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eG Foodblog: Megan Blocker - Trading Pumas for Uggs

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Hopefully, by the time I get up tonight, or the very latest, off work in the morning, we can get a glimpse of some serious porn :raz:

We want porn, we want porn :laugh:  :laugh:  :laugh:

This is Caroled's Mama speaking, and what have you got that CHILD up to? For sooth and for shame. :raz:

She's sleeping now, to go out to work tonight in this SNOW---about a foot all over the yard and driveway---just got it "blown" and hope no more fills the gaps. I've already READ and seen---she'll be pea-green I saw it first, and most pleased when she wakes to this glorious little "week-night" dinner.

We both love your wanderings, and all the lovely things you find.

Thanks, Rachel!

For sheer porn factor, I think the award has to go to the close-up shot of the foie gras...just oozing its goodness everywhere. Ahem.

For lunch today, my friend Faith and I went to The Modern, where we ate in the Bar Room. This was my third trip to the Bar Room, and I enjoyed it just as much the third time around (which is a lot).

I've branched out on each trip, trying new things on the menu (which is hard when you've enjoyed something so much once), but this time I did two repeats. :shock::laugh:

We started with the lovely, warm bread, served with butter sprinkled with salt.

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For Faith's first course, she ordered the mushroom soup, which came with little fried ravioli filled with (I think) chorizo. Quite delicious - the soup was earthy and complex, and the ravioli were crispy and spicy - good for dipping!

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I had the steak tartare, which came with a little poached quail egg and some wheat toast. It was good - quite tangy, which is how I like it. The cooked egg was a different texture than I've been used to - I liked the soft with the slightly chewy meat.

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For her second course, Faith chose the duck confit, which I had the last time I was at the Bar Room - it's a very mustardy, tangy version offset by a frisee salad with a sweet, fruity dressing. Really good.

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I had the roasted garlic gnocchi (my second rerun of the meal). I love these...they're rich and buttery, but the crispy sweetbreads are a delightfully light contrast. The crispy sage leaves taste like fall...yum.

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Finally, dessert. We both ordered a cup of coffee, and decided to split the beignets (rerun #2). Oh. My. Goodness. These are so good...light and airy, coated with powdered sugar while still hot, served with caramel and a maple ice cream...and mango marmalade, which I didn't love - too sweet.

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I am now officially eating a salad tonight in front of Gilmore Girls. It seems slightly sacreligious, but my tummy needs a break! :laugh:


"We had dry martinis; great wing-shaped glasses of perfumed fire, tangy as the early morning air." - Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado

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Miss Megan -- Honey, you know how to live! I thought nothing could top your last blog, but this one is just as wonderful. Thank you for yet another peep into your life, and for the vicarious thrills.

What color are the Uggs? :cool:


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I ran head-on into a wall of fatigue this afternoon...not sure if it was sugar coma from the beignets, or a reaction to my flu shot, but I was flat-out exhausted. I tried the best remedy I know, double Diet Cokes...

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For dinner tonight, something decidedly lighter...I whipped up a quick salad dressing with shallots, mustard, sherry vinegar and olive oil. Used it to dress a salad of romaine, red onion, cucumber, tomato, leftover roast chicken, and some frozen corn (I love frozen corn and peas - almost always have them on hand, especially in the winter).

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"We had dry martinis; great wing-shaped glasses of perfumed fire, tangy as the early morning air." - Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado

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Fried quail and waffles. What a brilliant take on a southern classic.

Thank you for the pics, Megan.

and rosemary maple syrup... Sounds great.

I'm also lusting after the garlic gnocchi and crispy sweetbread dish from The Modern!

I hope you got to watch Gilmore Girls tonight, Megan and fill us in on the food. I may miss part of the show tonight.

(Here's a thread where some of us Gilmore Girls fans note the epicurean references in different episodes. The writers/producers must be seriously into food.)

Hope you feel better!


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"Under the dusty almond trees, ... stalls were set up which sold banana liquor, rolls, blood puddings, chopped fried meat, meat pies, sausage, yucca breads, crullers, buns, corn breads, puff pastes, longanizas, tripes, coconut nougats, rum toddies, along with all sorts of trifles, gewgaws, trinkets, and knickknacks, and cockfights and lottery tickets."

-- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1962 "Big Mama's Funeral"

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OK, I'm reporting the post with the foie nuggets. Steven, Dave and Chris will hear about this, you betcha. That is XXX porn dear Megan, and Daniel needs to put in some time in solitary, far from the prison cookies he might corrupt.

Or he could put in six month's community service by cooking for me.


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I had the roasted garlic gnocchi (my second rerun of the meal).  I love these...they're rich and buttery, but the crispy sweetbreads are a delightfully light contrast.  The crispy sage leaves taste like fall...yum.

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These look to die for! It's between breakfast and lunchtime over here and I'm getting seriously hungry, looking at this dish... It's almost as if I can smell it.

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Holy Moly.

Last time I read this you had just announced your dinner plans..

I'm in overload.

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When I walked in the door, Daniel was walking through the front hall with a leg of bayonne ham in both hands, cradled a bit like a baby.

Whenever I see this term, I have to remind myself, "France, NOT New Jersey." :laugh:

First course: cromesquis with foie gras...Daniel described these in an early email as "foie gras nuggets," and indeed they were.  Foie gras, gelatin and some port, dredged and fried...melty, rich goodness...(photos courtesy of Daniel himself, BTW)

[...]

The inside...

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Talk about a "money shot"!

(Don't tell PETA, but there's a foie gras tasting taking place soon at an undisclosed location in Philadelphia. The poor organizer hadn't realized when he proposed a series of tastings--this one's the third--that about twice as many people as the undisclosed location could handle wanted to participate! Of course, for this tasting, participants will have to submit to background checks to avoid terrorist infiltration. :smile: )

Great photos, as usual, and I see that the weather hasn't sapped your energy. Speaking of weather, do you have to work today (V-Day, 2/14)? Widener is closed today.


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People close on V-day?

Lord, that's a little excessive..

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People close on V-day?

Lord, that's a little excessive..

I'm a little bit south of Sandy but share the same weather: the college is closed due to snow and ice. Almost everything here is closed due to the unsafe road conditions.

Megan -- how is the weather in NYC today? I'm really enjoying your blog and can't wait to see what the rest of the week brings!

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Dinner at Daniel's... :wub: something the rest of us can only hope for.. Thanks for sharing that!

Megan what's the yellow stuff underneath our steak tartare? btw I would be exhausted after a lunch like that too! Don't tell me you had to go back to work after that :shock:

You know I learned the Diet Coke trick from your first blog? Whenever I buy a bottle at the cafetaria at work, after an evening of maybe one or 2 glasses of jenever too many, I think of you, and your quote: "it will cure whatever it is that ails ya".

And it DOES work! Nice legacy huh? :smile:

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Great photos, as usual, and I see that the weather hasn't sapped your energy.  Speaking of weather, do you have to work today (V-Day, 2/14)?  Widener is closed today.

Ugh, YES, I am at the office. I took the bus to the subway, and I'm wearing jeans, and it's really, really icy out there. The streets are just covered in a couple inches of slush and ice...living in a neighborhood of restaurants and bars has a major drawback on snowy mornings, which is that the proprietors haven't been out yet to shovel/salt/sand the sidewalks. It's just nasty.

A lot of folks commute in from Jersey, and none of them are here, which is probably safest. I'm hoping this means I can go home early this afternoon, as the weather is supposed to get worse in Manhattan over the course of the day.

OK, I'm reporting the post with the foie nuggets. Steven, Dave and Chris will hear about this, you betcha. That is XXX porn dear Megan, and Daniel needs to put in some time in solitary, far from the prison cookies he might corrupt.

Or he could put in six month's community service by cooking for me.

:laugh: :laugh: No way - dibs!

Megan what's the yellow stuff underneath our steak tartare? btw I would be exhausted after a lunch like that too! Don't tell me you had to go back to work after that  :shock:

You know I learned the Diet Coke trick from your first blog? Whenever I buy a bottle at the cafetaria at work, after an evening of maybe one or 2 glasses of jenever too many, I think of you, and your quote: "it will cure whatever it is that ails ya".

And it DOES work! Nice legacy huh? :smile:

The yellow stuff was more egg yolk, though I'm not sure what kind of egg...probably regular chicken egg, but who knows! I did go back to work...I really was ok till about 4:00, which makes me think it was a sugar issue and not a food coma.

I LOVE that you've adopted the Diet Coke cure-all! Megan Blocker: Hangover Advice Since 2006. :wink:


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"We had dry martinis; great wing-shaped glasses of perfumed fire, tangy as the early morning air." - Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado

Queenie Takes Manhattan

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Megan, I just got caught up.  I'm so glad I didn't miss your blog.  I'm enjoying it all, especially your dinner with Daniel.

Ann

Thanks, Ann!

I've been meaning to mention this to all of you...if you are interested in dining at Daniel's place, it's actually relatively easy to do! While what we attended was just a dinner party, Daniel and Alicia have started this cool eating club called Bite Club...you can check out their website here! You join the club and then choose which dinners you'd like to attend.

So, you see, you too can enjoy cuisine aux Daniel et Alicia! :wink:


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"We had dry martinis; great wing-shaped glasses of perfumed fire, tangy as the early morning air." - Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado

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So, last night after dinner I spent a while doing some actual work, and then decided to make myself a cup of hot chocolate. My best friend Louisa sent me a copy of Pierre Herme's "Classic Hot Chocolate" receipe a couple months back (copied from the book I gave her for her birthday), and I've been addicted ever since I first tried it in January.

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You melt bittersweet chocolate and add it to milk, water and sugar that's been brought to a boil. Stir and let cook over medium heat till one bubble pops on the surface, then turn off the flame and use your nifty immersion/stick blender for about a minute to get it thick and frothy.

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Ooooh, so good. A nice liquid dessert. :wink:

ETA: Louisa and I both agree that this is the closest we've come to recapturing the chocolatey magic of Prague's hot chocolate, which is so dark and rich that it's served with sugar on the side.


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"We had dry martinis; great wing-shaped glasses of perfumed fire, tangy as the early morning air." - Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado

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I tried to order in Wu Liang Ye for lunch today, but the wait was an hour and a half (no doubt everyone else had the same idea), so I decided to venture around the corner to Fresco on the Go.

The scene outside is even nastier than it was this morning...note the icy slush...

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Fresco is just around the corner on 52nd Street...Today Show viewers will recognize the Scottos from their appearances - they were just on the other day talking about sexy Italian food (ah, Valentine's Day and the hard news items it produces). I personally don't care for the actual restaurant, but the on-the-go place has some good sandwiches. It's a bit pricey, though - you never spend less than $10.50.

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Today it was packed inside, so I just got the special sandwich, which was all ready to go. Barbecued chicken and coleslaw...

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I also got some olive oil potato chips, half of which I handed off to an office pal.

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People are heading out already...apparently the roads are getting really bad. I'll probably stick around till about 5:00, then go home and get ready for single gal's (as in me, singular, not a group of us) dinner out! :biggrin:


"We had dry martinis; great wing-shaped glasses of perfumed fire, tangy as the early morning air." - Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado

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I tried to order in Wu Liang Ye for lunch today, but the wait was an hour and a half (no doubt everyone else had the same idea), so I decided to venture around the corner to Fresco on the Go.

The scene outside is even nastier than it was this morning...note the icy slush...

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Fresco is just around the corner on 52nd Street...Today Show viewers will recognize the Scottos from their appearances - they were just on the other day talking about sexy Italian food (ah, Valentine's Day and the hard news items it produces).  I personally don't care for the actual restaurant, but the on-the-go place has some good sandwiches.  It's a bit pricey, though - you never spend less than $10.50.

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Today it was packed inside, so I just got the special sandwich, which was all ready to go.  Barbecued chicken and coleslaw...

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I also got some olive oil potato chips, half of which I handed off to an office pal.

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People are heading out already...apparently the roads are getting really bad.  I'll probably stick around till about 5:00, then go home and get ready for single gal's (as in me, singular, not a group of us) dinner out! :biggrin:

Megan, I recently connected Rosanna Scotto to Scottos.. Today would be a great day for some Sichuan.. Good call!! Also maybe a little something flamable to the hot chocolate might help keep away the cold.. :biggrin:


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Friday: Breakfast at Cafe Sabarsky, Dinner at Degustation...lunch in Chinatown?

...

Remember, it's completely okay to eat tortes or cakes for breakfast. Well, it is in our household anyway and that includes whipped cream! A nice Kleiner Brauner* or Kapuziner* alongside balances the sweetness. :smile:

Looking forward to another great blog; good luck juggling everything with work.

*Kleiner Brauner = Viennese speak for a demitasse of espresso with a dash of milk

*Kapuziner = Viennese speak for a strong dark coffee with enough milk added to match the robe color of the Capuchin Monks

Excellent tips, Ludja...after looking over the Cafe Sabarsky menu, is there a particular torte or cake you'd recommend?

I've only eaten there three times at lunch and have always ended up ordering a torte special. These have always been very good; I think two of the times the torte was a type of Kastanientorte (Chestnut Torte).

Despite my teasing to order a torte, if you want a less desserty-type thing for breakfast with coffee the Gugelhupf or Topfentorte might be nice. Well, I just remember you're likely familiar with the Alsation version of Gugelhupf (a typically yeast-raised coffee cake)! Topfentorte uses a fresh German/Austrian cheese called "Quark" in German-German. Desserts made with Topfen/Quark are often less dense and sweet compared to American cheesecake type recipes. I love both types of cheesecake and ricotta-based ones as well...

They list and describe some tortes I don't recognize by name but that seem quite Viennese classcial in concept and flavor. It's all to one's taste but if I was ordering a torte, I'd be tempted by the Adeletorte with apricot mousse, the Klimt torte with chocolate and hazelnut or the Sabarskytorte with chocolate and rum.

I tend to be wary ordering Apple Strudel or Hotel Sachertorte over here, but I'd hope that Cafe Sabarsky would do them well. Apple Strudel *is* nice at breakfast and with coffee.

Have fun choosing what strikes your fancy that day!

---

Coleslaw is so great on bbq sandwiches. I never really encounterd it before I went to North Carolina where it is a classic served on a soft bun with NC pork bbq. Your chicken bbq-coleslaw sandwich looks mighty fine though!


"Under the dusty almond trees, ... stalls were set up which sold banana liquor, rolls, blood puddings, chopped fried meat, meat pies, sausage, yucca breads, crullers, buns, corn breads, puff pastes, longanizas, tripes, coconut nougats, rum toddies, along with all sorts of trifles, gewgaws, trinkets, and knickknacks, and cockfights and lottery tickets."

-- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1962 "Big Mama's Funeral"

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Megan, I recently connected Rosanna Scotto to Scottos.. Today would be a great day for some Sichuan.. Good call!! Also maybe a little something flamable to the hot chocolate might help keep away the cold..  :biggrin:

You LUSH! :wink: I totally should have added some bourbon...


"We had dry martinis; great wing-shaped glasses of perfumed fire, tangy as the early morning air." - Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado

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there is nothing, NOTHING better than slaw on a 'que sandwich.

be CAREFUL getting home. all the sleet and freezing rain here has turned to snow and we have just had some peeks of sun through the thinning snow but it is still dangerous out on the roads..


Nothing is better than frying in lard.

Nothing.  Do not quote me on this.

 

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:cool:

That frozen howling mess came through Chicago yesterday; the only thing worse than the morning commute was the one in the evening. Do be careful.

:wacko:

On the other hand, you've got the hot chocolate recipe that'll make everything right again once you've gotten home. A little Cognac would be a fine addition, too...

:biggrin:


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megan, i'm enjoying your blog tremendously. dinner at daniel's and alicia's was certainly a gorgeous, enviable highlight, but it's been great peeking through your entire week with you.

makes me want to visit nyc. haven't been there for many ummm.... many years.


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As for India - no, you haven't missed!  I am headed there for a week, flying out on March 1st.  I'm going for work, and I'll be in Mumbai and Bangalore.  We're flying through London, and I'll be staying there for three nights on the way back.  It should be a pretty amazing trip.  I've never been to Asia before, and I'm really looking forward to it.

There are egulleteers in London, you know...

All right, just posted a topic about my trip to London - post away!!!


"We had dry martinis; great wing-shaped glasses of perfumed fire, tangy as the early morning air." - Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado

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Happy Valentine's Day Megan! :wub:

How wonderful your blog is...again! I loved your last one, of course :) But you're making me COLD! I've been terribly MIA from eG of late but this is the perfect way to jump back in.

Everything looks so fantastic! You live/eat so well! What is it you do for work? Is it mentioned on the prior blog? Is it the same as then?

The best additions to hot cocoa are homemade marshmallows and peppermint schnaps! It'll warm you up in no time!!

Thanks for blogging and being so fascinating!

Genny

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      The Man drinks coffee in the morning whereas I prefer tea. He's not up yet, having played poker last night. I'm hoping he makes it out of bed in time for dinner.

      I also eat fruit whereas he prefers, well, anything but fruit. This is not such a bad thing, as it means that I don’t have to share the fruit. Pomegranates are a pain to eat, but not so bad if you’re reading the newspaper at the same time. This one’s from California, but you can also grow them here if you’ve got enough sunshine (which I don’t).
    • By Shelby
      Good morning, everyone and happy Monday!  
       
      It's me again....that girl from Kansas. 
       
       
      This is VERY spur-of-the-moment.  I was sitting here yesterday thinking of all of the canning etc. that I needed to do this week and I thought, well, why not ask you guys if you want to spend the week with me while I do it?  I got the ok from Smithy so away we go!
       
      This will not be nearly as organized as my first blog was.  But, really, when does a sequel ever measure up to the first?     
       
      Most of you know all about me--if you missed my first blog you can read it here.
       
      Nothing much has changed around here.  Same furry babies, same house, same husband  .
       
      Right now we have field corn planted all around the house.  In the outer fields we have soybeans that were planted after the wheat was harvested.  Sorry for the blur....it was so humid the camera kept fogging up.
       

       
      I just came in from the garden.
       
      I snapped a few pictures....for more (and prettier) pictures you can look in the gardening thread.  I always start out saying that I will not let a weed grow in there.  By August I'm like..."Oh what's a few weeds" lol.
       
       
       
      Here's a total list of what I planted this year:
       
      7 cucumbers
      8 basil
      23 okra
      4 rows assorted lettuce
      20 peppers-thai, jalapeño, bell, banana
      4 rows peas
      5 cilantro
      1 tarragon
      2 dill
      many many red and white onions
      7 eggplant
      3 rows spinach
      57 tomatoes
      5 cherry tomatoes
      7 rows silver queen sweet corn
      11 squash
      4 watermelon
      2 cantaloupe
      6 pumpkin
       
      I killed the cantaloupes...and I tried damn hard to kill the squash lol.....sigh...squash bugs came early this year and we sprayed with some kind of stuff.  WOW the plants did not like it, but they've come back and are producing.
       


      I just love okra flowers

      Found some more smut   
       

       
       
       
       
       
       
    • By Pille
      Tere õhtust (that’s „Good evening“ in Estonian)!
      I’m very, very, very excited to be doing my first ever eGullet foodblog. Foodblogging as such is not new to me – I’ve been blogging over at Nami-nami since June 2005, and am enjoying it enormously. But this eGullet blog is very different in format, and I hope I can ’deliver’. There have been so many exciting and great food blogs over the years that I've admired, so the standard is intimidatingly high! Also, as I’m the first one ever blogging from Estonia, I feel there’s a certain added responsibility to ’represent’ my tiny country
      A few words about me: my name is Pille, I’m 33, work in academia and live with my boyfriend Kristjan in a house in Viimsi, a suburb just outside Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. I was born and schooled in Tallinn until I was 18. Since then I've spent a year in Denmark as an exchange student, four years studing in Tartu (a university town 180 km south), two years working in Tallinn and seven years studying and working in Edinburgh, the bonnie & cosmopolitan capital of Scotland. All this has influenced my food repertoire to a certain degree, I'm sure. I moved back home to Estonia exactly 11 months and 1 day ago, to live with Kristjan, and I haven't regretted that decision once Edinburgh is an amazing place to live, and I've been back to Scotland twice since returning, but I have come to realise that Tallinn is even nicer than Edinburgh
      I won’t be officially starting my foodblog until tomorrow (it’s midnight here and I’m off to bed), but I thought I’ll re-post the teaser photos for those of you who missed them in the 'Upcoming Attractions' section. There were two of them. One was a photo of Tallinn skyline as seen from the sea (well, from across the bay in this case):

      This is known as kilukarbivaade or sprat can skyline A canned fish product, sprats (small Baltic herrings in a spicy marinade) used to have a label depicting this picturesque skyline. I looked in vain for it in the supermarket the other day, but sadly couldn’t find one - must have been replaced with a sleek & modern label. So you must trust my word on this sprat can skyline view
      The second photo depicted a loaf of our delicious rye bread, rukkileib. As Snowangel already said, it’s naturally leavened sour 100% rye bread, and I’ll be showing you step-by-step instructions for making it later during the week.

      It was fun seeing your replies to Snowangel’s teaser photos. All of you got the continent straight away, and I was pleased to say that most of you got the region right, too (that's Northern Europe then). Peter Green’s guess Moscow was furthest away – the capital of Russia is 865 km south-east from here (unfortunately I've never had a chance to visit that town, but at least I've been to St Petersburgh couple of times). Copenhagen is a wee bit closer with 836 km, Stockholm much closer with 386 km. Dave Hatfield (whose rural French foodblog earlier this year I followed with great interest, and whose rustic apricot tart was a huge hit in our household) was much closer with Helsinki, which is just 82 km across the sea to the north. The ships you can see on the photo are all commuting between Helsinki and Tallinn (there’s an overnight ferry connection to Stockholm, too). Rona Y & Tracey guessed the right answer
      Dave – that house isn’t a sauna, but a granary (now used to 'store' various guests) - good guess, however! Sauna was across the courtyard, and looks pretty much the same, just with a chimney The picture is taken in July on Kassari in Hiiumaa/Dagö, one of the islands on the west coast. Saunas in Estonia are as essential part of our life – and lifestyle – as they are in Finland. Throwing a sauna party would guarantee a good turnout of friends any time
      Finally, a map of Northern Europe, so you’d know exactly where I’m located:

      Head ööd! [Good night!]
      I'm off to bed now, but will be back soon. And of course, if there are any questions, however specific or general, then 'll do my best trying to answer them!
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