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Malibu Seafood – Los Angeles

After Venice, we continued the seaside drive to Santa Monica…Love the shopping at Santa Monica and the picturesque pier.  We had such a great time at Santa Monica that by the time we got to Malibu, the sun has already set!  The original plan was to eat at Malibu Seafood and watch the sunset… but we missed it.

Deep fried seafood, steamed clams and mussels, clam chowder…..

Truthfully speaking, the food was normal but I like the laidback atmosphere of the shack.

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

Malibu Seafood

25653 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, United States
Phone:+1 310-456-3430
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Eataly – Milan, Italy

Just came back from a whirlwind trip to Italy and France with the bestie.  I arrived in Milan earlier than her, so I spent the day exploring what I missed in Milan last time.   After dropping off my bags, I headed to Eataly for lunch.  I’ve been to the Eataly in New York and I wanted to try it in Italy.

Milan’s Eataly is ginormous… 3 whole floors dedicated to restaurants and groceries!

1 euro espresso…. the first of the daily espressos on the trip.. oh how much I miss this type of morning wake-up!

 prosciutto and mozzarella piadina….  Italian flatbread..

chocolate and vanilla gelato….

After my heavy lunch, I walked it off by touring Milan on foot!

I managed to get tickets to see Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper!!!! It’s one of the hardest tickets I’ve ever gotten as most of the tickets get snatched up by ticket scalpers… Each time slot has only 15 minutes of viewing time.  It really is quite incredible to see such a legendary masterpiece in real life.. and in such close proximity too.

Afterwards, I met up with my friend and decided to head to Eataly again for dinner.  We chose the pasta restaurant…. I’m guessing it’s a type of fast food restaurant as they provided paper cups for water and bread in paper bags… which isn’t quite environmentally-friendly…  Even though this was supposed to be a fast “eat-and-leave” restaurant, we waited 40 minutes before our order was taken!  The servers kept missing us (accidentally, they claimed) so as compensation, they gave us ONE coke to share.  O! and this was after they made us switch tables.  By the time the food came, we were NOT AT ALL happy.  From sitting down to the food arriving, it was about an hour..

tortelloni di ricotta al profumo di limone, con spadellata di verdure….. this was pasta stuffed with cheese and vegetable.. this was an interesting pasta because of the lemon sauce…

la pasta di Gragnano con pomodoro ebufala di “Roberto Battaglia”…… this was BAD… the pasta wasn’t even fully cooked….  at this point, we were so disappointed with the service and the food, that we didn’t finish and left.

We were soooo disappointed with Eataly that my friend said she won’t ever visit it again…

FAIM? un peu….

Eataly

Address: Piazza XXV Aprile, 10, 20124 Milano, Italy
Phone:+39 02 4949 7301

Magic Kingdom – Disney World

The park I was looking forward to most at Disney World was Magic Kingdom!

We got to the park 45 minutes before opening (yes.. I’m that crazy) and watched the welcome show and rope drop.  I’ve been to Disney countless times as a kid and teen but have never woken up that early to be there before opening… so this was a new experience.

In addition to lining up for rides, we also lined up for lunch at the most popular restaurant at Disney World, Be Our Guest.  The restaurant is the main part of the expansion of the Fantasyland expansion and has the theme and decor based on Beauty and the Beast.  

Because we were staying at a Disney resort, we were eligible for FastPast + reservation.  Unfortunately, I didn’t book it until a few weeks before the trip, so they were all out.   We started lining up for lunch at 10:15 (opens at 10:30am) and about 10 minutes after they start letting people in, the cast member said the first seating is all full and to come back at noon.  We didn’t listen, stayed in line and got into the castle by 11am.

mosaic of Belle and the Prince…

Beast’s ballroom

Beauty and the Beast… they spin!

the rose!!!

We ordered the food before entering the restaurant and was given a rose that lights up and lets the cast member know where you’re sitting.

potato leek soup…

Tuna Niçoise Salad – Warm Seared Tuna Steak, chilled Green Beans, Potatoes, Olives, Roasted Bell Peppers, Tomatoes and a Hard Poached Egg.

Braised Pork (Coq Au Vin Style)– Eight Hour Slow-cooked Pork with Mushrooms, Onions, Carrots and Bacon served with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Jardiniere….

The Master’s Cupcake (Chocolate Sponge Cake topped with Lumiere’s special “Grey Stuff”)

Triple Chocolate Cupcake ( Chocolate Sponge Cake, Chocolate Mousse Filling and Chocolate Ganache)….

After lunch, we rode on more rides and then went looking for Disney World’s most famous ice-cream, Dole Whip.

Only Aloha Isle in Adventureland sells this popular icy treat.  There’s 2 lines from the 2 sides and both are equally long.  We waited for more than 10 minutes…

We got the Dole Whip soft-serve in pineapple flavour and the Pineapple Float (pineapple dole whip in pineapple juice)…. Love this! perfect for the hot humid weather. The pineapple whip is soooo pineapply and not sweet.. so it’s made of the real stuff.  The float is double the goodness… but the pineapple juice was kinda sour compared to the whip.

After that.. we played till the sun went down…..

For dinner, we decided for something quick again and found a highly rated counter-service restaurant (yay for free wifi at Disney).

the picture is kinda dark.. but the restaurant is called Harbour House, a seafood restaurant…

Garden Harvest Salad (Mixed Greens, Garden Vegetables, Green Beans, Carrots, and Chicken)….

Battered Fish Basket with fries, Seafood Macaroni & Cheese ( Lobster and Shrimp served over Macaroni & Cheese), Chicken Pot Pie, Steamed Fresh Broccoli, apple slices… pretty gourmet food for a fast-food restaurant. The Mac & Cheese had chunks of lobster! The batter for the fish was thin and crispy. The pot pie was creamy.. which the parents loved and my mom wants to try this at home…

I actually preferred to food at Harbour House than Be Our Guest…We stayed at Magic Kingdom past the closing time! Such a tiring yet fun day!

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Aloha Isle

Harbour House

Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Food Courts in Bangkok!

I wanted to try street food but since mom got diarrhea, we decided to try “street food” at the food courts.  Not an authentic experience but it seemed cleaner than the streets.

We went to Terminal 21, one of the many malls in BKK, but its food court is one of the best quality/value for money.

Food court’s in BKK requires payment with prepaid cards/coupons.  You can put in any value, buy food and the exchange leftover credit for cash.

Please excuse the un-rotated photos.. I host it on tumblr but there’s no way for me to rotate it there….

Pad Thai!

pan-fried oyster omelette

look at all the mangos!!!!!!!

mango sticky rice..

durian sticky rice in coconut milk

young coconut

Terminal 21 has a great variety of food offered for a really great price.  We also went to Paragon’s food court and the price was almost double the price at Terminal.

Pad Thai

fried rice

mango sticky rice..

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!

Terminal 21

2,88 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Sukhumvit Rd, North Klongtoei, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Siam Paragon

 Rama 1 Rd, Pathumwan, 991, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Barraca do Uruguay @ Ipanema Beach Posto 9 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

On the last day of our amazing 3 week trip, we had less than 12 hours to visit the remaining Rio sights, find a Neymar FC Santos jersey for my brother and eat at one of Anthony Bourdain’s recommendations.  It was a busy day!

We started off our last day with a tour of one of Rio’s 500 favelas.  Favela, the Portuguese term for slum, is often portrayed in the news as extremely dangerous (drug wars, shootings etc…) but we still wanted the local experience.  Our local guide took us to Rocinha,  Rio’s largest, most densely populated and urbanized favela.

We started with an exhilarating ride to the top on the back of a motorcycle!  We then walked back down through the alleys to experience life in the favela.

This is where they filmed Fast 5!

Because of the upcoming World Cup, Rochina is becoming pacified and even has a police post (in the past, there was no law enforced in the favela).

I was kind of surprised that we didn’t see any action during the tour (no drug dealings, no shootings).  It was like any normal neighbourhood… with extremely friendly people, kids playing soccer, neighbours watching television at a local convenience store…

These sweet girls wanted me to take a picture of them posing….so cute!  

Afterwards, we headed to Sugarloaf and basically spent most of the 2 hours lining for the cable cars up and down the mountain.

So not worth it.. plus the weather was really foggy.

For lunch, we headed back to Ipanema beach to try the sandwich stand recommended by Anthony Bourdain!

Bourdain says he visits this stand every time he’s in Rio!

I ordered the chicken sandwich…. this was still in my pre-chickenphobic days..

the chicken meat was shredded from the chicken thigh so it was very tender.  It tasted like the Cantonese soy sauce marinated chicken…  but then the herbs and vinaigrette gave it a little something special…so happy to have had this lunch on our last day…. this is our only foodie meal of this trip!

This concludes the rather long blog series about my foodie experience in South America…. and this blog post is blogged a day short of 1 year post- trip!  Even a year later, I still remember so much about this amazing trip made with the best of friends.

YOLO!

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!

Barraca do Uruguay
Ipanema Beach Posto 9, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil

Iguazu Falls – Argentina / Brazil

From Buenos Aires, we flew to Puerto Iguazú.  We only had 28 hours to see the Iguazu falls from both countries.  We went straight from the airport to the Argentinian side of the falls, left our backpacks at the entrance, and spent the day being in awe of the beauty of one of the world’s New Seven Wonders of the World.

The view from the Argentinian side…  we were so close to the falls that we got all wet!

That afternoon, we took a bus from the falls to the city center, then switched to a cross-border bus which took us to Brazil!  We went to the Cataratas JL Shopping Mall for currency exchange and had dinner at the food court.  It’s like the food court in North America… cause it has Asian Wok!

I’ve never been that excited to see Asian food, let alone mediocre unauthentic Asian fast food.. but since all I’ve been eating is chicken and pizza, this is a wonderful surprise! While my friends were walking around the food court to look at options, I gravitated towards the Asian WOK. I picked fried noodles, sauteed beef and vegetables and fried rice.  This was a ripoff at $8 USD! Even though it tasted pretty bad, I was beyond happy to find Asian food and was extremely satisfied!

The next morning, we went to the Brazilian side of the falls.  The views were breathtaking……. Never have I ever seen such grand waterfalls scenes.  It’s was worth flying there just to see the falls for a day!

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Cataratas JL Shopping Mall in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Yayoiken やよい軒 – Kyoto, Japan

We wanted to try a wide range of food on our trip, so we decided to try Yayoiken, Japan’s version of fast food… high quality fast food.

opens 24 hrs!

First, buy a ticket of your choice. Second, find a seat.  Third, the food gets delivered to you.  High quality fast food!

tonkatsu set with tofu and miso soup…For 890 yen, this is a great deal! The pork cutlet wasn’t too tough and there’s unlimited refill of rice!

chicken karaage  egg bowl with miso soup… loved how it has so much egg!

sukiyaki set for 890 yen! Such a steal compared with the 5000 yen set at Iroha! The beef is obviously of lesser quality (kinda tough) but still pretty good!

I didn’t take a picture of the restaurant, but it’s nicely designed wooden interiors.. So different from HK’s Cafe de Coral!

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Yayoiken やよい軒

various locations, but we went to the one on Kawaramachi, near Sanjo

京都府京都市中京区河原町通三条上る恵比須町434−3
+81 75-213-7675