Happy Chinese New Year!!!!

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Happy Chinese New Year to all! We are welcoming this year with the Year of the Horse!

This is our New Year’s Eve meal with the family, feeling scrumptious!

We can’t help but sharing to all, how our Mom is the best cook in the world (because her daughter and son say so), and she really puts effort in making all New Year food from scratch.

It had been a busy 2 weeks for us helping Mom buying ingredients and doing food preparation.

Our grandpa comes from a village besides Shanghai, which is now the suburb of the big Shanghai, where the area is enrich with food due to its nice weather.  This is what we were having last night-extravagent homemade food all by Mom of traditional Shanghainese dishes!

 

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Mom has prepared this soup for a week! There is a big chicken, dumpling with skin made from egg wrap, meatball, bamboo shoot, and Chinese onions in it.

1st day- chicken bone and chicken feet

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扁尖筍 

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Tong Po Ru. Chinese fatty pork.

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Shrimp with tomato, onion, 酒釀

蝦浸番茄洋蔥酒釀汁

前幾晚媽媽在炖高湯時也開始製作此道菜的醬汁。首先洋蔥炒番茄,之後將番茄皮與洋蔥濾掉,我大概濾了兩個多鐘頭,來回弄了六、七次,才有濃縮的番茄洋蔥汁。除夕夜時,再將炒蝦進去,最後淋上酒釀帶出甜味,整個蝦、番茄、與洋蔥的味道因酒釀而蹦出來。

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烏魚子 

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烤麩

金針、木耳、胡蘿波、毛豆、冬筍
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如意菜

每一家上海家庭一定會吃象徵十全十美,事事如意的如意菜。

由10種菜組成,每一樣菜都有新年祝福之意,切每一樣菜時,要將菜切得長長的,祝福大家長命百歲。

是一道非常費工夫,充滿家人愛心的一道菜,每一樣菜都先自己炒過,再全部由顏色淺至深全部炒在一起,詮釋完美的如意菜。

冬筍:象徵步步高昇。

木耳:象徵耳聰目明,新的一年前程似景。

金針:象徵

紅蘿波:象徵運氣紅不讓。

香菇:象徵富貴,由於好環境才能吃到香菇。

百葉:象徵學業進步。因從千張發成的百葉是一片一片的,可以翻頁像書一樣,希望莘薪學子們能夠越來越進步。

芹菜:象徵「勤」勞。

豆干:象徵升「官」。

大頭菜:象徵可以吃苦,因為大頭菜很苦。

豆芽:象徵財庫滿滿的金元寶。 要將前面的豆芽頭與梗分開,象徵金元寶,花了六個小時將豆芽的頭與梗分開。

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醉筍枸杞

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紅豆鬆糕

所有中式甜點中,除了棗泥鍋餅,紅豆鬆糕亦列在我的前三排行榜上。

吃過很多家紅豆鬆糕,圓山飯店的紅豆鬆糕是吃過口感綿蓬鬆度剛好,裡面棗泥很綿密很香,是前總統夫人蔣宋美齡夫人最喜歡的甜點。

一月初的時候在圓山官網訂購,還可以指定日期送達,四個以上免運費,來時是由冷凍車送達,甜點就這樣送上口了~

好難拍出那個顏色,還是實際吃下肚最好!

以上分享我們的年夜飯。

祝大家馬年,一馬當先,馬上發財,馬上封侯!

FASHION| LUISAVIAROMA.COM

BRAND: LUISAVIAROMA.COM
COUNTRY: Italy

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Having more time to spend on computer these days and dozed around, i do found some incredible blogger which inspire me in different way from here to there. Got to exposure to new brands, and special fashion events beside the big ones everybody know.

This is what I came across yesterday, an Italian luxury shopping worldwide shipping e-commerce, began in 1930s in Florence, they do have actual store, it’s flagship in Florence. 

What i thought was cool is: FREE SHIPPING to TAIWAN! and do not need additional Import Fee to pay on delivery.

Not that I am looking for something recently, but it’s always glad to hear the good news!

There is SALES currently up to 70% up!

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品牌: LUISAVIAROMA.COM  精品購物。全球運送
國家:義大利

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最近有很多時間在網路上逛逛,發現很多超酷的部落客,將我的生活點亮,他們的故事也給予我不同的啟發。更重要的事認識更多品牌,除了曉為人知的時裝展之外,還有一些當地的時尚活動等等。

昨天的收獲是逛到這一間義大利精品購物網站,1930年代起源于佛羅倫斯,他們在佛羅倫斯也有實體店面,若有經過可以去逛逛。

但最重要想要跟大家分享的是:免運到台灣! 貨到府上也不用付額外的進口費。

是不是眼睛為之一亮呢?!哈哈 雖然最近沒有要買什麼,但看看總是讓人開心。

最近更有最多到3折的大折扣噢!

FASHION| Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

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Book of the week: Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

The book talks about how fast-fashion turn everyone’s wardrobe into cheap fashion. Piling in your living room the author realize she has 60+ jeans, but hey, there is only 52 weeks in a year, 1 jean a week your feet will fleet? This book is recommend for girls who often lost their mind when they see SALE! and good deals.

With fast-fashion turning the fashion world into everyone affordable fashion, when there is a pro, there is always a con.

The pro in my opinion would be ending the era of hierarchy in fashion, cos clothes are being cost-down due to high volume of production, anyone can be exposure to fashion, everyone has a voice for fashion, and when seeing SOLDES! SALES! in H&M, Forever 21, Zara, how can you not resist in buying a shirt for yourself which is 5euro and can last for a season, or a Starbucks coffee and gobble it up in 5mins. I once saw a pair of shoes which was 8 pounds, it went wild during the sales, and what left were two un-matching shoe, one size bigger than the other, i still bought it and bargain it to 3pounds, which i only wore it ONCE, ouch it HURT!

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Cons would be the quality of fabric is rather bad, since it’s all about not-lasting long (me and Zara never a thing, but will always check out Zara for its latest design), the streets would stand with people having identical clothes, and just NO STYLE AT ALL—–if you concern more twins in town is fashion. The fashion cycle is no more tassel running this year, retro the next, neon the year after, it evolve to they all run in the same year and seems a bit hard to identify what’s the IT of the year.

Looking at the city we live in currently, Taipei.  When Zara zoomed into the city, people cried out “ZARA! ZARA!”, Uniqlo stormed the city, people lined for “UNIQLO!UNIQLO!” and happened the same when newly open Pull&Bear came, surely it’ll happen once again when coming soon GAP in town.

Sometimes I wonder why fast-fashion have established numerous stores and more stores all over Asia, exceptionally detour Taiwan?

Doing homework in learning what you are wearing such as cotton, wool, flax, silk, polyester, acrylic….by learning the feature of different fabric, you’ll know what is suitable for what kind of season. I recalled there was a coat I saw in a store that looks alright, however it SMELL, i checked the tag and was written “acrylic w/ something else”, there I learned the percentage of fabric in clothes effect how it smell, the warmth to our body, from here can also find what is best for you, and what’s more- sometimes you don’t really need a zillion clothes to be you, all you need is the right clothes that can suit in different situation when you put on different accessories, moreover, it is worthy to buy a classic apparel that cost a fortune which is really a bit more than what you have in mind, however for the long run you can wear it for the next 20 years and still be IN. Which do you prefer?

Sincerely, I hope everyone can find their style, tried to have mix and match fun with clothes, accessories, colors with different brand however not just speeding into the latest so called Fashion. We all have a style, those good for someone, sometimes may not be good on you; those best for you and not maybe good on someone. Move on and bring on.

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本週讀物:買一件衣服要多少錢

在誠品看到這一本書,他的書名馬上吸引了我的目光。故事在敘述快速時尚如何讓我們的衣櫃塞爆一堆便宜貨衣服,作者把衣櫃裡的衣服全部搬到客廳,一一數有幾件上衣、裙子、外套、更誇張的是:她有60+件牛仔褲,意味著:她每一星期買一件貨是一件多的牛仔褲,請問妳是蜈蚣嗎? 這一本書很適合看到折扣與低價・購物失心瘋的女生。

所有發生的事都有一體兩面,有好就有它的不好。

我覺得快速時尚消除了時尚金字塔,時尚不再是只有金子塔頂端的人可享有與認識的世界,大量生產降低製作成本讓所有人可以接觸這花花綠綠世界,每一個人可以為自己的時尚發聲,更重要的是,當看到店門外寫著SOLDES! SALES!時,誰不會進去喵一眼,看到5歐的上衣而無論大小如何都失心瘋的購買,怎麼想都覺得這5歐是賺到,可以穿一季的5歐上衣與5分鐘就喝完的5歐星巴克咖啡你要選哪一個?別想了孩子,當然是衣服啊! 我曾經購買一雙原價8英鎊的鞋,歐洲人失心瘋時會拿錯鞋子,所以剩下是一雙大小差一號的鞋,我還跟店員殺到3英鎊,心裡雀躍的像小麻雀高興地唱起歌來~ 好景不長,也只穿過一次,我的腳快痛死啦!

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不好的地方是,快速時尚強調快速所以布料不會精緻的慎選,反正穿一季就丟(我就是一個無法忍受ZARA的人,不能接受不好的布料,但一定還是會進去欣賞他們最新設計與款式),再來由於大家都在同一個地方消費,都是同一個膜子打出來的父母,路上瞬間多了很多雙胞胎、多胞胎。所謂「今年流行時尚元素』更是不再見了, 今年流行流蘇,明年流行復古,後年流行螢光色的景象都沒了,也再也沒有新鮮感了,因為他們全部都在一年內跑完了!!!

居住於臺北,快速時尚非常慢速的進來美麗的寶島,當ZARA席捲臺北101時,可以感到大家熱眼淚盈筐”終於來啦!” UNIQLO進阪急時,最IN的排隊隊伍迎接新訪客,新鄰居Pull&Bear來時,咱也是這樣招待他們的,接下來的美國GAP我們拭目以待吧!

很多時候覺得很可惜,為什麼這些品牌進軍了整個亞洲,唯獨不進來台灣,多點品牌進來,可以提升大家的美感。除此之外,多認識布料吧!學習布料可以更了解什麼氣候適合穿哪一種材質的衣服才會保暖、排汗、舒適。曾經看到一件大衣,拿起來超臭,標籤上面寫著「壓克力」,讓我認識了壓克力是飽暖材質,缺點是很臭,當然這也根據布料混合比例情況有所不同。別覺得這很複雜,買對衣服材質可重要呢,也別覺得買貴不划算,貴有它值得的道理,這時就要去了解為什麼它貴,以及值不值得。買10件快速衣服穿完一季就丟,與一件價格超出自己成本,但可以穿20年的經典款衣服,你會選擇哪一個呢?

多逛各地網站,多看看不同品牌,不同風格的設計、配件,了解自己適合什麼很重要,而非盲目跟從所謂的「最新流行」。每一個人都有獨一無二的風格,「適合別人的不一定適合自己,適合自己的不一定適合別人」。

[LONDON] The Gentlemen Club x Pall Mall

Happy NEW NEW Year Folks!!!!

Hope all had a wonderful time farewell 2013, and embracing the amazing 2014 ahead of us!
Wish all have an AWESOME AWESOME year! Whoop!!!
Starting the year with a special blog, hope you like it 😉

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