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Green car
Originally uploaded by spinneyhead.

I finally saw a grass van. The car passed by slowly at a crossing on my way to work yesterday morning. Everyone looked and smiled at it. It was a peaceful moment in a rush hour in The City.

The Innocent, coincidentally, was in a news – starting a trial its kid’s drinks at 80 McDonald’s outlets.

Well, I think it’s not a bad idea. A health choice is good for kids, but a question is whether kids will chose it instead of a fizzy drink. It’s said it’s a trial and I don’t know how it is sold to encourage kids to try it out. I remember that Jamie Oliver had difficulties to get kids to eat his new menu at school in the beginning. It’s interesting to see some stats at the end of the trial.

The Innocent blog is one of my favourites. They, of course, communicated with their customers on this trial. There are many comments (good or bad) from passionate customers and they published a follow-up post next day. I am sure they will post more follow-ups and they will learn a lot from this trial. It’s good for them.


Originally uploaded by doow..

Do you know what GBK is? If you do, you are gourmet ūüėČ

It has been a hectic week for me at work, but we managed to have a table at a very busy GBK, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, for Friday lunch. I am not a big fun of burgers, but I heard of GBK and I wanted to try it out.

We sat down at a table and I thought they take orders at table. There was a long queue inside the restaurant. I thought they were all for takeaway. However, irritatingly we had to join the queue to order our burgers and pay at the counter. I wanted a relaxing Friday lunch!

Anyway, I had a barbeque burger. The 100% Aberdeen-Angus Scotch beef burger was really good. But, I did not like the barbeque sauce as much as the burger. I will try something else next time.

They have extensive range of burgers in menu. Maybe I will have Pesterella (with fresh pesto and mozzarella) or Kiwiburger (with beetroot, egg, pineapple and cheese) next time. Do you know any unusual Wikipediaburger? I recall the WikipediaMOS Rice Burger which uses a bun made of rice mixed with barley and millet. I liked it. I am not sure about whale burger. How about Wagyu (Kobe beef) burger?

Menu for Hope
Originally uploaded by sassyradish.

The Menu for Hope started back in February 2005 as fundraising campaign for UNICEF to support the victims of the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004. The Menu for Hope II last year raised $17,101.32 for UNICEF to support the victims of the Kashmir earthquake. They came up with a very simple and great idea – online raffle tickets for prizes donated by participating food bloggers.

This year, Menu for Hope III came back bigger than ever. Check the list of participating bloggers and their prizes (it’s now closed). It raised $58,256.70 to support the UN World Food Programme, which provides hunger relief for needy people worldwide.

This campaign has been organized by Pim and participated by hundreds of food bloggers across the world. They didn’t look for publicity. They didn’t do any PR. All they did was posting about the campaign on their blogs.

Viv, one of the fundraisers, has an excellent writing:

Community. It is such a beautiful word. A term that never fails to evoke a feeling of fellowship, kinship, similarity, it speaks of everything that is intrinsically natural, good and unifying in our human experience.

We all belong to communities around the world, big and small. We rejoice in their achievements and celebrate their accomplishments, we pride ourselves in being a part of them and look for ways of furthering our participation and role in them.

And when catastrophe afflicts our brothers and sisters in communities outside of our own, no matter how far removed, as members of one global neighborhood, we are moved, we empathize, we grieve, we want to help.

I did not know Pim and the Menu for Hope campaign until I read my blog backlog during Christmas holidays. I discovered Pim via Intel Blogger Challenge where she has a great last post on Technology brings people together.

I have been a tech-oriented blog reader and reading some about design and environment recently. But, I started getting fed up with fear and loathing postsin tech blogosphere. There are thousands of bloggers who are passionate about food. Their blogs are more fun to read and have yummy photos. I have subscribed some and look forward to finding something new and interesting for my life.

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Originally uploaded by tokyo ayano.

Rick Stein is the first TV chef everyone in England thinks of when it comes to seafood. I watched “Rick Stein and the Japanese Ambassador” on BBC2 last night. It was one of the best recent programmes about Japanese food, particularly seafood, which I love. I really enjoyed it.

When the Japanese Ambassador saw Rick preparing sushi onboard a boat off Cornwall, he was not terribly impressed. However, this sparked off an idea where Rick would go on a voyage of discovery to the ultimate seafood lovers destination – Japan. On his return he promises to create a banquet fit for an Ambassador and his friends.

The Guardian has an article on the programme.

The first half of the programme was his journey of discovery in the land of seafood heaven, Japan. First, he tried an izakaya, which he described as Japanese tapas bar. He was impressed by the quality of the food and excellent Japanese beers. It brought back my old days in Japan straight away.

Next morning, he went to the Tsukiji fish market and had a sushi at a restaurant near the market. There are many seafood restaurants around the market serving fresh seafood directly from the market at reasonable price. I have been there a few times and I would like to go back again when I get a chance.

He also had a grand meal at Asadaya, one of top Japanese-style restaurants, in Kanazawa which is well-known throughout Japan for its traditional cuisine. He praised that the meal was much better than those at michelin starred restaurants. Of course it is!

Back in London, he created an eight-course banquet at the Japanese embassy, but he had to ask the two embassy chefs for help. He was very impressed by their skills. The way the chef cut a fish is simply an art show.

I would like to try one of his restaurants in Padstow, Cornwall one day.

He has a lovely dog called Chalky.


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