Making chocolate bars at Raaka Chocolate (pt. 2)

In my previous post I walked through the how Raaka processes cacao pods into liquid chocolate. After going through all those steps, it was time to fill some molds with the melted chocolate. Each mold could make three bars. A precise amount of chocolate was distributed in each mold by the mixing machine, whose flow could…

Making chocolate bars at Raaka Chocolate (pt. 1)

Last week I had the unforgettable experience of making my own chocolate bars using commercial equipment in Rakka Chocolate’s facility! The factory, located in the trendy Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, offers chocolate making classes ($50 a person, advanced booking required) that include a presentation on harvesting cacao beans, a factory tour, making three bars,…

English classics in the French Concession

At my latest internship at Time Out Shanghai I had the opportunity of doing my first ever professional restaurant review! I checked out Amelia’s, an adorable British-themed cafe located in the former French Concession. Amelia’s was founded by British expat Amelia Heaton-Renshaw who made a name for herself in Shanghai’s foreign craft food scene with…

Gelato Pique Cafe

Gelato Pique Cafe, located in a brightly lit atrium of Joy City (my favorite place in Shanghai) is such a cute place to have afternoon tea and sweets. Matcha lattes count as tea, right? Our phones were out the entire time as we snapped photos of the oh-so-Instagrammable drinks and food items. Going down the…

Mr. Pancake pt. 1

Mr. Pancake is a sit-down chain offering pancakes and other sweet and savory western dishes. Mr. Pancake happens to be the restaurant I’ve visited the most in Shanghai, by far. There’s one right next to my internship, serving up well-executed American comfort food at great prices. I think about Mr. Pancake a lot. Because I…

FROST cupcakes are grossly offensive

Is this a review? No, it’s a call-out post because eating here was an unforgivable, appalling, all-around BAD experience. Let’s start with the good things. Spoiler alert: these only involve appearances. Located at the upmarket Lincoln Square of The Bellevue Collection, it’s the first thing you see when walking into its particular building, a sleek open…

chök the chocolate kitchen

chök the chocolate kitchen is a Barcelona chain that makes sweet things. chök stores are probably the most beautiful mid-market temples to sugar in the world. WARNING: Dieters should not proceed beyond this point There was no way I could pass up trying one of these “kronuts.” Each and every one is a work of art. Creme…

I went back to Barcelona for churros

After I left Barcelona a few weeks ago I could not stop thinking about the city – the beach, the views on Montjuic, the dogs and of course the food. Including these dulce de leche-filled churros from this brightly-lit palace of fried stuff, a beacon in the night to clubbers and partiers. That place is…

Princess Crêpe

Princess Crêpe is a Lolita/kawaii-themed store in the Marais, a high-end shopping district in the center of Paris. The crêpes here are Japanese style, thinner, less eggy, and with a slightly stiffer, less bouncy texture than French ones. The crêpe batter is lighter than the French kind but Japanese crêpes contain many more fillings, resulting…

Provence eats

I decided to start this blog on the train back to Paris from two days of eating to blissful incapacitation in Provence. I just finished a roll I saved from a restaurant at Pont de Gard, home to a fantastic museum about the Roman aqueducts and famed aqueduct itself. Seeing the aqueduct and walking along…