Feeling like brunch, I promise you won’t be disappointed at Stammitsch!
I often wonder how do people find these kind of curious, special places. In my case, one of my friends too me there. It is a little far from where I live, but driving to get there was worth every second.
Here is where you will find it:
小聚, No. 124, Section 2, Shulin St, West Central District, Tainan City, 700
TEL: 06 213 9798
Opens from 9am to 5pm, except on Sunday, cause they close at 3pm.
Be careful with the map, because it marks another place, which is just not Stammisch.
Go though the alleys and on your right side, you will see it.
During weekdays, they will take reservations, but on weekends, you gotta get there and cross your finger hoping that there will be a table for you.
It is a cozy little place where you wish you could stay all afternoon. With home baked bread, real cheese and different especial types of coffee you feel more like in northern Italy than in Tainan.
I delighted myself with bombón coffee, which was bitter and sweet. Bitter because I could taste all the hues of the excellent coffee they have, but with a touch of condensed milk. It was delicious!!! Try it!
They have English menu and English service.
Eating in here made wonder why didn’t know it before. Brunch was exceedingly great.
The SunShower rating is
Please, you have to go there and tell me what you think!!!!
Out of nowhere one of the hosts gets a flute and other other an accordeon. It is hard to top Sweden when they have presented such great musical numbers the last two times they hosted the Eurovision . So, to start the second semifinal with a compilation of some of the past Eurovision hits, but with Ukrainian instruments and dance moves. Beautiful start. These are some of the moments where you can see all the people involved in this event and how much the care about the details. Personally this begging got me thrillied ’cause the play my favortite song and the one that got me involve in this, Fairytale by Alexander Rybak, Norway winner of 2008.
After that amazing start let me five you the highlights
Romania – Pelasurable exccentricity
The name of the song is “Yodel it”, and it is a rap. Guess what? A ras never won. But I guess, that is not the point. This song is a compilation of so many sounds. It’s is one of those things that you can’t either love or hate, it just gets you a smile out. Listen by yourself! If you it got you a smile and rise your eyebrows in amazement, then you are feeling exactly the same as me. But, 12 points for Romania
Opera and pop, this is usually a nice combination, but all sang by the same person….. ehh.. changing back and forth from deep and high pitch voice. I get that he guy has a talent, but people should understand that it is not a talent show and it is show that is solely at trial here.
Sometimes it is the show and sometimes it is the eccentricity that get them tot he final, but in this case, it was a good song. As it should always be, eh!
Here are the other countries
1. Serbia – She has got a hot dancer with her, maybe she will deserve some points because of that.
2. Austria – Awwwww.. Cute. He young red headed Shia Lebouf
3. F.Y.R. Macedonia – Alright, very energetic, but she should learn some better dance moves.
4. Malta – Years back they used to have better song that were nice to listen and catchy… but it appears that last year failure was not a one time thing.
6. The Netherlands – destiny’s child?
7. Hungary – One of those classics that just want to show some folklore. But that is not enough, they gotta mix it with rap. Why?
8. Denmark – ok, nothing special.
9. Ireland – She has a hot air ballo… sorry I mean He has a hot air balloon… but it feels like he is the missing member of a 90′ boy band.
10. San Marino – Finally something nice.
12. Norway- Disco time???
13. Switzerland – Pink and Yellow, pink and yellow… She might get to the final, but not win.
14. Belarus – folklore, folklore, and more folklore in white.
16. Lithuania – I can only see more 90’s style. Am I watching the right show?
17. Estonia – Love her voice, hate his. Please, go get lost in Verona.
18. Israel – I still wonder why you guys are in the Eurovision. But with hot guys like this I feel alive.
This is the list of the contestant that passed and will be in the final
Even when it starts at 3 am in Taiwan, it is a show that I love to watch.
This year it is being hosted by Ukraine. Some years the hosts are really lame and they make the show terrible. Sweden has had the best hosts I have seen, but these Ukrainian guys aren’t falling behind. Nice, charming and witty.
Australia – His voice is too mature for his young face. I hated his background. Next time Aussies.
Albania – Nothing special
Belgium – I am surprised by her deep voice. Not my favourite, but the song is not bad.
Finland – it’s ok. Nothing more to say
Azerbaijan – Not very good. I remember this country as having nice, well polished songs with classy performance. I think they are absobing the eccentricity from other. I, personally don’t see them in the final. But maybe if they buy it, of course.
Greece – Nothing special
Poland – Ehm… next.
Moldova – They make think of Ed Sheeran… but, don’t misunderstand me, no nobody compares to Ed’s talent
Iceland – a cape???
Czech Republic – soft song, that is it.
Cyprus – I actually enjoy this song. Very nice and the guy is good looking. Hope he makes it to the final.
Armenia – Interesting hue
Slovenia – Doesn’t he look like Robbie Williams?
Latvia – Why??? are you the Miley Cyrus of Europe?
The countries that made it to the final are (in the order they were announced):
Moldova: Hey Mamma by Sunstroke Project
Azerbaijan: Skeletons by Dihaj
Greece: This Is Love by Demy
Sweden: I Can’t Go On by Robin Bengtsson
Portugal: Amar Pelos Dois by Salvador Sobral
Poland: Flashlight by Kasia Moś
Armenia: Fly With Me by Artsvik
Australia: Don’t Come Easy by Isaiah
Cyprus: Gravity by Hovig
Belgium: City Lights by Blanche
Ok, with Armenia, Greece and Poland, I think they were just filling the remaining space. As these songs were not special at all.
I am also pretty sure Azerbaijan and Australia, pay quite a lot of money for this event, so even though they are not in the Big Ones, they always make to the Final.
Moldova, wasn’t a complete disaster. So altogether with Cyprus and Belgium, they are fairly in this list. Hope they do good in the final. and by this I mean I hope they do not end up last. I simply do not see them winning.
Sweden and Portugal. As you read before, they are some of my favorites. It would be very hard for me to have to chose between these two countries, but although the Swedish is hot, I think the Portugal guy has more talent.
As he did not needed much in his performance to make the audience vote for him. He did not even had to sing in English. His inicial introduction was so cute and not show off as others. It was only him in libraries and reading in the tram. He looks like a nice, well-hearted guy, with not only sweet voice but knowledgeable brain.
12 points for Portugal.
I hope you liked this quick note on the Eurovision.
I have watched the Eurovision for 8 years. Yes, sometimes it is disappointing to see get too political. But every year the show is espectacular, they put a lot of effort in the details and many of the performances are high quality. The songs feel fresh from what there is always on the radio. It can be quite weird sometimes, but it is entertaining. In short words, I love the Eurovision.
I will post again for the second semifinal and the final
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The Andean Malbec was a thrilling experience and when I found its counterpart, a Chardonnay, I knew I had to try too.
This was the first time I had a Chardonnay, so I cannot compare with others, but I have heard how good this type of wine is, so I had double high expectations.
I wasn’t disappointed, none of my friends were. Just by smelling the cork you can tell that this wine is promising.
It smelled as something serious and sophisticated. I imagine myself in an elegant place with a gourmet menu. This is the type of wine you want to have for a intense conversation, or even over business.
It’s coloration is darker than other white wines I have tasted, but just add to its elegance.
The taste was well balanced, and just like the smell, it is was sophisticated.
So, I take my precious Frontera and offer a sip to a friend and he goes:
“Yeah! It’s ok.” – Okey? Just okey? It is great for me and why is he not enjoying it more???-
“But I would prefer it cold!” – He finishes saying.
Red ones are fine at room temperature, but why would white wines be just better if they are cold? Why?
Time for the chu chu twirling train of science. Let’s discover some wine chemistry.
Ok! So, wines are made from the fermentation of grapes and sometimes, of some other fruits and plants. In short words, if it is a RED one, the grapes are crushed with the skin, which provides the color and the tannin. And if it is a WHITE one, the juice is extracted from the fruits. For ROSE ones, the juice is allowed to stay with the crushed skins and it is removed afterwards.
Either the case, some bacteria are added at this point and after 1 or 2 weeks, the carbohydrates and some of the sugars are transformed into alcohol and acids.
Wonderful! Now we have our wine. It is delicious and a real piece of art. A few weeks later we want to share it with friends. But instead of a pleasant wine night, it turns into a disaster; the wine had changed color and it smells like rotten nuts and tastes like vinegar.
The wine did not fully become vinegar, as it did not contain the right type of bacteria for that. But what happened?
If you are wondering what is Oxidation , it is what happens when you leave an apple half bitten on your table. It turns brown
This is mostly the reason of the change of color into a darker brownish one, and it is also partially responsible for the smell.
Because there is enough oxygen, the bacteria in the wine proliferated and continued the fermentation process, releasing not only alcohol but molecular sulfur. Which is the main responsible for putrid odor.
How to controlling this problem?
YES! More sulfur! Not in the molecular style, but in its SO3– form
In case you want to know, here is the reaction:
No, it isn’t not harmful!
They are preservatives, used in many types of food. As the matter of fact, most the goods the consume contain more sulfides than wine.
Basically, sulfites join all the molecules that could oxidize, thus preventing oxidation. But there is one more thing, sulfites can cross the bacteria’s cell wall and damage it from inside.
This is how you prevent the wine going bad.
A little of history!
The romans discovered that they could burn sulfur candle in the wine barrels and thus and thus the fermentation odor cause by the bacteria was reduced. Sulfites have been used in wine ever since then.
How Sulfides do their job
Let’s not get into nerdy stuff, but it is important to mention that Sulfides will join all the available molecules that can oxidize. ALL OF THEM! Therefore, the sweeter the wine, the more sulfites it needs. I am looking at you Moscato!!! You sweet, delicious, heavenly thing!
Red wines are normally less sweet and because they have tanning, their own natural antioxidizing they have less sulfites than white ones.
Now, let’s go back to our original question.
Why white wines are better when cold?
As I mentioned sulfites will join all the available molecules that may oxidize. Let’s imagine sulfite as an annoying child that requires attention.
Wines have esters, phenols and aldehydes. These three guys give the wine its taste, the body, the consistency. These three are the main musicians of the orchestra.
And they will not perform well with a crying baby next to them.
Luckily, a child is not allowed to out when the weather is cold. The colder it gets, the less children are allowed to go out. So, when the wine is chilled, sulfites stay at home and the musicians are left alone to perform their best.
The alcohol is, of course, the director. If the musicians aren’t performing well, he will come out too strong and be all over the place. As a result you will end up with a disappointment and a possible headache.
The answer to our question
Because there are more sulfites in white wine, it will require a lower temperature (around 5-8°C) to control the bonding with other compounds. While reds are best at around 14-18°C. Not really at room temperature (usually 20° C), but a little colder.
Don’t worry! Lower temperatures will also stop bacteria proliferation and with the appropriate sealing, a cork or a screw cap, just a little oxygen will be in contact with the wine.
I think I will talk about wine sealing, next time.
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Karl, the Estonian Captain; Bats and Yann, the dynamic French crab hunter and cook master; and the amazing blogger and one of my closest friends, Grexxen, the Australian… I mean the Austrian.
The plan was to camp, so we had a tent, sleeping bags, rain coats and a load of enthusiasm.
This was some-of-us first time camping in the real wild. I had done it before, but it was in a place well prepared, with a place to get food, showers and all. This time it was for real and we were on our own.
When I started this section of the blog, my close friends thought they would give me a hand with some wine tasting. I call it Wine-Tasting 01. So we adventured into the local tiny supermarket. For those who know it, Simple Mart.
The goal of the night was a red and a white one. The white one was Cape Elephant, we had previously had it with Jessi and we just needed to have it one more time. So the indecision was, which red one? We did not have many choices, but we hadn’t tasted any, so any option would be a new adventure.
MERLOT! One can never go wrong with Merlot. And as a South American Wine fan a Chilean Merlot was the winner.
I am starting this section with my own very first tattoo, it is right below my current last one.
I dedicate my right foot to my career accomplishments. I had the flower made after graduating from high-school and as you are about to find out the molecule was done to honor the bachelor degree.
As an 11-year-old, I started designing a tattoo for my right foot. Many designs went through the pencil. As I grew up, the idea of what I wanted changed so I never decided on one, also you can imagine that my parents would not let me one. When I turned 18 and I graduated from high school I did an amazing Europe trip with my friends. It was the perfect moment. I walked into the studio, forget about my design and pointed at a tiny cute flower on the wall.
10 minutes later it was done. It was exactly GBP 18, and they were well spent. The tiny souvenir flower still brings me so many good memories.
But it is tiny, and it wasn’t enough.
This one was just meant to happen. When I finished the last exam of chemical engineering, I had to honor my career somehow. The best way to do that was to tattoo Serotine’s molecule. Basically, and in short words, it is the molecule that allow us to feel happy, the happiness molecule. There are other molecules like this, like dopamine (pleasure molecule), adrenaline (excitement molecule), oxytocin (love molecule), but let’s not get too nerdy.
There were no cool designs on the web, or at least nothing that I fully like, so I sat I draw something that matched the souvenir flower but that would still be nerdy. The original molecule looks like this:
While getting it done I discovered that the ankle is quite sensitive.
Soon there will be another one to commemorate all the efforts done for the master degree.
I went to the studio with a friend who got an amazing little-prince’s hat as a tattoo… a hat, or a snake who ate an elephant?
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I’m here just for transit and the first thing I see as get off the plane is this:
Everything cancelled. Luckly I had a hotel booked for the night and my next flight was originally on for today, March 14 morning, but it was automatically reschedule for tonight. All I have to do now is wait.
It is 11:46 am and I am sitting at the hotel lobby. I am watching the head-lines and reading some news and they are all like this:
I seams to me, that I am going to be here for a while, since the shuttle to the airport has also been cancelled.
So, when one of the strongest storms in the history in New York hits the east coast of the USA and your flight gets delayed for more than 12 hours, you gotta find things to do. But first let me give you some tips, even if you are an expert traveler, you might be forgetting one of these stuff that might just save you.
1.Check the weather before leaving.
Yes, as simple as this, checking the weather of your destination might help you prevent not having a place to stay while a big storm passes by. If you notice there are warnings and news about bad weather conditions in the place you are going book a hotel. By the time you get to the destination it might be too late and you will be stranded in the airport. And if the weather improved by the time you land the hotel might agree to give you a refund.
2. Pack a smart hand luggage
Pack the following on your hand baggage, even if the airline did not loose your luggage, it is a good idea to have this items at hand:
Extra clothes. Including underwear and a sweater, even if your destination is in the Caribbean, you don’t know if you will be greeted by a blizzard in the transit city.
Food, but not fruits. Fruits are usually not allowed to be carried, but a packages of cookies might save your life, specially if you arrive late at night, during a blizzard
Chargers. Is this necessary to explain? After a long flight, your devices are probably low on battery, and guess what, you are not going to be the only one looking for a socket.
Cash. It should be obvious, but it is amazing how some people forget that cash exist. Credit cards are useful, but you can not tip with cash, at least in most places. You don’t want new yorkers giving you even less friendly look.
3. Contact the airlines.
Tip no.1 and 2, were prevention tips, but if you followed No.1 then you will get internet at the hotel and from there you can contact the airline. If you the blizzard occurs in the USA, like it is happening to me, then know that airlines will not be in charge of any lose you had because of the delay, but they will automatically try to reschedule you in the next flight available. So before panicking, check your email and look for the airlines messages. I am now traveling with DELTA and but the time I arrived to New York, they had already fixed everything. All I had to do is the online check-in, as it is usual. #nosponsorship
4. Keep Informed
This is a very obvious piece of advise, but seriously, watching the news, constantly checking the airline’s webpage news and updates and talking to the people at the front desk has kept me warm and comfortable all these long cold hours.
I also recommend that before you leave your comfortable hotel check if the airport is even open. This blizzard was so strong that the JFK was closed and reopened until the afternoon. So as a safe recommendation, check with the airline if the flight has not been further postponed.
The following is the view from my window, I took in the morning around 10 am, but it is now 2:03pm.
Here are some other images of how NYC looked after this blizzard
Now, how to avoid boredom? Here is a list of things I have already done, I would really like you know what would be your suggestions.
Call you relatives and friends. This is the moment to catch up with friends, write them on Facebook, line or whatsapp. And why not call your mom? I know my mom is always ready to keep me company.
Books. Catch up with you long forgotten reading. I hope yo have the ePub, of your favorite book with you. For me, it is the Eragon saga all over again.
Games. Preferably if they are offline. For me? Pokemon Reborn, a fan made version. I need to thank my good friend Grexxen for this. Thank you.
Blogs. Yes! catch up with your blog or if you don’t have one, start one! it is great to be able to share your experiences with other people.
When you are done or fed up with all of the above, you can also sit at the hotel restaurant or lobby and pretend to do something important, but really you are just watching and analyzing other people. Perhaps inventing stories of the place they are from and where they are going to. Sometimes you try to ever hear their conversations and sometimes their voices and actions speak for themselves.
So here is what just happened at the hotel restaurant:
Before I start I would like to say that all the characters I mention here look and behave as if they are all from different countries and backgrounds. I was really interesting to see interacting with one another.
There was a man, to which I am going to refers as KIM., who was sitting with his computer at a table for 4. On the table next to him there is a woman with her baby sitting also at a table for 4. She is now sweetly and quietly singing her baby. I am going to call her ELLA. The baby has been still and well-behaved and ELLA has been sitting there for a while just minding her own business and entertaining her baby.
The elevator doors opened and a family of 4 non-English speakers comes out. I am simply going to refer to them as to “the GREENS”, mostly because they are wearing different tones of green. They were looking for a place to sit, then another guy, let’s call him MAX, who has no relationship to the GREENS whatsoever, sees the situation.
MAX tells the family not to worry and that he will get them a place to sit. He goes to KIM and politely but firmly asks him to please move to the table with ELLA. However, the man takes this as a total offense. He looks at ELLA and the baby as if they were from different worlds. Then KIM, grabs his things and reluctantly stands up. ELLA paid no attention to KIM’s looks but without showing any expression moves a couple of things away so that KIM has enough space for his computer.
KIM then walks with his things and stands next to the bar at the end of the restaurant. The GREENS see what happens but without saying “thanks”, neither to MAX or to KIM sit on the table. KIM stays on the bar for a few minutes and then walks away.
All I can say, is that this is many cultures shocking together in a very small space and short amount of time.
There is no conclusion here, it is just interesting to watch people’s actions and reactions.
Yes I am a little bit bored, but it will soon be time to go.
Finally!!! It is time for me to go to the airport. The wait is over and I need to take that flight.
I hope you are never trapped in a blizzard but if you are, hope this blog post helped a little.
Thank you for reading, here is an origami dragon for you.