Wednesday, July 18, 2012


The latest Cat Power song came out recently, can't wait to hear the rest of the album. I think Chan Marshall is my favourite lady in the world.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Want want want

According to my Etsy favourites, here's what I'm crushing on right now...

Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls
Gradients (these tights discovered via Hokey xx)
Geometric Shapes
Anatomical Hearts


Any time I've had at home this weekend I've spent watching the live Coachella webcast. It's like being there but with:
  • a better view
  • the ability to hop between stages (and back) within seconds
  • cleaner clothes (often pyjamas)
  • no need for a plane ticket
...I'd still rather be there, but it's a pretty rad alternative. Some highlight screenshots below.
The Black Keys
Bon Iver

Now please excuse me, Radiohead are about to be rebroadcast.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

"My Country" by tUnE-yArDs

I've gotta say, the music videos by tUnE-yArDs have all been pretty solid (you've seen the one for "Bizness", right?), but this one gets the cuteness award.

ps. The tip off for this came from Pitchfork, which any avid music fan would have in their top five bookmarks already, I know.

The Google Art Project

Have you seen the Google Art Project? You can view artwork from museums around the world, either by artist or location. I like to start at the world map and pretend I'm visiting Tokyo, New York, Paris and London all in one afternoon... but that's just me.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Empire State of Mind

I'm a little bit in love with New York City, so whenever someone tells me they're going (and after the jealousy subsides), I put together some sort of hotch-potch list of tips. So here's a new idea - a blog post I can share with everyone! Genius. Amirite?


Get thee a MetroCard. The subway is the easiest/cheapest way to get around the city. $29 gets you seven days of unlimited travel on trains and local buses. Buy one at any subway booth.

For the full tourist experience, you might want to try the CityPass. $89 inc Empire State Building, Natural History Museum, Guggenheim, MoMA, The Met & Circle Line Cruise. If you decide to get one, choose the Circle Line Cruise option instead of Statue of Liberty since you see it on the cruise anyway, and you'll see more of Manhattan from the water. Statue of Liberty itself is cool but the specialised tours are very busy and not worth the wait, I don’t think.


Seinfeld fans can hit up Tom's Restaurant (2880 Broadway). If coming from Brooklyn or Downtown, you'll want to take the subway to Cathedral Pkwy station, then walk North. The inside actually looks nothing like you think, but go in for the pancakes anyway.

The Guggenheim
Check out the architectural marvel that is The Guggenheim (1071 Fifth Ave), designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Dare I say the building is the main attraction? If you decide to go inside, pickup the free audio tour (and remember it's closed on Thursdays).

American Museum of Natural History
There's something magical about the American Museum of Natural History - dinosaur bones, taxidermy and beautiful, old exhibits. Open daily, and admission fee is suggested only. Go early (like 9am) to avoid long queues.

The Temple of Dendur
Another must-see museum is The Met (1000 5th Ave). Suggested admission fee, which can be interpreted as 'pay what you like' (or what you can afford). Eat something before you arrive because the cafe is crap, and you'll need at least 3-4 hours in the museum. Don't miss The Temple of Dendur, and find the Frank Lloyd Wright room too. Closed on Mondays.


MoMA (11 West 53 St) is my favourite museum in NYC. Free entry on Fridays between 4-8pm, but I'd be inclined to go some other time to avoid the crowds. Pickup a free audio tour. Allow some time to check out their design store on your way out. Closed on Tuesdays.

View of the Empire State Building from the Top of the Rock
While the Top of the Rock (30 Rockefeller Plaza) lets you actually see the Empire State Building (350 Fifth Ave), I think the view from the Empire State is better. But that's just me. You'll want to be there either first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds, or to catch the sunset so you get both the daytime and nighttime view. Get the audio tour – if you have a Citypass it’s free.

Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station (87 E 42nd St) looks just like the movies, as long as you turn away from the giant Apple store that now takes over the balcony. Try to find the secret whispering gallery.

Central Park
The best way to see Central Park is by bicycle. Hire one from these guys (Liberty Bicycles, 846 9th Ave) and spend two hours riding around the park, with stops at the Carousel and Strawberry Fields.

The High Line Park
The High Line is a park built on an elevated former freight rail trestle on the West Side of Manhattan. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, through Chelsea, to 30th Street. Enter at the corner of 10th Ave and W 30th St then walk all the way to the other end.

Empire Diner
If you're hungry after walking the High Line, head back up to the Highliner Restaurant (210 10th Ave). You might recognise it from Igby Goes Down, Men in Black II, Home Alone 2, or the Woody Allen flick, Manhattan. It used to be called the Empire Diner.


Cafe Wha?
Start anywhere on Bleecker St, then wander your way through MacDougal, Sullivan, Thompson and Laguardia, with a stop at Washington Square Park. You'll probably pass Cafe Wha (115 Macdougal St), made famous by the likes of Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg as regular frequenters there in the 1960s.

If hunger strikes, go to Quantum Leap (226 Thompson St) for awesome, well-priced vego food. There's also Caffe Reggio (119 MacDougal St) if you'd rather a coffee and panini. Or walk a little further West for beer and jazz at the Fat Cat (75 Christopher St).

Astor Place
Also in the area - lookout for a black cube sculpture in the middle of the intersection at Astor Place. If you have a friend (or obliging stranger), both push in the same direction to spin it. Seriously! It moves!


See the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry is free, runs 24 hours a day, and gives you a nice view of the Statue of Liberty. It takes 30 minutes to get to Staten Island, then you can stay on the same ferry to come back. I haven't taken the time to check out Staten Island itself, not really sure what's there!

The Brooklyn Bridge
The walk across the Brooklyn Bridge takes about 20 minutes, depending on how often you stop to take photos. Once you're on the Brooklyn side, head back towards the river for the Brooklyn Waterfront Park. Perfect to watch the sun go down behind the skyline.

Brooklyn Waterfront Park


Need coffee? The best is at Oslo Coffee (328 Bedford Ave).

Eggs Rothko at egg cafe
Breakfast? Find egg cafe (135 North 5th St) and order the Eggs Rothko. Amazing.

Beacon's Closet
If you're ready for a beer, go to the Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) and take the free tour. Hang around for a few bevvies in the hall afterwards, then pop across the road to Beacon's Closet (88 North 11th St) for rad vintage threads when you're done.

The Meatball Shop Menu
Lunch? Try the Meatball Shop (170 Bedford Ave) - they have meatballs to please carnivores and vegetarians alike.

Finally, the cocktail hour! I really liked Maracuja Bar (279 Grand St). The staff were friendly, and willing to recommend various beers to try. Make new friends at the pool table. Or hang out in the back courtyard with all the fairy lights.


Make a special trip to Park Slope for dinner at Bonnie's Grill (278 5th Avenue). They have the best burgers in NYC. No, seriously.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


New music crush: Grimes. How have I not heard of her before?! Love.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Vegetarian Pad Thai

Every now and then, I get a craving for Thai food. Actually, let's be honest, it's probably once a week! When I happen to have the ingredients at home, I make this vegetarian Pad Thai. It's pretty darn good. The recipe below is how I made it tonight, but if I'd been a little more well prepared I would've added some bean shoots.

  • Flat rice noodles
  • Firm tofu, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 small brown onion
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 small red chili
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • A squeeze of Sriracha chili sauce
Make it:
  1. Cook the rice noodles in boiling water for 7-8 minutes, then set aside to drain.
  2. Heat about 1 tbsp canola oil in a small frying pan and fry the tofu (stirring) until it starts to brown, then set aside on paper towel to soak up excess oil.
  3. Lightly beat the egg in a small bowl (a few quick flicks with a fork is enough!), then pour into the same small frying pan used for the tofu. Let it cook for a minute or two, then flip. Place the cooked egg on a chopping board and slice into strips, then put aside.
  4. Chop the onions and carrots, then heat a tbsp canola oil in a large wok and throw them in to fry.
  5. Meanwhile, finely chop the garlic, ginger and chili and throw them in too.
  6. While that's cooking, put 3/4 cup boiling water in a mug, then add the tamarind, soy and Sriracha. Squeeze in juice of the lime, and stir it under the tamarind paste has mostly dissolved.
  7. Pour this into the wok with the onion/carrot etc, then add the precooked rice noodles.
  8. Stir it altogether until the sauce has coated the noodles, then serve into bowls.
  9. Top with the fried tofu and sliced egg.
  10. Eat! day I'll come back to this recipe and include proper quantities, but I usually just make it up depending on how many people are eating.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


That's an Instagram photo from a few months back. I can't remember where I was but they played that Yeah Yeah Yeahs song with "dance dance dance til you're dead" in the lyrics, and my friend thought it was appropriate to write on my arm with a sharpie. Maybe I should get the tattoo?!

Anyway, I was out dancing last night and the DJ had some kind of 90s brit-pop slash indie hipster rock thing going on. We loved it!

Over breakfast this morning, I made a list of some of the songs that were played then turned it into a YouTube playlist, so now you can dance around your bedroom and/or next house party:

And the list:
  • The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
  • Kaiser Chiefs - Everyday I Love You Less and Less
  • Muse - Time Is Running Out
  • Crystal Castles - Not In Love (feat Robert Smith)
  • Pulp - Common People
  • Two Door Cinema Club - Undercover Martyn
  • Kasabian - Fire
  • The Cure - Close To Me
  • The Smiths - This Charming Man
  • The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger
  • Cloud Control - There's Nothing In The Water We Can't Fight
  • Modest Mouse - Float On
  • Phoenix - 1901
  • The Knife - Heartbeats
  • The Strokes - Reptilia
  • Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark
  • Two Door Cinema Club - I Can Talk
  • The Killers - Somebody Told Me
  • The Kooks - Naive

Monday, January 9, 2012


Okonomiyaki means something like an "as-you-like-it pancake". Having been out for proper okonomiyaki in Japan, I decided to see if I could make something remotely close to the same dish, and vegetarian! It's really just the bonito (fish) flakes they put on top that needed to be left out. You can interchange pretty much all of the vegies except the cabbage, but condiments are essential. This version was adapted from the Just Hungry blog.


  • 1/4 cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, finely chopped
  • 1 small potato, grated
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger (you could also try sushi ginger)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 cups plain white flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp vegetable stock powder
  • Kewpie mayonnaise (to serve)
  • Bull-dog tonkatsu sauce (to serve; I didn't have it this time and felt the dish was slightly lacking without!)
  • Sriracha sauce (to serve; optional)
  1. In a reasonably large mixing bowl, dissolve the vegie stock in 1 cup of boiling water, then add 1 cup of cold water.
  2. Beat the egg into the stock water, then add the potato and sesame oil.
  3. Sift the plain flour in and mix until you have a thick batter.
  4. Add the other ingredients to this mixture as they're chopped (i.e. cabbage, red onion, leek, and ginger), then stir until everything is coated.
  5. At this stage, I divided the mixture into four portions, being careful to get an even amount of the liquid "batter" in each. (You could just spoon it out from the same bowl for each pancake though.)
  6. Heat a little canola oil (or peanut oil; anything without a strong flavour) in a non-stick frying pan on medium heat.
  7. Spoon out a quarter of the batter to make the first pancake, let it cook for a few minutes until the edges look a bit brownish then flip it over.
  8. Let it cook for another 10 minutes or so (I had to lower the heat so it wouldn't burn).
  9. Repeat with the other three portions.
  10. Serve with kewpie and tonkatsu (and chopped spring onion, and Sriracha if you're that way inclined!)