lens-artists challenge #53 – your choice

First all a Happy Anniversary to the Girls, behind this challenge … and big thank you for keeping us on playing. A Brilliant job, girls!!!
My choice????!!! Travel & Food!! An obvious choice .. when it comes to me maybe.
For me as a chef (retired)… travel and food go hand in hand. I put a lot of research into my dining adventures. Lunches they come as they may … but my evenings are well planned and booked in advance 99% of the time.
I can’t recall that I ever had a bad meal as such … but I had some awkward adventures one of them was at Duo Restaurant & Lounge in New York. Google tells me that it’s permanently closed today. No surprise to me.
I had some absolutely fabulous adventure through the years I as travelled both for leisure and business.

“I drink to make other people more interesting.”
Ernest Hemingway

Nowadays I have 3 favourite pre-dinner drinks: Mojito, Vodka & Tonic or Porto Splash ( Port & Tonic). Once in a while, I can take a Frozen Margarita. And I must admit that I like a Campari & grapefruit juice too, especially if I’m in Biarittz, France.

This Mijoto did I enjoy at the Grand Hotel beach bar (Sopot, Poland). It was the last day of their season 2018 … and they were taking everything way as we sat there alone and it tasted so good. The weather wasn’t the best, but we didn’t feel any pain –  (September 2018)

“It’s easier to be faithful to a restaurant
than it is to a woman.”
Federico Fellini

“Tuna tartare in lime juice & Limoncello, fresh cucumber, cauliflower, Guacamole & coriander”

One of my best dining adventures ever did I have at Nota_Resto by Tomasz Leśniak  in Kraków. Tomasz Leśniak has been the chef for the Polish national football team for 12  years. So no wonder the Polish football team has been doing so well … when having a chef like Tomasz feeding them. My taste buds were all singing and dancing after that dinner. (December 2017)

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well,
if one has not dined well.”
Virginia Woolf

During my first visit to Porto did I find a little gem to restaurant, “Raiz”. A very popular restaurant with the natives.  For my main did I have a rack of lamb. Perfectly cooked and great portion, 4 chops. I loved that basil and pistachios crust. Came served with sauteed vegetables and cheese topped new potatoes. Excellent!  (June- 2017)

“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”
Ernestine Ulmer

“Milhoja de Te Matcha Y Mascapone”
(matcha tea millefeuille with mascapone)

Last October did I visit my Scottish friends, Liz and Ian, at their Spanish retreat in Mojácar. As a belated 70th birthday treat they invited me for a very memorable evening at their favourite restaurant, “Gastro Malabar”. A family run restaurant with fantastic food and service. One of the daughters, Elia, created my dessert.  (October 2018)

“Sometimes I go hours without drinking coffee…
it’s called sleeping”

In June 2016 did Sue@WordsVisual and I visit Warsaw for 5 days … fantastic trip but with extremely warm weather  We were lucky because we had a chance to meet up with our blogging sister Meg@snippetsandsnaps from Australia, who was staying in Warsaw for 6 months visiting her daughter. We have some fantastic dates with Meg; a nice dinner, a visit to the Old Town ((Stare Miasto) and so she took us to the old pre-war quarters (what’s left) in the district of Praga on the other side of the river Vistula,. This cup of coffee I enjoy together with the two fantastic ladies at “Cukiernia Camargo”  in the Old Town by Rynek Starego Miasta (Old Town Market Square).

“12% of people eat because they are hungry. 
88% eat because it is 1 o’clock.” 
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

I just have to finish off with one of the best lunch dishes I ever had, “Khachapuri” ( Egg and Cheese Bread), which is a traditional Georgian dish. Very filling, but SoOoOOOo good. I enjoyed mine at “Cafe Flowers” in Tbilisi with a stunning view against the Old town. “Khachapuri” comes in many different types. (December 2018)

As cloud have I chosen music that the Georgian National Ballet “Sukhishvili” are performing to. When I visit Tbilisi were they at Metropolitan in New York … they are just now in Russia and Ukraine, they are very rarely in Tbilisi. Going back to Tbilisi in April next year, but I think the chance is zero that they will be performing in their own city.

But I have just found out that they are in on tour in the Baltic countries this autumn. So I’m thinking of see them alive in Szczecin, Poland in November. 70 dancers and 2500 customs during one show.



33 thoughts on “lens-artists challenge #53 – your choice

  1. Ah Viveka, your post made me ever so envious of every single dish!! Didn’t realize you were a chef. Coincidentally I am an eater 😊😊. Every image made my mouth water. (OK, the dance image made me want to see them, but didn’t make my mouth water LOL). Also loved your opening tribute, much appreciated. Love having you with us!

    • Tina, here you have some serious dancing ….

      Never seen anything like them … I’m sure that after a show they are eating some serious food. *smile
      Yes, I been a chef since 1970 and worked myself around the world. Loved it. Loving being with you, girls. !!!!

  2. Your food items are pretty, Viveka, and I like to look at them. I used to eat when I was hungry and only ate 80% full. Now my hubby is retired and does the cooking, I have to eat when he puts the meal on the table. I complain to my body (I can’t have dessert because I’m sensitive to processed sugar).

    • Miriam, to capture food outside a studio is very difficult … food has to be nearly raw for photo shots but working closely with a very good friend of mine that worked with food for years, I have learned some tricks. I wish I had somebody put food on the table … I don’t really like cooking for myself. So sorry about your “dessert”- problem. I’m very much a pudding girl. Thank you so much for your visit. *smile

    • You nailed …. the music is a blast and so is their show, seen them on TV. Food and travel for me go hand in hand. Thank you so much!

  3. Fabulous and delicious food, Viveka. You were a chef, how impressive! It must be a lot of work to feed the eaters who might have some expectations. 🙂
    The dancers, wow…!!! Thank you for sharing.

    • Amy, to be a chef you constantly work against the clock and the guests, but it such an awarding job … but very stressful. The time flies away in a restaurant kitchen. Loads of laughter, bad jokes and fantastic teamwork. Yes, the dancers … seen them on television, now it’s time for me to see them alive. *smile Thank you for keeping the challenge going.

      • Thank you for sharing your experience as s chef! Glad to hear the fun part. Luck to see the dancers alive. 🙂 🙂

  4. So hungry did you make me Viveka. Georgia was somewhere on my list, but now I’ve moved it very close to the top! Great post. Great photos. All is great! Thank you. MB

    • Michael, Georgia is one of my biggest adventures … the friendliness, the food … the culture and their wines. Thanks for a 60-second travel trailer on CNN I felt I just have to go … and I were up for a fantastic adventure. Don’t wait because the old town is under refurbishment and it’s losing a lot of its charm and history. You can read about my adventure under tag; Tbilisi. Thank you so much for your great comment. Please, put it on top of your list. I promise that you will not be disappointed.

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  6. A gorgeous post, Viveka – as always! Miriam suggested you go with your dream of a book and music to go with the food . Why not? Your photos are smashing and your music choices are too! I will give you a call.

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