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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Over the weekend, we went to a diner in Long Island City that the New York times put in its ‘10 Restaurants Worth a Plane Ride‘ list earlier this month. The food was definitely good. Was it worth a plane ride? No. I’m not entirely sure I would even take the subway to go there again. Lists like this are always questionable to me. I’m never quite sure how these restaurants get on the list. I don’t quite feel up to the task of convincing people to get on a plane to go to a particular restaurant, but I do have a list of My 10 Favorite Restaurants. Each of these places has been chosen for its food alone and each is a place I have been to in the past 3 years. There are others that have faded a bit in my memory, and they belong in a list somewhere. And I do reserve the right to change my mind. In no particular order:

Masala Zone, LONDON (favorite cheap eat)

Indian Accent, The Manor, DELHI (favorite fusion)

Restaurant Cetli, TULUM, MEXICO (favorite authentic)

Blue Duck, PERTH, AUSTRALIA (favorite seaside)

Landhotel zum Baeren (Am Kachelofen), BALDUINSTEIN, GERMANY (favorite Continental)

Pearl Restaurant & Bar, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (favorite high-end)

Crema, NEW YORK (favorite all-rounder)

Tate Modern Restaurant, LONDON (favorite high tea)

Swati Snacks, MUMBAI (favorite street food in a restaurant)

A Tavola, SYDNEY (favorite ‘fresh’-daily menu change)

And an eleventh; a restaurant that has unfortunately since closed


La Butte Chaillot, PARIS (favorite restaurant that is now closed)

That’s it for now.

Pearl, Melbourne

Masala Zone, London


I think it’s time for a Friday first. I hope to keep this up every week. This is to be a report on the fabulous finds of the week. Whatever I happen to have stumbled across during the week that falls into the fabulous category will be seen here.

Liberty (London) wowed me with their fabulous smelling booths last weekend. It reminded me of some of my smell museum ideas. The booth was specifically designed for Frederic Malle’s fragrances. And I fell in love with Carnal Flower. The name really says it all. It takes floral to a level beyond sweetness.

There is so much stuff on sale this month that I can’t decide what to get. I did notice this pixelated rose clutch by Lulu Guiness though.

Speaking of clutch purses, Kate Spade has a quirky range of book-looking clutches. The Importance of Being Earnest is my favorite.

I’m still salivating over the Y-3 cushion wedge but fear that I am not going to be able to get hold of a pair since they went on sale.

Not sure if it sold as I haven’t heard yet, but here is the postcard I submitted for this year’s VisualAIDS Postcards from the Edge.

Title: Cook (from the ‘Making’ series)

Media: photograph, acrylic, watercolor, ink, wax, tape, wax paper.

Year: 2010

Dimensions: 4″ x 6″

Now that the 100 Days of Active Resistance are over, I know that Viv darling didn’t select my piece so I can therefore share it here. It is worth checking out the gallery; a collaboration between Vivienne Westwood Anglomania and Lee Jeans. And look out for what’s next. The exhibition may become non-virtual and travel. Anyhow, here’s what I submitted and my caption read :

“Bar none. Bar no-one. Freedom for all. Border security can’t be disregarded, but an individual deserves to be treated with dignity irrespective of their nationality”