Monday, December 15, 2014

Taco Bell's Steak Quesarito

I'm just about finished processing my recent three months in India and let me tell you – things are crazy out there. When I left the country in late August I was pretty ready to return to the West and we'd all be joking if we pretended that I was more excited about eating anything on my return than I was about Taco Bell. I'd actually been separated from the sweet, sweet Mexi-junkfood for 17 months since I was in Australia for a year before India and that isolated country has yet to be enlightened. Seriously, I had dreams about nacho cheese while I was gone. It's finally time to get acquainted with all of the exciting new menu items I've been missing over the last year and a half. I.e., an entire breakfast menu. I started with the highly anticipated quesarito. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hawker Centers and Chilli Crab in Singapore

Singapore's hawker centers are possibly the best thing to happen to the urban island nation. The country is remarkably expensive in comparison to its neighbors in the region and the culinary response to that is the hawker center, a place where local people can go for a cheap meal – those who can't afford the city's Western chains, those who value the tradition behind this communal cafeteria style of eating, the elderly, students and everyone in between can be found queuing patiently (and sometimes not so patiently, cutting is always a threat) at small stalls that are almost all famous for one thing or another. Because we wanted the city's best food and because we were being cheap, hawker centers are where Charlie and I found ourselves eating again and again in Singapore. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tim Ho Wan: A Safe Place for Food Nerds

Skipping Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong is one of my biggest regrets in life along with overfeeding my childhood cat to the point of diabetes (#YOLO, life's too short, RIP Curtis) and being too lazy to become a marine biologist. When I was there on my way to Australia in April 2013, I should have bit the bullet and made Charlie get out of bed early enough to line up outside the Mongkok location hours before it opened so that I could experience the world's least-expensive Michelin-starred restaurant for myself, but I didn't. I gave into jet-lag and a lazy boyfriend. I clearly didn't want it enough, so I'm not sure how or why I got so lucky as to have one more chance to eat the famous dim sum when I got to Singapore almost a year later. Tim Ho Wan now has four Singapore locations. Obv wasn't going to pass it up again, line or no line.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Georgetown is Malaysia's Grazing Ground

My arrival in Georgetown is about when I realized that I'd temporarily lost the will to spend hours pouring over the Internet to research where exactly the best rendition of every dish is served in the city before walking for miles in the heat/trying to explain destinations to tuk tuk/cab/bus drivers to get there. And that's crazy because Georgetown is one of the best little places in Southeast Asia for eaters. Malay cuisine is a mix of Indian, Chinese and traditional Peranakan dishes and flavours, and the small city of Georgetown is known for both its street hawker stalls and restaurants that dish up every Malaysian meal you could ask for. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

La Pasta World: Impressive Italian in India

Going to make a bold statement: on two recent (yes, consecutive) evenings spent at La Pasta World in Pondicherry, India, the tiny restaurant's open kitchen churned out some of the best pasta I've ever had. I've been to Italy, I live in New York and I love me some pasta – clearly I'm the most qualified pasta judge in all the land. La Pasta World is magic. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Almost Certainly Singapore's Best Wurst

**DISCLAIMER: Just because I'm writing about German food during the USA v Germany World Cup game doesn't mean my soccer allegiances are towards my semi-European heritage. I do love a good German meal, though.

Charlie had some serious food poisoning in Malaysia and by the time we left Malaka for Singapore, we were ready for some Western food. But by Western food, I don't mean the awful pizza and pasta you can get in any tourist destination in the region. I mean sausages. German ones. Ironically located in one of Singapore's iconic hawker centers where almost 100% of stalls sling Asian food, Erich's Wuerstelstand provides just that: German classics as offered by the country's next-door neighbor, Austria. Erich's premise may seem out of place, but he's actually got a real corner on the market considering his claim that his is the last sausage kiosk before the equator. That's hard to contest.
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