The views expressed in this blog are based entirely on personal tastes and preferences. Please do not take them as professional interpretations.

If you have any comments/suggestions/places you think serve great food, do share with us! Email me at qiuyi_ong@hotmail.com or leave a comment in the tag board. Thanks and cheers to future gastronomical adventures!


7ateNine (Eaten!)
Au Jardin (Eaten!)
Au Petit Salut
Buko Nero (Eaten!)
Cugini (Eaten!)
Forlino (Eaten!)
Jaan (Eaten!)
La Strada
Le Bistrot
Pasta Brava (Eaten!)
Sage (Eaten!)
Tetsu (Eaten!)


Le Figue
Original Sin
Pasta Brava


April 2008
May 2008
June 2008
July 2008
August 2008
September 2008
October 2008
November 2008
January 2009
February 2009
March 2009
April 2009
May 2009
June 2009
July 2009
August 2009
September 2009


Monday, September 1, 2008

Zippy Central Cafe and Bar
1153 Pukuatua street, Rotorua, New Zealand
07-348 8288

This cafe is recommended by the Lonely Planet as one of the better cafes around the very touristy Rotorua region.

I had my 1st cup of Chai Latte (NZD$4, with soy milk) here! A chai latte is just the spiced tea mixed with milk that’s steamed from an espresso machine. The spices usually consist of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, pepper and ginger. Since I'm not a 'drinks' person, I didn't expect to like it but the spices and soft foamy texture won me over easily.

The Nachos (NZD$8.50) with salsa, beans and sour cream was unremarkable.

The Warm Mediterranean Salad (NZD$15) was not what I expected. It has a type of pasta known as orzo which is Italian and means "barley". I've never seen this before! Despite its rice shape, orzo is not made out of rice but of hard wheat semolina. Taste wise, it's quite bland. Overall, I didn't enjoy the dish as it was too oily and the orzo pasta made me think that I'm eating rice which I dislike.

The cafe seems to be popular among the locals as it was pretty crowded considering that it's already past lunch time. Service was very friendly but the food was quite disappointing!

P.S.: The photos look so dull because they were taken using the handphone. The battery in my camera died on me as I took too many shots of the scenery earlier!


3:45 PM



In ancient Greek mythology, sirens are creatures which have the body of a bird and the head of a woman. They have such sweet voices that sailors who heard their songs were lured into grounding their boats on the rocks on which the nymphs sang.

To me, food are like the sirens in so many ways. Intoxicating, wonderful, beautiful and yet, so very deadly if you let them get the better of you. Food is a big part of my life and it’s meant to be appreciated and savored slowly. I admit that I am extremely particular about what I eat. If it’s not something I want to put in my body, I’d rather not eat. Some people eat to live while others live to eat. I’ve yet to discover which side of the camp I’m in… What about you?

I hope that you will enjoy reading about my food adventures as much as I like writing them. And many thanks to my family and friends who always wait patiently for me to take photos before digging in!


Ate Too Much
Gastronomic Ruminations
She Bakes & She Cooks
Singapore Daily Makan Photo
Small Potatpes Make the Steak Look Bigger
The Orthorexic Foodie
The Skinny Epicurean
Timeless Facade
Food Glorious Food