Saturday, September 24, 2011

Shabu Shabu Lunch

Per someone's request, our lunch was Shabu Shabu. A good thing living in NY is you can get pretty much anything you need for Japanese or any other cuisine. The only thing you can't get easily is super premium meat, but what we had today was good enough for us.
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Jet Lag

There are 6 hours of time difference between Amsterdam and NY. I am living somewhere in between intentionally, as I need to take a flight on Sunday to go back there to start working from Monday morning.
This morning I woke up at 4 and ate home baked bread for an early breakfast. 2 hours later I had a good jog and noticed that the color of trees has started changing.
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Friday, September 23, 2011

Back Home in NY

After 2 weeks of stay in the Netherlands, I am back in NY for the weekend, yup only a few days and I am heading back there again. I have been craving for hone cooked meals, and that's what we had today. Nothing better than home, period.
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Another View in Haarlem

I like to work out of town by staying at a hotel, because I don't have to do anything, but work. The room is always clean and you don't have to do anything to maintain. So another run after work, and this was the view. Nice, huh?
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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Day Trip to Utrecht

It did not seem a nice day in Haarlem today so I decided to go somewhere SOUTH.
Utrecht, 4th largest city in the Netherlands, is 30 miles southeast of Haarlem and 45 minutes by a car. It was a nice drive and I am so glad I did today. It was a beautiful town/city to begin with and there are a lot to see.
First stop, the dorm. It is located in the center of the town. Some people were on the top of the building where I am assuming a nice view, but not for me. You can see it is a typical Netherlands setting - surrounded by canal.
 After waking around the majority of the town, I was hungry for lunch. I found this place which is part of a cool hotel next to the dorm. Duck meat and cream sauce pasta with arugula, by the way President Obama's favorite vegetable, on top.
Just over 10 euro for pasta and drink so not too bad by considering there is  no tipping custom here in the Netherlands. I am not cheap but it is a custom here.
Canal makes the Netherlands so unique - restaurants open the seats right next to the canal, which is 15 feet below the street level. Even it was chilly - like 50s, but the sun made it a nice day to be out and sit at a cafe to enjoy the view - buildings and people of course.
There were boats with some tourists and it could be cool to see the town from the water level.
I am sure I will come back here during my stay in the Netherlands, and next time on Saturday when stores are open.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Shopping Day

I guess this is a typical fall day in Amsterdam. Rainy and chilly. Everyone wears a jacket, I mean a winter jacket. I ran into a fashion show in front of the store just opened. Girls needed to have an umbrella, which looked funny.
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Friday, September 16, 2011


Working in Amsterdam and staying in Haarlem. After the first week of work, got out for run. Nice view, right?
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chicken and Waffle

You have to have something southern, when you are in south. That's what I did today - chicken and waffle. Side was mac and cheese.
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Durham NC Again

This is the view from the hotel. Yup, it is a small town even though there is a famous university, Duke near by.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Labor Day BBQ

It was an official end of the summer, and we celebrated with BBQ without outside cooking - it's NYC after all. All the meats and vegetables still got good charcoal / grill marks. Yum yum.
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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Seafood Lunch in CT

We decided to go to one of casinos in CT, as it was a bit too hot to walk around some town or go for hiking. On the way, we stopped by a seafood restaurant. A girl at the casher for some reason spoke in a southern accent which was funny. One of the best so far we had.
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My First Bread

We recently purchased a bread machine. It is so easy to prepare. We tried whole wheat bread this time. Crusty outside and warm and soft/chewey inside. What's next?
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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Saturday Supper

We were talking about go somewhere or do something, but in the end we decided to take it easy, in other words "lazy" day. We still managed to go for grocery shopping and cooked several dishes by using in season vegetables. All came out really good and can't wait to have the left overs.
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