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Kazakh Food – a travel blog

July 28, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Out first night in Astana. We had good weather so we wanted to eat outdoors and then looked for Kazakh food. Confession: the first night we chose a Georgian restaurant, the Daredzhani, not a Kazakh restaurant. In the middle of the table is a cauliflower dish with walnuts, to the... read more

Almaty, Kazakhstan – a travel blog

July 21, 2017 6:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Title Image: Almaty (Алматы) against the backdrop of the Tien Shan Mountains Linguistic note: Alma means ‘apple’ in Kazakh. Almaty once flourished with apple orchards. They still exist, of course, but now they’re farther out of town. Confession: Before going to Kazakhstan I had never heard of Almaty. Further confession:... read more

10 Things To Know About Sake

June 20, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title picture: My son, Gerard, and his girlfriend, Rimi, opening a bottle of shōchū at Torisan, our favorite izakaya ‘neighborhood restaurant’ in Koshien When in Japan you’ll want to know that: 1. Sake is the generic Japanese word for ‘alcohol.’ Everything alcoholic can be referred to as sake. 2. The... read more

Two Observations on the Japanese Language

June 13, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

日 ‘sun’ + 本 ‘origin/tree’ = Japan         日本語= Japanese Language I’m in Japan now. Sure, I can say ohayō gozaimasu ‘good morning’, arigatō gozaimasu ‘thank you very much’ and order basic food items, e.g. I have shōchū  rokku ‘(Japanese) vodka on the rocks,’ down. Beyond that, I... read more