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Fantastic Coffee at Victrola Coffee Roastery (Seattle, WA)

Fantastic Coffee at Victrola Coffee Roastery (Seattle, WA)

[Translate] When in Seattle, you should have seafood and coffee or you’re wasting your time in this city. Victrola Coffee Roastery is a local Seattle coffee roastery established in 2000. In a city filled with many coffee shops (hello, it’s the home of the corporate coffee mecca that has the green mermaid as its mascot), what we really love about Victrola committed themselves to sourcing and roasting only the best. With a passion for great coffee, they can’t wait to share their hard work and passion with you through one of their delicious blends or single origins. The Pike Street..
Delicious, Casual Vietnamese Steakhouse Fare at Seven Beef (Seattle, WA)

Delicious, Casual Vietnamese Steakhouse Fare at Seven Beef (Seattle, WA)

[Translate] Seven Beef is the newest restaurant by Chef-Owner Eric Banh and his sister, Sophie and with Executive Chef Scott Emerick helm the kitchen. Seven Beef occupies a 4,000-square-foot building that once housed an architect’s office. The centerpiece is the dramatic open kitchen equipped with a wood-burning oven alongside a combi-convection oven. What you don’t see is the cooler in the back that houses the restaurant’s sub-primal cuts of prime, grass-fed beef, delivered weekly by Heritage Meats from their ranch in Rochester, Washington and have a young butcher to break down the animal everyday. (They will cut a three pound,..
Dinner at Spur Gastropub (Seattle, WA)

Dinner at Spur Gastropub (Seattle, WA)

[Translate] Spur Gastropub is located in the Belltown section of Seattle, WA, run by award winning chefs/owners Brian McCracken and Dana Tough, the same team behind other popular, gastronome-favored places like Tavern Law and Old Sage. When you enter this understated nouveau-Western decor, you can’t help but notice the bar filled with great microdistillery spirits and the mostly young diners who are enjoying a couple of well-crafted cocktails and several plates of food. It’s a cozy space that has both modern and rustic. Wood trim and natural log tables coexist with hip light fixtures and ambient projections of black and..
Delicious and Beautiful Pastries at Thomas Haas Patisserie (Vancouver, B.C.)

Delicious and Beautiful Pastries at Thomas Haas Patisserie (Vancouver, B.C.)

[Translate] Thomas Haas is a fourth generation pastry chef who grew up in his family’s pastry shop in Germany. It was located in the Black Forest village of Aichhalden. It all began when his great-grandfather opened the Café Conditorei Haas in 1918. Every generation after that continued the tradition of the family’s Black Forest cakes and other local sweets. Following in their footsteps, Haas trained in his native Germany, and then headed to Switzerland, France, and North America to gain more experience. He worked in several Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe before moving to Canada as executive pastry chef at the..
Fantastic Lunar New Year Tea at The Urban Tea Merchant (Vancouver, B.C., Canada)

Fantastic Lunar New Year Tea at The Urban Tea Merchant (Vancouver, B.C., Canada)

[Translate] The Urban Tea Merchant is found along the glamorous and busy business district (I would say it’s an equivalent to NYC’s Madison Avenue in Midtown). The Urban Tea Merchant is well known in Vancouver since 2004 for carrying exclusively the line of teas and teawares from the luxury brand TWG from Singapore. On the ground floor, you’ll find the retail shop, where you can buy teas, gorgeous teapots and accessories, and even tea-infused macaroons. Toward the back of the shop upstairs is the hidden tea salon, where you can have lunch, brunch, desserts, cocktails, and, of course, tea service...

Highlights of 2015

[Translate] 2015 came and went much quicker than I could ever imagine. Despite the year breezing by, I am grateful for having the opportunities to travel to six international destinations (while still being employed full time), meet interesting people while traveling and collaborating with several brands. Wales, United Kingdom I started off traveling to Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom during late February/early March with Visit Wales. Landing at Heathrow Airport in London and take the leisure train ride over, seeing the rolling green hills that gave me a preview of the lushness of the landscape and the many adorable, fluffy sheep..

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Historical, Luxurious St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel & Booking Office (London, United Kingdom)

[Translate] Inside Hansome Lounge, the lobby of St Pancras Renaissance Hotel During my trip to London, I had the opportunity to stay at the historical, luxurious St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in King’s Cross. King’s Cross in London is currently an up-and-coming neighborhood where both locals and travelers would meet since the railroad stations are here. This hotel was built in the 1860s, when the thriving Midland Railway, which connected the industrial heartlands of the East Midlands and Yorkshire with London, chose to build its own railway and station. William Barlow owned the property and appointed architect, George Gilbert Scott to..

Sublime Sophistication at The Ledbury (2* Michelin, London, UK)

[Translate] View of Tower Bridge from London Bridge*; Table setting & menus; Partial interior of dining room; W checking his phone while getting his Riesling; My plate of amuse bouches The Ledbury was one of my favorite meals in London. Not just because this is in a beautiful neighborhood of Notting Hill, a two-starred Michelin restaurant, and World’s 50 Best Restaurants (#13 in 2013), under the helm of Brett Graham, being surrounded by the well-to-do, ladies who lunch, and a large round table of wine pros having a serious wine lunch, but because I finally had the pleasure to meet..

Not Afternoon Tea at OXO Tower Brasserie (London, UK)

[Translate] OXO Tower Brasserie is found on the rooftop of an award-winning, riverside landmark building named the OXO Tower, found on the South Bank of London. This tower houses some of the most innovative and internationally renowned contemporary designers, and exhibition venues gallery@oxo and Bargehouse. The area is sort of what reminds me of Williamsburg, Brooklyn back in the late 1990s, where it’s an industrial area but revamped to an artistic hub. Shoppers and diners who go up to OXO Tower Brasserie are definitely the well-to-do locals, as I recalled smelling a strong scent of a woman’s Dior fragrance when..

Went to London (U.K.) and Adore GAIL’s Bakery

[Translate] Big Ben & The Houses of Parliament In case you don’t follow my Twitter or Instagram, I went to London about two weeks ago. (I’m suggesting you should follow either to keep abreast with my activities since it’s quicker to do a short update than writing a full blown post here and actually get to read this much later than what happened.) Many fellow Londoners who I’ve met when traveling and some — eating with — through that fine city asks me, “Why visit London?” My answer is, there’s a food revolution happening there for the past five to..

Prestigious Luxury at The New York Palace Hotel

[Translate] I had the good fortune to visit the New York Palace Hotel recently. Granted, I’ve eaten the wonderful, whimsical, and delicious confections of Chef Michel Richard’s at Pomme Palais during the holiday season. But that evening of potently good cocktails, dining at Villard Michel Richard, and go up to one of the hotel’s signature Tower suite, the Jewel Suite, it’s incomparable. The New York Palace is an historical landmark that is a combination of the Villard Houses and the Helmsley Tower. The Villard House was built in 1882 and was originally owned by Henry Villard, a well-known railroad financier...

Flour Bakery (Boston, MA)

[Translate] Entrance to Flour Bakery (Back Bay location); Interior; Sweet orange rolls and Doughnut sugar muffins Flour Bakery (the bakery currently have 4 locations) was our first stop on our weekend holiday trip to Boston. What prompted us to go there first is because of the delicious memories I had when the James Beard nominated Chef Joanne Chang cooked at the James Beard House for afternoon tea. Since then, it was bookmarked in my brain to visit Chef Chang’s bakery and it finally happened. We went to the Back Bay location since it’s close to our hotel, The Mandarin Oriental...