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Pistachio Oil, Yogurt Lemon Cake

[Translate] Nounos Creamery is a family-owned creamery in based in Southampton, Long Island, NY. What makes their Greek-style strained yogurt distinctive are the cute glass jars besides the very delicious yogurt. These yogurts come in various flavors like plain, forest berries, orange fig to seasonal flavors like apple pie a la mode. The yogurt itself isn’t sweet. It has the thick, tangy characteristics that you’d expect from this style of yogurt. The fruit that accompanies the yogurt aren’t too concentrated nor sweet which really appeals to me. (I have eaten certain brands of Greek yogurt where I feel like I..

Excellent Dinner at Beasts & Bottles (Brooklyn, NY)

[Translate] Beasts & Bottles is a newcomer to Brooklyn Heights. This place is equal parts wine bar and rotisserie restaurant, this Brooklyn Heights comes from the team behind Atrium Dumbo, the Provence, France–bred duo of Leslie Affre and Laurent Kalkotour along with master sommelier Alexander LaPratt. The wine list spotlights smaller French producers and biodynamic (or environmentally responsible) wines. For the restaurant’s focus, Kalkotour fires up three breeds of rotisserie chicken: Crystal Valley birds from Indiana, served Provençal style; Sasso chickens from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, slow-roasted and sauced with black truffle jus; and a Goffle Road Poultry Farm bird from New..

The Burgary and Garfunkel’s (NYC)

[Translate] The Burgary and Garfunkel’s are two separate venues under the same ownership of Tim Gashi and Valentino Gjekaj. The Burgary (located downstairs within Garfunkel’s), is a casual, creative burger restaurant featuring a proprietary blend of dry aged beef from Pat La Frieda, along with a few salads, tater tots, fries and bedecked milk shakes. We have started off with the daily special milkshake – the coconut chocolate. This thick shake was good. Not too thick and it does taste coconutty and a touch of chocolate. The large mound of whipped cream, chocolate syrup drizzle, coconut flakes and maraschino cherry..

Dinner at Rider (Brooklyn, NY)

[Translate] Rider is a new restaurant from chef Patrick Connolly in Williamsburg, Brooklyn performance space National Sawdust. Chef Connoly won a James Beard Award while at Radius in Boston before decamping for Bobo here in New York City several years ago. The restaurant is named after the hospitality contract musicians have with performance venues that covers food and beverage. Roughly 65 seats are divided between two floors, with a marble bar downstairs, a wall of windows above, and a bench made of timber salvaged from the building’s former life as an actual sawdust factory. This restaurant is the sharing, small..

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016

[Translate] Bookers Bourbon is known for its robustness and high alcohol content due to being uncut and unfiltered. Annis’ Answer, according to master distiller Fred Noe, is that it is made up of barrels from four different production dates stored in 5 different storage areas. The oldest barrels in the batch were 7 years, 1 month old and the youngest barrels were 6 years, 2 month old.” Black Dirt Bourbon comes from the New York State microdistiller of the same name, nestled in the fertile valley just north of the New Jersey border where the corn for their mash is..

Summer Food Events: LUCKYRICE New York Feast 2016 & New Taste of Upper West Side

[Translate] It’s summertime and that time of the year when everyone’s calendars will be filled up with events (food, music festivals, weddings, etc.). This week were back-to-back events of LUCKYRICE and New Taste of Upper West Side. Two very different types of food events and both had their best dishes/bites of the evening. LUCKYRICE LUCKYRICE returns this year throwing a huge party at Industry City in Sunset Park. This year’s various restaurants (from fancy, tablecloth restaurants like Perry Street to local mom and pop style shops) showcasing the variety of Asian cuisines and some of them are fusion (but done..

Brunch at Untitled at The Whitney (NYC)

[Translate] Back in April, my family and I had a fantastic brunch at Untitled at The Whitney. It’s definitely the type of place you can bring your parents or have a sophisticated but casual meal with your friends or date. Service is the the classic Danny Meyer hospitality where staff will be keen on sensing the diner’s wants and they are very gracious. The savory fare by Chef de Cuisine Suzanne Cupps and her crew is light yet substantial, vegetable-forward and very delicious. The desserts by Pastry Chef Miro Uskokovic and his team are seasonal, delectable and some veer toward..

Great Modern Southern Brunch at Empire State South (Atlanta, Georgia)

[Translate] Empire State South was one of the restaurants B chose (from his an impressive restaurant list) to have brunch during our small window of time to meet up for brunch. What was unexpected when our Uber dropped us off near the entrance of Empire State South was the unnamed large office or commercial building (I found out eventually it’s called Peachtree Club) with tall iron gates open to a long path leading to the restaurant. (When we’re walking through, it sort of reminds me of my visit to Purple Pig in Chicago.) The food here is traditional Southern food..

One Flew South – A Good Airport Dining Restaurant Option

[Translate] If anyone tells me to dine at an airport restaurant, I would usually roll my eyes at him since those types of restaurants don’t usually care about the quality of the food, the decor of the establishment tend to look cookie cutter (e.g. a nice looking sports bar), the cost value doesn’t really make sense to me at all. However, I would make an exception for the upscale One Flew South. The Asian inspired interior looks and feels zen despite the bustling activity just outside this restaurant. Simple, clean, and bright, they allow passer’s bye the opportunity to eaves..

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Great Modern Southern Brunch at Empire State South (Atlanta, Georgia)

Great Modern Southern Brunch at Empire State South (Atlanta, Georgia)

[Translate] Empire State South was one of the restaurants B chose (from his an impressive restaurant list) to have brunch during our small window of time to meet up for brunch. What was unexpected when our Uber dropped us off near the entrance of Empire State South was the unnamed large office or commercial building (I found out eventually it’s called Peachtree Club) with tall iron gates open to a long path leading to the restaurant. (When we’re walking through, it sort of reminds me of my visit to Purple Pig in Chicago.) The food here is traditional Southern food..

One Flew South – A Good Airport Dining Restaurant Option

[Translate] If anyone tells me to dine at an airport restaurant, I would usually roll my eyes at him since those types of restaurants don’t usually care about the quality of the food, the decor of the establishment tend to look cookie cutter (e.g. a nice looking sports bar), the cost value doesn’t really make sense to me at all. However, I would make an exception for the upscale One Flew South. The Asian inspired interior looks and feels zen despite the bustling activity just outside this restaurant. Simple, clean, and bright, they allow passer’s bye the opportunity to eaves..
Delicious Brunch at One Eared Stag (Atlanta, Georgia)

Delicious Brunch at One Eared Stag (Atlanta, Georgia)

[Translate] One Eared Stag at the tranquil area of Inman Park is an unassuming restaurant for an incredible, unexpected brunch menu. When you enter One Eared Stag, the first thing that draws your attention are the taxidermy hanging on the whitewashed brick walls toward the back and a prominent one installed at the center of the bar. The main dining area is up the ramp opening to bright, natural light flooding in with minimalist touches that feels homey at the same time. It’s relatively rare that I start brunch with sweets but when my waiter mentioned to me their pastry..
Afternoon Tea at Ritz Carlton Buckhead (Atlanta, Georgia)

Afternoon Tea at Ritz Carlton Buckhead (Atlanta, Georgia)

[Translate] Ritz Carlton Buckhead is set in an upscale neighborhood of Atlanta (there is another Ritz Carlton Atlanta that is about 10 miles south in Downtown Atlanta), not too far from the tony shopping boutiques and the city’s most prestigious shopping venues – Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza. When we arrived to the Lobby Lounge, it’s a handsome, dark lounge set with a large bar toward the front, plush upholstered sofas and chairs dotted throughout the lounge. Afternoon tea is a staple at this luxury hotel. Here, the traditional afternoon tea takes place Wednesday through Sundays at 2 PM and..
Lunch at Holeman & Finch (Atlanta, Georgia)

Lunch at Holeman & Finch (Atlanta, Georgia)

[Translate] Holeman & Finch is literally across the way from the fine dining establishment Restaurant Eugene but both restaurants have different personalities but under the same ownership. H&F is an upscale casual restaurant that tries to be gutsy (in a somewhat literal way) with their food. The menu (lunch, at least) is more offal leaning and the restaurant make and cure their own sausages and hams and generally, all of what we had tastes good. The cocktail menu is creative and the bartender and his team make their infused spirits. Service was as professional and attentive as Eugene but it..
Amazing Dinner at Restaurant Eugene (Atlanta, Georgia)

Amazing Dinner at Restaurant Eugene (Atlanta, Georgia)

[Translate] Atlanta is a city where fine dining (a few NYC examples like The Modern, Del Posto, Per Se and so on) is generally rare. It’s a place where small, independent chef-driven restaurants as well as big box franchised restaurants are common. Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood is one of the few restaurants where Southern food gets the haute treatment — and it’s executed beautifully. This restaurant is owned and operated by a husband-and-wife team of chef Linton Hopkins and sommelier Gina Hopkins and still going strong for nearly a dozen years. This jewel box of a restaurant decorated..
Creative Dinner at Gunshow (Atlanta, GA)

Creative Dinner at Gunshow (Atlanta, GA)

[Translate] For those who are not following my eating jaunts on my Instagram, I’m eating (intensively) in Atlanta, Georgia. Eventually I will write a general post about my experience in this great and unique city, I’m telling you about one of the most creative meals I’ve had out there at Gunshow in Glenwood Park neighborhood. Gunshow is a causal style restaurant with seriously cooked food. It has a casual attitude and atmosphere with a large open kitchen and a huge dining room that feels partially like an airy cafeteria with an industrial feel (the metal chairs are comfortable enough) and..
Afternoon Tea at The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman

[Translate] The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman is currently considered the best luxury hotel in the Cayman Islands. It is a AAA Five Diamond property and occupies 144 acres across the Caribbean to the North Sound, facing Seven Mile Beach’s shoreline. When we entered the spacious and beautiful Silver Palm dining area that divides into two sections — a handsome, dark wood bar on one end and an elegant tea room flooded with lots of natural light. (more…)

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Pistachio Oil, Yogurt Lemon Cake

Pistachio Oil, Yogurt Lemon Cake

[Translate] Nounos Creamery is a family-owned creamery in based in Southampton, Long Island, NY. What makes their Greek-style strained yogurt distinctive are the cute glass jars besides the very delicious yogurt. These yogurts come in various flavors like plain, forest berries, orange fig to seasonal flavors like apple pie a la mode. The yogurt itself isn’t sweet. It has the thick, tangy characteristics that you’d expect from this style of yogurt. The fruit that accompanies the yogurt aren’t too concentrated nor sweet which really appeals to me. (I have eaten certain brands of Greek yogurt where I feel like I..
Valrhona Chocolate Cake, Mango Ginger Lime Jam, White Chocolate Lemongrass Frosting

Valrhona Chocolate Cake, Mango Ginger Lime Jam, White Chocolate Lemongrass Frosting

[Translate] I’ve been a long time fan of eating and baking with Valrhona chocolate. This brand creates one of the world’s finest chocolate in the small village of Tain L’Hermitage, France since 1922. They are dedicated to creating unique, artisan quality chocolate with complex, balanced and consistent flavors. This mission of excellence continues as the gastronomic traditions of the renowned Rhone Valley find expression in every mouthwatering taste of Valrhona’s superb chocolate. Valrhona has created a range of unique and recognizable aromatic profiles by perfecting techniques for enhancing the flavor of rare cocoa beans, grown on land masterfully selected for..
Apple Cardamom Yogurt Cake

Apple Cardamom Yogurt Cake

[Translate] This weekend was truly autumn. Leaves turning from shades of green to vibrant colors of reds, golden yellows, and orange. Autumn is also prime apple season. I’m not in the mood to bake a somewhat finicky pie but wanted to do an apple cake. I’ve tried out the Organic Valley Grassmilk Yogurt; a thick, tangy yogurt that has natural creamline on top that would make a perfect addition to the cake. The natural acidity would make for a tender cake and add some moisture and fat. (more…)