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Friday fish

January 24th, 2009 by admin

fish on fire

Back into the swing of things at the office means we have already become sick of the local food establishments in the immediate vicinity of the office. I often like to try new places whenever I can, so when the opportunity came to pop into Glebe for lunch I jumped at it. Walking down Glebe Point Road we spotted a small cafe called “Fish on Fire”. The mixed grille was too tempting to refuse for $13, great value considering the seafood ingredients and chips and salad. Will eat again.

High End Fruit

January 13th, 2009 by admin

JDM fruit

This fruit shops looks maybe a little cleaner and neater than what you may be used to. However, there lies a secret. Take a close look at the fruit and the prices they wear.



I’m not entirely sure of how the prices work, but it’s a lot.


grapes

These grapes are hand grown in New Zealand, and I guess air freighted in first class. That price works out at A$87 for that small bunch.


rockmelon

The rockmelons take the cake, A$350 for this pair. The fruit really are spectacular, they are completely flawless and unlike anything you usually see at even the best Aussie fruit shops. They look like they were constructed from wax and hand modeled as the perfect fruit. I can only imagine the taste.

Japan Day 3

January 12th, 2009 by admin

With the rest of the week completely booked with shoots, today was our only ‘free’ day. Walking, seeing the sights, and a bit of shopping (not much cus of our Aussie peso) was the plan.

We started with breakfast at First Kitchen. There are so many burger places in Tokyo now, apart from the usual U.S. based McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s etc, there are better Japanese alternatives such as MOS Burger, Freshness Burger and what we tried this morning, First Kitchen. I ordered a pork burger, which was decent, but not quite to the MOS standard. What was good was the side salad; super fresh lettuce, nice bacon, sauce, cheese and cute tiny little croutons. The highlight was however, the soft boiled egg. Perfectly cooked and individually wrapped, you crack it open, and allow it to slide out of the shell and onto your salad. This was a much better alternative then the same old french fries.

Walking towards the shops the cold set in, nothing beats a bottle of Royal Milk Tea in this case. It warms your hands, tastes great, and is cheap at ¥120.

Next up we trained it over to Harajuku, and walked to the Meiji JingÅ«. I’m not sure what the occasion was, but there amount to people was mind blowing.

Lining the route to the shrine were Ice Sculptures, some of them were very intricate. With the morning sun filtering through the trees to the ice, we were impressed and if it wasn’t for the crowds around us, it would have been a very peaceful place.

The small shop complex near the shrine had a few stalls setup, so we picked up some fresh hot bean paste dumplings, giving us some much needed energy to attack Omotesando.

This looked like potpurri but was tea.

We finally got to Omotesando and the streets were crawling with shoppers.

We walked through a few shops, but with the conversion rate, bought next to nothing. After we walked back to Shibuya, we spotted this R35 just cruising, no one really looking at it.

DTF

December 11th, 2008 by admin

DTF

I heard about Din Tai Fung a while back but yet haven’t had a chance to sample it for myself. Until tonight. It’s famous for its steamed dumplings, which are a unique style, filled with a soup type of liquid. I’m a massive fan of dumplings, they are even a traditional Polish dish, known as Pierogi. Asian style dumplings are different, in that they have a greater variety of styles and fillings. DTF do dumplings very well, possibly the best I have had.

dumplings

These juicy steamed pork dumplings were just delicious.

sides

Some pork mince and beans on the side,

fried rice

along with pork fried rice.

clean plates

Clean plates at the end means that everyone enjoyed their dinner. It’s not the cheapest place, you need to spend around $40 per person for a big dinner, but the quality of the food is very high.

wall

Justification

November 10th, 2008 by admin

Guzman Y Gomez Voucher

If you ever wanted a reason for starting a blog, here’s one. It seems the marketing team at Guzman Y Gomez found my post (I love google) about their delicious food, and as a bonus, sent me some vouchers. Yum.

I like dessert.

October 20th, 2008 by admin

Witches Hat

I don’t just have a sweet tooth, all of my teeth are sweet. If they weren’t so unhealthy, I would eat desserts for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Last weekend while staying at our regular Brisbane resort for the Brisbane round of the Auto Salon show series, I had what was called a Witches Hat. It’s a local version of a more traditional Chinese dish, fried ice cream. It’s either a Drumstick or Cornetto, deep fried in a coconut batter. Absolutely Delicious. If anyone knows of a place in Sydney that does it, drop me a comment.

Sydney’s Best Sandwich?

October 13th, 2008 by admin

Last week for lunch we visited a sandwich shop which a friend rated 10/10. I thought that was a pretty big call so I had to find out for myself. Firstly, it was huge. Normally sandwiches i find are a little light for a big lunch, but this left me completely satisfied. Secondly, the bread was super fresh. They cut their slices off a full loaf right in front of you. And thirdly, the ingredients offered are a refreshing change; mash potatoes, cooked carrots, beans, etc all on top of the traditional bases of ham, chicken, etc. I had a chilli chicken on brown, and will definitely go back for more.
sandwich

The sign was cool too:
sign

Long Weekend. Very.

October 6th, 2008 by admin

Thursday 2nd October 9:30am.
Leave home and drive to the office.

Thursday 2nd October 6:10pm.
Leave the office and drive to North Sydney for an Xbox360/Game party.

Thursday 2nd October 12:43am.
Arrive at home, quick pack for the trip tomorrow.

Friday 3rd October 5:38am. 29 degrees C.
Wake up, finish packing, drive to the office (very bad M5 traffic), park the car, catch a taxi to the airport.

Friday 3rd October 9:42am.
in flight
Cruising at 41,000 feet, heading from SYD to LST.

Friday 3rd October 11am. 9 degrees C.
Arrive in Launceston, tour, drive to Burnie.
I have previously been to Launceston for a round of the Drift Australia Championship, so it wasn’t all foreign to me. The luggage system there is still interesting;
LST Luggage
No conveyors here.

Friday 3rd October 2pm.
Stop at etc for lunch.
etc

This establishment is in a very small town on the way from Launceston to either Davenport (where the driving tourists come from) or Burnie (an industrial port town). I was impressed with the modern feel to it, and everything we ate was fresh, tasty and well priced.

Freckles
They also have a nice selection of cakes and check out their monster chocolate freckles.

Friday 3rd October 3:30pm. Arrive in Burnie.
The reason for the trip to Burnie, was that I was asked to shoot the ACL Race bearings sponsored R35 GT-R. Driven by Russell Newman, the car and driver were making their tarmac rally debut. I can’t say much more, you can read about it in an upcoming issue of Auto Salon Magazine.

Friday 3rd October 11pm. Dinner followed by several JD & Cokes at Burnie’s only Irish pub.

Saturday 4th October 6am.
Early start to make it to the various stages an hour or so outside of Burnie. I have heard Tasmania has some spectacular roads and they did not fail to impress me. Smooth surfaces, amazing scenery, mixture of slow and high speed sections with 110km/h zones. Nice. I need to drive it one day.
Tasmanian Road

Tasmanian Corner
Just off these roads the environment is rich and lush. And no we didn’t spot any devils or tigers.
Tasmanian wilderness

Saturday 4th October 4pm.
Drive back to Launceston, for 7:45pm flight to Melbourne.

Saturday 4th October 9:30pm.
Taxi from Tullamarine to Melbourne city.

Saturday 4th October 11pm.
Showered, ready for dinner and party time in Mel.

Saturday 4th October 1:30am.
Party at Baroq House.

Saturday 4th October 4am.
Back in hotel, catch some zzz’s before the show on Sunday.

Sunday 5th October 9am.
Auto Salon Melbourne. Another massive and successful Melbourne show.

Sunday 5th October 8pm.
Due to fly back home to Sydney. Apparently Qantas can’t find a co-pilot (even with me suggesting I’ll give it a go). So we spend another night in Melbourne (more details to follow)

Monday 6th October 6am.
Awake to darkness and another taxi ride to the airport, with another attempt at getting home.

Monday 6th October 10:30am.
Finally home and glad about it.

Total shots:
pics
I have shot more in less time, but this wasn’t a bad effort for the actual time I had to shoot, the rest was eating, drinking, travelling and as you can see, very little sleep.

Buena Comida Mexicana

September 26th, 2008 by admin

As Charles wrote on emptywrapper.com, good Mexican food is a rarity in Australia. For some reason, it just hasn’t become popular. If I was to guess which foreign nations cuisine would be the most popular in Australia it would have to be Chinese or Thai. I don’t think there is a town anywhere in Aus without at least one Chinese restaurant.

Newtown

The Sydney suburb of Newtown is filled with possibly the widest variety of restaurants anywhere in the world, so you would expect to find at least one decent Mexican place. We have, and it’s called Guzman Y Gomez.

Guzman Y Gomez

Apart from the funky design and communal table, the food is actually very tasty. It’s completely different to fast food style Mexican we usually get in Aus (Taco Bell closed up here a few years ago), and I guess that it’s also quite healthy.

taco

Sauces
Just take it easy on the Extra Hot sauce.
All photos taken with a Nokia N95.