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 #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 #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 →

San Francisco Palace Hotel – Historic Tour and Lunch – my favorite program for out-of-town guests

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The Iconic San Francisco Palace Hotel

http://www.sfpalace.com/

The Palace Hotel located at 2, New Montgomery Street in downtown San Francisco, has been my favorite place to entertain friends and family who come to visit San Francisco.  The Garden Court with its stained glass dome, is spectacular.  The guests that I treated here were all very impressed, not only by the beauty of the hotel and the restaurant, but by the historic tour conducted by the volunteers of the San Francisco City Guides, a program of the San Francisco Library. http://www.sfcityguides.org/

I am posting a few pictures here to share with you.  Below is a link  to the historic photos of this hotel.  You may like to compare the then and now.

San Francisco Historic Photos | Palace Hotel, San Francisco.

The stunning view of the Garden Court Restaurant seen from the window of a room on the upper floor…

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