Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Paris: Louvre Museum

1. Mona Lisa - Leonardo de Vinci

2. The Wedding Feast at Cana - Veronese

3. Death of the Virgin - Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio

4. Psyche Revived by the Kiss of Love - Antonio Canova

5. Venus de Milo. Found in Melos in 1820.

6. Cy Twombly's Ceiling

7. Liberty Leading the People - Eugene Delacroix. 1830.

8. The Raft of the Medusa - Theodore Gericault. ca. 1818-1819.

9. Captive (The Dying Slave) - Michelangelo

10. Death of Sardanapalus - Eugene Dalacroix. 1827.

11. Borghese Vase

12. Pyramide du Louvre - I.M. Pei. 1985-1993.

The Louvre Museum is one of the world's largest museums. The facility spans over 60,600 square meters. I was able to see all of the famous masterpieces that was on my bucket list. However, there were some exhibits that were closed due to renovations such as the Winged Victory of Samothrace. This gives me all the reasons to come back. It's hard to take everything in on one trip. 

Recommendation: Have a strategy to visit the artworks and exhibits that you want to see especially if you don't have the whole day to spend at the museum. To avoid the long lines at the Pyramid, enter the museum from the Carrousel de Louvre, an underground shopping/restaurant area that connects to the pyramid. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Paris: L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon Saint-Germain

Bread basket

Aubergine, seasonal vegetables, mozzarella and basil

Le Jambon Iberico de Bellota
Escorted toasted bread with tomato

La Sole
Dover sole Meunière

Potato Puree
Mash potatoes, butter, heavy cream

Le Chocolat Tendance
Creamy Manjari chocolate mousse, dark chocolate sorbet and Oreo cookie crumb

Madeleines cookies and caramel candies

Paris has two Michelin starred L'Ateliers. The one in Saint-Germain has a 40 seat kitchen counter as well as a salon. The location is led by Executive Chef Axel Manes, known as being one of the youngest chefs to be awarded a Michelin star. What made this visit special was the staff was very welcoming. As we ate, the staff took photos of themselves with my camera and kept feeding us until we were stuffed. I think I had two bowls of the mash potatoes and each us was given our own mignardise plates. While every location seems to have the same execution in technique and menus, it's this precision that makes the Robuchon properties a culinary destination. 

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Saint-Germain
5 Rue Montalembert
75007 Paris, France
+33 1 42 22 56 56

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

London: Sketch

Sketch Club
Serrano & Paris ham, shrimps, Emmenthal,
Thai mayonnaise, sweet & sour onions, beetroot jelly

Sketch afternoon tea
Silver needle white tea
Light, delicate, fruity flavours underpinned by cucumber and melon

Sultana scone, clotted cream, fig and strawberry homemade jam

gingerbread macaroon, blueberry éclair,
Cranberry chestnut choux, Cassis meringue
ricotta vegetarian comté croque monsieur egg sandwich
mayonnaise, quail egg, caviar sandwich

Bourdaloue pear and nougatine tart,
smoked salmon sandwich
Jacob’s cream cucumber sandwich
mayonnaise, quail egg, caviar sandwich

Flavored Marshmallows

Afternoon tea in London is a must-do. Instead of having traditional afternoon tea at the many historic hotels, I opted for something more whimsical. Sketch was conceived by French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mazouz. We were seated in the parlor room and the decor was quirky with posh Louis XV furniture. I couldn't wait to see the restrooms. Some were egg-shaped pods and others had floor-to-ceiling mirrors with Swarowski-clad toilets. This restaurant inspired me to redesign my own powder room.

While the afternoon tea set up was standard (e.g. scones w/clotted cream, sandwiches and pastries), the decor and comfortable feel made it worth the trip.

9 conduit street
London W1S 2XG

+44 (0) 20 7659 4500