All posts tagged: food

Tokyo Food Winter Guide: Spanish Tapas and French-Style Yakitori

Where did the time go, it’s Spring already! Here is Part 2 of my Tokyo Food Winter Guide, which covers everything from the insanely popular BAKE cheese tarts to delicious french-style yakitori. This post contains a bunch of the places I tried that are more fusion than my previous post, A Tokyo Winter Guide: Sushi Zanmai, Ginza Maru, and More. I visited Jiyugaoka for the first time this trip and I’m excited to share my finds! Jiyugaoka (part of Meguro ward) is a lovely neighborhood of Tokyo that’s fairly residential, mixed with a bunch of fusion restaurants and quaint storefronts. If you’re in the Jiyugaoka area this spring, be sure to visit when the cherry blossoms are in bloom because most streets are lined with these stunning trees! For more food and travel recommendations in Japan, check out my favorite Tokyo food blogger Maki’s site, Tokyo Eats. And lastly, thank you to Mizuha, Sena, and Haruka for showing me all these wonderful places. You girls know the way to my heart. Jiyugaoka – Spanish Tapas and BAKE Cheese Tarts   In case …

A Tokyo Food Winter Guide: Sushi Zanmai, Ginza Maru 銀座圓 and more!

Tokyo, ただいま! People say the best time to visit Japan is in the Spring for hanami, the cherry blossom viewing festival; or in the Fall, to see the country’s beautiful Autumn foliage. But a true foodie knows Winter in Japan means two things: Ramen tastes even more amazing than usual (cold weather, hot bowl of noodle, go figure). Tsukiji Fish Market in the Winter time is a FIESTA! (Fish fatten up in the winter time so it’s one of the best time of the year to get sushi and sashimi). Plus, with the traditional marketplace moving sometime in 2016, another reason to go visit now. While I adore my previous summers in Japan, which were filled with cold soba noodles and sweet kakigori in the sweltering summer heat, I love wintery Japan. It is the perfect season for warm comfort food. I’m looking at you ramen, oden, and fried-everything. Plus, this time around, winter fashion was in full swing and Japanese girls really rock the furry coats and beanie look–some great food fashion for thought! Below, you’ll find a round-up of the foods I chomped on …

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.

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 …

Sawadee ka! 10 things to eat and drink in Bangkok

1. Visit Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market; open only on weekends, it has over 15,000 stalls! Ranked consistently as one of the world’s greatest markets, Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market is more affectioned called the ‘JJ Market’ by locals. From street foods to colorful silk shirts, Chatuchak Market is a dream come true for those that want to get a taste of Thailand’s street foods, products, and culture. Part of Bangkok’s weekend culture is a shopping in Chatuchak with an estimated 200,000 other visitors everyday! Imagine pushing your way through all these stalls in Thailand’s hot humid summers. It’s definitely a fun experience not to be missed! Mizuha and I rushed to Chatuchak Market right after we landed in Thailand–it was our only shot at the weekend market after all! In no particular order, we tried: Mango Sticky Rice, Spicy Fried Squid, Fried Fish Cakes, Coconut Ice Cream with sticky rice and corn (my absolute favorite!) and Green Mangos with chili sugar. In particular, don’t miss the coconut ice cream with your choice of up to two toppings–served in a young coconut shell of …

Siamese Charm: Author’s Lounge in Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Stepping into Author’s Lounge at Bangkok’s Mandarin Oriental will transport you back to a time when afternoon tea was first and foremost, an indulgence. Visited by notable literary authors such as Joseph Conrad, this Bangkok establishment is a celebrity favorite in Asia. Plus, if you’ve never tried a Traditional “Thai” Tea Set (I certainly didn’t until then!), there’s no place quite like Author’s Lounge. First, the House Blend Black Tea at Author’s Lounge deserves a special mention. If you’re a coffee person like me, you’ll know why it requires a great cup of tea to truly impress! Tea aside, the Pandan scone with touches of ginger was just amazing. Still warm and fresh from the oven, the scone incorporates traditional Thai ingredients wonderfully. Don’t forget to smother on a thick layer of clotted cream and jam for an extra touch of creaminess! The traditional afternoon tea set was definitely delicious, but for first-timers, I’d highly recommend the Thai Tea Set. It incorporates a lot of fun and traditional Thai desserts such as Tong Yip (an egg yolk tart), Khanom Duang (sticky tapioca and coconut milk+shreds), and …

South Asia Trip Part II: Angkor Wat, Friends International, and Khmer History

Hello Cambodia! From Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh to Angkor gateway Siam Reap, Mizuha and I spent 5 days in the so called ‘Kingdom of Wonders’ getting to know its Khmer history, food, and people. Cambodian cuisine definitely has its own flare, a taste relatively different to Vietnamese food and Thai food. For one, it’s not as spicy! Even more interestingly, Khmer signature dishes (like Cambodian Fish Amok) use herbs that have a slightly bitter taste. So if you like a mixture of complicated spices, make sure to try one of Cambodian cuisine’s many curry-based dishes! Cambodia is truly a vibrant country just recovering from its Civil War. With good food, amazing temple ruins, and a friendly plus relatively young population, it definitely stood out as a country with its own character! *Note: Mizuha and I travelled to Phnom Penh first in order to visit the Killing Fields, not just to understand the brutality of the Khmer Rouge in the past, but in order to understand a piece of Cambodian history that is no doubt an important part of Cambodian identity today. For the purpose of this blog, I …