Monday, January 21, 2013

Banana Tempura at Shiroi Hana

Ask me what my favorite little restaurant in the city is, and without the slightest hesitation, I'd answer with Shiroi Hana. It's located right beside Max Brenner on 15th street between Walnut and Locust. I love the atmosphere inside that quaint little cozy restaurant... It conjures up so many memories too: dinners with some of my favorite people... On my third return there, after the melt-in-your-mouth sushi, fall-apart-layers of miso marinated black cod and veggie wrapped beef slices in sweet teriyaki sauce, the manager -also from Indonesia- brought out this complementary dessert of fried banana tempura with green tea ice cream...

Philly surely needs more homey Japanese restaurants like this... So excited to go on future adventures scouting out for my next new favorite Japanese place! Looking forward to try Vic's Sushi or Fat Salmon some day soon :)

Banana tempura with green tea ice cream and chocolate drizzle

Shiroi Hana
222 S 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 735-4444

Friday, January 11, 2013

Personal Sanctuary

Bevy Reyes' NYC Bedroom via Refinery 29

Just throw me into a little, white room with long, sheer curtains and white-washed wooden floors, and I'd make myself feel at home... I definitely miss my bedroom back home, but I love all these other small spaces... Refinery 29 has put together a little deck of inspirational photos of five chic NYC apartments (Bevy Reyes', Elana Fishman's, Fiona Byrne's, Kristian Laliberte's and Seth Howard's)... So lust-worthy!

You can tell so much about a person from their bed...

Miss my babies!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Gramercy Tavern - New York City

Fluke tartare, tangerine, peanut, fried shallot

Pan seared scallops

Arctic char, sunchokes, yellow eyed peas, lobster sauce

Sea bass, yellow eyed peas, brussel sprouts, butternut squash

Roasted duck breast, lentils, celery root, hazelnuts

Tangerine pudding with meringue 

Chocolate pecan coconut cake, butter pecan ice cream

Petit fours at Gramercy Tavern

With grandpa :)

Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-0777

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Cafe Amici - St. Thomas


Pizza with blue cheese, red onions and italian sausage

Penne with spinach, sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms

Wasabi shrimp wrap

Cafe Amici
A.H. Rise Mall, St. Thomas, USVI

Perla at La Concha - San Juan

Baked lobster tail, lobster beurre blanc, sautéed swiss chard, melted leeks, truffle potato puree

Fennel dusted pan-seared diver scallops with truffle white bean stew and apple wood smoked bacon

Coconut cheesecake

Molten chocolate cake with hazelnut infuse vanilla sauce, cocoa nib tuiles and gianduja ice cream

Perla at La Concha
1077 Ashford Avenue
La Concha - A Renaissance Resort
San Juan, PR 00907

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Pikayo - San Juan

Pork belly tacos

"Pegao" tuna tartar with chipotle mayonnaise on crispy rice

Petit pork belly burgers with gouda cheese

Bistec Encebollado with sautéed onions and pikayo fries

Escargot with wild mushrooms and balsamic vinegar

Alaskan King Salmon with red onion compote and mustard beurre blanc

Blackened Maine diver scallops with zucchini pappardelle and sweet corn emulssion

Petit Duck Magret with sautéed porcini mushrooms and chocolate sherry sauce

Chocolate soufflé

999 Ashford Avenue
San Juan, PR 00907
(787) 721-6194