Sunday, August 21, 2016

Paddock, Cambridge

M and I headed over to Cambridge for brunch (following a whirlwind pokemon tour of the town centre, of course). M had Baked eggs with Chorizo, which was very tasty, she especially liked the bread, which had the delicious friedness and crispy saltiness one looks for in a not too healthy breakfast.  The baked eggs had been cooked in a nonstick pan though, and served in the same, which seems an odd choice - the eater will damage it cutting things.


I had Ham hock and hollandaise with poached eggs, on waffles. It was amazing. Generous serving of ham hock, perfectly cooked eggs, a nice hollandaise, and plenty of carbohydrate in the waffles to soak it up.

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We both approve and will return.
http://www.paddockcambridge.co.nz/ 



Thursday, August 18, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

Knuckle Sandwich

A good confident double IPA, courtesy of Bootleggers Brewery. I approve.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Narrows Landing, Hamilton

The folks who own 2 Birds just took over the Narrows Landing Cafe out by the airport.  They do some tasty food out there, although they have a slight fetish for FOTM food trends. The below is M and I.

This was pumpkin pie hotcakes, gluten free, vegan, no refined sugar etc etc. (No refined sugar, especially, is an incredibly stupid thing to boast about, when your vegan caramel is blended dates and there is more sugar in your dish than you would get from just spooning it straight out of a sugar bowl). The cream/yogurt looking topping is whipped coconut cream, of which I approve. The pumpkin pie taste was delicious and intense, and the vegan caramel topped with nuts was very nice, although, again, so much sugar and no, it doesn't matter that it wasn't *refined* sugar.

This is a protein bowl, salmon, eggs, quinoa, roast veg, on salad greens, with a satayish sauce. Pretty damn good also.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Gifts? For me?

A friend came to visit from the US (California, even). He brought gifts.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Papa Goose, Melbourne

A degustation, matched wines, at Papa Goose, with J & T.

Opened with an amuse bouche, cauliflower & mushroom soup.

Followed by beetroot 3 ways, figs and goats cheese.


Scallops, caviar, radish, cucumber


Pan seared Dory, asparagus, fennel, onion


Palate cleanser sorbet.


Wagyu.



Cheesecake.


Highly enjoyable, good service throughout, well spaced courses, and well balanced meal.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

8-bit burgers, Melbourne

Good chunky chips, well made burger, peanut butter milkshake. Totally worth checking out next time you are in Melbourne. We hit up the CBD store.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Nū Eatery, Hoi An

We have a winner for best meal of the trip. Modern Vietnamese cuisine, very interesting flavour combinations, western influenced style but localised in the best possible way.

Nū Eatery, 10a Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Hoi An.

Very worth your while. Extravagantly priced by local standards. But the food is to notch, puts many a good restaurant to shame. Total bill for 2 people, starters, main courses, desserts, a drink each, was 400k doing, about 20 US dollars.








Cycling and more ca phe


Spent a few hours cycling around Cam Kim island. Nice to get out of town and always nice to drink more coffee.

Banana pancake

A small child would like to steal Mel's banana pancake. From a street vendor at night market in An Hoi.

The Banh Mi Queen...

Doesn't quite measure up to banh mi phuong. Lacking the sharp lime and/or fish sauce flavour to cut the richness of the meat. Still damn good though.

More Cau Lao!

It was so good last night we decided to get some more at lunch today. Went to a place in the central market of Hoi An, apparently is where Anthony Bourdain ate one time? Idk, but the cau lao was good. Big bowl, 20k dong. Bargain. Stall 34. Mel made the tactical error of getting Mi Quang instead. Also good, but the noodles just don't cut it compared to the Cau Lao.
Cau Lao

Mi Quang

The stall. Good deal. We got drinks from next door, mango smoothy and lemon ice. Both good.

Vi Que 'taste of countryside'

Countryside tastes pretty good. Cau lao, white rose dumplings, crispy flat wontons, and deep fried eggplant. The cau lao and the eggplant were the clear winners.





Sunday, June 19, 2016

More bun cha

This time from a little street vendor near the temple of literature. Tasty.

A dinner of snacks

And also beer. spicy sausage, minced pork things then donuts for dessert. lunch was big, we weren't particularly hungry.



Friday, June 17, 2016

Bun Cha Dac Kim

Bun Cha is a delicious thing. You have your rice noodles, your piles of fresh herbs, your BBQ pork, meatballs, and deep fried crab spring rolls, your broth with... something in it, some vegetable, and a big communal bowl of garlic and chili. combine in a bowl, eat. 195k dong for 2 with a drink, worth every penny of the... 16 dollars.




Cafe Trúng Dá

Egg coffee. Meringue top, yolk and sugar whipped through coffee base. From Cafe Giang, 39 Nguyen Hua Huang, old quarter, Hanoi. One hot , one cold.

Trying Nguyen Legend coffee

Is really good. Dripped over condensed milk then stirred through a cup of ice. Yum.