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A Short But Busy Mid-Week: Payard, Swich, Chocolat Michel Cluizel

[Translate] To reiterate what I said, it’s finals week for me and it was a killer for me. My brain feels a bit fried from all the stress for packing in 6 finals within 3 days. It’s ridiculous what colleges do to students. I’m assuming law school would be 5 – 10 times more intense than what I’d faced. Oh well… Sorry about that sidetrack; going on with food now… On Tuesday, my literature final was during the late afternoon. So, I took advantage of the ample time of sorts to go to Payard Patissere & Bistro in the Upper..

A Japanese Lunch & Desserts

[Translate] Yesterday I had the intention of going to eat lunch at Cafe Sabarsky. However, the wait was killing me – almost 40 minutes and I was starving! So, I just gave up my spot on line and just took a bus down 5th Avenue. I ended up going to Takashimaya’s Tea Box Cafe. I wanted to eat here for a while and since I this is my chance now, I went in. Those of you who have never went in here before, it’s basically an upscale Japanese department store that tastefully blend Japanese and French style. (I must say..

Homemade Steamed Chicken Buns

[Translate] I made these a few days ago, if some of you have seen it on my Flickr page. The main reason why I’ve made them because: (1) My parents purchased a lot of whole chickens over the weekend and (2) My mom’s having a craving for a savory version of the mantou; in other words, a stuffed steam bun.As you can see it went pretty well. Thankfully, my dad’s a little more of the expert on making the ground chicken filling. Yes, he boned and skinned the chicken and used a meat grinder to make this filling. My mom..

My New Favorite Cupcake & Espresso in the Upper East Side…

[Translate] Today, I went to the Upper East Side, as I’ve promised from the last post that I’m going to Two Little Red Hens. I have two reasons in mind for this visit: (1) it’s been 2 years since I’ve been here (2) I want to try their Brooklyn Blackout Chocolate Cupcake and a muffin since I’m doing “research” for a future posting. (more…)

Snacking at Vosges Haut Chocolat, Dinner at Ajisen Restaurant & Lunch at Tisserie

[Translate] The countdown begins (about 2 weeks) ’til classes are over. This almost equates to the fact that my eating out days are coming to an end as well. At least, I get time to spend at home or at a friend’s home, baking or cooking something instead of buying food, but that would be around the Christmas and New Year holidays. This week I went to three venues that is a little bit of something to note. On Tuesday afternoon, I went down to SoHo to try Vosgues Haut Chocolat‘s hot chocolate. I’ve read that their “Bianca” white hot..

My Chocolate Binge This Week

[Translate] As some of you might have read from my previous post, I have gone crazy for upscale chocolates for some reason for the past week. Possibly I blame the upcoming Christmas holidays for their marketing or just because I’m a chocolate hedonist. Sometimes it’s good to live in New York City just because there is so many different chocolate shops and boutiques that one can check out. My chocolate trek started with Max Brenner’s in Union Square. I have passed this chocolate shop/restaurant countless times and I went in their shop once during opening day. For some reason, I..