Pascal Barbot at BLU

Singapore, April 2016 – Our dinner at “Pascal Barbot at BLU” must be one of our best meals in Singapore so far this year. His 3-Michelin star restaurant- L’Astrance in Paris is #36 of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, and Chef Pascal  is known for his modern take on French cuisine. Mr. King and…

Petit Déjeuner at Ladurée Paris

Paris, October 2014 – Breakfast (or in French, petit déjeuner) is my favorite meal of the day. How you start your day is how the rest of the day will go! Mr. King, Little K (my toddler son) and I had a charming breakfast at Ladurée’s Champs-Elysées Salón de té on a warm, sunny autumn…

GEORGES at Pompidou

Paris, October 2014 – In the film “The Hundred Foot Journey”, scenes of a molecular gastronomic kitchen were shot at Restaurant GEORGES situated at the top of contemporary art museum, Centre Pompidou. Wonderful memories of our lunch there came rushing back. With a spectacular view overlooking the rooftops of the Parisian tenements, GEORGES is modern and…

Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire

Paris, October 2014 – Following a wonderful lunch at Pierre in Hong Kong,  Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire (#17 Best Restaurant in 2012) was at the top of my bucket list. It was a beautiful autumn day, when Mr. King and I visited the Michelin 3-star flagship restaurant of “the father of modern French cuisine”. Early on…

Shang Xia – Chinese Art de Vivre

Paris, October 2014 – After I visited Hermès on Rue de Sèvres, I stopped by Shang Xia (meaning “Up and Down”). Shang Xia is all about art de vivre, creating a lifestyle based on Chinese design and craftsmanship. The Paris shop is Shang Xia’s first boutique outside China. Each boutique is a unique space, with individual…

Monsieur Vrinat’s Taillevent

Everyone should have 3 culinary experiences, so exceptional that one remembers them for a lifetime. For Mr. King and me, Taillevent in Paris is one of those unforgettable experiences. Spring 2002 –Mr. King put me in charge of our itinerary – food, culture and shopping. For the restaurants, I decided on ones that both of us have not…

Ladurée: A Little Taste of Paris

June 2013 – It was the early 1990s after I graduated from university in New England when I travelled to Paris for the first time. One morning, I happened to pass by the most charming shop – its façade was framed by pastel green windows and its displays were decorated with mountains of colorful macaroons –…

A Plunge into Hermès

Paris, October 2014 – One of the places to visit on my agenda was Hermès boutique in the Saint-Germain- des-Prés quarter. I usually like to just wander around the Left Bank area, but that morning, I made it my first destination. One of the most intriguing facts is that the shop was constructed inside the famed…

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

Paris, October 2014 – My hubby, Mr. King & I were fortunate to be in Paris, shortly after Plaza Athénée reopened post-refurbishment. Our last memories of Alain Ducasse were ones of a traditional French restaurant. So the revamped Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (#47 Best Restaurant in 2015) was a “grand surpris!” The elegant chandeliers are…

Pink Robes & Cherry Soup at Ritz Paris

The grand entrance of Ritz Paris overlooking the stately Place Vendôme can intimidate even the most seasoned traveler. Although I have been to the Ritz on several occasions since the early nineties, I still feel humbled on each visit; so many legendary people have walked through those doors. Ritz Paris is a special place that…

Remembering Hôtel de Crillon

The Grande Dame of Paris – Hôtel de Crillon has gone into hibernation since April 2013. She was undergoing a facelift. I heard she has reopened its doors already. Let’s take a walk down memory lane… Hôtel de Crillon possesses a rich history. King Louis XV commissioned the palace’s construction on Place de la Concorde in…

Hermès Little Room of Wanders

Singapore, November 2015 – Little Room of Wanders exhibits the collection of Émile Hermès (the grandson of Hermès’ founder), who started collecting curiosities and antiques in 1893.   Today, his collection of objects and books occupy an entire floor of 24, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré – the flagship and headquarters of Hermès. For the first time,…