A Thanksgiving day poem and highlights of a foodie

Love is what it’s all about–
but food is a close second.

Nia Simone, November 28, 2013

I was asking an Australian friend if they have any holidays that are basically about food. Not really. Okay, so I have several Australian friends, many of whom I’ve met through blogging, so pipe up if you disagree! Of course, as you know, the food in Australia is amazing, so perhaps we don’t need a specific holiday centered on feasting there.

Australia is my other home, and this is becoming clear as one fellow blogger thought I was Australian.  I love Australia and my Australian friends. Today is an American holiday, though, and I’m going to celebrate it by starting this celebration of food off with home-grown and home cooked foods before moving on to some of my international culinary samples.

Home grown and home-cooked:

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Vegan Thai

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Getting closer

Lentil salad

Yummy ingredients

Yummy ingredients

Dinner time! (Very yummy)

Dinner time! (Very yummy)

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Vegan Thai with other veggies

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Greenwich Village Manhattan:

Turophilia (excessive love of cheese) Greenwich Village, sign outside the cheese shop

Turophilia (excessive love of cheese) Greenwich Village, sign outside the cheese shop

Day 6 GV Cheese store

A bit of cheese

Octopus, beer and a dolmata at Boukies, Greenwich Village

Octopus, beer and a dolmata at Boukies, Greenwich Village

Australia:

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Barramundi at Lorne

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Stuffed squid at a tapas bar in Melbourne, DeGraves Street

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Joe’s? I think, Sydney, by the river

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Smoked salmon at Joe’s in Sydney

San Francisco:

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Dessert at Piperade

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Appetizer at Piperade

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Piperade Restaurant

Paris:

Christian Constant Restaurant starters

Christian Constant Restaurant starters

Self portrait

I guess you could say wine was a big feature in Paris! This was dinner on the deck of our apartment.

Veal

Veal — Opera House

Deep fried Celeriac

Deep fried Celeriac — Opera House

Crepe de Frites Maison Robert

Crepe de Frites Maison Robert on Champs Elysees

Wine

Opera House

Rolls

Rolls, fresh, Opera House

Butter at opera

Butter, Opera House

Tomato jam mozzarella bonito and basil sorbet

Tomato jam mozzarella bonito and basil sorbet, Opera House

Green pea soup cold with cream and goat cheese on toast

Green pea soup cold with cream and goat cheese on toast, Opera House

Opera House, Grey Goose is the house vodka

Rue Cler Produce outside

Rue Cler Produce outside

Rue Cler Capuccino and Cafe Americain

Rue Cler Capuccino and Cafe Americain

Amsterdam:

A waffle at Keukenhof Gardens

Bread Netherlands where I bought it

Sekiwake

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Thai food

Thai food

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Appetizers ready to go out to the deck

Appetizers ready to go out to the deck of the houseboat

Texas:

The Brush Fire

The Brush Fire

Torchy's Tacos, The Independent

Torchy’s Tacos, The Independent

More Manhattan:

Days 16 019 grilled camembert

Grilled camembert at The Eatery

Days 16 021 meat loaf ravioli mac and jack

Meat loaf ravioli mac and jack at The Eatery

Days 16 Lisas bagel

Lisa’s bagel

Days 16 018 sweet italian sausage risotto croquettes

Sweet italian sausage risotto croquettes

Days 20 21 050 A

At The Boathouse in Central Park

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The Boathouse, Central Park

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Flor de Mayo, Peruvian restaurant upper west side

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Flor de Mayo, Peruvian restaurant, upper west side

Day4 Hot Pretzel

Hot pretzel in Central Park

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Flor de Mayo, Peruvian restuarant, upper west side

Day 19 009

Deli, lower East side

Sesame seed crackers at The Eatery

Sesame seed crackers at The Eatery

Shmear, a deli in the upper west side

Shmears at a deli in the upper west side

Shmear, a deli in the upper west side

Shmears, continued, at a deli in the upper west side

Shmear, a deli in the upper west side

Yet more shmears at a deli in the upper west side

Pain au Chocolate at the Pushkin cafe across from the Museum of Modern Art

Pain au Chocolate at the Brasserie Pushkin across from the Museum of Modern Art

Dining Room at Brasserie Puskin NYC

Dining Room at Brasserie Puskin NYC

 

Blackbottom cheesecake from The Bake Shop

Blackbottom cheesecake from The Bake Shop

Grasshopper (mint chocolate chip) from The Bake Shop

Grasshopper (mint chocolate chip) from The Bake Shop

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22 thoughts on “A Thanksgiving day poem and highlights of a foodie

  1. laurie27wsmith

    Great food pics Nia. No we don’t have a food centred holiday here, except xmas but that’s almost universal. There may be more meat pies and chiko rolls eaten on Australia Day, though you can’t class it as a foodie holiday.
    Cheers
    Laurie.

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  2. suzjones

    These photos had my mouth watering. I LOVE barramundi. It’s my favourite fish. The breads in Amsterdam looked amazing and the pickles from the deli caught my eye (and tastebuds) also. Really, there are no food centred holidays here in Australia. I would have said that Australia Day is an opportunity to have a bbq so lots of steaks and snags (sausages) and salads. And then there is Christmas. That is probably the most food-centred day of the year I suppose.

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    1. Nia Simone Post author

      Hi Suz! Glad you like the food pictures. Yes, the consensus seems to be Christmas for Aussies and I’ve heard a lot about Australia Day. I need to time a visit for Australia Day, that’s for sure! I love barbecue and was lucky to be invited to two of them while I was there. We brought potato salad to one. Since I was representing the U.S.A. for the ‘cue with my salad, I had to make sure it turned out. Took three tries!

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