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Kakigori Recommendations in Tokyo?

Thanks for sending me the link, djonesca. I was hoping for an updated list but if what is listed on that blog post, I'll make notes.

Aug 05, 2015
chocokitty in Japan

Kakigori Recommendations in Tokyo?

I've read about that recently, ruprecht. Thanks for the reminder.

Aug 05, 2015
chocokitty in Japan

Kakigori Recommendations in Tokyo?

Hi 'hounders,

It's going to be my first time in Tokyo in September. May you please divulge where are the very good to excellent kakigori in Tokyo? I will be staying in Akasaka but most of my time is going to be around Ginza, Roppongi, Aoyama, Shibuya, and Shinjuku neighborhoods.

Thanks in advance

Aug 05, 2015
chocokitty in Japan

Where to dine if Jimbocho Den is closed?

Gargle, it's something random I've chosen from Michelin Tokyo's website that's listed as "creative". I didn't do much background research on Equilibrio.

Jul 25, 2015
chocokitty in Japan

Where to dine if Jimbocho Den is closed?

I'm wondering where is a good alternative to make a reservation to dine at a creative restaurant like DEN if they're closed? I wrote an email to the restaurant a few hours ago and they replied back they are closed from September 6 - 16.

Casually perusing the Michelin guide, Equilibrio (http://www.equilibrio-rise.jp/main.htm) seems like something similar.

I'm sticking with the budget of what a meal at DEN would cost (15,000 yen) and I'll be free for dinner on either September 10 and 11.

Please advise. Thanks in advance!

Jul 24, 2015
chocokitty in Japan

Ice & Vice

Agree with you about their "Three Little Pigs" and the "Majohng," sgordon.

I tried the "Tea Dance" flavor on the day they opened and found it incredibly delicious. I'd tasted the black tea initially then came the bright lemon zest and ended with the sweet caramel.

My bf had the American Beauty that supposedly has creme fraiche, raspberries and rose jam. It was good but tasted like raspberry swirled cheesecake to me.

Jun 09, 2015
chocokitty in Manhattan

Wagashi in Tokyo?

Thanks, Jen! I've Googled Tokyo Mise and their stuff looks amazing!

Going a little more specific with the Japanese sweets, where can I find really good uiro (外郎) or uiro-mochi?

May 29, 2015
chocokitty in Japan

Wagashi in Tokyo?

Much appreciated, kersizm and edozanmai!

May 23, 2015
chocokitty in Japan

Great desserts in Hong Kong?

Technically true about pastries not lasting too long. When I bought pastries from Kee Wah that was filled (and loaded) with red bean or lotus seed pastes, they were generally fine save for a few bumps from the travel that made the flaky lard pastry crack and flaking a bit. It also helped it was individually wrapped and sealed.

Great desserts in Hong Kong?

So many sweets so little time...! (Unless I do want to send myself off to early onset diabetes.) Good thing I have friends and family to share some of it.

I'm certainly going to Via Tokyo. Oddies Foodies and Small Potato Ice Creamery sounds unusual enough for me to go. My gripe with NYC desserts is that they tend to stay safe except for maybe two ice cream shops or you'd have to resort going to a Michelin starred restaurant.

This is very helpful, Luther! Thank you! :D

Wagashi in Tokyo?

I will be going to Tokyo for 4 nights in September (from NYC). I know Kyoto is the prime place to buy the gorgeous wagashi that's too pretty to eat. But since this is my first time in Tokyo, I don't want to travel to make a day trip out if (unless it's really warranted) and would like to ask you all, where can I find wagashi both to eat at the moment and ones that I can take home with me?

Please advise and thanks in advance!
Tina
http://thewanderingeater.com

May 22, 2015
chocokitty in Japan

Great desserts in Hong Kong?

Hello fellow 'hounders,

I am planning to go to HK from New York City on the first week of September and I haven't been since 2009. Yes, I have a lot of catching up to do and I'm going to be there for 4 nights.

Going back to the main subject, where are very good places to have desserts or baked goods (and of course, dan tats)? I know of Kee Wah Bakery and Hang Heung Bakery when I last went there (and hauled a few kilos of pastries home) but I know there's bound to be more than those two storied bakeries.

Instead of being too vague about this question, here are what I am really looking for:

1. Matcha (Japanese green tea) soft serve (my mother has been informing me via online based HK newspapers about this huge trend; she did mention and I remembered, about Via Tokyo)

1a. Unusual or "exotic" ice cream shops

2. Cantonese style bakeries like Kee Wah
3. French or Japanese style bakeries? (Not sure if a very good ones exists but I'm asking)

Thanks in advance!

Tina
http://thewanderingeater.com

Lunch spots & bakeries in Cardiff?

I've heard good things about Coffee Barker. If there is a long queue, I hope it moves swiftly enough like most "third wave" coffee shops in New York are.

I am planning to make the stop to Madame Fromage and I'll definitely try to go to Bakestone.

Thanks again, Londonlinda for the recommendations!

Feb 20, 2015
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Lunch spots & bakeries in Cardiff?

I've already booked Potted Pig for lunch! Thanks for confirming it's a good place to have a meal.

Feb 11, 2015
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Lunch spots & bakeries in Cardiff?

Londonlina: Thanks so much for your thoughtful reply. It is unfortunate to read that there's no traditional Welsh restaurants around but thank you for informing me.

When you do return, please update whenever possible.

Feb 08, 2015
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Lunch spots & bakeries in Cardiff?

Hi,

I am coming to Cardiff, for the first time, in about 2 weeks from New York City. I'm pretty excited and have been to London last year.

I am wondering where is a great place to have lunch in Cardiff? I am not looking for anything too posh and I am open to the idea of going to a traditional Welsh restaurant, if there is any. Absolutely no Chinese restaurants since I am of Chinese heritage and I've recently came back from Beijing and Shanghai.

Are there any good bakeries that I can pick up breads or sweets back home? I heard of Fabulous Welshcakes is a good place for the namesake pastry.

One more additional question, where can I find laverbread? I know it's an acquired taste but my significant other at home is curious about trying it.

Many thanks in advance!
Tina
http://thewanderingeater.com

Feb 06, 2015
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Japanese food in Beijing

I'm going with my family (we're from NYC) to Shanghai, Beijing, and Xi'an in about three weeks. We have filled most of our meal slots with a restaurant in mind but have two nights free.

I have heard from a few friends who have traveled to Beijing within the past few months and have suggested me to have sushi since it's close to Japan and it's relatively inexpensive compared to us Western, large cities (e.g. London and NYC). That all being said, what do you suggest for good/great sushi, kaiseki or any good Japanese meal (except for ramen)?

Thanks in advance!

Tina
http://thewanderingeater.com

Best Peking duck in Beijing?

Hi,

My family and I (it's just 4 of us) are going to Beijing in September and I've read a couple of different blogs and media clips on the Internet having an opinion of who has the best Peking duck.

At any rate, my mother thinks Quanjude is *the* place to eat and wants to eat at their original location (does anyone know the exact address?). I am on the fence about the Quanjude since I remember reading somewhere that if you eat at the location (and pay such a high price) you'd be served with paper/Styrofoam plates?!

Where do you think we should have the mentioned dish? Does that restaurant(s) take reservations and approx. how much is it per person or for that whole duck?

Thanks in advance.

Tina
http://thewanderingeater.com

[Review] Dinner at Sage at Aria

@princesskitty: I do not know if you read my posting (despite it's dated in 2011) but I ate at Sage for dinner with friends. Not for an event or wedding.

Apr 04, 2014
chocokitty in Las Vegas

Chiltern Firehouse (London)

Any reports on this restaurant yet? I'm reading buzz in NYC from friends who reside or eating their way through London and heard good things.

I managed to get a dinner reservation and would like to know if it's worth going or not.

Thanks in advance,
Tina
http://thewanderingeater.com

Mar 19, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Friday dinner - Clove Club
Saturday lunch - Hedone
Sunday dinner - a Londoner friend's home
Monday dinner - play my chances and go to Greek Street or just wing it with a few other places that have a seat at the bar

Mar 15, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Has anyone dined at Sixtyone?

http://www.hot-dinners.com/Gastroblog...

Mar 11, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Hi ManInTransit,

Thanks so much for your multiple replies to my questions and input.

I've already removed Arbutus from my eating itinerary and have Clove Club as my dinner. Smokehouse was a friend's choice and I'm pretty excited for that.

I wasn't aiming for kaiseki restaurants since NYC does have some very good ones and I'm planning to go to Tokyo next year so that is definitive in itself.

I am very aware London has fantastic Indian fare but I'm OK with Indian, hence the lack of it on my list.

Mar 10, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Thanks for the update, limster.

At least I don't have to rush first thing to St. John's at Maltby Street on a Saturday morning. :) I miss having non-restaurant but fresh and delicious doughnuts.

Mar 09, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

What does everyone think of Hedone? I'm reading/hearing varied responses about this place.

Mar 07, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Thanks, mjgauer.

Since Clove Club and Ten Bells are similar, which, in your opinion is worth your hard earned money for dinner? Clove Club seems a bit pricey if I were to order from their current bar menu (unless it is truly larger than tasting portions) and at that rate, might as well have the tasting menu instead.

I'll consider your opinion for Texture.

Mar 06, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Limster (or any other 'hounder who has any input), what do you think of these restaurants?

Texture vs Ten Bells (I'm speaking of lunch)
The Clove Club (thinking dinner at their bar, if there's any space left)

Other related things, besides Shiori, what other Japanese restaurants would you suggest?

Thanks again

Mar 05, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Thanks for the list, limster.

I'm curious though, I'm under the assumption that NYC's seafood (for sushi) is better than London's. But if it you do think it's great, I'll consider Shiori. (Hopefully, it does have a table.)

Would you recommend St. John (in Smithfield) for a solo dinner? Heard many good things over the years and some even argue it's a London establishment. My issue is about the serving size would be quite large if I ordered an appetizer, main and dessert.

Mar 04, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Great London Foodie App or Blogger??

Smitten Kitchen is based in NYC...

Mar 04, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Hi,

I'm traveling to London for the first time during March 28th to April 1st from New York City. I've scoured parts of this board, some London based food blogs, Michelin Guide, etc. and have this for the time being:

Friday, 28 March
Lunch - The Ledbury
Dinner ?

Saturday, 29 March
Breakfast - Possibly getting the salted beef sandwich at Beigel Bake
Lunch - Upstairs at Ten Bells or Pollen Street Social?
Dinner - Smokehouse

Sunday, 30 March
Will be going out to Hampton Court Palace and leaving the lunch suggestion to my London based friends to decide

Dinner - Arbutus?

Monday, 31 March
Breakfast/coffee - Zack's in South Kensington (friend chose)
Lunch - Duck & Waffle
Maybe tea with another London based friend (yet to confirm)
Dinner - ?

Tuesday, 1 April
Lunch/Tea - Pret A Portea at The Berkeley (Pricey as it is, it does look interesting to me and I adore fashion besides food)
No dinner since my flight leaves at 5 PM

Any dinner ideas for a solo diner? My tastes tend to prefer the robust and adventurous but I do appreciate delicate dishes every so often. I am trying not to exceed the budget around £40.

Please advise where I should eat.

There are times when I will be poking in around bakeries in London and I'm open to ideas where are good.

Thanks in advance.
Tina
http://thewanderingeater.com

Mar 04, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland