Tuesday, August 18, 2009

YELLOW x VOICE x SCHOOL





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.

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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!

FIRST COURSE

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.

SECOND COURSE

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!

THIRD COURSE

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.

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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.

22 comments:

amynaree said...

i love your dress, u look so pretty! what kind of extensions do you use? they look so natural :) and mmmm the mushroom cappuccino looks yummy

Toothfairynotes said...

love the dress. and the extensions look really natural on you!


*loves*

Ken said...

very cute dress
very hard for just anyone to pull off tho, its so yellow

anna said...

So pretty! I love your hair.
I can never pull off a yellow dress.

Kalmo said...

Aww you look so sweet in that yellow dress, I love dresses with pockets. ^^ Those are gorgeous food pictures, the hotel looks super cool. The extensions look great!

sizbelle said...

i like your yellow dress so summer haha, oh so that's ur secret to taking those nice shots. i must say, i envy you having such a nice bf taking u to eat all the nice food and not to forget theose phototaking...

Ceecile ~Priscilla Clara~ ^^ said...

Love the dress (it's bright yellow!^^), and the shoes (so cute..^^)
great post! And I heart Rain,too..(my bro is also his HUGE fan..) He is SO hot! =)

Natalie Nguyen said...

Omg.. you are hella pretty~! Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting! n__n

Danh Phan (or dphan) said...

$35 is a pretty sweet deal for 3 courses!

Shanghainese Dumpling said...

I love your Hair Extension, look so natural on you and your dress is so pretty :)

Delectable Swank said...

You look great with long hair, I love the look! That food also looks so delicious, I wish my town did something like that!

Zoe said...

Wow..u look so pretty with the yellow dress actually u always look gorgeous, love the food..u always post the best pictures of food, I love Rainism too^^

M said...

your yellow dress is darling, perfect for the summer!

cerinebabyy; yiyi said...

the shoes are GORGEOUSSS
and you pull off yellow very well
:D

and I just notice how amazing looking
your eyes are <3 <3

Kenshin said...

Looking lovely with the yellow dress. ;) Though the shoes are very nice, i somehow feel like they make the total image go a bit off balance. Something simple, yet elegant might attract less attention to the feet and will make it more in balance. :P Remember.. Don't kill the messenger! ^^;

The food just looks delicious! :o I would have love to taste it! :)~~ So interesting! Hehe. Last week we had a restaurant week too, but i didn't have the time to go. :( I've tasted some great dishes on previous events, i guess some of the restaurants don't get their Michelin stars for nothing. ^^ Btw. First time here, very nice blog. ;) Will visit it again. :)

Jen said...

That yellow dress looks simply amazing on you!!

How are liking the clip-ins? Do they stay easily? I've always considered buying some but haven't yet.

emma said...

CUTE DRESS :D:D
and yeah we have something like that here too
it'scalled "dine out" Vancouver, which is like a set course for a set price, good stuff :D

twinsouls888 said...

Very cute blog, I followed you ^_^

Kat said...

Sigh, my baby twin is such a fob. THE HAND POSE. THE HAND POSE!!!

I like your extensions! Where did you get clip-ons? I may just have to get some so my boyfriend will get off my back about growing hair out. >_<

Gem said...

We have the same shoes! Only mine is in black. I love your black circle lenses :)

Will be following your blog now!

梅子 said...

oh man that food looks amazing hehe mushroom soup cappuccino WOW thats intriging!!!

Chidora said...

Aww... You look sooo cute with that dress ♥!

 
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