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Dinner at TESSA (NYC)

[Translate] TESSA in the Upper West Side is a Mediterranean inspired restaurant that is a solid choice to dine in the neighborhood. Usually when you think of the Upper West Side, you don’t normally think of dining destinations kind of place but there are very great places to shop for food or specialize in a certain dish (e.g. Zabar’s and Barney Greengrass). When we entered the restaurant, there’s exposed white-washed brick walls with the black steel gates on the ceiling that gives it an industrial yet rustic look and a long and deep bar. We were escorted to the main..

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017

[Translate] Given that Valentine’s Day is a week away, there’s plenty of fantastic chocolate options from great artisan chocolate makers. Some go whimsical and adorable to he glam decoration but flavor is and always key for these brands. There is one tea brand that has a Valentine’s Day theme if you or your Valentine want to limit your chocolate intake. (more…)

Very Fresh Noodles (NYC)

[Translate] Very Fresh Noodles is one of the newest casual restaurant additions to the Chelsea Market that serves steaming bowls of biang biang noodles. It’s a small stall that has one chef stretching and pulling the fresh balls of dough with such force that you hear the broad bands of dough vibrate at the pull and loud thwack on to the counter. It’s a popular place to have these bowls of delicious noodles that even arriving during opening time on a Saturday morning, there’s a small crowd of people patiently waiting for their food. The flavor profiles of these noodles..

Dinner at Virginia’s (NYC)

[Translate] Virginia’s is located in the far east side of East Village that serves a tightly edited menu that showcases eclectic American cuisine and their cocktail program is strong. The look is old-world bistro (marble bar, smoked mirrors, tan banquettes, vintage restaurant menus) and it feels like an elegantly easygoing neighborhood restaurant. We started out with a Maplebrook Farms Burrata that’s set on a pistachio, salsa verde spiked with yuzu kosho and a glass of Henry Varnay Ugni Blanc Brut, Loire NV. The burrata was fresh and it had good flavors but it lacked the unctuous creamy center that’s expected..

Cochon 555: 2017 Tour NYC

[Translate] Cochon555 is back again for 2017 and they are generally the first big food event to kick off the year. For me, it’s been a couple of years since I’ve last been to this event and while most of this is familiar, it’s in a gorgeous venue of Weylin that is formerly the Williamsburgh Savings Bank. At the beginning of the event, we can’t help but look up and around the beautiful Art-Deco domes of the rooms. The format is generally the same, having five local chefs cooking with heritage pigs and compete for the title, Prince or Princess..

Epiphany Pastries from Maison Kayser

[Translate] Despite the fact Epiphany passed (it was on January 6th this year), Maison Kayser still has their amazing pastries for this holiday. The traditional galette des rois (comes in individual sized and family sized, latter shown) is a beautiful, golden brown puff pastry filled with a creamy, delicately almond-y frangipane. A slice of this flaky, subtly sweet pastry is great with a cup of tea or coffee. (more…)

Dinner at Tavern 62 by David Burke (NYC)

[Translate] Tavern 62 is the latest venture (in a familiar space) for Chef David Burke that opened since October 2016. This space was previously Fishtail and from my friend’s and my own recollections from many years ago called Townhouse, where we had our first taste, literally, of Chef Burke’s whimsical take on American cuisine. This time around, the ground floor is the bar, where a large after-work crowd were hanging out with a beer or a drink. The second floor has a spacious dining room that feels like a gentleman’s lounge — dimly lit, dark blue painted walls and long,..

Brunch at Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera (NYC)

[Translate] On Sunday, a friend and I had plans to see the Chinese Philharmonic performing at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. Since it’s a few minutes away, we had brunch at Grand Tier at the Metropolitan Opera. (The Sunday brunch at the Grand Tier started on December 4th.) A video posted by Tina Wong | Food & Travel (@wanderingeater) on Dec 12, 2016 at 6:40am PST Walking up to the second floor where the Grand Tier is located in the Met Opera house, it’s a beautiful restaurant with the stunning drop chandeliers and natural light from the large windows..

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate (NYC)

[Translate] Chef Gabriel Kreuther and his pastry chef Marc Aumont recently opened a luxury chocolate shop, Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate, located next door to Chef Kreuther’s proper restaurant. It’s a great place to duck away from the crowds of Bryant Park or a holiday shopping break from Fifth Avenue. The moment I stepped into ths beautiful shop, I see the glass encased chocolate workshop and the large display cases toward the back showcasing the jewel-like chocolate bonbons and bars and a separate pastry case filled with trays of cheesecake macarons, eye-catching colorful pastries, and uniquely shaped travel cakes that are essentially..