Hiramatsu

Hiramatsu restaurant at 52 rue de Longchamp, opened on October 2001. It’s one of the best restaurants in Paris according to The New York Times. The restaurant menu offers French cuisine. Culinary creations are made by owner-chef Hirotoshi Hiramatsu. The food is exceptional. It’s light, delicate and transparent cuisine; the food that is underlined with the simple juices emanating from its preparation, aromas expressed by their contrast. The cooking is respectful of textures. This is our second time to have his food. The first time was when we were at Hokkaido, Japan, and the restaurant was called Le Baerenthal. Hiramatsu Inc has about 20 restaurants all over Japan, but only one in Paris.
Amuse bouche: cheese chips with snow pea ice cream – very refreshing.

Lobster medallions with truffles and sliced duck.

White fish with green apple, pear, and red pepper.

Chicken with truffle cream and green vegetables.For dessert: strawberry “soup” which was a lightly whipped concoction of fresh strawberry with vanilla bean ice cream and rhubarb. It’s very lightly sweet and perfect for spring/summer dessert.Chocolate truffles and macaroon cookies.Le Baerenthal Restaurant, in Japan.Named after the region of north France, ” Le Baerenthal” is situated in Sapporo. It’s kinda cool how the restaurant is located. It’s a beautiful, elegant western architecture, and gorgeous interior design. The best part of this restaurant that I remember and enjoyed very much is its beauty and the way it is situated, blessed with the clean air and surrounded by the unspoiled nature of Hokkaido, Japan. The restaurant menu also serves French cuisine made from local seasonal ingredients of Sapporo. These pictures of me were taken in Paris. Wearing: Zero+Maria Cornejo outer top and pants, Christopher Kane for Topshop bodysuit, belt ??
Thank you for your visiting! Wishing you all a wonderful day! Big hugs…Hanh 😉

Maison de la Truffe

I had already mentioned about this restaurant, Maison de la Truffe, in the past post, a long time ago. But I’d like to do a post about it again. Because we love this restaurant and especially we love truffle. We accidentally knew about this restaurant by watching the show called Bizarre Foods on Travel channel. Maison de la Truffe is located in the prestigious, Place de la Madeleine, Paris. It has become a real gourmet institution and offers high quality truffles that are priced surprisingly fair, less expensive than in the US, at least in Dallas. If you like truffle, this is a place to go.

Scallop Carpaccio with lemon-flavored, black truffles. Chef’s suggestions.
Shrimp green salad with white truffles.Risotto with black truffles. My husband favorite dish. Black truffle-flavored cream brulee. It’s exotic!Warm chocolate cake with truffle-ice-cream.Another fun thing to do that we enjoyed in the Paris trip is tasting wine at Lavinia, located at 3 boulevard de la Madeleine, near the Maison de la Truffe. This is a machine that you serve yourself wine by inserting a card which you buy at the cashier. This is a fun way to taste wine. Unfortunately, it’s illegal in the US, at least in Dallas, to serve yourself wine in public.Aha…My husband tried to taste the Chateau Latour from Bordeaux.
When I saw Barbara Martelo wearing a spring fur coat from Isabel Marant in Jakandjil blog. I said “What an awesome fur coat! I wish to have it!” When I visited Isabel Marant boutique in Paris, I saw the coat and it’s just so stunning in person. I was surprised it’s not pricey for a fur coat (about the same price with a great pair of Gucci shoes). I have to say Isabel Marant clothing is very fairly priced compared with other designers.
In my shoe collection, these old Marni heels and Rick Owens wedges are the most comfy to walk in for hours. But I always have flats for back-up. The Rick Owens wedges are an exception, they’re super comfy 100% like flats.
Thank you everyone for your comments!! Wishing you all a wonderful day!!

Big hugs…Hanh 😉

One day in San Francisco

It was the craziest travel experience in my life. Our fight was canceled, along with everyone else’s, because of the volcano ash from Iceland. After my husband spent 5 hrs on the phone calling airline and travel agencies. We got lucky and found a connecting flight to the US. We got on the flight. And four hrs into it, the captain announced that the plane is returning to Paris because of an oil leak. I thought I was dreaming. 12 hours after getting at Charles de Gaulle airport, we were back. We waited until midnight, the next day, to board again. 13 hours later, we arrived at 4 Am in San Francisco.
Yes, we made it to get out of Paris. At this point, any city that we landed in the US, we considered “Home sweet home!” (we had one day to stay in San Francisco waiting for the flight to Dallas). First, we checked in the Le Meridien Hotel (we like its convenience location) that we already booked for our room in advance. The hotel was full and because of their mistake at our reservation, they gave us a penthouse which it was available with the same charge for normal room. Good news! Awesome! After a nice nap, we woke up at 10:30 and started our day by walking to Chinatown for Dim Sum at City View, recommended by the concierge. Great meal! We continually walked around Chinatown and ended up in a beautiful, serious Italian/Asian antique store. After having a conversation with the boss of the store, we told him about how we were in San Francisco because of a crazy flight in Paris. He is kind enough to offer us a ride around town. That’s super awesome! The boss’s younger brother drove us to Coit Tower for a great view of the city, to Lombard-the crookedest street, then Twin Peaks which is another place for a beautiful city view. After that, visiting Sausalito was a great experience. Finally, he dropped us at Union Square where there is great shopping. At the end, we walked back to our hotel to get ready for dinner at Betelnut. It was so nice that our waiter offered us a complimentary desert for welcome home. This was an amazing day. We had great fun. It accidentally ended up San Francisco and was a perfect way to end the trip.
The view from penthouse at Le Meridien. Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America (its establishment in the 1840s) and one of the largest Chinese communities outside Asia. It is also a major tourist attraction-as its shops, restaurants…It’s a perfect place for buy in Chinese souvenir, eating Chinese food. To be honest, I like it more than Chinatown in NYC.
A dragon gate on Grant Ave at Bush street in Chinatown.Dim sum at City View restaurant on Commercial Street in Chinatown. Crispy crab claw ball is my favorite.Coit Tower was built in Pioneer Park top Telegraph Hill in 1933 where you can have beautiful views of the city.

City view from Coit Tower.Golden Gate Bridge seen from Coit Tower.Bay Bridge seen from Coit Tower.The city view from Coit Tower. The tallest building is Tranamerican Pyramid.Alcatraz Island seen from Coit Tower, Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay. It often referred to as The Rock and it used to be a military prison. You can get there by ferry ride from Pier 33, near Fisherman’s Wharf-located at Pier 39- where it is also my favorite place to walk around to see Wax Museum, street performance, especially eating crab on the street is fun. I like to come here every time when I visit the city, but we didn’t make it this time.One of the best things about San Francisco is its passion for the unique. So it’s not surprising how much the City loves Lombard Street, one of the most crookedest street, extraordinary roads in the US. Not only is the road crooked, it’s also very steep. It’s a tourist attraction street. No matter the season, every time I come to town and visit this street, its landscaping is always beautiful. San Francisco is famous for its hills, including Nob Hill, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill…Twin Peaks is a pair of hills resting at one of the city’s highest points, forms a popular overlook spot. This is a view form Twin Peaks.Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed during the year 1937. It has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco and California.Sausalito. Across the Golden Gate Bridge, just minutes from San Francisco, lies the picturesque waterfront community of Sausalito, world renowned for its Mediterranean flair and breathtaking views of San Francisco. It’s charming little town and offers many local boutique shops, restaurants, boutique hotels…Down hill is Union Square. It’s a great shopping area that you can find from big department stores as Neiman Marcus, Sak Fifth, Bloomingdale…to high-end boutiques as Chanel, Gucci…or less expensive shop as H&M, F21…Dinner at Betelnut on Union street, contemporary Asian cuisine. You can find dishes are in Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian style. It’s a hip and fun place.Me in Sausalito town, worn my new Lanvin lucite sunglasses, RO sweater. Bought them in Paris.If you have more time in San Francisco, I would recommend you get on Cable car is fun. It is an icon of the city. Visiting wine country is fun thing to do that you don’t want to miss.Thank you so much for reading and your continuing support!!Wishing you all a lovely weekend with your family and loved ones!!Kisses…Hanh;-)

On The Weekend

No School on Friday.
The kids had no school this past Friday. To take advantage of the short, beautiful spring weather in Dallas, we took the family for lunch at Who’s Who Burgers in Highland Park Village. After lunch, we took a walk through the park in the neighborhood, and played in the playground for hours. We delightfully had a wonderful time.
We love to eat at Who’s Who for a casual lunch. The outdoor seating by the fountain is fantastic in the spring. They offer a simple menu but gourmet choices. The kobe burger is about $10. It’s a little bit pricey, but it ROCKS!! This burger basically melts in your mouth. yum!!. My kids are crazy about the fries!! super tasty. No one should complain about the price because you’re sitting in a extravagant part of town. Something about being in Highland Park Village with nice cars and pretty stylish ladies makes this place awesome.
My big girl tried on her daddy’s sunnies and enjoyed her burger.
We walked through the park.With my little one.With my big girl. I brought my McQueen flats for back-up..hehe Enjoying swinging.Two girls were on top of the monkey bars at the playground. Posing in Crewcuts clothing.Playing tic tac toe.Saturday Night Out.
After my kid’s ballet class in the morning, we took it easy for the rest of the day. Then, we were out for dinner at Tei Tei Japanese restaurant. Yes, we love to dine there. I’ve had mention about this restaurant in the past post or you click here to see the review.
Lobster with ponzu sauce. Delicious!!

Pressed Toro sushi. Yum!!!After dinner, we went to the park near by the neighborhood enjoying the sun still bright with nice breeze.

My big girl.My little one.They enjoyed to climb on the big bear.Pretty Japanese maple tree in the spring.My Outfits On The Weekend.For lunch on Friday: worn my old Marc by Marc Jacobs top, F21 shorts, Alexander Wang wedges. Saturday: worn CdG shrug, Club Monaco tank, Mcqueen leggings (if you take a closer look at the leggings, it has a butterfly print in the front and a roach print on the side), Gucci shoes.Thank you for your visiting!!!Wishing you all a wonderful day ahead!! Kisses…Hanh 😉

Tei Tei for Japanese cuisine // Creamy

Creamy.

I love my old silky, creamy Giambattista Valli for Moncler blouse, especially the puffy sleeves which made the statement. When I saw this Yigal skirt some time ago, I thought about the top; they would go perfectly together. Until now, I haven’t had a chance to share with you this look, an elegantly soft-sophisticated-yet-chic look.

I love the beaded details at the skirt’s waist. Cross bracelet from The Woods. Other cuffs from brand ??? Tei Tei
If you ask me what is my all time favorite restaurant in Dallas, I have to say it’s Tei Tei. It’s a mixture of traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine, and is billed as a Robata Bar. If you’re looking for a restaurant that has a fair price, excellent service, fun/hip/chic environment, deliciously fresh food, Tei Tei is the perfect restaurant for you. You’ll find many dishes that are casual and simple, such as the king crab legs or giant shrimp, which are simply grilled with a little salt. It’s absolutely fresh, of the highest quality, and has a natural taste. They have incredibly fresh sushi and sashimi selections; my favorite is Spanish mackerel with deep fried its bone. Too many good things to say about this place. We love TeiTei and always have a delightful experience there..
Appetizer plate created by the chef to complement our glasses of Rose’.

I love the texture of ice-fish. It’s kinda crunchy.

Slow braided cooked snail, my favorite. I love to try exotic food.
Fresh grilled big eye golden fish. This is just simply grilled because it’s the high quality and freshness of the fish that’s important. Naturally sweet, it melts in your mouth..yum!!This is my hubby’s favorite dish, scallops with sea urchin.A glass of Merriman Pinot Rose, selling by the glass at the Tei Tei bar. It delightfully complements the food.
Rose’ wine is just the perfect drink for the spring and summer. It’s so sexy, chic and sophisticated. It’s like a party in every glass. Ready to rock!!

Thank you so much for your support and comments!

Wish you all a happy Sunday!!!
Big hugs….Hanh 😉
Ps: TeiTei restaurant
2906 North Henderson Ave
(214) 828-2400

Spago, Bachelor Gulch // Rick Owens-Sweater Weather

Spago, Bachelor Gulch.
On my last ski trip, I had a chance to dine at the famous Spago restaurant. The master chef, Wolfgang Puck, teamed up with the award winning Ritz Carlton to open a Colorado ski outpost of his legendary Spago at the Bachelor Gulch resort. Spago continues to set the standard of cuisine, service and style. The mood at night might be casual-sophisticated, chic, edgy and playful ( ladies in hot jeans, fab furs, killer heels, and Uggs; tables of children digging into fries), but the food coming out of the big open kitchen is definitely serious. The menu features Spago’s classics from over the years; contemporary American, regional European cuisine with Asian influences in a sophisticated as well as new signature dishes prepared using ingredients from local organic farming. I have to say the food and the service are impeccable. There is a kid-friendly environment and they offer a great menu for them, even Mickey Mouse shaped pizza which my kids love and ordered it almost every time we ate there.
Sear Ahi-tuna salad.
At dinner, you would be remiss if your table didn’t sample the spicy tuna tartare in sesame-miso cones with chili aioli, tosa soy, green onions, tobiko and pickled ginger. It’s my husband’s favorite. Sorry, we ate one before taking photo 😉Grilled Colorado lamb chop “Chinois style” with hunan eggplant, snow pea and cilantro-mint vinaigrette. Oh, no!..too rare for me, but perfect for my husband 😉 The night before we left for home, we ate there one more time and had a big beautiful dessert Austrian style Kaiserschmarren; creme fraiche souffle’ pancake, sauteed organic strawberries. This is the presentation at the table. Voila! the beautiful dessert at the table. Fresh strawberries and light foam pancake flavor, smelting in your month..Yum…!Rick owens-Sweater Weather.

Opened.

Turttle neck. Wrapped.In Dallas, wearing: last year’s Rick Owens sweater and top on sale at Luisaviaroma.com, American Apparel tank and leggings, Lezilla boots.Wishing you all a joyful weekend!!
Big hugs…Hanh;-)

Pearly Gray

As you can see at the Rick Owens runway fall 09, it started off in dark black (we see this color most at his show). After a few solid black monochrome looks, all that suddenly shifted into icy blue, pearly gray, palest beige. All the genius of his vision came to light-the color of future, but classic. After that, we’ve seen those colors all over the runway of spring 2010. It’s become fresh and it has the color for this fall and for the future.

You also see every look was constructed around a high-necked, strong-shouldered leather jacket at his runway fall 09. This is one of the looks.
Long coat version. From Net-a-Porter. com
I have to say that this futurist-classic jacket is the ultimate style statement, an investment piece. I paired it with similar shades for a fresh fall aesthetic; Madewell tee, F21 leggings, Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte shoes. These shoes are also a statement piece in this outfit, so I keep jewelry free and light make-up.GOOD TIME FOR BAKINGDecember is an exciting month of the year; Xmas lights, Xmas music, Xmas shopping, Xmas party, time for family and friends to get together with joy. All of this gives you a great feeling of Xmas spirit. It is also the perfect time for baking. I’ve been enjoying baking with my kids; pumpkin bread, banana nut bread, fruit pie, cookies… things they love to do, too. Every year, this month is a baking-marathon for us and we love it!
My kids enjoyed helping me to repair the crust for baking berry pie.
Berry pie. They enjoyed doing cut-out cookies.Enjoy conversation with sister.This is how the cookies turn out. The cookie cutters were recently bought at Williams Sonoma. The fun thing about these cookie cutters is that you can create your own messages. And here are: Happy Holidays, Season Greeting, Life in Travel…really fun!
Hope you all have a joyful weekend with family and friends!!Happy holidays!!!
Big hugs…Hanh 😉
PS: Don’t hesitate to ask for the berry pie recipe if you want it!

Isabel Marant studded Otway Boots

Ok, I saw these Isabel Marant studded Otway boots on the runway F09 – I love them. I saw them again on JakandJil, love them more…Then, Martina has them – I was getting anxious and knew for sure I would get them. Thank you to lovely Martina and sweet Sofie for helping me to find the boots. After months of waiting, they finally arrived…I had the same feeling with Sofie toward them..disappointed. They are overpriced for their fabric, the workmanship, the quality, I think…They can’t not refund, store credit only and who know if I find things I love at their store…Then, just keep them for my first IM shoes. I actually LOVE the style very much, just wish they’re half of the price that I payed for. Well, what can I say…They’re looking more handsome in the pictures than in person. Hope you enjoy the pictures!
Um….I keep them!
One of my beloved Rick Owens jacket F09. I madly love this jacket, it’s such a cool, edgy, futuristic looking one. I wore it with RO dress.
Love everything about this jacket; the shoulders, the collar, the zipper, the front-cut, the wings in the back, the leather texture…just awesome!
Home Cooking: pan roasted chicken with ginger and basil.
As you know, I love cooking. It’s one of my hobbies. I cook alot of traditional Vietnamese food, some Chinese and Thai dishes. I also enjoy making up my own creative recipe and this is one of them. I served with baby agurala, heirloom tomato and balsamic vinaigrette. Pinot noir from Oregon completely compliments the dish…yum!

Ingredients: skinless quarter leg chicken, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, sugar, oyster flavored sauce, seasoned soy sauce, sliced fresh ginger and fresh basil leaves.

Method: clean the skinless quarter leg chicken, pat dry the chicken throughly with paper towels. Sprinkle over each quarter leg chicken with a little garlic powder, black pepper, less than 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp sugar, 1/4 tsp oyster flavored sauce, 1/8 tsp seasoned soy sauce and let it sit for a few hours or overnight. Hot pan with cooking oil with high heat, put the chicken in for about 1 minute. Then, cover the pan with lid, turn the heat down to medium for about 7 minutes. Turn chicken for another 7 minutes, continue cover the lid. Now, throw in fresh slice ginger and fresh basil leaves, still cover the lid, let it sit for 5 minutes with medium-high heat…done! Ok, you’ll see the chicken has nicely golden color as in the picture and it’s ready to serve hot. It’s easy to do, you can substitute ginger, basil with your favorite herb. Enjoy the meal!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend with family and friends!!!

Kisses…Hanh 😉

Forever 21 with Comme des Garcons

I wore this outfit sometime last week : Comme des Garcons skirt F/W09- love the interesting constructed shape and cut of this skirt, Jil Sander over knees boots from F08, Forever 21 turtle neck sweater and scarf.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie from Today

The kids had no school today, so we did many things and had awesome time together. Baking a pumpkin pie this morning was one of our fun things that we enjoyed. I’m glad that my kids love baking as much as I do!! Baking is on the list of must-do-things with your kids. It is the perfect time to bond with your children.

Home made pumpkin pie, the recipe is from Williams Sonoma (lick here for the recipe) but I just used less than 3/4 cup brown sugar for less sweetness. I use rolled-out pie dough from Pillsbury pie-crust that you can find it at any grocery store and it’s easy to do the crust. To add a fanciful finish to this pumpkin pie, use decorative cutters to create autumnal shapes from rolled-out pie dough. These cutters are available at Williams Sonoma.They enjoyed to cut the leaves for decoration.

Hopefully, this will give you a idea to bake pumpkin pie with your family and friends on Thanksgiving holiday coming up.
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!!!
Big hugs…Hanh 😉

Haider Ackermann Dress // Yutaka Sushi Bistro

Haider Ackermann

The weather in Dallas is moody in fall/winter. One day is cold, the next day is warm and it could reach to 80 F , sometimes. Lately, it has been 75 F degree -beautiful fall day and I have no complaint here. Taking advantage of that, I brought out my Haider Ackermann black silk dress for going out with my sweet hubby. I felt comfortable, elegant and feminine in this dress…Love it!! I styled it with Christian Louboutine lace-leopard boots.

Yutaka Sushi Bistro

As I mention in “The New Restaurant Weeks” post that I posted it sometime long ago, Yutaka becomes one of my favorite restaurants. Yutaka is owned by head chef Yutaka Yamato that serves both authentic Japanese cuisine and his own creations with blending of traditional Asian and Western influence at his namesake uptown Dallas, 2633 McKinney Ave.A couple of nights ago, we had a chance to come back there with my parents and no surprises!! the food is excellent. This time, they have a special dish called Lobster Three Ways as shown in pictures below: First way is lobster tail sashimi. Second way is lobster head broth miso soup, I love the sweetness and freshness of this soup. Third way is lobster claws tempura ( I was simply busy eating and forgot to take a picture of this one, sorry). These are awesomely delicious that mades me really attempt to cook these dishes at home in the near future.

We never forget to order Heirloom tomato salad with miso paste, one of our favorite dishes that I love to taste the sweetness of tomatoes and melting creamy miso paste. Wishing you all a wonderful day!!!! Thank you for visiting!!!Big hugs…Hanh 😉

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