Loving Dries

Every season, Belgian designer, Dries Van Noten, puts out another amazing collection, that reminds me exactly why I love his vision. He always stays consistent with his aesthetic: marrying color and pattern mixing, with minimalism, menswear tailoring, and ethnic elements. His clothing drapes a woman in a sensual, yet pulled together way --never constricted, always relaxed. Sometimes his collections are like a painting come to life, or a long, fragrant walk in the garden. And can we focus on the accessories? Oh my... they are dreamy and covetable.

A few of my favorites below, along with his latest collection for SS 2011.

Spring/Summer 2011

Fall/Winter 2010

Fall/Winter 2009

Spring/Summer 2009

Fall/Winter 2008

Spring/Summer 2008


Some new things

Vintage Lanson printed coat & vintage Indian cotton wrap skirt

I'm finally re-opening my online shop very soon. Despite the disparate fabrics, here are a few things I thought complimented each other "pattern-wise." I'll update when new things are posted, but please drop by Hello My Friend anytime. Thanks! :)


Baby be mine

I can't stop listening to Quadron. Here they are lending their silky grooves to this MJ classic. This has been on major repeat mode. A nice way to wind down the Summer...

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Thai House Express

I managed to get up early, one Saturday, and grab a bite at one of my favorite Thai restaurants. Although the sun was blazing, a hot bowl of noodle soup fit the bill. This one's a hard (although not 'bad') habit to break.

#56) Tom Yum noodle soup with thin rice noodles, medium spicy. This soup delivers all the elements of Thai food I love, with a punch! Sour, salty, sweet and spicy. Pork, pork and more pork! Topped with peanuts and a generous sprinkling of pork cracklins. Needless to say, my sensitive tummy only allows me to indulge in this soup once in a while.

Possibly the best coconut juice I've ever had, next to the real thing. No sugar, no pulp.

I highly, highly recommend eating at their Larkin St. location. Don't let the neighborhood deter you from the great food. Although avoid ordering Chinese-type dishes --they're bland and unexciting, in my opinion.

Thai House Express
901 Larkin St @ Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Civic Center/Tenderloin
(415) 441-2248
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photos: Antoinette Celes

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Jimmy Scott

Smile though your heart is aching... Jimmy Scott makes aching supine, and thoroughly wonderful.
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Chickpea Radish Okra Salad

I've been taking a break from my usual carbs of rice and pasta. I recently made chickpeas from scratch, and realized the flavor and texture is far superior to any canned chickpea I've ever tasted! If you can, I highly suggest you make your beans from scratch.

This salad is kind of a deconstructed falafel, but without the sumac or onion --although you can certainly add these ingredients if you like. Mixing in the okra creates a sliminess I enjoy.

Chickpea Radish Okra Salad
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 Tbs sesame seeds
- handful of chopped cilantro
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- a few pinches of salt for the paste
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- 1/2 cup raw, thinly sliced okra
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced radish
- additional salt and black pepper to taste

In a mortar & pestle, combine the coriander, cumin, and salt and grind together into a powder. Add garlic clove and sesame seeds, to mortar, and grind to a paste. Then add chopped cilantro and lightly pound into paste to break it down into a rough pesto texture.

Combine the paste with the chickpeas, okra and radish --toss well. Adjust seasoning with salt & pepper. Eat right away, or allow to sit for a while for the flavors to meld. Enjoy!

Labor Day used to be another holiday

but for the past few years, it's been a symbol of what I no longer have --a steady job. For those of you in the same boat, I'll think of you in my intentions.