music makes us who we are

for a lil fun silly snippet of my newest song, take a moment to watch this & lemme know if you love it, hate it, or wanna slit your throat if you were to be stuck listening to me sing for the rest of your life hahha:

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sushi of gari

sushi of gari

upper east side || 402 e. 78th st., new york, ny 10075 || (212) 517-5340

this restaurant has become so popular that they now have 4 different locations in the city – the upper east side is the original that holds the michelin star rating while still preserving the traditional, casual seating arrangement. for all levels of sushi lovers, this is an omakase experience you must try in new york [if you haven’t already]. with every visit, there are new additions [and surprises] to the chef’s tasting menu, and you can let the server know specific likes & dislikes. the major buzzkill surprise for me this time was that they were out of the 3 cravings i had: mirugai [giant clam], sweet raw shrimp, & fresh toro [they only had flame-torched toro]. to be fair, it was a late monday evening — not the best for sushi. as usual, i prefer the skinnyminnie sashimi omakase: more fish, no rice.

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the sake casing matched my festive nails. fun.

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fatty salmon belly. fatty

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snapper rolls.

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tuna

the outstanding dish of the night:

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flame-torched fluke + poached quail egg + truffle oil slathered all over. sexy.

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yellowtail. weakest link of the night.

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hotate [scallop] + caviar. always a must-get for me.

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tomato tempura and salmon

second favorite of the night:

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flame-torched rare snow crab & uni – perfect.

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tuna tartare with pine nuts & deep fried seaweed chips

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uni. always a must-get.

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plum sake in the back & new sake glass for a new bottle. artwork is channeling zelda.

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marinated snapper & seawead

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topping was a mixed mushroom medley? i passed the [cooked] fish over to my comrades.

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seared toro. great but i kinda wanted super fresh raw toro. #brat

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chopped snapper + black salt. very refreshing!

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seared lobster – slightly overcooked for my raw diet

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mackerel with sesame topping. i passed on this one.

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ikura!

the ikura challenge, just like when it all started at zuma hong kong: how many salmon roe is in one order?

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separate them in groups of 10 first…

gambling is in my blood. needless to say, i won the challenge.

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kumamoto oysters, yay. my final course before tapping out.

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a pretty piece after i ended my tasting.

’twas a wonderful pre-thanksgiving stuff yourself in the face healthy, raw treat i must say. perfect for my raw diet. じゃね! [ja-ne, see you!]

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zuma hong kong

zuma hong kong || the landmark, 15 queen’s road, central, hong kong || +852 3657 6388

i love hong kong.

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the view from my room at the conrad hilton in hong kong. #love

it’s hard to find hong kong/chinese food as great as here. as much as i love the food, i still miss my raw diet so zuma is the perfect place to satisfy those cravings. this contemporary japanese restaurant and lounge located in the beautiful landmark shopping center is trendy with fresh fish, delicious drinks, and cool people, comparable to the sexy & reliably delicioius sushi roku chain of restaurants in los angeles & vegas, and the likes of novikov in london, and morimoto & catch in new york.

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leeanne my awesome jetsetting gf knows all the best places.

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the cool kids hk crew.

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some of my favorite sashimi on the platter. toro, uni, hotate, kumamoto oysters + caviar, & ikura.

gambling is in my blood.

the ikura challenge: how many eggs are there? winner is the closest guess without going over –> that’d be me. i won.

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ikura being counted with a chopstick, grouping them in 10’s. hilarious.

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me + the boys

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restroom selfie with the cool sinks, why not.

so excited that a new zuma is opening up in new york this winter.

farewell til then, zuma!

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narcissa

narcissa || 21 cooper square, ny ny 10005 || (212)228-3344

a new, sophisticated, delicious addition to the east village is that of narcissa, located inside the standard hotel in cooper square. as you make your way to the restaurant, you’ll be sure to find some notable decor reminiscent of pleasant pastimes…

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take a little journey into the time machine

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atoms + molecules + the love you had for the periodic table

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forgive me, i’ve forgotten what cocktail this was, but surely i started with the whiskey option and it was fabulous.

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take me to tulum. tequila-based. delish.

the menu is sure to be satisfactory, carefully created by a michelin star chef, john fraser.

the dish that stood out:

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barley risotto with littleneck clams.

i usually cringe at the thought of risotto because i internally calculate how many more minutes of cardio i must do to work it off + the sloth-who-overdosed-on-heavy-cream feeling afterwards, but this…bravo mister chef! it was the perfect rendition of risotto.

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beet salad – solid. great.

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tuna sashimi jalapeno in a cucumber-basil water

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fluke crudo. light and refreshing.

now for the mains i tried…

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herb-roasted duck breast. wonderful. must-get especially if you love duck.

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maine scallops. flavored well but i always prefer scallops raw over cooked, so i can’t say i loved this. anyone with the same preferences should request it to be seared instead.

and finally, dessert…

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riesling poached white peach on a vanilla cream + pistachio amaretti. so delicate, so pretty.

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assorted fruit plate. perhaps one of my favorite fruit plates as of late, since they include a more interesting selection than what you can find in the normal household.

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photobooth downstairs? why not.

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tricky stairwell you must trek in order to use the loo? sure, but first, lemme take a full-body selfie, because i can’t guarantee i’ll be ok afterwards

cheers to narcissa for a delicious dinner!

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heart and art

inspiration

“what is bad for your heart is good for your art”

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doesn’t mean to abuse your heart, but instead to embrace any predispositions & urges to kick someone in the face negative experiences, and transform it into something positive.

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indochine’s 30th anniversary

indochine’s 30th anniversary, cheers!

“you look like sex in the city…but younger.”

i took it as a compliment graciously and hurried off before he could scrutinize the ever-so-classy run on my hosiery.

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sometimes i’m ready. sometimes i’m awkward. photo by michael stewart.

following photos of fun with bff suheyla on the red carpet by aurora rose de crosta

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favorite clutch by liucia

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photobombed by a pink & sparkly chinese dragon [for good luck and fortune].

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i am riding wearing it.

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i have enslaved the dragon as my new photo prop

as promised, part 2 [revised 11/12]: more debauchery photos & stories from the actual party inside:

caption contest. notice, guy on the left.

the thing about indochine: this sexy restaurant serving french vietnamese fare has been able to keep their wow factor for their loyal [very fashionable] crowd that keeps returning for more, and it must have some magic to draw in the new, unlike other fleeting venues in new york that come & go, leaving no lasting impressions [like the girl/boy you forgot you ever made out with].

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new fave on the menu: sea bass carpaccio topped with wasabi tobiko, microgreens, chili, & a super appetizing citrus dressing.

so m.a.c. cosmetics hosted their big 3-0 birthday bash, themed red decadence. i nibbled on their delicious hors d’oeuvres, mingled with beautiful people, rubbed elbows with designers such as john varvatos, richard chai, and the blonds, watched the performances by company xiv whose artistic director has caught the eyes of even baz luhrmann, so i’ve heard.
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#maclovesindochine

pictured with a photobooth bomber acquaintance

it was a truly glitzy, nipple-revealing glamorous party, dubbed the biggest bash of the year.

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and another…thanks michael stewart

and now more flashbacks:

indochine’s 25th anniversary party

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shanghai 1920’s theme

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the opium den…

the dancers are using chinese weapons as their dancing poles

the dancers are using chinese weapons as their dancing poles. cute.

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pigging out at the party. the usual.

happy 30th birthday, indochine!!!

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halloween

masquerade…pretty faces on parade. 20141106-215345.jpgwearing lolli poppit’s tutu + a second tutu underneath to give it more volume. pink metal mask from venice.20141106-215401.jpgi like masquerades but when it comes to halloween, i’m not the most festive. perhaps it’s because almost everyday feels like dress-up for me, like this ballerina look, styling also by lolli poppit & another favorite, liucia:

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“is that a watch on your finger or are you just excited to see me?”

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as he tried to touch my venetian beak, i pulled away & said, “no i don’t think so.” he pouted underneath his mask, & said in complete dejection, “you suck.” then he scurried off.

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red: the color of hearts, diamonds, love, & death.20141106-233834.jpgand then there’s wolfie, the batdoge, not loving halloween at all, but a decent photo was captured of him half-dressed.

that’s my halloween round-up for you! now cheer yourself up by watching jimmy kimmel’s “i told my kids i ate their halloween candy” challenge.

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rainy days

rainy days are great for singing + throwbacks. keep your head up & your dress dry. a rainy day in paris, rue de buci:
IMG_0420.JPGduring the previous new year getaway to miami, i performed a few singing numbers including covers + originals. this is a snippet of one of the documented rehearsals dedicated to the wonderful host. enjoy!


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mac miller+poker+scotch

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congratulations to mac miller, newly signed by warner bros music with a multimillion dollar contract! he was doing perfectly fine on his own with his talented self, his great team behind him, & his strong army of diehard fans across the world, but this is certainly exciting news so let’s celebrate by revisiting one of my favorite videos of his [where I was featured]. :D
IMG_0258-1.JPGawesome music, poker, & scotch. what more do we need?IMG_0260-0.JPGpocket aces…
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not a poker face…
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here’s smile back. enjoy!

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