Thursday, July 10, 2014

What's Next: New York

I'm heading to New York next month for a few days before my 6th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, Hubs won't be joining me but I think I can keep myself occupied. Dining reservations have been confirmed at Eleven Madison Park. Visa Concierge is on a roll.
 


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Preview: Paris

Paris was amazing. From famous landmarks and history to its decadent food made this trip worth every penny. There was so much to do and see, it's hard not to come back. I think I can eat baguettes with brie and foie gras every day. Maybe.

When we do come back, I would like to spend a day running across the vast gardens at Versailles. The site was incredible. I actually gave up trying to photograph everything and purchased a book instead. Same for the Louvre. There was way too much to cover during our week stay. Definitely a must see city.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Kitchen Gadgets: Polyscience Sous Vide Professional Creative Series

Now that we've settled into our new house, this weekend I had the opportunity to test out our latest kitchen gadget. The Polyscience Sous Vide Professional immersion circulator was on my kitchen wish list since we purchased our home. I saw this device for the first time in action on Iron Chef. I was intrigued by its precision temperature control as well as its ease of use.

So what did I make?

Potato puree. 

Now this isn't your normal dish of mash potatoes. This is the mash potatoes made famous by Joel Robuchon. It puts everyone else's mash potatoes to shame. It's that good. The step-by-step recipe can be found here.

The verdict: Perfection. The prep was a lot longer than what I would expect for a simple dish but it was well worth the 2 hours. I can't wait to try out other recipes from the Modernist Cuisine at Home cookbook.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Preview: London


Here's a glimpse of our stay in London. Believe it or not, London is worth exploring. We may have eaten too well as I had to cancel a few reservations in Paris. We definitely hit the wall (aka food coma).

I will do my best to post as often as I can. We recently moved into our new place and I have to decide between painting my walls or sleeping at least 6 hours. So far, I've painted two walls in our family room.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Kitchen Gadget Wish List

Kitchen Gadget Wish List




We're a few days away from closing on our house. We'll close escrow before we leave to Europe. I still can't believe it but once we get back from Paris, we'll move into our new home. So what have I been doing this whole time? Registering for kitchen gadgets.

Needs:
  • A new refrigerator. I wish we had enough space for a Subzero but that requires a kitchen overhaul. I've settled for the largest capacity fridge on the market. The Kenmore Elite and LG are the same so pretty much price will dictate which one I end up getting.
  • Shun Ken Onion carving set. I wish I registered for the Shun knives on our wedding registry than the Wusthof Classic knives that I have now. Lessons learned, go the extra mile for what you really want.
  • Expensive cookbook. I need to step up my cooking game. My mom is getting older so eventually Hubs expects me carry on that torch. I can cook, I just don't like to every day. I have a corporate job, what do you expect!
Nice to have in the distance future:
  • Vita-Mix. Who doesn't want one of these?
  • Sous Vide and vacuum sealer. No explanation needed.
  • Convention oven. Whenever I want to reheat something without using the microwave or oven.
 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Escrow

Earlier this month, Hubs and I decided to make an offer on a new place. A few days later, we're in escrow. Had I known we were getting a new place to live, I probably wouldn't have planned a trip to Europe this spring. I'm hoping to close escrow before we leave on our trip but we'll probably sign our final paperwork in London or Paris.
 
There are couple of household appliances we need to purchase which is nerve wrecking because a new frig and washer and dryer are expensive. When you're in escrow, you're not supposed to add new debt or transfer money between bank accounts. I didn't think I would need to cancel any of my restaurant reservations but it's hard not to think about the expenses we would need to cover when closing on a house.
 
Well, at least I'll have a larger kitchen and new appliances.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

La Jolla, CA : Lette Macarons

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There is a new macaron kiosk at the UTC Westfield mall in La Jolla. I received a box as a gift. The macarons are not baked fresh on site but delivered to the kiosk from Beverly Hills.
 

Madagascar vanilla - Vanilla ganache
Violet cassis - Violet ganache and black current jam
Rose - Rose ganache
Lemon - Lemon cream
 
Coconut - Coconut ganache
Raspberry - Raspberry ganache
Sweet Wedding Almond - Almond ganache
Caribbean chocolate - Chocolate ganache
 
Columbian coffee - Coffee ganache
Earl Gray Tea - Earl Gray Tea ganache
Passion fruit - Passion fruit ganache
Sicilian pistachio - Pistachio ganache
 
 
The verdict: It's definitely not comparable to Laduree macarons. The flavors are interesting but it's not something I would buy all the time due to its cost ($1.95 per macaron). Lette should consider moving into an indoor boutique and baking fresh macarons on site rather than having a kiosk in an open air mall. Another possible location would be the Del Mar Heights shopping center.

Here's a comparison:

Lette Macarons
 
Laduree