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Westfield Food Tastemaker

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Photo credit: Johanna Fulache

I am not a big shopper (can you say StitchFix every week?) but I do love gorgeous spaces that have been smartly designed. Places like the Printemps department store or the Opéra-area Galleries Lafayette. When I visit the Westfield San Francisco Centre it reminds me of these places in my beloved Paris. An aesthetically beautiful shopping spot that just so happens to be extremely functional.

Take a look at the gorgeous ceiling…

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Photo credit: Johanna Fulache

It is literally a feast for the eyes. But more than that it is a foodie paradise! The “food court” is like no other, with really great local restaurants and higher-end franchises, but the restaurants “under the dome” are the real attraction. It calls to me, not only for its beauty, but for its bounty.

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Photo credit: Johanna Fulache

So when Westfield selected me as a Westfield Food Tastemaker I was thrilled! For the last couple of weeks, I have secretly teamed up with Westfield San Francisco Centre, the Westfield Labs, and the incredibly talented Tony Wu of M.Y. China to create an exclusive dish that will be featured in a new Westfield food experience.

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Working with Tony Wu and his sous chef on our dish. Photo credit: Lisseette Arias

I can’t tell you too much more, check back next week for more details, but I can say that collaborating with the M.Y. China team was a total blast! Tony is not only wonderfully talented (seriously Google him!) who has a huge reputation in China (I got to see photos of him cooking for U.S. Presidents) and a master noodle puller, but I don’t think I have ever seen a chef as jovial as he is. Always smiling, loving life and food, I could spend hours with him, but I might bust a gut laughing and I would definitely have more laugh lines on my face.

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Look at that smile, what a Jokester! Photo credit: Lisseette Arias

I can wait to tell you more about the dish we came up with, its origins, and the crazy time we had making test versions!

Check back next week to see the big reveal!

And I am not alone, there are several other foodies who have matched with chefs from other Westfield San Francisco Centre restaurants:

Tara @ Food and Other Things who is working with Straights

Mika @ Food Fashionista who is working with Lark Creek Steak

Melissa @ Savvy In San Francisco who is working with Cupola

Anita @ Dessert First who is working with CocoaBella

Brenda @ Bites and Bourbon who is working with Sorabol

How about you? Have you been to the Westfield San Francisco Centre? Do you have a mall that you have seen on your travels that is super dreamy? Do tell!

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Michelle Salais

Saturday 14th of June 2014

A tastemaker! Sounds like a delicious time. What an amazing experience. Looks like you had a good time w Tony. Thanks for sharing.

Terri S

Saturday 7th of June 2014

It looks like a great time. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Tara

Thursday 22nd of May 2014

So fun! Your chef looks like a bundle of energy. I'm excited to meet you and see your dish creation! :)

Erin

Wednesday 21st of May 2014

In Odaiba (man-made island across Tokyo Bay from central Tokyo) there's a kitschy shopping complex called Venus Fort. It's designed to look like an old European city and it totally reminds me of the Venetian in Vegas.

jen

Wednesday 21st of May 2014

When I was little I loved to come to OKC to visit my sister and go to the outdoor mall, Penn Square. It was enclosed in the late 80s or early 90s. I thought it was dreamy - but I was a kid! When I was five, I won a bike from the La Puente Mall in Southern Cal. That mall was awesome. I love your links to other blogs, Andi. It's so great to see all the different designs as I don't make it around the INternet very often!