Thursday, April 26, 2012


As much as I love trying out new flavors and experimenting with Chinese food over here, especially with the enormous variety of food I have yet to discover in this huge country…I’m just gonna go ahead and say it…sometimes, you just gotta have a pizza!! Yup!! Bring me a pizza please!! Nothing compares to a mouth-watering, cheese-oozing, hot slice of pizza!

Although not the healthiest of snacks, it is certainly one of the tastiest. It’s deadly delicious and supremely addicting. I just crave pizza sometimes; I’ve dreamt about it, I’ve gotten so excited about it at times…so I know for sure it has some addictive qualities somewhere hidden in that pizza dough.

Here in China, Marc and I are on the constant hunt for really good pizza because believe me…it’s not easy finding a real winner here! Western food is still quite new to Chinese taste buds. Because of this, pizzas are often adapted to fit the Chinese taste preference: which means a bit sweeter and with weird toppings you’ve never even heard of. 

In the megalopolis of Shanghai however, pizzerias are aplenty. Unfortunately, most cost an arm and a leg at fine dining Italian restaurants in the city. But a few casual pizza chains make pretty decent pizza worth coming back for whenever you’re in need of some comfort food here in China.

Our favorite new discovery is Pizza Marzano, the international Italian pizza chain that has come a long way since opening its first restaurant in La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain in 2001. In Shanghai, China, Pizza Marzano now has three restaurants for casual and relaxed pizza dining!

I never used to like sparkling water and now I can't get enough of it!
The perfect pizza accompaniment: A shared big bottle of
San Pellegrino sparkling water
Marc's delectable cream of mushroom soup
Pasta Arrabiata

Pizza Milano with yummy Italian sausage

Pizza Marzano (Xintiandi)
Xintiandi South Block, Lane 123, 
Xingye Lu (near Madang Lu), Shanghai
Tel.: (86) 21 5383 3999

Pizza Marzano (Shanghai Centre)
Shanghai Centre, 1F, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu 
Tel.: (86) 21 6289 8733

Pizza Marzano (Surpass Court)
Surpass Court, 1F, 570 Yongjia Lu 
Tel.: (86) 21 6467 8898


The 1997 Aerosmith song “Pink” is no doubt a catchy and fun tune and one of the songs I love to replay on my IPod. I can almost hear Steven Tyler hum the lyrics.…"pink, it’s my new obsession…pink it’s the color of passion…cause today it just goes with the fashion.”

Pink is definitely a much celebrated color. Time and time again, it returns into fashion and in my opinion, just like black, it never really goes away. For this reason, it is one of my all-time favorite colors. Pink is cheery, happy, flirty, hip, chic and incredibly feminine. It has many facets to it. It can be light and subtle or hot and bright, where it suddenly transforms into a statement color that begs to be looked at. I don’t think anyone can go wrong wearing a touch of pink. It’ll liven up any outfit and surely bring a smile to your face. This spring in China, all shades of pink are sprinkled in the air and I hope to celebrate this fantastic color with all of you.


Sakura trees in Harrogate, United Kingdom
Photo credit: Sakura trees by Petr Kratochvil
CC Image Pink Rose by Soller Photo on Flickr 


Here I am wearing a few of my pink-inspired outfits. 

I love the pastel color combination on this shirt!

The scarf-like print on this blouse is really great!
Motivi Basic Tunic  259rmb (€29.95)
I've had this pink cardigan forever! It's still a big favorite!


Here are my favorite pink beauty picks right now. 

Barefaced except for a fantastic pink lipstick called...
Pink products I am loving right now:
Garnier Age Lift Revitalizing Smoothing Mask ($2.50/2 pieces),
Bichun Nail Save in No. 21, 6.50rmb ($1.00),
Fresh Rose Aromatherapy Oil from Ilog Maria Honeybee Farms (available in the Philippines)