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Wednesday, November 27

And if you're celebrating Hanukkah, HAPPY HANUKKAH!!!



Tuesday, November 26

Key word = LUST. 

1.  Goldie Ram from CB2   $69
2.  BeeRaw Honey from $12
3.  Soy Candle from Leifshop  $24
4.   Zara Homeware Cutlery 
5.  Zac Posen Crossbody $325
6.  Salt & Pepper shakers  $1,370 (Wowsas!!)
7.   The  $35
8.   Miu Miu Sunnies $390  $200 on
9.  Guiseppe Zanotti Gold Pumps
10.  Kate Spade Gold Gramercy Ring  $98 
11.  Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine  $155
12.  Jonathan Adler Happy Chic Armchair for JCP   $660  $289 and an extra 20% OFF


Monday, November 25

I'm so lucky and so blessed, I have to remind myself that sometimes, many times. Can't wait for the day when I stop finding reasons to complain about this, that and the other. That's the attitude I want to carry into the next week and of course beyond. As I'm typing this, I'm grateful for the roof over my head and the warm fleeces I stayed bundled up in for most of the day. There's of course tons more to be grateful for, but you know sometimes it's those little things you take for granted- those little things. 

(This was Saturday and not the brutally cold Sunday)
Jacket: Ebay
Skirt: H&M from several years ago
Bag; baginc, seen here before
Tights: H&M
Shoes: Seychelles from over 3years ago


Friday, November 22

Before we even move on, you may have missed it, cos I posted last weeks music post, two days late, on SUNDAY, but I did do a roundup of all your amazing suggestions and also picked a WINNER. It was the most fun and I have music to listen to for weeks on end. PLEASE, Check out that post right here before you read on.

Now that that's out of the way, seriously there is a Swedish band out there named NONONO which reminds me of the classic Destiny's Child tune.  Would you believe me if I said they were also really very good and you might just find yourself saying YESYESYES. Goodness me, I'm corny.


Thursday, November 21

Here we go, the final installment of the best foods of the world, the final top 10. To quickly recap, see here for 30- 11.

10. French croissants
Because so many people eat terrible croissants, they might not think this should be on the list. I'm not talking family bag of croissants, I'm not talking wrapped in saran wrap or some kind of plastic croissant. I'm talking, buttery, fresh baked, fluffly, light, flaky croissants. When you get a perfect one, you're reminded why they are just so popular. In NYC, try Maison Kayser or Francois Payard, In Paris, probably just about every other boulangerie/patisserie.

9. Italian gelato
Let's all do ourselves a favor and just quit ice-cream already. There's this place that opened up recently close to my job and I had to find a detour to avoid passing by it lunchtime cos it was starting to be a problem. There's a ton of places pretending to serve authentic italian gelato and they need to be stopped, giving good old gelato a bad name. If from the freezer section, I'd recommend Talenti, if you want to purchase by the scoop, then try Amorino, L'arte de gelato or Ti Amo. Ti Amo actually has their gelato flown in from Italy. There was a week where the tiramisu was delayed and I nearly cried. That's almost really sad.

8. Japanese udon noodle soup
For years, the only noodles I had were el cheapo cup of noodles, you know, broke student food. I survived on those things for a really long while. I remember when I realized that there was an elevated level of noodles. I love udon noodles because they are more substantial, love scooping them up with a large spoon in their mildly flavored broth. It's just so simple and just so good. 

7. Belgian fries
Yes we call them french fries even though they're originally Belgian (still in dispute).  I hate to say I was disappointed by Belgian waffles when I made it to Belgium but I did have some really great fries. These days I go to places in the city that claim to serve belgian fries, the biggest distinction being that they are twice fried and served with some kind of mayo. I actually prefer fries with mayo or at the very least a ketchup/mayo combo. I know Canadians love their poutine version, but I just can't get into it. These days I try to avoid fries all together cos once I get started, well- I can't stop. But if you're gonna have a fry, have a good one.

6. Pinaputok na tilapia
I love a good grilled whole fish and many cultures make really good ones, just with different ingredients. Some keep it simple, salt and pepper, some add garlic and Filipino restaurants of which there are many in my neighborhood take it a step further. They stuff a whole fish (usually Tilapia or similar) with tomatoes, onions and ginger, till the poor fish can't take it no mo. I hate to admit that I'm actually starting to be very partial to the FIlipino version even though many African restaurants have something similar. 

5. American pancakes
If there's anything this list is missing, it's more sweet. Pancakes, you know you love them. There's a reason they're pretty much a staple in any restaurant that serves breakfast. Rough estimate, I have tried pancakes at over 60 places in NYC and that might be conservative. I like the plain and golden, the fluffy with toppings, the sweet, the savory, dutch style, stack 'em high, stack 'em low, syrup, no syrup, its all a go.

4. Senegalese Mafe
I try to order different things when I make it to African restaurants in Harlem, but I just can't let go of this peanut stew dish. It's one of those dishes that I know how to make and could easily make at home, but I much prefer to order it. Spicy, sweet, savory, even if you don't like peanut butter, I think you'd dig this.

3. Jamaican Oxtail
My simple rules for Jamaican oxtail stew: there must be broad beans, it must be served with rice and peas and don't be shy, give me that gravy.

2. Italian pizza
There's so many versions of this that work but simple and brick oven is usually best. I have been spoiled by the so very many tasty options you can find in NYC. I would recommend Roberta's and Sottocasa if you're in Brooklyn. Usually when its my first time someplace I get a margherita and a white. If they can do that well, then they can do it all. And I'm sorry Chicagoans, but I'm with John Stewart, deep dish pizza does not count. I'm thinking the Italians who invented pizza, would agree.

1. Fufu and Eru
This one is all about where my heart is. I could eat this every single day of my life and I mean every single day. I think I had a 2 week stretch when I did just that. It's not exactly something you can get everywhere but I challenge you guys (who haven't had an opportunity to try this, to  give it a go). My husband is from the Carribbean and of course this was all new to him. I can only imagine what he thought the first time I made it for him. Now, I have to fend off weekly requests to make it. I refuse to believe that it's just an acquired taste thing, I think it's quite frankly perfect. A mix of a strange leaf, some spinach, dried fish, any meat you can find and topped off with an unhealthy amount of palm oil. In one word- Heaven.

Now, you have the complete list. 
What did I get right, what did I get wrong and what did I miss? 
I might learn something new or find a way to try some new food on a global scale. 


Wednesday, November 20

QuayEyewear, available on their Australian website or online stores 
like KarmaLoop, Amazon or UrbanOutfitters. 
Also, you can find them and try them out at Macy's. All styles under $40.


Tuesday, November 19

Back in 2011, I blogged about a site called ReelAfrican (a site still worth checking out) and the little show called Shuga. That was my first introduction to Lupita Nyong'o.  It's so great to see this actress go from strength to strength and I wish nothing but continued success for her in Hollywood. It's hard enough for African-American actresses in the industry not to mention an African actress, who is absolutely stunning but who we should admit looks little like what we generally see on our screens.


Monday, November 18

The weather has been ridiculously good. Yeah it was a little wet and the sun barely came out on Sunday, but it was still so warm. I even spotted a couple people in shorts- no joke. Saturday especially was brilliant, I had to ditch my coat and just keep the fur collar for a little warmth.  Spent most of the day in Brooklyn- DUMBO to be more specific. It's crazy how much has changed in that neighborhood over the past 5 years. I actually spent many long hours studying for the bar exam in the Starbucks there and back then it was so quiet and there was hardly ever anyone around. Not so much anymore.

Blouse: H&M  $9.95
Jeans: H&M  $14.95
Fur collar: from my jacket.
Shoes: seen here before
Bag: vintage coach from Etsy


Sunday, November 17

Well the answer to that is alot of really good stuff. Wow, there were so many amazing suggestions, it took me longer than expected to check them all out. Highlights for me included Emily King, the Love Bellow, Raleigh Ritchie, Basia Bulat, Sam Smith, Robert Glasper, to name but a few. I actually recommend that if you have a moment, just check out the comments on the original post for more good music.

Honorable mentions go to:
Concha Buika recommended by Arielle A. This isn't a new track but I wanted to shoot myself for never having heard of Concha Buika. I don't understand what she's saying but it's the kind of music you just feel and I can't stop listening. I Lurve her voice.

Mafikizolo recommended by Viola Vemma. This song and the accompanying video is beyond fierce. I wanna live in one of the painted houses in the video and I want a painted car too. It just makes you want to dance with it's energy. This South African group is doing the thing...Afro-Pop at its finest. The female vocalist, Nhanhla's voice is also quite powerful and reminds me of Angelique Kidjo.

Then there was Kwabs. Recommended by not 1, not 2, but 3 readers and once you listen to this guy, you'll understand why. Since there can only be one winner, I have to give credit to the person who first mentionned Kwabs and that's Mutsa Marau. I'll be sending you an email on how to claim your prize. Thanks all, this was a lot of fun. I'll leave you with some Kwabs.


Wednesday, November 13

First, Let's recap. I set upon some crazy mission to list the best foods of the world, according to me anyways. Please see part one here. The list so far goes like this.
30.  Swedish meatballs
29.  Moroccan lamb tagine
28.  Spanish cured meats/paella
27.  Czech trdelnik
26.  Indian Gulab jamun
25.  Ethiopian sega wat
24.  Classic British sausage roll
23.  Cameroonian Puff puff
22.  Thai green curry
21.  Portuguese rotisserie chicken
Here  are the next ten:

20. Mexican tacos

I've been spoiled for life by the taco truck by me. It wasn't until I had them night after night after night that I got it (my trips to the truck have also had the remedial effect of somewhat helping elevate my Spanish). Anyhoo, I consider myself a bit of the taco expert now. How it has to be soft corn tortillas or nothing else. How there has to be the right ratio of meat to tortilla to green sauce and/or red sauce. How cilantro is the best thing ever and how you need just a hit of lime to bring it all together. OK- I'm gonna pause now, taco truck run.

19. Argentinean steak

We know the deal, too much red meat not too good for you. But come on now, who can turn down some properly seasoned skirt steak doused with chimichurri sauce. I don't eat a lot of red meat (just kidding), I actually don't go to steakhouses or eat steaks in any other form, this is the only way I like it.

18.  Italian Lasagna
This one I have grown to love as well. Full disclosure here, the first time I had lasagna and I very well remember when that was, I absolutely hated it. I could not understand for the life of me why people would eat this piling mess of sauce and cheese and pasta.  That's because I had a very crappy lasagna. When done right, with the right ingredients, with home cooked tomato sauce and not something you poured out of a bottle, with real cheese and not some overly processed stuff, it's insanely delicious. Who am I kidding? I've been known to enjoy some bad versions recently. After all, it is pasta and sauce and cheese. (I also like spinach/veggie versions).

17.  Indian Tikka Masala
This might be the most bastardized dish on the list, at this point many people seem to think it's less of an authentic Indian dish and could very well pass for the new British national dish. But let me tell you, when you sink your naan into this, (preferably lamb not chicken)...boy oh boy, am I a happy trooper.

16. Chinese pork dumplings (steamed)
There was a season in my life where all I did was head on over to Chinatown and spend the best 2 bucks ever. $2 gave me a proper lunch- 10 fried pork and chive dumplings. I have finally upgraded to steamed dumplings (someone told me its healthier) and no less tasty mind you. It's still my preferred way to eat on a dime and now I even purchase bags of 50 from the little dumpling shops for $8 and steam them at home. Not all dumplings are created equal so don't make any judgments based on a crap place or something you grabbed from the freezer section.

15.  Jamaican patties (beef/veggie/chicken)
OK ok, I know beef patties, really? On the list? I am starting to get the sense that there's some people out there that aren't as fun of beef patties as say My mother and I. When we're together, we devour that stuff. I actually introduced my mom to them only about 3 years ago and when she comes to visit, I make sure I have a little greasy welcome bag of patties just for her. So put your nose in the air all you want, patties are on the list and that's how its going to be.

14. Trinidad Curry Goat Roti
While we're here, let's stay in the Caribbean. It surprises me that this is another one I didn't quite get the first time around. There was just so much going on in my mouth that I wasn't accustomed to. Too many spices- what's that? cloves, allspice, curry. And how was I supposed to eat the thing, rolled up together or separately. I have settled on keeping my roti skin seperate, I think it gives me the kind of flexibility I like when eating or something like that.

13. Greek Souvlaki
As broke students in Paris, our food options were limited and that's how I found out about manger grec/grecque (eat greek). This was the general reference for little greek sandwich/rotiserries places that were super affordable and open at all hours. To be quite accurate, many of them were Turkish and I'm not even sure anyone cared to make the distinction. If in NYC try the Souvlaki Gr truck.

12. Vietnamese Banh Mi
When I first wrote up the list, I was actually going to have french bread/ baguettes as one of the things on the list. But then I thought about my favorite form to have it. Some places do cheat and use any kind of bread/roll, I utterly prefer that it be on french bread but that's besides the point. The growth in popularity of food trucks in NYC has also brought a lot of Vietnamese cuisine to the forefront. To be quite honest if it wasn't for the street food scene, I wouldn't have considered venturing to Vietnamese restaurants. This is to me what a perfect sandwich is about. I will never be a deli or cold cut sandwich girl, give me some lemongrass seasoned grilled meats served hot, give me pickled carrots and cilantro, give me a banh mi.

11. American BBQ
I'm basically trying to cheat here when I say American BBQ. For me this encompasses the entire experience of eating American BBQ. If you , seen my annual BBQ festival posts or basically grabbed my phone and went through the pics, you would find that I love BBQ joints. We always over spend when we go there because its not just about the ribs. brisket, pulled pork, burnt ends, it's also about the sides, the mac and cheese, the baked beans, the collard greens and I could go on and on (shout out to cornbread). If you need some further convincing, watch this little show called BBQ pit-masters- this stuff is not to be taken lightly, there's a science to good BBQ.

So what are your thoughts so far?  I know I delayed with Part 2, but the final ten will be up next week.

Disclaimer: images used found from different sources all over the Internet 
and are assumed to be in public domain and are displayed under the fair use principle.


It's not the most affordable collabo so I'm sure that'll keep some people away (like me), 
with an average price of over $150/item. 
However, it is Isabel Marant and I guess that makes it a steal. 
Are you excited or are you sitting this one out?


Monday, November 11

It should come as no surprise to you guys that I seem to really like black and white as a color combo. It might seem so basic but it works on so many levels. So I tried to put together the same idea in 2 different ways by switching up accessories and the like. Well, here's the long and short of it.

White blouse: H&M $14
Pleated skirt: H&M 
Yellow bag: J.Crew seen here previously
Long skirt: H&M seen here previously
Red pumps: Target  $14
Leopard booties: seen here previously
Zara red bag: had for several years $35
Earrings: Etsy, similar .

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