Saturday, July 21, 2007
stormiii at 11:25 pm
Thursday, July 19, 2007
My latest discovery in this land of milk and honey :D - a chain of chocolate salons (not stores) with that distinctive European air called Koko Black. One can sit down for a nice glass of chocolate martini or pick and choose from their rows of exquisitely handmade chocolates...
stormiii at 11:52 pm
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Margie & Ralf
Aah! Chocolate mudpie cupcakes with pink and purple icing in place of the traditional wedding cake :D
A local tradition, these white horseshoes are handmade by the ladies of the family and then given to the new bride to keep for the next generation of brides :)
stormiii at 7:19 pm
Friday, July 13, 2007
We started off with the prerequisite fried spring rolls and the birthday boy's choice - crab noodles. My eyes perked up at the dish's resemblance to my favourite chilli crab but this was just a simple sweet and sour sauce. While the crabmeat was fresh and sweet, it was not as succulent or tasty as Sri Lankan crabs... :D Still, the addition of egg noodles was a nice difference.
Next on our orders - roast pork and char siew, steamed flounder with pork and mushrooms (chef's recommendation apparently), crispy squid with garlic and chilli and deep fried duck with taro.
After a complimentary serving of fruits, we rounded off the meal with their delectable mango pudding... hmm!
stormiii at 11:53 pm
Monday, July 09, 2007
A Daylesford weekend
Emi, Eza and myself hopped into our chilli red Barina and headed out into the Victorian countryside for some much needed greenery :D The twists and turns in the road revealed beautiful landscapes dotted with sheep/horses and the occasional cottage... We reached the popular spa town of Daylesford in the Macedon Ranges after 2 hours - just in time for a morning coffee! Armed with my foodie research (as per normal), we found Locantro off 87 Vincent St :)
A well known chocolate store and cafe in Daylesford, Locantro was humming with daytrippers when we entered it's wonderful warmth and aroma. Emi had a pistachio chocolate, Eza her decadent hot choc with skinny milk and for me, a latte and slice of citrus pie... yum :D
Feeling refreshed, we strolled down the main street and peeked into more interesting shops full of curios or more... food! A steamed up window displaying more sweet treats!
The highlight of our day-trip was the 2 hour spa package at Pepper Springs - consisting of dips in the famed mineral pools, steam/sauna and a 45 min relaxation massage (male masseuse no less!) for A$135. Housed in a beautiful yellow building, Pepper Springs felt very much like some place in Tuscany :D
Our 2 course lunch at Pepper Springs's Deco Restaurant (fine dining!) was a most quiet experience as we were careful about not speaking too loudly and minding our P's and Q's.. kidding. I enjoyed the Calamari with greens and gnocchi (lightly flavoured with olive oil and balsamic vinegar) and for mains, the Pork Chop with orange sauce, red cabbage sauerkraut and mash potato. Yum.
stormiii at 7:00 pm
Friday, July 06, 2007
Finally made into Melbourne city today :D Now, I realised why I decided on this city...! The vibrancy, the people, the culture and beautiful architecture really cheered up a wet and dreary afternoon :)
Federation Square - a super modern set of buildings that houses the Tourist Centre, ACMI (where I hid from the drizzle and watched free animation films) among others.
I was captivated by this building because of it's "Moorish" architecture - it's apparently a theatre called "Majestic"?
Met some of Emi's friends from SG and Thailand at Khin Khao (242 Swanston St), a restaurant famous for their yummy pad thai and equally yummy Thai waiters (but likely gay!) :D I'm enjoying the "Banquet B" menu with Eza. Stay tuned for more foodie adventure...
stormiii at 2:09 am
Monday, July 02, 2007
Taste of Singapore!
Before I went over to Melbourne, I asked Emi if she needed any foodstuff from SG and she replied - "I bring food back to SG; don't worry, MEL has all the asian food that you need!" True enough, after a hearty bowl of beef combination pho and crisp fried spring rolls at Richmond, hot chocolate and huge cakes at funky Groove Train, Bridge Road... I was almost a believer and last night's dinner totally sealed the deal :D
Emi introduced me to Clayton - home to many asian students at the Monash campus and rows of asian groceries and fantastic cheap eats. Korean BBQ? Thai? Vietnamese-Chinese? Indian? Nasi padang? You've got it! I was curious to see if there was a true blue SG eatery too and not one of those Malaysian/SG outlets that are common in Adelaide. She pointed out to a corner shop with multi-coloured light bulbs and a huge, RED sign which proudly declared its fare, "Taste of Singapore"!!
Turns out that a Singaporean Malay family opened this place nearly 6 years ago (or more); so imagine my delight when I saw that they served all the local favourites as well as SG style nasi padang :P The owner was kind enough to chat for a while too and wished me well on this new adventure. It's always nice to know that people have taken a similar route and succeeded in making something for themselves in a foreign land. More to come soon!
stormiii at 12:58 pm