I had first eaten at Celeste years ago, and then promptly forgot its name (I knew the name of the restaurant was a woman’s name, and I kept thinking “Was it Gina? Adrienne’s? Stella?” – all names of *other* restaurants). So for years, Celeste was in my memory as “That Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side with good Italian food and a woman’s name that only takes cash.” I fortunately found my way back to Celeste recently, and it was as good as I remembered. Continue Reading
Yessssss – there’s no better way to kick off a Friday than a big ol’ board of deli meats and cheese, am I right?? In my book, that’s a pretty big win. Today, I’m happy to share with you my dining experience at Affäre, a modern German restaurant I visited last week. I must admit, my exposure to German cuisine is relatively limited – I visited Munich about ten years ago and had all the “beginner” types of food – pretzels (mmmm), bratwurst, and spätzle, and I confirmed that I don’t like sauerkraut. I also thought I was a fan of German desserts (and I might be) because I loooove German chocolate cake – but it turns out it’s not German in nature. Oops. ANYWAY, when I heard of a modern German restaurant right here in KC, I knew I had to give Affäre a try. Affäre focuses on local, farm-to-table fare with a menu that changes seasonally depending on what’s fresh. We had quite a few delicious options to choose from: Continue Reading
“What are THESE guys??” I uttered as these morsels strangely reminiscent of mini haystacks was placed before me. No, I wasn’t anywhere unusual – just a dimsum restaurant in Singapore. I know my dimsum, so it was a pleasant surprise to see how this meal was done differently halfway across the world. (Oh, and those are taro fritters, covered in noodles and deep-fried. You guessed correctly, right? I thought so).
While some of the dishes were old hat, other dimsum selections were quite unique: