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Excellent Afternoon Tea at The Pembroke Room at The Lowell Hotel (NYC)

[Translate] I’ve recently went to The Pembroke Room at The Lowell Hotel for afternoon tea with my mother this past weekend. The Lowell is a boutique hotel in the tony neighborhood of the Upper East Side. When you do enter the charming Pembroke Room upstairs, it felt like I went to an elegant, wealthy grandmother’s home. It’s warmly lit with chandeliers, tables set with heavy tablecloths and fine china, and comfortably padded chairs. (more…)

Mother’s Day Brunch at Ristorante Morini

[Translate] This past Mother’s Day, I took my mom and the rest of my family to Ristorante Morini. We planned to go to the Metropolitan Museum and see the new China: Through the Looking Glass exhibition. This exhibition is worth your time. To view the gorgeous, sumptuous gowns and the various ancient Chinese objet d’art that was once a household or personal item. It is a very visual, stimulating exhibition and it does inform the lay viewer how Chinese art inspires the Western fashion designers. Going back to the food, Ristorante Morini is a few blocks away from the Met,..

Dinner at The Milton (NYC)

[Translate] The Milton is an Irish accented restaurant that opened in October 2014. It’s a gastro pub style restaurant that came to fruition by Tomas Maher, of VIP Room, and Chef David Diaz, formerly of Brasserie Beaumarchais. This restaurant is not pretentious and it accommodates a range of people, from the dating couples to young families. We went out to dinner that evening since we’ve been museum hopping on Museum Mile. We started off strong with fantastic cocktails ($11 each) of The Milton Sour, a riff of one of my favorite drinks, the Pisco Sour but gin based, and Taking..

Mondo Lambrusco Dinner featuring Chef Cesare Casella & 1* Michelin Chef Emilio Barbieri at Salumeria il Ristorante

[Translate] Chef Emilio Barbieri & Chef Cesare Casella; the menu and the bar/dining room area A few nights ago, Chef Cesare Casella and Chef Emilio Barbieri cooked together at Chef Casella’s latest restaurant Il Ristorante in the Upper East Side. (This special one-night dinner is $110 per person.) Chef Barbieri is the executive chef of the 1* Michelin restaurant Strada Facendo in Modena, Italy. His style of cooking is taking flavors and scents of his childhood in Reggio Emilia and make it contemporary. This special collaboration occurred primarily for Mondo Lambrusco, an annual event to promote Lambrusco wines (a young..

Mondo Lambrusco Dinner featuring Chef Cesare Casella & 1* Michelin Chef Emilio Barbieri at Salumeria il Ristorante

[Translate] Chef Emilio Barbieri & Chef Cesare Casella; the menu and the bar/dining room area A few nights ago, Chef Cesare Casella and Chef Emilio Barbieri cooked together at Chef Casella’s latest restaurant Il Ristorante in the Upper East Side. (This special one-night dinner is $110 per person.) Chef Barbieri is the executive chef of the 1* Michelin restaurant Strada Facendo in Modena, Italy. His style of cooking is taking flavors and scents of his childhood in Reggio Emilia and make it contemporary. This special collaboration occurred primarily for Mondo Lambrusco, an annual event to promote Lambrusco wines (a young..

Bareburger (Upper East Side)

[Translate] Interior; Banana raspberry shake & Sweet Potato Croqs The idea of Bareburger started in 2009 and is currently a micro-chain of organic burger restaurants. As of today, they have ten locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. The restaurants are environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly. The menu features a variety of meats, including traditional beef, chicken, turkey and lamb; exotic options such as elk, bison, ostrich and boar; and mushroom, veggie and black bean burgers for our vegetarian and vegan diners. I went for Sunday brunch with a friend at their Upper East Side location when it was one of those..

Japanese Sake Tasting Event at the Ambassador of Japan's Home

[Translate] On Wednesday night, I was one of the limited number of honored guests who were invited by Japan Sake Association and Ambassador and Consul of Japan into the stately home of Ambassador of Japan, Shigeyuki Hiroki in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We were treated to an informal sake seminar, led by Dr. Masaki Okuda, as to how sake is made, the process, grading and what differentiates sake from wine and beer. (more…)

Japanese Sake Tasting Event at the Ambassador of Japan’s Home

[Translate] On Wednesday night, I was one of the limited number of honored guests who were invited by Japan Sake Association and Ambassador and Consul of Japan into the stately home of Ambassador of Japan, Shigeyuki Hiroki in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We were treated to an informal sake seminar, led by Dr. Masaki Okuda, as to how sake is made, the process, grading and what differentiates sake from wine and beer. (more…)

Ladurée Holiday Party in NYC 2012

[Translate] At Ladurée’s Holiday Party On Thursday night, I was invited to Ladurée‘s New York City flagship location for their first holiday party. Their windows were decked out in ornate holiday attire of gold and rich forest green. Attendees were chic Upper East Siders and fashionable people (I saw Frederic Fekkai, the famous hair stylist to the celebrities and Reed Krakoff, the handbag and clothing designer, and Mr. Krakoff’s wife) while I was there. (more…)