Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Budget Munich Trip Itinerary - 6 Days 5 Nights - Summer season

Munich being famous for well-heeled and lederhosen clad thigh slapper is Germany's second city which offers much attractions to the visitors. The abundance of beer garten and halls add much attraction to this Bavarian city. The city centre of Munich is walkable and have some of the best world class museums and art galleries. There are also a chance to view the legacy of the olympic venue and modern car maker of BMWs. On the dark side, Munich is also the site of the first concentration camp in Germany which saw many innocent lives being taken away during the second world war.

The centre of Munich - Marienplatz.

Neuschwanstein Castle is just 2 hours away from Munich. This a perfect day out trip.

Hofbrauhaus is a famous beer hall in Munich. Do make sure you try their beer. Its really good.

Day Morning Afternoon Evening Night
Day 1 (Sun) 1. Travel from London to Munich via British Airways on Airbus A320 flight. The journey took approximately 2 hours.

1. Check in at Seibel's Park Hotel near Munich Pasing Station.

1. First meal in Munich with traditional German dinner at Zum Spoeckmeier. The shop located not far from Marienplatz S-Bahn station. On the day of my arrival was sunday. It hardly find any restaurant open on that night.

2. Sightseeing at Marienplatz and window shopping of the surrounding shops.

3. Munich special souvenir shop which sells cuckoo clocks - Max Krug.
Day 2 (Mon) 1. Breakfast at Seibel's Park Hotel. Their eating area was lovely.

2. Joining SANDEMANs NEW Europe Munich Free walking tour. This a 3 hours walking tour to get a glimpse of Munich.

1. Sightseeing at Odeonsplatz. The attractions here are large public square and Royal Avenue.

1. Late lunch at Opatija for German food.

2. Continue sightseeing at Odeonsplatz.
1. Visiting Hofbrauhaus Royal brew house. Unfortunately during this day, the beer hall was full with diners. I was not able to get a seat for dinner in Hofbrauhaus beer hall.

2. Having dinner at Zum spoeckmeier to try out German short sausage with sauerkraut (sour cabbage).
Day 3 (Tue) 1. Breakfast at Seibel's Park Hotel.

2. Morning walk at English Garden Beautiful and large garden where you can watch water surfing on human made river in the garden. If you are lucky, you can watch naked people as well in the garden.
1. Lunch at Chinesischer Turm in English Garden.

2. Visit BMW welt. Look at the latest models of BMW automobile.
1.Visit Munich olympic park. Munich was the host of summer Olympic in 1972. The Olympic was famous due to unfortunate incident of Munich massacre.

2. Sightseeing in Karlsplatz which full of commercial shops and people watching.
1. Dinner at Zum Augustiner.

2. Night photography at Karlsplatz.

Day 4 (wed) 1. Breakfast at Seibel's Park Hotel.

2. Taking a trip from SANDEMANs NEW Europe Munich tour to Neuschwanstein Castle which is located in Fussen.
1. Lunch having prepacked food from Yorma's at Munich main train station. 1. Continue with Neuschwanstein Castle tour. This is a full day out tour

2. Dinner at Hofbrauhaus in Munich.
Day 5 (Thur) 1. Breakfast at Seibel's Park Hotel.

2. Full day visit to Salzburg in Austria.
1. Visit Mirabell Palace in Salzburg. 1. Window shopping at Getreidegasse street.

2. Getting to know Mozart Kugeln chocolate and taste it.
1. Roasted chicken Bavarian style at Hofbrauhaus. This is my second dinner in Hofbrauhaus. Their beer is something you should look forward. Taste really good.
Day 6 (Fri) 1. Breakfast at Seibel's Park Hotel.

2. Visit Dachau Concentration camp museum. This is a must visit place when you are in Munich if you haven't visit any world war two Nazi concentration camp before
1. Visit Munich Residentz to view marvellous architecture of the palace 1. Taking a stroll at Viktualienmarkt farmer's market.

2. Early dinner at Zum Alten markt. Great food.

3. Having ice-cream from Rischart.
1. Take a walk around Marienplatz.

2. Last German food dinner at Weisses Brauhaus in Tal.
Day 7 (Sat) 1. Breakfast at Seibel's Park Hotel.

2. Took train to Frankfurt.

Amazing tasty fish paste from Warung Aziz Satar @ Cukai, Terengganu

I went to Terengganu on duty trip and was recommended by my colleagues to try satar in this shop. Once I tried it, I really fall in love of the food here. The little pieces of fish paste wrapped with burned pandan leaves taste really good. The natural pandan leaves wrap brings in the good roasted aroma to the fish inside. Do savour this traditional local made delicacy if you happen to be in Kuala Kemaman, Terengganu.

Taste:9/10(Very good. The roasted fish paste or known as satar is delicious and contain sweetness of fresh fish and dash of spiciness).
Price:9/10(Cheap. Each stick with 10 pieces at MYR5.00. Its good to eat as it is or my favourite is to eat it with bread).

This is what they called as satar. Roasted fish paste. Very delicious fish paste with some condiments and chili. Beware if you can't take spicy food.

Besides satar, they also have roast squid, roast fish, roast sting ray and roast glutinous rice. All wrap with banana leaves before roasting to give special aroma to the food.

Assorted roasted seafood.

Roasted squid.

They also have otak-otak and this shop featured in "Best In The World" TV food show.

This is how the satar (fish paste) content look like.

Taste so good. Must tapau (take away) home.

Fried squid.

Delicious keropok lekor from store beside.

Taste good with bread.

GPS/Coordinate: 4.214355, 103.435957
Address: Kuala Kemaman, 24000 Cukai, Terengganu, Malaysia

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Eva Air flight Taipei to Seattle on economy class

This was my first time taking Eva Air on long haul flight from Taipei to Seattle, USA. The journey were around 12 hours 40 minutes on Boeing jumbo 747-200 aircraft. I was quite surprise that the flight were almost full. Overall the flight is good and their flight stewardess are quite attentive and helpful. Food wise, they need to have improvement.

Rating:7/10(Moderate. The aircraft is old and the food served were just moderate. Don't take their cheese omelette as it was tasteless. Seating wise is comfortable enough for long distance flight).

Spicy stewed chicken rice with vegetables.

The stewed chicken were good.

Cheese omelette. The croissant were good. However, the cheese omelette is tasteless.

The sausage covered with cheese were small.

Good timing reaching Seattle when sunset.

Beautiful purple and blue skies hue.

Beautiful mount Rainier during sunset. Perfect timing.

Huge Boeing 747 aircraft. However the seating and aircraft is old.

Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse @ Anchorage, Alaska

Humpy's is an Anchorage classic, a must-visit if you're not going to be here for long. I came to this restaurant early and having their dinner at 5.00pm. There were not many patrons yet at that sunday night and their service were good. They have good local Alaskan beer and do try them.

Taste:8/10(Delicious. The oysters that I ordered were fresh and tasty. The grilled wild king salmon however is a bit dry. But the sauce and the vegetables that comes with the salmon were good).
Price:5/10(Near expensive. Each Alaskan oyster at USD3.00, grilled wild king salmon at USD18.99 and beer at USD5.50. If you would like to have their Alaskan king crab here, do take note that their crab is more expensive when compared to other restaurant which serves similar dish).

Fresh Alaskan oysters.

The oysters were delicious.

Grilled wild king salmon with vegetables.

The grilled salmon finished with a creamy bearnaise sauce.

Humpy's. Seafood, grill and alehouse.

GPS/Coordinate: 61.216335, -149.894147
Address: 610 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, Alaska 99501, USA.
Public transport: People Mover bus terminal on 6th Avenue.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mariscada dinner at Sacks Cafe & Restaurant @ Anchorage, Alaska

Sacks Cafe provides a cosy environment for dinner when compared to the nearby Glacier Brewhouse. The food here were good and with much less waiting time.

Taste:8/10(Delicious. The ingredient used to prepare Mariscada were fresh and the meal were tasty. However, no extra point given due to the meal is like rice in curry sauce).
Price:4/10(Expensive. Mariscada at USD24.00, Alaskan amber beer at USD6.00)

Ordering main course of Mariscada - wild salmon, shrimp and clams in curry tomato broth with a dash of lime.

Bread and butter.

Having Alaskan Amber. Alaskan beer is really good.

Cosy environment inside the restaurant.

Sacks Cafe & Restaurant.

GPS/Coordinate: 61.218959, -149.895875
Address: 328 G St, Anchorage, Alaska 99501, USA.
Public transport: People Mover bus.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Crab Omelette at Snow City Cafe @ Anchorage, Alaska

Snow City Cafe is the most famous breakfast shop in Anchorage. They have very good menu selection and their specialties is crab omelette. Also do try their reindeer sausage as well as it is a speciality in Alaska. The cafe serves breakfast all day and open until 4.00pm.

Taste:8/10(Delicious. The main attraction here is their cheesy crab omelette which is good and contain much crab meat. Great for seafood lover. If you fancy about eating reindeer, you may try out their reindeer sausage. However, the texture is chewy but taste wise is good. Hot chocolate is sweet which I like it and large portion).
Price:5/10(Near expensive. Crabby omelette at USD15.00, reindeer sausage at USD4.00 & hot chocolate at USD2.50).

This is my breakfast meal when I was in Snow City Cafe. Crabby omelette with hash brown, a toast, reindeer sausage and a glass of hot chocolate with cream.

The crab omelette comes with sliced avocado as well.

Wow, sticky cheese with crab meat.

Order reindeer sausage to have a taste of it. I don't really like it as its a bit chewy and oily. Taste wise is good.

Quite a big glass of hot chocolate. Good.

GPS/Coordinate: 61.218396, -149.903364
Address: 1034 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, Alaska 99501, United States.
Public Transport: People mover bus. Located at intersection of L Street and 4th Avenue.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Excellent fries and bison burger at High West Distillery & Saloon @ Park City, Utah, USA

We had our lunch here as per good review from online while I was looking for place to have good food in Park City. The food option in Park City is quite limited as its a small town. I had the distillery tour at this High West distillery before but don't have chance to eat there at that time. Now, I know that this place serves great food and the must try their best ever blue cheese coated fries. If you like vodka/whiskey, do tried their locally brewed spirit as well. I would recommend anyone to come here for lunch/dinner if you happen to visit Park City, Utah.

Taste:9/10(Delicious. Their burger was good and its my first time to have bison meat burger. The one item that must try here is their fries. Its the best fries that I have so far. The fries mixed with blue cheese which is the best combination. The Schnitzel which is wild boar meat slice is just moderate with uneven flavoring. Half part taste blend but another half taste great. However, I do like the Schnitzel topped with caper. The stout drink that we ordered were good, however we missed the chance to sample their vodka/whiskey).
Price:4/10(Near expensive. High West burger with fries at USD18.00, The Schnitzel at USD23.00 and Samuel Smith oatmeal stout at USD7.00. Total bill at USD48.00).

High West burger. Its a 8oz bison & beef blend patty. The fries with Gruyere blue cheese, whiskey braised onions & toasted house bun.

This is the best fries that I ever had. It mixed with Gruyere blue cheese. Excellent.

The schnitzel. Fried wild boar meat with house greens. The meat was topped with caper & bacon bitters vinaigrette.

Nice juicy wild boar meat.

Wide selection of spirits at the bar.

Samuel Smith Oatmeal stout. Its weird that we choose made in England stout instead.

Having England stout here.

Nice table settings.

Cowboy style restaurant. Do dine here for good food.

GPS/Coordinate: 40.646473, -111.498533
Address: 703 Park Ave, Park City, UT 84060, USA.
Public transport: 5 minutes walk from Main Street Park City(Old Town Transit Center).