (future) and saw what I would be wearing during my first day in Seoul. =) Here's what I put together through Polyvore for day one:

Gray and Blue

American Vintage loose shirt/ Brunello Cucinelli long sleeve top/ Abercrombie & Fitch skinny leg jeans/ UGG Australia oversized shoes,/ Mulberry genuine leather handbag/ Tag Heuer stainless steel watch/ Silvertone jewelry/ Lanvin square scarve/ Ray-Ban eyewear/ OPI nail lacquer

Since I live in a country whose weather is almost summer all-year-round, I rarely get to wear fall chill clothes. And every time I get the opportunity to wear clothes for the cold weather I get really happy and excited!

Crossing my fingers now and hoping that our plan pushes through. =)

{Images from Polyvore}

Friday, August 24, 2012

Ikea Love

Ikea has always been part of the itinerary every time we travel overseas. (Please, please, please Ikea! Please open a store here in MNL!!!) I am totally an Ikea fanatic.

What I like best about Ikea is that they have a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products to choose from at reasonable prices. Another thing I love about them is how their designers skillfully show us how to use their basic items in innovative ways.

Here's what i'm talking about:

Space - there's only so much. And when you run out...Thats it. 
Or is it?
What if you can do more with the space you have?
What if there was a smarter way to use space?
There is.

Three Words for the vid: Creative, Functional, Genius. =)

My present Ikea Wish List includes:
Ektorp Sofa, Blekinge White
Liatorp Bookcase
Foto Pendant Lamp (probably 3 of these)
Koppang 3 Drawer Chest
Kassett Box with Lid (12 of these)

Werna Pair of Curtains
Thanking the Universe in advance! (wink)

Happy Friday!


{video and images all from Ikea}

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Welcome to Atlanta

Atlanta, the capital city of Georgia is a beautiful, modern city with a rich passionate history. I like to call it the Land of Coca-Cola, which has been a staple beverage of my family since my growing up years even until today.     

Here are some highlights of our recent trip to Atlanta. We stayed at my sister's and brother-in-law's place for three weeks. We were dining out almost everyday but since I am on vacay, I didn't care if I added on a few extra pounds.

One of my favorite places in Atlanta is the Atlantic Station. The local folks say that it is Atlanta's antidote to urban sprawl and long commutes. 

Atlantic Station's Parking Area
Regal Cinemas at Atlantic Station
This part of the Atlantic Station reminds me of Bonifacio High Street
Rosa Mexicano serves the best guacamole ever!
Took Mama for a post Mother's day shopping
Another hobby of mine when traveling is exploring the local grocery stores. The top three super markets on my list are the following: Publix, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.

and somehow, I got introduced to Blue Bell's Moollennium Crunch.

This ice cream brand and flavor is my absolute favorite
My sister also took me to her favorite bakery: Corner Bakery. Their coffee and sandwiches are sooo good!

This Corner Bakery branch is at Lenox Square Mall.
The hubby choosing his brew for the day. The choices include: Baker's Blend (Aromatic and Slightly Sweet), Sumatra Decaf (Earthy, Fragrant and Well-Rounded), Cafe Europa (Rich and Sophisticated) and Hazelnut Cream (Creamy and Sweet). 

And then, there was one time we had dinner at Marietta Diner. This family restaurant was featured on Food Network.

So far, this restaurant has the largest serving portions based on my experience.
We also went to North Georgia Premium Outlets' on Memorial Day.

The sister of Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets
The result of Memorial Day's festivities. LOL.
Bless me father for I have sinned, I just can't resist the Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory
As far as I know, my mother-in-law has the greenest thumb in the whole universe. I recommend a visit to her garden at her home sometime. Anyway, since she came with us to Atlanta, we took her to see the Atlanta Botanical Garden. It was like her own form of Disneyland. It was nice to see her all smiles the whole day.

Me with the Hydrangeas
Dinner at Fogo De Chao

While my sister was away for three days for a business trip in Manila, my brother-in-law took us to Alon's Bakery and Market. Alon's won the Best of Atlanta awards consecutively since 1992. It is a European style bakery and market featuring artisan breads, desserts, pastries, Chocolates, sandwiches, salads, artisan cheeses, prepared food, and catering. I promise to blog about Alon's Bakery and Market more in my next posts complete with photos. =)

We also got invited to a party at a family friend's house in Mableton, GA. We stopped by CamiCakes to buy cupcakes for the host and guests.

This photo was taken at 8 PM and the sun was still up!
The houses at Mableton
My sister's favorite place for cupcakes.
Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.
Of course, our visit to Atlanta won't be complete without checking out World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium, eating at Mary Mac's Tea Room and enjoying the view of Atlanta's infamous King and Queen Buildings.

World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton Place

The world's largest aquarium.
Richard Gere dines here when he is in Atlanta. Their fried green tomatoes are to die for!
The King and Queen Buildings of Atlanta also known as the Concourse Corporate Center V and VI.
Atlanta, I'll be back soonish!


{Image 1: WhatNowAtlanta, The rest of the Images are from Slightly Epicurean}

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Organized Bliss

My sister will be living here in Manila for a few years for work purposes. During the long weekend, she and her husband moved into their new residence. We helped them clean every inch of space and organize every nook and cranny. It was fun!

I don't consider cleaning, sorting and organizing stuff a chore. I love organizing stuff. There's something about sorting and de-cluttering that de-stresses me. My favorite part is when you cross something out of your list after accomplishing a task. It gives me a sense of fulfillment. Call it a case of OCD, but that's me. I think most people who are born in the year of the Rooster share the same trait. =)

I'd like to share some organized home design inspirations that have been saved in my laptop's memory for quite sometime. Hopefully, I get to apply these ideas too when we have a place of our own.

Great use of hall and space
I would love to have an indoor herb garden! This idea is too cute! I have a fascination for labeling.
This is a lovely reading nook!

This laundry area is neat as a pin!
This is my dream kitchen and my dream home is Meryl Streep's house from the movie It's Complicated.
I'd love to have my own walk-in closet, but I'm not so sure I'd have as many shoes like the one in this photo.

{image 1: Interieur Blog, image 2: Factory Direct Crafts, image 3:Saftie Rabines Architects, image 4: Closet World, image 5: Convoy and image 6: Bright Bold & Beautiful}

Friday, August 17, 2012

For the Love of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

For me, nothing kicks of a Friday night like hanging out with your closest friends and sipping ice blended drinks from our favorite coffee shop: The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. I think we've almost tried every branch around Metropolitan Manila but our favorite one is located in "Bonifacio High Street" or as we nicknamed it "BHS". =)

Among CBTL's Ice Blended Drinks, my favorite is their Double Chocolate. *drools*

This Double Chocolate Ice Blended was bought in CBTL's Ortigas Park Branch

Even during my travels, I make sure to try the country's CBTL branch and find out how their ice blended drinks would differ from ours. I know! I know! I'm a cold coffee fanatic. =)

This photo was taken in CBTL Super Brand Mall Shanghai, China but this ice blended drink is actually called Dark Chocolate Ice Blended. It tastes yummy too!

I am a Swirl Card holder too! I used to have the brown card but for some reason, it got lost. Good thing they made new Swirl Card designs and I purchased the purple one.

And as a loyal customer of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, I got invited to meet Chef and Restaurateur Bobby Chinn of Travel and Living Channel Asia (TLC Asia) in person last 2009. Yay! I can now cross him and Janet Hsieh off my bucket list. I'm still hoping to meet Ian Wright, Anthony Bourdain, Jamie Oliver and the rest of TLC's travel hosts.  

"One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats." —Iris Murdoch
Happy Weekend Everyone!

(image of Purple Swirl Card taken from Tere R.N.)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Little Germany

Helen is a re-creation of an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. The classic South-German style is present on every building even for the small number of known business establishments such as BP Gas Station and The Huddle House

Here are some snaps of our trip to Little Germany in the state of Georgia, city of Helen. 

Welcome to Helen
These houses add more character
Charming isn't it?
This Candy and Chocolate shop is pure Heaven!
Yours truly exploring the alleys

We had lunch at the Old Bavaria Inn and Restaurant. We ordered:
  • Wurst Sausage Platte - (Choice of Two Sausages) Bratwurst (pork), Weisswurst (pork and veal), Knockwurst (beef and pork), Hungarian Brat (pork and Hungarion seasonings), served with red cabbage, sauerkraut and homemade German potato salad
  • Debrecena Dog (Two Orders) - Spicy Hungarian Hotdog served with sauerkraut and grilled onions on a hoagie roll
  • Baked Pretzel
Everything was scrumptious!

Wurst Sausage Platte

Debrecena Dog
Baked Pretzel flown directly from Munich
This trip was a few hours away from Atlanta but it was worth the drive. Next time, I want to try Helen's infamous water tubing. 

I'll blog more about Georgia in my next posts. 

Have a Peachy Day!
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