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Dinner at The Sea Fire Grill (NYC)

[Translate] The Sea Fire Grill is a seafood restaurant from the same team of the Benjamin Steakhouse. Like the Benjamin Steakhouse, this restaurant has the same high-level service and the food is very solid. Muted cream and brown tones dominate the dining areas with pops of color from recessed blue bulbs throughout the space. A shimmering blue accent wall gives the impression of being underwater and a large fireplace crackles at the far end of the dining room. The large bar area gives diners a front row seat to watch bartenders build the specialty cocktails and champagne spritzers, Usually when..

Cosme

[Translate] Cosme is not the typical Mexican restaurant you would think. It’s definitely not the taco restaurants you see popping up all over the city in terms of food and decor. This restaurant is owned and run by Chef Enrique Olvera (of his famed Mexico City restaurant Pujol) streamlined cool but not overtly trendy from its looks and the food is modern, upscale Mexican cuisine and the tightly edited menu is about shared plates. (more…)

Fantastic Seafood at Wild Tale (Vancouver, B.C.)

[Translate] Wild Tale is a fairly new seafood restaurant founded by co-owners John Crook and Erik Heck. In recent years, they’ve made a name with their crowd-pleasing Flying Pig restaurants. The whole concept of this place is California-fresh, easily affordable, simple seafood restaurant. The dining room is spacious with some wood trim to make it feel rustic and squeezed in a few more tables on the bare-bones patio. The color scheme is beige, cream and hunter green. Sort of feels like a fishing lodge. There is nothing revelatory about the menu – and that’s a good thing. It’s comfort seafood,..

Storyville Coffee at Pike Market (Seattle, WA)

[Translate] Storyville Coffee opened its doors in October 2013. Pike Place Market is the Seattle-based brand’s flagship store. The Pike Market the beating heart of the city’s culinary scene. Steeped in coffee history and community, the Pike Place Market can be very intimidating for any new business hoping to stand out, let alone another coffee shop. The Market birthed the nation’s coffee culture with the opening of the first Starbucks store in 1971, followed by the first Seattle’s Best Coffee store in 1984. In addition to these coffee giants, Pike Place Market today is also home to four smaller coffee..

Soft Peaks Ice Cream (Vancouver, B.C.)

[Translate] Soft Peaks is a fairly new, all-natural, organic soft serve ice cream in the historical neighborhood of Gastown in Vancouver started by two brothers, Dan and Ken Kim. The Kims use Avalon organic milk with a touch of sweetness to get their all-natural creamy soft-serve. Soft Peaks’ ice cream has a milk-forward flavor that is delicately sweet. Customers can use the toppings available to enhance the sweetness level to their own taste or go along with the signature sundae lineup. (more…)

Solid Southern-Style Brunch at Mamie Taylor’s (Vancouver, B.C.)

[Translate] Mamie Taylors is one of those hipster-like restaurants (like the ones I’ve seen in Brooklyn, NY) that has the rustic, exposed brick and wood beamed decor with lots of taxidermy (as I’ve learned, it’s donated from locals) that is an 85-seat American restaurant specializing in Southern comfort food with a contemporary twist. This restaurant is the vanguard to the Chinatown neighborhood in Vancouver. The Chinatown there is sort of a shadow of itself since most of the Chinese community has migrated south to Richmond. The relaxed and casual ambiance of exposed brick walls and kitsch play into the up-and-coming..

Valentine’s Day Pastries from Ladurée

[Translate] This year for Valentine’s Day, Ladurée has a couple of options for the luxe French pastry admirer in your life. L’Amarante ($25), is a small heart-shaped cake made of light, soft almond biscuit that’s intensely flavored with Morello cherries. It’s cloud-like from the Morello cherry “blanc manger” mousse and cake, and the tart-sweet cherry flavor just sings at every bite from the cherry jam. It’s a great alternative to all the chocolates one would receive for Valentine’s. For something cute, the “I Love You” macaron box ($25) is more than just a pretty pastel blue and pink box printed..

Maison Kayser February 2016 Preview

[Translate] February is a busy time of the year. We have Lunar New Year (for us Asians who celebrate it), Valentine’s Day, and the assortment of food holidays like World Nutella Day (February 5th) and Pistachio Day (February 26th). Maison Kayser is helping out our busy lives by creating some beautiful and/or adorable pastries to bring to friends, family, and significant others. Maison Kayser’s Bread of the Month is candied ginger and dark chocolate viennois ($4.95 each), a soft, fluffy-crumbed bread that is not too sweet and has a good ratio of dark chocolate chunks and medium sized chunks of..

Dinner at Chambar (Vancouver, B.C., Canada)

[Translate] Chambar a huge, gorgeous, casual fine dining restaurant in Vancouver. The dining area has the brick walls, wooden beams and vaulted ceilings, and wood and black leather tufted banquettes, strong and masculine, balanced by colorful floating light fixtures. The atmosphere is definitely lively and it sets up for a fun meal. The menu reads international cuisine. Chambar draws influences from various cultures while sticking to flavors they are familiar with. The menu is seasonal and culturally influenced while incorporating a little farm to table. We started with unique cocktails like the Beety Street (a not too bitter with a..