sweet dreams

January 7, 2013

I never gave any thought to what I wanted or liked up until recently – I guess that’s how I was brought up and trained.

What I want to do is tied with food. My mom was a good cook and my sister was a fantastic baker – that’s probably the reason why I’ve got a “sweet tooth”. I used to cook myself and I guess it didn’t help that I had a developed sense of taste and smell – sometimes I found it a curse because I had a hard time enjoying the food.

I’m looking forward to catching up with family and friends but I can’t deny that I’m a bit excited about dining at Zumbo, Billy Kwong, and Black at Sydney.

My wishes are to eat at these restaurant by these “super chefs”:

1.  Tetsuya’s by Tetsuya Wakuda (Sydney)

2.  Fat Duck by Heston Blumenthal (London)

3.  El Bulli by Ferran Adria (Barcelona).

I’m not a “snob” when it comes to food – I enjoy my “peasant” food as well.  It’s just “high-end” restaurants often have the facility to accommodate me.  If it’s one thing living in Australia has reinforced, you can’t help like what you like – forget tradition and popularity.

They say you are either a beer or coffee lover.  I’m more of the latter.  I can’t stand instant or bad coffee.  Given a choice, I prefer:

1.  Dopio Risttreto over Dopio Espresso

2.  Latte over Cappucino

3.  Mocha over Macchiato

I don’t drink anymore with meals – partaking of beer with the aid of a straw makes one  easily drunk.  What I like is the following:

1.  Stella Artois (Belgium)

2.  San Mig Light (Philippines)

Guiness (Ireland)

There’s something about bottles or draught – I don’t enjoy cans at all.

I like ice cream but love gelato.  In fact, I proposed to my wife in front of Casa Del Gelato at Lygon Street in Melbourne.  It’s been open for over 30 years and there’s people even during the winter.

We (my wife and I) are both fans of “good” tiramisu – we order it when it’s on the menu.  Counter-intuitively, we like the one at Gelatisimo in Adelaide.