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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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Cool Summer Smoothies & Drinks

With days becoming longer and hotter, why not cool down this summer with 
these refreshing and colorful drinks?
They are perfect for summer barbeques, outdoor entertaining or simply have them for breakfast.
These recipes are easy to create, nutritious and delicious.

with this drink you may add sugar (optional).

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Ume, Surry Hills

Was great to see my mum back in Sydney. 
We took her to lunch at Ume and we've chosen to have 
the seven course degustation with sake. 
This restaurant has been awarded one hat for three years in a row now.
Anticipating great things...

 I was thoroughly impressed with their take on combining 
traditional and modern elements of Japanese cuisine.
The food here is amazing and so delicious. 
Staff was great and attentive. 
A really fantastic experience!

Snapper Sashimi
Yuzu-shoyu, Wakame Oil, Sesame, Baby Shiso, Wasabi

Seared Hokkaido Scallop
Soy, Brown Butter, Lemonade Fruit, Dulse

Slow cooked WA Octopus, Wakame, Koji Potato, Lightly Pickled Cucumber, Shichimi

Shiki no Salad
Roast Heirloom Carrot, Fried Brussel Sprouts, Herbs, Black Vinegar, Tamari Custard

9+ Wagyu Sukiyaki
David Blackmore 9+ Wagyu, Yaki Dofu, Onsen Tamago, Soy and Mirin Reduction

Poached Strawberries
Caramelised White Chocolate, Matcha Ice Cream, Ginger Bread

Mandarin Tofu, Frozen Green Tea, Mochi, Dehydrated Cocoa Mousse, Mandarin Sherbet

with chef owner Kerby Craig

478 Bourke Street Surry Hills, NSW 2010
(02) 93807333

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Cherry, Candy Cane and Choco Brownie Ice Cream

 Nothing says Christmas like candy canes! 
Every year when Christmas is over, we always have heaps of candy canes left over. 
This time, I also have a massive bag of cherries! 
So far I have been putting them in my pavlovas,
shakes or simply snacking on them but what else can I do with my left over cherries?
Mix them in ice cream! 
Easy peasy!

2 litres vanilla ice cream
1 cup cherries, pitted and chopped
1 cup chocolate brownies, chopped
7 candy canes, crushed
1 tsp peppermint essence

Leave ice cream in room temperature for 15 minutes or until softened. Add peppermint essence. Fold through cherries, brownies and candy cane. Freeze for 3 hours or until set. It's that easy!

 Candy Canes symbolise Christmas more than any other candy.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Nomad, Surry Hills

One of Sydney's coolest suburbs, 
Surry Hills is known for its hip cafes, trendy shops, great restaurants and bars.
We dined at Nomad in Surry Hills on my husband's birthday.
I love its interior with its large open space and warehouse-style character.
The dishes with strong Mediterranean flavours were all deliciously unique.
They did win a coveted one hat status a few months after we dined, 
very much well-deserved.

Nomad Pickles and Olives

Deep fried Green Chilli Peppers with Cheese
These were really, really good! Not spicy at all!

Nomad Charcuterie - a selection of Beef Cheeks, Chorizo, Ox Heart, Lardo and Mortadella

Nomad Jersey Milk Haloumi with BBQ Zucchini, Pine Nuts & Raisins
This was our favourite. The flavours were fantastic!

Ocean Trout

BBQ Dutch Carrots with Almond Dukkah and Labne

BBQ Lamb Rump with Moroccan Eggplant Salad and Sheep's Yoghurt

Nomad Doughnut and Cardamon Cream
Sounds yummy right?


16 Foster Street, Surry Hills
NSW 2010, Australia
(02) 9280 3395

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Saturday, 27 December 2014

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao, Hong Kong

There are many excellent restaurants in Hong Kong.
It's not surprising that you will be spoilt for choice deciding where your next meal will  be.
At Crystal Jade be it in Hong Kong or Singapore, they seem to consistently serve really good dim sums, probably why it's so popular. 
Here are some of the dishes we tried.

Wonton in Chilli Oil

Deep-fried Radish Pastry

Deep-fried Radish Pastry

Pan-fried Pork Buns

Mushroom and Crab Meat Pastry

Snoopy's World in Sha Tin, Hong Kong

Crystal Jade, La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Shop 129, 1/F
New Town Plaza Phase 1,
18 Sha Tin Centre Street,
Sha Tin, Hong Kong
T(852) 2699 9811