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The most decadent hard-core parfait discovered in Osaka café MIOR. This is to die for!!
Achiote paste, favored in Yucatán, Oaxacan, and Belizean cuisine, is made from the slightly bitter, earthy flavored, red annatto seeds, mixed with other spices and ground into a paste. Achiote is a distinctly colored and flavored mainstay of Mexican and Belizean kitchens.
The paste is dissolved in either lemon juice, water, oil or vinegar to create a marinade, and marinated or rubbed directly upon meat. The meat is then grilled, baked, barbecued or broiled. Sometimes it is added to corn dough to create a zesty flavor and color in empanadas and red tamales.
Sazón means "seasoning" in Spanish. In Puerto Rico, it also refers to a seasoned salt that is commonly used while cooking meats and fish. It is made by crushing annatto seeds with cumin and coriander seeds. Garlic powder, dry cilantro and salt are then added.
The achiote has long been used by American Indians to make body paint, especially for the lips, which is the origin of the plant's nickname, lipstick tree. The use of the dye in the hair by men of the Tsáchila of Ecuador is the origin of their usual Spanish name, the Colorados.
Pool with a view: The hidden installation before it opened to the public, located in the Mojave Desert
This mango sticky rice dessert (Khao Niaow Ma Muang) is a Thai classic and SO very scrumptious. Be sure to get the right rice for this dessert: you need sticky rice, also known as sweet rice (see link in ingredients list). The sticky rice is made it in a pot on your stove (instructions included). Place some fresh mango balls or slices over the sticky rice and smother with the easy coconut sauce - pure heaven! If you like mangos and/or sticky rice, you're going to love this very simple but exotic Thai dessert.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
1 cup Thai Sweet Rice (also called 'sticky rice' OR 'glutinous rice', available at Asian food stores
1-2 ripe mangos (for mango buying and prep. tips, see below)
4-5 Tbsp. brown sugar OR traditional Asian palm sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 can good-quality (not 'lite') coconut milk
1. Soak the rice in 1 cup water for 20-30 minutes, OR up to 4 hours.
Do not drain the rice. Add 1/2 cup more water, plus 1/2 can coconut milk, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1 Tbsp. brown sugar. Stir well.
Bring to a gentle boil, then partially cover with a lid (leaving some room for steam to escape). Reduce heat to medium-low (#2.5 on the dial).
Simmer in this way for 20 minutes, or until coconut-water has been absorbed by the rice. Turn off the heat, but leave the pot on the burner with the lid on tight. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. (For step-by-step instructions (with pictures) on how to do this, see my: How to Cook Sticky Rice.)
To make the sauce, warm (do not boil) the rest of the can of coconut milk over medium-low heat (5 minutes). Add 3 Tbsp. sugar, stirring to dissolve.
Taste-test sauce for sweetness, adding more sugar if desired. (note that it will taste less sweet when added to the rice).
When ready to serve, prepare the mango by slicing it open and using a melon ball scoop to create mango spheres (as in the picture), or simply dice or slice up the mango. Pick up the warm rice in your hands and shape into rectangular or triangular shapes. Set one into each serving dish and add the mango balls on top. Drizzle lots of the sweet coconut sauce over. It should look like an English pudding with custard sauce, with the rice swimming in sauce. Garnish with fresh mint and serve. (Note that the sauce recipe can be doubled for serving 3 or more people).
Whilst belching in most of the Western world is considered rude and ill-mannered, burping in Egypt is the highest compliment a guest can pay to remark on the quality of the food prepared before them. When visiting Egypt, be sure to gulp down plenty of cola or other fizzy drinks to show your full appreciation for the meal.
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 Sachet of instant coffee
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 3 tablespoons oil
Mix together the milk and coffee sachet in your cup to dissolve the granules and give your cake an even texture.
Add the rest of the ingredients.
Mix them together. Make sure all the flour is mixed in! You want the mixture to half fill your mug so that it doesn't spill over the top.
Put your mug in the microwave on full power for about a minute. Depending on the power of your microwave, your cake might need a little longer.
To check, poke the cake gently with a cocktail stick. If it comes out with mixture still on it then pop it back in the microwave for another 10 seconds and test again.
Or, if you don't have a microwave, put your mug in a preheated oven at 170°C (330°F/Gas Mark 3) for 12-15 minutes.
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Osome (おそめ) [Real name: Hide Ueba]; 1923-2012
She was born in Kyoto, trained in Tokyo, and became a geisha in the Gion district of Kyoto. Her work took her back and forth between Kyoto and Tokyo. She also served as the inspiration for many novels and movies.
A Shinbashi geisha during the Meiji era.
Bus stop designed by Spanish architects Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa of Ensamble Studio.
Ensamble Studio from Spain was inspired by the rough, untreated oak planks stacked up and left to dry in timber workshops in the Bregenzerwald region, which the architects layered to create a semi-open structure.
Eevee: cake vodka, Kahlua, Bailey's, chocolate eclair ice cream bar, chocolate syrup
Vaporeon: Rum, Malibu, blue curacao, pineapple juice, Sprite
Jolteon: tequila, Red Bull, Margarita mix, lemon juice, Sprite, salt on the rim
Flareon: fireball whiskey, peach schnapps, iced tea, lemonade, dash of strawberry syrup (for color)
Espeon: strawberry vodka, Hpnotiq Harmonie, Chambord, cranberry juice, Sprite
Umbreon: bourbon, coke, lemon juice, orange juice
Glaceon: rum, blue curacao, peppermint schnapps, lemonade, soda water, sugar on the rim
Leafeon: tequila, peach schnapps, lime juice, ginger ale, mint, honey and a drop of chocolate syrup for decoration
Sylveon: cake vodka, strawberry vodka, Bailey's, strawberry shortcake ice cream bar, cream, strawberry syrup
Let us know which is your fave!
Otak-otak (Chinese: 鲤鱼包; pinyin: lǐyúbāo) is a cake made of fish meat and spices. It is widely known across Southeast Asia, where it is traditionally served fresh, wrapped inside a banana leaf, as well as in many Asian stores internationally - being sold as frozen food and even canned food.
Otak-otak is found in certain parts of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It is commonly known in Singapore as otah. Otak means brains in Indonesian and Malay, and the name of the dish is derived from the idea that the dish somewhat resembles brains, being grey, soft and almost squishy.
Otak-otak is made by mixing fish paste (usually mackerel) with a mixture of spices. In Indonesia, the mixture typically contains fish paste, shallots, garlic, scallions, egg, coconut milk, and sago flour or can be substituted for cassava starch. In Malaysia, it is usually a mixture between fish paste, chili peppers, garlic, shallots, turmeric, lemon grass and coconut milk. The mixture is then wrapped in a banana leaf that has been softened by steaming, then grilled or steamed.
Otak-otak is quite similar to Szczecin paprikas (Polish: Paprykarz szczeciński).
It can be eaten as a snack or with bread or rice as part of a meal.
A ryokan (旅館) is a type of traditional Japanese inn that originated in the Edo period (1603–1868), when such inns served travelers along Japan's highways. They typically feature tatami-matted rooms, communal baths, and other public areas where visitors may wear yukata and talk with the owner.
Ryokan are difficult to find in Tokyo and other large cities because many are expensive compared to hotels, and Japanese people increasingly use hotels for urban tourism. Nonetheless, some major cities do have reasonably priced ryokan, with some costing as little as $40 a night. However, ryokan are more typically located in scenic areas, such as in the mountains or by the sea, and in recent years many ryokan have been redeveloped to their original style particularly by resort chain Hoshino Resorts, whose first ryokan opened in Karuizawa in 1914.
A typical ryokan has a relatively large entrance hall, with couches and chairs where guests can sit and talk; a modernized ryokan often has a television in the hall as well. Guest rooms are constructed using traditional Japanese methods: flooring is tatami, and doors are sliding doors. Even if the inn uses hinged doors for security, it usually opens into a small entranceway where guests can take off their shoes before stepping onto the tatami floor, which would be separated by a sliding door. Many ryokan rooms also feature a porch or balcony, also set off with a sliding door.
Almost all ryokan feature common bathing areas or ofuro, usually segregated by gender, using the water from a hot spring (onsen) if any are nearby. (Areas with natural hot springs tend to attract high concentrations of ryokan). High-end ryokan may provide private bathing facilities as well. Typically ryokan provide guests with a yukata to wear; they might also have games such as table tennis, and possibly geta that visitors can borrow for strolls outside.
Bedding is a futon spread out on the tatami floor. When guests first enter their room, they usually find a table and some supplies for making tea. The table is also used for meals when guests take them in their room. While guests are out, staff (usually called nakai) will move the table aside and set out the futon.
Chand Baori is a stepwell situated in the village of Abhaneri near Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
Abhaneri is a village in the Dausa district of Rajasthan state in India. It is situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on the Jaipur-Agra road. It is located opposite Harshat Mata Temple and was constructed in 800 AD.
Chand Baori is one of the oldest and most attractive landmarks in Rajasthan. It was built by King Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty between 800 and 900 AD and was dedicated to Hashat Mata, Goddess of Joy and Happiness upon completion.
The state of Rajasthan is extremely arid, and the design and final structure of Chand Baori was intended to conserve as much water as possible. At the bottom of the well, the air remains 5-6 degrees cooler than at the surface, and Chand Baori was used as a community gathering place for locals during periods of intense heat.
1. ‘Contents’ supporter
The word ‘contents’ is used in Japanese to refer to merchandise.
You collect the derivatives of your favourite works such as official novelizations, manga, and DVDs. In other words, you are a ‘fan’.
2. ‘Flat’ supporter
You watch or read what’s recommended, and enjoy it. But that’s it.
3. Event participant
Always in the pursuit of moe! You can be found at fan events, and online at Pixiv (Japanese online community for artists).
The original works are just a starting point for you. You’re part of the rampant doujinshi (fan comics) culture, and other otaku might think you’re living on a different planet.
4. Poster and figure collector
You have the most otaku-ish room. You prioritize visual fun, and you probably have no clue where half of the characters you’ve collected come from.
5. Devoted to anime, manga and games
You love the whole otaku culture! You’re always looking for the next great thing to get obsessed with.
You’re the economic god who supports the industry. We bow down before your stratospheric spending power.
Gothic lolita, sometimes shortened to GothLoli (ゴスロリ gosu rori), is a combination of the Gothic and Lolita fashion. The fashion originated in the late 1990s in Harajuku.
Gothic Lolita fashion is characterized by darker make-up and clothing. Red lipstick and smokey or neatly defined eyes, created using black eyeliner, are typical styles, although as with all Lolita sub-styles the look remains fairly natural. Though Gothic make-up has been associated with a white-powdered face, this is usually considered poor taste within Lolita fashion circles.
Brands which exemplify the Gothic lolita style include Atelier-Pierrot, Atelier Boz, Black Peace Now, h. NAOTO Blood and Moi-même-Moitié.
Elegant Gothic Lolita (EGL) and its masculine equivalent elegant Gothic aristocrat (EGA) are sub-styles of gothic lolita and of aristocrat fashion, championed by the visual kei rock musician Mana with his fashion label Moi-même-Moitié, and influenced by steampunk fashion.