Gabriel Kreuther: 6 Course Carte Blanche (NYC)

Gabriel Kreuther currently has 1 Michelin Star as of 2018. It is located in the Grace building, right across from (my favorite) Bryant Park. The restaurant serves classic French, specifically, Alsatian cuisine.  I took my parents here to celebrate Mother’s Day and we each had the six course carte blanche, wine pairing for myself since my parents didn’t drink.

Gabriel Kreuther

Savory Scallion Kougelhopf 
chive fromage blanc
Of all the breads that were offered that night, this was my favorite. I also enjoyed how light and tart the fromage blanc was.

Gabriel Kreuther

Tarte flambée is an Alsatian dish, composed of bread dough rolled out very thinly, topped with onions and some form of lardon – reminds me of pizza but more delicate and light. I’ve only had it once at La Tarte Flambée in NYC.

Gabriel Kreuther

Earth & Air 
beet bon bon, horseradish
yuzu-lychee cloud, rosewater glass
I loved air. These were little bites that just melted in your mouth. Of course, I’m a sucker for yuzu.

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Fire & Ice Pate de fruit
cucumber, gin, mint
mezcal margarita, kumquat, chili
Ice was refreshing while fire had a kick to it. Kind of like a refined jello shot.

Gabriel Kreuther

Foie Gras Terrine & Pistachio Praline
medjool date jam, strega, fennel pollen waffle
This was a pleasant surprise since I didn’t think that foie gras should be mixed with anything, but the praline added a nice crunch to it. I still prefer whole foie gras though, like a barbarian.

Gabriel Kreuther

Langoustine Tartare
flying fish roe, salty fingers, cauliflower-macadamia puree
Cracking through the creme brulee-like top, you reach the scrumptious langoustine inside. This was one of my top dishes that night.

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Green-Walk Hatchery Trout 
scallion crema, rye cracker, champagne sauce 

Gabriel Kreuther

Castle Valley Mill’s Polenta 
poached farm egg, parma prosciutto, green tomato

Gabriel Kreuther

Rosemary Buckwheat Rolls
whipped lardo, chili, garlic
There was ample bread to go around all night.

Gabriel Kreuther

Black Angus Beef Tenderloin
green asparagus, roquefort, leek vinaigrette 

Gabriel Kreuther

Cucumber & Citrus 
cucumber granita, lemon cream, crystalized mint
This was a refreshing prelude to dessert.

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Decadent – Chocolate Caramel
mixed media crumble, chocolate mousse, caramel ice cream
So decadent I couldn’t finish it!

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Chocolates, petit fours 
Sugar overload. I had heard about Gabriel Kreuther’s famous chocolates and these did not disappoint. Loved the setting.

I also had the wine pairing but the menu they sent me had some errors on it – amateur mistake on my part for not jotting down the wine names as they were presented. I had assumed they would print me the correct menu. Oh well.

Gabriel Kreuther 
41 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036
Reservations available via OpenTable

Coffee & Tea Festival NYC (March 22, 2014)

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I’ve heard about this event for years but never ventured out for it. This year we got a deal through Amazon ($10!) but it was soooo crowded. The line went around the block when we got there in the morning. We had just missed the free goodie bags (awarded to the first 1000 participants)!

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There was lots of tea brewing.

 

 

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Specialty coffee.

 

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Organic ones…

 

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Now that’s legit.

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You get to see lots of different tea brewing styles.

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AND ice cream!

 

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We sampled the chocolate-chai, green tea-coconut, another had red tea.

 

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Then there are soaps that look like cupcakes.

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Pretty teacups.

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Loose leaf tea everywhere!

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Yes, even chocolate.

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Empanadas?!?

 

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Yogurt parfaits…

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This place was interesting — 2 parts tea, 1 part booze.

 

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Not pictured was the one I sampled — coco lada.

 

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Different flavors of biscotti.

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That feta cheese scallion scone was delectable.

 

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Champagne chocolate.

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More tea.

 

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Chai tea.

 

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…and back to specialty soaps!

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There were many different vendors. We walked around and around and around…

 

 

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Raw honey. I loved them. So tempted to buy…

 

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Iced tea.

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Fashionista tea.

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After all the samples, I’m definitely highly caffeinated. I didn’t buy anything except for the scone; the only things I took home were a few tea packets. I was told that the tea at the festival was cheaper than at their stores. Overall, it was a good event but I’d probably go again only if we got a discounted deal.

Travelogue: San Francisco (Day 1 of 4)

It was the week between my mom and my birthdays. Perfect for a girls only getaway! We went from Monday to Thursday; I can’t imagine the amount of tourists that would crowd around the city on the weekends.

This was my first trip EVER to SF, and I learned many things along the way. I’m already planning my next trip out here!

Mistake #1: At SFO (San Francisco International Airport), I purchased two one-day muni passes ($14) for both of us. It was later that I rendered them useless; you would have to take public transportation at least 7 times in a day to get your money’s worth. In other words — NOT worth getting! We walked everywhere and took the cable car only once, just for s&g. We did take the buses maybe 4 times, but they’re only $2 each way!

Mistake #2: From SFO, I decided to take a cab ($60) to the hotel in Union Square only because I was with M. We could’ve taken the BART for $8.25 and it probably would’ve taken the same amount of time. I specifically chose a hotel close to the BART and cable cars for this reason, but I didn’t want M to complain on the first day.

After we checked into the hotel, we started our adventure!

First stop: Chinatown.

We walked from Union Square to Chinatown, which took only 10-15 minutes.

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We took some obligatory Chinatown arch photos and walked down Grand Street.

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Festive decorations everywhere due to upcoming Mid-autumn Festival in September!

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You can sneak a peak at the Bay Bridge.

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Yin Du Wonton Noodle
648 Pacific Ave
(between Columbus Ave & Beckett St)

M always reminisces about the wonton noodles in Hong Kong — New York noodles just aren’t the same. San Fran came pretty close!

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(Random lady sitting across the table from us eating delicious noodles)

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Next stop: Ferry Building/Pier/Embarcadero

We walked East towards the water — about 20 minutes. This was a farther walk, and not very scenic. But we got there with no damage!

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The Ferry Building Marketplace reminded me of Chelsea Market in New York, tons of little shops out in the open, blue bottle coffee, restaurants.

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We waited a bit for the F to get to Fisherman’s Wharf, but decided to walk along the Embarcadero instead and enjoy the view!

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Got some chocolate from TCHO along the way.

Stop #3: Pier 39

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It’s actually worth checking out — more shops, restaurants, and of course the famous sea lions! Just go past the carousel and follow signs to the stairs:

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Found them!

Stop #4: Fisherman’s Wharf

Walking further, we got to the wharf. It was chow time. Rather, clam chowder time…

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Walk up the stairs to Bistro Boudin:

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We got the famous bread bowl New England clam chowder — too much bread, too little soup.

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One of the best crabcake sandwiches I’ve ever tasted.

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Really tasty crabcake inside!

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Stop #5: From the Wharf, we walked over to Ghirardelli Square.

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We went into the chocolate store, aka chocolate galore:

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In addition to the ice cream and chocolate shop, there are also cute little boutiques that sell gift items and mementos.

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Jackson and Polk — I absolutely adore this gift boutique! They have really cute, endearing jewelry, bags and trinkets.

Next to Ghirardelli Square is the main stop of one of the cable car lines — Powell-Hyde. You can see huge lines form and wrap around.

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We saw the line for the cable car and decided to walk the rest of the way back to our hotel in Union Square — I don’t recommend this for those with weak knees; SF hills are no joke!

I underestimated my mom. She walked the whole way without complaining. We stumbled onto the other attraction that I hoped to see, Lombard Street.

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It was a beautiful walk, thanks to the great weather in SF. It was 70s and sunny everyday that we were there!