Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Best College Kid Food Ever: Ramen

As a kid I have to say that I sure did live the good life.  Theeennn, I made the transition into college and a lot changed.  

My first year of college I was struggling to find food for my dorm room that was cheap and filling.  My friend finally let me in on a secret: Ramen.

Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish and is probably the most popular food among college students.  It's uber cheap (less than $1 for a pack of six) and is totally filling.  The best part is that it only takes like three minutes to prepare!

It's also a popular food among my friends and I for when we come back from a long night out on the town.  If ya know what I'm sayin'.  *nudge, nudge*


Imports Rock: Japanese Casual Wear = Uniqlo

Uniqlo is Japan's leading clothing retail chain in both profits and sales.  Not only does the company operate overseas, but they have stores right here in the United States.

Uniqlo has the most bomb basics.  They are mostly known for their t-shirts, tank tops and other basic apparel.  The store also specializes in graphic tees featuring up and coming artists.
The first time I visited Uniqlo was last year while I was living in New York.  I was totally blown away.  The store is sleek in appearance and the merch was amazing.  Not only do the clothes look amazing, but they are made to last.   

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Japanese Style: Cell Phone Charms

My style could best be described as a little bit ridiculous, with a splash of over the top with a whole lot of gaudy embellishment.  With that said, I will forever be in love with the cell phone charm trend that originated in Japan.

On most cell phones you can find a little spot for cell phone charms.  These charms can come in any size, shape, form, color and material imaginable.

The best part about this trend is that you can find cell phone charms anywhere. You can buy them online, in clothing stores and even your local drug stores.  You can be as simple or as over the top as you want.

I personally like large, obnoxious charms since it makes it easier to find my cell in my purse annndddd because that's just my steez!  HOLLA!!  

Character of the Week: Cinnamoroll

Cinnamoroll is yet another Sanrio character!  This little puppy is snow white and loves cinnamon rolls.

One day while the owner of Cafe' Cinnamon was outside, Cinnamoroll floated by.  It was on this day when the owner of the cafe and the tiny pup met.  

The owner decided to name the pup Cinnamoroll because of Cinn's love for the owner's pastries and his tail that actually curls like a cinnamon roll.

Cinnamoroll became Cafe' Cinnamon's official mascot.  When he isn't napping on the cafe's terrace, you can fine Cinn floating around town looking for adventures.

Monday, November 10, 2008

TREND ALERT: Sushi Restaurants

My boyfriend has to be the least creative person i've ever met when it comes to cool ideas for dates.  I have to say that he finally came through in the date department when he took me to a sushi joint.  His trendiness caught me completely off guard.  

The more i talk to my girl friends, the more I've noticed a pattern.  In the last few months one of the most popular places to take your partner on a date is to a sushi place.  

Not only is Japanese food super yummy, but it is totally affordable.  The settings are usually very serene and sometimes even romantic.  Perfect for a date.  Some sushi restaurants even feature a bar area or a habachi grill where you get to watch the chefs do their thang.  

Where else could you get food, ambiance and entertainment all in the same place?  My personal favorite restaurant is Sushi Yama in Boca.    

Pokemon...Gotta Catch Em All!!

Ok, so anyone who grew up in the 90's has gotta remember Pokemon.  

Pokemon is a media franchise owned by the Japanese company Nintendo.  Originally released as a series of Game Boy role-playing video games, Pokemon has since become the second most successful game based media franchise in the world.

Pokemon the series follows a young boy named Ash and his small group of friends.  Ash's first Pokemon, or pocket monster, is Pikachu (who is so super cute).  The show chronicles Ash's journey to becoming a Pokemon Master.

The franchise has recently seen a re-surge of popularity when Hot Topic stores started to carry Pokemon merchandise.  They carry everything from slippers to wrist bands.  Just like the show says...GOTTA CATCH EM ALL...POKEMON!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It's All About the Momoberry Bling

Recently, Sanrio has released a brand new shopping experience. Momoberry, is a new sector of Sanrio that features accessories, clothing, Hello Kitty products, and even an exclusive line of fragrances and eyewear.  

The only Momoberry store is located in the heart of Los Angeles, but anything that is available in the store is also available online.  SO CONVENIENT!

This is a more sophisticated side of the Sanrio brand, which features finer materials, like leather, and more crazy embellishments.