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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..

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)

[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

[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

[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)

[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

[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…)

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…)

Latest in Travel (Outside NYC)

Afternoon Tea at Ritz Carlton Buckhead (Atlanta, Georgia)

Afternoon Tea at Ritz Carlton Buckhead (Atlanta, Georgia)

[Translate] Ritz Carlton Buckhead is set in an upscale neighborhood of Atlanta (there is another Ritz Carlton Atlanta that is about 10 miles south in Downtown Atlanta), not too far from the tony shopping boutiques and the city’s most prestigious shopping venues – Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza. When we arrived to the Lobby Lounge, it’s a handsome, dark lounge set with a large bar toward the front, plush upholstered sofas and chairs dotted throughout the lounge. Afternoon tea is a staple at this luxury hotel. Here, the traditional afternoon tea takes place Wednesday through Sundays at 2 PM and..
Lunch at Holeman & Finch (Atlanta, Georgia)

Lunch at Holeman & Finch (Atlanta, Georgia)

[Translate] Holeman & Finch is literally across the way from the fine dining establishment Restaurant Eugene but both restaurants have different personalities but under the same ownership. H&F is an upscale casual restaurant that tries to be gutsy (in a somewhat literal way) with their food. The menu (lunch, at least) is more offal leaning and the restaurant make and cure their own sausages and hams and generally, all of what we had tastes good. The cocktail menu is creative and the bartender and his team make their infused spirits. Service was as professional and attentive as Eugene but it..
Creative Dinner at Gunshow (Atlanta, GA)

Creative Dinner at Gunshow (Atlanta, GA)

[Translate] For those who are not following my eating jaunts on my Instagram, I’m eating (intensively) in Atlanta, Georgia. Eventually I will write a general post about my experience in this great and unique city, I’m telling you about one of the most creative meals I’ve had out there at Gunshow in Glenwood Park neighborhood. Gunshow is a causal style restaurant with seriously cooked food. It has a casual attitude and atmosphere with a large open kitchen and a huge dining room that feels partially like an airy cafeteria with an industrial feel (the metal chairs are comfortable enough) and..
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…)

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..