Recently in NYC | The John Dory, Davey’s Ice Cream, Box Kite Cafe, Flushing, and Otto

Happy Monday. Tomorrow is April! How did that come so fast?

We are heading to Paris, Champagne, and Monaco in two weeks and I can hardly wait. Till then, a few favorite bites from the past week. I spend most days eating (dessert) and drinking (tea)…and am very grateful to call that “work.”

I. Afternoon oysters and bubbles at The John Dory…

…with April and Bao. Complete with extra buttery Parker House rolls…

…and sticky toffee pudding (insane!!)

II. A stop at Davey’s Ice Cream for fudgy brownies…

…and a scoop of Chocolate Babka Ice Cream. 

III. Otto. One of my all-time favorite NYC restaurants. English peas are back in season, huzzah!

And Olive Oil Copettas are always in season. Right now they’re topped with tangerine sorbet, fennel brittle, lime curd, and blood oranges. One for Christina, and one for me ^_^

IV. The 1 + 1 at Box Kite Cafe. Espresso, macchiato, sparkling water, and a tiny cinnamon cookie.

V. A quick morning trip to Flushing complete with xiao long bao from Nan Xiang…

…and peking duck buns to-go ^_^

Afternoon Tea | Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Tea with Joanne at one of my all-time favorite hotels ^-^

The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong does tea in both CafĂ© Causette and the Clipper Lounge.

We opted for Clipper Lounge and started with cups of Darjeeling and warm savories…

…like lup cheong wrapped in puff pastry, finished with plenty of black pepper.

And an eggy leek quiche.

Moving onto the sandwiches! Rare roast beef and watercress on wheat.

Smoked salmon and dill on mini bagels.

And a classic cucumber and cream cheese on white. 

Ham and cheddar on wheat…

…and out come the scones!

They make sure to deliver the scones just as you finish the last sandwich. That way you can eat them warm. Little details are the most important ^_^

The scones are paired with clotted cream and the Mandarin’s famed rose petal jam (which you can purchase by the jar at The Mandarin Cake Shop).

Am going to check out the Cake Shop at Mandarin Oriental Paris in a few weeks…so excited to see how it compares/contrasts with the Cake Shop in Hong Kong. 

Raisin scones, golden top. And that rose petal jam…it’s wild, simultaneously heady and delicate.

Coffee mousse cake! Chocolate sponge, espresso mousse, and coffee ganache. 

Iced lemon tea cakes….

…and an excellent, moist and nutty fruit cake. 

Raspberry and cocoa cake.

A tiny lemon tart…

…and a raspberry-almond version for an extra pretty finish ^_^

Cooking with Tea | Lapsang Souchong Salmon

Here’s a dish that is simple (crazy simple!!) to make. And looks super impressive ^_^

It involves four ingredients: salmon, salt, sugar, and tea. 

Grind 2 tablespoons lapsang souchong tea (use spice grinder or food processor). Mix with 3 tablespoons salt and 2 tablespoons sugar.

Rub it all over half-pound of salmon. I buy most of my seafood from Lobster Place.

In the ideal world I’d shop at Lobster Place every afternoon and make an awesome fish dish for dinner every night. But until then…

Make sure the top, bottom, and sides are covered. Place skin-side down in a dish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Wake up early the next morning, it is time for breakfast!

Gently rinse the salmon under cold running water to remove excess salt/sugar/tea. But you want to keep a tiny bit it on for extra flavor. Plus, it looks better. 

Slice thin and serve. We ate it with roasted tomatoes and scrambled eggs ^_^