Happy Valentine’s Day


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All you need is love.

Happy Valentines Day
–Prince

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Meet Fabrice Borel, Manager of Fabrisons


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Here is the manager and my good friend Fabrice Borel. His restaurant is probably the only restaurant that serves the best crepes on the island. I’ve always had my morning breakfast here and plan to do so again. Thank you as always Fabrice for your kind hospitality and delicious crepes. Come here for delicious crepes and to Little Italy (1425 India st).

http://www.fabrisons.com

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New Hashtag: “#whatsprinceeating”


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To promote my photography in food, I have created a new hashtag on Instagram called “#whatsprinceeating“. You can also see my photography in food on my Instagram widget, located on the right side of my website, but this new hashtag will provide you an organized layout of all my food photography on one board–including the restaurants where I check-in at.

If you wish to follow my Instagram photos and my photography in food, go to Instagram and find me under @princesdailyjournal.

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your Monday

Prince

Run-In with Chef Andrew Yeo


20140414-123617.jpgToday I ran into Chef Andrew Yeo! The Man Behind my Lunch Special Food Review.

If you haven’t read my review of Andrew’s cuisine, click on Category “Cuisine & Dining”

Thanks Andrew for the #selfie and delicious cuisine! If you are in #Boston, I urge you to come here and have a morning breakfast or afternoon lunch! (He also tells me that he has best granola parfait yogurt in Boston! lol)

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Late Afternoon Lunch


20140411-170346.jpgToday I treated myself to a nice (late) afternoon luncheon after a long day of work. Today’s appetizer is “The Potato and Artichoke Soup.” My waiter told me that this is much better than the Winter Velouté soup, which I had three weeks ago. But I must say, after tasting this appetizer, the velouté is still the best out of the two! Thank you again Chef Andrew Yeo for the wonderful appetizer!

Artisan Bistro (Ritz Carlton Hotel)
10 Avery Street
Boston, MA

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ThrowBack Thursdays: Operacaffe–When My Website Really Skyrocketed!


Every Thursday I post a miscellaneous blog/article/review or an interview of an extraordinary individual.

This week’s Throwback Thursdays Edition: Operacaffe

Throwback w/ Operacaffe

It all started on the morning of March 24, 2013. Jon Medel (photographer) and I were cruising around downtown San Diego in our limo (courtesy of Limo Car chauffeur Gabe Gebremedhin) to find the perfect coffee shop for my new photo shoot “Political Correspondent ON-THE-GO.” Not knowing where our journey would take us, we then found this little coffee shop, with a beautiful front porch; and it was love at first sight: Operacaffe. I introduced myself to the man in charge, began shooting, and the rest was history.

Their hospitality that they showed me that day left an ever-lasting impression on me and on my site–their front porch is still the face of my website today. And so, every time that I am in San Diego, Ca. I always go to Operacaffe to either treat myself, my mother, or a guest for coffee or lunch.

Peter Morales, the restaurant manager of Operacaffe, is as friendly and approachable as they come. What I love about him was his sincere appreciation, for allowing me to do my photo shoot and post pictures of his restaurant on my site–he didn’t ask for any paperwork. However, when I was vacationing back in my hometown of San Diego, Ca–having lunch with my mom at his restaurant–Peter shared with me terrible news that the man who built this restaurant, Roberto Bernardoni, recently passed away. Even though I was never given the chance to thank him personally, for providing me with such a beautiful location for photo shoot, I was still fortunate enough to have tasted his legacy and immortalized his restaurant through my website. 

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For great coffee, great Florentine Food, and great wines & spirits, I highly recommend that you go to Operacaffe–especially if you are thinking about your next photo shoot. If you wish to start your morning right (like I did), then treat yourself to nice hot cup of cappuccino and sit outside its front porch–you will experience the rush and excitement of San Diego’s city life!

To visit their website go to: www.operacaffe.com

To make reservations call 619-234-6538

You can also follow them on Twitter @operacaffe

Cuisine & Dining: Artisan Bistro’s Lunch Special Food Review


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Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to taste Artisan Bistro’s Lunch Special (prepared by Chef Andrew Yeo). Here is my food review for each item on the menu along with my concluding thoughts.

Winter Vegetable Veloute
Pumpernickel croutons, olive oil

First impressions are everything. And I must say that I was thoroughly impressed by the first item that I had on the menu.

20140406-233959.jpgThe vegetable veloute was superb. The finest dish that I had in Boston–now there are only two dishes that I consider to be the finest. What made this soup so special was its taste. The soup was absolutely sweet–not too sweet but a solid sweetness! The taste of veloute closely resembled pumpkin soup. However, unlike the pumpkin soups that I had in the past, this did not burn my tongue at all. The taste that I experienced was a warm sensation– filled sweet hidden undertones of pumpkin. The presentation and the preparation was perfect–the pumpernickel croutons had a nice finish.  My only critique was not knowing the delicious ingredients behind this delicious soup. I give this veloute a 10 out 10.

Garden Salad
Pickled Squash, Sweet Potato Chips, Dried Cranberries Manchego, Raspberry Vinaigrette

For this item on the menu, it is originally called the Garden Salad w/ Grilled Chicken. And the only two ingredients that I asked to leave out were the Grilled Chicken and the Walnut Vinaigrette.

20140406-234021.jpgThe Garden Salad was exceptional. The main ingredient which brought out the taste of this salad were the cranberries–pairing well with the Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing. What I also enjoyed most, from this dining experience, was tasting the sweet thin-sliced potato chips. There was nothing traditional about this Garden Salad! The presentation of this salad was a piece of art made by an artisan–a collage of colors onto one dish. My only critique is that I could not taste the pickled squash. Unlike the other ingredients in the salad, I could not taste this particular ingredient. I give this Garden Salad a 7 out 10.

Chocolate Creme Brulee
Biscotti, Blackberries

Desserts are essential in every dining experience. Desserts do not only leave behind flavor but lasting impressions on the whole dining experience.

20140406-234059.jpgThe Creme Brulee was par excellence. What I loved most about the Brulee was its element of surprise. When I took my first bite, I assumed that I would only be tasting the chocolate. But instead, I was welcomed with a sweet tingling sensation of glazed sugar on top of my palette and melted chocolate on top of my tongue. The best words to describe this taste are:  “crunchy on the outside and gooey in the inside“–which first resonated from my mind while I was finishing my plate. What made this experience even more sweeter were the black berries–which really does not need any explanation. Unfortunately I did not try the biscotti with this dessert, but it did add a touch of class to the whole presentation. My only critique is that brulee should have been a tiny bit warmer (for my tastes of course). I give this Creme Brulee a 9 out of 10.

My Cuisine and Dining Score for Artisan Bistro’s Lunch Special: 26 out of 30

Concluding Thoughts

The lunch special provided by Artisan Bistro was truly exquisite; all for $20.00. I send my compliments to Chef Andrew Yeo for doing a great job on the preparation and presentation of each plate. (If I had tried the Grilled Chicken with the Garden Salad, I would’ve boosted my score by 1-2 points.) My favorite dish, which I recommend to any guest who do come here for lunch, is the Winter Vegetable Voulete. It is probably the best dish that you can either treat yourself to or that special someone in your life.

But above all, what made this lunch special truly special was the service behind the meals.

It does not matter what time of day you walk-in to Artisan Bistro; to have your morning breakfast or daily afternoon lunch. It’s staff are always patient and considerate of your needs–They will not mind if you need to stay an extra 30 minutes to finish your job interview or complete an important errand.

Thank you Artisan Bistro for providing me with such great cuisine and a wonderful dining experience!

Artisan Bistro is located at 10 Avery St. Boston, Ma 02111

www.ritzcartlonhotel.com/artisanbistro

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Cuisine & Dining Preview: Artisan Bistro (Lunch Special)


20140324-191529.jpgEarlier this afternoon I had the pleasure of tasting Artisan’s Bistro’s Three Course Lunch Special which included Winter Vegetable Velouté (soup), Garden Salad, and Chocalate Creme Brûlée (all for $20). This lunch special is for a limited time only! My food review on this delicious experience is on the way! Thank you Chef Andrew Yeo for lunch as well as breakfast!

Artisan Bistro
Ritz Carlton Hotel
10 Avery Place
Boston, Ma 02111

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Spotlight Feature: Peter Morales, Restaurant Manager of Operacaffe


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While I was vacationing in my hometown of San Diego, Ca, my mom and I were fortunate enough to have lunch at the Operacaffe; where all the magic began with my new website http://www.princesdailyjournal.com.

It all started when Jon Medel (photographer) and I were cruising around downtown San Diego in our limo–courtesy of Limo Car Chauffer Gabe Gebremedhin–to find the perfect coffee shoppe for my photo shoot “Political Correspondent ON-THE-GO.” Not knowing where our journey would take us, I then found this tiny little coffee shoppe with a beautiful front porch and it was love at first sight: Operacaffe. I introduced myself to the man in charge, began shooting, and the rest was history.

Peter Morales is not just great manager but a great visionary. Unlike the other managers that I have come across, he is not camera shy. He knew how important his restaurant was for my shoot, and he gave me the freedom I needed to get great shots–one of them being my cover photo for my website. As gratitude for his kind hospitality, I wrote a great coffee review, which can be found on Yelp, and treated myself to lunch at his restaurant every time I’m in town.

My meal of choice is the penne carrettieria

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Thank you Peter for being a gracious host to my mom and I. And my deepest condolences goes out to you and your family for losing an amazing chef that has built this wonderful restaurant and has touched many lives with his food: Roberto. Thank you again and I look forward to having lunch again at your restaurant when I come back.

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To reach Peter for your next photo shoot or party call him at 619-234-6538. You can also follow him on Twitter @operacaffe. www.operacaffe.com

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ThrowBack Thursdays: Fabrison’s Cafe–My First Coffee Review


Every Thursday I post miscellaneous article that I’ve written in the past or an interview of an extraordinary individual.

This week’s ThrowBack Thursdays Edition: Fabrison’s Cafe–My First Coffee Review.

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How I first began writing reviews for coffee shops, and food restaurants, as well as using photos (Instagram) to promote my reviews started right here at this tiny cafe in Coronado, Ca. Having already caught the blogger bug during the first few weeks of blogging, I began to find new ways to publish my blogs without lugging around my laptop to do them: WordPress app on my iPhone. Not only was it convenient for me–to write and edit typos right on the palm of my hand–but it allowed me to explore Instagram and other social media apps which in return helped my website grow. And so, when I said “Wherever my work takes me, so does my coffee..” I literally meant it–I no longer needed to stop and pull up my laptop to publish any story.

Writing this coffee review at Fabrison’s Cafe was my humble beginning as a Foodie, a Yelper, and a Connoisseur for great coffee. I established good relations with the business owner(s) (by promoting their coffee/food/pastries etc. and their cafe) while I promoted my website.

So to read my coffee review and learn more about Fabrison’s cafe, click on the link below. And if you are in Coronado, CA go by their cafe for some good morning coffee!

Morning Coffee Ed.: Fabrison’s Cafe

 

Morning Coffee Ed.: The Reserve


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Wherever my work takes me, so does my coffee.

This week’s Morning Coffee Edition: The Reserve.

The Reserve is conveniently located inside the luxurious and renowned Langham Hotel. “AAA Four-Diamond Boston..that recalls a charming era of refined service..with every imaginable modern amenity.” And I had the pleasure of enjoying their refined service and coffee, not too long ago during an unexpected commute to work.

During my commute to work, I was in search of a nearby coffee lounge, lobby, and venue to charge my laptop, and complete my “Weekly Political Report.” Losing myself in the heart of the Financial District, I was not particularly choosy of what venue would suit my needs better; but I knew that I was on time schedule. So I immediately chose “the old gray building” on my left, The Langham Hotel, because of its close proximity to where I was at the time. However, little to my knowledge, I did not know the level of sophistication and luxury that would greet me, when I stepped inside its doors.

Stepping inside Langham hotel, was like stepping backwards in time–a time when there was such a thing called “class” [a close simulation to the movie, A Midnight in Paris]. On every wall there were pictures of legendary entertainers and musicians etc, dating back from the early 1920s, and their attention to retro decor was not overlooked–their lounge known as “The Reserve” truly spoke for itself. Although I did not have more time to truly enjoy my experience of “vintage class” hospitality [because of my busy agenda], but it was enough for me to sit down and taste their coffee–taking a picture to keep that moment stuck fast in time.

And so, my coffee of choice is their Illy’s black coffee. A well known brand that provides any coffee connoisseur inherent pleasure. The Reserve is not only a great place for coffee, but for afternoon tea and dinner [Cuisine & Dining food review is still on the way]. Their most frequent guests happens to be entrepreneurs and investment bankers, so don’t be surprised if they speak in another language besides the common everyday language.

The Reserve Hotel is conveniently located inside the Langham Hotel (on the right hand side) and their hours of operations are: Mon-Thurs 6:30am-10pm & Fri-Sat 6:30am-12am.

Address: 250 Franklin Street Boston, MA 02110

For more information go to www.boston.langhamhotels.com

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Breakfast At The Wynn


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I love the scenery and the food was ok, but I really do not like their dress code. My brother had to go back upstairs because he was wearing a tank top yet there are plenty of women who are wearing tank tops–he was stopped when he was about to eat his food. My family paid a lot of money to dress down and relax. This is a really bad policy! They better change it soon. I really lost my tastes and appetite after seeing that. Profiling.

Think twice before you go to the Wynn for breakfast on a hot day