Exterior As with many buildings in the Central Business District, exteriors and interiors tell very different stories. In this case, both are intriguing: The facade is an ornate twelve floors of early 20th-century Beaux Arts finesse, while the lobby is a low-lit haven for guests enjoying some tranquility and the various contemporary artworks that decorate the space (a Banksy mural is on display), all high ceilings, huge portraits, and oversized ottomans. The arty interior touches of designer L.M.Pagano create an evocative public space. (more…)
During my trip to Italy, I did make a stop over to the charming small city of Parma. When my friends and I rolled out of the train station in Parma, it looked very urban compared to the lush pastoral landscape I have seen in many food documentaries that took place in the city. I know it sounds naive but it’s the first thought that crossed my mind. Anyway, when we got to central Parma, it is a very cool place to be walking in the city where these ancient and grand Romanesque buildings adjacent to slightly modern buildings that..
One of the dinners we had while in Milan was at this modern, informal wine bar with very good food called Pisacco. This is the sister restaurant to Dry Milano. We started off with a lovely, refreshingly bubbly Franciacorta with house made potato chips that are wonderfully crispy, thick cut and fresh from the fryer and the crunchy puffed quinoa chips. (more…)
One of our favorite bakeries in New York City, Breads Bakery has another great selection of breads and desserts for the Thanksgiving table. The famous babka pie is always a favorite. Breads’ chocolate hazelnut babka pie is essentially the well known loaf shaped to fit a pie pan. It still retains the signature sweet, buttery, flaky babka filled with the chocolate hazelnut filling but there’s a little more crust or crispness as there’s more surface area exposure to the pan. (more…)
All Things Edible Champagne Henriot house was founded in 1808. It’s one of the most respected Champagne producers from the region of Champagne, France. The Brut Souverain NV is created with a balance of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, the nose has a hit of boldness, moving quickly into a refreshing citrus and floral flavor mix. Fresh bread was also detected. A taste of apricot and oranges lay well on the palate, with vanilla and cherry subtly making an appearance near the end. Its Blanc De Blancs is made with best Chardonnay grapes and creates a sophisticated blend of fruit,..
If you want a drink with really good shared plates of globally inspired food and unobstructed views of the Empire State Building, you should go to Spyglass Rooftop Bar perched on the 22nd floor of the Archer Hotel. The decor harkens back to the Art Deco era with plush leather bar seats and banquettes, marble topped tables and counters, with a wide open view (especially the gorgeous evening we were there) to the iconic Empire State Building where this bar takes its inspiration. The bar food is from the David Burke fabrick restaurant on the main floor. We started off..
Bookers Bourbon is known for its robustness and high alcohol content due to being uncut and unfiltered. Annis’ Answer, according to master distiller Fred Noe, is that it is made up of barrels from four different production dates stored in 5 different storage areas. The oldest barrels in the batch were 7 years, 1 month old and the youngest barrels were 6 years, 2 month old.” Black Dirt Bourbon comes from the New York State microdistiller of the same name, nestled in the fertile valley just north of the New Jersey border where the corn for their mash is grown...