a pretty good last week, in terms of meals
4 dec lunch in Madrid, some fantastic iberian ham, one of my very favorite things
dinner than night in Milan- tuscan salami, a fantastic pasta dish cooked in a sauce made from roast meat gravy mixed with cream and a little ham, and then bolito misto, from a cart. fantastic meal.
5 dec - probrably the single worst italian meal anyone has ever had - milan airport has 2 different resteraunts in the departure lounge of B terminal, and I chose the wrong one.
6 Dec - Istambul, iskander kabab, my favorite turkish kabab, picture doner in a sauce made from butter and tomatos
7 Dec Kiev, enough said
8 Dec Moscow, a pretty good chicken kiev, probrably the best meal I have ever had in moscow, although that puts it just above the cold big mac I had last time.
9 Dec, Jerusalem - very good humous in the old city of jerusalem for lunch, (from concierge.com
63 Al Wad Rd.
Tel: 2 6271538
You can't get more authentic than Abu Shukri, one of East Jerusalem's top spots for traditional Palestinian food. Although located deep in the Muslim section of the Old City, Abu Shukri is so well known that any local can easily offer directions. Perfect for families and large groups, the place specializes in hummus, falafel, foul, salads, and grilled meats—all served in a spectacular setting on one of the quarter's main streets.)
then I went to a truly great place for dinner. I dind't really trust my friend who recomended it (actually, I went there with my two roomates from the period before I went into the army, friends I have known for 25 years), as his taste usually sucks. one of those places that looks too trnedy to have good food - one room of the resteraunt is all in white, and one is all in black. seating is at two long tables down the middle of the room, shared tables, except for a dozen or so booths on the sides that are curtained for privacy (luckily we had one of those). I had a duck confit eggroll on a bed of wasabi and cream souce - truly excellent, a very suprising taste sensation, and then an eggplant rissoto, which was more new york than milan. one of my friends had truffle ravioli in a lemon sauce, which was great. we drank hogarten. service was fantastic.
19 Haarbaah St.
Tel: 3 6856859
Israel's winner of a 2005 Hot List award from CondÃ© Nast Traveler. Housed in a new commercial tower, this white-on-white exercise in minimalism finds diners eating on long, lean walnut tables that are set upon floors of creamy white Turkish marble and capped by oversized white lamps. At the center of the room is a massive communal table, and all around, billowing white curtains hide sofa-like seating for more intimate repasts. Young chef Aviv Moshe delivers fancy takes on the Kurdish-Iraqi favorites of his youth: ravioli stuffed with shrimp, mascarpone, and figs; foie gras on savory waffles with bitter chocolate sauce. There's also a hip bar, done up in black with ink-colored marble floors. )
then we went to an italian ice place for gelato - I still haven't gotten a taste for american ice cream.
11 dec gyros in athens for lunch, then budapest for dinner. had a very nice gulash soup and a pancake filled with ground pork, drank a nice red wine that had a great deal of body and tanins. I took a couple of friends (who had taken Tom for lunch that day, but I got in too late to catch Tom) for dinner in the Gellert hotel. the view was fantastic - the resteraunt over looks the gellert monument on the hill, a bridge and the river. (I was staying at the gellert, my room had a great view, the hilltop, the bridge and the tops of both the catherdral and, what I believe to be, the great synagog. After dinner sat on the porch of my room and smoked a cigar. first chance to really catch my breath in two weeks. )
12 Dec gulash soup again and a very nice piece of snitzel.
on my way to india for 4 days - mumbai, bangalore and delhi, then home. have some very nice meals set up for this leg of the trip, as well.