Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year 2012


Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012!

Hello my darlings! I wish you all the best days of your life in 2012. No matter how you choose to celebrate the arrival of the new year, be joyous and most importantly, be safe.
 
See you next year!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Word of the Day: Hypostatic Union

Hypostatic Union [hahy-puh-stat-ik] [yoon-yuhn] - Where divinity is joined with humanity.

Church On Christmas Morning At The Christian Cultural Center (ccc)

 
My family and I went to midnight mass and stopped by a friend's house afterwards to celebrate and exchange presents. Drunk with fatigue, we arrived home at about 4:30 AM. After opening a few presents, we went to bed only to wake up about four hours later to go to the Christian Cultural Center.
 
Here are a few pictures, they aren't of the best quality because I literally pointed to a direction, snapped a picture and hoped for the best. I had to be quite stealthy in order to take them as picture taking was not allowed on the premises.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

I hope you have a magical time with family and friends and may the essence of Christmas keep you warm all day long. 
 
Say a little prayer for those who will be without food, shelter or a warm coat on this chilly Christmas Eve. And remember to thank God for all of the blessings he has bestowed upon you, not just for today and tomorrow but for all the days to come. 
 
My hope for today is that a few good samaritans will make Christmas a little merrier for a family in need. Of all the days of the year, this is the day to be most charitable.
 
Merry Christmas my darlings!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cherished Moments: Sitting On Santa's Lap

I was doing some last minute Christmas shopping at Macy’s today and spotted some adorable little kiddies sitting on Santa’s lap.
 
The scene just took me back to when I was a child, peering into Santa’s eyes with childlike hope and crossing my fingers that he would deliver the actual gift I wanted for Christmas under our tree.
 
Do you remember the first time you sat on Santa’s lap as a child?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Dinner At SEA

When my friend Yves suggested that we dined at SEA, a Thai restaurant -- I was delighted by the prospect because I’m always up for trying new cuisine.
 
SEA’s décor is a mixture of old world style with an undeniable fusion of art deco. As soon as you enter the premises the eclectic atmosphere let’s you know that this won’t be your typical dining experience.
 
Don't be completely fooled by the ambiance because the tranquil pool and Buddha statue at the main entrance instantly lulls you into a peaceful trance. Their wooden furniture really made me feel like I was in a quaint little restaurant in Thailand. However, I did not go to SEA for the décor, I went for some authentic Thai food and let me tell you, they did not disappoint. 
 
The food was utterly delectable and surprisingly affordable for the quality of their ingredients.
The entrance
The pool and Buddha statue were more serene up close than what you see in the picture
The Tup Tim Fritters was my absolute favorite dish of the night, too bad I didn't order them. Fortunately, Yves was nice enough to share. These little fried appetizers were so addictive that he likened them to crack. At the end of the night, he ordered two more servings to go. Thank you mister!
My order: the Village Steamed Dumplings! Also very yummy but they do not come close to those little fried crack fritters.
I liked the look of their Saratoga bottled water
The Drunk Man's Noodle! a spicy medley of noodles, chicken, shrimp and squid drowning in a spicy basil chili sauce. There are no words. I won't even try to describe how delicious it was. Yves also ordered the Drunk Man's Noodle, without the squid, he opted for beef instead. And washed it all down with a tall glass of passion fruit mojito. I had water.
I took some pictures of a few diners while waiting for a table at the bar
The tiny boat in the pool reminds me of a Norse funeral pyre.
I wasn't the only one taking pictures
The Buddha statue
 
Location: 114 N 6th street Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY, 11211. I believe there's another one in the Meatpacking District.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Guilty Pleasures Winter Edition: Winter Wonderland Martini (Cheers)

For a perfect holiday party, martinis are an absolute must. For me, part of the beauty of a martini is definitely the sleek, elegant curve of the glass. I have a major thing for beautiful drinkware, I turn into putty whenever I find myself near Crate & Barrel, but enough about my china obsession.

What is more appropriate for this season than serving a creamy and dreamy winter wonderland martini to your guests? This velvety drink will have them carolling all night long.

'Tis the season to be jolly indeed!

Ingredients:

2 oz Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka

1 oz White crème de cacao

2 oz White chocolate liqueur

1 oz Cream

½ Teaspoon of coconut flakes

1 White chocolate wafer stick

Directions:
Add the vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur, crème de cacao and cream into a shaker and shake over ice. Strain the martini into a martini glass and add half a teaspoon of coconut flakes. To incite a little snowstorm, a white chocolate wafer stick will serve as  the perfect disturbance to the picture perfect winter wonderland.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Snowman's Revenge

  
Hello everyone, nothing major to report over here. It's been a pretty slow day and I'm feeling rather...blah. I just thought this picture was funny, naturally, I had to share!

Friday, December 16, 2011

$30 Gifts For Him

These little trinkets are courtesy of Things Remembered and would make great stocking stuffers for the guys in your life. For a special touch, engrave his name on the gift or better yet write him a personal message. It's all in the details.

Black Heritage Knife
For the man's man
Black Leather Flask
For the party guy
Watch Money Clip
For the statement maker

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas In New York

Hello my Darlings, every year I head into the city around Christmas time just to admire the sights.
 
Today's almost springlike weather made it a dream to parade around midtown and I took full advantage of it, savoring the scenery to the point where I felt like I might possibly burst with Christmas spirit.
 
The Rockefeller Christmas tree was magnificent, it just stood there in majestic relief and the smorgasbord of Christmas decorations are akin to a buffet meal for the eyes. New York really is breathtaking around the holiday season.
 
Here are a few pictures of my little excursion. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them.
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