Thursday, July 31, 2008
Back from Off-line outback
I just got back from spending 10 days at sea without accessing the net fom the daily dose of neighbourhood watch and news consumption, it was refreshing. I did however use my phone for photography and video recording. I did enjoy tuning out of technology. One of the things I discovered, was that my fully charged iPod touch completely run out of battery, without being switched on even once.
One of the things I noticed was what I call the 'curse of comfort' is spreading fast. It is a mobile curse. People have become comfort spoled. They want their boats to be comfortable, they should have a front and rear cabin, this drives up length to 33-37ft, people want fridges, water by turning the tap, many want a TV, a good heater is a must and suddenly you realize that you consume lots of energy. This leads to overcowding in guestharbours where electricity is abundant. Suddenly sailing has become camping at sea. The good news, is that there is muh more room off the beaten track, where there is no electricity, no comfort, only lots of rocks.... People do not dare to adventure into the deeper archipelago. Next year I have to do even more power optimisation to ensure I can spend more time in 'white water' where others don't hang out. This ruggedness and wilderness is such a wonderful contrast to London. Imagine not to see any significant signs of civilisation is cool, but it requires a strict gadget diet, no battery hogging gizmos turned on...
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Danish Smørrebrød at Slotskælderen hos Gitte Kik is a classic.
I have been fond (mad) about open danish sandwiches since my childhood. I remember going to get the ingredients, the roast beef, the liver pate and lemon pop to drink with my grandfather in Denmark. We ate on the terass, and could run into the yard and play. Slotskælderen is nothing like that but the food being such a moving experience it grabs you and takes you into interesting places of the past. The place is great no menu. Only the stuff on the counter and some specials. Everything made fresh on the premises. There are no prices and in the end you get a lump sum to pay. You are satisfied tummy is full, very simple. The restaurant is now in third generation. Little has in the years, no need to things work. The coffee was brewed in a special cotton sock, only produced by a lady in Bornholm, it did give a very deep taste. With some kransekage it was a perfect ending on a great lunch.
Otoro at Kyoto
Kim has opened up Kyoto next door at Romilly street 26. Tonight he had some amazing Otoro. The aubergine starter is just amazing. Grilled slowly with a soy based sauce which is sweet. Kyoto is really worth a visit.