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Tuesday, 21 August

19:23

Red-legged Crake, Blue-winged Pitta in Singapore "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Red-legged Crake
We had a 3-day stopover in Singapore en route to Africa, staying at the Robertson Quay Hotel. The first morning we hooked up with Martin Kennewell, a well-known local birder, who took us to a spot in north-west Singapore, in Lim Chu Kang. Here we eventually got on to a Blue-winged Pitta that had been hanging around for a couple of weeks in a small patch of regrowth forest. This species is usually rare in Singapore at this time of year and one Bill and I had both missed previously in Asia, so we were pretty chuffed. Unfortunately it didn't pose for an image.

Red-legged Crake
The next morning we were off to Singapore's Botanic Gardens, probably the best place in the world to see Red-legged Crake, another much-wanted bird both of us had missed previously. We found one exactly where Martin said - just south-east of Lake Symphony. It was strutting around among the Heliconia patches between the lake and forest - quite in the open and oblivious to the many passers-by. It was in fact no less shy than the White-breasted Waterhens that were about. Evidently it is only relatively recent years that the crakes have moved in to the gardens.

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17:13

Eating Out: Brisbane Vegan Markets August 2018 Kittens Gone Lentil

As promised, the recent trip to the August edition of my beloved Brisbane Vegan Markets! You can see my other adventures at these markets here. Once again, I met up with my friends Tracee and Jamie for a lovely morning of eating everything.

I had just come from a sweaty bikram yoga class, so cooling down and rehydrating with a refreshing iced tea was just the ticket. I don't remember the name of the stall, but I enjoyed a lovely Lychee and Rose. Next time I want to try the grapefruit.

Ice Tea stall at Brisbane Vegan Markets


Our beloved Green Street Foods was away this month catering a wedding, so Tracee got her cheesy pasta fix from Fenn Foods. The pasta was coated in their sesame cheese with cherry tomatoes and olives. She also got some Momos from Tibetan Momos for her and Jamie.

Creamy Pasta from Fenn Foods at Brisbane Vegan Markets


Momos at Brisbane Vegan Markets


I stopped by the Japanese stall Raijin for some delicious Karaage Tofu, served with some rice and salad, and I added a couple of gyoza as well. So good. I am obsessed with their tofu.

Tofu Kaarage and Gyoza from Raijin at Brisbane Vegan Markets


Jamie had a cheeseburger (no picture, sorry) from Gatherers that he raved about, so I thought I might try their...

Monday, 20 August

17:00

John Mills Himself - Brisbane CBD Espresso & Matcha


All good food bloggers know, often the best food and drink can be found at the end of dark alleyways. That, or an axe murderer. But with a love of food that is so great that I risk my life on a regular basis, I found myself walking down a no so dark alleyway to the infamous cafe, John Mills Himself, situated behind Jia Ba Way. 



Inside was a sanctuary for coffee lovers of all kinds. With a warm but rustic setup, a buzzing vibe the scent of coffee wafting through my nostrils, it was very inviting indeed. Service was, of course via the counter and I opted for a seat rather than getting to go.

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