Iceland by Night

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Iceland by day is pretty darn cool already, but at night, it’s a completely different feel.  I had a different experience as I was there during the holidays and not regular nights. At first I dreaded the long night hours thinking that there would be nothing to do since nature, I thought, was best seen in light. but it turns out that the longer winter nights (about 20 hours) actually made it the ideal time to observe the night sky and the splendid Northern Lights.

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Iceland by Day

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Imagine driving a SUV (thank goodness for that car rental choice) … you’re driving and driving and all you see is WHITE!  White sky, white flakes, white grounds. You park your car on the side of the road (wait, where’s the road?) and all you see around you is white and an orange jacket that your friend is styling in. You hop out of the car, jump in 5 feet of snow, and go trigger happy because it’s the most beautiful white you’ve ever seen.

Well, welcome to Iceland in the winter! 

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Hump Day!

It’s Hump Day!
I’ve been quite busy this week with a long list of to-do’s but here’s a little preview of my post about Iceland coming up tomorrow.  🙂

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Japanese BBQ- Grilled to your Liking

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Just last month, I got together with my colleagues and friends to try a restaurant that I had heard about in November. I have always been a fan of Korean and Japanese barbecue because of its individual pacing and the flavors in the marinades. Similar to the interaction of “hot potting,“ it is another great way of getting together with your friends and family to cook your own foods. This time, you cook marinated bite-sized pieces of meat and vegetables on gridirons for a couple of minutes and take them to your own plate for sauce dipping and eating.

This restaurant I’m referring to is the only Japanese barbecue restaurant in New York City that I’ve been to, and it’s worth sharing about because I loved the service.

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The Perfect Time to Hot Pot

I can’t believe another year has gone by! 2014 was quite the year – full of celebrations, new friendships, stronger relationships, bucket list checks, and a growing number of readers like you, who motivate me even more to write and blog. I returned from my long-awaited trip to Europe recently and I can’t wait to look through my 3,000+ photos and share the experiences with you! That will surely take some time, so for now, here’s the first food entry of the year, dedicated to hot pot!

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Contrary to what people think, hot pot and shabu shabu are NOT the same. Hot pot consists of a hot pot (literally!) of stock simmering in the middle of the table and people place ingredients to cook as they eat. Shabu shabu, though similar to the Chinese hot pot, originates from Japan, where beef is thinly sliced and boiled in water, then usually dipped into ponzu and served with a bowl of rice.

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More Good News than Bad

This video just might make you smile as it did for me – straight from a kid’s point of view. No matter where they are in the world, all children have pure hearts. They can be molded in great ways, and that is one of the biggest reasons why I became a teacher. Although the children in this video were told what to do and actually did them, when it came to something negative, they knew right away that it wouldn’t be the right thing to do. It didn’t matter what anyone else told them – if it wasn’t right, they won’t do it. It’s natural for them to be good hearted yet can we say the same for when children are no longer children? What do we do then to help their growing minds and bodies keep their innocence, their kindness, their respect for humanity?

There are always going to be bad news, but who is to say that we can’t have more GOOD news than bad?  After hearing about all the domestic violence that occurred in 2014, here’s to a new year full of change and full of heart.

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Out of a car, up from a street, high above the hills!  Here is my view of the fireworks from the hills of Hafnarfjordur, Iceland! Did you know that fireworks are legal there and it is a tradition for families and friends to gather and light up fireworks? It starts around 8 and lasts throughout the night!  About 600 tons of fireworks light up every year!

Best wishes to all and a happy new year!

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