Just look at this packaging! What a beautiful transparent can/bottle hybrid. The local Chinese grocery store sells this and I’ve tried most of the flavors by now. Lychee is my usual go-to but I thought I’d give this white peach another hit. The green apple is also very refreshing and flavorful. Asian sodas make the world go round. I’m also a fan of the Japanese sodas with those cool glass marbles in the bottles–Ramune.
I always love eating out in Chicago and I tend to choose hip Asian fusion joints that would otherwise never be found in Madison, WI. This jewel of a place is called Manee Thai and it’s located in the Wicker Park area. I actually ate here last year while visiting Chicago but their menu items updated and I totally didn’t recognize it, haha.
John and I ordered:
-Shrimp wonton soup
-Peanut satay chicken and rice
-Crab in a bag fried deliciousness with a sweet Thai chili sauce
The broth in all Asian soup dishes always surprise me by their flavorfulness while being completely clear. This wonton soup was no exception. You will not believe how hard it is to purchase fresh bean sprouts in WI…well, maybe you will since the staple diet here is cheese, bread, brats and beer, lol.
I finally painted this wooden crate as my art supplies holder. The crate itself is a simple Home Depot project made of pre cut wood slabs and nails. I used acrylic paints from craft stores in a heather gray and Tiffany blue to dress it up. No reason why the holder of art tools should be drab looking.
This is another hand-crafted individually made cupcake from the local European bakery in Middleton. It’s berries and cream flavored and there’s the cutest little ice cream cone shaped chocolate topper on top! The frosting tasted too sweet at first but towards the middle is a tart flavor that complemented the cream well. I’m just a huge sucker for pretty cupcakes!
There’s a huge chiffon blouse trend and I totally want to get on that. I found this keeper at Kohls and it’s a Lauren Conrad brand. It tucks nicely into my white wrap skirt. I didn’t wear any jewelry in the picture but I would probably pair it with a silver Tiffany’s chain bracelet or a couple of gold rings.
Fried potstickers are a go-to comfort food for me. None of that mac ‘n cheese or grilled cheese as “home-cooking” for me! Madison only has 2 pseudo Asian grocery stores so I don’t have many options when it comes to craving Chinese delicacies. They do, however carry frozen bags of dumplings with a variety of fillings so that’s enough to satisfy me. I like to fry them up on a non-stick pan and then present them in an artsy way. I have been told that my dipping sauce is amazing and I’m very particular about it. I tend to judge lots of Chinese restaurants based on how their house chili sauce is. If a server hands me a bottle of Sriracha sauce, you’re probably at Noodles & Company.
Sauce ingredients: soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, chili oil and flakes, grape seed oil, sesame oil, scallions/chives, minced garlic
I bought these at Dots way back in 2002. They are versatile and girly even in black. Lately it has become harder to walk in them for extended periods because they somehow pinch my fourth little toe on the right. I’ve also fallen out of love with rounded-toe shoes so they don’t bring me the usual amount of joy now :(. Pointy-toed shoes lengthen you legs and polish up a look effortlessly. A brighter color can be intimidating when it draws to a point but a pastel or neutral tone can certainly sophisticate a whole outfit.