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Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea at The Langham Chicago

[Translate] For those who celebrate, Happy New Year and 恭喜發財! When we were visiting Chicago two weeks ago, The Langham Chicago was intuitive enough to serve Chinese New Year afternoon tea. The menu is generally inspired by Chinese cuisine while still maintaining the familiar format of tiers of food, served in separate courses, and the pots of very good tea of choice. (more…)

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits (Chicago, IL)

[Translate] I love desserts in many forms but pie is special because it can be either sweet or savory and typically encased in a flaky pastry. I was craving American Southern style comfort food and we’ve come to love Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits. It’s a cozy space that serves and specializes pie and biscuits in a setting of a neighborhood coffee shop with a cool antique chandelier. (more…)

Dinner at Baptiste & Bottle at Conrad Chicago (Chicago, IL)

[Translate] I’m back in Chicago for a couple of days (started last week, if you’re following me on Instagram) and I can’t believe it’s been five years since I’ve been to this beautiful city! Not to mention, the food scene was and is great here. It always feel like a short visit whenever I’m in town and I have yet to explore and taste the diverse ethnic foods of this city (shame on me) but there is always a next time. To start things off on a classy note, my friend and I had dinner at a new restaurant that..

Brunch at The Riggsby at The Carlyle Dupont Circle (Washington, D.C.)

[Translate] WHen we arrived at The Riggsby‘s entrance, we felt like we were transported back in time or landed on the set of Mad Men — it’s set like a funky home late 1950s or 1960s. Lots of items draw your eyes to look or stare at like the old display cases, various old Time magazine covers during that era and the gorgeous, huge crystal chandelier set in the center of the dining room along with the skylight. We started our meals in a dainty fashion with two different toasts — avocado toast with shrimp and crab meat ($12) and..

Conrad’s Seafood Restaurant (Perry Hall, Maryland)

[Translate] If you’re going to be in Maryland’s coastline, you have to have their famous blue crabs. There are a couple of seafood restaurants are well known for serving this particular crusteacean but we chose Conrad’s Seafood. Conrad’s is a family run restaurant mini chain (they have four locations in Maryland) and we stuck with Perry Hall since it’s the closest to Baltimore rather than taking another hour long drive out to the coastline. (more…)

Off to Baltimore (Hoehn’s Bakery and Baltimore Aquarium) with the 2016 Cadillac CT6

[Translate] The past Independence Day weekened, a few friends of mine and I drove down to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. with the 2016 Cadillac CT6. It’s a luxurious, stylish, head turning car that stopped many people (primarily men) in their tracks inquiring us what car is this whenever we parked. Besides its handsomeness, the car is a solid product that’s well-executed in grand old Cadillac style, with more creature comforts (like Onboard Wi-Fi with 4G LTE standard, and a large touchscreen offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. High-end options include a 34-speaker stereo, giant sunroof and adaptive cruise control) and..

Dinner at Wit & Wisdom at Four Seasons Baltimore

[Translate] Four Seasons Baltimore opened its doors in 2011. This property is located on the edge of Baltimore’s historical and picturesque Harbor East waterfront. Apart from the top-notch location, the stylish lobby, gorgeous rooftop pool area and, of course, the Four Seasons’ signature impeccable service. The hotel has elegant accommodations, appointed with marble bathrooms, plush down comforters, cozy terrycloth robes, flat-screen TVs, and a beautiful spa with plunge pools. We had dinner at one of their restaurants, Wit & Wisdom, a casual fine dining restaurant by Michael Mina is one of the hottest restaurants in Baltimore. Chef Zack Mills helmed..

Pitango Gelato and Pitango Bakery & Cafe (Washington, D.C. & Baltimore, MD)

[Translate] Pitango Gelato and its bakery (which I will talk about later) are a thriving small, family-owned business run by Noah Dan, truly believe in using the best, local (if possible), organic ingredients in their products. Pitango Gelato has multiple locations in DC, Baltimore, and Reston (in Virginia). We visited the Penn Quarter location for our gelato Inside, the space is clean, with lofty ceilings, lots of wood tones and a delightful minimalism with just the right amount of pastel yellow to make it seem homey. (more…)

Great Modern Southern Brunch at Empire State South (Atlanta, Georgia)

[Translate] Empire State South was one of the restaurants B chose (from his an impressive restaurant list) to have brunch during our small window of time to meet up for brunch. What was unexpected when our Uber dropped us off near the entrance of Empire State South was the unnamed large office or commercial building (I found out eventually it’s called Peachtree Club) with tall iron gates open to a long path leading to the restaurant. (When we’re walking through, it sort of reminds me of my visit to Purple Pig in Chicago.) The food here is traditional Southern food..