Sunday roast

7 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  7 minutes

Sunday roast © flickr.com - Roderick Eime/cc-by-2.0

Sunday roast © flickr.com – Roderick Eime/cc-by-2.0

A Sunday roast or roast dinner is a traditional meal of British origin. Although it can be consumed throughout the week, it is traditionally consumed on Sunday. It consists of roasted meat, roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes and accompaniments such as Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, gravy, and condiments such as apple sauce, mint sauce, or redcurrant sauce. A wide range of vegetables can be served as part of a roast dinner, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, parsnips, or peas, which can be boiled, steamed, or roasted alongside the meat and potatoes.   read more…

Amuse-Gueule and Amuse-Bouche

31 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Tangopaso

© Tangopaso

An amuse-bouche or amuse-gueule is a single, bite-sized hors d’œuvre. Amuse-bouches are different from appetizers in that they are not ordered from a menu by patrons but are served free and according to the chef’s selection alone. These are served both to prepare the guest for the meal and to offer a glimpse of the chef’s style.   read more…

Poutine

24 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  7 minutes

Vladimir Poutine restaurant in Montreal © Jwslubbock/cc-by-sa-4.0

Vladimir Poutine restaurant in Montreal © Jwslubbock/cc-by-sa-4.0

Poutine is a dish of french fries and cheese curds topped with a brown gravy. It emerged in Quebec, in the late 1950s in the Centre-du-Québec region, though its exact origins are uncertain and there are several competing claims regarding its invention. For many years, it was used by some to mock Quebec society. Poutine later became celebrated as a symbol of Québécois culture and the province of Quebec. It has long been associated with Quebec cuisine, and its rise in prominence has led to its growing popularity throughout the rest of Canada.   read more…

Dong Xuan Center in Berlin

22 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin, Bon appétit, Shopping Reading Time:  7 minutes

© Peter Kuley/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Peter Kuley/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Dong Xuan Center is an Asian wholesale market on Herzbergstrasse in the Berlin district of Lichtenberg in the Lichtenberg district. It was developed from the late 1990s on the former site of Siemens Plania AG, partly using existing industrial and administrative buildings. Expansions and new uses are constantly taking place. The focus is on sales, services and, from 2024, cultural events. The model and namesake of the Berlin Dong Xuan Center is the Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi, which was built in 1889 and is the largest and oldest market in the Vietnamese capital.   read more…

Haggis

17 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  7 minutes

displayed for sale © flickr.com - Chris Brown/cc-by-2.0

displayed for sale © flickr.com – Chris Brown/cc-by-2.0

Haggis (Scottish Gaelic: taigeis) is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver, and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and cooked while traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach though now an artificial casing is often used instead. According to the 2001 English edition of the Larousse Gastronomique: “Although its description is not immediately appealing, haggis has an excellent nutty texture and delicious savoury flavour”.   read more…

Cours Saleya in Nice

11 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera, Bon appétit, Shopping Reading Time:  10 minutes

© Miniwark/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Miniwark/cc-by-sa-3.0

The main pedestrian route in Old Nice, the Cours Saleya, parallel to the Quai des États-Unis, extends rue Saint-François-de-Paule to the west, from rue Louis-Gassin to Place Charles-Félix.   read more…

Onion soup

10 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  10 minutes

© flickr.com - Ralph Daily/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Ralph Daily/cc-by-2.0

Onion soup is a type of vegetable soup with sliced onions as the main ingredient. It is prepared in different variations in many countries, the most famous of which is the French onion soup or Parisian onion soup. Because of the affordable ingredients, it has primarily been a dish for the poor for a long time. Common for all variations of onion soup is the use of thinly sliced or chopped onions soaked in fat, and a liquid base such as water or broth, possibly including white wine, after which the soup is cooked for a while so that the onions lose their strong flavour and the soup gains a sweet, spicy flavour. In many recipes the soup is thickened with flour or egg yolks.   read more…

Boulevards of Paris

8 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Architecture, Bon appétit, Paris / Île-de-France, Shopping Reading Time:  11 minutes

Boulevard Saint-Denis © Chabe01/cc-by-sa-4.0

Boulevard Saint-Denis © Chabe01/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Boulevards of Paris are boulevards which form an important part of the urban landscape of Paris. The boulevards were constructed in several phases by central government initiative as infrastructure improvements, but are very much associated with strolling and leisurely enjoyment in the minds of Parisians. Parisian boulevards and avenues are usually tree-lined on one or both sides, which is rarely the case for smaller roads.   read more…

Chinatown in Boston

4 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, Shopping Reading Time:  7 minutes

Paifang gate © Ingfbruno/cc-by-sa-3.0

Paifang gate © Ingfbruno/cc-by-sa-3.0

Chinatown, Boston is a neighborhood located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. It is the only surviving historic ethnic Chinese enclave in New England since the demise of the Chinatowns in Providence, Rhode Island and Portland, Maine after the 1950s. Because of the high population of Asians and Asian Americans living in this area of Boston, there is an abundance of Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants located in Chinatown. It is one of the most densely populated residential areas in Boston and serves as the largest center of its East Asian and Southeast Asian cultural life.   read more…

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