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New Taste of the Upper West Side 2014: Best of the West

[Translate] New Taste of the Upper West Side is an annual series of food events that benefits The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), not-for-profit corporation, and one of New York City’s official business districts. The BID area, from West 67th Street to West 82nd Street, is a continuous stretch of shops and restaurants, including the American Museum of Natural History and the New-York Historical Society. All commercial properties within the area are members of the BID. Our focus is on making our area a superb public space, so that business thrives and the quality of life for visitors and..

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2014

[Translate] What to get for your old man? That’s the question that tends to brew in my mind when every year arrives to Father’s Day. It’s hard to pick a gift for my dad personally because he pretty much has everything he wants and needs in life but there’s always something that could surprise him, especially when it comes down to the quaffable and edible. The Booze… Greenore 8 Year Old Single Grain Irish Whiskey won Gold three years in a row at the International Wine and Spirits Competition between 2008 and 2010. This whiskey is an interesting expression made..

Solid Dinner at Crescent Grill (Long Island City, NY)

[Translate] Exterior of Crescent Grill; At the bar; Paintings by Elinore Schnurr for LIC Arts Open at Crescent Grill This past week was the start of Long Island City (LIC) Arts Open. One of the venues that was exhibiting solo art exhibitions was interestingly, at Crescent Grill. Crescent Grill is a new restaurant that also have an art gallery at the front half of the restaurant called Dougherty Gallery that it mixes and supports the local artists, like Elinore Schnurr seen above, and have very good food if you want to settle in for a meal. Crescent Grill stands out..

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..

Hill Country Barbecue Market Brooklyn: Delicious Texas-Style ‘Cue

[Translate] Last night we went to Hill Country Barbecue Market Brooklyn, Hill Country Barbecue’s recent addition to their brand as it’s slightly more than two months old. What I like about Hill Country Barbecue is the fact it’s very good Texas-style barbecue. Their signature item is the moist (in other words, fatty) brisket and as an omnivore with carnivorous leanings, you must get that or you will regret it. The brisket has the desired bark (the thin layer of encrusted spices due to long hours of smoke), the pink-red ring underneath and the fat cap on top of the luscious..

Taste of the Nation NYC 2014

[Translate] Executive Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois of Blue Smoke & Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality and Honorary Chair of this event A few nights ago, Taste of the Nation NYC by No Kid Hungry that took place at 82 Mercer that drew over 80 renowned restaurants and bars, chefs and food personalities, in New York City to raise awareness for fighting hunger in America. One in five children in this country struggles with hunger, including nearly 925,000 kids in New York alone. The good news is that this is a solvable problem. The No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood..

(Still) Very Good Dinner at ABC Kitchen

[Translate] I’m a fan of Executive Chef Dan Kluger’s delicious food at ABC Kitchen. I still remembered when I was last here (at least documented on this site or any social media) and a few days before this dinner, I was cooking with him the New York Culinary Experience. The cooking class at the Culinary Experience weekend reignited my adoration for Kluger’s food, especially that amazing pea toast that I talked gushed about it to a friend who hasn’t eaten at ABC Kitchen before. So, we ended up making dinner plans there since he was intrigued about the pea toast...

Dinner at Ivy Bar & Grill (NYC)

[Translate] We had a recent after-work dinner at Ivy in New York Citys’ Hell’s Kitchen. It’s a bustling, loud bar and restaurant that works great for the after work crowd. Since we were starving from a long day of work, we did order a couple of dishes beyond the a few drinks. We started with drinks of the Bohemian Rhapsody (a gin based with elderflower liqueur and fresh cucumber; $11) and Passion fruit margarita (based on silver tequila, passion fruit juice and triple sec; $12). (more…)

New York Culinary Experience 2014

[Translate] Last weekend, (not far after I landed from London), I attended the New York Culinary Experience 2014 at the International Culinary Center in SoHo, New York. As like my previous two years of participating in these weekends, this cooking weekend is always a blast. Certainly food filled (you will practically eat non-stop from morning to early evening). You will be enlightened by famous and well respected chefs (at least two dozen on the schedules) and get a sense of their personality as they teach you their recipes and you’ll meet individuals from around the country who love food and..