August 26, 2012

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis…Fun (though not a huge race fan)

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is home to the famous and renowned Indy 500 Race. The track – a two and a half mile oval with four one quarter mile ninety degree corners – is still the same track which was built in 1909 and is considered the world’s oldest continuously operating motor race course.

Though I am not a huge race fan, I took a ride in an air-conditioned vehicle around the track. which lets you experience the track from the driver’s perspective, albeit not at the speed that you would like. Not a long tour,  but it is worth the money at US$5. You will learn about the speedway from the early years until the present. Points of interest noted were the luxury suites, golf course, the famous “yard of bricks,” the familiar tower showing the placing of the cars during the race, the new safer barriers, and pit road. The other obvious feature is the Control Tower designed as a Chinese Pagoda.

There is also a museum tour on the grounds, but I didn’t go in.

A visit to the city of Indianapolis wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Even if you don’t know anything about it (like me), it’s priced reasonably and easy to get to in a bus, it’s worth the visit. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…


August 18, 2012

Lorenzo’s way, Manila…so-so fare

I like homemade Filipino food, but not sure about this restaurant. The ambiance is very Filipino and traditional. The staff were very friendly and attentive.

Sadly, the food was just average. The crispy pata (served with gising-gising and garlic rice) which is a popular Filippino pork dish was lacking flavour.  Bulalo is a Filipino stew made from beef shanks and marrow bones. The meat was not tender and juicy as I am used to. If a Filipino place can’t make bulalo, they don’t deserve to be called just that.

I had high expectations of this place before but I was disappointed. First impressions are big with me and they failed in this area, in my eyes. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

August 11, 2012

La Viva Spanish Bar & Tapas, Singapore…It’s an assault on your senses

You hear tapas in Singapore, you expect some earth shattering food.  At least that is what I expect.  I need to tell the real story for the rest of us who have stomachs.  

La Viva is super trendy… tries to attract that crowd as well with the decor. The food however… was horrible. Portions were small considering the price. We paid a small fortune for small amounts. By the end of the dinner, I was positive my $540 could have been better spent elsewhere. Oh yes, we ate some carrot cake and oyster omellette later to fill up.

We ordered both the sangria with sparkling wine which, as one friend put it, like sugar water plus cough mixture. The serrano ham and pear tasted as though they had been defrosted a few minutes earlier and heated in a microwave,  the bread tasted a bit like supermarket bread with a bit of a crust. The iberico ham was out of a can. The essalada de viva salad is not infused with anything resembling flavour. But probably the most disappointing dish of the night was the paella. We ordered 3 different ones. They were greasy and bland.

It’s actually a very tragic thing to order one of your favorite foods, only to find it is terrible and tasteless, and maybe even a bit gross.

This outlet disappoints with significant zeal. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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