Khao Soy- a thick curry soup with fresh egg noodles, bite size pieces of chicken thigh and tender massamun-style beef, topped with deep fried crispy noodles and sliced shallots. It is unbelievable how tasty this is.
You can get this dish all over Chiang Mai, but I had it several times at Aroon Rai and it was consistently good. The Tuk Tuk drivers all know this place so you should be able to get there for 40-60 Thai Baht from most locations in town.

Sven Kammerzelts’ Caffetteria Karalis is the best place to get a coffee in Ulm, Germany. I may be biased, as my friend and tour guide is friendly with the owner, but there were very few places in Ulm that hit you with the smell of freshly ground coffee as you walked through the door. Sven’s delivered this. This is the first step to enticing you to buy a coffee. It is also rare that the flavour lives up to the aroma, but here the coffee is strong and flavoursome. Sven is generous on the foam compared to Sydney’s generally smooth and creamy milk. Here the milk slightly more whipped, but never burnt. Just voluminous in the cup, which is not a bad thing. Looks a bit retro and definitely needs a spoon.

Thomas Walter and Malini Christine Ganesan celebrated their wedding in February this year at the delicious Sardinian restaurant Pilu at Freshwater in Sydney. I was lucky enough to be asked if I could make the cake…

The layers are (from top to bottom)
Fruit Cake 6″
Chocolate Buttermilk Cake 9″
Hazelnut Raspberry Cake 12″
All layers are covered in Chocolate Ganache and have a dark chocolate collar, fresh strawberries, blueberries and cherries.
The guests ate the bottom two layers at the wedding, and they finished both layers! That was after dessert…

Hazelnut Raspberry Cake
Made again for Thomas’ 40th birthday party in June. We enjoyed it with an espresso or two, made on a machine borrowed from their good friend Peter.
*Recipe from the Australian Women’s Weekly Website.

The top layer of fruit cake travelled back to Ulm in Germany and was not touched until my visit in June. What a surprise they had waited. It was perfect for eating by then.
*Recipe from Belinda Jeffery’s luscious book ‘Mix and Bake’.

This is a place to go for the food. If you don’t want to be disappointed, book a table. The walls could use a paint and the seating plan is sometimes questionable. Why would you place two separate couples two inches from each other in an otherwise empty restaurant? If it is really busy and at peak time, say 7pm on a Saturday night, you might be eating outside on metal tables. All this really doesn’t matter once you try the Laksa, Nasi Goreng or the Char Kway Teow. These spicy numbers are all washed down best with a coconut juice, in my opinion. Just a word of caution, they will ask if you want chilli- if you don’t like to suffer too much, ask for mild chilli, or just a little. Though some would consider it worth the pain.

Gado Gado Salad

Chicken and Prawn Laksa

Nasi Goreng (fried rice)

Nasi Lemak (coconut rice)

Hainanese Chicken Rice
If by some miracle you still have room, try one of the many coloured desserts on the table as you pay at the counter. The cassava one is mild, not too sweet and has a lovely texture.

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There is something to be said for a good quality jam in a jam donut. Not sickly sweet, just the right amount of tartness…could eat these more often. Dangerous words. Lucky they’re in Bern.

Didn’t actually find a bad espresso in Switzerland. Also from a cafe in Bern. As you can see one can have quite a civilised morning while attempting to soak in some culture.

Even if they are too sweet, they look so good you want more.
P.s. If you don’t understand the reference from the title of the post, look it up.