January 24, 2014

Yellow Cow, Gardena, CA

On Wednesday, I was invited to have dinner at Yellow Cow, a Korean restaurant located in Gardena, CA. I didn't know what I was getting myself into until Kris and I started seeing how much food we were getting. While I'm very used to all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ, this was actually my first time having it à la carte. I thought, wow, I am so going to kill this! But 30 minutes in, I realized our ramen hadn't even come out yet and knew right then that I had to accept the inevitable food coma. We soon learned this meal could have easily fed four people instead of two. I am sad to say that we had to cancel the ramen due to this reason. Declining a bowl of noodles is a crime that I vow to never do again.

Side dishes are just as important as the entree at Korean restaurants. Monica, the owner, explained how the sides change every day so you can always expect something new when dining in. My favorite side dish of the night had to be the calamari wrapped in green onion. The meat was tender and the crunch of the green onion kept it light and refreshing.

Monica was kind enough to send a cold buckwheat noodle dish (pictured above) to our table. This was something I've never had before so I was super excited to try it! Everything about this dish was great, especially when paired with the marinated beef. It was basically a huge spicy bowl of flavor with lots of wonderful, crunchy, cool textures that really elevated the meal. I am used to eating my bbq meats with only rice paper or radish, so having it with this noodle dish brought it to another level.

Yellow Cow has been in business for 16 years and continues to deliver fresh, quality ingredients to the table. What I love most about this restaurant is that all the dishes served here belong to Monica. She comes from a family of chefs still living in Korea and Monica is the only one from her family to share these special recipes in the United States. 

Yellow Cow
1835 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Gardena, CA 90247

January 23, 2014

3.1 Phillip Lim Wallace

I have never been a fan of wedges, creepers, or monk strap shoes, but somehow this flawless hybrid by 3.1 Phillip Lim made me see perfection in a different light. I have never even once considered wearing anything remotely close to this, but after seeing them styled in a few Totokaelo and La Garconne photos, I quickly became enamored by the glossy leather, heel height, and perfect detail of the black metal clasps that replace the typical buckles from monk shoes. While they're completely out of my comfort zone, I am ready to embrace them full-heartedly. It will also be nice to try something new this year.

May 10, 2013

Soulland x Babar the Elephant

I love elephants so how could I not love this Babar print for Soulland? Limited run, the print is sourced exclusively from the Babar illustration collection. It just breaks my heart that Soulland is a menswear only company. via Need Supply Co.

January 3, 2013

Ellery x Graz Quixote Sunglasses

Early 2012, Ellery x Graz released a limited edition of the Quixote style in lucite pink with gold metal arms. They sold out before I could get my hands on them and I was pretty devastated. I've been scouring the internet everyday ever since to find them. A bit obsessive, I know, but they are my holy grail of sunglasses. It had exactly what I was looking for: dark brown non-gradient lenses, a perfect cat eye frame that didn't overwhelm the face, and a color that would perfectly accent all the black and white I wear. My persistent search finally paid off as I now own a brand new pair of Ellery x Graz sunglasses.

I'm so glad I sold some of my clothes to fund this purchase. After I made payment, my guilt really started to kick in after knowing how much I had spent. But to no surprise, that guilt went away once I had them in my hands.

January 1, 2013

New Years Wishlist 2013


For this new year, I want to get right with fitness and health. I want to take better care of my body by regularly working out, eating healthier, and cutting back on those beloved sweets. On improving my lifestyle, I decided it was time to upgrade my workout gear as well. I thought I'd follow through with my personal mantra of ya look good, ya feel good by investing in key workout pieces instead of an Acne shirt or APC sweater.

1. Nike Lady Vapor Flash Reversible Running Jacket  Anyone that has been in my car knows that car safety is a huge deal to me. I'm the one making sure you have your seat belt on and reminding you to never drive drowsy since it can be equivalent to driving drunk. I know too many stories about bike riders and runners getting paralyzed or killed because of a reckless driver. Because of this, having a jacket with reflectors is very important. But what makes this particular jacket so incredible? The entire surface lights up so you're visible to oncoming vehicles. The price of this jacket will have you floored, but if you can delay a couple new pairs of shoes, this purchase can be justified. Safety first above all.

2. G-Shock Mini Watch  This watch is useful on many levels. It's water-proof, shock-resistant, and has both a countdown timer and stopwatch. I've owned this G-Shock for two years now and I never go without it when being active. They come in a wide array of colors and it's always tempting to start a collection.

3. Nike Free 5.0 v4 Shoes  I currently wear the Nike Luna Racer+2 in a light grey and orange colorway. I went on a 5 hour hike a few months ago that turned my Lunas into a permanent brown instead of its normal light grey upper. Please take my advice and purchase a pair of black sneakers so they'll still look good after an outdoor activity. But if you're only doing indoor workouts, the sky's the limit for colorways. Also know that Nike running shoes tend to run a 1/2-1 size small.

4. Nike Legend Pants in Tight Fit  This is at the top of my wishlist. I'm generally always cold and since I like to run outside in the evening, wearing full length training pants seem like the perfect answer for me. To be quite honest, I didn't know these existed until a few days ago. I've never been a fan of the legging look, but as workout gear? That makes total sense to me and I now see the light. 

September 25, 2012

Alice in Wonderland by Yayoi Kusama

The classic story of Alice in Wonderland, originally written by English author Lewis Carroll, has been reinterpreted in movies and books repeatedly since 1865. As familiar as the story is, we still somehow find ourselves reading and watching the latest adaptation. I suppose that's the greatest thing about Alice in Wonderland... that the allure of the story is in how Wonderland is imagined. The most unique visual interpretation I have come across by far is one by Yayoi Kusama. Her illustrations depict a world unfilled by forests and queens of hearts, but rather abstract explosions of shapes and patterns. via source.

September 24, 2012

"Come into my Head" by Kimbra

I'm going to see this amazing woman perform next Friday! I became an instant fan when I heard "Settle Down" two years ago so I've been anticipating this moment for a long time. I'll probably end up hurting Kris' arm from my excessive pulling since I won't know how to contain my excitement.