Morning Market in Luang Prabang, Laos

von Claudia am 3. April 2015, keine Kommentare

Market Luang Prabang Bananas

I was very lucky to spend my Christmas holiday in Laos this year. We spend a couple of days in Luang Prabang, a tranquil town nestling between mountains and the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers.

Early in the morning the life in Luang Prabang, Laos, is very much centered around its vibrant and colorful market. Vendors present their products on small tables, on bamboo mats or simple sheets on the sidewalk and the streets are filled with busy Laotians who buy their fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, rice, spices and all kinds of other food – a feast for all senses.

Between the huge variety of products you can also spot quite a few unusual things like grilled rats, bugs or a bowl full of maggots. I particularly liked the variety of greens and chillies and the stalls selling small snacks such as rice cakes or pastries. Around noon, the hectic hustle and bustle of the market is over. I took some pictures to capture the spirit of this place and I hope you enjoy it.

Market Luang Prabang Big Fruit

Market Luang Prabang Bugs

Market Luang Prabang Chicken alive

Market Luang Prabang Chicken and Veggies

Market Luang Prabang Chicken

Market Luang Prabang Chillies

Market Luang Prabang Chives

Market Luang Prabang Dried Fish

Market Luang Prabang Fish 2

Market Luang Prabang Fish Baby

Market Luang Prabang Fish

Market Luang Prabang Frogs

Market Luang Prabang Maggots

Market Luang Prabang Meat

Market Luang Prabang Medicine

Market Luang Prabang Rats

Market Luang Prabang Rice Cakes

Market Luang Prabang Snacks 2

Market Luang Prabang Snacks

Market Luang Prabang Tomatoes

Market Luang Prabang Veggies 2

Market Luang Prabang Veggies and Rice

Market Luang Prabang Veggies

Dinner in Antwerp, Belgium

von Claudia am 6. November 2013, keine Kommentare

Fiskebar Antwerp Philipp

I will tell you about two fantastic restaurants in Antwerp without actually showing you some food. The thing is, I don’t have any pictures of what we ate. I was too excited about the food I guess.

So we spent a great weekend in Antwerp, Belgium, which is only two hours by car from where we live. It was a nice short weekend trip.

It is an open secret that I have a soft spot for fries with mayonnaise so what was the first thing we did when we arrived in Belgium (the country of fries)? We stopped at a „Frituur“ to have a big portion of fries. After that we took a nap. Of course. Apart from that our trip involved excellent food on Friday and Saturday night. I found two great restaurants called Fiskebar and Le John.

Fiskebar Antwerp

On Friday we had dinner at the Fiskebar, a lively and laid back fish restaurant in the trendy south of Antwerp. It is probably the best place to have fresh fish in the city. The menu is on a chalkboard on the wall and either you speak the language or the people at the restaurant are happy to help. We had Ceviche and mackerel sashimi to start with. I had swordfish with a beetroot risotto and Philipp took catfish with mashed potatoes and fennel. It all tasted divine.

Good food and great atmosphere. The look of the restaurant is quite Scandinavian. We really liked it and would definitely come back.

Fiskebar window Antwerp

Le John Antwerp

Saturday night I chose Le John for dinner. A rather fancy and hidden restaurant and bar. They offer fusion cuisine with a Mediterranean focus. Minimalist interior and friendly service.

We both had pasta for dinner. Philipp had wild boar ravioli and I chose fettuccini ai funghi. We had a good red wine from Sardinia. My food choice was ok.

After dinner we went upstairs to have a drink. They have a nice lounge and bar upstairs. It was great to lounge on a sofa after dinner to have a drink. Love the concept. They have a wide variety of drinks. We can recommend this place as well.

Le John Antwerp dinner

Le John Antwerp Bar

Le John:

I recommend making a reservation!

Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto

von Claudia am 23. Juni 2013, keine Kommentare

Ryokan Kyoto Kaiseki dinner first course

Before we left for Japan, I read that Kaiseki dinners are the pinnacle of Japanese cuisine – of course I was hooked!

The best place to experience this special type of dinner is to stay in a Ryokan in Kyoto. Ryokans are traditional Japanese guesthouses, where the rooms have a tatami flooring and sliding doors. We chose to stay at a charming Ryokan called Gion Hatanka – a calm and friendly place where we stayed for two nights.

Ryokan Kyoto Gion Hatanaka

So a Kaiseki dinner is a multi-course Japanese feast. You can say it is the counterpart to Western haute cuisine.

Traditionally it was a vegetarian meal served during tea ceremony. Nowadays it also includes fresh local meat and fish. The single dishes are beautifully presented and garnished and resemble shapes found in nature. The decoration of the food also plays with flowers and leaves. Both the ingredients used for the dinner as well as the tableware change according to the season.

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Torrontés from Cafayate, Argentina

von Claudia am 28. April 2013, keine Kommentare

When we travelled to Argentina in December and January, one of the things I was most looking forward to was the Argentinian wines. I knew that Mendoza was famous especially for Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. To be honest – that was actually all I knew. So I was happy to discover the wine region of Cafayate in the province of Salta, with some of the highest elevated vineyards in the world. Cafayate is famous for Torrontés, a white Argentinian grape, producing fresh, fruity and very aromatic wines. Not to be confused with the Spanish Torrontés grape. There are three types of Argentinian Torrontés. The Torrontés Riojano is the most aromatic and comes from the province of La Rioja and Salta.

cafayate wine

cafayate wine glass

Cafayate has 360 days of sunshine each year and I learned that the temperature difference between the hot days and cold nights favors a unique acidity profile of the wines. I am an amateur wine taster but I was well impressed by the refreshing taste of Torrontés. I think that the Torrontés white wines are starting to build international reputation.

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