Friday, August 29, 2008

Cibo Restaurant at 9501 closing down?

My good friend Kate called my mobile yesterday morning and started the conversation off with a rather alarming opening sentence. "I have some bad news," she said. From the rather light tone of her voice (considering her words), I figured it wasn't REALLY horrible news. So I said, "Have you done something bad?" It was a rather ungenerous comment, I realized too late, but there it was. She laughed and said that of course she hadn't.

Anyway, after that mysterious opening salvo, she came out and told me that the branch of Cibo in our office building was closing down at the end of September. This WAS bad news. That Cibo has been around for years, and I've had countless satisfying lunches with my office friends there. We even know the servers by name. They hand us Cibo giveaways whenever Christmas comes around, as a token of thanks for our loyal patronage.

Kate and I would laughingly bump into each other in the restaurant, both of us coincidentally planning to dine there alone. It was a place of refuge when things got a little too hectic at work. No better way to beat stress than with a plate of Farfalle a la Genovese.

I had lunch there today with Kate to find out for myself if the rumor was true (and also to partake of said farfalle). The server confirmed Kate's earlier report, and it certainly looks like one of my favorite restaurants will no longer be around (at least in a place where I can walk to) in a matter of weeks. One of my comfort zones will disappear.

Which is why I intend to eat farfalle every week this month. I have to give the closing down of Cibo a tribute it deserves.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Asian Delights Cafe, Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Malaysia

Our dive trip to Sipadan was drawing to a close, and we were on the last leg of the epic journey back home (going to and from Sipadan included air, land, and sea transfers within Malaysia). We were in Kota Kinabalu International Airport, and we had a couple of hours to kill after checking in, so we had some time to have a last Malaysian lunch. We ended up in Asian Delights Cafe at the airport. An unassuming place, but good enough for our purposes (we were hungry enough to be not very choosy). I had their Malaysian Style Tenggiri Fish Rice, and I ended up quite satisfied with it.

Malaysian Style Tenggiri Fish Rice

This was one instance when the food they served actually looked better than it did in the photo in the menu. It also tasted better than I expected. I really like Malaysian food, and this airport meal turned out to be all right as my final meal in Malaysia, at least for now.

Asian Delights Cafe
Mezzanine Floor, Terminal 2
Kota Kinabalu International Airport

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Joey Pepperoni Pizzeria

There's a Joey Pepperoni Pizzeria across the street from our office, so one lunch break, some of my officemates invited me to have some pizza there. I found that they offered budget-friendly set meals, so I ordered the one that gave me some pesto pasta and two slices of vegetarian pizza. The pasta came with some garlic bread, which I liked best among what I had on the plate.

What I was really looking forward to, however, was their frozen cappuccino mud pie. I was hoping it tasted somewhat like my favorite mudpie in Friday's, but it didn't. Joey Pepperoni's version was just as sweet, but the texture was not as fine. In fact, I could taste the grains of sugar in it.

Frozen Cappuccino Mud Pie

Taking the prices into consideration though, it wasn't a bad lunch at all. The meals were easy on the pocket, and can probably compete with the other restaurants in the area.

(Blogger's note: The branch mentioned here has since closed down, but other Joey Pepperoni branches are very much alive and kicking.)