Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Mo Ca chill

A friend from Oxford was in town tonight so we arranged to drink (amaretto sours, berry vodkas) in Brixton's Dogstar to begin with, but it was so cold, we couldn't bring ourselves to leave until late. Luckily for us the Dogstar now has a restaurant upstairs -- the Caribbean Mo Ca.

The food was average but filling. We started with aloe (potato) pies with tamarind sauce and callaloo (spinach) fritters with cucumber, mango and lime chutney; then a grilled chicken with fried plantain, coleslaw and "Spanish rice" for one main course, and chicken with tamarind sauce, pineapple and mango chutney plus "Spanish rice" (tasted like pre-flavoured Uncle Ben's to me) for another. Mo Ca is probably better for lunch or else after alot of evening drinking.

Along with the Queen, the Effra and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Dogstar is one of my favourite places to drink. In fact, there are so many great places to eat and drink in Brixton, I don't know why I don't hang out there more often.

Related link:

+ Urban 75's guide to Brixton. The only guide to Brixton you'll ever need to consult.

Other links today:

+ Engineers devise invisibility shield. "The key to the concept is to reduce light scattering. We see objects because light bounces off them; if this scattering of light could be prevented (and if the objects didn't absorb any light) they would become invisible. The plasmonic screen suppresses scattering by resonating in tune with the illuminating light."

+ The real world behind James Bond. "Documents and photographs released by MI5 have given a fascinating insight into the real-life intrigue which inspired James Bond's creator Ian Fleming - from exploding fountain pens to human torpedoes."

+ My own private Tokyo. William Gibson in Tokyo -- an old article, which I've been re-reading since starting Idoru.

+ Disneyland with the death penalty. William Gibson in Singapore. Another, even older article.

+ The $1,000 omelette. Made with lobster and lots of caviar.

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