SKETCH

London, November 2016 – SKETCH is a “destination place, for food, art and music” and conceived by French celebrity chef, Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur, Mourad Mazouz. It is one of the most fun dining scenes in London. Upon entering the 18th Century building on Conduit Street, one sees a hop-scotch on the floor. Cute idea!…

El Asador de Aranda

Barcelona, December 2016 – El Asador de Aranda is a paradise for all carnivores! “Suckling lamb, roasted in a clay oven is our speciality” is their slogan. The Asador de Aranda restaurants are spread across Spain, in major cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Oviedo, Sevilla and Valencia. We went to the most charming one on Avienda…

Can Culleretes

Barcelona, December 2016 – Named the oldest restaurant in Barcelona, Can Culleretes is still one of the best restaurants for traditional Catalan cuisine. It has survived the centuries through the dedication of generations of the Agut-Manubens family. This is a must-go for a old-fashioned Catalan dining experience! At 1:15pm, we arrived at a small alleyway…

Enoteca Paco Pérez

Barcelona, December 2016 – Barcelona is a major hub for Michelin restaurants in Spain. Despite the city’s dominance in the foodie’s “go-to” Guide, only four restaurants were awarded 2 Michelin stars – one of which was Chef Paco Pérez’s Enoteca located inside the spectacular Hotel Arts Barcelona (Ritz Carlton). Pérez‘s restaurant, decorated in natural wood…

NARA

Bangkok, April 2017 – With our toddler son in tow on our trips, Mr. King and I are always looking for casual dining with delicious local food. In Bangkok, NARA was our answer. NARA, meaning “Thai woman”, offers an extensive menu of authentic Thai cuisine. In Bangkok, there are 5 branches; we went to the Erawan…

Nahm

Bangkok, April 2017 – Mr. King and I spent our first night in Bangkok at the award-winning restaurant, Nahm by Chef David Thompson.   Located inside the contemporary hip hotel, Metropolitan by COMO, Nahm is a major attraction for tourists seeking a taste of modern Thai cuisine. The restaurant was completely full. We sat at a…

Gaggan

Bangkok, April 2017 – Dinner at Gaggan (#1 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant 2016 and #7 World’s 50 Best Restauant 2017) was a whimsical dining experience filled with surprises. The menu of 25 courses was depicted with emoji figures. Our friendly waitress kept us guessing about the ingredients in each course. Chef Gaggan Anand’s creations are…

Issaya Siamese Club

Bangkok, April 2017 – Issaya Siamese Club (#21 – Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants) has long been on my bucket list of restaurants to visit. Created by Thai celebrity Chef Ian Kittichal, “the menu features his unique signature Thai cuisine of traditional ingredients and flavors with international and progressive cooking methods.” Issaya (meaning “Rainy Season”) is situated…

Botanico at The Garage

Singapore, February 2016 – Everyone has been talking about a new restaurant – Botanico at The Garage with Spanish-born Chef Antonio Oviedo at its helm.   Located on the UNESCO site – Singapore Botanical Gardens, the restaurant is surrounded by beautiful greenery.   Its menu of contemporary Spanish cuisine is simple, yet innovative. Mr. King and I…

Tsuta’s Truffle Ramen

Singapore, March 2017 – The opening of the world’s only Michelin star ramen restaurant – Tsuta Ramen – in Singapore created a big hype with over 200 people queuing for a taste or a slurp of Chef Yuki Onishi’s famed ramen.  Despite my heightened curiosity, I have an aversion to long queues; therefore, I delayed…

Legal Seafood

New Jersey, December 2016 – One of the best places to savor fresh seafood at reasonable prices is Legal Seafood. On my last trip to New York City, I ventured across state line to New Jersey to find the closest Legal Seafood for lunch. The 90 minutes car ride (both ways) was well worth it….

Magnolia Bakery

New York City, December 2016 – I have been a fan of Magnolia Bakery since 2009. Whenever I am in New York, I will definitely pick up cupcakes from this classic American bakery. Depending on where in the Big Apple I am, I usually go to the one inside Bloomies (Bloomingdales Department Store) or the…