Archive for May, 2010

When a shop says last order at 9, shouldn’t they open till at least one hour after that time?
當一家餐廳它的最後點菜時間是9點的時候, 你不覺得他們應該至少一個小時後再打烊嗎?

Jet came into town with wife and kid the other night and wanted to have dinner. Somehow we ended up in a burger place near my house, Bravo. Opened not too long ago, but it’s actually their second location.
老李昨天進城來逛街, 看看都市的繁華然後順便一起吃晚餐. 我們最後我家附近的Bravo漢堡店坐了下來, 這是他們第一家分店. 總店好像是民權附近吧~

So far, I’ve had burgers at TGIF, Chilis, Gordon Biersch, Trader Vic’s, and some other random places in Taipei. Nothing really compares to the burgers I had in the States, but that’s the price you have to pay for living in Taiwan…  and I’m usually reluctant to try new burger place unless it’s some sort of a chain from the States, cuz otherwise it usually sucks… Anyway, back to Bravo…
到目前為止, 我還吃過滿多家的漢堡, GB, TGIF, Chilis, Trader Vic’s, 還有一些有的沒的地方. 我總是覺得美國的還是比較好吃… 不過住在台北有這些地方已經算是不錯了. 還有就是通常我不太相信除了美國連鎖之外的漢堡店… 因為通常都不怎麼樣…

Bravo opened up this new shop a few months ago, and it’s always packed during lunch and dinner. From what I can see, by walking past it every now and then, its main customers are college kids… 18-22, 25 at the most bah… They are the people who makes up the demographic profile in our society that I distrust the most when it comes to food… That and the fact that many restaurants in Taiwan likes to make whatever they are selling to suit the taste buds of the locals… it really bothers me… I don’t mind if they make it tastes better but usually it’s not the case… oh man… I’m gonna stop here otherwise this will turn into an article bitching and complaining and whining about this…
發福廚房在市民大道上面這家已經開了幾個月了吧, 每到用餐時間總是有一群人擠在裡面還有外面. 每次經過, 我發現他們的主要客群大概就是18-20出頭的大學生… 在台灣兩千三百萬的人口中… 這群人對食物的評論與喜好, 是我最無法信任與認同的… 還有就是我之前就說過的台灣的餐廳很喜歡把所有東西本土化… 然後就會有符合國人口味的外國食物出現… 這個我真得很無力… 如果變好吃就算了… 通常不是這樣, 而且會搞得跟原本的根本不一樣… 好了, 我必須在此停住, 不然這整篇會變成抱怨文…

So, back to burger…
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回到主題…

This is Jet & Nicole’s daughter, David’s self claimed god daughter. She looks just like Nicole!!!
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這個是李氏夫婦的女兒, 胡大衛自己認的乾女兒… 跟李太長的一模一樣!!!

This is fried chicken fingers. It’s actually pretty good with the honey mustard sauce.
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這個炸雞柳條還不錯, 它的那個蜂蜜芥茉也好.

The rest of what we ordered. Basically they have about… 8 different choices? but you can always build your own, and have the options of substitute the beef patty with chicken, buns with lettuce. You also get a side order from the following items, onion rings, french fries, fried mushrooms, and fried potato wedges. Onion rings are alright, didn’t have the french fries, the fried mushrooms tastes like the ones you can get in night markets, and the potato wedges are not too shabby either.
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其他的咧, 就是漢堡了, 大概有… 8種不同的吧… 但是你也可以自己客製化, 也可以把裡面的漢堡換成雞肉, 還有把麵包換成生菜. 你還可以從四種配菜裡面選一種來搭配你的漢堡, 薯條, 洋蔥圈, 炸磨菇, 還有比較大塊的薯條… 那個炸磨菇和夜市裡面賣得滿像的, 洋蔥圈也還算可以, 大塊薯條還不錯.

The burgers itself are pretty decent. The hamburger buns are the light and fluffy kind, the bacon wasn’t really exciting, they should make it crispier, and pickle slices are the kind that I like, could use another slice of lettuce, but other than that, it’s pretty good.
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漢堡本身咧也還不錯. 麵包是那種蓬鬆軟軟的那種, 培根應該再煎焦一點, 酸黃瓜片還不錯, 生菜可以多一片, 除了這些, 還OK拉~

Overall, it’s a place worth trying, in my own opinion, it’s better than Forkkers, the other local burger joint, but if I’m really craving for a big juicy burger, I’m probably still gonna head for GB or Trader Vic’s, but that’s just me.

總結, 可以去試試看, 我個人認為比那個Forkkers好吃. 不過如果我真的突然很想很想吃一個又大又多汁的漢堡, 我可能還是會跑去GB或者偉客商人吧~ 我啦… 也許你會有不同的選擇…

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I like watches… but most of the ones I like, I can’t afford… so are many others things in life…
我喜歡錶, 但是大部分我看上的, 我都買不起…

Fortunately, I have a semi-decent job, so it keeps me needs fulfilled and desires usually satisfied. I have been looking for watch for quite a while now. A watch, my dream watch if you may, that’ll keep me happy for years. I have been buying watches, but I wanted something different, something unique, something not a lot of people have (which usually translate to really really expensive). Rolex, IWC, Breitling, Panerai, Bell & Ross, and many others are all on my list… but I only have two wrists… then again, not like that’s ever stopped me before… hahaha~
不過還算幸運的是, 我的工作還算過得去, 所以還可以滿足我的需要以及我大部分的欲望… (購買慾望) 雖然我還是一直有在買錶, 但是其實我一直再找一支錶, 一直夢想中的錶, 一隻特別的, 獨特的, 沒有什麼人有的錶 (不過通常這也代表了價位會很恐怖). 什麼勞力士, IWC, 佩納海, 一堆錶都在我的名單上, 但是我一次也只能帶一隻…  不過這個爛理由從來也沒有阻止我買過其他的東西…

Anyway, so recently, I looked at a Chopard, it’s nice, it’s good looking, price is ok, but it’s size… being used to my 50mm Invicta… anything under 45mm looked so small… Oh, side note, today the owner showed me a pamphlet/catalogue of this new watch company, TW Steel, specialized in big ass watches~ Quartz movement, affordable, and stylish~ OK, so back to my endless search of a watch… I also found this limited edition watch that I’ve been looking for in the past 4 years in a antique watch shop, I went with cash in hand, but again… I didn’t like the way it looked on my wrist…
最近我看上了一隻蕭邦的錶, 真得很漂亮, 價格也還OK, 但是大錶帶習慣了… 45mm以下的我都嫌小… 喔, 今天老闆給我看了一家新的錶的公司的型錄, TW Steel, 全部都是大錶徑的石英錶, 而且價格也很漂亮, 喜歡大錶的人可以參考參考. 好, 回到我的尋錶之路… 前一陣子我也找到了一隻我找了很久很久的限量錶, 我錢都帶去了, 不過一戴到我的手上… 我就還是把他留給其他有緣人好了…

So the search continues…

Last night, went to the night market with my mom to get my Citizen fixed, buy cat food, and have some dinner. After getting everything done, and got a electric mosquito swatter, I went back to the watch shop to see if they have this one particular watch I wanted to see. And after the owner making some phone calls, some discussions and to make a long story short… Here it is…
昨天晚上我跟我老母去夜市買東西吃東西還有修我的一隻Citizen. 等我們東西都買完了, 還買了一隻充電式的電蚊拍, 我又跑回錶店, 問老闆他們有沒有一隻新出的限量款… 老闆打了個電話, 然後跟我研究了一下… 看圖八…

This is my second ORIS
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這是我的第二支ORIS

The owner was very nice and called the dealer and got this cap for me too~
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老闆還特地請代理商給我一頂這個帽子~

The box is big… being a limited edition and all…
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盒子很大, 限量版的果然有差…

Manuals and stuff
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使用手冊什麼有的沒有的~

Certificate, with some guy’s signature and shows the relationship between the design of the watch and aviation.
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這本證書裡面有個簽名,不過我不曉得是誰… 然後又介紹Oris跟飛行錶的歷史, 還有這支錶的一些設計靈感的來源.

It comes with a patch, Blue Eagles, to find out more about them, please Google…
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Blue Eagles的徽章, 你不曉得它們是誰的話, 麻煩請自己Google一下…

The biggest difference between this and the other BC4 series watches is the dial, it’s on 24hrs, not your normal 12 hour face.  There are a total of 1969 pieces of this watch made, and this one is 1260/1969. The owner called Oris and got all the numbers of the watches they have on hand, and let me pick out the one I like. Since all the of the numbers don’t really mean anything to me, I just picked one with a 6 for luck.
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這支錶最大的不同是在他的錶面是24小時的, 跟普通我們錶12小時不一樣. 限量1969支, 這支錶的編號是1260. 老闆還特別打去總公司問所有還沒有賣出去的錶的編號, 然後讓我選… 不過沒有一個是對我有什麼特別意義的, 所以我就隨便選了一個有6的…

The clasp imitates the buckle of the safety belts. I have no idea if it’s an ETA movement or what, and I don’t care… but the owner told me it’s a unique one, and it’s a nice one to keep. And as you can see, I’ve set the first time zone to Taipei time, and the second time zone to GMT/UTC/Zulu.
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皮帶的釦子是像安全帶一樣的設計. 這支錶的機芯是什麼我也不曉得, 我也不在乎, 不過老闆說這種24小時的機芯還算不常見, 滿值得蒐藏的. 我已經把它設成台北時間, 然後外圈是設在我們比較需要用到的GMT/UTC/Zulu時區.

It’ll need some time to get used to reading the time on this one, but that’s why I like this watch, it’s different. So you think my search is over? Guess again…
這支錶的時間還需要習慣習慣, 不過這個也是為什麼我喜歡這支錶的原因, 它與眾不同~ 所以你覺得我找到了我一直再找的那隻錶了嗎? 嘿嘿嘿…

10-05-05 Cinco de Mayo

Posted: May 6, 2010 in Food and drink, US

Today is Cinco de Mayo, which means “the 5th of May” in Spanish.
Cinco de Mayo, 西班牙文的五月五號, 請自己google…

So today’s dinner is taco. Tacos from taco truck next to a strip bar. They have tacos with cheek, tongue, lip, scalp, mystery parts of cow and pig. It’s good stuff~ We buy two at a time, and stood next to the truck to enjoy this local gourmet. Ghetto style…
今天的晚餐是久違了的taco. 我們是一個脫衣舞酒吧旁邊的修車廠的停車場裡面的一台taco truck買來吃的. 他們有臉頰肉, 舌頭, 頭皮, 嘴唇, 還有其他有的沒有的牛肉跟豬肉. 我們一次叫兩個, 就站在旁邊吃. 吃完再叫, 這樣才是王道阿~~~

Like I said, it’s next to a gentlemen’s club, Bliss, in the parking lot of a auto shop. We parked across the street in front of a liquor store.
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那個招牌就是一家叫做Bliss的脫衣舞酒吧. Taco truck就長這樣, 有兩個窗口, 一個點餐, 一個取餐. 我們把車停在對面的停車場.

I can’t remember which is which, but I had cheek, tongue, chorizo, and… some other mystery meat. They were all in Spanish.
They come with grilled jalapeños, onions, sliced radish, cucumbers, and lime wedges. They also have three different kinds of salsa, mild, medium, and hot. Onions were very very sweet, the jalapenos were hot hot hot, while the radish and cucumber slices can put off the heat, just a bit… If you’re in LA, taco truck is the way to get some real yummy tacos, not the fake American Mexican Taco Bell stuff, and the way to fit in with the local Spanish community… hahaha~
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我已經不記得那個是哪個了… 反正就是吃了六種肉, 有的脆, 有的嫩, 有的有嚼勁~ 所有的東西都是西班牙文, 所以其實就算他跟我說了是什麼, 我還是不曉得… 免費的配菜有烤過的墨西哥辣椒還有洋蔥, 辣椒辣洋蔥甜. 還有那個像是蘿蔔的東西還有黃瓜, 讓你被辣麻的舌頭舒緩一下. 當然還有萊姆, 墨西哥菜必備. 有機會來LA, 請自行在大街小巷尋找taco truck的蹤跡, 體驗一下在地西裔的美味~ (Taco Bell不算)

Tomorrow we were suppose to go to Disneyland, but Kevin’s company outing at Disney rescheduled, so… maybe I’ll just go to the supermarket, mall, and, yes, Apple Store…
明天本來要去Disneyland的, 但是臨時改變計畫… 可能就是超級市場, mall, 還有蘋果市多吧…

I don’t have any Indian friends… The closest is a friend from high school, Sajel Patel, but he is Pakistani…
我從小到大沒有印度朋友… 最接近的是我高中一個同學Sajel Patel, 他是巴基斯坦人…

Had Indian food tonight with William, Fiona, Wilhelm and Pat. It’s a restaurant that none of us have been before, so no one knows if it’s good or not. Trying to be adventurous…
今天晚餐是印度菜. 這家沒有人去過, 所以… 就去去看囉~

Anyway, this is a relatively new restaurant I think, cuz I don’t remember seeing it before (it is in my precinct), but I think there was another Indian place next door but now is a hair salon… Alright, pictures…
這家好像沒有開很久, 因為我不記得有看過他… 他又開在我的管區裡面… 所以, 我覺得他沒有開很久…

People deciding what to eat… and they have many… umm… I’m not sure if it was blanket, scarf, rug, shawl, or handkerchief, they were all over the place…  William was talking to me about his new job, but as soon as I pointed the camera at him, he paused and posed… man…
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這家餐廳的裝潢就是.. 很多布… 我不曉得那個應該是毯子, 地毯, 圍巾, 披肩, 還是手帕… 反正牆上天花板都是…

I had a sweet lassi… if you never had it before, it’s an Indian yogurt drink. I really can’t remember the name of the dishes… so… I’m just gonna make them up… The green thing is mint sauce…
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我叫了一杯Lassi… 如果你沒有喝過, 他就是比較濃的養樂多, 稀釋過的優酪乳… 綠色那個是薄荷醬…

Fried vegetable mush… it’s spicy… the triangular thing is fried curry flavored potato mush… it’s also spicy…
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我完全不記得那些菜名… 所以… 我就自己隨便掰… 這個是炸蔬菜尼… 右邊那個是炸咖哩馬鈴薯尼… 都是辣的

Plain naan and garlic naan… and yellow rice…
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印度烤餅, 原味, 蒜味. 還有黃黃飯…

Tendori chicken, some kind of a chicken curry thing, and okra and onion stew thing…
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坦嘟里烤雞, 紅色不辣的雞肉咖哩的東西… 然後右邊那個是秋葵跟洋蔥燉的東西…

Another red curry chicken thing… but this one is spicy… then the veggie curry thing… and the green thing is spinach with cheese.

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紅紅辣的雞肉咖哩… 燉蔬菜咖哩之類的… 然後裡面有起士塊的波菜泥..

I… don’t really know what to say about this place… the manager/owner seems to be Indians… and there are Indian customers… but… I don’t know… just didn’t really make me want to go back again… I didn’t really have a favorite out of all these dishes… I mean it’s not bad, but not good enough that would make me want to go back again… but that’s just me…
恩… 這家店要怎麼說咧… 老闆好像是印度人… 然後也有印度人來吃… 不過… 我覺得好像還好… 我在美國吃得好像比較好吃ㄟ…. 也不會不好吃… 但是就沒有好到讓我想再回去吃… 也許你會喜歡…

Then Pat wanted some dessert, Wilhelm wanted to go 敲敲杯, but Pat drove, William didn’t really feel like drinking, I am still on standby… so we headed for Flash Darts… and of course, they are closed today… so we headed one alley over to have a drink and sit and chat.
吃完飯, 王大哥想去敲敲杯, 但是有人開車, 有人不是很想喝, 我還在待命… 所以我們想說… 那去射飛鏢吧… 結果居然沒開… 所以我們就去坐坐喝個非酒精飲料聊聊囉…

Coffee Alley is the name of the place.
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很顯然的, 這家叫做咖啡弄…

Lemon soda. Apple flavored grape tea with some other fruits in it…
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檸檬蘇打水… 蘋果什麼什麼葡萄什麼什麼茶

I can’t remember what this was…it was orange… and William got this mango yogurt slurpee thing… and we shared the waffle with mango puree syrup, mango sorbet, whipped cream with what I think was rasberry syrup and canned peaches and a few slices of apple…
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橘色什麼什麼水果什麼什麼茶… 芒果什麼奶什麼東西冰沙… 還有ㄟ… 芒果醬, 芒果冰淇淋, 罐頭水蜜桃, 蘋果切片, 鮮奶油, 覆盆子醬, 鬆餅….

Well… it’s just typical tea place stuff that you can get in a lot of places around my house… it’s better than the tea house one alley south, and drinks were above average I suppose, with all the little cranberries and lemon wedges and orange slices and stuff… Fancy…
整體來說, 空間明亮, 東西也還OK, 生意滿好, 可以去喝喝東西聊聊天但是抽菸比較麻煩的一個地方 (因為他在二樓)… 大概就這樣…