Dominique Ansel Bakery

New York City, December 2016 – I finally made it to Dominique Ansel Bakery (World’s Best Pastry Chef 2017) in the Big Apple. Ever since I read about his renowned invention – the Cronut (a hybrid between a croissant and a donut) in 2013, visiting Dominique Ansel Bakery has been on my bucket list. With…

BAR MASA

New York City, December 2016 – When travelling with my son (4 years old), it is difficult to find restaurants that strike a balance between fine Japanese cuisine and children friendly atmosphere. Fortunately, BAR MASA is able to fulfill both of these criteria. The casual dining of renowned Chef Masa Takayama serves up delectable modern Japanese…

The Russian Tea Room

New York City, December 2016 – One of my favorite restaurants in the Big Apple is The Russian Tea Room. Around the corner from Carnegie Hall, it is “the second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite” since 1927 when the members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant. Ninety years later, The…

Paco Meralgo

Barcelona, December 2016  – After two Barcelona-based friends both raved about its creative tapas, Paco Meralgo was at the top of my list of tapas bars to visit. Decorated in ivory tones with purple accents, the bar had a modern minimalistic aesthetic. There was a lively atmosphere with patrons seated on high chairs around the counters…

Botafumeiro

Barcelona, December 2016 – Botafumeiro is probably the undisputed best seafood restaurant in Barcelona, regardless of whether you ask a local resident or tourist.  My first visit to this culinary legend was 20 years ago, and that dinner is still one of the few things I remembered from that trip. So it is time I…

El Celler de Can Roca Again

Girona, December 2016 – Mr. King and I could have stayed in New York for our wedding anniversary, but decided to depart a day earlier for Barcelona so that we could spend our special day at the legendary Michelin 3-star restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca. Our last visit was less than 10 months ago…

TICKETS TAPAS BAR

Barcelona, December 2016 – No other tapas bar in the world is quite like TICKETS in Barcelona, the brainchild of Albert Adria (of El Bulli fame). TICKETS’ ranking at No. 29 on the World’s Best 50 Restaurant list is a testimonial in itself and the most flattering compliment. Cuttlefish / Basil Waffles Our first visit…

The Ledbury

London, November 2016 – Nestled inside a quaint little house at the more residential end of Notting Hill, The Ledbury is one of London’s finest restaurants. Led by Australian Chef Brett Graham, The Ledbury has received a number of accolades including two Michelin stars and ranked #14 amongst The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Famed for…

Sushi Nakazawa New York City

New York City, December 2016 – Chef Nakazawa might be the apprentice of world famous Tokyo-based sushi Chef Jiro, but his New York sushi bar is a world away from his mentor’s traditional style. The only resemblance was that both served 20 pieces of sushi during the omakase (chef’s choice dinner), except the duration of…

Shinji’s Botan Ebi

Singapore, November 2016 – Every time I visit Shinji St. Regis (my favorite sushi restaurant in Singapore), I can’t wait to savor the fine sushi crafted by Chef Kikuchi. This week, I was really blown away by – a shrimp?!   And it wasn’t just any shrimp – a Botan Ebi like I have never tasted!…

Maze Grill

London, October 2014 – Maze Grill Mayfair, one of Gordon Ramsay’s culinary creations, is a must-go for meat-lovers. I would say the menu is 70% meat.   Any meat-lover would be impressed by their selection of steaks, which includes British Native Breeds, Rare Breeds, U.S. and Japanese Breeds. Our order was simple: Iceberg Wedge – Blue…

A Toddler’s London

London – On our family vacation to London, Mr. King & I wanted to make sure that our toddler son enjoyed the city too. What we, adults, consider fun may not be the same for a child. No afternoon tea or foodie experience for him. Instead we settled on wholesome foods (Breadstreet Kitchen & Disney Café)…