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Katsu Curry Warmth (WPC)

Chicken Katsu Curry

In response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth

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Dong Hua Men Night Market, Beijing – NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED!

If you are going to Beijing and you have a free evening, you must go to the Dong Hua Men Night Market (address: Dong Hua Men Avenue, West of Wang Fu Jing AvenueBeijing 100005China). The stalls open from 5pm to about 11pm. The market has about a hundred food stalls that offer everything from rice and noodles to cupcakes to deep-fried starfish, grasshoppers and snakes on sticks. Locals and toursists walk around to watch other brave people devour some of the most un-imaginable food items in this market.

I went there one evening a couple of weeks ago with my parents and sister. We were all curious to see whether this place can live up to the hype built by the media and other tourists who have been here before.

I was so excited when we arrived:

We arrived just as the owners were opening their stalls so we were among the first few people they enticed to try everything. The first few items were not so bad.

Cute pastries
Insides of pigs
Lobsters
Lobsters, deep-fried seafood on sticks

Then, as we carried on walking, the items on sale became weirder…

Pig intestines

…and weirder…

Dried and fried lizards (?), grasshoppers and seahorses
A closer look at the grasshoppers
Some sort of lizards
Yes. Seahorses!

…and weirder…

Scorpions
Deep-fried breaded starfish
Snakes, millipedes, spiders, etc. on sticks

But hey, some people tried them. Here’s a picture of a man who is a lot braver than I was:

Take a bow, Sir. Take a bow!

We have had an amazing night people-watching. I definitely would recommend this place to anyone who comes to Beijing. If you feel brave, try any of their food, take a picture and post it on your blog and let me know!

Despite having a rather interesting and fun night, I went back to my hotel wearing this expression on my face:

Coffee break at The Plan, Cardiff

The Plan in Cardiff, South Wales has some of the most finest coffees, teas and cakes that are relatively cheap. Most of their ingredients are locally produced, too. They serve light bites and also have vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

I loved their Coffee and Walnut cake and their fresh Kenyan coffee in a cafetiere.

Kenyan coffee
Moist and decadent coffee and walnut cake
Friendly staff

I loved it there. Please do check it out!

The Plan can be found at the heart of the Morgan Arcade at Cardiff city centre. 

Full address:

The Plan

Morgan Arcade 28-29

Cardiff

CF10 1AF

Tel. no: 02920 398 764

Come Dine With Me

Today’s PromptYou get to plan a dinner party for 4-8 of your favorite writers/artists/musicians/other notable figures, whether dead or alive. Who do you seat next to whom in order to inspire the most fun evening?

Weirdest Dinner Party

I will invite the following to my fictitious dinner party:

  • Gordon Ramsay – He may cook for us. If not, he may entertain us with his criticism of the food and his constant swearing.
  • Hannibal Lecter- I want to know how he would manipulate the other guests. Who knows, he may (literalily) fry our brains  at the end of the night!
  • Dr. House – Purely for his wits and sarcasm, and the potential debate between him and Gordon.
  • Dr. Sheldon Cooper – Which seat will be his spot? How will he cope with the power struggle between the other guests? Who will he talk to? I’m very intrigued.
  • Karl Pilkington from An Idiot Abroad – What will he moan about and how much will he moan?
  • Oprah Winfrey – She may give all of us cars, free trips and houses at the end of the night!
  • A minion from Despicable Me – Why not, right? They’re fun to be around.

An All-You-Can-Eat-For-Free Restaurant

Today’s Daily PromptYou just inherited a dilapidated, crumbling-down grand mansion in the countryside. Assuming money is no issue, what do you do with it?

Imagine a restaurant exclusive to people who cannot afford to eat. A place where gourmet food is served for free. Not just a soup kitchen – money is not an issue, remember? This is what I want to do with a run-down grand mansion. Food will be cooked by trained and well-mannered chefs, who, along with the servers, in turn will train those who have no jobs.

There may be a shortage in money in the world, but I do not think that there is a shortage of good, well-meaning people who are willing to help the less fortunate.

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My Picky Tongue hates Mackerel

Today’s Daily PromptYou have to chose one flavour that your sense of taste will not be able to distinguish. Sweet, sour, bitter, salty, umami, spicy (not a taste per se , but we’re generous): which one do you chose to lose?

I have never liked the taste of mackerel- however it is cooked. I cannot stand it. I am well aware of the benefits of eating different kinds of fish- protein content, healthy oils, etc. But I still cannot stand the distinctive taste of mackerel. It’s not for the lack of trying though. Losing the ability to distinguish its taste is probably the only way for me to eat it!

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Ice Cream Personality

Today’s Daily PromptA local ice cream parlor invites you to create a new wacky flavour. It needs to channel the very essence of your personality. What’s in it?

I went to Rome a few years ago and visited Della Palma (Gelato di Roma), a world-famous place to buy any ice cream flavour you can think of. Just look:

 

 

Della Palma didn’t disappoint. Their gelato tasted like heaven!

 

My trip to Rome had me convinced that every possible ice cream flavour have been thought of, which makes answering today’s prompt very tricky. I struggled to think of flavours that would embody my personality. I have been descibed as serious,  sweet yet awkward and healthy. I think I’d make a sweet potato flavoured ice cream. It’s healthy, serious (I think), sweet and very strange. I wonder what it will taste like. Has it been created yet?

 

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Barbecues (barbeques) and Flowers

Today’s Daily Prompt: Smores, salty ocean breezes, veggie burgers on the grill, sweaty people on the bus – what’s the smell that you associate the most with summer?

To me, nothing is more symbolizes summer more than the smell of food being cooked on grills outdoors. I know it’s the summer when I can smell barbecued food everywhere I go. The British (especially us in the North West) get very excited when there is a little bit of sunshine. People purchase big and new barbecue grills if there is at least 15% chance that the sun will show up  on a weekend. TV programmes will be interrupted by B&Q advertisements (commercials) that boasts half-priced barbecue grills.

Improvised BBQ grill
Rump-steak burger

Another personal favourite of mine is the smell of flowers. Their smell makes my morning and afternoon walks very very pleasant.

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