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District Doughnut (Washington, D.C.)

[Translate] District Doughnut is this charming artisan doughnut shop that is under 10 minutes from the heart of Washington, D.C and right across the street from the Marine Barracks. This shop is owned by two young, passionate doughnut lovers (and high school friends), Greg Menna and Juan Pablo Segura, and their master doughnut maker, Christine Schaefer. This shop strives to be a designer doughnut shop that creates flavors that are nostalgic but with a twist. Originally, this shop started as a doughnut delivery service but expanded to a storefront. They crank out one of my favorite doughnuts in the D.C...

Fantastic Dinner at Table (Washington, D.C.)

[Translate] Exterior & Interior of Table; Table’s menu One of our favorite meals in Washington, D.C. was at Table. This two-story brick building that has its name painted on its side. The Chef de Cuisine Patrick Robinson leading his crew in an open kitchen split with the dining room. The dining room is streamlined with the long banquette lining along the wall with solid blonde wooden tables and white curved chairs. At the back of the restaurant, there’s a splash of color with bold mosaic. What drew us to Table is their changing menu of fresh, seasonal dishes and what..

Comfortable Stay at Hotel Palomar (Washington, D.C.)

[Translate] During our weekend out in D.C., we stayed at Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton Hotel, in Dupont Circle. This hotel is stylish and sophisticated with modern, art-focused design. Since it is located in Dupont Circle, it’s in the center of everything of cultural spots, restaurants and the tourist destinations — most are within walking distance. (more…)

To Washington, D.C. with Cadillac

[Translate] The weekend before Christmas, we headed down to Washington, D.C. partnering with Cadillac driving down with their amazing, luxurious ATS Coupe. We wanted to escape from New York City for the long weekend and thought up of heading to the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. since it’s been nearly a decade since I’ve last been there. Reading the many things that have changed in the city from the food to everything else in between, it’s about time to make a revisit. We chose to partner with Cadillac since it’s the best American luxury car brand that even our President has..

Cranberry Orange Pecan Rolls

[Translate] Holiday treats with the pan of un-iced cranberry orange pecan rolls Happy Boxing Day! Hope many of your friends and families had a great holiday. Many of us usually think cranberries are for the holidays but I think of them as a great sweet-tart fruit that could be used year round. I finally found some time from my crazy schedule to use cranberries (what some people consider as “America’s original super fruit”) to bake cranberry orange pecan rolls for my family. (more…)

Very Solid Malaysian at Rasa

[Translate] At Rasa One of the most underrated Asian cuisines in New York could arguably be Malaysian. Malaysian food is incredibly vibrant, sometimes spicy and tantalizes the palate with so many different tastes and flavors. On a random craving, we headed to Rasa for a quick but flavorful dinner down in West Village. We started off with their skewers of chicken satay. Tender slightly smoky chicken meat with the thick peanut sauce was delicious. (more…)

Ladurée Tropical Themed Holiday Bûche & Macarons

[Translate] Ladurée‘s holiday theme is to transport you to a tropical, exotic place, away from the cold climes that one would associate for the high holidays. Some of their beautiful holiday pastries are the individual-sized Bûche Marie-Antoinette Rose-Framboise ($10) made of rose macaron biscuit, rose cream, raspberry jam, raspberries and lychees, and the Exotic Baba ($12), a baba soaked with rum and vanilla syrup filled with keffir lime and vanilla pastry chantilly cream and roasted pineapple. The rose-raspberry bûche is the Parisian house’s traditional flavor and it’s delicious. The Exotic Baba is striking and it does transport you to a..

Lots of History and Delicious Food at Xi’an

[Translate] The Drum Tower When I was traveling in China this past September, the third city we stopped at was Xi’an. This capital city of the Shanxi Province is located about 744 miles southwest of Beijing. When we got off our plane and take the long cab ride (about 45 minutes) from the airport to our hotel, we saw the rich loess farmland, Xi’an (Western Peace). This was home to the ruling houses of the Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang dynasties, when it was known as Chang’an (Eternal Peace). The city reached a peak during the Tang dynasty (618-907), when..

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Afternoon Tea at The Jefferson (Washington, D.C.)

Afternoon Tea at The Jefferson (Washington, D.C.)

[Translate] We had afternoon tea at the posh landmark hotel, The Greenhouse at The Jefferson in Washington, D.C. The Jefferson is an historical luxury apartment building built in the Beaux Arts style by French architect Jules de Sibour. This building was converted to a hotel in the 1950s and eventually in 2007 with the current owners renovate the historic structure to a level worthy of its namesake – and its equally sophisticated present-day guests. The staff at The Greenhouse is gracious and professional. The details of the dining rooms is stunning from the thick velvet drapes, black and white tiles,..
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken (Washington, D.C.)

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken (Washington, D.C.)

[Translate] I’ve come to realize during my trip to D.C. is the renaissance of artisanal doughnuts. Doughnuts that are meticulously made by hand and in small batches. Another great doughnut destination is found in the Metro-Downtown Center called Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken. THey are convenient if you are either giving your credit card a workout with the many department stores and shops in the area or if you’re working here since the business district is not too far from here. Astro Doughnuts is a storefront shop that sells nine flavors (when I was there) and during the late weekday..
Brunch at Central Michel Richard

Brunch at Central Michel Richard

[Translate] We had Sunday brunch at Central Michel Richard is a six-year old restaurant that still manage to cook delicious American food with a touch of French flair. This restaurant was conveniently close to the National Mall. Festively decorated and bustling with the holiday brunch crowd, our server still managed to be friendly and efficient. It’s an upscale bistro that serves a very fair priced prix fixe menu for $25 and bottomless drinks $10. We started off with drinks of Bellini, Bloody Mary, mimosa, and orange juice — all were nicely made. One of my friends started out with the..
Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee – It’s More Than Gelato Here (Washington, D.C.)

Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee – It’s More Than Gelato Here (Washington, D.C.)

[Translate] Near our hotel in Dupont Circle when we were in Washington, D.C., one of our mornings for breakfast was at Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee. This particular location feels cozy like entering a friend’s living room and the local artwork some wit. (Dolcezza has five locations and a factory about 10 minutes outside of town and each location has its own look/personality.) Dolcezza’s philosophy is to support local farmers and make exquisite gelato. Dolcezza serves artisanal gelato produced in small hand-made batches every morning, using the best available ingredients: local fruits, herbs, eggs, cheese, milk and cream. Combining old-world methods..
Brunch at GBD (Golden Brown Delicious), Washington, D.C.

Brunch at GBD (Golden Brown Delicious), Washington, D.C.

[Translate] Since we stayed at Dupont Circle, one of our weekend mornings at Washington, D.C. we had brunch at GBD, acronym for Golden Brown Delicious. What “golden brown delicious” refers to fried chicken and doughnuts. (If you have not noticed, D.C. is having a major doughnut renaissance.) When you walk past the takeout doughnut counter, you walk into the dining area where you see exposed brick wall with the restaurant’s logo and a few banquettes and two toppers along the opposite wall. The savory food beyond the doughnuts consist of fried chicken, warm fluffy biscuits, and a touch of vegetables...
District Doughnut (Washington, D.C.)

District Doughnut (Washington, D.C.)

[Translate] District Doughnut is this charming artisan doughnut shop that is under 10 minutes from the heart of Washington, D.C and right across the street from the Marine Barracks. This shop is owned by two young, passionate doughnut lovers (and high school friends), Greg Menna and Juan Pablo Segura, and their master doughnut maker, Christine Schaefer. This shop strives to be a designer doughnut shop that creates flavors that are nostalgic but with a twist. Originally, this shop started as a doughnut delivery service but expanded to a storefront. They crank out one of my favorite doughnuts in the D.C...
Fantastic Dinner at Table (Washington, D.C.)

Fantastic Dinner at Table (Washington, D.C.)

[Translate] Exterior & Interior of Table; Table’s menu One of our favorite meals in Washington, D.C. was at Table. This two-story brick building that has its name painted on its side. The Chef de Cuisine Patrick Robinson leading his crew in an open kitchen split with the dining room. The dining room is streamlined with the long banquette lining along the wall with solid blonde wooden tables and white curved chairs. At the back of the restaurant, there’s a splash of color with bold mosaic. What drew us to Table is their changing menu of fresh, seasonal dishes and what..
Comfortable Stay at Hotel Palomar (Washington, D.C.)

Comfortable Stay at Hotel Palomar (Washington, D.C.)

[Translate] During our weekend out in D.C., we stayed at Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton Hotel, in Dupont Circle. This hotel is stylish and sophisticated with modern, art-focused design. Since it is located in Dupont Circle, it’s in the center of everything of cultural spots, restaurants and the tourist destinations — most are within walking distance. (more…)
To Washington, D.C. with Cadillac

To Washington, D.C. with Cadillac

[Translate] The weekend before Christmas, we headed down to Washington, D.C. partnering with Cadillac driving down with their amazing, luxurious ATS Coupe. We wanted to escape from New York City for the long weekend and thought up of heading to the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. since it’s been nearly a decade since I’ve last been there. Reading the many things that have changed in the city from the food to everything else in between, it’s about time to make a revisit. We chose to partner with Cadillac since it’s the best American luxury car brand that even our President has..

Recipes

Jalapeño Havarti Cheese & Cauliflower Crustless Quiche

Jalapeño Havarti Cheese & Cauliflower Crustless Quiche

[Translate] PARTNER POST – Get creative with any of Castello’s uniquely crafted cheeses. Click here for a $1 off coupon to create your own gourmet masterpiece. Castello Jalapeño Havarti cheeses; Jalapeño Havarti & Cauliflower Crustless Quiche Castello Cheese is an historical cheese brand that started since 1893 and they create more than 40 different types of delicious cheeses. I’ve recently been selected to be one of Castello’s collaborators to come up with a unique recipe with their jalapeño havarti cheese that’s more than just a grilled cheese sandwich or cheese dip. Havarti cheese is a Danish-style cow’s milk cheese that..
Pistachio, Yuzu, Chocolate Feuilletine Cake

Pistachio, Yuzu, Chocolate Feuilletine Cake

[Translate] Chinese New Year (or what others would generalize this holiday, Lunar New Year) is coming up this Thursday and if you really want to make a dessert to impress your family and friends, this pistachio, yuzu, chocolate feuilletine cake, would be it. I chose these flavors centered on the pistachio. Even though pistachio is my favorite nut and flavor, in Chinese New Year traditions, this nut means happy nut and symbolizes happiness. Thankfully, my family isn’t staunchly stuck on tradition; I’ve incorporated a mix of Chinese tradition with French pastry technique for this dessert. (more…)
Bourbon Miso Pecan Brownies (Gluten Free, Butter Free)

Bourbon Miso Pecan Brownies (Gluten Free, Butter Free)

[Translate] I love fudgy brownies. But I’ve been wondering over the years as I’ve been baking these rich, fudgy squares does it really require the half pound of butter in that batch, even if I do melt a substantial amount of chocolate? After some naval gazing and an opportunity to collaborate with Four Roses Bourbon, I had an eureka moment. I know it sounds insane to not bake with butter (and I do love my butter) but for the sake of curiosity and experimentation, you can have a fudge-y, dense brownie. Partially inspired by the macaron cookie, you can create..