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post #511 of 27539
Another evening of beer, schnapps and stinky fish, this time the evil third cousin of lutefisk, the dreaded rakfisk: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakfisk :
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Rakfisk (pronounced /rakfisk/) is a traditional eastern Norwegian dish made from trout or sometimes char, salted and fermented for two to three months, then eaten without cooking.
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The finished product does not need cooking but is eaten as it is. Rakfisk is usually served sliced or as a fillet with raw red onion, lefse, sour cream, and almond potatoes. Some also use mustard-sauce, a mild form of mustard with dill. Although not an everyday meal, approximately 500 tonnes of rakfisk are consumed in Norway annually. Rakfisk is not recommended to eat for people with a reduced immune defense and to pregnant women.
A more lyrical description of the Swedish herring variety:
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Surströmming is sold in cans, which when opened release a strong, foul smell. It is for this particular smell, which is similar to fish gone bad or garbage left out in the sun for a couple of days, that surströmming is infamous in popular culture, and it is often held that people who try surströmming can be confident that they will never forget it. Because of the smell, the dish is often eaten outdoors. However, opening the can under water somewhat lessens the smell, as well as keeping the person opening it from getting soaked in brine, as the fermentation often builds up a considerable pressure inside the can.
post #512 of 27539
Lucky Strike: what's the attraction to these stinky fish dishes you're eating? Is it an acquired taste thing or a tradition thing? The preparation method doesn't make them sound too appetizing. And I eat pretty much everything with legs, fins, wings, or scales.
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Originally Posted by DarkNWorn
Lucky Strike: what's the attraction to these stinky fish dishes you're eating? Is it an acquired taste thing or a tradition thing?
Both. I hated lutefisk when i was a child, but it grows on you. The taste is actually very mild, rather bland, with much the same smell/aroma as you get from dried fish. Rakfisk on the other hand, has something between just a very strong taste of fish, and a very ripe, sour cheese.
post #514 of 27539
I found an excllent persian place that delivers, I had Kabab-e-Koobide (Minced lamb) Kabab-e-Morgh (Minced Chicken) Saffron rice Naan (bread) Khoresh-e Ghormeh Sabzi (Chicken curry with parsley, coriander, chives, fenugreek, spinach, dried lime, and red kidney beans) Very satisfying; and it cost me less than £15 including delivery, washed it down with some Chateau Musar.
post #515 of 27539
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
ABU SHUKRI
63 Al Wad Rd.
Jerusalem
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.
(MESSA
19 Haarbaah St.
Tel Aviv
Tel: 3 6856859

Israel's winner of a 2005 Hot List award from Condé 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.
post #516 of 27539
Couple of weeks ago, last time I cooked and took a picture:




Budapest had much better food than I was expecting. Zach, was a shame to miss you, but there will be other chances.
Tom
post #517 of 27539
When I heard you both were in Budapest I thought that possibly there was some sort of clandestine romance going on. Last night I had pizza with broccoli raab and sausage and a bunch of small stuff to start.
post #518 of 27539
god, i love rapini! last night, i had to go to olive garden for a birthday party. it has been some time since i've been there. i ordered the 5-cheese ziti al forno----the safest bet, methinks... less ingredients for them to bungle. i somehow ended up with a sutter home wine, and couldn't drink it. it reminds me of those "hugs" sugar-water drinks that come in those little barrels with foil tops. the salad was truly horrible----tastes of sulfites and tangy glaze. and the breadsticks... ecch.
post #519 of 27539
Baby octopus, dredged in seasoned flour, fried in shallow oil.
post #520 of 27539
Lean roast beef, some cheddar, cottage cheese, a tablespoon of peanut butter, green peas and green beans, and some rice.
post #521 of 27539
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Originally Posted by iammatt
When I heard you both were in Budapest I thought that possibly there was some sort of clandestine romance going on. Last night I had pizza with broccoli raab and sausage and a bunch of small stuff to start.
Is that a proposition? See you tomorrow, sweetie.
post #522 of 27539
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Originally Posted by iammatt
When I heard you both were in Budapest I thought that possibly there was some sort of clandestine romance going on.

Last night I had pizza with broccoli raab and sausage and a bunch of small stuff to start.

well, I have to wonder what kind of twist of fate would get a guy to switch preferences from operation expat to me in the course of a year or so.....
post #523 of 27539
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Originally Posted by tiger02
Is that a proposition? See you tomorrow, sweetie.
I just want to make sure you are clean. Nobody knows where exactly Zach has been.
post #524 of 27539
Leftover goulash from the other night served with buttered egg noodles. I used crappy paprika though, and it wasn't nearly as spicy as I thought it would be. In fact, it wasn't spicy at all, but had a delicious flavour. The meat was extra lean hormone-free beef, and was slow-cooked for about 10 hours. The meat was so tender, it would fall apart if you stuck a fork in it. I love my slow cooker!
post #525 of 27539
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Originally Posted by iammatt
I just want to make sure you are clean. Nobody knows where exactly Zach has been.
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