Not too far

These days, it seems people are willing to travel far and wide just for the food and the dining experience. You hardly hear people complaining that a restaurant is too far away unlike in the old days.

Now with the convenience of GPS, no restaurant is too far or too long a drive. Just say the word that the food is good and people are off like an arrow.

 

Too salty

A question that often comes to my mind when eating out is, why is the food so salty? Why doesn’t the chef taste the food and fine tune their recipes before putting it out there?

There’d be a lot more great-tasting food if restaurants would just check their salt levels. It’s a shame that this happens far too often. I’m thinking of the lunch I just had which would’ve been 100 times more tasty if it hadn’t been so salty.

Service charge for no service

Sometimes it’s hard to decide what to eat when you’re out on a weekend. There are so many things to distract you from your decision. And that’s what happened to me. So when we were walking past a cafe with tables outside, we just conveniently made our way over and sat down without much thought.

But then this turned out to be one of those restaurants where it says loud and clear on the banner outside that you will be charged a 10% service charge. When we were ready to order, we were expecting a waiter to come up to our table but none came.

We waited a while before we noticed there were pencils and order form slips at the table where WE were expected to write down our own orders. And when the waiter came up to collect the slip, he coolly informed us that one of our items was “out of stock”!!!!!!!!!!!!!! at which point we got up and left.

And why ever not?? We’d be fools to pay 10% service charge and have to fill out our own order and can’t have what we want to eat!! lulz this restaurant must take its customers for idiots!

And is it any good?

Cafes are a dime a dozen these days. A couple nights ago, Friend B suggested going to a cafe he went to the night before with another group of friends. “They have cheesecakes at 13 bucks a slice,” sings Friend B excitedly.

“Oh really? And is it any good?” was my sarcastic response. “On second thought, at 13 bucks a slice, it’d BETTER be good!”

Personally I’m not keen on cafes and cakes simply because I’m someone who can bake my own cheesecake. It takes a bit of work, sure but it’s so worth it.

Thankfully when we got to the cafe, it was closed. Woohoo, I just saved myself 13 bucks!

Experimenting with ingredients

The other day we went to a Thai restaurant and ordered papaya salad after a long discussion about whether we should get papaya or mango salad. We usually eat mango salad, but one of my friends said that the papaya salad was known for its rich taste and wonderful colors. And she was right. Even though both papayas and mangoes are almost similar in their sourness, there is a slight variation that gives each salad its unique flavor.

I was inspired to make lasagna yesterday, but this time I made it with ground turkey. I’ve always made it with ground beef because everyone loves how well it goes with tomatoes. I was surprised to learn that the turkey went just as well as the beef. It brought out a lot of flavors in the cheese that was usually bland. There was also a lot more sauce for the noodles to absorb.

Have you ever tried substituting one of your favorite ingredients with something else and realized that it was way better than you thought?

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