Cooking with my Grandparents: Fish Fry

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Fried fish, fried okra, hush puppies, tomato grits, and homemade pickles!

For our last dinner in Georgia, I requested a fish fry! I really enjoyed using my Grandpa’s fryer and was able to put it to good use with the fish, okra and hush puppies! My contribution to the meal was homemade quick dill pickles I prepared a couple of days before! One of the most important recipes I wanted to learn was for my Grandma’s tomato grits. It was a staple at any family gathering growing up – and now I can make them too!

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Macon, Georgia 2017

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Macon Beer Company

My parents have lived in Macon, Georgia for a few years now, so with this visit they were able to show us around and take us to some of their favorite places.

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Japan: Odaiba & Roppongi Hills (Tokyo)

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Life-size Gundam Statue

For our second to last day, Koen and I explored Odaiba, an artificial island in southern Tokyo. We had beautiful weather and enjoyed walking along the water. Turns out there was a dance competition while we were there, so we bought some street food and watched the show!

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Japan: Harajuku (Tokyo)

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Daily morning coffee in Harajuku at The Roastery by Nozy Coffee

We were in Japan for 3 weeks, the first week in Tokyo, a week of travel, then the last week again in Tokyo. The first week we stayed in east Tokyo in the neighborhood of Ginza, so we wanted to have a different experience for our last week – Harajuku in west Tokyo!

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Japan: Hoshi, the world’s 2nd oldest hotel

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Relaxing in my yukata, close to the garden

For a small getaway before heading back to Tokyo, Koen and I spent the night at Hoshi, the world’s second oldest hotel, founded in 718 and operated by the same family for 46 generations.

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Japan: Dōtonbori / Street Food (Osaka)

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Dotonbori at night

Dōtonbori is amazing! Situated along the Dōtonbori Canal, you can find bright lights, delicious street food, tons of people, and a great energy!

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Japan: Kikunoi (Kyoto)

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Approaching Kikunoi

Dining at the 3 star kaiseki restaurant Kikunoi in Kyoto for our 8th year wedding anniversary was a highlight of the trip. Kaiseki is Japanese haute cuisine, and a big influence of the Michelin tasting menus we know today. A kaiseki dinner is made up of many courses (our’s had 12) that change monthly with the season.

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Japan: Kamakura Day Trip from Tokyo

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Daibutsu, The Great Buddha of Kamakura

Kamakura is a coastal city about an hour away from Tokyo – perfect for a day trip! Lonely Planet introduces Kamakura:

The glory days of Japan’s first feudal capital (from 1185 to 1333) coincided with the spread of populist Buddhism in Japan. This legacy is reflected in the area’s proliferation of stunning temples. Kamakura also has a laid-back, earthy vibe complete with organic restaurants, summer beach shacks and surfers – which can be added to sunrise meditation and hillside hikes as reasons to visit.

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