Monthly Archives: July 2009

NYC III: The High Line

I was really excited to check out the High Line when I was in NY.  The High Line is a new elevated public park that is built around a historic rail line located in Manhattan’s West side.  The rail line was built in the 1930s as a way to move heavy freight traffic away from busy Manhattan streets. Friends of the High Line worked to preserve this rail line and have turned it into a beautiful place to relax. I love how this well-designed relaxing park  sits in the middle of a crowd of tall buildings. Here are some photos of the High Line:

High Line - NYC

High Line - NYC

Stairway to the High Line

Stairway to the High Line

Garden among the railroad tracks

Garden among the railroad tracks

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Look! They even have park rangers at the High Line. That roller blader to the right was yelled at after I took this picture. haha

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Relaxing at High Line

Relaxing at High Line

I tried to get a seat in one of these seats but every seat was taken. It looked like people were just camping out on the High Line and soaking up the sun.

View from the High Line

View from the High Line

DSC_0104Those are condos located to the right of this little garden. How amazing would it be to take a walk on the High Line every morning!

DSC_0105You can even sit here during your lunch break and people watch. In this picture, you can see the metal railings that was kept in the construction to be consistent with the railway.

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It’s beautiful there and the design is so modern. I definitely want to go back the next time I’m in NYC. You can check out this website for more info on the High Line and to find the entrance locations: http://www.thehighline.org/ It’s a great place to take a nice relaxing stroll and get some really great views of Manhattan. Let me know what you think if you get a chance to check it out!

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NYC II: oh how I love desserts…

My “Pop Your Collar” post was part one of my NYC posts…So let’s continue part two with DESSERTS!

I am so excited to share these desserts with everyone!  First, I have to tell you about how much I love desserts. If given the choice, I would prefer eating a full meal of desserts instead of an actual entree. Usually, when I eat dinner, I’ll get full really quickly. But when the dessert comes out, suddenly, I am famished. Mmmmm…desserts.  I wish I could have eaten more desserts in NY, but my stomach couldn’t take it.  So sad but I will be sure to be on the hunt for more desserts the next time that I go.

The very first dessert I found was Ferrera gelato located in Little Italy.

Ferrara Gelato - Little Italy, NY

Ferrara Gelato - Little Italy, NY

I decided on Stracciatella gelato which is vanilla gelato with fine chocolate shavings…and it was definitely yummy and a great break from the slight heat in NY.

my gelato...mmmm

my gelato...mmmm

Trust me, that was finished in 2 seconds. One of my favorite places for desserts in Manhattan is a dessert place in the Financial District called Financier. I love it because all of the desserts are in glass cases and there are so many decadent desserts to choose from.

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yum

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I think I was drooling

chocolate eclair

chocolate eclair

Financier

Financier

As you can see, there are many desserts to choose from and at very reasonable prices. It was a bad idea to go in on an empty stomach so I chose six different desserts. hah

My selections

My selections

Then I tried Max Brenner in Times Square which is an amazing Chocolate heaven. The Max Brenner menu is full of chocolate creations and regular food. I decided that I had to try the chocolate items and I will definitely be going back to try more.  Here are some shots of the menu:

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DSC_0243And here’s what I ordered…I believe it was a banana split waffle and I also ordered a Peanut Butter Chockie drink, a very thick peanut butter and chocolate milkshake. My friend ordered a Chocolate Granita with a touch of cinnamon. I wish I had ordered that…I’ll get that next time.

Banana Split Waffle

Banana Split Waffle

Peanut Butter Chockie

Peanut Butter Chockie

The drinks came in these ceramic cups with metal straws. I wanted to buy one for myself but it was $15…so I’ll just have to go back to drink the Granita in these fancy cups next time. The last dessert that I tried was Baked by Melissa cupcakes. Baked by Melissa has a small window in which they sell cupcakes out of in the SoHo area. These cupcakes are a little over an inch in diameter and are filled with various treats.

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Baked by Melissa

Baked by Melissa

I tried the Peanut Butter Cups, Cookie Dough, S’mores, Cookies and Cream and the Tie Dye cupcakes. They also had a Red Velvet and Peanut Butter & Jelly cupcakes.  I love them because they are so easy to just pop in your mouth. I think I finished this box after walking four blocks from the window. Yummmm AND they deliver to NY addresses. If I lived in NY, I would be ordering these pretty often.

Baked by Melissa Tie-Dye cupcake

Baked by Melissa Tie-Dye cupcake

So those are all the desserts I tried in NY…this trip.  I would highly suggest hitting up these spots if you are a dessert-lover. Anybody have suggestions of other dessert places in NY? I am always willing to try new desserts!

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Melinda Mae Team at AIDS Walk SF!

AIDS Walk SF 2009!

AIDS Walk SF 2009!

Yesterday was the annual AIDS Walk in San Francisco and I am very excited to say that it was the first year that TEAM MELINDA MAE participated in the AIDS Walk as a team! This year our team was made up of six members and we were able to raise over $500 for AIDS research, prevention and services in San Francisco! Good job Team Melinda Mae! Here are some pix of our 10 kilometer walk with 25,000 other AIDS Walkers! The walk started off with an amazing performance by Goapele, which I was super excited about!

Team Melinda Mae!

Team Melinda Mae!

Our team shirts  and headbands (hehe) were fabulous thanks to Mr. Jonathan Tsurui helping to design them!  I was happy that some people asked about Melinda Mae and I was able to give out a few business cards.

Our fancy team shirts

Our fancy team shirts

The Team Captain, Perry Ng, and me

The Team Captain, Perry Ng, and me

DSC_0035We had a ton of fun walking with so many other people and organizations that also helped to raise funds for HIV/AIDS services. We also loved the yummy snacks that we got along the way, such as popsicles, popchips, granola bars and some strange drinks. hehe A lot of walkers also brought their dogs to the AIDS Walk. I thought this was the luckiest dog at the walk…

hahah a doggie bjorn? hehe

hahah a doggie bjorn? hehe

Look! We got our AIDS Walk stickers for completing the 10 km!

Look! We got our AIDS Walk stickers for completing the 10 km!

YAY! Congratulations TEAM MELINDA MAE! We did it!

YAY! Congratulations TEAM MELINDA MAE! We did it!

After a couple hours, we finished the walk! And, with only a few complaints of tired legs and feet, we rewarded ourselves with a lunch at Ebisu Japenese food. Thank you to Perry, Danny, Davidson, Susan and Anthony for being a part of the first Melinda Mae AIDS Walk SF Team! I’m so proud of us! =)

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Pop your collar!

Hi everyone! I just got back from NYC and it was amazing! I was expecting the weather to be hot, humid and sticky as it usually is in New York in July, but it was breezy, about 80 degrees and just beautiful! I have so much that I want to share with you all…the food, the scenery, the people, the places and my overall fantabulous trip to New York!  I did so many fun things in NY and I’ll be sure to blog about all of it. I even took some great pictures of my new Melinda Mae wristlets. =)

One of the things that I love to do in New York is people-watching. New York is well-known be the top high fashion location in the United States so there is always a plethora of high-end fashion and trendy people. I am always in awe of the women that can walk around Manhattan in 4 inch heels with grace and speed. I admire all the personality and uniqueness that New Yorkers can express through the way they dress. And since I love fashion, I really notice little details, accessories, colors, shapes, patterns, fabrics, etc. of what people are wearing.

However, there is something that bothers me about men’s fashion and continued to bother me when I was in NY: the popped collar.  I know that Kanye had made this popular a few years ago and it spawned a large following of men popping any collar that they had in their closets: jackets, polos, button up shirts, etc.  It reached another level when men were doubling up their polo shirts and popping all the collars and of course, the polo shirts were bright blue, lime green, hot pink or some other shade from the 80s. I’m not sure why it bothers me so much but I always notice it when it happens and I want to push their collars down.

So since Manhattan/New York is so fashionable, I was really shocked to see men popping their collars while I was in NY. I was hoping that it was mainly tourists that were sporting this trend because I would be oh so disappointed in them if they were New Yorkers.  It started when I headed over to the Uniqlo store in Soho since it is the only Uniqlo store in the US and I loved the Uniqlo store in Tokyo. They have a very classic style with basic polos, t-shirts, jeans, dresses, tanks – all in a wide variety of colors. As I went to pay, I saw this display…

Uniqlo - Soho, New York

Uniqlo - Soho, New York

Not only are all the collars popped on all the folded polos, but they actually made the under side of the collar a different color for the purpose of popping your collar. Oh man….And as I was taking this picture, at least 10 guys came by and picked up these polo shirts. So here are some shots that I took when I was traveling around NY. Can you spot the popped collars?

Financial District - New York

Financial District - New York

NY Chinatown

NY Chinatown

St. Marks area

St. Marks area

Manhattan

Manhattan

Did you find all of them? =P That last picture is my favorite because of that other guy’s eyebrows. haha  There were many more popped collar sightings, but these were the only ones that I could catch on camera.  Well I wanted to share my thoughts on the popped collar, just one of my fashion pet peeves.  I’m sure there are a ton of other annoying fashion trends (studded clothing, trucker hats, jelly shoes, crocs, etc.).  I actually did notice a few of these other trends in NY too. Hopefully, on my next trip, I’ll take more pictures of the trends I do like. =) Do you have a fashion pet peeve to share?

Good people, great food and a new model!

I was invited to attend a networking event a couple nights ago that was hosted by an esthetician, Anita, who offers facials in San Francisco. I am so glad that I went! Everyone was really friendly, the food was amazing and I really enjoyed meeting new friends. The event was held at 5A5 Steak Lounge in San Francisco, which had a very hip and modern circular eating area and very friendly bartenders and wait staff.

5A5 Steak Lounge SF

5A5 Steak Lounge SF

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A great crowd of young professionals were in attendance.  Anita let me pass out my Melinda Mae business cards and even raffled off one of my clutches. =) My friend, Lillian, of Marie Louise cosmetics was also there to host the event and gave me some more Marie Louise samples for my customers. Thanks Lillian! Please check out her website for some great cosmetic products imported from Japan: www.marielouisecosmetics.com

Lillian, Anita, me and Tim

Lillian, Anita, me and Tim

The night was a lot of fun thanks to all of the great people I met, but also the yummy appetizers! There was edamame, fries, hamachi shots, chicken skewers and sliders…mmmmmmm If you ever get a chance to go to 5A5 Steak Lounge, I would definitely recommend the french fries and hamachi shots.  I love appetizers!

sliders are delicious!

sliders are delicious!

new Melinda Mae clutch

new Melinda Mae clutch

I was also able to use my new Melinda Mae clutch and take some great model shots of my friend Tim. I think he may just be the next Melinda Mae Top Model?

watch out!

watch out!

so dramatic with those flames in the background

so dramatic with those flames in the background

hahah Good times! Thanks Anita and Lillian! Hope to do it again real soon! Happy 4th of July everyone!

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