Saturday, 16 March
Saturday 16th Mar, 10.00am 1.00pm, Seasons Aged Care
Saturday, 02 March
Saturday 2nd Mar, 8.30am Sunday 3rd Mar, 3.00pm, Bracken Ridge
State High School
Sunday, 17 February
Saturday 16th Feb, 4.00pm 9.00pm, DiverCiti Centre
Sunday, 03 February
Sunday 20th Jan, 12.00pm Sunday 28th Apr, 5.00pm, Brisbane
Monday, 21 January
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
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.
Sunday, 20 January
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
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.
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.
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
Waiting in line gave us a good
opportunity to weigh up our options, of which there were
My the afternoon, quite a few desserts
were sold out already, but luckily the one I had my eye on was
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.
: This Mexican chain has a number of vegan options.
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
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
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
Saturday, 19 January
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
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.
Friday, 18 January
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
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...
Thursday, 17 January
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.
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.
Wednesday, 16 January
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Rating: :) (second attempt)
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.
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
Tuesday, 15 January
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
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.
Monday, 14 January
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
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
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...
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.
Garlic, Sausage, and Onion Pizza
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!
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.
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!
Pizza with Zucchini, Artichokes, and Soy
from The Comp...
Sunday, 13 January
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).
Saturday, 12 January
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
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
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
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.
Apricot Frangipane Tart
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.
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
Friday, 11 January
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.
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.
Thursday, 10 January
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.
Wednesday, 09 January
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.
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.
Cute Kitty Photo of the Post
- 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
- J Leuhders Red Berries Soft Candy: I'm not much one for
lollies, but if I do then berry flavour is always my pick.
Ending my Christmas posts with a Chr...
Tuesday, 08 January
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
As you would expect, there was a full
drinks menu, heavily focused on coffee. There was also a fair
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.
Monday, 07 January
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
In my January kitchen
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
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...
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.
Sunday, 06 January
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
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
The menu contained standard brunch fare.
We both instantly knew what we wanted and gave our order to the
Saturday, 05 January
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.
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
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.
Friday, 04 January
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.
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.
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