More Animal Puffs from Doux Amour Plus Uncle Tetsu’s Cheese Tarts

I’ve added two water animals to my collection of cute choux conquests from Doux Amour. The bright purple taro-flavoured octopus and the whale with a vanilla and blueberry filling. Cutting open Mr Octopus reveals a vibrant purple inside. It’s distinctly taro and extremely creamy, which is a big plus. I did like that the little…

Sydney’s Vivid Festival of Lights 2017

It was good news for this year’s Vivid Light Festival as it was extended to run over 3 weeks, with a new light installation area at the Barangaroo precinct. We visited on a weeknight and the lights still pulled a large crowd. The Barangaroo walk along the harbour was quite pretty, with hanging manta rays lining the street…

Le Saigon @ St Leonards, May 2017

A minute’s walk from the train station, the recently opened Le Saigon offers a rare all day menu with a wide selection of drinks. They also have cakes on display at the counter near the entrance. Inside, hanging lightbulbs and leaves line the ceiling and a piano sits in the middle of the dining area,…

Dee Why Hotel’s Famous Trufflenator Burger, May 2017

If there’s one thing you should try from the Dee Why Hotel’s Brasserie menu, it’s their Famous Trufflenator burger. Double wagyu patty, truffle mayo, truffle butter, infused havarti cheese, truffle maple syrup, crispy bacon, American cheddar, onion rings, all sandwiched between a sweet Japanese milk bun. Size-wise, the burger actually didn’t look as large as…

London May 2016, Day 5: Sky Garden, Harrods and the British Museum

We had a more leisurely itinerary planned for day 5 after a long previous day in Paris. We took the tube to Monument station and took a short stroll to the “Walkie-Talkie” building, so nicknamed because of its uneven rectangular shape. On the 35th floor is the Sky Garden, an indoor garden spanning three storeys…

Chatswood’s Chao Ba Revisited, May 2017

It’s been over a year since we first ate at Chao Ba in Chatswood’s Concourse and we were eager to try different dishes from the menu to see if their other offerings were just as good as last time’s. To start, we had the prawn and crab spring rolls. These were plump mini springs rolls…

London May 2016, Day 4: A Paris Excursion

It was finally our day trip out to Paris and we headed out in the dark and rainy morning to catch 4.30 am bus to St Pancreas Station. From there we caught the Eurostar train. The trip wasn’t too bad, taking only 2 and a half hours from London to the Gare Du Nord Station in Paris….

All About Pho: Eastwood’s Pho Gia Hoi, Feb 2016

Pho Gia Hoi offers up a Vietnamese menu that’s in a similar vein to Me Pho and Tan Viet. Funnily enough, the 3 competitors are also located along the same stretch of road in Eastwood. Upon inspection though, Pho Gia Hoi’s menu is more extensive than the other two’s. We ordered the net rice paper…

Dera-Uma in Sydney, March 2017

There’s a little shopping arcade on George St called Skyview Shopping Plaza that houses a few cheap Japanese and Vietnamese eateries. One of those eateries is Dera-Uma, which offers a selection of Japanese bento boxes and donburi (rice bowls). It’s order and pay at the counter then collect your food when the buzzer sounds. We…

The OHBAR Thai @ Sydney, Apr 2017

The Ohbar Thai offers up a bar and dining experience and with its large, orange-lit “The Ohbar” sign at the corner of Liverpool St, it’s hard to miss. On its menu is a decent selection of rice, noodles, curries, entree and dessert. We had the vegetarian spring rolls to start and they were plump with…

Yayoi Japanese Teishoku @ Chatswood, Mar 2017

A glossy new restaurant has popped up on the streets of Chatswood and it specialises in Japanese Teishoku, which are meal sets comprising of a main, rice, soup and various side dishes. On the inside, Yayoi Japanese Teishoku restaurant looks just as polished with its brightly lit interior and mounted electronic screens. The menu is…

Four Frogs Creperie, Circular Quay

Not far from Circular Quay is the bustling Four Frogs Creperie. The eatery has a seating area as well as a window for takeaway. On offer is a selection of sweet crepes and savoury crepes (called galettes). For sweet, the simple but tasty butter and sugar was a sure pick. The crepe was thin and fairly crispy around the…

Marukame Udon Chatswood, Feb 2017

If I had to use three words to describe Chatswood’s Marukame Udon it would be quick, cheap and self-service. You order your main of noodles or rice off the menu at the front and slide your tray along the counter, choosing any sides or drinks along the way. Condiments such as spring onion, tempura flakes (these are…

Lunch Teishoku at Nazimi Sydney CBD, Feb 2017

What is Teishoku? Teishoku is the Japanese term for “meal set”, which depending on the main dish you order usually comes with rice, miso soup, pickles and a variety of other side dishes. Nazimi is a restaurant on York St (right opposite the QVB) that offers Teishoku daily – and it’s proving popular with the lunchtime crowds….

London May 2016, Day 2: Westminster Abbey and Kew Garden

Day 2 began with a hearty buffet breakfast at Tavistock hotel. Fried, boiled and scrambled eggs, watery baked beans, hash browns, sausages, bacon (a little on the hard side),grilled tomatoes, toast and jams, prunes and stewed fruits, cereal, juices, coffee and tea – a good enough selection and variety to keep us going until lunch….