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  1. Old Asia Hand here. Geckos love toasters - where they get to eat the crumbs. Always check the inside of your toaster before using. I inadvertently roasted many geckos over the years.
  2. Should we be able to get to hotels in the village alright? ← My advice would be to take daddy's SUV.
  3. Yes, the highway has been cleared, but it is still snowing very heavily here - and it looks like its staying. We are completely snowed in at our place. Spare a thought for the poor girls who are wearing nothing but bodypaint to the Bearfoot Bistro tomorrow!
  4. If you are coming up for this, make sure you have snow tires and/or chains. We are completely snowed in this morning, and the snow is supposed to continue for the next five days.
  5. PS: The new thing is live baby octopus. Trust me on this. I read it right here.
  6. I take that back. There is Jonathan Manthorpe. Worth the price of a subscription right there.
  7. Once you realize that the Sun does everything badly, I think you'll find the food section won't annoy you quite as much.
  8. Very spooky Blissful Glutton! Not only did you hit the same places I would have on a short visit, but you had the same comments about them. Or...wait...is that you Dolores?
  9. Yes it was a ridiculous explanation of mine. You are quite right to point this out. And I am happy to let sleeping dogs lie on this issue. I have made a note to never again post here when I have been seriously into the cups. There is though, this "sacred cow" syndrome in the Vancouver food scene that I take some issue with. I appreciate the role that "C" plays in this scene. C is important. C is cool. We all worship at the temple of C. etc etc. And "C" is of course just one example. But when you actually go to "C" (three times in a row in our case ) and leave each time feeling hungry, and t
  10. The relevance of the Boudrain wittiscism is that surely the principal point of any meal out is to have one's appetite slaked. Just like the principal point of any sex is to have one's desires satisfied. That is not to say you cannot dress things up with whistles and bells, and snorkels and flippers. But all the whistles and bells in the world will not compensate for an appetite that is unsatisfied. Just like all the snorkels and flippers will never really replace a seriously passionate bonk. So, when you get a restaurant that charges you hooker prices, at a very minimum you should have your
  11. I applaud C for all of the reasons you mention although, it has to be said, the ability to "engage my mind" is not one of the criteria by which I generally choose a restaurant. That said, not only didn't I feel that my mind was unduly engaged at C, but, sadly, my jaw was decidedly underengaged. Undoubtedly this town should have a restaurant like C - creative presentations, tiny portions built around a fish theme. A place where dieters and bulimic fashion models can dine with confidence. But as I said, we all felt "had" after our recent meal there. It's almost like the owners asked themselves
  12. Yup. That is my point. And it is not just Sydney or Barcelona. It is virtually every town anywhere in the Med. You can have a fresh plate of Barbounia with lemon and garlic in any of a thousand (I do not think this is an exaggeration) in the Med., and it will be better tasting, and fresher and better value for money than just about anything we have ever had at C. I just had an e-mail from our friends (from Italy) with whom we dined at C a couple of days ago, and they thanked us copiously for a great visit - but also suggested that we should not take good friends to C in future. They thought
  13. We find it hit and miss. We took some out of town guests there again a couple of days ago. One persons raved about their meal - and four were underwhelmed or disappointed. For one thing this business of taking portion control to extremes seems to be increasingly creeping into C's menu items. As an example I had a foie gras mousse - which was spread flat on my plate, but if you scraped it into a mass it would be no bigger a single piece of penne. My sablefish appetizer - well the fish content was no bigger than my little finger. And I am not referring to the tasting menu. We are not big eater
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