Cake & Couture Around Town – LA

March 27, 2014

We’re back! Sorry it’s been a while guys, but life these days has been hectic for the both of us. We still want to show you the amazing things we are up to, so we are starting a new type of blog series called Cake & Couture Around Town, where we will document what we have been up to. This will document our adventures from what we are doing to what we have eaten or things we are currently crushing on. We will provide links (when possible), so you can follow in our footsteps. Here are this week’s LA adventures. Enjoy!

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Checking out the DVF Journey of a Dress Exhibit

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Admiring Dega at LACMA

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Our fave Spaghetti at Scarpetta 

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Trying the Sprinkles Gluten Free Red Velvet

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Enjoying Mango Ice Cream Push Pops from The Kulfi Kart

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Alfred Coffee Iced Latte+ Pressed Juice are our daily essentials

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Attending LA Weekly‘s Essentials Event

Thailand Trip – Bangkok

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I just came back from the most amazing two-week vacation in Thailand. I ventured to 4 different cities: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Krabi. It was a vacation I really needed and will never forget. Thailand is a beautiful country with fabulous people. The first stop on my Thailand Trip was Bangkok. Here are some of my Bangkok Adventures. IMG_6594_2

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Bangkok is a large sprawling city with a wonderful mix of sights, food, shopping, and nightlife. I visited many temples in Bangkok. Each temple was such a treat, both spiritual and serene. The temple shown here is Wat Traimit, the temple of the Golden Buddha. The 10 foot Golden Buddha in this temple is the world’s largest solid gold statue. It really is a sight to see. IMG_6648

Our main source of transportation in Bangkok was the BTS Sky Train, but we also traveled by longboat along the Chao Phaya River, the main river that runs through Bangkok. We took the longboat to Wat Pho, the birthplace of Thai Massage, and the Grand Palace. IMG_6682

IMG_6797Wat Pho houses the enormous statue of the Reclining Buddha. Along the statue, there are 108 large bronze bowls that represent the 108 auspicious characters of Buddha. We dropped coins in each bowl as it is said to bring good fortune. The grounds of Wat Pho were beautiful with over a thousand Buddha images.

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My favorite part of Bangkok had to be the food. Nothing beats authentic Thai food. The street food in Bangkok was immensely clean, flavorful, and cheap! From the fresh fruit to spicy noodles, I enjoyed everything I ate. IMG_6585 IMG_6618

We also visited the Chatuchak Weekend Market, a huge outdoor market, where you will find the greatest clothes, novelties, and food. The market is so large that you will never be able to see all of it in one trip!

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One main attraction of the market is the delicious Thai Iced Tea. Brewed and frothed to perfection, it is the perfect beverage to keep you hydrated as you wander the vast market. IMG_6638 IMG_6641

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Bangkok is the perfect city for people who love to shop. There were malls everywhere! I could have spent my entire trip shopping! The other thing I love about Bangkok is that there is no shortage of great rooftop bars. Bangkok is always warm, so I love that you can enjoy a cocktail outside, while admiring the city’s twinkling lights. This view is from Sirocco, the rooftop bar at the hotel I stayed at. This is now one of my favorite bars from the delicious drinks to the amazing view. It was the perfect way to enjoy an evening in Bangkok.

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Stay tuned for more of my Thailand Trip!

xo - Shreena

 

3 Obsessions – New Year’s Eve dresses

December 26, 2013

Christmas is over (we will sadly miss our holiday treats), but that means there’s full anticipation for the New Year! NYE is the perfect time to wear your favorite sparkly or statement dress. What better way is there to celebrate the new year? Here are some NYE dresses we absolutely love.Picture 9

1. Alice & OliviaPicture 2

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3. Kay Unger 

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What to do in New York

December 23, 2013

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I absolutely love New York. Besides Paris, it is one of my favorite cities in the world. I recently spent a week in this wonderful city. Here are my tips on what to do in New York. First of all, make sure you enjoy a delicious brunch in the city. My favorite place to brunch is Balthazar, but NYC has so many amazing restaurants to choose from. winter in new york

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Make sure you visit the High Line and Chelsea Art Galleries. This is one of the cooler things to do in New York and will give you the edgy, artsy feel of the city.  One of my favorite things to do is walk around admiring different artist’s work. I especially love the different street art in the city. It just shows you that art and creativity can be anywhere.

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You must eat at Cipriani even if it’s just a quick bite. It is one of those old school places that will transport you back to the old New York. winter in new york

No trip to New York is complete without a trip to the Plaza Hotel, an iconic New York hotel. My favorite thing to do is to eat the Plaza Food Hall. They have the best food to choose from. I think I came here almost everyday.
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When in NYC, you simply must visit the multiple museums: the Met, Moma, or the Guggenheim. If you’re visiting the city in the winter, museums are a great way to keep warm. New York has the best exhibits, and fyi the coffee at the cafe at the Guggenheim is delicious. IMG_1700 winter in new york

I started every morning in New York with a delicious cappuccino from a local coffee shop. New York really has the best of everything. IMG_1805

I love the movie, When Harry Met Sally, so I HAD to stop by Katz Deli, the deli where the famous orgasm scene was filmed. Katz also had the best pastrami sandwich I’ve ever had. You may need a cappuccino after though because it is one heavy sandwich. I went into serious food coma after. IMG_1806 IMG_1799

A trip to NYC is not complete without a stop at Momofuku Milk Bar. My favorite here is the Compost Cookie, but all of their desserts are delicious and unique. They also have cereal soft serve, which tastes like a bowl of cereal.
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One of favorite things to do in New York is take a stroll in Central Park. You never see the same thing twice, and it’s easy to get lost in thought while strolling through the giant Park.
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I know this is cheesy, but I HAD to do it. I snatched one of my favorite croissants and headed over to Tiffanys to enjoy “breakfast at tiffanys”. It is one of my favorite movies, so it had to be done. IMG_1924

When in NYC, you should also visit the Chelsea Market. An underground market with so many delicious food choices to choose from. Definitely have the chocolate chip cookie and sipping chocolate from Jacques Torres. It is a NYC must!
IMG_1743 winter in new york IMG_2023 winter in new yorkComplete your trip enjoying the city on one of the many rooftop bars. There is so much to do in New York! These are just a few of my favorite things, but I could go on forever!

xo

Shreena

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Christmas Recipe – Peppermint Snow Apples

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We love having chocolate caramel apples all year round, so we couldn’t wait to make our own rendition this Christmas season. I mean, what’s better than chocolate caramel apples combined with our favorite Christmas flavor? We usually go to our local candy store when we’re craving caramel apples, but we thought it would be fun to make our own this year. They’re simple to make and make great holiday gifts for family and friends. Since we never get to experience snow in Southern California, we’ve created snow on our apples! Enjoy!IMG_1983IMG_1987IMG_1990IMG_2026IMG_2020

Peppermint Snow Apples Recipe

Ingredients:
- 6 green apples
- 6 craft or wooden sticks
- 1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 (12 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- crushed candy canes

Directions
1. Remove the stem from each apple and press a craft stick into the top. Butter a baking sheet
2. Place the unwrapped caramels in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir, then microwave for an additional minute or until completely melted.
3. Roll each apple quickly in caramel sauce until well coated and smooth. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
4. Combine the chocolate and shortening in a microwave safe bowl until melted, and stirring every 40 seconds.
5. Dip the caramel covered apples in the chocolate until completely coated and 
 smooth.
6. While the chocolate is still wet, take the crushed candy canes and sprinkle it 
over the top of each apple.
7. Chill apples in the refrigerator for 45 minutes until cool.
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Holiday Gifts for her under $100

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Sometimes Christmas shopping can be a stressful task, especially for the girlfriend who has just about everything. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of gifts under $100 that may help you complete your Holiday shopping list.

1. Kate Spade glitter wristlet, $78 – Perfect for the girl who loves to spend a night out on the town.

2. Dogeared ”besties forever” necklace, $56 – For your forever best friend.

3. Chanel  books with style, $75 – Great for the classic fashionista.

4. Anthropologie apron, $34 – For the friend who loves to cook, and does so amazingly.

5. Pottery Barn engravable jewelry box, $27 – A personalized gift for a friend who loves jewelry.

6. Dior Eye Palette, $55 – What girl doesn’t love pretty shades of shadows? These can create a subtle or more dramatic look for New Years Eve parties.

7. Frends Earbuds, $99.99 – For the friend who loves to travel in style.

Happy Shopping!

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Best Hot Chocolate in LA

December 10, 2013

One of my favorite ways to keep cozy in winter is by sipping a good cup of hot chocolate. Even though LA doesn’t get that cold in the winter, it still has some fabulous hot chocolate to choose from. Here is my vote for the best hot chocolate in LA.

1. Clementine

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Clementine’s hot chocolate is rich and creamy topped with homemade marshmallows. It is one of my favorites! Pair it with their chocolate chip cookie for the perfect winter treat.

2. Churros Calientes

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I love this authentic Spanish churro shop that serves some of the best hot chocolate in LA! Their chocolate caliente is authentic and more of a sipping chocolate, which is why they serve it in cute little cups. Definitely pair it with some of their amazing churros! I like to dip my churros in the chocolate :)

3. Demitasse 

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I adore Cafe Demitasse’s lavender hot chocolate. It is thick, rich, and topped with a large marshmallow that the barista torches right in front of you. The lavender is nice and subtle and makes this fragrant hot chocolate my absolute favorite!

Where do you get your favorite cup of hot chocolate?

xo

Shreena

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3 Obsessions – Peppermint Treats

December 5, 2013

Thanksgiving has passed (we’re still recovering from major food coma) and that means Christmas season is in full force. We’ve got our Christmas trees and decorations put out in our homes and fresh holiday sugar cookies baking in the oven. Christmas welcomes one of our favorite holiday flavors: peppermint. It’s the only time of year we can eat peppermint with just about anything. Here are a few of our favorite peppermint treats that we look forward to every year:

1. Peppermint Bark: We love making our own using this recipe because it’s so simple and easy and they make cute small holiday gifts. The peppermint bark at Williams Sonoma is also really good.peppermint treats

2. Peppermint Pretzels: Extremely delicious and addicting.peppermint treats

3. Peppermint Salt Water Taffy: These are actually available all year long (thank goodness). We got these from our local candy store.peppermint treats

What’s your favorite holiday flavor?

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Italy Honeymoon

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Today marks the day after my one year Wedding anniversary and I’m reminded of the all wonderful and priceless memories from my dream Wedding day and honeymoon. I’ve always wanted to go to Italy and although I knew it was going to be chilly there in December, I had to spend our honeymoon at one of the most romantic places in the world. We went to three different cities: Venice, Florence and Rome. All were breathtaking with so much history, artwork and amazing architecture, but I must say Venice was my favorite and also our first stop in Italy. The structure of the city and its canals makes Venice so unique and in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places to visit.DSC_0138 DSC_0178DSC_0075DSC_0198DSC_0132One of our favorite restaurants in Venice was La Zucca. It took us over an hour to find the place since we weren’t used to the dozens of narrow and short streets, but it was worth it. The food was amazing! We had delicious pumpkin flan, pasta and tiramisu. It’s always a good sign when the entire menu has no English on it.DSC_0204DSC_0205DSC_0207

Our next stop was Florence, my second favorite city. If you love high-end designer shopping, this is the city for you. The Duomo at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore was my favorite site. Every inch of this place was so detailed and beautiful.DSC_0292DSC_0276DSC_0261 DSC_0236Our last stop was Rome, the largest city of the three. My favorite sites were the Vatican and the Colosseum; the beauty and amazing architecture of both far exceeded my expectations and I loved learning the history behind them.DSC_0554DSC_0469DSC_0515DSC_0348DSC_0375DSC_0386

The food in Rome was also extremely delicious. The Italian food back home still just doesn’t compare.food1food3food2

This trip was so sentimental to me and one that I will remember for the rest of my life. I am so blessed to have married such an amazing person. Happy 1 year anniversary to my hubby.

xoxo – Amanda