Street Bangkok Local Food – Imaginez…Bangkok…Ses rues électriques…

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Paris has never experienced a shortage of exotic cuisines and flavours and Street Bangkok is a perfect example of why.

Its simple, trendy and hip decor topped off with the typical tables, chairs and utensils that one would usually find at a food stand in Thailand complete the whole vibe.

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However, what truly brings the place together is still, of course, the food.

The richness of the spicy curry sauce, the aroma of the white rice with its condiments of coriander and cucumber, the affordable price point and its generous portions.

Sadly, they no longer offer khao man gai which is the most common street food one could have in the alleys of Bangkok. Another point worth noting is that the poulet grill on their “hot” menu is not a typical Thai dish and is never served with rice. Instead it is a BBQ starter (chicken satay with peanut sauce) to be enjoyed with a cold beer. Regardless, this momentary lapse of authenticity doesn’t take away from the taste.

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If you have a moment and a craving for Thai food, and if you are conveniently around Canal St. Martin, Bastille or metro Etienne Marcel, make sure you go in for a tasty experience that will transport you to the tropics of Thailand.

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Street Bangkok Local Food
Official website: www.streetbangkok.fr
Canal St. Martin address: 3 Rue Eugène Varlin, 75010 Paris
Bastille address: 13 Rue de la Roquette, 75011 Paris
Etienne address: 112 Rue Saint-Denis, 75002 Paris

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Bar à iode – Seafood Paradise!

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To say that it’s a hidden gem in the heart of Paris does not even begin to cover le bar à iode. It ranks high on my list because these are one of those rare moments when quality, price point and service come together in perfect balance. Honestly, it doesn’t get better than this! However, in all fairness, I have yet to try L’ilot which embodies the same concepts but was sadly closed for the summer vacation period when we had attempted to get our hands on one of their highly praised seafood platters. Alors! A la prochaine!

So what exactly makes bar à iode so exciting? Let’s just say that Paris is not exactly seafood haven as the city is completely landlocked which is why fresh, high quality seafood is so expensive. This is also why finding a place like bar à iode is such a game changer. Prepare yourself for large, copious platters, much like the ones you get in Bretagne, Normandie etc…but for the SAME PRICE IN PARIS.

On this particular night, we had the petit iode platter which usually comprises of 4 fine de claire oysters, a portion of whelks, periwinkles, a portion of grey shrimps (also known as crangon crangon – funny name, isn’t it?) and a portion of cocktail shrimps. Since neither of us are huge fans of periwinkles, we asked the waiter to leave those out and give us extra whelks instead. It was done at no extra cost nor fuss!
We ordered 6 extra Cancales oysters, a squid carpaccio, dessert to share and a bottle of Riesling for only 59 euros!

Not only was the food highly satisfactory, but the service was also top notch, especially considering the amount of customers they had to handle.
We went on a Saturday night and of course, they were fully booked, save the terrace which they reserve for walk-in customers only. Despite this fact, we were still very well taken care of and frankly, there isn’t much more to say than, “What are you still waiting for?” Go and enjoy the rest of your summer with some fine de claire oysters and a bottle of sweet Riesling on the Boulevard Saint-Germain!

Address: 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 12-3pm and 7-11pm

Check out the bar à iode website for the menu and/or further information!

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The Hardware Societe – From Melbourne to Paris

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Perhaps I haven’t posted very many restaurant/bar/cafe reviews on my blog but I have been discovering at least one new spot every week. The dining scene in Paris is like a dream come true! I’m always stumbling across some quaint little place tucked away neatly in an alley.

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Today was a sunny all day brunch restaurant called ‘The Hardware Société’ that a friend of mine had suggested. Don’t let the unsuspecting exterior fool you! It’s an Alice through the rabbit hole moment; once inside, you will be met with warm smiles from the staff and a flurry of activity.

The food matches the service in every way! I ordered the grilled mushrooms which came with a delicious dollop of pumpkin on the side, a sprinkling of peanuts that added to the delicious flavour of the mushrooms and two slices of bread. My friend ordered a popular dish comprised of baked eggs and a cauliflower purée. Needless to say, the presentation was top-notch and the prices were reasonable! I paid 14,50 euros for my meal and 4 euros for a cappucino making it a grand total of only 18,50 euros!

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So, if you’re ever in Montmartre and looking for a fantastic brunch joint, be sure to pop into the Hardware Société for a fantastic meal that will not disappoint!

The Hardware Société
10 Rue Lamarck, 75018 Paris
01 42 51 69 03
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$1 Make-Up from SHOP MISS A

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Prior to spending money on the website, I did A LOT of research by reading and watching various reviews. I learnt to avoid any “skin products” such as foundation, concealer and also tailored my order to my needs so I ended up getting all this:

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  • Metallic Cosmetic Pouch – Gold
  • AOA Perfect Setting Powder – Soft Light
  • AOA Diamond Lipgloss – Glitz
  • AOA Diamond Lipgloss – Posh
  • Pumice Stone – White
  • Princessa Tru Fusion Blush – 3 Hot Pink
  • Kleancolour Retractable Waterproof Lipliner – Hot Red
  • AOA Studio Lashes – Luella
  • AOA Studio Lashes – Rose

Each item was $1 and the shipping was roughly $1 as well, but the shipping ended up being more expensive than the item. In total, I paid about $18/16,37 euros which is still INCREDIBLY affordable. The items arrived in about 7-10 business days, as promised and was nicely bubble wrapped and packaged!

The cosmetic pouch and pumice stone were just some things I needed and are both excellent quality basics. The lashes look promising as does the lipliner but we’ll be trying those next time. Today, my main focus was the setting powder, the blush and the lipglosses. So let’s get into detail!

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AOA Perfect Setting Powder – Soft Light

I’ll be completely frank, I’ve never used many loose setting powders in my lifetime but I know how a good powder leaves your skin feeling (and looking!) so my opinion is that the AOA Setting Powder is BOMB! The finish is so smooth, the powder is fine and my only concern is that touching up when out will be a bit difficult, as with all loose powders.

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Princessa Tru Fusion Blush – 3 Hot Pink

Immediately with this matte blush, you notice that the packaging is $1. It is the cheapest, flimsiest packaging I’ve ever laid eyes on and it really is such a pity because the actual product itself is fantastic! It was EXACTLY the shade I wanted and was very pigmented. I’ve been wanting a coral blush recently and decided to add this one to the basket as all the other ones I had in my wishlist were sold out. Speaking of which, is it common to have products constantly sold out on Shop Miss A? They don’t restock that quickly either…

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AOA Diamond Lipgloss – Glitz & Posh

What can I say…Where do I start? These lipglosses are an AOA HOLY GRAIL! They’re comfortable, not sticky yet SO GLITTERY and they just look divine on the lips! I personally would pay more than a dollar for these glosses and definitely will be getting more from the Diamond Lipgloss collection. There isn’t a significant difference between Glitz and Posh but I prefer Posh on it’s own as it is a more pigmented pinky coral colour as opposed to wearing just Glitz on my bare lips. Glitz would be more of a lipstick topper lipgloss for me…for example, if you wanted to brighten up a red lip.

 


 

All in all, I am EXTREMELY satisfied with the quality of these $1 products! I’m sure I’ll enjoy the lashes just as much and am hoping the lipliner will stop my red Son&Park lip crayon and lip cube from bleeding.
One thing I did notice is that AOA products seem to be of much higher and more reliable quality in terms of packaging, the product itself etc. than those of other brands. Frankly, the packaging on the Princessa blush is so cringeworthy, I wonder if I’d ever be able to take it out in public…The only solution is to repot the blush! So, if possible, I will probably be buying more from AOA than from the other brands on Shop Miss A.
I will also be letting you know if I get an allergic reaction from any of these products but so far so good! Also, a good thing to know is that AOA Beauty Inc. and other brands on Shop Miss A have been certified by PETA as cruelty free!

Shop Miss A: https://www.shopmissa.com/

 

Korean Cosmetics: SON & PARK Part II

A little while ago, I wrote about their Skin Fit Foundation, their Gel Bonding Eyebrow (brow gel) and their lip crayons which were all just FANTASTIC products and generally worked beautifully. A little update, however, regarding the lip crayons: the darker shades, notably Flash Red and Wicked Burgundy tend to bleed so using a lip pencil is strongly advised.

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The same goes for the Son & Park lip cubes. The darker shades are absolutely gorgeous, especially Rubian Red which is an attention-screaming, heart-stopping fire engine red. Berry Rose is a lovely shade that compliments the Wicked Burgundy lip crayon. Unfortunately, Love Sick was a indeed sickly shade of pastel pink and looked terrible in real life while Nude Veil was just the perfect, every day gloss but gave me a horrific allergic reaction. Very strange as I have never gotten an allergic reaction to … anything. All in all, my experience with the lip cubes were 3/5 and I will be giving the two lighter shades away.

As for the Air Chou Foundation in shade 23, the colour match is perfect but as it is an Asian make up brand, you don’t get a wide range of shades. The texture is like nothing I’ve ever seen before, however, a little goes a long way so be sure to take heed of their advice! I didn’t on the second day and the foundation definitely needed a little setting at the end of the afternoon as it had gotten cakey.

Otherwise, I am so in love with it! Definitely more full coverage than their Skin Fit Foundation which is more of a light, healthy summer foundation that gives off more of a glow whereas the Air Chou Foundation has a matte finish and even managed to cover the redness of some spots.

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In conclusion, I’d say: Forget about the lip cubes, get the lip crayons as well as the brow gel! Don’t sleep on the foundations either because after all, the Koreans are best known for their amazing skin products!

Testing Out Korean Make-up: Son & Park

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The bag of Korean products that I’d purchased two months ago had been sitting underneath my bed for God knows how long.

So I took them out and had a little fun today!

Son & Park is a Korean brand created by two celebrity make-up artists. They’re best known for their Beauty Water which is a major best-seller in Asia as the product is incredibly versatile and effective but today, I’m testing out the Skin Fit Foundation in shade 23 Natural, the Gel Bonding Eyebrow and the Lip Crayons.

Let’s start with base. This Skin Fit Foundation falls right in trend with the dewy no make-up make-up look that is so popular in Korea (and most of Asia) right now. It feels light and effortless, but still manages to even out my skin tone. This is due to the green, colour-correcting core that cancels out redness. The built-in brush is convenient, though a little stiff. While blending, I seriously wondered if it was applying evenly but that may be just in my head because the finish was flawless!

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Moving onto brows, I must say this product blew my mind. The Gel Bonding Eyebrow is, as its name suggests, a gel brow product but is quick-drying like I’ve never seen before! You have to be nimble or the gel will end up in uneven patches but switch over to the spoolie side and just brush off the excess! Unlike a powder product, it doesn’t remove easily which is great news for me. I sometimes rub off parts of my brow by accident and that’s not a cute look, especially when you don’t have your brow pencil in your bag for moments like these.

Last but not least are the Lip Crayons which were probably the most fun to play with! Naked Coral reminds me of Kinda Sexy by MAC, just with more of a shine instead of a matte texture. It’s a whole lot more hydrating as well!
Dry Flower is a strange name but the shade is gorgeous so I suppose that makes up for it! It’s what they call a “your lips but better” shade. It is also worth mentioning that Dry Flower is an awarding winning shade and a bestseller!
Your Son & Park fire engine red comes in the Lip Crayon Flash Red that pops so much more in real life than on pictures. It doesn’t translate well on photos sadly. Finally, we have a vampy brown berry shade in the form of Wicked Burgundy. The last three are all quite matte but so hydrating and light, you don’t feel the lipstick at all!

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The Verdict

Son & Park might be a little up there price-wise when compared to drugstore brands but the quality you get for what you pay is incomparable. The packaging is simple but sleek and the products are innovative and easy to use. The downside is that their products are not readily available everywhere yet as Son & Park is an upcoming brand.

Son & Park Official Website: http://m.sonandpark.com/
Son & Park Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sonandpark_korea/?hl=en
SOKO GLAM: https://sokoglam.com/collections/son-park

 

 

 

Sicily: Day 2 Taormina

DAY 2 – Taormina

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Taormina has got to be my favourite city out of all the ones we visited, and trust me, we visited quite a few during our short-lived nine day trip. Why Taormina then? This city definitely has a few more tourists than the rest but is also one of the livelier ones with bars and clubs every few metres. Every corner you turn is a feast for the eyes, architecturally speaking. The girls here can be seen donning stylish jumpsuits and wedge heels.



The day before, we had bumped into two holidaymakers as we were hauling our luggage into our cosy room in Villa Magara. The two energetic ladies were about to finish their trip and had enigmatically told us about how Taormina was rather posh, which really wasn’t their thing, but do try a granita* at Bam Bar.

Hallelujah! Thank God we bumped into them because as instructed, we found the charming, little, family-owned establishment right on the corner of a street. Our travel guide had listed this particular spot as well so it was a must-see and honestly, this place deserves a special mention because I had THE BEST granita of my life here. The granita tasted like real fruit and the flavours all blended perfectly. The rich chocolate granita was topped off with a flower of fresh cream so of course, this isn’t a low-in-calory moment but it was one I’d never forget! One thing you must remember is that Bam Bar is PACKED. We waited half an hour for a table!

*Granita: a course textured ice confection typically made from fruit – Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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The Garden of Villa Comunale is where we saw our first wedding; we saw two in total. The nervous bride, apparently from the UK, walked down the stairs with her father as the wedding guests and the visitors of the public gardens stood by and gawked at the procession. It was a perfect location for a wedding and the weather was gorgeous! How romantic to be wed one summer’s day on the island of Sicily…

 

 

Not To Be Missed:

(I won’t be listing churches or cathedrals as each city has hundreds! You can’t miss them!)

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Restaurants:

  • Bam Bar – Full description above
  • Timoleone CaféA jewel in the heart of Taormina. The place is cosy, quiet and more or less “hidden” which makes for a lovely escape from the constant site seeing and visiting. The staff spoke amazing english and was very professional!

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Accommodation:

  • La Finestra sul Mare – A bed and breakfast owned by Giovanni which we found on Airbnb. The room was large with a bathroom and a completely furnished kitchen on the way in. You have a terrace facing the ocean which looks splendid at sun set in all its pink and orange magnificence. Breakfast is provided for approximately 7-8 euros and you get dinner cooked by Giovanni and his wife for an extra 20-25 euros.