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sydney hits and misses

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Ah, Sydney. I was iffy about you at first but grew to appreciate you and your temperate San Francisco-eque weather, neverending shelves of Tim Tams, and overall walkability. Let’s say g’bye with a little Sydney potpourri.

Let’s start with a hit. Bondi Beach.

Really, truly one of – if not THE – nicest city beach I’ve ever seen.

Next for a miss – the pizza at Bondi Beach.

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January 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm

yay! we’re in dublin!

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I’m using the royal WE so you can live vicariously through me.

This is your Dublin intro post. A leisurely walk through my first few days in the Dubs. It involves the mall, French stuff, and fried fish.

I landed around midday in Dublin so I had to power through and stay up until atleast 8pm to try and shake off the jetlag. To make sure those hours melted away as fast as can be I headed to the mall (shocking) where I rifled throug the H&M racks and acquainted myself with Penney’s. I also indulged in some mall food.

Pizza, of course. Toppings were ok, the crust was meh. At least the cheese wasn’t weird like it often is in Asian pizzas. Cheese is not a strong point for Southeast Asia. Sorry.


Since I was doing so good whippin’ jet lag’ butt, I treated myself to some pistachio ice cream from an Aussie chain. It was alright but not particularly memorable.

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October 1, 2009 at 9:11 pm

pizza on the go

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In the same vein as my Mosburger post (ie unique local chains) is Kono Pizza.

If you’re guessing based on the name you would be right. Pizza. In a cone.


I can appreciate the mobility of such a food but there are still some tweaks to be made if you ask me.

The result of putting pizza in a cone: a deep layer of oily cheese that will burn your lips off, a bready buttery cone of crust, mediocre sauciness with bits of pepperoni, and a pool of oil in the tip of the cone. This last bit is most disconcerting since in an ice cream cone that last bit is the best part. Not so with the pizza cone.

Judge for yourself.

Kono Pizza: the one above from B1 of Liang Court at Clarke Quay but other shops on the island

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September 13, 2009 at 9:19 pm

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eat eat eat all the way home

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Unless you’re a major NSync fan, the post title is strictly informative and not funny.

I had a fantastic 2 1/2 weeks at home in California. Two of those weeks I spent in Hanford with the family vegging out, eating lots, and hanging out with the brothers. Not too many new meals but lots of old favorites.

I spent 3 days in the Bay Area catching up with good friends. The grand finale there was a meal at Pho Vi Hoa. I ordered the sliced pork meal. It was as good as I remember it. (Thanks to Jane and Jlin for housing me while I was in the Bay!)


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more pizza hunts

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I like pizza. More than I thought I did since I crave it fairly often.

Life in the Bay Area meant I rarely ever had to go out and buy pizza (although, I really love Bagel Bites and always had them in the freezer) since work always had a steady supply. After running an errand to Funan I decided to find some eats at the mall. The escalator led the way and as I reached the first floor Pastamania stood before me in all of its pseudo-Italian glory.

I ordered a 7″ bbq chicken pizza (sidenote: it’s weird how things here switch from US to metric measurements) which cost a little less than S$11.00. I splurged on a peach Italian soda which brought the total to S$14 even.

The last pizza that I had in Singapore was at Central. They were very generous with their toppings but the crust was too bready and dense. In contrast, Pastamania’s crusts is thinner, flakier, and crispier. It was just saucy enough (although I kind of think that it wasn’t bbq sauce) to add flavor while not overpowering or soggying up the crust.

The chicken was just ok, the seasoning was not a big hit with me and I didn’t think it complimented the bbq flavor at all. The onions were chopped coursely and the pizza itself was adequately cheesy. Bonus points that the pizza was not a grease factory like some places.

I’m a fan. This definitely beats the pizza at Central and isn’t as heavy as Pizza Hut. I’d probably spring for different toppings next time though.

The peach soda was pretty good. Kinda like a less sweet, slightly peachy version of Sprite.

Pastamania at Funan DigitalLife Mall: 109 North Bridge Road, #01-08/09

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October 5, 2008 at 5:23 pm

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a little bit of the usa

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I don’t always eat rice or noodles. Sometimes the Californian in me needs a salad. It’s about double the regular rice or noodle meal but it’s also light and healthy. This one is from JuiceBar at the Raffles Place MRT.

Look closely. This Shanghai salad has corn, carrots, mushrooms, tofu, chicken…. and RICE. Okay, maybe getting away from rice is a little harder than I make it seem.

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August 27, 2008 at 10:31 pm

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i ate my heart in roma

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Yup, still not done with the Europe posts.

Our last dinner in Roma came at the end of a pretty long day of sightseeing. Instead of having a sit down dinner, we decided to grab a meal to-go from one of the restaurants near our hotel. I ordered the carbonara which had big ol’ chunks of fatty bacon and was just ‘ok’ overall. Nice al dente pasta and well cooked eggs but really dry and boring tasting.


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July 15, 2007 at 11:00 pm

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