Saturday, January 3, 2015
My first taste of real paella occurred during my brief visit to Amsterdam a few years ago. While Amsterdam is a great city, for a first time visitor finding an restaurant that serves edible meal can be quite challenging, especially in the tourists districts. I knew all too well to avoid the usual tourist traps. I would use my instinct to survey the restaurants, and by observing carefully the clienteles. It is generally a good sign when you see what appears to be mostly local regulars. Better yet if the staff or owner welcome them warmly.
Brunnhilde likes to help me cook. When we travel we do a lot of home cooking on the road, so for her a sets of well appointed kitchen cookwares and service only make a lot of sense. When I first acquired a camper my initial tendency was to only put not so good cookware and service in there.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
photo linked to CSO
I have the habit of tuning into the weekly broadcasting of Chicago Orchestra Symphony (CSO) and New York Philharmonic (NY Phil) whenever I can. Like some folks would do in the days before digital music I often make a recording of the entire program using minidisc.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Very often I am in search for Cantonese written words that are commonly used in Hong Kong and Guangdong (Canton). I have written before that Cantonese, and especially those developed in Hong Kong can be very colourful often with an undercurrent of dark humor.