You don’t have to be Chinese to Celebrate Chinese New Year!

Beauty Fortune Cookies

Let’s wok & roll and celebrate another year!!!

Yes, if the NEW year thus far did not start with a bang…YOU can start again. SHARE this holiday with your sweetie,family or a few friends.

Step 1.Search YOUR recipe books or look online for some easy stir-fry or dumpling dishes.OR buy Chinese Take Out.Keep it easy and simple.

Step 2.Put your hair up in chopsticks if its long enough and a silky robe.You’ll feel and look like a China Doll.(I always do)

Step 3. Wear some jade jewelry it is a good luck stone.Or put on your REAL gold for good luck in the New Year.

Step 4 .Buy anbd servve some HOT green or oolong Asian tea and some Lucky Beer! The bottle is shaped in a Buddha and it lucky shade of jade green.I like to rub tummy for good luck.

Step 5.Find some Take Out boxes and fill a little someting in each one for your sweetie or family.

Step 6. SERVE fortune cookies over your fave ICE CREAM.

MAKE tonight even more fun…Celebrate Chinese new year!

My fortune cookie above reads: “Want LUSCIOUS hydrated lips? Rub some organic honey over them”.

Yummy Dumpling Festival

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You know I love to write about beauty and food! SO, I MUST SHARE the news with you about the annual Tang’s Natural Dumpling Festival in NYC’s Chinatown.
Saturday September 28th,2013 at Sara D. Roosevelt Park from 12:00-5:00.
A yummy way to spend the day and explore the culture,beauty and food especially Dumplings!
If you love all things exotic and Chinese and you live in New Jersey, New York,PA and Conneticut…this may be a fun weekend for you to do!

Stop by the FACE SHOP on Elizabeth Street for Asian beauty delights!

There will even be a Dumpling Eating Contest in town.

Taste life it is so delicious…EXPLORE beyond your door!

Take a wok on the wild side,beauty and more!

NB8J0361It is the year of the snake and our lunar year celebration is now in full swing. We were cleaning up,dumpling making and getting all dolled up for a brand new LUNAR YEAR! Yes,I get to celebrate both new year celebrations.Lucky me!
We are decorating in red and have our jade on…families are celebrating all over the globe!

I’d like to share a few things with you! My FUN take on Chinese customs.Rice powder is a beauty custom that is centuries old. It looks like a white square brownie but don’t try and eat it….just wear it. It tones down shine,makes your makeup last longer and gives you a matte finish.It is also great for guys too!

Drinking HOT not cold Asian Tea is good for your health.It balances out your digestive tract and cleans out the grease from foods according to my herbalist in Chinatown. Drinking it cold does not do the same.

Pearl cream is an ANCIENT Chinese secret that Asian women use for anit-aging.It softens the skin and makes hyper-pigmentation lighten over time.I USE and love it too.Smells dreamy and is opaque and creamy.

I try and use chopsticks on a daily basis…it helps me control my weight cause I eat less! And using them is a lot of fun!

Veggies are a staple in Asian cooking…and in looking good. FRESH is best and Asian women shop for them daily not weekly. Stir some up and stir fry for your health. Go ahead take a wok on the wild side. You don’t have to be Chinese to do it.

Want prettier skin? Give your face a jasmine rice face mask. Stay tuned for the recipe and MORE! Gotta celebrate Chinese New year some more with dinner for two with my sweetie.

My soul & spirit lifted with MEMORIES and My Polish Easter in the USA

Good Friday, Holy Saturday are sad days and I was filled with memories of my Polish Easter as a child and teen. My mom would not allow us to watch TV, listen to the radio nor enjoy any sweets during the 40 days and 40 nights of lent. But when Holy Saturday came…she would put together the most amazing and beautiful Easter food to bring to the church the day before Easter. She and my babci (grandmother in Polish) would mold softened butter into the shape of bunny rabbits and add fresh cloves for the eyes.She’d dye the eggs and prepare ham with cloves and sprinkled in brown sugar. She’d go to the Polish bakery for fresh rye bread and pick the prettiest and most delicious pastries. It was so beautiful to watch. She and my twin would go to the church with all of these treasures and have the priest bless our food for Easter.

I miss my mom,babci, family,Polish church, Polish school and the Polish immigrants who I would later teach and prepare with Religious classes  for them to receive their first holy communion.

I loved this life that shaped me into the woman I am today. I’ve  brought the same traditions and share them with my Southern husband. He gets a kick out of me being Polish and Chinese! And so do I. I hope you had a beauty filled Easter.

Memories and delicious food and culture that will always be with me and in my heart forever. How about you?

Share with me your story too~

Wesolych Swiat …My Polish Christmas

Christmas has come and gone but my memories of Christmas days gone linger on and are beautiful ones. We were a family of humble means but oh we were oh so rich~

The recipe of ME: My mom was American but of  Polish ancestors. My dad an American but of Chinese descent and the luck of the Irish. Although no one ever believes I am anything but Asian or Hawaiin. Growing up my Polish roots were very strong and so was our Catholic religion. My mother taught me Polish and till the day she died even wrote letters and cards to me in Polish. I rememeber and so love the the magic of the Polish holidays and the tastes of the delicious Polish food.Pierogi,kielbasi and cabbage rolls…comforting and old- fashioned, old European country  food …at it’s best!

I so loved the pastries fo prune and cheese with light golden brown crust. The poppyseed cake and the fresh baked Polish rye bread.

My visits to church were laden in music and gold. My Polish church was like a castle and magnificent to me. I CAN STILL HEAR the Polish Christmas carols we sang in my head right now. I can still sing the songs and in Polish too.

My BABCI (grandma in Polish) took care of us as my dad died when I was just a child…and my mom had to raise all of us herself and work full time too. She too taught me that religion and family were very important.

I miss my mom with the beautiful blue eyes, my babci, my dad and my beautfiul huge church.

I am thinking of all the Polish masses I sat through, sang throungh and prayed at.I miss lighting all those glorious candles with my twin and praying out loud. Oh and I above all miss my twin, although he was born with Down Syndrome he actually knew both English and the Polish language.

We were one exotic Polish family.

I invite you to feed your curiousity,mouth and soul. Go out and enjoy some other countries churches amazing food and customs. I am thrilledddddddd to be Polish from the waist down and Chinese from the waist up. I love being this combination platter right off the Chinese Take Out Menu~

Wesolych SwiatMerry Christmas! I hope your Christmas or Chanukah is and was bright, delicious and just right.

 I’d love to hear about your delicious Christmas and what made your day wonderful.

Let us never forget the reason for the season.