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Chocolate Kefir Cake Layered with Jam & Variations of Yogurt Cake

[Translate] I’ve recently tried experimenting with two great brands — deZaan Gourmet for their fantastic chocolate and cocoa powders and Redwood Hill Farm goat’s milk dairy products. deZaan brings a century of tradition, quality and technical leadership to an impressive portfolio of premium cocoa and chocolate products, including cocoa powders, cocoa butter, cocoa liquor and custom chocolate formulations. Their cocoa powders are available in a variety of flavors and color shades — from vibrant reds to dark browns and black — with various accompanying taste profiles and intensities. Redwood Hill Farm is an award-winning, goat dairy farm and creamery located..

Heading to the U.S. Virgin Islands Very Soon!

[Translate] I found out great news today that I am confirmed for their 5-day press trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands that is part of the #USVINICE summer travel promotion! A few activities (I’ll let you find out the others via my Instagram) that I will be participating are night kayaking, zip line, horseback riding, and hike Reef Bay Trail. Obviously, the gorgeous white sand beaches are calling my name to linger and sunbathe like a lazy cat. (Don’t be surprised if I’m posting a bunch of photos or videos when I’m there.) Many thanks to the United States Virgin..

Dinner at Pagani

[Translate] Pagani is a beautiful restaurant on the corner of Bleecker Street and 7th Avenue, where if you do have tables near their windows, it’s great for people watching. I recently had dinner with a friend at Pagani and we thought it’s generally a good neighborhood restaurant, especially for its prices. Starters don’t breach the $10 mark, most pastas (that are sort of on the generous side) are in the mid to high teens, and most protein mains are hovering around $25. We started with an Uncle Ralph cocktail that was refreshing with the cucumber, lime and gin flavors. The..

Brunch at Russ & Daughter’s Cafe & Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream

[Translate] Menu; At the counter bar; The open kitchen; Our soda and shrub Most New Yorkers know Russ & Daughters, amongst a couple of more restaurants/food establishments, are a New York institution. The original store on East Houston Street, is essentially a take-out shop where their patrons of many stripes come mainly for their famous smoked fish (most order the mind blowing, bagel with cream cheese and lox but there’s numerous smoked fish sandwiches they offer). When the owners started talking a few years ago about the possibility of opening an actual sit-down restaurant, many rejoiced and waited until the..

Pig Feast at North River

[Translate] Exterior of North River; Summer Milk Punch; Questions Later This weekend my dining companion and I went to dinner at North River for their Pig Feast ($55 per person, not including drinks). The Pig Feast is a set group menu and you would need reserve the pig at least three days in advance. It includes a seasonal salad, a variation of crispy potatoes and another vegetable side dish to balance your pork-centric dinner. Chef Adam Starowicz, a Momofuku Ko and Hearth alum, cooks seasonal and crowd-pleasing dishes that appeal to both the veggie lovers and the meat eaters. We..

Solid Korean BBQ at Madangsui

[Translate] Interior of dining room and most of our banchan Madangsui is one of the few better restaurants in Manhattan’s Koreatown. The large, single floor space is comfortable to sit in for a meal quite quickly. Madangsui serves a large assortment of banchan, small appetizer-like plates, that runs that gamut from cold dishes like mildly spicy kimchi, shaved pickled daikon radishes to the small, hot cast iron pots filled with a spicy vegetable stew, and a Korean style steamed egg dish called gaeran jim. The latter was very good — fluffy and light savory eggs topped with fresh scallions —..

Sud de France Festival 2014: Dinner at Contra

[Translate] Sud de France Festival is an annual, three-week celebration of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, notably for their wines. Events involved in sommelier competitions (those in the wine profession) or for the non-wine professionals like us, attend fun things like the launch party, wine tasting classes, and their series of “Tasting Tables” and typically features a French jazz band to entertain the crowds. This year, one of the participating restaurants that are collaborating with Sud de France was Contra ($90 per person for this particular dinner). Contra cooks seasonal, beautiful and naturalistic dishes (à la Noma) and it seems..

The Clove Club (London, UK)

[Translate] Of all my snacking and meals I have had in London, The Clove Club is definitely one of my favorite meals that really stuck with me even months after eating there. The food is very different and exciting compared to the U.S. or New York City are having these days (see Adam Platt of New York Magazine’s interview.). The Clove Club is sort of out of the way for those who are residing on the west part of London but certainly worth the trek. When you enter the light blue doors of The Clove Club, the first thing you..

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The Clove Club (London, UK)

The Clove Club (London, UK)

[Translate] Of all my snacking and meals I have had in London, The Clove Club is definitely one of my favorite meals that really stuck with me even months after eating there. The food is very different and exciting compared to the U.S. or New York City are having these days (see Adam Platt of New York Magazine’s interview.). The Clove Club is sort of out of the way for those who are residing on the west part of London but certainly worth the trek. When you enter the light blue doors of The Clove Club, the first thing you..
Food Shopping at the Luxury Shops in London: Harrod’s, Fortnum & Mason, Pierre Hermé

Food Shopping at the Luxury Shops in London: Harrod’s, Fortnum & Mason, Pierre Hermé

[Translate] Harrod’s Exterior One thing London is really great for (besides it’s burgeoning food scene) is their luxury shopping. It’s no secret that London has been doing the high-end shopping for centuries. Literally. A brief history about the legendary store: Harrod’s was founded by Charles Henry Harrod, first established his business in 1824, as a draper, at 228 Borough High Street in Southwark, London. By 1834 Harrod founds a wholesale grocery in Stepney, East London and by 1849, Harrods moveds to the current address in Knightsbridge area. In May 2010, the store was sold to Qatar Holdings, the sovereign wealth..
Dinner at Smokehouse (London, UK)

Dinner at Smokehouse (London, UK)

[Translate] Exterior of Smokehouse; Interior and towards the kitchen Smokehouse located in the east side of London of Islington, is owned by Chef Neil Rankin that opened August 2013. I dined with the lovely, fellow Londoner Cassie as she suggested this place after informing her my crazy itinerary of eating. This gastropub is not the typical pub one would think of. It’s casual but prettily done and not overtly masculine. Candles indoors and fairy lights in the pretty garden, a few small antlers, blackboards boasting of many craft beers, and food menu. When you peruse the food menu, it’s eclectic..
Lunch at Duck & Waffle (London, UK)

Lunch at Duck & Waffle (London, UK)

[Translate] Interior & Views of SE London at Duck & Waffle When I was in London in April, I had lunch with the vivacious and fellow Londoner, travel blogger and friend, Federica of The Daily Out at Duck & Waffle. What drew us to this particular restaurant was the stunning views of southeast London from high up on the Heron Tower, where this restaurant is located. The fare served here is upscale comfort food (it’s prevalent in New York City as well as in London) except the Executive Chef Daniel Doherty has interesting touches on the menu that I have..
Chiltern Firehouse (London, UK)

Chiltern Firehouse (London, UK)

[Translate] While I was in London, I had dinner at one of the hottest restaurants in town, Chiltern Firehouse under the helm of Executive Chef Nuno Mendes. This hotel and restaurant is owned and operated by André Balazs, the famous hotelier behind luxurious, global properties that are chic and places where everyone wants to be seen like the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. This grand, Victorian firehouse with large doors and high ceilings, lit by filament lightbulbs, brick tiles on the walls, wooden floors that spill over to tiled flooring and green velvet benches giving a very modern feel with traditional..
Breakfast at Plum + Spilt Milk (London, UK)

Breakfast at Plum + Spilt Milk (London, UK)

[Translate] I had breakfast with the popular travel blogger, Julie of A Lady in London, at Plum + Spilt Milk. This restaurant is located in the upscale boutique Great Northern Hotel in King’s Cross, overseen by Chef Mark Sargeant. This hotel restaurant is swanky with its dark navy blue walls, dark wood, and curving cream colored leather booth seats mixed with striking pendant light fixtures. The restaurant’s name comes from a nickname given to the original LNWR dining car, painted in the railway’s traditional livery colors. I arrived a bit earlier than Julie, I took some time to catch up..
Afternoon Tea at The Palm Court at The Ritz (London, UK)

Afternoon Tea at The Palm Court at The Ritz (London, UK)

[Translate] While I was in London, I was fortunate to have a reservation afternoon tea at the historical and legendary Palm Court at The Ritz (£47.00 per person or $78.96 at the exchange rate of £1 = $1.68 US). The local Londoners would pretty much tell you if you want a traditional afternoon tea, you should go to here. The Palm Court at The Ritz is absolutely stunning. It is a destination for glamorous guests from high society to “see and be seen” dating back to 1906. The Palm Court is a dramatic room with high ceilings and its walls..
Nordic Bakery (London, UK)

Nordic Bakery (London, UK)

[Translate] Nordic Bakery’s Soho location interiors; Cinnamon buns; Spinach & ricotta quiche; Karelian pies Nordic Bakery was one of my favorite bakeries during my stay in London. I had received their cookbook a few years ago and was intrigued about their unique food and recipes that it stayed in the back burner of my mind to visit to this bakery one day (which finally happened). My first visit to Nordic Bakery was at their Soho location when I was shopping for food souvenirs for friends and family nearby at the legendary Fortnum & Mason. I liked the bright natural light..
Dinner at Camino (London, UK)

Dinner at Camino (London, UK)

[Translate] One of my dinners in London was at Camino. It’s a mini-restaurant chain of four Spanish tapas restaurants, a sherry bar (Bar Pepito) and Cava bar Copa de Cava, all in London. I went to their restaurant in King’s Cross as it was very close to where I was staying (at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel). I started my evening with a glass of dry yet fruity Beronia 2013 Rosé (£6.50) and a shot glass of briny marinated olives (£2.50) while making up my mind what to eat for the rest of my dinner. I started with Buñelos de bacalao..

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Chocolate Kefir Cake Layered with Jam & Variations of Yogurt Cake

Chocolate Kefir Cake Layered with Jam & Variations of Yogurt Cake

[Translate] I’ve recently tried experimenting with two great brands — deZaan Gourmet for their fantastic chocolate and cocoa powders and Redwood Hill Farm goat’s milk dairy products. deZaan brings a century of tradition, quality and technical leadership to an impressive portfolio of premium cocoa and chocolate products, including cocoa powders, cocoa butter, cocoa liquor and custom chocolate formulations. Their cocoa powders are available in a variety of flavors and color shades — from vibrant reds to dark browns and black — with various accompanying taste profiles and intensities. Redwood Hill Farm is an award-winning, goat dairy farm and creamery located..
Recipe: Matcha Green Tea Japanese Soufflé Cheesecake

Recipe: Matcha Green Tea Japanese Soufflé Cheesecake

[Translate] My mother is obsessed with Japanese desserts. Green tea (matcha) ice cream. Daifuku. Taiyaki. Yokan. Aduzki bean anything (that goes for any Asian desserts, really), and so on, she’ll love to get her hands on and savor them. She adores Japanese desserts because of its great balance of sugar (most of their desserts aren’t sweet, if you had) and the textures are sublime. Over the weekend, my mother and I were talking over the phone and she requested me to bring dessert over for the Dragon Boat Festival dinner (I’ll write a post about that soon) we’ll be having...
Coconut, Adzuki Red Bean, Matcha Green Tea Layered Jelly

Coconut, Adzuki Red Bean, Matcha Green Tea Layered Jelly

[Translate] For the past several weeks, it’s been a crazy, busy several weeks for me, primarily with work and planning my upcoming trip to London. I wanted to make a simple but tasty but minimalist beautiful dessert that also has Asian flavors since they were all in my pantry – matcha green tea, adzuki red beans, and coconut milk. Come to think of it, this sweet is pretty healthy since there is no cream or butter involved. This jelly is made with agar, a vegetarian alternative to gelatin that’s normally sold in powdered or flake form. There is generally a..