[Translate] Somehow this year, time flew by and marketing started to talk about Thanksgiving and Christmas much earlier than I anticipated. Then when you look at the calendar, Thanksgiving is next week(!) and that officially kicks off the holiday shopping rush. To those of you who needs some gift inspiration, here’s my list of gifts that would be great for anyone in your holiday gift list. (more…)
[Translate] The private room where we dined; Chef Floyd Cardoz; Richard Morais In celebration of the December 2nd Blu-ray and DVD release of The Hundred-Foot Journey — starring Helen Mirren, directed by Lasse Hallstrom and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey. I was invited to join the author of the novel that this movie adapted Richard Morais and Chef Floyd Cardoz (Executive Chef of White Street) who was one of the four culinary consultants for the movie, and others, for an exclusive culinary experience and discussions about the film, culinary arts, food and family dining at White Street. What..
[Translate] If you have been reading this site long enough, I am fans of Maison Kayser. I am excited that this amazing international, French-based patisserie and café brand finally opens in the Upper West Side. The new location is at 2161 Broadway on the corner of 76th Street. It’s dangerously close to Fairway that I would extend my grocery shopping trip and carry a larger haul with their delicious, organic, artisanal loaves of bread and pastries. This new location is beautiful that my recent Saturday morning, the morning light filtering through the large windows just cast a gorgeous shadow on..
[Translate] From top photo: Harvest Lady (left) and Prospect Park Sour (right) by Clover Club; Octopus pastrami by Bâtard New York magazine’s 16th annual signature event New York Taste was a sold out event is hosted by culinary editor Gillian Duffy. It featured more than 40 of the city’s most celebrated chefs and mixologists. Chef superstars include pastry chef Jennifer Yee of Lafayette, Bryce Shuman and Eamon Rockey of Betony, former Top Chef contestant Dale Talde, and Iron Chef’s Masaharu Morimoto. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to City Harvest to help fight hunger. More..
[Translate] Union Square Hospitality Group’s Danny Meyer and Chef Nick Anderer (formerly of Maialino), recently started a rustic Roman pizzeria, Marta inside the Martha Washington Hotel. A self-proclaimed Rome fanatic, Anderer fell in love with the capital city’s thin, crackly crusted rounds, which he pulls from two wood-burning ovens and a nine-foot-long wood grill. This place was buzzing within the first few weeks of opening. Tables were fully booked when my friend and I thought just to head over there for dinner on a recent, cold and wet, early Saturday evening. Since we didn’t have reservations at least they have..
[Translate] Celebrity chefs on deck – Paul Qui of Qui (Austin, TX); Seamus Mullen of Tertulia & El Comado (NYC); Jamie Bissonnette of Toro NYC; Matt Lightner of Atera (NYC) NYC Wine & Food Festival wrapped up its 4-day food extravaganza with Meatopia X. This event is not for the faint of heart, especially if you are a vegetarian. This is a truly a meat festival, celebrating the carnivore in most of us and the animals that we’re consuming expertly grilled, smoked, and/or barbecued by the celebrity chefs locally and one from the United Kingdom (Chef Richard Turner of Hawksmoor)...
[Translate] Sweet Chick’s ribs at Thrillist BBQ & Exterior of the Grand Tasting This past weekend was the packed, food-packed weekend of the NYC Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF). This annual event hosted by The Food Network and Food & Wine magazine pull in the extended family for this blowout series of dinners, seminars, tastings, talks, demos, classes, and parties held all over the city. Along with small-screen celebrity chefs, the list of participants includes heavy-hitters from the New York restaurant scene such as Pastry Chef Dominique Ansel (the man behind the Cronut). The massive volume of events means there’s..
[Translate] Lobby of China World Shangri-La; Pastry display cases at Sweet Spot; Whole green tea mousse cake On one of our late afternoons in Beijing, we stopped by The Sweet Spot of Shangri-La’s China World Hotel. When entered the lobby of China World, it felt like we’ve just walked into a miniature Forbidden City. Filled with Ming and Qing era style artwork, the red and gold lobby gave us the impression of old school Chinese glamour. We were informed that the Sweet Spot is actually found at the hotel’s luxurious shopping and corporate offices that’s just beneath and connected to..
[Translate] Interiors of Ocean Grounds; Jim Lee the owner of Ocean Grounds Coffee When you travel to China, it’s generally hard to find a very good cup of coffee. I’m talking about the Third Wave kind of places we have in the U.S. like Stumptown or Blue Bottle, not that international chain that has a bright grass green logo with a white mermaid printed over it or similar ones that are born from Asian countries. I’ve “discovered” Ocean Grounds Coffee owned and run by Jim Lee. Lee is an American-born Chinese expat trying to educate the local Chinese what is..