Category Archives: Food

Freedom Haiku

It’s Fourth of July.
Let’s celebrate ‘Murrica!
Freedom ain’t free. Yup.

Enjoy your day off.
Eat hot dogs and hamburgers.
More blog posts next week.

Maui, March 2014. First Picture Taken on American Soil Since Leaving in January.

Maui, March 2014. First Picture Taken on American Soil in Months.

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Fergburger

We vaguely remember seeing Fergburger when we were in Queenstown three years ago. This local burger joint is known for its absolutely massive burgers, and since we aren’t sticking to as much of a budget this time around, we figured that we had to see how good these things were. (We also received some prodding from our friends Susan and Alex who had eaten at Fergburger when they were in Queenstown. They threatened to defriend us if we didn’t eat there.)

The Line. Not as Bad as Other Times When We Walked Past.

The Line. Not as Bad as Other Times When We Walked Past.

The system is easy: you place your order and then wait for your number to pop up on a TV screen. Most people get their food to go, but we luckily snagged a table outside. About twenty minutes later, our Southern Swine burgers (burger, bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado, aioli, and tomato relish) were ready:

Truly Massive.

Truly Massive.

Mike's New Career? Not a Burger Model.

Hanna’s New Career? Professional Burger Model.

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Mike’s New Career? Not a Professional Burger Model.

Our verdict: while these guys are absolutely huge (we didn’t even need fries because we were stuffed), they were kinda just okay. The toasted bun was quite good, but the burger itself was nothing to write home about. We find that beef in Australia and New Zealand isn’t as juicy or flavorful as back home. Hanna didn’t love the bacon, but Mike did. He was okay enough with the burgers that he finished his own plus a quarter of Hanna’s.

Napkin Aftermath.

Napkin Aftermath. Gross, Huh?

After our little feast, we headed to the grocery store to get food for dinner…priorities, right? The skies opened after we did our shopping, and we were luckily right by where we parked our car Yitzy. We hopped in and did what any sane person would do:

But How Did We Get a Picture of Us Both Asleep???

But How Did We Get a Picture of Us Both Asleep???

Mike woke up before Hanna, and he chuckled to himself as people walked by, saw Hanna asleep, and laughed at her. Maybe they were laughing at the doily seat covers instead…

Super Bowl Monday

If you truly know us well, you totally know how much we love sports, especially football. We were devastated to be leaving New York before it hosted the Super Bowl, and once the Seahawks made their way into the Big Game, we just about quit our trip and returned to Seattle.

It’s kinda crazy, but for some inexplicable reason, the live Super Bowl aired in Sydney on Monday morning, not Sunday night. We still don’t understand why. (Time zones…nuts!) We woke up that day with the sole intention of watching the battle on the TV in our rented apartment. We whooped and hollered at all of the big plays, but we then figured we should get out and do some sightseeing.

We headed into the city and missed the halftime show in the process. Our stomachs started grumbling, so we headed into a pub right by the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Two things to be thankful for: 1) their $10 lunch specials and 2) the fact that all of the TVs were playing the Super Bowl.

The Big Game, Hanna's Chicken Sandwich, and Mike's Huge Portion of Fish 'n' Chips.

The Big Game, Hanna’s Chicken Sandwich, and Mike’s Huge Portion of Fish ‘n’ Chips.

We watched most of the second half while eating, and we truly didn’t know WHAT we would do if we couldn’t watch the Super Bowl.

Don’t worry…it reaired later that night, so we got to see Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ random cameo.

A postscript: this post is dripping with sarcasm. Clearly you did not pick up on it, did you?

One Post About Kuala Lumpur Is All You Get

We spent a quick two and a half days in Singapore before making a stop in Kuala Lumpur. We didn’t love the actual city all that much last time, but we needed to stop over here because it’s the cheapest city to fly out of to Sydney. Before arriving in KL, we knew that the only things that we wanted to do were to watch movies at the nearby mall movie theater and eat delicious donuts. That’s what everybody does when they visit KL, right?

In the thirty-six hours we had here, we watched two movies (Her and Lone Survivor). We enjoy watching movies on the road because they are cheap (about US $3 a ticket here) and a taste of home. We also spent time catching up on our blog. Warning: prewritten blog posts ahead because we don’t have WiFi for our week in Sydney. Don’t worry…you will get a combo Final Thoughts post about Singapore and Malaysia. Clearly our four days in both make us experts.

Seriously, folks, we literally did nothing in KL. We wandered around a lot more last time, so we were okay with doing nothing this time. Check out the few pictures we managed to take:

The Year of the Horse. You Could Buy These Guys at a Mall, And All Proceeds Went to Charity.

The Year of the Horse. You Could Buy These Guys at a Mall, And All Proceeds Went to Charity.

Ready for the New Year.

Ready for the New Year.

Mike's Delicious Duck Rice.

Mike’s Delicious Duck Rice.

Evidence.

Evidence.

Jalan Alor (Known as Food Street). Also Ready for the New Year.

Jalan Alor (Known as Food Street). Also Ready for the New Year.

Dinner.

Dinner.

Better Take a Lactaid

During our last trip, we got a lot of slack from outraged readers who thought we ate too many ice cream cones. Hey, when it’s hot and grossly humid, a cheap cone from McDonald’s or Burger King helps. No one can fault us for stuffing our faces with gelato in Italy.

We have been preparing our whole lives for this–the granddaddy of all buffets:

Legen.....Wait for It.....DAIRY!

Legen…..Wait for It…..DAIRY!

Everyone has heard of San Francisco ice cream chain Swensen’s, right? No? We hadn’t either until we arrived in Bangkok on our last trip. (Side note: while we ate a sundae there almost daily last time, we only went there once this time. ONCE. That’s it.) Swensen’s is also in Singapore, and they have an all-you-can-eat ice cream/dessert buffet. We only found out about the buffet after we left Singapore last time, and we have regretted not going ever since. Big regret, huh?

Over 50 Flavors Were Promised, But There Were Maybe 30. Liars.

Over 50 Flavors Were Promised, But There Were Maybe 30. Liars.

We decided to bite the bullet, pay US $16.50 each, and just scarf down as much ice cream as possible. Us ‘Mericans can eat, and eat we did. Like the good bloggers we are, we kept track of each round:

ROUND 1:
MIKE: Strawberry, hazelnut, and coffee gelato
HANNA: Dark chocolate and hazelnut gelato
BOTH: We split a few pieces of dry cake (carrot, cookies ‘n’ cream, chocolate)

Best Flavors: Strawberry and Dark Chocolate.

Best Flavors: Strawberry and Dark Chocolate.

ROUND 2:
MIKE: Coffee, butterscotch, and chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream
HANNA: Sticky chewy chocolate and thin mint ice cream; cookies ‘n’ cream cake

Worst Flavor: Thin Mint. Hanna Took a Bite and Then Didn't Eat the Rest.

Worst Flavor: Thin Mint. Hanna Took a Bite and Then Didn’t Eat the Rest.

ROUND 3:
MIKE: Strawberry and profiterole dipped in white chocolate
HANNA: Marshmallow and profiterole dipped in chocolate; strawberries not dipped

Verdict: Marshmallows Were Stale, But the Strawberries Were Delicious. Profiteroles Were Meh.

Verdict: Marshmallows Were Stale, But the Strawberries Were Delicious. Profiteroles Were Meh.

Hanna Wants One for Home.

Hanna Wants One for Home.

ROUND 4 (We were trying to digest and slow down the ice cream consumption)
MIKE: Strawberry dipped in white chocolate; strawberry not dipped
HANNA: Strawberries not dipped

Lighter Fare.

Lighter Fare.

ROUND 5
MIKE: Cookies ‘n’ cream and chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream mixed with peanuts, Snickers, and chocolate-covered Rice Krispies (à la Cold Stone)
HANNA: Chocolate chip brownie and vanilla ice cream
BOTH: Candy dish of Kit Kats, Snickers, and Nestlé Crunches

Hanna Thought Mike's "Creation" Looked Disgusting. We Didn't Eat Much of the Candy Bowl.

Hanna Thought Mike’s “Creation” Looked Disgusting. We Didn’t Eat Much of the Candy Bowl.

The road stops here for Hanna. After about three bites of her ice cream, she was officially done. Mike soldiered on.

ROUND 6
MIKE: Chocolate peanut butter cup and Milo ice cream

Worst Flavor: Milo. (This is a Popular Chocolate Malt Powder Drink. We Saw It Especially in Thailand, and Mike Always Called It "Meee-lo." The Ice Cream Was Horrific.

Worst Flavor: Milo. (This is a Popular Chocolate Malt Powder Drink. We Saw It Especially in Thailand, and Mike Always Called It “Meee-lo.” The Ice Cream Was Horrific.

Mike too then came to the end. This is how he felt:

Stuffed.

Stuffed.

Hanna can seriously pack back the sugar, but she admitted that once was enough for this buffet. It was good, but the quality of the ice cream isn’t the best. Mike’s favorite was the chocolate peanut butter cup, while Hanna enjoyed the sticky chewy chocolate. An ice cream-induced nap (even Mike too) was a necessity afterwards.

The High Price of Grocery Shopping (Revisited)

On our last trip, we loved seeing the cost of imported American groceries in Singapore. Almost three years later, it is time to check back in. We scouted two local grocery stores by Orchard Road and covertly took pictures…we didn’t want to get fined. Price tags are shown in Singapore dollars.

Hankerin' for a S'more? That Will Set You Back US $7.54.

Hankerin’ for a S’more? That Will Set You Back US $7.54.

At US $8.60, Lucky Charms Ain't So Magically Delicious.

At US $8.60, Lucky Charms Ain’t So Magically Delicious.

Feel Like Frying Something? That Will Cost You US $11.59.

Feel Like Frying Something? That Will Cost You US $11.59.

Cream of Broccoli Soup Isn't Worth US $4.67.

Cream of Broccoli Soup Isn’t Worth US $4.67.

Tuna in Oil (Essentially Cat Food) Will Cost US $4.67.

Tuna in Oil (Essentially Cat Food) Will Cost US $4.67.

US $8.01 for Your Favorite Aunt.

US $8.01 for Your Favorite Aunt.

Ice Cream From the West Coast? US $16.07.

Ice Cream from the West Coast? US $16.07.

Fish Sticks for Dinner? US $19.60. Ouch.

Thirty Fish Sticks for Dinner? US $19.60. Ouch.

Nachos for Dinner? The Cheese Will Set You Back US $8.76.

Nachos for Dinner? The Cheese Will Set You Back US $8.76.

You Must Really Like Bud to Pay US $14.89 for a Six Pack.

You Must Really Like Bud to Pay US $14.89 for a Six Pack.

US $18.74 for Two Pints? What a Deal!!!

US $18.74 for Two Pints? What a Deal!!!

How about an Ice Cream Bar? US $12.65 for Three!

How about an Ice Cream Bar? US $12.65 for Three!

We could go on for days about how expensive groceries are in Singapore…but we have bored you enough for today. Happy shopping!

What $52.82 Will Get You in Bangkok

We are assuming that all of our faithful readers remember this post from our last trip that detailed all of our expenditures in a single day in Bangkok. No? You don’t? You’ve failed us, friends.

We have received the countless emails and comments that requested us to do a similar post this time around in Bangkok. Here we go:

Private Room with Air Con in Hostel: $15.28. Not the Plaza...But Clean.

Private Room with Air Con in Hostel: $15.28. Not the Plaza…But Clean.

Chilled Coffee Drink for Mike: $0.40. He Enjoyed Drinking These on the Roof Every Morning.

Chilled Coffee Drink for Mike: $0.40. He Enjoyed Drinking These on the Roof Every Morning.

Laundry: $0.61. We Sprung for an Actual Machine Instead of Doing It by Hand.

Laundry: $0.61. We Sprung for an Actual Machine Instead of Doing It by Hand.

Brunch Consisting of Banana Shake and Omelet over Rice for Mike and Orange Juice and French Toast for Hanna. (Not Pictured: an Order of Toast.) Such Artistic Lighting.

Brunch Consisting of Banana Shake and Omelet over Rice for Mike and Orange Juice and French Toast for Hanna (Not Pictured: an Order of Toast): $4.28.   Such Artistic Lighting.

Books Bought at a Used Book Stall on Khao San Road: $3.36. We Figured We Needed More Beach Reads for Our Upcoming Ten Days in Krabi and Phuket.

Three Books Bought at a Used Book Stall on Khao San Road: $3.36. We Figured We Needed More Beach Reads for Our Upcoming Ten Days in Krabi and Phuket.

Huge Bottle of Water: $0.40. 7-11s Are Everywhere, and Their Generic Brand Tasted Just Fine to Us.

1.5 Liter Bottle of Water: $0.40. 7-11s Are Everywhere, and Their Generic Brand Tasted Just Fine to Us.

One-Hour Thai Massages for Each of Us: $9.17. Yes, the Clean Place by Our Hostel WAS That Cheap. Jealous?

One-Hour Thai Massages for Each of Us: $9.17. Yes, $9.17 Total. The Clean Place by Our Hostel WAS That Cheap. Jealous?

Big Bottle of Chang Beer for Mike: $1.62. He Quite Enjoyed Drinking a Beer on the Roof Before Sunset.

Big Bottle of Chang Beer for Mike: $1.62. He Quite Enjoyed Drinking a Beer on the Roof Before Sunset.
One-Hour Thai Massage for Both of Us (Round Two): $9.17. We Met Two Canadian Guys Who Wanted to Get Massages, So We Went Again. Awesome, Eh?

One-Hour Thai Massage for Both of Us (Round Two): $9.17. We Met Two Canadian Guys Who Wanted to Get Massages, So We Went Again with Them. Awesome, Eh?

Dinner of Pad Thai: $1.83. We Each Got a Plate from a Street Cart. (Yes, Even Hanna.)

Dinner of Pad Thai: $1.83. We Each Got a Plate from a Street Cart. (Yes, Even Hanna.)

Nutella Pancake for Hanna and Peanut Butter Pancake for Mike: $2.14. Yes, We Paid More for Dessert Than for Dinner. We Love These Things.

Nutella Pancake for Hanna and Peanut Butter Pancake for Mike: $2.14. Yes, We Paid More for Dessert Than for Dinner. We Love These Things.

NOT PICTURED:
Groceries: $4.56. We bought some very essential groceries (two boxes of cereal and a sleeve of Oreos) in preparation for our time at a fancy resort in Krabi. We forgot to take a picture. Don’t hate.

Now you know. We felt like we had a super full day, and we are proud to say that we spent $2.52 LESS than we did on a comparable day on our last trip. We’re so amazing.