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Best Books 2011

This year I’ve been a relative bookworm reading through a number of cookbooks. Not necessarily cooking through them but at least mentally eating the authors’ words and understand their perspective and what makes them different than previously published books. Here’s my top 9 books of 2011. There are other books I’ve read through that I thought were good and are honorable mentions as seen on my slideshow at the end of this post. Anita Lo Cooking Without Borders Cooking Without Borders by Anita Lo of annisa (publisher Stewart, Tabori & Chang) is a thoughtful, introspective book from Chef Lo, and..

Homemade Macarons – à la Pierre Hermé

If you’ve been one of my longtime readers, you know I have an obsession with macarons. I admit I go insane over Pierre Hermé macarons. (When I landed in Paris for vacation last May, the top “must do things” on my first day was to go to any of Hermé’s boutiques and have his macarons and pastries!) My box of homemade pistachio macarons In case you didn’t know, Pierre Hermé is one of the preeminent pastry chefs in the world and most known for his macarons and his unusual flavor combinations, especially his signature flavor Isaphan (a wondrous palm-sized rose..

My Decadent Thanksgiving Dinner – Foie Gras and Truffle-Centric

My dining room, foie gras torchon with pomegranate and cocoa, and black truffle bacon brussels sprouts This year’s Thanksgiving dinner was the most over-the-top decadence as my menu was not based on American traditions whatsoever. If you have to think about it, it reads French than any other cuisine. (I have admitted in the past, I am a Francophile.) Sous vide meets foie gras The menu focused mainly on the truffles I had from Gourmet Attitude and my recent acquisitions of SousVide Supreme Water Oven and Vacuum Sealer and the extraordinary Hudson Valley Foie Gras. The SousVide Supreme water oven..

Ladurée in New York City

Ladurée As of the past week or so, almost everyone in the Internet, food forums to respectable food websites talked about Ladurée. In case you haven’t caught up in my Parisian travels of last year (here’s my photo set of my stops to this brand’s patisserie as they have many locations in Paris), Ladurée is where one should get their macarons or if you’re a macaron virgin, this is your baseline. For some, the gold standard. The biggest shocker to me when I walked to this boutique this morning was that it lacked their signature tea salon! If you ever..

The Best Dishes/Things I Ate In 2009

I know I’m way overdue for a post to you all. Granted, I didn’t write as many posts as I should in regards to my Hong Kong/Zhuhai, China trip and a few other places I’ve eaten in New York City. But here’s a recap of what I thought was memorable during the year of 2009 in no particular order (and some of them I haven’t written posts but they’re good enough to mention here). Side note: I can’t believe we’re ending the first decade of the second millennia already! Liang Pi Liang Pi from Xi’an Famous Foods in Flushing. I..

Itzy Bitzy Patisserie Macarons for February

My good friend, Mitzy Budiono, the woman behind Itzy Bitzy Patisserie, has given me a batch of February’s featured French-style macarons flavors to sample this past weekend. Yes, she’s the one who I would deem as the Pierre Hermé on this side of the Atlantic or at least New York City. February’s flavors As the container is labeled, this month’s rotation (of six flavors) consists of coffee, chocolate hazelnut, mango, Earl grey, strawberry chocolate (chocolate ganache with strawberry gelée bits within the filling), and Champagne (dark chocolate ganache with concentrated Champagne flavor sans the effervescence). Stacks of macarons They all are..

A Sampling of Desserts at Bouchon Bakery, Shake Shack, and Mitzy’s Awesome Macarons

[I’m supposed to write about my brunch with Helen at Shopsin’s that took place two Saturdays ago but I don’t feel like it. I’ll post it once it’s ready to go…] Last Thursday when I gotten my free sandwich from AQ Kafe, I walked over two blocks to the Time Warner Building to visit Bouchon Bakery for something sweet to cap off my lunch. When I peered in their refrigerated pastry case, I saw something I haven’t eaten since I was a wee lass, Ho-Hos. That’s one fancy Ho-ho… (more…)

A Casual, Laid Back Lunch (of sorts) at Amai Tea & Casual Elegant Desserts at La Maison du Chocolat

Saturday was kind of unusual for me. It’s rainy yet warm, I feel so stinkin’ tired because I want to finish up my papers…and I passed by an anti-war protest in Union Square as I walked around the Greenmarket (or Farmers’ Market, as most New Yorkers call it). I know the latter didn’t make sense, but it follows the “unusual” part on a tangent… Rain, rain, go away… Protesters (more…)