Food Reviews

Sucr’elle Chocolateria (Mexico City)

[翻译] Whenever you think of Mexico City, you’d never really think of upscale chocolates. I am generalizing this of course, but most of the time people would think of Mexican coffee more than chocolate. There are a few exceptions to this statement and one that I’ve “discovered” was Sucr’elle Chocolateria. This cozy chocolate shop in the upscale Polanco neighborhood is owned and run by a couple – Sandra and Enrique – who have backgrounds in the restaurant and pastry businesses. They have worked around various restaurants and countries before settling back in Mexico City. (more…)

Yoshimi at Hyatt Regency Mexico City

[翻译] During my time staying at the Hyatt Regency Mexico City, one of the staff members who was our appointed butler, Francisco mentioned that there is a fairly large community of Japanese immigrants to the city and while there isn’t a large enclave like the various Chinatowns and Koreatowns we have in the States, there’s a reason why there are a number of Japanese restaurants in Mexico City. He also informed us that this hotel was previously a Japanese-owned hotel hence the two Japanese restaurants in residence here. Of the two, we chose Yoshimi since we had a strong craving..

Ophelia Lounge – Come For The Drinks, Stay For The Stunning Views (NYC)

[翻译] There are lots of rooftop bars in New York City. Some would get your attention having the relatively close-up views of the Empire State Building, while others give you another perspective of this grand city. When it comes to Ophelia Lounge at the Beekman Tower from Merchants Hospitality and Public Agenda, it’s a very chic setting with amazing views of Long Island City and the eastern end of Midtown. You’re greeted with soaring 30-foot ceilings and a 24-foot-long pewter bar when you step off the elevator. Vintage lighting and 13-foot windows showcase 360-degree views, while the maroon and red-velvet..

MakiMaki – Fast, Casual Sushi That’s Delicious (NYC)

[翻译] If you ever been to Midtown West, namely the five to seven block radius of Carnegie Hall, you’d be surrounded with the extremes of dining – either it’s incredibly delicious but it’s very expensive (maybe even Michelin starred) or unsatisfying food that is moderately priced (you can do street food cheap with the halal carts but I’m talking about sit-down type of dining). There is a glimmer of hope with MakiMaki, owned and run by Kevin Takarda, offers reasonably priced maki sushi (rolled and cut up) or temaki (hand roll) sushi that is fresh and delicious. Takarada saw a..

Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote (NYC)

[翻译] If you want an easy meal that has a moderately priced, simple, straightforward menu of salad and steak frites, head over to Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote . This restaurant’s name might sound familiar if you been to Paris, as this is the famous Parisian steakhouse in the 17th Arrondissement. (more…)

Hotel Reviews

Luxurious Dim Sum Afternoon Tea at La Chine at Waldorf Astoria (NYC)

[翻译] La Chine at the Waldorf Astoria is a grand, luxurious haute Chinese restaurant. Renovated in colors of black, gleaming gold and silver, fuzzy banquettes and a black marble bar. The layout is like an old-school power room surrounded by orchids and dim lighting. I’ve been in the search for solidly good high-end Chinese food in New York City (I’m speaking of the ones I’ve eaten Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong) and based on this dim sum afternoon tea experience, I think this is a good bet. The service was professional and friendly. The plush atmosphere feels comfortable. The food..

Lovely Stay at Hôtel du Louvre (Paris, France)

[翻译] When my traveling companion and I were in Paris, we stayed at the grand Five Star Hôtel du Louvre, a Hyatt property. The hotel is located at the busy intersection of the Avenue de l’Opera and Rue de Richelieu near the famed I.M. Pei pyramids at the Louvre. It’s very conveniently close to the Opéra Garnier and the Palais Royal. Place Vendôme, Place de la Concorde, the Marais neighborhood, and the Tuileries Garden. Built in 1855, this hotel is one of the oldest in the City of Lights (it was a former mansion of the Champagne family Taittinger). It..

Heaven on Earth – Hotel Hermitage (Monte Carlo, Monaco)

[翻译] I would daresay, I have stayed and visited at a fair number of luxury hotels but by far my favorite is Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo. Everything about this hotel is beautiful and luxurious from the moment you step through the rotating doors and be greeted by the sight of fresh flowers (we saw hydrangea first then orchids) at the comfortable, pastel colored main lobby, all done up in Belle Époque style. This hotel was built in the early 1900s and is one of the two best luxury hotels in Monte Carlo. Its competition the Hotel De Paris is..

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Metropole (Monte Carlo)

[翻译] Note: While we were traveling around Paris, we’ve stopped over to the glamorous principality of Monte Carlo. I will be writing an overview post of this side trip summarizing it all but I’m writing the individual dining establishments first before getting to the aforementioned. During our stay in Monaco we stopped by Hotel Metropole for afternoon tea (there is an epic lunch at Joël Robuchon but I’ll get to that post in due time). The beautiful pastries and confections on display are from Robuchon’s kitchen. This is not exactly the traditional afternoon tea fare that you’d presume; there’s a..

Lovely Afternoon Tea at Le Meurice (Paris, France)

[翻译] 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..

Recent Recipes

Great Local Ingredients from OurHarvest

[翻译] 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..

Happy 4th of July!

[翻译] Hope all my fellow American readers had a great and safe Independence Day! I celebrated with my friends and family the U.S.’ freedom with style. We started off with a luxe note with Petrossian Caviar. Petrossian started in the 1920s by two Armenian brothers – Melkoum and Mouchegh Petrossian – to Parisians. The brand has dominated this luxurious trade and continued to strive for the best of the fresh, high quality caviar produced. (more…)

Many Uses with KitchenAid – Blender, Pasta Maker, and Convection Oven

[翻译] KitchenAid Convection Digital Countertop Oven & Diamond Blender; Pasta Excellence Set Our friends at KitchenAid sent me their amazing household products of the Diamond Blender, Countertop Digital Convection Oven, and Pasta Excellence Set (pasta stand mixer attachments since I own their Artisan Stand Mixer). Since spring is finally here and how can’t you not feel inspired to cook and bake anything? Strawberries are one of the ingredients that are prominent in spring and for breakfast, I like making smoothies besides my cup of coffee. It’s quick and easy for my busy mornings shuffling to work. I made batches of..