Imagine my delight when a Japanese friend told me about new restaurant Soseki‘s ‘soft opening’. I love hearing about new restaurants anyway, but when I found out that the food was going to be free during this period, I immediately made two reservations for this week – lunch for one, and dinner for two. It’s rare for me to eat twice at a restaurant within such a short space of time, but I thought it might give me a better overview of kaiseki kappo, which ‘originated in the high-class restaurants for wealthy merchants living in nineteenth century Osaka’ and is a more informal, less expensive version of the classically prepared kaiseki ryori…
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Posted in dining out, England, fish, food, healthy, ingredient, Japanese, London, restaurant, restaurant review, seafood, sushi, travel, traveleating, tagged dining out, eating out, England, food, Japanese, Japanese cuisine, kaiseki, London, restaurant, restaurant review, Soseki on August 16, 2008 | 11 Comments »
Posted in Alan Yau, Cantonese, China, Chinese, cooking, dim sum, dining out, dumplings, food, healthy, ingredient, noodles, restaurant, restaurant review, travel, traveleating, vegetarian, tagged Chinese, cooking, dining out, eating out, food, restaurant reviews, restaurants, travel, traveleating, vegetarian, vegetarian chinese food on July 27, 2008 | 6 Comments »
What do Chinese restaurants offer the discerning vegetarian? I’ve been giving this a lot of thought lately, because we’re going on a two week trip to Hong Kong, Macau and Beijing this October, and I’m going to have to do some serious research to find suitable eateries for vegetarian husband. I’ve been thinking about all the Chinese restaurants we’ve visited in London, and what dishes he particularly enjoys, so that I can find similar (or far better!) ones in China. Although I lived in Beijing for two years and have visited Hong Kong many times in the past, it’s been over a decade since my last trip, and I never had to worry about feeding a vegetarian!
Posted in cooking, food, healthy, Indian, ingredient, recipes, travel, traveleating, vegetarian, tagged cooking, food, healthy, Indian, ingredients, Manju Malhi, recipes, travel, traveleating, vegetarian on July 23, 2008 | 6 Comments »
Posted in breakfast, cooking, Costa Rica, food, healthy, recipes, travel, traveleating, vegetarian, tagged breakfast, cooking, Costa Rica, food, gallo pinto, healthy, recipes, travel, traveleating, vegetarian on July 21, 2008 |
Gallo pinto, or ‘spotted rooster’ – rice and black beans – is Costa Rica’s ‘national dish’. After having eaten endless amounts of this simple but very tasty dish while visiting my parents last year, I suddenly developed a craving for it. It seems to be particularly popular in Costa Rica’s Central Valley region, but I had it for breakfast everywhere I went, served with scrambled eggs and/or fried plantain on the side. Sometimes the rice and beans were mixed together, while at other times served side by side on the plate. As with all dishes, regional variations exist.
Posted in cooking, food, healthy, Italian, recipes, travel, traveleating, vegetarian, tagged cooking, food, healthy, how to, Italian, mushroom risotto, recipes, travel, traveleating, vegetarian on July 21, 2008 | 5 Comments »
My husband loves making risotto. It’s so easy to prepare, and as it all goes into one pan, there’s little washing-up for me to do afterwards, so I love it too. On our recent trip to Italy, we went supermarket shopping as always, and bought amongst other things a box of Vialone Nano risotto rice. We’d just eaten a terrific lunch at Dal Pescatore, and one of the dishes I had was a vegetarian risotto using Vialone Nano. In this recipe, we also used up the rest of our extremely good quality porcini mushrooms from Bologna’s famous foodie shop Tamburini…