Thursday, May 29, 2014

An AMAZING piece of reality!!! WHOA!!

Rudy Kurniawan, 37, a fine wine collector of Chinese descent is now facing an uncertain sentence for wine fraud. The Indonesian born connoisseur of fine vintage wines has been accused of selling bottles of fake wine at outrages prices to the filthy rich!

Kurniawan's first experience with vintage wine was back in 1999 at his father's birthday celebration. It was at that celebration where Kurniawan took his first sip of what would later make him a well respected wine collector for his sophisticated palate years later. In his early 20s Rudy became a well known prodigy of fine vintage wine.

With the help of his sophisticated taste for fine wines, Rudy, realized that he could blend lower quality wines with one another to reproduce the same taste as the vintage wines. It was his genius concoctions that led him on what became a streak of big profit fraudulent wine sales.

Court fillings state that back in Indonesia, Rudy hired a printer who created authentic reproductions of labels and stickers. He also ordered stamps and authentic wax to mark and seal the bottles.

Kurniawan claimed to have found "a magic cellar containing a stash of very rare wines, so rare and so great, that it was the stuff of the legend".
Rudy hosted many wine parties, one of which was attended by actor Jackie Chan, who at one point during the party stood on a chair and applauded Kurniawan.
 The "rare stuff of the legends" was later found to have been brewed in Kurniawan's  home kitchen in Arcadia, California.  

This streak of million dollar sales worth of the "rare drink" took a tumble in 2008 when fake bottles of France’s Domaine Ponsot were identified at a New York auction.
 Kurniawan was arrested in March 2012, and has been in custody since then. His lawyer argues that he should be released on the time he has served.

Boy oh boy!! greed will kill us all LOL so that was my short summary of the story but man it does tell me that these so called "wine connoisseurs" in reality know NOTHING about wine. where were their "sophisticated palate then?" I've  come to the conclusion that people will believe what you tell them. sad but true. ok thanx for reading!



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Here is Dior

Dior likes to lounge around and always be next to me. LOL

I'm obsessed!!

I'm obsessed with making soy milk!! I make it using organic soy beans and then add my own flavors to it, like using fresh dates, vanilla beans, strawberries, chocolate. sooooo good and sooo much fun!

Nature's candy

I love cooking with fresh ingredients!! I love the colors, textures and just everything about it!!
I thought I'd share this picture I took of my groceries with you. :)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I LOVE "HOGAR UTIL"!!

There is a channel on TV/online that I love to watch. It is called "hogar util" It is a Spanish channel which airs cooking shows, shows about gardening, interior design, fixing things and so forth. It's my favorite channel at the moment. check out their website.

http://www.hogarutil.com/

HECTIC!! hectic hectic hectic!!

Ay Ay Ay!!! It has been a few hectic weeks/ days lately. I am studying for finals week and it is very draining. I'm exhausted, will start a new job. a small weekend job. not too much work which is nice because I want to have more time to focus on school. I am one of the top 3 in my math class so I'm quite happy about that. Spanish class sucks, French class is common sense if you speak Italian and Spanish like me, then you will understand French a bit more easily. Ok so let's see.... I had plenty topics to blog about but I need to remember them LOL.
Thanks for visiting the blog!! see you VERY SOON with more posts!!

Fernanda Feraz

Thank you for your comment Fernanda!
It is ok to be nosy sometimes :) ha ha ha ha!! 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

NO SHEEP ALLOWED!!!!!

It's lunch time and I'm at school doing French homework while being VERY distracted with my laptop. I can't seem to stay offline. At the moment, I find myself doing anything but homework. Yes, this is bad. However, I can't seem to pause my mind as it is running at 80mph with a billion thoughts per minute. yes, I know.
As I web surf, on yahoo, (I prefer yahoo to google. Why? because yahoo has many small stories on it's "front page" if you will and you can sort of browse at every category at once. Google isn't really my cup of tea but whatevs) I casually scan the page for eye catching topics or pictures. I come across a "food writer's" article in which this New Yorker reviews about a dozen Los Angeles restaurants. Now THIS I GOTTA SEE!! I love reading restaurant and food reviews by so called "foodies" or "food critics" however, they all seem to be reviewing the same restaurants over and over and over again. In Los Angeles, I would say that there are about maybe 4 or 3 dozen restaurants that keep getting reviewed by different "critics" of the food scene. It's like these reviewers are a heard of sheep that just review what other "critics" review and over-hype restaurants that in truth, are nothing but a name with mediocre food and service. I would LOVE to create a food magazine or weekly paper in which "critics" or even ordinary people that just love food can review their favorite non "name brand" restaurants. How fun would that be? Hearing reviews for these over-exposed chefs and restaurants makes me want to throw up. SERIOUSLY. When will these sheep go home and stay home??? Ok this was my rant for today. I'm going to contemplate have dinner at a non sheep restaurant.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Women Have Surgery so Designer Heels Fit Better

Just when I thought the Los Angeles, fashion scene was ridiculous, I stumble onto
this article that makes me absolutely despise "designer" anything!!! How on earth 
can a human be so superficial and so out of touch with reality that they get surgery to 
fit into their "designer" heels better???? This is beyond me. I wish I could run away from 
all this stupidity on this planet and go home to a safe "stupid -free" place I call home. 
However, home is here. Home is L.A. I have known no other home than the "City of Angels" 
"Lala Land" "Tinsle Town" what have you. Los Angeles is my home. Born and raised in a 
city where women are so into themselves they don't realize that the years have gone by and 
that they are not young, blonde, thin and beautiful anymore. These women have age spots and 
have the body of a young woman and face of the crypt keeper but still pump their face and lips 
with so much crap all human expression is lost in a sea of plastic. This is my home... WHY???
I love that I was born in Los Angeles, I don't love what Los Angeles has become.. 
With that said and done, check out this article. Yes I am too lazy to type up my own POV on this article so again i will copy and paste. 
How far are women willing to go for fashion? According to the New York Times, pretty far. The newspaper walks a mile in the shoes of a handful of LA- and NYC-based podiatrists who perform procedures specifically designed to help women fit comfortably into designer heels. What types of surgery are women undergoing for the sake of their Manolo Blahniks? Aesthetic toe-shortening, fat-pad augmentation, and toe-lengthening procedures, by way of one Beverly Hills podiatrist, who brands his procedures with names like "the Cinderella" and "Perfect 10!"
A Park Avenue podiatrist, who recommends Prada and Michael Kors for women looking for a wider shoe, offers injectable fillers for cushioning and other injections to tame profuse sweating; another NYC practitioner corrects what he calls Hitchhiker's Toe (a case of an outsize big toe) but drew the line at one patient's request: amputation of a pinkie toe to allow for a better fit.
And it's not a new trend: The Times checked in on it in 2003, focusing on the "perils on the procedures"-an elective bunion removal, for instance, that ended up saddling the patient with serious foot pain. Time points out that woman are doing other "gross things" for fashion's sake, like Botoxing their calves to make them skinnier, and thereby better suited for skinnyjeans and slim boots.

Solved! How Ancient Egyptians Moved Massive Pyramid Stones

Ok so this article I am literally going to copy and paste from yahoo.
I thought this was some very interesting information/findings so I want to
share it with you. Enjoy!
The ancient Egyptians who built the pyramids may have been able to move massive stone blocks across the desert by wetting the sand in front of a contraption built to pull the heavy objects, according to a new study.
Physicists at the University of Amsterdam investigated the forces needed to pull weighty objects on a giant sled over desert sand, and discovered that dampening the sand in front of the primitive device reduces friction on the sled, making it easier to operate. The findings help answer one of the most enduring historical mysteries: how the Egyptians were able to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of constructing the famous pyramids.
To make their discovery, the researchers picked up on clues from the ancient Egyptians themselves. A wall painting discovered in the ancient tomb of Djehutihotep, which dates back to about 1900 B.C., depicts 172 men hauling an immense statue using ropes attached to a sledge. In the drawing, a person can be seen standing on the front of the sledge, pouring water over the sand, said study lead author Daniel Bonn, a physics professor at the University of Amsterdam. [Photos: Amazing Discoveries at Egypt's Giza Pyramids]
"Egyptologists thought it was a purely ceremonial act," Bonn told Live Science. "The question was: Why did they do it?"
Bonn and his colleagues constructed miniature sleds and experimented with pulling heavy objects through trays of sand.
When the researchers dragged the sleds over dry sand, they noticed clumps would build up in front of the contraptions, requiring more force to pull them across.
Adding water to the sand, however, increased its stiffness, and the sleds were able to glide more easily across the surface. This is because droplets of water create bridges between the grains of sand, which helps them stick together, the scientists said. It is also the same reason why using wet sand to build a sandcastle is easier than using dry sand, Bonn said.
But, there is a delicate balance, the researchers found.
"If you use dry sand, it won't work as well, but if the sand is too wet, it won't work either," Bonn said. "There's an optimum stiffness."
The amount of water necessary depends on the type of sand, he added, but typically the optimal amount falls between 2 percent and 5 percent of the volume of sand.
"It turns out that wetting Egyptian deserts and can reduce the friction by quite a bit, which implies you need only half of the people to pull a sledge on wet sand, compared to dry sand," Bonn said.
The study, published April 29 in the journal Physical Review Letters, may explain how the ancient Egyptians constructed the pyramids, but the research also has modern-day applications, the scientists said. The findings could help researchers understand the behavior of other granular materials, such as asphalt, concrete or coal, which could lead to more efficient ways to transport these resources.

My Last Post about Ellen Page

Ok so the last time I was active on the blog, I posted about Ellen Page coming out as "gay" that was back in February... on the 15th. Today is May 1st... WHY THE HELL IS THIS SUBJECT STILL BIG NEWS??????? America has gotten all it's priorities WRONG!! why is everybody so obsessed with this girl being "GAY" who freakin cares!! NEXT SUBJECT PLEASE!!

Home sweet blog!

My goodness!!! Yes it's true I have not been active on the blog lately... just been pretty busy with school. Yes I'm back in school and still chasing that dream to fly for Emirates Airlines and live in Dubai... Anyway I didnt get any sleep last night at all. A bug kept biting me all night!! maybe there were multiple bugs but the point is I've gotten zero sleep because of these greedy bugs and now I''m at school waiting for my next class and I am super sleepy!!

While I start blogging again; this time, about conversations I've had with friends, family, teachers, and so forth, I want to wake you up with this brain teaser... have fun! see you soon and thanx for visiting!
 Can you discern the well-known word or phrase suggested by these puzzles?


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Ellen Page is gay and is a big deal????

We all know Ellen Page from her role on Juno as the young pregnant teen that ends up giving up her baby to a couple that couldn't have a baby.
Yesterday, Ellen Page came out as gay saying she is tired of lying to herself or whatever. The LGBT community gave her a standing ovation. Is that a bad thing? No. Good! you are gay. NOW STOP BEING ON OUR FACES ABOUT IT. WE DON'T FREAKIN CARE!!!!
I have absolutely nothing against the gay, lesbian, bi, trans, community but seriously, must you disrupt daily normal activities of the non gay population to let us know you are loud and proud? by this I mean gay parades. Seriously nobody cares to know what your sexual preference is in the bedroom. stop making a big deal LGBT community. Would it be wrong if the non gay population would throw a huge parade for 3 days just to let everybody else know that we are straight and proud? really?
Think about it!

Valentine SWEETIE!!! chocolate chip cherry cake

Hi everybody!!! I have great news!! I am now a full time student, no longer working, (because I just couldn't find a job after a 7 month search) so I decided finishing school is best. Now, I have way more time to blog, but I also have plenty time to study as well so my post for valentine's day is the following!

Like every year, single or not, I do NOT celebrate valentine's day. Why? I just cant get over how commercial this "holiday" is!! Valentine's Day is a day made up to make us spend lots of money. It's just not my kind of thing. It's not my boyfriend's thing either... (better for him LOL)  Anyway, but if it IS YOUR kinda thing, I have a little recipe that will give your valentine's day that personal touch. This is a fun project to do with your hubby, or with your kids, nieces, nephews, cousins... etc Its just an all around fun little cake to make. Chocolate chip, cherry cake . May your taste buds be with you!! lol


1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling
2 cups mini chocolate chips
1 recipe white cake batter of your choice
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries with stems, drained and wiped dry
Red food coloring
4 cups vanilla buttercream of your choice
1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped

For the cake:

Drain and rinse cherry pie filling under running water. Press cherries between several layers of paper towels until very dry. Chop cherries fine and reserve 1/2 cup (discard remaining cherries). Gently fold cherries and 1/2 cup chips into cake batter. Grease and flour three 8-inch cake pans and divide batter among pans. Bake on middle rack in 350-degree oven until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool cakes in pans 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack to cool completely.

For the cherries:

Melt remaining 1 1/2 cups chips and shortening in bowl. Holding stems, partially dip maraschino cherries into chocolate and place on parchment-lined plate. Refrigerate until hardened, at least 10 minutes.

For the frosting:

Beat 5 drops red food coloring into buttercream; add more coloring as desired.

To assemble:

Spread 3/4 cup buttercream on bottom cake layer. Repeat with 3/4 cup more buttercream and second cake layer. Top with final cake layer and frost top and sides with remaining buttercream. Decorate with whipped cream and cherries.


Monday, January 27, 2014

One of the new desserts from Les Noces Du Figaro in downtown L.A. is a chocolate mousse. look how lovely this looks and it tastes AMAZING!