I'm Aimee Astillero. I like food, fashion, hip-hop, film, vampires and other bizarre things. Thanks for finding me! :P

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Paris, Je T'aime and Vampires in Love

Finished watching Paris, Je'Taime last night and this flick totally blows New York, I Love You out the water. It's 18 short love stories from 18 renowned film directors in five minute parts that revolve around different locations in Paris, the city of love <3. All the stories are unique in its own way, all romantic, some funny, some weird, some sad and tragic. However, personally watching the movie made me feel extra mushy and made me miss Paris a whole lot. It's such a beautiful city rich in art and architecture with a romantic atmosphere like no other country I've ever been to. It's just simply breath taking. The movie is superb with a roster of amazing actors like Elijah Wood, Natalie Portman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nick Nolte, Willem Dafoe, and Gerard Depardieu. I was also excited to see the shorts from the Coen Bros. and Wes Craven who contributed to the film. Awesome movie, you MUST watch it.

Anyway, I had so many favorites (one being Natalie Portman's section, Francine) but this one struck me. It's a story about vampires who fell in love in Paris. Whoa! Anyway, this short stars Elijah Wood who discovers a mystic female vampire feeding on a man in the streets of Quartier De La Madeleine. She approaches him with the intent to satiate her thirst but looks at him rather with interest and glamors him and later walks away. In order to lure her back, Wood grabs a empty wine bottle and breaks it to cut his skin open to shed blood. The vamp senses the blood and looks back with lust in her eyes but does not give in to the temptation to feed and continues to walk away. The mortal is puzzled and bleeding profusely which causes him to become light headed and to accidentally tumble down the stairs. He kills himself during the fall and lays flat on the ground. A pool of blood pours out of the back of his head spreading out in a heart-shaped form (how ironic, don't you think?). His beloved female vamp senses he's in danger and approaches his lifeless body on the ground. She pierces her wrist with her fangs and offers her blood to speedy his recovery. His lips get a taste of her blood in a few minutes he realizes that he himself has transformed into a creature of the night. Hunger hits him as she holds him in an embrace and he suddenly bites her neck for a taste of more blood. She reacts surprisingly yet in a sadistic manner and aims for his neck to also get a taste in return. As the two feed on each other the screen shot comes to a close in a heart shaped close-up of the two vampires in love. AWW, how cute! Loved the dark imagery especially the use of the color red signifying blood and the love that bonded the two together. The director Vincenzo Natali did a wonderful job!

LINK: YouTube

Monday, February 22, 2010

Gold & Wood - B10 Frames

Dropped by Morgenthal Frederics on West Broadway this week and saw my dream frames- the B10 by Gold & Wood. These aren't just any pair of eyeglasses- it's made out of wood, well-crafted, rare, and extremely unique! When I tried the black on black pair on, I fell in love. It fits my round face very well and the actual frames did not look too big like most retro looking pairs of glasses that I've tried on. The base of the temples are made out of titanium and adjusts to the width of your face. What I love most however is how the bridge of the glasses sit perfectly on the bridge of my nose. Since I have a button nose, most glasses I try on have that annoying gap which can only be fixed with the addition of ugly nose pads. The rim of the glasses also do not sit on my cheek and are a perfect size. It can also be converted into sunglasses if you don't wear prescription glasses. My first choice is the black on black and then the black on brown for contrast. Does anyone want to buy these for me? It's only $1,100 (not including cost of lens)! >:)

German Chocolate Cake from Gramercy Tavern

This Sunday, I attended brunch at Gramercy Tavern in the Flatiron District for my cousins Shane and Mike. The food was spectacular BUT dessert was the star of the show! I'm not usually big on cakes with coconut on it, but this amazing rich and decadent German Chocolate Cake made me think twice. What is German Chocolate Cake? It's a layered basic chocolate cake filled with caramelized coconut and pecan. The cake was incredibly moist and not too sweet (probably because semi-sweet chocolate was used). But I must say, the milk chocolate coconut ice cream made this dessert worth while. Ice cream with cake is always a plus for me and I did not feel guilty eating this at all! ;)
Besides the yummy cake, we were also served Petit Fours (macaroon, chocolate pumpkin truffle and biscuit filled with chocolate ganache and topped with pecans) to go with our coffee and tea. Delicious bite-sized goodies to end a spectacular meal! 
42 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003-1300

Amazing food and my awesome family to end a great week!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Pret's Coffee Milk is AMAZING!

My morning drink is really important to me because it starts up my morning. I get tired of the same old coffee or milk tea that I drink everyday so my eyes are always browsing around for substitutes. Yesterday I found my new amazing morning beverage, Coffee Milk from Pret A Manger. It's seriously addicting. I don't really like bottled coffee drinks because I had a horrible incident with Starbuck's Frappucino in the past but this one caught my eye. I thought to myself when I read the label, is it really coffee flavored milk?! Mind you- when I have my coffee it usually has 25% milk because I like to water it down so I was really excited to try this. Verdict? Well, it tastes really creamy and goes smooth down smooth (like milk- DUH.. pause that too) with a slight coffee flavor but not so overpowering. It tastes more like mocha to me which I really like. It's pretty refreshing if you don't want a hot beverage but craving the coffee taste. According to Wikipedia, Coffee Milk is a drink similar to chocolate milk; however, instead of chocolate syrup, coffee syrup is used. It is also the official state drink of Rhode Island. It's freakin' amazing and I'm glad to discover it because it will be a good morning substitute.  
The only downside is, it's a high in fat (for a drink) and calories and that's because Pret uses whole milk. A bottle has 2.5 servings at 220 calories per serving and 8 grams of fat, so that will be 550 calories if you finish the entire thing. So what I suggest for my calorie counting friends is that you drink half the bottle and save the other half for the next day. Less guilt? Oh, also if you're concerned about your caffeine intake, they use decaffeinated coffee syrup. Enjoy the milky goodness! 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hold Me Edward...

Got to work this morning, checked my Facebook page and my good homie Em Eye Si posted this link on my wall. I just have to share this because it's freakin' amazing! Super clever. Thanks Em, I actually DO need new pillows. I'll take both please! HEHE ;) Too bad it's already sold out! :( 
LINK: etsy

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Serious Man = Some Serious Eye Wear

Finally saw A Serious Man, the latest film from the Coen Bros and I must admit, that movie got my brain all frazzled but in a very good way. I love movies that make me think and movies that give me a chance to formulate my own ending. If you want to know what I mean, I advise you to watch the movie because it's pretty amazing! Anyway, I couldn't help fall in love with some serious eye wear through out the film. Since the movie was set in the Midwest around 1967, the characters were wearing an array of retro specs. Loved them all! Check them out:

Larry Gopnik - Lemtosh from Moscot Originals

Sy Ableman

Sarah Gopnik

Miscellaneous Characters throughout the movie with awesome eye glasses

After seeing such great eye wear, I'm about to throw out my contact lenses and go back to wearing glasses! After all, people remember me as the short Asian girl with the glasses (and no folks, I am not Charlene Yi although we might look slightly alike.. hehe). Costume designer, Mary Zophres did an excellent job picking out specs for all the characters. Also on another note, I read somewhere that each set of glasses were made with two different lenses- one which was clear and another that is anti-reflective and coated which were alternated based on lighting. Sweet! Something I would have never known. There must have been a lot of glasses floating around the set. Are you feeling the retro specs? I sure am! :)

For amazing optical shops, check out these sites:
Selima Optique
Silver Lining Opticians
Morgenthal Frederics

NOTE: all pictures were taken via screen shot, pardon the crappy resolution...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Burger King's Cupcake Shake

Two days ago, I encountered the Burger King Cupcake Shake. While strolling along the financial district, my friends and I had a weird craving to eat Burger King for dinner. As we entered its doors, the lovely sign above greeted us with open arms and dangerously lured us in... we totally had a "thisiswhyyou'refat" moment.  So one of my friends (name will not be mentioned as per request.. haha) was brave enough to try it. As amazing as it sounds and as much as I claim that "cupcakes hold a special place in my heart" I was skeptical to order it (WHAT'S THE REAL REASON? Because even though I eat a lot and blog mostly about food, I still keep my weight watchers mentality in check when I eat and think of my daily caloric intake. Ok enough about me though!).

So what is this concoction? It's a yellow cake flavored ice cream milkshake delight topped off with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles. Sounds delicious in retrospect but I kept thinking of how many calories are in this creamy monster (pause). Anyway, my friend was nice enough to let me try it so I guess you can say I tried it just to try it? Took a quick sip and closed my eyes. It tasted "egg-y" and then the sugary whip cream with bits of flavorless sprinkles for a slight crunch hits you. Super creamy and rich. It does taste like a cupcake. Its yellow color fooled me cos I actually thought it was just ice cream and cake batter mixed in. I mean it could be but I didn't pay attention to how it was made. Can anyone confirm this?  It doesn't taste bad at all but too sweet for my taste buds. I don't think I can finish this entire drink (size is a small btw) by myself. The whole concept just sounds bizarre. Like, a Cupcake Shake? For real? There's such a thing? Well then again Burger King also has Funnel Cake Sticks with icing dipping sauce if you're looking for another extreme sugar rush, try that! Ok back to the shake- I think kids would love this and milkshake lovers would appreciate it. Have you tried it? What do you think? Also, if you haven't tried it- would you?  :)  
So I also discovered there's a cult following for this in Facebook
LINK: Burger King