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Highlights from My 3rd Trip to Japan in December 2013

I got to go work in Japan for a third time this year.  I spent most the time in Osaka and spent my Saturday in Kyoto.  Here are some of the highlights from my trip.

Mido Suji Street
Mido Suji Street at night during a holiday seasons

 

On Saturday, a friend took me to Kyoto for a day.  We went around to a few places and had dinner (many tofu dishes) before going back to Osaka.  It was a fun day.

Ninna-Ji Old Imperial Palace (a world heritage) in Kyoto
Ninna-Ji Old Imperial Palace (a world heritage) in Kyoto

 

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
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Colorful leaves at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

 

Sannenzaka Ninenzaka (old town) Kyoto at night
Sannenzaka Ninenzaka (old town) Kyoto at night

 

 

Kiyomizu Temple at night
Kiyomizu Temple at night

 

Wood cutting demonstration at the Museum of Housing and Living in Osaka
Wood cutting demonstration at the Museum of Housing and Living in Osaka

 

Ramen
Ramen

 

This is how my laundry was done at the hotel.  Nicely packed.
This is how my laundry was done at the hotel. Nicely packed.

 

Birthday Lunch at Eleven Madison Park on October 12, 2013

I celebrated my birthday this year at one of my favorite restaurants, Eleven Madison Park.  It was a 15-course meal and it took 3.5 hours to complete.   Eleven Madison Park is one of seven 3-star Michelin restaurants in New York City (2013).  We have been there 3 times and we sat at the same table every time, Coincidence?

Me at Eleven Madison Park
Me at Eleven Madison Park – same table every time

Here are all the dishes (in the order they were served).

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Cheddar (Savory Black and White Cookie with Apple). It came in a white box presented as a present.

 

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Oyster (Grapes, Bulgar Wheat, and Sorrel)

 

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Beet (Pickled with Yogurt and Nasturtium)

 

Sturgeon (Sabayon with Chive Oil, Smoked with Everything Bagel Crumble, Pickles, and Caviar)
Salmon Mouse in an Egg Shell

 

Sturgeon (Sabayon with Chive Oil, Smoked with Everything Bagel Crumble, Pickles, and Caviar)
Sturgeon (Sabayon with Chive Oil, Smoked with Everything Bagel Crumble, Pickles, and Caviar).  Before opening.
Sturgeon (Sabayon with Chive Oil, Smoked with Everything Bagel Crumble, Pickles, and Caviar)
Sturgeon (Sabayon with Chive Oil, Smoked with Everything Bagel Crumble, Pickles, and Caviar).  After opening.

 

Bread with Two Types of Butter (one is a regular butter and the other one is a duck fat infused)
Bread with Two Types of Butter (one is a regular butter and the other one is duck fat infused)

 

Foie Gras (Seared with Rye Bread and Condiments)
Foie Gras (Seared with Rye Bread and Condiments)
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Carrot (Tartare with Rye Bread and Condiments). They made fresh carrot tartare at our table.

 

Carrot (Tartare with Rye Bread and Condiments).  You mix and match all the ingredients and sauce to your liking.
Carrot (Tartare with Rye Bread and Condiments). You mix and match all the ingredients and sauce to your liking.

 

Lobster (Poached with Brussel Sprouts and Guanciale)
Lobster (Poached with Brussel Sprouts and Guanciale)

 

Squash (Roasted with Cranberries, Chanterelle, and Sourdough)
Squash (Roasted with Cranberries, Chanterelle, and Sourdough)

 

Duck (Grilled with Onion and Beets Roasted with Turnip and Huckleberries).  They took the whole duck out to show us.
Duck (Grilled with Onion and Beets Roasted with Turnip and Huckleberries). They took the whole duck out to show us.

 

Smoked Duck Sausage and Beets
Smoked Duck Sausage and Beets

 

Duck (Grilled with Onion and Beets Roasted with Turnip and Huckleberries).  This is the main dish from the whole duck shown above.
Duck (Grilled with Onion and Beets Roasted with Turnip and Huckleberries). This is the main dish from the whole duck shown above.

 

Grrensward (Pretzel, Mustard, Special Ale, and Champagne Grapes).  They came in a basket and you took everything outa yourself.
Greensward (Pretzel, Mustard, Special Ale, and Champagne Grapes). They came in a basket and you took everything out yourself.

 

Grrensward (Pretzel, Mustard, Special Ale, and Champagne Grapes).  These are what inside the basket.
Greensward (Pretzel, Mustard, Special Ale, and Champagne Grapes). This is what was inside the basket.

 

Malt Cart
Malt Cart

 

Malt (Egg Cream with Vanilla and Seltzer)
Malt (Egg Cream with Vanilla and Seltzer)

 

Apple (Sorbet with Bay Leaf Creme Brulee and Hibiscus)
Apple (Sorbet with Bay Leaf Creme Brulee and Hibiscus)

 

Sweet Potato (Cheesecake with Honey and Chestnut)
Sweet Potato (Cheesecake with Honey and Chestnut)

 

Pretzel (Chocolate Covered with Sea Salt)
Pretzel (Chocolate Covered with Sea Salt)

 

Chocolate (Sweet Black and White Cookie with Cinnamon)
Chocolate (Sweet Black and White Cookie with Cinnamon)

As a bonus, they gave us a jar of granola with a menu to take home.

A Jar of Granular and Menu for Take Home.
A Jar of Granola and Menu to Take Home.

For drinks, we had a half bottle of 2011 Maximin 2011 Maximin Grünhäuser Riesling Auslese.

2011 Maximin Grünhäuser Riesling Auslese.
2011 Maximin Grünhäuser Riesling Auslese.

 

4th of July in New York City

It was my first 4th of July in New York City.  We started the day with a trip to Chinatown for dumplings at Prosperity Dumpling and boba tea at Ten Ren Tea Time.  The dumplings at Prosperity Dumpling were very good and cheap.  For one dollar, you get four dumplings.  It is a small place with only a few seats to sit on.  After lunch, we took a subway and the free ferry to Staten Island.  The view from the ferry was amazing.  From the ferry, you can see downtown New York and the Statue of the Liberty.  The Statue of the Liberty just reopened on the 4th of July.

New York from a Ferry to Staten Island
New York from a Ferry to Staten Island

At Staten Island, we took a bus to Historic Richmond Town.  It took about 30 minutes on a bus from the ferry station.  It was not very crowded.  Only a few of the buildings were open including a tin shop, a grocery store, a pub, a house, and a school.  The school is the oldest standing remaining school in the country.  In the afternoon, there was a parade, a pie contest, and a free ice cream tasting.

A Historic Richmond Town
Historic Richmond Town

In the evening, we went down to Chelsea and had Thai food at Chelsea Thai Wholesale in Chelsea Market.  We didn’t plan to have Thai for dinner but it was one of the few places open.  After dinner, we walked to the West Side Highway and I was surprised to see so many people were already there sitting and waiting for the fireworks.  We walked from around 14th Street up to around 30th Street.  We saw fireworks from a rooftop of a building on 8th Avenue between 36th Street and 37th Street.  A vendor I work with put me on a list to access to the rooftop.  We got a great view from the 28th floor.  Here are a few pictures of the fireworks.

The Beginning of the Fireworks
The Beginning of the Fireworks

The Empire State Building also had a light show that lasted about 5 minutes at the end of the Fireworks.  It was very pretty.  I think they should start doing it everyday.  The top of the building also had red, white, and blue colors.

The Red, White, and Blue at the Empire State Building
The Red, White, and Blue at the Empire State Building

 

Day 53 (03/06/13) Living in NYC

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Temperature 32F to 41F with light snow

I had dinner with two of my good friends tonight so I could catch up with them before I leave New York for San Jose this Saturday.  We went to Hourglass Tavern on E. 46th Street.  However, I confused Glass House Tavern on E. 47th Street with the Hourglass Tavern.  I made a reservation though OpenTable at Hourglass but I went to the Glasshouse by mistake.  I got a text from my friends that they were there and walked around but didn’t see them which is when I realized that I had sent them to the other restaurant.  On top of this, my phone didn’t really work.  It was super slow so it took me longer to figure things out.  Anyhow, I made it to the Hourglass and was only 5 minutes late.  The restaurant was very cute.  It only has a few tables on the first floor but there were more tables and a bar upstairs.  They offered a fix price menu for about $23.  I had a pork chop with salad and tiramisu.  Everything was great.  This might be my new favorite restaurant in New York.  I hope to go back there again soon.