Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
* Assorted Turkish appetizers
* Japanese noodle soup bowl with pork and dumplings and ginger tea
* Korean pancake with seafood and vegetables
* Sausages with pommes (french fries)
* Pasta with eggplant and olives at an Italian cafe
* Picnic out of the trunk of a car after mushroom picking in the woods: buttered rolls, liverwurst, goat cheese, salami, herb marinated black olives, sliced honeydew melon and lemonade.
* Parasol mushroom and potato pie with sausage.
* Sauteed mushrooms with duck breast and roasted potatoes
* Homemade elderberry pancakes (eierkuchen)
* Organic pistachio ice cream (eis)
* Assorted coffees, teas and small pastries (waffel, pear tart, chocolate dome, etc).
Fortunately, I am walking more than enough to make up for the calorie intake.
Tomorrow, we go to Venice. The pleasures that await!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I picked these with my very own hands this morning in the German woods. Do you know what kind they are?
Thursday, September 16, 2010
My Berlin dining companion is vehemently, vehemently opposed to photographing food in restaurants. Out of respect for her wishes, I will probably not get many opportunities to take pictures of what I'm eating. I did get these two clandestine shots of our Turkish lunch today. She was mortified (the second is blurry because I had to quick, STOPITNOW!). Ah well...
Monday, September 13, 2010
Tomorrow morning, I am leaving for a trip to Berlin, Germany and will also be spending a couple of days in Venice, Italy. It is impossible for me to adequately express how excited I am to be going to Venice. Ever since I learned we'd be able to go, my insides won't stop bouncing. Venice! I am THRILLED. Beyond thrilled. There may not be any other place on the planet that I have more longed to see. I plan to drink in the texture, the shade and light, the water reflections, the air and the smell and bridges and stones and churches and espressos and wine and art like it's the only thing keeping me alive, then store it up in my mind like a camel stores water. I plan to swallow it alive. Well, as much as can be done in 2 days.
Anyone have any recommendations for goodies I should be on the look out for to bring home? Italian chocolates? German jams?
I'll do my best to report back on our culinary adventures. We'll see how well that goes (dubious). Wish me luck!
Friday, September 10, 2010
I have a new restaurant obsession: Panchita's Mexican Criolla on South Carrollton in the Riverbend area is, by far, the best Mexican food I've had outside of California. Ooooh, it's delicious. Authentic, flavorful, delicious. Handmade, fresh corn tortillas like discs of heaven. Good beans. Really good beans. With lard. So much goodness.
Gaze upon my tostadas. One chicken with black beans, one shredded beef with pinto beans and one bean only. Completely fabulous tostadas. I want to tell you about the nuances of flavor and preparation but I was too busy gobbling them up. Bad food blogger!
Kid Cayenne had the chiles rellenos with rice (which she loved), refried beans (which she detected the lard in instantly, unfortunately for her... fortunately for me since they then became mine). The poblano pepper was stuffed with cheese and fried beautifully in an egg batter then served with tender, steaming hot corn tortillas. *sigh*
I would have no problem with eating here every day. Has anyone else gone? What did you think?
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Inspired by Bouillie's Random Stuff, here's my top 5 (at this moment) things I love to taste.
* perfectly ripe avocado, smashed onto toast with a sprinkle of sea salt
* that first sip of very good coffee in the morning
* jamon iberico
* salted caramel gelato (I know you said it first, Celeste, but I'm claiming it anyway, since I am somewhat responsible for it being at La Divina *inordinately proud and big-headed*)
* roasted Brussels sprouts
What are yours?
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Greetings from Amsterdam! My name is Lisa and I first met Julie when she played tour guide for me in New Orleans. She’s very lucky to live in such a terrific food city – there is so much good food in New Orleans! I work for a Dutch company with facilities all over the world. I have been lucky enough to visit all of our labs in the US, and they are in great food cities like Los Angeles (had the best ramen there) and Houston (burgers at Beaver’s and oysters at Gilhooley’s) and Philadelphia (sushi at Morimoto’s). But lately, I’ve been in Amsterdam and one of the things I love about this city is the food…but not the Dutch food.
On my first visit here, my boss told me that the Dutch National Cuisine consisted of bar snacks, and I did fall in love with bitterballen, little meat or mushroom croquettes that you dip in mustard and wash down with good Belgian beer. One of our favorite ways to dine here is to walk from plein to plein, stopping for beer and bitterballen at any outdoor café with an empty seat. It’s a lovely way to spend the evening.