Food Reviews

Sublime Dinner at Restaurant Beau Mont (Montreal, Canada)

Entrance Lounge area Restaurant Beau Mont feels like you’ve walked into one of your charming, well-heeled artistic or fashionable friend’s spacious apartment for dinner. One who cares and loves food deeply and has the food philosophy of using the best, locally sourced ingredients, cooks it well but simply and make the dishes look beautiful yet effortless even though it’s not. That’s how I felt overall when I dined here. Beaut Mont is led by the same team of the famous Montreal upscale and avant garde restaurant Toqué! While it feels a little bit relaxed compared to its older sister restaurant,..

Boulangerie Le Toledo (Montreal, Canada)

Interior Seating area toward the back Many loaves of delicious levain bread Breakfast pastries One of the newest boulangerie-type bakeries in Montreal is Boulangerie Le Toledo in the Plateau neighborhood nearly four months ago. This vast space has 14-feet ceilings and has this charming vintage look for its open seating area that has a children’s play area, a large communal table with bench seating and the back area where there’s an elegant lounge area with a marble coffee table. This bakery is led by head baker/chef Riccardo Arnoult and owner François Barriere. The coffee beans are from Structure Coffee Roasters,..

Pourquoi Pas Espresso Bar (Montreal, Canada)

Cappuccino, vegan raspberry financier and artwork for sale There are many great third-wave style coffee shops in Montreal. Unfortunately, I had time for only one during my visit here and that is at Pourquoi Pas Espresso Bar. If you translated this cafe’s name it is, why not? It is a cute name and it makes sense to call itself as that. Why not go to a personable coffee shop with baristas who wouldn’t mind suggesting to you about places in the city that you could eat or check out or just talk about coffee? Besides the people (which is a..

St Viateur Bagels (Montreal, Canada)

Exterior of Mont Royal location Interior Mug of coffee An open secret that you might know about me is that I prefer and adore Montreal-style bagels over New York-style. This might be blasphemous since I am a native New Yorker. I enjoy Montreal-style bagels because it’s smaller in diameter and thickness so it’s not as doughy and heavy like its New York cousin. Also it’s more crisp crust ratio since there’s less bread. (more…)

Dinner at Restaurant Hà (Montreal, Canada)

Dining room Fried tofu In the neighborhood of the Old Port where restaurants skew expensive (but good) French or the typical mediocre casual eateries that one would tend to find in a touristy area. However, there is a Southeast Asian inspired restaurant called Restaurant Hà on Avenue du Mont-Royal that may make your night if you order wisely. (more…)

Hotel Reviews

Afternoon Tea at Pan Pacific Singapore

Whenever I travel to a foreign country, particularly Asian, I hope the hotel that serves afternoon tea would adapt its menu to the country’s cuisine either creating and offering separate afternoon tea menus or have a one menu that is Western or English style tea but have certain local ingredients in a certain food item. Pan Pacific Singapore offers the both Peranakan and English style afternoon teas and both are very good. Pan Pacific Singapore serves its afternoon tea at the Atrium. The Atrium looks cool with the streamlined architectural details and the seating pods floating over a reflection pool...

Ann Siang House (Sinagpore)

While I was in Singapore, I stayed at the lovely Ann Siang House is close to the  Central Business District, a 10 and 15-minute walk away to the Tanjong Pagar and Chinatown metro stops, respectively. The heritage property keeps its public spaces lean and clean. The entrance opens into a reception desk that abuts a minimalist lobby lounge-meets-breakfast room. Outside breakfast hours, guests may help themselves to filtered water in glass bottles, tea as well as coffee from the Jura coffee machine. (more…)

Yan Ting at St. Regis Singapore

Yan Ting at St Regis Singapore is a very comfortable restaurant that can impress both visitors (like myself) and locals. The latter crowd are definitely affluent or some who want to celebrate an occasion. The dim sum menu is traditional and it is covers a lot of categories.  I’ve eaten with a few friends that afternoon and how the dim sum brunch works is that we each have our own pot of soup double-boiled fish maw soup with black garlic (原盅黑蒜炖花胶) and wok-baked Boston lobster with XO sauce (XO酱焗波士顿龙虾). We get to choose as many dishes as we want. The..


Wonderful Stay at Fairmont Le Château Montebello & A Visit to Manoir-Papineau National Historic Site (Montebello, Canada)

If all of you are wondering why did I go to Montebello? It’s because it’s close to Ottawa (about an hour away by car) and I wanted to be away from the city (any, not just New York). Fairmont Le Château Montebello Montebello is located on a bank of the Ottawa River with its own marina. This grand log-built hotel provides rustic luxury, local flavor, beautiful grounds, great views, and heaps of activities to do for both summer and winter. It’s an annual family destination for many well-heeled Canadians (or tourist within the northeastern part of the U.S., it seemed)...

Recent Recipes

Pistachio Oil, Yogurt Lemon Cake

Nounos Creamery is a family-owned creamery in based in Southampton, Long Island, NY. What makes their Greek-style strained yogurt distinctive are the cute glass jars besides the very delicious yogurt. These yogurts come in various flavors like plain, forest berries, orange fig to seasonal flavors like apple pie a la mode. The yogurt itself isn’t sweet. It has the thick, tangy characteristics that you’d expect from this style of yogurt. The fruit that accompanies the yogurt aren’t too concentrated nor sweet which really appeals to me. (I have eaten certain brands of Greek yogurt where I feel like I could..

Valrhona Chocolate Cake, Mango Ginger Lime Jam, White Chocolate Lemongrass Frosting

I’ve been a long time fan of eating and baking with Valrhona chocolate. This brand creates one of the world’s finest chocolate in the small village of Tain L’Hermitage, France since 1922. They are dedicated to creating unique, artisan quality chocolate with complex, balanced and consistent flavors. This mission of excellence continues as the gastronomic traditions of the renowned Rhone Valley find expression in every mouthwatering taste of Valrhona’s superb chocolate. Valrhona has created a range of unique and recognizable aromatic profiles by perfecting techniques for enhancing the flavor of rare cocoa beans, grown on land masterfully selected for its..

Apple Cardamom Yogurt Cake

This weekend was truly autumn. Leaves turning from shades of green to vibrant colors of reds, golden yellows, and orange. Autumn is also prime apple season. I’m not in the mood to bake a somewhat finicky pie but wanted to do an apple cake. I’ve tried out the Organic Valley Grassmilk Yogurt; a thick, tangy yogurt that has natural creamline on top that would make a perfect addition to the cake. The natural acidity would make for a tender cake and add some moisture and fat. (more…)