Category Archives: Lifestyle

I’m Aquarius by Metronomy – Mika’s Playlist

I’m a Capricorn but I’ve sang, hummed, jammed to Metronomy’s I’m Aquarius more in the last few months than to my own astrological sign. The beat is hypnotic, and Joseph Mount’s voice sinks into your soul when listening. It’s my recent go-to tune for blasting in the car while zipping around the city or playing on my iPhone when sweatin’ it on the bike after eating a pound of “crack and cheese” and a “vegan” doughnut (no, the vegan doesn’t make it healthier). But yup, I fell for that marketing trick earlier today…ate two in fact.

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The incredible wall of musical past at The Fillmore

Oh, and I recently experienced Metronomy live at the Fillmore. If you haven’t been, the venue is historic with the likes of Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd having performed there in the past. Next time you see a show at The Fillmore, arrive to the San Francisco neighborhood early and visit Fat Angel for some pre-show comfort food including the chicken pot pie or the gruyère, cheddar, parmigiano-reggiano, cayenne mac and cheese. Be sure to wash it down with one of their signature cocktails, bubbles, or their generous selection of beer. Shoop-doop-doop, ah…

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Dine at the bar under the sparkly chandelier at Fat Angel – just hope there’s not an earthquake

Learn more about Metronomy at metronomy.co.uk

Learn more about Fat Angel at fatangelsf.com

Learn more about The Fillmore at thefillmore.com

FOUR Magazine launches USA Edition

Four Magazine

Alinea’s Lobster, yellow Indian curry butter, Early Grey Gel, cauliflower custard, lobster foam & coconut pudding (photo: Christian Steel)

The inaugural Northern American print issue of FOUR Magazine, which is currently available in Germany, Italy and the UK, will debut on June 16 here in the United States. Why the name Four? In each bi-annual issue, the fine-dining food magazine focuses on four of the leading, cutting-edge chefs in the industry. The first American-focused FOUR will showcase recognizable chefs from the East to West Coasts including two current three-star MICHELIN chefs. Daniel Humm (Eleven Madison Park, NYC), Grant Achatz (Alinea Restaurant, Chicago), Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, San Francisco) and Blaine Wetzel (The Willows Inn, Lumni Island) are the fab four featured in the new issue. I’ve read each of the interviews and they are great reads.

In the first issue of FOUR, you’ll find out how Miles Davis has inspired Chef Daniel Humm and his team at Eleven Madison Park. You’ll also learn how childhood walks through the forest with her father influenced Chef Dominique Crenn’s cuisine at Atelier Crenn. Chef Grant Achatz will discuss his desire for change and the need to evolve, and you’ll become more familiar with Blaine Wetzel - the chef who helped give a restaurant on the Pacific’s San Juan Islands archipelago a brand name.

In addition, FOUR will highlight the popularity of dim-sum style eateries, cool cocktails from Manhattan, a visit to Blackberry Farm, Tennessee, and an interview with FOUR North America’s Rising Star, Sean Brock.

FOUR Magazine USA

“At a time when the industry is rapidly evolving and pushing the boundaries of modern cuisine, #FOURUSA will deliver an insight into the best chefs, restaurants and cuisine across the country…” — Kerry Spencer, Editor in Chief of FOUR USA

Learn more about FOUR Magazine at four-magazine.com

 

 

Westfield Dine on Time with Lark Creek Steak

Plating with Lark Creek Steak Chef Ismael Macias

Plating with Lark Creek Steak Chef Ismael Macias

I’ve recently partnered with Westfield Labs and restaurant Lark Creek Steak to create an exclusive dish with Chef Ismael Macias. Starting today, you can order this dish with the Westfield Dine on Time app or on the website for scheduled pick-up or delivery for easy and convenient dining. It’s incredibly easy and convenient which makes it absolutely ideal for busy folks who don’t want to skip out on taste with their hectic work schedules.

It was wonderful working with Chef Macias. He’s been with the Lark Creek Group for over fifteen years, and recently decided to venture out of San Francisco to the world culinary stage to stage at some of the best restaurants in the world. He’s already an experienced chef, but with his new-found skills and techniques working with the most-experienced chefs from around the globe, it’ll be exciting to see what he’ll bring back to the Bay Area.

Westfield Dine on Time - Food Fashionista Mika Takeuchi - Lark Creek Steak Ismael Macias

Chef Ismael Macias of Lark Creek Steak and I created the Bacon-Wrapped Mary’s Free-Range Chicken Breast which includes artichoke, maitake mushrooms and chicken jus. It’s well-balanced and satisfying. The Niman-ranch bacon is finished slightly crisp and adds a bit of much-needed saltiness to the tender and juicy chicken breast. No surprise for the Bay Area, but we made sure to hand-pick and incorporate all local ingredients.

Chef Macias and my Rosemary Chicken dish. Doesn't it make you hungry!

Chef Macias and my Free-range Chicken dish. Doesn’t it make you hungry!

 

 

LarkCreekSteak In-App

Make sure to try out the app and order this exclusive dish or the one of many other temptations on the menu. Westfield will make a donation on behalf of the Tastemaker with the most exclusive dish orders to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank,

My fellow participating Tastemakers and their Westfield Dine on Time pairings include:

  • ·         Andi Fisher, Misadventures with Andi with M.Y. China Chef Tony Wu
  • ·         Melissa Sanchez, Savvy in San Francisco with Cupola Pizzeria Chef Marc Tennison
  • ·         Tara Condell, Food and Other Things with Straits Chef Julian Yeo
  • ·         Anita Chu, Dessert First with CocoaBella Chocolates Founder Michael Freeman
  • ·         Brenda Ton, Bites & Bourbon with Sorabol Korean BBQ & Asian Noodles Chef Theresa Lee

 Download and learn more about Westfield Dine on Time HERE

Brooklyn Chef Carlo Mirarchi is Lexus’ Newest Culinary Master

Lexus Culinary Master Carlo Mirarchi poses at Cooking with Friends: Lexus Culinary Masters event in Brooklyn, May 27.

Lexus Culinary Master Carlo Mirarchi poses at Cooking with Friends in Brooklyn

Chef Carlo Mirarchi of of Roberta’s and Michelin-starred Blanca is the newest Lexus Culinary Master. Nearly 200 attendees gathered last night at Roberta’s restaurant in Brooklyn for the latest installation of “Cooking with Friends: Lexus Culinary Masters,” a unique dinner series that launched in September 2013 at Animal restaurant in Los Angeles. Visiting Lexus Culinary Masters Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (L.A.’s Animal and Son of a Gun) helped celebrate Mirarchi’s addition to the lineup and worked alongside their good friend to create the menu for this urban garden party.

Lexus Culinary Masters Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Carlo Mirarchi pose with the Lexus IS F SPORT at Cooking with Friends

Lexus Culinary Masters Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Carlo Mirarchi

“Our team of Lexus Culinary Masters continually pursue perfection in their craft and exemplify the core values of the Lexus brand,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing. “Chef Mirarchi’s passion aligns with Lexus’ desire to innovate. He is willing to push the envelope to develop groundbreaking cuisine, and we’re excited to welcome him to the group.”

Chefs Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Carlo Mirarchi

Lexus Culinary Masters Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Carlo Mirarchi pose with the Lexus IS F SPORT

“As a fan of motor sports, I am excited for this opportunity to partner with Lexus,” said Mirarchi. “I look forward to working with this stand-out group of chefs, including Chefs Kostow, Dotolo, and Shook whom I already have great relationships with, and hopefully getting some time on the racetrack!”

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Wood-Fired Pizzas at Roberta’s in Brooklyn

Finding success in both a casual pizzeria and a fine dining environment, Chef Mirarchi is the owner of Brooklyn hot spots Roberta’s and Michelin-starred Blanca. Self-taught, he continues to push gastronomic boundaries with cutting-edge menus. He became an early adopter of the urban farming movement in New York City with the launch of his restaurant rooftop garden, and he strives to preserve Brooklyn as one of the top food meccas in the country.

Spicy Beef Tendon Chip with Charred Onion Pho Dip

Spicy Beef Tendon Chip with Charred Onion Pho Dip

First unveiled in 2011, the Lexus Culinary Masters partner with Lexus on marketing initiatives and act as ambassadors for the brand. The roster of celebrated chefs includes: Michelle Bernstein, chef/owner at Michy’s and Crumb on Parchment; Daniel Boulud, chef/owner of The Dinex Group restaurants; Michael Chiarello, chef/owner of Bottega and Coqueta; Dean Fearing, chef/partner of Fearing’s Restaurant; Christopher Kostow, executive chef of The Restaurant at Meadowood; Masaharu Morimoto, chef/owner of Morimoto restaurants; Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, chefs/owners of Animal, Son of a Gun and Trois Mec; and Michael Symon, chef/owner of Lola Bistro. The team regularly creates memorable culinary experiences at Lexus events for their epicurean-loving fans.

Lexus Culinary Masters

Learn more about Lexus Culinary Masters HERE

Roberta’s Pizza - 261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206 website 

Blanca –  261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206 website