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  1. That was fabulous, Amy! I'm a regular reader of your blog but it was great fun to see your food live on a daily basis. I have to tell you that I returned from vacation on Friday, sort of bummed to be back in the cold, but I immediately squeed with happiness to see that you were the foodblogger of the week. I hope you do it again!
  2. Even at 6 in the morning, everything looks so, so good. Hiroyuki, you are an advertisement for living in Japan! My husband and I just returned from a vacation in Mexico where there was a supposedly Japanese restaurant at our resort. All I have to say is that if you have the opportunity to order sushi in Mexico, DON'T DO IT! The selections on the menu were appalling. Eel roll with cream cheese, anyone? Deep-fried California roll (with mushrooms in it, no less)? It was frightening. We're happy to be back in a city with some decent sushi, but it can't begin to compare to the gorgeous sushi Hiroyuki is showing us.
  3. Yay, another Israeli blog! Were you born in Israel, Lior?
  4. When does the new blog start? :::twiddles fingers impatiently:::
  5. You are SO lucky! I will do just about anything for good pelmeny, but only a few little Russian groceries here in St. Paul stock them and the quality isn't great. There's a fabulous Russian restaurant that makes incredibly delicious pelmeny but they're pretty expensive. But they're sooooo addictive! One of these days I'll have to try to make them. Have you ever made homemade pelmeny?
  6. What a fabulous blog, Pille! I'm glad I'm eating my lunch right now or I'd be going crazy from your pictures and descriptions. I spent a semester studying in Moscow in 1992, just as the Soviet Union was breaking up. While I made it as far as Lithuania, I never got to Estonia and now I regret it, especially after seeing the pictures of the wild mushrooms! I'm interested in hearing about how food has changed since Estonia became independent. When I was living in Moscow, I was really struck by how there was very little packaged food on the market and what little variety of fresh food was available, except for the wonderful (but overpriced) produce and dairy products available at farmer's markets. There were also very few restaurants back then, and not much ethnic variety, besides the fabulous Georgian restaurants and a few Central Asian places. We were dying for Mexican, Thai, and Vietnamese food. All this has changed in Moscow, of course. What was shopping/eating at home/eating in restaurants like during the Soviet years and how has it changed?
  7. Yay, a Malaysia foodblog, the type of blog that gives me the most food envy of all! Glad to see you blogging again, yunnermeier! Your Mother's Day dinner looks amazing. What do sweet potato leaves taste like? They're gorgeous looking...
  8. Woo hoo! I LOVED your first two blogs and I'm really excited about having you blog again! I love the universality of food. Here I am, thousands of miles away from Amsterdam, and yet half the stuff in your fridge is what's currently sitting in mine...
  9. Hello to everyone. This is my first post in the Japan forum, although I've been lurking here for a few months... You all have really inspired me and I've made quite a few yummy Japanese meals, including curry, chirashi zushi, and tonkatsu. You've also turned me into a raving Pocky addict. Thanks, everyone! I made my first okonomiyaki last night and it was a big hit. Unfortunately, I forgot to get the camera out and take a picture. We made ours using a packaged mix with cabbage, green onion, shrimp and bacon, topped with crumbled nori and katsuo bushi. I forgot to get the proper sauce at the Asian market, but we used tonkatsu sauce and Kewpie mayo and...YUM! The leftovers were even good cold this morning for breakfast. The only thing that was a challenge was flipping the darn thing. We don't have a flat skillet so I used our biggest frying pan and flipped with two spatulas. Despite my best efforts, I sort of crushed one side of it. Is there a trick I'm missing or is it just best to not get greedy and make such a huge okonomiyaki?
  10. Part of the problem (but by no means the whole problem) seems to be how spread out the Twin Cities are and how many people live in the suburbs. People seem to be unwilling to come into Minneapolis or St. Paul during the week for dinner, especially for fine dining, when they can just go to the Big Bowl or the Chili's at the local mall. The problem can be seen even with not-so-fine dining, such as the woes recently faced by the Midtown Global Market. Many suburban folks (and I'm not trying to insult everyone who lives in the suburbs) have heard stories about how dangerous East Lake Street is and aren't about to drive all the way there and try to find parking, for first-rate tamales and free range chicken when they can get third-rate tamales at Don Pablo's and regular chicken at Cub Foods or Byerly's without having to brave the city. While I have no problem with MGM's location and even applaud the planners for trying to revitalize that part of town, I do think it was a mistake to put the market on East Lake. Similar markets such as Pike Place in Seattle are much better located, just off downtown so that they're convenient for people who happen to be downtown for something else to drop by and shop.
  11. Mmmm, I have to say that your pictures are the BEST in food porn! If I could crawl through my computer and have some of that fried rice for breakfast, I would in a minute. Funnily enough, my husband just bough me Hot Sour Salty Sweet as an impromptu (if a little selfish--since he gets to eat the results) gift. so I'm heading to the United Noodles, the big Asian supermarket here in the Twin Cities, and making this fried rice this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!
  12. Dasha

    Dinner! 2007

    Oh my! I would happily eat the oxtail dish, little ms foodie, even for breakfast!
  13. I made your version of kimchi jigae and it was soooo easy and delicious! I should have taken a picture but that would have involved getting the camera out of the desk drawer and I'm lazy... Thanks for a great dinner idea, jeanki!
  14. If there's one culture that really knows how to do dinner, it's Russians. I studied in Moscow in college and I loved being a guest in Russian homes. Fancy dishes didn't matter, nor did fancy manners, nor the did the fact that my Russian (even after 3 years of study) sucked. What mattered was having a great big crowd around the table, tons of amazing food, even more vodka, and lots of conversation--language barrier or no. I miss those days and miss my friend Anton's father's borscht.
  15. Garlic salt. No, seriously. There is a time and place for fresh garlic (and right now my hands smell of garlic after chopping it), but garlic salt is handy for some things, like adding a last-minute jolt of garlicky taste to a soup or a stew. Or, my favorite, old school garlic toast like my mother used to make. Smear any kind of bread (the other night it was leftover onion buns) with garlic, sprinkle with garlic salt, and broil. Slightly trashy, but yummy goodness! Also, celery salt. I couldn't figure out why I couldn't make decent cole slaw until my husband pointed out that celery salt was the key. I'm forever indebted to him for that.
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