カテゴリ：Travel Abroad( 7 )
On my second morning in Canada, I was amazed at how much greenery I saw and the beautiful little violet flowers (probably some kind of weed) growing in the lawns of some the homes I passed by. What also impressed me was how satisfying a bowl of pho noodles and a tall cold glass of Vietnamese coffee can bring. This was comfort food at it's best. The breakfast of champions.
Pho noodles, full of brisket, flank steak, tripe, and bean sprouts
Vietnamese coffee, really strong stuff
I saw these two Japanese comedians waiting for the same flight back to Japan at Vancouver airport. They're famous but I can't remember their names.
I asked if it was okay to take their picture...in English.
On this trip to Vancouver, I went to Granville Island. It is heaven for any chef, the place where you can get anything fresh produceand fruit, meat, spices, herbs, and other interesting things.
This was one of the things that I found by a company called Maison Cote.
I taste a black cherry balsamic vinegar and raspberry balsamic vinegar. They were both so good but I thought I should control myself and just bought the raspberry balsamic. I also bought a bottle of white truffle oil. It tasted so much better than the stuff from Takashimaya and cheaper too!
The store person told me that the producers make all their balsamic vinegars the traditional way. The only difference is the type of starting material. Except for something like the white truffle balsalmic vinegar, I think it's a blend of white truffles and grapes. Actually, the acidity of the balsamic base overpowered the flavor of the white truffle. But you could detect it in the finish, it was this pungent fill-your-mouth kinda thing.
I went back to Vancouver for friend's wedding and I had the chance to eat and do alot things that I used to eat and do. It was so nice to be back. I forgot how big the sky was in Vancouver. There's the feeling that there is so much space.
The mountains were as beautiful as ever but there was still snow on the top, very unusual. This summer it's be cooler than usual. It's about 22 in the daytime on average and about 18 in the morning. This is good though because I bought some chocolate from Chocolate Arts in Vancouver and this termperature is perfect.
I'll talk about what I bought, ate, and saw later.
So after getting off the plane, we decided to get some money exchanged at the airport since it was convienent. During our transaction, our teller was having a conversation with another teller. (It's so different from Japan, where you could expect undivided attention.)
Suddenly, another teller shouts from another counter about 3 meters away, "Hey, I'm out of $100 bills. Do you have any?" At which, our teller responds, "Yea, catch!" And then throws a wad of $100 bills across us and over to the other person. It was a poor throw and resulted in knocking down a cardboard advertising stand on the counter. It was so close I could have reached out and grabbed it.
I love Hong Kong.
I love Hong Kong. It's like a mixture of high rises and old time markets. Kowloon is cool too with it's old buildings and slummy areas and night markets.
So many good memories. I'll tell you more about it in short stories. Enjoy.
Food and Cookery
The Written Word
Le Cordon Bleu
Travel within Japan
Just walking around