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Baby Food Styling

August 5, 2016

I’m starting a new food project focusing on baby food. Let’s see how many ways I can make puree look interesting.

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Food

Aziz Ansari ‘Master Of None’ Food Map

December 25, 2015

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I’m a huge fan of Aziz Ansari’s new Netflix series ‘Master Of None’. This is definitely the best comedy TV show in 2015. The writing is absolutely amazing. I can relate to everything in the stories, culture references and down to where the characters in the show dine in New York City. The restaurants, coffee shops and bars are a big part of the attraction of the show. Thrillist created a Master Of None Food Guide and lead you to everywhere the characters eat and drink. Enjoy.

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Additional reading: New York Times: Aziz Ansari Walks Us Through 10 ‘Master of None’ Dining Spots

Food Travel

Tate Dining Room and Bar, Hong Kong

October 12, 2015

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I dined at Tate Dining Room and Bar in Hong Kong a few months ago. This restaurant caught my eyes when the chef of this restaurant, Vicky Lau, was awarded Asia’s Best Female Chef in 2015 by The World’s 50 Best Restaurant.

When I walked into the restaurant, it was not hard to notice the feminine touches around place. From the decor, cutleries to plate presentation, everything seemed lighter, softer and warmer. You could sense the minimal and elegant Japanese influence in Chef Lau’s choice of ingredients, cooking methods and plating. The food was exceptional and exactly what you would expect from a michelin star restaurant. What made this restaurant raised above others was Chef Lau’s artistic styling of every single plate. Each of them was like a piece of art. When you thought she couldn’t top the last dish, she would prove you wrong. She left the prettiest dishes to the end with dessert. The honey bee dessert and the Japanese zen garden petit four were the highlights of the meal. They were so breathtakingly beautiful you would feel like they were the printings that you were not supposed to touch at an art gallery.

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Address: 59 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong
Website: http://www.tate.com.hk/

Food

Buca Yorkville, Toronto

April 1, 2015

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Dinning out is not just about food anymore. Service, creativity, theatric and atmosphere are all parts of the score sheet now. That is why chef tables becomes more and more popular because they gives the diners the wow factor they are looking for.

Buca Yorkville knows how to do their chef table very well. The high counter table gives the diners an open view of what a busy kitchen looks like. There are so many things going on everywhere at the same time, tasting the food becomes the last thing on your mind.

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When you look on your right side, chefs are slicing the cured meat and lining them up nicely on the serving board. On your right, another chef is busy making pizza dough from scratch and stuffing them into the wood oven. At the far end of the room, a few chefs are grilling fish and octopus. In front of room, the head chef drizzles a few drops of olive oil onto the plate right before it goes to the pass.

The action does not stop at the kitchen. It flows through into the dining room as well. A server behind you just cracks open a salt baked fish and carve tableside. Then right next to you, another server brings out a Branzino dish and he fillets a raw sea bass right in front of you.

Endless entertain is all around, but everything stops when the first dish is served. Your attention will re-direct back to your table, because every dish in the tasting menu worth your full concentration. Ingredients are fresh and the preparation is simple. Buca opts out from using complicated cooking method and simply let the amazing ingredients shine.

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Address: 53 Scollard St, Toronto, ON M5R 0A1
Website: http://www.buca.ca/yorkville/

Food Travel

Hakone Ginyu, Tokyo

March 1, 2015

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Staying at a ryokan in Japan is always one of the top item in my bucket list. My wish has finally came true in 2015.

Choosing Hakone Ginyu is an easy choice as it is one the best ryokan with private onsen (hot spring) in the room around Tokyo area. Booking Hakone Ginyu is not an easy choice as it is almost came up $1000 CDN a night. However, it is very hard to pass up the opportunity when I have a chance to fulfill my bucket list with the best ryokan there is.

Everything about Hakone Ginyu was absolutely amazing with the right amount of style and pretentiousness (and it is not a bad thing… allow me to explain). The moment we walked into the lobby, they knew who we were. They first sat us at the sitting room overlooking the mountain when they setup the paper work. Then they moved us to the lounge for a welcome drink so we could relax and admire the calmness in the ryokan. We felt valued and treated as VIPs. Next, they walked us to our room and led us to our private paradise.

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Our suite has a dining room, living room / traditional japanese style bedroom, a gigantic bathroom, an indoor hot tub, an outdoor private onsen and a patio. This is what a grand can buy us for a night.

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The main attraction was the private outdoor onsen. The cold February air and hot, bubbling spring water were a match made in heaven. We soaked in the hot spring for 15 minutes at time and laid down on the patio sofa for 20 minutes while sipping ice cold beverages. We repeated this routine many times in the afternoon, at night and next morning.

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Traditional Japanese dinner (in the form of Kaiseki) and breakfast were served in room. All the dishes were simple and light, yet full of favour. Definitely one of the best Kaiseki meals we have ever tasted. However, the great food was only the extra bonus. The moment we finished our meal, we couldn’t wait to jump back into the hot spring.