Hong Kong: Image of the Day (7)

Why is Chinatown such an inconvenient drive for me? (All of a 30-minute drive…) One of the tasty treats I cannot say “no” to in Hong Kong is the egg tart, nor to its equally tasty counterpart in Macau. Warm, not overly sweet, rich, and filling, they are little hand pies of perfection!

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Xochimilco, Mexico City

Xochimilco, Mexico City by Petirrojo
Xochimilco, Mexico City, a photo by Petirrojo on Flickr.

I took this photo with a cheap film camera almost 10 years ago but the image remains one of my favorite ones of all my shots from my various trips to Mexico.

I love the resourcefulness of the woman, taking to the waters of Xochimilco with her custom mobil food stand. Today’s food trucks have nothing on her!

Paris market in Montmartre

Paris - 14 by Petirrojo
Paris – 14, a photo by Petirrojo on Flickr.

After years of whining that I’d never had a work assignment in Paris (I work for a French company), last October I finally got my shot – 2 weeks in the city of light. Maybe a very chilly, wet October isn’t the ideal time to explore, but I made the best of it.

I also made a conscious decision to leave the Pentax at home and limit myself to my iPhone 5’s camera. With all the work stuff to bring, I just didn’t have the space. Plus, for years I’ve been watching people happily snapping pics left and right with crappy cellphones and I wondered if I could challenge myself to take photos that were interesting (if only to myself) without the benefit of great lenses and sensors.

This photo and the others in a small set in Flickr are ones that I had fun playing around with using various Snapseed filters and settings. I may not like to eat sea urchins, but in combination with the shrimp and crayfish they make for a pleasing image.

A Mexican soup any Korean could love

Saturday I did my time waiting in line with everyone else at the new Rick Bayless spot, Xoco, and other than listening to the grumblings of my stomach and my husband (both wanting to be fed pronto), I was delighted with the experience.

I ordered the porkbelly caldo with fideos and it was worth the wait. No, I take that back. I’d wait twice as long to enjoy the silky texture of the meat, the savory broth with just a hint of sweet heat, and the al dente fideos.

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I was struck by how those ingredients would be right at home in some new Korean dish — you’ve got a little samgyapsal, some ramyun, and a tasty soup — perfect for a chilly winter night in Seoul!

Xoco
449 North Clark Street (enter on Illinois St.)
Chicago, Illinois
Phone: 312-334-3688