Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Sunday, May 01, 2016

First FedEx van


Alfa and VW buses


Cooper and I spotted this Alfa Romeo in front of the market today. It looks brand new. Have you locals seen this around?

On the way back from breakfast, I showed my wife the new studio where I work out with my trainer. We drove by from the opposite direction and it was then that I realized the studio is two doors down from Buslab!


Eating the Globe: Eritrea


Number 40 is Eritrea.

I thought that by now, I would run out of restaurants. But my research shows there are probably another 20 to 30 restaurants within an hour's drive of home. I found an Algerian place, a Cypriot place,....

Oakland has a large Eritrean community. Every parking lot attendant in town is Eritrean. We went to Cafe Dejena for breakfast. 

This is a shahan ful: It's fava beans topped with green onions, feta cheese, tomatoes, green peppers, and red onions. All of this is topped with olive oil and cumin. It comes with two big, freshly baked, bread rolls. The dish is popular in Eritrea, Ethiopia, and the Sudan.

The coffee was tasty too.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Africa
Asia: Afghanistan, Burma, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, 
Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Bosnia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuainia, Sweden
North America: Canada, El Savador, Mexico, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Tonga

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Eating the Globe: Tonga


This was a heavy, heavy meal. I just woke up from an uncomfortable nap, very thirsty.

I got the 3-item combo.

The creamed spinach with canned corned beef was my favorite. The key ingredient, I suspected, was mayonnaise.

I also had a teriyaki turkey tail. I couldn't eat more than three bites of it because it was almost all completely fat. If you choose turkey tail as a part of the 3-item combo, you actually get two turkey tails. But when the owner Katalina was about to put the second one in my styrofoam container, I turned it down.

The third item was lamb wrapped in taro leaves. It was delicious but had a lot of little bones and gristle.

As for starch, you could choose from taro, sweet potato, or green banana. I opted for the more familiar white rice.


The owner was extremely gracious. She explained to us everything about the food, the Tongan community in the Bay Area, and the history of Tongans in the United States. She wanted us to try everything in the steam table so she gave us a "New Zealand sausage". It was mild and made in Los Angeles. She then started scooping out corned beef wrapped in taro leaves for us. We had to yell at her (in a friendly way) to insist that we had more than enough food.


We washed our meals down with this huge container of otai. It consisted of pieces of mangoes and coconuts.

I'm going to wait for a couple of months before my mind and body will be ready for a Samoan meal.

East Bay Express review here.

Countries tried so far:


Africa: Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa


Asia: Afghanistan, Burma, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, 
Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Yemen


Europe: Bosnia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuainia, Sweden


North America: Canada, El Savador, Mexico, USA

South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Venezuela

Oceania: Tonga

Eating the Globe: Progress Map

Not bad! 38 countries so far.


Eating the Globe: Canada


Canada was easy. I just had to find a place with decent poutine. I found it at a bar in San Jose. The secret-- duck fat.

What made it even more enjoyable was the company. Blake Rong was in the Bay Area to review a tiny Kawasaki motorcycle. We had a blast over some beers. That guy had some stories.

Today, I go for Tongan!

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa
Asia: Afghanistan, Burma, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Bosnia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuainia, Sweden
North America: Canada, El Savador, Mexico, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Venezuela

Eating the Globe: Lithuania


I've been looking forward to this. We had a late morning appointment in Alameda, the Island That Rust Forgot. So for lunch, we hit Mama Papa Lithuania Restaurant. I had a drive to San Jose after lunch, so I passed on the beer and got a bread kvass instead. It's a non-alcoholic drink made with fermented rye bread. It's slightly sweet and has the texture of beer. Very refreshing.

We started with the appetizer special, fried pirozhki(sp?) with cheese and mushroom inside. The dough was thin and flaky and the filling was perfect. The dipping sauce was ketchup. Weird.


We split the stuffed cabbage entree (meat, rice, sausage) and the staff was kind enough to serve it on two plates. It was all kind of bland, as I expected of northern European food, but there was a spicy aftertaste. I couldn't tell what the spice was. Perhaps paprika. The sides were potatoes, dill pickles, and marinated garlic.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa
Asia: Afghanistan, Burma, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Bosnia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuainia, Sweden
North America: El Savador, Mexico, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Venezuela

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rocket launched from new cosmodrome in Vostochny


Sanchez: Is Kazakhstan worried that Russia will completely stop using Baikonur?

Baikonur latitude: 46 degrees
Vostochny latitude: 51 degrees

Tuesday, April 26, 2016