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Penang Diaries: New Lane Hawker Center


ou must visit a hawker center (or a night market) in Asia — in the food capital no less!  Why bother visit Penang if you don’t? One of the more popular ones with tourists and locals is New Lane Hawker Center on Lorong Baru.  This is the same place Bourdain went to have his share of Char Kway Teow. We ... Read More »

Penang Diaries: Chee Wah Fish Head Curry


fter that fish head curry disaster at AMK with fish head curry, I was expecting a lot from this trip.  Then my sister comes home from Kuala Lumpur about 2 weeks before our scheduled trip and tells me that she had the best fish head curry ever.  How the hell do I look myself in the mirror if I couldn’t ... Read More »

Penang Diaries: Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul


t’s not a bad thing to stray off and explore an unknown city on foot.  Sure, it’s hot, you’re sweaty and sticky — but good things do come out of moments like this. To and from Line Clear, we walk past this corner to find a shit load of people queuing up.  And it’s an unwritten rule in Asian street ... Read More »

Penang Diaries: Nasi Kandar Line Clear


eople ask me, “Why Penang?”  Why not Penang? It’s the food capital of Asia, people.  I think that’s all that needs to be said. North of Kuala Lumpur, Penang is about a 6-hour bus ride from KL with an international airport if you prefer to spend a bit more for the 1-2 hour plane ride.  Penang’s hot, humid, but god ... Read More »

Trippin’ in Greece Part 7: Best Meal in Thanasis


would’ve loved to have my best meal in Greece during my last day there.  Instead, this meal was actually during my first night there and it’s something so basic and happens to be one of my favorite things in this world: kebabs! There are few things in this world that I love more than kebabs.  So when kebabs are done ... Read More »

Trippin’ in Greece Part 6: A Little Surprise in Kalambaka


e joined a local tour for 2 days to visit Meteora.  We were brought to this place to a little town called Kalambaka that reminded me of Canada (even though I’ve never been).  I admit to be skeptical because it’s a tour-arranged lunch (although it wasn’t mandatory), which usually translates to “tourist trap.”  I was wrong. First, what were we ... Read More »

Trippin’ in Greece Part 5: Good Start in Taverna Rozalia


ou always want to start off any trip well.  Always.  And considering the stress we had encountered with planning our trip to Greece and a curveball to our plans, lunch at Taverna Rozalia was a good start to what became a great trip. And expectations were a bit high.  Rozalia is listed by TripAdvisor as #45 out of 694 eateries ... Read More »

Trippin’ in Greece Part 4: Gyros


t can be expensive to eat in Europe.  Check that.  It’s really expensive to eat in Europe… especially when you compare the price in Asia for the same meal.  Quality- and portion-wise, it can’t be that much different.  It’s really just expensive over there.  I’ve been to Europe twice now and there were days of having only 1 meal to ... Read More »

Trippin’ in Greece Part 3: Starving Ourselves in Efxaris


e were quite lucky this day.  It was October 28 and we had planned to see the Acropolis of Athens.  Fortunately for us, it was a public holiday called “Ohi Day” or “No Day,” which was to commemorate the start of World War 2.  October 28 was the day that the Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas said “No” to Mussolini ... Read More »

Trippin’ in Greece Part 2: Devilfish in Athinaikon


robably one of the more well-known eateries among tourists in the Omonia Square area of Athens is Athinaikon.  Omonia Square is generally like the business district of Athens, kind of like what Makati is to Metro Manila, but with the Binondo-area looks.  It’s also the unofficial drug (the illegal kind) store and escort service district of Athens.  Not the best ... Read More »

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