All posts tagged: Food

Yam’tcha Lunch

Have you ever watched Chef’s Table or the more recent Chef’s Table France on Netflix? Well, then you may very well recognize the chef to the right of this photo: That’s right, while on an epic pastry tour in Paris, Babette and I were more than fortunate enough to get a reservation one day during lunch hours at Yam’tcha, Adeline Grattard’s Michelin starred restaurant. And from start to finish, it was one of the most beautiful lunch experiences of my life. If you read my last michelin restaurant related post, I have some criteria that I will tell you about before getting into all the pictures and specifics of what we ate–so feel free to keep scrolling til you get to that, or keep reading as you like. Ambiance: 4.5/5 It was a lovely and comfortable space, with beautiful walls, decorations and seating. However it was still within the bounds of an ‘expected’ level of comfort for me, which is why I didn’t give it the full marks. Taste: 5/5 Constantly amazed and unexpectedly the …

La Bottega del Buon Caffe

What better way to explore the world and expand your horizons than through food? After some intensive research and frantic emails and phone calls exchanged in order to try to get a table for one at some of the most exciting looking locations, I ended up going to four different Michelin starred restaurants in four different cities within 10 days. I know–what more could a person ask for in life? La Bottega del Buon Caffe came up again and again as I researched things to do in Florence, Italy, and they were able to squeeze me in one of the nights I was in the area. I was already excited based on what I saw on the website before going, but oh my lord was it ever worth it. When I go to a restaurant (particularly a nicer restaurant) there are a handful of things I am looking for in order to determine whether it is a good destination or not. I’m going to give you a little overall review, but feel free to keep …

Chaos and Strength: Week 15 in the Kitchen

I don’t know if someone wrote ‘lets all make fun of Maddie this week’ on my forehead while I wasn’t paying attention, or if we all just snapped a little at being overwhelmed by the new schedule and the lack of our chef in the kitchen…but lets just say that it is a good thing that I am relatively speaking an easy going and patient person. My American accent, my many lists, my desire to do everything and control everything possible, my lack of ability to correctly conjugate verbs in French, my laugh, my knowledge of French music…I basically couldn’t do or say anything without it coming back to me as the butt of a joke–in the friendliest way, of course. “How are you Maddie?” Stan asks me in English. “I’m fine and you?” I respond, speaking English as well. “WHAT DID I TELL YOU ABOUT SPEAKING ENGLISH HERE? YOU ARE IN FRANCE!” T_T There is just no winning. Another winner of a conversation was when my coworkers said after one of the many times …

Weekend Adventures: Shinchon and Hongdae

I already have a backlog of posts from the last week or so, but I had such a fun (food filled) weekend, and I happened to take a bunch of videos so I wanted to share that first. For the most part I stayed around Shinchon on Saturday and ventured out only slightly farther to Hongdae on Sunday. I am definitely getting to that point where laziness and the draw of Netflix is beginning to win over checking things off my Korea bucket list. It finally feels like I am settling in a living here. The second day I was in Korea I went out to Daiso in Shinchon with some girls in my program, and it not only took us forever to get there and find the store, it felt like an epic journey just getting to the area. Now, Daiso is a stop we often make as an afterthought after hanging out around Shinchon station or on the way back to the dorm after being out and about father in the city. The …

Eating like the French and the Beginnings of Culture Shock

Dinner last night was an event. I ate dinner Saturday night on the airplane, ate breakfast Sunday on the airplane…and then I was in route or sleeping or meeting my host family…so suddenly in the evening I realized I was hungry and hadn’t eaten in a long time. Just as I was about to text my mom to complain about not eating and not being sure that dinner was actually going to happen (ok yes, you caught me, I was hiding in my room and trying to discern whether the noises from outside my door were the noises of cooking or just people moving about the apartment), my host mom called me in to eat. At 8:15pm. Apparently that is typical, and will be the time for dinner most nights. By this time of night it was just my host mom, my host brother, and me. If I heard correctly, the others in the family that had descended upon the house earlier in the day when I first arrived actually live father away and just …

Becoming a Local

My current stay in Japan has been very different from my previous study abroad experience was. Sure I was “living” in Japan for four months, but everything was so new and exciting and I was constantly on the go. This time I watch the new students with amusement as they run out to explore Tokyo after their classes finish while I stay in with friends and watch movies in pajamas or walk a few blocks away for dinner. Every time I look in a guide book or search “things to do in Tokyo” or even “things to do in Japan,” there are only ever a few things I can’t check off. Now that in no way means that I have done everything there is to do in Tokyo, but I have certainly gone to many or even most of the tourist-y places, been to the famous parts of town and made the most famous day trips from the city. And because I have had all of these experiences I am more satisfied with living a …