Month: September 2013

Pearl Factory Alohaaaaaa!!!

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We were browsing some goofy store (Pier 39, San Francisco) which would make a perfect one stop shop for man cave shopping. As we were walking out we heard bell ring, seriously loud! The curiosity and touristy nature got better of us and we walked up to the counter of Pearl Factory. Quietly and patiently we started watching other fellow tourists wash and polish their pearl. By now I had fallen for this and wanted to undertake this experience. As the counter lady is done with other tourist she turns towards us and goes on to explain the whole shabang!

It is a traditional Hawaiian ritual performed to welcome a pearl from an oyster into this big bad evil world 😉 Here’s how it goes…..

Step 1 – I selected an oyster from small tub placed on the counter. Usually they recommend small chubby oyster as they are likely to have decent sized pearl (and sometimes if you are lucky, 2 pearls in one oyster! Yep 2 for the price for 1, win win!!)

Step 2 – I tapped (not smacked) my tongs thrice on the oyster. Then we (store lady and I) loudly shouted (kinda hard to listen from inside the oyster) Alohaaaaaaa!!!

Step 3 – The store lady then rang the bell thrice signifying the welcome of a pearl in this world 🙂

Step 4 – We opened the oyster and looked for our pearl….She said OMG you have colored pearl how lucky are you (in my head, really?!)

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Step 5 – She gently scooped the pearl out (cut its umbilical cord…not) and gave it a good rub with salt on a napkin to remove impurities from oyster. By doing so, the pearl is prepared to shine. The store lady mentioned that this step should be done only when pearl is brought out from the oyster, repeating this step in future may result in scratches on pearl (not something we want to do).

Step 6 – Then she rinsed the pearl in water and got rid of any remaining salt and impurities. By now I was impatient to closely analyze my pearl.

Step 7 – Finally, I took the pearl in the palm of my hand and rolled it, warmed it up and showed some deserving lurveeee!!!

It is said different colors of pearl signify different emotions. In our case, our silver pearl signified Love (as corny as it gets!). We were also told that the gender of pearl can be determined. She closely examined our pearl and said it has a slight bump (upwards) which means it’s a boy!! The contrary would indicate it’s a girl!!

The store lady drilled a hole in the pearl so it can be used as for rings, pendants etc. They say, longer you wear a pearl shinier it gets! However, we should be careful of not getting the pearl in contact with fragrances and body lotions as it will coat the pearl with a film of moisturisers and gradually wear off the shine from lustrous pearl.

All in all, I walked away with beautiful decent sized silver pearl for $15!!! I decided to keep the pearl ‘as is’ and dint want to fall for any cross sell of jewelry. Yes some may argue its touristy trap but seriously how many times in your life would you be willing to experience something like this…..no common seriously!

Alohaaaaaa!!!!

Big Shout Out – 101 Asian Fusion

We were having one of those days, where we were ultra busy and had no time to cook. By the time we realized we wanted to do takeout dinner it was 9pm. Sigh time does fly when you having fun/work! Our original plan was to grab a bite from Chipotle but those buggers close at 9pm on Friday night…..seriously who does that?!

Good ol’ Urbanspoon suggested a place called “101 Asian Fusion” and had 100% rating. In saying so, there were only 8 reviews and everyone rated 100%! So we took leap of faith and ordered asap as they would close at 10pm. We called and placed our order, the lady who answered phone was very polite and advised the food would be delivered soon! And let me tell you, soon it certainly was! Our food was delivered in 20 mins!

101 Asian Fusion Takeout

Our dinner – Chicken Red Curry with small serve of rice (appears small but it wasn’t), Vegetarian Pad Thai with Tofu, Fortune Cookies (no asian meal is complete without these lovelies) and couple of sachets of Soy Sauce.

When I pulled the containers out of the bag, I certainly wasn’t expecting this quantity of food. That curry would last me for 4 meals (considering my hubby is vegetarian). The gentleman who delivered the package was polite and courteous.

Thai Chicken Red Curry

Chicken Red Curry with Vegetables (green beans, snow peas, broccoli and red and green peppers)

Veg Pad Thai (Tofu)

Vegetarian Pad Thai with Tofu – we requested to make the dish spicy, just like Thai locals would like it…..Hubby says: It was flavorsome, tasty, decent portion size and crunchy veggies. Jeez the man can’t express for nuts!

Mountain of Rice + Curry

Started plating up din din, and emptied the mountain of steam rice and poured some delectable Chicken Red Curry. The chicken was tender, sauce was full of flavor and my taste buds had a rave party! The veggies in the curry were cooked to perfection and had beautiful crunch. The combination of tender chicken, crunchy veggies and silky smooth sauce was a sure shot winner!

Fortune Cookie

No meal is complete without Fortune Cookies 🙂

Hubby's Fate

My hubby’s fortune. I was compelled to say, Yes very thrilling time ahead of you, get Dishes done!!!

My FateHmmmm not sure, what I should be putting my hands on tonight :p

Good Night Lovelies

xox

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Canvas & Cocktails Night – Lovers Lane

One night we were strolling on an unknown street, and suddenly heard all this commotion (in a good way) and had a whiff of ah-mazing cocktails. So we walked in and found a bunch of people painting canvases and drinking cocktails!!! SIGH have I been living under a rock. Next day I felt compelled to call up my friends and tell em all about this place. So we decided to lock in a date!

C&C (Canvas & Cocktails) claim we do not have to be professionals or have any prior training. An extraordinary combination of alcohol and an instructor providing step by step instructions would result in artwork like never seen or heard before! Each night they conduct classes for different paintings, and their schedule for the month is published on their website (http://canvasandcocktails.com/calendar.php?location=CherryCreek).

So the painting for the night was called “Lovers Lane”. Now I’ve been told this name is synonymous with speciality store (of sorts) but I can assure you it had NOTHING to do with it.

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Put your back into it!!! Signing my master piece
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Every artist needs a form of intoxication to bring out the bestIMG_0424

Feeling Happy because of the final result or wine….mehh can be argued either way!

 

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Yes, you saw it here first. In 25 years, you will find this in The Louvre….

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Does this really need an explanation, although I can comment it was darn good and we weren’t driving <all smiles>IMG_0440Comparison of “artwork” with partner in crime – part dos

(my master piece on right)

The beauty of this exercise is, despite the whole class was painting the same picture they dint look exactly same. Number of factors come into play here…..lets see

1) Individual artistic skills;

2) Pace at which alcohol is absorbed in your blood stream; and

3) Some people like to add their own personal touches.

All the suppressed Michelangelo’s, Picasso’s, Bernini’s and Van Gogh’s from within us, came to the surface after a bottle of wine!

I would highly recommend everyone to visit this place. You are bound to have an awesome time with your friends, drink a little paint a little, such a fab night!

xox

Review : Frutique Papaya Enzyme Exfoliating Gel

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Ever since I battled Acne, I moved away from conventional mechanical scrubs. I might as well start scrubbing my face with sand paper. I have been using a lot of AHA products for combatting acne which has made my skin sensitive. I was introduced to enzyme exfoliators and OMG they are the bomb!

When I was in Australia I was introduced to Organi Honey Enzyme Peel (used Manuka Honey, AUD $140). Since using that product I was hooked n booked on enzyme exfoliators like there was no tomorrow. I was left slightly disheartened by the fact that not a lot of companies have jumped on bandwagon yet. Anyway since then I have moved to USA where I discovered Frutique (US based company). This product is a lot more affordable than aforementioned product. I bought this product at Sally’s Beauty Supply for $12.99 (keep an eye out for Buy 1 Get 1 free offer) for whopping 6.8 fl.oz. Neatly packaged product with a generous quantity at a bank account friendly price…..Have I hit jackpot? Lets see if it performs…….

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CLAIMS: “An innovative, non-abrasive exfoliator that smoothes skin. Not your everyday exfoliating scrub, the enzymatic reaction of this gel will digest dead protein material on skin. Polish away dead skin cells and remove impurities with this resurfacing gel. Papaya Fruit Enzymes play a key role in improving and smoothing skin texture.

  • A gentle, non-abrasive exfoliating gel
  • Detaches dead skin cells and removes impurities
  • Clears pores leaving skin radiant
  • Instantly improves skin texture”

So, I squirt product on my fingertips, smear all over my face and gently massage in circular motions. And then I start seeing balls of dead skin (eeeksssss but in satisfying way). The scent of this product is quite strong but not unpleasant. My skin looks and feels clean, brighter and radiant (like from within). I have also noticed my moisturizer gets absorbed in skin far more quickly.

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Downside: The yucky balls of dead skin get stuck in your sink if you don’t wash it immediately. Not enough to deter me from buying for another 10 years! I would highly recommend this product for any skin type and can be used on your body too. When I do get around giving myself a manicure, exfoliating my disgusting hands with this wonder product makes it looks brighter and radiant.

All in all, must buy….heck even stock up for apocalypse!!!

Vail – Labor Day Weekend

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Hola peeps, we were off to Vail on our long Labor Day weekend….Vail was hosting Gourmet on Gore – Open Air Tasting yummlicious food and drinks. It also hosted Farmers Market and Jazz Festival. Ours was a day trip so we tried to accommodate as much as we could, and would definitely do it again!IMG_0470

On our way driving to Vail, while I’m trying to distract my motion sickness (yes I get sick in long drives, fine with every other mode of transport).IMG_0473

First off, Farmers market which I’m obsessed with! Cant wait to check out all goodies stocked up, hubby needs to keep up with my pace!IMG_0474

Ahhhhhhh Gourmet on Gore Open Air Tasting, here I’ve successfully demolished Spicy Beef Tacos on the plate with my name spelt incorrectly. Meh don’t care, the food more than made up for it!

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OK I don’t know how many of you are aware of annual Vail Rotary Duck Race (rubber ducky)! Yes you read that correctly. So you adopt a duck for $5 and let it race with thousands of other duckies! Competition among rubber duckies is Fierce. The excitement in the air was phenomenal and we got carried away (or should I be saying, sailed away) with the duckies excitement. The stream of water looked ah-mazing with all rubber ducks in it and big shout out to all volunteers who helped the duckies cross the finish line :p

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Moving on, time for sugar hit! Vanilla Cake Pop (No, I don’t share my cake pop, I earned it)

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After strolling for better half of the afternoon, it was time for us to sit down and appreciate how beautiful and spectacular this place is, next time I intend on staying back in this button of a town 🙂

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This pic does absolutely no justice to what we saw and appreciated! Mother Nature at its best!!
IMG_0488Time for Goofiness! What’s life without that….right? Anyway water was freezin!!!

Peace Out

xox

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