Saturday, December 10, 2011


tycho . hours (teen daze remix)
{you know how i love my instrumentals}

childish gambino . heartbeats (no pets allowed remix)
{this kid is a wonder. first, he's hilarious in community, then he sings and dances too?! geesh.}

dillon francis . I.D.G.A.F.O.S.
{dillon is quickly becoming someone i'm obsessed with. the melody is contagious}

big boi . shutterbug (unlimited gravity remix)
{getting my thug on... that's right, you heard me}

avicii / nicky romero . unknown track
{personally anything avicii does is perfect to me, but collaborating with nicky romero is perfection on another level! this track still has that awesome melodic avicii signature too}


swedish house mafia/ knife party/ tim berg . alcoholism antidote (pressure 12 step bootleg)
{sweden to the fourth power + a little knife party mixed in}

birdy . young blood (the naked and famous cover)
{umm, can i officially say i'm jealous of a fifteen year old... her voice is beyond}

boxer rebellion . spitting fire
{a perfect fall driving song}

leonard cohen . winter lady
{classic folk}

daft punk vs. dj fresh . something about gold dust (jimi needles blend)
{a funkier, more soulful version of the daft classic}

david guetta . titanium ft. sia (arno cost remix)
{my favorite of the remixes to this song. maybe not as hard hitting as the others but the melody melds perfectly into the original}

frank ocean . girlfriend's best friend
{yea, you already know i'm obsessed with this guy. just another track i swoon over}

porter robinson . unison (knife party remix)
{another artist i've been swooning over! super hard electro house crafted from the hands of a 19 year old hailing from north carolina that just makes me want to jump around. i'm so bummed i missed him when he was in town... womp womp}

friction . someone ft. mclean (the prototypes remix)
{just love the smooth vocals contrasted against the dubby interludes}

nujabes . the final view
{been a long time fan, and am seriously itching for the post-humous release of his debut album. rest in peace, jun seba. your music is everything.}

madeon . icarus (unreleased preview)
{madeon is a teen genius, seriously... he's 17. waiting patiently for this song to be released, until then, i'll be looping the youtube video...}

lana del rey . born to die
{there's a lot of controversy over lana del rey, mainly about her lips which makes me laugh but i must say, i am a big fan of this song... video follows!}

{all images found via google images}

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Quinoa-Farro Salad with Grilled Lemon Chicken

This quinoa salad has been my lifeline for the past month... and this just in: I'm still not sick of it!

It's love.

Inspired by a salad from a restaurant, I was determined to make it myself at home. Simply determined. So the next day I went to my local market to get my hands on some farro, which I must say is quite expensive compared to other grains! But on the upside, it's delicious and has this amazing toothy quality that adds to the quinoa's soft almost rice-like texture. If you want to keep it low budget - I suggest trying barley instead (I plan on trying it myself soon).

Anyways, with all the fresh herbs and veggies, it's simply perfect. I had never tried farro before and was stunned at how much I loved it. The combination might not sound so appetizing to non-health freaks but I swear, everyone who has tried has loved it! The lemon-y dressing and French feta make it so irresistible  and all of the textures keeps your taste buds guessing at each bite. This salad is equally amazing with some grilled shrimp on top!

Quinoa-Farro Salad with Grilled Lemon Chicken
Yields: 10 servings

For the chicken:
10 chicken tenders
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lemon, zested and juiced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

For the salad:
1 cup quinoa
1 cup farro
2 large red bell peppers, seeds removed, sliced, cut into 1" pieces
5 Persian cucumbers, seeds removed, sliced into 1 cm pieces
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup golden raisins, rehydrated in warm water
1 cup French feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped

For the dressing:

1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. crushed dried mint
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. seasoned salt

To make the dressing, whisk together everything in a small bowl to blend and set aside in the refrigerator until needed. For the chicken, add the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, salt and pepper into a large bowl. Mix together and add the chicken. Stir well to coat, then cover the bowl in plastic wrap. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Before grilling, allow the chicken to come to room temperature. Grill over a medium-high flame until cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side.

To cook the quinoa, add the quinoa and 1 1/4 cups of water into a rice cooker. Cook using the 'white rice' setting. Once done, remove the quinoa and allow to cool to room temperature. While the quinoa is cooking, heat a large sauce pot over high heat. Add the farro and 2 1/2 cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low to a simmer. Cook for 20 - 30 minutes until tender. If there is excess water remaining, drain the farro and set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled grains, all of the vegetables and drained, re-hydrated raisins. Mix to combine. If not serving immediately at this point, you can refrigerate this mixture until ready to eat, it usually keeps in my refrigerator for up to a week. When ready to serve, toss in the feta cheese and enough dressing to lightly coat. Eat cold or at room temperature and serve with the warm chicken.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tailored Tuesday & Travel

1. Milly 'Snake-effect leather shoulder bag'
so posh.

2. Kain 'Alva open-knit linen-blend cardigan'
perfectly lightweight for summer nights.

3. 3.1 Phillip Lim 'Knot-front textured silk playsuit'
playsuits were not my thing, they just didn't work but now with all the new styles, they've magically grown on me.

4. Paloma Barcelo 'Amalaga mesh and leather espadrille wedges'
chic & casual.

5. Scosha 'Set of three 10-karat gold and diamond bracelets'
a mix of boho and chic.

6. Marni 'Resin and ribbon necklace'
a stunner.

7. Stella Mccartney 'Elodie hopping underwire bra'
can lace ever not be pretty?

8. Olympus 'PEN camera'
slim, lightweight and perfect for on the go.

9. Kai 'Perfume oil'
my favorite perfume ever!!! so fresh smelling - too bad it costs an arm and a leg...

10. Tom Cecil 'Hipflask'
classy trashy.

11. Clinique 'Black honey almost lipstick'
the best subtle lip tint that works on almost everyone!

12. Temple 'Repurposed u-zip duffel bag'
i just love anything in olive green.

13. Maybelline 'New York lasting drama by eyestudio gel eyeliner'
what i'm currently using - and i must say, it's just as good as mac's fluidline.

14. Galleria 'Pansies auto folding umbrella'
how freaking cute would i be walking in the rain with this?

i'm a sucker for cityscapes in the midst of large bodies of water.

fall is the best season EVER.

looks like something from a fairytale.

big big dream to go to stockholm.

wonder if i could afford this place if i planned on visiting london...

teeniest island ever! 

oh yea, that's gonna be me one day in that hot air balloon.

how incredibly romantic...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Chambre de Sucre

The lovely Kathy of Chambre de Sucre was so lovely as to send me a generous amount of samples. When she contacted me, I was excited. I drink tea almost daily, if not multiple times a day and even though most of the time I prefer it unsweetened, there are those days when I do need a little sugar fix.

The sugars from Chambre de Sucre are the most exquisite and delicate sugar fix you could ever get your hands on. Each type of sugar I was sent was beautiful and perfect. I never thought I'd describe sugar as such, but visit their site and you'll see how adorable everything is. Perfect for tea parties or get togethers with your girlfriends.

Anyways, I just love getting sent such beautiful products! Gives me the opportunity to shoot the heck out of them and then devour them afterwards - what a good deal.

I decided that the best match for such beautiful sugar was my most delicate tea, rose tea!

Their rock sugars were my favorite. I just love the rawness and natural look of it.

Visit their website here.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Current Favorites

this man's voice is impossible to forget - it's soulful and deep and probably why he is the only person on earth who could cover an etta james song with as much power and soul as etta herself. his debut album, produced by diplo & switch is amazing, to say the least. the bass in all the songs just emphasizes the emotion in his voice.

damn your eyes (etta james cover)

frank ocean is an amazement. he's 23, for one and has been writing songs for the likes of justin beiber, john legend, beyonce and more. what i most love about him is how when signed to a major label, who ignored his talent, he decided to release his album himself on tumblr for free! now if that isn't endearing and openly heartfelt, i don't know what is. to top it off, his music is amazing.

pyrite {pdex remix}

sbtrkt is a producer from london who perfectly mixes electronic music with soul. it's dance-y but slow and has a whole lot of feeling. he wears a mask out of anonimity, because he prefers to let his music speak for itself and because he's not a social person, which i can totally relate to! i just love the concept.

special features aka eden anderson is a newly born dj and house producer who also hails from london. his remixes are just gold and i love the liveliness he adds to all of these tracks - especially to strobe. it is amazing!

calvin harris . feel so close (special features remix)

deadmau5 . strobe (special features remix)

avicii & david guetta . sunshine (special features remix)

{links are to where you can download the songs // not hosted by me}

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chocolate Éclair Cake

I love anything that has to do with custard, as you know well by now. It's just the perfect food; creamy, sweet, so unctuous! I've been wanting to make this Chocolate Éclair Cake for a while, but I was kind of iffy about all of the processed products in it and whether or not it would turn out tasty. Despite my own cautions about the cake, there were numerous glowing reviews about how easy and how incredibly delicious this cake is... so I went ahead and bit the bullet!

This icebox cake is everything everyone says it is. First, it's easy as hell, I mean seriously, all you have to do is assemble the dang thing, then let is rest in the refrigerator overnight. Secondly, and most importantly, it's effing delicious!!! Yes, I had to use multiple exclamation points because it is so yummy. It's custardy and rich and chocolatey all at the same time. 

I went ahead and did myself a favor by using all low-fat or sugar-free products to reduce my caloric intake. Something so luxurious to begin with can get away with shedding a few unneeded indulgences. Magically, this concoction does taste like an eclair, and if you love them, you must try this recipe! Something to note, the chocolate frosting makes the cake extremely sweet, so I suggest using a chocolate ganache instead, unless you like sticky sweet desserts.

Chocolate Éclair Cake
Yields: about 15 - 20 servings
Original recipe here.

1 package low-fat graham crackers
2 packages (3.4 oz.) sugar-free instant French vanilla pudding
8 oz. package fat-free Cool Whip
3 cups nonfat milk
16 oz. can chocolate frosting (or homemade chocolate ganache)

In a large bowl, mix together the milk and pudding mix until well combined, then fold in the Cool Whip. Arrange the graham crackers in a single layer in the bottom of a 9"x13" baking dish (you may need to break some crackers to fit the dish). Top with a layer of the pudding mixture (about 1 cm thick), then top with another layer of graham crackers. Continue this process until you finish the graham crackers. Spread the chocolate frosting or homemade ganache over the top of the last layer of graham crackers. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours and up to overnight before serving.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jägerhaus {Anaheim, CA}

I haven't ever had German food really, so when my cousin told me there was an authentic hole-in-the-wall restaurant near us, we had to go immediately! After a grueling, mud-filled run through the ROC race, we were ready for a huge meal... and what better way to fill our stomachs than with tons of sausage, German pancakes and spaetzle. 

I didn't have my camera on hand, so I hope these Instagram pictures will do - what would the world do without our ever handy cell phones huh? Anyways look at that gorgeous thing above! It's the traditional German pancake, served simply with powdered sugar and lemons. It was beyond! Unlike any pancake because first, it was ginormous, and second, it was deliciously crispy... still dreaming about it.

I chose to get schnitzel with a mushroom cream sauce and spaetzle. It was definitely what I was craving - full of flavor and carbs. The spaetzle wasn't the best I've tried because it tasted like it had been cooked and re-heated but it still hit the spot.

My dish also came with a side of sauerkraut. I thought I would have like it but I've come to the conclusion that I don't enjoy sauerkraut as much as I'd thought. My sister enjoyed it so it was probably some damn good sauerkraut. 

This place is famous for their homemade plum jam so I knew I had to steal some from my friend since my dish didn't come with any. Good idea on my part because it was AMAZING. So fresh and not too sweet. Wow, plum jam, I'm just in love with you. 

Yum, yum. Overall, I really enjoyed this place. It's home-y, no frills at all, which I enjoyed a lot.