Out & About: It's a Bánh Mì World

For those who have a preconceived notion that Houston has no soul, I've decided to add an Out & About feature that will not only motivate me to break out my camera again (yay!) but also show why I love this city more and more each day.

Last night I got to experience what could only be called the city's largest bánh mì fest. The Great Bánh Mì Cook-Off packed 11 chef booths in the original Kim Son in Downtown.  

The lineup was as follows: 

(1) Chef King & Co. - Darius King
(2) Copper Chefs - Conor M. & JP
(3) Culinary Creations Catering - Cristian Gonzalez
(4) Fat Bao - Pak Tsui
(5) Flying Saucer - Ben Rabbani
(6) Fung's Kitchen - Hoi Fung
(7) GiAu Bar n Bites - Nick Nguyen
(8) Hearsay Gastro Lounge - Edwin Chanas
(9) Kim Son Restaurant - Kim Son Chef
(10) R&D Barbeque - Dale Ellington
(11) Taco Nuts - L.J. Wiley  

Here's how it went down:

The ingredients...

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Who doesn't love some Jack and butter?

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Mmm... fried pork belly...

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Chef King & Co.

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Hearsay Gastro Lounge
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The winner!  R&D's BBQ Bánh Mì was both the Judge's and People's Choice! It's true- we Texans can't have enough of our barbeque.  

The food scene has really exploded here, and this was a creative way to bring some notable chefs together to raise money for charity.  This fundraiser helped to support BPSOS, which has done great things for minority communities including spearheading efforts to cut down human trafficking.  BPSOS hosts a large fundraising event every year, and I'm excited to see if they can top this fun and scrumptious event! By the way, I did have a taste of every single entry, and my two favorites were the pork belly and quail egg bánh mì by Giau Bar N Bites and the sardines and watermelon bánh mì by Fat Bao.  Creative concoctions for the win (at least in my book)!  


Home is Where the Heart Is

and apparently, where all my attention has gone.

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After several friends noticed I've been MIA from the Blogosphere, I'm here to dispel the rumor that I will be offline forever.  It's true that home life tend to get most of my focus these days, but I've really missed this special place where I can share my arbitrary ramblings.  So here I am, settling nicely in the new home and enjoying the little things including watching my cats' butts jiggle as they run down the stairs.

We've officially been in the home for three months, and I know there's a Housewarming just around the corner. I feel like there is still so much to do but alas, it's probably time to pick a date.

With the home filling up much of my mind, I hardly have any time to think about clothes.  I did, however, pick up some sale pieces online at MadewellDamn you internet, you make it too easy.  Here are the newest items in my arsenal:

Triomphe Striped Scarf 

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Light, gauzy scarf repping the red, white, and blue.  Is it Team France or Team USA?  You decide.
{found here}

Sahara Short-Sleeve Jacket

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I've wanted the Current/Elliot Infantry jacket when it first came out but never pulled the trigger.  Many seasons later, I'm finally able to get my hands on a similar version.  I'm kinda liking the fact that this one doesn't have a clunky belt at the bottom.  Plus, with the sale, I was able to scoop it up for about $40. Not bad.

I purchased the XS when it was still available, but you can get S and M here. Go one size smaller than usual since it has an oversized fit.

Black Paisley Romper
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I know there's still quite a bit of summer left for me to wear this. No product pic but here's one of Jamie Chung looking real cute in hers. 

As if I couldn't get enough paisley, I also bought the shirt version in red.

Lately, I've been leaning towards minimal dressing such as pieces from a fave site of mine, Everlane.  It's hard not to want every slouchy tee they sell since they keep coming out in such beautiful colors! So far, I have the Cotton U-Neck in Copper (XS), the V-neck in Merlot and Forest (S), and the Silk Round Collar in Marine (S).  I really love the company- its transparency, prices, and products.  I'm looking forward to stocking up on some of the sweaters soon. And oh, Petra bag, I have my eye on you!


Ulla Johnson // Spring 2014

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     I had to take a deep breath after seeing all the beautiful clothing Ulla Johnson put out for the spring season. It's what I want to be wearing right now. Those pink overalls... YES, PLEASE!



Between a major renovation on my mom's house and mentally gearing up for my move, blog life has been taking a minor hiatus.  Even so, I still find time to get inspired and daydream about beautiful things I find around the 'net...

This jacket.
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 // Acne Pre-fall 2014 //

This color.
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// via Design Sponge //

Going along with the cobalt theme. This dining room.  photo wheat_zps9b8db1b1.jpg // via Houzz // 

This cozy nook.
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// via Paperblog //

This resurrected Queen Anne.  photo queen_zps924dca59.jpg // check out the renovation on Houzz // 

This steampunk boho ensemble.  photo natalie_zps8688effa.jpg // Natalie Off Duty // 

This lovely food blog.  photo GingerFriedCauliflowerRice_2_zps332c11aa.jpg
// A Cozy Kitchen // 

This super calming photo.  photo Inspired-Home-Ditte-Isager-Danish-home-bedroom-Remodelista_0_zps5c9f5882.jpg // via Remodelista // 

This pool.
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// via Houzz // 


Young Girls

     When was the last time you stepped foot into a record shop?  I'll admit it's been awhile for me.  Ok, a long while.  I remember those days of sifting through CDs and LPs and being ecstatic after finding that rare gem.  So when our friends from Young Girls had their EP release last weekend, it was nice to finally set foot again in a real record store.  Cactus Music to be exact, which has been a Houston institution for as long as I can remember.

     Young Girls' current line-up includes brothers, Pete (Springfield Riots) and Charlie Tijerina (The Factory Party), and Nick Dudek (The Watermarks).  They rock out with harmonious pop melodies with surf influences.  If I hadn't known they were Texan, I would have easily mistaken them for some Cali boys.  If you haven't checked out one of their live shows yet, they always play a fun set!

Album cover art by Carlos Pozo
  You can listen to their tracks here.  If you like what you hear, you can also purchase the digital downloads or pick up the record EP at Cactus (which includes a CD version).   
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