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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.

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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!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Jamie's Italian, NSW


"How's everything goin'?" says our delightful British accented waitress as she passes by to check on us whilst we begin to devour our "Plank" - a wooden platter of assorted meats and antipasti settled upon the what could only be the usual 'Jamie' way - rustic-style a la up opened Italian roman tomato cans.

There's silence all-round for our party of five... Either our mouths are full, or we just don't have the words right now to respond and for a good reason because we are just too occupied for a "Yes, it's too good!" moment.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Gelato Messina, Darlinghurst, NSW


Everyone who loves ice-cream should know of this namesake by now - and if not, then now you will! Gelato Messina has various stores within Sydney since 2002 beginnings based in Darlinghurst. Now, it's broaden it's reach with places in Pyrmont, Parramatta, Bondi, Surry Hills and over in Melbourne's Fitzroy.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Garden Grove, FL USA


It was a last minute decision to go have dinner nearby at Walt Disney World's Swan & Dolphin Hotel in Walt Disney World that proved to work a treat. In this somewhat hidden restaurant lies a huge 25-foot oak tree that glimmers with fairy lights and lanterns at night in the middle of the place and some furry Disney friends also make an appearance to your table! Sometimes it's Goofy, Pluto or the Chipmunks' Chip and Dale. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Short Holiday - Be Right Back!

Be Right Back!

I will be on holidays to my second home that so happens to be the happiest place on earth - Walt Disney World!

So you won't be seeing any further updates until at least the week I return; let's say mid-November 2014 once i've gotten over jet lag and back to work life in Sydney. I'm very much excited to go back to seeing my old workplace and Disney family and shall be snapping lots of food pictures (during my time there, the annual Epcot Food & Wine is on!) to share with you later on.

Here's a Mickey Waffles Recipe in the meantime to make you all jelly... <3

- Sophie.
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