Friday, August 08, 2014

Cavalock and The Biru Sake Distraction

Now it's not every day that I admit to a culinary misstep, well, probably cos I only commit them every other day. But this is one that I think is worth sharing as it involves the dangers of alcohol abuse. Yes, as in it's simply abusive behaviour to deny me more of this drink. So I saw this bottle of Japanese booze on sale at Isetan and don't ask me why but I immediately assumed it was biru or Japanese beer. A couple of things drew me to it, that it's deviously Yuzu-flavoured and that it goes down well with fried freakin' food.

A few days after I bought it, I finally managed to get my hands on some quality fried chicken drumlets and took a swig of it. First thought I had was 'this is great, the Yuzu flavour is really refreshing but this sure as hell doesn't taste like beer!'.

So after a week sitting in the fridge, I finally took a closer look at the label and guess what it says. Sake! Hah, I suppose the words 'High-Ball' would also had been a dead giveaway. What's more, see how it's labelled 7% alcohol on the bottle instead of 6% like in the ad. Er .... that's a good thing, right?

Time to check out more oldie vintage stuff I found. The collection belonged to my late mom and is very similar to this other set that I posted awhile back. Pretty cool eh? I honestly don't recall them being used at all. Anyway they are all made in England and I reckon at least 40 years ago. Now these days they outsource the manufacturing to India and Indonesia, that's what I have been told. Still haven't figured out what I'm gonna do with them. I guess if anyone's having a Downton Abbey viewing party, I could loan them out. ;)

Is that a sugar bowl? It seems a little too big for one.

Soooooo there's a tiny little chance that I might be heading to the US, or Indianapolis and New York to be exact, next week. I'm quite wary about it but my 92-year-old aunt and almost everyone else insist that I make the journey. It has been almost 15 years since I was in the Big Apple, I'm sure things have changed, from what I'm hearing it ain't all for the better. I have asked a couple of friends about stuff like SIM cards (T-mobile seems to be the fav) and taking domestic flights, both things that I have never done before in the US. I'm also mentally prepared for a ton of racist encounters. Its gonna be pretty crazy as I don't know a single person there. Yikes! For better or worse, it will be an unforgettable odyssey.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Cavalock and The Rainbow Cake Sensation

We had a kid's birthday order a couple weeks ago for an M&Ms and Kit-Kats rainbow cake. And when you look online at how colourful and attractive they are, it's no wonder why they are so popular right now.

Once again, I wanna say that I just take the pix, the baker in the house did all the amazing work you see here, not me. So we noticed that in all the Internet pix, you got Kit-Kat bars surrounding the cake. But since we are doing a rainbow cake, it's gotta be pretty tall for the different brightly colored layers to show. That means we can't use Kit-Kats cos they are too short. We hit the supermarket candy aisles searching for substitutes and finally decided to go with Kinder Bueno bars.

Also, instead of a sponge cake, we had to bake layers of pound cake as we were afraid that the weight of the numerous M&Ms would cause the sponge to collapse into itself. Well, the baker did her usual work in our tiny apartment kitchen and as you can see, it turned out beautifully. The birthday boy loved it, the other kids freaked out over it and all the adults took photos of it.

Time to geek out with an update on the fake Lego minifigures scene and it's a doozy! It's Marvel's Fantastic Four with a giant-sized Thing! I kinda doubt if we'll see any official Fantastic Four Lego minifigures before their movie next year. Plus with the troubled relationship right now between Fox (who owns the movie rights to the FF) and Marvel, I don't think an official Lego set is even in the works. But thank the Master Builders that the folks in China came up with these fake ... I mean, customised Lego minifigures! They even came up with 3 different costumes or colored pants that the Thing wore over the years as a member of the Fantastic Four.

What size pants does Thing wear?

Size 4!