Friday: All Over the City

Dan New York City (2010)

Woke up early this morning (7:30am!) to get up and ready so I could work my way uptown to meet Sean and Shira for breakfast at H&H Bagels.  I got there a little before 9am, and realized when I arrived that this particular location – the factory on 46th Street – didn’t really have much of a storefront with service; sure you could buy delicious bagels, but they wouldn’t even toast – or slice – them.  We had to buy …

Thursday: Italian Day

Dan New York City (2010)

If there’s one thing that NYC has no shortage of, it’s diversity.  Cultures from all over the world can be found throughout the city, and anyone who so chooses can learn and enjoy the breadth that the world has to offer – through their food.  Unofficially, Thursday became Italian Day. After sleeping in just a tad, I got my morning coffee fix at Grounded, over in the West Village.  I had a pumpkin latte (since it was a little chilly …

Last Night in Madrid, and the Best Italian Food!

Dan Spain (2010)

I got about two hours of naptime before waking up to meet up with everyone in the lobby downstairs.  We headed over to an Italian restaurant where a bunch of the guests were going to eat, but Giacchino and his group (as well as myself) were only going to get drinks, and then get dinner elsewhere with Maria’s friends.  This restaurant was in a bit of a tight space, and with eight of us standing by the bar for drinks, …

La Sinagoga del Agua / Final Reception

Dan Spain (2010)

It turns out that the “secret event” was cooler than I had expected.  We walked through the winding streets of Ubeda until we came to an old building with apartments – but there was a sign on one of the corner entrances: “La Sinagoga del Agua” (The Water Synagogue).  It seems that when a developer bought the building, with the intent of converting it into apartment and storefronts.  However, during the renovations, they discovered that behind the walls (which had …

Spanish Sloppy Joes

Dan Spain (2010)

The party post-concert was held at Las Casas del Consul, and featured a wide array of tapas, wine and beer.  It was a lot of fun, although I was wondering when the morcilla would make an appearance!  At 2am, it arrived, and I told myself it was just a “Spanish Sloppy Joe” – and it was quite tasty! Again, my motto for food while traveling is: “If it tastes good, enjoy it; if it tastes bad, don’t eat it.  But …

Press Conference / Lunch at Da Pietro

Dan Poland (2010)

The press conference was held at above a restaurant called Virtuoso, in a private room which also had some coffee/tea/drinks and nibbles.  That was good, since it was already 12:30p and there was no set plan for lunch. They also had these little vodka-infused chocolates which were oh-so-good.  The room was very crowded, with lots of Polish press, and was in 80% Polish, and maybe 15% English.  (Umebayashi replied to the questions in Japanese, with the aid of a Polish-Japanese …

Return to Logan

Dan Boston

Last night, about two hours after I got back from Rhode Island, I went to an early dinner with my mom, grandma, aunt and nieces.  We went to Legal Sea Foods, and I only had a small bowl of clam chowder since I was gonna have a later dinner with my older sister who was out at a meeting.  Boy, those little ones were a handful!  Later that night I got my proper fried clams (woohoo) and had a nice …

Thanksgiving Day

Dan Boston

Ahh, Thanksgiving Day is here!  That means, I needed to bake yet another rum cake (for tomorrow night, since it takes a good 24 hours for the rum to really soak into the cake! So I made another one, and had barely enough rum to meet the requirements of the recipe. Sadly that meant it wasn’t quite a drunken rum cake. Oh well! The dinner was held at my aunt and uncle’s place, as usual, and there was plenty of …

Pre-Thanksgiving

Dan Boston

It’s always a delight to be welcomed to the Boston area by my nieces – so cute!!  Didn’t do much on Monday night, we just all hung out at the apartment.  With a lot of people here, it was a big tumultuous, and I stayed on an inflated mattress in my dad’s office – and ended up with only about 5 hours of sleep. Tuesday I went to lunch with my older sister at her favorite Korean/Japanese restaurant, Sapporo.  After …

House of Nanking / The Embarcadero

Dan Bay Area

The walk into Chinatown wasn’t very far – and it was mostly downhill. We passed a park, where a bunch of elderly Chinese men were gathered in groups, huddled around watching something.  Turns out it was Chinese Checkers. Our destination was House of Nanking, a restaurant that had been strongly recommended by a friend of mine – and corroborated with my research as one of the best eateries in Chinatown.  We started with the fried onion cakes served with the …