Tag Archives: NYC

Green Tea Workshop at Ippodo (NYC)

[Translate] Ippodo (not to be confused with Ippudo, the popular Japanese ramen shop) is one of the few Japanese tea shops in Manhattan that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to Japan. The minimalist, warm wood interiors and the Japanese staff members greet you in Japanese and see them boiling kettles of water to prepare for our green tea workshop. (more…)

New York Culinary Experience 2014

[Translate] Last weekend, (not far after I landed from London), I attended the New York Culinary Experience 2014 at the International Culinary Center in SoHo, New York. As like my previous two years of participating in these weekends, this cooking weekend is always a blast. Certainly food filled (you will practically eat non-stop from morning to early evening). You will be enlightened by famous and well respected chefs (at least two dozen on the schedules) and get a sense of their personality as they teach you their recipes and you’ll meet individuals from around the country who love food and..

Jack Daniel’s Single Bourbon: Bounty & Barrel Dinner Series (NYC)

[Translate] Last night I attended the kickoff of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel: Bounty & Barrel Dinner in Openhouse in the Nolita section of New York City. This is one of the five-city tour that features local chefs who cook with the tasty Jack Daniel Single Barrel Tennessee whiskey (and cocktails made with this fine spirit) for an intimate dinner that is also a fundraiser benefiting Share Our Strength‘s “No Kid Hungry Campaign.” Since I arrived a bit late for the canapes due to work, I settled for a refreshing and citrus-y Bluegrass Shrub (seen on the top of this post)..

Prestigious Luxury at The New York Palace Hotel

[Translate] I had the good fortune to visit the New York Palace Hotel recently. Granted, I’ve eaten the wonderful, whimsical, and delicious confections of Chef Michel Richard’s at Pomme Palais during the holiday season. But that evening of potently good cocktails, dining at Villard Michel Richard, and go up to one of the hotel’s signature Tower suite, the Jewel Suite, it’s incomparable. The New York Palace is an historical landmark that is a combination of the Villard Houses and the Helmsley Tower. The Villard House was built in 1882 and was originally owned by Henry Villard, a well-known railroad financier...

100 Montaditos (NYC)

[Translate] 100 Montaditos is a Spanish restaurant chain that has multiple locations in Florida before this particular location in Bleecker Street in Manhattan has opened for about three months. What we liked about this restaurant is that it is a laid back atmosphere that if you want to eat in, you’d have to scout for any open tables in the back dining room and head back to the front to order your food and beverages. Their dining room is quite spacious and comfy with a huge skylight to let in lots of natural light. We started off with familiar yet..

Chocolate Tasting at Amedei Store (NYC)

[Translate] Amedei is a cult, Tuscan chocolate brand founded in 1990 with the head chocolatier, Cecilia Tessieri. Probably a few of you might have come across these rare bars in the U.S. and certainly when you trek your way around Italy. These divine chocolates are something that would make you either speechless or have that moment of delight to and simply say, “Mmm…” Every chocolate bar and praline is made in small batches and every aspect of production is carefully watched and managed by Cecilia. I was excited when I heard Amedei opened a small shop selling their divine chocolates..

Good Fortune Restaurant (Flushing, NY)

[Translate] This past Saturday my parents, younger brother and I managed to meet up for dinner at Good Fortune Restaurant in Flushing, Queens. Since everyone is grown up and have their own schedules, it’s harder for us to meet up as I’m busy with work (hello, board meetings), my CPA accountant brother with tax season, and my parents (well, they are always busy). Good Fortune is a banquet hall style restaurant that serves very solid Cantonese food. It’s in the sweet spot of being casual that most families are able to go out there every week (and there’s a large..

Delicious Dinner at Glasserie

[Translate] I have read and heard very good things about Glasserie for the past several months under the helm of Chef Sara Kramer. As some of us found out, Chef Eldad Shem Tov has replaced her but the food we had was excellent. The menu is tightly edited and filled with heavily Mediterranean inspired dishes that would satisfy the omnivores and the vegetarians. My friends and I finally made it by driving over there by car. It makes more sense to drive (or cab it) over to Greenpoint, Brooklyn since the nearest subway stop (of the G train) to the..

Narcissa Restaurant at The Standard

[Translate] Narcissa has generated quite a bit of buzz on the Internet for the past few weeks when it opened its doors. Narcissa is a joint venture with restauranteur André Balazs and Michelin-starred chef John Fraser (of Dovetail) and most of their ingredients are sourced from Balazs’ Hudson Valley farm, Locusts on Hudson. The menu is vegetable heavy. My friends and I are devoted omnivore-leaning carnivores and we liked Narcissa a lot. Fresh ingredients and it’s executed well. The restaurant is lovely with the warm blonde wood for the dining area with the open kitchen with counter seating and four-top..