Wearing: H&M yellow dress; CS'CS shoes from China; hair extensions ^^
I hate the awkward growing period between short and long hair. I chopped my hair short last year because my it was damaged from dyes and I had tons of split ends. I didn't feel like dealing with it so off it all went. I can't say that I don't feel a tinge of regret nowadays.
However, extensions are absolutely terrific! I bought the clip-on kind, so it can be a bit tedious if you're trying to look like you have long hair everyday. But I'm far too lazy to deal with that, so I just wear them every once in a while.
It is currently Restaurant Week in Houston! Basically a bunch of restaurants (about 75) in Houston are participating in an event that benefits the Houston Food Bank. For $35, you get a 3-course gourmet meal and $5 of that gets donated. In my opinion it's a pretty good deal, considering some of these restaurants cost waaaay more than $35 for 3 courses.
This year, I decided to check out Voice located inside Hotel Icon.
Argh! I forgot what the heck this was and it's not on their online menu. We ordered it separate from the Restaurant Week menu. It was good though!
mushroom soup “cappuccino” - truffle foam, porcini powder. I liked the presentation (came out in a coffee cup) and the foam on top. It was a good soup, although a bit thick and hard to consume all of it considering the size of the cup (and my tiny frame). carneroli risotto - tomato, chive, asiago cheese. One of the best risottos I've had, especially when it came to originality. It was a fresh tasting mixture, definitely a great summer dish.
pan roasted pork loin - roasted corn, granny smith apple, bourgon-garlic sauce. Simply deeeeelicius! The flavors went together in an amazing way. Each bite was meant to be eaten with all the components combined. Very few restaurants can make such dishes like this that impress me so.
coulot Steak sous vide - Yukon potato cream, charred onions, shallot sauce. I only had one bite of this, but it was juicy (cooked medium rare) and flavorful. Oh, and the bread that comes along with the food was also very interesting. There were three types of spreads: olives, butter, and garlic. All very good. I must dote on the butter though, it came served at room temperature, all soft and ready spread. Haha I am easy to please.
I am so full! But, I must squeeze room for dessert!
strawberry rhubarb crisp - almond oat streusel, ginger Chantilly cream. The strawberries were a bit sour, but eaten with the cream, the tangyness could be forgiven. warm chocolate cake - chocolate sauce, caramel sea salt ice cream. Lovely dish! I think there was a border of chocolate sauce on purpose, as I tried mixing the two and eating it together and it didn't quite taste right. The ice cream was definitely interesting, as it was salty and I usually associate ice cream with being sweet.
Inside the restaurant.
And I apologize for my food photos for always being so dark. It's so darn hard to shoot in restaurants, they are all so dimly lit and flash usually makes the food look bad haha.
So school starts in exactly 1 week + 1 day. Sigh. Although a part of me aches to return and learn new things, meet new people and hang out with old friends, my lazy bones just want to stay home and sleep all day. I have a pretty rigorous schedule this semester, with my Mondays through Thursdays packed with classes from about 11 a.m. till about 5 p.m. everyday. Plus and minus some lab hours. This, however, eliminated any chance of me getting a part time job this semester. Boohoo :[
And I've been addicted to Rain's song RAINISM lately hahaha. The lyrics are rather provocative, at least for an Asian song. It's got nothin' on the stuff here in the states, but still. It's Rain and I associate everything in Asia with innocense. Then again, Edison Chen proved that otherwise.