Exclusive Interview: Chef Mitchell Barr, Lupulo, New York

I booked Lupulo weeks in advance when we planned our trip to New York. Lupulo is opened by Michelin-starred Chef, George Mendes who also opened Aldea. The night I went, he wasn’t at Lupulo and I was a little disappointed I didn’t get to meet him. But, I had a pleasant surprise meeting the sous…

Eataly, New York

If you go to New York, you can’t miss this specialty food store on 5th Ave. I walked into this Italian specialty food store / restaurant / grocery store and felt like I was on a shopping spree swooping everything into my basket. We don’t have anything like this in Vancouver, so please excuse me…

Sobaya, New York

There are restaurants in Vancouver that make the soba in-house and I will be visiting one soon to check it off the list. But how often do you get to watch the chef make the soba?  What I enjoyed about Sobaya was the whole experience of watching the chef make the noodles before you eat…

Marta Manhatten, New York

We were on vacation in New York and the kid goes “I want to eat duck.” Now, where was I supposed to find her duck when I was in the middle of Korea Town shopping for books to learn Korean? I googled and researched restaurants nearby. I came across the menu for Marta Manhatten. “Anatra:…

The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York

I went to an exhibit at the Museum of FIT called The Women of Harper’s Bazaar, 1936-1958 which focused on editor-in-chief Carmel Snow, fashion editor Diana Vreeland, and photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe.  Here are a few photos of the garments and photographs donated by Louise. I hope you had a chance to see the exhibit if…

Otafuku x Medetai, New York vs Gyu Kaku Taiyaki Vancouver

I was looking for Japanese food in New York and stumbled upon the website for Otafuku. Sobaya is just across the street. We went to both places and will talk about Sobaya another time. Otafuku is more of a takeout/picnic type restaurant with a couple seats.  I tried their Takoyaki (ball shaped pancake stuffed with…

Brushstroke, Michelin 1 star, New York

This was one of the best meals we had in New York in terms of Japanese cuisine. The reason why I chose this restaurant was because it is the only restaurant in New York in the same building with another Michelin star kitchen. Brush Stroke is a collaboration between Chef David Bouley and the Tsuji…

Museum of Mathemathics, New York

We love museums. We try to go to as many museums as we can when we travel. One of the museums on our list in New York was the Museum of Mathematics. I was never good at math and it might not be my strongest subject. The reason I went was because we don’t have…

Exclusive interview: photographer Nikola Strbac, New York

I had an opportunity to meet Nikola Strbac while I was in New York for vacation. He was my model (not planned) for my Monocle photoshoot a few weeks ago and we began chatting. I fell in love with his style in photography since I am interested in architecture myself. I actually didn’t find out…

IL Buco, New York

 The reason why we booked Il Buco is the amazing chef behind the restaurant. It’s a very cozy and warm setting. It serves Mediterranean Italian dishes. We chose to sit outside on the wooden bench beautifully decorated with flowers. We ordered the Catalonian spiced seared Spanish octopus and the pasta with Uni. The octopus tasted…

Fulton Center, New York

I came in to appreciate the architecture and design of the sky reflector.  2 other things caught my attention. Neuhaus chocolates from Brussels is inside this building. Irving Farm Coffee Roasters is also inside here just steps away. Coffee beans might have been the heaviest items we brought back along with a suitcase full of…

Hanamizuki Cafe, New York

I really don’t know where to start posting about our most recent trip to New York. We went to so many restaurants, some Michelin starred ones and some like this small cafe. Our flight was delayed and we decided to come in to eat a light snack. If I compare it to the spam musubi…