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Naples, Florida, United States - 30th November 2012

By: tarepanda

I will be leaving Florida soon.  I decide that I want to try some local food.  So we go to this restaurant.

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The restaurant is called Cracklin Jack and says A Taste of the Everglades.  The everglades is a wetland in South Florida, near where this restaurant is.  It looks like a swamp, or a grass prairie, but is actually a slow-moving river 60 miles (97 km) wide and over 100 miles (160 km) long.  How slow does it move?  It travels about half a mile (0.8 km) a day!  I can walk faster than that!!  The Everglades has been inhabited by Native Indians since over 15,000 years ago and today is still home to some Indian tribes. 

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On the wall they have pictures from old newspapers.

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They have frog legs, catfish and gator tails!  Our host tells us that there are a lot of alligators in the Everglades, one time she went cycling and saw 47 of them on a 15 mile trail!  Hmmm... I was thinking of visiting the Everglades but now I change my mind. 

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Here are more traditional Southern dishes: sweet potatoes, fried okra, fried green tomatoes.  In the south, they like fried food a lot, and a common meal will be fried chicken or fried catfish.  They are also famous for their barbeque as well.  Real barbeque is different from grilling.  The meat is put into a pit with low heat and smoke, and cooked for many hours. 

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Here it is!  Fried catfish!

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BBQ ribs with baked beans.

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As we head home, we pass through the Everglades.  We are now in the Indian reservation area.

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* Posted Jan 4, 2013, 4:42 am Last edited Jan 4, 2013, 4:44 am by tarepanda [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Miami, Florida, United States - 18th December 2012

By: tarepanda

It has been a lot of fun, but sadly it's time to say goodbye to my dear friends.  My host tells me that she is taking me somewhere special for a farewell party.  I wonder what it is?

Gosh it's a restaurant named Giraffe?

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There is a pair of giraffes on the door!  I wonder what kind of restaurant it is?  I am sure they don't eat giraffes here right?  Right???

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Ha ha I happily find out that there is no giraffe steaks.  Just regular Brazilian style burgers and steaks. 

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We place our order and find a table.  I love all the giraffes on the wall!

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We are number 73.  We first get our drinks and the cheese bread, which are round little balls.

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This is the quinoa salad.  It's delicious!

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There is also steak.  Like many South American cuisines, the meat comes with black bean and rice.  There is the chimichurri sauce, made from parsley and garlic, for dipping the steak in.

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My friends and I have a good dinner together.  It's sad leaving them, but we all feel excited that I will be travelling to Japan.  A few of my friends have visited Japan before so they give me some useful tip, like saying "Hajimemashite.  Watashi wa Fidibus desu. O sewa ni narimashide, dozo yoroshiku o nengaishimasu!" to my new host.  I hope I can remember all that!

We promise to stay in touch.  Hopefully one day I get to see my friends again.

* Posted Jan 6, 2013, 4:23 am Last edited Jan 6, 2013, 4:32 am by tarepanda [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Takamatsu, Japan - 1st January 2013

By: hanachan

Happy New Year! - Akemashite Omedetou!
Osechi Ryouri & Ozouni
Hi :)
The new year day in Japan is very calm. Family people meet together at their parents' house to celebrate the New Year, wishing for the future health of everyone.
The first meal in the new day is Osechi Ryouri and Ozouni. The New Year's food arranged in the lacquer boxes and special soup with rice cakes, vegetables, etc.
:D :D :D

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* Posted Jan 31, 2013, 2:30 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Takamatsu, Japan - 3rd January 2013

By: hanachan

Melon Pan - a type of sweet bun from Japan
In Japan, western food is often developed and changed in its own way by fusing with Japanese original culture.
It's interesting. What do you think? :D

;)

P.S. Oh, I know I always eat...  :p

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* Posted Jan 31, 2013, 2:36 am Last edited Jan 31, 2013, 2:37 am by hanachan [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Yashima Shrine, Takamatsu, Japan - 13th January 2013

By: hanachan

Yashima Shrine
This shrine was built in 1651 by Matsudaira Yorishige, the first Feudal Load of Takamatsu. It was the place where to worship his grandfather Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate.
When we visit the shrine, first we wash hands. An old tap is often decorated everywhere in the world. In Japan lots of shrine and temples have "Doragons" like this.
Then I went up to the long steps of stone and looked back... wow!
:o :o :o

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* Posted Jan 31, 2013, 2:47 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Ogijima island, Takamatsu, Japan - 10th March 2013

By: hanachan

Ogijima is an island in the Seto Inland Sea. It is next to Megijima, a few kilometers from Takamatsu port. It's a very small island just 4km around, about 150 people lives.
Today we go to the island by ferry boat. 

But...
The weather in the island suddenly turned to bad.
We reached the lighthouse in the stormy rain :(
This is the northernmost tip of Takamatsu city.
haha... terrible trip :stare:

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* Posted Mar 14, 2013, 10:56 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Kobe, Hyogo pref., Japan - 28th March 2013

By: hanachan

Kobe is the 5th-largest city in Japan and is the capital city of Hyogo prefecture.
We changed a train at Okayama station. Here the Shinkansen Express "Sakura" is coming. It's hard to take pictures of them, because they come quickly and stop just a few minutes :stare:
After 45 minutes, we reached Kobe. The weather was a little bad :thinking:


From the window of Marine Liner train
Our train is running across the Seto Ohashi Bridge over the Inland Sea. If it were sunny day, we could see a beautiful scenery.
Sakura, the Shinkansen Express train
Sakura N700 Series Shinkansen
In central Kobe city
The tall building behind us is Kobe City Hall.
We found cherry blossoms bloom  :)
Port of Kobe
From the center of the city we walked to the port of Kobe. That red tower is very famous as the Kobe landmark.
The Former Foreign Settlement
The modern-era western style buildings remain standing in the new city.
China Town Nankin-machi
Nankin-machi is a compact chinatown in central Kobe, one of the three Chinatowns in Japan. (others are in Nagasaki and Yokohama) This area was developed by Chinese merchants who settled near Kobe Port after the port was opened to foreign trade in 1868.

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* Posted Apr 14, 2013, 10:02 am Last edited Apr 14, 2013, 10:05 am by hanachan [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Sakura in Takamatsu, Japan - 31st March 2013

By: hanachan

The weather is a little bad also in Takamatsu, but it's warm. Sakura cherry blossoms start to bloom.
Walking around my host hanachan's house, we can see many Sakura trees beside the streets.
Soon they are in full bloom.
;)

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* Posted Apr 20, 2013, 6:35 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu, Japan - 3rd April 2013

By: hanachan

This is Ritsurin Garden, a typical Japanese garden. It is located in the center of the city, among the modern buildings. Stepping inside it is like slipping into another world and another time.
For 228 years long since 1642, the Matsudaira family, the feudal lord of Takamatsu owned and maintained the garden. Today the garden is open to public.
What a wonderful world!
;)


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* Posted Apr 20, 2013, 6:40 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Shiogama Shrine, Takamatsu, Japan - 6th April 2013

By: hanachan

Sakura is full blooming :D
This is a small Shinto shrine near hanachan's house.
The sky is blue. It's a beautiful day.

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* Posted Apr 20, 2013, 6:45 am Last edited Jun 30, 2013, 10:42 am by hanachan [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


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