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


Artisan Bistro's Lunch Special

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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Throwback Thursdays: Cuisine & Dining at Artisan Bistro


Every week I post a miscellaneous article/review/blog that I have written in the past or an interview of an extraordinary individual.

This week’s Throwback Thursdays: Cuisine & Dining at Artisan Bistro.

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Having the right breakfast in the morning does make a tremendous difference in your work. And I experienced this while I was dining at Artisan Bistro, which is located inside Ritz Carlton Hotel at Downtown Boston.

Instead of starting my day with a cold bagel and hot coffee (in the size of a paper cup) at either Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, I decided to treat myself to a Three-Star quality breakfast.

The first time that I visited this venue was when I was just promoting for AfriQue Events; I was looking for a venue for Roy AfriQue to host a possible a cocktail/networking event. When I walked in, I assumed Artisan Bistro only served dinner and drinks. But when I took a quick glance at the menu, I soon realized that they also served breakfast and lunch. Seeing this, I then decided to come back the following morning and try their breakfast–and boy was it the best decision that I could have ever made!

This is the very comment I made, when I first sat down at Artisan Bistro that morning:

“To my left was a beautiful retired couple who were sharing their travel adventures with their waiter; To my right was a group of business professionals, sitting at a long table, discussing productivity over a cup of coffee; and to my center was an entrepreneur who was reading the newspaper while conducting business on his laptop with a traveling bag at his side.”

Being surrounded by a group of professionals and entrepreneurs was quite aspiring–it almost felt like a rite of passage. And the mental ease I experienced that morning, cannot be put into words. Ever since my dining experience at Artisan Bistro, I have been enjoying my morning breakfast there for the past eight months!  My philosophy is this:

“If you are going to act like a business person, then you might as well eat like one!”

During my morning breakfasts at Artisan Bistro, I have ran into famous entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban (creator of Shark Tank) and athletic superstar David Ortiz (World Series MVP from the Red Sox)! 

And so my breakfast of choice, if you do decide to come here, is: Raisin Bran Cereal w/ Mixed Berries. (It goes well with a morning newspaper)

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With great food, comes great service. And I want to thank Artisan Bistro and their staff for their excellent food and service. Thank you Ivan, Byron, Robert, Judy, and to the rest of the morning staff for keeping me healthy and well taken care of!

To read my first dining experience at Artisan Bistro, click on the link below.

Cuisine & Dining: Artisan Bistro

Artisan Bistro (during Breakfast hours) is Open Seating, but you can call them to reserve a table at 617-574-7176.

You can also find them on Yelp! and Twitter at @RitzCarlton

Saturday Morning Breakfast w/ Manos Koundourakis


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Saturday Morning Breakfast w/ Manos Koundourakis. Today I had my Saturday Morning Breakfast w/ Manos at the Westin Copley Hotel. Manos is a fascinating individual and I met him online through About.me; he reached out to me because he loved what I was doing with my website. Manos is a Greek civil engineer and is working on his Masters in Project Management–he also works at Northeastern University. My favorite topic from our conversation was Greek Politics. I learned that American Politics is not as worse as Greek Politics lol! You can find Manos on about.me and LinkedIn or email him at manos.koundourakis@gmail.com. I’ll be posting a story of him soon on my site.

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LSAT CHRONICLES: Learning From My Mistakes


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Reviewing my practice section test while preparing my agenda for tomorrow. I wasn’t too pleased with the results, but I learned a new strategy in the process. No celebratory toasts tonight–not yet. “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm..”–Sir Winston Churchill. (If he can come out of a war victoriously, so can I)

At The Avery Bar (Ritz Carlton Hotel) Boston, MA.

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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