Year: 2015

A Winter Trip to Asia: Shanghai, Tokyo, and Taipei

Hello friends and readers! I’m flying back to Asia tomorrow for 2 weeks and am ecstatic to go back to some of my favorite cities. Please let me know if you have any recommendations of places to go, bars to try, and new eats I have yet to explore! I’m sure these cities have changed a lot since the couple years I’ve been back so I’d appreciate any and all tips and suggestions. Have a wonderful and fabulous New Year! 365 pages down, which means it’s going to be a new chapter soon–thank you for reading and supporting my blog this year! Here’s a quick round up of my year so far in pictures:   love and warm wishes, eatprayjade x.

A Lavish Lunch Affair at Per Se

New Yorkers are spoiled by amazing food, whether it’s a simple bagel sandwich from the fantastic Tompkins Square Bagels or the endless restaurants nestled in Hell’s Kitchen. But a dining experience at Thomas Keller’s iconic three-Michelin establishment, Per Se, really sets the bar high for all my future meals. Located on the 4th floor of the Time Warner Center by Columbus Circle, Per Se has a gorgeous view of Central Park. Considered the East coast counterpart of Keller’s French Laundry, it is one of the few New York restaurants that boasts an impressive three Michelin Stars. Oh but the best part of it all — Oysters and Pearls, French Laundry’s signature dish, opens the prix fixe menu at Per Se as well. Sabayon of tapioca, oysters, and sterling white sturgeon caviar… Just writing about this dish feels luxurious! As we visited for lunch, we opted for the five course menu which still left us feeling very satisfied (my vegetarian friends/vegetable lovers: apparently Per Se has an impressive vegetarian prix fixe menu that wows even more than the regular!). Dessert really takes the cake at …

Freshly Brewed Matcha at Ippodo Tea House 一保堂茶舗

A piece of Kyoto in New York City Ippodo (一保堂茶舗) is a venerable Kyoto tea house that has specialised in Japanese green tea for more than 300 years. In other words, Ippodo is heralded as the Japanese tea industry’s crème de la crème. From matcha to hojicha, Ippodo sells a variety of loose-leaf teas; although I haven’t tried all of them yet, I’ve been told each boasts strikingly distinct flavors. Anyways, when Ippodo finally decided to open a store outside of Japan, tea enthusiasts were ecstatic (check out another blogger Alexis’ post here!). Ippodo NY offers freshly brewed teas of your choice, alongside seasonal drinks such as Matcha Slushies and Green Tea Lattes. A short post because I haven’t done one in a while. Moving to NYC is a whirlwind of fun but it just keeps me so incredibly busy. Hope you get a warm cup of Japanese tea to-go because it’s getting cold now! love, eatprayjade x. Ippodo Address // 125 East 39th Street, New York, New York 10016 Website // http://www.ippodo-tea.co.jp/ Tel // (212) 370-0609

Japanese French Desserts at ChikaLicious Dessert Bar

Summers in Tokyo have spoiled me–afterall, Matcha Eclairs at Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki set the bar really high for Japanese-style French desserts. But in New York’s East Village, there is a sleek and gorgeous kitchen that rivals any Tokyo patisserie. Meet Chika, the elegant Japanese chef running Chikalicious Dessert Bar. With vibrant dessert pairings, Chikalicious’ menu is seasonal so every visit is full of different Japanese-influenced French desserts. Particularly, the Fromage Blanc “Cheesecake” and the Chocolate Tart with Pink Peppercorn Ice Cream are fantastic must-haves. My French food connoisseur, Lauren, has told me that Chika’s cheesecake is the closest thing she’s had to an authentic French cheesecake–a serious compliment if you’ve ever met a Parisian. Whether or not you’ve indulged in a prix fixe dessert experience before, an afternoon in Chikalicious is a treat. And if you’re lucky enough to snag a counter seat, you’ll get to see Chika work her magic (hint: the satisfaction of watching powdered sugar fall onto buttery pecan cookies is one of the secret pleasures you’ll get to enjoy). An interactive three-course dessert experience is a fascinating one as is. But when the dessert-making happens in front of you curtesy of Chika’s …

New York to Tokyo: Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Hello New York City! A new city, a new food adventure. Having finally moved here a couple weeks ago, New York City is a blur of weekdays and weekends in which the ultimate question is not what to eat, but instead, which one of the million eateries to step into. For a while, I couldn’t decide where to start blogging. Moment of truth: the two questions I asked myself everyday were 1) what’s for lunch? 2) what should be my first blog post? But finally, I decided there is nothing more exciting (or indulgent) than a visit to New York City’s coveted patisserie, Dominique Ansel Kitchen. An airy cafe setting as opposed to its bakery counterpart, Dominique Ansel Kitchen is more than just a cronut-fad. From seasonal desserts like Fraises Des Bois to classic DKA’s, Dominique Ansel has created a dessert shop that is as trendy as it is delicious. Also, for my Tokyo readers, I heard the craze for the newly opened DAB means insane lines! Maybe when I go back to visit, I’ll muster up the patience to wait in line for it. P.S. …

Hello Summer! Vienna, Salzburg, Hallstatt, and Budapest

Hello Summer! A week and a half through the beautiful Austria and Hungary must mean endless cafes, delicious foods, and strolls through gorgeous towns. I’d love any recommendations on things to do, see, and eat. So send them my way, and I’ll be sure to write a lovely post on my last Europe travels before starting my job in New York City this month. love, eatprayjade x.

Polish Your Brunch Game With These English Muffin Recipes

Hi Readers! I’ve recently become an Editor for SpoonUniversity, a student-led website that “covers everything from the best local restaurants to how to navigate your first kitchen and recover from a hangover, all written by people under 25.” My most recent post was on 7 Awesome New Ways to Eat English Muffins. Need help stepping up your brunch game? On a limited student budget? Check out the post and let me know how the recipes are!   love, eatprayjade x.

Woodberry Kitchen: Farm to Fork

Woodberry Kitchen is a Charm City favorite that follows the recent farm-to-table trend. With many Universities’ graduation dates coming up, families have been scrambling to make a reservation for this wildly popular restaurant. But is it worth the hype? Without a doubt, yes. Head Chef Spike Gjerde and his team behind Woodberry Kitchen are fantastic. They work wonders with their locally-sourced ingredients. From coveted Chesapeake Oysters to ‘Meatless Monday’ favorites like Grilled Royal Trumpet Mushrooms, Woodberry Kitchen boasts a delicious and seasonal menu. Sunday brunch is my favorite meal at Woodberry Kitchen (in general, it’s my favorite meal of the week anyways). Whoever came up with the Morning Flatbread, a tasty breakfast pizza finished with a cracked egg on top, is genius. And don’t even get me started on how brilliant those crispy potatoes on top of the caramelized onions are. Other interesting brunch choices include the Cast Iron Pancake garnished with sweet potato butter and nectarines. Yes, you read right. Pancake. Singular pancake! That’s because the cast iron skillet pancake is incredibly fluffy and dense (and filling). But for those that might not want a carbo-brunch …

Afternoon Tea in West Village: Bosie Tea Parlor & Patisserie Claude

Hello Spring! In the words of Taylor Swift, “nice to meet you, where you been?” Now that it’s finally warming up, spring days with beautiful sun hats, nice walks in the park, and afternoon tea dates don’t feel that far away. So, to celebrate the upcoming spring blooms, here are two cozy afternoon tea places in New York City’s West Village. After all, where better to await spring than tea parlors and patisseries? Bosie Tea Parlor Bosie Tea Parlor has been a New York staple of mine for a while–it’s low-key, has an artsy vibe, and serves great finger sandwiches. The traditional afternoon tea set isn’t over the top, and comes with a wide range of fresh macarons you can choose from. The table’s favorite was the salted caramel macaron, but the lavender macaron was also really lovely. Plus, Bosie’s Earl Grey Mille Crepe is just delicious! If you like subtly sweet desserts, you’ll definitely enjoy the fluffy layers of earl grey creme. And since Bosie is first and foremost a tea parlor after all, remember to pair your desserts with a cup of perfectly brewed tea before settling in for a relaxing afternoon. So next time …

7 Reasons Why I’ll Miss London’s Food For Thought

1. ‘Food For Thought’ is an awesome name. I like my #foodforthought instagrams, and I like asking my friends “Want to go get some Food for Thought before class?” 2. I like the people who work there. They’re boisterous and friendly–qualities I truly appreciate. During my year abroad, I think I saw them at least 3 times a week. Maybe 4? 3. There’s a limited dine-in area, so snagging a wooden table with your best friends is a great feeling. It’s always about the little wins in life after all, right? 4. It. Serves. Amazing. Food. Hearty, vegetarian, and never boring. I tell my friends I can go vegetarian… if I got to eat amazing African Peanut Stew, Tamari Stir-fried Vegetables, and Moussaka everyday.   5. The Berry Scrunch deserves a special mention. Seriously. 6. The Gluten Free Strawberry Scones are to die for. Plus, you can also make an awesome ‘cake’ out of it for a gluten-free friend. 7. And lastly, because it’s where my favorite people and I ate in London. I’ll miss you Food for Thought. Can you just not close..? Just some …