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

Friday, May 21, 2010

Happy Birthday BIG!

Happy Birthday to one of Hip-hop's greats... the Notorious B.I.G.! Just wanted to share with you one of my favorite music videos from Biggie, "One More Chance". It was released in 1995 when Hip-hop was at its peak and everything was gravy. Loved the colors and the cameos from other artists... this music video and song is just straight up feel good. We'll always love Big Poppa! <3

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New Yorker or Tourist: Pick A Lane!

Saw this on the NY Daily News website and thought it was clever! Anonymous artist(s) divided up a sidewalk into separate walk ways for "New Yorkers" and "Tourists" on 5th Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Street. OMG, can we do this for every side walk?! As you know, if you're a "New Yorker" that time is of the essence, I mean we live in a fast-paced city. One of the nuisances that I encounter the most when walking the streets of Manhattan is the annoying tourists that block the side walk and the ones that walk as slow as a turtle. I know it's a bad habit to just want to push them out of the way and give them some sort of 'tude but it's instinctive to me! Yeah, I know I'm rude! I'm sorry. I speed walk everywhere I go and you best believe that if you are a New Yorker, it's our nature when it comes to reaching our destination. 
So, which lane will you walk in? :)

LINK: NY Daily News

Friday, May 7, 2010

Is It June 13th Yet?!

Ok so I'm still super excited. Is it June 13th yet?! I'm currently reading the 10th Sookie Stackhouse book, Dead In The Family but it's not enough! By the way, it's getting really good and I'm half way through it! Out of boredom, I checked out the goods at the TrueBlood HBO Store and saw these super awesome Season 3 posters that they're selling for $9.99 each! I can't wait to see these posters all over NYC! 
I am counting the days damnit! Which ones do you like? 


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Luke's Lobster = Lobster Roll Bliss!

After hearing my good friend @JustineDori ranting and raving about Luke's Lobster in the East Village for awhile now, we finally made plans and visited the eatery yesterday for dinner. Prior to this, she told me that they use fresh Maine lobster for their lobster rolls. I'm always down for some fresh seafood. So without hesitation, we headed to Luke's Lobster! And our foodie adventure begins....
The menu on the wall

Justine ordering at the counter. She got a Lobster Schooner with a Maine Root Mandarin Orange Soda and Miss Vickie's Steakhouse BBQ chips.

My order: A Lobster Schooner and a side pickle with a Maine Root Blueberry Soda and Miss Vickie's Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Chips ($16 + tax). By the way, besides the Lobster Roll which I will gladly rave about shortly- I LOVED the Blueberry Soda. It tasted like fizzy Blueberry Kool Aid! Not to mention, it's organic. :) 

So this is what we came to Luke's Lobster for, the famous "Lobster Roll". Yes, it was everything I imagined and more. First of, it's the perfect size (about the size of an average hot dog bun) and comes with a pickle to compliment the meal. The soft roll was slightly toasted and was topped off with huge chunks of lightly seasoned (Old Bay Seasoning.. I'm guessing?) real Maine lobster. The lobster meat was cool, plump and juicy and you can taste the freshness in every bite. For quality seafood, I did not mind the price of the meal at all. I did however pour some butter and spread a little bit of mayo on my lobster roll for more added flavor. Overall, it was delicious and I savored every bite. After having the lobster, I'm really curious to try the crab and shrimp roll to compare. Well, I guess I'll just save that for the next trip to Luke's! ;) I can't wait... 

Upon request, they offer you butter sauce and mayo. Justine and I decided to try both.

Sometimes we underestimate how much food we can eat. All I can say is hunger talks! So Justine ordered the Lobster Bisque Soup which came with oyster crackers. I tried the soup and it tasted rich and savory. The lobster flavor and the creaminess of the soup complimented each other. It was Yum-O.

Besides the delicious eats, I loved the festive decor. Check out the wall! Does that scream Maine or what? :D

Oh, by the way- there's limited seating and it can get pretty packed in there. Glad it wasn't too busy when we went because Justine and I got to sit a little longer to chit chat.

The chalkboard in the front of the store to lure you in...

Cute slogan "From ME to you"... hehe get it? LOVE.

I can't stress how much I enjoyed my meal. The food was light and I didn't feel disgustingly full afterwards which is a really good sign. :-X I can't believe something so fresh and delicious could come out from such a little cute hole in the wall in the East Village. I will be making a trip real soon.. like probably next week because that crab roll is calling my name LOL. Oh, since they serve Ice Cream now I also saw a flavor called "Lobster Tracks" which makes me wonder- WTF! lobster flavored ice cream?! No freakin' way, that's like something off of an episode of Iron Chef! Sounds weird but I'm sure I'm brave enough to try it.  and of course, Luke's Lobster replied via twitter:
Whew! I would've tried it anyway even if it "was" lobster flavored. HAHA!! 

Anyway, I highly recommend it for yummy seafood eats! ;) 

Thanks to Justine for putting me on! Til' the next food outing! :)

Luke's Lobster
93 E 7th St
(between 1st Ave & Avenue A)
(212) 387-8487

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A Trip to Junior's in Downtown Brooklyn

So after the Banksy movie, hunger set in and the besties and I decided to walk over to the world famous Junior's in Flatbush, Brooklyn. I haven't had it in a long time and my I remember my first memory of Junior's was when I used to work in Grand Central Terminal. I was always fond of the cheese cake- whether plain, swirled or with fruit preserves on top. I also enjoyed and devoured the lemon coconut layer cake. Ahh- the memories! When it came to food, their chicken fingers + fries and burger platters remain tops! 
The cheesecake assortment:

They also have cookies! You see those little cupcakes with the clown on top? Super yummy! It has a whipped vanilla frosting that's to die for!

The Take-Out section

Jose's artistic interpretation of him eating his cheesecake! Awesome right?

William Yan ordered the Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake. It was DEE-LI-CIOUS!! Can't go wrong with cheese cake and vanilla cake combo with strawberries ;)

Josie Cloverfish's cheesecake moment...

Thumbs up to dessert!

Keith had a savory Turkey Chilli Bowl. It was a bed of white rice with chilli on top with the most perfectly chopped onions for topping. It was reaaaaally good. New favorite!

I wasn't too hungry and lately I've been having an obsession with Matzoh Ball Soup so I ordered a cup. It was pretty good. I liked how there was carrots in the broth since most Matzoh Ball Soups just have clear broth. P.S. I did have a few bites of Jose and Will's cheesecakes though! >:)

The artwork on the paper table cloth. The manager liked Josie's cheesecake eating little guy drawing.

Keith and the Junior's mannequin (with the ill fake sharpie'd goatee!)

The besties!

Junior's - Downtown Brooklyn
386 Flatbush Ave
BrooklynNY 11201

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Exit Through The Gift Shop - A Banksy Film

*Spoiler Alert: Read At Your Own Risk!*

This past Friday, the besties and I headed to Brooklyn's BAM Rose Cinemas to watch the highly anticipated Banksy film,
Exit Through The Giftshop. Amazing movie! At first, the movie begins with French film director (later turned street artist by the name of Mr. Brainwash) Thierry Guetta explaining his obsession with filming any and everything in sight. Later on we find out that his introduction to the street art culture was actually through his cousin Space Invader who was currently beautifying walls in France with his mosaic "space invader" art work. He then finds his new focus and follows Invader around which causes him to bump into other influential artists where he documents all their high risk adventures. We also learn that for awhile he was shadowing Street Art legend, Shepard Fairey who is well-known for his "Andre the Giant Has A Posse" sticker and wheat paste campaign as well as the piece of work he is notoriously known for, the "Hope" Barack Obama poster. After years of filming Fairey, Guetta was unsure of where his filming career was headed until he hears about an emerging and very controversial street artist by the name of Banksy. The hunt for Banksy became an obsession which was difficult because the artist is and remains incognito. He then finally succeeds and was actually contacted by Banksy where he was given the opportunity to shoot and interview the artist. There's some pretty interesting footage between the two- one being the installation of Banksy's telephone booth at an alley in London and a trip to Disneyland. Anyway, the best part of the movie is the irony of it all. What seems to be a film about Banksy actually turns into a documentary about Thierry becoming a street artist himself and calling himself, Mr. Brainwash. The film then takes you on a journey on how he produces his work and how he put everything on the line to launch his first successful art installment in 2008 called, "Life Is Beautiful" in LA. The commentaries from both Banksy and Fairey were all hilarious! I loved the movie. It was funny and super clever. Even if you're not a fan of street art, I suggest you watch this film. You will laugh your pants off! 

Check out the first 5 minutes of the film:

Also as an extra treat, we witnessed street artist, Ellis Gallagher  live in action chalking up bicycle shadow art outside of the BAM Rose Theatre during opening night. I heard Banksy commissioned him to do this. It was amazing! 
Link: Exit Through The Gift Shop - A Banksy Film