I've never been to New Farm, except that time I went there with H., to go to Cirque after work. I know there is an absolute shit ton of restaurants I want to go to in New Farm, the Smoke BBQ, Anise, Pablo and Ponycat, just to mention a few. If I somehow knew how to get there, I'd have a whole new area to explore.
West End is getting stale for me since I've been constantly going there for the last five months. That was also sort of the solution to my plans. The wonderful 199 bus to West End, on the way out heads to Teneriffe Ferry/the Valley/New Farm. Genius. I had no idea where I really wanted to go to, but I figured according to Urbanspoon maps, I could just wander up the main strip and choose whatevers.
|To avoid awkwardness, he pretended to take a photo of me|
|I would keptomanically take this|
|May positive forces be with every single living thing that exists|
We got some interesting looking cutlery, they have little ridged scallops pressed into the handles. They don't show up too well in the photos, but the added detail makes them feel odd in your hands.
Here is the menu, some of it is missing. I forgot to get pictures since I remembered they were already taken.
The waitress was very impressed when she heard our order. I did a brief google and apparently its a traditional tea made with lots of yak butter, for the high energy rich, nutritional content of butter and to restore chapped lips in freezing temperatures. You start the day by drinking large amounts of this and if you're at someone's house, the way you're supposed to drink it is a sip at a time and then the host refills your cup after each sip. Its also supposed to have a very distinctive flavour, with one of the mostly commonly used phrases being, "rancid or pungent." This blog I read summed it up nicely. A lot of websites were also saying that it wasn't uncommon for Western palates to be completely thrown off by the taste.
|Metal+boiling water = burns|
|Looks unthreatening enough|
The tea tasted like a milky green tea, with a distinct creamy buttery flavour. It had a particular astringency to the flavour, I think that's why I'm thinking green tea, but they probably used a black tea, so maybe I'm thinking of a mix between the two or the fermented taste of pu-erh? Either way, I had a lot more of the tea, but my Boyfriend adds that it was my tea, so he didn't have much of it as he have liked.
|We're eating this.|
|Hmm the verdict is out|
|You don't make friends with salad|
|I took like five blurry pictures, damn steam rising|
I didn't particularly like it though, although my Boyfriend thought I did. I had a bit of heart burn afterwards until we got home and I also got a mild bout of food poisoning afterwards.
Atmosphere: 9, I really liked it, I like crowded places though and the decorations were lovely. 6 1/2 from my Boyfriend as he felt it was too crowded and if we had been sitting inside, we would've almost been sitting on top of other people.
Service: 5. They didn't notice us at all in the beginning, there's wasn't really a clear spot to stand so you be seated. So we were standing at the front desk for about 10 minutes before I got waitresses attention. After that though, we were seated, got our menus, offered drinks and ordered reasonably quickly. They were very quick to clear tables and seemed very friendly.
Food: 6, things were well made, but didn't match my palate, hence my low score. My Boyfriend gives it a 7, he adds the food was interesting.
I'll leave the Shlix review for another time, its probably more of a quick RJIE than anything else.
Also here's a book review!
|This is the cover we have in Australia. Pretty|
They fight against the Wild, a fractious group of demons, wyverns, treants and other nasty beasts keen to destroy mankind unless regularly pushed back. They are lead by a man known only as the Red Knight or to his friends or underlings as the Captain. Young, brilliant, nobly born, well trained and with the luck of the devil himself. The Captain is charming, brash and fights like a cornered demon. He's also been bought up to be a fucking powerful mage and his family is shady as fuck.
The plot starts off with the group being hired to investigate the death of a nun in an attack from the Wild by a powerful Abbess. They get attacked by a wyvern, discovered the nun was a witch and killed with an arrow of witch bane, the only legitimate thing to nullify a mage's power, then shit goes crazy.
The world building is intricate with mystery lurking around every corner and the plot unfolds very smoothly to reveal new plot twists and characters. It really leaves you guessing and throws quite a few red herrings in your face when you're trying to figure out a mystery such as who the traitor is or what is so mysterious about the Captain's past that he's killed before to keep it a secret. I really like the characters in this book, even the villains.
They're all complex, immensely likeable and easy to relate to, even when they're full of huge amounts of wangst, they're mentally bashing themselves for being so pathetic, looking at you Captain. Bad Tom is a riot to read about, a six foot five, or is it six? Tall hill man who happily kills anything and anyone the Captain points him towards. Bad Tom has several fantastic scenes including one where he fights the current master of arms and almost gets them both killed, only to burst out laughing and say "I like you, you mad bastard." Bad Tom also goes into a massive pout when the Captain kill steals an ogre from him. The Queen is a sharp minded super hottie who acts like a dumb skank, her first scene has her lounging around naked admiring herself. Later on she masterminds the supply of the entire North war.
Occasionally the view points swap around from person to person, my favourite being the passages from the golden bear, the different perspectives are intriguing. The magic system is interesting but not really well explored I think, Phantasms are what they're called and they're all set up in "workings", you need to know a working to use magic. These workings are all in storage place in your mind that you shape into an immense building. Its being highly touted around the internets as a very good first novel.