2012/10/31

無杖似有杖:打狗市警察局體技(柔道)館/"Jodo Court" of Takao Police HQ

無杖似有杖:打狗市警察局體技(柔道)館/"Jodo Court" of Takao Police HQ
The Chinese part reads "Judo Court." I guess either their Judo skill is so powerful as if they all carry gigantic sticks, or this court is also used for Jodo Shu worshiping.

不知道打狗的警察杯杯們的柔道是到了無杖似有杖的境界(Jodo: 杖道),還是這裡同時也是淨土宗(Jodo Shu)的道場?


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2012/10/30

就算在越南都是一流:阿惠越南小吃/Authentic Vietnamese Food in Taiwan: Pho Bo Hue

就算在越南都是一流:阿惠越南小吃/Authentic Vietnamese Food in Taiwan: Pho Bo Hue

Rating: If this restaurant was in Vietnam, it would still be first class. Pilgrimage.
評等:就算這家餐廳搬回越南也是一流。朝聖。


地址:高雄市左營區新庄仔路588號
電話:0961005979

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Arriving at Pho Bo Hue/到阿惠:

Easy to miss. Look for the sign on the side walk.
路邊的扛棒小塊,容易錯過。


Menu/菜單:

Pho Bo/Beef Noodle/牛肉河粉
This dish is house specialty. The broth is authentic and heavy. This kind of quality if hard to find even in Vietnam. In Kaohsiung Takao, this dish normally costs NT$80. It is only NT$60 here, even after they jacked up the price.
這是招牌菜。湯頭濃醇而厚。就算在越南,也很難找得到這種品質的湯頭。這碗在高雄打狗的行情是80大洋,但在這裡只要60。根本就是來亂行情的。零北猜可能是自家的店面,免房租。

Bun Mang/Duck and Bamboo Shoots Noodle/鴨肉竹筍:
口味道地的越南味。粉對零北死忠的古早味。講究養生的死臺巴子可能會嫌油膩。

Bun Thit Nuong/Grilled Pork Thin Noodle/燒肉麵線:
This dish is relatively light.
偏好輕食者可以考慮這道菜。

Goodies underneath/深藏好料:
Please mix well before enjoying this dish.
享用前,請攪拌。

From Inside:

We heard that this place had just been recommended by a TV program. There was a line up when we arriving at around 2 PM. Our waiting time was about 15 minutes.

The hostess was modest: she kept apologizing for our long wait;
The hostess was proud: she refused our reservation and down payment.

聽說最近剛被食尚玩家報導,要排隊。我們剛到時,有些人不想排隊,就落跑了。我們快下午兩點才到,等了約15分鐘。

老闆娘很謙虛:一直為我們的久候抱歉;
老闆娘很跩:不接受預約,先給她錢都不收。

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2012/10/27

新化老街咖啡/Xinhua Olde Town Cafe

新化老街咖啡/Xinhua Olde Town Cafe

評等:重信譽。超便宜的豆子。朝聖。
Rating: Valued reputation. Excellent value on beans. Pilgrimage.

Address/店址:臺南市新化區中正路421號(對面隔壁的馬列隔壁不就是426?)
Tel/電話:+886-6-590-9800

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臺灣的咖啡達人密度高到不可思議的程度。百家爭鳴,各有所長。之前零北呷好倒相報,到荷俚特按耐府城的朋友。到了府城,地頭蛇就以新化老街咖啡報李。他說,府城是臺灣自家烘培咖啡豆的濫觴。

The density of specialized cafe in Formosa is amazingly high. All of them has got their own forte. After treating my friend from Tainan at CoffeeHolic, he treated me in Xinhua Olde Town Cafe in return. He told me Tainan is the origin of specialized cafe in Formosa.

新化老街咖啡的曼巴讓零北驚豔。可一問價錢,還真嚇了一跳:便宜得太誇張。半磅竟然只要260大洋。在高雄打狗,這種品質的豆子的行情是400上下啊...

I am impressed by their coffee, and the price for beans is even better. Only NT$260 for one half pound. In KaohsiungTakao, beans this good would cost around NT$400.



菜單上有咖啡拿鐵,櫃台上也有Espresso機。可是菜單上就沒有espresso。我就問老闆娘賣不賣?她說,要是我能等的話,等老闆回來再喝。於是我就等了。

Cafe Latte is listed on the menu, and there is also an espresso machine on the counter. However, espresso is not listed on the menu. I asked the hostess if I may sample one. She recommended patience for the return of the host.


老闆回來後,看到零北為這麼厚的咖啡脂大驚小怪驚豔時,還補一槍說這不過是「正常」。
After the return of the host, I was amazed by the thickness of the crema. They said this was only "normal."

零北很好奇:這麼好的Espresso,為啥不在菜單上?
老闆解釋道:是為了避免爭議。他說:歐洲的espresso用的是Robusta的豆子,那雖然只是成本考量,但很多人喝慣了那味道,喝不慣他們用的Arabica。爆多豆,只取前段。

I was curious why espresso is not listed on the menu. The host explained, it was to avoid controversy. European espresso uses Robusta beans to cut down the cost. However, most people are used to that taste already. Here they use generous amount of Arabica, and under extract.


老闆跟老闆娘都退休後來圓咖啡店的夢,都認為:要感動別人,必須先感動自己。從菜單就知道他們是字字斟酌的內行。

Latte 其實是義大利文的「牛奶」。所以「拿鐵」就只是「牛奶」。Caffe Latte 必須是「咖啡拿鐵」。從細分並註解菜單上不同的「拿鐵」,可以看出他們用字不但認真、精確,還溫柔、細心地考慮到要照顧那些積非成是、不求甚解的笨蛋、土炮顧客。







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2012/10/22

全民抓狂:保臺救扁大遊行

全民抓狂:保臺救扁大遊行


A Poem from Martin Niemöller 的詩

Als die Nazis die Kommunisten holten,
habe ich geschwiegen;
ich war ja kein Kommunist.

當納粹抓共產黨時,我沉默了;反正我也不是共產黨。

Als sie die Sozialdemokraten einsperrten,
habe ich geschwiegen;
ich war ja kein Sozialdemokrat.

當社會民主黨被關時,我沉默了;反正我也不是社會民主黨。

Als sie die Gewerkschafter holten,
habe ich nicht protestiert;
ich war ja kein Gewerkschafter.

當工會幹部被抓時,我沒抗議;反正我也不是工會幹部。

Als sie die Juden holten,
habe ich geschwiegen;
ich war ja kein Jude.

當猶太人被抓時,我沉默了;反正我也不是猶太人。

Als sie mich holten,
gab es keinen mehr, der protestieren konnte.

當我被抓時,已經再也沒有人可以抗議的。


























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2012/10/17

來去踅興達港/Shopping@Xingda Harbour

來去踅興達港/Shopping@Xingda Harbour:


This place is evolving into a small tourist's trap. The price a little steep. For example, a normal oyster omelette costs around NT$45 in Kaohsiung Takao, NT$50 for a good one. As this place is close to the source, there is no way the locals would pay NT$50 for one.

這個所在主要是針對外客。有點小貴。比如說:在打狗,蚵仔煎通常是45元一坨,好一點的要50。可是這裡蚵仔煎開價50元一坨。既然這裡離產地超近,很難想像在地人會砸那麼多銀子。

現炸海鮮/Deep Fried Seafood@1:23
This stand leaves me a very good impression. There is a huge crowd. I regreted that I did not get in the line.

我對這攤的印象很好。人氣很旺。我很後悔沒交關這攤。
This gentleman was about to offer me a free sample.
這位仁兄正準備讓我試吃。

陳記姑嫂丸/Fish Balls of Chen Sisterhood:
Tried, tasted tested, and true. Recommended. Love the way they do business. The offered me free sampling while I was on my way to their stand, again when I was shooting the video, and one more time when I was actually shopping.

嚐過。推。在停車場就品嚐了,錄影時又給我品嚐第二彈,開始砸銀子時又第三彈。零北喜歡她們做生意的方式。

不推@1:55:
NOT recommended. I prefer to pay first. It was a bad idea. After they grab my money, the service goes straight to the south pole. I was completely ignored. Long after my order was ready, the server was too busy to get new business to give me my order. After my continuing demands, she turned around, and grab the the order after mine, and gave it to the customer behind me. They also picked my order from the bottom, and it tasted funny. Should have taken the sign of very few customers.

不推。零北喜歡先付錢,可是她們一收了錢以後就不鳥我了。零北的東西早就炸好了,可是她們忙著拉客,就是不拿來給我。說了好幾次後,還居然先去拿旁邊比我晚來的那包。給我的魚卵是從下面拿的。味道很奇怪。很後悔沒在意攤子在入口處居然還能差的人氣。

大推@4:00:
Highly recommended. Fresh and tasty tiny squids.
新鮮、美味、小管爆月巴。

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