princess or queen

princess or queen? jealous or crazy? yes obsessed with beyonce’s lemonade, particularly that song. aren’t we all?

every stone has a different energy. every crystal has a different meaning. this one is for sobriety, how appropriate.

i didn’t choose it – it chose me.

this smooth & sexy amethyst from brazil has ventured many miles to find me. if only true love could do such a thing. 

sexy edgy rock n roll pheromones oozes out of this gem, no joke. thanks for helping me out with the game, ’cause i’ve got none. 

look up my rockstar friend @justinbmontoya on ig for more of his custom made jewelry featuring exquisite stones & precious metals from his exciting travels across the world. 

how i wore it:

georgetown waterfront yachting ready:

hamptons chic ready: 

cheers to sobriety! 

halloween 2015

heidi klum + halloween…

THE infamous halloween bash of the year is hosted annually by supermodel heidi klum. the effort she & the team make in her costumes basically turns everyone into a basic b*tch puts everyone to shame. this year for her 16th annual party, although i arrived late [after surviving many obstacles & dramatic situations the day of] i was able to make it and witness her amazing transformation as jessica rabbit. it was held at lavo in new york, sponsored by gsn’s hellevator show & svedka vodka, filled with celebs, reality stars, models, hotties, cool kids and the usual mix of douchebags. i would have loved to harass say hi to jLo if i had known that was her in costume nearby.

what i wore: designed & handmade by yours truly. thanks.

sinsu, daenerys, game of thrones, heidi klum, halloween

daenerys + rhaegal x3

i first obsessively viewed stills of daenerys on google, drawing inspiration from her actual wardrobe on the show, fan sketches, deviant art, other obnoxious random things that would pop up, and i came up with a rough idea of my rendition of her outfit for halloween. then i browsed endless fabric stores in search for fabric & textures that spoke to me: “hail!” they would say. [no, not crazy, they really did].

inside the party:

heidi klum instagram twitter

social media shiz

selfie, cuz.

selfie with rhaegal, cuz.


selfie w/rhaegal + devilish pumpkin


superman taking a picture of us

here’s a cute photo of me & heidi — yes we’re matching. it’s cute.

getty images, sinsu co, heidi klum, lavo ny, halloween, jessica rabbit, daenerys, game of thrones

photo by mike coppola, getty images.

rhaegal decides to video bomb heidi’s sexy glam fabulous performance as jessica rabbit. of course he would. #middlechildproblems || video snippet below:


questlove? on the deck! with a giant version of his infamous afro comb.


the mesmerized crowd while heidi flaunts her new curves as jessica rabbit


mets? clown boy is not entertained.


rhaegal wants a piece of the selfie cookie.

a handful of #selfiecookies were provided at every vip table, with images of heidi klum’s past costumes for halloween. i tasted one, and it seemed like a fairly healthy light chocolate coconut cookie. cool.


game of thrones meets day of the dead.



“lean on yourself. okay,” i said to myself.


closer look at my creation.

then change of scenery to meet up w/the girls…


found this snuggle muffin.


catch. freeze.

earlier halloween parties i stopped by must be included in this post, clearly. so here they are:

feeling regal like the queen in my gorgeous feathered neckpiece by katie kansas. love her stuff. delicate, sparkly black & gold mask from my last trip to venice, italy. linda is wearing a gold fringe neck piece made by me, which you might have seen before here.


photo by bill chin.


[black] swan princess costume. tutu by Lolli Popitt. feather headpiece by katie kansas, crown segment by me.


closer look at my makeup. [crown needs fixing]


another day, another masquerade


guess who?

finally, halloween is over. but it doesn’t mean the costumes + masks ever end. let’s just try to keep it real.

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blizzard boyfriend

blizzard boyfriend

i’ve been rolling around seductively filthily in the snow. but i was also inspired by the recent craigslist ads in search of blizzard boyfriends + girlfriends for the deemed-to-be “historic” blizzard, so i wrote a new [silly] song yesterday & shot an impromptu video in the cold, no jackets involved. let me know if you hate it or love it.

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soto || 357 6th ave., ny, ny 10014 || 212.414.3088

the worst thing is to accidentally delete a perfectly fine post on one of my favorite japanese restaurants in the city. how, why did it happen. i blame word press. let’s start the new year right by correcting what was wrong with 2014 – the mysterious case of the missing soto blog post.

anyhey, please enjoy [again], this fabulous 2-michelin starred bundle of joy. they are creative with their dishes yet maintain a sense of traditional feel to it. don’t come here if you just want fresh fish over rice balls. nope. also, be prepared to be in shocking bright lighting as it is basically broad daylight here — [perfect for foodies & obnoxious photo-taking] therefore nice, casual dress is acceptable.


b&w tofu: sesame & soy


snapper, refreshing


smoked trout carpaccio, caviar, watercress


hey flukes. don’t be so sad.


seared halibut


shredded surf clam prepared like a lil tiki house

one of my faves:


uni on sweet raw ebi shrimp


tuna tartare: chopped asian pear, tuna, pine nuts, marinated seaweed

another favorite…


toro tartare & caviar.


chopped kanpachi, wasabi tobiko wrapped in marble soy paper + soy mousse

third favorite dish…


uni, caviar, snow crab, uni gel wrapped in lotus root


grilled langoustine. call me maybe.


green tea, strawberry, mango, vanilla, red bean, passion fruit mochi

love all the courses. it’s simply fantastic.

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eleven madison park

eleven madison park || 11 madison ave. || (212) 889-0905

merry christmas. wow. this delectable, decadent, exquisite experience is truly excellent. the following photos are worth a few thousand words and will perhaps tickle your taste buds.


peaceful ambiance at 5 pm [since dinner will last for 4+ hours]


getting gossip from the mixologist

there was also a farewell gathering of the staff & etc for the pastry chef that day. it was fun eavesdropping like a creeper from the bar before dinner began.


cocktail selection is on point. happy with the options listed. [unlike per se  #spoiledfoodieproblems]


secret ingredient choice. i choose you, coffee. or is that the marijuana plant?


presents already? savory ny classic b&w cookies


caviar + creme fraiche


refreshing [hidden] oysters.


“fruit salad”


their logo now makes sense to me


hey la tache = $12K


dehydrated tomato stuffed with lobster topped w/baby basil & cream


to fill you in on the tasty filling

note: to give you an idea of their stalkery absolute attentiveness, they noticed i scraped the creamy top off to the side of the dish and asked if there was a problem with it. i let them know that i didn’t want too much of the cream, and that preference was duly noted for the later items. thanks guys!


light soup made from the tomato they previously squeezed the juice out of

ode to a new york classic. this is when the secret ingredients show face:  cherry soda to the left, coffee soda to the right.


“pastrami & soda”


pastrami on a fancy fiery simmer plate


open-faced sandwich.if you want it put a pastrami on it


cocktail: rye whiskey based egg white & anise


old fashioned


this cucumber salad was for the [silly] ones who opted out of their AMAZING foie gras dish that day. pretty and healthy but not on the same page.

the dish of the night: foie gras.


the beautiful, seared foie gras with chanterelles. amazing.


aerial view of what i loved.


“salad bar”


telling stories of the waldorf


the waldorf salad + celery puree soup

curious to know how the celery soda would have tasted, we asked for a smidgen & they gave us a bottle. it was great, but cherry was surprisingly my favorite since they used fresh cherries.


the sodas + fresh butter & bread


halibut with paper thin radish


green delight. celtuce.


dbl espresso pls


the herb-crusted dry roasted duck, stuffed with lavender


the slice of duck that you get to eat, which was much more than i could eat at this point


hmm. part of the duck

then there’s more…


picnic anyone?


added my little touch of tying the handkerchief on top.


my name on the plates?!


virginia sin, the artist behind the ceramic plating that appears to be paper plates


goat cheese, candy grapes, basil paste in a jar

finally onto dessert…


delicious dessert: butter cream, butter scotch, dehydrated milk, foam, crumble. yum.


burning brain…


charred brain…

and then because it was my birthday…



sometimes it can be fun in the kitchen…especially special tours of it.


hey kitchen crew! you’re awesome.


photos along the wall are their farmers and growers from whom they purchase their ingredients


37 staff in the main kitchen + ms. expediter

expediter: kitchen manager aka bootcamp captain aka “hurry the eff up, are you a snail or are you a chef” [i’d imagine she yells this] who makes sure everyone is on task on time, down to every minute, every second, and ensures a sufficient amount of all ingredients necessary for the amount of diners every day.


the new sous chef making a special icy cone treat


we’re all kids again! snow cones, fancy ones.

as if our 4 hour dinner + kitchen tour wasn’t obnoxious grand enough, they relocated us to a pleasant after-the-never-ending-dinner private corner lounge where we can further lengthen our stay by indulging in more caffeine and a complimentary bottle of grappa. if only it were scotch…


the lounging area


sweet classic new york b&w cookies & pretzel infused with dark, milk, & white chocolates

another birthday surprise…


dark chocolate covered coconut bar of decadence

they decided to feed me for breakfast as well.


fresh homemade granola.

so good, all the squirrels in the city came running over.


the [wrinkled] menu.

a fantastic journey it was — overall a worthwhile experience for a special occasion especially since it is like a classic broadway show + new york history 101 + foodie heaven + michelin snob all packed into one night. take her/him there. :D

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momofuku ko

momofuku ko

8 extra place, new york, ny 10003 || (212) 203-8095

throwback edition of my visit at the old location of momofuku ko when it was at 163 first avenue. seems right to post some heavy-duty places during the holidays.

bravo, david chang! but a 22-course lunch plus beverage pairing? how can anyone even possibly do this? monsters? or maybe if i wasn’t hungover. this casual 12-seat arrangement is up close and personal along the counter with the chefs working diligently preparing your dishes right in front of you. this was great for all the foodies because we like to stick our noses into everything and ask a lot of questions directly from the chefs who know exactly what everything is, where it’s from, the name of the pig…

it was overwhelming for me, but i’m not complaining. i only have photos of the 1st three courses out of 22 — embarrassing. if i had known no obnoxious foodie pictures were allowed, i would have whipped out my phone discreetly when i was closer to the last few courses which are usually more impressive, like the frozen slab of foie gras shaved onto a wonderful dish of i-can’t-recall-because-i-ate-it-and-have-no-memory-without-photos.

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she: “sorry, we would like to ask you to refrain from taking pictures.”

me: “oh.” [boiling in misery & thinking to myself, why am i here? to enjoy the food & the moment?]

so i took photos in the loo. great selection of books. IMG_2240 IMG_2241

after a crazy, hearty meal of experimental fusion, i was greeted by this couple:


 “hey boys! where you goin, room for one more?”

the new momofuku ko now allows photos and is much spacier i hear, but i have yet to try. what a beautiful, [heavy] lunch…and dinner for the next 3 days. thanks. good night.

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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.


the sake casing matched my festive nails. fun.


fatty salmon belly. fatty


snapper rolls.



the outstanding dish of the night:


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


yellowtail. weakest link of the night.


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


tomato tempura and salmon

second favorite of the night:


flame-torched rare snow crab & uni – perfect.


tuna tartare with pine nuts & deep fried seaweed chips


uni. always a must-get.


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


marinated snapper & seawead


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


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


chopped snapper + black salt. very refreshing!


seared lobster – slightly overcooked for my raw diet


mackerel with sesame topping. i passed on this one.



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


separate them in groups of 10 first…

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


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


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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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…


take a little journey into the time machine


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


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


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:


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.


beet salad – solid. great.


tuna sashimi jalapeno in a cucumber-basil water


fluke crudo. light and refreshing.

now for the mains i tried…


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


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…


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


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.


photobooth downstairs? why not.


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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