Category Archives: Travelling

A fancy lunch in New York City!

Hello to anyone who still reads this!

I GRADUATED!  This means more time for fun things, including blogging!  I have tons of old food pics that I would love to post, but let’s start with something that happened recently.

As soon as I finished my bar exams, I took off to NYC with a few friends.  It was my first time in the city, and I fell in love with it.  There are so many things to do, and so many things to see.  I cannot wait to go back.  Highlights included Broadway shows, meeting Jim Parsons (my heart almost exploded with happiness,) and lunch at a restaurant called Jean Georges.

Jean Georges is a Michelin Star restaurant (3 stars,) and it’s located in the Trump Tower at Lincoln Square.  My sister recommended the place to me, and it was undoubtedly the best lunch (and most expensive) I’ve ever had.

First off, make a reservation if you intend to eat here.  I almost couldn’t get one, but you can  make a reservation online through their website.  There is a prix fixe menu for lunch, and you get two courses for $49, and this includes an appetizer platter and dessert.   I splurged and ordered a dessert off the menu and a cocktail.  It was well worth it, and I have never felt more spoiled.  The service is superb; I just had to look up and a waiter would be right at my table.  It is a fancier restaurant, so the dress code is business casual for lunch.  It’s also a good place to go to by yourself; I quite enjoyed reading my magazine while dining.  The only downside to eating alone is you can’t order more food to share!  I seriously contemplated doing the 6-course tasting menu ($128), but I think I’ll do that next time, and I’ll make sure to skip breakfast when I attempt that one.

My raspberry-lychee sparkling wine cocktail.  So delicious!

Appetizers: some sort of sashimi, housemade mozza with strawberry, and watercress sorbet.

First course: tuna ribbon salad with avocado and a spicy ginger dressing.

Roast suckling pig with a pea puree and an onion and bacon marmalade.  This was so tender and tasty!

Dessert platter: balsamic meringue and vanilla sponge cake, roasted strawberries, strawberry sorbet on an almond crumble, and cream.

More dessert: homemade marshmallows, strawberry coconut macaroons, and chocolates!

I cannot wait to return to NYC and eat another fancy meal here!

EM

Viet and Sushi in HK

I’m clearly behind on posting, so I’m going to try to play catch up.

On New Year’s Day, I went out for lunch with my Aunt Susanna, Uncle Robert, and my cousin Vincent.  We went for Vietnamese food.  After that, I went shopping with Vincent in Mong Kok.  We had a bunch of street food (separate post coming) and then I met up with Alfred and Lucy for sushi at Itamae sushi!  It was a fun day.  Here are a few of the photos that I took.

Vermicelli with grilled beef.

Salad rolls.

Not exactly sure what was in this, but I think it was scallop and salmon and fish roe.

This was a whole fish!  I think it was mackerel.

Fatty tuna, my favourite.  It’s also very expensive: it was probably because of these three pieces that my total bill ended up being forty bucks, CAD.  It was worth it though!

EM

Thai Food in Sai Kung

This past weekend in Hong Kong was a blast.  I did a lot of damage on the shopping front AND I got to go to one of my favourite restaurants.  Janice and I went to Sai Kung for some Thai food at a restaurant called Sawaddee Thailand.  BEST THAI FOOD I’VE EVER HAD (I have yet to make it to Thailand).  I’ve been to this restaurant several times now; I’ve been able to visit it each time I’ve come to HK.  My favourite dish here is the pork neck.  After we ate dinner, we wandered around the shops for a bit (I bought a new hat, thank you for asking,) and then we went to Sweetheart Desserts for some fried ice cream!

Thai-style veggies.

Thai papaya salad.

 

Raw shrimp.

Thai spring rolls.

Pork neck-this is my favourite dish here.  The beef skewers are a close second (not pictured in this post).

Fried ice cream.  This was really well done, it was crispy on the outside and not greasy at all.  Vanilla ice cream on the inside.

I really enjoyed spending Saturday with Janice!  Thanks, girl!

EM

New Year, New Adventures!

It’s been a crazy holiday (in a very good way) and I’m so backed up with photo editing, it’s not even funny.  But I had an excellent Christmas break, jam-packed with food activities, and now it’s a new year!

I’m starting off the new year in the best way possible: I’m spending almost the entire month of January in my favourite city: HONG KONG! I’m doing an internship, and it’s going great!  I’m really enjoying it, and I’m also taking the opportunity to eat all my favourite foods here!

Here are some things that I ate on my first full day in HK:

Dim sum!

More dim sum!

Strawberry desserts for tea time!

And this is just the beginning of my food adventures!  Keep checking back for updates!  I carry my camera on me at all times, and the vast majority of my photos are food-related!

EM

Let the Holidays BEGIN!

Hello!  It’s bright and early (too early, even for me,) and I’m waiting to board a plane to get home.  I wish I could say I am on  full-blown vacation mode, but I still have a few papers to write.  BUT I will be doing this at home, and my mom will keep me well-fed.  Besides, I figure even if I don’t churn out quality writing, I’ll just ride the curve and get through the semester that way.  🙂

Well, I’m excited to say that I have big plans for the holidays, and well into the new year.  I’m sure I’ll be backlogged with posting, but I will definitely make an effort to make sure to get stuff on here.  I am spending the holidays at home and then I will be spending a MONTH in my favourite city: Hong Kong.  I will be doing a legal internship with a barrister, and I fully intend to eat at all my favourite restaurants while I am there.  Alright, I’m not going to lie.  I set up the internship so I could go to Hong Kong to eat and shop.  The other option was to take a three-week course in mortgages.  No, thank you.

The fun starts right away: my mom has already started her holiday baking, and I have breakfast with Jan tomorrow, and a pho party in the evening with Thanh and Jodie.  The annual Christmas Foodganza and Sleepover commences on the weekend, and there will be plenty baking and cooking with friends and family.  I have a few things I would like to try to make in the next couple of weeks, and this includes:

  • French onion soup
  • gingerbread squares
  • cast-iron skillet mac & cheese

To start things off, here’s an easy recipe for chicken.  I tossed it together the other night, and it’s delicious

Garlic Soy Sauce Chicken

  • chicken thighs
  • garlic (to your own taste, I use about 3 cloves per thigh, but I love garlic): finely diced
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil

Marinade the chicken thighs with just enough sesame oil to coat them, some soy sauce, and a liberal amount of garlic for at least an hour in the fridge.  When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 F.  Bake until cooked through, about 35-45 minutes.

I love this recipe because it’s so easy and I love garlic.  When you bake the chicken, take the garlic from the marinade and put it on top side of the chicken when baking-it gets very crispy and  tastes fantastic!

Happy studying and writing!

EM

Ramen Lunch

I had lunch with my friend Jen the other day.  She took me to a place called Kenzo Ramen.  Ramen is a noodle dish that is served in a broth and can be topped with various things, such as seaweed, pork or beef, and eggs.  Kenzo Ramen makes their own noodles, and it was quite tasty!  I had a bowl of ramen with pork and Jen got yakisoba, stir-fried noodles, which was served on a hot iron plate.  I enjoyed the ramen, but the best ramen I’ve had comes from a little restaurant in Vancouver off Robson Street.  Kenzo was still pretty good though, and wasn’t too expensive, so it made for a great lunch.

Pork ramen.

Yakisoba.

 

EM

Vietnamese Lunch

Every time I visit my sister M, we have to go for Vietnamese food in Chinatown.  We are in love with the restaurant Anh Dao.  They have THE best pho, a traditional Vietnamese soup noodle dish served with beef.  We ordered a bowl of pho and also this AMAZING rice wrapper dish.  You make your own wraps with noodles, veggies, and grilled beef-covered shrimp.  It comes with a sweet peanut dipping sauce.

Tea.

Platter of noodles, veggies and beef-wrapped shrimp to make rice wraps.

Assembling the rice wrap.

Dipping sauce.

It was delicious and a lot of fun!

EM

Staycation with Abby, Part 3

Abby and I went for a lovely lunch at the Le Cordon Bleu Signature Bistro.  I can’t believe I’ve never gone before!  The lunch is a great deal.  It’s a prixe fix menu, and you choose an appetizer (from a choice of 2 dishes) and an entrée (from a choice of 2 dishes).  The dessert is set.  The menu changes weekly, so it’s a great way to try different dishes that the Bistro has to offer.  Because I went with Abby, we got to try everything on the menu.  Quite honestly, I don’t remember what we ate, except the dessert.  It was a baked apple with green apple sorbet and my favourite course (hence the feature of this post.)  Yummy!

  

  

EM

 

 

 

 

 

Staycation with Abby, Part 2

I took Abby to a couple of my favourite places when she came to visit.  We went to Ahora’s, a lovely little Mexican restaurant in the market.  It’s where I usually go for dinner when I don’t want to cook.  The food is great quality, portions are filling, and it’s pretty quick service.  Plus, they have this fun salsa bar where you can try a bunch of different salsas.

We also went to Benny’s Bistro for lunch one day.  It’s located in the back of The French Baker in the market.  While I’ve never actually bought anything from the bakery (just haven’t done it yet, but everything looks really good), I’ve eaten at the Bistro many times.  My mentor introduced me to the restaurant, and it’s where we usually go for lunch.  I love it because the menu changes every so often, and there’s always a special.  They get quite busy sometimes, so reservations are a good idea.   I ended up getting tuna, and Abby got some potato thing.  Both dishes were so delicious!

  

(All photos courtesy of Abby)

EM

Staycation with Abby, Part 1

I can’t believe we are already into fall.  Thankfully, we still have some nice weather.  A couple of weeks ago, my friend Abby came to visit me and we had a great few days enjoying museums, shopping, and some great eating (both at restaurants and cooking at home).  We had a fun time at Sunday Brunch at The National Arts Center, at Le Cafe.  I have to say, I’ve been to a bunch of different fancy brunch places, and Le Cafe is definitely one of the best places I’ve been to.  The selection is not as extensive as some other restaurants, but everything they make is done very well.  There wasn’t a mediocre dish.  I was most impressed with the desserts.  I find that a lot of the time that a wide variety of pretty desserts means that taste is sacrificed.   However, at Le Cafe, the desserts were AMAZING!  The mango pudding was Abby’s favourite, but I loved the chocolate mousse-it wasn’t too sweet and had a very light consistency (I ate three of them!)  It was a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.

  

 

 

(Le Cafe photo courtesy of Abby)

EM