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Culinary Heaven

I discovered culinary heaven last night. It came in the form of a fish, a barramundi to be precise.

My beloved and I agonised over a venue for dinner. We ignored recommendations of people whose opinions I value highly and went to that irrefutable source of recommendations – the interweb. Think about it, you’ve never gotten any false information off the interweb, have you?

The interweb told us about a restaurant in Springvale, My Cambodia, which many people had raved about. So we thought, why not?

The layout of My Cambodia is pretty typical of Asian restaurants across places like Footscray, Richmond and the rest of Springvale. Box of tissues as serviettes, plastic top tables, mounted TV on the wall playing musical favourites. You know what I mean.

However, we didn’t let the surrounds deter us, and I was so glad we didn’t. Because I found culinary heaven.

And I have to tell you folks, culinary heaven is a crispy fried barramundi done in a sweet ginger sauce, with shredded ginger on top. I kid you not, this was far and away the greatest dish I have had in any restaurant for quite a few years. For $20.

The owner was telling us afterwards that ginger is an absolute staple of Cambodian cooking, which suits me fine. Coz I love the stuff. And the way the sauce supplemented the fish was just magnificent.

Other dishes we tried were a BBQ pork on Asian greens and a Satay Beef, both of which were terrific. The rice paper rolls for entre were great too.

So do yourself a favour and get to My Cambodia, in Buckingham Avenue, Springvale.

And experience a (ginger) taste of heaven!

My Cambodia on Urbanspoon

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Tandoori Cottage

“403 Waverley Road”, he said. “East Malvern. Near the corner of Malvern Road.”

So, why on earth would I look up 403 Malvern Road on Google Maps? Why did my brain not tweek something wasn’t right when Google brought up a location in Prahran? Why did I have to drive to that location in Prahran before I realised something wasn’t right? Damn I hate getting old.

So, to get the address part right, it’s 403 Waverley Road, East Malvern. It’s called Tandoori Cottage. And it is some of the best value Indian food we have had for quite a while.

The surroundings, both outside and in, aren’t particularly salubrious. The service struggles a bit. But the food is really, really excellent. Carol and I were there with two friends who consider Tandoori Cottage one of their “locals”. We were happy to drive there, based on their recommendation, and weren’t disappointed.

And. And. Entrees and mains for four people with rice and roti – $120. Tell me that’s not great value in that part of town.

‘Nuff Said.

Tandoori Cottage on Urbanspoon

It’s local government election time again. Gosh I look forward to trawling through the policy statements for all the people, many of whom, one suspects, would really struggle to run a major city.

And guess what. In our ward this year, there are 28 of them. Yep, 28. If I am going to register a formal vote, I have to write numbers from 1 to 28 on the ballot paper. You should see the ballot paper by the way. With policy statements attached, it’s the size of half a football field.

“I have lived in the Kingston area my entire life”

“My family and I have lived in Cheltenham and Heatherton for the past 23 years”

“As a Parkdale resident for 22 years”

“A resident in Kingston for over 20 years, what a lovely place to live.”

I’ve actually taken the time to read all 28 policy statements. Does that make me a sorrier specimen than some of the candidates? Yeah, probably. Truth is, the Adelaide v Western Sydney game last night was so bad, I needed something better to do. And that was all that was on offer.

Anyway candidates, you know what? I couldn’t really give a rat’s bum where you live or how long you’ve lived there. What I’m interested in is what you are going to actually DO for the community. There’s a lot of waffle in there about your interests. Don’t care. I’m interested in the beach as well. Why don’t you tell me what you are actually going to achieve?

And while we’re on that subject, I’m keen to hear from any of you who is going to promise funding for our new SES unit at Mordialloc. Because I don’t want to make a big deal about it , but I, and about 50 other volunteers (and great people) actually do do something for the community. We get out there every time there’s a weather-related emergency and sort it out. And we’ve grown out of our existing LHQ because there is a groundswell of people of like mind, who actually want to do something about that sort of stuff, rather than just talk about it.

So I’m keen to hear which of you is going to jump on board with us, and PROMISE the funding to get it built. And then keep that promise.

Time For Some Outrage

I get so freaking angry when I see stories such as this one in The Age. (http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/bad-reception-vizard-spooks-3aw-warhorses-20120824-24s3v.html).image

Apparently Neil Mitchell and Derryn Hinch are concerned that having Steve Vizard as a fill in announcer on 3AW is inappropriate, as he is "still in disgrace" and will damage the station’s reputation.

How do these hypocritical shock jock tossers seriously think they have the credibility to make such comments? Particularly Hinch. Give me a break. Have you looked in the mirror lately, idiot? Does anyone need to remind you that you have had custodial sentences imposed on you for breaking the law. It doesn’t really matter whether you agree with it or not. YOU BROKE THE LAW!!!

Stop trying to turn being thrown into jail as a positive. And voting IS compulsory. If you want to have some credibility, show a good example to others.

And as far as Mitchell is concerned – “he’s not a fit and proper person to have the privilege of using a 3AW microphone or the airwaves.” Privilege? Oh spare me. Since when did you become God? It’s a job, dickhead. You’re a crappy muck raking journalist and shock jock radio announcer. Nothing more. Nothing less. You don’t make life and death decisions. You’re supposed to inform people about others that DO make life and death decisions. On the scale of what’s important and what’s not, your job is not that important. GET A LIFE!

And by the way, don’t take any of this as me being a Vizard supporter. Couldn’t be further from the truth. I just can’t stand journalists and people who, through their ability to more easily reach the community, seem to think they are significantly better and more important than the rest of us.

The Sunday Age has suggested today that “THE big banks are keeping most of their customers despite their refusal to pass on full rate cuts and a government ban on excessive exit fees.” (http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/customers-staying-loyal-to-the-big-banks-20120505-1y60y.html)

Greedy BankerI’d strongly question whether it’s loyalty that’s stopping people. Loyalty is the unwavering love or commitment that one sees from a dog or a good friend. That doesn’t sound like a relationship one has with a bank to me.

I’d suggest the reason is more likely to be that people will think it will be just too damn difficult to make the move, knowing what it was like the first time around. That’s certainly the way I’m thinking.

I find I’m on a bit of a twin edged sword here. ANZ Bank is a key part of my superannuation portfolio, so naturally I would like them to be profitable and to provide me a reasonable return. However, I also continue to be appalled with the corporate greed displayed by all four of the big banks in Australia (Commonwealth, Westpac, NAB, ANZ).

And please don’t try and tell me they’re competing with each other. What a load of bollocks.

Have a look at this screen shot. Can you see something fundamentally wrong with it? No?

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Have a look at the price of the Kindle edition, compared to the paperback and hardcover (sorry – I know the quality of the screen grab isn’t great).

The whole idea of e-books is they can be distributed a lot more easily and cheaply and thus, those savings can be passed onto the consumer. There are no manufacturing and shipping costs associated with getting the book to the consumer.

So what the hell is going on here Macmillan? Please explain.

QANTAS

I know there is an obvious typo with this caption on The Age website.

However, I couldn’t help but think about the irony, given all the agitation and allegations about how Alan Joyce is cutting corners on maintenance and driving the airline into the ground.

So, I wonder how much can you get done on an A380 for $139.

(I note the typo got corrected soon after I took this screen shot.)