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Lovely Afternoon Tea at Le Meurice (Paris, France)

[Translate] If you have been following my Instagram for the past week or so, I’m traveling around Paris, Nice and Monaco and eating quite well. Please note, these posts are not in any particular order (chronological or even about preference of a restaurant, hotel, etc.). Le Meurice is a beautiful seven-story, hotel palace located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, it’s in the best location in all of Paris, especially for museum lovers (but beware the flood of tourists). The opulent Restaurant Le Meurice (2* Michelin) looks pulled straight out of Versailles with its gilded moldings and..

Monarch Rooftop Lounge (NYC)

[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..

US Open 2016 #FlavorOfTheOpen

[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…)

Dinner with a View on North River Fish Bar (NYC)

[Translate] North River Fish Bar is a cool restaurant/bar dining on a boat. The interior of the bi-level space of the boat is pretty swanky. A cool lounge downstairs outfitted with a handsome wine cellar toward the back of the boat. Upstairs is the main dining room that gives you views of the west and southern Manhattan and eastern part of New Jersey. And the perk of this boat ride is the fact it’s included on the price of your food and drinks. (more…)

Flavorful, Healthy Fare at Springbone Kitchen (NYC)

[Translate] Under most circumstances, I am not the person who seeks out healthy food unless I feel the need to eat cleaner after an intense week of indulging at parties, events or even vacation. Springbone Kitchen is a new fast-casual place that is based on the bone broth (if you’ve been following the food news in NYC, it’s a big trend for the past year) in Greenwich Village. It’s founded by two young co-owners Jordan Feldman and Sam Eckstein who wanted healthier food options beyond the typical salad bowl and even one of them replaced his morning cup of coffee..

Ample Hills Creamery at Bubby’s Meatpacking (NYC)

[Translate] Ample Hills Creamery Meatpacking location on Gansevoort Street is a small 400-square-foot shop will be inside Bubby’s but have its own entrance, and has booth seating to accommodate eight to ten people. Ample Hills is known for its over-the-top, cheeky named New York-inspired ice cream flavors along with familiar nostalgic flavors like Strawberries & Cream from their flagship location at Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. What really makes this particular location unique to their other three permanent locations is their collaboration with Bubby’s utilizing their pies in their sundaes and shakes — and that’s what we were here for this past..

Brunch at The Riggsby at The Carlyle Dupont Circle (Washington, D.C.)

[Translate] WHen we arrived at The Riggsby‘s entrance, we felt like we were transported back in time or landed on the set of Mad Men — it’s set like a funky home late 1950s or 1960s. Lots of items draw your eyes to look or stare at like the old display cases, various old Time magazine covers during that era and the gorgeous, huge crystal chandelier set in the center of the dining room along with the skylight. We started our meals in a dainty fashion with two different toasts — avocado toast with shrimp and crab meat ($12) and..

Conrad’s Seafood Restaurant (Perry Hall, Maryland)

[Translate] If you’re going to be in Maryland’s coastline, you have to have their famous blue crabs. There are a couple of seafood restaurants are well known for serving this particular crusteacean but we chose Conrad’s Seafood. Conrad’s is a family run restaurant mini chain (they have four locations in Maryland) and we stuck with Perry Hall since it’s the closest to Baltimore rather than taking another hour long drive out to the coastline. (more…)

Dinner at Wit & Wisdom at Four Seasons Baltimore

[Translate] Four Seasons Baltimore opened its doors in 2011. This property is located on the edge of Baltimore’s historical and picturesque Harbor East waterfront. Apart from the top-notch location, the stylish lobby, gorgeous rooftop pool area and, of course, the Four Seasons’ signature impeccable service. The hotel has elegant accommodations, appointed with marble bathrooms, plush down comforters, cozy terrycloth robes, flat-screen TVs, and a beautiful spa with plunge pools. We had dinner at one of their restaurants, Wit & Wisdom, a casual fine dining restaurant by Michael Mina is one of the hottest restaurants in Baltimore. Chef Zack Mills helmed..