Sunday, October 17, 2010

Foodie Paradise Weekend - The Bazaar, Tres, and Torihei

I've been hearing so much about The Bazaar and Tres by Jose Andres at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. This weekend, I finally had a chance to experience Chef Jose Andres' vision, and I was not disappointed. The Bazaar is now my favorite restaurant, and I'm planning to go back to Tres again in December. My friend also recommended Yakitori (Japanese tapas) at Torihei in Torrance to me, so I ended up being in a foodie heaven this weekend.


To start our amazing dinner at The Bazaar, I ordered their famous Liquid Nitrogen Caipirinha. It was hard for me to take a photo of the fun process in making this drink because the lighting condition wasn't good, but the outcome was amazingly smooth and delicious!

The Bazaar serves innovative bite size Spanish tapas. We started out with these Philly Cheesesteak, but make no mistake, these are NOT your ordinary Philly cheesesteak. The beef was cooked perfectly with "air bread" underneath filled with liquid cheese. I've had real Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia, and I must say, these tasted better than the real Philly Cheesesteak. Amazing!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Vancouver, Canada. October 1-7, 2010

I can't believe how quickly time flies. I felt like I just returned from my 2-week Europe work/vacay trip, and we're off working again in Vancouver. For someone who really only travels 5 times a year for work, I can't believe I've actually visited 5 countries this year (Taiwan, UK, Czech Republic, Germany, and now Canada). This is also my fourth trip to our friendly neighbor up north. I've been to Victoria (2002), Edmonton (2005), and Toronto (2008), so I'm very happy to have now visited Vancouver. The only major city left for me to visit in Canada would be Montreal, which I have heard many great things about.

Vancouver is a beautiful city with super friendly people. Because of the Olympics, this city did many things to make it even more interesting and welcoming. As soon as we deplaned, we were greeted by these beautiful decorations representing the First People. Also, I felt like I'm home in Taiwan because there are so many Chinese in the city. I spoke Chinese to random strangers throughout the trip, from my flight there to walking on the streets, and they all looked so surprised that I spoke Chinese to them for some reason. I guess I don't look like someone who speaks fluent Chinese. :D

Our hotel, the Fairmont Waterfront, was right across from Canada Place. Canada Place is a big cruise ship terminal with a convention center, and it is attached to another luxury hotel, the Pan Pacific. There were three gigantic ships docked that day!