Monthly Archives: May 2010

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair

Kelly Osbourne’s latest hair hue

May 31, 2010

I thought why not return from hiatus with something hard not to stare at: Kelly Osbourne’s hair.

The Cut reports Kelly attended the Elle and Armani Exchange’s “Disco Glam” with this gray/lavender/blue concoction of a hair color. We should expect that from Kelly though — a brief glance into her dyeing history shows us this is one of her more toned-down of the bunch:


FOOD - "The Delicious"

“Bacon is good for me!”

May 22, 2010

Ok this is super old but this is the first time I saw it. It’s a clip from the ABC show “Wife Swap.”



FOOD - "The Delicious" - Mediterranean - Middle Eastern - Travel Feasts

Hayat’s Kitchen – Lebanese food in North Hollywood, CA

May 19, 2010

By Melissa Stephans

In New York, hole-in-the-wall restaurants are often places where families dish out generations of culinary genius. Well, the San Fernando Valley may be known for many things–celebrity homes, authentic Mexican food, etc.–but being a mecca for the culinary “diamond-in-the-rough” is not one of them. So when my friend begged me to go with her to a hidden Lebanese restaurant in North Hollywood, I admittedly hesitated.


Garlic Fries

Since I trust her taste buds, I eventually caved and off to North Hollywood we went. I’m glad I did because Hayat’s Kitchen, a family-owned restaurant in an unassuming area of NoHo, is by far the most delicious Lebanese food I have ever tasted. I’m not sure how they get their hummus so creamy, but it is so light and smooth that feels like it’s made with whipped cream or something. To my surprise, the hummus was not overly garlicky or lemony; it was just right. Everything we tasted was arguably better than what came before it. I really loved the fattoush salad and the cream-filled baklavah. I am notoriously repulsed by baklavah, because of its too-sweet flavor and often sticky-soggy texture. So, the fact that I begged this restaurant for another round was stunning to me. Everything they served us was delicious.

Vegetarian Combo

This is not the place to get dressed up for, since it is in a very “no fuss” venue. However, it is the perfect spot for mouthwatering, moderately priced food and truly unbeatable service. Trust me, this place is worth the trip to North Hollywood. If the L.A. Times can do it, so can you.

Restaurant Info:
Hayat’s Kitchen

11009 Burbank Blvd.
Suite 117
North Hollywood, CA 91601

FOOD - "The Delicious" - Japanese

Ninja in Tribeca

May 17, 2010

So I definitely watched this whole video and was dyinggg to go to Ninja New York ever since:

Ok yeah so the video is a little dramatic, but dinner at Ninja is definitely an experience. I don’t want to spoil too much for you, but let’s just say you can have your meal in a private booth while the waiters keep you on your toes. One tried to kill me with a sword right after dinner (don’t worry, it was plastic). And it’s kind of funny because you’ll just hear people screaming randomly after being caught off guard by one “ninja” waiter or another.

When you first walk in, you are whisked away in an elevator a floor down and asked if you want to go straight through the doors to the main floor or through some dangerous, dark path to the village. Just a note, the dangerous way is not really dangerous (I’m just letting you know, I had high expectations, like ninjas flying everywhere and there’s nothing like that). Another really fun part about dinner is that it ends with a little magic show. A magician came right up to our table and did a couple tricks before disappearing into the darkness (ok fine, it wasn’t that theatrical but it was still entertaining).

I went with a friend and started off with this great mocktail: The Sha.

Sha - Muddled fresh strawberries, mango, lime and spearmint, $10

A lot of dishes come with some sort of presentations, and often that includes fire and sparks, like this smoked salmon and cheese appetizer:

Smoked salmon and cheese

My favoriteeee appetizer was this creamy and crispy shrimp plate!

Creamy Shrimp - fried shrimp mixed with creamy mayo sauce; topped with cashew nuts and coriander leaves, $16

Red Pond II, Oven roasted black cod in a chili tomato sauce, $38

I ordered this steak in the box which was an interesting mix of Thai style steak with egg and dressing on the side that you mix together and pour over your salad and entree:

Steak-in-the-box, Thai style angus skirt steak with a soft boiled egg and mixed salad with crispy shredded potato, $19

Our dessert was pretty cool — came out in a dish that they put on fire, cover then spin and turn over and lift to cover to have this chocolate mousse cake appear.

Ninja Star – soft chocolate mousse cake, $10

Random tidbit #1: While other waiters were busy jumping out from behind patrons and scaring the crap out of them, ours was so over it. He brought out my plate and said “Here’s your steak-in-the-box…it’s really steak…in a box” and did some weird magic hand gesture. It was more comical than I can explain. We did get some cool Ninja stickers that I’m pretty sure no one else got. Ok, maybe they did.

Random tidbit #2: Try not to laugh when they ask you if you want a soft drink or some “Ninja tap water.”

Restaurant info:
Ninja New York

25 Hudson Street
near Reade St.
New York, NY 10013


Anti-Aging - Beauty - "The Lovely" - Face

Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum is kind of awesome

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

Serums are generally a lot more potent than creams, and depending on the formulation, may be a little too strong (or too sticky) for the likes of some people. But there’s nothing like a one that actually works, and I finally found one I’m obsessing over: Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum.

I’ve had people recommend this to me before. One of my friends credits her bright complexion to daily use of the serum. I thought it’d would be clogging to my pores for whatever reason (if I haven’t told you enough times before, my skin can be a little schizo) and never took the bait. Then one day I walked into my apartment and had to stop in my tracks when I saw my roommate. “Your skin is glowing! WHAT are you using??” She told me she got a sample of the same Truth serum from Sephora and it was working for her. We went together the next day to buy the full bottle.

When we got there, we saw that the full bottle is $48, and a “Three Little Wonders” packthat also includes their Invigorating Night Geland Sheer Transformation cream. All together it’s worth $101, but they sell it for $70. I decided to get that along with the Enlighten Me-Pigment Lightening Serumfor dark and uneven spots and began using them immediately.

The serum smells like heaven in a bottle. It’s a little citrusy but not overboard. I’ve been using it in the morning followed by spot treating with the Enlighten serum and Sheer transformation cream, and at night with the gel. I noticed it had helped lighten some blemishes and has really brightened up the surface without causing new zits. After exchanging notes with my roomie though, we figured we could do without the cream and gel. They are good but we felt the serum packs more punch and worth the investment alone. I personally don’t think you necessarily need to get the whole pack of products unless you like the idea of a regimen.

Also, it wins even more points with me for being formulated without parabens or phthalates (certain phthalates in high doses have been shown to change hormone levels and cause birth defects so yes…avoid them when you can!). The serum instead is loaded with vitamin C, a known collagen builder and tissue repairer and bacteria fighting grapefruit.

Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum is available on for $48.



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