05 September 2016

WHERE TO EAT IN TAIPEI: + (Plus) PIZZA

When dining out at an Italian restaurant and opting for pizza of preferred taste may be an ordinary experience for most of you, creating your own mixture of toppings and match it with various type of sauces is surely not a common way to enjoy Italy's renowned cuisine in PLUS (+) PIZZA.
Don't worry if you never been to this place because the waiter/waitress will kindly explain to you how to make an order. The restaurant offers you set menu(s), as you can see above, and à la carte menu, which is divided into that 240 NT (single choice for every type of ingredients) or 320 NT (various mixture for each type of ingredients). As for my friend and I, we went for both the 240 and 320 NT à la carte pizzas, and single cup of drink since it is a buffet. After you decide on what to order, you can start creating your masterpiece, and do not forget to pay at the end of the counter. Keep the bill for they will call the number written on it when your pizza is ready :D

Here is how our pizza(s) were made:
Bread --> Original / Wheat
Sauce --> Tomato / Pesto / Cream / Chili
Cheese --> Blend / Mozarella
Vegetable --> Pepper / Mushroom / Spinach / Onion, etc
Meat --> Fillet / Meatball / Sausage, etc


For the 320NT à la carte menu, we asked for two different sauce, cream and pesto, for a single pan and for the toppings, we enjoy putting together what we wanted to eat regardless of the outcome. The 240 (upper photo) was a tomato-sauce based pizza with blended cheese and black pepper beef as the topping. I personally like pesto sauce the best because the flavor is even and taste good with our ingredients; tomato sauce was rather too sour for me while the creamy sauce was just fine.
 I thought it looks almost like a real pizza
Price: $$$
Taste: ***
Service: ****
Ambience: ****

Plus Pizza
Address: No. 5, Lane 24, Section 4, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei or Lane 260 Guangfu South Rd, Da'an District, Taipei
Telephone: 02 2365 1929
Business hour: 11AM-10PM (Mon-Fri, Sun) 11AM-11PM (Sat)
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pluspizzatw/

10 March 2016

THE BRICK WALL

Let me tell you what a photo enthusiast think is crucial. Sunlight. It had been weeks of cold weather partnered with rain and howling wind in Taipei until one day the weather set out to be a warmer and more sunny sky. Waving my hands saying goodbye to low light outdoor photo setting, increased exposure from VSCO (I am accustomed to using this lately) and welcome natural light!

Personally, I think nothing beats light so as to obtained a fine outdoor-shot photo. Of course the necessity to own a well built camera and equipments like lenses and tripod, for instance, is not inferior to such nature given device.

Speaking of photo gadgets, These days vast range of equipments for photography purposes are on a level with diverse array of food. The price starts from the most persuasive budget to the most costly one. For example, camera of the ubiquitous smartphone performs not worse than DSLR camera. Affordable selfie stick makes easy people to adjust the angle while snap a view.

However, I think it is wiser to have an outlined purpose of your photography and fix your choice on particular type of equipments rather than purchasing gears you won't use, but don't limit yourself to try new tools, which may boost your photo standard. 



in this photo Top and Jacket Rainbow Shop ;Skirt H&M; Shoes Nike; Watch Daniel Wellington

For me, I casually make use of Canon EOS 60 D paired with Canon lens 50mm f1.8 to shot culinary and outfits, and Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 in general. Nonetheless I cannot deny the fact that smartphone is an excellent alternatives for a rather heavy DSLR :D

Ciao!

07 March 2016

WHERE TO EAT IN JAKARTA: えびす屋 EBISUYA

A couple of weeks ago, my Friday night apparently was a typical example of dining out except for my date was none other than my Dad :D. No pre-booked seat in a fancy restaurant, but as we were driving around the jammed roads (an ordinary scene of Jakarta during weekend) an impetuous idea to stop by a Japanese polished house came up, and one and a half hour later both of us came out as bellies were filled with satisfaction. 

Complimentary starter
Try the juice. It tastes impressive as juice from mushroom and beancurd was strong and blended in. On the plate were also nokdumuk (korean) - jelly and carrots.

蒸篭五目鳥 seiro gomoku tori
Steamed braised chicken combined with assorted vegetables over the rice, served in a unique bamboo basket. Salmon katsu, miso soup, pickles and dessert as side dishes.
To tell you the truth it was my first time trying salmon katsu, which I think tastes not as great as it does with other meats, or it is me who basically do not fancy fish that much.

Bottom right was chuka kurage or Chinese jellyfish

豚汁 ton jiru 
Soya bean soup with pork, carrot, and nokdumuk- jelly made from mung bean starch.
This one is favourite, especially the jelly! The meat was cooked just fine and the soup, superior. I no doubt would like to have one the next time I pay a visit :D 


Salmon batta yaki
Broiled salmon in butter bulk, served with egg custard, steamed rice, miso soup, pickles, and dessert

えびすe bi su- God of fishing and commerce 
ya- shop, house or seller

Ebisuya is among the other nascent Japanese restaurants in town who has engaged in the field since the past year. A personal impression in the first place was that it looks so Japanese. What? Yes. I am not a frequent diner at a typical traditional Japanese restaurant, but I could see this place decorated with such Japanese classic-styled ornaments both outside and inside has delivered to a certain extent the ambience of the country of the rising sun. The head chef is Nippon native who have a hand in the kitchen displayed publicly at the centre of the main floor. 

"9 points out of 10 full mark points", my dad said when I questioned him about the meals. As for my feedback, the food overall was wonderful, both the taste as well as the serving. However, I think I should involve myself in experiencing more cuisines of such genre in order to give a better objective review.

Address: Jalan Bandengan Utara No.20, Jakarta, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11240, Indonesia
Phone   : 
+62 21 6915690

Hours   : 11:30AM–2:30PM5:30–10PM
Price     : approx IDR 400.000 for two diner