Archive | August, 2018

Crispy Beef Fried Rice

30 Aug

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  • 1 cup of rice, cook and let cool completely before using.
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • beef, diced
  • corn starch
  • salt and pepper
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 to 3 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce.
  1. Coat the beef in the corn starch. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a wok on high heat, add enough oil to coat the wok.
  3. Place beef in the wok in a single layer. Do not stir but let the beef cook on this high heat for 1 minute or so. (Not stirring will help the beef crisp up.)
  4. Add fish sauce, hot sauce and sugar. Mix this well with the beef.
  5. Add onions. Stir often.
  6. Once the onions are soft, create a well in the wok. Pour a thin layer of oil, and then add the eggs.
  7. Once the eggs are almost cooked, add rice, garlic, ginger, green onions and soy sauce.
  8. Stir well until combined.
  9. Serve immediately. Enjoy! (Serves two very hungry individuals.)
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London, Ontario

26 Aug

Some local food places to explore while visiting London, Ontario.

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A combo dinner meal from Los Comales, which is a laid back restaurant serving Latin and Mexican inspired dishes.  On this plate are pupusas, flautas, tostadas, rice and beans, salsa and a lightly seasoned coleslaw. Everything was so tasty and not oily. Complimentary chips and salsa are served to all restaurant patrons.

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Merla Mae‘s is an iconic ice cream shop in London. There are both classic and avant garde ice cream creations available.

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Inside Merla-Mae‘s.

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One of Merla-Mae‘s sundae creations, which had soft serve vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and crushed macademia nuts. A wonderful summer time treat indeed!

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Covent Garden Market, located in the heart of London’s city center, is the city’s farmers’ market. There are local produce stalls, meat and fish vendors, organic fares, baked goodies, fresh flowers, sushi, crafted chocolates and handmade crafts. Upstairs is a British tea house and kids’ theatre company.

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Handmade wooden pear and apple from the farmers’ market.

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Billy’s Deli Restaurant has quality breakfast and lunch dishes.

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An eggs benedict from Billy’s! So delicious!

Stockholm

26 Aug

Stockholm is a beautiful, vibrant and modern city. It is known for its Nobel prize, Royal family, museums, archipelago, water front and rich history.  Below are some pictures that illustrate this.

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This is the smallest statue in Stockholm (Jarnpojke, the “Iron Boy”). It is thought to bring good luck to those who offer it a gift or rub its head.

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This is a photo taken at Gamla Stan (one of the oldest parts of Stockholm.)

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Stockholm’s television tower (Kaknastornet). Visitors are allowed and the top offers a stunning 360 degree view of the city. There’s a full service restaurant, as well as a causal skybar offering drinks and sandwiches. The expansive gift shop is on the main floor and has a wide selection of souvenirs.

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One of the views from the television tower.

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Another view from the top of the television tower.

Costs in Stockholm are a bit steeper than in comparable cities around the world, but as a tourist its easy to take it in stride. There are, however, free walking tours which provide a unique opportunity to learn about Stockholm in a short period of time. The etiquette is to provide the tour guide a tip. The local public transit system is also tourist friendly and there are travel pass options for short term travellers visiting the city.

Some museums in Stockholm:

  1. Nordiska Museum*
  2. Vasa Museum*
  3. ABBA Musuem
  4. Tekniska Museet** (Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology)
  5. Ethnografiska Museet** (Museum of Ethnography)
  6. Sjohistoriska Museet** (Maritime Museum)
  7. Polismuseet** (Police Museum)
  8. Scenknost Museet (Swedish Museum of the Performing Arts)
  9. Naval Museum
  10. Railway Museum

*Noriska and Vasa museums are next to each other.

**These museums are clustered together in one area of the city by the shoreline. The television tower (pictured above) is also within walking distance.

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In front of Tekniska Museet is their mathematical garden.

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A lunch offering at Tekniska by Pontus. Very tasty, and while rich was not overly salty! On the menu was also moose meatballs.

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The front of the Museum of the Ethnography (Ethnografiska Museet).

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A bowl of vegetarian noodle soup from Matmekka, which is located inside the Ethnography Museum. A bowl of simple/healthy ingredients with delicious subtle Asian flavours.

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Inside Vasa Museet. This is the historical warship, named Vasa, that sank only a few minutes after setting out to sea. It’s an iconic part of Stockholm’s history and one of its more popular museums to visit. In the summer, avoid lines by visiting right when it opens. The ship set sail in 1628 and through unique circumstances found underwater almost fully intact in 1961. Therefore, it provides a living history of the 17th century.  Physical perservation of the ship is an ongoing endeavour.

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The front entrance to the Martime Museum. Located right by the water, it is a quiet peaceful place to visit.

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Inside the Martime Museum..

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From the buffet, which offered salads, fruits and seafood dishes, at the Martime Museum’s bistro.

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A satisfying meat lasagna from the Martime Museum’s bistro.

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By the Martime Museum, there is a walking path along the water that leads into the city center. This path passes by Vasa and Nordiska Museum.