Monday, December 27, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010


Guess who I shot today! Here are a few hints.

Friday, December 10, 2010


Here is the final story on the School of Rock featured in CS this month!
The fantastic writer Matt got us in the CS so these kids could get some mag facetime.
Thanks Matt for coming to the shoot and making these kids feel awesome. All in all, a great story!


A friend who frequents Japan sent this information to me after seeing my last post of sleeping Japanese, always learning, always growing. THANKS KEN!

“Chapter Four: Communicating with the Japanese” of Culture Shock! Japan: A guide to Customs and Etiquette by Rex Shelley:

“Sleeping in Front of You”

“You will be surprised to see some of the Japanese at a business meeting with their arms folded and their eyes shut as though they are sleeping while you are talking to them. They are not doing this to insult you. The common explanation is that they find it easier to understand someone speaking in English if they close their eyes, because they can cut out the visual distractions and concentrate only on the sounds. It is of course true that closing their eyes prevents them from reading your western body-language incorrectly. If the man who is apparently sleeping is of a higher status to the others at the meeting, he may be showing his subordinates that he has confidence in them and is leaving them to handle the matter without imposing his authority on them. The Japanese generally shut their eyes when there is a need to think deeply, as some westerners shut their eyes in prayer or meditation.

“But without a doubt many an executive who has been up late the night before, entertaining a customer, drops off to sleep in the midst of his deep thinking! The Japanese seem to be capable of sleeping almost anywhere. Women have a strong sense of modesty in their sleeping position. Girls must curl their bodies into the modest dignified character Kinjo, which means spirit of control.”

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


OK, I know smoking is bad for you and it really isnt that cool, but I think this guy looks frikkin cool. I wish I could be disheveled and scruffy and be that cool.

These shots are of a chestnut roaster in Hong Kong. The chestnuts were delicious, warm, some tasted sweet, others more bitter, it was a surprise with each warm nut that was cracked open.


This is a necklace designed by the lovely Anne Chikahisa. I own this piece and it goes with everything.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Wanna look hot for the holidays and look like you have classy taste? Wanna have a beautifully decorated home that doesnt look like frikkin Ikea? Here are two good places to look at!
Here is the latest installment of pictures shot for, amazing stylish clothes for the fashion freaky girl.
The location and furniture was provided by Revision Home whose entire collection are pieces from the past reworked, refinished, fixed up in order to be given a new life.


Friday, December 3, 2010


SONIA N I FREAK THE FUCK OUT ON AVOCADO CRACKER INVENTION. This started with a simple idea, somehow it frankensteined into avaocado cube deconstructed panko jalepano something??? see diagram.


Thursday, December 2, 2010


I have been conducting a survey lately about what a perfectly cooked egg is. This has turned out to be a sensitive topic for quite a few people, it seems as if there is so much passion about what a perfectly cooked egg is.

Some people have great fear and aversion of liquidous egg matter, there also seems to be different levels of acceptable liquidous egg matter. One person claimed the yolk to be "liquid chicken" and cannot stand eggs in any form other than scrambled, not quiche or anything, just scrambled.

Others mention that they don't mind eggs in any form but then they passionately describe in incredible detail what texture the yolk should or shouldn't be - sunnyside with a little liquid white, over easy with a runny yolk, over medium, over hard, scrambled soft, scrambled hard, poached easy, poached medium, poached hard, soft boiled, medium boiled, hard boiled, how much butter is used for frying, how much crispiness of the whites is appropriate, yold broken or not, the list goes on!

There is also much debate over what an over medium egg is, what is the texture, what is the liquid versus solid ratio.

I was at a party and there literally was an argument that ensued. I stood by and was fascinated. I suggest if you are at party or in a situation where the conversation is as boring as fuck, ask people what a perfectly cooked egg is, be sure not to interrupt and validate why it is such perfection to them, also observe others squirming in their seats wanting to chime in to tell them how wrong they are.

What is it about the egg that triggers such a reaction?

In case you want to know, my perfectly cooked egg is a medium boiled egg, the yolk has a perfect consistency of a yellow paste with a tiny dot of liquid in the epicenter, the egg is still warm and capped off at the top, using a spoon to scoop out the perfection that has been sprinkled with cracked pepper and sea salt.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010



I was at a business conference in Japan, and this is what I saw. SLEEPY JAPANESE. I have to say that at lease half the crowd was dozing off. I asked later about this to some Japanese folk, and they told me that this was normal and almost expected, in fact, it would be weird if it didnt happen. I found it amusing in a cute way, and I felt sympathetic to these people who obviously need more sleep in their lives.

Circadian disruptions through frequent transmeridian travel, rotating shift work, and poor sleep hygiene are associated with an array of physical and mental health maladies, including marked deficits in human cognitive function. Despite anecdotal and correlational reports suggesting a negative impact of circadian disruptions on brain function.

Monday, November 22, 2010


I just returned from Japan and one of my favorite outings was on my first day to Tsukiji fish market which is the largest wholesale fish market in the world. This place was insaaane! It was a vast endless beehive of activity. restaurant owners buying fish, workers hauling fish. in this market there was also a knife shop, it stopped me in my tracks, I thought to myself, "I have been looking for the perfect knife, alas, it has presented itself to me". The owners of the shop carved my name into the blade and it is a thing of beauty.