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City Harvest Dinner with Chef Seamus Mullen at Cadillac House (NYC)

[Translate] Last night was City Harvest dinner featuring Chef Seamus Mullen’s fare at the Cadillac House. City Harvest is one of the great non-profits that help fight hunger in New York City since 1982. The organization will collect 55 million pounds of excess food to help feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers struggling to feed their families. Through relationships with farms, grocers, restaurants, and manufacturers, City Harvest collects nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the five boroughs. In addition..

Brunch at The Riggsby at The Carlyle Dupont Circle (Washington, D.C.)

[Translate] WHen we arrived at The Riggsby‘s entrance, we felt like we were transported back in time or landed on the set of Mad Men — it’s set like a funky home late 1950s or 1960s. Lots of items draw your eyes to look or stare at like the old display cases, various old Time magazine covers during that era and the gorgeous, huge crystal chandelier set in the center of the dining room along with the skylight. We started our meals in a dainty fashion with two different toasts — avocado toast with shrimp and crab meat ($12) and..

Conrad’s Seafood Restaurant (Perry Hall, Maryland)

[Translate] If you’re going to be in Maryland’s coastline, you have to have their famous blue crabs. There are a couple of seafood restaurants are well known for serving this particular crusteacean but we chose Conrad’s Seafood. Conrad’s is a family run restaurant mini chain (they have four locations in Maryland) and we stuck with Perry Hall since it’s the closest to Baltimore rather than taking another hour long drive out to the coastline. (more…)

Off to Baltimore (Hoehn’s Bakery and Baltimore Aquarium) with the 2016 Cadillac CT6

[Translate] The past Independence Day weekened, a few friends of mine and I drove down to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. with the 2016 Cadillac CT6. It’s a luxurious, stylish, head turning car that stopped many people (primarily men) in their tracks inquiring us what car is this whenever we parked. Besides its handsomeness, the car is a solid product that’s well-executed in grand old Cadillac style, with more creature comforts (like Onboard Wi-Fi with 4G LTE standard, and a large touchscreen offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. High-end options include a 34-speaker stereo, giant sunroof and adaptive cruise control) and..

Dinner at Wit & Wisdom at Four Seasons Baltimore

[Translate] Four Seasons Baltimore opened its doors in 2011. This property is located on the edge of Baltimore’s historical and picturesque Harbor East waterfront. Apart from the top-notch location, the stylish lobby, gorgeous rooftop pool area and, of course, the Four Seasons’ signature impeccable service. The hotel has elegant accommodations, appointed with marble bathrooms, plush down comforters, cozy terrycloth robes, flat-screen TVs, and a beautiful spa with plunge pools. We had dinner at one of their restaurants, Wit & Wisdom, a casual fine dining restaurant by Michael Mina is one of the hottest restaurants in Baltimore. Chef Zack Mills helmed..

Pitango Gelato and Pitango Bakery & Cafe (Washington, D.C. & Baltimore, MD)

[Translate] Pitango Gelato and its bakery (which I will talk about later) are a thriving small, family-owned business run by Noah Dan, truly believe in using the best, local (if possible), organic ingredients in their products. Pitango Gelato has multiple locations in DC, Baltimore, and Reston (in Virginia). We visited the Penn Quarter location for our gelato Inside, the space is clean, with lofty ceilings, lots of wood tones and a delightful minimalism with just the right amount of pastel yellow to make it seem homey. (more…)

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..

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Brunch at The Riggsby at The Carlyle Dupont Circle (Washington, D.C.)

Brunch at The Riggsby at The Carlyle Dupont Circle (Washington, D.C.)

[Translate] WHen we arrived at The Riggsby‘s entrance, we felt like we were transported back in time or landed on the set of Mad Men — it’s set like a funky home late 1950s or 1960s. Lots of items draw your eyes to look or stare at like the old display cases, various old Time magazine covers during that era and the gorgeous, huge crystal chandelier set in the center of the dining room along with the skylight. We started our meals in a dainty fashion with two different toasts — avocado toast with shrimp and crab meat ($12) and..
Conrad’s Seafood Restaurant (Perry Hall, Maryland)

Conrad’s Seafood Restaurant (Perry Hall, Maryland)

[Translate] If you’re going to be in Maryland’s coastline, you have to have their famous blue crabs. There are a couple of seafood restaurants are well known for serving this particular crusteacean but we chose Conrad’s Seafood. Conrad’s is a family run restaurant mini chain (they have four locations in Maryland) and we stuck with Perry Hall since it’s the closest to Baltimore rather than taking another hour long drive out to the coastline. (more…)
Off to Baltimore (Hoehn’s Bakery and Baltimore Aquarium) with the 2016 Cadillac CT6

Off to Baltimore (Hoehn’s Bakery and Baltimore Aquarium) with the 2016 Cadillac CT6

[Translate] The past Independence Day weekened, a few friends of mine and I drove down to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. with the 2016 Cadillac CT6. It’s a luxurious, stylish, head turning car that stopped many people (primarily men) in their tracks inquiring us what car is this whenever we parked. Besides its handsomeness, the car is a solid product that’s well-executed in grand old Cadillac style, with more creature comforts (like Onboard Wi-Fi with 4G LTE standard, and a large touchscreen offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. High-end options include a 34-speaker stereo, giant sunroof and adaptive cruise control) and..
Dinner at Wit & Wisdom at Four Seasons Baltimore

Dinner at Wit & Wisdom at Four Seasons Baltimore

[Translate] Four Seasons Baltimore opened its doors in 2011. This property is located on the edge of Baltimore’s historical and picturesque Harbor East waterfront. Apart from the top-notch location, the stylish lobby, gorgeous rooftop pool area and, of course, the Four Seasons’ signature impeccable service. The hotel has elegant accommodations, appointed with marble bathrooms, plush down comforters, cozy terrycloth robes, flat-screen TVs, and a beautiful spa with plunge pools. We had dinner at one of their restaurants, Wit & Wisdom, a casual fine dining restaurant by Michael Mina is one of the hottest restaurants in Baltimore. Chef Zack Mills helmed..
Pitango Gelato and Pitango Bakery & Cafe (Washington, D.C. & Baltimore, MD)

Pitango Gelato and Pitango Bakery & Cafe (Washington, D.C. & Baltimore, MD)

[Translate] Pitango Gelato and its bakery (which I will talk about later) are a thriving small, family-owned business run by Noah Dan, truly believe in using the best, local (if possible), organic ingredients in their products. Pitango Gelato has multiple locations in DC, Baltimore, and Reston (in Virginia). We visited the Penn Quarter location for our gelato Inside, the space is clean, with lofty ceilings, lots of wood tones and a delightful minimalism with just the right amount of pastel yellow to make it seem homey. (more…)
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..

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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…)