An Ode to Coffee Shops

via How Coffee Masters Around the World Take Their Coffee | SAVEUR.

This article above about international coffee shops, reminded me of my coffee journeys, trying out the brews in different shops and breathing in the atmosphere of each coffee house space. I believe every coffee space provides a channel for conversation and a time to settle down instead of the perceived go-go-go personality of our current society.

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601 Vallejo Street is where this little coffeshop stands. It’s called Caffe Trieste. It’s in the little Italy (Northbeach district) of San Francisco. Photo by Esther Lu.
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Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz. Blue berry notes lingers in their latte. Chocolate Frosting Vegan donut. I’m never spending $5 on a donut ever again, but the latte was worth it. Photo by Esther Lu.

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Soba Seaweed Combo

Hmm. This is one of my favorite meals to make when I am at home…

Japanese Soba (Buckwheat Noodles) has the perfect consistency when tossed with Sesame oil.

The seaweed adds the perfect salty touch.

Soy sauce & Balsamic Vinegar go well together for Taiwanese style 荷包蛋 Sunny side up.

IMG_3848Photo by Esther Lu Copy Right 2016.

Ingredients:

1 bundle of Japanese Soba

7 slices of seaweed

1-2 Tbsp Sesame Oil, depending on how oily you like your noodles! Sesame oil is fairly strong so beware.

1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar (Trader Joe’s variety works well.)

1 tsp Soy Sauce

1 Egg

Cooking:

Boil water. Once water is at boiling point, toss in 1 bundle of soba, make sure it is completely covered in water. 10-12 min cooking time for soba.

While noodles are cooking, slice seaweed into thin cut pieces.

Drain noodles, and put noodles into bowl.

Add Sesame oil to noodles and mix together.

Add seaweed slices on top of noodles.

Cook egg, sunny side up style. You can have some gooey yolk or make it more well done, what ever you prefer.

Add egg on noodles. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce to the egg.

Ja Beng! Taiwanese for “Time to Eat!”


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Asah עָשָׂה

Well hello there! I am creating this space so I can share with you my five loves:

Food. Music. Literature. Travel. Photography.

The name for my site: Asah is a Hebrew word meaning, “to do, or to make,” as used in Genesis ( The Creation Story).

Why Asah?

I’ve taken a handful of Jewish and Hebrew literature courses. Through this experience I find the history, the language and culture to be very rich and full of depth.

Also, being a Christian, I realized that by taking Jewish literature courses I could deepen my understanding of God the Creator and so this site is an extension of pressing into my own creations in hopes to having a stronger affinity to understanding the works of my Creator .

Photo by Esther Lu.