Archive for the 'Disappointing' Category


iPhone, it ain’t iPhoto anyway

Since I posted previously about my N79 epic photo taking capabilities, I thought I’d post a sample shot from the iPhone in comparison.

Stop laughing.

I’d heard that the camera on the iPhone was bad, but sweet God of focus, EVERYTHING comes out blurry. Why Jobs, why?

IFail, I mean iPhone. And this is one of the clearer photos taken at Highgate Cemetery.



bad blogger and San Francisco Eats

So.. I am a very bad blogger and haven’t updated in about a year! No excuse really, other than blogging apathy and I haven’t really eaten anywhere that spectacular. We did visit San Francisco for a holiday and food is one of my favourite things to do in the States. But, this trip was a little wake up call for me. By the end of it I just couldn’t ‘stomach’ the excesses of food on offer, the huge portions and the shameful amounts of food we left behind. Driving down the streets past endless Jack in the Boxs, Mc Donald’s and Denny’s really grossed me out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not blaming the companies, it’s supply and demand!

We even went into this ‘all you can eat’ place by accident and I thought, wow, is this really necessary. Greasy food, epic portions and the over abundance of fried, cheesed and hot fries on food just really turned me off American food. I was glad to get back to London and the less complicated, Europeanish style food here. Wraps and salads have never been more appealing. We also had some dodgy sushi that I am still queasy over.

However, while in San Francisco we did indulge in some of the local ‘delicacies’. It can really be said that I have a fondness for novelty foods, I don’t know why but they always seem more interesting and delicious than regular foods. Hence my delight at sushi and fondue. Novelty was thus the reason for these two beauts!

This was the Shrimpers Heaven at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf.  4 kinds of shrimp in these awesome holders! I think I can hear everyone in the food blogging community collectively groan at that. Come on, I had to try it – it would have been criminal not to. But man, it was horrible and filling. You ask how can I complain about American food when I order stuff like this, I agree, it really is my own fault.  C got a stuffed crab, shrimp cheese thing that came with and fries and a side salad. We were so full and we left most of it behind. The server asked did we want a box for it, I was like, dude I may never eat again and I definitely don’t want to eat that again. He was like, okay how about dessert?

This was clam chowder in a sourdough bowl, again in Fisherman’s Wharf, really THE place for novelty foods. It was actually quite good, not the best chowder ever, but tasty enough. The restaurant specialises in their sourdough bread and it was sour. We often get sourdough baguettes over here, but I didn’t realise they were actually meant to taste like that. Because they don’t, at all. So I was a bit taken aback by the sourness of the bread and it wasn’t really to my liking at all.

So the verdict on San Francisco was that the food wasn’t at all amazing and I am definitely not judging it on these places, but on all the meals we had there. Overall, not an amazing selection or excellent quality. We didn’t find that many different places to try, though C did have an interesting yoghurt dip thing in the Mission.  Perhaps I am too biased by European food. Thoughts?


We went for the Chinese, but stayed for the Malayasian

During our typical ‘where will we go for dinner?’ debate the other night, my hankering for Chinese won out over C’s desire for a burger. We decided to go to Kensai in Camden, as we had eaten there before and they had a 2 for 1 happy hour. Hmm 2 for 1! We were given a specials menu, which had any main course for £6.95, but at first glance it was all curries and complicated ingredients. I really just wanted a bog standard Chinese, so I consulted the main menu. All Malaysian… eh what? The entire menu was two pages of just Malyasian food, all long, complicated, curry based stuff. I’ve no problem with Malaysian food, but it was really not what I was in the mood for. Plus I didn’t really want a whole mess of lemongrassy type ingredients, it just wasn’t that kind of night.
The waitress kept coming over to see if we were ready to order, but I was a little confused with having to interpret a whole new genre of food.  I was just amazed at how they changed the entire menu, when it was working fine to begin with. Anyway, as we were having our 2 for 1 drinks, we decided we might as well stay. As we both don’t eat spicy food, there wasn’t a lot to choose from. In the end we just got starters.


Prawn Fritter, with peanut sauce.

As you can see from the pictures, the food wasn’t anything outstanding. The spring rolls and squid were fairly standard, but the Prawn dumplings were good and the fritters were very tasty, filled with some kind of pumpkin mush and accompanied by a peanut dressing. Very nice.

Szechaun Salt and Pepper Squid.


 Vegetable Spring Rolls.

The damage was about £25 for four starters and drinks, which was fine, I guess. But I left feeling unsatisfied, obviously because I hadn’t gotten my Chinese – also because it was yet another restaurant where I had to ‘make do’ with something on the menu. This really annoys me when restaurants change their menu or dishes unexpectedly, I know that variety is the spice of life and all that hoo ha, but still, I have a right to be grumpy and cantankerous.

Steamed Prawn Dumplings.


First off let me say that I have absolutely no problem with chain store restaurants and bars, Starbucks, The Slug and Lettuce, All Bar One, even ahem Eddie Rockets at times – the reason I don’t mind the fact that they are soulless establishments is because they are always the same. You can always count on the same food on the menu, it’s consistency in an inconsistent world. Now I thought Wagamama was the same – sort of like the Mc Donald’s of Asian food, but more upmarket of course. We had eaten a really tasty dinner in a Dublin branch one night and I naively thought that all Wagamamas would have the same menu. While we both hate their bench style seating arrangement, we popped in for a quick dinner as I was craving a tuna teryiaki and couldn’t be bothered walking to the Japanese down the road.

To my horror none of the items we had eaten in Dublin were on the menu and they had no tuna at all. As the rest of the menu seemed very meat heavy, I ordered a yasai katsu curry, slices of sweet potato and butternut squash deep fried and served with a light curry. Well that was the spiel on the menu anyway. Despite the fact that they served C’s dinner about fifteen minutes before mine, I didn’t mind as I love curry and was looking forward to this Japanese take on it. I saw the chef messing about with the curry pot long before I was served, he was wandering back and forth with a paper cup and a terrine of curry. I actually thought “oh my God please don’t tell me that is my dinner”. It was. When I was finally served, my first thought was “this looks like chip shop curry sauce”. You know the type, a mustardy looking colour with black specs in it – made from reconstituted curry powder. Well, it was chip shop curry sauce, it looked like it, tasted like it and I bet if I went in the kitchen I would find the tub of curry powder it had been made out of. It was seriously horrible and it covered everything on the plate, totally inedible.

I guess this is why other people hate chain restaurants, because they just don’t care as much.