Friday, April 17, 2015

nykeiko travels and eats: I never knew.... [Japan]

I never knew Japan had the best tasting strawberries in the world..or safer to say, sweetest tasting strawberries I have ever had. Our tour guide told us it is something we had to try during our visit. I thought fruits in Japan were scarce and expensive so I did not think any type of fruits produced there would be worthy of my dollars but these strawberries were definitely worth every penny. We bought about 4 boxes throughout our trip and devoured them all with no guilt. They were not too pricy at $2-$3 for a box of strawberries (about 8-10 berries?). That's the price of berries at Whole foods sometimes and they don't even taste as good. I have no idea how they make their strawberries so consistently sweet and I don't care! I just want more!

Oh and Spring is finally upon us here in New York buuuut I already experienced spring time back in Japan last month :) Proof!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

nykeiko eats: Streetbird Rotisserie in Harlem. Uptown Funk!

This past weekend, we checked out Marcus Samuelsson's new funky eatery Streetbird Rotisserie, in Harlem by 116th street and Frederic Douglas Boulevard. The restaurant has only been open for two weeks but it feels like it has been part of the neighborhood for ages. The decor is so busy but in a good way. The wall is covered from top to bottom with unique murals (by graffiti street artist Cey Adams), a ton of large and small memorabilia, vintage gears and wares, random decors and oozes Harlem culture big time. I kept looking around non-stop and finding neat things tucked here and there. There are conversation pieces all around like a subway door in the kitchen! The chandeliers made out of cassettes and old school boom boxes were a cool touch too. A bit of nostalgia kicked in at one point.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

nykeiko travels: Snapshots from Japan [Toyama, Hida, Gifu, Takayama and Nagoya districts]

OH my, I have neglected this blog long enough. I meant to post more about Taiwan but time flew by and I was too busy eating yummy food and hanging out with my parents.

Well, I'm already back to good ol' cold New York and memories of my trip back home (my first home) still lingering in my heart. I had the chance to visit Japan for five days. This is my second time in Japan (Well, if you do not count airport layovers or else this would be my 20th trip to Japan.) Anyway, my first trip to Japan was to the small island of Okinawa which was like an Asian Hawaii. This Japanese island is actually closer to Taiwan and the culture seems no where like the main island so I never made it count.

I spent five whirlwind days in Japan with my parents. We joined a tour that cost each of us around 26,000 NT (That's around $815 USD with the current exchange rate.) and it is all inclusive. Yup, hotel, transportation, accommodation and food in my tummy, all for just under $900. It's always nice to travel somewhere with my parents because I get to spend day and night with them. In Taiwan, they are busy with their daily routines but when we travel, we're kind of stuck with each other 24/7.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

nykeiko wears: New stacking bling rings

My mom bought herself and all of her daughters a demi pavé diamond ring duo. One in rose gold and another in white gold. Here is my rose gold one stacked with my wedding band (which is also rose gold) and the stack of rings I have worn every day of my life since my collegiate days (usually on my right hand though but I've been mixing it up since I got my wedding band). I bought the rings from a local shop in Montreal and the jewelry brand was called The Right Hand Gal. This is over a decade ago and I'm not sure if they are still in business due to the empty content on their website. The ring  (from Noi NY) on my middle finger is part of a stackable trio too but it was too difficult to wear all three with my engagement ring.