Kiki & Lala

Archive for October 2010

Yes, I know I’ve been bitching about how I have Disney busting out of every bodily membrane but there are still some things I find charming and sweet at the parks and resorts. Here are three.

Mickey Waffles – plain and chocolate!

A super cute but reusable Minnie hat 🙂

That when you sail past the bahay kubo at It’s A Small World, you can hear the song with the words “… maliit lang ang mundo…” awww…

Yun lang…

Eden!

That’s the new line of versatile nursing and maternity wear by Bianca Araneta Elizalde that’s earning great reviews – and rightly so. Her concept is simple and practical but appealing – stylish, comfortable clothes for when you’re pregnant, nursing or not.

I was part of Eden’s fashion show recently but LittleTwinBrother took really crappy shots that would not do these lovely clothes justice. So here, all photo credits belong to the Eden website.

Let me start with the three outfits I wore in the show. First was the Eiffel – wear it as a dress or tunic.

The fabric’s stretchiness happily accommodates a baby bump… and there’s easy nursing access – yaay!

My second outfit (which I also ended up buying!) was sexeh! Here’s what Bianca calls the Duchess…

… and it too has the easy but discreet boobie access…

… notice how the ruching accentuates the big belly but hides the post-delivery bulge.

The last outfit I wore was all about her star product – The Infinitude – a cardi-wrap that you can wear in a myriad of ways. I must say, the styles suggested by Eden are the most creative I’ve seen so far.

For the show, I wore mine this way…

As a thank you Bianca gave all her model moms an Infinitude. I wore mine on Shop Talk like this to show off my big belly…

And here are a few more fun pieces that I think most girls – mom or not – would love to have in their closets.

The Aria tank…

The Diva dress/skirt…

The Opera multiway top…

How cute are those??
The prices are very reasonable considering the material and workmanship are of excellent quality. Can’t wait to see more stuff from this line!

Since I need to think happy thoughts… Here’s one…

The best damn breakfast I’ve had in awhile. You are looking at a Brown Bottom Betty from Coronado Cupcakery paired with instant hot chocolate on the Coronado Ferry Landing in Coronado Island in CA.

I don’t remember what the description of the cupcake was but it tasted soft, moist, had the right amount of chocolate-ness and was sweet to the most perfect degree. Smiyeeeel…

The Courtyard Marriott was our home in San Diego for the three nights we were there. When LittleTwinCoach decided this would be the place, it was quite simply because it was smack in the middle of the Gaslamp District. Little did we know that the hotel of our choice had quite an interesting history.

As soon as you enter the building you KNOW its original purpose was not to provide lodging for the city’s transients.

The dramatic archways in the lobby – made of 19 different types of marble from various places in the Mediterranean – create a grand medieval ambience…

And the ornate ceilings are the result of meticulous stenciling…

So of course the first thing I ask as soon as we walk in, is what WAS this place before?? And I am told it was the headquarters of San Diego Trust and Savings Bank from 1928 when it was completed until 1994 when the headquarters were moved elsewhere.

And here’s proof of that from this photo of the building’s inauguration…

… and the marker outside the building…

… amazing just how little has changed.

I won’t get into the details of how it seemed like we were the ONLY people staying at the hotel. And how it certainly felt like we were the only guests on the 14th floor annex… even though we could hear voices in the hallway.

However, I will share with you the building’s vaults! Here’s LittleTwinCoach with Danny of guest services who offered to take us down to the bank vaults before we checked out.

There were old telephones in the basement that still work!

And check out this vault door!! It cost a whopping $900 back in 1928…

The actual vault is now used as a meeting room which you can book for a fee. But during Prohibition, the bankers would lock themselves up in here and consume all the moonshine their hearts desired.

Notice that some of the safety deposit boxes have doors missing. When the bank sold the building, they decided to give their long-time clients the doors as souvenirs.

The hotel was totally charming… and a wonderful testament that old buildings can be saved and creatively recycled… mumu and all.

Asti(g)

Posted on: October 2, 2010

So here I am with nothing to do in traffic, if not blog…

One of the most amazing meals I had on my recent trip to San Diego was also a simple one. As we were looking for a place to eat in the historic Gaslamp District, we chanced upon a little place called Asti. I’m not even sure why we chose this place from the plethora of establishments in the area but when I saw that it had a Zagat Rating, I knew we wouldn’t be disappointed.

He had a lively waiter whom we asked to order for us and here’s what he recommended…

We started with a very typical appetizer of parma ham, (super) fresh buffala, tomatoes and basil.

The freshness of it all made the difference. I all but licked my plate clean.

Second course was a cheese stuffed ravioli with gorgonzola sauce…

The sauce was anything but overpowering. The sharpness of the gorgonzola was oh so subtle, in fact, I wouldn’t have minded if they threw in a few more chunks of gorgo so I could taste more tang. But don’t get me wrong this was really good.

Our main entree was lamb…

This was a star! The meat didn’t have a trace of gaminess and the sauce was amazing… with so many layers of taste. I felt like I had to swish it around my mouth like wine to get all the “notes”. All of Asti’s sauces and stocks are homemade using all natural ingredients (walang cubes!) and that makes all the difference.

It’s interesting to note that Asti is not owned by an Italian nor of someone of Italian descent. The proprietor is a Middle Eastern guy who just loves Italian cuisine and made sure he hired some damn good chefs.

On to dessert. They presented us with a tray loaded with over half a dozen choices but the waiter really pushed for the apple turnover with caramel, walnuts and ice cream…

While I would have chosen a chocolate something to end my meal, this dessert was beyond satisfying. I think it was the caramel that really did the trick and had us digging and digging into the plate till the whole damn pastry was gone.

Then we capped it off with a leisurely stroll back to our hotel (another blog in itself) just a few blocks away. And on the way there we passed by this place…

…which was one of Wyatt Earp’s gambling parlors and whore houses. Gotta love the Gaslamp.


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