Taipei: Fresh And Aged – December 2014

I know what I want. I dream about it. I daydream about it. The images are vivid and the images are not just images. They are 8K resolution real. They are smell-o-matically aromatic. They are taste-buds-plugged-into-Oculus-Rift-Ten.Point.OH MY HALLUCINATING brain cells aromatically real. Damn those foodstuffs in Taipei. They infect your mind like twenty days before you actually get there. And then when your plane lands at around 5 A.M. all you can think about is getting to where you’re staying so that you can dump your luggage and drive or walk or take a taxi or take the MRT to … Continue reading Taipei: Fresh And Aged – December 2014

Taipei: 55 day dry-aged ribeye at Fresh and Aged

Ever since reading about the 240-day dry aged steak at Carnevino in Las Vegas about five years ago, I’ve had countless 5K-resolution-oculus-rift-real dreams where I was almost able to put a piece of that eight-month-dry-aged-ethereal-slab-of-protein inside my mouth. Almost. Every single dream ends with me frustratingly awake realizing that I was no more closer to trying that piece of bovine perfection than when I first read about it. My pathetic steak routine usually revolves around the standard 21 to 28 day dry aged prime-grade beef from some name-unknown-to-me industrial butcher in Alberta. Every once in a while I get lucky … Continue reading Taipei: 55 day dry-aged ribeye at Fresh and Aged

Kobe: Real Kobe Beef at Royal Mouriya

The term “Kobe Beef” has become an abused and overused cliche in North America. I’m sure all of you have visited countless restaurants that serve “Kobe” burgers. I’m also sure that you all know that the “Kobe” in the Kobe burgers is nothing more than a descriptive word used to make a burger patty made of Canadian AA beef/USDA choice (or most likely USDA select) beef sound better than it tastes. Some restaurants in the US and Canada claim that they serve “authentic” Kobe beef that come from wagyu cattle whose lineage can be ultimately traced to Japan, but they … Continue reading Kobe: Real Kobe Beef at Royal Mouriya

Madrid: L’Entrecote

  When it came time for me to have my first meal after suffering from the effects of food poisoning and not eating solid foods for two and a half days in foreign country, I chose to have steak. My wife did not think that it was such a good idea for me to go all-in with my first meal after being ill, but I had become so drunk with hunger that I wasn’t thinking straight. I assured her that I was feeling 100% and promised that I would not order my steak rare. L’entrecote was one of the several … Continue reading Madrid: L’Entrecote

Barcelona: Parrilla Alfonsina

My very first meal after arriving in Barcelona turned out to not be Catalonia or Spanish but Argentinean. My wife, kids, and I were walking around our short-term apartment rental looking for a place to eat and it was down to a cozy looking local hole-in-the-wall joint and Parrilla Alfonsina. We almost walked into the hole-in-the-wall but stopped short after realizing that all of the patrons and employees in the restaurant had their eyes ¬†focused on the city’s most popular Argentinean dribbling a soccer ball on their wall-hung LCD monitor. No one was eating; No one was serving; No one … Continue reading Barcelona: Parrilla Alfonsina

I Finally Fixed The Pictures (Sorta)

Gotham Steakhouse- I finally was able to somewhat fix the pictures I took of my meal at Gotham Steakhouse a few weeks ago. Although I did manage to brighten the pictures up a bit, I failed to properly adjust all of the pictures to a consistent color temperature. As a result, none of the pictures have colors that are even remotely close to what they look like in real life. So please make a mental note that the items in the photos are not as yellow or red as they look in ¬†the pictures. Here are the items we had: … Continue reading I Finally Fixed The Pictures (Sorta)

…At Least I Got A Good Deal…(and chronicled another burger experience)

Player’s Chophouse – While everyone was watching the Canada Day parade and partaking in the various Canada Day activities around Canada Place, my family and I were at the other end of downtown Vancouver having our dinner at Player’s Chophouse. Player’s Chophouse is located right in from of B.C. Place Stadium, an area so devoid of people on the evening of July 1, 2012 that it felt like a ghost town. There were no special events and celebrations going on in or around B.C. Place, so naturally there were no crowds in the area. Surprisingly, there was a huge crowd … Continue reading …At Least I Got A Good Deal…(and chronicled another burger experience)