Chicken Yassa – African Style

Ingredients:

1 chicken cut into pieces

½ cup vegetable oil

1 carrot

1 cup of chopped cabbage

4 onions

8 tbsp. of cider vinegar

8 tablespoons of lemon juice

4 cloves of minced garlic

Salt, pepper (black and red/cayenne) to taste

A bay leaf

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

2 tsp. soy sauce

1 chopped chili pepper

chunks of cabbage and carrots.

Prepare marinade by mixing mustard, chilli, garlic, onions, cider vinegar, lemon juice and soy sauce. Cut chicken into medium pieces and mix with marinade, put in the refrigerator for 3-5 hours or overnight. Bake chicken for 20 minutes at 400 F (200C). In a sauce pan, bring to boil the marinade, add chopped carrot and cabbage. Add baked chiken to the sauce pan and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with rice or couscous.

Singapore Rice Noodles

Ingredients:

1 cup of shrimp, pilled

1 pack of dried rice noodles

1 cup of roast pork or ham, cut into thin strips

2 eggs, beaten

½ red onion, sliced

1 red bell pepper, cut

½ cup of snow peas, sliced thinly

1 small carrot, julienned

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

2 medium garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. of wine vinagar

1/2 teaspoon of white sugar

4 tbsp. of curry powder

2 tsp. sesame oil

 

Preparation:

Cook rice noodles, rinse and set aside. Prepare a sauce in a bowl by adding soy sauce, wine vinegar, garlic, sesame oil and sugar. On a skillet prepare the eggs by gently moving them back and forth with a spatula until they are ready. Break eggs into even small pieces and set aside. Preheat work and add vegetable oil. Stir fry shrimps, add pork, onions and red bell pepper. Cook for 2 minutes, frequently stirring. Add snow peas, carrots and 2 spoons of curry powder. Keep tossing until curry powder is evenly distributed. Cook for another 2 minutes and then add eggs, rice noodles and sauce.  Add more vegetable oil and remaining curry powder. Stir fry everything together for another 2 minutes.

Baked Broccoli with Cheese

Ingredients:

1lb of broccoli (approx 450gr)

½ cup of cheddar cheese

½ cup of blue cheese

2 tbsp. of shaved parmesan cheese

½ cup of milk

1 pinch of nutmeg

1 pinch of chilli

 

Preparation:

In a pot bring milk to a boil (on low heat), add cheddar cheese, blue cheese, nutmeg and chilli. Place the broccoli in a casserole dish, pour the cheese mixture and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Bake broccoli at 400 F (200C) for 10-15 minutes until its golden.

Top-5 Asian Designers

Asian designers have become more recognizable recently. They attract attention of public when they come to the most popular fashion events such as New York Fashion Week.  Many of them have come to work to the fashion capital of the world and succeeded there, others acquired fame in Asia. Here are the brightest Asian designers that impressed fashion-minded audience with their inspiring messages and gorgeous looks.

Lie Sang Bong is a Korean designer who debuted in Seoul Fashion Week in 1993. His first collection was called “The Reincarnation”. He is very creative and likes to combine things that seem to be incompatible: for instance, something traditional with innovative technique to get a really cool result that resonates with public. He also produces modern fabrics using intricate techniques. He approaches fashion as an architect, creating the geometric shape first.

In 1999 he was acknowledged the “Best Designer of the Year” in Seoul. His first international experience was positive. He brought his collection “The Lost Memoir” to Paris Fashion Week in 2002. His works are highly assessed by European, American and Russian fashion-minded people. He worked with LG, Samsung. He helped to create the design of the phone. He created design for porcelain pieces with Haengnam Porcelain Company, which are stored now at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. In 2008 Lie Sang Bong designed uniforms for the A1 Grand Prix Korean national team. A year later he worked over the exhibit for celebration of the first anniversary of the Korean Cultural Center in London. He worked even with a whiskey brand, Chivas Regal.

Publications in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, Le Figaro, W, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and the Telegraph tell about this creative personality with huge talent and extraordinary vision to all therefore his approach is highly demanded in different spheres.

1OUDIFU based by Zhuliang Li, Chinese designer, made its appearance at Mercedes-Benz Fashion week last year. He came there with a daughter who also participated in the show in one of the father’s attires. The company was launched in 2006 and is based in Shanghai. It owns about 200 boutiques all over China.

The concept behind his creativity is that man is a part of nature. The lifestyle of the person should correspond to the rules of nature. This idea was clearly expressed in his collection that included designs with geometric shapes and designs that can be worn by people of any age without making them look stupid. In spite of interpretation of garments, they have feminine touch and look very impressive.

prabal-gurung-designsPrabal Gurung is a Nepalese, who was born in Singapore. Since 1999 he is based in New York. He started his career in Delhi, India, and studied there first. Then he was an assistant at fashion shows in Australia and England.

When he moved to New York, he began studying and interned for Donna Karan. His first collection was launched in 2009 and shown during New York Fashion Week. He always focused on quality and innovation and it helped him succeed. His philosophy encompasses modern luxury, style and a sense of glamour. His attires are chosen by Oprah Winfrey, Kate Middleton, Zoe Saldana, Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, Demi Moore and many others. He also launched footwear production.

TadashiShojiThe main mission of Tadashi Shoji is inclusivity. He accents the uniqueness of every woman who deserves the most comfortable and gorgeous clothes to feel confident. Tadashi Shoji is a Japanese designer, who moved to USA in the 1970-s and launched his first collection in 1983. He noticed that women do not have a big choice of clothes for special occasions and decided to change that. His brand owns over 700 stores in more than 50 countries. The designer creates clothing for women of all ages and figures. He tries his best to conceal the imperfections of figure such as ruching, draping and other tricks to accent the positives. His clothes are loved by Kate Beckinsale, Katy Perry, Dita Von Teese, Helen Mirren and others.

69dd9cd69bb3.jpg_0_0_4064_4064Son Jung Wan is one of the most successful designers in her country. She was born and raised in South Korea. Her impeccable sense of style made her commercially successful. In 1993 she received “Golden Needle Award” from Korea Fashion Association. In 2005 Seoul Metropolitan acknowledged her “Designer of the Year”. Her boutiques are located in different parts of the USA: in New York, Palm Beach and other places. There are over 50 stores in South Korea. Each season she brings her collection to such fashion events as New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Who’s Next, the Parisian Trade Show.

 

History of Celine fashion house

The fashion house Céline appeared in 1945. The creator of the brand is Mrs Céline Vipiana. Her dynamism and energy provided a good impulse for development of the company. The first boutique appeared in Paris and it was a luxury shoe boutique for kids. Superb quality of made-to-measure shoes with soles that met orthopedic demands brought fame to the brand. Its logo then was the Red Elephant.

2 decades later it expanded with accessories, footwear and collection of sportswear that was named “fashion for everyone”. The brand featured unique sportswear approach and thanks to it the brand entered the history of fashion. Its flagship model in the 1960-s is flat-heeled moccasins.

Its international policy was rather flexible and effective. It became the first luxury brand that entered Japan. Then it actively expanded to other countries and this continued for decades. Its shops can be found in such cosmopolitan cities as Hong Kong, Monte Carlo, Rome, Geneva and others. In 1987 the brand had 87 boutiques around the world. The collections of this fashion house had sportswear oriented chic. Céline always produced leather accessories paying much attention to meticulous details.

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In 1997 Michael Kors was appointed a designer for the CELINE women’s collection. He became the artistic director 2 years later. In 2002 Michael Kors created the famous model of the Boogie Bag. It features simple, yet carefully sculptured lines that demonstrate the main accent of the fashion house on simple elegance. It is not that easy to combine simplicity and Parisian luxury, but Michael Kors coped with this task. Michael Kors headed the fashion house until 2004 and then left it. Some thrill also disappeared then and the house struggled for a year. Ex-Burberry Italian designer Roberto Menichetti performed the duties of a leading designer during this time.

Another expression of Céline spirit is observed in 2005, when Croatian designer Ivana Omazic was invited to be an Artistic Director of the fashion house. Her first collection was released a year later and it was a big success. She tried her best to make the brand recognizable and  succeeded in it. The collections acquired modern feminine elegance that was difficult to achieve in sportswear oriented items. She greatly contributed to the success of the luxury brand and now the Céline crest logo signifies the quality of the Céline brand.

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Another period for the brand begins in 2008 when Phoebe Philo was appointed for the position of the artistic designer. She previously worked for Chloe, where she was Stella McCartney’s design assistant and then a design director. In 2009 she presented her first collection for the brand. Working in Celine, she received Designer of the Year award from British Fashion Council. It was in 2010, and a year later she became the International Designer of the Year. This time the award was given by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Céline always strived for international recognition, but it was not merely a distribution policy. It was more than that. It arranged exhibitions and created the cultural bridge between different countries.

The brand is loved by Lucy Liu, Angelina Jolie, Renee Russo, Jennifer Aniston.

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Thai Beef Salad

Ingredients:

1lb (approx 450grm) of sirloin steak grilled

1 small red onion

1 medium cucumber

1 medium tomato

1 medium hot chilli, sliced

½ cup of fresh chilantro

½ cup of fresh mint leaf

3 tbsp of soy sauce

2 tbsp. of wine vinagar

1 fresh lime

1 tbsp of brown sugar

2 pinches of sesame seeds

 

Preparation:

Grill sirloin steak to your liking and set it aside. Let it cool and cut it into even slices. For a dressing mix in a large bowl soy sauce, brown sugar, wine vinegar, squeeze half of fresh lime. Stir until its all dissolved into one mixture. Slice onion, pill cucumber and di-skin tomato. Cut cucumber and tomato into even slices. In a bowl mix all ingredients: beef slices, cilantro, hot chilli, mint leaves, onions, cucumber, tomato, add dressing and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

Shrimps Soft Taco

Ingridients:

6 soft tortillas

1lb (approx 450 gr) of grilled shrimp, out of shell

2 small cucumbers

1 large ripe avocado

2 tbsp of olive oil

½ cup of cilantro

1 fresh lime

1 pinch of sweet chilli

4 tbsp. of shredded cheddar cheese

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Preparation:

On a skillet, preheat olive oil and grill shrimps until they are ready. Set aside. In a bowl mash avocado until its puréed. Cut cilantro and mix it with avocado, add salt and pepper to taste. Cut cucumbers into thin slice sticks. Place soft tortillas on a plate and put a scoop of avocado to each tortilla. Distribute shrimps among all tortillas in even portions. Squeeze a bit of fresh lime on each tortilla, sweet chilli and add a few sticks of cucumber. Sprinkle cheese on top and tortilla is ready to go.

Creamy Broccoli Salad

Ingridients:

1lb (approx 450gr) of fresh broccoli

2 crushed garlic gloves

1 cup mayonnaise

1 tbsp. of white vinegar

1 celery stick

1 cup of cooked rice noodles

1 tbsp. of olive oil

2 tbsp. of sliced almonds

2 tbsp. of sunflower seeds

½ cup of chopped onions

1 tbsp. of oriental mix spices

1 pack of fresh spinach

Preparation:

For the dressing mix together mayonnaise, vinegar, and spices. In a skillet heat olive oil and grill broccoli for 5 minutes on medium heat, add garlic, stirring frequently, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. In a large bowl combine rice noodles, spinach, broccoli, onion, sunflower seeds, almonds and mix it well with dressing.

Teaching to ride a bike

Did you teach your child to ride a bike? If you are wondering what is the best method, we can tell you all about it. Today, with a help from wikihow, we share with you Top 10 useful tips.

You know the saying, “It’s like riding a bike”? Well, you’ve got to learn to ride before you can have a chance to forget. Teaching your child can be tough, but it can be done. There will be two methods discussed, the first involving the use of training wheels, the second without. People have argued that training wheels are not the best way to teach a child to start riding a bike, as they are difficult to maneuver around corners. The second method focuses on learning how to balance on a bike, by removing the pedals.

Top 3 places in Ibiza

I love summer! Sunshine, ocean, coctails… Where are you headed this season?

If you are in Ibiza, I suggest you check my list of best spots. Found this great article in Conde Nast Traveller. Enjoy.

Ibiza’s best beach clubs

Beachouse

Less brash than the Blue Marlin but slicker than Salinas, Beachouse opened in 2014 on the sands of Playa d’en Bossa. It’s from the team behind Es Cavallet’s El Chiringuito (famous for its Chilli Coconut Mojito) and while the white-on-wood look is similar, the crowd is livelier and days are longer. A new brunch menu draws in sunbathers early, and it’s still buzzing at dinner. The Sunday parties (and accompanying ‘who’ll be there’ hype) are back this summer, with a hush-hush roster of top DJs and the Balearics’ version of a Coachella crew, all skinny tanned limbs and tasselling. Wind down with a stroll to Torre de Sal Rossa, the 16th-century defence tower built to ward off Berber raiders. Alternatively, nip over to celebrated nightclub Space (closing for good at the end of the summer) and stage your own attack on the dancefloor.

Address: Beachouse, Playa d’en Bossa, San Jordi, Ibiza
Telephone: +34 971 396 858
Website: beachouseibiza.com

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Cotton Beach Club

Despite its peculiar location in family-friendly timeshare haven Cala Tarida, this clifftop hangout has slotted in nicely to the seaside scene since it opened two years ago. It’s German-Dutch owners didn’t plough the ubiquitous boho groove, and instead the look (and crowd) is glossy and perfectly pressed. It’s always popular for lunch-with-a-view and for smart suppers at Asian restaurant Fay, but this year’s big reveal is the Amphi-Lounge, a terraced sunset viewpoint at the end of the bar. Down at the beach, service continues as usual in the sweet private cabanas, a first for Ibiza. The same team have just opened Cotton Lounge Club – a laidback restaurant that also includes a pizzeria, coffee shop and juice bar – in up-and-coming Figueretas, the waterfront promenade south of Ibiza Town.

Address: Cotton Beach Club, Carrer Posta de Sol, Cala Tarida, Ibiza
Telephone: +34 971 806 180
Website: cottonbeachclub.com

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Experimental Beach

Part of the hip Parisian Experimental Group (Experimental Cocktail Club; Grand Pigalle Hotel), this laid-back spot on Cap des Falcó is effortlessly cool. So cool in fact that no one bats an eye at its identity crisis: is it a beach club? Restaurant? Nightspot? It’s all the same to the stylish thirty-somethings in Mara Hoffman swimsuits who come for the oversized day beds, three-hour lunches that blur into epic sunsets – as you’d expect, the cocktails are cracking – and DJ-fuelled dinners. While most beach clubs close at sunset, Experimental Beach is as much somewhere to rock up at night as it is when the sun is shining. There’s no beach exactly, but a headland made of sea-smoothed stones. This summer’s addition of a wooden jetty makes swimming less of a wobbly walk to the water, while kayak and paddleboard hire allows the less languid to explore the surrounding Las Salinas nature reserve.

Address: Experimental Beach, Las Salinas, Ibiza
Telephone: +34 664 331 269
Website: eccbeach.com

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