On The Road ~ Atacama Chile 15

Eating Local in San Pedro de Atacama

Food was great, staff friendly, speak English.

Chef Eduardo Silva does a fantastic job, La Estaka Restaurant and Bar is a must when visiting San Pedro Atacama, I loved the chicken curry with noodles, served in a coconut shell, with pineapple chutney. Everything was great.

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Tres Leches Cake

 

 

On The Road ~ Atacama Chile 13

Eating at Explora Atacama

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Duck Confit Ravioli with sweet red wine sauce, rosemary and pistachios.

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Baked Pumpkin Salad with Chanar honey, almonds, greens and orange.

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Vegetable Mille-Feuille with goat cheese, crunchy mushroom and melted parmasen with pomodoro sauce.

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No one could resist these pops filled with raspberry sorbet and coated with white or dark chocolate, sprinkled with pistachios.

On The Road ~ Kyoto, Japan #21

Restaurant TAKA

One of our last nights in Kyoto, we were sent on an adventure to find this very special restaurant in a tiny little alley of Kyoto.

Taka is a modern standing bar.

Chef TAKA: Born in Uji, Kyoto. After being trained at Kyoto style Kaiseki, moved to Milano, Italy. While working at NOBU/Armani in Milano for over 10 years and after living in Italy, Australia and Denmark, he returned to Kyoto in 2016. He decided to stay and open a small gastropub to provide fusion dishes and drinks of Italian and Kyoto style Japanese.

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This is a must if you are staying in Kyoto. The space is tight, but you feel welcomed immediately. We sat downstairs at the bar, but there is an upstairs and people who were leaving from there were happy and excited to share their good byes and praise to  Chef Taka.

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On The Road ~ Kyoto, Japan #20

Natsuko (our very special guide) had an adventure scheduled today, an hours ride to a place that many tourists don’t go to, but should.

Miyama-Kita Village is where you will see a traditional Japanese landscape which became a cultural heritage site in 1993. This includes the houses, forest, rice fields, vegetable gardens, stonewalls, walkways etc.The entire village has to work together to preserve the village.

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These thatched roof houses are called Kitayama style farm houses. There are 50 in Kita Village, 38 of them have thatched roofs. most were built 150-200 years ago. One of the buildings is the Miyama Folklore Museum, where you can have a tour and see exactly what it was like all those years ago. Here are a few photos for example.

Natsuko sharing all her knowledge as we walk the village.

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After spending time in the village, there is a great lodge-style restaurant “Kitamura” on the river. The food was fantastic.

Local Venison, Amazing

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Pork Katsu

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On The Road ~ Kyoto, Japan #18

Restaurant Le Plat Plus:

We headed out to a neighborhood restaurant, a French Restaurant recommended by the concierge of Kyo-Suiran where we were staying in Arashiyama, Japan. The food was excellent, the environment so French, we highly recommend if you are in the area.

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Fresh Pea Soup

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Charcuterie Platter

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Confit of Duck

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This wine was delicious

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On The Road ~ Kyoto, Japan #11

This is one of many Signature Drinks at The Ritz Carlton Kyoto, called “Rosearoma”. So beautiful, it was amazing to watch the process.

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On The Road ~ Tokyo, Japan #9

Here we are on the amazing Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) heading to Kyoto. This train goes about 200 mph…..

Below is a picture of Mt Fuji, a highlight on the trip from Tokyo to Kyoto, the ride is a little over 2 hours.

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These are beautiful Bento Boxes we had for lunch.

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