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Dinner at Le Bernardin with SPG

Dinner at Le Bernardin with SPG

[Translate] Coming relatively fresh from my trip to Amsterdam (I will talk about that trip in future posts), I was invited to one of the most coveted SPG Moments dinner at Le Bernardin! How couldn’t I be excited despite the fact I’m slightly jet lagged? Le Bernardin is a 3* Michelin rated restaurant since 2005 (not an easy task, mind you) and I get to mingle with the elite SPG members who can drop 100,000 points (it’s an equivalent to 10 free nights at the W Hotel in Montreal) for a spot for this dinner. Since this is a private..
Easter Sweets from Maison Kayser (NYC)

Easter Sweets from Maison Kayser (NYC)

[Translate] This year from Maison Kayser, there’s a couple of options for your Easter table. For those who want to break bread (though not necessarily Irish), is a delicious oat baguette. The crust is perfect; crumb has a great chew and the wonderful oat flavors just shines through. (more…)
Easter 2016 Chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat

Easter 2016 Chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat

[Translate] This year for Easter at La Maison du Chocolat, the Master Chef Nicolas Cloiseau came up with a limited edition Daisy collection. This whimsical chocolate pieces are beautiful, whimsical and very delicate to handle. Of course, they are absolutely delicious. (Shown here is the egg from the Daisy collection, $45 each.) (more…)
Choice Eats 2016

Choice Eats 2016

[Translate] The 9th annual Choice Eats 2016 taken place on March 11th at the Metropolitan Pavilion was another fun and food filled evening hosted by the Village Voice. 56 restaurants and bakeries were out doling their delicious fare. There was a huge Stella Artois bar in the center of the main floor, Herradura Tequila, and other craft beer and spirits to aid kicking off the weekend on a good note. Please view the the photo set or the gallery below for some of the photogenic eats: Information: Choice Eats 2016 Website
Dinner at The Sea Fire Grill (NYC)

Dinner at The Sea Fire Grill (NYC)

[Translate] The Sea Fire Grill is a seafood restaurant from the same team of the Benjamin Steakhouse. Like the Benjamin Steakhouse, this restaurant has the same high-level service and the food is very solid. Muted cream and brown tones dominate the dining areas with pops of color from recessed blue bulbs throughout the space. A shimmering blue accent wall gives the impression of being underwater and a large fireplace crackles at the far end of the dining room. The large bar area gives diners a front row seat to watch bartenders build the specialty cocktails and champagne spritzers, Usually when..
Cosme

Cosme

[Translate] Cosme is not the typical Mexican restaurant you would think. It’s definitely not the taco restaurants you see popping up all over the city in terms of food and decor. This restaurant is owned and run by Chef Enrique Olvera (of his famed Mexico City restaurant Pujol) streamlined cool but not overtly trendy from its looks and the food is modern, upscale Mexican cuisine and the tightly edited menu is about shared plates. (more…)

Travel

Mandarin Oriental Shanghai, Pudong & Mid-Autumn Festival Afternoon Tea

[Translate] Lobby; Our Harbour City Suite and its huge bathroom; View of Huangpu River from the suite Mandarin Oriental Shanghai Pudong is luxury hotel brand, Mandarin Oriental’s first Shanghai hotel in May 2013. The hotel sits just east of the Huangpu River in the new Harbour City development, east of the Pearl Tower, and next to the newly opened Shanghai Metropolitan Marine Yacht Club. The 362 guest rooms come with opulent gold and teal decor, iPod docks and luxurious toiletries from London perfumer Ormonde Jayne. We loved our Club level room and its giant bowl-shaped bath tub to soak our..

Infinity Brunch at Agua Restaurant (Beijing, China)

[Translate] Agua is an upscale Spanish and Mediterranean restaurant in the trendy Santilun neighborhood in Beijing. Decorated in dark brown leather banquettes line the back wall, and roomy tables and plush velvet chairs occupy a spacious dining room that is elegantly lit. The restaurant’s Infinity Brunch is 298 RMB per person and the optional 168 RMB unlimited drinks (options are cava, sangria, Spanish Mimosa, or wine). The brunch menu has a list of tapas that vary in sizing from single serving to sharing with another person and everything is cooked and/or plated to order. We started with the boiled large..

Farine Bakery – A Piece of France in Shanghai, China

[Translate] Farine Bakery – Exterior and Interiors Farine Bakery is an upscale French bakery owned by French chef Franck Pecol in the Xuhui District of Shanghai. This bakery is a godsend for any Western expat in Shanghai who craves excellently made artisan bread and pastries. The staff could crank out solid cups of espresso-based drinks, especially for this New Yorker spoiled by the Third Wave movement. All of their dairy and flour is organic and imported from France. The light and open space features a glass counter down one side, a small coffee bar and a handful of bar stools..

Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB), China

[Translate] Entrance to TRB; View on my right from where I sat; Our amuse bouches Very recently, my family and I went to China, specifically the cities of Shanghai, Xi’an, and Beijing, for two weeks to see (and taste) the sights of those three cities. Our eyes were opened by the varying locals who reside there. The way they dress and carry themselves. The feel and look of each city is so distinctive even though they are about a two-hour flight away from each other. We have walked (sometimes hiked) a lot, seen a lot, and without a doubt, ate..

Finger Lakes – Beautiful Region, Great People, and Good Food

[Translate] This past weekend, I was generously invited and flown up (a very short flight clocking under 1 hour) to the Finger Lakes region by the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection and see and taste the area for three days. When I first thought of the said region, I thought it would be essentially very good local wine, lots of farms, and nature set in a cluster of sleepy, small towns. But meeting and talking to the locals it is a dynamic, thriving region that still has its “small town” charm and hospitality and have big plans to evolve to something..

First Day at St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands – Mountain Top, Dinner at Fat Turtle, Night Kayaking at Adventure Center

[Translate] View of various islands and a part of town at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas Last week the US Virgin Island Department of Tourism took me along for the fun, whirlwind press trip to visit two of its three islands — St. Thomas and St. John — with seven other digital storytellers. For both of these islands, you can’t help but be enchanted by the breathtaking views of the coastlines, the crystal sapphire blue skies, and the swirling or puffy white clouds. The things I’ve come to realize, from a native New Yorker’s perspective, is that everyone runs on island..