Part of the Top 50!

TOP FOOD BLOGGERS IN AUSTRALIA was featured as part of the Top 50 Food Bloggers in Australia list for RebatesZone. It is a flattering gesture, I'm happy to be listed on it since Teathymes is just a small pebble in such a big pond so far.

Trip: Tokyo 2015


I've been quiet for ages, just having spent my time with life as it is and not focusing much onto writing and snapping food shots as feverishly as before. Even during my Tokyo trip recently, looking back it was more of landmarks rather than the food I snapped and have been at a certain writers block whilst trying to maintain a work - life balance.

I went to Japan for the first time with my brother as a sibling vacation - something we hadn't done before! Hotels were sorted in Shinjuku, Shibuya and a brief stint in Kyoto and this asian adventure for the year was a wonderful cultural and foodie experience to have had.

Catmosphere Cat Cafe, NSW


Wanna take a break from the office? Feel like playing with toys? Well, this is one way to do it! - especially for all your pet friendly, cat lovers out there!

Just along Foveaux street in Surry Hills lies the lazy cats and kittens of the recently launched Catmosphere Cat Cafe that opened its kitty doors earlier on this year in July 2015. This is definitely not quite the usual blog postings that I'd talk about, but since it's a rather new and unique concept of cafe to Australia (not to mention adorable!) I thought to write it down.

I went with Mr. Bump and our friend Lachlan for a 30 minute session to be with the Space Kittens. The place is one of the many old surry hill-type terrace street houses that has been converted to accommodate the business. The kitten viewing room is downstairs near the cafe counter that services as the reception desk and barista counter whilst upstairs is the offices and older cat viewing rooms.
Whilst it does have an entrance fee depending on time and whether its young kittens or older cats, however you choose you often will include a beverage of choice that could be either taken into the kitten viewing room or afterwards which makes it the "cafe" part of the experience giving the customers the offer to drink/eat whilst playing with the animals.

We were told that there was quite a few kittens and young cats in the viewing room and that we were fortunate that we are going to be the last group of the day to visit them on our own. The last couple had just exited the room quite jolly, their smiles and happiness seemed to be beaming from ear to ear at the cuteness. So we got excited for our turn to face the Space themed rooms and all those little kitty cats.

All in all the experience was adorable - and how could it not? Cute, hyper and zippy furry kittens kept leaping, bumping, meowing and nudging themselves onto us and climbing over our legs as we each sat on the floor to interact with the pets.

However I feel that there's still room for improvement as in comparison to trips to other non-affiliated cat cafes in Melbourne and one of the cat cafes in Tokyo from recent travels I felt like my first experience of Catmosphere was great but at the same time a few things may need to be tweaked. I love the concept and experience on it's own and the great initiative for rescue and adoption for the animals but I was also bit concerned on a few things. Some kittens in the small viewing room seemed overly skittish and I wondered if they offer their animals a rotation like Japan did for their cats to avoid over-exposing the animals to constant human touch. Despite this, as a previous cat owner myself I quite enjoyed spending time playing with the animals because currently I cannot have a pet of my own again and it made me miss having a little furry butt in the household. 10/10 would come back for the sits and pats alone.

Catmosphere Café Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kent Street Kitchen @ The Langham Hotel Sydney, NSW


You'll be noticing soon enough that I am on a frequent hotel staycation in the next few posts. I have been fortunate enough to be submersed into the hotel food life lately including this new hotel crush of mine for Sydney's Langham Hotel over on Kent Street. Yes, I have a "hotel crush" - I admit it. My cheeks are turning pink at the thought - just like the signature rosy-pale pink branding of Langham's elegant label. The luxuriously chic furniture, pet-friendly vibe and did I mention the Wedgewood high tea service yet? *Swoons*

Local Mbassy, NSW


You may have heard of the place or seen their visually pleasing red velvet pancakes that has had a sudden spike online. This comes from a place called Local MBassy, a new old school corner coffee shop opposite the Wentworth park along Wattle Street, Ultimo.

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