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Mandarin Oriental Shanghai, Pudong & Mid-Autumn Festival Afternoon Tea

[Translate] Lobby; Our Harbour City Suite and its huge bathroom; View of Huangpu River from the suite Mandarin Oriental Shanghai Pudong is luxury hotel brand, Mandarin Oriental’s first Shanghai hotel in May 2013. The hotel sits just east of the Huangpu River in the new Harbour City development, east of the Pearl Tower, and next to the newly opened Shanghai Metropolitan Marine Yacht Club. The 362 guest rooms come with opulent gold and teal decor, iPod docks and luxurious toiletries from London perfumer Ormonde Jayne. We loved our Club level room and its giant bowl-shaped bath tub to soak our..

Brunch at Root & Bone

[Translate] Exterior of Root & Bone; Brunch menu; Whiskey Cobbler A recent brunch I had with D, we headed out to a new Southern restaurant in Alphabet City of East Village called Root & Bone. This a small, popular, already popular restaurant is owned by Top Chef alums Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth. With a long line leading out of the restaurant’s door full of people vying for a table just barely 15 minutes past brunch opening time (11:45 AM). We were fortunate enough to get a seat at the bar with a view of the open kitchen and see..

Brunch with the Girls at Boulud Sud

[Translate] Exterior and part of the interior of Boulud Sud This past Labor Day weekend, I had brunch with my girl friends at Boulud Sud. As you might know, I am a fan of this restaurant when lunch with my mother and my friends are familiar with the Boulud brand but ate at this particular restaurant for the first time. Heck, even one of them lives close by one particular dessert (I’ll inform you soon which) convert her here to be a regular. Large format spicy Moroccan hummus, hummus, taramosalata, babaganoush and various flatbreads and dill potato chips for our..

First Class from Emirates at the US Open 2014

[Translate] The crowds on the grounds of the U.S. Open; Looking out to Arthur Ashe Stadium from inside the Emirates VIP Suite The past week I was invited by Emirates to one of their exclusive VIP suites to eat and watch a game at the U.S. Open. This was such an honor to be invited by such a first class (literally) airline brand. They pay attention to details like comfort of your seat (you’d have slightly more leg room, even on coach and can recline more than the average airplane) and the huge A380 plane has private suites, shower spas..

Dinner at ChicoJulio Bodega del Mar

[Translate] Recently we had a solid Mexican taco dinner at ChicoJulio in the Upper West Side. Once you step through the doors, it opens to an airy space with a handsome stocked with flights of mezcal, bacanora and pechuga (a Mexican liquor distilled using a chicken). As great as this was, we’re here for the food and here’s what we started with: (more…)

Celebrating International Bacon Day 2014

[Translate] International Bacon Day is today! It seems pretty convenient that this year it falls on the long Labor Day weekend so if we overindulged in bacon-centered dishes, we can either sleep it off or go on a longer workout to burn it off. At any rate, the inaugural Famrland Bacon Treasure Hunt is commencing and folks who are located in Denver, St. Louis and Kansas City can participate. But us New Yorkers will celebrate by baking, cooking, and eating a whole bunch of bacon. Trust me, when you have a bacon loving boyfriend, he thinks this is Christmas and..

Under the August Moon, hosted by PhilDev

[Translate] This past weekend, we were invited to a fundraiser dinner called Under the August Moon, hosted by PhilDev at one of their board members’, Mrs. Gail Alvarez gorgeous Anahata Estate in Northern New Jersey. PhilDev is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance the Philippines’ economy with the advancement of science and technology through programs in high-tech education, research and entrepreneurship training. This particular dinner has a cocktail reception at the gazebo found at the owners’ home and imbibed on the exclusive aged Bacardi-owned rums while schmoozing with the friendly attendees. (more…)

Maison Kayser 1535 Third Avenue

[Translate] The newest and fifth location of Maison Kayser opened a few weeks ago on the Upper East Side, not too far from its first location, a 120 seat café and an extended coffee bar. Arriving on that early Saturday morning, the retail section was bustling with activity from mostly locals who reside around the area picking up their morning coffee, a pastry and maybe a few loaves of bread. I went in to dine with a friend for brunch and tried out Master baker Yann Ledoux’s seasonal breads for the summer, like the delectable crusty, thin ficelles of black..

Finger Lakes – Beautiful Region, Great People, and Good Food

[Translate] This past weekend, I was generously invited and flown up (a very short flight clocking under 1 hour) to the Finger Lakes region by the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection and see and taste the area for three days. When I first thought of the said region, I thought it would be essentially very good local wine, lots of farms, and nature set in a cluster of sleepy, small towns. But meeting and talking to the locals it is a dynamic, thriving region that still has its “small town” charm and hospitality and have big plans to evolve to something..

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