Most awkward Olympic moment so far…Jordyn Wieber interview

Imagine that your lifelong dream is shattered and then you have to do a nationally televised interview about it right after.  But before you do that, you sob uncontrollably (while on TV) behind the 2 other girls who get to live the dream.  Oh, and one of them is also your roommate.  So awkward, so so awkward.  This is what Jordyn Wieber had to go through 2 days ago.  The current All-Around World Champion failed to qualify for the Olympics All-Around because of some dumb rule that each team can only send 2 people to compete.  Anyway, I feel for ya girl!  Dust yourself off and do Team USA proud.  You might not get the All-Around, but we still need you for the team competition.  Go slay it and hold your head high!

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So long, farewell to my favorite Chinese pop up Rice Broker

One of my favorite pop up restaurants officially popped down this Sunday.  Such a sad day!  Rice broker (located in the former Spork locale) shut its doors to the hungry Chinese food deprived souls of the Mish.  It’s not that this joint didn’t make money….but rather, like most spaces in SF, I hear they’re being developed into condos.  Guess I have to go back to my hunt for good Chinese.  In the meantime, I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight all the fond memories that I have of this place…

Sniffle, sniffle…last day!

Look at their logo painted on the side of the building.  So cute!

And the food!  Oh so tasty…here are my fav’s: The Lion’s Head porridge with ginger and pork meatballs, fried rice with Chinese sausage, and the ahi sashimi bowl.  I will miss you guys!

Mix one of a kind pieces with your mass produced sofa

I live in a SF apartment which means it’s too small, there’s not enough closet space, but I have beautiful built in shelves and bay windows (see below).

You’ll probably never see a picture of my entire apartment since it’s kinda a disaster zone.  No, I’m not a hoarder. My place looks “lived in,” which means it’s definitely not ready for prime time viewing.  Probably one too many nicknacks lying around and shoes bursting from the closets doors.  What I can contribute to home improvement are little suggestions on how to space save and beautify.  I’m not DIY Martha Stewart, so I can guarantee that there will be absolutely NO CRAFTS.  I don’t have the patience for them and they’d probably all look like crap if I tried.

Anyway, here’s one of my home tips for the living room:  Mix unique one of a kind pieces with your mass produced sofa for a more “homey” vibe.

There aren’t many specialty home stores, so everybody’s place starts to look the same.  You, too, probably shop at these places:  Crate and Barrel, West Elm, Room & Board, Pottery Barn, and Restoration Hardware.  And if you get the catalogs, you probably know the pieces by name….the Reese couch at Room & Board, the Petrie at Crate and Barrel.  Case in point: The other day one of my friends came over and pointed to my couch and said “hey, I have the same one.”  I’m not knocking these pieces (I love ‘em as much as the next guy), but don’t want my place to look like the catalog-staged rooms decked out from head to toe in mass produced stuff.  Your home doesn’t have to be THAT matchy matchy.  It comes across as sterile and not very “homey.”  One thing I like to do is find a statement chair to complement the room. I’ve had great success snagging these at estate sales and garage sales, discount stores like Marshall’s, or even used stores.  Doesn’t have to cost you an arm/leg!  I personally love the mid-century modern look (think Mad Men), so here’s what’s filling up my living room these days…

Crate and Barrel accent pillows from a few seasons ago.  Love the bright, bold pattern and colors.

Said pillows on my beautiful mid-century modern couch

Striped accent chair that doubles as a desk chair and additional seating for our L room

Summer celeb scandal, sucky TV, and Carly Rae Jepsen’s new video

Summer TV sucks.  You know what I mean.  All the good TV shows end with cliffhangers right before summer and you’re left to wonder “what if” for the rest of the year.  In many ways, it’s good…more time for vacation without FOMO (fear of missing out).  Luckily, this year there have been plenty of other drama to keep me entertained- the TomKat split (which just meant more cute Suri pictures out and about) and the recent scandal where Kristen Stewart admitted to cheating on Robert Pattinson with her “Snow White and the Huntsman” director.

Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise seen on Streets of Manhattan on July 15, 2012 in New York City.

Plus, musn’t forget about all the hundreds (maybe thousands of) Carly Rae Jepson “Call Me Maybe” memes.  BTW, her new video (with Owl City) came out today called “Good Time” (link below).  Obviously, doesn’t live up to her first hit.  Not even close!  But, it’s kinda catchy in a campy sorta way.  Literally, I think they’re camping.

In terms of the boob tube, I’ve discovered a few shows that have been great filler.  I can’t tell if these shows are really good, or if I’m just going through TV withdrawal, but they keep me entertained.

Miss Advised– 3 so-called love experts in LA, NY, and SF are unlucky in love.  Go figure!  Emily, the sex-pert radio host, is afraid to commit and seems to only get set up with polyamorous practicing dudes ( I swear, not everybody in SF is like that!).  In case you’re wondering what that is….According to Wikipedia, it’s “the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.”  The rest of the women are in situations equally as bad.

Pregnant in Heels Cute maternity concierge with lisp helps soon to be moms with their ridiculous requests….including finding a wet nurse, replacement for botox, and a date for a newly single mom to be (think Dating 101 for Pregnant Women).

Empire Girls– Adrienne (formerly of the Cheetah Girls) and Julissa heat up NY with their Latina flair.  They’re both trying to make it BIG in the big apple.

If you have any more good ones, send ‘em my way.

Jean Paul Gaultier’s spicing up the De Young Museum with cone bras, etc.

Usually I yawn when I’m at museums, but I had a blast when I hit up De Young’s exhibit of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion World:  From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.  Pretty cool multimedia exhibit that showcases his life’s work…from his different phases- androgynous to Madonna’s cone bras in the Blond Ambition Tour to ethnic inspiration to catwalk and haute couture and film.  The mannequins have animated faces which are all too lifelike and sometimes freaky.  Even the guys we dragged with us thought the exhibit was interesting.  Don’t forget to check out the neat tidbits about his life…like the fact that he dabbled in music with the release of his 1988 dance track “How to do that.”  JPG, you rock!

Curated some of my favorites…

de young exhibit jean paul gaultier

 

You ever have a Canary Melon?

I had it for the first time this week. I love going to the grocery store and picking a random vegetable or fruit that I’ve never seen before. This yellow beauty caught my eye. (If you haven’t guessed from my cover shot, I love yellow.) They taste like honeydew melons, but sweeter and a little lighter in color on the flesh. So, go on! Be crazy and try a new fruit today.

how to cut melon

Happy Friday! Send a Turtle Card.

Friday’s have nothing to do with turtle cards, other than they are both things that make me happy.  In this fast paced world of uber smartphones, rushed last minute texts, and mass facebook status updates…sometimes it’s nice to get a personal, handwritten card from a friend.  What makes it even more cheeky is that the card features turtles, one of the slowest animals on earth.  Get it?

For more cute cards, check out Smudge Ink.

Brazilian Cheese Rolls and Pure Acai

One of my friends just married a Brazilian guy, so I get to reap the benefits of learning all about Brazilian food. 🙂  A few weeks ago, we hit up a local Brailizan store and scored these 2 delicious treats.

 Brazilian Cheese Rolls (or Pao de Queijo)

Oh, man these things are to die for!  Texture is amazing- crunchy outside with a gooey cheesy inside goodness.  You buy them frozen (Forno de Minas was the brand I tried) and you pop them in the oven for 30 minutes.  That’s it.  Perfect as a starter or an app.

Pure Acai

Don’t know about you, but I’m not really sure what acai tastes like.  Every time I get a fancy acai drink, it’s doctored up with so many other “cheaper” juices that the taste gets masked.  Well, if you go to the frozen section in the Brazilian store, you can get pure acai.  It’s perfect as a fruit smoothie.  I like to add the acai to rice milk (and a handful of other berries if you want) and blend. To me, it tastes like a cousin to blueberries, but more full body and satisfying.  Plus, they’re a pretty purple color and full of antioxidants!

Magic Mike Movie Review: Somewhat enjoyable, but looking for more Magic in “Mike”

I hate when the movie trailers advertise one thing and you get another.  False advertising!  So was the case with Magic Mike.  Leading up to the release, I’d get giddy every time I saw the commercial come on with Channing gyrating his hips while the “Moves like Jagger” song was playing in the background.  So naturally, I thought the movie was going to be one of those cheesy movies with more stripper dance sequences than actual dialogue.  You know, the kind where the dialogue ends up being one-liners that get the crowd all riled up because they are so bad they’re good.  I had high hopes that it was going to be THAT kinda of movie.  But alas, the movie tried to deliver more.  I should have known since it is a Soderbergh flick.  There actually is a plotline where we get a glimpse at the “darker” side of the stripping industry.  Without giving too much away, here’s the synopsis from Rotten Tomatoes:

Set in the world of male strippers, Magic Mike is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum in a story inspired by his real life. The film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.

Honestly, the plotline didn’t really hold my interest.  I just wanted more dancing!  The best part of the movie is Channing Tatum’s moves as the headliner Magic Mike.  He definitely uses his talents from his past life to his advantage here and it’s clear as he shines above the rest of the cast (although Matthew McConaughey is not so bad).  While all the other male actors are just taking off their clothes for the show, Tatum demonstrates artistry beyond stripper moves. He’s a pretty good dancer with great control, timing, and expression.  One other thing I’ll mention is that it’s not believable that The Kid (played by Pettyfer) would be such a huge draw as a newbie stripper.  He’s kinda greasy looking in the movie with raggedy hair.  Points docked there.

All in all, a somewhat enjoyable movie (it was alright).   Just needed a bit more magic from Mike!

Take my poll: Is it classy or trashy to have a keg at my wedding?

Haven’t done much lately in terms of wedding planning, but got to thinking about whether or not it’s classy or trashy to have a keg or not.  My fiance loves Lagunitas IPA, so I thought it’d be a nice, personal touch to get a keg of his favorite beer.  I’m not one for traditional wedding etiquette, so that’s not really a concern for me.  And our wedding style is casual California cool, so wouldn’t really clash with the vibe.  Yes, it’s somewhat college frat boy party-esque, but hey, it’s not like it’s Bud, Coors, or PBR.  We’re talking premium beer!  What do you guys think?  Take my poll below.  Feel free to comment, too. Thanks, peeps!

 

A framed Lagunitas IPA keg label in our living room.  That’s how much he loves it!