With vegan-ism on a steady rise this year, many more business establishments are finding themselves catering to the particular needs of those individuals; from specially made clothing to specially made hair dye, products are being designed with the animal-lover in mind. However, I was a little—okay, a lot—skeptical when I discovered that someone actually had the audacity to make vegan ice cream. I mean... How can you take a dessert which screams dairy, and "vegan" it up for heaven's sake!?
Rum is one of the best party liquors you can buy. It gets people drunk fast, works well with cocktails, and basically helped invent the whole tiki party movement that you end up seeing every summer. It's sweet enough to work for a dessert drink, but strong enough to work in aperitif cocktails.
Whiskey is one of those drinks that most people either love or hate, depending on how it's served. One of the biggest issues that whiskey seems to have, at least in terms of reputation, is the misconception that there aren't many cool ways to serve whiskey.
When I close my eyes I can smell the sea, but I don't know what sea it might be, as I have seen and touched many parts of the ocean so far. I think anybody can do that. They can close their eyes and see flashes of the life that they've lived up to their own point of currently living. For me, a multitude of different things come. There's the feeling of cold glass against my forehead as I take an evening train into Tokyo or there is the smell of Naraha immediately after it has rained for days on end and a crisp bright light blue floods the sky with a new sun and starts to dry everything. It feels so good to walk on the street then and breathe in perfect fresh air coming from millions of trees. There also is the smell of sweet teriyaki sauce poured over fried ramen noodles during a hot humid day. When I arrived in Japan in the summer of 2009, this was a common occurrence and there were numerous summer parties that I was able to attend. They all took place in the late afternoon around a hot grill sizzling with yaki soba noodles. "Yaki" is "fried" in Japanese and everything becomes so in late July in Japan. The humidity pours over the land and fries everything, but also keeps it wet. It would be wrong to say that the air steams everything as this would be different and Yaki soba would instead be called "Jouki Soba" or steamed soba, which is not really a thing to my knowledge. That is not to say that soba is only served hot as my preference in the summer is when soba is prepared cold, but in this case, the noodle is boiled, but not steamed. I was able to see how this dish was made traditionally later in my travels, but that part of the story will be explained later.
I have been a student in Ghent for 2 years now. Often, my friends and I are too lazy or too tired to cook for ourselves so we go out for dinner a lot. But since that all of us are still students, we don't have the money to eat anything too expensive. Over time, I've collected a list of good restaurants in and close to the city centre where you can eat very well and for a good price, and I want to share some of those with you.