Things you've never dreamed of

June 16th, 2013

Art and sharks and donuts, oh my

This post is a bit overdue, but well, it’s not like I’m disappointing any readers. I also had a draft of this entry in my head but I forgot to write it down and have had a couple of heavy drinking sessions in the last week so you’re not exactly getting Shakespeare here.

First off, me and Mr Gif (formerly known as Pork Ribs Guy) are a thing. Not sure how this is going to go and how long this will last but I’m trying very hard not to let my neuroses get the better of me. I think I’ll be relatively happy even if it ends tomorrow – it’s been pretty amazing.

To celebrate the Queen’s birthday I had a dirty weekend padded out with some stuff (thanks, Queen!). There was art:


Ryoji Ikeda’s Test Pattern no. 5 at Carriageworks. If you hurry you can still make it – this one finishes up on the 1st of July. Dunno about the other stuff at Carriageworks. One of the installations is a dude in a gold spandex bodysuit undergoing his daily dialysis treatment. Idgi.

Then Mr Gif took me to Sydney Aquarium because I told him I like sharks. Here are some motherfuckin carpenter sharks.


And this here is a fish I can’t remember the name of, but it’s apparently v. poisonous:


That’s pretty much all the photos y’all are gonna get cos the rest of the photos are a bit shit even with heavy GIMPing.

Then in the morning we made some bacon and egg Krispy Kreme roll:


This was his idea, and I fell in love with him that little bit more.

Mmmm sexy:


The best I can say about it is that it’s not as bad as I’d expected. It’s pretty much a sugar coated cholesterol roll so I won’t be making it again anytime soon.

November 21st, 2009

Yogen Fruz, World Square


Yogen Fruz is kind of like the Cold Rock of frozen yoghurts. You pick a yoghurt – low fat vanilla, low fat chocolate, no fat vanilla and no fat no sugar no joy vanilla – and you blend it with fruit or top it with stuff. So uh, not really like Cold Rock.

Their frozen yoghurt is supposedly guilt free – a small serving of their low fat vanilla has about 120 calories (10% of your daily calorie intake if you’re on a diet) and 3 grams of fat. I’ll admit to only trying it because I love love love their logo and shop design. I mean, pastel blue and pink with a smiley face? Sign me for that shit.


The first time I tried Yogen Fruz I bought a no fat no sugar vanilla blended with strawberries. When I had it I thought it tasted kind of shit (the no fat no sugar was a bad idea in hindsight), but I switched to low fat vanilla the second time and was hooked. It’s very creamy and tastes decadent for something that’s only 120 calories. It’s pretty expensive at $4.25 for a small serving (no discounts for plain, bah) but a small serve is pretty big.

I didn’t get a picture of the yoghurt today because I was trying to balance two bags and was feeling pretty self conscious about taking pics when I’m on my own, so here’s an MS Paint version of it:


I’d recommend it if you’re on a diet and want something light for dessert, but at that price it’s not something that I’d get regularly.

Yogen Fruz
Lower Ground Floor, World Square
680 George St., Sydney

Because I was feeling self-righteous about having a “good” dessert, I stopped by Adriano Zumbo to check out his new collection of cakes and got this:


I can’t remember what this is called, something like Aleissa’s Got Nice Buns or similar. Their website isn’t updated with the new range of cakes yet so I can’t tell you what’s in it. I’m pretty sure the green stuff is made with pistachios though.

October 23rd, 2009

Pondok Selera

Pondok Selera is one of the many stalls inside the Dixon St Eating World food court.


I had a proper camera with me, but I was too shy to ask for a photo and the perfect seat for a sneaky shot was taken. I had to pretend to fiddle with my camera and took this photo with ninja stealth and precision. Well, a drunk ninja.

The literal translation of “Pondok Selera” is “Appetite Hut”. You do need a big one. When I asked for a combination rice plate I got a heap of rice about the size of a full grown sheep.


Any 3 choices with rice: $7.80. So big I can’t fit the whole thing within the viewfinder. I had – clockwise from left – terung balado (eggplant with chilli sauce), stir fried cabbage with egg and tofu and tempe curry. She will ask if you want some chilli sambal. The only correct answer to this is “yes”. Today’s sambal is made with green chillies – in the picture it’s nestled between the eggplant and the cabbage.

I wasn’t kidding about the portion sizes. I think I had half an eggplant. Below is a side by side comparison of the eggplant and my mobile phone (92 x 48 x 20 mm).


Right, so that picture wasn’t really good for a comparison but the eggplant was big, OK? Just trust me on this.

The food there isn’t going to blow your socks off (except the eggplant, which I would happily eat everyday, greasy bits and all) but it’s homely and unpretentious comfort food at its best. They tend to have items that I don’t see very often as well, like deep fried salted fish. So the next time you’re in the city and feel like some Indonesian food, get your ass down there quick smart. And wear pants with a stretchy waistband.

October 17th, 2009

Gumshara Ramen

Today, I paid a visit to Gumshara Ramen in the Eating World food court on Dixon St.


The promise of smooth skin is pretty appealing.

It's like being hit in the face with a pork brick.

It’s like being hit in the face with a pork brick. The soup is of a thick gravy consistency, so the whole thing tastes more like noodle stew. This, my friends, is EXTREME ramen.

You can find a review of Gumshara Ramen here.