Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sittin on Top of the World..WP24

Spring Rolls / Maine Lobster / Prawns / 10 Spice Honey

When I woke up to an email a few weeks back inviting me to check out the bar/ lounge menu at WP24 I was super excited.  I've been trying to get there for dinner for months and every time I think it's going to happen something comes up.. Well not this time darnit..

From the moment I walked in I was super impressed.  Located on the top floor of the Ritz Carlton in downtown L.A. this place  seriously makes you feel like you are on top of the world.  The view, the decor and above all the food and drinks are all spectacular..and yes I just said Spectacular.  But honestly I had to ask myself...

"Did I really expect less from the man who brought the world Spago?"  

Black Pearl. Ginger Crisp. Sweet Basil Pinarita
I sat at the bar and indulged in pretty much the entire lounge menu. Everything.. let me repeat!  EVERYTHING I had was ah-mazing.. and I'm not just saying that because I was starving like I had not seen food in two weeks..It's really freakin good.  Then again this is Stuff She Likes and I would never tell you guys about a place if it wasn't yummers! 

Anyhow ..here's a bit of what I stuffed my little round face with that Wednesday evening as the sun set over downtown Los Angeles.
Hamachi Crunch Roll / Cucumber / Tempura Crunch / Chili Aioli
Baby Pork Belly “Bao Buns
Tempura Green Beans / Gochu Jang Chili Aioli /Curry Salt
Peking Duck Roll / House Special Hoisin Glace
Chinese Crystal Dumplings / King Crab / Shrimp / Kurobuta Pork
Prawn Toast / Sweet & Spicy Garlic Chili
Rainbow / California Roll /Salmon/ Tuna / Shrimp/ Hamachi
By the way..in addition to all the a la Carte lounge options WP24 offers a 3 course tasting menu for $24 bucks and drinks for $8 bucks everyday from 5pm-7pm..check it out HERE.

...and if that did not spark your interest..here's more of what the lounge looks like.. AWESOME!

P.S. I found my way into the dining room.. Whoa.. beautiful is an understatement.. 

Wp24.... I "Like"

Taye ;)

Ritz Carlton Los Angeles
900 Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90015
213. 743.8800
WP24 by Wolfgang Puck

Friday, November 25, 2011

FASHION FRIDAY ✩ On Black Friday

 Today's Look
Faux Fur: Alice + Olivia
Jeans: J Brand
Tee: American Apparel
Bag: Matt & Nat
Sunnies: Elizabeth & James
Jewelry: Gypsoteca

It's Black Friday people.. so I'm going to make this short and sweet..  
The Jewels...  Maria Angela Perna..I met her...I saw her stuff...and I fell in lust!!!!!  She has designed for everybody including.. you ready for this... Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Chloe.. Yes the majors.. And her own stuff is AMAZE-BALLS with a capital A!  This necklace series is amongst my favorites.. I can't stop wearing them!! 
Anyhow  email her for purchase inquires  mapdesignus@gmail.com
On to the other little goodie in the FASHION FRIDAY..   The Alice and Olivia Faux Fur cropped deliciousness.  Seriously.. its super soft and super warm and looks so real that when I walked into Cafe Gratitude last week with it on..I got a couple evil "how could you" stares from the hard core Vegans..  True Story!
The J brands.. I scooped these up  last year from their factory outlet downtown .. See last years post about the outlet here
They pretty much make you look like you are ten feet tall.. and have mega stretch.. which I'm adoring these days being that I have gobbled up a few too many cupcakes in the last couple weeks.  Hey it's getting cold..comfort food!

Anyhow I hope that your Thanksgiving was just fantastic yesterday.. 

Black Friday is here...and I'm off.......

Faux fur and awesome jewels.. I "Like"
Taye ;)

Photo's Jason Gurvitz

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My Favorite Cooking Blog.. Smitten Kitchen

 Chocolate Caramel Crackers
With such a huge food holiday happening tomorrow I thought I would share my favorite... absolute favorite Cooking blog with you guys..

Say hello to Smitten Kitchen

Picture this ..I have a pretty solid non routine/routine in the morning..  I wake up and the first thing I do while still laying in bed is check my email and read my horoscope.  There's no rhyme or reason to it..it's just what I do.  Anyhow.. at least once a week I wake up to this..

An email with pictures of the most amazing looking recipes by Smitten Kitchen..  I am so freakin Smitten!

Anyhow.. I don't do much cooking these days..so I live vicariously through this kitchen..

Here are some of my favorite recipes from this oh so yummy blog..  in no particular order..

Mac and Cheese
Spicy Squash salad w/ lentils and goat cheese
French Onion soup
Balsamic Braised Brussels
Asparagus w/ Chorizo and Croutons 
Sweet and smoky oven Spareribs

Garlic Butter Roasted Mushrooms 
Sweet Potato (and Marshmallow) Biscuits
Coffee Toffee

Oatmeal, chocolate chip pecan cookies

Whole Lemon Tart 

Are you hungry yet..

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everybody!!!

Cooking Blogs that Rock... I "Like"

Taye ;)

All photo's from www.smittenkitchen.com

A letter to J-lo...

This just makes me want to get on a stair stepper and never get off.

Dear J-lo,

I understand that you are immensely creative, talented, determined, strong willed and beautiful ..but can you take a rest for goodness sake.  YOU ARE MAKING THE REST OF US LOOK FREAKING LAZY!  I mean seriously.. must you keep your body in ridiculous shape AND put out awesome music AND dance so well AND have babies AND travel the world AND always have flawless make up, all while simultaneously having two great performances and showing everybody up with that amazing lace gown at this past Sundays American Music Awards.. Sheesh...  Other than that I adore you!

Taye ;)

If you haven't guess it already..

 A quick post about the AMA's that aired this past Sunday..or should I call it the J-Lo Show..
 I wanna be like her when I grow up..

You may not always "Like" everything she wears...but she is a perfect example of a woman who knows how to dress for her body. Dear lord I need to get back in the gym..

This Zuhair Murad Fall 2011 Couture Lace gown above is Amaze-balls! 

She's over 40 and freakin fabulous!!  She's a Show Stopper!

...And giving the 20 year old's a run for their money..

Here is a little J-lo history from Style.com

Happy Wednesday...

Being a show stopper.. I "Like"

Taye ;)

p.s.  I swiped the first and forth photo from Just Jarred

Monday, November 21, 2011

New York Diaries...A day and a half in New York

My latest trip to NYC was filled with all kinds of fun.. It's the city that never stops... So much can happen in a day..

A Photo Diary.. Day and a half in New York

I left the Hotel around 1pm...and this is how it went.. (not necessarily in this order)

 Central Park
 The Beautiful Armani Store on Madison Ave
Afternoon Tea at the Mandarin Oriental..Mr. Big had a Coke..and he's the British one
Beautiful Gift from Mr. Big
 Mr. Big (who remains anonymous)
 I so wish I could do this..
 A little stop at Ralph Lauren
 The translation is pretty Hilarious
  Lady Liberty
 One of my favorite treats in the city..
Dressed for dinner..
 Dessert before dinner Panna Cotta with Family
Dinner with friends at The Jane Hotel
 The Electric Room..
 My Candy Fancy
Mr. Courtney K.
 Random Tags.. So Cool
 I always run into these guys..at 1 am..on the streets
 These boots were made for walking
 The Riverside Church.. Beautiful

Lunch w/ My darling Elizabeth Hart
 Top Shop
Cookies to die for in the East Village, Birdbath Neighborhood Green Bakery
Artichoke Pizza..If you haven't been.. Make it a priority

 The Leaves of the East Village
 Just because

Good friends, Great Food and Awesome times..That's all you really need..

NY Diaries..I "Like"

Taye ;)

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