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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Lenzerheide Restaurant (Hawthorn, Adelaide)

This is the third highest rated restaurant in TripAdvisor for Adelaide. So...I insisted we go. We tried to book a table for us close to the end of last year but the joint was closed until a day or two before I head back in the direction of Sheep.

After seated, we were told that if we wanted bottles of wine, we had to go to the bar and order them there. Since we don't drink that much we didn't go. The waiter brought out menus but no mention of set lunch menu... Mmmm. Do we have to ask for it? We didn't bother to do so. Maybe that was a good decision (though the bill would be higher) considering the portions...


Shellfish rugout (Prawns, lobster tail and scallops) as an entree.


Then had a South Australian King George Whiting Fillets as a main.


Baileys Crème Brulee as a dessert. This one was a treat!

So I enjoyed the lunch here. The bill was well, I'd rather not to think about. Definitely not a cheap eat. It would've been nice had they had a little larger serving.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

What the...?

We were in Central Market, and I saw this over at Victoria Square.


Must have been some promotional thingies for that cycling event.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Promenade Restaurant @ Stamford Grand Adelaide Hotel (Glenelg, Adelaide)

We went to a Sunday seafood lunch special at The Promenade Restaurant in Stamford Grand Adelaide Hotel located in Glenelg. The place opens around noon. We made a reservation for a table.


View from the restaurant was pretty good.
We saw kiddies on ponies and adults on camels strolling up and down the beach.

 
Seafood platter all you can eat!

I was in hog's heaven as I LOVE seafood, or so I thought. I got into the oysters, but... Lots of them had broken pieces of shells inside. Mmm... Didn't have many green-lipped mussels as they are very common in the Land of Sheep. Also had lots of smoked salmon as well as cooked salmon. Had some meat and baby octopi as well. Didn't touch any cold meats though. Finished off with custard pudding (which was a little too hard, should be softer), a slice of cake and some fruit. I think I got my money's worth. I cannot help it when I go to all you can eat buffet.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Vung Tau Vietnamese Foods (Central Market, Adelaide)

I was once again in the vicinity of Central Market, and I wanted to drop by a food court there. Last time I came here I tried Laksa; wasn't that great. This time I tried this Vietnamese stall. I had Fresh Spring Rolls and a regular size bowl of beef noodle.

 

It was pretty good. Except perhaps I should've ordered a large bowl instead of a regular. At Charlie's Shack, the large bowl was almost too much for me. This place however the regular was not quite enough...

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Esca Restaurant (Glenelg, Adelaide)

Me and my family went out for a lunch down in Glenelg, to this Esca Restaurant on a promenade. It was such a nice day.

 
The view from our table out to the beach was gorgeous.


And I had a seafood pasta.

The pasta was a little overcooked, but otherwise alright.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

National Wine Centre of Australia (Adelaide)

This National Wine Centre of Australia must have been opened while I've been away from this country as I was not aware of it at all... Supposedly it's a part of Adelaide Uni. Then it must be something to do with Oenology... Why is it in the vicinity of North Terrace Campus instead of Waite? Anyway. I paid a visit to see what's it like.

 

Well... I am not sure about the aim of the centre. I suspect it is industry based, as I didn't see much of research. It had some interesting exhibits but they need to be matured before general consumption just like good wine; one computer based exhibit was not running because it crashed, there were typos in an explanation board and what not. It had a very nice looking cafe with lots of wine selection (plus a very visible cellar). With the consumption of Aussie wine dropping domestically, a place like this I'm sure is important to regain the lost ground. The place definitely had a potential. But to me, it did not appear to be doing a lot for the cause as the place was pretty empty (half dozen people looking at the exhibits including myself) and exhibits not up to scratch. Perhaps they could promote the place by asking winery tour operators to drop by before heading out to Barossa Valley?

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Friday, January 09, 2009

Botanic Gardens (North Tce., Adelaide)

So me and my father went to the Botanic Gardens to take a look at the free tour of the garden they do. It was a very nice day. It's been... 18 years since I went there last time as a first year undergrad for the biology lab prac.


Waterlily flower


Amazon waterlily that is white before pollination that turns red once it is pollinated.


Herb Garden


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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Stamps Restaurant (Mitcham, Adelaide)

We went out for a lunch at the Stamps Restaurant in Mitcham.

I had a grilled octopus as an entree. Not baby octopus. I just wonder how the pieces are stuck together.


Then had a cha-siu style pork with crispy calamari on a bed of salad. The pork was crisp on the outside and juicy inside. Very well done.

We had some vegies for the table.

Then I had some home-made cinnamon waffles with double cream rum raisin. The cream tasted almost like butter, but that's alright with me.

They were very good.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Crumpler Soupandsalad + The Bucket

Yay. Score.

I've wanted the Soupandsalad messenger bag for a while... And now I have it! I also got the inner bag (The Bucket) that fits Soupandsalad so that I can carry my DSLR... This item has been discontinued but I managed to snare the very last one at the Crumpler shop on Gawler Place in the city. Also got a couple of Thirsty Al pouches to be attached on the messenger bag.

 
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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Oysters

Yay. First oysters natural since 2005 after struck down by raw oysters.

 

And they were pretty good.

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Monday, January 05, 2009

Farmer's Union Iced Coffee Strong

I had never seen this one before... I had to give it a go when I saw it.

 

I must say... It was... Very strong.

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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Charlie's Shack (Grote St., Adelaide)

So I've been looking for a decent bowl of Pho for quite a while... The ones in the Land of Sheep have been less than satisfactory.

While visiting my family, my parents recommended this place Charlie's Shack on Grote Street. I have seen the joint before; after all, I've lived here for half a decade, and visited often since I moved away. But until today I've never tried the place. After running errands in the city, I dropped by the shop and ordered a serving of fresh spring rolls and a large bowl of Pho.

 

 

As soon as the dishes came out... I regretted a couple of things. One, why didn't I try this place earlier? I had ample opportunities to do so. This is one of the best bowl I had since I left the US. Damn. And the second regret was... I probably should've ordered a regular bowl rather than a large one. I struggled to finish both the Pho and spring rolls. But hey, not bad for AUD12.5.

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Friday, January 02, 2009

Bosch IXO electric driver

This is something I've been looking for a while, maybe like 5 years or so. And finally I got one for myself.


Now I'm ready when IKEA opens a store in the Land of Sheep (when the Hell freezes over).

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all. Wishing 2009 will be another good year.