Eatables Not Allowed outside the National Rail Museum in New Delhi
I’m currently in India, where I’m on assignment for Glamping.com to cover the Aman-I-Khas in Rajasthan. This is my first trip to India in several years. With India’s colonial background, English is widely spoken. Sometimes, however, it can be written rather curiously. While I suppose none of these quirks technically qualify as Engrish, I still found some signs and words that struck me as worthy of a blog post.
At The National Train Museum in New Dehli I giggled when I saw multiple signs which said “Eatables Not Allowed.” I got the message– no food allowed. But the wording made me wonder, “are Lunchables permitted?”
Why not give an English school a Hebrew name? Oy vey.
Once I arrived in Rajasthan, I saw this sign for the Shalom English School and asked my driver to pull over so I could take a photograph. He did not understand why I thought it was so funny. I tried to explain this was like “naming a Hindi language school ‘Bonjour.’” My joke was lost in translation, which only further proves my point.
Indian Rails Meals on Wheels: these were the meals served on the Golden Temple train
This morning I took a 5 hour + train ride from Delhi to Sawai Madhopu on the Golden Temple train. The food they served on board was called Meals on Wheels. Back home in states, Meals on Wheels is an organization which provides meals to senior citizens, sometimes delivered to their homes if they are mobility impaired. Note: I passed on the food on the train. The Aman-I-Khas sent some lovely snacks to much on my train journey.
The Peace Sign translated pretty well in this selfie with Ganesh street art
The street art I came across in New Delhi translated better. I know that elephant is Ganesha because I have practiced yoga for well over a decade. And that peace sign in the trunk can’t be misunderstood.
Namaste from Rajasthan,
Peking Duck at The China Club
Anyone whose visited Hong Kong knows it’s a city for foodies. I’ve never left feeling like I didn’t have a great meal or five. Of all the dining options Hong Kong has to offer, I look forward to great Peking Duck more than anything else. Here’s my list of best restaurants in Hong Kong for Peking Duck.
The China Club
The China Club is beyond atmospheric and the perfect destination for a memorable night out. It’s one of my favorite places to visit when I am in town. Located in the old Bank of China building, it has an unbelievable Colonial atmosphere that feels straight out of Wong Kar-wai movie, complete with live music. I’m pretty sure if James Bond were in town for one night, you’d find him at The China Club sipping a martini on the terrace. There is an amazing art collection and the menu features a delicious Peking Duck. The downside– it’s a members club.
Peking Duck at The China Club
You either need to know a member to secure a reservation or have a really good concierge. The concierge at The Upper House hooked me up this time. You can check out my previous posts about The China Club here and some video I shot on a previous visit here.
The China Club
13/F, The Old Bank of China Building
Bank Street, Central, Hong Kong
Owned by Shanghai Tang founder David Tang (who also runs The China Club and Island Tang) and located in a gleaming mall in Central, Island Tang has the best Peking Duck I’ve ever eaten in Hong Kong. The vibe is similar to that at the China Club, although it’s less grand and caters to a business lunch crowd. The Peking Duck is excellent and reservations are easier to score here than at the China Club.
The Peking Duck at Island Tang comes complete with white glove service
Shop 222, The Galleria,
9 Queen’s Road Central,
T: 2526 8798
Another member of David Tang’s restaurant empire, Kowloon Tang is located on the Kowloon side, and easy to walk to from the W Hong Kong and Ritz Carlton. It looks a lot like Island Tang, although it boasts a lovely outdoor dining area for dining al fresco when the weather allows. Note: Traditional Beijing Roast Duck at Kowloon Tang requires 24 hours notice. They are not kidding about this. I’ve left Island Tang duckless & bummed. That is why there is no picture of Kowloon Tang in this post.
Shop R002-003, 3/F Roof Deck,
Elements, Kowloon Station,
1 Austin Road West,
Tsim Sha Tsui
Telephone: +852 2811 9398
Lovely indoor/outdoor dining area.
Hutong is a glamorous, latern-filled Chinese restaurant located on the top of a high rise in Kowloon. With a Michelin star and a menu that focuses on Cantonese specialties, Peking Duck is not a regular item on the Hutong menu. But their Zhang Cha Yaa (Sichuan style smoked duck with tea leaves) is an acceptable alternative. You won’t leave this gorgeous space feeling like you’re missing anything. The Beggar’s Chicken and Dan Dan Noodles are also next level yum.
28/F, One Peking Road
Tsim ShaTsui, Kowloon,
Hong Kong, China (Tsim Sha Tsui)
+852 3428 8342
If you have any thoughts about where I should eat Peking Duck on my next trip to Hong Kong, please let me know in the comments section.
Rainy day at Brasserie Lipp
My favorite Parisian brasserie focuses on Alsatian cuisine and serves a healthy dose of attitude, which is something I usually despise.
Brasserie Lipp is located in the 6th arrondissement, close to the Abbey of Saint-Germain-Des-Prés. It’s practically across the street from some of the most famous cafés in Paris– Cafe de Flore (which was undergoing renovations during my recent visit) and the literary and artistic centric Les Deux Magots. But it’s Brasserie Lipp that I return to time and again. You’ll find it on several lists for the best brasseries in Paris, but it’s not for everyone… or the easily offended.
The 1920s deco atmosphere feels straight out of a time warp (or at least Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds), with snobbery that is so in-your-face I have to stifle a giggle. As soon as you enter you see a sign stating that shorts are not allowed. You can be a tourist and eat here, but you sure can’t dress like one. Once my waiter went all TMZ on me and blocked my shot with his hand when I attempted to photograph my frisée salad. For some reason, I didn’t find this annoying. At Brasserie Lipp, it’s indeed part of the charm. Plus the food is so delicious.
Left: The Frisee salad is delicious Right: My waiter went all TMZ when I attempted to photograph my food
The crowd at Brasserie Lipp is a good one if you like people watching– a mix of wealthy Real Housewives of Paris, older men rocking professorial sweaters with leather elbow patches and some assorted foreigners. I once sat next to an American rock star here who spoke French and noticed he got just as much attitude as I did (but ordered the steak tartare).
What to order: steak tartare, steak frites, ham with lentils, frisee salad, with lardons, Dover sole. If you’re craving something sweet, I’ve heard the baba au rhum is good, but I’ve never eaten dessert here because it’s so close to Ladurée and I’m always going to prefer macarons.
This ain’t California– no salad as meal at Brasserie Lipp
Brasserie Lipp Paris
151 Boulevard Saint-Germain,
75006 Paris, France
+33 1 45 48 53 91
The IM Pei designed Bank of China building lights up with geometric patterns at night
Night view of Bank of China Building in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Night Panorama
Geometric details in the car park and escalators at The Upper House
Angles and shapes on the staircase at The China Club in Hong Kong
Marrakech’s biggest square, Jemaa el Fna, turns into a giant food court after dark. You can buy everything from dried figs to grilled meat on a stick. The smell is exotic and alluring, and, the vendors are a friendly bunch.
Left: The dried fruit vendor Right: Figs galore
One of my favorite things about wandering around Jemaa el Fna is how it’s a spot that is frequented by both locals and tourists. You can eat what the locals eat here, and cheaply. And if you grab a seat at the grilled meat stand, you’ll likely find a dining camaraderie not unlike that of a sushi bar.
The Spice shop, complete with a painting of a spice shop
It’s always amazing to me that the basics, like eating, tend bring out similarities among cultures. I have yet to find a culture that doesn’t appreciate good food, and Morocco has a lot of good food. For those with sensitive stomachs, you don’t have to eat any of the street food to enjoy how much it represents a culture. Most of the vendors did not mind me snapping a photo after hanging out and watching them for a few minutes.
Left: The daily special Right: Citrus drive-by
All these images were shot on my iPhone 5s using the Hipstamatic Oggl app. If you use Oggl, you can find & follow me @lax2nrt.