NYC | Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Dinner for two at starts with…

…an Old Fashioned at the bar and vegetables at the table.

We went with the “Grazing, Pecking, Rooting” menu. Ready to begin?

Baby succulents and asparagus.

Tarragon pistou and mokum carrots.

Tomatoes and venison. 

Fiddleheads and herbs.

Sweet potato with hazelnuts and a ham sandwich.

Asparagus soup and burger followed by beet nigiri (which reminds of the radish version we had at L’Arpege). 

Crispy coppa pizza and pickled vegetables. 

Pork liver and caramelized chocolate, and venison salami.

Bone marrow! Topped with beef hearts. 

Speck and pistou. Winter greens from the greenhouse. 

Forks and knives for chicken wings with broccoli rabe and green garlic.

Mushrooms, asparagus, and spring onions. Fiddlehead fern tea.

Soon it was time for a field trip to another room…

…for grilled asparagus followed by broccoli and ramps on saffron sauce. 

Here’s where they grill the asparagus. 

Then it was off to another marvelous room/barn…

…to drink beer…

…and devour brioche with mixed greens pesto…

…and my all-time favorite ricotta. Remember our first and second visit?

And then back to the dining room! Just in time to make tacos…

…with kohlrabi shells.

Carrot salt and whipped honey-lard…

…to accompany warm potato-onion bread. And two types of butter.

Today’s egg and yeasted potatoes…

Pork, asparagus, and chutney with crab apples. 

At last…


And dessert! 

Caterpillar marshmallows, chocolate ladybugs, and caramel quail eggs…

….along with three seasons of honey in different forms and flavor combinations.

And because we couldn’t decide on one type of tea…we had four ^_^

Giveaway | Palais des Thés

It’s been much too long since our last giveaway, no? ^_^

So in collaboration with Palais des Thés, we’re doing giveaway of the Single-Estate Tea Set. It’s one of my favorite products from their collection. Do you remember Coffret de Thés du Monde Entier from way back in 2011? This is like an updated version, only 100X more fabulous because it’s all single-estate teas. No blends, just straight-up goodness.

Black, green, oolong, and pu’erh. The set features ten tubes filled with 12 grams of tea: 

  • Grand Yunnan Impérial
  • Long Jing
  • Pu Erh Impérial 
  • Genmaïcha
  • Sencha Ariake
  • Butterfly of Taiwan
  • Grand Himalaya
  • Margaret’s Hope
  • Assam Hattiali
  • Saint-James

I’m brewing half of them hot and the other half…cold-brew! Iced tea is my favorite thing about summer. 

Each set comes with a booklet with details on every tea. I go crazy for this sort of stuff. Informative and beautiful. 

To win: leave a comment below with your favorite type of tea to drink. And to double your chances of winning, follow us on Twitter at: @kathyylchan AND @PalaisdesThesUS. 

Contest is open until June 5, 2014. Winner will be selected at random. Post will go up next week announcing the winner. Bonne chance ^_^

Matcha Chia Seed Pudding

Another week, another tea video ^_^

Ever since trying the chia seed pudding at El Rey on the LES, I’ve been craving something similar for breakfast/snack almost daily. Can’t get over that comforting tapioca-esque texture. So here we have…matcha chia seed pudding.

Couldn’t be easier to make:

  • Mix a tablespoon of chia seeds with teaspoon of matcha.
  • Add two cups milk. I like using a mix of almond and coconut milk.
  • Refrigerate 20-minutes (or overnight if you want to save time in the morning).
  • Take it out and top with fruit, granola…anything you desire.
  • And devour!

Super thank you to Allen for making this video.

Reims, Champagne, France | Château Les Crayères

Today we move from L’Assiette Champenoise to…Les Crayères!

Both hotels are located in Reims and just a ten-minute cab ride apart.

But whereas L’Assiette Champenoise is a modern property…

…Les Crayères is straight-up château. 

They’ve got two in-château restaurants. 

The more casual one is called Le Jardin…

We went here for a lunch of sweetbreads sautéed with wine and butter. Best accompanied by champagne ^_^

And for dessert, boozy banana tiramisu. 

The more formal restaurant is Le Parc. Let’s eat! Foie, salmon, asparagus, and cheese.

And then more foie gras…this time with strawberries. 

A velvety cream of spring vegetables…

…and sole with peas, mint, and corn. 

Magret de canard! With radishes and morels. 

And then the cheese cart…

…which I could only narrow down to four. 

A palate cleaner of strawberries and champagne followed by…

…variations on pineapple…

…and a pear soufflé.

Mignardises at midnight. A pistachio and pineapple tart, chocolate-caramel lollipop, peanut butter and jelly bonbon, and whipped soft cheese with citron. 

Happy weekend ^-^