The Gin Parlour is located in the lobby of the InterContinental New York Barclay. It has the most collection of GINS in the world. The InterContinental New York Barclay hotel started in 1926, so the hotel maintained that retro roaring 20’s style. The Gin Parlour serves food and beverages from morning until night to both local customers and hotel guests. Anyone is welcomed to enter the hotel and enjoy delicious luxurious meals at the Gin Parlour.
Last Wednesday I had the privilege of having lunch at the Gin Parlour. To my surprise, I was one of the first guests to try the brand new menu roll out. Due to the new year and new team of chefs, the Gin Parlour rolled out an all-new menu with more delicate food and drink items. Here are some of the food I had for lunch:
Starter – French Onion Soup
Although this is not new at the Gin Parlour, it is my favorite. I highly recommend everyone to ask the waiter for this special item. It is not salty as you would imagine. It is just perfect for lunchtime during the winter.
Appetizer – Grilled Octopus
My past experiences with octopus were not pleasant. Either I could not chew through the tentacles, or it smells bad… This plate of beautifully looking octopus is just perfect and delicious! My friend who joined me for lunch just absolutely loves this dish.
Entree – Sea Scallops
Three pieces of freshly seared sea scallops with diced green apples, cashews, and mustard seeds side with French curry and Japanese Yam sauces, and cilantro sprinkled over the plate. I can’t use words describe how beautiful this plate is.
If you are attracted by these images, please go to the Gin Parlour and try them yourselves. I highly recommend trying anything on the menu. For drinks and beverages, visit them after 5:30 pm for happy hour and live Jazz music. It will definitely be the best experience you ever have. Proost!
The Gin Parlour website: http://intercontinentalnybarclay.com/dining-gin-bar/
Open Table Reservation: https://www.opentable.hk/r/gin-parlour-new-york?page=1
On Thursday, I was invited by my ex-coworker to attend a very significant event in the NYC hotel industry. The iconic and historical Warwick New York hotel re-opened their 2nd-floor event space. The grand opening ceremony was phenomenal! There was a great flow of food stations, including my favorite dessert bar.
I was invited by my previous supervisor to attend the event. I met many more of my ex-coworkers once I arrived at the hotel. It was so great to see them happy and proud of their work.
Funny Story: After the General Manager’s welcoming speech, it was supposed to be the time for a toast. The wine distributor was designated to pop the champagne, BUT… he dropped the champagne bottle on his first try. After many attempts to slice open the top of the bottle… the owner made the decision to just twist open the cork. POP!… and we all had shares of the Veuve Clicquot Champagne. I caught a “perfect” boomerang video of the moment the champagne was popped open. (I can’t insert a video)
Congratulations my lovely dear friends at the Warwick for a great grand opening of their event space!
So I’m sitting here in class, on Friday. Yes I am doing this well before the last minute, and it feels kinda good. but anyway, I’m doing homework for class in another class that I should be paying attention in because I have a midterm next week in. BUT I think it’ll be okay because this class is about drugs. ANYWAY, again, I’m up here on the 4th floor with the window at my back. Because this class is so interesting I turn around to look out of the window only to my disappointment, it is snowing very hard. I don’t like when it snows. It just gets in the way especially where I live in the middle of nowhere.
SO, it is now March. This means winter will be over soon I guess… hopefully. I’m tired of it being cold even though I don’t mind the cold. There is so much more to do when it is not winter, especially in New York.
Update: I’m pretty sure it stopped snowing, but it is still raining. Like I said it is Friday, so when you guys read this you can look back and reminisce about the amazing weather we are having today. At least it isn’t snowing to the point where there is significant accumulation, that would just mean the end of the world is near, and no that isn’t overdramatic.
When the weather is like this, it is difficult to get good content, especially for a blog or anything like that. I feel like the only ting I can really talk about is how on my way in this morning, from the middle of nowhere, I got splashed by a car driving through a large puddle. My retaliation to this was to throw my coffee at the car. Successfully I hit the windshield but due to the extensive rain it was washed off instantly.
So yeah, this weather sucks, New York kinda sucks, but this isn’t so bad anymore I guess.
I am going to talk about my own experience. It is very depend of the internship, the place, and the people you meet but I can tell you that I sow many difference between internship in Europe and in the united states. As much at the level of the internship as relation at the office between colleagues.
You are considered by the team as a member of it. You always have to do something or people are going to look at you like “what are she doing here?”
You can spend hours without doing anything without disturbing anyone …
Oh and if you see someone young walk fast enough not have the 6 café in there hands to be cold, there is a good chance that they will be in internship.
The minimum for an internship of more than 3 months it is 500 Euros per month.
You do not have to be paid.
Colleagues are not your friends, max you can spend a lunch with them but never share “private” things
The relationship between colleagues are much more relaxed and natural you can share and talke with every body … even your CEO.
They are a lot of difference, I thing that in France, interns are more considered and have a real place in the society (our own mail, a pay at the end of the month …)
But even if it is not true in New York, here people are more human and friendly than in France.
So both of them have quality and default and we can enjoy it differently.
And what about you? What was your best our your worse internship?
I wrote my first blog on September 19th ” Small town girl in a big city” and I had just moved to US. The blog was about how excited I was to be in New York, well I still am very excited and grateful. It’s been almost 4 months now and I have observed few things. When I moved here one thing I was worried about is the language or the accent to be more precise. I was afraid people will find it difficult to understand my accent or I won’t understand theirs. It has happened to me here a couple of times with few people but they patiently repeat again till I understand. After the third try I just smile and nod even I don’t understand. To my surprise there is not a lot of pressure here to be speak perfect English. Like for eg many students in NYIT come from different countries and English is not their first language so few of them struggle in communicating in English but the professors don’t make it look like it’s a big deal. They try to understand students’ broken English and still clear their doubts. This actually helps with student’s confidence. I felt more pressurized to be good at English language back in my country where people who can speak fluent English are considered smart.
Talkin about NYIT and professors I really love how teachers here very transparent. They accept different point of views of students even if it contradicts their opinion. Also we get to EAT during lectures!! I love love love that. How can we concentrate if our stomach is growling because of hunger? Also we can ask doubts via email and professors reply with solutions. And there limited number of students in every class. India could apply these things in their Education system too. Not that it is very bad but some changes need to be made.
Now about the food, so far I have tried French, Cuban, Mexican, Thai and Italian food. I love Mexican because it is little spicy and I LOVE spicy food but trying these different cuisines is really exciting and something new for me. I am very particular about my food and trying new food makes me uneasy but is still gave it a try. I won’t lie I didn’t like some of the food and couldn’t pronounce names of few dishes but it felt nice trying something new. Next on my list are Italian, Korean and Chinese.
Another thing I like about US is that people respect all kinds of work What I mean is people do odd jobs like waitering, sweeping without being ashamed. Students here work to pay for their tuition or for their allowance. You learn to become independent at a younger age. And once you feel you can take care of yourself you move out of your parents house. You don’t see this in India. Even if kids start earning and can take care of themselves they still have to live with their parents, at least till they get married.
People don’t really care how you dress. You can something really weird and people still won’t give a damn. I once saw a man who wore a hat that had real leaves and branches attached to it. And he walked so calmly and confidently and I felt like I was the only one who noticed it. People here mind their own business.
I cannot believe I am saying this but yeah TimeSquare does get boring. I used to see TimeSquare in movies and was always in awe of how amazing it look and how lucky people who live near that area are. When I got here I went there like two times but by the third time the novelty wore off. But I will still go there on New Year’s Eve. My first new year in New York! Can’t wait for it.
Today I want to recommend a Chinese restaurant in New York. It’s my favorite one here. It’s called Ollie’s Sichuan.
Address:411 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036
You can also order their food on their website: www.ollieseats.com
Sichuan is a province in China. It’s famous for the spicy food. I have been there several times. There are many mountains in sichuan province. And Chinese believe that eat hot food can help us resist the moisture. So actually it’s the position decide their food.
When I try their food first time, that really reminds me of the sichuan food which I eat in China. Their boiled fish fillet is my favorite. It’s very hot and spicy but that’s authentic taste of sichuan food. They also have a famous tradition sichuan food called “Blood Pudding and Intestines with Seafood Hot Plate”. Actually it has a poetic name in Chinese but it’s hard to translate:毛血旺
I’m an absolute fan (like many women and girls on the planet) of the series ‘Sex & The City’. More than the series, I’m a fan of the main character, Carrie Bradshaw. Carrie, played by the actress Sarah Jessica Parker, is a writer renowned for writing about love and for her columns in Vogue magazine. She is New Yorker without children and talks about everything with her three best friends Charlotte, Samantha, and Miranda. She is looking for the true love.
Through this series, Sarah Jessica Parker has highlighted New York all over the world. She has made many restaurants famous like Bar Pitti, Sushi Samba or Magnolia Bakery. At the time of the series, some restaurateurs say that as soon as an episode, showed the four it girls in the restaurant, aired on screens, the restaurant was full for a month the next day. Travel agenc
ies around the world have created “Sex & The City Tour” where travelers go to the famous places of the series with a bus.
Moreover, at Carrie’s apartment Carrie very known to see her go up and down the stairs in the street with her different extraordinary and very fashion outfits. The apartment is located at 66 Perry Street in West Village, even if, the series stopped more than ten years ago, there are women every day who take photos in front of these stairs. I obviously go there when I arrived in New York in January.After the photo, I continued to walk in the neighborhood and in a quiet street, my dream came true when I did not expect it at all! I heard her voice (very recognizable), I turned my head and I saw her. I did not believe it, I was in the neighborhood for her and I saw her !!! I took a rather blurry picture when she was walking, I was incredibly happy that day.