Eleven Madison Park’s 11 course menu (2017)

It’s been one year since I last updated this blog. I guess I’ll get back to it and start off with food. Last year, Eleven Madison Park offered an 11-course retrospective tasting menu featuring signature dishes from the years it’s been opened, for a limited time only. Named “The World’s Best Restaurant” of 2017, I booked a table right away, since I had never been there. Pro tip: ask for a tour of the kitchen. They brought us to the back after the meal was over and mixed us dessert cocktails! That was probably the highlight of the entire meal for me.

Eleven Madison Park

Gougère with grated gruyere (2006)

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

Sea Urchin – cappuccino with peekytoe crab and cauliflower (2006)

Eleven Madison Park

Little neck clam – clambake with velouté and parker house rolls (2011)

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

Prawn roulade with avocado and yogurt (2007)

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

Foie gras torchon with maple syrup and pain d’epice (2004)

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

Carrot tartare with rye toast and condiments (2012)

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

You have to put in a little work here, mixing according to your liking.

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

Turbot poached zucchini and squash blossom (2007)

Eleven Madison Park

Winter in Provence – black truffle, celery root, potato and chèvre frais (2009)

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

Suckling pig confit with rhubarb, leeks and cipollini onion (2010)

Eleven Madison Park

Milk and honey with dehydrated milk foam and bee pollen (2010)

Eleven Madison Park

Chocolate palette with peanut butter and popcorn ice cream (2008)

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More desserts.

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

Complimentary apple brandy at the end.

Eleven Madison Park

Goodie bag with the menu and granola.

Eleven Madison Park

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LA: Irvine, Laguna, LACMA (Nov 2016)

My first stop after getting out of horrendous LAX traffic: Irvine.

Sit at the sushi bar at Taiko and tell the chef what you want. The sushi there was amazingly fresh and I loved everything we ate! Very affordable too.

Los Angeles 2016

Los Angeles 2016

Los Angeles 2016

Los Angeles 2016

At the Irvine Spectrum Center:

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Check out Honey & Butter and their unique macaron flavors!

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Los Angeles 2016

Los Angeles 2016

Los Angeles 2016

Los Angeles 2016

The matcha one was so good!

Right inside the same shopping center is Hello Kitty Cafe.

Los Angeles 2016

Los Angeles 2016

Los Angeles 2016

We drove to Laguna Beach, just in time for sunset.

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Los Angeles 2016

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Los Angeles 2016

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Stumbled upon a wedding shoot!

Back to LA…

Los Angeles 2016

Fat Sal’s — I love that everything here is “fat” and it’s good to be fat. My fat sandwich had cheesesteak, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, crisp bacon, fried eggs, fries, mayo, ketchup, etc. How could you resist?! Best sandwich ever. Also got the milkshake but it was too thick to sip.

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We headed over to LACMA to take pictures with the “Urban Lights”. If you’re only there for this outdoor exhibition, you can just park your car temporarily right outside where the signs are. We didn’t know this and looked for parking forever.

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Travelogue: Montreal Part Un (Sept 2015)

I took my mom to Montreal for a few days in September. Our goal was to EAT. Or at least mine was. We took a short morning flight from New York to Montreal and took the cab (fare is around $40 to downtown) to Marché Jean-Talon (Jean-Talon Market) for breakfast.

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Jean-Talon Market is a farmer’s market and has lots of food vendors.

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Montreal (Sept 2015)

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Montreal (Sept 2015)

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Montreal (Sept 2015)

The reason why I chose Montreal was because my mom wanted to go somewhere close and I’m a bit of a francophile. Gahh macarons.

Montreal (Sept 2015)

We settled on crepes at Crêperie du Marché. They serve buckwheat gluten-free crepes and have plenty of seating.

We took the metro to our hotel — the metro system was super easy to use! I bought us 3-day unlimited tickets from the airport and we put them to good use. It’s convenient to get around by metro. Plus, there’s usually some art installations near the stations. We also walked a lot.

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For dinner, I made a reservation at Le Quartier Général, a tiny and cozy French restaurant that offers affordable (and amazing) prix fixe menus. Soup, appetizer, entree, dessert! BYOB too.

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Something you need to know about dining at French restaurants in Montreal: they write their menu on chalkboards in French and the waiter will come around to tell you about it — the whole process is extremely slow (especially for us New Yorkers) but they really know their stuff!

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Homemade soup… sooooo good.

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Montreal (Sept 2015)

That duck was the reason I came here. We ate duck for every dinner in Montreal but that’s for the next post. This was one of the best.

Montreal (Sept 2015)

Creme brulee, of course.

Montreal (Sept 2015)

The lemon curd was very refreshing.

Definitely make a reservation here since it’s a tiny place and dinner lasts for 2 hours (seriously, at every place we went to).

 

 

A Taste of France in Brooklyn: Honeybee Pâtisserie

About 2 weeks ago, I stumbled upon this article about a new Parisian bakery in Bensonhurst. It was quite an inspiring story and piqued my interest. The owner, Anna Ng, is only 29 years old — she quit her boring job, flew to France to study the culinary arts, became a chef and opened up her own pastry shop. How awesome is that? (Read her blog here)

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It’s quality over quantity, so you won’t find any imperfection in the beautiful display case of intricately designed desserts. I loved everything I had. All the desserts have different layers of ingredients, different textures that all come together.

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1) Passion: caramélia milk chocolate mousse, genoise sponge cubes, passion fruit mango gelée, dulcey almond croustillant, mango sauce ($5.49) – The presentation was playful and it was so refreshing.

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2) Banana chocolate crunch: chocolate syrup soaked chocolate biscuit, chocolate almond feuilletine, banana mousse, chocolate mousse ($5.49) – loved the crunch and the combination of banana and chocolate – perfection.

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3) Matcha mint chocolate cream macaron ($2.50) — WOW! Loved this. It’s definitely on par with the big name macaron places in the city, and I even dare say it was better than any I’ve had in NYC. I love the matcha and mint flavors!

I also had their drip coffee, which was on point.

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I love the decor — the white exposed brick walls, the cupcake holders on one side of the wall, the communal bench, music playing in the background, and great lighting. I would love to sit here all day.

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Yes, they take credit cards.

Honeybee Pâtisserie
6514 Bay Pkwy
Bensonhurst, NY 11204
(b/t 7th St & 66th St)