A carnivorous menu that embraced the wonderful, magical animal1 it would make Homer Simpson proud, especially when the term "We do not serve vegetarian-friendly items" so explicitly spelt out in writing, this "meathead" restaurant definitely isn't a place I would bring my mother (nor my Jewish friends) to.
At the rear of the newly developed "Cool Docks" area of the bund, Stiller's restaurant is elevated five levels up in a long, spacious room with leather chairs and pristine white tablecloths made all the more beautiful by the skyline of the pearl of the orient. It is a dramatically gorgeous mix of tranquil elegance and sleekly understated modernism makes an alluring dining space away from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai. If you had spent a full day in the Shanghai World Expo alongside half a ... read more
Step into the doors of the SLS hotel and enter an alluring modern space where every square inch is infected with a touch of Phillip Stark, you will arrive at their hip and happening restaurant, The Bazaar. The Bazaar is an assortment of dining rooms that include a cocktail bar, a tapas dining room, a patisserie, and of course, the main dining room filled with an eclectic array of seats and couches.
Acclaimed US chef and TV personality José Andrés presents us with a truly unique experience ... read more
‘Gnudi’ meaning ‘nude’ in Italian, are what the Florentines call tender little dumplings that are very similar to gnocchi, except that they are made with ricotta rather than potato, which gives them a far more delicate texture. They’re lightly scented with nutmeg, and refreshingly light and doughless compared to your usual pasta dish. This recipe below uses frozen spinach and store bought tomato sauce, but it is entirely to you whether you choose to use freshly prepared spinach ... read more
The ricotta pancakes are the lighter, fluffier friend of the American pancakes you’re normally used to. They’re healthier and lower in cholesterol as well, but I would be kidding you if I told you they were low-fat. I prefer to make these around the size of a coaster, instead of large pancakes. It makes the perfect Sunday breakfast, and they’re better than the ones you get from Bill’s for a whopping $17 a serving.
Preparation Time 2 minutes, Cooking Time 20 minutes (Makes ... read more
Sea urchin spaghetti has always been a popular item in Japan, normally served in quasi-Italian restaurants or cafes (along with Mentaiko spaghetti, a kind or smelt roe). I’ve often raved repeatedly about Blue Marlin restaurant in LA which serves amazing uni (sea urchin in Japanese) spaghetti, with a sauce just creamy enough to coat the pasta, and topped with a generous amount of dried nori. It’s been around for quite a while, and I never visit LA without making a stop for my favorite dish on ... read more
Buckwheat bliny is a part of traditional Russian cuisine, descended from one of mankind’s oldest and most common prepared foods: fried flat bread. Here is a quick and simple recipe to prepare them at home.
1 ½ tsp. Sugar
1/4 cup warm water
1 tsp. Active dry yeast
1 ½ cups lukewarm milk
1 cup Self raising flour
3/4 cup buckwheat flour
½ tsp. Salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
In a small bowl, dissolve ½ tsp. Of the sugar in warm water. Sprinkle ... read more
There is no doubt that Heston Blumenthal is a genius with his food. Like the imagery conveyed through a writer’s prose, Heston narrates his stories with his culinary quill. Ranking number two in the world after Ferran Adria’s elBulli for numerous years makes no indication that Heston is second best. Awarded with three Michelin stars since 2004, it has been amongst the very highest ranked restaurants on the Top 50 list.
What sets him aside from the rest of the three Michelin starred chefs is ... read more
The first thing we all think of when someone is visiting Amsterdam? The drinking, the weed, the women, and the long mindless nights that no one remembers when they wake up next to the canal. Everyone who isn’t an American teenager would know that it doesn’t have to be that way!
Amongst all of the “tourist activities”, there are a few gems you can visit to break that looseness up a little. Here are a few places I enjoyed during my stay, which I would love to share with you:
Herengracht ... read more
Continued from elBulli – Introduction.
We had appropriately fasted for the whole day, having nothing but an artery clogging breakfast at our hotel early that morning. It was 8:30pm, and nothing had been eaten for over 11 hours. We were well and truly prepared in anticipation for the 34 course extravaganza that awaited us when our waiter said:
“Ferran has prepared a special menu for you tonight” in his heavy Spanish accent. “Please let me know if you have any dietary requirements. ... read more