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Antonio, Macau November 30, 2017

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We came to Macau in early November to celebrate our birthdays which are four days apart. We stayed at Studio City casino because it was one of the newest casinos in the Taipa area. This island just south of the old Macau territory is where all the new casinos are. At least one more casino is close to completion less than a mile fron the Studio City casino.

Unfortunately, business at Studio City on this Tuesday was very light and I didn’t like any of the restaurants in the casino for our birthday celebration.

I found out on Yelp that (官也街) Guanye Street was an old district in Taipa where many shops have been doing business since the Qing Dynasty. 

We came here to visit the old streets 老街, to taste authentic portuguese food and to celebrate our birthdays. Two portuguese restaurants caught our attention: 

Cozinha Pinocchio Taipa, 木偶葡國餐廳

Antonio Macau

We picked Antonio Macau.

Asparagus soup. Creamy and smooth.

Super sauce. Some clams had small stones though.

A huge bowl of fish stew. Excellent.

The restaurant was quite small and we had to wait an hour to get a table. Antonio is okay but not great. Nonetheless, we had a good time.

Time waits for no one.

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Capitalism at work November 28, 2017

Posted by hslu in Food, Life in Taiwan, Restaurants, Taipei, Taiwan, 台灣, 台北, 林口.
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Linkou garden night market closes from Monday to Wednesday. During the other four nights of the week, it was busy with locals as well as tourists who came here for an hour or two; long enough to try the famous Taiwanese cuisine.

林口花園夜市大門口。禮拜四晚上燈火通明,雖然沒有人(大)山人(大)海,但是小丘陵和小池塘也是有的。Kind of “people mountain, people sea” on a Thursday night.

We’ve been here a few times and liked a savory curry lamb dish offered by an Indian chef in the back of the night market. 

The Indian chef is working on 飛餅。This is the original. 達卡印度廚房。On a recent visit, 達卡印度廚房 has moved out of the spot and was replaced by an Asian food joint selling Indonesian food. 達卡印度廚房 has opened a restaurant across the street from the Linkou Subway station on Wenhua 3rd road.

His primary job was making Indian roti, “飛餅, flying pancake” on an upside down wok which kept him busy all the time. His wife was, I think, Taiwanese and her job was taking orders, collecting money, making curry beef, rice and vegetable wraps and getting curry lamb or curry beef ready as orders come in. They used to hire a college student who helped with taking dishes to customers, cleaning the table and getting rid of trash. 
I also saw their middle-school aged daughter who helped them out on busy nights. Lately, the college student stopped coming to work and his job was taken over by their son who is probably in junior high or elemtary school. 

Chef’s wife and two kids.

Still, with four of them working at full speed, they still can’t handle the booming business because their food is good, they offer good value, their prices are so affordable and they are the only place in the night market which offers decent Indian food. 

Well, this is where free market and capitalism come into play.

The 林口 night market used to have only one Indian restaurant which enjoyed great business for a long time. Now, two other Indian restaurants have opened up last summer.

This is one of the two new Indian entrants to the Linkou Garden Night Market. Business was so so at best. Somewhat different Indian food served here.

The other Indian food stall was much smaller and poorly managed though.

早飯,澳門新濠影匯,Studio City November 28, 2017

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我們在澳門住的新濠影匯酒店有免費早飯。其實,飯錢已經包括在房價裏面了。別以為你佔到什麼便宜,早飯不是免費的。實際上是自己吃自己的。

餐廳大門

餐館的設計是以五六十年代好萊塢電影和電影明星爲主題。餐廳裏面都是用老電影明星和老影片的海報做裝飾,非常特別,新穎。









看到這些掛在牆上的老電影海報,使我想起很久以前我們家的一半翻譯書。厚厚的一大本,裏面都是四,五十幾年前最紅的電影明星的相片,生平,簡介和他們的英文與中文名字。

有名的電影有:賓漢,亂世佳人(飄),慾望的街車,第凡内早餐,阿拉伯的勞倫斯,梅岡城故事,西城故事,等等。

漂亮的女明星有:奥黛麗赫本,費雯麗,葛麗泰嘉寶,英格麗褒曼,伊麗莎白泰勒,瑪麗蓮夢露,格蕾絲凱利,珍哈露,貝蒂戴維斯,朱迪加蘭,碧姬芭杜,拉娜透納,等等。

瀟灑的男明星有:亨弗利鲍嘉,葛雷哥萊畢克,東尼寇帝斯,克拉克蓋博,馬龍白蘭度,大衛尼文,尤伯連納,詹姆斯狄恩,李察波頓,查爾登希斯頓,等等。

著名的導演有:希區考克。






















各式各樣的中式早飯應有盡有。還有一位印度來的師傅專門做飛餅:香蕉,青蔥,奶油和原味的。另外一位師傅做麵粉,可惜我沒肚子吃,只有放棄。

餐廳的服務生工作勤勞,收盤子很勤快。我沒操作過餐廳的咖啡機,眼睛又看不清楚上面的小字,一個勁的在那裏張望,裏面的員工看到我在猶豫,馬上問我是不是要咖啡,問我要什麽樣的咖啡。來上海,台灣這麽久了,我早就學會了”美式咖啡,兩個奶精”了。

餐廳的生意並不是很好,早上只坐滿了五成左右。有一邊是不開放的。我們報了門號,小姐勾了我們的門號,還帶我們去裏面就坐。也免得我們亂坐。座位很多,很寬敞,拿菜的地方也不擠。東西出來的也很勤快。值得再去。希望它週末忙一些,不然生意太不好,就煞風景了。

西門町,美觀園餐館 November 25, 2017

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這一家在台北西門町的日本餐館號稱七十年老鋪。生意很好。衝著它的招牌,我們少不得也要來看看。餐館生意顯然很好,在本鋪的斜對面又開了一家。我們來的是本鋪。

樓下很小,只有七,八張桌子。店員看到我們就是一般的觀光客,也沒特別招呼,樓下客滿,店員要我們去樓上。樓上稍微寬一點。餐館很舊,木桌,木椅大概幾十年沒有換過。也不是挺乾淨的樣子。我想我下次不會再來了。不過,既來之則安之,先吃吃看,有什麼特別。

介紹餐館的歷史。我以前大概只來過西門町一兩次,根本沒聽過這家餐館。

看圖識字,省的麻煩。

這是餐館以前的樣子。

美觀園的歷史。

miso湯鹹,手卷一般,沒什麽特色。味道也不鮮美。

排骨可能是先油炸過再在鍋裏悶著的。肉還可以,不老,沒筋。

烤的還可以。在高溫的面火爐 Salamander 裏再烤個 30 秒鐘就更好了。

勸你不要叫這個菜:軟殼蟹。Totally 不值得。可能是供應商冰凍來的。

下次不來了。

門不當,戶不對 November 21, 2017

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中國的古話還是非常有道理的。你說是不是?

一個(女生)是耶魯和哈佛的畢業生。另外一個我不知道他是幹嗎的。只聽過他的名字。不過女生的媽媽說他(男生)只喜歡看棒球,一天看十個鐘頭的電視都可以。

我只是不懂這個女生,雖然她有這麼高的學位,竟然連這麼簡單的一件事都搞不清楚?戀愛沖昏了頭?

美國人結婚,離婚跟吃$80一客的”八角排骨臺鐵便當”一樣:沒什麽大不了。家常便飯是也。

附註:八角不是滷豬耳朵的香料。裝便當的盒子是八角型的竹盒子,所以叫八角。豬排很嫰,很好吃,有一個滷蛋,土豆絲和雪裏紅。蓬萊米飯很軟,很便宜。這是閑話。見笑了。

兩個包子,一個便當 November 17, 2017

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這就是我們兩個的中飯。

我們去和平醫院辦事,出了小南門地鐵站,走了幾條街看不到一個吃飯的地方,有點急了。怎麼在怎麼熱鬧的台北,幾條街走下來,竟然沒有一個飯館,這有點奇怪。我們第一次來,不知道附近有些什麼東西,看到一個包子店,好誘人。買了兩個四季豆包子,一個筍絲包子,一個桂花紅豆包子。吃了紅豆包和四季豆包,看到池上便當,決定兩人分一個便當,打發了中飯。

池上招牌便當

包子店叫上海包子,可是老闆講臺灣話,沒有一點上海口音。我說普通話,他還是說臺灣話。包子倒是不錯,麵發的很好,好軟,好香,餡多,味道清淡,幾口就吃完了。全店的包子都可以當素食吃。每個包子NTD$20。 

池上便當是我們第一次來。點了招牌便當,有幾片豬腿肉,澆了一瓢滷汁。青菜有小白菜,胡瓜,酸筍和一兩個麪筋。店名叫池上,我現在才知道他們是用花蓮池上鄉生產的米為名。飯好吃,菜清淡可口。便宜。生意很好,都是附近的員工和中學生來吃飯。

式樣還不少。

後面一大疊都是空的飯盒。

下次來吃排骨飯。

餃子樂,台北市復興南路 November 5, 2017

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簡單,經濟,實惠,值得。

餐館忙,座位少,客人多,中飯擠,等得久,先點菜,自己來,出菜快,煎餃慢,小菜多,味道鮮,餃子棒,湯汁多,麵好吃,服務佳,態度好,下次一定會再來。

酸辣湯胡椒多,料好,不夠酸。乾麪很棒,麵QQ,滷牛肉和牛筋一級棒。

韭菜煎餃,不是韭菜鍋貼。汁很多,小心,不要濺到別人身上。

廚房裏面現況。他管鍋貼,煎餃。

他專門炒菜。左邊還有一個專門煑水餃和煮麪的。

下次點小菜雙拼。似乎比較划得來。

就在餃子樂的正對面。沒有去過。

陸光小吃館,台北東區 November 2, 2017

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陸(軍之)光小吃舘在台北仁愛醫院附近。我們去仁愛醫院有事,我們去的時候已經是PMPS(人山人海)了。整個門診掛號的地方擠滿了人。看到朋友才知道這是常態。從林口早上坐937來台北很久,高速公路和市區內都擠滿了車。還不如坐機場捷運來的快些。

大門口的招牌。

這是門診掛號的地方。付錢也在這裏付。抽了號碼要等十分鐘才能叫到。

這是二樓看病的地方。不知道這個醫生是不是特別有名,不然門口怎麼排了怎麼多人。

看到門右邊,牆上貼的條子了吧?上面寫的都是病人的名字。這只是這個醫生早上要看的病人。這是八,九個醫生中病人最多的一個。四,五頁紙貼在一起,每一頁三十人。大概百來人。少一點的醫生也有二,三十個病人。台灣的醫生真忙。不知道他們一個月的薪水多少錢。比起美國的醫生一天看十五個病人了不得了。

仁愛醫院的規模較比林口邊上的長庚醫院小,樓下只有一個咖啡館,還有一個不是吃到飽的buffet。秤重量的那種。人不多,大部分是護士小姐買中飯。

我不想跟護士小姐擠,所以去醫院的外面找餐館吃中飯。我們在附近找到陸光餐館。顧名思義,它應該有一些眷村菜,口味應該不差。再說,我這個空軍的替陸軍開的餐館捧捧場,也是應該的。

不起眼的陸光小吃舘不大,就兩個店面。克難是陸軍的本色。

總共大概十張桌子,四,五十個位子。花花的塑膠桌布顯得有點土氣。 

國民黨的黨證。陸軍官校十七期的畢業老照片。

許多蔣中正的老相片。

國父孫中山先生。

蔣經國先生。他昔日爲台灣打下的基礎才有今天的成就。可惜啊!物是人非,台灣的現況只有令人感慨痛心不已。

你絕對猜不出來這是什麼:炒餅是也。蔥油餅切成寬片,炒白菜。

三拼。

夠克難了。

大媽掌廚。湯麪在這做,熱炒在後面廚房。

我們到的比較晚,廚房開始炸獅子頭了。結果許多炒的菜沒有。只有下次再來試一試。

Eataly Caffe, NYC October 22, 2017

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Our son told us about this place when we were out walking in NYC.

This is an iconic eatery in NYC and it offers thousands of import goods from Italy. It’s huge, it is clean, it is fun to browse, it is inviting and it isn’t cheap. Additionally there are several restaurants offering a wide range of Italian dishes for customers to try.



$15.95 for a hand full of spinach and a few slices of apple.


$16.95

$40 to walk out of the restaurant.

盒馬, a house in a box? October 19, 2017

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“Have you seen it?” My wife asked.

“What?” I said.

“he ma.” She said to me, somewhat agitated, “I lined it to you yesterday.”

“No.” I replied. “There isn’t much to see. I have seen 河馬 (he ma, hippos) before. They aren’t exactly pretty.” I said to myself.

“I told you to check it out yesterday. How come you haven’t done it?不乖.” She raised her voice and starred at me.

“Okay. Okay. I’ll do it right after I finish reading Trump pissing off at someone again.” I promised her.

Well, this is what she sent to me which was almost trashed by me because I seldom watch vedio sent to me by all my friends.

Well, now that you have seen it like I have, you know that this “he ma” isn’t “hippos” (河馬) and it isn’t “a horse in a box”, as in 盒馬, either.

We are talking about a brand new way of “fresh and live” grocery shopping in China; developed and operated by Alibaba: 盒馬鮮生, thecinstitue.net.

http://www.thecinstitute.net/hema/

https://baike.baidu.com/item/盒马鲜生/22035088?noadapt=1

~$120 USD each at 上海盒馬鮮生

Well, we just have to check it out next time we visit Shanghai next spring.

And, wouldn’t you know it, there is a 盒馬鮮生 at 長泰廣場 which is about 15 minutes from my apartment in Pudong, Shanghai.

Wonderful!

I already have alipay on my cellphones. All I need is to download 盒馬鮮生 app, set it up and start eating. Or shopping.

Yes, you can buy fresh seafood at 盒馬 and 盒馬 (盒馬) will cook for you right there, just like 龜吼, except it’s indoor and probably cleaner. 

I hope 盒馬 served cold beer too.

I can’t wait.

Oh, yes, if it is raining outside and we don’t want to go out, I can place an online order using my phone app and it will show up at my apartment within 30 minutes.

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