Monthly Archives: April 2009

Sass Cafe in Monte Carlo, Monaco – The Jet Setter’s Hot Spot

 Sass Cafe

Located on avenue Princess Grace in Monte Carlo, Sass Cafe has become known as the "in" spot for the international jet set. It made headlines last year when U2 frontman Bono celebrated his birthday with a dinner party for 12 with guests including Prince Albert II, The Edge, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. What I feel makes Sass Cafe so very special are all the different elements that fuse so well together to make an evening at Sass Cafe one you will never forget.

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Sass Cafe Bar/Lounge Area

Okay, so where shall I begin. The swanky decor, the cozy well stocked bar, the intoxicating music, the well-heeled international crowd, the most amazing live piano band ever, the friendly service, and last but not least, the food…oh yes the food are all ingredients that contribute to an AMAZING experience at Sass Cafe! I was honestly incredibly surprised that the cuisine was so impressive. I had visited Sass Cafe prior, for overflowing bubbly and live music, but never for dinner. Usually in my experience, places that share their space moonlighting as an after hour's nightlife haunt often tend to lack in the gastronomy department. Well, happy to report that all was not the case at Sass Cafe.

Sass Cafe Foie Gras Salad with Truffle Oil

French Bean and Foie Gras Salad with Truffle Oil

Sass Cafe Tartare

Beef Carpaccio

Sass Cafe Lobster Risotto with Black Truffles

Lobster Risotto with Black Truffles

Sass Cafe offers a varietal selection on the menu from seventeen savory starters including several salads, carpaccio, foie gras, salmon tartare and caviar of course. Second courses include Les Pates (Pastas), Les Risottos (Risotto), and a nice selection of Les Poissons (Fish) and Les Viandes (Meat). I started with the Salade de Haricot verts et Foie Gras a L'huile de Truffes (French Bean and Foie Gras Salad with Truffle Oil) and the Carpaccio de Boeuf (Beef Carpaccio). I followed with the recommended special of the day which was the Risotto Homards et Truffes Noires (Lobster Risotto with Black Truffles) and ended with the Mandarin Orange and Chocolate Sorbet served in a gorgeous wine glass which was heavenly.

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hanging with Sass at Sass Cafe

In fact, what I absolutely loved about Sass Cafe was how it transitions from gourmands respectfully enjoying their decadent meals at their white table clothed tables, to gourmands getting in to the groove of the vibe and magnifying beats of the music, while drinking the best sparkling wine in the world and dancing the night away. My meal and entire experience at Sass Cafe is one I will never forget. I've always heard of Sass Cafe as a favorite among the most famous and elite travelers of the world, and now I know why. It is definitely on my list of places I must visit again very soon.

Sass Cafe

Sass Cafe
www.sasscafe.com
Address: 11 av Princesse Grace, Larvotto, Monaco, MC
Phone: (+377) 93 25 52 00

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Food Fashionista in Monte Carlo, Monaco – Some Favorite Pics

These are just a few of my favorite pictures from my recent getaway to the principality of Monaco. I have many more details to share with you including favorite hot spots, hotels, and restaurants so stay tuned for more in upcoming posts.

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Dining at the famous Cafe de Paris in Monte Carlo

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Home of Ducasse's Renowned Restaurant Le Louis XV

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Risotto w/tons of Black Truffles at Sass Cafe

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The Best Shopping in the World!

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A Neighborhood Market in Monaco

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Bibendum (Michelin Guide Mascot) Sighting in Monte Carlo

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The Barilla Pasta Tents at the M C Rolex Masters

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A Very Rare Bottle of Louis XIII

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A Lovely Patisserie in Monaco

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The Gorgeous Illuminating Monte Carlo Casino

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Tuna Nicoise Salad at L'Herimitage Hotel

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Head to Tip Top for some Pasta!

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Quick mode of transportation from Nice to Monte Carlo

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Our Room View w/ Bar Boeuf & Co and Jimmy'z in background

 

 

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Milka Chocolates & the Milka Cow

Milka Chocolates

Take out the "L" and it's the Purple Mika Cow!

My first stop in Europe was a layover at the Frankfurt airport. That was definitely not one of my favorite airports in Germany in comparison to the ultra-modern Munich airport, but they did have a giant purple Milka cow which brought a smile to my face.

Funny thing is that there have been several times in my life that people who met me said, "Oh your name is like that chocolate". Well, pretty close I guess, minus the "L", but I love chocolates, and I've been known to graze like a cow, so I guess that was a good comparison.

Milka Chocolates are all over Europe. The company was founded in 1901 in Switzerland and the chocolates are now produced in a chocolate factory in the Austrian town of Bludenz near the Swiss border. Milka is owned and distributed by Kraft Foods and is actually Kraft's best selling chocolate. The name “MILKA” consists of the words Milch and Kakao (Milk and Cacao in German).  I particularly fancy the bars with the giant chunks of whole hazelnuts….mmmm

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For more information on Milka Chocolates, visit Milka

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Food Fashionista in Monte Carlo, Monaco

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@ hotel w/Alain Ducasse's Bar Boeuf in background

Bonjour mes amis! Food Fashionista has been in Cote d'Azur and Monaco all this week eating, shopping and dancing til' the wee hours of the night which I've been sharing on my twitter. We are also here to watch the Rolex Masters which showcases the top players in men's tennis including Federer, Nadal, and Verdasco. Since I am too much on the move and groove to sit on my laptop and write long postings, follow me on Twitter here  for frequent updates until this coming up week when I will share more details/pictures with you all upon my return! Au Revoir for now…

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Katsukura Tonkatsu – Deep Fried and Oh So Good!

Kani (Crab) Croquette and Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet)

Why does fried food taste so amazingly good? Well, I can definitely vouch for that when I confess that one of my favorite Japanese foods is Tonkatsu – breaded, deep fried pork cutlet. Usually served with tsukemono (Japanese pickles), shredded cabbage, miso soup, and rice, this is a meal that one must definitely experience when in Japan.

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Tsukemono (Japanese Pickles)

Tonkatsu has become quite popular in Japanese restaurants outside of Japan, but for the very best Tonkatsu I've had, it's definitely been in Japan. There are many tonkatsu shops in Japan that offer all you can drink miso soup and all you can eat shredded cabbage along with your tonkatsu order.

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Stuffed Yuba (bean curd) Croquette and Fried Shrimp

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Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet) with Cabbage Salad

If you are not a pork eater, there are many other options usually offered including kani (crab) cream croquette, fried shrimp, chicken katsu and sirloin katsu. When you eat really good tonkatsu, you will not taste or smell the oil. My friend Samya was so impressed when she peeked in to the open kitchen at Katsukura and noticed no sign of grease, or dripping oil. 

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Love the Open Kitchen!

Katsukura restaurant is a fabulous choice for Tonkatsu in Japan. They originated in Kyoto with four locations and now have branches in many other places across Japan including the Tokyo area. The location we dined at was the one in the Takashimaya Times Square building in Shinjuku. The meals are delicious and extremely affordable with most set combo meals for lunch under JY 1,720 ( approx.$17) and dinner going for about JY3000 (approx. $30). With each meal comes a soothing barley tea, cabbage salad with a delicious Citron dressing from the Tokushima Prefecture, Tsukemono (special Japanese pickles from Kyoto), Miso Soup, and Mugi Gohan (Rice mixed with wheat). The bonus is that the barley tea, pickles, soup, and cabbage salad all include free refills.

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Katsukura

Tel: 03.5361.1878

Takashimaya Times Square Main Build. 14F, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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