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Sucr’elle Chocolateria (Mexico City)

[Translate] Whenever you think of Mexico City, you’d never really think of upscale chocolates. I am generalizing this of course, but most of the time people would think of Mexican coffee more than chocolate. There are a few exceptions to this statement and one that I’ve “discovered” was Sucr’elle Chocolateria. This cozy chocolate shop in the upscale Polanco neighborhood is owned and run by a couple – Sandra and Enrique – who have backgrounds in the restaurant and pastry businesses. They have worked around various restaurants and countries before settling back in Mexico City. (more…)

Yoshimi at Hyatt Regency Mexico City

[Translate] During my time staying at the Hyatt Regency Mexico City, one of the staff members who was our appointed butler, Francisco mentioned that there is a fairly large community of Japanese immigrants to the city and while there isn’t a large enclave like the various Chinatowns and Koreatowns we have in the States, there’s a reason why there are a number of Japanese restaurants in Mexico City. He also informed us that this hotel was previously a Japanese-owned hotel hence the two Japanese restaurants in residence here. Of the two, we chose Yoshimi since we had a strong craving..

Ophelia Lounge – Come For The Drinks, Stay For The Stunning Views (NYC)

[Translate] There are lots of rooftop bars in New York City. Some would get your attention having the relatively close-up views of the Empire State Building, while others give you another perspective of this grand city. When it comes to Ophelia Lounge at the Beekman Tower from Merchants Hospitality and Public Agenda, it’s a very chic setting with amazing views of Long Island City and the eastern end of Midtown. You’re greeted with soaring 30-foot ceilings and a 24-foot-long pewter bar when you step off the elevator. Vintage lighting and 13-foot windows showcase 360-degree views, while the maroon and red-velvet..

MakiMaki – Fast, Casual Sushi That’s Delicious (NYC)

[Translate] If you ever been to Midtown West, namely the five to seven block radius of Carnegie Hall, you’d be surrounded with the extremes of dining – either it’s incredibly delicious but it’s very expensive (maybe even Michelin starred) or unsatisfying food that is moderately priced (you can do street food cheap with the halal carts but I’m talking about sit-down type of dining). There is a glimmer of hope with MakiMaki, owned and run by Kevin Takarda, offers reasonably priced maki sushi (rolled and cut up) or temaki (hand roll) sushi that is fresh and delicious. Takarada saw a..

Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote (NYC)

[Translate] If you want an easy meal that has a moderately priced, simple, straightforward menu of salad and steak frites, head over to Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote . This restaurant’s name might sound familiar if you been to Paris, as this is the famous Parisian steakhouse in the 17th Arrondissement. (more…)

Very Good Japanese Fare at Sushi Seki Times Square – Kappo Room and Mini Omakase

[Translate] It’s been a while since I’ve dined at Sushi Seki Times Square. What I liked when dining there was primarily for their sushi when I’m in the neighborhood for dinner (may it be for dinner before a show or if I’m meeting up with friends who are near the west side of Manhattan). Recently, this spacious flagship location of the Sushi Seki restaurants started a mini omakase menu at the main floor bar area. If anyone is aware of what an sushi omakase is, these are the chef’s choice of various nigiri sushi that tends to be ten or..

Very Good Upscale Indian Dinner at Zaika (NYC)

[Translate] While there are a number of fine dining Indian restaurants in Manhattan, Zaika is a pretty darn strong contender. Located several blocks away from Grand Central Station, this restaurant is lovely as it has a lounge area with a water feature near the bar and hostess stand. The dining room is quite spacious and the decor is modern and there’s different prints on the walls of the Buddha and nature scenes inspired by India. When it comes to the food, the seafood dishes were stellar but everything else we had were delicious as well. The flavors are on-point and..

Preview Opening of Boucherie Gramercy Park (NYC)

[Translate] Earlier last week, the French steakhouse bistro Boucherie opened a new location in Gramercy. If you ever stopped by their original location in the West Village, it’s a similar look and feel. The yellow, dim lights that reminds me of a romantic Parisian bistro but this place has a charcuterie counter right off the entrance of the new location. The cocktails were strong and the drinks are created by head bartender Anthony Bohlinger formerly of Maison Premiere. The Birds of Paradise, a tall drink made of Beefeater gin, Sotol, Bigallete thyme, fennel, beet, lemon and egg white that isn’t..

Solid Dinner at Flinders Lane (NYC)

[Translate] A few evenings ago, a friend and I had a solid dinner at Flinders Lane. This modern Australian restaurant draws a heavy influence on southeastern Asian cuisine, especially when reading through the tightly edited menu. The décor pays homage to the gritty history of Flinders Lane, a former rag-trade district in Melbourne, with concrete walls and floors, bare bulbs suspended from skinny metal cages and a mural of adjacent Hosier Lane in its neon-graffiti glory. (more…)