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Valentine’s Day Pastries from Ladurée

[Translate] This year for Valentine’s Day, Ladurée has a couple of options for the luxe French pastry admirer in your life. L’Amarante ($25), is a small heart-shaped cake made of light, soft almond biscuit that’s intensely flavored with Morello cherries. It’s cloud-like from the Morello cherry “blanc manger” mousse and cake, and the tart-sweet cherry flavor just sings at every bite from the cherry jam. It’s a great alternative to all the chocolates one would receive for Valentine’s. For something cute, the “I Love You” macaron box ($25) is more than just a pretty pastel blue and pink box printed..

Tastings Social Presents Mountain Bird (NYC)

[Translate] Tasting Social presents Mountain Bird is the relocated home of the critical, poultry-centric restaurant Mountain Bird. The co-owners and husband-wife team of Mountain Bird, Kenichi Tajima, a native of Japan who cooked at Payard Pâtisserie and Bistro and at Tastings, and Keiko, who works the front of the restaurant. I don’t normally make the trip up to East Harlem for food since it’s quite a schlep. However, Mountain Bird is a cozy restaurant that has the relaxed yet old time feeling feel with the butcher paper lined tables and the white plates and cups monogrammed in gold. The food..

Sohha Savory Yogurt – Fantastic NYC Local Yogurt

[Translate] At Sohha Savory Yogurt stall in Chelsea Market: Display, Menu, and fresh topping bar of savory ingredients For the past few years, I’ve been on a Greek yogurt kick because I adore the thick, tangy yogurt that tastes great on its own maybe with a touch of honey at most or even used for baking purposes to make it a little bit healthier. Then you know about the large brand Chobani that opened its first shop about two years ago in SoHo, NYC. While their yogurts are good, I didn’t like the restrictions of what you had to order..

Thanks for Your Patience!

[Translate] Hi Readers, Thanks so much for your patience. For the past two days, my site was hacked and they managed to infect malware so that’s why your computer, laptop, and possibly iPhone/iPad/Droid devices are freaking out and panicking (so was I) that prevented you from proceeding. Everything should be fine now and business will continue as usual. Thanks everyone for your emails of concern and the staff who sorted out this mess. It means a lot to me. xoxo, Tina

Lady M Confections: Cakes, Macarons, and My Early Birthday Cake

[Translate] At Lady M: Exterior and Interior, Beautiful vase of Hydrangeas, and Breakfast for Two Though I have written about Lady M earlier this year, this patisserie will always be special to me in many ways and I will never get tired of their beautiful cakes. I went there a few mornings ago for a photo shoot of their pristine, modern, luxurious boutique in the tony area of Upper East Side. I adore their large vase full of green-tinted white hydrangeas (which is changed daily and each stem contains blossoms the size of my head) and my companion stared in..

Greek Lent Dinner

[Translate] Recently I’ve been invited to a Greek benefit dinner at Molyvos, whose meal frames around the Greek Orthodox tradition of Lent. Knowing what Lent is, I am a skeptic. I’m an omnivore who loves her meat and dairy. Frankly, I don’t think I can go a day without any dairy since I need a splash of it in my morning cup of coffee. But I bit the bullet, agreed to come and have an open mind to try out Chef Jim Botsacos’ take on the Lenten tradition. (I’m keeping this post short since it’s mainly benefit-focused.) Entering in the..

Tweaking the Site Ever So Slightly

[Translate] As some of you might notice a few days ago, I tweaked my regular site a bit (not the smartphone compatible one). Barely but it’s an improvement. 1. The obvious one is the color scheme; a dark gray to emphasize and/or frame my photos better. 2. I got rid of the excess search bar that used to be under the “subscribe” icons of my RSS feed and e-mail subscription so you can depend on what was my original intention ever since I moved to my current domain – use the Google search bar. If you can’t find that, it’s..

Thanksgiving Desserts & A Bit of Dinner

[Translate] Around the beginning of November, my mom told me one morning that she wanted me to bake desserts for Thanksgiving. This wasn’t news to me since I’ve been baking desserts for my family over a decade. She requested a cheesecake (again, nothing new) and she wanted to indulge herself with a key lime pie. I rolled my eyes and said, “Sure. Just get me some ingredients that we don’t have in the house. I have the chocolate for the cheesecake.” She replied, “Chocolate? For the cheesecake?” I said, “Yes, I want to change things up. I’m tired of making..

I’m Back in NYC…Over A Week Ago

[Translate] Hello readers! I’m back in NYC over a week ago. I would have written a short post indicating this fact but, uh, I was dying of jet lag. A 12-hour difference and boarding on a 16-hour flight (with insomnia effecting me) doesn’t help my sense of time when I got back home. Anyhoo, during my 12-day vacation (13 is a full flying/unpacking day), I spent about 7 days in Hong Kong (total; broken into two parts), 1 day in Shenzhen, China and the other 4 in Zhuhai, China and Macau. Yeah, it’s sort of a big southeast Asian trek..