Food…Food…Food…

Today’s post is all about food. Every time I go to a restaurant or coffee shop or even a fast food I usually take shots of the food I ordered either with my Canon or my phone -HTC one-  but most of the time is with my phone.. kinda handy and besides smartphones nowadays have a very good lens, mine comes with a ultra pixels camera, not sure about what it means but from what I read is it’s about the software. But just to give you a picture of what my camera phone is, I will copy paste the key components of the camera specs

  • Ultra Pixel Sensor – Engineered with larger pixels, it enables each pixel to capture more than 300% more light than most leading 13 megapixel cameras.
  • HTC Image Chip – Offers continuous autofocus, color shading, and noise reduction, as well as more realistic High Dynamic Range.
  • F/2.0 Aperture – The largest available smartphone camera aperture, it lets in 44% more light than the iPhone 5.
  • Optical Image Stabilization – Drastically reduces blur in still photos and shaky video footage.

So there you have it, I hope it doesn’t sound too advertising-ish , I just want to share it with you, but then again everyone has their own favorites when it comes to choosing cell phones, some are just fanatic with one brand only. Back to the food subject, my friends and I have some ‘ritual’ of taking photos right after the food arrive, we would be excited to see how the food looks and their presentation. We would be like, oooh.. beautiful… lovely.. smells good, then click-click…. change the plates position.. click-click again and then EAT. What can I say, I’m Asian, there’s some stereotype of Asians taking photos of everything everywhere. Lol. Photographing food is one heck of a challenge either it could give the viewers some kind of stimulation that they feel hungry and want to eat or they loses their appetite.. I hope mine is the first one 🙂

Here are a few food photos from my trip to New Orleans and Nashville, I have some from my hometown also. Enjoy!
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Stuffed crab from Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant at Bourbon St. New Orleans, a delicious succulent meal..Louisiana Blue Crabmeat blended with fresh seasonings and bread crumbs then stuffed into natural crab shells and baked to a golden brown.

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It comes with fries and coleslaw. Perfect!

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Crawfish Etouffee –  Crawfish tails smothered in a butter blend of onions, peppers, celery and garlic to make a delicious sauce served over rice. Served with salad and French bread. Major yum!!

We move on to Nashville. Stopped by at a local place called Jack’s Bar-B-Que, pretty interesting place with a very southern style, stand in line and order your food, it’s just the way the restaurant is set up. I have a plate serving for a beef brisket with two choices of mashed potatoes and green beans…

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This is called the Texas Beef Brisket, very tender and juicy

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Smoked Boston Turkey is one dish to die for with choices of corn and coleslaw….

So now we move to my hometown Kentucky. There’s a place in Winchester called Hall’s Restaurant, famous by the name of Hall’s on the River, located along a narrow road to the back water of the Kentucky River…very nice atmosphere and pretty good food too.

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Chicken Sautéed top with light white wine basil sauce with sweet corn kernels and baby spinach served with three-cheddar grits.

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Chicken Liver Plate…. that liver is very tasty and delish!!

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Fried catfish ,served with hand cut fries and tartar sauce.

Feeling hungry already? I hope so! To top off this todays blog about food, I have to post some from my country, Indonesia. I don’t consider myself as a good cook, I’m just ‘a okay cook’, meaning I do get compliments from my kids whenever I made something.. and to me that means a lot! I sometimes cook for special occasions like when the holy day arrives which is the day after we finished our fasting month. Friends and families come over and have lunch together after visiting the mosque in the morning. This year was my turn to host and I did some cooking….

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Can you believe I cook all these food? No, me neither! 🙂  There’s Sambal Goreng Ati which is liver and diced cut potatoes cooked with coconut milk, shallots, garlic, red pepper and with some essential herbs that is always on almost every kind of Indonesian food, galanga, lemon grass and Indonesian Bay leaves.

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Spicy green beans cooked with red pepper and yes some more of the coconut milk…

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Gotta have these crackers with the food, it’s a great combination, white/brown steamed rice, the dish and crackers. Yum! I hope you all enjoy what I post today… Bon appetite!

City of the dead….

Cemeteries in New Orleans are one of a kind. it became one of the tourist site because of their uniqueness.I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a cemetery being a tourist object before until now, and that’s pretty cool!

There are a few of it. The one I went is called the Cypress Grove Cemetery, located at 120 City Park Ave. No particular reason for choosing this one, it’s a random pick because the trolley we took happens to end their destination in that area. Cypress Grove Cemetery became the first cemetery built to honor New Orleans volunteer firemen and their families. It is sometimes called the Fireman’s Cemetery.

Actually, St. Louis Cemetery is one of the famous cemetery in New Orleans it’s a walking distance from the French Quarter. it’s also known as the home to Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau’s grave. I just didn’t know that until I saw one of the tour guide brochure, so next time.. note to myself, check on it first! And then there’s Lafayette Cemetery in the heart of the city’s famous Garden District and many more. Anyways these are a few snap shots of it.

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shots behind the window….

I find it interesting when taking shots thru windows… just love to leave the reflections there, it’s like a double exposure but it’s not. For my personal taste in photography, I like things that is not a sharp shot .. I can’t explain why but I guess it looks more dreamy… well something like that….

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cute little dolls I found on a window display at the French Market area in New Orleans

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you’ll find this chili in a jar everywhere in New Orleans… people there apparently like spicy foods

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the making of pralines…..

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NOLA trip… Street performers

What I’ve read about new orleans before and what a few friends have told me is that new orleans is where jazz first originated. But not only jazz, there are other types of music such as blues, R&B and soul swirling throughout the city as these musicians play their trumpets,saxophones, and guitars. You will see street musicians in every corner of the french quarter area and down the Bourbon Street and its bars, playing live music all day and all night, as if the festivities never stop and you constantly feel like you’re on vacation.

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Another thing that you will get to see is the human statue, where the person paint themselves the color of metal and stands still for about 10-15 minutes before someone teases them. The one I saw was sitting on a chair, holding a stick and wearing this fancy hat. He started to move when people tried to take pictures with him. I have to admit, he really did look like a statue as he sat there motionless.

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Oh and don’t forget to tip after you take pictures with them, this is how they make their living. And I personally appreciate their efforts to put together the costumes and donning all that paint and make up to get in character. Truly great work.

There are also several artists that do paintings, and they did an amazing job. Experiencing all this really makes me want to go back.

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NOLA trip

I just got back from a six days vacation to New Orleans and i’m missing it already. I would definitely love to go back there if I have the chance and the cash 🙂

What I miss the most are the beautiful houses and the crazy night life of Bourbon Street, not to mention the famous Cafe du Monde… I can still taste the richness of the Cafe Au Leit and the sweet sugary goodness as I bit into their famous french doughnuts, the beignets.

As you walk along the French Market, you may come upon various street performances and artists selling their artwork and it is something that you don’t want to miss! Located in the section of the French Quarter down river from Jackson Square.

New Orleans is very well scattered with plantations that you can check out and the one we went to was the Oak Alley Plantation, about an hour drive from the city. Also the cemeteries in NOLA is a very interesting place to look at….

I will make several series of this trip, with tons of photos that you can check out. I take my camera everywhere I go, so as a start, these are the shots that I took as we drove the ten and a half exciting hours from Lexington, Kentucky down to New Orleans. Yes, i just can’t keep still… I took naps, listened to some music and still have plenty of time to take pictures…..

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rain drops on the window makes a very nice feature..

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a snapshot of an out of focus trees taken from the window creates a pretty cool abstract…

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trucks are awesome to capture!! I mean it’s huge and some of them are colorful.. especially when you take it with a low shutter speed it creates blurry and sharp line movements.. I think it’s awesome…

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I just need an object to make a balance for this tree reflection… aha!.. found one!

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don’t worry… we weren’t speeding….

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snacks are very crucial when you’re on the road….

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this one too……. coffee…..

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and music of course….. a non stop music that is!

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whoops… taken by accident….but looks cool.. :p

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Ha! Finally a normal typical kinda snapshot….. And there you have it. Next posting will be about the places I visit during my vacation in the beautiful New Orleans so stay tune! 🙂

randomness

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Sometimes you just want to take random shots… I was having lunch at a local restaurant at Winchester Kentucky with my friends…it’s called The Halls on the river. After lunch we just look around and take pictures….here are some of them.

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this is a door from an abandon house..I always love how old and rustic thing looks

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Looks like somebody just had a bonfire party here

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