Food Reviews

NYC Restaurant Week Preview at Perrine

Interior Oscar Naimo’s Macarthur – Bacardi Facundo Eximo Neo Rum, Cointreau, fresh lime, egg white Baby beet and kale salad It’s been a while since eaten from a NYC Restaurant Week menu as I tend to see the menus for this ‘week’ are mundane. When I was invited to a preview of Perrine at The Pierre Hotel for their Restaurant Week dinner menu, I opted to attend since the food from Chef Ashfer Biju and his team tends to be classic French but it’s delicious. The Perrine is a sophisticated room: sleek and shiny as an Aston-Martin showroom, with fine black-and-white..


Broadway Burger Bar at Tropicana Atlantic City (Atlantic City, NJ)

Exterior Guacamole and pico de gallo served with tortilla chips Root beer float with vanilla ice cream If you have a craving for something a little more than your average burger in Atlantic City, Broadway Burger Bar is your best bet. This casual eatery focuses primarily on the fresh ground burgers perfectly cooked to order and topped in many ways possible. There is a small section of salads, appetizers and sandwiches. We had a bevy of the aforementioned (seen at the top of this post) and enjoyed them all. The burgers were juicy, cooked to beautifully medium-rare, seasoned well and..

The Continental (Atlantic City, NJ)

I’ve taken a short break to Atlantic City, NJ for a couple of days near the Christmas holiday to get away from New York. For those who have heard of Atlantic City recently, it has past its prime but it is not bad either. The last time I have been to this city was in 2011 and I think the food scene changed for the better. Our first meal was dinner at The Continental. When you walk up to the restaurant, it looks vaguely like the Jetsons meet 1950s diner. If you get over the quirky decor of the place,..

Lunch at Ristorante Berton (Milan, Italy)

When we walked to the long, gleaming, futuristic promenade in Porta Nuova district to Ristorante Berton, we have realized this part of Milan is very modern especially with the upscale contemporary art galleries and Samsung Electronics Italia a few doors down and the various groups of suited business people walking through this pavilion during their lunchtime. When we entered the restaurant, I can’t help but notice the luxurious details of the decor yet it is overall minimalist. The decadent, Studio Vudafieri Saverino-designed with the color palette of black, white and gold. The entire dining area of the restaurant has lots..

Hotel Reviews

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman

The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman is currently considered the best luxury hotel in the Cayman Islands. It is a AAA Five Diamond property and occupies 144 acres across the Caribbean to the North Sound, facing Seven Mile Beach’s shoreline. When we entered the spacious and beautiful Silver Palm dining area that divides into two sections — a handsome, dark wood bar on one end and an elegant tea room flooded with lots of natural light. (more…)

Excellent Afternoon Tea at The Pembroke Room at The Lowell Hotel (NYC)

I’ve recently went to The Pembroke Room at The Lowell Hotel for afternoon tea with my mother this past weekend. The Lowell is a boutique hotel in the tony neighborhood of the Upper East Side. When you do enter the charming Pembroke Room upstairs, it felt like I went to an elegant, wealthy grandmother’s home. It’s warmly lit with chandeliers, tables set with heavy tablecloths and fine china, and comfortably padded chairs. (more…)

Luxurious Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam & Lunch at Jansz

On my recent trip to Amsterdam last week, I stayed at the gorgeous Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam. This hotel has heritage and prestige given its twenty-five restored 17th and 18th century houses that were once homes of prosperous trade merchants and the decadent and flamboyant Dutch aristocrats. The hotel grounds now encompass nearly an entire city block along Prinsengracht, the canal dedicated to the Prince of Orange. This hotel is still under renovations when I was there but when I entered the hotel, it felt like entering a high-end private residence. On the left of the door, you enter the very..

Wonderful Stay at Alexis Hotel (Seattle, WA)

Alexis Hotel is an upscale boutique hotel, featuring 121 eclectic guestrooms that cater to every possible personality, is about as perfectly located as a downtown hotel can be. Many of Seattle’s most desirable sightseeing destinations are within easy walking distance, as are a vast selection of top-notch restaurants. It also sits right on First Avenue, directly above Puget Sound; a few rooms do have partial water views but many face neighboring buildings. Better harbor views can be found at hotels a few blocks north. We stayed at the Fireplace Suite where it feels very cozy to curl up by the..

Understated Luxury at St. Regis Vancouver

St Regis Vancouver is an excellent, luxury boutique hotel in the center of downtown Vancouver. This hotel has no relation to the Starwood St. Regis Hotels but it is just as luxurious thanks to its attentive customer service and ample amenities. Rooms are outfitted with complimentary Fiji water (replenished daily), complimentary Wi-Fi access, L’Occitane toiletries and LCD TVs. But the free perks don’t stop with the accommodations: Guests also receive a complimentary breakfast for two and complimentary daily passes to the Steve Nash Sports Club, located one block west of the hotel. Located at corner of Dunsmuir and Seymour, the..

Recent Recipes

Miso Chocolate Hazelnut (Nutella) Rugelach Bars Recipe

My love for desserts has never deterred but my preferences has certainly changed and yearn for something unusual. Don’t get me wrong. I still love my chocolate but it has to be dark and not too sweet (unless I have a craving for sugar). I remembered recently reading the Wall Street Journal about (white) miso accented desserts and it’s one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments since I adore and obsessed with salted caramel or anything sweet and salty in a dessert, it makes sense for miso and its fermentation adds an umami effect that bridges the..

Chocolate Kefir Cake Layered with Jam & Variations of Yogurt Cake

I’ve recently tried experimenting with two great brands — deZaan Gourmet for their fantastic chocolate and cocoa powders and Redwood Hill Farm goat’s milk dairy products. deZaan brings a century of tradition, quality and technical leadership to an impressive portfolio of premium cocoa and chocolate products, including cocoa powders, cocoa butter, cocoa liquor and custom chocolate formulations. Their cocoa powders are available in a variety of flavors and color shades — from vibrant reds to dark browns and black — with various accompanying taste profiles and intensities. Redwood Hill Farm is an award-winning, goat dairy farm and creamery located in..

Recipe: Matcha Green Tea Japanese Soufflé Cheesecake

My mother is obsessed with Japanese desserts. Green tea (matcha) ice cream. Daifuku. Taiyaki. Yokan. Aduzki bean anything (that goes for any Asian desserts, really), and so on, she’ll love to get her hands on and savor them. She adores Japanese desserts because of its great balance of sugar (most of their desserts aren’t sweet, if you had) and the textures are sublime. Over the weekend, my mother and I were talking over the phone and she requested me to bring dessert over for the Dragon Boat Festival dinner (I’ll write a post about that soon) we’ll be having. After..


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