Category Archives: Reviews

Product Review: Matcha (抹茶)from the Mizuba Tea Company

Disclaimer: In exchange for a few samples of matcha from the Mizuba Tea Company, I am writing this review. In essence, Matcha (抹茶・まっちゃ) refers to finely ground (powdered), high-quality Camellia sinensis, the species best known for producing all types of … Continue reading

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Event Review: The 2017 International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York

Disclaimer: In exchange for a review of this event, I was offered a press pass.  Many photos attached. The 2017 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, held at Manhattan‘s Javits Center from March 5-7, highlighted various food suppliers and … Continue reading

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Event Review: The 2017 New York Oyster and Beer Festival

Disclaimer: In exchange for an event review, I received an entry ticket.  All photos were taken by my associate. On February 11th, the Tunnel/La.Venue at the Waterfront (269 11th Avenue between 27th and 28th Street) in Manhattan, New York hosted … Continue reading

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Product Review: Fastachi Hazelnut and Pistachio Butter (Massachusetts, USA)

Disclaimer: In exchange for a review of Fastachi, I received small containers of hazelnut and pistachio butter. Stemming from a regional New England tribal word that means “little gift,” Fastachi, originally called Mixed Nuts, is the brainchild of an Armenian … Continue reading

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Review: Gotham Market at the Ashland (Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY)

Disclaimer: In exchange for this food hall review, I received an invite to the soft opening of the Gotham Market at the Ashland in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NYC.  All photos were taken by an associate. A random walk in the … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: Al Orjouan at The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

In this second of the two-part series reviewing the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, we’ll now be focusing on the breakfast buffet at Al Orjouan restaurant. The phrase “buffet at the Ritz” presents quite the dichotomy to cynics.  Buffets are usually … Continue reading

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Hotel Review: Le Meridien Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Disclaimer: In exchange for this hotel review, I received a night’s-stay in a suite at the Le Meridién Charlotte, North Carolina.  The woman who helped me arrange this was very proactive and accommodating; not only was this a last-minute request, … Continue reading

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