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travel cafe philippines, greenbelt 5

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I am so fatchin’ tired. There are about 80 other things I should be doing – cleaning my house, paying my cable bill, ironing some clothes, sleeping since it’s well past midnight – but here we are blogging. Yay for messed up priorities.

I just got back from a few days in the Philippines and unlike most of my trips I got to actually stay in Manila for awhile. My dreams of moving to Manila to work have slipped off the radar since I moved to Singapore but were sorta kinda resurrected by the 3 days I spent exploring and enjoying the city life rather than the usual weekend of hanging out in the bahay kubo all up in the province.

In the middle of what I like to refer to as Meeting Marathon Tuesday (not to be confused with Meeting Fun Times Monday), Lianne and I had time to grab a real lunch at Greenbelt 5.


Lianne let me pick between Travel Cafe Philippines  and another Spanish restaurant whose name escapes me. TCP won because we found it first and because I was not feeling the urge to revisit my people’s colonial oppression. Kidding. I was also wearing 3 inch heels and carrying my stupidly heavy laptop so really finding it first meant sitting down sooner which was the idea overall.

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October 30, 2009 at 12:55 am

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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out of the pan, singapore

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I’m back from my adventures in Southeast Asia with tons o’ pictures to share.

First up was 4 days in Singapore where we shacked up at Swissotel the Stamford (what’s up with the awkward sounding name?). In case you were wondering, it is flippin’ hot in Singapore. Like really hot. Makes sense that we spent lots of time in the labyrinth of malls and MRT stations huh?

First meal was a late breakfast in the Raffles Plaza at Out of the Pan. For something around SGD19 (if I remember correctly) you got your choice of salad, crepe, and beverage. Not a bad deal as most of the food in the mall is generally pricey.

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May 18, 2008 at 1:31 pm

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thaiphoon, palo alto, ca

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I’m not usually a fan of Palo Alto but my favorite nail place, Kim’s Nails, is right off of University. In preparation for my impending trip I made a visit to Kim’s and ended up spending most of the day in PA. For dinner I found myself with Lizzie at a new Thai place cornily (is that word?) named, Thaiphoon.


We started off with grapefruit salad which had a whopping 4 slices of grapefruit on it. It had lots of jicama, ground peanuts, carrots, red cabbage, and some cilantro. It was similar in taste to papaya salad but without the spice and lacking on the salt also. It was fresh tasting but I probably would not order it again.

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January 14, 2008 at 1:26 am

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dinner party numero dos

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Where’s dinner party numero uno you ask? Um, still on my other laptop. Whoops. In any case, the pictures from last week’s party are too good to keep on the back burner. With gratitude to Chez Lee, I present to you our fancy shmancy dinner. Photos courtesy of the other Joann.

To start us off, a nice cheese plate of non-stinky cheese. Brie, parmesan, something with walnuts, and something with herbs that I coulda swore tasted vaguely of goat cheese. Props to Chez Lee for the classy cheese instruments.


Salad ala Julia with ham, bacon, mushrooms, and other good stuff.


The main event of roasted pork rubbed with a blend of 13 herbs and spices. Okay, not really 13 herbs and spices (I think thats KFC’s original recipe fried chicken) but it WAS rubbed with oregano + oregano’s friends which means it was delicious and roasted to perfection.


Side dishes! Toasted cheese bread. Toasted HOT cheese bread since it was sprinkled with cayenne pepper.


Oh man this creamed corn was a winner. Corn, heavy cream, butter, parmesan cheese, cracked black pepper, a gillion calories.


Asparagus lightly sauteed in olive oil with a generous helping of minced garlic.


So what was my contribution to the meal? Dessert!

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September 10, 2007 at 10:00 pm

goodbye athens!

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After 16 days of travelling, we wanted to make sure that our last dinner together was a good one. We whipped out the Top 10 Athens guidebooks for the best eats in the Kolanaki district of Athens which was just a few minutes walk from our hotel. The winner was Prytoeria (yah I totally spelled that wrong) on very trendy Milioni Street. The entire street is packed with people at tables eating dinner, smoking cigars, people watching, or sipping coffee. We got a table on the second floor of the restaurant and had the entire place to ourselves. Our waiter was a dead ringer for Mel Gibson (minus current troubles/personal issues :P).

Okay, I don’t usually take pictures of the bread they set out but this was actually a big deal. The bread in Paris was sad. What happened to those tasty baguettes? Goodness knows I didn’t get one. The bread in Italy was also not good. What’s lamer is that they make you PAY for the bread via a cover charge. The bread in Greece was usually not fancy but it was at least soft and fresh. The bread at Prytoeira was exceptional – crusty and warm with a selection of white and wheat plus breadsticks that were just a tad sweet and had all kinds of stuff on them. No butter but plenty of olives with sundried tomatoes in olive oil. They totally deserved getting their picture taken.


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May 31, 2007 at 8:10 pm

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