Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A must stop in Whistler, Aura at Nita Lake Lodge

Located at Nita Lake Lodge resort, Aura is an elegant lakeside restaurant, which the moment you step in, radiates  a warm, cozy vibe and a stunning view of nature.  We settled in cozily for the Saturday's brunch during a quiet mid day. Since it was off-season, the area was really secluded and so the whole place was pretty much ours to enjoy for the moment.

 Now, it's rare that I would say this, but the service was just outstanding. We were warmly greeted and the staff remained proactive, professional and attentive throughout the service. It was a stark comparison to our later dinner service at Alta.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Cute Pig's guide to best food and wine of Okanagan

Like Napa Valley, Loire Valley, and Tuscany, the Okanagan Valley is no less and one of the most beautiful places Canada has to offer. Frankly, I can't think of a better place to be around here during summer time.  Dry climate, picturesque scenery, and abundant in vineyards and orchards.  The fresh fruits from the Okanagan are some of the sweetest and best tasting you'll ever find.  I recently made my second trip this past May Long weekend and hope to come back for some fresh peaches and cherries.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Four Seasons Chinese restaurant

On my last day in Bangkok, I was faced with a tough choice to make at Siam Paragon, 
"where to have lunch?"
After about 15 minutes of pondering, I narrowed down my choices to two; Coffee Bean by Dow and Four Seasons.   I weighed my options carefully.  Coffee Bean by Dow is a fabulous restaurant with a lot of variation.  I would be missing Thai cuisine and fusion a lot when I'm gone.  On the other hand, there was no table available at the moment.  It was after 2 pm, and I was starving.  Four Seasons is known for its world famous roast duck and this is its first international location away from London.  My mother even spoke of dining at this restaurant when she was studying.  It made me really curious.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria and Cucina, Las Vegas

 My trip in Vegas went by in a flash.  On our last night, we wandered around and came across Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina, located inside Crystals at City Centre.  After a quick survey, the featured wood-oven baked pizzas along with other rustic Italian classics led us to a consensus to give it a go.  Also, they had a pretty good deal for happy hour which could only be ordered at the bar.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Todd English's Olives at the Ballagio, Las Vegas

One of Todd English's most well-known restaurants, Olives, located at Bellagio resort & casino, offers refined Mediterranean inspired dishes at reasonable pricing and extremely generous portion. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

China Poblana Noodles & Tacos by Jose Andres

I randomly stumbled upon this casual but buzzling concept restaurant, China Poblana at the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas.  First thought, "Mexican and Chinese food?" followed by, "by Jose Andres???".  I was curious since I knew very little of the history and relationship between the two cultures.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

East Ocean Chinese restaurant at SC Park Hotel

East Ocean is an authentic Chinese restaurant that serves Cantonese style dim sum and a la carte and 10 course meal menu.  There is a different special at each day of the week at 50 % off such as fried prawn salad and Peking duck.  During the weekend, all tables are filled up with extended families who take their parents and grandparents to enjoy the delicious traditional dim sum. Since the location is near my house, my family has been coming here for years.  They have always been consistent with quality at reasonable prices.  Also, the restaurant has undergone a facelift in becoming an elegant,fine dining Chinese restaurant.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Nolboo Hangari Galbi

Nolboo Hungari Galbi is an authentic Korean barbecue franchise restaurant located on the second floor of K-Village.  It is spacious and the Korean owner/manager, one of the friendliest people in the world, is usually there to greet you himself.  The great thing about this place is they have a solid ventilation system that sucks 90% of the smoke out.  Best of all, you don't have to grill the meat yourself.  The waiting staff does the entire plate for you and cuts the meat up into bite size pieces once it's ready.  I feel bad at times that they had to stand there the entire time while we take our time eating.  All the staff have a plastic guard over their mouth to ensure none of their salivas get mixed with our food!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Ramen Champions


Arena 10 on Thonglor is a lively place to be especially on weekends.  Not only is it the venue for 2 popular night clubs, a football field, but also a go-to place for your ramen fix as well.  There are 6 individual ramen shops together in one place.  They're not just regular ramnen joints either, but all are ramen champions straight from Japan.  Each place is famous for specialized broth, and I've tried 3 out of 6 so far.  All the shops are about the same size; small with bar counters and outside seatings.  The staff are helpful and eager to inform us about their specialty.  

Panorama at Crowne Plaza Hotel

Panaroma restaurant, located on level 23 of the Crowne Plaza hotel, offers more than tasty international dishes, but a stunning panoramic view of Bangkok as well.  This year, it was voted as one of Thailand's best restaurants by elite magazine Thailand Tatler.  Diners have the options between intercontinental buffet or a la carte, we went for the buffet lunch today.  

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Above Eleven

When I heard about the concept of Above Eleven, a new restaurant/sky bar opening at Fraser Suites, Sukhumvit, I knew I had to check it out before I leave Bangkok.  After bringing a few friends and checking it out, I was certainly glad I made the right choice.  Above Eleven brings yet another level of  sophistication to nightlife, and a new dining adventure to Bangkok's savvy food scene.    

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mrs. Balbir's, Fine Indian Cuisine in Bangkok

When in Bangkok, you have to go to the right place when you are craving certain things.  When you're craving Japanese, go to Sukhumvit.  When you're craving Chinese, go to Yaowaraj.  When you're craving Pad Thai, go to Sanam Luang.  When you are thirsty, go to Thonglor.  When you're craving Indian food, go to Silom or Nana.  
Thus, this chapter landed us at the heart of Nana via the speedy and reliable sky train as we scrambled in search for East Indian perfection. Although Indian food isn't as popular or main stream among Thai locals, there are tons of authentic Indian restaurants in Bangkok metropolitan area and the competition is fierce. Mrs. Balbir's Fine Indian Cuisine is located at the beginning of Sukhumvit 11/1, not too far from Nana train station. The restaurant is spacious and elegantly decorated.  It looks new, clean, and, rich - marbled floor, chandeliers, a beautiful traditional wooden swing hung by chains as focal point. To my surprise, we were the only table the entire time.  Mind you, we did arrive way passed lunch rush on a weekday.