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Restaurant Week: Eleven Madison Park

[Translate] This is my final Restaurant Week review. I’ve changed my mind into going to another restaurant for RW. I don’t think I can handle it anymore. So, let me talk about Eleven Madison Park, shall I?I went to Eleven Madison Park before. As in my pre-blogging days and it was two years ago before the current chef, Daniel Humm, took charge of the kitchen. The restaurant has made a few changes, physically, in comparison to my last visit: they got rid of the large chandeliers and the black leather banquettes with a warm colored wood are the seating now...

Round 2 of Restaurant Week Lunch: Telepan

[Translate] Oh vey. Another restaurant to eat in. Two more to go…(that’s next week) Telepan in my perspective, a restaurant that caters to the neighborhood…well sort of. It’s very basic food fare (nothing out of the ordinary) and the prices are moderate, considering the location. When I first entered the door of this restaurant, at the maître d’s table I saw a small stack of Chef Bill Telepan’s book! It just hit me of the NY Times article that Frank Bruni just written about. If you want to know what I’m talking about, click here. I felt a bit of..

Taking a Break from Haute Cuisine: Chinatown

[Translate] I’m seriously eating too much food this week. I’m definitely taking it easy on the food after this Saturday. I’m still going to the remaining two restaurants next week but don’t expect the daily write-ups I’m doing this week. It’ll most likely be the once or twice a week posting from the next week on. Sorry, my body can handle so much food. Today I went to Chinatown since I’m eating all this fancy stuff the past two days (Cafe Sabarsky and A Voce), I just randomly go into different bakeries all over C-town and hope to find something..

A Delicious Lunch at Café Sabarsky

[Translate] Those of you who have read my earlier posts around December, I wanted to go to Café Sabarsky for lunch. However the extremely long wait due to the fact that it was 12:30 and it was the holiday season, it was packed with people and I was about to faint from hunger. So, today I managed to get to eat there for lunch (finally!). I arrived there at 11:05 and I was hungry (I ate breakfast at 6 AM, mind you). Basically, you just enter the doors to the Neue Gallery and they check your bags and you enter..

The Best Muffin in NYC Goes To…?

[Translate] Notes: I know this is a post that I’ve spoken about ages ago that I should’ve written but I was lazy. Sorry. It’s better late than never. This may be a good way to start the new year by knowing where to get your morning muffin. (End note) Hmm…you have to read it out to know the answer. Yes… you have to read out my rants and raves of who’s the best, superb muffin to who just got the most awful thing I put in my mouth that doesn’t deserve to have the name, muffin. I would call it..

A Japanese Lunch & Desserts

[Translate] Yesterday I had the intention of going to eat lunch at Cafe Sabarsky. However, the wait was killing me – almost 40 minutes and I was starving! So, I just gave up my spot on line and just took a bus down 5th Avenue. I ended up going to Takashimaya’s Tea Box Cafe. I wanted to eat here for a while and since I this is my chance now, I went in. Those of you who have never went in here before, it’s basically an upscale Japanese department store that tastefully blend Japanese and French style. (I must say..

My Chocolate Binge This Week

[Translate] As some of you might have read from my previous post, I have gone crazy for upscale chocolates for some reason for the past week. Possibly I blame the upcoming Christmas holidays for their marketing or just because I’m a chocolate hedonist. Sometimes it’s good to live in New York City just because there is so many different chocolate shops and boutiques that one can check out. My chocolate trek started with Max Brenner’s in Union Square. I have passed this chocolate shop/restaurant countless times and I went in their shop once during opening day. For some reason, I..

Egg tarts, dumplings, chocolate dumplings and more…

[Translate] I woke up this morning and thought to myself, “I want some Chinese food.” Obviously being in New York, that means Chinatown. So, before I left my house I just grab a cup of coffee and a banana, in hopes of stuffing myself with good Chinese food. The problem with the morning commute is that I haven’t been to Chinatown in a loong time, as in the last time I’ve written about Chinatown was about 2 months ago, long. So, I’ve lost my way there wandering around the streets trying to figure out where the heck are the three..

The NYC Chocolate Show! (My Kind of Heaven!)

[Translate] Yesterday afternoon, Friday, November 10th, I went to the 9th Annual NYC Chocolate Show. I arrived there about 12 PM and I already bought the ticket online for $25.05 (regular admission is $25 at the door), including the discount code from Frommer’s; it’s just the shipping and fees TicketMaster kicks in to inflate the charges further instead of $15. But I’m not complaining I avoided the long line waiting to get a ticket in person. When I got into the Chocolate Show, they stamped my hand so I could come back in later on today, if I want, and..