Listen to Bebel…


  • When I play Black Ops
  • When you’re trying to get in a romantic mood
  • While you are having sex
  • In your restaurant, bar or lounge
  • Everyday when your’e writing or on your facebook
  • Put it on your Myspace play list
  • In your Pandora
  • In  your car
  • At a party

Bebel Gilberto is the bomb!  I listen to her all day on my Pandora.  Check her out!

xoxo

APARTM3NT 2 Year Anniversary Annual Black on Black Party 07.30.11


Abbott Kinney in Venice Beach.


 

Cool ass fireplace at Beechwood.

 

Me and Sis @ Beechwood. 

I had dinner at Beachwood in Santa Monica with my sister and her boyfriend.  It was delish!  I had a baked mac and cheese and shared some indian spiced lamb sliders with my sister.  After dinner, we decided to have ladies night.  Her boyfriend was busy with a bid on a contract for the Harry Potter movie, so he couldn’t party with us.  She took me to the Other Room at Abbott Kinney in Venice Beach, a trendy strip known for shopping and partying.

 

Other Room gave me a loungy New York feel, with brick walls, deli-like chalk board beer menu and dark decor with candelight.  I particularly enjoyed being surrounded by beautiful people.  I grabbed me a “Chimmay” because someone had told me to recently try it.  When I got my goblet of beer, I was surprised to see it say “Chimmay.”  It was a great full flavored beer, similar to a Blue Moon.

As we walked towards the corner of the room, at a table sat one of my sister’s friends.  We immediately joined them.  It was interesting to talk to his friend who I thought was feeding me bullshit.  He was so refined and intelligent and accomplished at such a young age.  But all Hollywood peoples are like that.  “Fake it till you make it.”  Or maybe he was telling the truth.  I pointed out that I like that artwork, and he began to boast and brag that he was the inspiration for the artist. But oh well.  I wasn’t trying to hook up.  I tried a sip of his beer with a lemon in it, and it is refreshingly light and delicious.  One of my favorite beers to this day.  Similar to Blanche de Bruxelles.  His glass said “Allagash.”  Was I to understand that they had a special glass for every single beer that they had on the menu?

It was about Midnight.  I drove from Vegas to Cali that day on no sleep and I was exhausted.  My sister suggested the Brig, but I went home and got some sleep.

http://www.theotheroom.com/

xoxo

Kristie

I Want to Eat @ Morimoto.


World renowned, Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurants located in Philadelphia, Napa, New York, Tokyo, Mumbai, and Boca Raton, are now hitting Waikiki.  He has also been the head chef, of one of my favorite restaurants here in Waikiki and world wide, Nobu.    Can’t wait to eat there.  They are open for dinner, lunch and breakfast as well as having a seperate lounge menu.  Perhaps I will swing by for a light lunch one day soon.  Friends have told me that the restaurant is very bright, and that takes from the atmosphere, and that they prefer Nobu.  I love the bright lime green decor, beautiful lacquered wooden tables, vibrant violet  orchid pictures, and panoramic glass, with views of who know’s what?  Perhaps this would be a more enjoyable lunch spot, than a dark romantic dinner.

Some of the menu items

lamb carpaccio 17.
ginger-scallion sauce

yellowtail ‘pastrami’ 18.
togarashi, gin crème fraîche, candied olive 

crispy rock shrimp tempura 16.
spicy kochujan sauce, wasabi aïoli, coconut ranch 

 seafood ‘toban yaki’ 43.
kona lobster, king crab, mussel, clam,
diver scallop, spicy red miso-sake broths

Morimoto  12
Morimoto ginjo sake, square one organic cucumber vodka, and japanese cucumber slices.

 White Lily  12
Shochu, Calpico, Yuzu Juice, and Fresh Lemon
   
  

 

1775 Ala Moana Blvd.

@ the Edition

808-943-5900

http://morimotowaikiki.com/

xoxo

Kristie

Munch @ Apartm3nt


Some friends and myself had dinner at Aparm3nt last Thursday for the once a month tasting menu, “Munch.”  It was so oishi, I can’t wait to see the menu for the next “Munch!”
Oxtail mandoo, with leeks and long rice, accompanied by house made Kimchee.
Fresh mandoo is one of my favorites, and filled with a tender oxtail, it was different and original.
Spiced!
TY KU Soju <> Kim Chee <> Sriracha <> Clamato <> Fresh Ginger <> Martini

“Spiced!” reminded me of a soju bloody mary.  The fresh ginger is charred and then strained through the drink, giving it a light ginger flavor.  He brought around extra Ty Ku for the drinkers that wanted a little more kick with their drinks. ;D

2nd – Japan, Shochu
Steamed Seabass with enringi mushrooms, red bell peppers over brussell sprouts sauteed in a sweet sake soy sauce and rice.
The Seabass was a very large portion.  Tender and flavored delicately.  I have never liked mushrooms up until recentl, and am now discovering all the different flavors.  The enringi mushrooms definitely have a delicately complimenting flavor as well.  As for the brussell sprouts, they are usually bitter, and these have a slight sweetness to them. Delicious!
Tiger’s Claw
Komasa Migaki Shochu <> Yuzu <> Palm Sugar <> Hibiscus <> Tiger’s Claw Tincture

In the picture you miss the light pink color, almost like pink lemonade.  The sugar rimmed glass and sweet cocktail was perfect prior to the sea bass.   I started stealing my friend, Jim’s drink, because it was so good!

Intermesso: Shitake miso soup & house made pickles
I wanted to maintain tradition. this is usually a dish served at the end of a Japanese meal but it is almost universal in asian cuisine.

A traditional “Intermesso.”  Pickles and miso soup.  A light miso, not too salty, not too hearty, but a perfect dish after the main dish.

3rd – China, Shaoju
Lai Yut – “Beautiful Moon” tarts. These will be both sweet and savory, one style contaning lychee and the other containing nuts
.
They only brought out one, with lychee, garnished with lime.  It was a light, sweet desert for the palate after the other 2 dishes.
Orient Express

Han Soju <> Espresso <> Vanilla <> Roasted Chili Peppers

The final drink was a sweet coffee with a vanilla and slight chili pepper flavor.  It was my favorite desert drink that I have ever had!  I especially loved the light chili pepper after taste.  However I think that the two paired together was a poor choice.  The sweetness of the tart killed the sweetness in the drink making it bitter.  But it is definitely a drink I’d enjoy over and over gain.

I think it’s important that they emphasize that the event starts at 6:30 pm prompt.  I know it’s always hard to get a group of people together at a certain time.  I was confused that there was presentation.  I was under the impression that it was just dinner, so I was half an hour a late, and so was every body else.  It was entertaining for the chef and mixologist to come out and explain their dishes and drinks.

Way worth the $45!  It’s like $8 a dish, and $7 a drink.

* * * * 4 Stars * * * *

Next month’s drink theme: Whiskey

Hope to see you there next month.

xoxo

Kristie Manning

Pictures from dosomethingtonight.com

Menu for “Munch” at Apartment 3, Thursday, 01/27/11


Sorry guys I must’ve posted the wrong menu.  Even the best make mistakes sometimes! 😉

1st – Korea, soju
Oxtail mandoo, with leeks and long rice, accompanied by house made Kimchee
Spiced!
TY KU Soju <> Kim Chee <> Sriracha <> Clamato <> Fresh Ginger <> Martini

 

2nd – Japan, Shochu
Steamed Seabass with enringi mushrooms, red bell peppers over brussell sprouts sauteed in a sweet sake soy sauce and rice.
Tiger’s Claw
Komasa Migaki Shochu <> Yuzu <> Palm Sugar <> Hibiscus <> Tiger’s Claw Tincture

 

Intermesso: Shitake miso soup & house made pickles
I wanted to maintain tradition. this is usually a dish served at the end of a Japanese meal but it is almost universal in asian cuisine.

 

3rd – China, Shaoju
Lai Yut – “Beautiful Moon” tarts. These will be both sweet and savory, one style contaning lychee and the other containing nuts.
Orient Express

Han Soju <> Vanilla <> Roasted Chili Peppers

Can’t wait to try it all!

xoxo

Kristie

Munch @ Apartm3nt on Thursday


Hey guys, I’m going to Munch on Thursday.  The menu sounds delish!  Who wants to join me?

What is Munch?

A monthly dining experience featuring paired cocktails with each course. Taking place the last Thursday of every month.

Menu for August 26

Course 1

Meyer lemon and rum cured Opah served with a citrus aioli and caraway crips.
Paired with White Pepper Superior Daiquiri

Course 2

Allspice and olive braised lamb served with sweet corn polenta and Ma`o farms tatsoi
Paired with Zaya Swizzle

Course 3

Sticky rice pudding with mango and pistachio nuts
Paired with appleton vx buttered rum

$45 + tax and tip

apartmentthree.com

xoxo

Kristie

Uncle Bo’s Cheap Bistro and Lounge.


My last trip to Hawaii my plane didn’t land until 9 pm.  I had to drive to Wahiawa to pick up my daughter.  by 11 pm I had to decide where to eat.  It was Zippy’s or some of the other late night asian picks downtown.  I thought a walk through China Town with my 5 year old daughter wouldn’t be a good idea.  And late night eats like Toho’s are more bar like karaoke places for adults.  And she wouldn’t enjoy Sorabol.  So I decided to take a drive to Kapahulu and eat at Uncle Bo’s, previously Auntie Pesto’s, one of my favorite spots.  Don’t be fooled if from the outside it looks like a shack, inside is a contemporary and swanky lounge.

I usually go there with my good friend, John Taitano.  It’s one of his favorite spots, especially to drink.  Behind the bar, they have a $10,000 bottle of King Louis XIV (15) on hold for him.  (retail $2k) It breaks down to $150 a shot.  The fine cognac named after the French King, Louis the XIV comes in a baccarat crystal decanter.  The first time he offered me a shot, I had bronchitis, and shouldn’t have been drinking, but I couldn’t refuse a shot of this fine cognac.  It was great, but then I got more sick later that night.

The first time I ever ate escargot was at Bo’s.  To my surprise, I love the buttery taste of escargot.  They have traditional pupu’s like poke or seared ahi, crab cakes, butter garlic clams, or spinach artichoke dip.  And their menu varies from tasty original pizza’s, pastas, steaks, and fresh fish and seafood like opah, opakapaka, and fresh sea bass.  Everything on the menu is highly affordable between $5 and $30 depending if you order some fries with your beer, or a steak and lobster dinner.  They offer a cheap price range and an array of many flavors, a taste palette for every person.

Try the filet mignon, FOR ONLY $20

I felt a little silly walking in to Uncle Bo’s at 11 pm with my 5 year old daughter as it is a young, trendy atmosphere, and drinks are all around.  I had 1 blue moon w/ an orange, and an appetizer, and they had a Keiki menu for the little one.  She had a grilled cheese with fries.  For desert try the oreo haupia mud pie ($6), or the lychee, watermelon, or mango sorbet ($5).

xoxo

Kristie anning

Kristie Manning: Thought I’d interview myself. LOL! The best/worst photographers in Hawaii


How did I get started modeling?

Well actually I always was told I was beautiful and should model, and I always wanted to do it, but I think I just procrastinated.  I was always very skinnny, (not anymore ;p) and could eat whatever I wanted and not worry about my weight.  When I was 17 I was approached by a tourist in Waikiki by Larry Silva (Ohio), an amateur photographer.  Being my first time ever shooting I had a few bikinis and we went to a great spot in Diamond Head, a little topless beach I like to tan at that isn’t very crowded.  Only a few surfers paddle out there.  I wish I could find the pictures from the shoot.  In my favorite pictures, I wore an aqua Brazilian bikini that flattered my body type well.  The pictures were very amateur, but they were beautiful.  I was so happy with them.  My natural talent showed through, and by many photographers I have been complimented  on the expression I show through my eyes.  Especially in these first sets of photos could you see my dramatic expression.

My next shoot was with Paul Kusaba.  We became really good friend and I got a lot of my practice on him.  Our first shoot was some fashion shots at Temple Valley in Kaneohe.  It was a fun shoot.  I was getting comfortable with posing and expression.

Photo by Paul Kusaba

Hair and Makeup by Toni from Fab Beauty HI, Photo by Ryan Kerns

What was my favorite shoot?
I’d have to say my girlfriend Cher, also my talented makeup artist, started a clothing line called “Phragile.”  It was mostly cut up tank tops.  She wanted me to model for her line.  It was super fun.  And Marlowe Holt shot it.  We went to that same beach where I had my very first photo shoot, on Diamond Head.  Marlowe was super talented, and the shoot wasn’t too long.  He made me look like a super model in almost all of the photos.  I love collaborating and working with friends.  I also did a lingerie show for Look Magazine as a favor.  It was a really small show, and Reggie Miller was there.  But the girl’s were cool, and it was really fun getting ready for it.  I like to be sexy. ;D

Hair and Makeup by Cheryl P. and Photo by Marlowe Holt

What was my first nude shoot?

I shot with Clay Valverde when I was 18 after we had done a few bikini shoots.  I started to feel more comfortable with him.  I really didn’t know the scene yet, and he offered to pay me for a topless shoot, so I did it. I still brought my boyfriend along to feel comfortable.  Sometimes you can just tell when a photographer is perving out.  He seemed to always be licking his lips and staring at the wrong places.  He always was trying to get me to do nudes.  I’m comfortable with it, but it should be professional.  I regretted shooting in that apartment with horrible lighting because it looked like amateur porn.  I shot with him 5 years later in a bikini shoot with my girlfriend.  His photography did improve greatly.  But I don’t think I’d shoot with him again.

I’ve done implied nudity shoots with JT Gray from Northshoresurfphotos.com, Marlowe Holt, and talented Vince Cavataio as well.  When I was 19 I had the opportunity to shoot with Mr Bob Coello from the Northshore, owner of artofwomen.com.  He is so talented and uses mostly natural light to shoot.  I shot some bikini pictures with another girl.  He insisted that I do some cheesy coconut shell top pictures so I did.  Regardless of talent, Bob Coello is the biggest fucking pervert I have worked with.  He’s openly a pervert.  I guess he knows he can get away with it.  However, I am super pleased with my private collection of nudes that he did for me the second time we shot.  They are beautiful.  And he didn’t use  a touch of photoshop on them.

Bob Coello

Have you been published?

I had a 3 page spread in Easy Rider’s Magazine.  That was a fun shoot.  We shot on a dope chopper from Kustom Fab.  I had to do my own hair and makeup, and help with wardrobe because the guys were clueless.  They asked me to help last minute and I did it for a friend as a favor, but they paid me well. ;D

I got a full page in Ryan Kerns’ spread in Look Magazine after I shot with him.  After our first shoot at Toni’s house, I still was having fun shooting so I suggested that we (him, Kai and me) continue shooting at the Pali Lookout.   He got some great candids of me and Kai.  And a sepia picture of  me showing my back in a $500 yellow Catherine Malendrino dress was published.  It was nice to see a full page. ;D  Too bad I didn’t get any credit as the model.  It was actually funny because Ryan had been trying to get me to shoot with him for years.  I had always declined.  But I noticed his portfolio improving, so I decided it would be beneficial to shoot with him.  Ryan has grown to be a very talented photographer.  I thoroughly enjoy shooting with him.

Photo by Ryan Kerns (Not my favorite pic ;p)

Photo by Ryan Kerns

I shot with Vince Cavataio on the North Shore.  He is a super mellow surfer dude from North shore, and practically is the King of bikini beach shots, Hawaiian Tropics style shoots.  I’m pretty sure he invented it.  We did some sexy bikini pics and implied nudity pics.  He’s very professional and a talented photographer.  There were many great photos in the set.  He had some photoshopped pictures where he made my hips curvier and boobs bigger as well.  They were pretty good too.  If he didn’t live so far I’d shoot with him every week, if he’d let me.  We shot a second time and attempted an underwater shoot at Rocky Point.  I’m a water baby, but it was super hard.  The current is super strong there.  I couldn’t hold my breath very long.  And relaxing my face while trying not to block my face with bubbles was difficult and working on my pose.  2 years later they published one of the pictures, (not the greatest) in the Women of Hawaii 2009 calendar.

I did a Coolio music video in Higschool. LOL.  And a music video for my boy Ikena Dupont and Big Tease.  I’ve also been on a lot of local fliers and posters and local businesses such as clubs and bars.

I’ve been in a lot of films at import shows and random stuff, I can’t remember now.

Vince Cavataio

Are they real?

Real expensive!  I got my D’s from Dr. Gregory Herbich in Honolulu.  He is a talented dr. and I haven’t hesitated to recommend any of my friends to him.  The 1st month I got them, I called my boy, Paul Kusaba.  Thanks to him, I got most of my amateur practice on him.  LOL!  I told him we have to shoot my new babies, and we went back to my favorite spot, Diamond Head.

“My new babies. 1 mo. old.” Photo by Paul Kusaba

What’s up with my tattoos?

Its a long story.  Kind of stupid.  A reminder that I was in love once and never again.  My ex and I did our swallows together.  I have 2 on my pelvis, done by Q at House of Ink.  He’s great, has a steady hand, and works fast.  Ny ex has two on his lats.  I wanted to go small for my first tattoo.  It didn’t really hurt too bad.  It stung a bit on the hip bone but the rest was ok.  THen he dropped me off at the airport to Vegas, and he left for deployment the next day and I remember bleeding all over him, hugging and crying at the airport.

After we broke up that same summer, I did it.  I had a Sinful t shirt with rhinestones on it with roses and swallows and a banner.  I bought it at Metro Park.  The same day I went to my tattoo guy, Andrew, an apprentice at House of Ink in Kailua and asked him to draw a rendition of that, in his own style.  I liked Andrew’s style, he is a talented artist.  I wanted my swallows to be different from the traditional jerry sailor swallows, like the one on my pelvis.  Then he showed me his gray ones on his chest plate.  It was perfect.  But of course, different.  I think subconsciously, out of hurt and heart break I tattood my back.   I kind of regret doing it.  But it’s always a symbol of love (and hurt) to me.  It’s still a beautiful tattoo, and I wish I could finish it but my homey Andrew moved to SF.  But hey!  I’m moving to SF next year, so maybe I will finish it then!

I think getting a tattoo has hurt my chances at becoming a successful model.  But I don’t really care.  I’ve never been the type to conform.  I like being myself and doing what I want to do without any restrictions.  I think tattoo’s are getting more common everyday.  Besides, I model because I enjoy it, not because I want to be some amphetamine girl role model for little girls and women everywhere.  I think it’s a joke when girl’s who are no where near star quality actually think they have a chance in the model industry, and as they get older, eventually get manipulated into lower standard modeling, even playboy, or soft porn.  Being in Play Boy in my opinion isn’t an accomplishment.  Don’t get me wrong.  Every girl in Play Boy is beautiful, but I think if you are a real model, you’d be doing runway shows at fashion weeks, in print ads in Gucci and Dolce & Gabanna, and getting paid $20k for gigs to keep your clothes on.  Sometimes I do wish that I never shot nudes.  A lot of people told me I’d regret it when I was younger, but I didn’t listen.  But who does?

Who are my favorite photographers?

JT Gray Northshoresufrphotos.com, Marlowe Holt marloweholt.com, Ryan Kerns, Oh there’s so many, I can’t name them all.

Who are my favorite Stylists?
I never really worked with many.  I’ve done most of my own concepts.  Ryan Kerns always has innovative ideas.  And Caleb Shinobi has great innovative ideas.  I only got to shoot with him once, unfortunately, but it was so fun and creative. (and naked ;D)

Favorite hair stylist?

I have a secret weapon… shhh… you can’t tell everyone.  Sunny Salon.  And old Korean lady who has a shop upstairs from Like Like Drive Inn on Keeaumoku.  She’s the only person that would do my hair perfect everytime.   She’s amazing and fast!  Everytime I’d come back to her after someone screwed my hair up begging her to fix it.  I always leave there looking like a movie star. LOL!

Favorite MUA?

Cheryl Definitely CHER!

What inspires you as a model?

When I model I think about how I would look at my boyfriend.  I want to look sexy.  SO I guess I have a bit of a sexy deviance in my eyes.

PHOTOGRAPHERS TO WATCH OUT FOR!!!!

I use to work out at Power House and was approached by Emery Lucas.  Watch out for him.  he promises $200k print ads, and a $200k bonus for getting implants D and bigger.  I told him I was already a D and he insisted they were C’s and I go bigger.  He wanted an $800 deposit. Total SCAM. He also wanted to take pics of my boobs.

Kent Tran.  His photography looks bad.  He ran into me on the street and tried to flag me down and get me to join him for a drink at a hostess bar.  He frequents hostess bars and tries to hook up with girls at hostess bars.  A hostess once told me that he asked her to join him for a drink, then made her pay for it. Then when they shot, he demanded she be his girlfriend.

Bob Coello.  He’s super talented, but he’s a total perv with no professionalism.

Clay Valverde. I  never was comfortable with him.  You just know.

Ty Ferguson.  I met him at a MMA fight I ring girled for once.  I hate to be a mean critic, he was a nice guy but his photos weren’t that great.

Bob Coello

Other TALENTED photographers I’ve had the privilege to shoot with

Mo Martinez
John garcia
Guy Nakanishi
Chozen Urflix.com
Kaveh Kardeh
Marlowe Holt
JT Gray
Ryan Kerns
Larry Silva
Brad Carlsen
Jayson Tanega

Photographers I hope to work with in the future

Bruno Talledo
Harold Julian
Brandon Ching
Eyeworks
John Akina
Wendell Levi Teodoro
David La Chapelle
RRPIX

Wendell Levi Teodoro

Please beware when choosing photographers to work with, esp. TFP jobs on Model Mayhem and Onemodelplace.  These are all places for predators.  I’m pretty good at fishing them out, but there are a lot of girl’s out there who get taken advantage of.

XOXO

Kristie Manning