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Sunday, 16 September


When is mynameisFood. back? More food? Next destination? my name is Food.

.As you all know, due to various reasons, I have had to take a bit of a break on blogging however, my eating and drinking delicious and not-so-delicious food has always been ongoing to date. So, please be patient, as in October 2018, there will be more foodporn, good and bad reviews coming soon! The time off has been longer than I intended it to be, but one can't help that I do have a full time job as well as a lot going on within the last year, aka. tying the knot this year!, so hope y'all understand.

Please note that some or many of the upcoming reviews will be a 'delayed' post so menus may have changed since I dined there, but instead of wasting my opinions and the food images, I thought why would I not share it to you all? So, I will. It'll not only consist of Brisbane but also Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hong Kong and after that.... Germany and France, from my recent trip. So a lot is coming, and I'll try to put in more time for all this, as it does take up a lot of time to be honest just to upload, write, edit, review and blabla.

Next stop in the travel itinerary will be 'The Golden State', yes.. you've guessed it, CALIFORNIA, USA.

So, for those of you in the US, please send me an email or comment below on your recommendations for food either cheap eats, mid-range or higher up, I'm open to any and will try to visit as much as I can without going overboard in the 'eating' scene during my time there.





Six Acres - Bowen Hills Espresso & Matcha

Having seen quite a few photos of the very popular Six Acres Restaurant situated in Rydges along King Street, a friend and I decided to check it out after work one day for a quick mid week dinner. The walk from the CBD to King Street provided good exercise, and I was there 5 mins before our 6pm reservation. 

The setup was modern but rustic, with the exposed lightbulbs really adding to the vibe. Service was friendly, however waitstaff were severely understaffed. Throughout the majority of our meal, there was only one very overworked waiter attending to the needs of everyone. The poor guy was very flustered by the time a waitress came out to help him.



VeganMoFo 2018 #16: Menu: Show Them Your Curry from The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook Kittens Gone Lentil

Welcome to week three of MoFo! This week, my theme is menus. These are similar to recipe round-ups, except they focus on a specific menu suggestion from a book, and how it all comes together. Some may be more elaborate, some may be quite simple, but hopefully all are delicious.

I always make my parents a special dinner for their birthdays, and also for Mother's and Father's dad. My dad loves Indian, so that normally forms the theme of his dinners. Last year for his birthday, I made the 'Show Them Your Curry' menu from The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. It is actually in the Valentine's Day chapter, but whatever! Here's what I made, and stay tuned at the end for bonus cake! You can see what else I have made from this book here.

Potato Samosas in Phyllo: As I was serving only three people, I cut the recipe in half and ended up with nine samosas... which still only used half of the filling that I had made! Was I making them too small? I saved the rest of the filling and just ate it as leftovers with some rice and chutney another day. Confession: phyllo is one of my least favourite things to work with, and as you can see my rolling certainly needs practice. About half way through I was wishing that I had made a samosa strudel! Oh well, practice makes... not perfect but adequate? As well as potato they have onion, carrots, peas, and lots of spices in them.
Rating: :)

Potato Samosas

Pistachio Lentil Biriyani: I made this in a rice cooker for ease, first sauteeing the garlic in a pan before adding it. I also only used two and a half cups of water rather than three and a half cups, based on the instructions with my rice. This was a nice, fragrant rice dish, with lentils, pistachios, and raisins.
Rating: :)

Pistachio Lentil Biryani

Cauliflower Tikka Masala: I made a half recipe of this as well, baking it in an 8 x 8 inch pan rather than a 9 x 13 inch one. This is really easy to make ahead, but I gave it an extra 10 minutes in the oven to bake as it had cooled a bit before I put it in. I didn't have fire crushed tomatoes, so I just used a tin of regular...

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Saturday, 15 September


VeganMoFo 2018 #15: Eating Out: Dicki's Kittens Gone Lentil

Dicki's is the not-so-new kid on the vegan block in Brisbane. But it took me a while to get around there. The first time I went was to have lunch with a friend. I had a hard time choosing between the ELT (crumbed eggplant, lettuce, and tomato toastie) and the Crispy Tofu Bao... so I got both! They were both lovely, though the bao were my favourite.

ELT at Dicki's

Cripsy Tofu Bao at Dicki's

My friend got the Nurture Bowl, full of all sorts of things.

Nurture Bowl at Dicki's

Dicki's has a fun range of drinks. Often, I can't have fun drinks because they are generally fizzy and I don't do fizz (kombucha excepted, but even then I have to let it go a bit flat). But they said they could make any of them on cold still water for me. Hurrah! I had a lovely Myrtle Lemonade, and my friend had the Apple Cream Soda (fizzy style).

Myrtle Lemonade and Apple Cream Soda at Dicki's

We finished off with some cake, and I also had a turmeric latte. They have a range of baked goods to choose from. This cake was amazing! It was gluten free as well, but so dense and delicious that you couldn't tell. I had mine sans-ice cream, as they use the very coconutty Over The Moo brand there.

Chocolate Cake at Dicki's

Turmeric Latte at Dicki's...

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Sunday, 24 July


Lacto Fermenting Workshop "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

I ran a lacto-fermenting workshop at home today under the verandah outback. Went really well --  krauts, do chua and  pastes.
Full on from 10 am.-- a'chopping and a'bashing and salting.
Jars exited  loaded with comestibles ...and in days and weeks to come: bon appetit!
On Thursday last I was teaching almost 100 local primary school kids how to make a simple salad.And you know what ? They even ate it! 
We're planning more outdoor, garden based, preps like that.
I reckon the plastic bag, green salad spin is a show stopper.

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Sunday, 17 July


School Garden Update "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Community School Garden at Beachmere State School was originally set up in partnership with Beachmere Area Network Group and 2016 is its second year of its operation as a shared project.

Over the past 18 months the program has  consolidated  as the garden has adopted an approach which is more engaging of the children's input.

Students not only tender the plants and water the garden, but we are developing more activities growing vegetables from seed. 

We  grow and harvest a variety of different produce -- depending on the season --from herbs like parsley, basil, mint and dill; to lettuces, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, cabbages, beans, carrots, spring onions, kale, peas, loofahs and sunflowers. We keep a lavender hedge, run a worm farm and share our activities with a hive of stingless native bees.

Harvested produce is currently taken by the children or supplied to the school tuckshop.

While a small group of students maintain the garden most school days, on Thursdays approximately 200 children, from all levels, attend the patch for garden based activities. 

It can be full on.

We are fort...

Wednesday, 01 June


The new Gold Coast playground "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Gary Opit, Yelgun.

Gold Coast relatives invited us to view the new renovations at Pacific Fair shopping centre and we obliged, hoping to get an impression of the future of Byron Bay.

Decades ago on rare occasions we had visited Pacific Fair with our children, who enjoyed the little tram ride around the large water lily lagoon, surrounded by a couple of streets of frontier-style local shops. Beyond that were two-level shopping arcades and department stores.

At that time a large brightly coloured open area had been set aside for children encircled high above by a metre-wide train line with an engine and carriage that carried fibreglass figures of comical animals. We dined in a cafe on an island with a large timber water wheel, revolving and splashing, surrounded by colourful goldfish.

In that same location I had played as a child in the 1950s and 1960s before the caravan park was built and then replaced by the shopping centre and casino. My brother and I explored the forests, crossing the wetlands on fallen paperbark trees, walking to the quiet beaches through groves of ancient giant banksia trees and cypress pines.

The large lagoon and childrens playground has now been filled in and replaced with multi-level shopping arcades, but a sliver of open space has been retained. An arcade-width of imitation grass and shallow rectangular tiled water features with lounge chairs in pavilions, which resemble prison cells, timber and rope replacing iron bars, are the new playground. People were sitting within them enjoying the splashing of the imitation waterfalls.

Children were still evident. Several small groups of a dozen ten-year-old girls were following women on what may have been some kind of a school outing. All were well mannered and fashionably dressed in hot pants and wearing small amounts of tasteful makeup. They were earnestly viewing the window displays of exclusive and world famous international brand names featuring $50 knickers and $3000 handbags. Air-conditioning kept the simmering heat of early winter away and the sound of traffic muffled the breaking of waves of the coral-dead Coral Sea.

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