Food Reviews

Boucherie at Union Square (NYC)

AmeliAmelié – Grey Goose vodka, maraschino, rosé brut, pomegranate, lime & rose water My friend and I revisited Boucherie in Union Square recently as we were craving steak with a classic French bistro atmosphere and fare. The slight justification to have a substantial steak is the fact it’s one of the incredibly freezing sub-zero nights in New York City. We started off with a floral Amelié cocktail made with Grey Goose vodka, maraschino, rosé brut, pomegranate, lime and rose water (quite appropriate for Valentine’s Day, thinking in retrospect) and I had the classic Boulevardier that is both strong yet sweet enough to..

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,..

Hotel Reviews

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..

Excellent Dim Sum at 8 Restaurant at Grand Lisboa Hotel 新葡京酒店賭場 (Macau)

When you think of Macau, you would associate this former Portuguese controlled region for the glamour of Las Vegas. Except Macau has a fantastic dining scene from fine to street food like its neighbor Hong Kong. On the fine dining spectrum, 8 at Grand Lisboa Hotel is a glamorous 3* Michelin rated restaurant (since 2014. up to its current list for 2016) in Macau. It’s a very sleek restaurant that does serve the best dim sum I ever ate. Ever since that having 8’s dim sum, every other dim sum meal didn’t match up the deliciousness of what we had..

Dinner at Tin Lung Heen 天龍軒 at Ritz Carlton Hong Kong (2* Michelin)

  Since we’re staying at Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong and thoroughly enjoyed afternoon tea (my post here), we were curious about Tin Lung Heen. This is a high end Cantonese restaurant and earned consistently a 2* Michelin rating since 2013. Its floor to ceiling windows give a birds eye view over Victoria Harbour, and it is so high up that it is actually at or above the level of the clouds. This can be experienced when the clouds on occasion completely envelop the building, and the windows appear opaque due to the mist. To access the restaurant, take the express lift from the..

Ritz Carlton Hong Kong – Amazing Presidential Suite & Fantastic Afternoon Tea at Café 103

Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, relocated and opened in March 2011, is located on the top of Hong Kong’s tallest building (on floors 102 to 118) of the International Commerce Centre (ICC), with 484 meters or 1588 feet of the 7th tallest building in the world and the highest skyscraper in Hong Kong. If you don’t suffer from vertigo, it offers a stupendous panorama of Hong Kong island, Kowloon, the loops and swerves of Victoria Harbour that separates the two and the mountains that coddle both. You won’t see as astonishing a vista as this anywhere else in Hong Kong. There..

Recent Recipes

Coconut, Adzuki Red Bean, Matcha Green Tea Layered Jelly

For the past several weeks, it’s been a crazy, busy several weeks for me, primarily with work and planning my upcoming trip to London. I wanted to make a simple but tasty but minimalist beautiful dessert that also has Asian flavors since they were all in my pantry – matcha green tea, adzuki red beans, and coconut milk. Come to think of it, this sweet is pretty healthy since there is no cream or butter involved. This jelly is made with agar, a vegetarian alternative to gelatin that’s normally sold in powdered or flake form. There is generally a difference..

Raspberry Religieuse Recipe

Recently, Driscoll’s was generous to send me some of their wonderfully sweet-tart raspberries for me to bake with. Inspired this weekend for the spring-like weather we were finally having in New York City, I wanted to bake something “happy,” if that make any sense. For me, one of my happy memories was when I was in Paris several years ago and brought my ravenous carb and sweet tooth, saw and ate my way through the city. One particular pastry that stuck in my mind that looked elegant and feminine when I passed by a few patisseries, which I found out..

Savory Oatmeal with Crisp Prosciutto, Skellig Cheddar & Poached Egg

The folks over at Kerrygold were sweet to send me a package of a few of their delectable light cheeses and their wonderful butter in aims to create a lighter, healthier dish. If you read this blog long enough, you’re aware that I don’t necessarily bridge the two unless I do feel insanely gluttonous. I like moderation and more on the lines of flavor trumps healthiness (especially desserts!). With that all said, I woke up one morning craving a bowl of savory oatmeal since I eat many variations of the sweet versions too often and had a craving for something..