Germany, what a sausage fest!

Germany, what a sausage fest!

Eat, Street Food, Travel
Confession, I didn't come up with this 'creative title'. Here we conclude the last post on Germany, so we thought it would be nice to have a summary of all the sausages of this beautiful country. After all, it is a land of sausages. 1. Frankfurters in Frankfurt These are small sausages smoked at low temperature. They are not cooked through, but only boiled in hot water for short period. They have distinctive smokey flavour, and often served with mustard and bread. Alternatively, you can have them in potato soup, just like how we did it. 2. Nünbergers in Nuremberg These are small grilled sausages from Nuremberg, typically served with sauerkraut and bread, with a squirt of mustard. They have a sweet taste, and go perfectly with a glass of…
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What to Eat in Munich

What to Eat in Munich

Backpacking through Europe, Eat, Travel
If you haven't read our previous post on Munich, then head over to Backpacking through Europe Part 9. Here we tell you the food you must try before leaving Munich. 1. Weisswurst (white sausage) with Pretzel This is traditional Bavarian food, which is often served before noon, a perfect option for breakfast or brunch. The sausages usually do not have any preservatives and are white in appearance. They are typically served with sweet mustard, pretzel and a glass of beer. Yes, you read me right, in Germany it is normal to start drinking beer from morning. Perhaps we were not adventurous enough, we so just had coffee. 2. Bavarian sausage salad This cold dish can be eaten as brunch or a snack. Sausages are thinly sliced and served with fresh…
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Flour & Grape: simply pasta and wine

Flour & Grape: simply pasta and wine

Eat, London
Here is a question that never gets old, 'what are you doing for your birthday?' Well, this year, it's just some pasta and wine. Flour & Grape In the recent years, it seems South East London has gotten hip. Artisan restaurants, eateries and bars are popping up everywhere. Here, Chef Nick Crsipini, who previously owned Antico and worked under top Theo Randall of Park Lane, came to Bermondsey. Last week, they were doing a soft launch with 50% discount, so naturally we checked it out. Instead of going to Oxo Tower, we celebrated my birthday here. I loved the decor immediately, although Mr only thought it as 'ok'. The menu was simple and straight forward. There're only three sections: pre-past, pasta, and post-past, all carefully curated. Of course, let's not forget…
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Dogs+Shakes: ‘move over, burgers!’

Dogs+Shakes: ‘move over, burgers!’

Eat, London, Street Food
Move over burgers, hot dogs are coming! Remember how we have such a craze for gourmet burgers. Apparently, they are no longer 'hip'. It is now all about hot dogs.  Stratford is a spot we frequent. Apart from shopping, we hit Dogs + Shakes for lunch. It is a food van located in Stratford Westfield. Besides hotdogs, we were also spoiled for milkshake choices. We went for a Ranch dog and a Nacho dog. Boyfriend was very skeptical about my Nacho dog at the beginning, He thought it was weird to have nachos in a hotdog. How wrong he was! The nachos added crunchiness, which complemented beautifully to other parts of the hog dog. The ranch dog has the classic sauerkraut. It reminded us of Germany. So here is what…
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Asian Food of The Hague

Asian Food of The Hague

Backpacking through Europe, Eat, Travel
Indonesian Food: Istana Indonesia was once the largest Dutch colony, and therefore, has significant cultural influence on the Netherlands. This influence extends to food.Drawing similarities to the UK again, Indonesian cuisine to the Netherlands is like Indian food to the UK. There were many Indonesian restaurants in The Hague, probably more than European restaurants. So we were spoilt for choices. We visited the Indonesian restaurant Istana, located in the city centre. The food was very nice, and perfect for the cold weather at the time. I do recommend this restaurant. However, do explore in your own time too. There are simply Indonesian restaurants in every corner. It was the first time I have ever tasted Indonesian food, now I am rather inspired to visit Indonesia.   Japanese Food All-You-Can-Eat: Shibuya To…
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Food of The Hague, Have it Slowly…

Food of The Hague, Have it Slowly…

Eat, Travel
National Food Soused herring On many aspects, Dutch food shares similarities to the British cuisine. It, too, has fish and chips, but instead of having the fish covered in batter and deep fried, they love their soused herring, which is raw fish preserved in brine and seasoning. Caramelised waffle Friets: Frietwinkle The chips, known as 'friets' are another national dish. At Frietwinkle, chips are cut using a press, then blanched, followed by frying. Step 1: Cut Step 2: Blanch Step 3: deep fry, then toss with salt  Step 4: Enjoy, yum yum There are different sauces to go with the fries, we had the satay sauce. Can you guess what the hole on the arm of the chair for? I am sure you already guessed it. It acts as a holder…
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Food of Brussels

Food of Brussels

Backpacking through Europe, Eat, Travel
Since human civilisation, culinary art has been an integral part of people. Food tells so much of a country's history, culture and its people. For us, food is a very important element of travelling. We often find if the place doesn't offer good food (i.e something unique of the place), it would feel like something is missing.   Moules-frites (Mussels and fries) To certain extent, Moules-frites is the national dish of Belgium, just like how Fish & chips is for Britain. Many theories surrounding on why frites are so popular in Belgium. Some have suggested this maybe because that the Belgian farmers were the firsts to embrace potato farming, hence the early access. Yet, some have stated that the frites were suppose to be substitutes of fish back in the 18th century.…
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Homeslice Pizza at Neal’s Yard

Homeslice Pizza at Neal’s Yard

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Neal's Yard is easily missed if you are not familiar with London. Yet, it is a place where all hipsters gather, at least I assume. Upon arriving at the junction, it seems the street is going to end there, yet when you walk in, suddenly there is a whole space of colours. Homeslice: wood fired pizza My dear friend (aka my opera partner) and I are both going to travel abroad. I would be backpacking through Europe and she will be  in China. so we decided to have a little gathering before we go onto our respective holidays. The pizza place opens at 12pm, but if you choose to go any later than that, I am afraid you would have to sit outside. We were there at 11:45, just to be…
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SuperStar BBQ: sizzling Korean

SuperStar BBQ: sizzling Korean

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A bit of context I like setting some context for my food posts. My memory of Korean barbecue goes years ago, when I was still in China. My hometown is very close to Korea geographically, so Korean cuisine was never a stranger to me. It was quite the norm to go out with my parents for Korean barbecue. The grilled sweet potatoes were my favourites. The good old time...   My childhood was filled with things Korean. I watched Korean dramas too: the girls always looked great, hopelessly in love. They are the damsels in stress  and would somehow always end up dying from some incurable diseases, most likely cancer. Then the guys were the prince charming, perfect in every aspect, always protecting the girls. Thinking about it, it was…
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Happy Easter: Egg Staining

Happy Easter: Egg Staining

Art, Eat
This is the first time I made an effort for Easter, staining the eggs. Yes, it is not just an activity for children, adults enjoy it too. So, from this year onwards, decorating easter eggs will become a tradition for the Household of Cotton (wait, what? Cotton is the head of the household?) As it was the first time for me staining the eggs, I went for the safe approach. I bought some powdered food colouring, and just added hot water. Then the hard boiled eggs were placed in the water for 4 mins, until the eggs changed into the desired depth of colour. How to make the perfect hard boiled egg: cover the eggs with cold water, then turn the hob onto medium. Switch off the hob once the water…
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