Friday, March 18, 2016

Sushi Crave in Dallas


I love sushi in all shapes and form. Especially sashimi, that is just the fish itself in raw form without the vinegared rice combo.  It is everything about having a fresh piece of fine fish/sea produce carefully carved by a Master Sushi Chef presented in front of you with style.  Add some Himalayan salt followed by a zip of chilled sake somehow puts me in a gastronomical moment.

I think the enjoyment of raw seafood is not something that you are born with.  It is indeed a learned way.  I was introduced to sushi/sashimi by some Japanese friends while I was still a teenager.  They were family friends visiting and I was just old enough to have raw fish, I guess.  The sight of it was a bit daunting, but I tried it anyways. 
 I dipped the piece of tuna in some sushi soy sauce and Japanese mustard, wasabi.  I almost had a heart attack from the strong effect of the mustard.  I think my heart stopped a beat!  Now, why did I continue eating I do not know, but let me tell you, it is addictive!  I tried all sorts of sashimi such as tuna, salmon, yellow fin, red snapper, sea urchin, clam, octopus, but my favorite is lobster.  After I moved to Dallas, I have been anxiously looking for a good Japanese Sushi place.  Right now, I have only tried a few, and still exploring, but I got attracted to Tei-An when they mentioned hand pulled soba (like noodles), and fresh sushi.  I have to try them out.  The restaurant is situated in the Oaklawn, area in Uptown Dallas within the Art District. 
Tried a bunch of dishes spanning from fried tofu in broth, Wagyu beef, to their famous ramen and of course the sashimi.  I will visit Tei-An again, have a nice cocktail while taking in the lovely atmosphere on their exclusive rooftop sanctuary.

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Bourbon Experience

Are you a whiskey connoisseur?  I am not but I am at the same time.  I like the taste of Scotch & Malt whiskey such as the Macallan, Glenfiddich, Black & White and the like.  I do have an occasional Jack Daniels, which I paired with my chocolate.  I have grown to like bourbon which is apparently different from whiskey. According to Men’s Journal’s article, all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon.
My recent mini-vacation in Chicago, was great.  Good friends, good food, and adventurous pairing of aperitif with appetizers.  I had a wonderful tumbler of Knob bourbon and a charcuterie platter while admiring the splendour of the beautiful skyline of Chicago atop the Roof at the Wit hotel. Bourbon does go well with  tasty cheese and all.  I wonder if I have actually missed out on trying the bourbons in America.   So I decided to also pair bourbon with cuisine such as mussel stew, grilled squid, sushi, sesame jellyfish and the list is ever expanding.
Grilled Octopus with lime juice
Jellyfish with sesame 
Fresh mussels in spicy broth
King prawns with special sauce

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Skyline of Dallas

Just moved to Dallas from Chicago this year and feeling the warmth of the Texans.  The people are friendly and very helpful.  Dallas is a diversified place just like Chicago.  I met people from California, San Francisco, Korea, Taiwan, and that's what makes this town fun to be.  Last weekend, I got a bunch of us for Happy Hour at the Soda Bar of NYLO hotel. My picture is not doing any justice here but the evening was lovely and the Dallas skyline is gorgeous.  Many people likes to hang out at the roof top and enjoy the cool breeze of the evening.  I even took some pictures for couples and girl groups just to be helpful!  Later that evening we saw fireworks happening and I had no idea for what.  Someone told me that we were watching the fireworks from the games nearby.
We are definitely going to chill out around the neighborhood before the weather gets too hot to handle!  I still recommend wearing lace paired with cotton or linen pants.  Also throw on a light weight dress with unique accessories and woven handbags.  Light is the key.

Check out the anthropologie stores in your area for some cool indie style and the awesome hat!

Just in time for the hot summer!

J'adore "Shoes"

Recently came across an exhibition of French shoes and the showcase of 500 years of passion for shoes in French history.  The sight of beautiful shoes placed on glass cabinets one after another caught my eyes and I could not help but asked if I can take some pictures for momento and to share them on my blog.

If only I can buy them all!   The extraordinary showcase of vintage French shoes were meticulously put together by Ms. Anne Camilli - Commisaire general, in partnership with the Fédération Française de la Chaussure, and Le French May and company.  The showcase presents the beginning of shoemaking,  how shoes became a fashion statement to the creativity of artful expressions such as signature heels, embellishments, feather adornments, embroidery on boots, mix and matching concepts from nature and elegant beauty.  I can see how feminine and soft these shoes will feel on my feet as I smoothly enter the grand hall of a gala!  
As I was gawking over the lovely shoes, I started to appreciate the hands that made these shoes, the predecessor of the art form of winged heels, fairy tale fantasy-like creations by talented designers/shoemaker like Roger Vivier, Charles Jordan, Christian Louboutin to only name a few.

It is indeed every girly girl's dream to be adorned by exquisite shoes everyday.
Wish I could try them all on ...  alors ...
Thank you to the Master shoemakers and designers!
Credits: ; Fédération Française de la Chaussure ; Ms. Anne Camilli

Chinoiserie est ici

Chinoiserie, a lovely sounding French word that represent motifs, style, art, in the Chinese form.  Chinoiserie has come a long way from the 18th century European creatives depicting their concept of Chinese art into beautiful motifs on wall covering, cushion and fabric prints, tea sets, furniture, adornments, and of course fashion.

Fall Met Ball China showcased a colourful and desirable collection of Chinoiserie styles!

The bold motifs and intricate detail of the embroideries are fascinating.  It feels like you are in another era or space when you wear them out and about.   It is both fun and luxurious.  For some, wearing a traditional qipao or cheung sam with the tight collar and high slit showing the long legs of a woman is of the past.  Nowadays, designers have tapped into the fine attributes of details of a traditional dress like the hand-knotted fabric buttons, incorporate them with jade and select motifs replacing the embroideries are some of the features you will find in modern day Chinoiserie fashion.

The Power of the White Shirt

Are you wondering about the same thing as I?  Why are men not wearing white shirt anymore these days?  They are either full of stripes, or mismatched colours.  The fact that men have gotten really casual at work is becoming a norm.  Not to mention, the tie. Alright, we can skip the tie for now, but the shirt, please give me a moment while I take a deep breath.  Do you know that most women are drawn to men who wear a crisp white shirt.  The white shirt is a symbol of confidence, reflecting a man's ability to be in control, a good manager, tidy and neat, and obviously able to keep a clean and calm demeanor.   Now, that is attractive!

A well groomed man wears a spectacular white shirt.  He can wear it for a business meeting, go fishing with it, dinner with his mate, trot around the globe with one or two white shirts in his baggage.  The white shirt gives a sense of adventure, since it is white, spilling pasta sauce in the middle of the day could be a factor of risk taking!  James Bond, all suited up with that undeniable white white shirt running through obstacles and jumping on top of moving trains, well you get the picture.   Add on a bow tie and make a presence at an event, take off the tie and let your collar loose to show a sense of relaxed after work mode without being sloppy.  The casual elegance of a white shirt is powerful.  It is the uniform of the White Shirt Club , an executive choice.  As for women, a white shirt is an abundance of style and class.

You really do not need much apart from a white shirt.  A well tailored shirt to be precise.  What makes a good shirt is the collar and the cuffs then the shoulders followed by the fit to your body type.  If you choose to have your shirts tailor made, you can bring along previous shirts that fits you well for the tailor to reference upon.  An experienced tailor will be able to suit you according to your built and personality.  Fabric suggestions based on your lifestyle and care tips for your shirt to best maintain the shape of the collar and the cuffs.  I do not recommend online or long distance orders for tailor made shirts.  A well made shirt will last you a good season or two.  Experience the power of the white shirt.  You will get the attention.


Alright, I have to admit that time management is huge in getting things done on a timely manner, but with all the fun stuff going on in our lives, who has time to time manage?  I am a planner naturally and tends to plan things ahead of time so that is possibly my way of time management.  Looking at all the tools in the industry to help with time management, we have the to-do list, Franklin Planner system, Palm Pilot, google calendar, what else, I am sure you are all quite familiar with it all.  So why is it still not easy for some people to manage their time well?
Do we adjust our ways of time management according to our mood, personality, habits, way of life, variables and circumstances?  I read this book, Eat that Frog, or something like that, which talks about doing the first three most difficult tasks first thing in the day, then tackle the smaller tasks and make sure we complete each task before moving onto the next one.  I can comprehend this for most people, but for the individuals who often gets interrupted by other people, how do you handle this?
Delegate others to do some of the tasks for you while you can spend your productive energy towards more pressing issues. Yes, this is good, but how do we make sure the tasks have been taken care of efficiently and accurately without us having to redo them?
Reward yourselves towards the end of the week to lesser tasks and have at least one day of the week to be a couch potato!   I like this, just wake up whenever, have a relaxing no emails, phone, etc. day and let yourself go.  Recharge your energy and be twice as productive the next day.
This is how I do it:-
Wake up early in the day and manage myself first.  Have a great morning, no electronics, just my lovely oatmeal, blueberries, and coffee.  Listen to the birds, the wind, the sound of cars passing by.  Let your own mind wake up and create your agenda of the day.  (I usually came up with great ideas at this time of the day, even before I wake up and at times got woken up by my mind working first.  That explains why I like to be left alone in the morning!)
Complete two main tasks before 11:00a.m. then have an early lunch and review my list of things to do.
Afternoon, take care of other businesses as it comes along and so forth.  Before bedtime, draft only three things to do for the next day.
This is it, just keep it simple but knowing when your most productive energy level is during the day will have you focus your best self to tackle any challenges.
How about you?  Comments welcome!