Posted in Food, Photos, Year 2013 Journal

South African Cuisine

Europian cuisine may be widely global known nowadays. Most popular European cuisine shouldn’t be something else unless French and Italian. However, how many people know or heard about the South African restaurant. Yes, you are not mishearing. I’m talking about a South African restaurant; the Butcher Shop & Grill. This franchise restaurant was originally founded in South Africa in 1994.

In the heart of Sandton, on Nelson Mandela Square, is the flagship of Johannesburg branch of the Butcher Shop & Grill: an institute in South African dining.

Source: thebuchershop.co.za

They expend branches around the World, and now they are in the Middle East.
The restaurant is a premium steaks house and seafood for the discerning diner. I’m not eating red meat but a big fan of seafood then I shouldn’t miss it. There is only one branch in Qatar in Villagio mall; they are welcome both reservation and walk-in customers.
Once arrive you will receive free bun bread with various choices of butter as well as olive oil and vinegar, and also small pieces of beef sausages in red gravy in a tiny cup (I’ve already forgotten the name of it).
We ordered seafood soup for appetiser, grill tiger prawns, chicken escalope for the main course and strawberry daiquiri for the drink.
Creamy seafood soup is my favourite; I always order this every time. I tried seafood soup in many restaurants but never had the same taste I like in here.
Butter grilled jumbo size tiger prawns served with lemon butter peri and garlic butter sauce plus side dishes as selected; I picked potato chips. The smell of grilled prawns is irresistible, and the taste was exquisite as its smell.
Chicken escalope served with mashed potato and gravy; I felt the taste was a bit flat and dry.
The strawberry daiquiri was excellent; I think myself that it went well with main seafood dishes.


They offered some sweet, but there was no room in our stomach to fit in anymore.
It also boasts a sizeable retail butchery that allows customers to select the size and cut off their steak for a unique dining experience and buy meat for their home requirements.
All waiters and waitress there are helpful and friendly. I went back there almost every week, and later became a friend of the manager. They always welcome me as a VIP customer. Everyone knows me and greets me with my name; we feel comfortable every time we went there.

Copyright © 2018 All Rights Reserved. All photos on this post were taken by me unless stated otherwise.

Posted in Photos, Travel, Year 2013 Journal

My first Winter in Washington D.C.

After saying Good Bye to my cousin in Texas, I left Dallas at 4 am which was so early for me to fly to Washington D.C., the capital of United State of America. I was really dead to the World on the plane the coldness from the winter outside didn’t help me stay awake.  I struggled to open my eyes once the plane arrived in Boston, Massachusetts. I was half-awake walking to Terminal 3 for a flight to Washington D.C. in 30 minutes. My luck, the Terminal is connected to each other otherwise, I could have missed the flight.

After picking up my luggage from the belt, I walked out and looked around with the question “Where am I?” Then a text from my old classmate alerted, “Where are you?” and yes I definitely replied “I don’t know” It didn’t help her to find me exactly where I was. After trying to communicate the location, she got me finally.

Actually, she lives in Maryland but works in Washington D.C. She will just drop me at the hotel then I will make a tour myself. I was told about the Metro Station stop but totally forgot once I got there. Then an exciting blindfold journey began. I only remembered the station where I departed so I will have to find the way back there and get a cap home. Sound fun!

It was my first time in Washington D.C. and also my first winter in the U.S.A, I shouldered my backpack which contained my MacBook and DSLR camera (I really had no idea why didn’t I leave the laptop in the hotel), it was very heavy. Although I wore winter gears except for earmuff, it couldn’t make me feel much warmer, my nose tip, fingertip was frozen and I couldn’t feel my ears! I had a difficult time taking photos with my camera, I needed to take off my gloves and focus on the object while my hands were shaking with a cold breeze. I tried so hard but I didn’t take many good photos and low temperature there made everything looked grey.

The first thing spotted my sight was Washington Monument, the white large tall stone which I used to see on TV. I thought “Oh dear, it is here in front of me”

I looked around finding a way to walk with no destination, just walked. A red bus passed by me while I was waiting for a green light to cross the road. An open roof bus for sightseeing. Sound interesting but it’s required booking and I didn’t have one.

Strolling by the Smithsonian Castle, observed sparse snow on the ground. The far side was the Lincoln Memorial which is fascinating for visitors, the other side was the White House but they were so far by walk. My tiredness, fatigue stopped me from walking, I saw the White House ahead but my legs didn’t move. I was only walk to the nearby place “Smithsonian Institution; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden”

Later evening the sky became dark, and I will need to go back home. Being alone in the place which you arrived just the first day at the first time visit is amazing and also dangerous, I rather quickly get a train.

After a while, I recalled my good memory helping me getting the right station and line, I reached the station I had departed earlier but in the opposite exit. 😦 Actually, I didn’t notice until the chauffeur told me but he said no worries, I will get you home. I doubled the fare for tips. He smiled and I was happy.

At the end of the day, I stumbled on the bed and slept like a baby again.

 

 

Posted in Photos, Travel, Year 2013 Journal

A night view from the Empire State in New York

It was a winter night, we climbed up to the rooftop of the Empire State Building to have a good view of the New York City at night time. A big city which never slept. The temperature outside is lower than 32°F (minus °C). 

It was freezing crazily out there, I couldn’t feel my ears as well as my nose tip. I kept went back and forth between a heater and the outside walkway to keep my body warm. 

It was worthy to have a night shots of a stunning view of New York at nighttime. I could see the Time Square below and Brooklyn Bridge for a distance. It was very beautiful in my memory, not less than a beautiful night in Paris. 

I have no doubt why New York is an attractive and charming big city in the World.

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My first time in Signapore

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That was my first time visiting Singapore during my transit to Qatar, I had 6 hours to walk around this busiest city in South East Asia. My plane landed at Changi Airport in the afternoon amidst drizzle down. I passed through the immigration with an answer that I would like to walk around the city before the next flight.

My friend picked me up from the airport and the first place she took me is Merlion Park, it’s a symbolic landmark of Singapore. If you come to Singapore you must not miss shooting a photo with this Merlion. Unfortunately, the sky after the thunderstorm was pale blue.

There was a lot of tourists, I couldn’t walk through the crowd having a nice shot in the front view of the Merlion.

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We wish to go to Marina Bay Sand but didn’t have enough time. I kept in the list for the next visit. We headed to Orchard Road for a dinner and shopping with limited time before dropped me back to the airport. I observed the people there walk very fast with an unfriendly face, rushing in everywhere, nobody stop and give others with a smile unlike my country; Thailand where it named “Land of Smile”.

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Bangkok, Thailand

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Bangkok is a well-known city as a capital of the Kingdom of Thailand where ranked Alpha – in the global cities ranking. Bangkok has various cultures and races.

Choapharaya is the main river passes through Bangkok. This 327 kilometres long river originates fine traditions alongside the river.

This photo shows the Bhumibol Bridge crosses the river from Bangkok to Thonburi city.


Qick Facts:

Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew). Nearby beach resorts include bustling Pattaya and fashionable Hua Hin.

Teddy Bear Museum, Jeju Island, South Korea on January 19, 2013