Monday, September 7, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tokyo, August 2009
Jappers is spaghetti crazy. You can pick it up in 711, their Italian restaurants rock and they even serve it with some of their Japanese meals. We read somewhere that in one area of Tokyo there used to be more Italian restaurants than in any other country. I guess it's similar to their noodles and you could eat it with choppies if you wanted to. We nailed some mean G-bread also, I was absolutely delighted.
I give this puppy a 6.8. Bit of sneaky cheese hanging about but otherwise it really hit the spot.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
A few stomach aches and too many anti-carbs non-believers have gotten the better of me the past few weeks. I had a whole week off the strings. The first stint of abstaining since I was stuck in asia for a couple of months. When Saturday arrived, it was time to take a stand. Ditched Jimmy Liks for some Reggios take away on Saturday night. Ryan obliged, brownie points to him. No regrets and now the happiness continues with leftovers on Monday.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Hit Il Baretto on Saturday night for the third time in as many weeks. The table wait was 40 mins but now that they have opened a new little wine bar down the road, the wait is almost welcome. Feel a bit sorry for the old man pub across the road who let you take your glass with them but anyways. Snorkeled a spaghetti bol and the bruchetta pomodoro. Hungover and tired, it was bliss. Going to give it 9.5/10 for taste, 9/10 for ambience. The wine bar is on Nobbs st if you want to go there, someone has kindly edited it to read Snobbs St. Bless.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
I really hope this exists somewhere. The best job I've ever had was working at Baskin Robbins. Then my outlet went bankrupt - I hope I didn't have anything to do with it. I'm wracked with guilt because one time I slept through opening time and my boss rang me, waking me up. He said that customers had called to complain that the shop hadn't opened yet, what's going on? On the spot I did a terrible, terrible thing. I made up an accident involving a family member and his back, said I'd been at the hospital (when really I was in a coma from too much vermouth and golden circle juice the night before). It really is the worst lie I've ever told and to make matters worse, my brother (the family member in question that Sunday morning) used to still come into the shop twice a week after that to pick up his allotment of ice cream (used as bribe contra). His posture was/is perfect, no back injury in sight. Why he didn't fire me, I'll never know.
Campbells Tomatoe Soup (Rach's boyfriend, Adam)
Brown Sugar (Charlotte)
Add chilli and shake in a heap of mixed herbs (Giz's Mum Sally)
After stirring on high, turn off heat and put the lid on for 20 mins (Mum)
Mixed mince - pork, veal and beef (people who know what's what in Italy)
Smoky bacon, fry that up and add onions, garlic and rosemary. Add mince + tomatoes, bottle of red (half if grandma is visiting) and cook for 5 hours. (Cherith)
Put Worcester sauce and a splash of Tommy K. (Jess)
When in doubt, add Rosemary. Lots of it. (Ryan)
Cafe Fez, Istanbul (Turkey)
Zamas, Tulum (Mexico)
Zamas, Tulum (Mexico)
Top spaghetti suppliers around the world (in my books).
Dublin - Marios (Ranelagh)
New York - Vera Marios (The Bronx)
Brisbane - Ginos (Hamilton)
Sydney - Reggios (Darlinghurst), Il Baretto (Surry Hills), La Veccia Cucina (Potts Point)
Thailand - Nowhere sorry, it was all terrible
Morocco - Same as Thailand
Serbia - Yet to be proved
Belgrade - Had low expectations from Serbia, this worked in my favour.
Istanbul - Cafe Fez (near Grand Bazaar entrance)
Austria - Old piano cafe (Vienna)
Mexico - Zamas (Tulum)
I remember the places, got to find the names:
Croatia - Hvar
India - Kerala
India, September 2008. As per usual, I ordered spaghetti bol every time I saw it on the menu. This was the best one I found - it's in a Spanish Cafe in a small town in Kerala. Still pretty tangy and spicey but a good effort. Going to give it 4/10 for taste, 8/10 for looks.