Lunching in Marseille

19 07 2017

I had made a lunch reservation well in advance at this elegant one Michelin starred restaurant in Marseille to eat there the day after we arrived in the port city.  It was very much worth the effort.  Everything was perfect including the restaurant’s modern take on Marseille’s signature dish of bouillabaisse.

The entrance is next to a loud souvenir shop and is quite inconspicuous in contrast if you don’t know it’s there.

My view

A modern take of the rouille sauce and bread combo normally soaked in the bouillabaisse.

More of the view of my rose wine ^^

The bouillabaisse

With three kinds of fish

My friend’s dessert

 





24+ Hours in San Francisco

16 07 2017

I arrived in San Francisco at about 3:30 pm on Sunday, July 2 and stayed until the following evening and left for LA on a 6:45 pm flight.  Was there for one important business meeting and the rest was up to me. ^^

My cute hotel near the Union Square.

My lovely suite.

Hotel public area

Stepping out…

Union Square and Powell Street

Drink like a local.

Breakfast the next day in the hotel restaurant.

THE important meeting went well with a cold margarita.

To the airport.

 





In Marseille, France, in a Room with a View

27 06 2017

Earlier in June, I did my annual trip to Cannes, France for the 25th time.  On the way in, I stopped by Marseille for the first time for some fun and business (well, mostly fun).

Arriving in the evening, I was pleased with my lovely hotel room with a view.  It started pouring as soon as we went out for dinner but soon we were greeted by a rainbow.  Dinner was nice and light.  The walk back to the hotel was very pleasant.

Hotel facade

Notable guests of the past

A rhum-only honesty bar in the lobby





Breakfasting in Guangzhou, China

5 02 2017

My time in Guangzhou was limited so the plan was to eat breakfast out in order to cover the variety of Chinese dishes available.  So off I went the first morning to a dimsum restaurant to have a proper Guangzhou kind of brekkie.

Ordering was a bit of a challenge.  No English menu whatsoever at this restaurant which was one of the four classic, long-standing establishments in Guangzhou.

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And the food was great.

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Wrapping Up 2016

31 12 2016

My short trip to Penang, Malaysia was over as of December 30th in time for me to be back in Tokyo for the new year celebration, the most important of the holidays and very much a family event in Japan.  The Penang report will continue later but here is a post to wrap up the year 2016 with scenes from my monthly “eating around the world” get-together with a couple of very good friends.  The rule we try to keep is that we go to a place managed by someone from the region (not always possible but we manage for the most part) and we try not to repeat the same region.

Here we go.

January:  Paraguay

February, nao’s birthday month:  Hong Kong

March:  Moldova

April:  Afghanistan

May:  Kenya

June:  Palestine

July:  Spain, the first time to repeat a country though in a good way to celebrate taka’s birthday

August:  Pakistan

September:  Tibet

October:  Basque Country, my birthday month

November:  As with every year, this month is saved for “Beaujolais Nouveau”

December:  Christmas which we save for French or Italian dining every year and try to choose a restaurant where we are not forced to eat a Christmas menu.  Italian it was for 2016 managed by a chef from the south of Italy.

Happy new year’s eve!!

 





One More Birthday Bash

6 11 2016

For the October version of “eating around the world” my friends and I chose the “Basque Country“, one of the areas I really want to visit for real as do my friends.  We talked about going next summer over my birthday celebration.  🙂

Both of my friends got me the same cookware, only in different sizes!! LOL

Both of my friends got me the same cookware, only in different sizes!! LOL

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Special Birthday Lunch with My Bestie

1 11 2016

Both my best friend and I have our birthday in October and we have been doing this “special birthday lunch” get-together for the last three or four years and we love it.  She always lets me choose where to go and this year our venue was a two-Michelin-starred French restaurant, Dominique Bouchet Tokyo.  Exquisite.

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