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Breakfast at Asana in Mandarin Oriental Boston

Asana’s dining room During our final morning at the serene, luxurious Mandarin Oriental Boston, we had breakfast at their restaurant Asana. Our beverages: Cappuccino, Carafe of Stumptown Coffee; Fresh grapefruit juice; Fresh cranberry-grapefruit juice We started with a flight of fresh squeezed juices (grapefruit and cranberry-grapefruit) and caffeine (cappuccino, organic French pressed coffee, and carafe of Stumptown drip coffee) to wake us up. The juices were delicious and I liked the vibrant colors and flavors of the fruits. The coffee definitely get our minds running in the best way.


Bold, Gusty Italian Inspired Food at Coppa (Boston, MA)

Interior and Menu of Coppa Coppa is a very popular, Italian-inspired restaurant run by the chef/owners Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette. This small plates restaurant serves platters of salumi, housemade pasta, and pizza crafted from local, seasonal ingredients. Coppa offers a certain urban charm. It sits on a quieter corner behind Peters Park. The intimacy of the space works well as there is little car traffic. Inside, Coppa’s wedge-shaped room with simple black-and-cream-colored décor is also appealing, especially with the taxidermy pig head donning, when we were there, a Christmas hat, and seats about 40. We were aware of Chef..


Excellent Creative Greek Dinner at Snack EOS

) Snack EOS is a new restaurant featuring modern Greek restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, a few blocks away from Penn Station. This restaurant is by the same co-owners of Snack Taverna in West Village, Adam Greene and Dennis Chrysanthopoulos. This particular restaurant is almost a month old but the kitchen and front of the house worked like a well-oiled, experienced machine. The food was phenomenal and the wait staff knew their stuff. The interior felt cozy yet modern with the warm wood and clean lines. We started with a glass of Domaine Spiropulos “Red Stag”, Agiorgitiko, 2012 ($9), a Greek..


Thoughtful Asian-Spanish Fusion at Dos Palillos (Barcelona, Spain)

< One of the unique meals I’ve eaten in Barcelona was at the 1* Michelin restaurant, Dos Palillos. Dos Palillos technically has two locations, one being in Barcelona (where I ate and the original location) and Berlin, Germany. It’s a thoughtful, fusion restaurant merging Asian, mostly Japanese, cuisine with Spanish food sensibilities; not some weird mash-up of cuisines that doesn’t make sense on a plate. The results were mostly good (with a few dishes bringing up my childhood memories) but a few little details that could have made certain dishes excellent. This place is very popular, especially on the Saturday..


Dinner at Prune

Papadum with Prune’s menus & Interior Last night, I figured to have dinner with a my friends last night at Prune. Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve been to this excellent restaurant for dinner (I’m a long time fan for brunch) so I came armed with my camera and the Weryoo app to share my photos. Weryoo is a new photo sharing community that allows you to pin/locate where you’ve taken your photos, given the fact you’ve allowed your camera or any photo taking app (if you’re not using Weryoo’s camera directly) with the locate function on. It’s fun..


Atera – Intimate and Interesting

My birthday cake Financier Last weekend was my birthday. I celebrated initially with a group of friends and family by sharing the Marechal Praline cake that is currently part of Financier’s holiday cakes with some celebratory booze (sweet white port and Rémy Martin XO Cognac). I chose this cake since it would appeal to a lot of my guests. It’s a moist, chocolate praline mousse and they liked the delicately crisp feuillatine texture found in the mousse. Many thanks for Financier for delivering the beautiful and delicious cake to my home! Right after the cake, a good friend of mine..


Bryce Shuman & Eamon Rockey of Betony at DeGustibus Cooking School

eneral Manager Eamon Rockey and Executive Chef Bryce Shuman of Betony; Menu of the evening; Passing out glasses of sparkling wine; Amuse of beets, horseradish, goat’s milk foam Two nights ago, the cool guys of Betony, Executive Chef Bryce Shuman and General Manager Eamon Rockey, were cooking dinner and holding a cooking demo at DeGustibus Cooking School found within Macy’s Herald Square in Manhattan. Chef Shuman was formerly at Eleven Madison Park (here’s a group photo of the kitchen crew back then when I dined and met Bryce nearly 2 years ago) and Eamon Rockey recently worked at Aska and..


El Quim de la Boqueria, Barcelona, Spain

The restaurant; Inside one of their display cases; Menu If you’ve followed my Twitter feed, I went to Barcelona, Spain with a few friends last week. I would delve how amazing this pork (and seafood) loving city is but that would be a future post. We stayed at an apartment in the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) which was a few blocks away from La Boqueria. One of the “must eat” places within that grand food market is El Quim de la Boqueria that cooks with all the products found within this market (save for their beverages). This restaurant is more..


Elegant Buffet Brunch at Ai Fiori

Inside the dining room; Live jazz band playing; Table setting Ai Fiori recently launched Sunday Brunch a few weekends ago. When I read the menu on their website originally, I presumed, it’s a two-course brunch for $65. But I thought, why not go there with my parents since I did have a very good experience for dinner a few years ago for my mother’s birthday. And it’s a great (albeit gluttonous and decadent) sendoff for myself before I head out to Barcelona, Spain. Bountiful bread basket, fresh chocolate croissants, Tiers of sweets, Bagel filling spread, Italian charcuterie; Desserts of millefeuilles,..