[Translate] When it comes to the holiday season and I’m entertaining my family and friends, it’s a constant feeding, baking/cooking frenzy that I have to get up at the early hours of the morning to prep for the day of the big dinner (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, you name it). The best way to keep the crowds at bay and away from the kitchen is to provide them with snacks and a drink. While it’s easy to provide them with bowls of fresh roast nuts and platters of cheese and charcuterie, I like to give them something savory like these..
[Translate] Voodoo Doughnuts is the famous Portland-based doughnut shop that has quirky shaped and oddly named doughnuts (like Old Dirty Bastard named after a well known rapper) that many adore. We visited Voodoo Doughnuts Taiwan for a quick stop for something sweet. The shop looks similar to the original and had the large rotating display cases of various doughnuts they create. We tried the Bacon Maple Bar and the famous Voodoo Doll and a mug of hot chocolate at the shop. The hot chocolate was fine. The doughnuts we had were generally too sweet for our preferences but at least..
[Translate] One of our favorite bakeries in New York City, Breads Bakery has another great selection of breads and desserts for the Thanksgiving table. The famous babka pie is always a favorite. Breads’ chocolate hazelnut babka pie is essentially the well known loaf shaped to fit a pie pan. It still retains the signature sweet, buttery, flaky babka filled with the chocolate hazelnut filling but there’s a little more crust or crispness as there’s more surface area exposure to the pan. (more…)
[Translate] All Things Edible Champagne Henriot house was founded in 1808. It’s one of the most respected Champagne producers from the region of Champagne, France. The Brut Souverain NV is created with a balance of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, the nose has a hit of boldness, moving quickly into a refreshing citrus and floral flavor mix. Fresh bread was also detected. A taste of apricot and oranges lay well on the palate, with vanilla and cherry subtly making an appearance near the end. Its Blanc De Blancs is made with best Chardonnay grapes and creates a sophisticated blend of..
[Translate] When my friend planned my birthday dinner The Beatrice Inn came to the fore when we read the 2* review from Pete Wells of NYT and was intrigued, to say the least to dine there. After that mutual consensus, we ended up having a reservation shortly. On a rainy evening, The Beatrice Inn wasn’t too crowded and we saw Chef-Owner Angie Mar observing the front of the house and visiting a couple of tables at the end of their meals. This restaurant feels like a modern chophouse — dimly lit and handsome — but had nods to the past...
[Translate] Despite fact the temperature is dropping a bit that one should wear a jacket or a sweater to walk around New York City, it’s still lovely enough to dine outdoors on a rooftop — like brunch at Upstairs at The Kimberly in Midtown East. (more…)
[Translate] Monarch Rooftop Lounge is arguably the rooftop with the up-close-and-personal feel to the Empire State Building. When we arrived there by sunset and see the light transitions from golden hour to the silver-white moonlight, we see the lovely details that makes the Empire State Building one of the most beloved landmarks in New York City. Getting to the Monarch is an interesting experience. There were at least two bouncers with lists containing the day’s guests with reservations to check your name and communicate upstairs if there are any seats available for those who are coming in without one. Once..
[Translate] Thus year’s food program US Open is arguably the best one this year since the US Open have invited Chefs David Chang and Ken Oringer to add some fun and a different kind of creativity to the veteran chefs who have been creating and feeding the attendees and tennis players for the past few years (and a very select few, decades). During the panel discussion (the photos of the chefs you see above), the highlight was Chef Morimoto belting out a Japanese fisherman song since he claimed he can sing than play tennis well. (more…)
[Translate] If you want a drink with really good shared plates of globally inspired food and unobstructed views of the Empire State Building, you should go to Spyglass Rooftop Bar perched on the 22nd floor of the Archer Hotel. The decor harkens back to the Art Deco era with plush leather bar seats and banquettes, marble topped tables and counters, with a wide open view (especially the gorgeous evening we were there) to the iconic Empire State Building where this bar takes its inspiration. The bar food is from the David Burke fabrick restaurant on the main floor. We started..