January 29, 2014

Minion Pancakes!!!


If you've watched Despicable Me - and its sequel - I'm pretty sure you'll agree that the Minions absolutely stole the show with their adorable antics and costumes. Naturally, children love them too. So in a bid to win my young nephews' affections - it is, after all, one of their favourite shows - I made them Minion pancakes! And with inspiration from Pinterest, I've learnt that there's only one thing you need to make any cartoon pancake you want

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January 27, 2014

Alan Wong's, Hawaii


If you're into your fine dining, then Alan Wong's would be a must-go stop when you visit Hawaii. Alan Wong is one of the top chefs synonymous with Hawaii fine dining, and his clever use of unique local ingredients with international knowledge and techniques really impressed me when I visited his other restaurant - the Pineapple Room.

So with the amazing experience from the Pineapple Room still flowing through my veins, I arrived at Alan Wong's with anticipation bubbling in my belly.

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January 24, 2014

Beer Brined Chicken Wings


With Australia Day just round the corner, I have been racking my brain trying to create a recipe to serve up to my friends. After all, isn't Australia Day all about kicking back in the sunshine with a cold beer in hand, barbecue sizzling away?

Then it hit me. How do you match the barbecue and the beer? Beer brined chicken wings, of course!

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January 22, 2014

Sydney Festival 2014, Hyde Park

The Boss, $8, from Woofy's

Okay, I must admit: I'm not much of a festival goer. I try my best to stay indoors for as much as possible, and the only reason I'd ever head outdoors is when I have to go somewhere, or where there's food.

Which is why I was drawn to Festival Village in Hyde Park, as part of Sydney Festival 2014. Gelato Messina serving up carnival themed wacky treats you say? I'm there.

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January 21, 2014

Real A Gastropub, Hawaii


Gastropubs are not entirely a new beast of eatery, but it definitely ticks all the boxes for being trendy. It's usually got creative, pub-styled food, and a large selection of gourmet and/or flavoured beers to go with this interesting grub. One such place that was recommended to me by my new found friends during my stay was the Real A Gastropub in Honolulu.

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January 19, 2014

Chur Burger, Surry Hills

Crumb fish fillet, lemon mayo, pickled cucumber, dill, $10

I finally popped my Chur Burger cherry!! After being so incredibly tempted by all the instagram photos of people enjoying good burgers, I finally made it down there myself for a bit of that brioche burger bun action.

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January 17, 2014

Pot Stickers (Pork and Cabbage Dumplings)


There are some recipes that you pick up, some recipes that you create...and some recipes that have been passed down through your family, from generation to generation. These recipes are often the most comforting, as they evoke warm happy memories, but also the hardest to recreate, as there are generally no hard and fast recipes, and each generation make little changes as they go.

These pork and cabbage dumplings evoke glowing, cozy memories of eating around the table with my family. My mother in the kitchen, cooking away, making hundreds of these tasty morsels, the heat of the kitchen a stark contrast to the cool, air-conditioned dining room. My first dumpling consisted of balls of dough with sticks of ginger stuck through the middle...which my mother patiently cooked and my family actually ate in support of my attempt at 'cooking'.

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January 09, 2014

Cafe Di Stasio, St Kilda

Omelette D'Aragosta (Crayfish Omelette), $33

There are plenty of must-eat places in Melbourne when you ask for recommendations, ranging from the trendy (like Golden Fields), to the established (like Flower Drum). And one such establishment that is a favourite amongst the up market crowd is Cafe Di Stasio, known for its attention to detail and modern style of Italian cooking.

So I made a reservation and off we went, to the trendy neighbourhood of St Kilda.
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January 01, 2014

Devon Cafe, Surry Hills

Breakfast with the Sakuma's

Sometimes, your food news feed explodes with a new cafe/restaurant that's opened up. That's when eating out becomes a mission, rather than just a meal. My twitter and instagram feed were absolutely flooded with food from Devon Cafe, and I knew I had to make the trip into Surry Hills.

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