Monthly Archives: October 2010

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Beautifully Delicious Links, 10/22/10

October 22, 2010

Hilary Swank and her armpit hair. Photo credit: Reuters

What’s lovely and delicious this week:

  • Umm beauty faux pas? Hilary Swank‘s red carpet armpit hair -Spa Week
  • How to throw a zombie dinner party – Serious Entertaining
  • 13 secrets to long, thick, shiny hair – Harper’s Bazaar
  • How to prepare a pumpkin for carving – Serious Eats
  • 9 glam Halloween hairstyles – Bellasugar
  • What’s your dry lips remedy? – Girl’s in the Beauty Closet
  • Willow Smith’s over-the-top Hairstyles from ‘Whip My Hair’ Explained! – People
  • Hand-less model poses in lingerie for disability awareness – The Cut
  • How to do a Mad Men-esque hairstyle for Halloween – Lucky
  • Homemade Twix bars – Not Without Salt

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    Inspiration of the Day

    Inspiration of the Day: Shadow Sculptures by Fred Eerdekens

    October 21, 2010

    By Belgian artist, Fred Eerdekens (Thanks, Sidra!)


    Dessert - FOOD - "The Delicious"

    Halloween deal from TipsyCake Chicago – today only!

    Chicago peeps: TipsyCake (1043 N California Ave) in Humboldt Park will be featured on DealADayOnline for TODAY ONLY offering “$25 for $50 in pastries,” including their custom Halloween creations (spider cupcakes, anyone?).

    Lava Cake

    Spider cupcake (DADO) features deeply discounted deals on everything “Chicago” (that’s not just food!) so make sure you take a look if you’re in the area.


    FOOD - "The Delicious" - Mediterranean - Middle Eastern

    Naya – Lebanese food in Midtown East

    October 20, 2010

    I’ve been so excited to test out my new camera [it’s kinda like an SLR on training wheels…goodbye point-and-shoot, hellllo Canon G11]. The first restaurant I happen to use it at was Naya — a Lebanese restaurant in Midtown East.

    Inside Naya

    OK. First of all, Weirdest Welcoming Award goes to Naya.
    “How many tonight?”
    “Two, please.”
    “Do you have a reservation?”
    [Looks at half-empty restaurant] “I mean….”
    “Ok, I’ll see what I can do.”
    [uncomfortable laugh* He’s probably trying to make a joke]
    “This is all I have right now.” [points to a perfectly normal, empty table, sandwiched between two equally empty tables. The seriousness of his demeanor shows us he was in fact, not joking earlier]
    “That’s…totally fine.”

    I get that maybe they were booked up for later that night. But throughout our meal, the restaurant didn’t get full to capacity — at least as we expected it to after all the deliberation on where to seat us. I could at least appreciate the mod decor (tables are kind of aligned railroad-style since it’s a narrow space and separated by glass — everything else is mostly white).

    But then, when we had trouble choosing between the appetizers, the waiter seemed more in a haste than to explain some of them further or give his preference. [“Would you recommend the grilled haloumi cheese plain or filled in the the toasted pita?” “If you like cheese, get the cheese…if you like pita, get the pita.”]. We decided to just go straight for the entrees after that awesome advice.

    I know it seems like I’m bashing, but really, the service was awkward and a little stuck-up that day. The food made up for it mostly though. They started us off with fresh olives/oil and crispy papadums (above). We ordered chicken kabab and lamb dumplings in yogurt sauce.

    Chicken Kabab

    The chicken kababs were delicious — not dry, tender, grilled, tasty meat. What made it over the top was the amazing garlic spread it comes with.

    Garlic spread!

    Your breathe might not be OK for the rest of the night but you will be so full and happy it won’t even matter. The lamb dumplings we picked on the fly, and it was a lot less exciting — almost tasteless in the yogurt sauce. If you go, you can skip this one.

    Lamb dumplings

    Side of rice

    Prices are a little more expensive (location probably accounts for this), but stick to the chicken kababs or shawarma sandwich with fries which I heard is equally delicious. Order in if you can…unless, they start making a concerted effort in improving the service after I left my comment card hehehe.

    Just being honest

    Restaurant Info

    1057 2nd Avenue
    at 56th St.
    New York, NY 10022
    Midtown East


    Inspiration of the Day - RANDOM

    Judah Friedlander on Jimmy Fallon

    October 18, 2010

    Just a little something to get you started on your Monday:


    Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair - Inspiration of the Day

    Inspiration of the Day: The All-Hair blog

    October 17, 2010

    I stumbled upon this tumblr blog that has a collection of vintage-looking snapshots, all focused on hair. There is something so romantic about the pictures. Since missing are the captions, and you seldom see the subject’s whole face, each picture has a mysterious draw about it. What do you think?