Random Berlin, Random Cannes

1 07 2016

I realized I didn’t have a lot of random shots that I hadn’t already used on my past posts from my recent business trip to Berlin, Germany and Cannes, France. A few here…

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Lunching and Breakfasting in Dubrovnik

29 05 2016

I went to a very popular restaurant, both amongst locals and tourists so I’ve read, for my second lunch in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  My expectations were really high so I was a bit disappointed by my dish but looking around, I saw what other people were eating and came to the conclusion that I just ordered the wrong dish (though for a restaurant that’s no excuse).

Now this was very very good.

Now this was very very good.

And this is from my last morning in town.  Fun.  Yum.

Home pickled sardine

Home pickled sardine. Very good.

 

 





Beautiful Cloisters of Dubrovnik, Croatia

25 05 2016

Cloisters are so lovely.  Here are a few from Dubrovnik.

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Steep Steps of Dubrovnik

22 05 2016

The walled medieval city of Dubrovnik, Croatia is bowl-shaped with steep steps going up towards the 360 degree wall(s) in all directions but especially towards the Adriatic Sea and Srđ, the mountain on the other side.

On the mountain side of the old city

On the mountain side of the Old City

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An alley that leads to the sea side

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Near the sea side wall

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Looking up towards the sea side

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Once again looking down from the mountain side

And more steep steps outside of the old city in the residential district of Ploce

And more very steep steps outside of the Old City in the residential district of Ploce where I was staying

 





Sunday Cooking Time ♪

5 11 2014

Just when I thought I would never be doing this post again, I am in the mood… From this past Sunday during a three-day weekend.

First things first.  This was a really cute bottle.  The heart on the front is cut out so that you can see through the bottle to read the writing on the back.

First things first. This was a really cute bottle. The label on the front is cut out in a heart shape so that you can see through the bottle to read the writing on the back.

Japanese horse mackerel.  The package said "for sashimi" but I asked the shop to slice the fish for grilling.

Japanese horse mackerel. The package said “for sashimi” meaning good enough to be eaten raw but I asked the shop to slice the fish for grilling.

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A soy-sauce based dish with ginger and scallion going into the mix.

Voila.

Voila.

Recipe by Yoko Arimoto.

 





Soft-Served in October, 2014!

2 11 2014

Mostly good, one mediocre, one really bad experience.

Vanilla and Kyoho, a Japanese grape, rich in flavor

Vanilla and Kyoho, a Japanese grape, which fruit is naturally rich in flavor. This, artificial as it may be, I did taste the Kyoho.

Vanilla from the same store as the vanilla-grape combo though at a different branch

Vanilla from the same store as the vanilla-grape combo though at a different branch

Green tea.  Nice.  At the Saitama Shintoshin Station.

Green tea. Nice. At the Saitama Shintoshin Station.

Hello Kitty!!  Very nice green tea and baked Hello Kitty

Baaaaaaad.  From Burger King.  @ McDonald's much better.

Baaaaaaad. From Burger King. @ McDonald’s much better.

Yubari melon from Hokkaido

Yubari melon from Hokkaido @ a so-called Hokkaido “antenna” shop in Tokyo managed by the prefectural government from the region promoting its products





To Market! in Krakow

3 09 2014

Here comes my favorite time of any trip.  This lovely local market, Stary Kleparz, was literally around the corner from my apartment.

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The first stall I saw upon entering the covered market.

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Many cheese shops. I ended up buying from her later.

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Bought one of these as well.

Bought one of these as well.

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Bought a small piece of smoked cheese.  Not too thrilling.

Bought a small piece of smoked cheese. Not too thrilling.

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Poland is definitely big on berries. Used in all kinds of dishes.

I saw a few of these even in supermarkets and wondered how you're supposed to use them.  Have not looked up yet.

I saw a few of these even in supermarkets and wondered how you’re supposed to use them. Eat the seeds? Meaning to look up.

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Some of the shops were sectioned off like this one with windows but often sold similar products. Did not bother to check if prices were different but this shop’s products just look more expensive.

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I bought dried lavender sachets from her.  She spoke good English but said her French was better.

I bought dried lavender sachets from her. She spoke good English but said her French was better.

Someone told me the season was nearly over but I still saw lots of chanterelle mushrooms.

Someone told me the season was nearly over but I still saw lots of chanterelle mushrooms.

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Small daikon ^^

Many shops also conveniently carried bouquet garni.

Many shops also carried what seemed like bouquet garni but with whole vegetables.

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Another thing I noticed about Poland. Big on lollipops.

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I bought the rectangular cheese.

I bought the rectangular cheese.

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Had so much fun. 🙂

 

 

 








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