Monday, November 2, 2009

Sugar Sugar - Korean Bbopki

Photo by Bionic Bites.

Bionic Bites posted an excellent review on bbopki (Korean sugar candy) and traditional Korean breakfast. Makes me want to take the next flight to Seoul!

Wedded to Cupcakes

Sugar Sweet Sunshine.

Last time, some of my friends went to Sugar Sweet Sunshine without me. But I heard such tantalizing tales of the tiny morsels that I was hooked - cupcakes are definitely going back on my agenda.

Sexy Red Velvet Cupcake.

I chose the Sexy Red Velvet Cupcake, red velvet cake with "The Moose," as it's called here. Rather than cream cheese icing, Sugar Sweet Sunshine uses a rich, smooth vanilla buttercream. Right after I took a bite, I wanted seconds (the guy smushed my mousse a bit in the bag, but no biggie). Cake so soft without being sugar rush sweet. But it's the buttery whipped cream that deserves top honors. The mousse was the moistest I have ever tasted. Whipped to a fluffy, light texture. For just $1.75, you can get a half a dozen to sample.

Other delectable choices include: pumpkin (pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing), sunshine (yellow cake with vanilla buttercream), ooey gooey (chocolate cake with chocolate almond buttercream) and black and white (chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream). I am so coming back!

It's a ring thing.

Saturday, I went to my friends' wedding in the West Village. It was a beautiful ceremony, small but intimate. We all snapped the obligatory family pics and 'paparazzi' shots. I remembered to take one of the rings. Since it also happened to be Halloween, random people on the street kept asking us what we were dressed up as:

"I love your costume! It's so elegant. But - what are you supposed to be?"

"Uh....we just got married?"

Yerp. We would be the wedding party. Or more aptly described as The Mafia, what with our black dresses and vintage heels, waistcoats and fitted suits.

Vegan cupcakes.

We bypassed the Halloween parade (and the 100-strong police force in uniform) for some refreshments back at the newlyweds' apartment.

I don't know about you, but when I imagine vegan cupcakes, I didn't expect them to taste this, well...good. I was pleasantly surprised by this batch, made with coconut oil instead of butter. My favorite (and Calla's mom agrees) were the brownie cupcakes, which tasted rich and smacked of chocolate gobs. As I recall, these were some expensive cupcakes. But oh so tasty.

Let's toast!

Ear Candy

"Heaven" - Epik High

This song is aloe vera lotion for a sunburned heart. Don't know how else to describe it, but when I listen to this song I literally feel like I'm drifting away on Cloud 9. "My you."

Hula Girls theme song - Jake Shimabukuro

Jake, best known as the ukelele virtuoso for his stirring cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," composed this song for the Japanese movie, Hula Girls. A heartwarming tale of what people can create when they work together in community for a common cause and pursue their passions. And you get to see cute girls dancing the hula!

"The Girl Who Can't Break Up, the Boy Who Can't Leave" - Leessang

Leessang consists of rap duo Kang Hee-gun ("Gary") and Gill Seong-joon ("Gill"). The female singer here is Jung In. This music video stars Korean singer Hyori Lee, and actor Ryu Seung Beom (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance).

A classic love story-gone-haywire, but done up with some clever costumes and a creative narrative thread. You see their relationship progress through the cars they drive and the behavior of the couples around them. And all those masks! I wonder how many people they hired for this video...