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The Sweet Spot at Shangri-La’s China World Hotel in Beijing, China

Lobby of China World Shangri-La; Pastry display cases at Sweet Spot; Whole green tea mousse cake On one of our late afternoons in Beijing, we stopped by The Sweet Spot of Shangri-La’s China World Hotel. When entered the lobby of China World, it felt like we’ve just walked into a miniature Forbidden City. Filled with Ming and Qing era style artwork, the red and gold lobby gave us the impression of old school Chinese glamour. We were informed that the Sweet Spot is actually found at the hotel’s luxurious shopping and corporate offices that’s just beneath and connected to the..

Farine Bakery – A Piece of France in Shanghai, China

Farine Bakery – Exterior and Interiors Farine Bakery is an upscale French bakery owned by French chef Franck Pecol in the Xuhui District of Shanghai. This bakery is a godsend for any Western expat in Shanghai who craves excellently made artisan bread and pastries. The staff could crank out solid cups of espresso-based drinks, especially for this New Yorker spoiled by the Third Wave movement. All of their dairy and flour is organic and imported from France. The light and open space features a glass counter down one side, a small coffee bar and a handful of bar stools for..

Caprices by Sophie – Wonderful Choux and Merveilleux in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This weekend I’ve visited Caprices by Sophie in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This small beautiful bakery owned and head baker, Sophie Jager. Sophie believes in baking with all-natural, local and organic ingredients. This bakery is specializes in primarily two items, the merveilleux (called capricieux), a light and airy Belgian pastry made of meringue and luscious whipped cream, and pâte à choux (they are called “magic choux” here), a light cream puff pastry. (more…)

Patisserie Tomoko (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Patisserie Tomoko is a relatively new bakery and dessert bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The proprietor Chef Tomoko Kato, who helped open a favorite Japanese tea and dessert house (at least for me) in East Village, Cha-An, who bridges the Japanese and French influences into pastries. The space itself feels futuristic with the large U-shaped bar yet cozy from the warm blonde wood. One half of the bar is the bakery take-out section while the other half is for the dessert bar, where there are mid-back stools that line up lets you peer at the chef plating and creating the desserts..

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..

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..

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..

Pasteleria Escribà (La Rambla location, Barcelona, Spain)

Interior of the cafe; Savory mini bocadillos; various pastries on display One of the mornings while we’re in Barcelona, one of my friends who were traveling with me was up at an early morning and wanted a very simple breakfast (unlike the hearty one we had at El Quim). And well, our mutual friend was still in deep sleep and refuses to get up. We did recall while walking to the Boqueria was this small bakery on the Rambla called Pasteleria Escribà. This bakery brand (it has two locations) was established in 1906 and is still owned by the same..

Bubó Degustation & Pastisseria, Barcelona, Spain

Bubó Degustation & Pastisseria Bubó is a modern, chic patisserie (pastry shop) found close to Basilica Santa Maria del Mar in the El Born district of Barcelona. Owned by the award winning pastry chef, Carles Mampel, this shop feels a tiny bit out of place because it’s smack dab in the middle of the “Old City” of Barcelona. The good thing is (for the most part), it’s close to our apartment that we indulged quite a bit of their stunning pastries during our stay in Barcelona. (more…)


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