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Welcome to TeaThymes!

Teathymes.com is a food and travel blog based in Sydney, Australia. From here you'll get to see some restaurant reviews, food and travel product reviews and the occasional recipes -all matters of food and drink!






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Merry Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wishing you all a wonderful happy holidays for the year filled with peace and good eating.
I'll be away for a short (but sweet!) retreat away from the Blogosphere from:

Vacation:
 25th December 2011 - 23rd January 2012.

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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.

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Goddess Moscato, NSW

GODDESS PINK MOSCATO



After going to the Hunter Valley last October and from what I've discovered is that I definitely have tastebuds for the sweeter wines of Moscato, Dessert Wines or White Wines.




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3 Mama Chef's, NSW

3 MAMA CHEF'S

Tonight we took refuge from the high city winds that seem to keep on coming and hid inside 3 Mama Chef  Thai Restaurant.


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THE STAR, NSW

AT THE STAR, NSW

 

Tonight we walked along the newly opened & refurbished Star City, now aptly titled 'The Star' over in Pyrmont. I've been meaning to visit this location after seeing a lot of other gorgeous foodie reviews from the several new restaurants on the ground level.

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Marigold, NSW

MARIGOLD, 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).

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Pinch and a Punch!

It's the first week of December and I'm already keen for Christmas traditions, good food and company, presents and holidays. Depending on which side of the world you reside in, it's either a winter christmas or a summer christmas. Mine's the latter; but either way, I look forward to having a great festive month.

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.

via Flickr 

 Gingerbread Men
HUGE 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.


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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?"


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Thanksgiving goes Gaga


It's Thanksgiving Day over in the US, and I just happened to stumble across this short video off Youtube of Chef Art Smith and musician idol Lady Gaga, cooking up a few dishes for the day.

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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!

As an eager beginner to cooking and baking, I stuck to recipes and videos online for guidance. Only a few tidbits were changed from the recipe - small things such as I didn't add white vinegar and added another tablespoon vanilla extract and red food colouring into the mix.


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Jonga-Jip BBQ, NSW

JONGA-JIP, 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)!

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Koi Kei Candy, HK & Pancakes, NSW

KOI KEI CANDY, HK

Last week I received some Hong Kong sweets from my relatives that had returned from their visit to Hong Kong and Macau.

We also went to Pancakes on The Rocks, at the Rocks for some... pancakes!

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Palate, NSW

Palate, NSW

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.

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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.

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The Trip

THE TRIP
   

"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." 

So I have this movie rented out tonight for abit of inspiration and fun.. I thought I'd rent it out to have a watch and see whether if it's any good, since I'm new to food critiques and probably this'll help me out abit more even though I'd hardly see myself becoming anything but just a humble foodie lover who blogs.  Let's see how it goes anyways...

[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!

THE TRIP
http://www.imdb.com/
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!

 

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Ichi-Ban Boshi, NSW

ICHI-BAN BOSHI


via flickr


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.

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Chat Thai, NSW

CHAT THAI

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.

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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.

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Trick or Treat!

HALLOWEEN

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 


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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.

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Wasabi Bistro, NSW

I love anything to do with Japanese, as you'll soon figure out when you get to know Teathyme more. So, my latest Japanese restaurant trek would have to go to the Wasabi Bistro over on Bourke Street in Surry Hills.

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.



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Sydney's International Food Festival, NSW

October. Why is it special? There's Oktoberfest, Halloween and... the Sydney International Food Festival.


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.

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On the Grapevine: Hunter Valley, NSW

Hello!
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.


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!

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Welcome to TeaThyme!

Hello to my friends and family - and to new and yet-to-be familiar readers!
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!

You're welcome to follow this blog by email or sign in with Google to be updated for when I next post.
Looking forward to tea-drinking and food-devouring with you all!

For now, visit TeaThyme on tumblr:

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