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Give a Little Love

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Category : , , , 3

Happy Valentine's Day everyone~!

It's been a while and I felt like baking a little something in the spirit of V-day. Sooo, I ended up with white chocolate cheesecake cupcakes topped with strawberry hearts :)

 

The recipe I used was from Eagle Brand's website, here. Big thanks to my friend Anita for introducing me to this nommy recipe <3

White Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcake Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes plus baking and chilling time
Preheat To:
300ºF (150ºC)
Serving:
24 individual cheesecakes
^ LIES! It took me a LOT longer than 25 minutes, LOL

Ingredients:

1 cup (250 mL) graham wafer crumbs
1/2 cup (125 mL) ground almonds
1/4 cup (50 mL) sugar
1/3 cup (75 mL) butter, melted
2 pkgs (250 g each) regular or light cream cheese, softened
1 can (300 mL) Eagle Brand® Regular or Low Fat Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 eggs
8 oz (227 g) white chocolate, melted

^ I skipped the ground almonds here; you really don't need them 
^ You can substitute the condensed milk with any other brand 

Preparation:

1.  Combine crumbs, ground almonds, sugar and butter; press equal portions firmly onto bottoms of 24 paper-lined muffin cups.
2.  Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually add Eagle Brand, eggs and white chocolate.
3.  Spoon equal amounts of mixture into prepared cups.
4.  Bake in preheated 300ºF (150ºC) oven 16-18 minutes. Cool thoroughly and chill 4 hours or overnight. Serve the mini cheesecakes in paper liners or peel off paper liners and garnish as desired.

^ If the condensed milk/eggs/white chocolate/cream cheese mixture is too sweet, add milk until it suits your taste


You can garnish the cheesecakes with any fruit you like--I chose strawberries 'cause I had the idea of carving them into heart shapes, hehe.

This is a good recipe even if the recipients don't like sweets, since it's cheesecake and hence not too sweet. Even my sweet-disliking father said he liked this particular dessert :)

Strawberry hearts <3

Happy baking~! Don't forget to wear red and/or pink today! :)

Amicably yours, 
♥ Emi

A Nommy Night: World Music Fashion Festival Launch Party

Sunday, February 12, 2012 Category : , , 5

Friday was a food-filled night and this post will contain a lot of food pictures. Proceed with caution; full stomach recommended :)

So as I said last post, I was bound for the World Music Fashion Festival Launch Party hosted by Empress Communications. The event was held alongside the grand opening of 0755 Restaurant & Lounge. The restaurant itself has the atmosphere of a posh establishment downtown--not something you'd expect amidst Pearl Castle and Shabu Shabu at the Continental Plaza, ahaha~

It was taking forever for our food to come, so we went traipsing around the restaurant to cam-whore :) Photos of the girls and I accredited to Ricky :)


So vonnie, Kerri, and I were taking pictures when our photographers got intercepted... by PRO photographers! Ahaha it was too hilarious we couldn't stop laughing >w<

 
Oh my Buddha! 

Bird's eye view of our table from the upper level~ There's J down there talking with her friend :)

It was at this point we realized why our food was taking so long--the table behind us got it! That had to be the case since they sat down after us! >:

 
 
 
 

Food photos taken throughout the night--you know you're at a table full of Asians when no one's allowed to take a bite until everyone snaps their picture of the dish, ahahaha! 

We also had frogs legs which I didn't get a picture of. It was my first time eating frog and I gotta say, it was quite... interesting LOL.

All in all the ambiance of the restaurant was great (in spite of the odd location), the tapa-style food was so-so, and the service left something to be desired. Both the servers and people walking around with free appetizers were really nice, but the servers seemed all over the place (the fact that we waited forever and a day for our food since it was given away to the wrong table doesn't help their case). 

After most of our dishes finally came, there was a mini-fashion show showcasing Orange by Angela Chen to promote Shanghai Fashion Week. Below are the few decent pictures I managed to snap.


The pieces were cute--most of them featured crochet-something-or-another which, surprisingly, worked well!

After the excitement was over, we headed over to Flo Tea Room on Granville and 64th for some dessert~ They're having their Bee My Honey promotion featuring Honey Toast Boxes. OMGAAA THEY'RE SO DELICIOUS!

The special menu said "Limited Edition" from Feb 10-Feb 19, but I'm not sure if that's referring to the combos or the toast boxes themselves. I definitely hope the toast boxes stay on the menu :(

Strawberry and Banana Honey Toast Box

 
Red Bean and Matcha Honey Toast Box

I gotta go back for more nommy goodness soon! <3

Last but not least, we went to Cashbox for some late night, all you can sing karaoke afterwards :) Long night, but an awesome one~

Ricky, Kerri, Nick, and vonnie :)

Amicably yours,  
♥ Emi

Shooting for Weekend Fun

Friday, February 10, 2012 Category : , , , 3

This post was a long time in the making but I needed time in the daylight hours to take some outfit photos. A week later, I finally decide this post will have so many photos that there would be a photo overload. Thus, I bring you a photo-filled recap of the weekend past xD

On Friday night I went with my friend Ed to DVC shooting range for the first time. We had the misfortune of being next to a group shooting with huuuge guns which made enough noise to make me flinch every round they shot ><!

I look so cool :D

*pew pew pew!* I don't think I was too shabby for my first time, especially considering my lack of hand-eye coordination, ahaha.

There was an unfortunate moment during the night where the bullet casing popped out and down my front, even though I zipped up basically almost all the way to prevent it! Kyaaa it was scary 'cause the shell was still hot--in my panic trying to dislodge it, I forgot the protocols of putting down the gun first. Smooth move =___________="

Me n' Ed :)

We went to Flo in Richmond after for some noms :9

Hot almond milk tea with pearls <3

Taiwanese pork chop~

On Saturday night I went for Dine Out at Prestion's with the girls. Total YUM!

Lovely ladies :)

Appetizer: Chicken Karaage
The appy was so delish. The sauce it came in made it that much more scrumptious!

Entree: Wild BC Salmon
Fish is a 50-50 chance since some restaurants make it dry, but Preston's was awesome!

 Dessert: Banana Bread Pudding
The ice cream and strawberry was probably the best part. Maybe I was too full, but the banana bread was only eh~

Blurry picture courtesy of the waitress :(

I had such a busy weekend full of fun :) Plus now officially reading break! Yaaay~ I'm off to the Official World Music Fashion Festival Launch Party hosted by Empress Communications tonight with vonnie, Kerri, Shelia, and MizzJ (and probably a few others I may have missed). Can't wait! :)

Amicably yours,  
♥ Emi

A Regular Ray of Sunshine

Friday, February 3, 2012 Category : , , , 0

So I went shopping with my mum last weekend and I broke my shop-less-save-more resolution and picked up a few choice pieces from Forever 21 and Zara--I'll be doing a haul post sometime soon! Look forward to it!

Anyways, among my purchases was a mustard yellow skirt that I was eager to wear out for the first time. And considering the sun was finally out and shining, I figured it was perfect timing! Plus it totally matched my gold nails ;) I also took the white mandarin collar blouse that I bought at the same time out to play as well~ Totally loving mandarin collars 'cause I find that my hair gets tangled up with traditional collars =3=

Anyways, lo and behold, my ensemble for work! :)

Forever 21 mandarin collar blouse (here); LOFT salt and pepper sweater jacket (here); 
Dynamite black waist belt (old); Forever 21 mustard yellow patch pocket skirt (here); black tights; black booties

I originally had my calf-length slouchy black boots on 'cause I was running late for the bus to work and it was the first thing I could pull on. In retrospect, it was a good idea 'cause of what happened later...

Walking to the bus stop, I spotted someone waiting for the bus from about half a block and a busy street away. I was glad, since that obviously meant the bus hadn't arrived yet. But then to my horror, I see that person stand up while looking in the direction of the oncoming bus?!

I start booking it while muttering "Ohcrapohcrapohcrap!"

"...Good, this side of the street is clear..."

"GO GO GO GO DRIVE FASTER YOU STUPID CAR!"
I wouldn't have been able to run for it as fast in the ankle boots I'm wearing here. In retrospect, I must've sounded like a lunatic if anyone heard me, ahahhaa. Fortunately no one was around!

 Yosh~ Let's get to work!

 Totally a pose I can see vonnie doing xD



Oh yes, so I straightened my hair today for the first time since I got it permed last summer. Boy my hair has gotten LONG!

Time for a haircut, maybe, perhaps!


Yay! My nails match my skirt! <3

Anyways, that's it for me. Off to the gun range now to shoot for the first time! Ta for now!

Amicably yours, 
♥ Emi

All That Glitters--is so totally GOLD!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 Category : , , 2

The sun finally showed itself today in Raincouver! Hooray! I wanted to capture some of that sunniness somehow to commemorate it and ended up with sparkly gold nails :) I love gold as a nail colour because it's subtle and kind of blends in with your skin tone, but when you take the time to look closer it's so very bling!

Got a few comments from customers at work today and just felt like sharing~ And I'd like to say, I love it when people think I got my nails done at a salon/spa when in actuality, I just did it myself, ahaha.


Gosh, it feels like forever since I've done my nails. But I can mostly attribute that to the fact my nails keep breaking when they just become long enough to paint. It's one of those "NUUUUUUUU!!!" moments :(

 
 
From left to right: "Charge It!" from Sephora by OPI, "Only Gold for Me" from Sephora by OPI, and Rimmel's base coat/top coat

Even though Only Gold for Me is already a top coat, I only applied it to the tips of my nails for kind of a French manicure effect--I didn't want to overpower my nails with too much bling and gold-on-gold so I had to apply the clear top coat to seal it.

Like I said in another post, I adore Rimmel polishes. They're cheap, long-lasting, and have a very convenient, flat brush that allows for more surface area to be covered :) Alas, they just don't have as big of a selection as OPI--or Sephora by OPI for that matter.

In any case, to get these nails:
  1. Apply two coats of Charge It! to get a nice solid gold colour
  2. Take Only Gold for Me and making sure you have an ample amount of glitter on the brush, apply the varnish starting about halfway from the tip of your nail. Apply until you have the desired effect (ie. enough glitter to suit your taste)
  3. Wait for your bling nails to dry and apply your top coat!
 
 
And voila! You've got your nails accessorized in gold!

Amicably yours,  
♥ Emi

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