Saturday, August 19, 2017

Before we flew

Our dinner before we flew to Europe. Noodle dinner in Old Town White Coffee.

Long time did not have meal in Old Town. Hardly go to the outlet in Kuching. One thing about the Old Town in KLIA was it has charger points so most patrons came to eat and charge their electronic gadgets. We were few of those that charge their handphones that day. *wink*

We spent a certain time in Old Town, killing times playing with our gadgets while waiting for the time to meet our tour group.

For dinner, I went for something light so I had the chicken hor fun. Nicely seasoned and I like it. A very comforting food.

Chicken hor fun (RM12.90)

Hubby on the other hand, went for thicker taste so he had a bowl of curry mee for dinner. Very spicy looking.

Curry mee (RM12.90)

Our drinks.
White milk tea

Honey lemon

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Gastronomical diary of Europe

Now, come the best part. FOOD!


It was a food adventure for me in Europe, in pursuit of local delicacies. Tasting this and that. Everyday was a new day with new tasty dish to look forward to.

If you asked me which breakfast I liked, I enjoyed the English breakfast the most because of its bacons, hams and sausages. However I loved the pastries especially the flaky and tasty buttery croissants from Paris.

French breakfast

We were lucky to taste some of the local snacks and dishes while we were there.  Nevertheless we did missed home so on certain days, so we were hunting for rice and Asian cuisine then. Overall, I simply enjoyed the dining experiences in Europe. Hope my Europe holiday would not be the last. *wink*

London


We had load of cherries in London!! £3 per cup. So sweet and juicy.

Medium rare beef steak

We did have our beef and salmon steaks as well as fish n chips in London. Meant to go to Burger & Lobster but we did not have much time.

We missed rice by 2nd day so we were scouting for rice that evening around our hotel vicinity after our Harry Potter tour. Lol.

And we found an Indian cuisine there. We had its lamb briyani. Oh my! Very good. Different from what we have in Malaysia. Lesser spice but fluffy and softer rice. The lamb was chunky but tender. The dhal was good as well and so were the big sized papadom.


Papadom with condiments

Briyani

Dhal

Lamb chunks in briyani

Paris

Must have escargot and macaron when one is in Paris. No foie gras, escargot would do for me. Lol.

A 3 course French dinner consisting of escargot as starter, duck confit for main and apple pie for dessert.

I managed to try macarons and chocolate (nutella) crepe in Paris. Not a fan of sweet snack but I did enjoyed myself with these 2 snacks.


Escargot

Lamb

Duck confit

Apple pie

Macarons from Pierre Hermes (Lafayette)

Enjoying chocolate crepe while looking at the Eiffel Tower

Under the recommendation of our tour manager, we went to this small Chinese eatery which is few minutes walk from Lafayette for lunch. The beef noodle was comforting. I had the economy rice there. The dishes are weighed and charged by grams.

Beef noodle

Chinese economy rice


Bruges

Belgium is famous for seafood especially mussels so a big pot of mussels cooked with white wine (1kg) when we were in Bruges.

And for the first time, I tasted rabbit meat. Rabbit cooked with cherry wine flemish style.

We had a Chinese course (5 dishes + 1 soup) in Brussels that evening.


Rabbit stew

A pot of fresh mussels

Potato croquettes as side dish

Beer

Warm chocolate

Cologne

The famous German pork knuckle is not from Cologne but we did tasted one very good pork knuckle in Cologne. And we also tasted the German sausages but shared among the other members of the tour group so no photos of the sausages. According to the tour manager, the best was from the train station next to Cologne Cathedral.


German pork knuckle

Accompanied by salad


Amsterdam

Other than the breakfast buffet in the hotel, we only got to taste the snacks from hot dog stands in Dam Square before we were been rushed to the airport.

We tried the meatballs as well as the hot dog buns. We added our own condiment.

Hot dog stand

Meatballs

Meatballs after condiments added

My hot dog bun

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Amsterdam | glass roof cruise and diamonds

Covering 5 countries in 9 days 6 nights, it was a wonderful summer holiday and we brought home all those sweet memories and experiences of London, France, Belgium, Germany and Netherlands.

It rained on the last day of our Europe holiday in Amsterdam. But then again, we experienced rain while in Bruges. The wettest got to be on our last day in Amsterdam. Cold and windy, trust me when I said the wind could blow you away.

Rain or no rain, we had to proceed with our itinerary.

First stop was the diamond store tour in Gassan Diamonds. I were blinded by all the sparkles. No, I did not buy any home.



Next was the river cruise. Amsterdam's houses and shops were tall and narrow in the front. They had wide windows and in almost every buildings, you will notice a hook hanging on the roof. That was how they moved their furniture into the houses or shops. Hanging and moving through the windows.

Amsterdam is mostly made of canals. And another fact about Netherlands is there is no mountains in this small and low land country! It is basically a flat and low land covered in water. And they generally experiencing strong wind all year round so you would spotted some wind blockers along the highway.

And that was how the Dutch invented windmills with the help of winds in their daily chores etc.








Sunday, August 13, 2017

Amsterdam | the Dam Square

Every countries have their own squares. Such as Paris has Concorde Square and so is Amsterdam with its Dam Square. The royal palace and museum were located there. There was a Madame Tussaud building there but we did not go in. 

We spent less than 30 minutes in the Dam Square. Just took few shots and filled up our tummies with snacks from the hot dog stalls.

Pigeons everywhere!!

Cobbled walkway

Madame Tussaud

The palace

History museum

A monument