What I Ate: Unagi Shirakawa - Hitsumabushi

June 5, 2018 2 Chome-7-13 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 460-0008, Japan

Nagoya is famous for hitsumabushi which is grilled eel eaten with rice 3 ways. It took several trips before I finally tried this dish in Nagoya. My friend Keiko recommended going to Shirakawa in Sakae to eat this famous dish. 

A and I went there at 5pm so we can beat the dinner rush. It was located in the basement of a building. When we arrived, there was already a line as the restaurant was still closed. We put our names down on the list and sat down and waited. 

A few minutes later, each one of us were called and we entered the restaurant.

We were given the English menu. We picked our meal and waited for our food to arrive.
Once, the food arrived, we had to follow the strict instructions on how to eat the hitsumabushi.

Zappeion, Athens

May 23, 2018 Athens, Greece

It's a good idea to not look at your phone for directions sometimes because you can end up finding a random street full of flowering plants. Athens has a lot of streets just waiting to be explored. 
Had to take advantage of it by taking a lot of pictures of the flowers and also of myself during "golden hour". 
We ended up walking around the National Garden without even knowing it. And found the Zappeion building in between the gardens. 
I first saw this building on tv while watching "The Amazing Race". I was so surprised that we found it by chance. I was so happy to see it in person.
And I love the columns decorating the entrance of the building. The Zappeion was built for the Olympics Games in 1986 but it is not used as a meetings and ceremonies of the government.
We found more columns inside. How amazing is that?
The circular entrance is lined with columns with an open roof.

Hellenic Parliament

April 27, 2018 Athens, Greece

We walked from Monastiraki to Syntagma Square. It's always busy here so it's a good place to people watch. Found a bench and sat there for awhile. 
Finally got up from sitting and climbed the stairs up to see the Hellenic Parliament.
We saw a crowd of people starting to gather in front of the entrance and I knew that it was almost time for the changing of the guards.
It was interesting to watch the guards perform the ceremony in their uniforms. I applaud them for enduring the heat while wearing their full uniform. 

What I Ate: Hong Kong Part III

April 17, 2018 Hong Kong

We took a day trip to Lamma Island. It took about 30 minutes from Central to Lamma island by ferry. Our main reason for going there was for the seafood. 

This where we decided to have our lunch. Perfect view! 
And they have no shortage of it there. A lot of restaurants are lined up next to the port. Each restaurant has an array of live seafood for customers to choose from. You pick the seafood and they cook it for you. 
It's something I miss when I'm back in Canada. You can never get the same quality of seafood. Our friends ordered all the food again because they know what to get. They ordered clams with oyster sauce and that was really good. I never get to eat this in Toronto. It was very tasty.
They also ordered crab but I'm allergic so I didn't sample it. Everyone else loved it ;)
Yeung chow fried rice!
And razor clams! This is the best! It was so juicy and tasty. I loved the way they cooked this with rice noodles top with garlic. It was definitely the big winner for me.
One of our dinners was at Crystal Jade Restaurant in Times Square.

The photo above was the most amazing dish I ate there. It's the shredded chicken and bean starch sheets with sesame sauce. It was refreshing!
Fried dumplings. We also ordered xiao long bao but we ate it so fast I forgot to take a photo.
Sauteed green soybean with bean curd sheets and preserved vegetables.
And this chicken and vegetable handmade noodle soup.  I was not a fan of it.
Red bean pancake for dessert.

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