Monday, May 28, 2012

Leftover Cooking

When we cook cutlet, we always cook extra for next day. This time is the same - Katsu-Don.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Chicken Cutlet

After over 2 hours of hiking (600 calories burned) today, I think we deserve to eat this gigantic cutlet for dinner. One chicken breast per person so it is not that big actually. With arugula salad. Yummy...

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Brown Rice Bread

Time to test a new recipe. I found this online using cooked brown rice to add the body to the bread. It did not raise high as I liked it to be, but it could be nice. Will report the result later.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Weekend

First holiday, at least for my company, since the new year. No plan to go somewhere over night but just hang out in the area. It is an official BBQ day this weekend so we cooked Korean/Japanese BBQ for dinner. For some reason we bought over two ponds of meat, but almost all has disappeared but where... It will be shown tomorrow morning when we change to jeans, sadly.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Stamina Lunch

It might be a Japanese expression, but this reminds me a typical stamina dish you could get at a Japanese dinner or ramen shop. Spicy and meaty... I am ready for some heat waves.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Ice Cream Anyone?

After the Korean, we went for a hiking for a couple hours. Another gorgeous day here in NY. Burning some calories made us hungry and we needed some sweets. Ice cream was the best choice. One of our favorite places where they make it by themselves. Much creamy than European ice cream.

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Craved for Korean

We have been craving for this tofu soup for a while. We saw some changes at the restaurant (unform, no more Korean servers, etc.) but no change in the taste. As usual we were satisfied customers.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Salmon Dish We Like

I know we have been eating the same salmon dish all the time, but there is no better one we can find.

Our oven did most of the cooking today. We love roasted vegetables.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Quick Thursday Supper

It's still Thursday but as I needed to send my company PC for renewal, I can't work tomorrow which makes it three day weekend, kind of.

To that extend, we cooked the supper home. Simple pasta with salad. Home made dressing came out just perfect. The secret is a drop of honey.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Long Weekend in Nice (France)

After finishing the work in Amsterdam, we headed to Nice France for a long weekend. It is tough to be out of town/country for this long, but there is a good thing coming with it, like this time.
We arrived in Nice pretty late - 90 minutes flight delay, but we started Saturday early by taking a train to Monaco, just 15 miles east of Nice. I was there more than 10 years ago, but I guess I saw only part of it. F1 race was just a few weeks away, and the town was blocked at many points and there were already many speculators.
I did not realize how beautiful this country/city is. Unbelievably blue ocean and so many buildings between the mountains and the ocean. It could be nice (not just nice but AMAZING) to live here if we had at least $10 million in my bank account.
After coming back to Nice, we had a wonderful dinner at a restaurant recommended by the concierge at the hotel. It is located just a few blocks away from most touristy areas, but it was so quiet. Our table was facing outside - overseeing a beautiful garden and the church.
Starters with this asparagus soup. You need to feel that it is between summer and spring by seasonable vegetables.
My appetizer was foie gras - of course, right? Just lightly sauteed and sweet sauce balanced the richness.
Like a typical French restaurant, we had a sort of sweets - like chocolate pocky, but it had some "sensation" in the mouth (this white sprinkles).
On Sunday, we headed south west to Cannes by again taking a train. As you know Cannes is famous for its movie festival. You can see the red carpet in the center where I believe celebrities will gather in a few weeks. It is smaller than Nice, but you can see there are a lot of money in this city. Beautiful architectures and almost all the buildings have this Orange-ish roof, which reminds me more Spain or Italy.
I disparately needed some French sweets and this is what I fortunately found - macaroon at Paul, a famous/popular French pastry. It was chewy and sweet and this was what I needed.
After backing from a day trip to Cannes we walked around the city of Nice. There were a lot of tourists and the city was very lively. I saw only a few Japanese tourists but it is not the main destination for Japanese and I guess it was off-season for them.
I was able to capture this amazing picture right before night thunders arrived. It was right before the sunset so you can still see blue sky through the clouds.
Unique things about Nice is its beach. It is rocky not sandy. It is like a river in that sense and it makes very funny noise when waves come and go.
It stretches like a mile or so from our hotel to the airport. As it was Monday and still an off season, not so many people were on the beach. I can imagine that there will be tons of people next month through August.
This was our hotel - FIVE star, ha ha. Not too big and you feel "private" when you enter the building. There was a casino in the building, and of course we went there only for 20 minutes just LOOSE some money. It has been our tradition.
Every good thing has to come to end, and so as our trip. The airport was just 10 minutes away from the hotel and you can see the city from the airport.
It was a great long weekend. It is not too far from NY, so we might come back when we find a time - we just need Friday and Monday off.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Culinary Institute of America

We went to the culinary institute of america in Hyde Park. This is one of the top institutions future top chefs go. Great service with tasteful dishes. Our server for the day was a young future chef looking forward to working at our favorite restaurant, Eleven Madison when he graduates.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

We Bought a House...

I wish. We visited one of the mansions on the Hudson river as part of our trip. They have a huge land to match to this beautiful building. It was nice to travel during the week while others were working.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Breakfast at Diner

We are on a road trip to Hyde Park NY. One of the things I look forward to most is breakfast. Blueberries pancakes with sausage patty. Hmmm, yummy.

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