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KOI SoHo Anniversary Dinner

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 to..

New York Culinary Experience 2013

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 for..

Prosciutto di Parma’s 50th Anniversary Party at Osteria Morini

Osteria Morini’s exterior, Chef/Co-Owner Michael White & Hand Carving 30-month aged prosciutto di Parma Prosciutto di Parma threw their 50th Anniversary party at Osteria Morini. Magnum bottles of Fattoria Paradiso Sangiovese di Romagna 1993, Various cocktails, Pecorino Dolce and my plate of Prosciutto di Parma Since this is a prosciutto party, almost everything served have touches of that beloved, cured Italian ham – even the cocktails and desserts. The Melone e Prosciutto cocktail is composed of melon infused El Dorado Rum, Cocchi Americano, Elcone Sherry, melon purée, with a smoked salt and Prosciutto rim. Initially salty and crunchy from the..

A Recent Visit to Dominique Ansel Bakery

Blood orange poppy seed cake I’ve always been a fan of Dominique Ansel Bakery ever since it been opened about two years ago. I adore his French pastries like the DKA and especially the cannele. Even his quasi recent release of the über, intensely decadent, fudgy chocolate flourless cookie that is the stuff chocoholics dream of. Anyway, I made a visit over this rainy weekend and was craving for Chef Ansel’s gorgeous pastries. I bought the blood orange poppy seed cake ($5.75, seen above). It’s a shiny, vibrant red-orange cake filled with creamy vanilla mousse, firm blood orange gel and..

Brunch at Pera SoHo

Pera SoHo exterior and interiors; Our drinks to start This past weekend I had a good brunch overall at Pera SoHo. This Mediterranean restaurant had lots of Turkish touches that intrigued me to have brunch here. (I’m not a fan of traditional brunch. I think a typical brunch would be run of the mill breakfast food and one has an excuse to drink booze in the morning.) On that note, we started with a delicious and fruity red wine sangria and a potent yet balanced Turkish apricot bellini ($7 each). Not long from the arrival of our drinks, the waiter..

Day 2 of New York Culinary Experience at The International Culinary Center

The final day of New York Culinary Experience at The International Culinary Center, co-hosted by New York Magazine was a bittersweet ending to this fun weekend. It was hard to grasp that it was Sunday. We’re all exhausted from cooking and/or baking our heads off on Saturday. (I couldn’t fathom how the chefs felt, who have to teach Sunday morning classes, after working on the busiest day of the week at their own kitchens.) We all made friends with other guests who attended this culinary weekend and made a connection with the chef with whom you’re a fan of his/her..

Day 1 of New York Culinary Experience at The International Culinary Center

Today was my first day (and first time) at the New York Culinary Experience at The International Culinary Center, co-hosted by New York Magazine was overall, simply amazing. Even though I had to get up at an ungodly hour on a Saturday morning to get dressed, caffeinated and hopefully manage to wield a knife by 8:30 AM, it was worth it – and most importantly nobody got hurt. This culinary experience was top notch from the start of basic necessity of (many cups of) Illy coffee with breakfast to the actual cooking classes with the chefs who are involved with..

Dominique Ansel Bakery – A Pastry Lover’s Dream

Signage outside, Inside the pastry display, and a rainbow of ‘Mini-Me’s Pastry chef Dominique Ansel, a former alum of the internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud of six years opened his own bakery in SoHo. As a person who loves pastries, I made some time in my schedule to visit this bakery. Being barely a week old, this bakery was buzzing with activity when I arrived here yesterday around 11:30 AM. Though I was tantalized with the delicious looking savory sandwiches and salads offered and displayed, I held off for another day just to have Ansel’s baked goods since he’s prominently..

New York Taste 2011

This year’s New York Taste 2011 took place at Skylight SoHo, it’s presented by sponsor HSBC Premier (with additional sponsorship from Bordeaux Wines, Cadillac, and Spring44 spirits). 45 NYC-based restaurants and the International Culinary Center (they featured frozen cocktails) cooked and fed the hungry and attendees to this fun Monday night event. Lots of powerhouse chefs like George Mendes of Aldea, Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster, Seamus Mullen of Tertulia, Michael Psilakis of Kefi, and Paul Liebrandt of Corton graced their presence to talk and fed us. Here’s my top five picks of the evening: (more…)