August 1 Five Modern Indian Cuisine in San Francisco

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This is it! There is a incredible modern Indian restaurant in San Francisco and it's absolutely gorgeous food and a major flavorful culinary experience! Just like the bejeweled maharajah painted on the wall inside August 1 Five, this restaurant is a jewel itself to this city.

That first crisp sip of the Jaipur emerald cocktail to being so kindly greeted by all the staff, August 1 Five is a must if you love a good food adventure like me.

Why is it called August 1 Five? Because it's the date commemorating India’s independence from British rule and it seems the menu itself has its independence from traditional gastronomic expectations. You can expect seasonal small bites, specialty cocktails (I loved the Jaipur emerald) and a beautiful marriage of the regional cuisines of India mixed with modern styles.

Our favorite starter was the Gol guppa, a common street food in India. Crispy shells stuffed with masala and potatoes with flavored waters like tamarind, mint-cilantro and mango that you pour into the little shells and pop in your mouth for a eruption of crunch and flavor.

The magician behind these celebrated and artistic dishes is chef Manish Tyagi.. I always find my food taste better when the chef has taken the time to see his guests and explain his creations if he can. Chef Tiyagi was so kind and humble and brought us over one of the best dishes I have ever had! The lamb chop with pistachio dust, roasted carrot puree, beet jelly and broccolin. Each bite was tender, simple and memorable.

Still reading? Well then I guess you might be headed to August 1 Five soon. Let me share some of the items I tried and highly recommend for your visit:

The chili truffle chicken kebab with cheddar cheese, summer truffle, pink peppercorn.
The masala & pea naan, tomato & cheese naan, multi grain paratha .
And the award winning spinach and cheddar paneer with white cheddar, fenugreek, tomato, cashew.

This was truly a diverse culinary experience of flavors, textures, and colors in modern Indian cuisine. A true voyage into contemporary Indian food.

Listening to what other people thought and how their experience was is always so fascinating to me. So if you have anything you want to share with me, you can always send me a message on Instagram, Facebook or YouTube .

Book that trip, eat something new. Keep growing and stay inspired Little Life Table family! #LittleLifeTable

Healthier Thin Chocolate Cookies in 5 Easy Steps

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My friend Jasmine came across this incredible little recipe on Eating Bird Food! We both love chocolate cookies but we also love eating healthy and this is now our go to for some indulgence without too much guilt! We also modified it to our liking so it’s not exactly the same as on the Eating Bird Food site.

We think you will love it. It only takes about 15 minutes!

1. In a big bowl, combine 1 cup of almond flour
- Two tablespoons of coco powder
- Two tablespoons of maple syrup
- Two tablespoons of melted coconut oil
- A pinch of sea salt

2. Mix everything together until you have crumbly dough
- Wrap the dough in a piece of parchment paper
- Chill in the fridge for 15 - 20 minutes
- Preheat your over to 180 Celsius/ 350 Degrees
- Once your dough has been chilled, roll it out thin (thickness of your pinky finger) between 2 parchments papers
- Then cut the cookies to the shape you desire (we like circles)
- Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes and then let cool for about 15 minutes before eating

Let us know what you think. We are listening!

Peruvian-inspired Cuisine in Paris

Oh hey! If you have come this far and are reading this, well you really do love food and restaurants as much as me. Which is why I hope this post brings you some value if you are thinking about trying Peruvian food in Paris.

Peruvian cuisine: In Paris you have the range between the fancy and well known Manko (by chef Gastón Acuri) and you also have El Chalan, a friendly, family run and humble restaurant. But now add Inka (inside the 1K Hotel) to the list because not only is the space trendy, beautifully designed, yarn coverings on the wall, bright colors inspired by Peru, lush green plants and high rise ceilings, but the most important, this place is just as much a feast for your eyes as it will be for your appetite.

Newly arrived Chef Juan Carlos Recamier is making big changes here with his adventurous new fresh menu. What you can expect is:

- Tartare of Nikkei Beef (wow)

- Shrimp El Puerto Ceviche

- Succulent Duck with Peruvian Flavors

- Arroz Con Poulpe

- Traditional Nikkei (This ceviche is the result of the fusion between Peru and Japanese cuisines)

Be prepared to really taste the fresh fish, swimming in a tangy mix of lime, peppers, red onions, and cilantro. If there’s one item you should order from the fish section, make it the El Puerto.

I sincerely left the meal feeling THAT feeling. You all know THAT feeling. When you have just eaten some satisfying, flavorful, fresh food without feeling like you wasted your money or need to take a nap but rather you are more energized because it was a little culinary voyage of colors and taste that are still flirting with your tastebuds long after the meal.

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My Latest Food Trip To London

London is one of the most vibrant cities I have visited. Each time I go, I secretly wish I knew how to find a way to live there. Until then, I keep visiting with a short train ride from Paris and always go to some of my favorite places below.

  1. Soft Serve Society Shoreditch. With an exciting selection of toppings to choose premium soft serve ice cream flavours.

  2. Butchies Buttermilk Chicken Shoreditch. This tiny place serves moist &crispy mouthwatering burgers.

  3. Ace Hotel Shoreditch. One of my most recommended places in Shoreditch to work, drink and stay the night!

  4. Boxpark Shoreditch. A old shipping container which has now turned into a excellent street food and bar hangout.

  5. Dishroom Shoreditch. One of the ultimate Indian food houses and excellent ambiance in London.

  6. Tuk Tuk Shoreditch. Nice happy hour and hole in the wall type of bar. Also they do great pop ups time to time!

  7. Gordon Ramsey’s Bread Street Kitchen. Modern European food in a New York loft ambiance.

  8. South Bank walk. Excellent to grab a little drink, take a walk and grab some great snaps of the city.

  9. Shake Skack Burger. The all American fast casual restaurant chain has taken over Convent Garden.

  10. Tower Bridge. Grab a drink and people watch. Excellent location is on the grass close to the entrace of bridge.

  11. Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea. For some terrific Indian food out of the city (just a bit) and near the Riverwalk.

  12. Riverwalk Market Battersea. A charming open food market with live music, drinks and open seating area!

The Interior Design Inside Le Comptoir Général Paris

Yes, you and I both agree that good food and excellent customer service is crucial for a restaurant, but the interior blueprint and ambiance is just as important I feel. And a space like Le Comptoir General located in the popular 11eme district of Paris does it like no one else. This place is a cafe, a museum, a restaurant and a space that celebrates African French culture through music, fashion, food, dance and film. Though the space is divided into 5 different parts (even a little library), the heart lives in the ground floor which turns into a night lounge after sunset hours. Spinning disco balls, lush green plants, red carpets, live music, dim lit corridors, old wooded tables, yellow accent walls contrast painted brickwork, exposed piping rooftops and cracked concrete. The design of this place is disruptive in all the good ways. The best feeling to describe how I feel when I am sipping a pina colada or a strong 6 euro ti punch on a Sunday evening is...well, like I am on vacation in some exotic island. Just glance up and you feel like you are in a well equipped jungle. A jungle with a mini aquarium bar. A jungle where the tone of the music and vibes are just right for your weekend getaway from Paris. When I think about just how much goes into the design of the modern restaurant interior, I gain a whole new appreciation for these wondrously designed interior spaces.

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