Jean-Georges’ Spice Market

One of my favorite NYC restaurants Spice Market has just opened the outdoor patio for the spring and summer seasons. Besides the mouth-watering food, pleasant ambiance and exceptional service, I am mostly in awe of the enigmatic Southeast Asian decor.   The eminent chef Jean-Georges collaborated with designer Jacques Garcia to recreate the interiors of the far-off Eastern cultures. A valuable collection of artifacts - including … [Read more...]

A Spring Fling with ideeli

This past Thursday, Kwittken & Co invited me for another press event, this time for ideeli's Spring Fling Press Preview. The invite alone caught my instant attention and RSVP-ed immediately. As chance may have it, the hilarious talent dogs below turned out to be regulars at the ideeli headquarters offices, next to Canal Street. Coming out of the elevator, into the ideeli open space floor plan, it felt like spring had taken over the … [Read more...]

Experience Asia locally: Pearl River Mart via Instagram

Ever since my trip to China, I have been obsessed with the Asian culture: the food, the customs, the rich silks, the good luck charms, you name it! I've been watching one movie after another and reading novels about their history. Whenever I get nostalgic about China, I take a trip down memory lane, a subway ride away to Chinatown. I visit Joe's Shanghai for the best crab pork meat soup dumplings in town, and walk the streets to reminisce the … [Read more...]

Tea, anyone?

Maintaining one's skin isn't primarily done through skin care, but through hydration and a healthy diet. Following my article on Chinese beauty tricks and my trip last year to China, I learnt the importance of drinking green tea. It's true it doesn't have the greatest flavor, but its effects are astounding. "While most of Asia is known for its heavily tea drinkers, China is by far one of the biggest consumers of green tea, the most popular … [Read more...]

Jonathan Adler does pottery

Ever since I can remember, Jonathan Adler was my first designer crush. I've always loved his quirky pottery, fun pillows and geometric patterns. The first JA item I bought was a black and white kitchen towel, that I used until exhaustion. Given the subject of my Examiner article on Adler's new gig of designing E!'s Fashion Police set, I went on a visit to one of his NYC stores: the Columbus Avenue location, to be more precise. Take a look at … [Read more...]