Food adventure – Mos Burger Brisbane

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I heard of Mos Burger for a white but yet have the chance to try it out. Probably because of my crazy busy life as a uni student though. There is a store right on the Adelaide street where I walked on countless times but I never once stopped to try. I think this is partly because I developed some sort of phobia with greasy burgers when fastfood giants like McDonald’s, Hungry Jack’s (Burger King), KFC can be seen at every street corner. Whenever I heard the word ‘burger’, a mental image of a huge, can’t-be-any-more-greasy burger pops out in my head and effectively kills my appetite. I blame them for my lateness of trying Mos Burger, damn you! Man, I have no idea what I have been missing out.  

I went out with my friend yesterday, and we were kind of wandering around Brisbane CBD. Watching movies, catching up,…god knows how long we haven’t seen each other. After a long day we went to grab something for dinner. It’s kind of difficult to find a place that suits both of us though, as my friend is vegetarian and I am a carnivore. We wanted to have some pizza at the New York Slice Pizzeria but we couldn’t have it so we just walked around, finding some interesting place to go in. In our hunger, the Mos Burger green banner seemed curiously appealing. We decided to give it a try, for that we got a pleasant surprise.

Walking though the door, you would find the inside quite warm and cosy with small tables down stair. The staffs were welcoming and friendly enough that made our ordering experience a easy one. We ordered two burgers to take away and we got them after 5 minutes, impressive. Now, moving on to the burger break down.

My friend ordered a Mos Burger’s Vegetable Croquette Burger which is one of three vegetarian choices they have (Veggie Kinpira, Oyster Mushroom, but these are rice burger though). Her burger looked cute lol.

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Vegetable Croquette Burger $3.40

The burger was quite a good combination of potato croquette, shredded cabbage and katsu sauce. The delicious, tangy katsu sauce was put on top of the croquette as well as the shredded cabbage. What my friend liked about the burger though, is it layered textual. The sotfness of the bun, the crunchy freshness of cabbage, and the crispy yet creamy of the croquette. Add the sauce to the mix and you would throw any thoughts of diet over the window to munch on this mighty goodness.

As I mentioned before, I am not a big fan of vegetarian and a self-proclaimed carnivore. I chose a Premium Wagyu Burger – Wagyuworks is what they call it.

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Wagyuworks – Premium Wagyu Burger $8.95

The burger was bigger than I thought, but not that gigantic American burger to you. For the meaty side, You can find inside a Wagyu beef patty (ultra high quality they say), a slide of bacon, a fried egg. They included a slide of beetroot beside the usual lettuce, an interesting sweetness though. However, this slide of beetroot can be very watery and leak pinky water everywhere if you’re not careful. I ordered my burger without cheese so it was not greasy at all. For those who love a cheesy burger, you can choose to order Wagyuworks Cheese. Overall, despite its rather unruly look, it tasted surprisingly good. The beef patty was juicy and well favoured. I thought the egg and the bacon would mess up the flavours, but they didn’t! The sweetness of beetroot and the burger sauce balanced everything perfectly.

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Wagyworks – Premium Wagyu Burger $8.95

For the price of $8.95 for the Wagyuworks and $3.40 for the Vegetable Croquette Burger. Mos Burger is a decent choice when you want to grab some quick lunch for just under $10. Mos Burger does have happy hour special between 2:30 to 5 pm Monday to Friday where you can get a burger and a drink from $5.95. For more information you can check out their Facebook page Here. Overall, it is quite a good place to grab a non-greasy burger for me. I would go back there and try their prawn burger sometimes though, it just tickles my fancy.

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Learning a 3rd language, why not?

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First thing though, English is my second language. It is a mandatory subject since primary school for us Vietnamese. You would think that after 12 year of sweet education every single one of us would speak English flawlessly. Sorry to burst your bubble, but no that’s not the case. The ‘English’ we were taught at school was mostly vocabulary, grammar, and more grammar. So little attention was spent on other core skills like speaking and listening that it reached the point of ridiculousness. What can you do with a bunch of grammar while you can’t speak the language properly?

I learned English mostly by myself. Aside the crazy amount of grammar practices at school, I tried to surround myself with the language as much as possible. I watched TV shows, movies, etc without vietnamese sub or dub. I read news on sites like BBC or ABC to familiar myself with the way native speakers use words and phrases. And social networks like Twitter help me a lot too, communicating mainly by English. Though it is true that I picked up English a little faster than my peers, I believe the attitude towards learning it is what helped me the most. If you are serious enough about something, you would be determined enough go to hell and back with it.

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Now, back to the learning the 3rd language thing. There is a saying that if you already learned one (aside your mother tongue), the next language you take would be much easier. I do find this is true with my Swedish learning. Yes, I am attempting to make it my 3rd language. For the ‘why’ and ‘what the heck would you do with a Scandinavian language when you’re living in Australia’ things, I would save it for an entry another day.

Learning a third language is easier than you think. Say, if your first language is English *lucky you*, and you learned Spanish as your second language, you would probably pick up Italian or French very fast. The similarities between the languages aside, when you learned a foreign language already, you would be unlikely to have question like ‘what on earth is a conjunction?’. Grammar would make more sense to you too.

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Another plus is that you can learn your 3rd while keep practicing your 2nd language. Say, if you use Spanish to learn Italian, your brain would try to make connections between these two like ‘oh benvenuta/benvenuto? I know that, it is bienvenida/bienvenido in spanish!’. It is quite a fun exercise for your brain. However, sometimes false friend – falso amigo between languages would make you don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. Like ‘bra’ in Swedish and English.

Learning a 3rd language or not is your choice, nobody can force you do what you don’t want to (and no I’m not taking about your mum). But hey, who knows one day it would surprise you? Learning is never a bad thing to do.

For the love of Coffee!!!

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I come from Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam aka Saigon and we Saigonese drink coffee like water. Well, not quite but we do drink coffee anytime and anywhere. It is almost like a habit, a morning ritual for us to start a new day with a cup of Ca phe da (Vietnamese iced coffee) or its hot variation. Hot coffee warm you up in dreadful rainy days and iced coffee does its magic in 40 degrees summer. It is such a popular and well-loved beverage that you can find anywhere, from the ‘high end’ coffee shop with air conditioner and all the jazz to a modest pavement cafe. The taste doesn’t change much.

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I literally grew up with coffee. Though I don’t really remember exactly when was the first time I tried coffee, I recall the times when I followed my mum to the coffee roasting store to pick up our order. The smell of freshly roasted coffee beans was probably one of the best smells I have ever smelt my entire life. Growing up I drank my way over all types of coffee, traditional brew, instant, hell I even tried canned coffee.

Now moving to Australia for the time being, I have the chance to try real western style coffee not the heavy customised to suit the local taste ones back home. Oh for the love of Mocha, Caramel Macchiato, Cappuccino, Latte, and don’t forget the Aussie style Flat White.

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Though at the first try the coffee here tasted rather bland to me, probably because my spoiled taste buds were still used with the overly sweetness of the drinks back home. It didn’t take me long to get used to it and wolf down gallons per day though.

And again when you are an uni student…living of coffee is nothing short of the usual. You either drink coffee because you genuinely enjoy it or you need it to keep your eye open. Either way, long live coffee!

One cold raining day in Brisbane

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Winter here in Brisbane is generally not that cold compared to places like Melbourne or the lands further south. The temperature vary between 17-18 degrees midday to around 10 degrees at night, quite decent I must say. I came here last year from a tropical city that has no concept of winter whatsoever but I have no problem with the weather so far.

But that is when the weather is sunny, fluffy and nice. It is another story when it rains, and rains, and rains…You will experience a real winter. Say, one morning you wake up, open your window to say hello to the new day…

And this is the sky for you

Brisbane Winter 2015

Rather depressing…and it makes you wonder if this is how people in the UK feel. You want nothing more than staying at home, snuggling in your bed a whole day, preferably with a cup of hot chocolate.