Archive of ‘Cuisine’ category

Dining in Hong Kong

We were in Taiwan late April celebrating my mom’s birthday and made a quick side trip to Hong Kong, where any food enthusiast can feel overwhelmed by the wealth of dining options. As a fan of afternoon tea and its eastern counterpart – dim sum – here is a glimpse of our experience at the Lobster Bar & Grill and Yan Toh Heen.  Can you spot a speck of gold on that dumpling?Dim sumdim sumdim sum


Coco+Kelley’s Supper Club

Last Saturday, I attended a Supper Club hosted by the ever-so-lovely Cassandra LaValle in collaboration with Chef JJ Proville {of Il Corvo & Gramercy Tavern awesomeness}.  The ambience was perfect, conversations were lively, and the fresh farm-to-table food was … superb.  Guests were greeted with a delightful chilled punch with mulled berries and delicious nibbles {e.g., a garlicky lobster and a cured duck with cherries} to start.  Then there was the freshest spring salad, a pea custard that was divine, and much more {see below}.  And since it’s strawberry season, to top it all off, Chef JJ made soupe de strawberries with a refreshing sorbet, which was so amazing that I neglected to take a picture {slurp}.  Do sign up for the next one.  You won’t regret it.

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ABC Kitchen & ABC Home

I recently had a chance to revisit one of my favorite restaurants in New York City: ABC Kitchen, a place that is so perfectly designed that one feels right at home with its lovely antiqued finishes and French countryside vibe.  Thanks to Chef Jean-Georges, I would gladly return again and again for the divinely prepared food.  Here’s how we lunched on that one fine day.ABC KitchenABC KitchenABC Kitchen

As you know, ABC Home happens to be my ultimate design haven, so of course, we did some browsing, and as usual, the scene was simply delightful and inspiring.  From yards of velvety ribbons and whimsical pillows to shelves of sparkly crystal and ceramics, exquisite treasures were stashed around every bend.  Obviously, the reocurring debate over want versus need ensued.ABC HomeABC KitchenABC Home

Crumble & Flake Patisserie

Last year, fellow food-loving friends brought us a sampling of offerings from the tiny Capitol Hill bakery, Crumble & Flake, and since then we have been heading over whenever we can, especially on weekends when pistachio croissants make an appearance.  Admittedly, our taste buds are spoiled from having tasted the most delectably buttery goods in Parisian bakeries, so when we sing the praises of this patisserie, we mean it.  There are little creme puffs with a delightfully light crunch on top, pumped to order with delicious fillings like coconut, banana caramel, and lemon {all good and not too sweet}.  There are also flavor-packed macarons, and if you are a fan of macarons, it is difficult to find anything better.  One ever so slight drawback to such a tiny place is that it is often sold out by noon, so you may wish to call before you go.  And there may be a small line, but like all good things, it is definitely worth the wait.

Crumble & Flake, bakery, patisserie, seattle

Crumble & Flake Patisserie, bakery, Seattle

Crumble & Flake Patisserie, bakery, seattle

Crumble & Flake Patisserie, bakery, Seattle

Crumble & Flake Patisserie, bakery, Seattle

Dining out: Copperleaf

Backtracking a bit here, but I simply must share a few details of a wonderful dinner at Copperleaf over Valentine’s day.  Tucked away in an unassuming neighborhood near SeaTac airport is Cedarbrook Lodge, which unbeknownst to me has been ranked #1 on both Tripadvisor and Expedia of late.  Its restaurant, Copperleaf, boasts a chef who is currently on the shortlist for a 2013 James Beard award and who’s resume includes the world-renowned French Laundry in Napa.  Despite a slightly limited prix fixe menu that evening, our meal was delightful with flavors paired to perfection and artfully presented. My advice is simply this: Go.

Copperleaf, restaurant, Seatac

Copperleaf restaurant, Seattle Tacoma

Copperleaf restaurant, Seattle Tacoma

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