October 29, 2012

Dia de los Muertos

This Saturday I had a very different experience: I went to Dia de Los Muertos celebration at the most famous cemetery in LA, the Hollywood Forever.

Before you think I'm a depressive person, for those who don't know, the "Day of the Dead" is a day celebrated with joy and celebration for many cultures, especially the Mexican one. And this event is basically for the Latino audiences.
It was a huge party with food, souvenirs, music concerts, folk dances and many altars honoring those who have passed away. But I have to tell you that the cemetery is an attraction in itself!

Many people dressed up. And my dear friend Tania and I got on the bandwagon and got our faces painted!

We also ate tacos, bought souvenirs and had fun!

The "Day of the Dead" (Nov. 2 in Brazil) can be a day of celebration. For sure we miss the people we lost, but instead of focusing on loss and longing, why don't we use that date (and many others) to remember the good and happy times lived with them, right?

October 16, 2012

Balthazar Restaurant, NY

Closing our NY 2012 Special with a trendy restaurant: Balthazar!

Frequented by celebrities, this restaurant is a truly delight! Not only because, upon entering the place, it looks like you're at some bistro in Paris, but also - and most important - the food and service are wonderful!
After several failed attempts to make a reservation (always packed - book it early!), we finally got to know this restaurant, well recommended by several friends.

We started our dinner with ceviche and a goat cheese quiche.

Then, the main dishes: I ordered an amazing duck on a bed of mushrooms (the best duck I've ever had!), steak frites, lamb and fish.

And, of course, we also ordered dessert: chocolate cream, apple pie and banana cream pie.

As you can see, this trip was filled with amazing restaurants like The Spotted Pig, The National and Balthazar.
All of them a little bit more expensive than the average restaurants (at least for the American standard) but if you have extra money and enjoy good food, these restaurants are perfect and well worth it (and don't forget those already mentioned here and not as expensive such as Burger Joint and Pastis). And I can not forget to thank my in-laws for providing us such delicious moments!

October 10, 2012

Cheers! Dom Pérignon by David Lynch

I know that I've just posted our In love edition, but here is something that I also loved and wanted to share with you: Special Edition Dom Pérignon by David Lynch.

David Lynch is a producer, writer and director of major and original (not to say unusual) Hollywood movies like: Mulholland Dr, Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet, who joined the classic champagne brand and developed a very special edition.

I'm not a huge fan of the director, but I love champagne and I'm attracted to nice packaging and bottles, and these are beautiful!!

Special edition with more than special price... Cheers!!

October 08, 2012

In love: Cashmere Kaftan

We have only one more post about NY to go, but I had to interrupt the "special" for a very good reason: the  amazing Cashmere Kaftan that I found this weekend!

LA is getting cooler and I already pictured myself wearing one of this, at home, watching a movie on the sofa with a glass of wine. Oh my...

It's not a steal, but I'm sure it's worth every penny...

October 03, 2012

NY: Wandering - Part II

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (traditional style ice cream. Homemade and very tasty. But keep in mind you will have to face a line to have it!)

Street Art

Ultra-comfortable, cool and good cause shoes

Celebrating the Olympics

Coffee Break

On our way to the US Open


Wedding at St. Patricks Church

Wall paper from a Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn

October 01, 2012

Hand in Hand

Following the steps of "buy a product and another is donated to the people in need," I discovered Hand in Hand and really got excited about their cause: for each soap you purchase, one is donated to those in need. It seems silly, but if you think about it, unfortunately, many people don't have enough money to buy hygienic products and many others get sick due to lack of proper hygiene. And for that reason, they have my support!

In addition to that, the soaps are eco-friendly, made ​​with natural and organic ingredients, recyclable packaging etc. The price, of course, is a bit higher than you would pay for a soap, but the product is great and the cause is even better!

Available at my beloved Anthropologie stores or Hand in Hand website.