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Home, Germany - 1st July 2012

By: Kuhbert

Huhu,
Im Fidibus and Im still at home and ready for a big journey!

Yours,

Fidibus  B)

* Posted Jul 1, 2012, 7:07 pm Last edited Jul 4, 2012, 5:14 pm by Kuhbert [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Lienen, Germany - 4th July 2012

By: Kuhbert

Hello everybody,

today my voyage started, and now Im on the way to miami.
I hope that I will arrive healthy that I can get a step closer to the goal of my mission to visit all continents.

Fidibus B)

* Posted Jul 4, 2012, 5:23 pm Last edited Jul 4, 2012, 5:24 pm by Kuhbert [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Miami, Florida, United States - 22nd July 2012

By: tarepanda

My trip takes a long, long time to arrive.  Somehow along the way, my package was torn open, so I have to stop in a post office rest stop to get it repaired, before I continue my journey. 

I hear some noises.  Have I arrived?

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Hey someone is pulling my tail!!  Help!!

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My new friends tell me not to worry, they will help me get out.  I sure hope so!

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Help!  I think my tail is going to come off!  And is someone stepping on my head?  He said he is helping to push me out.  I wonder if it feels like this to come out of my mommy's belly?

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Phew I am free!  I am very grateful to my new friends, sweetie, Big Foot, Genoveva, (both rats are from Germany!) Mocha the moose and Orange the fish.

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My friends realize how tired and hungry I am, so to cheer me up, Genoveva takes out some German candies to celebrate.  I am so happy I have arrived safely, and very moved to receive such a warm welcome.  Hmm, where is the beer?

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* Posted Aug 12, 2012, 4:48 am Last edited Aug 12, 2012, 4:51 am by tarepanda [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Coconut Grove, FL, United States - 10th August 2012

By: tarepanda

Today the weather is very nice so we go to the park.  It will be the first time I get to see how South Florida looks like!

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I see people running and exercising.

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The palm trees are very beautiful here.

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There is a dog park where people can unleash their dogs and let them run around inside the fenced area.

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Hello, are you having a great time like me?

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We find this little palm tree.

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Look there are some palm nuts.

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We catch a glimpse of the ocean.

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I spy a bridge.  Where does it go?

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It is a vista point for the bay. The bay connects to the Atlantic. 

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You can see all the boats anchored there.

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These are the mangrove tree.  They are very important, ecologically.The roots hold on to the soil, and slowly increases landmass. It also acts as barrier to protect against hurricanes.  Now people know about its importance they no longer cut them down.

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Wow looks like the wind is really strong here.

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We find a gym playground.

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Let's get fit!

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Phew we are tired.  Let's sit down for a rest.

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* Posted Oct 16, 2012, 11:16 pm Last edited Oct 16, 2012, 11:21 pm by tarepanda [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Coconut Grove, FL, United States - 16th August 2012

By: tarepanda

Today we go grocery shopping!

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Wow look at all the candies and drinks!  Hmm, hopefully I will not gain weight and look like an American now I am living here?

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Look at the colorful salt water taffy!  This candy originated in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  David Bradley's candy shop was flooded during a major storm in 1883, and his entire stock of taffy was soaked with salty Atlantic Ocean water. When a young girl came into his shop asking for taffy candy, he joked that he has some "salt water taffy." But the girl and her friends liked it, and a new candy was born.  Today, Bradley's shop is still on Atlantic City boardwalk. 

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Hey look what I found!

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And a Mozart chocolate bar!

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A rainbow of Jelly Bellies!

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Okay okay let's look for something healthier.  How about some nuts?

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You can get freshly ground peanut butter and almond butter, which tastes a lot better than the ones in jar.

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Coffee, anyone?

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And cheese?

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We found some Champignon German Brie among all the French stuff!

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And Cambozola among the blues.  Yay!

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Look at all the big chucks of Parmigiana Reggiano!  Hmm we better get out of here, my friend Big Foot is drooling all over the place, and you can never trust a rat with so many cheeses...

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Don't forget a nice loaf of bread to go with the cheeses.

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We get some olives at the olive bar.

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This is the spice rack where we can get some spices.

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Let's pick a bottle of wine.

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Here's a guy doing a tasting.  Sadly we don't have our IDs so he won't give us a glass.

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Hmmm maybe we should go for a good beer instead?  Either way sounds like a delicious dinner tonight!

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* Posted Oct 19, 2012, 9:25 pm Last edited Oct 19, 2012, 9:26 pm by tarepanda [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Miami Beach, Florida, United States - 22nd August 2012

By: tarepanda

Yay today we are visiting the beach!  The very famous Miami Beach!

We pass by the W Hotel.  Look who we see? Hello Kitty.  But why is she crying a bucket of tears?

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Hello Miffy!

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And My Melody.

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We continue on to the broadwalk.

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Someone is making jewelry to sell.

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Look look, Mommy and Daddy! I am on the beach now.  It's a beautiful beach.

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What a lovely day it is.

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I am at the Atlantic Ocean now.  On the other end is Europe.  I am missing home a bit!

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Looks like someone is trying to build a sand castle.  Let's offer some help.

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Hmmm, life is good.

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The sun is a bit strong. I think this cabana is perfect.

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* Posted Oct 21, 2012, 4:16 am Last edited Oct 21, 2012, 4:26 am by tarepanda [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Miami, Florida, United States - 26th August 2012

By: tarepanda

After such nice sunny days it has gotten rainy.

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We watch the news.  A hurricane is coming!!

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Looks like it may be heading to Florida.  The storm has caused a lot of damage and death in Haiti already.  It's rather scary.

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Weather in the island of Key West, the southernmost part of Florida, looks rather bad as the reporter shows us.

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Our host family decides to put up the shutters.  We give them our help.  The metal shutters prevent projectiles by the wine from breaking the windows and causing major damage to the house.  Many houses are installed with shutters or if they don't people nail up wooden boards, which are not as strong but cheaper.

Besides the shutters, we also need to buy extra water and food, in case the water supply gets contaminated or the electricity is down.

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After we put up the shutters the weather calms a bit.  It's not that the hurricane is over, but the bad weather comes in bands.  We decide to go around the neighborhood for a look.  See how windy it is?

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This house looks prepared!

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This one too.

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Looks like this owner takes a break while installing the garage shutters. 

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Look, this little wind wheel here is going crazy!

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Even though there is no rain the wind is rather strong.  We better head home before it gets bad.

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I hope we are safe and the hurricane will pass soon.

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* Posted Oct 23, 2012, 2:09 am Last edited Oct 23, 2012, 2:11 am by tarepanda [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Miami Beach, Florida, United States - 1st September 2012

By: tarepanda

Yay the hurricane has passed and the sun is out again.  Let's enjoy the sun and go outdoors.  We decide to visit the Botanical Garden.

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They have a variety of trees.

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Hmm what is that hanging from the tree?  Looks like some weird fruit.  Oh, it's some glass decoration!

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They have a Japanese garden inside. 

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I feel like I am in Japan.

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This gazebo is very nice to rest in.

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What a weird looking little tree.

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We better stay away from these spiky ones.

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This looks pretty.

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This one looks like a bad hair cut.

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Hi little gecko how are you doing?

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Look at this statue in the pond!  It gets big feet!!

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Yup, sure bigger than mine!

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* Posted Oct 23, 2012, 3:17 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Miami, Florida, United States - 3rd September 2012

By: tarepanda

Today we decide to make some laksa noodle.  I've never tried it before!

First we help clean the bean sprout and trim the tails off. It is quite a bit of work but makes it taste better.

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We cut up some chick'n - that is vegetarian chicken.  Usually a laska noodle has shrimp and other ingredients too, but we are just making it simple with whatever we have on hand.

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Meanwhile, we cook the noodles.  It's some white rice noodle we bought at a Vietnamese grocery store and comes in little bundle tied with a bamboo straw. 

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We fried some garlic slices and set it aside.

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Now we cook the onion with some curry paste.

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Then add the chick'n in.

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We add the broth, as well as other seasonings.

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It's almost ready!  We put the noodle and bean sprout into a bowl.

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Now add the onion, chick'n and broth.  Sprinkle the garlic on top. Mmm mmm, it looks delicious!  And sure tastes so too!

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* Posted Oct 31, 2012, 3:01 pm Last edited Oct 31, 2012, 3:02 pm by tarepanda [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Miami Beach, Florida, United States - 1st October 2012

By: tarepanda

Today we go to Miami Beach.  This is a very nice hotel called Fontainebleau. 

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Opened in 1954, it is one of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels on Miami Beach.  It has also appeared in many movies and tv shows.

This is the Chateau Lobby.

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Let's get a drink and see if we can spot some celebrity!

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Our host comes today to visit the spa.  With 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) it is a very nice spa and we get a special promotion coupon.
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After a good massage we decide to visit the pools.

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Lots of people are enjoying the sun.

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Hmmm this is very comfy!  I am feeling sleepy!

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This round bed looks fun.

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How about this one with TV?  We can order some drink and while we wait for our movie star friends! 

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Oh here is the kiddie pool with a slide.

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We have a good time swimming in the pool.

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After the sun and some good exercise, we feel a bit hungry.  There are some restaurants in the hotel, but they are all very fancy.

The Chinese restaurant has a US$195 Peking Duck.

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The pasta dish in this Italian restaurant is among the best!

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However, as it's a warm beautiful day we decide for something casual and cold.  Our host suggests we try some ceviche.

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Ceviche is a seafood dish made from fresh raw fish marinated in lemon or lime juice, and seasoned with chili peppers, onions, salt, and coriander. It is popular in the coastal regions of the  Central and South America but is believed to have originated in Peru.

This place has won some award as Best Ceviche in town!

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Let's check what they have.

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We can see the chefs prepare our food.

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Here is our food!  Octopus taco and fish taco with some tortilla corn chips.  Yummy! 

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* Posted Dec 27, 2012, 4:07 pm Last edited Dec 27, 2012, 4:22 pm by tarepanda [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Miami, Florida, United States - 8th October 2012

By: tarepanda

Today we have a new visitor!

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His name is Micky, a little mouse from Germany.  Genoveva and Big Foot are happy to have a baby cousin, and  I too very much enjoy the German chocolate Micky brings along.

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* Posted Dec 27, 2012, 5:04 pm Last edited Dec 27, 2012, 5:06 pm by tarepanda [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Davie, Florida, United States - 14th October 2012

By: tarepanda

We decide to take our new friend to try some Chinese food, because, he he, we start to have some cravings after our wonderful trip.

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We have some hand made noodles with beef, and a steamed bun.

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For dessert there is some sweet bean pancakes, and some sweet tofu pudding.

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I have to say it's not as good as the food in China.  Ah, guess we have to make a trip back!

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Miami, Florida, United States - 19th October 2012

By: tarepanda

Today another box arrives!!  Hmmm, what is it?  Hello?  Anybody there?

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Oh my gosh, it's another rodent?  Hey we are having an infestation here!!  No, just kidding... all TVs are welcome, though I do wish we have more giraffes visiting...

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His name is Mozart, after the famous composer.  But he is not from Austria.  He is from Russia.  I like him already because he is a very friendly guy and brings us lots of candies!

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Miami, Florida, United States - 22nd October 2012

By: tarepanda

Our host bought this by mistake last week when she shopped for some beets.  We did not know what it is, but we helped her figure out that it is a rutabaga.  We decide to make a soup out of it.

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First we cut it up into pieces.

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We also cut some potatoes and carrots.

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We brown some onion in the pot.

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When it's ready we put the root vegetables in as well.  We throw in some herbs, bay leaves and pepper and some water.

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Now it's time to put everything in the blender.

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We put the puree back into the pot, add a bit of wine, salt and pepper to taste.

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Let's a final touch, of scallion and shredded asiago.  Doesn't it look good?  It's very delicious!

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Tampa, Florida, United States - 27th October 2012

By: tarepanda

Today we are going to Tampa, which is on the west coast of Florida, to visit our host's friend.  We get onto the turnpike.

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See the bridge up there?  It's the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

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Look, the water in the gulf is so beautiful!

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You can see the old bridge.  Part of it is still around and used as a  fishing pier.

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When we arrive... we are feeling a bit hungry.  I wonder what we are having for lunch?

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It's a Korean restaurant.  The decor looks very interesting.

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We first enjoy some hot tea.

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Or maybe we should order some Korean wine?  It is similar to Japanese sake.

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At a Korean meal, there are many small dishes called banchan.  Kimchee is the most famous type, but there are others made with steamed, marinated or stir-fried vegetables, anchovies and more.  Some are spicy but some are not.

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We have some soup and a spicy noodle.  It's so delicious!

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* Posted Jan 3, 2013, 4:10 am Last edited Jan 3, 2013, 4:12 am by tarepanda [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


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