Thursday, 26 February 2015

Aqua S Ice Cream Parlour, Sydney CBD

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! 
Would you be willing to queue thirty minutes for an $8 ice cream 
topped with caramel popcorn, toasted marshmallow, white fairy floss, 
chocolate cone and popping candy?  Let me tell you, despite the long waiting line, 
their ice cream is well worth the wait.

 New flavours are being introduced every two weeks.

Bright and colourful Sea Salt and Mandarin flavours.
They both tasted so good with each other,
I felt like having a heavenly experience!

Regent Place 
501 George St Sydney, 
NSW 2001
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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

2015 Chinese Lantern Carnival @ Darling Harbour & Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors @ Dawes Point

"Gong Xi Fa Cai, Xin Nian Kuai Le!"
"Congratulations and be prosperous, happy new year!" is what it's meant in Mandarin.
This holiday is the biggest, longest (traditionally lasts 15 days) 
and most important event in Chinese calendar.

In China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan 
Lantern Festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Chinese Lantern Festival is held each year on the 15th day of the first Lunar month.

Colourful hand-made lanterns of different sizes and shapes.

Lantern of the Terracotta Warriors in Australia for the first time as part of the 
2015 Chinese New Year Festival.

This army of lantern warriors was created by Chinese artist Xia Nan 
for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

Ninety illuminated terracotta warriors and two war horses 
lit up Sydney Harbour into a rainbow wonderland. 

The lanterns were previously only been shown in China and United Kingdom.

Up close and personal.


Probably the most impressive Chinese New Year exhibition I've ever seen.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Oscillate Wildy, Newtown

It's so easy to see why Oscillate Wildly has been successful over the years
because the food is great!
We came here to celebrate my birthday dinner and had a very pleasant evening.
The restaurant is quite small with the restroom out the back
but that didn't bother me as the 8 course degustation was nothing but sensational.
Every single dish was memorable, 
every bite was an explosion of delicious flavours in my mouth.
We'll surely be back to dine.

Sour Dough, Lard and Butter

Jamon Serrano

Sugar Cane, Gin Tonic

Mackerel, Radish, Ponzu, Carrot with Mandarin Puree

Abalone, Cuttlefish, Coconut

Corn, Cheese

Murray Cod, Potato, Almond

Chicken, Carrot, Onion

Beef, Foie, Artichoke

Cheese on Toast


Peaches and Cream

My Birthday Petits Fours!

Oscillate Wildly
275 Australia Street, 
Newtown, Sydney 2042
(+61) 02 9517 4700

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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Bamiyan Afghan Cuisine, Dural

If you like Persian food, you will love Afghan cuisine
and if you love Afghan food, you will like Bamiyan.  

Afghan cuisine is an exciting fusion of flavours from the regions 
surrounding Afghanistan mainly Persia (Iran), India and Mongolia.
Dishes are filled with rich spices accompanied by dollops of homemade yoghurt.  
Very exotic, hearty and delicious. 
Once you get a taste you'll crave more.

Cherry Lassi (sweet cherry yoghurt drink)
Dough (salted yoghurt drink)

Ashaak (Dumpling), they are hugely popular and tastes amazing!

Kachaloo Bola nee (Served with yogurt sauce)
Traditional Afghani flat bread stuffed with potato, chopped onion shallot, coriander and spices cooked pan fried with yogurt sauce. 

Chopan Kebab and Bamiyan Grilled Chicken

 Kabuli Pallow (with Afghani Garlic Naan & Lamb Kuroot)
Traditional Afghan Rice, slowly cooked flavoured with cumin and cardamon
filled with chicken pieces topped with a layer of caramelised carrots, sultana and almond nuts, served with chicken korma.

Afghani Garlic Naan

Bamiyan Afghan Cuisine
12/829 Old Northern Rd Dural, NSW
(02) 965102828

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Seared Salmon with Haloumi and Balsamic Lentil Salad

I know how most people feel about lentils but let me tell you 
 this refreshing warm-weather salad is packed with layers of wonderful flavours.
More so that lentils are extremely nutritious and budget-friendly. 
I love this salad and its tangy taste works perfectly well with the seared salmon. 

4 salmon fillets, skin on
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
200g lentils
1 tbsp olive oil
1 x 180g haloumi, sliced 
1 onion, chopped
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
juice of 1 lime
2 tomatoes, chopped
handful of mint leaves, roughly chopped
olive oil
salt and pepper

* Season salmon fillets and cook on skillet over medium-high heat, 3 mins. each side.
* Place lentils in 750ml water in a medium saucepan and bring to boil. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes or until cooked. Drain and rinse over cold water. Set aside. 
* In a medium fry pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add haloumi and drizzle with a bit of lime juice (keep the rest). Fry until golden brown all over. Cut into small squares.
* In the same pan, fry onions until transparent and set aside.
* When lentils are cooled, add olive oil, red wine vinegar, the remaining lime juice and season with salt and pepper.
* Add the haloumi, onion, tomatoes and mint to the lentil mixture. Mix and season well. 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Tuck Shop, Glenhaven & A Visit to Sydney Hills International Sand Sculpting Exhibition in Bella Vista Farm Park

Glad to see more trendy cafes popping up in The Hills.
The crowds that flock to this place is a positive indication
that this trendy little cafe is well worth a visit.
If you drive past this area be sure to stop by and try it for yourself. 

Beef Brisket Roll and Chai Latte, seriously yummy!

Mack the transporter on display along with other Disney Pixar characters 
at the Sydney Hills International Sand Sculpting Exhibition 
in Bella Vista Farm Park.

 The Incredibles

The Cars


 Have the last week of school holidays covered. 
Bring your kids along to make their own sand sculptures at the Sand Sculpting Workshop
or have a go at the Giant Sand Pit, Sand Art and Sand Bottles. 
 You can also watch professional sand sculptor demonstrate 
on how to build a sand sculpture.

 Finding Nemo  (photo edited)

Don't miss out!
The exhibit is closing in a week on 26 January 2015. 
You can purchase your tickets at the gate.

Bella Vista Farm Park
Elizabeth MacArthur Drive, Bella Vista NSW 2153

Shop 1/78, Glenhaven Road, 

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Golden Burma, Toongabbie

Tucked away behind a public school in Toongabbie is this hidden gem of a restaurant.
My Burmese-Australian friend knows I love Burmese food 
and recommended that I try this place. 

While there is nothing fancy about its exterior nor interior,
but the food is very delicious, authentic and inexpensive.
I promise you won't be disappointed.

Tea Leaf Salad (Lap Pat Thut)
This national dish of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma)
 has an eclectic mix of flavors and textures 
that is crunchy, spicy, tangy, savoury and uniquely Burmese. 
Truly delicious!

Fried Long Melon (Boo Thi Kyaw)
This you have got to try, really crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Just be careful when you take a bite, can be very hot.

Fried Prawn with Tamarind Sauce

Goat Meat Curry and Burmese Cat Fish Curry
Their cat fish curry is full of delicious spicy flavours. Everyone agrees!

Golden Burma Chilli Fish

Domino Milk Shake

This basic faluda with rose syrup has always been one of my favourite desserts.
If only I could have this everyday. 

Golden Burma
4/36 Derbyshire Avenue
Toongabbie NSW 2146
(02) 96315545

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