Food and Wine

Pierre Herme to arrive in Hong Kong

Pierre Herme to arrive in Hong Kong

Pierre Herme is returning to Asia to launch a boutique at Hong Kong’s IFC mall The battle of the macarons in Hong Kong is heating up, for come the month of May; Hong Kong will have a new contender for the title of the king of Macarons. Fifteen years after opening his first boutique in(…)

Cellar Update

Cellar Update

Another season has arrived. With the new season, arrives fresh colors, bountiful textures, flavors and aromas. Many of us are switching out clothes or even adding some new pieces. It is time to revisit things from another familiar season, or even try something new. After all, each season, following each year should have a signature(…)

Wine Tasting: Travel Argentina via Malbec

Wine Tasting: Travel Argentina via Malbec

Wine Tasting: Travel Argentina via Malbec I am an American, I should say, North American, Sommelier living in Buenos Aires. Perhaps it doesn’t have the same ring as “An American in Paris”, but at times, just like the George Gershwin classic, it has its adventures, and somewhat musical intonations, usually of the tango variety. In(…)

High-End High Tea; The Best Asia Has to Offer

High-End High Tea; The Best Asia Has to Offer

Photo: Maison de l’Hui There’s something so regal about high tea. A practice of the bygone colonial era, the midafternoon cuppa has historically been accompanied by savory finger sandwiches (sans crust, of course) scones and something sweet all arranged on a three-tiered cake stand. That tradition is preserved today throughout Asia but chefs are now adding(…)

Anges de Sucre: Macarons make the world go round

Anges de Sucre: Macarons make the world go round

Anges de Sucre’s clients include Dame Vivienne Westwood, the Saatchi Gallery and various other leading hotels and prestigious venues I recently had a chance to catch up with diminutive, pâtissière, Reshmi Bennett, over a cup of tea, at the laid-back Yumchaa Tea House in Soho, Central London. Over cups of steaming Earl Grey(Reshmi) and lemon grass(yours(…)

Easy Recipe – Spicy Chicken Burrito with Avocados and Tomato Salsa

Easy Recipe – Spicy Chicken Burrito with Avocados and Tomato Salsa

Yield: 4 Servings Ingredients: For the Salsa: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 small white or yellow onion, small diced 1 small red bell pepper, stem, seeds, and ribs removed, then small diced 1 clove garlic, minced ½ teaspoon cayenne or more to taste 4 roma tomatoes, core removed and small diced ¼ cup water ½ cup(…)

Exquisite Meals, Exclusive Dining Room at Tokyo’s Takazawa

Exquisite Meals, Exclusive Dining Room at Tokyo’s Takazawa

Chef Yoshiaki Takazawa develops his multi-course menus based on the season and a touch of sentimentality There is no flashy sign outside the door, no vast dining room filled with waiters and tables and no Facebook page promoting the latest trendy dish. Instead, Takazawa restaurant in Tokyo is so off the radar both in location(…)

Seoul: “Crazy Chef” Creates Fusion Dishes at ELBON the Table

Seoul: “Crazy Chef” Creates Fusion Dishes at ELBON the Table

The menu of  ELBON the table reads like that of an Italian restaurant but each dish features at least one traditional Korean ingredient They call him the crazy chef based on his take-risks attitude in the kitchen but that willingness to create the unexpected has put Hyun Seok Choi and ELBON the table on the list(…)