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Kind Regards (NYC)

[Translate] When you want drinks that also has its history on music venue Cake Shop, you should check out Kind Regards. This cocktail lounge has an attractive bar that also has a small open kitchen where the cook is shucking oysters of the day and bar food. Most patrons hanged out here but my friends and I migrated to the back where the room is outfitted with brightly colored vinyl sofas and coffee tables like a hip living room and a couple of semicircle tables with stools on the sides of the room for smaller groups. A DJ was spinning..

Alimama (NYC)

[Translate] Alimama is a gluten-free dessert shop owned and operated by Janie Wang that centers on the mochi in Chinatown. (Mochi is made of rice flour and rice is naturally gluten-free.) Wang merged traditional ingredients with modern flavors, so her mochi donuts are available in flavors like matcha with toasted rice krispies, caramelized sugar and salted Nutella caramel, and dark chocolate with coconut. The donuts are dense and chewy like mochi and has a gentle crisp exterior. The glazes and toppings are barely sweet enough to register in my brain that it’s dessert (that is a very good thing if..

Keki Modern Cakes – Great Asian-Style Desserts (NYC)

[Translate] The Asian-style bakery Keki Modern Cakes opened about a year ago. If the name does sound familiar, this is the brand of the “bouncy” or “jiggly” cheesecake Instagram fame. While the fervor simmered down slightly, there’s lots of love for this place since they’ve opened a second location in Korea Town in Manhattan. (more…)

Lobby Bar at The New York EDITION Hotel (NYC)

[Translate] There are times when you want to have drinks that isn’t in a speakeasy atmosphere (general norm in NYC) but feels like you are in an elegant living room. That place would be at The New York EDITION Hotel‘s Lobby Bar. One of the chic hotels in New York City, it’s designed by Ian Schrager known for his minimalist aesthetic, and all of the EDITIONs are trendy spots in hip cities. The building, which was erected in 1909 as the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, is known for its picturesque clock tower, blending history with an elegant, modern hotel..

La Maison du Chocolat for Mother’s Day

[Translate] My longtime favorite French chocolate brand La Maison du Chocolat has many delicious and sophisticated chocolate options for the mother in your life and in a range of budgets. Knowing my mom this long, she’s a woman who adores Champagne and all things elegant so giving her the Effervescence Gift Box is a no brainer. This collection contains a mix of milk ganache with rosé champagne and dark ganache with brut champagne in a rose gold box. The creamy chocolates stand out but meld with each champagne’s flavors wonderfully and it’s never too sweet.

Theatrical Cocktails and Very Good Austrian Fare at Bar Freud (NYC)

[Translate] Being out in Greenwich Village, there’s many options for good cocktails. The relatively new spot that serves delicious (and strong) cocktails with a bit of dramatic flair at Bar Freud. This lovely bar/restaurant is owned by Chef Eduard Frauneder of Edi and the Wolf teamed up with his fellow Austrian Albert Trummer, the ever-inventive mixer of elixirs, and Mr. Trummer’s son, Jakob. (more…)

Altesi Downtown (NYC)

[Translate] If you want of some tiny bit of solace from the craziness of SoHo, there’s Altesi Downtown. This Italian (Tuscan cuisine, to be a little more precise) restaurant is spacious and even though it has a fair amount of diners, it never gets too loud while we were dining there on a recent evening. The dining room features an elevated platform that can open to the street, offering quick alfresco dining. Meanwhile, further to the rear, a wine wall dominates the back of the restaurant as the seats transition into more of a cozy vibe. Visible from all seats..

Dinner at Acqua Restaurant NYC (NYC)

[Translate] There are times when I crave simply cooked seafood in an unpretentious restaurant – and having both requirements eating out is kind of hard to find. But there is Acqua Restaurant. It’s down at the South Street Seaport area and this charming Italian seafood restaurant feels comfortable and cozy during the cold winter’s evening that a friend and I visited. (more…)

2018 Luxury Easter Chocolates

[Translate] This year’s Easter luxury chocolates are colorful, adorable and of course, absolutely delicious. One of my personal favorite French chocolate brand, La Maison du Chocolat has the traditional Easter chocolates like a chocolate rabbit (this one is the Dulcey, seen above the post’s title) filled with foiled covered chocolate praline eggs (both milk and dark chocolate). For something much more playful and whimsical, there are Easter Fish chocolate bars that comes in four varieties. The one shown here is the Clown Fish made of a luscious ivory chocolate, layered with milk praliné with almonds. The fish is available for..