Saturday, August 15, 2009

Afghan and Aliens

Blouse: 3.1 Philip Lim
Pants: Vena Cava for Gap
Cuff: Hermes
Bag and Wedges: Fendi
For quality Afghan food in a cozy, homey setting, my husband and I like to go to Bamiyan, located on 3rd and 26th in Murray Hill. While it's great for dinner, it's even better for lunch (a mere $21.95 for a hearty meal for two).
The mosaic walls and carved wooden door

The richly decorated bar and part of the restaurant

Shir-Chay: This wondrous concoction of milk tea with sugar, cardamom, and rose petals is my favorite kind of tea. I could live on this!

Kadu: Pumpkin Turnovers with Yogurt Dip (although this is an appetizer, it tastes like a dessert...yum...)

Mantoo: Steamed Meat Dumplings with Yogurt and Meat Sauce

Sib Chalow with Chicken: Tender boneless chicken breast with fresh apple slices, split peas, and cinnamon: this entree has a hint of sweetness
After enjoying our early dinner, we watched District 9, Peter Jackson's most recent sci-fi movie about aliens in Johannesburg, South Africa. A die-hard sci-fi lover, I was initially hesitant about this movie, but it did not disappoint. A. O. Scott's cogent review does retell most of the movie's plot, but his last line certainly captures the heart of the movie: "It suggests that sometimes the only way to become fully human is to be completely alienated." The movie is more than an action-packed sci-fi thriller (although it certainly is that); it explores humanity's savagery (with historical undercurrents of apartheid and xenophobia) and possible redemption. Using aliens as a metaphor, District 9 is really a movie about mankind.


modediktat said...

Hi sweetie,
how are you today? I hope you'll spend a wonderful and sunny Sunday!
(Good morning to you!)

Your outfit is very cool and chic! I was thinking of you yesterday when I prepared for a night out at a friend's birthday party. But instead of wearing several cuffs + bracelts I chose the xl version of Whiting and Davis silver snake bracelet :)
The evening was great fun. We went to an Italian restaurant with 24 people, sitting on a long table and it was somehow like "musical chairs", everybody switched the seat with another one, so there was a of chat and laughter everywhere :)

I LOVE every kind of Arabic food, also Afghan + Libanese food!
At the moment I eat it two-three times a week.... Very healthy, very delicious and very tasty and yummy! Funny coincidence - I love Shir-Chay, too!
The sib chalow with chicken looks soooooo YUMMY! Aahhhhhhhhhhh!!!! :-D
Great to hear about your view about District 9 (hardcore sci-fi lover, too), I was getting curious about it... Thanks for the link, too!

Adeliet did a great posting with a short film which fits into it somehow (no sci-fi, about life and mankind). I loved the short film and saved it.

Wishing you a great day today, dear!

cocktailoffashion said...

Your outfit is very chic...i love the phillip Lim blouse and that gorgeous Hermes cuff!

hmmm, i haven't had Afghan food before but after seeing your post, i am very keen to find a restaurant here in London. I will let you know when i find one :)

Happy Sunday to you and have a great start to the week!

Lynn said...

hi thumbelina! i really love your 3.1 philip lim blouse. the shoulders are kinda unique! and ofcourse the vena cava pants. i was thinking to get the dress but never managed to do so :(.

im glad you had a nice saturday... with all the delicious afghan food and catching a movie.

Swell Vintage - Frankie said...

Wow, gorgeous bag and gorgeous food! I am jealous x

sophie la-la-la x said...

wow, amazing outfit, casual yet really pretty and unique.
i love your blog , its so lovely and quirky
and as for the food, looks divine
please visit my blog soon -

sophie x

vitaMinn style said...

Once again, how very stylish and classy, as always!

I love the top and it's perfect with those fun pants! Oh and can't help but notice those Hermes cuffs. They're really very versatile, aren't they? ...Last time with the dress and now with jeans!

I've never tried Afghan food before, mainly because I don't know what to expect there. But now, I think I will! And I do love my tea, appetizer and mains sweet so I think I'll have a new favorite cuisine soon here!

Have a good week ahead, Thumbelina!

Mwaaaah!! =)

Kat said...

Hi there! Those pants are interesting! And love the shoulders of that top.

The hubby and I went to an Afghan resto as well this weekend! We were gonna go for District 9 as well but decided to enjoy the outdoors instead.

Have a nice Sunday eve!

little fish said...

i love this outfit, saw your pants at the Gap, I am thinking to get one for myself :p

-h said...

hm...i was thinking about D9, but i really dont want "depth" in my action movies though!! that's what i was worried about.

The Little Fashion Treasury said...

Happy sunny monday to you!
Classic style in perfection, Miss Thumbelina ;)
These shoulder parts of your blouse are 2die4!!
Everytime I see your Hermes bracelet I think I wish to have it, too!!!
I´ve never eaten Afghan food before and enjoyed to see all your food photos. The Pumpkin Turnovers with Yogurt Dip look delicous... now I´m hungry ;)

Have a beautiful day and a wonderful week ahead!!!

Marian said...

darling the Afghan food looks & sounds delicious!! I love that bag and shoes sweetie! adoring Fendi!

Maxwell said...

Dear Thumbelina Fashionista,

It's been sometime since we last spoke and you bestowed your wise wisdom upon me and a certain semi-indian classmate. I never got to thank you for that recc you wrote on my behalf, you were nowhere to be found when the next school year rolled around.Anyway, I guess you really do have a way with words as I'll be a sophomore at Brown in the fall thanks in part to you. I would love to catch up sometime, maybe for a cup of coffee before I leave at the end of august. I couldn't figure out how to get in touch with you until I remembered this little gem, and viola! there you were, perfect grammar and all. My email address is below so feel free to contact me if you have the time! hope all is well. Stay fashionable as always.

Delectable Swank said...

YUM, all that food looks so delicious! I also love your outfit, especially the blouse and cuff!

Nubiasnonsense said...

I love your top! the shape of the shoulders are great.. I never tired afghan food maybe I should try that place looks nice, thanks for sharing

TLT said...

Ah ha I remember those Vena Cava for Gap pants! Love them! And they are oh-so-appropriate for the restaurant you visited!

I watched District 9 over the weekend too and definitely enjoyed it!

jill said...

Hey Thumbie! : )

I love that youi're showing restaurants, as well as fashion. (I swear, I would if I hadn't locked myself into 'streetstyle' and have already reserved a 'lifestyle' blog for when I've got time). I've always loved shooting & stylihg food. Do you know a thai restaurant in NY called Toons? My brother was raving about it.

I love Afghan food by the way. There used to be a great place near my apt on the upper east side, ages ago.

Don't think I'm coming in to the city this trip - the heat wave has tipped the scales for me. Altho, my husband's coming in Thursday, the day before we leave. If by any chance I do, I'll let you know as I'd love to see you & Lynn but we come here a lot (I lived in NY before London).

Hope you're staying cool! We'll meet one of these days..


WendyB said...

The pants look great on you. I like that even when you're not wearing one of your trademark belts, you have a belt-like effect!

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Brigadeiro said...

YUM!!! Gorgeous restaurant! LOVE your cuff & blouse, looking gorgeous ;)