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Legends from Europe Dinner at SD26

Photos from top to bottom: Looking down at the main dining room; 30-month Prosciutto di Parma; Chef slicing the leg of Prosciutto di Parma; Cheeses served Grana Padano & Montasio; Prosciutto San Daniele Last night I was invited to the Legends from Europe dinner at the beautiful, historical SD26 at one of the restaurant’s private dining rooms. Despite SD26 would be about 5 years old, mind you they have a long legacy with restaurant scene in NYC. Tony May (the co-owner with his daughter, Marisa May) started and owned the Rainbow Room in the late 60s to the 80s. Eventually..


Valentine’s Day Pastries at Financier Patisserie

Financier Patisserie has a Valentine’s Day collection of pastries that are inspired by the shape of the heart and flavors related to the holiday. If you have a large spread like I do, throw a sweet and festive afternoon tea with friends – whether or not you are you have a significant other in your life. The heart-shaped “couer” line of cakes come in two sizes, the small (serves up to 2 people) is $15 and the large (serves 4 to 6 people) is $35. Their passion au chocolate is consisted of a layer of moist almond macaron, dark chocolate..


Ladurée SoHo – Second U.S. Location & Its Largest

Ladurée opened its second U.S. location and finally, it has their legendary dining-in café and tea room beyond their takeout baked goods section. The entire venue is gorgeous and definitely reminded me of their Parisian location I visited and ate at. There are two themed salons, one inspired by Madame de Pompadour (the pastel green room with the gorgeous vintage chandelier, fireplace, custom marble floors and opens to an outdoor garden), the other by Madeleine Castaing, can also be reserved for private events. Ladurée SoHo’s salon inspired by French antique dealer and interior designer, Madeleine Castaing contains a plush leopard..


Dinner at North End Grill – Good Savory Food, Amazing Desserts

For my family’s dinner on the second day of the (Chinese) year (we cooked a feast on the day of Chinese New Year), we headed out to North End Grill. I was curious of Chef Floyd Cardoz’s food since his days at Tabla, where he cooked robust, vibrant Indian dishes and I’ve been following Pastry Chef Tracy Obolsky since she was at Esca. North End Grill is an update of the American bar and grill in Battery Park City. When you enter the restaurant, your eyes would fall on the modern, sleek black and white checkered tile floors, clusters of..


New Savory Croissants at Financier Patisserie

Financier Patisserie will be offering limited edition savory croissants starting on National Croissant Day, Friday, January 30th. This makes it an apt time for Chef Eric Bedoucha to launch savory croissants to the bakery’s already excellent line-up of delectable French pastries. This Florentine wheel, Chicken, Mushroom bechamel triangle – and glazed pecan croissants This past weekend, I had the opportunity to have a preview of Financier Patisserie‘s upcoming release of their three limited edition, so to speak, croissants in the honor of National Croissant Day, Thursday, January 30, 2014. The three croissant creations that Chef Eric Bedoucha and his team..


Maison Kayser’s King Cake (Galette des Rois) in NYC

The King Cake from Maison Kayser Despite the fact Epiphany passed (it was on January 6th), Maison Kayer still has their delectable king cake at their bakeries in New York City until Sunday, February 2nd. (This pastry does go by other French names galette des rois, gâteau du rois, and others.) As some of you are aware, I’m not a stranger to Maison Kayser, even when I ate my way through Paris before the bakery came here stateside and back then I was enamored by the fine quality of their breads. When they finally came to New York City and..


Dinner at The Peacock (NYC)

Looking toward the bar, The William (top photo); Interiors of The Peacock dining room; our drinks The Peacock, the fine dining restaurant portion of the English trifecta, inside the boutique William hotel in the old Williams Club a few blocks away from Grand Central Terminal. The Williams Club was a 100-year-old alumni club bunked up with Princeton’s venue a few years ago. This restaurant, along with the English pub inspired, The Shakespeare is lead under Executive Chef Robert Aikens. We did take a peek of The William, the cocktail bar, just off the entry of The William hotel. It was..


Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn’s Private Event

Dining area; Attendees of the event; Our beverages Grand Central Oyster Bar is a 100-year old Manhattan institution for all things bivalves. The brand expanded to Park Slope, Brooklyn and opened last month (there are also two Japanese franchises and a small outpost in Newark airport). The Brooklyn’s décor echoes the signature arches of the original space and lights of the original. They brought some of the main restaurant’s menu to Brooklyn like the freshly shucked bivalves and other seafood specialties based on what’s offered at the market that day. Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn has a bright, mostly white..


Lunar New Year Chocolates at Godiva NYC Headquarters

Godiva’s Senior Chocolatier Chef David Funaro; my spread of Godiva goodies; Godiva chocolate liqueur with my glass of Simple Chocolate Martini I was invited to Godiva‘s New York City headquarters for the launch of their Lunar New Year chocolates with Godiva’s Senior Chocolatier Chef David Funaro. The spacious, streamlined, modern space are shared office space, an open kitchen and a model Godiva store so they could copy the displays to all of their shops around the globe. Along with tasting their standard but delicious line up of bonbons (as seen above) and their sweet Godiva chocolate martini. We were also..