Hawaiian Poké

Yesterday’s lunch. Poké. ——– A busy day of errands to catch up on post busyness with hosting of the Vancouver Service Jam. Just visited @thenetworkhub and stopped in downstairs to check out this new eatery … Currently taking a lunch break with some colourful fresh food on a sunnier day, enjoying a poke bowl. It’s like a Hawaiian version of a Japanese chirashi bowl. Enjoyable for sure, nice flavours food

Naan Bread Pizza

Happy National Pizza Day! OK, even though we’re in Canada, we couldn’t pass up the occasion to celebrate this wonderful comfort food with friends. We used a Naan bread for the pizza base, making it a “build your own toppings” dinner party. Put it on a pizza stone under the broiler for a few minutes and Andiamo! Let’s eat

30 mins Tomato Coconut Soup

On a chilly night, how about a hot bowl of coconut cream tomato soup? Even better yet, it takes less than 10 mins to make. Mix one small can of tomato garlic paste with one can of coconut milk/cream (not the drinking kind), one cup of broth or water and some dried or fresh basil. Bring to a simmer. Then add a little bit of salt and pepper to balance the flavours. Et Voil

For an energetic time, make it an affogato time!

One of my favorite coffee treats. (Line borrowed from Lost in Translation… I need to watch it again. “For relaxing time…make it a Santori time”) One scoop of vanilla gelato and pour a shot or two of freshly brewed espresso over top of it, enjoy it with a small spoon.

Hokkaido Charcoal Grill 石庭

Hokkaido charcoal grill, fantastic. Best mid-high end restaurant meal yet. 石庭 in Xiamen City, the bottle of sake sure it it all the more enjoyable too. And yes, the chefs kneel on platforms to do their work. I was invited to dine with the factory manager in-waiting, the son of the current manager, whom I…

Today’s Ayi lunch

Today’s Ayi lunch served up:braised pork hock with chicken egg, Amaranth greens or aka Pig Weed, steamed fish drenched in oil, ginger and scallions. Pork ribs and Daikon/turnip soup. Note to self: run chopstick on surface of pork skin to detect unsighted pig hair stubbles. It really is unpleasant to discover stubbles jabbing my gums…

Burst of Colour

Aww. What a lovely way to end my week, just what I needed, a burst of colour and visual inspiration! Especially after 3 days od heavy grey fog. The hotel just delivered some fresh local fruits, along with a beautiful orchid bloom.

Grilled Oysters

Xiamen has great oysters and the common way to serve them is one of the best I’ve had. Steamed or grilled, then topped with  minced ginger, garlic, scallions, and salt, flash sauteed in oil.