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Tang's Kantine

I am normally boycotting Chinese Restaurants outside China. Most of them are simply terrible. I neither like the high end elegant versions as "Green Tea" in Rome.


One corner stone of the Chinese foreing policy is the principle of Non-Interference into the internal affairs of another country. If another government slaughter a minority, violates human rights, oppresses women, all this should not matter for the relationships between countries. Only the United Nations, if in unison should have the right to intervene. As getting an unison decision from the UN is difficult today and will become nearly impossible tomorrow, the cementation of national inviolability will become very strong.

Ivan Herman on Semtech

SemTech2009 impressions « Ivan’s private site

But, as a last minute addition to the program, the organizers succeeded in getting Othar Hansson and Kavi Goel to talk about Google’s rich sniplets. I have already blogged on this a few weeks ago but this presentation made the goal of the project way more understandable. Essentially, by recognizing specific microformat or RDFa vocabularies,

First Performance as Guest Chef

Last Thursday I had my first performance as guest chef in a restaurant. The picture shows me with my daughter and her friends.

The occasion was the 17th birthday of Matilde, which she celebrated together with the 17th birthday of a friend Claudio (on the right) in the Restaurant "La Formica e la Cicala" in Via Urbana in Monti. Andrea, the owner of the restaurant is our friend and so I could join the colleagues from Bangla Desh in the kitchen that night. The menu was:


In Germany High School Students and University students are on strike. Well, some of them. At the moment it really does not look like a mass movement :-).
Reasons: what I got from the radio stations, the university students are protesting against the introduction of university fees and against the "Bologna Reforms" which introduced the split of German University curricula into Bachelor and Master Courses. The High School Students are protesting against too big classes and the shortening of the secondary schooling from 9 years to 8 years.

Der Goldene Hahn

I don't like it, if in a Restaurant they deliver me the invoice before I did ask for it. I feel like being thrown out. And so I felt when the waitress brought me the invoice when I just had taken the last sip from my wine. Presumably they were irritated seeing me dining with note block and camera.

Carots and Leek

That sounds banal, but it is not if... If you get very young leek. Saturday my veggie-monger at Piazza Vittorio had this fabulous leek, only twice as thick as spring onions and with an incredible fragrance. Also the carots were tasty and not as the many pinky water concentrates you get often.


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