Dining

blatantly bad birds – (Countdown: 3)

park next to Gurney Plaza

On a walk this morning I noticed birds behaving badly – flirting in the park.

birds flirting

Can’t they read the sign?

sign in the park

It seems it’s mating season, and I also notice birds building nests recently.

Doutor Coffee in the Gurney Alfresco area has closed

I’d been meaning to have a coffee there, but it’s already closed.  But another coffee shop will replace it.

Doutor coffee is being replaced with another coffee shop – so there’ll be four coffee shops in a row – Dome, Doutor replacement, SF Coffee and Starbucks. And that’s just on this side!

And it seems there was an altercation with a pole on Gurney Drive.

I suppose this happened last night

Otherwise it’s fairly quiet this week.

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Cheapest – and best? – coffee shop in Penang – (Countdown: 4)

One can get a coffee at PBC Coffee in the First Avenue Mall for RM2 – the catch is, you prepare it yourself – including grinding the coffee beans by hand. The first time a staff member will show you the procedure.

PBC

instructions

prices

coffee grinder

implements

we’ve ground the coffee now – you can filter the coffee or use a French press

carefully pour in boiling water

filtering

the coffee – in a ceramic mug – not in those undesirable paper cups

the wall

Grab had a discount the day we went – so catching Grab from home to First Avenue and back cost us RM5 – then RM4 for two coffees. RM9, or about USD2 for a day out.  Not bad.

And as Grab sometimes has special discounts – it cost us RM2 to get to First Avenue from home, and RM3 to get back

Gurney Euro Deli closed

One day Euro Deli was suddenly gone – all boarded up.

Euro Deli closed in December. I assumed it was the end of their contract, as they’d opened in December several years ago. Asking management at Gurney left me no more enlightened. They didn’t tell me what would be replacing Euro Deli. But yesterday I saw that it’s a sales office for condos.

Yesterday I saw them refitting the shop

the interior

a nice little George Town cafe

Almost opposite St George’s church on Masjid Kapitan Keling in George Town one can find the Cafe Little Angel.

When it’s hard to park your car on the street, the only spot available is often right in front of it – because any car parked there will be bathed in oil from the cafe’s extractor fan.

But anyway, it’s inexpensive with a friendly staff, and tasty food.

 

Touch Veggie Delight – vegetarian restaurant

I dined here much earlier in the year, but am finally writing about it.

While I don’t understand the concept of eating “vegetarian chicken” – as you may just as well eat chicken, or recognise you are eating soy, they have plenty of dishes that don’t pretend to be something other than what they are.  I saw an advertisement that states that there is no MSG, and I am pleased about this and that awareness of the toxicity of MSG is spreading.

It’s bright and clean inside.  I went with a group, and we all enjoyed our food.

Details are:

68-1-1 Sunrise at Gurney, Persiaran Gurney, George Town, Penang, 10250 – you can park (using a voucher) on Gurney Drive.
+60 4-217 0158
http://www.touchfancydelight.com
Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-10:00pm.

night view from outside

menu

menu

menu

inside

inside

my meal

Magnificent Macedonia – Balkans trip anecdotes and photos

This blog mainly concentrates on providing information that will help in living or travelling in Malaysia.  However, I do blog a little about trips abroad.  On my recent trip to the Balkans I’ll do a series of short blogs providing one anecdote per country, and then a few assorted photos of the country unrelated to the anecdote.

The last post in this series.

Macedonia was surprising – so many statues, monuments, and, apart from the trains, modern and functional.

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Skopje, capital of Macedonia.  Could that be Alexander the Great?

Skopje

Skopje – Vardar River and the Opera House in the background

Skopje

Skopje – mosque

at the station

at the station

the beest train I caught in the Balkans - and the last

the best train I caught in the Balkans – and the last

park in Bitola

park in Bitola

Bitola

Bitola – my hotel on the left

Macedonian salad

In the hotel restaurant – Macedonian salad

lamb

lamb

moon

moon as seen from my hotel window

Heraclea - ancient ruins near Bitola

Heraclea – ancient ruins near Bitola

Heraclea - ancient ruins near Bitola

Heraclea – ancient ruins near Bitola

Bitola

Bitola at lunchtime

Church opposite my hotel

Church opposite my hotel

Church opposite my hotel

Church opposite my hotel

bus to

bus to Ohrid

in

in Ohrid

Lake

Lake Ohrid

e

Basilica

e

Basilica

c

Fortress

c

Fortress

c

Holy Mary

restaurant

restaurant Svete Sophia

restaurant

restaurant Svete Sophia

Macedonian salad

Macedonian salad

stwe

stew

dessert

dessert

statue

statue

another nice morning

another nice morning

I spotted a Yugo

I spotted a Yugo

bus back to Skopje

bus back to Skopje – it had WiFi

so that's how far it is

so that’s how far it is

through the mountains

through the mountains

a short walk in the forest

a short walk in the forest

back in Skopje

back in Skopje – St Clement

inside

inside St Clement

Skopje Airport - leaving the Balkans

Skopje Airport – leaving the Balkans