Tag Archives: SoHo

Dinner at Le Coucou (NYC)

[Translate] When you think of recent restaurant openings for the past few years (decade, really), it feels like elegant fine dining is dying. There are a select few restaurants that really drum up the food press of fine dining are places like the revamp of the legendary Four Seasons hotel’s restaurants led by the Major Food Group — and where I chose to celebrate my mother’s birthday at Le Coucou that opened about a year ago. Once you enter the doors of Le Coucou, it feels grand and sophisticated with the large circular chandeliers, plush leather stuffed banquettes but with..

City Harvest Dinner with Chef Seamus Mullen at Cadillac House (NYC)

[Translate] Last night was City Harvest dinner featuring Chef Seamus Mullen’s fare at the Cadillac House. City Harvest is one of the great non-profits that help fight hunger in New York City since 1982. The organization will collect 55 million pounds of excess food to help feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers struggling to feed their families. Through relationships with farms, grocers, restaurants, and manufacturers, City Harvest collects nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the five boroughs. In addition..

City Winery – Very Good Dinner and A Concert

[Translate] A few weeks ago, I had dinner and a very fun concert at City Winery. My companion was a fan of a Canadian musician, Alan Doyle. I know of City Winery for a long time as I liked the venue and the food was good back then but never went there for a concert. (more…)

Taste of the Nation NYC 2014

[Translate] Executive Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois of Blue Smoke & Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality and Honorary Chair of this event A few nights ago, Taste of the Nation NYC by No Kid Hungry that took place at 82 Mercer that drew over 80 renowned restaurants and bars, chefs and food personalities, in New York City to raise awareness for fighting hunger in America. One in five children in this country struggles with hunger, including nearly 925,000 kids in New York alone. The good news is that this is a solvable problem. The No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood..

Paul A Young Fine Chocolates (London, UK) – One of the Best Chocolatiers in London

[Translate] Exterior and Interior of Paul A Young Fine Chocolates Soho location; Pecan and Salted Caramel Cocoa Pods; Paul A Young himself During my stay in London, I visited Paul A Young Fine Chocolates in Soho. Paul Young is a London based chocolatier who worked in the restaurant ranks under Marco Pierre White (White is a celebrity chef in London, godfather of contemporary international cuisine, and earned many Michelin stars) at Quo Vadis and Criterion as head pastry chef prior to him opening his chocolate shops. Paul opened his first shop in 2006 on Camden Passage in Islington with his..

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..

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

[Translate] 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..

KOI SoHo Anniversary Dinner

[Translate] My drink and the Anniversary Tasting Menu The past Thursday, KOI SoHo marked their one-­year anniversary with an editor’s dinner to showcase the restaurant’s signature dishes. The chef team of Executive Chef Richard Lee, Executive Sushi Chef Nobuhiro Hamazaki, and Executive Pastry Chef Mineko Malcolm, presented an exclusive tasting menu. The restaurant is chic with a handsome Library to lounge over a drink and the private dining area was beautifully decorated with chandeliers and candles strewn down the long dining table. We started with The Big Apple as a welcome cocktail. The sake based cocktail is a new addition..

New York Culinary Experience 2013

[Translate] Exterior of International Culinary Center; breakfast spread This is my second year attending to the New York Culinary Experience (NYCE) weekend and it’s an absolute pleasure to be surrounded with curious and avid food enthusiasts who are eager to learn something new or at least gain some insight or useful cooking/baking tips from different chefs. (If you’re curious about last year, here’s my recaps of Day 1 and Day 2.) I’ve noticed this year’s breakfasts were the sublime croissants that transports me back to Paris. They were perfectly burnished and incredibly flaky and buttery. I almost did not care..