Hip to be #Shopping – Cool #summer tops for the curvy #mom

With the weather as hot as it is, it’s time for some cool, airy tops that flatter your curves (for those of us who are blessed with curves, that is). As for the rest of us, we can only go ooooh….

Cabana Crossover Top, Crimson (Women's Plus Size)
Cabana Crossover Top, Crimson (Women’s Plus Size)

Brave the heat and enjoy the sun in our Cabana Crossover Top. This comfortable tank features gathering at the shoulders and sides that highlight every curve and gives you that flawless fit. Throw it on and fall in love with the beautifully draped crossover front, designed for extra coverage and class.

Whimsical Wrap Top, Blue Tribal Print (Women's Plus Size)
Whimsical Wrap Top, Blue Tribal Print (Women’s Plus Size)

Add some feminine flair to your wardrobe with our Whimsical Wrap Top. Kimono sleeves give comfort and coverage while complementing the fluttering flounce neckline and hem perfectly. You’ll love your curves in this true wrap top!

Caycee Twist Top, Robin's Egg (Women's Plus Size)
Caycee Twist Top, Robin’s Egg (Women’s Plus Size)

Graciously accept the compliments you’ll receive as you wear this luxuriously soft jersey knit top. This directional staple draws the eye to the subtly sexy neckline and the artful twist at the bodice. Its modest coverage creates no wardrobe malfunctions or necessitates wearing a camisole underneath. Pair with your favorite pair of jeggings and ankle boots for an contemporary off-duty look.

Save 20% off orders of $150 or more at Kiyonna simply by using the code – SUMMER2014 – at checkout. Offer ends August 22, 2014.

Korean food story, the twice bitten episode

Korean food story, the twice bitten episode

Remember when we came down with a bout of mild food poisoning (read it here if you missed that post) after eating at K-restaurant #1. Well, it looks like we learned nothing from that episode. When our K-friend suggested we try K-restaurant #2 (belonging to the wife of K-restaurant #1), we happily went along and ended up prolonging those tummy upsets.

K-friend ordered the biggest set on the menu for the 7 of us. For him, beef bulgogi is a must, it seems. Interesting that it came on a plate with a moat for the sauce.

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We all love the salad. I’m not sure what the dressing is but it tastes really good. I could eat this non-stop :oops: .

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The sundubu-jjigae (soft tofu stew) was hot and spicy and I was surprised to find clams hiding at the bottom of the bowl.

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As usual, there was no shortage of banchan (side dishes) to pick at. This time though, I didn’t touch the kimchi. I know I said that I would try one piece at every Korean meal I eat. I lied. The sour taste is quite off-putting to me. I hear there are countless kinds of kimchi. I’m just going to have to find one with a taste I like.

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My first taste of bibimbap (mixed fried rice) was… well, I can’t say I like it. I prefer my fried rice firm, not soft. Do you like bibimbap?

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This samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup) was dabomb. I love ginseng anything and although this soup wasn’t as flavorful as homemade, it was still pretty good. Everything in it was melt-in-the-mouth, and our K-friend even suggested we chew and swallow the chicken bones as well. Um, no, I did not hear that :grin: .

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I loved this slightly sweetish pajeon (scallion pancake) dotted with tiny shrimps on top. So so good especially with the dipping sauce.

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It was a lot of food, even for 7 hungry adults. The long table was over-run with plates and bowls. Clearly K-friend had over-ordered. I don’t like over-eating but I hate wasting food even more but there wasn’t much of a choice. We stuffed ourselves silly. Now imagine 7 of us rolling out of the restaurant, literally.

Clairity/

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch 148 2

Everyday Ruralty
1. D3 is facing wisdom teeth removal. Have you had your wisdom teeth removed?

Still got them but none the wiser.

2. Today Wendell is serving iced tea, iced coffee, and carrot juice. He wants me to ask you which you’d prefer.

Iced coffee please. I’ve been running errands all morning and I’m hungry and thirsty.

3. If you use a crock pot, do you have a favorite recipe? If not, what is your favorite, easy “go to” recipe?

My favorite is pulled pork. I’ve only made this once though and it was amazing. I can’t wait to make this again when the weather gets cooler. Right now, it’s too hot to turn on the crockpot.

4. Do you prefer to wash dishes by hand or dishwasher? Yes, I know some of us probably don’t like dish washing. Wendell flat out refuses!

Hands down, dishwasher.

5. What are you looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to more traveling.

That’s it from me today. Keeping it short as I’m late posting this. Have a great week, everyone!

Clairity/

When we shop

I haven’t shopped for myself in quite a while. Coming from a self-confessed shopaholic, that’s a little hard to believe. Well, I still find joy in walking around the mall (seriously, where would we be if there weren’t any malls, right?) and window-shopping but I don’t buy on impulse like I used to.

Of course, there’s online shopping now which I think is pure genius. I can get stuff from here and there without even having to leave the house. Sometimes the girls and I could spend hours browsing and comparing prices of cute finds. It’s so much fun when you can scream and jump when you find something you love without people staring at you like you’d gone nuts :lol: .

Binge-ing on favorites

Binge-ing on favorites

Let’s just say we took full advantage of the World Cup fever and the fact that while folks were home catching up on lost sleep, they left the city quiet and made driving and mall parking a breeze for the rest of us. The World Cup should be on every year, seriously! These weeks have been pure bliss :lol: .

For us, the past few weeks have been spent on catching up on our favorite international food. I’ve always considered myself a bit of an international person who enjoys learning new languages, and about other cultures, and of course, shopping and eating wherever my travels take me.

Of late, we’ve been enjoying our favorite Indian breakfast of roti canai (Indian-style soft tortilla) eaten with chicken masala, and a fiery chutney extinguished with glasses of thick iced coffee.

banana leaf breakfast

I’m also on a noodle craze. Love the intense smokiness of this Vietnamese braised seafood yee meen (a kind of Chinese flat noodle). I’ve eaten this many times but it has never been quite this flavorful. I’m guessing they have a brilliant new chef.

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We tried out two more new Korean restaurants – those stories coming to a blog post near you, wait for it. If you missed my first two Korean food stories, check out the third time’s the charm episode here and the queasy tummy episode here.

The fun of eating out aside, sometimes the simplest lunch at home beats anything you can get at the restaurant, wouldn’t you agree? A bowl of sweet bean soup, and crispy seaweed for dessert is a nice change for me. Refreshing much!

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Your turn now. Do you enjoy trying food from other countries and cultures? What are some of your favorites? Which ones make you go, ‘once is enough’?

Clairity/

Hip to be #Shopping – The #flat #shoe lover in you

Hey everyone, my weekly shopping post is back with something for that flat shoe lover in you. A flat shoe lover myself, I’m completely blown away by my selection this week. You just have to see these shoes yourself.

Craving Cute Flat
Craving Cute Flat

Infuse more than a slice of style into your steps with these white, Frooty flats by Jeffrey Campbell! Festooned with a variety of fresh, fruity snacks – from strawberries to watermelon to bananas – these leather espadrilles are a naturally sweet addition to your outfit.

Fluttering Down Fifth Ave Flat
Fluttering Down Fifth Ave Flat

Youre feeling light on your feet today, ambling down the avenue in these floral flats by Dimmi! Navy blooms spread across the cream fabric of these ballerina flats, while an elasticized navy strap criss-crosses by the tan heel to ensure your foot stays secure as you skip. Launched as a new line of the family business, Dimmi is dedicated to the memory of Richard A. Carrington IV and donates 100% of its wholesale profits to medical research.

Playing Cat and Mouse Flat
Playing Cat and Mouse Flat

Just like the embroidered cat chasing mice across these burgundy Irregular Choice loafers, you simply must get your hands on this quirky pair! Made from vegan faux leather, gold-dotted fabric, and glitter-cover heels, these fun shoes follow a brown feline in pursuit of five rascally rodents as they run across both toes and down the side. With their Gold Label, which is available only to hand-chosen retailers such as ModCloth, Brighton-based Irregular Choice inspires the imagination and fosters individuality in daring, delightful new ways.

Save 50% off awe-inspiring styles at ModCloth’s Wow Factor Sale. Sale ends July 14, 2014.

Clairity/

Korean food story, the queasy tummy episode

Korean food story, the queasy tummy episode

As it turned out, we had a second round of Korean food. We’d been talking endlessly about that droolworthy samgyeopsal (grilled pork belly) we had a month ago with our Korean friend. Since he was too busy to join us, he recommended another Korean restaurant that he frequents.

kor2_sides

As usual, the table was covered with an abundance of banchan (side dishes). I ate my mandatory slice of kimchi and that was all I could manage. I wish I could say I swallowed it with relish but it’s still madeopsuyo to me and I had to wash it down with a huge gulp of plain water *shivers*.

The beef bulgogi was really nice though a little too fatty for my liking. But it’s not like we eat this every day, right? so I’m not going to worry too much about it.

kor2_beef

So pretty is the bed of fresh lettuce…

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Here goes my first bulgogi lettuce wrap with a dab of gochujang (chili paste), a slice of raw garlic and green chili, and a generous sliver of onion. All wrapped up tightly to be stuffed into one mouthful ala Korean-style. I keep my wraps small and not overload them with too much meat so I won’t disgrace myself by looking like a greedy hippo, huhu!

kor2_beefwrap

The samgyeopsal came next and everyone made a dive for it… and the platter was licked clean before this greedy photog had a chance to snap a picture but trust me, it was scrumptious. So no picture of the samgyeopsal but here’s one of the dakgogi (grilled chicken).

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And here’s my dakgogi lettuce wrap with raw garlic, onion and green chili, and sigeumchi (spinach). We love everything about these simple yet flavorful lettuce wraps. You can eat a ton of it without over-stuffing yourself.

kor2_chickwrap

The lunch was awesome. What we don’t like about this restaurant are the flies. There weren’t a lot of them. They have huge fans blowing over our heads to keep the flies at bay. But if you know me, you know I absolutely will not tolerate flies. For such a pricy restaurant, they should really do something about the flies.

After this meal, we all experienced tummy upsets. That’s why we’re always very careful not to jump straight into “outside” food when returning from overseas. We kinda have to ease gradually into dirty eating to allow our ‘clean’ stomachs time to get reconditioned.

Anyhoo, tummy upsets aside, we remain undeterred. Our search for great Korean food goes on…

Clairity/