Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Proof of...

I am in Haarlem and I am jogging. We have an extreme long day time here - sun raises I don't know when it was already bright out this morning at 5 am and it won't get dark till after 10:30. Jogging basically is only the exercise I do here as I drive to the office and there is no gym at my hotel.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer is Here

It should be always like this. 80 degrees with low humidity. Nice to be outsidr (and shopping maybe.)

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Hmmm Home Cooking

Nice to eat something I know exactly what is in as I just cooked. After eating something I bought at some place or at restaurants, there is nothing better than simple home cooking meals. It seems I was not the only one appreciating these.

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Found this in Haarlem during a jog. There is no clear rainy season in the Netherlands, but we have a lot of rainy days here. Where is the summer?

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Sunday, June 17, 2012


Another shot in a newly found section. A pretty girl in the clear air bloom promoting somethin, I think.

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Was in Brussels

Again, weekend in Brussels. Explored different sections of the city. Kim was showcase at the bank brunch. She is my favorite tennis play, BTW in the Netherlands this week. She is after all a strong medal contender from Belgium.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Sweet in Brussels

Maybe this is THE reason why I come to Brussels so often.

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My Drawer

I have always snacks in my DESK drawer. Nuts, dried fruits, Belgium chocolate, cookies, etc. The more I use the brain, the more I get hungry.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ramen in Brussels?

Actually this might be the reason why I come to Brussels so many times.
There is a Japanese ramen shop operated by Japanese couple. Per several sites and others, it is supposed to be the best in Europe. I don't have any doubt on that. If I live in Japan, it might not taste as good as I feel, but for me living outside of Japan so long, this is pretty authentic. This place is very popular among locals and there is a line all the time. There were THREE Japanese including myself this time.
They have very limited selections and I usually order Katsu Miso ramen. I know Katsu is not a typical topping for Ramen, but their Katsu is better than Chasyu.

Weekend in Brussels

As I started working in the Netherlands again, I drove down to Brussels for the weekend - two hours of driving are not fun but staying at a nicer hotel, having access to good food and sweets totally make up for it.
During walking around the city, I found this "out of place" house. I would imagine to see this type of house in Switzerland but not in Brussels. Really pretty though.
It was kind of a day not having a meal per se, but some snacks here and there. Waffle of course. Sweet but not too sweet.
Roast beef sandwich from local "high-end" chain. Whole grain makes up limited vegetables consumption in my meals during this trip - it could be just my excuse.
Brussels became my go-to place for a weekend. I have a feeling that I am coming back here next week unless the weather is really nice in the Netherlands which allows me to go to beach to relax. It has been really COLD in Europe and you do need a jacket, if it is not a coat here. Where is SUMMER?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Essa Bagel

After the dentist for the teeth cleaning (my doctor always says I am his favorite patient as I maintain my teeth without cavity), I needed to stop by Essa. It well worth additional blocks to walk over. I planned to buy only two but ended up buying three. I have already eaten one of them before catching the subway home. SOOOOO GOOOOOD.

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Jewish Parade

I am in the city to see the dentist - semi-annual event for me. I ran into this parade the same as last year. My dentist is Jewish but nothing to do with this obviously. A very nice day to be outside.

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Some Treat - Ice Cream

After hitting the gym during the weekend AND walking to Cobbler Hill to get this ice cream, it seems ok to have the ice cream directly from the container. So good.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

New Attraction

This has been just built next to the Brooklyn bridge. I heard that some rich person donated it along with the building. Fantastic view from the park.

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Pizza at Grimaldi

It is one of the most famous pizza places in NYC. I came here with visitors but first time by ourselves. They have moved to a new location next door. It is still good.

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