New Delhi - day 1



breakfast - guava juice, fresh yogurt, curry, vadab(donuts looking bread), sambhar(soup), idli (white rice), sausage and grilled tomato.




dinner - home party. ALL handmade. even yogurt and cheese, made by my friend's gramma.

I'm in heaven...


Granmma Shri, making corn and pea pakora for appetizer.



Buffet dinner. From front: Cheese curry, chicken and potato curry, bean curry, mango chutney, salad, rice...



Shoma and her spice rack.

Vienna Airport

ウィーン空港にて次のフライトまで4時間
さて何をしようか。

オーストリア航空は何度かお世話になりましたが
ここの機内食は結構いけます。
サービスも悪くないです
シンガポールとか日系航空会社のサービスにはかないませんが。
ヨーロッパ行きはルフトハンザ、スイス、オーストラリアンの順に好きです。

しかし、あの色使いは毎回搭乗するたびに驚きます
添乗員は全身真っ赤。頭からつま先まで。靴もタイツも。
原色緑のシートに原色黄色のヘッドカバー
黄緑の毛布に赤のクッション。
発色がいい、とかいう次元でなく
あれは「色キチガイ」「色オンチ」にあたるかと、、、

目をチカチカさせながらも
「マズくない」機内食とワインを何度もアンコールして
しっかり睡眠もとったフライトとなりました

ちなみに、ウィーン空港乗り換えは
ターミナル全体が小さいので待ち時間が長いと厳しいです。
二つだけあるカフェはいつも人でいっぱい
フリーwifiは助かりますね

で、次の8時間フライトを乗り切ったらそこは、、、
インドじゃ。
食べまくりじゃ。




Killing time at the Vienna Airport. Austrian Air's on-flight food is usually "eatable". Beef whatever that was, and the sandwitch in the morning, weren't bad at all. The downside is the very small transit terminal in Vienna which usually is overloaded with people. Free wifi is a plus though. Also, I never get their taste of color. Head to toe bright red costume, bright green seats with yellow head cover and red cushion... I don't get it. But I've had good luck with their service so far. Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian is the order of my flight choice when traveling to Europe.


My second flight from here, is 8 hours to India. Yes. Lots of Indian food on a way.

ぬか床/Rice bran bed vol.3

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ふ〜ん。不思議な物が出来上がった。
酸味と臭みがあっておもしろい味に。チャーハンにしたら美味しいかも。
どちらかというと、旨味をぬか床にあげちゃったようで
椎茸自体の味は薄まった様な。

Shiitake came out with a bit acidic and bitter flavor. It would go well in fried rice, I think. Nukadoko might have sucked out most of the umami...

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さすがアミーゴ、ハラペーニョ。
4日漬けたのにうんともすんとも言わない。
ただ、辛みがほとんど抜けてただのピーマンみたいになった。
食感は相変わらずカリカリしてるし、漬け物感全くなし。
もっと長期間漬けてみるかな。

以上、報告まで。


Four days of Pickling didn't do much to the amigo jalapeño... Only thing is it lost it's pungency, but the texture and the color didn't change at all. I'm gonna try leaving it much longer next time.

ぬか床/Rice bran bed vol.2


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ベジ料理のレパートリーに困ると良くお世話になる
Izumimirunさんのブログで
干し椎茸のぬか漬けが美味しいという情報を入手。

ええぇっ??
と思いながらも
野菜から出る水分で最近もっぱらぐずぐずと締まりがないし
干し椎茸を入れたら吸ってくれるかな?
期待しながら投入していると、目の端にとまったハラペーニョ。
、、、入れちゃお。
、、、キュウリもついでに。

じゃ、あとよろしく。

ぬか床「ええぇっ?」

ぐふふ。どんなことになるかな。


I read that Hoshi-shiitake (dried shiitake mushroom) works well in Nukadoko, from Izumimirun's veggie food blog (in Japanese). I've never heard of it but why not? Then I saw a jalapeno in my vegetable basket... why not? A cucumber left alone... why not?
East meets... south. Let's see what comes out:)


Earl Gray

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20代まで一日何杯も飲んでいたコーヒー
ある頃からさっぱり飲めなくなってしまって少々寂しい
今でもあの味恋しさに、ベジ殿のカプチーノを一口だけ盗む私。

という訳で、毎日飲む紅茶、いろいろ試してます。
毎朝お世話になるアールグレイ、お気に入りは
Grace Rare Tea (写真左)
アールグレイ独特の香りの素、ベルガモットが強すぎず
飲み続けても飽きないのが良い。

Beachesにある紅茶屋さん、Pippins
ここのアールグレイはいまいちでしたが
お店のおばちゃんが誇らしそうに「中毒になるわよ」と勧める
Cream Earl Greyはとても美味しい。ほんのりバニラの香り。

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バニラの香りと言えば、フレグランスティーでは
マリアージュフレールのマルコポーロが素晴らしい。
高くて自分ではなかなか手が出ないけど。

marco


日本の「お土産/贈答品」文化が懐かしい。
何かのお礼やお祝いにちょっとした物、、、
っていうとマルコポーロを買って行くのが好きだった。
厄介でもあるんだけど、あれは楽しい習慣だよなぁ



Sadly, my tummy stopped liking coffee several years ago, so now I can only occasionally lick the delicious cappuccino made by my veggie other-half. Boo.

Instead, I drink 3-6 cups of tea each day. My everyday favorite is Grace Rare Tea's earl grey, which has just the right amount of bergamot fragrance.

Pippins in Beaches has "Cream Earl Grey," which the proprietor (owner?) proudly calls "crack, the addictive tea." I like this a lot with a hint of vanilla. Their regular earl grey's bergamot is a bit too strong for me.

Speaking of vanilla, Marco Polo by Mariage Freres is so special, a beautiful blend of all sorts of aromas. It's expensive, but back in Japan, this was my favorite choice for the "gift/souvenir culture" needs. "Giving a gift" in Japan is a symbolic gesture, showing that he or she cares about you. People are constantly giving and receiving gifts to each other at every occaision. A gift, not just for a wedding or birthday, is given for being a new neighbor... going on vacation... celebrating the end of the year or end of the summer... Not a bad country, eh?


The Stockyards

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The Stockyards


うまい。


St. Clair west にあるバーベキューレストラン。
カウンター席のみのローカルな感じ
「今日の野菜」の香ばしいロースト芽キャベツ
カラっと揚がったポテト
バーガー1個$7.50からの値段設定
いつ行っても元気ハツラツのお姉ちゃん。

つきましては座布団4.5枚なり。
トロント個人的バーガーランキング、トップに躍り出ました。

今回はビックマックのようなThe Animal Burgerを堪能しましたが
グリーンチリバーガーも、火、金、日曜限定スペアリブも
隣の女性が唸りながら食べていたフライドチキンも
何度でも食べに行きたい。

あーあ、どうやってカロリー消費しようかな、、、


Things I LOVE about this place:
- Amazing food (had the animal burger today – fantastic!)
- Counter-only small space with a friendly, local hub-type atmosphere.
- Green of the day = roasted BRUSSELS SPROUTS with lardon.
- Prices start at $7.50 for a burger.
- Always happy, fun lady hosting.

I mark 4.5 Zabutons, which tops my personal Toronto burger ranking

Things I can't wait to go back for:
- Green chili cheeseburger
- Tue, Fri, and Sunday only BBQ ribs
- Fried chicken (which caused the girl at the table next to me to literally groan with pleasure)

So many calories to burn...


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ブログランキング・にほんブログ村へ

Niwatei

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soy sauce ramen

行ってきました、J-townのラーメン、丹羽亭

デパ地下フードコート系。
っていうのは
東京都内主要駅の大手百貨店が展開する華やかな世界、ではなく
中学生の頃よく遊びに行った地元のデパート
ニチイとかダイエーとか
(もうなかったり名前が変わってたりする)
クレープ、たこ焼き、クリームソーダ、ラーメン、焼き団子
が食べれる、主婦と子供の憩いの場
みたいなフードコート。

のラーメンですな。(前置きが長い)
ちなみに、高速道路サービスエリア系、とも言うかもしれない。
座布団なし

お隣の店、Shiso Treeのパスタ、美味しいです
懐かしの明太子パスタ、などなど。


Located on Steels Avenue East in J-Town. In Japan you might find a franchise ramen place like this in a run-down food court at a suburban department store, or at a so-called "service area" restaurant (basically a highway rest stop). I'd rather hit the next door cafe Shiso Tree for nostalgic Japanese style pastas. Their pasta with mentaiko (cod roe) is great.

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Tonkotsu Ramen


Niwatei Japanese Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Food Truck Issues and Somebody's Grandmother

ニューヨーク特派員の、くりちゃんさーーーん!!

「旨味」と「侘び寂び」のわかるアメリカ人、クリちゃん
NY中心に、食Burogu音Burogu特派員として
トロント以外の美味なる記事を送ってくれます。
一本目は近頃NYで大流行のフードトラックについて。
簡単な日本語訳は最後に。

Ladies and Gents, let me introduce Kuri-chan, 食Burogu音Burogu's field correspondent/my dearest friend in NY who thinks his tongue and stomach are Japanese. I trust his taste buds and believe he has yummy info that everyone should know about.

**********Please welcome, Kuri-chan!!**********


Why hello! くりちゃん, your field correspondent, reporting for duty, bringing you news of delicious noms from places outside of Toronto.
roving reporter

I begin with a confession: today, in 2012, I am super suspicious of mobile food trucks. It didn't use to be this way, and it's not for the reason you might think. In fact, when I first moved to New York, I used to run all over the city trying all the street meat and falafel and sausages and dumplings and tacos and tortas. A stroll down 6th avenue in midtown gave a hungry office worker about 10 basquillion different food options, all for under 4 dollars and all served in under 4 minutes.

Most impressive of all was that most of these carts represented a typically American, typically New York story – that of the first generation immigrant who seizes her piece of the American dream by cooking an authentic piece of her home country from a food truck on the street. Everyone wins: the food truck proprietor is making a living with very little overhead cost, and the customers are getting a chance to taste something exactly the way it would taste in, say, Mexico City or Singapore or Islamabad, probably made with love by someone's grandmother.

Then, all of a sudden, circa 2008, I saw a new food truck, unlike any I had seen before. It had… a logo. It looked like… graphic design. This was the Rickshaw Dumpling Truck, which I have since made the scapegoat for the evils of the current food truck market in NY. I couldn't believe the prices: $6 for an order? My favorite dumpling spot at the time charged $1 for 5 dumplings, and that was even a brick-and-mortar storefront. Even more irritating was the actual product - bland, flavorless crap, clearly inspired by nobody's grandmother.

How did this happen? Rickshaw co-founder David Weber's bio says it all:

Since he first set up a lemonade stand at the end of his driveway at the age of eight, David has been fascinated by business efficiency.



[barf]

Prior to joining Rickshaw, David worked as a consultant for American Management Systems and the World Bank advising businesses around the country and around the world.



RED ALERT.

David's business plan for crappy overpriced dumplings worked - there was a line down the block. And now, 4 years later, we live in a new food-truck reality – a world of long lines and high prices, fake-authentic food with well designed menus.

So now I tread carefully and am skeptical of every new truck I see: is it the real deal or is it some M.B.A.s pet project? In the spirit of Yogi Rice's recent foray into the Tacos of Toronto, I present the Mexico Blvd. Truck, NYC:



I was extremely suspicious of this truck when I saw it parked on E. 47th st. between Lexington and 3rd ave. In fact, I walked right past, intending to have lunch at Onya, the earth-shatteringly-good-udon-place down the street. But Onya was already closed, and I was hungry hungry hungry. So I gave it a whirl.



Adobo Taco "Pork loin marinated for 24 hours in our great grandmother's adobo" - $3
Absolutely delicious, these dudes' grandmother made a super rich sauce perfectly balanced to the awesome shredded pork. Holds its own against any taco I've had in the city, truck or no truck.

Pastor Taco "Pork tenderloin marinated in our three chiles sauce, served with cilantro, onion & a pineapple slice
Also wonderful, spicy but refreshing and full of richness.

Both these tacos were serious winners. And the price was right. And they were quick - there was no line when I was there (although I admit it was not at lunch-rush). So what's the deal, who are these guys? Surely there is a business savvy person involved, but it still seemed authentic. So I checked out their website and found this page:

http://mexicoblvd.com/story.html

Lo and behold, the story behind this truck is a sweet story of a father and son team sharing the food and culture they grew up with in Mexico - maybe my cynical aversion to the food truck fad is unfounded after all! I'm hoping there are lots more of these that pop up around the city.

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2008年以降、「人力車」ってお洒落なロゴの入った餃子トラックが、ダウンタウン、ダンボエリアを徘徊し始めたと思ったら、これがすごい勢いで大ヒット。それに続け!とあちこちで、新しいフードトラックを見かけるようになった。このRickshawトラック、経済コンサルタントの経歴を持つビジネスマンのアイデアらしいが、$6でかわいい箱に餃子が5、6個はいってる。一個$1だよっ!クリちゃんは、メキシカンだのアラブ系だのシンガーポール系だの、昔ながらニューヨークならでは「安い早い美味い」移民フードトラックファンだったので、そんなに美味しくもなく、お洒落なトラックにかっこいいデザインメニューの新手トラックの出現に憤慨だった様子。
そんな中、Mexico Blvdのタコス、メチャ美味しいらしい。NYで食べたタコスの中で一番ですって。
なに!! 次にNYを訪れたら探しに行こう。

くりちゃん、リポートありがとう。

Thai Noodle

Thai Noodle


kensington Marketに行くと
タコスか、このタイの麺屋か、で迷う。

2年前、2泊だけ滞在したバンコク。
どうしてもローカル屋台麺の食べ歩きをしたくて
うだる暑さと時差ボケでふらっふらしながら
それでも仕事の合間に2軒はしごして
倒れそうだったけど幸せだったのを思い出す。

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Guey Tiew Ruer Nuer
スライスビーフとビーフボール、モヤシの入ったスープヌードル
お店の自慢の一杯らしい。うまい。


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Ba Mee moo dang
汁なし麺に豚ローストと野菜。これにフィッシュソースだのSrirachaホットソースだのをお好みでふりかけて食べる。サイドでスープ付き。これもまたうまい。

ベトナムのフォーも好きだけど、タイ麺も好き。
この屋台で食べる感じ、飾り気のない美味麺に座布団3枚。

ちなみに、愛想良くカワイイ店員さん
食べ終わった頃ニコニコしながらテーブルにやってきて
「今日はどこにいってたの?」と無邪気に聞かれた。
タイでは「いい天気ですね」な感じで使う挨拶なのか(その日は天気もよかったし)
レストランで聞かれたことのない新手の質問に
「え、、、っと、家で仕事してました」とか真面目に答えてしまった。

Guey Tiew Ruer Nuer & Ba Mee Moo Dang at Thai Noodle:
After I shop at Kensington Market, there is usually a debate whether to finish the day off with tacos or thai noodles. This simple noodle shop reminds me of my 2-night-only stopover in Bangkok, where I powered through my weariness and used my limited non-working time for local street food hopping. I was struggling with jet-lag and the hottest tropical humid air I've ever experienced, so I must have looked like a zombie begging for a bowl of noodles. Yet I was definitely a happy zombie with those bowls full of joy. I've had their soup-noodles and soupless-noodles above, both are my favorite. 3 Zabutons.

BTW, last time I was there, a friendly puppyish waitress came by with the bill at the end and asked "So, where have you been??" with a big smile. That's a funny thing to be asked in a restaurant, no? That line in Thai must be an equivalent of "How are you?" or "Nice weather today". But I got confused for a second and answered like "Um... home, working all day...???", feeling like a kid trying to hide something...

Cooking Music of the week

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Deadmou5: Get Scraped
+ New Mexican green chili beans with roasted poblano peppers
ニューメキシコ風チリビーンズ


Fela Kuti: Zombi & beasts of no nation
+ curry udon
カレーうどん


András Schiff: Robert Schumann
+ Chinese veggie noodle with blackbean sauce
黒豆板醤野菜炒め麺


先週のクッキングミュージック。
大音量で。
3つ目のミスマッチ、それもまた良し。
デッドマウスはトロント出身、って知ってました?チリとよく合う。

あなたのクッキンミュージックは?


I like blasting music while cooking. I have to admit the third pair was not the perfect match, but both very tasteful.


What's your favorite cooking music?