Hillbilly Tea at Louisville, Kentucky — What a Pleasant Surprise!

Hello, dear readers: First of all, I  must apologize for not posting on this blog for more than 2 months.   The reason was that I had been busy publishing my e-books.  I have altogether published three.  Please refer to my travel blog My Notebook and my 3 little e-books posted on Speaker Deck.  To add to all... Continue Reading →

What did we eat in Yunnan? — My Yunnan Trip #7

I just returned from a 9 days' trip to Yunnan, China.  The trip was great, but not the food!  In fact, none of my previous China trips had food that satisfied me.  For some of my readers who don't know,  I grew up in Hong Kong which has the best Chinese food.  Cantonese food is... Continue Reading →

Argentine cuisine – trout, beef, pasta, empanada, sweet snacks and chocolates…

In this South America trip, we were in Argentina for about 8 to 9 days.  Therefore I can say that we did tried quite a bit of everything in terms of Argentine food.  The food was good, but again, I did not notice a lot of traditional Argentine cuisine.  I was most impressed by the... Continue Reading →

My South America Trip #20 – Lamb and Wine in Chile

In my last post My South America Trip #19, I mentioned the blog written by a North American anthropologist Jim Stuart living in Chile.  The blog Eating Chilean had its last post written in May, 2012.  I found it very interesting.  If you are going to Chile by yourself and you have time to go around to look... Continue Reading →

My South America Trip #16 –What did we eat in Brazil, Argentina and Chile?

I have written more than 15 posts about my recent trip to South America on my other blog My Notebook.  If you are interested in nature and sceneries, please do not miss my 15 posts on this trip.  Today I am turning to my food blog to share with you an interesting subject:  What we ate... Continue Reading →

My South America Trip #19 – Chiliean traditional food “The Pastel de Choclo (Corn Pie)”

In my last post on my South America Trip  #18,  I talked about a very popular Chilean dish Caldillo De Congrio. Even Pablo Neruda wrote an ode to this dish.  As we stayed in Chile for only 3 days, and we lived literally in the National Park, we didn't have a lot of opportunities to go... Continue Reading →

My South America Trip #18 – Chilean Cuisine: “Ode to Caldillo De Congrio ” by Pablo Neruda

"Chilean cuisine stems mainly from the combination of Spanish cuisine with traditional Chilean ingredients, with later influences from other European cuisines, particularly from Germany, Italy,France and the Middle East. The food tradition and recipes in Chile stand out due to the varieties in flavors and colors. The country's long coastline and the Chilean people's relationship with the sea adds an immense array of ocean products to the variety of... Continue Reading →

My South America Trip #17 – Brazilian Food and Beverages – Caipirinha, Charrascaria, Brazilian Coffee and Coconut Water

Brazil In Brazil, I learned about a new drink called Caipirinha.  It is alcoholic but made from sugar cane! Here's the description: Caipirinha Caipirinha (Portuguese pronunciation: [kajpiˈɾĩɲɐ]) is Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça (pronounced: [kaˈʃasɐ]) (sugar cane rum), sugar and lime.[1] Cachaça is Brazil's most common distilled alcoholic beverage (also known as Pinga orCaninha). Both rum and cachaça are made from sugar cane-derived products. Specifically with cachaça, the alcohol results from the... Continue Reading →

My South America Trip #16 –What did we eat in Brazil, Argentina and Chile?

I have written more than 15 posts about my recent trip to South America on my other blog My Notebook.  If you are interested in nature and sceneries, please do not miss my 15 posts on this trip.  Today I am turning to my food blog to share with you an interesting subject:  What we ate... Continue Reading →

Macarons and Desserts in Bottega Louie, Los Angeles Downtown

This is a conference week. We are now in Los Angeles downtown. After dinner we passed by the Bottega Louie restaurant with a gourmet market, where some French bakery and desserts looked very interesting. We were all attracted by their colorful look. I bought three beignets , one plain, one chocolate and one raspberry, and ate... Continue Reading →

Besides Turkish Coffee and Greek Desserts….

A while ago, family and friends took a trip to Turkey and Greece. Some of the photos are posted in another Blog. Today, I would like to share with your some of the dishes that we had during the trip. The key ingredients used in Turkish cuisine are: lamb, beef, fish, vegetables like eggplants, beans,... Continue Reading →

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This is “My Glass of Elelweiss Beer – Mine!”

I never like beer. I don’t like its bitterness. But this was mine, my glass of beer that I liked.

I was having a fun trip to SALZBURG. My friend and I enjoyed very much the music and Sound of Music tour. We asked the guide and everyone: Where can we find the Edelweiss? Nowhere! Nobody had seen it. It was hot, and we were thirsty. We went back to the hotel and ordered something to eat and drink. We found it…the Edelweiss! But it was a beer, not a flower that we longed to see. Well, it was so hot…I told myself, ” I’d better try this beer…may be it is as good as its name”. I did order it. Unexpectedly, it was so good! It did not have a bitter taste, but carried a subtle sweetness.

I loved it…

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Cafe Sacher Wien and the Original Sacher-Torte

All my friends know that coffee is an important part of my life.  Wherever I go, I need to get some coffee.  To me, it is not the quantity nor the quality that matters, but the lifestyle.  When I looked back at my trip to Vienna some years ago, the most enjoyable treat to myself... Continue Reading →

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