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Monday, January 26, 2015

Strawberry Gardens, NZ

Phil Greig Strawberry Gardens
Auckland, New Zealand

Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Auckland, New Zealand for the second time within two years to visit my kiwi mates and to enjoy the Kiwi summer heat. One of the highlights was definitely going out one sunny day to the Phil Greig Strawberry Gardens to hand-pick our own strawberries (and much to my dismay; sun burn on my shoulders from it!)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

MQ Fusion, NSW

MQ Fusion

On a rare shopping trip over to Macquarie Centre the other day, we decided to have a quick bowl of noodles before our major shopping haul of H&M and Forever 21 (both are newly imported big branded stores making their marks in Aussie shores) in the centre. Just like the restaurant name suggests, the MQ Fusion provides quick and easy plates of various asian influenced dishes (predominately thai or vietnamese) in the restaurant section of the shopping centre.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Soda Factory, NSW


It's absolutely surprising when you find the actual entrance to this place and like me, you double-take on how you've just gone through a bright cartoony hot dog parlour facade and transported into a darker, lofty looking warehouse bar with live music on one side. This bar is slick black with high top tables and lounges in an industrial building turned bare to create this modern mo-town feel. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas 2014



Sophie will return from a short break mid-January 2015. 
Happy eating!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

257 Home, NSW

257 Home Kitchen @ Eastwood

People were lining up in small little packs waiting for a table at this Eastwood Chinese eatery called the 257 Home Kitchen on Rowe Street. There's plenty of hungry customers awaiting a table inside this small place, the kitchen and waitstaff trying their best to meet the quick dinner time demand.

A trendy looking atmosphere; the 257 has wooden tables and white brick walls with black and white motifs and a nice clean "homely" feel that looks like a modern restaurant of any cuisine, not specifically your usual stereotypical Chinese at all.

The staff are quick on their feet and different plates of food keep by-passing our table as we settle down in the middle of the restaurant after they had sought-after a seating point for our family of four. It was an awkward fitting for us, as we were smack right in the middle of the walkway and the seating was myself and Mr. Tickle on both ends, and Mr. Chatterbox and Mrs. Helpful seated on one side.

The table near us were served milk bottles in shiny coloured ice boxes which intrigued us. At first we thought it was iced chocolate, but the waitress informs us it is Hong Kong-style Milk Tea. We order two; it's super milky and tea that's strong in flavour served cutely in a old fashioned milk glass bottle each.

We ordered this barramundi fish for our main course - a sticky sweet and sour fish that has been semi de-boned and deep fried in a fanatical kind of shape. It's quite a signature looking dish and was interesting to pick at it with an accompaniment of pine nuts and peas with the sauce that went simply with some steamed rice. On the far top; our noodle dish that was beef and hokkien-style noodles lightly wok tossed with some shredded veggies.

I absolutely love myself some dumplings so we order ourselves a plate of pan fried pork dumplings that turned out to be soft and inside with just enough of it's own juices to make a soupy broth inside the dumpling that would squirt out when you aren't too careful to manage to eat them strategically. Served piping hot with a sprinkle of sesame seeds, they were gone within minutes once dunked with a dosing of soy sauce with our chopsticks.

257 Home Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Friday, December 5, 2014

Brewtown Newtown, NSW


I can finally say that I've tried a Brewnut. That is.. the Brewtown Newtown's own versions of the Cronut craze. 

Meeting up with MsKFlatwhite and her lovely friend Julianne for a Sunday brunch at Brewtown I get to have my first Brewtown experience. I didn't know what to expect from this - I just knew of it's name, its famed Brewnuts and that it was quite a popular choice for a cup of coffee in the Newtown area.

Brewtown Newtown is in a warehouse turned miniature coffee roastery as well as a boutique up top on the first floor sourced from local artisans and merchants. Focused in being free range, organic and creating a seasonal variety of breakfast and lunch choices with baked goods made fresh on their own premises. Things are looking good!

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