Friday, September 27, 2013

The Crumpet Shop @ Seattle, Washington

Haven't had a crumpet until I came here. It is like an english muffin but crispier. It is buttery and much tastier than an english muffin.

Taste:8/10(Good. I don't even know what is crumpet until I have a try in this shop. I would say that their menu is quite creative with list of favourite crumpets, savories on crumpets and hot toasty crumpets. The menu that I choose green egg with ham is good. The crumpet is very natural).
Price:6/10(Moderate. Green egg with ham crumpet shown below at USD4.95 and my hot chocolate at USD1.90).

Spinach egg and ham crumpet with cheese.

Cross section of spinach egg and ham crumpet with cheese.

Nice shop settings.

My cup of hot chocolate.

GPS/Coordinate: 47.609031, -122.340477
Address: 1503 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA.
Public transport: Bus no 10, 47 & 49. Stop at Pine St & 2nd Ave.

Beef noodles at Pho Fuchsia @ Seattle, Washington

Not sure what to eat while in Seattle? You can always have Vietnamese pho or beef noodles as safe food. Since its cold in Seattle, having something hot and simple would be good.

Taste:7/10(Moderate. The beef noodles here is average but the lime honey juice is great).
Price:6/10(Moderate. A bowl of beef noodles at USD7.00).

Hearty hot beef noodles compliment with cold weather of Seattle.

Delicious lime honey juice.

GPS/Coordinate: 47.600317, -122.334561
Address: 213 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA.
Public transport: Bus no 99 towards Pioneer Square.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Beautiful leather clothing at Lewis Leathers @ London, England

Lewis Leather which is the oldest British motorcycle clothing company produced the famous iconic leather jackets. Its famous due to selling high quality and uniquely styled classical motorcycle protective clothing. Most of the jacket here are made of cow hide while some custom order jackets are made in lamb leather. Lamb leather is softer by texture. Me personally does not like lamb leather as its deem too soft and not that effective for protection against the elements. Besides that, I am still in opinion, cow hide last longer.

Outside UK, Lewis leather is very popular in Japan & Taiwan market. In Japan they have countless of distributors. But the downside on to buy the jacket in Japanese market is the price is almost double of the price offered in London! So expensive. In Taiwan they have one very famous distributor which is The Thurs. The jacket selling point is that it looks cool and often associated with punk group, 59 Club in London, rock musicians and fashion icons which is great followers of youngster nowadays. The popular models of Lewis Leathers are Dominator, Lightning & Cyclone. Do visit them if you like leather jacket and happen to be at London as they produced the best quality leather jacket with a great style.

Amazing collection of stylish leather jacket.

The shop also have collection of both new and vintage jacket. Do check out for their special promotion section as they have jacket selling at half price just because of minor production defect on the jacket or jacket which is rejected by other customers.

The boots and the colourful jackets.

Outside Lewis Leather shop.

GPS/Coordinate: 51.519105,-0.133878
Public transport: The nearest station would be Goodge Street on Northern line London tube. Or you may stop at Tottenham Court Road on Central line London tube.
Address: 3-5 Whitfield Street, London W1T 2SA, United Kingdom.

Burger at The J & M Cafe @ Seattle, Washington

The J & M cafe is an old pub style restaurant which have live band and sport cable TV. This place has so many TVs to watch your favourite American football match. J & M is also Seattle oldest bar since 1889.

Taste:8/10(Good. I ordered the mushroom onion burger and it taste good.
Price:6/10(Moderate. Mushroom onion burger at USD11.00).

My mushroom onion swiss burger. The dish contain ground beef, mushrooms and onions, swiss cheese, tomato, dill pickle, shredded lettuce and mayonnaise. My drink was orange juice.

With the main course burger, you have have either french fries, potato chips or salad as side order. In this case, I choose salad instead.

Ambience environment with many huge TVs.

GPS/Coordinate: 47.600762, -122.334426
Address: 201 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA.
Public transport: Bus no 99 towards Pioneer Square. Stop at 1st Avenue.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Famous Voodoo Doughnut @ Portland, Oregon

Voodoo Doughnut is an independent doughnut shop based in Portland, Oregon which is known for its unusual doughnuts and iconic pink boxes featuring the company logo and illustrations of voodoo priests. Their slogan is "The magic is in the hole". Voodoo Doughnut have two shop in Portland and I went to the main shop. This shop open 24 hours and only accept cash. Now the question is why many people are crazy about their doughnut? It due to its unusual doughnut, cheaper price and popularity. Their most famous doughnut is the bacon with maple bar & voodoo doll.

Taste:8/10(Good. I like the bacon maple bar doughnut as the it have the two extreme taste. The bacon is very salty and the maple bar is very sweet. It complement with each other. The bacon is very crunchy as well. However the can't eat the doughnut too much as its very sweet).
Price:6/10(Moderate. Voodoo doughnut price is cheaper when compared to other doughnut shop. Each piece of doughnut priced around USD2.00 to USD3.00 depends on the type of the doughnut).

Voodoo Doughnut is such an iconic shop in Portland, Oregon that people are queueing to buy their doughnut around the clock!

Its weird here to queue whole day for doughnut. So keep Portland weird!

Queue at afternoon.

Queue at night.

Queue at sunday morning.

Let doughnut cold.

Inside the Voodoo doughnut shop.

Finally my box of Voodoo doughnut.

Here I have 3 pieces of doughnut. The bacon maple syrup is a must. The chocolate voodoo doll doughnut and the loop doughnut with vanila frosting.

Voodoo Doughnut signboard during day and night.

GPS/Coordinate: 45.522729, -122.673044
Address: 22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Transport: Skidmore Fountain MAX Station via Blue/Red line OR Oldtown/Chinatown MAX Station via Blue/Red line OR Oak/SW 1st Ave MAX Station via Blue/Red line.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Portland Saturday Market @ Portland, Oregon

The Portland Saturday Market is an outdoor food, arts and crafts market in Portland, Oregon. It is held every Saturday and Sunday from the beginning of March through December 24. The market's hours of operations are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m on Sundays, and admission is free. The market is accessible by foot, bicycle, and TriMet's MAX Light Rail line which stops near the market at the Skidmore Fountain stop.

Asian food stall.

Falafels & snacks.

Bento, noodles, pizza & steak.

Drinks such as lemonade, coffee, soda & corn dogs.

Ankeny Square.

Many stalls selling clothings.

Stall selling art work.

Food cart selling European food.

Fish & chips, Greek cuisine, garlic chicken & falafel.

Thai food, omelette and breakfast burritos.

Fountain at Ankeny Square. Nothing interesting.

Burnside bridge beside the Saturday market.

Steel bridge.

GPS/Coordinate: 45.522481, -122.669745
Address: 2 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
Public transport: Skidmore Fountain MAX Station via Blue/Red line.

3 Course Meal at Huber's Cafe @ Portland, Oregon

Huber's Cafe is the oldest restaurant in Portland, Oregon since 1879 which is specialized in traditional turkey dinner. Other than that Huber's also have Augus beef, seafood, salads and variety of pasta dishes. The signature drink here is Spanish coffee. Do try out their 3-course meal to experience what this restaurant has to offer.

Taste:8/10(Good. Overall the food here were tasty except the pumpkin pie which I find it rather blend. The best were their beer bread which is so fragrant and tasty. The soup were great as well).
Price:6/10(Moderate. I ordered their 3-course meal and it cost USD19.10. I find the price is quite reasonable as its a 3 course meal which is less than USD20.00).

Huber's famous beer bread. This is the tastiest bread I ever had.

House made soup. The soup is spicy and taste good. With ingredient such as sausages, mixture of pork, meat, chili, beans, herbs and rice.

I ordered the half-half as main course. A combination of roasted turkey and baked ham served with sage dressing, fresh mashed potatoes, traditional gravy and cranberry sauce.

The meal were good.

Pumpkin pie with chantilly cream.

The environment inside the shop.

Its easy to recognize the restaurant from its name Huber's Cafe.

GPS/Coordinate: 45.520168, -122.674644
Address: 411 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Public transport: Oak/SW 1st Ave on MAX Blue line or MAX Red line.