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Brunch Eats 2016 by Village Voice (NYC)

[Translate] Last night was the inaugural Brunch Eats by Village Voice 2016 at the Intrepid Air, Sea, Air & Space Museum. The general idea of having breakfast for dinner is fun but what makes this event much cooler is the fact you’re eating in a museum filled with vintage war planes, submarines and even space rockets. Some of the best bites of the evening was the black sea bass and scallop “Bloody Mary” ceviche by Eugene & Co.. Loaded with fresh shrimp and black sea bass, wonderfully balanced and not too acidic. It’s very appropriate for a spring evening. (more…)

Very Good Dinner at Salinas (NYC)

[Translate] Salinas is a tapas restaurant in Chelsea, conveniently located a few blocks north of Chelsea Market, that actually serves very good Spanish fare. The type of Spanish cuisine Chef Luis Bollo cooks is trendy but not much of the molecular or modernist techniques involved. It’s real cooking that explores Galician-style Spanish food and most of the dishes we had were very good and some were excellent. When we entered to the bar area, it’s a tight space and not exactly the most appealing place to hang around despite of being surrounded by the artsy or cool people. But once..

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman

[Translate] The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman is currently considered the best luxury hotel in the Cayman Islands. It is a AAA Five Diamond property and occupies 144 acres across the Caribbean to the North Sound, facing Seven Mile Beach’s shoreline. When we entered the spacious and beautiful Silver Palm dining area that divides into two sections — a handsome, dark wood bar on one end and an elegant tea room flooded with lots of natural light. (more…)

Excellent Afternoon Tea at The Pembroke Room at The Lowell Hotel (NYC)

[Translate] I’ve recently went to The Pembroke Room at The Lowell Hotel for afternoon tea with my mother this past weekend. The Lowell is a boutique hotel in the tony neighborhood of the Upper East Side. When you do enter the charming Pembroke Room upstairs, it felt like I went to an elegant, wealthy grandmother’s home. It’s warmly lit with chandeliers, tables set with heavy tablecloths and fine china, and comfortably padded chairs. (more…)

Fantastic Dinner at Bedford & Co. at The Renwick (NYC)

[Translate] Bedford & Co at The Renwick hotel is the newest solo venture for Chef John DeLucie (formerly of The Crown, Waverly Inn and other buzzy restaurants several years ago). This is a new restaurant of about two months old that is still working out the small kinks with service but the food was incredibly good. The restaurant is conveniently located two blocks south of Grand Central Terminal and in walk able distance from Bryant Park. (more…)

Wilde Zwijnen (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

[Translate] During my trip to Amsterdam, I had a great dinner at Wilde Zwijnen, translated from Dutch, Wild Boar. This restaurant is situated in the Oost (East) side in the Indonesian neighborhood (Indische Buurt) of Amsterdam. The interior design of the place could be called industrial chic – a lot of exposed brick and simple furniture, with a few hanging plants and some elegant wall hangings. Beautiful concrete floor and industrial, wooden tables where your name is written in chalk if you have made a reservation. It still feels comfortable and reminds me of many of the new, small restaurants..

Unique Wine Bar at Wester Wijnfabriek (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

[Translate] Wester Wijnfabriek is located in the Westergarten area of Amsterdam. It’s a wine bar, wine shop, wine lab and wine tasting all under one roof. The bar of Wester Wijnfabriek Amsterdam is downstairs, where we hanged out. Warm wood and marble makes up the bar, making it feel cozy and chic at the same time. (This place feels totally right for a first date.) In the bar part you can order sandwiches and bites that match the natural wines perfectly. (more…)

Spring Table Dinner Series at Le Train Bleu at Bloomingdale’s (NYC)

[Translate] Last night was the inaugural seasonal table dinner series at Le Train Bleu at Bloomingdales. Since spring is arriving (sort of… we’re getting a cold blast in NYC soon), our menu that evening is inspired and created with spring ingredients by Executive Chef Jonathan Kava. As you make your way up and through Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street to reach to the restaurant, it’s unlike other department store restaurants. This is set like an 1870s French dining cart that it is named after. Starched linens, candles and small vases filled with cherry daffodils cover one long communal table for about..

Luxurious Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam & Lunch at Jansz

[Translate] On my recent trip to Amsterdam last week, I stayed at the gorgeous Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam. This hotel has heritage and prestige given its twenty-five restored 17th and 18th century houses that were once homes of prosperous trade merchants and the decadent and flamboyant Dutch aristocrats. The hotel grounds now encompass nearly an entire city block along Prinsengracht, the canal dedicated to the Prince of Orange. This hotel is still under renovations when I was there but when I entered the hotel, it felt like entering a high-end private residence. On the left of the door, you enter the..