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Fundraising for Japan – A Success, And Yes, We Have A Winner!

Thanks to your generous donations, The Pleasure Monger’s fundraising event for Japan was a success! We may have fell short of the £2000 target, but we did raise a whopping £1510, which amounts to 76% of our target! To be honest, I wasn’t sure if anyone would donate when I organised this, but a number of you did; the funds that we’ve raised together are so much more than I could ever give on my own. I’m grateful for your support and I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The fundraising page that I’ve set up on JustGiving will run till 2016, so please continue to drop a pound or two to help the victims of the earthquake in Japan. I’m sure everyone knows that the people in Japan are still suffering from the aftermath. For people like us who can’t be there to deliver aid, we can help in other ways. Yesterday evening, I was just thinking how wonderful it would be if everyone who stops by this blog could give a pound or spare some change; we could very well raise £20000 in a month! And then we have other bloggers who are trying their best to raise funds (read the updates at the bottom of this post for more details on how you can get involved), bloggers who are way more popular, prolific and well-known than I am, and if every reader of theirs give a pound for every post they read, they could raise so much more. That £1 makes such little difference to us, but for the victims, every penny counts and the success of the fundraiser thus far proves that we can pool our resources together and make a HUGE difference. So please continue to give, within your means, to any of the avenues that are most accessible to you.

Now, let’s realise the promise I made. When I organised the fundraiser, I said that I would pledge a USD100 Amazon gift card to one lucky donor so long as he/she donates before 31 March 2011 (GMT2359h). So today, I used the random integer generator on random.org to pick a winner and the gift card goes to…….

SHIRLEY!

I’ll be in touch in the next few minutes with an Amazon email containing the gift card. Congratulations and thank you for your donation!

xx

 

Fundraising for Japan

Dear readers,

In light of the recent events that hit Japan, I have started a fundraising page on JustGiving to raise some money for the disaster relief efforts. My nominated charity is ShelterBox, which is rallying resources to help the people in Japan. Temporary shelters are getting increasingly overcrowded right now, and if you’ve read the news, many have died in the bitter cold. The Japanese authorities are requesting ShelterBox to deliver emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies to the north of Japan. Thousands of boxes of such supplies are either in Japan or ready to be mobilised now, and we can help to deliver to the needs of the homeless in Japan. Please, let’s not leave them out in the freezing temperatures, and let’s work to give them a home and some warmth, literally and figuratively.

Anyone can donate, you only need a debit or credit card to do so. I can’t make a difference on my own, so instead of donating the money directly to charity, I am pledging a USD100 Amazon gift card to this fundraising event. I will randomly select the gift card recipient (using http://www.random.org/) from the list of people who donate on my fundraising page before 31 March 2011 (2359h GMT). By giving a little incentive, I hope that this will boost numbers a little and make the event worthwhile.  The gift card can be used on Amazon.com and I will email it to you before 10 April 2011. I will also announce the winner on this blog.

Please note that whilst I am not allowed to publicise this gift card raffle on my JustGiving page (as I am bound by terms and conditions), anyone who donates on my page, with a valid email address, will be eligible for this raffle. In order for me to contact you, please make sure you make your email address available to me on the JustGiving fundraising page.

Thank you for your help. Please also spread the word around, the success of this fundraising event relies on our collective effort.

Updated: I would also like to bring your attention to other avenues of donation. Some of my food blogger friends have set up an initiative called Bento4Japan, they have very generously put up some bento-related items up for auction on eBay. Please visit this site and start bidding! Or you can visit meemalee’s kitchen to have a look, she has written a nice summary of how you can help the people in Japan. Chika of the very beautiful blog, She Who Eats, is also giving away sakura ingredients to raise funds for Japan.

P/S: The fundraising page will be active till 2016, but only donors who contributed to this page before 31 March 2011 (2359h GMT) will be considered for the raffle. I am doing this because I am trying to encourage as many people to donate soon as the relief efforts are ongoing and urgently needed – WE HAVE A WINNER!

 

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Time To Say Goodbye To NYC

Boxing Day was, to the say the least, a little depressing. It started out well, we shopped and ate our way down Bleecker Street, then it started pouring. We couldn’t enjoy Greenwich, had trouble looking for NYU, and we certainly didn’t want to risk overcrowding by going to the sales. So what did we do? We decided to try our luck, and see if we could get on the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. Bad idea. It was foggy, wet, and bleak. There were no cruises going to the Liberty Island, and through the fog, we could barely see anything from Battery Park. Downtown was Ghost-town. We ended up loitering around, chatting about anything we could think of, and then headed to db Bistro Moderne for (gah) a slightly disappointing dinner. Boohoo, life sucks when the weather is bad. Even the Empire State Building disappeared in the fog.

Our last days in NYC

Our last days in NYC

But look what came up on our last day in NYC…..the sun! The Empire State Building came back too, looking very bright and cheery! We left for Sunday brunch at The Oak Room, which was one of our favourite highlights in our trip, and shopped around for a bit (where else but Bergdorf Goodman, which is just opposite The Plaza?). Then we decided to get back to Battery Park and see the Statue of Liberty, since the weather was good.

Our last days in NYC

It was beautiful at BatteryPark. The sun was at a high, skies were really clear (they’d better be because the grey clouds should have been rained out  the day before). We were greeted by The Sphere, which survived the 9/11 attack at World Trade Center and was relocated to Battery Park as part of a memorial.

Our last days in NYC

Our last days in NYC

We tried to get ferry tickets to see Miss Liberty, but we were too late. Everyone must have missed out on it during foggy Boxing Day, and came back in throngs to catch the ferries when the sun returned. This only meant two things – I bitched about how the zoom function on my camera was too inadequate to get a decent pic of the lady, and insisted to M that we have to come back to NYC.

Our last days in NYC

Our last days in NYC

Our last days in NYC

Our last days in NYC

Our last days in NYC

Our last days in NYC

Our last days in NYC

Our last days in NYC

Our last days in NYC

Our last days in NYC

Since we couldn’t get on the ferry, we strolled around in Battery Park, people-watched, soaked up the sun, and took our time to say goodbye to NYC. It is one of the few times that I was feeling reluctant about going home. Maybe NYC was too wonderful, maybe I was dreading to return to my awful routine at work and loneliness in London, maybe it was both, I don’t know. But I hope to visit NYC again. I thought going to another city for Christmas was a bad idea when M suggested it, but NYC took me my surprise and left me wanting more. Thanks to M’s persistence, I’m happy to say that I loved NYC and we’ll be back!

 

Christmas Day in NYC

Spending Christmas Day in NYC is not without its perils. Many places were shut for the holiday, leaving us poor visitors in the lurch! We amused ourselves with a rather scary trip to grubby Chinatown, had an OK lunch at one of the Chinese eateries, and salvaged the excursion with fab egg tarts from Taipan Bakery.

Christmas Day in NYC

Christmas Day in NYC

Then we dropped by Wall Street a.k.a Ghost Town on Christmas Day for a quick visit and devoured our egg tarts in its vicinity. I got a lil’ grumpy doing nothing interesting on Christmas Day, and M surprised me with some macaroons to cheer me up. Tactical move by my quick-thinking husband, so two thumbs up for him.

Christmas Day in NYC

We moved on to Ground Zero, and well, let’s just say it was truly depressing. Families and friends of those who died in the attack left messages and pictures on a tiny Christmas tree in the area. It was difficult to go through what they wrote, I stopped after reading one note..

Christmas Day in NYC

We went back to the hotel to wait out for dinner at Basta Pasta, and swung by Times Square to celebrate the festivities with other revellers.

Christmas Day in NYC

Christmas Day in NYC

Christmas Day in NYC

I made a mental note to come back to the Rockefeller Center to have a look at the Christmas tree at night, and so we did! Lots of other travellers were there too, and it was truly nice to be out and about on a night like this.

Christmas Day in NYC

Christmas Day in NYC

Christmas Day in NYC

Christmas Day in NYC

Christmas windows are famous sights in NYC and I wanted to have another look at the gorgeous displays at Bergdorf Goodman. Since the crowds were at Times Square and Rockefeller, I had the windows all to myself. Spent a good amount of time dissecting each and every window, I have to hand it to the designers for coming up with such whimsical treats. No detail was spared!

It was getting late and it was starting to rain a little; M had to drag me away from the windows. Took a hot shower to wriggle out of the cold, then, Pavarotti sang us to sleep.

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Christmas Eve in NYC

We kicked off our third day in NYC with yummy burgers at Shake Shack, and then spent the day visiting places that were opened on Christmas Eve. I’ll let the photos do the talking.

Christmas Eve in NYC

Christmas Eve in NYC

Christmas Eve in NYC

Christmas Eve in NYC

Christmas Eve in NYC

Christmas Eve in NYC

Christmas Eve in NYC

Christmas Eve in NYC

Christmas Eve in NYC

Christmas Eve in NYC

Christmas Eve in NYC

Christmas Eve in NYC

Christmas Eve in NYC

Christmas Eve in NYC

Christmas Eve in NYC

Christmas Eve in NYC

Then we headed to Sushi of Gari and had one of the best Japanese meals ever. Bought a bottle of wine from a wine shop in Grand Central station on our way back to the hotel, had a nightcap and slept with bellies full and minds satisfied. It was the perfect way to spend Christmas Eve, even if it was in the cold!

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Our Second Day in New York City

We woke up bright and early on our second day in New York City, partly due to jetlag and mostly because we were too eager to start our day. We headed to Moonstruck Diner round the corner from our hotel and had American breakfast for brunch so we could reserve two inches of our waistline for dinner at Peter Luger Steakhouse.

Our second day in NYC

Our second day in NYC

After brunch, we took a walk down charming tree-lined sidewalks and made our way to Bryant Park to have a look at the Christmas market. I didn’t pay much attention to the shops because I was thrilled to see the grounds blanketed with inches of snow and the ice-skating rink.

Our second day in NYC

We didn’t try to go on the ice because I would probably have suffered a fracture in there, so we headed to Times Square for a bit of the NYC buzz.

Our second day in NYC

Billboards, skyscrapers, traffic, people, lots of noise, we were without a doubt in Times Square. We popped into the Levi’s store to grab some denim at ridiculously cheap prices (only US$35 per pair, and we bought two pairs each!), and spent the rest of the time being annoying, camera-toting, ‘everything-also-must-snap’, tourists in the middle of Times Square.

Our second day in NYC

Our second day in NYC

Our second day in NYC

Then I spotted the M&M’s store!! Years ago, my brother brought back some turquoise-coloured ones from Orlando, and that was how I knew that M&M’s sold colours that were not included in the usual packs seen in supermarkets. That led me to procure some fancy sparkly personalised M&M’s for our wedding, and there I was, in person, oooh-ing and aaaah-ing at the pretty colours! Bought meself a bag of black, purple, turquoise, magenta, white, and et cetera-coloured ones, and had most fun going through the cute stuff at the store. The only disappointing part was seeing adults consume the M&M’s right off the dispensers, which was really quite unbecoming. We put them into bags and paid for them, they put them straight into their mouths, what a way to bypass shoplifting. Oh well, maybe that’s why M&M’s charge so much for the candies, to compensate for stolen goodies.

Our second day in NYC

Hershey’s was just across the street from M&M’s, so of course we had to go. I love Reese’s peanut butter cups, so was perfectly happy to visit, and we came across the largest chocolate bar and ginormous bottles of chocolate syrup! Didn’t buy anything though, out of consideration for my health really. I’m still surprised at my self-restraint.

Our second day in NYC

Our second day in NYC

Then we walked to Fifth Avenue for a spot of shopping and came across St Patrick’s Cathedral, so we popped in to take a quick look.

Our second day in NYC

Then we waltzed into Saks, well actually I rushed into it, and started terrorising the beauty counters, whilst M explored the rest of the store. I had to be dragged out.

Our second day in NYC

We also checked out the Disney store, which was all decked out in Christmas decorations. Other boutiques such as Cartier and Tiffany & Co. were looking very festive and posh with trimmed hedges framing the windows. Didn’t manage to catch a glimpse of Donald Trump at the Trump Tower but oh well, I don’t really care. Maybe I will, if I actually saw him and his floppy hair.

Our second day in NYC

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a trip to the best toy store in NYC, FAO Schwarz, which was made famous by Duncan’s Toy Chest in Home Alone 2. It’s not quite rustic, quaint and charming like Duncan’s Toy Chest, but it was chocked full of toys! There were stuffed bears taller than me, which cost thousands of dollars apiece. And I was super excited when I found the Harry Potter section, modelled after a store that carries Quidditch supplies, wands and robes. Oh how I love Harry Potter!

Our second day in NYC

Just right across FAO Schwarz and next to The Plaza, sat the very upmarket and elegant Bergdorf Goodman, which became my favourite window shopping haven. I couldn’t afford most things in it, but I loved the store because it was oh-so-beautiful, and managed to pick up more beauty items (as if the damage done at Saks wasn’t enough…).

Our second day in NYC

Our second day in NYC

Our second day in NYC

We took a U-turn and walked down Fifth Ave, and sabotaged our dinner plan by sneaking in a hotdog each from one of the many stands on the street. Then we stopped by the Rockefeller Center to admire and immortalise the famous Christmas tree and herald angels. The Christmas tree was so breathtaking that I resolved to return during one of the nights to see the lights in full glory.

Our second day in NYC

Our second day in NYC

Our second day in NYC

Whilst trying to avoid the swelling pre-Christmas crowds on Fifth, we cut back into Park Avenue and found the Waldor Astoria, looking stately and aloof. ‘Can-see-cannot-touch’ is how I would describe it.

Our second day in NYC

After freshening up in the hotel, we took a cab out to Brooklyn for the best steak ever at Peter Luger Steakhouse, and headed back to the hotel to rest for the night. We didn’t take the subway at all on our second day, so we were dead exhausted from all the walking. We had no regrets though, because we had such a good day. Uninterrupted sleep was on the cards.

Our second day in NYC

It was nice to just lie back on the bed, belly full of good steak, all warm from the hot shower and red wine, and enjoy a full, unobstructed view of the Empire State Building. It was lit up in Christmas colours of red and green, which is something you won’t see often throughout the year. Before I knew it, I drifted off to sleep, thinking that Christmas Eve was going to be great.

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NYC Luxe Eats: The Oak Room

[First guest post by M, my husband]

I have a theory on why people travel miles to seek the dining experience and I think it has very much to do with our five senses.

(Taste) Perhaps your friends raved about how wonderfully tickled their taste buds were and you want to be entertained by that unrivalled gourmet experience.

(Sight) Or perhaps, you were drawn to the grandeur and beauty of the restaurant.

(Hearing) Very possibly, some company told their mascot, which looks suspiciously like a marshmallow man, to feed you information on what’s good and what’s not, and you believed him.

(Smell) Sometimes, clever proprietors prey on the fat wallets of us poor starving tourists, and lure us in with the smell of heaven, often to hand us the taste of hell.

(Touch, or in this case, feel) Or maybe, you can’t quite fathom it, but you feel that there’s something magical about a certain restaurant, then you fall in love, like how I did with my wife.

I often like to be guided by the fifth sense, and this was how we ended up having the most memorable time at The Oak Room, which holds a very special place in my heart. It was first introduced to me by Mr Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman. There was something magnetic about the scene at The Oak Room, I don’t know why. Little did I know that I would be off to New York City with my lovely wife for Christmas, more than ten years after watching the movie. The Oak Room was naturally on my wishlist, and my wife didn’t know it.

It was a painfully cold night in NYC on Christmas Eve. We found ourselves, accidentally or not, walking into The Plaza to dodge the freezing temperatures and we had aperitifs at The Oak Room Bar. I took a peek into the dining room, thought about Al Pacino and I knew that I just had to ask.

‘Will you have dinner with me at The Oak Room?’

My wife said yes, much like how she eagerly agreed to marry me when I got down on one knee.

We took a gamble, braced ourselves and asked if there might be the slightest chance of squeezing us into a table for two for dinner on one of our nights in NYC. Of course there wasn’t.

BUT, there was a table available for two for brunch on Sunday, our last day in NYC. And the rest was history. I’ll leave the details, as with the rest of my life, to my missus.

……

[Here's the missus talking]

I felt like I was transported to another place in time when we dined in The Oak Room. Stately, grand, old-fashioned in a good way, The Oak Room was one of a kind. We have never dined in a setting like this, and the impeccable service certainly made us feel like we were royalty, only in denim. This meant one thing; I had no regrets saying yes to M (to having dinner at The Oak Room, and to his proposal, of course).

The Most Amazing Sunday Brunch at The Oak Room

 

Sunday Brunch at The Oak Room is quite the experience. We were served whatever we wanted in any quantity we desired, right off the mobile tableside appetiser selection reminiscent of a dim-sum trolley, only better. Of course we tried to go for everything on the tableside selection. But we had to be wise and strategise brunch well, because great things laid ahead of us.

The tableside appetiser selection at The Oak Room

I went for the lobster roll slider, asparagus and white bean salad, smoked salmon with caviar, crème fraîche and pappadam, grains of paradise crusted beef carpaccio, hamachi mini fish tacos with avocado and masago caviar, and cured ham served with caramelised fig. The mini fish tacos and slider were my favourites.

Appetiser selection at The Oak Room

Then we had complete and unlimited access to The Raw Bar, lobsters, oysters, prawns, shellfish, you name it, we had it. Everything was incredibly fresh, the accompaniments such as the basil green goddess dressing were so refreshing and complimented the seafood so well that it was hard to stop.

 Oysters, lobsters and prawns from The Raw Bar

But we had to, because Sunday brunch came with a main course each. My love for eggs and everything decadent meant that I could only go for lobster eggs benedict  served with lobster hollandaise and chorizo sausage. It was absolutely amazing; the creamiest, cheesiest, gooey-est eggs I could have, served with generous chunks of fresh, succulent lobster juxtaposed with the smokey flavours of chorizo, what’s not to love?

The best Lobster Eggs Benedict

M went for a lobster cobb salad, in an attempt to have something lighter after all the rich food we had in NYC, but it came with such generous helpings of lobster pieces, that M quite happily allowed his efforts to be thwarted.

Lobster Cobb Salad

I couldn’t finish the eggs benedict, and neither could M polish off the salad. We were bursting at our seams after multiple visits to The Raw Bar before we could even tuck into our main courses, but no matter how full I get (not sure about M), I would always have room for desserts, as with most ladies. How could I not, when the dessert table was stacked full of pretty tarts and cookies and cakes, waiting to be devoured by yours truly?

Array of sweets at The Oak Room

The unidentifiable desserts were rather huge letdowns, but oh the chocolate chip cookies and the chocolate tarts, that you have to try. I had three of the tarts, and two of those cookies, while M witnessed (in horror, possibly) my ever-expanding appetite (and waistline). The cookies tasted of home-baked goodness, the chips were goo when I bit into them. And I usually don’t fancy tarts at all, even chocolate ones, but this went down too well. The chocolate centre was smooth, creamy and chock full of nutty flavours without any sort of grittiness. They epitomised simplicity at its best, and I miss them so very much.

A selection from the dessert line

We forked out US$65 each for our experience, a pricey brunch no doubt, but like I said, we paid for the experience. And it helps that the food was good (and mostly unlimited except the main course). The most important thing was M loved it. Ever since we bought our tickets to NYC, he was talking about the The Plaza and The Oak Room incessantly, and even made me watch Scent of a Woman when it was on TV. He was clearly drawn to this place, I don’t know why and neither does he. The way his face lit up when we were told Sunday brunch was available, and the way he looked up all around him in awe and admiration as we took our seats in The Oak Room…I knew it was the perfect way to end our holiday in New York City.

M has resolved to bring us back to The Plaza. And I can’t wait.

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The Plaza, 10 Central Park South, New York NY 10019


 

 

 

Hello, New York City!

I’m starting a photo-diary of some sorts to document our travel stories, so here’s the first!

Our first day in NYC

There was a huge snowstorm and a totally unnecessary threat of a crew strike in the days leading up to our trip to New York City in December 2009. Thankfully, the court called off the strike, and the snowstorm ceased the day before we were due to fly.

Our first day at NYC

Seven hours after a painful flight on BA (argh), we arrived on a crisp morning at JFK. As the taxi pulled out of the airport, I pressed my nose to the window and marvelled at the blankets of shimmery, powder snow left by the storm.

Our first day at NYC

About half an hour later, we were approaching the city, and I could hardly contain my excitement!

Our first day at NYC

We checked into The Kitano at Park Avenue, freshened up and were famished from the lack of edible food on the flight, so we made our way to Gray’s Papaya for a quick bite.

Our first day at NYC

Gray’s Papaya was a stone’s throw away from Madison Square Garden, so we hopped over for a quick peek. It was for the benefit of the sports fan in my husband, really, but even he admitted that he has lost touch with the basketball scene, and he couldn’t recognise any of the biggies on the posters! I was naturally clueless.

Our first day at NYC

Until of course, we walked to Macy’s and the shops along 34th street spoke to me. I was running in and out of them, mostly spending my time at Sephora.

Our first day at NYC

We spotted the peak of Empire State Building whilst strolling along 34th, and made a beeline for it because the sun was setting and we thought it would be perfect to get up there for a glimpse of the city that never sleeps. Apparently we were not the only ones who had such an ingenious idea.

Our first day at NYC

Our first day at NYC

Our first day at NYC

Once we got past the queues for tickets, we had to join another queue to get on the elevators! It was abit of a bummer and we were frankly getting more frustrated, until we got up there and saw…..

Our first day at NYC

…this.

Our first day at NYC

The view was absolutely breathtaking. Sunset is magical, but you really haven’t seen it until you get up there on Empire State Building.

Our first day at NYC

The problem was the weather. It was actually nice and cool on the streets, since we were wrapped up in layers to keep us warm. But once we got up to the peak, the winds were icy, and our faces hurt from the relentless battering. I couldn’t even quite click the shutter on my camera, because my joints were frozen in place. It was that bad.

Our first day at NYC

Our first day at NYC

But the trip was well worth the cold. The wind was howling in my ears, but peace and calm washed over me as I watched the city light up when night fell. I didn’t want to leave. It was where I wanted to be. There is something about being on top of the world. I feel dwarfed, in a good sense, even though I’m taller than anything else that stands before me, and things always, always land in perspective when I’m up, somewhere. It was nice.

Our first day at NYC

Reality hit when it got too physically painful for us to be out in the cold, and we quickly joined the queue to get back to the streets.

Our first day at NYC

As soon as we were at ground level, we were surrounded by Christmas lights, it was hard not to feel the joy and excitement of the festive season! We stepped into Macy’s for a quick look, and before  I got carried away, M reminded me about our dinner reservation at Sushi Yasuda.

Our first day at NYC

Our first day at NYC

After our little excursion to Sushi Yasuda, we dropped by Grand Central Station on our way back to the hotel. The market was still opened and we were greeted with colourful displays of fresh fruits, cheese, cakes, nuts, wine, chocolates, everything! It was soon to be half past the hour, so we hurried to the station itself and caught the laser display. It was like time froze; everyone stopped in their busy tracks soon as the music came on, and leaned back to admire the dancing lights on the ceiling. Visiting the Grand Central Station was the perfect ending to our first day at NYC, there was something alluring to it, being at the crossroads of many paths taken by people from all walks of life in such a old-fashioned, charming setting.

Our first day at NYC

Our first day at NYC

Our first day at NYC

We left the station soon after to rest our aching feet in the hotel and we spent that precious five minutes chatting excitedly about how wonderful the rest of the trip was going to be.

Our first day at NYC

Just a bit of an outfit advice here. If you’re planning to visit NYC during winter, please please please don’t forget to pack your heat-techs and cashmere from Uniqlo and wrap yourself up in fitting clothes (much like cling wrap…) to keep warm. Don’t forget to get a comfortable pair of shoes that look decent enough for all your outfits. I got my non-slip boots from Clarks and it was the only reason why I was able to walk and comb my way through NYC.

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