Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pops of Color

For having owned this place for almost two years, there is minimal decor in my rather...monochromatic living room. The dining room still has this beautiful teak dining table I imported from Winnipeg, Canada, that once was imported from Denmark (you see it beneath lots of the pictures I take, including the one below!), so that along with my herbs warms up the place a bit. And it's so easy to find eye-catching kitchen things! A quick browse through CB2 resulted in this haul of colorful plates:

I'm contemplating returning the small matching appetizer plates since it may be too much matching. Though...they were only $0.99...

But onto the task at hand. PILLOWS for my lovely grey couch. It's a work in progress, but here's a starting point:

Stay tuned!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Espresso on Ice

When the weather's balmy and I'm fighting jetlag, I get iced espresso drinks. I've been a subscriber to these for a whole week now, which are important especially after an emotionally exciting yet draining showing of the World Cup.

My favorite outdoor viewing spot was in the Shangri-La's Garden Courtyard. Calmer than the regular bar/pub, the hotel hosted a comfortable viewing in their outdoor area, within walking distance to the bar and the pool. We camped out earlier for brunch and a good seat before it got super packed for the USA vs Portugal game.

Before it got jam-packed with USA fans & Uncle Sam

After the game, I started heading back and decide that I need a coffee fix. Demitasse, of Little Tokyo fame, opened a 2nd branch just north of the Promenade and offers an amazing Iced Mint Cubano (side note: I should buy a mint plant). After days of experimenting with iced drinks around Montana Ave (including drinks that are 4 espresso shots poured over ice with a bit a of milk...), I decided to experiment with making my own ice brewed drinks.

I picked up some whole bean Safeway Select Espresso Roast for the experiment. And 24 hours of cold brewing later...

Some cold brew poured over ice, 2% milk, and a few mint leaves. Bliss.