Feb 222012
 

During the past years I’ve been to many different places. As work trips usually mean work during the days in areas that are good for industry but not for tourists, I usually barely have the opportunity to do extensive sightseeing. Also, after a while I got tired historic church – birth place of <insert famous person> – unique architecture – outstanding park tourist program. Most galleries and museums are closed in after work hours. So there is not much excitement left. I find it far more interesting meeting different cultures and their kitchens. Local specialties at good restaurants I cannot resist. I discovered some quite unique foods, here is the list of my favorites:

  • Tromsø, Norway Lutefisk it is an aged, jelly like dried fish that got soaked in a liquid for a long while. I was told it was especially served in winter just before christmas. I had it with sweet brown cheese, mustard, fried bacon, potatoes and a local ale (Mack beers).
  • Lisboa, Portugal Bacalhau salted, preserved cod served in a vegetable soup.
  • Milano, Italy Mozarella Bufalata very creamy, mild bufalo mozarella.
  • Selengor, Malaysia Durian a very smelly, creamy, sweet, tasty and unique fruit. It’s
    a pity that it is not growing in Europe and usually out of season when
    we are in Hong Kong. Very tasty.
  • Singapore Hainanese Chicken a rice dish where the rice is soaked in a rich chicken broth with cooked and marinated chicken – a dish full of flavors
  • Yuen Long, Hong Kong Water Checstnut Cake cooked by the grandmother-in-law.
  • Sonoma, CA, USA Carneros Cuvée perfect sparkeling wine.
  • Dresden, Germany Chocolate Balls these were a surprise dish in our wedding, a rarely known recipe by Frank Ollhof (Petit Frank)

There are also a couple of restaurants experiences that were outstanding: Like a small restaurant in a small town owned by a soon to be retired Michelin star cook, or a surprisingly good delicatessen store in Nottingham that served outstanding breakfast, an Asian restaurant in Milano successfully creating an Asian-Italian fusion kitchen with e.g. Tartufo Dim Sum.

The flip site of work travel is that most of the time I eat 3 times a day in some sort of restaurant and I barely know what they put in the food, how it is prepared or how fresh it is. What I enjoy most after all is self prepared and home-cooked food with husband.

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Dec 172010
 

Today we had planned a lazy day doing nothing but strolling around some town centres and do some window shopping with one of Jim’s aunts. The day started with a great breakfast: water chestnut cakes, sweet potatoes and oolong tea. Then jim got some photos to look at and then we got into town for lunch. We killed some time and then met another aunt for viewing her new apartment. As I am still a bit out of sync with the current time zone I decided to have a power nap before we met up for dinner and dessert. Dinner wasn’t too impressive, the dessert tasted interesting – it was made of toad. Now we are back at the grandmother’s place and I am feeling already tired again. Attached some pics from during the day.











crazy dog lady…

the scaffolding is made of bamboo and ropes, even for building sites of high towers

renewing windows on 32nd floor





imagine that – an oyster take away – how cool is that!



random street view at night

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Dec 162010
 

Yesterday midday we arrived in Hong Kong, took the bus and the taxi to get after almost 20h after leaving home at jim’s grandmother’s place. Since then I mostly remember food, meeting more relatives and sleeping. Today we had an invite for dim sum for breakfast, then curry fish balls, roast pork, fried tofu and soup as ‘light’ snacks before dinner where we had a chicken hot pot with goose intestines, thin sliced beef, loads of vegetables, more fish balls, frog legs and more… Most plans made for us so far are meet up’s for dinner and other meals. As much as I love to discover new flavours and kitchens I hope this won’t continue like that all holiday ;) attached there are a few pictures from dinner, I am especially proud of the battlefield left afterwards, we apparently enjoyed dinner a lot…











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Tasty lunch

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Jul 172010
 

The huge advantage of travelling is that I get to go to different places and so experience different kitchens. Just recently I got a jar of mole poblano which is a traditional Mexican sauce for chicken.  It’s made of chillies,  nuts, spices and cocoa. I got this in a delicatessen shop in Nottingham.

Yesterday was the day Jimmy slow cooked a chicken with it. Yummy, that was tasty!

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Jul 092010
 

Yesterday I came back from a project assignment in Frankfurt, Germany. This time I brought for the Tang a few different kinds of BBQ sausages, german bread, a Radeberger and mustard. As all weekend is announced to be rainy I decided to do the german BBQ today at lunch time. Guess what, Jim loved it. Me too, especially because the weather here is much better than in Germany.

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