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Key West, Florida Keys

[Translate] A favorite destination for Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Buffett, and many more, Key West is known for its palm lined streets and fish that is fresh enough to draw any committed culinary traveler. With a distinct mixture of cultures, the island is not only home to a strong seafood scene, but a tantalizing fusion of cuisines. At night, the street a lit up with vibrant sidewalk cafes that lure in passersby with delicious scents of their specialties like their delectable key lime pie. Live music and hopping bars are the perfect pairings to watch the sunset into the Gulf of..

Whisky Live NYC 2016

[Translate] Whiskey is taking off in America. So it’s no surprise that New York City’s annual Whisky Live expo, hosted by Whisky Magazine, was a huge hit this year. The fair, which took place at Pier 60 on Wednesday, featured 80 different brands, distillers, and local bars, pouring more than 300 whiskey expressions. Some exhibitors had fun booths to showcase their brand. There were plenty of interesting, craft brands, as well as established whisky brands. (more…)

Gorgeous Artwork at Chihuly Garden & Glass (Seattle, WA)

[Translate] The first time I’ve ever encountered a Chihuly piece was probably when I went to Las Vegas at The Venetian The Bellagio when I was a teenager. I remembered looking up at the lobby’s ceiling and be stunned by the beautiful, rainbow of vibrant flora made of blown glass. Over the years, I’ve tracked down to various countries to see Chihuly’s exhibitions and still be mesmerized by the beauty of his studio’s work. (more…)

Fantastic Seafood at Wild Tale (Vancouver, B.C.)

[Translate] Wild Tale is a fairly new seafood restaurant founded by co-owners John Crook and Erik Heck. In recent years, they’ve made a name with their crowd-pleasing Flying Pig restaurants. The whole concept of this place is California-fresh, easily affordable, simple seafood restaurant. The dining room is spacious with some wood trim to make it feel rustic and squeezed in a few more tables on the bare-bones patio. The color scheme is beige, cream and hunter green. Sort of feels like a fishing lodge. There is nothing revelatory about the menu – and that’s a good thing. It’s comfort seafood,..

Storyville Coffee at Pike Market (Seattle, WA)

[Translate] Storyville Coffee opened its doors in October 2013. Pike Place Market is the Seattle-based brand’s flagship store. The Pike Market the beating heart of the city’s culinary scene. Steeped in coffee history and community, the Pike Place Market can be very intimidating for any new business hoping to stand out, let alone another coffee shop. The Market birthed the nation’s coffee culture with the opening of the first Starbucks store in 1971, followed by the first Seattle’s Best Coffee store in 1984. In addition to these coffee giants, Pike Place Market today is also home to four smaller coffee..

Soft Peaks Ice Cream (Vancouver, B.C.)

[Translate] Soft Peaks is a fairly new, all-natural, organic soft serve ice cream in the historical neighborhood of Gastown in Vancouver started by two brothers, Dan and Ken Kim. The Kims use Avalon organic milk with a touch of sweetness to get their all-natural creamy soft-serve. Soft Peaks’ ice cream has a milk-forward flavor that is delicately sweet. Customers can use the toppings available to enhance the sweetness level to their own taste or go along with the signature sundae lineup. (more…)


Wonderful Stay at Alexis Hotel (Seattle, WA)

[Translate] Alexis Hotel is an upscale boutique hotel, featuring 121 eclectic guestrooms that cater to every possible personality, is about as perfectly located as a downtown hotel can be. Many of Seattle’s most desirable sightseeing destinations are within easy walking distance, as are a vast selection of top-notch restaurants. It also sits right on First Avenue, directly above Puget Sound; a few rooms do have partial water views but many face neighboring buildings. Better harbor views can be found at hotels a few blocks north. We stayed at the Fireplace Suite where it feels very cozy to curl up by..

Solid Southern-Style Brunch at Mamie Taylor’s (Vancouver, B.C.)

[Translate] Mamie Taylors is one of those hipster-like restaurants (like the ones I’ve seen in Brooklyn, NY) that has the rustic, exposed brick and wood beamed decor with lots of taxidermy (as I’ve learned, it’s donated from locals) that is an 85-seat American restaurant specializing in Southern comfort food with a contemporary twist. This restaurant is the vanguard to the Chinatown neighborhood in Vancouver. The Chinatown there is sort of a shadow of itself since most of the Chinese community has migrated south to Richmond. The relaxed and casual ambiance of exposed brick walls and kitsch play into the up-and-coming..

Latest in Travel (Outside NYC)

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman

[Translate] The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman is currently considered the best luxury hotel in the Cayman Islands. It is a AAA Five Diamond property and occupies 144 acres across the Caribbean to the North Sound, facing Seven Mile Beach’s shoreline. When we entered the spacious and beautiful Silver Palm dining area that divides into two sections — a handsome, dark wood bar on one end and an elegant tea room flooded with lots of natural light. (more…)
Wilde Zwijnen (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Wilde Zwijnen (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

[Translate] During my trip to Amsterdam, I had a great dinner at Wilde Zwijnen, translated from Dutch, Wild Boar. This restaurant is situated in the Oost (East) side in the Indonesian neighborhood (Indische Buurt) of Amsterdam. The interior design of the place could be called industrial chic – a lot of exposed brick and simple furniture, with a few hanging plants and some elegant wall hangings. Beautiful concrete floor and industrial, wooden tables where your name is written in chalk if you have made a reservation. It still feels comfortable and reminds me of many of the new, small restaurants..
Creative, Charming City – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Creative, Charming City – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

[Translate] Many thanks to I Amsterdam who invited me to see, feel and taste what their amazing city offers. Most tourists rarely wander beyond the arched bridges, watery passageways and crooked canal houses of the enchanting city center. But equally fascinating is the development boom around the harbor and in the once gritty areas that lie between the historic center and the surrounding ring road (A10). These pockets of innovation — pioneered Brooklyn-style by young designers and entrepreneurs who cannot afford the rents on the Keizersgracht — are worth a detour and what we focused on this trip. We had..
Skylounge Amsterdam – Fantastic Rooftop Bar

Skylounge Amsterdam – Fantastic Rooftop Bar

[Translate] Skylounge at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam Centraal Station is a stylish lounge bar and restaurant with a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of most of the city from the city center to the IJ waterfront indoors and outside. It’s a popular place for locals and tourists alike not just because of the views – the food and drinks served here are very solid. (more…)
Unique Wine Bar at Wester Wijnfabriek (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Unique Wine Bar at Wester Wijnfabriek (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

[Translate] Wester Wijnfabriek is located in the Westergarten area of Amsterdam. It’s a wine bar, wine shop, wine lab and wine tasting all under one roof. The bar of Wester Wijnfabriek Amsterdam is downstairs, where we hanged out. Warm wood and marble makes up the bar, making it feel cozy and chic at the same time. (This place feels totally right for a first date.) In the bar part you can order sandwiches and bites that match the natural wines perfectly. (more…)
Luxurious Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam & Lunch at Jansz

Luxurious Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam & Lunch at Jansz

[Translate] On my recent trip to Amsterdam last week, I stayed at the gorgeous Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam. This hotel has heritage and prestige given its twenty-five restored 17th and 18th century houses that were once homes of prosperous trade merchants and the decadent and flamboyant Dutch aristocrats. The hotel grounds now encompass nearly an entire city block along Prinsengracht, the canal dedicated to the Prince of Orange. This hotel is still under renovations when I was there but when I entered the hotel, it felt like entering a high-end private residence. On the left of the door, you enter the..
Gorgeous Artwork at Chihuly Garden & Glass (Seattle, WA)

Gorgeous Artwork at Chihuly Garden & Glass (Seattle, WA)

[Translate] The first time I’ve ever encountered a Chihuly piece was probably when I went to Las Vegas at The Venetian The Bellagio when I was a teenager. I remembered looking up at the lobby’s ceiling and be stunned by the beautiful, rainbow of vibrant flora made of blown glass. Over the years, I’ve tracked down to various countries to see Chihuly’s exhibitions and still be mesmerized by the beauty of his studio’s work. (more…)
Fantastic Seafood at Wild Tale (Vancouver, B.C.)

Fantastic Seafood at Wild Tale (Vancouver, B.C.)

[Translate] Wild Tale is a fairly new seafood restaurant founded by co-owners John Crook and Erik Heck. In recent years, they’ve made a name with their crowd-pleasing Flying Pig restaurants. The whole concept of this place is California-fresh, easily affordable, simple seafood restaurant. The dining room is spacious with some wood trim to make it feel rustic and squeezed in a few more tables on the bare-bones patio. The color scheme is beige, cream and hunter green. Sort of feels like a fishing lodge. There is nothing revelatory about the menu – and that’s a good thing. It’s comfort seafood,..

Recipes

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

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

[Translate] 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..
Apple Cardamom Yogurt Cake

Apple Cardamom Yogurt Cake

[Translate] 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…)
Great Local Ingredients from OurHarvest

Great Local Ingredients from OurHarvest

[Translate] I’ve recently found out and shopped at OurHarvest. Our Harvest is an online farmers market that connects us consumers to local farmers and food producers (currently for the NYC area only). Through partnerships with farmers, fishermen, and food artisans, OurHarvest purchases and sources their products locally to maximize freshness; hence ensuring quality and traceability while keeping costs down and combating hunger at the same time. For every delivery above $25 it receives, OurHarvest also donates a meal to a family in need through its relationship with the Food Bank of New York City. My recent shopping haul consisted of..