However ridiculous the nail art in Asia may be, there are still a few enticing things that make us want our nails done with CRAY crystals and insane colours. Over the past weekend in Shanghai I became a victim to this nail art with DIAMOND ENCRUSTED NAILS. Thankfully, I did not do this to ALL of my fingers. I decided doing both of my ring fingers would suffice. My cousin and I sat at a nail salon for approximately 2 hours getting a light grey/purple-ish shellac colour as our base (something very neutral and muted) to go along with our RIDICULOUS ring fingers. I must say after it was done we couldn't stop taking photos of them...at dinner, the bar, brunch...
UP NEXT: Heading to TOKYO FASHION WEEK!!! Stay tuned for more...
Ever heard of Caviar Nails? I recently picked up this awesome kit from Lane Crawford the other day in rose gold. I wasn't sure how it would play out or if it would look too much if I did all my nails so I tested the waters and decided just to caviar my ring fingers (such it seems the trend to change up the ring finger nail). In the end I thought it looked pretty blingy and matched my morning cappuccino fromThe Petit Cafe just perfectly. The texture is also very interesting! I kept touching my nails consistently! Definitely an easy DIY manicure.
Just got back from an amazing Christmas trip to Japan! Definitely one of my favourite countries - it is just so clean, everyone is extremely polite, friendly, and the FOOD! Simply phenomenal. It is quite impossible to have a bad meal in Japan. We spent our time mainly in Osaka and a few days in Kyoto. Kyoto is a beautifully historic city with a lot to see and do. Osaka is FOOD CITY! I probably spent most of my time eating and then navigating to my next restaurant to try other delicious delights. Japan also has some of the best bread and no matter where you go, everything is packaged PERFECTLY. I mean perfectly - from little candies, pickled vegetables to bento boxes sold at 7-11. It was also quite fun getting a chance to use my terrible Japanese - being half Japanese I wish I knew a little more. I am also glad I kept up my reading skills as I found it very helpful to be able to read as there wasn't too much English around. Here are some of my favourite snapshots from my trip all from my iPhone (if you don't have the photo editing app called 'Snapseed' I highly recommend it)! Enjoy!
Downtown Dotonbori in Osaka
Matcha soft serve in Gion, Kyoto
CRAY vending machines - You can literally get anything in a vending machine
Interesting vending machine finds - SAKE!
Another shot of Dotonbori
Fresh UNI from a hole-in-the-wall sushi bar in Tenjinbashi, Osaka
The said sushi bar from above
The best tekka maki also from the hole-in-the-wall sushi bar
BACON Okonomiyaki (pan-fried cabbage pancake covered with bonito flakes and savory sauce)
A rustic street near the Fushimi Inari Shrine with a fresh senbei store on the right-hand side
Chocolate cream-filled bird pastries
Street food fave...TAKOYAKI!
Side street in Temma, Osaka
Killer ramen in Kyoto from Honke Dai-Ichi Asahi Ramen
Fresh and warm senbei (rice crackers) from Mochiyaki Senbei!
Our traditional machiya townhouse in Kyoto My new Nike Roshe sneaks in the subway
A few months back I was in beautiful Hawaii again for my cousin's wedding. Had an amazing time eating and exploring through Oahu and Maui with the fam. I was absolutely obsessed with tuna poke and eating as many acai bowls as possible! Below are a few of my recommendations for eating in Maui and Oahu.
Blue Hawaii Lifestyle (#2312, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu)
For the best variety in acai bowls and tuna poke.
Marukame Udon (2310 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu)
Homemade udon noodles at this hip udon bar from Tokyo. Reasonable and delicious. They also have a great selection of tempura and onigiri.
Cafe Kaila (2919 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu)
Classic breakfast food with kick ass waffles and pancakes. As you can see the cafe has the best name! Haha
Lanikai Juice (600 Kailua Rd, Kailua)
Fresh made smoothies with every tropical fruit you can think of. They also have some awesome green smoothies to get your veggie fix.
The Beet Box Cafe (66-443 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa)
Organic food at it's best, this cafe is nestled behind a small organic grocery store. Acai bowls topped with fresh granola and fruit and amazing avocado toast!
Side Street Inn (1225 Hopaka St, Honolulu)
This joint is where all the locals go and where all the chefs in town eat after hours. Awesome fried chicken and kimchi fried rice, you will leave full and satisfied!
Star Noodle (286 Kupuohi St, Lahaina)
Good asian fusion - pork buns, vietnamese crepes. The chef from Star Noodle, Sheldon Simeon was also featured on Top Chef.
Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop (820 Olowalu Village Rd, Lahaina)
Amazing pies, bread and desserts. The best sandwich is the seared ahi tuna sandwich. You can phone ahead of time and put aside any pie you want. Their pies and desserts sell out SUPER fast, so go early!
Monkey Pod (10 Wailea Ike Dr #201, Wailea)
Best for happy hour serving up some really unique cocktails. Drink and food specials galore!
Cafe Mambo (30 Baldwin Ave, Paia)
Great cafe in the little surf town of Paia. Must order anything with their crispy duck, my favourite is their crispy duck salad with mango salsa along with a refreshing passionfruit margarita.
Flatbread Company (89 Hana Hwy, Paia)
Fresh salads and amazing flatbread with seasonal, healthy, locally sourced ingredients.
Mana Foods (49 Baldwin Ave, Paia)
Great organic grocery store in Paia. They also serve homemade soft serve ice cream inside and healthy take-away food from their salad bar. Also have a great selection of fresh juices and a delicious selection of bulk granola.
O'o Farms (651 Waipoli Rd, Kula)
This is a little bit of an excursion through upcountry Maui near Kula (on the way to the volcano crater). It's a gourmet organic farm that gives you a tour of their farm grounds and orchard. Then their in-house gourmet chef at the farm cooks up a delectable meal that you eat al fresco in the most beautiful setting. They also grow and roast their own coffee there and you get to try it as well. Simply amazing. Great activity to do.
Aloha Mixed Plate (1285 Front St, Lahaina)
This is traditional "Hawaiian" cuisine. Great restaurant, owned by the same chef that created Leoda's and Star Noodle.
Summer is here and especially in the Hong Kong heat we all need a good way to cool down. A couple of my favorite sweet spots in the city are Lab Made and Smile Yogurt.
Lab Made is an interesting concept which combines science and dessert. With unique, gourmet flavors changing weekly you can literally have a apple pie, blueberry yogurt to a custard bun in an ice cream. Lab Made takes their delicious ingredients, pours it into a mixmaster and adds their secret ingredient...liquid nitrogen. Give it a little mix and in mere seconds you have silky, creamy ice cream made to order.
Smile Yogurt dessert bar is not your typical self-serve fro-yo. It's a whimsical place where delicious frozen yogurt goodness is dressed with premium toppings from strawberry-basil sorbet, mango pudding, Manuka honey, homemade crumbs, to mango-passionfruit marshmallows. Sometimes they look too pretty to eat!