Read all of the Fig & Cherry posts in chronological order from today all the way back to 2008!
Sorry for the lack of posts! I’m now in London for another week or so.
Last week it was my birthday and I celebrated with some of my family at St John Bread & Wine. It was delicious! I took some photos so expect them up soon.
Today I’m off to Borough to have lunch with a work friend I haven’t seen for more than 5 years! We used to work in a cafe together and I’d cook him yummy breakfasts with smoked salmon and eggs (he’s Swedish!) and he’d make me some very delicious coffee, although I didn’t appreciate it at the time, good coffee is one of my relatively new foodie-loves.
You can make a reservation if you like, but we didn’t. It’s a super posh hotel so dress up nicely and waltz on through the lobby and up to the terrace bar.
You’ll be absolutely stunned at the the incredible view and you didn’t have to queue up or pay an entrance fee. If you’ve been to Rome, then you’ll know that’s quite a feat and definitely something to brag about.
Sure the drinks are expensive but they come with complimentary snacks. Yummy ones. Click ‘read more’ to see pictures of them. (more…)
Warning! There’s a photo overload in this post, but I couldn’t leave out a single course, you’ll see why.
The word Kaiseki has a history. The Japanese kanji characters that make up the word literally mean ‘stone to the bosom’. This refers to the warm stones that monks-in-training held inside their robes to stave off hunger, but it eventually became known to refer to the elaborate degustation-style multiple course meal served at formal tea ceremonies.
These days Kaiseki is an art form that balances the taste, texture, appearance and colours of the dishes served. Kaiseki chefs will only ever use fresh seasonal or local ingredients and pay very close attention to presentation. The most interesting part for me, is that the dishes are served on carefully selected plates and bowls chosen to enhance the appearance and seasonal theme of the meal.
Roan Kikunoi restaurant in Kyoto is famous for three generations of owners. The current owner, Yoshihiro Murata, is extremely loved in Japan and has written several successful cookbooks. He has two Kaiseki restaurants in Kyoto and one in Tokyo. On the day I went to Roan Kikunoi in Kyoto he was there, which I was pretty pleased about.
We sat at the bar and watched some of the 8 courses get prepared. Our chef described most ingredients but I couldn’t quite catch it all – I didn’t want to look nerdy with a notebook! Sorry if I can’t tell you what everything is, please just enjoy the mystery.
First Course, pictured above. There’s so many little parts to this dish but they all worked together beautifully as a seafood theme. The grilled prawns were tiny and crispy. I ate them whole, head and all, delicious. (more…)
I’ve mentioned before that I’m a perfectionist, so all the photos and words I put on this website are carefully considered, like on a portfolio. This means that many of my delicious adventures never make the cut!
I really do like to share them though so if you’re interested then check out my Facebook, Twitter or Flickr accounts for lots more photos and daily thoughts.
One recent foodie moment that I think you’ll like is the two types of Turkish delight I ate: Roasted hazelnut and coconut and Pomegranate and pistachio. To die for! Check out my Facebook Fan Page for pictures. (more…)