All posts tagged: pancakes

Holiday Brunch at Clinton St. Baking Co.

Happy New Years! Top of my 2015 New Years Resolutions List was exploring more popular food spots so in the spirit of that, I squeezed in a holiday brunch with my family at Clinton St. Baking Company recently. This popular Lower East Side shop is known for its delicious blueberry pancakes, Belgian waffles, and brunch overall. I first heard about Clinton St. Baking Company in Tokyo this summer actually. But I also quickly learned that Tokyo’s pancake craze means delicious pancakes only if you can endure enormously long waits–after all, lines can go for hours at this popular brunch spot! But, what girl doesn’t love a delicious stack of pancakes? I seriously appreciate brunch with great pancakes, especially if they fit my golden rule: fluffy on the inside with slightly crispy sides. So this time, despite the hour wait (which was much shorter than the one in Tokyo I’m sure!), I persevered. A new year means renewed strength to wait for good brunch right?                             Hands down, Clinton St. Baking Company is delicious–the …

A not-so-secret Secret Garden: Daikanyama’s Ivy Place

Iadore Tokyo’s Daikanyama area. From its many outdoor cafes to weekend markets, Daikanyama has everything I want on a lazy Sunday. In particular, I find myself spending most hours after my internship at Daikanyama’s T-Site Garden and the connected Tsutaya Bookstore. Since its opening, Daikanayama’s Tsutaya has been applauded by many critics as one of the must-go-to bookstores in the world. So whether you prefer old bookstores or sleek modern ones, Tsutaya is definitely a gorgeous bookstore in Tokyo book lovers should not miss. Given Daikanyama’s many embassies and large expatriate population, this Tsutaya branch also holds a large collection of books and audio in multiple languages–vintage magazines, travel guides, jazz collections, etc. Just to quote disney, ‘You want thingamabobs? They’ve got plenty!’ So this past weekend, Sam and I decided to meet up for another brunch session–at this point, it certainly has become a weekly tradition for us! Ivy Place is a gorgeous restaurant located in the Daikanyama T-Site Garden with a large terrace and many surrounding greens. As with all lovely restaurants in Tokyo, there’s always a wait on weekends. However, Ivy Place allows you to leave your phone number so that you …

Saying Goodbye to London at the Riding House Café!

Time passes by too fast sometime, and certainly when you are on the adventure of your life in London. Today was my last day in London before flying back to the US, and then afterwards, Asia for the summer. Arriving last September in London, I honestly had no idea the once-in-a-lifetime adventures I would get to embark on. Samantha was the first girl I met in London—the type of girlfriend once you meet, you are comforted by because you are ecstatic to finally have a fabulous new friend to go on this adventure with! Therefore, it only seemed fitting to end London off by going on a last girl date with Samantha doing what we do best: brunchin’. Surprising me, Samantha picked The Riding House Café, a brunch spot that’s been on my list of to-try before I leave London. Walking into the café, the modern-style brasserie was a gorgeous place boasting an abundance of natural sunlight, lovely teal bar-chairs, old-style lamps, and decorative bookshelves. Although we sat in the back lounge where it was slightly more intimate than the front room, I …