Archive | January, 2012

Bo Kwon @ Home

30 Jan

If you ever have the chance to try Bo Kown’s Koi Fusion, then you must. Try anything and/or everything all at once. Also, note that these are hard to share so don’t even think about it if you’re with a friend. Koi Fusion is South Korea uniting with Mexico creating a perfect blend of tortilla and  Korean BBQ among other crazy outbursts of mad flavors. I mention South Korea because I haven’t had the pleasure of trying North Korean dishes; however, I have lived in Seoul so I think I know a little bit about South Korean cuisine.

The point of this post is that I decided to make my own Bo Kwon bulgogi tacos at home for dinner and the results were excellent!

It’s real simple: corn tortillas, bulgogi beef from Trader Joe’s, cilantro, sliced cabbage, sliced onions, a cucumber spear.

 

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Vintage Shopping

26 Jan

I am always on the look out for vintage clothing shops. There are a few around town, but I love finding new ones to check out as well. Recently, I found Retro Reload on Yelp. I was happy to find out that it is very local, near my childhood home! After reading the rave reviews, I had to see it for myself.

There is a great mix of vintage and consignment wear throughout the store. I had to hold myself back because there was so many awesome garments! This place also has an abundance of jewelry, scarves, shoes, hats and every other accessory under the sun. I also fell in love with a gorgeous walnut dresser that I wish I didn’t have to pass up on.

These are the things I couldn’t leave behind:

I first found this vintage red dress and snagged it from the rack.

I found this blue dress next, with a price tag of $7.00, I couldn’t pass it up!

I stumbled upon this cute top and couldn’t let it go! I love the color, but I’m not in love with the buttons. I think I may change them out at some point.

I can’t wait to go again to see what else I can find!

Peas Please

25 Jan

I recently purchased the cookbook by Julia Child, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” I can’t believe how much information is in this one cookbook! I think of it more as an encyclopedia of French cooking.

I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to try first so I decided to go blind-folded. Okay, I wasn’t really blind folded! I took the book in hand and randomly opened it up. I decided that I would make whatever was on that page, thankfully I did not land on aspics!

There are 6 pages dedicated to peas in “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”  I was lucky enough to have turned to the canned peas page. I was surprised to see that Julia approved of canned peas at all! I’d like to think that she put this in here as a last resort recipe. A recipe that you could use that will make canned peas taste pretty darn good!

The recipe was simple and fast which I love! I sautéed a minced shallot in butter and then added the peas. Next, I seasoned them with salt and pepper. After adding a small amount of mushroom broth, I cover the peas to heat them up. To reduce the liquid more, I uncovered the peas and turned the heat up high so that the liquid boils and evaporates. That was it! I never had can peas that tasted so good!

Wreaths for every season

24 Jan

I recieved and email,from someone very special, about a tutorial on making your own ornament wreath. What a great idea for Christmas! I wanted to take a stab at it so I hit up my local Mr. Stuff store. Mr. Stuff always has great random items for VERY cheap. I bought these plastic ornaments for .25cents each and since I got so many, they gave me every 5th one free! Score!

I like that the ornaments are plastic because I didn’t have to worry about the wreath being fragile. I took a wire hanger and bent it into a circle, keeping the hook part for hanging. I left the end open to add the ornaments. Tip: you have to hot glue the round cap with the hoop so they don’t seperate from the ornament. I randomly put the ornaments onto the hanger and then twisted it closed. Lastly, I had some extra tulle and used that to create a bow, but you can use oversized ribbon instead. I liked the colors and will be hanging this on my door when Easter rolls around!

Cherry Picking

23 Jan

For Christmas this year, I decided to make a few presents. I made reversible bags, cookies in a jar, iPad covers and this tie front purse with a pattern by Ali Foster Patterns. I love creating gifts for friends and family! I also love that they have something unique and all their own!

I made this particular tie front bag for my brother’s girlfriend. My original thought was to have the cherry fabric be the lining and the red be the main bag fabric. I decided to make it with the cherries on the outside because it was black and would hide wear better than the red. I can’t wait to make more of this bag!

Gifts in a Jar

22 Jan

For Christmas, I made decided to try out Bakerella’s idea of cookies in a jar! I decided to make these last-minute, so I couldn’t get the cute mason jars like she used. That’s okay, next time!

With limited resources, I was able to find some 2 quart containers by Ziplock. I followed her recipe and instructions for the dry goods, but changed my m&m colors to Christmas colors and added Christmas fabric to the tops.

This was a fun and easy project to follow! Homemade gifts are the most thoughtful and I love giving them! I will be making this project again, using real jars, for Valentine’s Day! I’m going to change the m&m colors to red and pink and use a cute heart fabric for the top! I plan on giving these as a treat for my daughter’s preschool teachers!

Go Green for 2012

22 Jan

For Christmas gifts this year I made reversible shopping bags! Many cities in Los Angeles are passing laws that ban the plastic shopping bag, which I am okay with. I actually prefer to use my fabric bags because I get more rewards points at my local grocery store! More rewards = more savings for me!

I purchased the reversible tote pattern from Ali Foster Patterns on Etsy. You may remember this name before, I love her patterns and have made this bag, this bag and even this bag. Her patterns are simple and clear, very easy to follow.

The part I love most about this project, you can choose whatever patterns you heart desires!

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