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Afternoon Holiday Tea at Fairmont Battery Wharf – Not Your Grandmother’s Tea

Afternoon tea at the Fairmont Battery Wharf is what I would consider, a modern take of what the age-old version of afternoon tea. Their dining room is streamlined and modern, evoking a luxury yacht with cozy touches like comfortable leather sofas and chairs, a fireplace toward the back, and floor to ceiling windows looking out to the majestic wharf. It’s more of a handsome place rather than a feminine or frilly dining room. The food has a modern take to it and service is friendly and not uptight. The diners there were a mix of tourists and locals who were..

Driving to Boston, MA with the luxurious Cadillac CTS

My 2014 Cadilac CTS: At home and in Boston This past holiday weekend, the luxurious American automobile company, Cadillac lent me their best car to me, the fully equipped 2014 CTS Sedan. It’s a striking, powerful car with a 3.6L V6 engine, premium Bose® Active Noise Cancellation sound system, plenty of leg room – even in the rear seats – and it’s loaded with tons of safety features with the Driver Awareness Package (like the rear view cameras, Safety Alert Seat, etc.). I’m highlighting a few details but it’s truly a fantastic car. Since I have this amazing car to..

Loews Philadelphia Hotel – A Historical Landmark & Luxurious Hotel

At the lobby of Loews Philadelphia Hotel Loews Philadelphia Hotel is a national historical landmark (earned its status in 1979), as it was the first International style skyscraper built in the United States. This building was formerly the Philadelphia Saving Fund Society Building, or PSFS Building, the nation’s first savings bank. The bank commissioned the construction of a 36-story, 491-foot skyscraper that would provide for the banking and office activities of the Society, designed by architects William Lescaze and George Howe. The bank eventually failed and was bought by developers to turn into a Loews Hotel. Conversion into a hotel..

Seasonal Tasting Menu Dinner at Manresa, Los Gatos, CA for My Dad’s Birthday

Outside of Manresa I have heard about Manresa and its Chef-Proprietor David Kinch for the past several years from the food media and it’s been placed on my list of restaurants I must eat since then. (Within the past 6 months, Manresa was earned a 2* Michelin rating and a spot within The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.) With the timing of my then graduation from my Master’s program and my dad’s birthday, it’s just one of those very good reasons not to pass up this opportunity to celebrate and dine at Manresa. (I wrote back on my post this earlier..

Love Apple Farms, Santa Cruz, CA – Lovely Farm on the Mountains

Love Apple Farms’ sign, the nursery, seen from the farm’s offices, the garden, Love Apple Farms’ Co-owner, Cynthia Sandberg (in blue shirt) and Garden Manager, Sarah When my family and I planned to dine at the 2* Michelin Manresa (my post on that meal soon) earlier this June, I insisted that we must book a tour of the farm that grows the beautiful produce for this restaurant and that is Love Apple Farms, about a 15-20 minute drive from Manresa or about 1 hour and 15-40 minutes from the center of San Francisco. (more…)

Ritual Roasters – Amazing Coffee in San Francisco, CA

Brandon of Ritual Roasters met my family and I when we’re in San Francisco on one bright and early June morning. All in the name of great coffee. I know a number of you might be screaming at your screens, essentially at me, “Why didn’t you visit [insert well known San Francisco coffee cafe and roaster]?” One main reason: We have it in New York City. Three locations. My purpose to visit, dine and/or drink at certain places when I travel is because I can’t find them at home and it has to be good. At the Proxy location Back..

Awesome Ice Cream from Humphry Slocombe, San Francisco

Exterior & interior shots of Humphry Slocombe and one of the proprietors Jake Godby I finally made it to the ice cream Holy Grail…Humphry Slocombe. Probably not everyone would understand the eccentricity behind the work of co-owners Jake Godby and Sean Vahey from the humoruous tongue-in-cheek names to the unusual flavor combinations for ice cream and sorbet. You can almost say they are the West Coast brothers of Big Gay Ice Cream except the latter does soft-serve ice cream. When you enter this ice cream parlor, it looks like a classic, retro ice cream shop – black-and-white tile floor, chrome-and-red-leather..

Fantastic Late Breakfast at Tartine Bakery, San Francisco

Exterior of Tartine; Waiting on line inside and fresh pile of Morning buns Tartine Bakery is one of the most well known bakeries in San Francisco. This bakery focuses on using local, organic (if possible) ingredients, and made with love and care for great pastries. The co-owners of Tartine, Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson won the James Beard Award back in 2008 for Best National Pastry Chef. They also printed two excellent books (my personal favorite is Tartine Bread). Pastries seen… When I visited this bakery during my visit to San Francisco on a Tuesday morning, the place was bustling..

Dinner at Piperade, San Francisco

Piperade: Exterior, interior, menu Piperade is a rustic, comfortable, California-Basque restaurant that I would go out to eat on a weekly basis, if I were to live in San Francisco. It’s satisfying food that isn’t too fussy or complex and has a good value compared to other San Francisco restaurants. Appetizers: Serrano ham with a glass of Viña Cartín, Albariño, Dungeness crab salad, cold foie gras We had a glass of crisp, quaffable Viña Cartín Albariño 2010 ($10 per glass) to go with our appetizers. The paper-thin sliced serrano ham ($17) drizzled in Arrels olive oil was tasty. It’s smooth..