NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2014!

I don’t know how widespread of an event this is, but I know several big cities in the US participate in Restaurant Week. I believe it started in New York though! The idea behind it is that participating restaurants offer prix fixe lunches and dinners for a set price. Last year they raised the prices to $25 lunches and $38 dinners, but even so, it’s still often an opportunity to try out places that would normally be out of your budget! In NYC, it happens twice a year, during the winter and the summer. This time, I went to lunch with Yaling and then to dinner with my boyfriend.

Yaling and I went to a Mediterranean restaurant around Gramercy, called Barbounia. It took us days to choose a place because we wanted to go everywhereeeee. I ended up picking this one mostly based on the dessert choices, haha. No regrets – everything was fantastic (I tasted some of Yaling’s meal and gave her a few bites of my food – definitely everything) and I would gladly go back to try their regular menu! It was such a cute, cozy place too, with high, arched ceilings, chandeliers holding rows of (fake but still atmospheric!) flickering candles, booths covered with throw pillows, and cheerful music. I wish I hadn’t been too afraid to take pictures of the decor! social anxiety why do you do this to me.

Bread and olive oil that was super delicious. I hate it when restaurants give you awesome bread because then you end up eating all of it and filling up before your food arrives. But somehow I managed to inhale everything I ordered šŸ˜‰
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Adorable Place You can Barely Find in NYC!

Hiroko's Place

Itā€™s not difficult to find delicate and cute stuffs in Japan when you walk around the street. A lot of restaurants, snack shops, and food stalls often think of special and unique ideas to catch peopleā€™s attention andĀ attract customers. I guess thatā€™s how maid / butler / pet theme cafĆ© come from in Japan. But work attitude is very important also. Donā€™t you think Japanese food and merchandises are exquisite and lovely? Even a little pack of candy have a very niceĀ packaging design. It is hard to find someone does not like Japanese products because they always make cute and cool stuffs.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 Finale Party at XL Nightclub

When Yaling and I found out the RuPaul’s Drag Race finale was being broadcasted live in Manhattan along with a show featuring every contestant, we stalked the internet for weeks until the tickets went on sale. They finally went up in mid-April, and I promptly spent the next few weeks being super excited. I didn’t take too many photos (I WANTED TO SEE THE SHOW WITH MY EYES NOT THROUGH THE CAMERA LENS OKAY) but here are a few super sad low-quality photos because the tiny display on my point-and-shoot likes to tell me photos came out better than they actually did. crycry. I took waaay more actually, but an enraging number of them ended up being photos of the cameras and phones of people in front of me D:<

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Let’s Celebrate the Spring!


Pink colored flowers, who don’t like it?

Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom) festival does not happen in Japan only. America also celebrate the Spring.

I go to Botanic Garden for sakura almost every year, but I have never attended a Sakura Matsuri before. Last weekend was just the time when the annualĀ Sakura MatsuriĀ festival was, so I decided to go there to celebrate springtime and my birthday.

There are more than 10,000 breeds of plants at the garden, so you can see many other beautiful flowers and trees there besides sakura. AND, Continue reading