Monthly Archives: April 2011

Grouper…and Praise of the Braise

Grouper.  Epinephelus striatus.  Or Grupah, as we say here in Bah-stin. Saturday lunch is often fun, because there is time to fiddle around with what’s available and make something interesting.  In this case, working with two ingredients and one technique, … Continue reading

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New Cut of Meat….and Chimichurri

It’s unusual for me to find a cut of meat that I have not seen before, but it happened this weekend.  Quickly scanning the cooler at Idylwilde Farms, I noticed a “beef shoulder tenderloin” — nearly a contradiction in terms. … Continue reading

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Oldies but goodies…

Now that Aaron has told me how to use my flat-bed scanner for film, and I have recently discovered boxes of old negatives,  I am entertained by resurrecting old photos and sharing them.  Some of these have been printed years … Continue reading

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Chihuly meets Picasa

…for a collage:

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Chihuly Exhibit at the MFA

Barbara and I visited the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) late last week to see the spectacular exhibit of glasswork by artist Dale Chihuly.  To my surprise picture-taking was permitted, and my iPhone was up to the task. All the … Continue reading

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Macau Market

The last day of our China trip we made a brief visit to Macau on the high-speed ferry.  The combination of Portuguese colonial history, Chinese people and traditions, and a good Japanese restaurant was appropriately multicultural. Most of our visit … Continue reading

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On the Li River

One of the most spectacular landscapes in China is the section along the Li River near Guilin.  It contains mountains of limestone formations that rise dramatically from the flat ground along the river, many with unusual shapes.  The city has … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Food Market

Great food begins with great ingredients.  That’s one reason I always visit fresh food markets in the culinary capitals, which is what led us to go to the Canton Road market today in the Mong Kok area of Kowloon, Hong … Continue reading

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Last Tuesday was an amazing day.  After lunch in Tongli, we drove to nearby Suzhou, where we visited the Humble Administrators’s Garden, followed by the Yunyansi Pagoda tower high on a hill above the town.  The photo album is here.

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Tongli & Suzhou — 2 hours and 1,000 years from Shanghai

On Tuesday we had an opportunity to visit two ancient water towns not far from Shanghai in kilometers, but a long way in history.  With marvelous guiding and translations from Jon’s colleague, Tim, we went to Tongli first, and then … Continue reading

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