Laurie Lipton Drawings Sunday, Oct 23 2011 

I came across these photos of drawings by Laurie Lipton, an amazing artist that was featured in beinart.org

Her drawings are immaculate and truly extraordinary. She is inspirational for me, as I really want to develop my drawing skills.

Fluffsters Sunday, Oct 23 2011 

Random pictures of happy fluffsters and cute stuff. =)

Day in Lincoln Park Tuesday, Aug 30 2011 

I spent the day off walking around Downtown Lincoln Park. I love the ambiance and atmosphere there… vintage buildings, unique stores, amazing architecture, delicious restaurants, and people who genuinely are happy being where they are at the present moment. I took the time to photograph my all time new favorite store, Rugby, which houses Ralph Lauren’s upscale, preppy collection of plush cashmere sweaters and striking blazers that are devastating to the wallet.There’s a bunch of outrageously priced “thrift store”, “resale shop” “consignment shops” around that area, but they lack true soul simply because they are bare in merchandise. In my opinion, the best thrift stores and vintage finds are in the suburbs, randomly encountered, or down Belmont and Sheffield in Chicago.

Our next stop was a place called Barker & Meowsky: A Paw Firm (for all of you pet lovers out there!). Chumchum ended up getting a bag of treats and a sweet toy made out of wood and linen for only $3.00. I love that an old, brown dog greets you at the door and the staff is so welcoming. They even gave me some samples of a cat treat (shredded salmon, ooh la la) since Chum is so picky.

We ended up eating at a restaurant called Shine, and I took photos of Shrimp Rolls;  Hot Pot Stir Fry, which is Japanese eggplant, bamboo shoots, bell peppers, lemongrass, peas and tomato in an aromatic panang curry; Shine Maki, which is crispy shrimp and cucumber wrapped in baby tuna, topped with ginger dressing; and Toro Maki, with fatty tuna, avocado, cilantro, scallion, shitake, and tempura crunch with spicy sauce.

Chanel Cupcakes Sunday, Aug 28 2011 

I will find a way to make these puppies…

Happy Saturday! Saturday, Aug 27 2011 

So True… =) Saturday, Aug 27 2011 

Who Knew… Saturday, Aug 27 2011 

That a baby hippopotamus is so cute?

Owl Stones Thursday, Aug 25 2011 

My obsession with owls was way before they became the “IT” animal. Here are some precious owl stones… I love the little dude all the way on the left.

 

 

Old Family Photojournal Tuesday, Aug 23 2011 

My mother recently received a CD in the mail from my aunt, who had traveled to Pakistan for lesiure. There, she had encountered a bag full of photo negatives given to her by a distant relative. The negatives: forgotten, discarded, and triggered by her mere presence more than 40 years later.

My mother’s family is from Delhi, India. They moved to Quetta, Pakistan after turmoil between India and Pakistan. My mother is one of 12 siblings. She is the fourth youngest, the latter five of them being very close in age, referred to as the “Panja”, or “Palm.”  Born after a span of many years, my mother’s older siblings look as if they are her parents. I was shocked to see how beautiful and youthful my grandmother was, despite bearing 12 children. Moreso, I was startled by the resemblance between my mother and I… how similar in gestures and features we are. I saw glimpses of my younger sister in her, as well. It’s odd to think of your own parents as a child. Their memories, their experiences, their stories… how they actually were existing beings before we came along.

These photos made me realize how precious time can be, and how years fly without us even realizing it. The beauty of childhood and youth are captured in these photos. Old photos are treasures. I am one of those people who cling onto anything with memories or a story behind it. The viewing of old photos is bittersweet, and leaves you feeling a combination of loss, sorrow, joy, and realization. It really is a surreal experience.

I do not know who took these photos. My mother doesn’t remember these photos, and she spent the evening reminiscing quietly and withdrawn in her thoughts, something that is not in her normal range of behavior. I am planning on printing these and binding them to a beautiful album.


Seared Ahi Tuna Monday, Aug 22 2011 

This is my favoritest dish to make. It takes about four minutes, is healthy, and literally the most delicious thing ever. You need:

-2 plump tuna steaks

-1/2 teaspoon sea salt

-1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

-1 tablespoon sesame oil

-Juice of 1 lemon

-1/4 teaspoon black pepper

-1/2 teaspoon ginger/garlic paste

-1 tablespoon sesame seeds

*Marinate the tuna steaks with ginger/garlic paste, sea salt, black pepper, soy sauce, and lemon juice. Let marinate for about an hour in the fridge. Heat an iron skillet with the sesame oil. Coat the steaks with the sesame seeds, and sear each side for about 50 seconds. Serve with a cool, fresh cucumber salad.

 

 

 

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