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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:

Visiting Vosges Haut Chocolat in SoHo for Ice Cream and Bacon + Chocolate!

Inside the SoHo boutique For the past three years or so, I’ve been a fan of the Chicago-based luxury chocolate brand, Vosges Haut Chocolat, under the ownership and the head chocolatier, Katrina Markoff. The main reason why I like Vosges is their bacon + chocolate collection, though everything else is fun to eat. Arguably, this is their signature or what made Vosges super popular beyond owner/chocolatier, Katrina Markoff’s infusion of spices and chocolate. (If I recall correctly, that’s about the same time the bacon + chocolate combination became mainstream.) In New York City, there are two boutiques – the first..

Mariebelle Chocolate Boutique

Interior My friend and I visited Mariebelle in SoHo for a late afternoon cup of hot chocolate. It’s been a while since I’ve visited this boutique as there are so many different options as to where I can get my fill of chocolate – solid or liquid form – but I thought it’s about time to revisit. This boutique has the elegant, vintage look with the large chandelier that hangs in the center or the room and vintage print posters reflecting their current Valentine’s Day packaging on their chocolate bars and caramels. It’s very pretty.

Nespresso SoHo Flagship Boutique Preview Opening

Last Tuesday, Nespresso invited me to their SoHo flagship boutique store preview opening. While they did throw a lavish soirée attendees like myself and several other print and web publications with Champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and a three-course meal, this isn’t the focus of the evening. We’re talking about the store, the brand, and their espresso/espresso machine. Interior: Cafe, Cushy chairs, Capsule mosaic This two-story flagship is technically the second freestanding location in Manhattan. The first one is located on the Upper East Side on the posh Madison Avenue. The idea to make this location their flagship because it’s larger and..

Hot Chocolate from Vosges, Dim Sum Feast at Chatham Square Restaurant and My First Taste of Bubble Tea

The day after my [cref holiday-dinner-at-payard Payard dinner], I was crazy enough to schedule to have dim sum with my friends, Seungmi and Giulia, whom I haven’t seen for months. I love these girls to death but hell, my stomach’s filled with French food and desserts and after that evening, I thought I couldn’t eat anymore. Obviously, I underestimated my hunger…


Tailor After reading a broad spectrum of reviews ever since Tailor, Sam Mason’s establishment, spawned into the city’s dining scene in SoHo, it stumbled a bit in reviews during its early stages and now transitioned to a young adult who has found its bearings with a unique identity – a bar that mixes innovative cocktails that also serves molecular gastronomic food like WD-50.

A Morning Rush to Work

I know I haven’t written in ages, but it’s just the fact that I haven’t really found anything tasty around the Upper East Side that is new to me. Sure, there’s Alice’s Tea Cup and a few Le Pain Quotidiens around my area but seriously, why should I write repeats of myself? Yeah, I do admit I went overboard with Bouchon Bakery for a while, back in the days that I was at college in the Upper West Side, but now I learned my lesson from sounding so redundant (and obsessive). Anyways, last Thursday I managed to get my butt..

My Last Goodbye to Bouchon Bakery, Tacos, and French Pastries

Last Wednesday, when most of my finals were pretty much finished, I had breakfast Bouchon Bakery for the very last time. Yes. It’s time for me to give up the days where the photogenic (albeit a tad pricey) pastries are my usual go-to since I’m graduating. What I ended up commemorating this place were their wonderful bacon and cheddar chive scone and a cream cheese, orange marmalade danish. Bacon & Cheddar Chive Scone