Menya Mappen, NSW
MENYA MAPPEN, NSW
This week my friend and I visited Menya Mappen, a japanese-style cafeteria that is nestled within the Skyview Plaza arcade. This attracts a lot of the student and younger crowds, as well as being an interesting niche for eating out during lunch and dinner. If you're into doing something a little different and don't mind a bit of self-serve action, then this might be an interesting experience.
THE STAR, NSW
AT THE STAR, NSW
Last Sunday my parents and I went over to Marigold Chinese restaurant for 'Yum Cha'. I took my camera this time to snap a few dishes, and also because afterwards I needed to go shopping for a new camera lens and tripod.
yum cha literally means to "drink tea" in english translation, often in some places the cuisine is referred in different names like dim sim/dim sum but all is similar. It's usually served in the daytime from breakfast to afternoon tea in Chinese restaurants. It is serving a variety of small dishes which is great when you're accompanied by friends, family, or even business colleagues that could easily have food to be shared (similar to how the Spanish tapas works out).
Pinch and a Punch!
I was flicking through a cooking magazine during my visitation to my hair dresser (as you do, haha..!) and stumbled upon some awesome recipes that have left me to ponder what I'd try to make during Christmas eve and for my parties.
My Christmas Cooking Wishlist:
NB: Things that I plan on trying out in the kitchen or just eating over the course of this month.
Gingerbread MenHUGE fan of Gingerbread, this would be such an ideal bake for me. I absolutely look forward to having gingerbread men purchased at the shops, so the thought of making my own has always been tempting.
Sydney Easter Show, 2011
(A very belated) SYDNEY EASTER SHOW, 2011.
It feels like I had visited the Easter Show last year but really in fact it was about half a year ago in April. With only a month to go until Christmas, it's amazing that when I was sorting through my photos just then and found my pictures of the food stalls and cakes, I thought "heck, why not post them now in mid-november whilst it still is relevant to the year of 2011?"
Red Velvet Cupcakes
RED VELVET CUPCAKES
I've been meaning to create these stunning cakes in a while, and after an enticing baking mood kicked in today, I looked upon Taste's Red Velvet Cupcake recipe to make a few of my own at home.
via Taste - what it really should be like!
Jonga-Jip BBQ, NSW
It's not often that I get to have Korean cuisine for dinner, so when I do get the chance to have a Korean BBQ I always look forward to the dishes of bulgolgi, bibimbap, or the naengmyeon (cold noodle soups) and my favourite... those chewy rice cakes (especially dukboki)!
Koi Kei Candy, HK & Pancakes, NSW
KOI KEI CANDY, HK
via Koi Kei Bakery
We also went to Pancakes on The Rocks, at the Rocks for some... pancakes!
On a weekend off from work and away from my usual duties I usually make time for a walk about in World Square for some shopping and ducked inside Palate for some rest before another bout of shops.
As the name suggests; it's a cafe that has various tastes in international cuisines to offer for you palate. With indoor as well as outdoor seats, it's quite a nifty location for city dwellers and shoppers alike to put their feet (and wallets) to rest whilst having a lunch or coffee break.
A fruitful week
A FRUITFUL WEEK
I found this kitchen utensil I've been wanting to try for a long time. It's a metal baller, which can make fruit or vegetables into little balls for a cute decoration to a meal. I just happened to spot one in a Dollar store for around $3 and thought heck, why not.
"When Steve Coogan is asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend. But, when she backs out on him, he has no one to accompany him but his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon."
[edit after viewing:]
After watching an hour of the film I couldn't really find it that entertaining, and skimmed through the rest of the film. For some reason I'd have thought it would be more concentrated on food and dining, but it's only just one aspect of their road trip journey that doesn't really grab as much focus. The impersonations of celebrities - loved those, by the way!
Check out a movie review here.
In other words, tonight was the 11/11/11 and everyone is probably celebrating it! I managed to time myself right and took a picture of the right minute for all the "1"s to be exactly: 11/11/11 @ 11:11PM. AMAZING!
Ichi-Ban Boshi, NSW
On the second floor of The Galeries Victoria (TGV for short) is the Japanese restaurant Ichi-Ban Boshi. This has been one of my favourite places to eat out for lunch or an early dinner as it is within the Sydney CBD with decent portions as well as being not too heavy on the wallet. It's also at a close distance to shops, the cinemas, bus stops and the Town Hall train station so it's easy to get there to have a quick feed.
Chat Thai, NSW
Chat Thai has become more known in the past few years. It is a thai restaurant that's usually turning over tables as fast as the plates are being served. The staff are always friendly and whichever place you choose to venture forth in, you'll instantly notice the 'buzz' that this place exudes - a mixture of bustling energy from the staff and of the hungry people that come for their richly authentic food.
Big Breakfast at Home
BIG BREAKFAST AT HOME
This morning I had a gigantic breakfast with my parents. With a quick dash across the street to the supermarket for food, we had some freshly bought ciabatta bread loaf, eggs, strips of bacon, a bunch of Swiss brown mushrooms, cream of corn, baked beans and chunky kransky sausages.
Trick or Treat!
Not much of a food post, but just a brief post to celebrate Halloween (which is actually this coming Monday). Usually I don't do much for Halloween, as it really isn't that huge for Aussie's as it is Americans.
This year however I went to the Magique Halloween Circus last night at Luna Park. It was a ticketed event that held performing circus acts like trapeze, acrobatic and dancers on stage as well as performers on the dance floor. It was a costumed event for 18 years and up, with facilities to a Bar for drinks and the neat Silent Disco.
After that, I headed on over to a friend's place for a Halloween bash, in my Lolita-esque costume and got some wicked lollies for a treat!
I feel bad that I have no foodie photos to post, so let me hook you up with a treat that'll be sure to freak out your guests as they peer down inside the cookie jar.
One of my fave reads, The Adventures of Sugarbelle has this eye-popping cookie recipe that I stumbled upon a few nights back. I really want to learn to bake sugar cookies and royal icing now after seeing these.
The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle
It's Tea Time!
PEARL MILK TEA
Ever since these Taiwanese based tea drinks popped out of no where a few years back in the CBD's Chinatown district, it still is a thriving beverage that has become an enjoyable alternative to tea drinks.
The 'pearls' are little starch balls that can easily be bought from an asian grocer. Mine in particular was a dried pearl packet that, according to it's instructions, takes only 5-10 Minutes to make at home. Along with some other homeware materials, it's quite a simple and easy drink to prepare.
Wasabi Bistro, NSW
The owners of Wasabi Bistro happen to have a knack for opening quite a few restaurants, in particular the Bistro is one of the three establishments. They specialize in Modern Japanese cuisine, and each have their own different styles for menu and ambience. It's best to book ahead at this point, because they seem to get busy really quickly for their lunch/dinner trade. I've had to come back on another night because they couldn't do walk-ins.
Sydney's International Food Festival, NSW
Created by Crave, this festival will surely make October every foodie's favourite month of the year as so many wonderful things are happening! Namely, there's the Night Noodle Markets over in the CBD's Hyde Park and the various 'Sugar Hits' for the night owls like me.
On the Grapevine: Hunter Valley, NSW
So the first post is always an exciting one; I really am looking forward to updating TeaThyme with more delicious posts of food and beverages!
And, what better than to kick-off my blogging with this newly experienced roadtrip towards the Hunter Valley.
Last weekend the girls and I ventured onto a road trip over the long weekend towards the Hunter Valley in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Unlike my fellow roadtrippers, I haven't had the chance to frollick into the vineyards before (and yes, I did get my boots all muddy from running down the fields of the grapevines!) nor have I ever considered trying a wine tasting session before so all in all, the trip was pretty much a new experience just waiting to be had!
Welcome to TeaThyme!
Welcome to TEATHYME.
Originally, TeaThyme was just an idea for my tumblr blog that collects food and drink pictures of the interwebs. Now, I have now branched out to Food/Drink blogging - that's right, more delicious goodness not only on tumblr but now it'll be posted here for you to read, comment and enjoy.
What will be here?
Unlike my Teathyme on tumblr, this will be more personal posts of food-related posts including but not limited to photojournalism, recipes, cafe encounters and restaurant reviews amongst many other scrumptious treats that'll tickle your tastebuds!
Based in Sydney, Australia. TeaThyme is a blog using food reviews, recipes and all the matters of food and drink!Who maintains TEATHYME?
Hi, my name is Sophie. I am a local Sydneysider that has an adoration for all things tea! Join me as I take on local foodie adventures far and wide, sharing the journey on TeaThymes.com
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