Because there is ALWAYS something we want.....This reoccurring post will feature items that we hope to slloooooooowly check off our wish list. These are a few of our wants for this month, a girl can always dream.
Our favorite red carpet looks from the 2015 Academy Awards...
Jennifer Aniston in Versace
Photo: Jordan Strauss
Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Zuhair Murad
Photo: Jordan Strauss
Jennifer Hudson in Romona Keveza
Photo: Jason Merritt
Emma Stone in Elie Saab
Photo: Getty Image
Neil Patrick Harris in Brunello Cucinelli
Rosamund Pike in Givenchy Haute Couture
Photo: Getty Images
Whether thrown effortlessly over the shoulder, draped as coat, or held loosely in the hand, FUR has been seen all over the Fall 2015 runways. And while there were many looks that I loved, nothing blew me away quite like Michael Kors F'15 Collection. The subtle opulence is nothing new for Kors, but he outdid himself this season with lux ombre fox, chunky head to toe cashmere, and beautiful embelishments. Not to mention his chic nod to Downton Abbey. Here are some of my personal favs...
*all photos taken from style.com
A trip to Tokyo wouldn't be complete with out it's gastronomic experience. I was only there for two days, so I had to strategically plan my meals.
For our first meal, we headed to the legendary First Ave. Ramen Street in Tokyo Station. We chose Rokurin Sha and Hirugao. Yes, we went to two ramen places, back to back but couldn't decide where to go, so we decided to go to both.
Rokurin Sha, the line to this place is usually an hour or two, but we were lucky and managed to snag a table within 20 mins. They are known for their dipping style ramen, where the noodles and broth are separated. We chose the spicy variation.
Hirugao, The second place had both the traditional ramen, and the dipping style ramen. I went for the later as I never have experienced it before this trip.. it was beyond and probably my favorite of the two.
Kaikaya, this Japanese tapas restaurant has a very energetic atmosphere, which was perfect for our first dinner out in Tokyo. Felt like I was in an East Village restaurant; very neighborhoody with hipster waiters.
Recommend: Tuna Ribs, The Sizzling Steak, The Shrimp with Shrimp Sauce,
Maisen, The place is known for their Tonkatsu (Deep fried pork). Loved the combination of fried pork with shredded cabbage, as it was a nice balance. We got the Pork Loin set. It was delicious but not so nutritious.
Sushi Bar Yasuda, A minimalist sushi bar that is absolute perfection. I am sure you've been to places where the eel is a little chewy, and the sea urchin tastes a bit like ear wax.... well, this uni was like cream, and the eel just melted in my mouth. These were some of my favorite pieces. Highly recommend.
Chef Yasuda is adorable, but his sushi is art.
There are too many places to go and too little time. I can't wait for my next trip! xx, Alice
While Valentines Day is typically a holiday for the girls we don't want our guys to feel too left out this year. Here are some gift ideas for the debonair husband to the techy boyfriend.
1. A clean scented Body Scrub ($35)
2. Penhaligons Nickel Shaving Set ($217)
3. Geo. F Trumper Sandalwood Shaving Cream ($34)
4. Animal Farm by George Orwell ($8.45)
5. A sleek electric Toothbrush ($199)
6. Cards Against Humanity ($25)
7. Aqua di Parma Cologne ($120)
8. Restoration Hardware Map ($349)
9. Lettuce Turnip The Beet Tee ($28)
10. Filson Original Briefcase ($295)
11. Marvis Cinnamon Toothpaste ($6)
12. Cohiba Behike Cigar ($45)
13. A cool understated GPS Digital Watch ($645)
14. Happy Socks ($12 a pair)
We love this Hearty Kale Soup (an adaptation of Giada's Turkey, Kale Soup)! It's a great dinner to make for the winter months, as it's filling, and rich with vegetables. We substituted brown rice with quinoa, and the turkey with ground chicken breast, both are great options, however quinoa is slightly lighter in taste and ground chicken breast is easier to find in Hong Kong. xx, Alex and Alice
Hearty Kale Soup (adaptation of Giada's Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup)
1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
5 small shallots, chopped
2 large carrots, cut into 1/2" pieces
1 red or yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/2" pieces
1 lb of ground white chicken breast, broken up into small chunks
1/2 tablespoon of herbes de Provence
6-7 cups of low sodium chicken broth (or Ina Garten's homemade chicken broth)
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup of cooked quinoa
1 small bunch of curly kale, center ribs removed, leaves coarsely chopped (4 packed cups)
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup of chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/4 cup of freshly grated parmesean cheese
Heat the olive oil in a large cast iron pot, adding the shallots, carrots and bell peppers. Stirring frequently, until the veggies have softened and begins to brown (Approx. 8 mins over medium high heat).
Add the ground chicken breast meat, and stir in the mixture until the meat turns white.
Add the herbes de provence and stir for a minute.
Add the 6 cups of broth, diced tomatoes and cooked quinoa and bring to a boil.
(At this point you can gauge whether to add another cup of broth, depending on if it's too chunky)
Reduce the heat to a simmer, and add Kale, salt, and pepper 5 minutes before serving to preserve the rich green color of the kale.
Pour the soup into bowls, and sprinkle with parsley and parmesan cheese. Serve with a crusty french baguette, bon appetite!