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Eating in Curaçao, Dutch Antilles

I wish I could eat in each one of the countries we visited on the cruise!

In reality, I knew it would be difficult to get my hands on local foods for one reason or another.

In the Bahamas, we were dropped off at a secluded part of an island basically ran by the staff of the cruise ship – no local food.

In Aruba, everything near the strip off the port was touristy.

There were quite a few eateries but they were serving sandwiches, pizza and pasta.

Colombia and Costa Rica were challenging because we only have enough time to tour but not enough to eat locally.

A Glimpse of Street Food Life in Cartagena, Colombia  L: fruit vendor -- R Top: sweet cookies snacks -- R bottom: orange juice vendor

A Glimpse of Street Food Life in Cartagena, Colombia
L: fruit vendor — R Top: sweet cookies snacks — R bottom: orange juice vendor

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Japanese Sandwiches and Kanishka

First ever Japanese sandwich place in the greater Seattle area!

Sandwich House TRES took over the former Bellevue Fuji Bakery space; an absolutely simple and no-frills store, there are both sweet and savory sandwiches for sale.

When I stepped into the store, I felt as if I was beamed to Japan!

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Some traditional meat offering such as tonkatsu, fried pork cutlet, and fried shrimp, along with western options of BLT and chicken salad.

Vegetarian options include burdock root and potato salad, and very interesting yakisoba; and flavors like red beans and chocolate banana round out the sweet side of the equation.

All sandwiches are made traditionally with crust-trimmed white bread, individually wrapped in their clear plastic wrap.

L: fried shrimp -- M: tonkatsu -- R: fried white fish

L: fried shrimp — M: tonkatsu — R: fried white fish

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Stone Korean

I love Korean food because I love banchan, Korean side dishes.

Without going to Federal Way or Lynnwood area, which are both about 40 mins away, I believe Stone Korean is the best Korean restaurant on the east side.

One caveat, it does come with east side prices as well.

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They have a great variety of banchan and all delicious.

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My favorite are spinach and bean sprouts.

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Odd Duck in Austin TX

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Odd Duck, what a funny restaurant name!  Had been looking forward to Odd Duck before we arrived in TX.

I loved the mismatch plates and cups, adding to another touch of being odd!

Food was tapas-style, and many dishes looked very interesting and we narrowed down to 6.

This was the first time I had pickled okras, and I am a fan now!

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Top: red snapper ceviche — Bottom: pickled okras

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