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NYC (AND BEYOND): THE BEST PERMA-WALL ART

By Nora Zelevansky / February 17th, 2010

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You know what I'm a fan of?  I mean besides pickles, olives and The Bachelor.  Yup.  I'm not ashamed.

Anyway, I'm also a fan of simplifying.

That's my new jam, since I made a bunch of Chinese New Year resolutions this weekend.  (I kind of missed the American one and the Jewish one is, well, who knows when).  So, while you all ate chocolate on V-Day, I ate some Shanghai Rice Cake from Din Tai Fung and now I'm good to go for this Year of the Tiger (not to be confused with eye of the tiger).

Anyway, I don't own my apartment, but, if I did, part of my new simplification strategy might involve covering my walls with one of Cavern Wallpaper's new Artist Edition papers by David Stark, Tom Slaughter, Miguel Fabrega or Julia Ziegler-Haynes.

See, you hang paper (like the above for instance) and then you really don't need to hang any additional art work, right?

Siiiimplify.

Not just a hat rack, my friends.

xo – N.

LA (ARCADIA): THE BEST CHINESE NEW YEAR CHOW

By Nora Zelevansky / January 26th, 2009

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(lantern pic from Reuters)

Maybe this post should actually be called, “The Best Reason To Trek To Arcadia,” but whatever.

For my grandmother’s bday yesterday, we headed for soup dumplings at Arcadia’s famous Din Tai Fung. Honestly, amazing.  Juicy pork dumpling (with broth inside) are, of course, the tastiest mofos around and the string beans are surprisingly amazing too (especially if you’re craving some veggies to balance out all that meat and dough).  BUT, also, yesterday was Chinese New Year’s Eve, so we ate Shanghai Rice Cake (Nian Gao) which is apparently a **good luck** tradition) in honor of the day!  (Image below–sorry, we couldn’t wait to eat before we snapped the picture, but SO yummy).

Anyway, welcome The Year of the Ox, which symbolizes prosperity through hard work . . . which sounds about right, no?  Service to our community, right, Mr. Pres?

Actually, I just looked it up (cause I’m crazy) and Barack was born a Year of the Ox himself.  Fortuitous, no?

xo – N.

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