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Train Ride to Denali

Mary and I got a cab to the Anchorage Railroad Depot, checked in our tagged bags, drank a delicious coffee and waited to board the glass roofed train to Denali.

img_1320At the start of the train ride there were just nine of us and then 58 joined us at Talkeetna.  It’s now the end of the season that started in May.

We decided to get breakfast after an early start

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Mary ordered the reindeer/ egg scrambler skillet.

img_8351Chef Malachi cooked our breakfasts to perfection!  Delicious.

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Jerrica tended the bar at the front of the car

Our conductor A.J.   He has to get off the train to manually switch the tracks so we could wait on the side as another train passed, going south.

Matthew our excellent server on the left and Crystal our knowledgeable tour guide.

Both of them made it a fun and memorable adventure. The train ride is about eight hours.  We didn’t knit or nap, didn’t want to miss a single second.

(Good sports to let me photograph them, thanks!)

We saw a pair of Trumpeter Swans who mate for life.

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Their young ones were swimming on their own

 

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img_8408After the lunch crowd left the dining car and went back upstairs, I enjoyed a Forest pie with rhubarb, apple, blackberry and strawberries topped with vanilla ice cream. Matt asked if I wanted a lot of whipped cream or a little.🙂

Everyone was so nice, the scenery so incredible. Andy took a photo of us at the table too,  which was great for the memory book, but unfortunately I did not take his pic.

We highly recommend the train tour.

 

 


Coppelia Diner in Chelsea 

Coppelia Cuban Diner open 24-7  where chefs dine after work 

14th Street between 7th & 

8th Ave 

Cafe Con Leche

Freshly baked pastries and cheese rolls 

Dos Huevos (over) Cuban Toast   Chimicurri Home Fries 



After breakfast we walked along the Highline where we saw this 

Artist Tony Matelli’s sculpture Sleepwalker Sleepwalker sculpture wakes you up article 



Night Diner

9th Street       South Phillynight diner


Thai Cuisine on Liberty Ave at Pearl Street in Bloomfield

When I got home from school, Steve asked me if I wanted to go eat at the Thai Cuisine Restaurant in Bloomfield. Bloomfield is considered the Italian section of the city and I have blogged the Italian Festival and scenes from the Bloomfield Bridge.

On Liberty Ave at Pearl Street, across from the  Bloomfield Laundromat,there’s delicious Thai food in this wonderfully Italian neighborhood.

I was so tired when Steve suggested going out to eat, I thought about lying down and taking a rest instead.

Fortunately, I decided to take him up on his offer and am I ever glad I did.  He’d brought home take-out from this restaurant before but had never dined in. He told me how nice they were to him and always remembered his name.

It’s BYOB. They have a vegetarian menu,too.  The service -friendly and nice, the food fresh and perfectly prepared. Very tasty. The decor and ambience clean and comfortable.  Love the cloth napkins.

We enjoyed our dinner tremendously.

We ordered two dishes to share and the brown rice. There are curries and appetizers, soups and salads and desserts.  Spicy Basil Fried Rice seems to be a favorite in the reviews.  The YELP reviews = overall four out of five stars.  The Urbanspoon seemed quite favorable and highly recommended by the City Paper Critic, too

Authentic Thai Restaurant

 

 

 

 

Ginger Roots

Ginger Roots  Onions, Black Mushrooms, Broccoli, Carrots, Red Pepper, Green Pepper, Snow Peas, with Chicken

 

 

 

 

Shrimp Pad Thai

 

 

Classic Shrimp Pad Thai

 

 

My plate

 

 

 

 

 

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The view from my seat in the front window booth.

 

 

Laquered Table with Church Reflection

 

 

And the high gloss lacquered table reflecting formerly St. Joseph’s Church

 

Cloth Napkins

 

Our server rolled all the silverware in wonderful cloth napkins- stacked and ready to go

 

And Steve took a shortcut down the alley to get us home.  Love being a passenger so I can photograph with the good old iPhone camera.  Did not take my regular camera to dinner.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

Lunchtime lately has been from the students’ cooking at the Carrick Cafe.  You’ll see a couple of orders in takeout boxes and containers below. I thought this week’s challenge a fun one to create.

WordPress is hoping for some “offbeat interpretations, mouthwatering photos”.  The photos are supposed to be taken with a phone.  I got that about half right. Once I started searching I had to just stop as there were too too many images of meals consumed at lunchtime!

I think of lunchtime as a short time, dictated by bells.  Here is a lunchtime medley from the archives.  Some shots I probably would not have blogged before.

And from the online etymology dictionary 

lunch (n.) “mid-day repast,” 1786, shortened form of luncheon (q.v.). The verb meaning “to take to lunch” (said to be from the noun) also is attested from 1786:

But as late as 1817 the only definition of lunch in Webster’s is “a large piece of food.” OED says in 1820s the word “was regarded either as a vulgarism, or as a fashionable affectation.” Related: Lunched; lunching. Lunch money is attested from 1868; lunch-time (n.) is from 1821; lunch hour is from 1840. Slang phrase out to lunch “insane, stupid, clueless” first recorded 1955, on notion of being “not there.” Old English had nonmete “afternoon meal,” literally “noon-mea

 

At the Deli Counter

 

 

The Deli Counter at La Groceria Italiana (shot on Friday March the 15th with an iPhone)

 

 

 

 

Dog at lunch

Fish Tacos

 

Fish Tacos with a fresh lime

 

 

 

State Fair Food Booth

Ohio State Fair Food Booth

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Star Shaped Peanut Butter and Jelly onWhole Wheat   Columbus Ohio

Food Truck

Food Truck Festival Columbus

Salad Bread

Steak Salad at Silky’s in Sharpsburg PA

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Another shot at the Food Truck Festival

Kosher Dill Pickle

Extra Pickles

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Ahhh, Onion Rings

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New York City Hot Dog Carts

Catfish

Blackened Catfish, Rice and Beans and Cornbread Lunch from the Carrick Cafe

Picnic

Maura has a lunchtime picnic at Grandma’s House

Museum of Modern Art Lunch

Lunch at the Museum of Modern Art  New York City

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Hmmmmm What’s for lunch?  says Mar

Soup and Sandwich in Stamford , Connecticut

Soup and Sandwich

A Slice of Pizza

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Thelma’s for lunch in Roanoke Virginia

Line at the Potato Patch

Lined up for Fries at the Potato Patch, Kennywood

Primanti's Sandwich

Lunchtime on Fellow Bloggers Blogs

I think Francine in Retirement  had a wonderful offbeat interpretation of the zoo animals enjoying their various lunches!  (click here)

and Angeline M shows the pans behind a local taqueria in her post    

See some greens on Chronicles of Illusions

and after Kayaking around Manhattan check out Wind Against Current

Figments of a Dutchess  or check out Falafel in Switzerland

Patricia pretty salad lunches while playing WWF

and a few more

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Contemplating the Scraps Bowl Offerings

What will you eat today?


Yes, That’s Crabmeat on the Asparagus- La Cucina Flegrea

V and I went La Cucina Flegrea on Murray Avenue for a decade and then it closed.  We had missed going there for the Spaghetti Arugula and Rigatoni in Vodka Sauce.  J and I took a cooking class there, you might remember that post click here

Well, Chef Anna is back and she was glad to see us. Our first visit to the new place.  She opened last November but it was Laura’s wedding and all.  It was my friend R who told me about this new location.  Here is the website for the new one, complete with menu-La Cucina Flegrea to downtown’s Market Square.  We were celebrating V’s birthday.  Happy birthday V!

We started with the 5 Fagioli soup and then because we ordered the Baccalá with Sweet Onion and Shrimp Sauce, a Mozzarella Wagon with Fresh Tomato sauce came as an appetizer- 4 balls of mozzarella breaded and fried and accompanied by a delicious sauce. Here’s a shot of the Asparagus with all the lovely, succulent crab meat on it.

Dessert was Baba au Ruhm.  Whipped cream and raspberries, a rum sugar sauce. And a cup of hot tea.

It was a happy birthday dinner and we were glad to eat at La Cucina Flegrea again.  Everything was delicious.

La Cucina Special

La Cucina Flegrea in Market Square

The La Cucina FLegrea entrance is the Pumpkin colored awning


Elegant and Delicious: Spoon

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A classy restaurant we’ve driven by on a daily basis but never stopped to dine.

Celebrating 19 years- our unanniversary- a solid friendship and steadfast companionship, not sure where all that time has gone but there we were in East Liberty and we headed to SPOON.  

What we ate-   the service was excellent and even though we weren’t ordering up the Foie Gras or the Tasting Menu or a Magnum of Champagne, they treated us hospitably and did not make us feel out of place as we were “walk-ins” and didn’t have reservations which would be a good idea for future visits.

Breadbasket: warm cream cheese chive biscuits/baguette and warm muffins

garden vegetable baby mix green salad: Golden Harvest Farm baby mix greens, fresh garden vegetables, champagne vinaigrette

Spoon burger:  8 oz. Kobe beef, aged white cheddar cheese, parmesan + herb fries, challah bun

Too full for the desserts but they sounded wonderful.

 


Saturday Night at Teppanyaki Kyoto Restaurant

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Friday night we made a reservation at the Teppanyaki Kyota Restaurant for Saturday.  Tonight Steve and I  walked down the hill to the new Japanese Restaurant and it’s 34 degrees outside so the Hot Miso soup filled with onions was a welcome beginning.  I think I was hungry and chilled so didn’t get that photo!  Just ate it heartily.  Next we shared a House Salad with Mango Mint dressing and a Sapporo beer to accompany the meal.  Grilled Pork with Ginger and Onions and then Yaki Soba a Japanese Noodle Dish with Shrimp. After those dishes we ate a Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Ball). The wife of the owner/chef explained how to put it between the seaweed leaves and eat it.  Pickled radish was on the side.  The cooking shown in the slideshow is Okonomi Yaki- a Japanese Pancake.

We finished with a square of Green Tea Cheesecake for dessert. Light and not too sweet.  And then a very chilly hike back up the hill to home.  Everything is cooked to order just for you. Perfectly. All fresh ingredients prepared with attention to detail.

And a word from the Chef off their Facebook page as he doesn’t want to turn customers away but also wants to make the customers in the restaurant happy-

I finally tell you that I decided the date to soft-open Teppanyaki Kyoto restaurant. It is January 15th. That is this coming SUNDAY. Only counter seats. Because of new style of restaurant in Pittsburgh, we take only reservation for beginning of a few months. Please CALL me to make a reservation. Phone nunber is 412 441 1610.

I am looking forward seeing you soon.

Do call and make a reservation. The food is delicious and Bryant Street is enhanced by the presence of another  excellent  restaurant!   We had a good time and a wonderful meal.


A Place to Get Food- #2 in a Series- Wenatchee, WA

Wenatchee, WA.  This photo is now hanging over my bed as of last week.  Not sure how my dreams will be affected.  I like the colors. Full name is EZ’s Burger Deluxe on Wenatchee Ave.  I was visiting my brother in Okanogan, WA.  Shot it from the parking lot across the street.

Selected by Juror Chris Jordan for Works of Man show- Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado. Spring 2009