Food Reviews

Afternoon Tea at Pan Pacific Singapore

Whenever I travel to a foreign country, particularly Asian, I hope the hotel that serves afternoon tea would adapt its menu to the country’s cuisine either creating and offering separate afternoon tea menus or have a one menu that is Western or English style tea but have certain local ingredients in a certain food item. Pan Pacific Singapore offers the both Peranakan and English style afternoon teas and both are very good. Pan Pacific Singapore serves its afternoon tea at the Atrium. The Atrium looks cool with the streamlined architectural details and the seating pods floating over a reflection pool...

Excellent Bak Kwa at Lim Chee Guan (Singapore)

Bak kwa is a beloved Singaporean meat snack (and it’s loved by many Chinese since we have a similar version but it’s different). I’ve heard and read that Lim Chee Guan is one of the best brands in Singapore who makes this from scratch so I had to visit their original shop in Chinatown. (more…)

JustIN Flavours of Asia (Singapore)

JustIN Flavours of Asia is the famous Singaporean chef-owner Justin Quek’s all-day casual restaurant. It serves elevated Singaporean comfort food by cooking with better ingredients and making most of their own sauces. The 72-seat restaurant, which faces Marina Bay Sands’ nightly light and water show.  We came in relatively late after seeing the light and water show, it was a buzzy atmosphere with its outdoor seating and there’s many groups of diners having a relaxed dinner. (more…)

Ji Xiang Ang Ku Kueh (Singapore)

Ji Xiang Ang Ku Kueh is an old school type of confectionery shop that sells ang ku kueh or 紅龜粿 in Chinese. These are traditional tortoise shell-shaped cakes made with sticky glutinous rice flour filled with a sweet filling like red bean paste or ground roasted peanuts that originated in Fujian, China. (more…)

The Dark Gallery for the Chocoholic (Singapore)

If you do seek an intense chocolate session either by yourself or with a few friends in Singapore, the best place for that is The Dark Gallery. This brand has two locations in Takashimaya Singapore or at Millenia Walk. We visited the former.  This cafe at Takashimaya is front loaded with displays containing beautiful cakes (containing various degrees of chocolate you want your cake to have), bonbons, pastries and ice creams. There is a good amount of seating in the back of the shop. They source their chocolates utilized in their chocolate desserts and beverages from trusted chocolate brands like..

Hotel Reviews

Marriott Taipei (Taipei, Taiwan)

The Marriott Taipei is one of the newest luxury hotels in Taipei. The largest complex of its kind in Taipei, the Taipei Marriott Hotel comprises a five-star 320-room hotel, restaurants, lounge, convention center, shopping mall and apartments. It is located on the north bank of the Keelung River, in the Dazhi district, near Songshan International Airport. As part of Marriott’s “Green Hotel Development” initiative, indigenous shrubbery and flowering plants are found throughout the hotel grounds and are interspersed with pieces of nature inspired art and sitting areas. (more…)

Fantastic Stay at W Taipei (Taipei, Taiwan)

For the first portion of our time in Taipei, we stayed at W Taipei. The first thing that is great about this hotel is centrally located the Xinyi District that makes it easy for me to drop off my shopping bags (there are many shopping malls surrounding the hotel). It’s also a few blocks from the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and Taipei 101, the world’s second-tallest building. Nearby subway stations mean you can be whisked to the city’s shopping districts and mountain hot springs. Entering the lobby of the W Taipei, it’s technically not their lobby. As confusing as it..

Lunch at Le Cinq (3* Michelin, Paris)

We had lunch at Le Cinq at the very posh Four Seasons George V hotel in Paris. I was generally excited for this particular meal is because of Executive Chef Christian Le Squer currently cooks here and I recalled of the wonderful lunch I had in 2010 when he worked at Ledoyen. We opted for the 4-course lunch (145€ per person) since we still have a long day of eating. Starting off our meal was a “mises en bouche” of a plate set with a ginger jelly balloon, raspberry truffle has a liquid center, and a crispy jigsaw shaped bread..

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

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 generally..

Lovely Stay at Hôtel du Louvre (Paris, France)

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 features..

Recent Recipes

Baba al Bee’s Knees

Valentine’s Day is coming up and the award winning gin, Bluecoat American Dry Gin has asked me to create a Valentine’s Day inspired cocktail. Instead of doing another cocktail, I wanted a challenge and create a boozy cocktail dessert. Everyone knows baba al rum is a French classic yeast-risen cake soaked in lots of sweet rum syrup and possibly served with a side of fluffy whipped cream. Technically, this yeast cake is a great sponge to soak in any booze or flavored syrup you can dream of. I thought, “Why not something with gin?” Bluecoat gin is a beautiful, floral..

Blueberry Almond Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberry Lemon Compote for National Blueberry Pancake Day

I may be early for National Blueberry Pancake Day (that day in the U.S. falls on January 28th) but I always feel like there’s never a bad day to make a batch of these babies and eat them. There’s something comforting about having a small or tall stack of these warm, fluffy, slightly crisp cakes with a few bright bites of blueberries at home and at your leisure. I have collaborated with Driscoll’s to highlight their fresh, high quality blueberries and incorporate them into my blueberry almond buttermilk pancakes. I wanted to emphasize the blueberries even further by making a..

Cranberry Orange Pecan Rolls

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…)