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October 26th, 2016
October 25th, 2016
October 24th, 2016
October 20th, 2016
That feeling when you open up a winelist at a posh restaurant and find a typo on the first page...
(I mentioned it to them)
Really cool story about ancient hoof mammals. And not just for the incredibull pun...
October 19th, 2016
Roadtrip: Wellington, Fidels (food):
f you're in Wellington & you end up on Cuba St? Go eat at Fidels:
Spicy chicken wings with real kick.
Beer battered fish tacos.
Sticky pork ribs.
Link to G+ for photos:
Roadtrip: Wellington, food:
Best thing eaten so far was the duck egg creme brulee at The Larder in Miramar. #Wellington #food
Roadtrip: Wellington, Weta Workshop:
Had awesome time on the Weta Workshop tour yesterday. Bonus: also saw Sir Richard Taylor walking past while parking car. #Wellington
Up at 5, so went for a walk, got rained on, buffeted by wind gusts, caught Pokemon, watched Wellington wake up. #Wellington
October 17th, 2016
Food so far has ranged from "Oh Lovely", venison pie in Taupo, to "Oh Dear", seafood chowder, only for lovers of flour...
Wellington, we are in you!
Taupo you've been lovely, but now we head for Wellington. #roadtrip
October 13th, 2016
Not been posting recently. Also "Elements of Eloquence":
What with family visiting, and the uncertainty over work, I haven't been feeling much like posting.
"…adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-mat
So this excerpt from Mark Forsyth's "Elements of Eloquence" went viral. Once I found out where it was from, I got myself a copy. It's a short and highly readable book that delves into the nuts & bolts of the English language. Highly recommended. As a native English speaker, there were always phrasings that felt wrong, especially when written by a non-native speaker. But I always had trouble explaining to them why it felt wrong. This book sheds light on many of those language conventions.
Forsyth himself has been doing a number of interviews as a result of this, including on New Zealand public radio. He comes across as intelligent, informed, and yes, eloquent.
Interestingly, the adjective order convention isn't the same for all languages. For example, the order is colour-noun in English but noun-colour in French. So where we would say red wine, the French would say vin rouge.
Tags: blogging, english, language
October 2nd, 2016
Azabu opened earlier this year, doing Peruvian-Japanese food. Yes, really. And it's a combination that works superbly in their hands.
Their grilled octopus with yuzu pepper soy, aji amarillo potato mash & chives (pictured), is outstanding. And the other dishes we tried were all superb.
Clicking on the image takes you the the Flickr photoset for more pictures of the dishes we tried.
Tags: azabu, food, japanese, peruvian, restaurant
The Tasting Shed:
It was a tasty lunch at The Tasting Shed. Took visiting family & we were joined by my in-laws.
Standouts for me were:
- stingray assam laksa, prawn, coconut, puffed rice, coriander
- churros, pear, pumpkin, salted caramel, spiced pecan (pictured).
But it was all delicious.
Link to food photoset.
Tags: auckland, food, kumeu, restaurant, tastingshed
September 30th, 2016
September 29th, 2016
Lunch at Bracu:
Highlight of the day with the Lee family was a very long lunch at Bracu restaurant.
Link to Flickr photoset.
This coverphoto is of the Market Fish (Hapuka), Cauliflower, Prawn and Crème Fraiche, which was not only delicious, but looked gorgeous with its inventive use of squid ink to decorate the plate. It was just one of the many delicious delights.
Tags: auckland, food, restaurant, wine
September 28th, 2016
Making the most of the weather.:
It stayed fairly fine yesterday so we took the opportunity to visit Auckland's west coast. Piha is probably the most popular of the west coast beaches. It's a surf beach with sometimes wild weather; you certainly get bigger waves than on the east coast beaches. It's also a black sand beach due to the high iron content.
After lunch, we headed to the east coast to Mission Bay, and I caught a few Pokemon with the niece. We went to Sidart for dinner. I've been saying for a while that their Tuesday Test Kitchen is the best value-for-money high-end dining experiences.
As I type this, it's raining heavily outside.
Follow the link/photo to the photosets.
Piha & Mission Bay
Dinner at Sidart.
Tags: "mission bay", food, holiday, piha, sidart, wine
September 26th, 2016
Shockingly, it didn't rain.:
Lovely day spent wandering around town with family, playing tourist. The forecast rain was only early morning showers, and by the time we left the house it had stopped. The overcast conditions & fairly still conditions made for a pleasantly cool day.
Some op-shopping got done on K'Road.
We had a delicious lunch at Baduzzi
We walked along the waterfront to Silo Park, the former industrial area now turned into recreational space.
We popped into two dessert places Miann *and* Milse.
(Niece & I may have caught a few Pokemon today.)
Follow the link/photo to the photoset.
Tags: auckland, tourist
September 25th, 2016
September 24th, 2016
THE PEDENTS’ RE-VOLT:
Proving that painful & genius are not mutually exclusive.
THE PEDENTS’ RE-VOLT
Its not eazy being a pedent
correcting others’ mis-takes all daylong
My freinds and me are totally sic
of observing gramma witch has gone wrong.
“Whom are these language offenders”?,
“could it be that I maybe one, to”
Their ignorant; stupid, and careless:
off gramma they have’nt a clue.
They’re speling is sutch an embarrasment
its’ amature, wired, and, abserd,
comprized of neither thought or intelligance,
to a dictionary they should of refered.
Writing down there awkwardly formed sentences,
the participle clauses are left dangling.
just made one less mistake each would have the affect
to dramatically reduce this language mangling.
---------- Brian Bilston
Tags: funny, genius, language, meme, painful
September 22nd, 2016
Monday: Curry chicken tacos #fusion
Tuesday: Grilled curry powder rubbed chicken, cauliflower & mint, lemon couscous.
Wednesday: Panfried Hoki, salad of cauliflower, macaroni, parsley, rocket, lemon, garlic.
Thursday: Grilled Cajun chicken, carrot & swede, leftover cauliflower.
Tags: "cooking diary", dinner, food
September 20th, 2016
As it’s “Talk Like Pirate Day”, here’s my geeky contribution...:
What goes, “Pieces of Seven! Pieces of Seven!” ?
A parroty error.
(I’ll see myself out, arrrr!!!)
Tags: geek, meme, pirate
September 18th, 2016
Monday: Char kwey teow.
Some people call Char kwey teow the Malaysian version of Pad Thai. I think Pad Thai is the Thai version of Char kwey teow.
Tuesday: Wat tan hor (Hor fun rice noodles in an eggy gravy with chicken, fishballs & bokchoy). This allowed me to use up the noodles I didn't use for Char Kwey Teow, and the leftover bokchoy from last week.
Wednesday: Apricot chicken, sauteed leek, lemon couscous.
Thursday: Hokkien mee / Hokkien char. It's thick noodles in a dark soy-based sauce.
Tags: "cooking diary", dinner, food
September 16th, 2016
Apero, yes again.:
This time I finally did what I'd been promising to do for ages: I took labmates to Apero. It was fun to introduce them to this place, and even better that they enjoyed it as much as I did. We drank some interesting and excellent wines, and the food was (as usual) superb. It was a lovely way to end the work-week & welcome the weekend.
Click on the picture for the Fickr album & more pictures. The cover photo is the current incarnation of their burrata dish, for the new (spring) season. It's on a bed of green tomatoes and dressed with basil oil, and was magnificent.
Tags: apero, food, wine
September 15th, 2016
Pokemon Go: two months in:
I started playing Pokemon Go on July 13 (yes I waited nearly a whole week after release before jumping on the bandwagon). Two months in, it is clear that its initial surge of popularity has waned. Hotspots for lures aren't anywhere near as busy as they were. But I'm going to keep playing; I still enjoy it.
I'm not seeing many new Pokemon anymore, which suggests I'll need to visit some new places or hatch more eggs. In the meantime, the new appraise function means the game is not just about collecting the full set of Pokemon, but also finding individuals with the perfect stats & the best movesets, so there is still interest in it for me.
The other motivation to keep playing? It's gamified walking for me; you have to walk to hatch Pokemon eggs. And the consequence of doing much more walking in the last two months is that I've lost some weight. To be fair, it's not much weight at all, about 2kg according to our scales, but those 2kg mean a lot. For the first time in years, my weight fluctuations now fluctuate down into the normal range for BMI.
(Yes, I know that BMI is a poor guide for health on account of being based on what a dead Belgian's opinion of what a person's ideal weight range should be.)
Losing that weight is a good thing for me and if continuing to play Pokemon helps keep me fitter & the weight off, I'm happy to keep playing.
Distance walked: 434km (Allegedly. The Pokemon Go GPS tracker is famously inaccurate, and I also play it while on the bus, so consider the distance with a large grain of salt.)
Pokemon caught: 4036
Pokedex: 108 caught/109 seen (The missing one is a Poliwrath which was way too high a CP the only time I spotted one.)
Highest CP Pokemon: Exeggutor 2000CP (Evolved this one and haven't powered it up any; it was a high CP Exeggcute to start with.)
Tags: gamification, pokemon, weight
September 11th, 2016
Sunday in Devonport:
It was a cool crisp spring Sunday when we took the short (12 minute) ferry trip from downtown Auckland to Devonport. We wandered our way along King Edward Esplanade & grabbed brunch/lunch at Platter, which does a very good seafood chowder. (A few Pokemon may have been caught along the way).
King Edward Esplanade
Platter seafood chowder w/ skewer of prawns & scallops
Alexander Watson Memorial clock. (Unaltered photo: the sun was really bright & the memorial was really white)
Looking back to Devonport Wharf & beyond to the Auckland CBD
Tags: auckland, brunch, devonport, food
September 8th, 2016
Those 0.2 micron filters? Not small enough.:
Microbial matter comes out of the dark.
We use 0.2 micron filters to filter solutions to get them sterile (because bacterial cells are larger than that so they get excluded). Turns out there are ultra-small bacteria, that are smaller that 0.2 micron.
Actually, we already knew that there are plenty of viral particles that are smaller than 0.2 micron. It's just that the best way to sterilize something is to autoclave it which involves heating under pressure. Unfortunately, some chemicals really don't like that sort of treatment, e.g. vitamins, so there are times when you can't autoclave but have to filter instead.
So now we have to live with the possibility of not just the very small viral particles potentially messing up experiments, but also these ultra-small bacteria.
Tags: meme, microbes, science
September 4th, 2016
September 2nd, 2016
Is this the best Wikipedia article ever, about a typographer whose personal name is unusually long &:
...also is a Science Fiction story?
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Bonus: you can click Listen to this article to have it read out to you.
Tags: abecedarian, meme, name, sciencefiction, typography
September 1st, 2016
Auckland looking good on the first morning of Spring.:
(I got a hint spring was nearly here earlier in the week when my allergies showed up briefly)
Tags: auckland, dawn, spring
August 22nd, 2016
August 21st, 2016
Congratulations to the 2016 Hugo Award winners!:
The nominating & voting statistics here and this year it's more interesting reading than normal. I've typically viewed the longlists (works that didn't quite make the final ballot) as a good place to find up & coming creators, and works worth checking out. This year is no different.
Tags: hugo, hugoawards, sff
August 17th, 2016
August 15th, 2016
"Kaleidoscope World" from The Chills reissued.:
The classic Kiwi alternative album is being re-issued. The music of The Chills taught me that New Zealand was a different country to the one I grew up in. (We didn't have this sort of music in Malaysia)
Classic (to me) tracks like...
Bee Bah Bee Bah Bee Boe
...informed my experience of growing up into a Kiwi.
Tags: music, thechills
August 14th, 2016
Tom Hishon the chef of Orphans Kitchen received Cuisine Good Food Guide's Innovation award this year, and Orphans Kitchen has been getting lots of attention since it opened last year. They do both lunch & dinner, and given lunch is the cheaper option, that's when we went.
( The pictures...Collapse )
Tags: food, lunch, orphanskitchen
Lokanta: Aegean & Eastern Mediterranean:
Unlike Australia, New Zealand doesn't have a substantial Greek population, and consequently, we don't have many (if any) Greek restaurants in Auckland. There are a few that do Greek dishes, but they're typically as part of a greater Mediterranean menu, also including pizzas & pastas in the mix. Lokanta opened earlier this year describing themselves as doing "Aegean & Eastern Mediterranean Cooking". We went for dinner.
We shared a couple of starters,: the taramasalata was excellent as was the chargrilled octopus. The mains were also tasty, the eggplant was vegetarian & has a lovely combination of hearty flavours, and the goat (a house specialty) was even better IMO. The portions were so generous, we had no room left for dessert.
Lokanta looks a good fit for their location: a neighbourhood restaurant doing honest homestyle food with hefty portions, in a cosy setting. I wouldn't mind coming back to try their other dishes.
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Tags: aegean, dinner, food, greek, lokanta
August 13th, 2016
Guess Michelin is changing its criteria.:
Also, yay for street food! A Singapore hawker (street food) stall gets a Michelin star.
It's got me craving "Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle."
(Michelin doesn't do Australia or New Zealand, which is why the Australians started the 'hat' rating, which New Zealand's Cuisine Good Food Guide also recently adopted.
Tags: food, meme, michelin, singapore, streetfood
August 10th, 2016
August 9th, 2016
Cuisine Good Food Guide Best New Zealand Restaurant 2016:
The results were announced last night.
Congratulations to the Cuisine Good Food Guide winners!
(Adds more options to list of places to try out.)
Tags: best, cuisine, meme, restaurant
August 6th, 2016
It's midwinter, & the proper cold has arrived; it's been a very mild winter so far. And I'm getting to the "running low on meal ideas" part of the season. Winter vegetables are much less varied than summer vegetables.
Monday:Chicken kon loh mee
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Tags: "cooking diary", dinner, food
August 1st, 2016
Pistachio choc chip cookies made with cricket flour:
Actually quite tasty.
Tags: cricket, food, meme