China: Through the Looking Glass

By grace.g.yang · June 15, 2015
Under: American,My Life,Things to do in NYC,UES

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit. My friend’s parents are members of the museum and they do receptions while the museum is closed so members can walk around without huge crowds. China: Through the Looking Glass is going on through August 16th and there are some really interesting pieces by Dior, Balenciaga, Tom Ford, and Yves Saint Laurent that are worth checking out. Here are the photos I took from the reception:

China through the looking glass at the Met

China through the looking glass at the Met

China through the looking glass at the Met

China through the looking glass at the Met

China through the looking glass at the Met

China through the looking glass at the Met

China through the looking glass at the Met

China through the looking glass at the Met

China through the looking glass at the Met

China through the looking glass at the Met

China through the looking glass at the Met

China through the looking glass at the Met

China through the looking glass at the Met

Mad Mex

By grace.g.yang · May 28, 2015
Under: American,Dinner,Lunch,My Life,Pittsburgh,TexMex

When I was a kid, my mom used to take us to restaurants by her office. Since she taught in Oakland, we would go to places that were much cooler than what we were used to. One place that always comes to mind is Mad Mex, a tex-mex restaurant that always had the world’s best black bean soup and calamari. Sadly, the calamari isn’t on the menu anymore (it wasn’t even the calamari, it was the dipping sauce that was out of this world…similar to Chop’t's Mexican Caesar dressing!). I brought Ken to the restaurant (after walking to my childhood home) and we were ready for some food.

We used to always order the super nachos with meat, so Ken and I ordered them for old times sake:

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Tortilla chips are doused with cheese, jalapenos, black beans, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa + meat of your choice. The nachos were just as good as I remember from my childhood….I’m glad some things don’t change.

We also shared a black bean soup because I raved about this soup to Ken and wanted him to try it. The soup is chunky and has a kick to it, it’s also served with some sour cream:

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The soup might have been better than I remembered (I don’t remember it being that chunky). Whenever I get black bean soup, I always measure it against Mad Mex’s and nothing even compares. The food at Mad Mex is still awesome and I’m glad Ken had the opportunity to experience it, too!

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Primanti Brothers

By grace.g.yang · May 27, 2015
Under: American,My Life,Pittsburgh

Our hotel was down the street from this cute square that had a few restaurants and coffee shops (Bruegger’s, Dunkin Donuts, Jimmy John’s, Starbucks and Primanti Brothers). We walked to the square from our hotel and decided to eat at Primanti Brothers to try their epic sandwiches.

Primanti Brothers has been in Pittsburgh for a long time (they started in the Strip District but they’re so popular that there are stores all over the Pittsburgh area and some in Florida, too). They’re known for their large sandwiches that have French fries as one of their fillings. Their menu is pretty straightforward with the types of meat you can put on your sandwich:

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We ordered the Pittsburgher, which was freshly prepared and served to us like this:

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I don’t think you can get the full perspective of how large it is, so here are the innards:

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And Ken realizing how large the sandwich is:

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Luckily, we only ordered one sandwich and were able to share (and we still weren’t able to completely finish!) There’s cole slaw, tomatoes, cheese, FRENCH FRIES, and meat in between two large pieces of toasted bread. It’s aggressive to even eat half of the sandwich! I didn’t know what to dip the sandwich in (ketchup seems too sweet for the rest of the sandwich even though I love ketchup with fries). We added some hot sauce to the sandwich (good call) but it was still way too much food. Ken enjoyed the first bite, but I think it was much more of a sandwich than he was expecting, too!

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Yuko and Mark’s Wedding!

By grace.g.yang · May 26, 2015
Under: My Life,Pittsburgh,Travels,Wedding

Last weekend, Ken and I flew to Pittsburgh to attend our friend’s wedding. It was really fun walking around Pittsburgh and showing Ken where I grew up (Squirrel Hill has changed so much but also hasn’t changed at all since I moved away). We had a really fun time at their wedding – here are a few pictures!

Yuko and her dad walking down the aisle:

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The staircase at Yuko’s country club:

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The delicious wedding cake:

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And me and Ken at the end of the night:

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The wedding was beautiful and Yuko and Mark both looked great! They’re off in Africa on a safari for their honeymoon – I can’t wait to hear about it when they get back!

Mon Ami Gabi Las Vegas

By grace.g.yang · May 21, 2015
Under: American,Brunch,Las Vegas,My Life



After our mediocre meal at Tetsu, Ken and I ventured off the Aria property for brunch the next day. Everything is so spread out in Las Vegas that it took us a little time to get to Mon Ami Gabi, but we arrived with a few minutes to spare for the brunch menu. If possible, you should ask to be seated in the patio area because then you can enjoy the fountain show at the Bellagio across the street:

Mon ami gabi Las Vegas

We ordered a variety of breakfast foods, including a fruit parfait, buckwheat crepes, and a spinach omelet with feta and hash browns:

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Me and Ken:

Mon ami gabi Las Vegas

The food is pretty average but it’s a fun spot to enjoy a cocktail or your breakfast as you people watch or fountain-show watch.

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