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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

DESSERT: Green Tea Pudding

Got this new and yum-o Green Tea Pudding Dessert at Cafe Zaiya inside the Kinokuniya Bookstore by Bryant Park last week. It's basically like a Green Tea custard with a smear of red bean paste and bits of Mochi with sweet milk to drizzle. I really love the sweet milk that comes with this dessert. It's a better alternative to whip cream in my opinion and it kind of reminds me of the caramelized sugar in flan. All the sweetness on top of the custard balances the green tea matcha flavored pudding. This dessert is creamy yet light. I also like its size portion because they don't give you too much or too little and is also affordable at $3 a cup. A perfect little deelish Green Tea Dessert! ;)

Cafe Zaiya
1073 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

CANDY: Pretzel M&M's

After reading my post on the Coconut M&M's, my buddy @AlmightyDJKo told me to try the Pretzel M&M's next and shortly after gifted me FOUR bags after insisting that it was pretty damn amazing. As soon as I returned to the office from my lunch break today, I opened a bag and KO wasn't kidding, it is GREAT and way better than the Coconut M&M's! I had mentioned before that Crispy M&M's were one of my favorite flavors and this new flavor is equivalent in taste and texture but a little saltier (funny how both flavors are sold in the blue package!). Not to mention, a bag is only 150 calories and 5 grams of fat which makes it a good sweet indulgence! No guilt after finishing a whole bag at all!! The M&M pieces are also double the size of a plain M&M because there is an actual crunchy pretzel ball covered with chocolate then the candy covered coating. You get that "crunchy, salty, sweet" mix on your taste buds as Mars had advertised- they weren't lying. The best part of it all is it is under a dollar, only $0.75 a bag! This candy is a definite win! I LOVE it. I'll be sure to hold on to my remaining three bags and save them for a rainy day. Hope Mars decides to keep this flavor on the market... because I like it A LOT! ;)

Thanks again to @AlmightyDJKO for the candy treats. An early Halloween treat for me! ;)

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Chanel #509 - 'Paradoxal' Nail Polish

I love getting my nails done. What about you ladies? For years and years I've been known for my trademark red nail polish that I would wear regardless the season. By the way, I started off with a red color from Bourjois then to Mac Cosmetics and now graduated to Chanel (first bottle was gifted by @keefwasheretoo). It's really hard for me to become fixated with a nail polish color. It's on my fingernails and I see it all the time so that would mean the color should be neutral to me and I have to LOVE it (my OCD kicking in). I would say that I only have a handful of colors that I would consider my favorites. I got this Chanel color at Macy's last week and was itching to get my nails done right after and all I can say it's love at first sight. The color is amazing! It's a rich and creamy plum color that somewhat looks like a grey in the dark but if you look closely in direct sunlight it has a plum metallic shimmer that pops. Does that make sense? If it doesn't then I guess that's because the color is truly "Paradoxal" to the eye! You can never quite interpret its color- it changes like a purple chameleon. This color looks great and is sure to match my Fall wardrobe. I thought paying over $10 for a bottle of nail polish was ludicrous and now that I've finally graduated to a $25 (with NY state tax) bottle of Chanel nail polish- I have no regrets. I'll gladly pay more than double for timeless color and quality lacquer that doesn't chip off in two days.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

CANDY: Coconut M&M's

Picked up these Coconut M&M's yesterday. I usually like young coconut ('Buko' for the Filipino readers) which is the one with the green shell usually grown in the tropics, not the typical brown one that you see in the US. Anyway, I tried these new M&M's and it's totally not what I expected. I thought there would be coconut shavings mixed in the chocolate under the candy covered shell but there wasn't (I figured this wouldn't be the case anyway because of pricing since a small bag is only costs $0.99)! It's actually coconut flavored chocolate which is amazing because sometimes it's kind of gross to be still chewing on coconut shavings after the chocolate has already melted in your mouth. The coconut flavor is subtle and it doesn't taste as weird as it sounds. It doesn't have a bad after taste either. I wouldn't consider this my favorite flavor M&M's but I'd definitely buy it again if I have any sort of coconut craving. I also think the color combo- white, green and brown is perfect. There's also a hibiscus flower around the 'M' on some of them which is a super cute touch! If you like or better yet, love coconuts- this new flavor is for you!

P.S. Just in case you're wondering, my top 3 favorite M&M's are: 1) Original 2) Peanut 3) Crispy (discontinued)

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