Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Belly piercing for me???

who would have thought in this world that i would actually come down to piercing myself..haha.guess have been thinking about it for a while and yesterday went with my gf joyce to check it out at a shop on second ave and 2nd street. i wanted to get a nose stud but because of my job, i cant do it right now but joyce was brave and decided to do it in less than three mins.it was painful bringing tears to her eyes but luckily the pain was quick.

then i zzz on it the whole night and talked myself to get a naval one since its hidden..so i went today without hesitation and got one.unfortunately, the guy who was doing it Mattia (i think), had a little hitch. the first pierce using a thick needle was painful cos he said he couldnt find enough fat (so i had to sit up higher)..then, putting the jewelry on was supposedly easy but got caught so he tried a few times n eventually had to take it out and poke it through again. thank goodness i have a high tolerance of pain otherwise it would be like him really trying hard to make me cry.well there was a little more blood than expected but guess what?i love it!!! then again, now i have to really keep my little belly in shape..hahaha

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Babbo is babulous!!!

last week, i finally made my long awaited trip to Babbo after a one month reservation and many moons of waiting. Babbo is one of famous chef Mario Batalli's restaurants and i have heard so much about it that such that my expectations were sort of elevated to the skies.

rainy and cold, me and my friends were greeted warmly with a pleasant female waitress, taking us to our cosy corner seats. looking through the menu, many dishes caught my eye but could not decide what to get or rather how much can i handle. finally, i decided upon sharing a marinated fresh sardines with caramelized fennel and lobster oil and a beef cheek ravioli with crushed squab liver and black truffles with an equally greedy but jetlagged friend. I also ordered a rabbit with brussel sprouts,pancetta and carrot vinaigrette for myself since i love to test how well such a famous place could cook rabbit. (it is difficult to make rabbit as a confit and usually is best in stews)

with patience, our appetizers arrived and without hesitation, i tried everything that was on the table...the sardines were fresh and pretty big, and the beef cheek pasta was well cooked and well balanced with the intensity of black truffles and liver. however, i also stole some of my other friends' goat cheese tortelloni with dried orange and wild fennel pollen which was subtle and appetizing but the most memorable appetizer was their special lamb's tongue chopped and sauteed with tomatoes and served with a three minute egg. It sounded weird but it turned out that this combination of ingredients was amazing and flavourful (wished it was a bigger portion).

then, my second plate, the rabbit came briefly after without any time for digestion. crossing my fingers, i tried my first bite into the meat and surprisingly, this rabbit was so well done (not overcooked like many places) that its meat was tender and falling off the bone. i was very pleased as the last time i had rabbit meat in Raoul's in Soho, it was way over cooked and was tough. then i tasted my other friend's duck with red cabbage,speck and black ceci which was pink on the inside but crispy on the outside. as good as it looks, the duck breast was tasty but a little too sweet for my taste buds. yet another plate was the grilled lamp chops "Scottadita" with sunchokes, grilled onions and lemon..the chops were absolutely well well marinated and the grilled onions added a tint of sweetness to the meat which makes you take a bite after another.

we were all stuffed to our noses, but how can you grade a restaurant without attempting their desserts?so then, i went for the saffron panna cotta with quince,pink peppercorn and quince sorbetto while my partners in crime ordered the chocolate hazelnut cake, pumpkin cheesecake with raisins,creme fraiche and saba and a pistachio and chocolate semifreddo. out of all the sweets, my favourites were the panna cotta and the cheesecake which was quite extraordinary.

our dinner finally ended with a couple of cappuccinos and some free hazelnut cookies and of course a decent bill which is the most painful part. however, i am glad i have tried this excellent restaurant and for those who loves italian, go for it..it is worth the experience and every penny and you can count on a comprehensible menu unlike Lupa (his other restaurant) with a whole list of glossary terms....but keep in mind..reservations are hard, keep calling, and don't give up!!!

wanna make oxtail that kills?

his is my favourite recipe for cooking for a party of four. it is easy and no brainer for anyone. if rats can cook, so can you!!!

ingredients:
4 pds fresh oxtail
fresh rosemary
fresh thyme
one can of diced tomatoes
one box of beef broth
one bottle of red wine (zinfandels are what i use)
olive oil
celery (cut into one inch pieces)
2 bags of baby carrots
1 bag of pearl onions (peeled)
one clove of garlic (peeled)
one box of grape or cherry tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of cous cous
half cup of raisins

method:
1. heat olive oil in skillet and when hot place cleaned oxtail pieces in to brown
2. once browned, flip and do the same till two sides are browned
3. remove meat from heat into the baking tray
4. pre heat the oven to 350 degrees
5. place all the vegetables into the tray with the meat
6. pour in the can of diced tomatoes and beef broth as well as wine till it covers the meat along with the sprigs of herbs
7. place the tray into the oven and cook slowly for about 4hours
8. check on it every 20mins making sure it does not dry up. add more broth if needed
9. towards the end of cooking, add in some salt and pepper according to taste
10. remove once you feel like the meat if falling off the bone!!!
11. place cup of cous cous into 2 cups of boiling water
12. add raisins and a pinch of salt and cover the pot for three to five mins
13. once all the liquid is absorbed, served the cous cous on a plate topped with the yummy oxtail and you are ready to eat!!!!

Hedonism for everyone?Anyone?



this is one of my all time books that i try to inspire my life when i feel like its getting into a routine...awesome and humourous, it reminds us not to be caught in the boring cycle of work and life..it can be as exciting as you want and life is too short to think too much! Live brave, live fun, and follow your passion, love and dreams to the fullest!!!! Cheers!!!

behind the scene of test shoot...






what goes on behind a beauty test shoot?fun fun and more fun!this is another one we did at edwin's place...with kenny the stylist who was using hospital utensils as props...unused of course but still a little intimidating...yeah..but kinda cool...will see how it turns out....????

one of the fabulous views of New York City




passing through the tunnel to dinner at the time of sunset...i captured a few pictures this gorgeous postcard view of the city.certainly reminds me of the beauty in the midst of the bustle and hustle that sometimes we can too caught up in.

my favourite funniest kitty home video!!!

video


and guess whos the lead in it??my darling kitty mittens momochan!!enjoy!

Eat, Drink and Be Pretty!!!: Latest Basta Pasta adventure!

find food,fun,fashion with me in nyc!!!: Latest Basta Pasta adventure!


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Latest Basta Pasta adventure!





. Tuna and salmon tartare with squid ink sauce

. Seared sirloin steak with poached egg

. Spaghetti with home made meat sauce...and of course my one and only
famous sea urchin pasta with pink sauce...

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A day in Washington Square Park...






It is a nice summer day out at the washington square park and everyone is just lying on the warm grass enjoying the pleasant music from a cool jazz band. and here i am with dear kaya getting some vitamin d and people watch...