Monday, April 14, 2008
Right now, it's looking a bit sad on the blog front because I'm on holiday (and struggling with this German keyboard!). There will be LOTS to write about once I'm back though - so far, I've had everything from laksa pesto in Singapore to macaroons snatched off the baker's tray in Paris, and the traditional traveller's bad diet (one night, I had two tic tacs and water for dinner because it had taken so long to clear Customs that everything was closed by the time I got in to the city. But I can't pin the shamefully unnutritional three-choc breakfast I had a few days later on airport personnel, that's for sure.) So, once I'm back in the world of untricky keyboards and easy photo upload access, there'll be pics galore and food tidbits (non-nutritional and otherwise).
PS. I am amazed I haven't been arrested at any of the international airports for being a "chocolate mule" given the greedy-guts swag of cocoa goods I have accumulated along the way, including a bag of treats (cardamom, praline and cassis-flavoured) from Joséphine Vannier (a chocolatier also known for her eye-stunning chocolate renditions of musical instruments, famous modern paintings and life-sized stilettoes).
Joséphine Vannier, 4, rue du Pas de la Mule, Paris France, www.chocolats-vannier.com
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I really love this over-accommodating sign we saw at
Sushi Bar Rashai the other night. Perhaps it's no surprise that a restaurant that tags itself as "Delicious! Nutritious! Bit slow but friendly!" would pin something like this to its walls.
The mixture of hyper-colour clip art and extreme politeness is what amuses me most: the lollipop-bright "Please don't hesitate to ask!!" header followed by all these suggestions ("No sauce or more sauce" in a garish starburst, "Bring foods slowly" in a psychedelic speech bubble or "I'm in a hurry" in a grumpy-looking ribbon.
If I had to come up with a little sign that summed up my feelings for the place, it would be an oversized plate, gradient-filled with enthusiastically mismatched colours, and it would simply declare my obsession with the dressing in Sushi Bar Rashai's Cha Soba Salad ($8.80). There would be at least two exclamation marks involved (!!).
On the topic of cute Japanese signs, the last time we were at Menya, the unavailable items on their menu were simply plastered with a "I'm on holiday" sign. That skiving ramen better be all rested by the time we go back.
Sushi Bar Rashai, 241 Parramatta Road, Annandale NSW 2038 (02) 9560 3007, www.lintaclub.com/rashai