Category Archives: Downtown (22 St and below)

ISOLA Mondrian Soho: Beautiful lunch on our special day

Isola - entrance - Mondrian Soho
The only photos StalkerBoy (now StalkerHubby) will let me post of him. Our cousin Y art directed the shot.

Dear Food Diary:
March 28th was our 3rd anniversary and the day we decided to make it legal. We’ve been planning our wedding ever since the proposal. And though the real celebration won’t be until June, StalkerBoy and I decided to do City Hall first.

Afterwards, he picked this beautiful lunch spot – Isola Mondrian Soho to toast the start of our special day. One of the prettiest outdoor dining rooms I’ve seen, even on a rainy day, it looked gorgeous. The entrance was perfect for the capturing special day.

The food was good too.

MANGO MANGO 許留山: HK Hui Lau Shan Dessert Chain in NYC

mango mango 許留山 in Chinatown NYC

Dear Food Diary:
Anyone with who’s been to 許留山 Hui Lau Shan in HK or any of their franchises in Asia will tell you about their amazing desserts. Specially the mango options (my favorite). Sweet, perfectly ripen mangos are almost buttery. With a dollop of coconut icy, black sticky rice and or some mango on mango action with mango puree and pudding. Very balanced and not overly sweet.

In NYC however, we’ve been seriously deprived of that. A few years ago, a short lived version of it popped up on Centre St. It has since turned into a Japanese style Maid Cafe *rolling eyes*.

But now, we’ve got Mango Mango 許留山. This famous Hong Kong dessert chain finally has a little spot in NYC. Bayard St. in Chinatown to be exact. Sweet!

UMAMI BURGER: Ohhh yes! Truffle Burger

umami burger - truffle burger

Dear Food Diary:
Some bites are able to leave a lasting and tasty memory. Umami Burger did just that with their Truffle Burger at the last Googa Mooga. Since then, I’ve become a follower, addict, fan  – whatever you want to call it.

Ohhh yes! that Truffle Burger.

FEAST: Lovely $24 Brunch Deal

feast - brunch

Dear Food Diary:
Not so long ago, meeting the girls was a weekly occurrence. But now that we’re all grown up, changed our marital status and zip code, meeting up is a special occasion.

Blue Hill: Visual love letter to unforgettable seasonal experiences

BLUE HILL at Stone Barns 2

Dear Food Diary:
Through the years, there’s only been one place that has truly stolen my heart in every single aspect of a perfect dining experience – Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

This is my visual love letter to unforgettable seasonal experiences at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Blue Hill Cafe and Blue Hill NY.