Narcissa has generated quite a bit of buzz on the Internet for the past few weeks when it opened its doors. Narcissa is a joint venture with restauranteur André Balazs and Michelin-starred chef John Fraser (of Dovetail) and most of their ingredients are sourced from Balazs’ Hudson Valley farm, Locusts on Hudson. The menu is vegetable heavy. My friends and I are devoted omnivore-leaning carnivores and we liked Narcissa a lot. Fresh ingredients and it’s executed well. The restaurant is lovely with the warm blonde wood for the dining area with the open kitchen with counter seating and four-top tables..
The folks over at Kerrygold were sweet to send me a package of a few of their delectable light cheeses and their wonderful butter in aims to create a lighter, healthier dish. If you read this blog long enough, you’re aware that I don’t necessarily bridge the two unless I do feel insanely gluttonous. I like moderation and more on the lines of flavor trumps healthiness (especially desserts!). With that all said, I woke up one morning craving a bowl of savory oatmeal since I eat many variations of the sweet versions too often and had a craving for something..
This past weekend, we had an intense craving for doughnuts and since the snow was holding off until later that evening, we made the trek across the East River to the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg and headed straight to Dough‘s stall. Dough does have a brick-and-mortar store in Greenpoint but it’s a bit of a trek for me to head out there. So, Smorgasburg is closest to get my doughnut lovin’ self to get their delectable sweets. These doughnuts were made by the talented hands of Chef Fany Gerson (yes, the same woman behind La New Yorkina). These dessert plate-sized,..
Financier Patisserie has a Valentine’s Day collection of pastries that are inspired by the shape of the heart and flavors related to the holiday. If you have a large spread like I do, throw a sweet and festive afternoon tea with friends – whether or not you are you have a significant other in your life. The heart-shaped “couer” line of cakes come in two sizes, the small (serves up to 2 people) is $15 and the large (serves 4 to 6 people) is $35. Their passion au chocolate is consisted of a layer of moist almond macaron, dark chocolate..
For my family’s dinner on the second day of the (Chinese) year (we cooked a feast on the day of Chinese New Year), we headed out to North End Grill. I was curious of Chef Floyd Cardoz’s food since his days at Tabla, where he cooked robust, vibrant Indian dishes and I’ve been following Pastry Chef Tracy Obolsky since she was at Esca. North End Grill is an update of the American bar and grill in Battery Park City. When you enter the restaurant, your eyes would fall on the modern, sleek black and white checkered tile floors, clusters of..
Since Chinese New Year (it’s Year of the Horse) is pretty close to Valentine’s Day this year, I might as well mash them together and give you ideas as to gift giving to your family (if you do celebrate Chinese or Lunar New Year) and loved one (Valentine’s Day). To those who celebrate Chinese New Year: 恭喜發財! Gong xi fa cai! Wines and Spirits Ramey Wines was founded in 1996 by David Ramey and his wife in Healdsburg, California. The winery creates critically acclaimed, award-winning wines ever since, committed to Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Syrah as their primary varietals. Their..
Entrance to Flour Bakery (Back Bay location); Interior; Sweet orange rolls and Doughnut sugar muffins Flour Bakery (the bakery currently have 4 locations) was our first stop on our weekend holiday trip to Boston. What prompted us to go there first is because of the delicious memories I had when the James Beard nominated Chef Joanne Chang cooked at the James Beard House for afternoon tea. Since then, it was bookmarked in my brain to visit Chef Chang’s bakery and it finally happened. We went to the Back Bay location since it’s close to our hotel, The Mandarin Oriental. This..
Dining area; Attendees of the event; Our beverages Grand Central Oyster Bar is a 100-year old Manhattan institution for all things bivalves. The brand expanded to Park Slope, Brooklyn and opened last month (there are also two Japanese franchises and a small outpost in Newark airport). The Brooklyn’s décor echoes the signature arches of the original space and lights of the original. They brought some of the main restaurant’s menu to Brooklyn like the freshly shucked bivalves and other seafood specialties based on what’s offered at the market that day. Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn has a bright, mostly white..
Godiva’s Senior Chocolatier Chef David Funaro; my spread of Godiva goodies; Godiva chocolate liqueur with my glass of Simple Chocolate Martini I was invited to Godiva‘s New York City headquarters for the launch of their Lunar New Year chocolates with Godiva’s Senior Chocolatier Chef David Funaro. The spacious, streamlined, modern space are shared office space, an open kitchen and a model Godiva store so they could copy the displays to all of their shops around the globe. Along with tasting their standard but delicious line up of bonbons (as seen above) and their sweet Godiva chocolate martini. We were also..