[NYC] Intersect by Lexus | First Impressions (Jan 2019)

Intersect by Lexus Bar/Lounge

Intersect by Lexus Bar/Lounge

Categories: Café, Bar & Lounge, Restaurant
Date Visited: January 2019
Address: 412 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014
Price:  $$$
Reservations: Yes, though not necessary.

Verdict: 10/10 for décor and ambiance, 7/10 for food. I was drawn on the vision from the second I heard. I’d always been a fan of Danny Meyer and is Union Square Hospitality Group, and the concept of a restaurant with revolving global chef residencies per 4-6 months sounded like an astounding idea—one that would take lot of resources and planning to bring to life.

The first global chef-in-residence happens to be a chef I already knew and had the pleasure to try his food in 2013. Hailing from France, Chef Marchand is the executive chef at Frenchie Rue du Nil in Paris, and author of the book Frenchie, The Book. The meal I had in 2013 was outstanding and one that was remembered for years to come. However, while food at Intersect was far from bad, it was not as memorable as I’d expected.

The décor and service, however, were very impressive. Especially loved the details—black and white marble, perfectly blended with hardwood, stainless steel, bamboo, and leather. Very sleek and modern, but comfortable and inviting. Will be back for coffee and drinks.


“INTERSECT BY LEXUS is a place where creative minds meet and share ideas; where inspired people intersect with sublime expressions of culture to experience amazing.” - Intersect’s official website.

[NYC] Eleven Madison Park | Three Michelin Star Dinner | World's 50 Best

Categories: Fine Dining, Michelin Star, New American
Date Visited: September 2018
Address: 11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010
Price:  $$$$
Reservations: Yes, must reserve ahead of time! Reservations can be booked here.

Verdict: Check out my newest Youtube video (link below) to take a look at my experience at Eleven Madison Park!

What's it like to eat at one of the world's best restaurant? Eleven Madison Park (EMP) was earned the name of BEST in the world by World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2017 and No.4 in 2018. It has Michelin 3 Stars and has won numerous James Beard Awards.
Happy eating my caviar!

Happy eating my caviar!

[New Youtube Video] BURNING MAN 2018 FILM

Finally finished and uploaded my Burning Man 2018 video! Since I get so many questions from friends and strangers about my experience, I decided to compile some of the videos I took during my week there. I tried my best but there is so much left unsaid that can only be felt if you were there or have experienced it.

Hope you enjoy the video! Don’t forget to like and subscribe too :)

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[Mark Nepo] For the noise of the mind never dies. It can only be put in perspective, quieted until we can hear the more ancient voices that give us life.

“Stopping the Noise” in Things That Join the Sea and the Sky: Field Notes on Living (Sounds True. October 31, 2017), Mark Nepo:

“Often we’re cast about by the noise of the world and the noise in our heads. Often we’re mesmerized by the stunning cacophony that masks itself as excitement. And though there’s much to be gained for being in the world, we can’t make sense of it till we stop the noise, till we go below the noise, till we go below the habit of our own thoughts. But it’s impossible to be still and quiet all the time. As a whale or dolphin must break surface, only to dive back down, only to break surface again, each of us must break surface into the noise of the world, only to rest our way back into the depth of stillness, where we can know ourselves and life more deeply, until we have to break surface again. No one is ever done with this crossover between noise and stillness. Not even those committed to a contemplative life. Not even those who are blind or mute. For the noise of the mind never dies. It can only be put in perspective, quieted until we can hear the more ancient voices that give us life. At every turn, we need to stop the noise, our own and everyone else’s, not to retreat from the world but to live more fully in it.”

[NYC] ABC Kitchen - Jean-Georges Restaurant - Autumn Dinner 2018

Me casually trying to eat this massive piece of fried chicken.

Me casually trying to eat this massive piece of fried chicken.

Categories: New American
Date Visited: October 2018
Address: 35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003
Price:  $$$ 
Reservations: Yes

Verdict: Yes! Been looking for something like this in NYC for a while now. Surprised a place like this has taken so long to pop up in NYC (given how its popularity on the West Coast, ie. Boiling Point Restaurant Chain). Newly opened and designed for the modern diner, Hot Box offers customized personal pots (everyone gets his/her own). Currently, Hot Box offers 6 basic base pots to pick from, and an extensive list of additional ingredients to personalize your hot from. Each base broth is equally packed with intensity and flavor.

Must Order: Kabocha Squash Toast

Cozy interior of ABC Kitchen

Cozy interior of ABC Kitchen

ROASTED KABOCHA SQUASH TOAST, FRENCH RICOTTA CHEESE, APPLE CIDER VINEGAR ($15)   This was a seasonal special and was my FAVORITE dish of the night! Savory and sweet, this was the perfect embodiment of Autumn. A must order!

ROASTED KABOCHA SQUASH TOAST, FRENCH RICOTTA CHEESE, APPLE CIDER VINEGAR ($15)

This was a seasonal special and was my FAVORITE dish of the night! Savory and sweet, this was the perfect embodiment of Autumn. A must order!