Archive for February, 2010

news: JoB is on Bloglovin

February 19, 2010

You can follow me on Bloglovin. I’m still working it all out but it looks similar to Google Reader but more like a social networking site.

If you really want to get those fingers in the button jar then join the JoB page on Facebook.

I promise I will soon post about my camping trip to Liyu Lake and a unique little cafe/B & B that resides along the lake’s shores.

I hope you had an awesome Chinese New Year break. I’m sad that it will be over so soon.

JoB x

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write up: bond burger

February 10, 2010

A substantial and fresh burger is all you need to cure that Sunday hangover.

I know you can get great burgers in Taipei, KGB for instance, but hunting down a big-sized and hearty burger here in Taichung is near to impossible.

Then I stumbled across Bond Burger. Yay! According to Compass Magazine, the owner developed a taste for giant burgers while studying in Australia at Bond University, hence the name.

You can choose from seven different HUGE burgers, although unfortunately there is nothing for vegetarians. We had the Fried Fish Burger (second image below) and the Cheeseburger (first image below). They were full of veges with huge chunks of meat, the Cheeseburger contained what looked like a homemade beef patty and the Fried Fish Burger had two fillets of crumbed fish. The bun was a wide wholemeal one.


We chose the cheaper set option which meant our burgers were accompanied by crispy fries, a drink (tea or Coke) and a choice of yoghurt or pudding for desert. We went for the yoghurt which was very creamy. If you select the more expensive set option you can get additional soup or salad. Fancy a beer to accompany that burger? They have Heineken available at an extra price.

Overall, everything was fresh and colorful and very, very appealing. And the taste matched the look. And… all this for around $200. Believe me, I will going back to Bond Burger. In fact, it’ll be a hard task trying to stop myself heading there every weekend.

Bond Burger is located at 2, Lane 179, YiZhong St (YiZhong Commercial District), Taichung. In fact, if you’re walking along YuCai North Road toward Chung Yo department store you will see Bond Burger on your left across the carpark. It’s open until 9.30pm every night.

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baking teensy: edition 4

February 3, 2010

A roast vegetable salad which makes the most of seasonal spring produce.

The weather is warming up. That means it’s time for an inter-seasonal dish like a cold roast vegetable salad. I used cous cous sent from New Zealand via the amazing international postal service but you could use brown rice.

Roast Vegetable Salad
for two to three people

what you need:

1 medium potato – diced

1 carrot – diced

1 medium sweet potato – diced

1 medium onion – cut into wedges

A handful of mushrooms – halved

A handful of cherry tomatoes (red or yellow is fine)

Dried or fresh rosemary

Dried or fresh parsley

A salad base like cous cous or brown rice

Extra virgin olive oil

Runny honey

White wine vinegar or the juice of 1 lemon

Salt and pepper

how to do it:

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C. Place the sweet potato, onion, potato and carrot on a oven tray. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and the rosemary. Place the tray in the oven to roast for about 1 hour until nearly soft. Add in the cherry tomatoes and the mushrooms. Roast for a further 20 minutes.

While the vegetables are roasting, cook the brown rice or cous cous according to the packet directions. I get my brown rice from an organic store near Carrefour on Chongde Road in Taichung. Leave to cool.

When the vegetables are done, combine them with the brown rice/cous cous in a large bowl. Drizzle over some more olive oil, the white wine vinegar/lemon juice, the honey, and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and the parsley.

Eat it!

teensy tid bits:

I get my mum to send cous cous to me in the post from New Zealand. I haven’t found it over here yet. If anyone knows where to get it, please let me know. Brown rice also tastes amazing in this dish so it’s a great substitute. In fact, you could use a spiral-type pasta, or lentils, or any other nutritious filler you like. Experiment!

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write up: waterfall, 2009 summer issue function

February 3, 2010

Eating, sleeping, making babies, or music, writing, selling, re-enacting famous battle scenes. What’s your function in life?

Function is a word normally applied to inanimate objects: a chair’s function is to provide a place for a person to sit; a cup’s function is to be a vessel from which a person can drink fluid. How does this change when we apply it to people?

I came across the 2009 Summer issue function of waterfall when shopping in Elite’s Chong Yo branch here in Taichung. You may remember the post. It was an exciting find and I was waiting till just the right time to open the magazine, a time when I could dedicate my full attention to it’s pages. And that time came this morning. Here are my thoughts…


What’s your function in life? waterfall‘s attempt to answer this intimidating question is both poignant and clumsy; some of their writers and photographers really do demonstrate an ability to capture this theme while others fall into a chasm of ramblings and cliché imagery.

The issue is divided roughly into three sections: Youth, Love and Microcosmos. A brilliant written piece by Shauba Chang really embodies the Love category for me. It’s melancholy (but not angst-ridden) tone reminded me of long lonely rainy Sundays when you’re stuck inside with too much time on your hands to think coupled with a stuffy brain.

Love of another? Or love of what you do? Or both? Is that perhaps, your function?

Many people have a day job that they don’t enjoy but do it most of the time; is that their function in life? I’d like to think it lies in the other things they do as well, the things they enjoy to do, their “hobbies”. There is a series of images on pages 126 to 129, by Tammy Mercure, that shows people in their own unique and happiest habitats. This series, for me, epitomized the theme Microcosmos, and really made me think about my own miniature world.

waterfall’s 2009 Summer issue function doesn’t exactly answer the question it poses but I don’t think it can be expected to. It does succeed in making you ponder the subject, giving you a lot of food, perhaps bacon, or maybe a burger, for thought. Even if you do have to occasionally wade through some terribly edited English-as-a-second-language writing.

I can’t seem to find when their next issue will hit the shelves and they are still advertising this, their summer edition, as their current issue. Explore their website. See what you can hunt down.

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JoB likes: THOUGHT-PROVOKING JEWELLERY

February 2, 2010

Not just adornment by Melbourne maker Natalia M.P.

An old friend of mine in Melbourne designs the most wayward, thought-provoking and subtle jewellery. I noticed she has recently created some new stuff for an exhibition at GAFFA in Sydney and had to post it here. I want it all so bad!

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Check out NATALIA M.P for more images of her work. I’m not sure if she would make to order or send items overseas but I’m sure she wouldn’t mind you dropping her a line.

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