Something a food slob like me enjoys: Italian Kitchen

The size. The dimensions. The proportions. The perception. I’m not good at estimating distances or heft or volume or bigness or smallness or square footage or anything like that. Driving by Park Royal everyday and watching the workers build, decorate, furnish, and finish the tiny corner section of the first phase of its expansion abutting Marine Drive, and knowing that it was to be the location of Glowbal’s latest expansion of its local restaurant empire, I had a difficult time imagining how such a slice of land could ever become a restaurant that possesses a size significant enough to generate … Continue reading Something a food slob like me enjoys: Italian Kitchen

The Pizza Strikes Back: Via Tevere Pizzeria

I didn’t really visit Via Tevere Pizzeria after being thoroughly seduced by the meat pide at Anatolia’s Gate. I wish that I did. Being pulled back onto the righteous path by a proper Neapolitan pie would’ve made for a better, more dramatic story. The truth is that I visited Via Tevere Pizzeria a week prior to my meat pide revelation. It was not until I was typing up the title to my post on Anatolia’s Gate that I was reminded of how thoroughly satisfying my dining experience was at Via Tevere Pizzeria. I didn’t even mind queuing up for 25 … Continue reading The Pizza Strikes Back: Via Tevere Pizzeria

Neapolitan Pizza: Cotto Enoteca

There are streaky goalies in hockey, streaky shooters in basketball, streaky hitters in baseball, streaky strikers in soccer, and there’s me: a streaky eater. A few months ago I was on a chirashi eating streak; more recently I’ve been streakily visiting Neapolitan pizza restaurants. Today I convinced my wife and son to visit Cotto Enoteca with me. I wanted to try out their VPN (virtual private network?? actually it stands for verace pizza napoletana) certified pizzas. VPN certification does not automatically guarantee a good-tasting pizza, but it does guarantee that the pizza is made with approved raw materials/ingredients and within … Continue reading Neapolitan Pizza: Cotto Enoteca

Neapolitan Pizza: Famoso

I’m not unfamiliar with Neapolitan pizza chains. I used to live next to one for more than five years. To me, Neapolitan pizza became sort of like Domino’s or Papa John’s. If I was too tired, too lazy to cook my own meal, or unwilling drive more than 5 minutes for takeout, I would order a Neapolitan-style pizza. Eating Neapolitan pizza became so commonplace for me that eating greasy New York-style slices actually felt exotic. But that was years ago. I have spent the past five years eating bland-tasting, west-coast-wanna-be-pizza that is light years behind New York or Neapolitan or … Continue reading Neapolitan Pizza: Famoso

Japanese Pasta: SpagheTei

I’m a fan of Japanese pasta. I have it often when I am in Taiwan and whenever I visit Japan. Japanese ingredients such as miso and soy sauce match incredibly well with pasta in noodle form. The usual Japanese attention to detail and care in consistent execution lead to reliably high-quality-non-messed-up pasta at almost every Japanese pasta place I’ve visited. I was quite excited when I found out through online chatter that a Japanese pasta place was opening up locally. The only problem was that the online rumors were not specific with a location of the place, other than that … Continue reading Japanese Pasta: SpagheTei

Neapolitan Pizza: The Bibo

My wife and I place The Bibo at the top spot in terms of tastiness among local Neapolitan pizza places that we have tried ( and which I have mostly neglected to write posts about ). If distance and time were not issues, we would be savoring their pies every time that we get a craving for authentic, Neapolitan pizza. But since we have two young children registered in various classes, engaged in a wide range of activities, and wishing to dine at their favorite restaurants (non of which are Neapolitan pizza restaurants) whenever they get a chance to dine … Continue reading Neapolitan Pizza: The Bibo

Wines Organic, Cheap, and Young: Villa Teresa Veneto Merlot 2011

I’ve been so busy focusing on trying Argentinean and Australian wines for the past few years that I’ve totally neglected those from traditional powerhouse wine-producing countries such as Italy. In fact, I think it has been at least six months since I’ve had my last bottle of super Tuscan. I usually skip over the European sections at my local wine shop and go straight for the Australian and South American sections. Skipping over the Italian section was exactly what I intended to do during my most recent trip to my local liquor store. But as I walked past it, something … Continue reading Wines Organic, Cheap, and Young: Villa Teresa Veneto Merlot 2011