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May the 4th Be With You

Abit of a nerdy post to reboot the blog today. This past week I have revamped the blog in a bid to try and spruce up the site; new logos and fonts, new adaption of content (ie: food AND travels are my newer blog content focus) and just wanting to revive!

There may be a few things yet to tweak, but so far so good. Do you know what today was? For not those already in the know, it was "May the 4th..." aka a Star Wars referenced day!

Photo of Death Star Cocktail: Shot Bar Cantina Facebook

Hidden upstairs on the second floor is a semi-themed shot bar in Tokyo's savvy Shinjuku area. (新宿5丁目18−13 八重州ビル別館2F, Shinjuku for the street address) and there doesn't seem to be much English presence online on what the place is all about.

I was amazed that this small bar existed and am really regretting not venturing upstairs for a drink or to take photos of the place because I'm sure it's a wonderful watering hole for the Star Wars fans of Japan - the watermelon cocktail being a strong indicator of awesomeness which awaits you, young padawans.

In the Walt Disney World and Disneyland theme parks today - characters of the movies would have been out for meet and greets, the attractions would be heavily lined up and with the eager anticipation of the "Star Wars themed Hotel" experience and the dedicated land coming up in the mix- I'm one happy fangirl. The captioned pictured are from my 2013 work experience during the Star Wars Weekend events in May. 

Photo of Lord Vader from Down 'N' Out Facebook 

Back into the Sydney CBD -  those who have a penchance for some good ol' stacked up burgers then fly on over to the Burger Masters of Bar Luca or Down 'N' Out to try their themed buns. 

The Down "N" Out featured a blackened bun stacked up with the double stacked (pictured) meaty goods aka "Lord Vader" thats going to be running for up to a week with limited stock. Additionally, the galactic purple and blue "Return of the Chedi" finishes up over the weekend of 6&7th May depending on locations for Bar Luca.

Photo of Burger "Return of the Chedi" from Bar Luca Sydney Facebook

So which ever your choose for the weekend - may the force be with you!

Maidreamin - Maid Cafe Japan


Another year, another holiday yet again to Japan.

This time it was for two weeks, travelling around Tokyo,  Kyoto and Osaka to try and explore new places to sight see.

One of my to-do's this time was to go into a Maid Cafe and see what the fuss is all about. We went to one of the stores in Akiba (Akihabara) one night during our walks around the famed Electric Town full of anime/manga city and used the lift to go up into the Maid world of 'Maidreamin' which is a common franchise of the Maid Cafes in Japan as well as being tourist-friendly. The idea of it all is to be entertained by these girls dressed in maid cosplay outfits as they do little games with you and treat you differently than what a usual cafe server would.

The girls know only a bit of English but get by to explain a few chants and phrases when we order from our Maid 'Minami', she encourages us to say "Moe, Moe, Cute!" once we have made our decision to go for a couple of cold drinks and ice-cream parfaits with our furry animal headbands that come with the package. So, here we are, a cute Aussie couple wearing bunny and bear ears whilst sipping iced lemon teas and watching the other maids float around to entertain the tourists that were amongst us.

A group of european tourists were celebrating a mothers' birthday and the maid 'Amomo' made sure that it was extra special with all the Maids gathered round for a Happy Birthday song and personally drawn some cat faces onto their egg omelette with tomato sauce at the table. Little quirks like that, along with a small disco ball and down lights for a stage "performance show" is also on offer if you buy the right package deal! The two parfaits did take a while - it could easily at least have been 45 minutes - for it to arrive. When they did, it was greeted with another saying of "Nyan, Nyan!" from our maids and that we should put our hands together to make heart shapes before eating. Memories definitely were made with the experience and at the end we got to have two photos with our maids that looked after us very well. I know Minami did her best, along with the other girls who greeted us the same during our visit.

Haven Coffee, NSW

Haven Joyous Coffeeis a hips cafe which specialises in the egglette/hong kong style egg waffles and specialty tea and coffees within the city urban space on Chalmers Street close to Central Station and Surry Hills.

It's a great weekender visit to just take a perch outside on the benches to enjoy the sunny days or step inside to hear the piano being played by passer-bys that are dabbling on the keys, which a sign is up to say that if you play a song for all to hear you'll get a free coffee in return. I was happy to hear some really delightful songs during our brunch - Phantom of the Opera, Disney.. this girl could play and sing harmoniously and did a medley of the two before winning a hot cuppa.

The egg waffles are of limited supply and come with exotic asian flavours and cheeky namesakes ie: "Sexy Me" - of the few listed the kim-cheese being an unusual mixture of savoury and sweet using parmesan cheese and kimchi along with vanilla ice cream.

Coffees are served with neat presentation of flat wooden boards and a ride of currants to go with their specialty coffees. Our friend orders the mocha, and it is covered with a netted pattern of dripping chocolate all over.

Haven Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato