All posts tagged: Review

Yam’tcha Lunch

Have you ever watched Chef’s Table or the more recent Chef’s Table France on Netflix? Well, then you may very well recognize the chef to the right of this photo: That’s right, while on an epic pastry tour in Paris, Babette and I were more than fortunate enough to get a reservation one day during lunch hours at Yam’tcha, Adeline Grattard’s Michelin starred restaurant. And from start to finish, it was one of the most beautiful lunch experiences of my life. If you read my last michelin restaurant related post, I have some criteria that I will tell you about before getting into all the pictures and specifics of what we ate–so feel free to keep scrolling til you get to that, or keep reading as you like. Ambiance: 4.5/5 It was a lovely and comfortable space, with beautiful walls, decorations and seating. However it was still within the bounds of an ‘expected’ level of comfort for me, which is why I didn’t give it the full marks. Taste: 5/5 Constantly amazed and unexpectedly the …

La Bottega del Buon Caffe

What better way to explore the world and expand your horizons than through food? After some intensive research and frantic emails and phone calls exchanged in order to try to get a table for one at some of the most exciting looking locations, I ended up going to four different Michelin starred restaurants in four different cities within 10 days. I know–what more could a person ask for in life? La Bottega del Buon Caffe came up again and again as I researched things to do in Florence, Italy, and they were able to squeeze me in one of the nights I was in the area. I was already excited based on what I saw on the website before going, but oh my lord was it ever worth it. When I go to a restaurant (particularly a nicer restaurant) there are a handful of things I am looking for in order to determine whether it is a good destination or not. I’m going to give you a little overall review, but feel free to keep …

Diner à La Passagére

“And for you Maddie, the menu is in French” Jerome says as he hands me a menu, smirking, after already having handed English menus to the rest of the table. Were they running out of English menus? Was this a test for my French reading level? A joke between coworkers?! I sit on the terrace of La Passàgere—the one michelin starred restaurant where I am doing my internship—next to my brother, sister-in-law and an amazing friend, and I couldn’t have been happier. It was the eve of my 24th birthday (which is only terrifying when you think about how I still am not sure what I’m doing with my life) and the stars had aligned to bring together some of my favorite people to share an amazing meal together. Let me go back to the beginning of the story, so you can understand exactly what state of mind I was in by the time I was sitting at this lovely table bordering the Mediterranean Sea on my birthday with my brother. So Alex and Caitlin …

Language Learning Tool: Lang-8

I just discovered one of the coolest websites of all time…if you are an avid language learner! 😉 It is called lang-8 and is a social media meets virtual classroom meets private tutoring session, and it is incredible. You can sign up for an acount for free, and when you first sign up you write down what your native language is and what the language you are learning is. Then, your “news feed” is full of people who have the opposite of you. For example, I wrote that my native language is English and that I am learning Japanese and Korean, so my news feed is full of native Japanese and Korean people trying to learn English. Once you become “friends” with people on the site, their journal entries go to the top of your feed and are easier for you to find.

Review: Harry Potter in Korean

Reading is one of my favorite past times. Ever since I was a child I have been able to sit down and read a book for hours on end–often finishing a book the same day I start it. With my love for other languages, I had hoped–and continue to hope–that my love of reading will be present in that other language, and that my language skill reaches a point where that is a possibility. For that reason, I try my hardest to find easy things in Korean and Japanese which I can read. It started out with manga/manhwa, childrens stories and television gossip magazines: things I was familiar with in my own native language and could use the picture to ensure I was on the right track. However, as I began to progress in my language skill and as the novelty of anyting in a different language began to wear off, these books were not enough for me. I began craving the satisfaction of reading a novel, of reading something I would read at my …

Review: Tobira Japanese Textbook

In 6 weeks I am leaving for Japan. *small mental breakdown* I can’t believe how quickly the summer has gone and how soon I will be abroad! These past few weeks have been filled with preparations–things for packing, for being in another country for several months, things for when I return… But no matter what I do, Japan is always on the brain! One of the things I have been trying to prepare myself for is the language. I have been studying Japanese for a few years and I am a diligent student, but I have never been somewhere for more than one week where I didn’t speak the language, and even though it is something I crave, it is also a little intimidating. Because of this I have been trying to do all that I can to not forget what I learned in class and learn more independently so I can be confident when I land in Tokyo in September. The way I am preparing is by using the textbook my classmates in the …