After the success of my first food-themes post (https://kirilson.com/2019/04/14/food-vendors-in-napoli/), I decided to try taking more photos of food wherever I go. I still feel a bit uncomfortable taking out my bulky camera in restaurants, so this post was made entirely with my smartphone and the photos surely seem much more amateurish compared to my usual standard. Still, the idea is that the photos tell you a story, and hopefully you’ll enjoy this one.
I was visiting Japan for several weeks this spring with my girlfriend and for her birthday we decided to celebrate in a two-starred Michelin restaurant, where the cook Mr. Kikuchi serves his kaiseki dishes (i.e. the Japanese traditional haute cuisine which is essentially a multicourse tasting menu devised by the chef only with fresh local ingredients). We chose this place because, unlike other flashy expensive Michelin-starred places, it is extremely unassuming and relaxing. Set in a quiet part of town and run solely by Mr. Kikuchi (no waiters, no one else to pick up the phone and clean, etc.), the restaurant has a maximum capacity of 10 people and the chef prepares everything meticulously and with great calm right in front of you on the other side of the bar. So, here come the dishes in chronological order, itadakimasu.
So far I haven’t posted many photos with food at markets and restaurants, with the exception of the Greenwich village food tour (https://kirilson.com/2016/06/09/greenwich-village-food-tour/). But I do spend a substantial time in thinking, buying, cooking or just enjoying food. I have the confidence of saying I do know good and quality food after living some time in Italy and more generally having tried many cuisines and visited plenty of restaurants around the world. So from now on I’m going to start posting more food-related photos and have a dedicated food category on the blog. And of course what better place to start than Italy, and in particular Napoli. It’s a city where everything happens on the street and this includes the sale of all sorts of fresh quality products. Ordinarily one would expect to see most of the photos below from inside a fancy supermarket, but all the shots were really made randomly as I would walk around the street and pass by some good looking vegetables or meat. So I hope you enjoy my first tries in entering the food-oriented photography, all your feedback is very welcome as always!
It was a Sunny (purposefully capitalized) Saturday during my visit in New York and we had subscribed for a food tour in Greenwich village as a way of celebrating the birthday of one of us. For me it was also a good chance to see the neighborhood and try some “local Italian” cuisine. Our tour guide was Joanna, who was very lively and helpful. She walked us around the place giving us food and telling us the stories of the restaurants and shops we visited. In the same time she also managed to squeeze in some extra information about the local culture and art events, making the experience complete.
We started off at the heart of Greenwich village – Bleecker street. And what’s more local Italian than a true New York pizza?
Afterwards we wandered off around the small streets in Greenwich village, trying many small bites here and there and hearing the stories of the families running all these small restaurants in the area.
We made a longer stop at Rafele’s – yet another Italian restaurant – where we could celebrate the occasion we had with some more food and prosecco, before moving to the desserts.