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City Harvest Dinner with Chef Seamus Mullen at Cadillac House (NYC)

[Translate] Last night was City Harvest dinner featuring Chef Seamus Mullen’s fare at the Cadillac House. City Harvest is one of the great non-profits that help fight hunger in New York City since 1982. The organization will collect 55 million pounds of excess food to help feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers struggling to feed their families. Through relationships with farms, grocers, restaurants, and manufacturers, City Harvest collects nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the five boroughs. In addition..

Brunch at The Riggsby at The Carlyle Dupont Circle (Washington, D.C.)

[Translate] WHen we arrived at The Riggsby‘s entrance, we felt like we were transported back in time or landed on the set of Mad Men — it’s set like a funky home late 1950s or 1960s. Lots of items draw your eyes to look or stare at like the old display cases, various old Time magazine covers during that era and the gorgeous, huge crystal chandelier set in the center of the dining room along with the skylight. We started our meals in a dainty fashion with two different toasts — avocado toast with shrimp and crab meat ($12) and..

Conrad’s Seafood Restaurant (Perry Hall, Maryland)

[Translate] If you’re going to be in Maryland’s coastline, you have to have their famous blue crabs. There are a couple of seafood restaurants are well known for serving this particular crusteacean but we chose Conrad’s Seafood. Conrad’s is a family run restaurant mini chain (they have four locations in Maryland) and we stuck with Perry Hall since it’s the closest to Baltimore rather than taking another hour long drive out to the coastline. (more…)

Off to Baltimore (Hoehn’s Bakery and Baltimore Aquarium) with the 2016 Cadillac CT6

[Translate] The past Independence Day weekened, a few friends of mine and I drove down to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. with the 2016 Cadillac CT6. It’s a luxurious, stylish, head turning car that stopped many people (primarily men) in their tracks inquiring us what car is this whenever we parked. Besides its handsomeness, the car is a solid product that’s well-executed in grand old Cadillac style, with more creature comforts (like Onboard Wi-Fi with 4G LTE standard, and a large touchscreen offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. High-end options include a 34-speaker stereo, giant sunroof and adaptive cruise control) and..

Dinner at Wit & Wisdom at Four Seasons Baltimore

[Translate] Four Seasons Baltimore opened its doors in 2011. This property is located on the edge of Baltimore’s historical and picturesque Harbor East waterfront. Apart from the top-notch location, the stylish lobby, gorgeous rooftop pool area and, of course, the Four Seasons’ signature impeccable service. The hotel has elegant accommodations, appointed with marble bathrooms, plush down comforters, cozy terrycloth robes, flat-screen TVs, and a beautiful spa with plunge pools. We had dinner at one of their restaurants, Wit & Wisdom, a casual fine dining restaurant by Michael Mina is one of the hottest restaurants in Baltimore. Chef Zack Mills helmed..

Pitango Gelato and Pitango Bakery & Cafe (Washington, D.C. & Baltimore, MD)

[Translate] Pitango Gelato and its bakery (which I will talk about later) are a thriving small, family-owned business run by Noah Dan, truly believe in using the best, local (if possible), organic ingredients in their products. Pitango Gelato has multiple locations in DC, Baltimore, and Reston (in Virginia). We visited the Penn Quarter location for our gelato Inside, the space is clean, with lofty ceilings, lots of wood tones and a delightful minimalism with just the right amount of pastel yellow to make it seem homey. (more…)

Pistachio Oil, Yogurt Lemon Cake

[Translate] 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..

Excellent Dinner at Beasts & Bottles (Brooklyn, NY)

[Translate] Beasts & Bottles is a newcomer to Brooklyn Heights. This place is equal parts wine bar and rotisserie restaurant, this Brooklyn Heights comes from the team behind Atrium Dumbo, the Provence, France–bred duo of Leslie Affre and Laurent Kalkotour along with master sommelier Alexander LaPratt. The wine list spotlights smaller French producers and biodynamic (or environmentally responsible) wines. For the restaurant’s focus, Kalkotour fires up three breeds of rotisserie chicken: Crystal Valley birds from Indiana, served Provençal style; Sasso chickens from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, slow-roasted and sauced with black truffle jus; and a Goffle Road Poultry Farm bird from New..

The Burgary and Garfunkel’s (NYC)

[Translate] The Burgary and Garfunkel’s are two separate venues under the same ownership of Tim Gashi and Valentino Gjekaj. The Burgary (located downstairs within Garfunkel’s), is a casual, creative burger restaurant featuring a proprietary blend of dry aged beef from Pat La Frieda, along with a few salads, tater tots, fries and bedecked milk shakes. We have started off with the daily special milkshake – the coconut chocolate. This thick shake was good. Not too thick and it does taste coconutty and a touch of chocolate. The large mound of whipped cream, chocolate syrup drizzle, coconut flakes and maraschino cherry..

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Very Creative Lunch at 1* Michelin Restaurant David Toutain (Paris, France)

Very Creative Lunch at 1* Michelin Restaurant David Toutain (Paris, France)

[Translate] I respect the European and most of the Asian cities’ Michelin guides for a long time after my numerous dining experiences when I travel abroad. My traveling companion on this trip was largely a skeptic with the mentioned red book and I understand his point of view given the fact that New York City’s ratings are mostly wonky. I won’t discuss about my qualms on the NYC Michelin ratings here but the point is, since this was our first Michelin restaurant in Paris we’ve dined together was at Restaurant David Toutain, it started to make him believe in the..
Gontran Cherrier (Paris, France)

Gontran Cherrier (Paris, France)

[Translate] Gontran Cherrier is one of the few creative boulangers (bread bakers) in Paris, creating globally inspired flavors of bread but still the loaves are deeply rooted in traditional French recipes. Of course, there baguettes sold here (and they are very good) but I’m curious about his creations. (more…)
Jacques Genin (Paris, France)

Jacques Genin (Paris, France)

[Translate] If you ask me what are my favorite pâtisseries in Paris prior to this recent trip, it’s either Pierre Hermé Paris (primarily for ispahan flavored anything and everything) or Jacques Genin for exquisite caramels and the best cakes and millefeuille that come from his kitchen upstairs of his upscale, sleek and modern Rue de Turenne location. (You may read my love for Genin when I was there the first time around here.) (more…)
L’Eclair de Génie (Paris, France)

L’Eclair de Génie (Paris, France)

[Translate] Christophe Adam, pastry chef and owner of L’Eclair de Génie in Paris’s Marais district (and there’s other locations around the city). Adam has transformed and modernized the classic French éclair into a dessert that is fresh and appealing. He dresses his éclairs in stunning rainbow colors, finishes them off with edible powdered silver, and throws into the mix fun flavors like yuzu, salted caramel, orange pistachio, and even caramel popcorn. Basically, he’s made the old éclair cool again. What you won’t find is any other pastries here since this brand is all about éclairs, chocolates (that are boxed or..
Angelina Paris (Paris, France)

Angelina Paris (Paris, France)

[Translate] If you ever crave for something sweet just a few steps away from the Louvre, you should go to the legendary pâtisserie Angelina Paris. This salon was founded in 1903 by the Austrian confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer. This grand tea house has a faded grandeur of a belle époque salon is bustling with the many tourists who flock for the pastries and a few who want to have a light meal and there is a take away section at the front of the tea room. (more…)
Pâtisserie Gilles Marchal (Paris, France)

Pâtisserie Gilles Marchal (Paris, France)

[Translate] Part of the reason why I visited Patisserie Gilles Marchal is because I have ment and briefly hung out with Gilles a little more than six years ago when he was the Creative Director of La Maison du Chocolat (it was m first time visiting Paris and you may read that post here) and curious to know how’s life after the mentioned position. Prior to his post at LMDC, he was the pastry sous chef at the Crillon, and executive pastry chef at the Plaza Athenee and Le Bristol. We found out toward the end of our visit that..
Delicious Crêpes at Breizh Café (Paris, France)

Delicious Crêpes at Breizh Café (Paris, France)

[Translate] Breizh Café specializes in galettes de blé noir, commonly known as buckwheat crêpes is a great spot for those who crave savory and sweet crêpes served with artisanal French ciders in the hip Marais area of Paris. It’s no surprise when we arrived around 9:00 PM on a Friday night, the place was buzzing with activity with a mix of tourists and locals eating plates of them and people waiting on the sidelines for either a table or taking their order to-go. After waiting for 15 minutes for a table, we settled down and taken a look at the..
Lovely Afternoon Tea at Le Meurice (Paris, France)

Lovely Afternoon Tea at Le Meurice (Paris, France)

[Translate] If you have been following my Instagram for the past week or so, I’m traveling around Paris, Nice and Monaco and eating quite well. Please note, these posts are not in any particular order (chronological or even about preference of a restaurant, hotel, etc.). Le Meurice is a beautiful seven-story, hotel palace located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, it’s in the best location in all of Paris, especially for museum lovers (but beware the flood of tourists). The opulent Restaurant Le Meurice (2* Michelin) looks pulled straight out of Versailles with its gilded moldings and..

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Pistachio Oil, Yogurt Lemon Cake

Pistachio Oil, Yogurt Lemon Cake

[Translate] 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..
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…)