Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Gather Round the Table

Thanksgiving is the day to gather around the table so why not a fabulous one. I absolutely want this table from furniture designer zhili liu. The "shrub tables" have table legs made from thin steel rods and top from a sheet of aluminum all shop fabricated. I also love the screws that come up from each table leg rod connection that add that extra layer of functional design.
Photos from zhili liu website.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Motivational Monday: Mustaches for Kids

I have featured some pretty hilarious stuff from comedic duo Stuckey and Murray but this mustache growing competition is not only pretty hilarious but makes a big impact for public schools around the country. See their official request below from earlier this month.


The race is on. Stuckey & Murray are freshly shaven and over the next 30 days we'll each grow fabulous mustaches in an effort to raise money for "Mustaches For Kids", a charity that has raised over $800,000 for children.Over the next month, we'll each grow big, bushy, and somewhat creepy mustaches and you can sponsor us! The money you donate will help provide supplies for classrooms across the country.

You can support Stuckey's first mustache growing by clicking here. Stuckey's Mustache
You can support the giant stache Murray is going to have by clicking here. Murray's Mustache

We'll keep you updated on our progress as the hair grows in. Stuckey is the underdog in this competition and is determined to win at least one of the following categories.
1. Most money raised
2. Most likely to cause a stranger to cross the street
3. Best "Taco Stand" Mustache

Meanwhile, Murray hopes his mustache will "finally win the approval of his father".

Thanks so much for your help,
Stuckey and Murray

Through the links above, where donators choose which projects they can allot to, I donated to an art class in Mississippi and a comics class in New York in honor of Stuckey and Murray. Andy and Jon, Cheers to you both for your participation. I hope one of you wins the Best “Taco Stand” Mustache.

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Photo from Stuckey and Murray. Graphics by Sophorn.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Great Ideas Go Further in Hard Times

This ad campaign I discovered in the latest issue of HOW design magazine is one of the best ads I've seen recently and in this economy, has been personal inspiration to not make excuses that limit creativity. The campaign by the VIA Group expresses one of the creative company's beliefs:

Great ideas and average ideas have one thing in common, they both cost the same.

See more of the HOW magazine article here. See more about the VIA Group here.
Excerpt above with images from HOW magazine.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Art Show Opening Party Tonight ~ The Majestic Grille

I am so grateful that Deni and Patrick Reilly, owners of the Majestic Grille, has offered me a two-month showing of my photography in their highly acclaimed restaurant. Tonight, they will be hosting the show's opening party from 5:30 to 7:30 offering complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drink specials.

I am very proud with what I am showing tonight, a sampling of all my work from over the years. The exhibit runs through January 6, 2010 so I do hope to add some of my latest experiments with graphic design {my better example of "design photography"} during that time. Also please note that I am very passionate about contributing to my home country of Cambodia. Proceeds from the sale of the prints of Cambodia will be donated to the Sharing Foundation. Their mission is to help meet the physical, emotional, educational and medical needs of orphaned and seriously disadvantaged children in Cambodia.

I hope you can make it tonight or any other night to enjoy a nice dinner as well. My recommendations are the pork tenderloin with fried onion rings and sweet carrots which taste just like sweet potatoes. Another favorite is the flatbread pizza with various options for toppings.

Banner photos above are thumbnails of prints being shown in the exhibit. See more of my work throughout this blog and flickr.

The Majestic Grille
145 South Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103
Ph +1.901.522.8555
Open 7 days a week

LOOK graphics and photos by Sophorn McRae. Photos of Majestic Grille from Majestic Grille.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Tasted: Rain Sushi Bar & Bistro

I am a proud midtowner but a few weeks ago my husband and I ventured out to the suburbs to try out a much hyped about Asian-owned restaurant in Cordova. I often crave my mom’s cooking so any Asian cuisine will have to compete with a high standard of authenticity and Rain didn’t do too badly. I must say everything had great flavor and was well prepared.

The sweet and spicy dipping sauce was a nice addition to the spring rolls. The Yakitori Trio featuring beef, chicken, and shrimp skewers was the perfect entrée for me. I really must compliment them on the avocado and shrimp pairing. Since they also featured French items, the crème brulee was an expected but welcome classic offering. I gave Christopher the honor of cracking the sugar shell a la the film Amelie. It was a nice and delicious end to the dinner.

See their full menu here.

Rain Premier Sushi Bar and Bistro
1250 N Germantown Pkwy #101

Cordova, TN 38016
Ph +1.901. 746.9455
Open 7 Days a Week

All photos by Sophorn.

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