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Holiday Pastries at Maison Kayser (NYC)

[Translate] This year’s holiday offerings at Maison Kayser is continuing its tradition with the delicious and beautiful trio of Christmas bûches (their take on the yule log or bûche de Noël) – chestnut, berries and Kayser (chocolate). (more…)

Michael Jordan Steakhouse (NYC)

[Translate] I love the Grand Central station for its gorgeous architectural elements and well, it’s one of the major transportation hubs in New York City. I admit, during the holiday season I tend to shop around the area since there’s Saks and Bergdorfs and many of other beautiful stores to shop in Midtown. Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse is a very good option for a holiday shopping break and the best part is the view of the architectural marvel. (more…)

Bar Gonzo (NYC)

[Translate] Bar Gonzo is a cool, a little off-beat looking cocktail bar just west of the Theater District. When you enter, you’d see the large peacock behind the bar and you’d see their mascot, so to speak, in the details around the space like a pillow or the small peacock on the second floor’s bar. It’s a colorful, tropics inspired, laid back place to have well made drinks and the shareable snacks are quite tasty. (more…)

New York Taste 2017

[Translate] New York magazine’s annual signature event New York Taste is always a fun and delicious event that closes out the year with the large NYC food events. This event featured more than forty of the city’s most celebrated chefs, mixologists, and rising stars. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to City Harvest to help fight hunger in New York City. Some of the chefs/bartenders and their restaurants that attended that evening were Neal Harden of abcV, Jessi Singh of Babu Ji, Zachary Golper of Bien Cuit, Kenta Goto of Bar Goto, Daniel Alvarez of..

Dinner at Le Coucou (NYC)

[Translate] When you think of recent restaurant openings for the past few years (decade, really), it feels like elegant fine dining is dying. There are a select few restaurants that really drum up the food press of fine dining are places like the revamp of the legendary Four Seasons hotel’s restaurants led by the Major Food Group — and where I chose to celebrate my mother’s birthday at Le Coucou that opened about a year ago. Once you enter the doors of Le Coucou, it feels grand and sophisticated with the large circular chandeliers, plush leather stuffed banquettes but with..

La Maison du Chocolat Icons in XXL

[Translate] The luxury French chocolate brand started by Robery Linxe, La Maison du Chocolat is turning 40. And to commemorate its anniversary, they made their legendary chocolates large (like the size of an espresso cup’s saucer). They are nestled individually within custom-metallic boxes, the ‘Grands Carrés’ collection features three classic and three more contemporary bouchées. The classics Quito (a silky dark ganache tempered with subtle notes of milk and vanilla) and Salvador has the bright acidity of raspberry paired with this dark chocolate ganache with its round, fruity flavor. The Boheme is an airy, silky, lusciousness of milk chocolate ganache..

The Spaniard (NYC)

[Translate] The Spaniard is a lovely gastropub in West Village that is popular with mostly the young professional crowd. The vaulted ceilings and landmark designation, put the owners in mind of iconic New York taverns like Old Town and P.J. Clarke’s, which served as inspiration. The bar is stocked with 100 whiskeys, half of them Scotch, and the cocktail list calls out whiskey drinks like the Penicillin and a rosemary Manhattan. (more…)

Brunch at Street Taco (NYC)

[Translate] Street Taco is a colorful, cavernous, low-key Mexican spot in Gramercy. It’s an attractive restaurant decorated in white-glazed brick archways dividing the space, cobalt-blue booths and bright yellow chairs, murals by a Manhattan tattoo artist, and a lone golden disco ball. There are plenty of places to post up with a date or a group of friends for happy hour, but the booth by the front near the windows is a prime spot. Throw all fears of imminent headaches or hangovers to the wind and go for a Tsunami, which is a frozen margarita swirled with frozen sangria or..