Monthly Archives: September 2012



After yesterday’s disappointing sandwich, I jumped on a tram and headed to the opposite end of the CBD to check out another sandwich on the Melbourne’s Top 10 sandwiches list.

Banh Mi – N.Lee Baker ($5.50)

I’ve eaten many banh mi (Vietnamese pork roll) in my time and I was pretty sure this would just be another one to add to the list. When I arrived, the huge line spilling out onto the street tipped me off that I might be mistaken. Although long, the queue moved fairly quickly as the staff efficiently filled lunch orders.

It doesn’t look like much, but we all know how deceiving looks can be.

On first bite, I notice how delicious the bread is. A perfect baguette that was crunchy on the outside, but ever so soft on the inside. The pork cold cuts and the creamy pork-liver pate was delightful when paired with…

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Silicon Spatula

For years, Microsoft was regarded as the elephant in the computer room.  It was big, it was boring, and it was impossible to go one conversation without begrudgingly mentioning the computer behemoth.  But now, with the meteoric rise of Apple, things look a little different – and possibly more favorable, for the world’s largest software company and its decisive push into hardware.
For nearly ten years, Apple has had a lock on hardware, creating gorgeous aluminum-and-round-edged devices that impressed techies and average users alike. Apple excelled at crafting dependable software that worked with – and only with – their devices.  And in quick succession, Cupertino pushed out the iPod, iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad – each one not so much inventing a field as re-imagining it, tying it into Apple’s expanding, if heavily curated, ecosystem of music, TV, movies and apps.

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Shut Up Dad

I’m not really into working with my hands. I have servants for that. Besides who has the patience to wait for food to “grow”? My produce is delivered fresh to me every morning, from all over the world. I hire a squad of stealth bomber pilots, to drop the cargo right onto my balcony. There’s nothing like waking up to a fresh Caribbean guava still wet with dew. But to get to the point, I do have a secret garden. Excuse me, a garden where I bury my secrets. What you say? Why are you telling us? Because I’m being blackmailed for them, and rather than give this crook a dime, I’m just going to tell you. But don’t worry, I have many more secrets that are still hidden. Anyway, here they are-

1. The Mona Lisa– Relax, it’s not actually buried. I have a vault under the garden…

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Lost in Translation

SOLID means: Stable, sturdy, firm, established, strong, durable, rigid, substantial,  powerful, loud, heavy, splitting, honest, faithful, straightforward, loyal, conscientious, devoted, constant, reliable, dependable, competent, promising, clever, compact, dense, thick, thick-set, concentrated, sterling,neat, pure, stark, constant, steady and united.

I really like this theme. Thank you for the inspiration Jake.

What does solid mean to me? Something/someone you can rely on, depend on, of a giving nature, firm, stable, selfless, a nurturer, as in my post …the cow… that has been around humans serving them for more than 8,000 years.

I shot this hot little number while it was grazing happily on the shores of Formarin Lake in Austrian Alps 🙂

Give it a click to listen to Mike Oldfield’s Concerto  06 – Concerto In C

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Life Without Baby

Mr. Fab called me earlier this week, mortified (and secretly pleased) that he’d just received his first ever senior discount at the ripe old age of 56.

I tried to suppress my laughter, but he was on to me. Luckily, he was a good sport about the whole thing and we immediately headed online to see where else we could take advantage of his, ahem, maturity.

Then it dawned on me. He’d given me the perfect “helpful” conversation ender.

“Do you have kids?”

“No. It didn’t work out for us.”

“Oh, you’re young. There’s still time.”

“Actually, my husband gets a senior discount.”

At which point, I’ll walk away and let them figure it out for themselves.

All joking aside, I know these conversations are never this easy and I don’t mean to be flippant, but imagine if you could come back with a snappy reply to those “helpful” suggestions…

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