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Saturday, 16 March

21:00

Autumn Fair Markets and Fairs in Brisbane

Saturday 16th Mar, 10.00am 1.00pm, Seasons Aged Care
Brisbane

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Saturday, 02 March

19:30

North Brisbane Lapidary Club Gem and Jewellery Show 2019 Markets and Fairs in Brisbane

Saturday 2nd Mar, 8.30am Sunday 3rd Mar, 3.00pm, Bracken Ridge State High School
Brisbane

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Sunday, 17 February

03:00

Technicolor Chinese New Year Night Market Markets and Fairs in Brisbane

Saturday 16th Feb, 4.00pm 9.00pm, DiverCiti Centre
Brisbane

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Sunday, 03 February

23:00

Suitcase Rummage Markets and Fairs in Brisbane

Sunday 20th Jan, 12.00pm Sunday 28th Apr, 5.00pm, Brisbane Square
Brisbane

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Monday, 21 January

00:14

Espressamente Illy - Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong my name is Food.


Espressamente Illy has now closed since we came so please don't try and find it in Harbour City. They still do have their other coffee shops elsewhere scattered around the island, so best to find them instead.

Illy is known for its coffee, of course, but in Aussie, we don't always have it around or easily used in coffee shops or restaurants like the local coffee roasters. However, these arabica beans is always safe when overseas and trying to find a coffee shop that may just have a seat or two for you to sit at other than having to takeaway. Even if coffee shops are everywhere, they seems to be always full.


The cafe wasn't only a cafe but was also a store where you can buy Illy goods ranging from their beans to machines to gift boxes or even cups.

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Sunday, 20 January

23:53

Hui Lau Shan - Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong my name is Food.


In the next few reviews coming up, it will be based on our Hong Kong trip a while ago.  So let's start it off with the refreshing Hui Lau Shan. Founded in 1960s, started off the business selling Chinese herbal tea by a traditional trolley in Yuen Long, Hong Kong. In 1992, it expanded and created a new recipe, 'Mango Sago' which was an instant hit in the city which made them launch their 'Handmade Fresh Fruit Drinks' in 2000s, gaining popularity locally and internationally.


One of their handmade signature drinks would be their Mango and Coconut Juice Sago. It was refreshing, fresh and the sago was not too overly sweet but we did feel that the coconut juice was made the drink balanced. A bit pricey for its price but then I guess even the prices of bubble tea aka. boba in Aussie is starting to get a bit high themselves, so who can complain?

Will come back again and try their other drinks, maybe their handmade mango series dessert if we can find seats inside..

*Please note this is a delayed post and as such, the menu may have changed since my visit to the establishment.

19:00

Greca - Brisbane CBD Espresso & Matcha


Working near riverside, one often used to see the construction that went up under the Storey Bridge throughout most of last year which accumulated to the completion of the extremely popular Howard Smith Wharves. Although not all their anticipated restaurants are open yet, quite a few already have. We took the opportunity of the holidays to check out Greca, their newest Greek offering.


Getting a table three days before the new year wasn't easy, we were lucky to have booked a table for the four of us. It was great that we did, as the place was packed and there was a queue when we got there. We were seated outside and had a good view of the river.

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19:00

Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Kyo Tea Espresso & Matcha


Second stop after landing, afternoon tea at 3.45pm after lunch at 3pm. We made a beeline for Kyo Tea House, the Japanese tea and dessert bar with a cult like following, all for good reason - Matcha. Situated at the base level of the Emporium, it definitely attracted a crowd at peak afternoon tea time. Thankfully our bellies were reasonably full so no one was injured.


Waiting in line gave us a good opportunity to weigh up our options, of which there were many.


My the afternoon, quite a few desserts were sold out already, but luckily the one I had my eye on was still available. 


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12:32

Eating Out: Brisbane CBD 2018 Kittens Gone Lentil

I continue to go into the CBD about once a month for appointments, so have also continued to get lunch while I am there. You can see 2017's visits here, I have continued to frequent some old favourites as well. I also ate a number of times at Grill'd, which got its own post here.

VegeRama Myer City and Post Office Square: VegeRama has two locations in the city, which are good for quick take away lunches (unlike their fancy sit down restaurant in West End). This tends to be the old standby for city lunch, and if I am meeting up with my friend Amy for lunch this is where we tend to go. My favourite continues to be their vegan lasagna with a side of dill and mustard salad (with extra dressing). I've also enjoyed their vegan frittata (also with a side of the same salad and a juice), and once I got a takeaway of two salads (Dill and Mustard, or course, and also the BBQ tofu) with a Soy Nugget Wrap.







Guzman y Gomez: This Mexican chain has a number of vegan options. Wh...

12:19

Chiang Mai Tales a Massage With a Difference Tiffin bite sized food adventures

wooden sign in front of fountain outside lila thai massage chiang mai

If you are looking to wind down after a busy day of sightseeing, a massage is ideal and believe me, theres a Chiang Mai massage centre on every corner. So many in fact, that its hard to choose one. Might I suggest a massage from a former female prisoner?

Now that Ive piqued your interest, a quick word on Thai massage. This style of massage is quite different to the typical cheap massage on a beach. Whilst there is a relaxation element, Thai massage uses acupressure, stretching and rhythmic pressing. There is no oil or lotion used and the customer remains fully clothed in supplied cotton pyjamas. It is sometimes known as Yoga Massage.

Opportunities for Local Women

Lila Thai Massage was started by a former director of the Chiang Mai Womens Prison. She recognised that many former inmates suffered discrimination and were unable to secure employment. As a result they often re-offended and returned to prison. Lila offers former inmates an opportunity to train as a masseuse, gaining a diploma as a professional massage therapist. This qualification provides a path to stable employment and assists in improving self esteem and confidence.

After a big week of visiting temples and markets, I opted for a foot massage. The partitioned massage room is very dimly lit and takes some time for your eyes to adjust. As I waited for my therapist to arrive, I could see another therapist at the end of a partition standing on a massage table. The therapist was, almost comically, pulling back on what I can only assume were the customers arms in an assisted Yoga position. After a small bow of greeting from my own therapist, I lay back and allowed her to work her magic on my tired feet. Apart from the gentle whomp, whomp, whomp that therapists use as the final action to signify the end of the massage, the room was totally quiet. No irritating pan pipes here.

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Saturday, 19 January

19:00

Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Unabara Lobster and Oyster Bar Espresso & Matcha


So, earlier in the year, I had made plans to visit Melbourne alone to indulge in some alone time away from people, so that I could devote myself to solitude, eating and blogging especially whilst my two besties were overseas. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, Adam decided that he would crash my trip and freeload off my thoroughly planned out eating schedule, and so my quest for me time became a sort of gluttonous romantic getaway of sorts. So kicking off our trip, we abstained from breakfast in Brisbane to conserve stomach space, took an early flight down and checked into the Airbnb. By the time our bags were dropped, we were absolutely famished. Running, not walking over to the Emporium, we made it to our first stop, Unabara Lobster and Oyster bar without any casualties. 



Having done my research beforehand (you're welcome, Adam). I knew that there were slight differences in the menu between the Emporium and Melbourne Central store. I opted for the Melbourne Central one as the choices were more suited to my palate.

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Friday, 18 January

19:00

Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Perth: Gusto Food Espresso & Matcha


Last morning in Perth and I thought that we'd get a filling brekky before the long flight home. Stopped at Gusto Food on our way to the airport, especially love the early mornings at Perth where traffic is sparse and parking is exceedingly easy.


The cafe wasn't too large, but we found seating inside at one of the few remaining tables.



The breakfast menu was comparable to the other places I've had in...

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Thursday, 17 January

19:00

Jumak - Brisbane CBD Espresso & Matcha


Hot summers call for relatively lighter meals. Although my usual go to would be Japanese, Korean also makes for a good option. Have recently heard of the newly opened Jumak, by the same owners of Jee's Burgers. Situated along Margaret street, it was a stones throw away from the bustle of the mall and made for a quiet retreat after our shopping endeavours. Heading in for an early lunch at around 11.30, we were one of the first ones there. Owner Ricky was friendly and hospitable, imparting to us his passion for traditional Korean fare. 

  

 The menu was a little different to others I've seen at Korean restaurants. It had a notable lack of pictures. What it did have though, was very good value for money, with quite a few $10 or $15 lunch options.

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19:00

Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Perth: La Capannia Scarborough Espresso & Matcha


Every time Iron Fist and I go to work at Perth, we make a point to take the time to go see the west coast sunset. Usually we watch it at Freemantle, but this time we decided to shake things up and go to Scarborough. It was a most welcome change, with a far more developed and family friendly setup. Finishing up at about dinner time, we wandered around to see what the dinner options were. As refined as he is, I didn't think that streetside kebabs would suit him, so we walked until we found a proper sit down restaurant. Along the Esplanade, we wandered until we stumbled upon La Capannia, a fairly new addition to the strip, serving hearty Italian fare.



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Wednesday, 16 January

22:38

Hatch & Co. - Gasworks, Newstead, Brisbane my name is Food.


Still a good area to go to either dine or just the supermarket, specially when the Standard Market Company is there, gosh. But anyway, coming here sometimes can be a hit and miss, so far that we've been here anyway..


To start off, we decided on a small plate of Seared lamb loin, tahini, pickled eggplant served with warm pita. The portion was decent especially to share but having it for oneself as an entree may just make you not be able to finish your whole main dish. The warm pita bread had the slight charring which was nice to see, a whole pita sliced into four.


The seared meat was nicely seared but was a tad cold. Making it into some sort of a wrap with the pita bread seemed liked an easy option and a quick way to eat it, so we went with that. It was definitely good. There was enough sauce to go on to every single slice of meat and enough greens to go with it too.

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19:00

Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Perth: Tbsp Bayswater Espresso & Matcha


Having eaten a few days of standard eggs on toast for breakfast, I started to bore of my usual so tried to shake things up. Having seen the interesting fusion Asian dishes on the menu of Tbsp in Bayswater, I thought to give it a shot seeing as it was on our way to work anyway.


Getting in just past opening time, I was pleased to see quite a few customers already, signifying its obvious popularity.

 

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17:13

Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm - Mount Alford, Queensland, Australia my name is Food.


About an hour drive from Brisbane and 1.5 hours from the GC, you will find yourself in the midst of a lavender farm. Although it is not all season, when we went, the flowers weren't blooming as such but it was still rather nice. We thought of having lunch there but due to a birthday party event being held and the limited number of seats they have in the restaurant, we thought we'd just have a nibble and go elsewhere instead.


Beef Croquettes was something light but a suitable snack to have in an afternoon while sipping some wine and beers. It was light and not overpowered by the mince or beefy smell, but the potato was also quite fluffy and well made.

I did feel that the price was a bit high for the amount of croquettes you do get on the plate but I guess, sometimes it's better to go with something other than just a bowl of french fries.

*Please note this is a delayed post and as such, the menu may have changed since my visit to the establishment.

15:59

Parisi Cafe - QVB, Sydney CBD my name is Food.



Offering a wide variety of sandwiches, rolls, dessert, cakes and even macarons, it is simply an elegant but sophisticated nook to be surrounded by. Although seats can be limited, it may be hard to have a proper sit down and you may just need to have it takeaway.


Flat White, a usual and yes, it was done well. The right amount of froth, thickness as well as coffee kick. It is rather sad when you buy coffee and it tastes more like milk than the coffee itself.

11:20

2018 Pizza Challenge Part Two Kittens Gone Lentil

Continuing on with the second half of last year's goal to make pizza once a month!

Meatball Pizza from Vegan Pizza by Julie Hasson: I actually made this twice. The first time was not such a success, because I used the Ikea veggie balls and they are just too sweet and not right for this kind of thing. The second time I made it using the Gardein meatballs, and it worked much better! I only made a half quantity of the sauce both times. The first time I tried to get it all on, which ended up making the base (I used a ready made for this attempt) too smooshy. The second time I used just what I needed, so there was some sauce left over, and it worked out better. That time I used the base recipe from the book. Definitely recommend using a meaty meatball and being careful with the sauce!
Rating: :) (second attempt)

Meatball Pizza


Meatball Pizza


Cheeseburger Pizza from Cook The Pantry by Robin Robertson: I really went for some meaty and cheese pizzas last year. I used the pizza dough recipe from the cookbook (it makes enough for two bases, so I froze half for the next time), and it was a super easy dough to make. This recipe uses a cashew cheese sauce on the base, though it could have been a bit thicker. I was worried it was all going to run right off the base! It is topped with some TVP (which I soaked in beef flavoured stock rather than water for more flavour). I also garnished with ketchup, mustard, and gherkin relish.
Rating: :)

Cheeseburger Pizza


BBQ Chickpea Pizza from Cook The Pantry by Robin Robertson: This is a very easy pizza to make. The base is topped with a mix of chickpeas mashed with BBQ sauce, tamari, and mustard (also chiles, but I subbed that with some diced celery). The topping uses two tins of chickpeas, but really you could halve it as it led to an incredibly thick layer. Although not mentioned in th...

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Tuesday, 15 January

19:00

Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Perth: Typika Espresso & Matcha


Along our travels dealing with some matters in Perth, we were struck down by hunger pangs. Doing a quick search of good food nearby, Typika was the the most popular, so we pulled up there to get a quick lunch.


Being somewhat late in the afternoon, the lunch crowd had long gone and we had most of the place to ourselves.


As a popular coffee roaster, we definitely had to get a cup. Putting our orders in upon sitting down, we had our usuals. Both were very strong and milk was frothy. Especially liked how my cappuccino came with just the right amount of cocoa. Wish we had gotten some beans takeaway.

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Monday, 14 January

19:00

Boom Boom Room - Brisbane CBD Espresso & Matcha


After an unusual turn of events one Friday afternoon, I happened to find myself at the Boom Boom Room after work, after walking through some pretty torrential rain with Adam. The whole place was unbelievably packed, and pulsing with loud music. Lining up to the counter, there didn't seem to be a menu (which I didn't find till later), other people appeared to just be ordering fairly standard drinks too.



The bartender was very skilled and knowledgeable, watching her make the drinks was a show on its own.

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19:00

Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Perth: Sayers Sister Espresso & Matcha



Whilst we had our first coffee elsewhere, it really isn't a breakfast for us working class without food to start our day. On our way out of town, we stopped at Sayers Sister, a popular cafe with an extensive breakfast menu to get our fix.


The theme of today was no doubt exposed brick. I liked the assortment of high chairs and squishy sofas. In the interests of comfort, we opted for sofas.

 

We loved the traditional cafe style menu with all our favourite brekky classics. Bonus points for having a customisable breakfast option, we can...

11:25

2018 Pizza Challenge Part One Kittens Gone Lentil

For 2018, I set myself the challenge of making pizza once a month. This is the first six months of that challenge. Please excuse my inability to take pretty photos of pizzas! They all kind of look the same.

Spinach, Onion, Mushroom, and Sausage Pizza from Vegan Pizza by Julie Hasson: This is in the book listed as Pepperoni in the title, rather than sausage, but I took the option to use the sausage crumbles. I made the pizza base, tomato-garlic sauce, and sausage crumbles all from the book. The result was excellent! It also has spinach, mushrooms, red onion, and mozzarella (I used FYH). It all combined perfectly, the cheese melted into the sauce deliciously, this was a fabulous pizza!
Rating: :D

Spinach, Onion, Mushroom, and Sausage Pizza


Garlic, Sausage, and Onion Pizza from Vegan Pizza by Julie Hasson: Another solid pizza, this uses tomato-garlic pizza sauce and the dough from the book. I took the option of using sliced vegan sausages (Vegie Delights BBQ sausages) rather than the sausage crumbles for this one. It also has onion and garlic on it, as the name would suggest, and more FYH mozzarella. I left off the optional jalapeno.
Rating: :)

Garlic, Sausage, and Onion Pizza


Meaty Cheese Pizza from Veganize It by Robin Robertson: This pizza was super! The dough is not as easy as the one from Vegan Pizza, and I found it ended up a bit sticky, but it was still great. This book has options for DIY or store-bought, and I used a mix. I made the pepperoni from the book, and used the Oven-Roasted Tomato Sauce as well. But I used some tofurky beef crumbles and FYH mozzarella in place of from scratch recipes. This pizza, as you can imagine, is very filling!
Rating: :D

Meaty-Cheesy Pizza


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Sunday, 13 January

19:00

Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Perth: Pony Express O Espresso & Matcha



Early morning in Perth and our hotel happened to be situated near one of the highest rated coffee places in town. Getting up early to try it out before we left to start our day's hard work, I was super excited for it.


Situated down an alleyway near a residential complex, it had an almost Melbourne vibe to it. Arriving at entry time, we were of course the first ones there. Decor was unique, with mismatched tables and chairs amongst a rustic brick setting, unlike anything I've seen in the eastern states (or maybe I really just don't get out enough).


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Saturday, 12 January

19:00

Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Perth: Palsaik Espresso & Matcha



Ending our Sydney trip with Korean BBQ, it is only fitting that we begin our first Perth trip of the year again with Korean BBQ. Having done some research beforehand I found that the most popular and highest rated KBBQ in town appeared to be Palsaik. As we were not entirely sure of our landing time, I was unable to make a booking.

 

Arriving at about 7pm, the place was packed. We got a number and added our name to the list of people waiting. 

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13:16

Reusable Makeup Pads Reduce Your Footprint Tiffin bite sized food adventures

Woman sitting on each applying makeup to her face with a compact

My days of extravagant eyeshadow, bold blusher and blue mascara are firmly in the rear-view mirror. There is still the odd occasion though, when I like to splash on a bit of war paint. Until now, I have removed my makeup with makeup remover and the standard cotton pads available in any supermarket. Last weekend I noticed I was down to my last 3 makeup pads. Time to swap out the disposables for reusable makeup pads.

Its a no brainer that disposable cotton pads are a frivolous use of resources. Theres the growing of the cotton itself (a water hungry crop), manufacturing and then disposal. Its true, you can compost the disposable pads (and I do) but it is far more responsible to make my own reusable makeup pads.  They are simple to make and can be washed and reused time and again.

Choosing a Fabric

My preference is flannelette which is also called brushed cotton. It has a texture that is similar to the disposable pads, so it isnt harsh on your eyes. I find that whilst towelling is absorbent, its too rough on my face. Towelling may suit you and if that is the case, no doubt you have an old towel or washer that you can re-purpose.

There are lots of online options where you can purchase these pads but honestly, making them will take you less than 30 minutes. This saves on cost and hopefully uses something that you already have at home. I would have loved a piece of flannelette with a cute pattern like the reusable makeup pads on Esty but in the spirit of zero waste, I used the flannelette I already had.

Reusuable Makeup Pads

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12:15

New Year, Same Me Kittens Gone Lentil

I'm not one to get excited about a new year. Honestly, it is just the passage of time. I never stay up until midnight, and I don't do long lists of resolutions. I am the New Year grinch. But I still have a few food traditions that amuse me around this time. So here it is, from 2018 to 2019.

New Year's Eve Eve

Normally I make pizza and pie on New Year's eve. However this year (last year?) my brother and his girlfriend were arriving from London on NYE in the evening, so that was going to be its own thing. So I did my tradition a year early. In the past I have made two pizzas, but this year I just made one.

BBQ Hawaiian Chicken Pizza: I guess this can technically be I made a thing, but really it is just I put some stuff on a pizza. I used a pre-made pizza base, topped it with BBQ sauce and Fenn Smoked Sesame Cheese, then layered on some chopped Vegie Delights schnitzel, pineapple chunks, black olives, and Daiya cheddar. Once it was out, I sprinkled it with some bacon bits and some chives. It was really satisfying, and really easy.

NYE BBQ Hawaiian Chicken Pizza


Apricot Frangipane Tart from Vegan Desserts by Hannah Kaminsky: I love apricots, and we are having a really good apricot season at the moment. My pastry skills are still pretty amateur, but I was pleased with how pretty this turned out! The pastry was easy to make, though I found it was a bit thick and tough (which could be due to me, I need more practice). The filling was delicious - almond meal and sugar and things, it was like a perfect non too sweet soft marzipan, topped with the sliced apricots. The filling called for 1TBS flaxseed, which you then grind. I skipped that and just used ready ground flax. This was a lovely taste, and kept well for a couple of days.
Rating: :)

Apricot Frangipane Tart


New Year's Eve

We decided to go with a spread of snacks for the actual NYE. By the time they landed, got through customs, and my parents drove them home, it was almost 8pm. So I was glad we hadn't planned for anything more complex. There was crusty bread, water crackers, veggie sticks, and GF rice crackers to go with Fenn Smoked Sesame Cheese, Kehoe Beetroot Dip, and Tartex Mushroom Pate. It was my first time trying the beetroot cashew dip, and it was surprisingly tangy....

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Friday, 11 January

19:00

Pho Sai Gon - Sunnybank Hills Espresso & Matcha


Having seen that renovations were complete at our local yum cha restaurant Haoke, I was keen to try. Apparently the rest of Sunnybank was too, with lines out the door and hour long queues. Being the impatient girl that I am, I cut our losses quickly and sourced a nearby alternative for lunch. Vietnamese Pho at Pho Sai Gon. Loved by many, despised by a few, I had yet to try it despite living only five minutes away.

 

We grabbed the last indoors table and were provided menus very quickly. With its selection of rice and noodle dishes, everyone was easily satisfied. 


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19:00

Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Sydney: 678 Haymarket Espresso & Matcha



As an avid fan of KBBQ, after Queen V took me to 678 at Eastwood, I knew I was hooked. Having heard of their other store at Haymarket in the CBD, Iron Fist and I decided to go check it out. With a reputation like 678 (apparently even Kpop stars come here to get their bbq fix), I knew that I had to book online. Thank goodness I did, as the line up was insane. Being situated at level one of a commercial building made it difficult for us to spot on the street, but we managed to get there at our reservation time of 6.30pm.



The restaurant was huge and it was packed. Staff were super efficient and speedy.
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Thursday, 10 January

19:00

Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Sydney: Sasaki Espresso & Matcha



Last time I went to Sydney on an eating holiday, I left with one regret, not having gone to Sasaki. Having been a long time fan of Cre Asion (arguably the best cafe in Australia), I really should have gotten some sort of notification when the owner Yu Sasaki decided to open up a restaurant next to the cafe, along Alberta lane. 



Making a booking as soon as our trip was finalised, we were lucky to still make it, but not lucky enough to get an inside seat. With that, we were banished to the windy and somewhat dark exterior. 
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Wednesday, 09 January

19:00

Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Sydney: Makanai Chatswood Espresso & Matcha





With both ramen and udon options as well as sides and rice, there was a fair few choices. Prices were a little steep and there was a surcharge to pay by card. I made my order and got a buzzer.

13:44

Cruelty Free Shop December 2018 Vegan Mystery Box Kittens Gone Lentil

I got another 6 month subscription to the Cruelty Free Shop Vegan Mystery Box for Christmas, and the December box was ready and waiting for me to open on Christmas day.

2018_12_CFSVeganMysteryBox


  • PureFit Peanut Butter Choc Chip Bar: I had some PureFit bars when I was in the US, and I loved them! The peanut butter ones anyway. So super stoked that we can get them here now, and that I got one in this box.
  • Nestar Christmas Chocolate Almonds: Almonds coated in chocolate dusted in cocoa powder.
  • Tinned Banana Blossom: I have previously used a tin of this to make a recipe from a cookbook, but not sure what else to do with it. A lot of the recipes for tinned banana blossom (including the one that was included with the box) involve deep frying it like a fish and chips deal, which super does not appeal to me. Bit I am sure the internet will provide a suggestion.
  • Ape Lightle Salted Coconut Curls: I don't cope well with coconut fat, coconut in other forms is OK. So I am interested in these. Probably not to snack on, though, but as a topping for salad or baked goods.
  • Gluten Free Food Co Gravy Mix: This company makes a lot of vegan mac and cheese and sauce mixes that I have never tried because they are all coconut based. However this gravy mix seems to be coconut free, so yay. I like a quick gravy mix.
  • Hazer Baba Rose & Lemon Turkish Delight: I like rose flavoured things.
  • J Leuhders Red Berries Soft Candy: I'm not much one for lollies, but if I do then berry flavour is always my pick.
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Dim Sim with presents


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Tuesday, 08 January

19:00

Campos Long Island - Newstead Espresso & Matcha


Having been a fan of Campos when it was situated at Wandoo Street at Fortitude Valley, it was undeniable that they had outgrown their lodgings as we've never able to go there for brunch without a considerable wait for a table. Needless to say that I was pleased to hear that they moved to Newstead. Being in dire need of encouragement, I headed out to a long brunch mid week and checked it out.


Compared to their old store, it was definitely far more spacious, and I was easily able to score an inside seat.

 

As you would expect, there was a full drinks menu, heavily focused on coffee. There was also a fair few...

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Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Sydney: Six Po Hot Pot Haymarket Espresso & Matcha



Last few times IronFist and I found ourselves in Sydney, we always noted the extremely long queue to get into Six Po Hot Pot, a Sichuan style spicy hot pot situated along George Street at Haymarket. Large crowds of people never cease to pique my attention as I always imagine the restaurant to be really good and worth the long wait. Even with some bad experiences waiting in line, we decided we needed to know what on ear the hype was about, so we got there right after opening time, before a queue formed.


We were seated very promptly. Service was friendly but devoid of English. Poor IronFist spent the whole evening marginalised and ignored by the waiters. 


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Monday, 07 January

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In My Kitchen January 2019 Tiffin bite sized food adventures

six bottle corks piled on table

Happy New Year. I have just come back from 12 days in Tasmania. Lovely weather, amazing scenery and what a food scene! We must have eaten our body weight in cheese and cider. The Taste of Tasmania festival was on in Hobart over the Christmas/New Year period and of course, we visited. Most of our bite sized food adventures though, revolved around farm gates, cellar doors and the infinite treasure trove of fantastic restaurants. Heres some snippets of what we ate


In my January kitchen

tray of amaretti biscuits with almonds and amaretto liqueur in the background

are frozen amaretti. I decided to do some Christmas baking on what must have been one of the hottest days we had in December and made a double batch of these biscuits. A perfect use for leftover (frozen) egg whites. My vegan fiend has suggested that aquafaba is equally suitable. A double batch makes 70. Most of the biscuits I gave away but I did freeze a dozen, to be pulled out of the freezer on short notice. Recipe here.


In my kitchen

jars and packets of tasmanian products including jams, nuts and saffron

is a haul of goodies from Tasmania. This includes Pear Cider Jam, using cider from Franks Cider Barn and an unusual Quince Marmalade from Fat Pig Farm. There is also some Austral...

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Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Sydney: Black Star Pastry Moore Park Espresso & Matcha


Is it really a trip to Sydney without stopping by at Black Star Pastry? No it isn't. Having thought that I had gone to every single branch of Black Star in Sydney, I was surprised to hear they opened up a new one at Moore Park, which is why Iron Fist and I hit it up right after arriving. I think we may have clashed with some sort of game happening, as there were quite a few people and parking was incredibly hard to come by.


The pastry cabinet was small compared to all their other stores, and by the time we arrived, most of the baked goods were sold out. In fact the pie I ordered had sold out just before and I had to get it refunded.


Drinks were fairly standard and had quite a few of their delicious teas.

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Sunday, 06 January

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Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Larder Selection Espresso & Matcha


In my opinion, nothing defines Melbourne as much as laneways, coffee and unstable weather. Fortunately, Iron Fist and I were able to experience all three of these things at once as we walked down Hardware lane dragging our luggage with us before a mid morning flight. Not doing too much research beforehand, we browsed the menus outside cafes as we walked down the laneway and settled on Larder Selection which was fairly busy so early in the morning (a sure sign that the food must be pretty good!)


Although there were some seats outside, we opted for inside to get out of the wind and rain. Bench seats which allowed us to look at the street whilst not being in it is always welcome.


The menu contained standard brunch fare. We both instantly knew what we wanted and gave our order to the waiter promptly.

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Saturday, 05 January

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Sabrosso Tacos and Tequila - Paddington Espresso & Matcha


Last dinner of 2018 and Adam and I wanted to shake things up by trying something different for a change. As if on queue, we received simultaneous invitations to try out the food at Sabrosso Tacos and Tequila on LaTrobe Street in Paddington. Always keen to try something new, we headed over there to get some Mexican before braving the New Years' Eve crowds. 


The space was large and covered what appeared to be two shopfronts, it was colourful as you would expect from a Mexican restaurant. Central to the store was of course, the bar. The shopfront was largely open air and during the hot summer, flies were a slight distraction.


A table was set aside for us, and hot sauce was in abundance.

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Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Kitchen Republik Espresso & Matcha


Readers will by now know how cynical I can often be when a place boasts its competence in numerous cuisines. It is often met with a sharp response of "aim to do one thing only, and to do it well". Which is why I often avoid those type of restaurants. However when in town, I do like to take on locals advice, and when a colleague decided to take Iron Fist and I to Kitchen Republik, I decided to keep an open mind.


Arriving mid morning, after the breakfast rush and before the lunch crowds, she says that it was very lucky for us to have been able to score seating without lining up. 


The breakfast menu comprised of food from quite a few places dear to me, my home, Hong Kong and (one of my many) spiritual home, Taiwan. Apparently their full menu also contains Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese food too.

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Friday, 04 January

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Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Hakata Gensuke Espresso & Matcha


Second dinner out in Melbourne for a work trip and I was struck by a bout of ramen cravings. Having heard of the insanely popular Hakata Gensuke, I made my way through to Russell Street after work to get myself a bowl. Unfortunately the shop was closed for urgent repairs that day. Having to fall back on a backup immediately, I wandered through the labyrinth that is QV Melbourne and found myself outside of another branch of Hakata Gensuke, their chicken store.



Despite the rain, the line was fairly long, probably a few of those patrons were also ones who had come from the Russell Street store.


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Assorted Christmas Eats (with bonus I Made A Thing) Kittens Gone Lentil

Believe it or not, my Christmas wasn't all eating out. And while we didn't do the traditional Christmas lunch this year, there were still a few things that I made.

Rating: :)

Midsummer Salad


Party Nacho Platter from Vegan Yack Attack On The Go by Jackie Sobon: The last few years I have taken to making nachos for dinner on Christmas Eve. This year, that was delayed until Boxing Day as I was unwell on Christmas Eve and couldn't cook. But I had all the stuff, so I was glad I could still make it at some point! Corn chips are topped with a Buckwheat Taco Meat, queso (made using a Butternut Cheese Sauce base with some extras added in and some pinto beans, and I left out the jalapenos), tomatoes, avocado, coriander, and sour cream (I used natural almond yoghurt, which I forgot to put on until after the photos. I also left off the radishes and cos lettuce that the recipe suggested as they aren't my preferred nacho toppings. I also served them individually rather than on a big platter, so that my parents could top as they desired. I found the buckwheat taco meat a little underwhelming, I had to add extra water and cook for extra time to get it soft enough, so perhaps the flavours got too diluted. But it worked well witht he stronger flavours of the nachos.
Rating: :)

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