Tuesday, 31 August 2010

On Ramen (2) - Haymarket, Sydney

On Ramen is becoming my go to place for quick and fuss free Japanese food, usually chosen when I'm hungry and too tired to bother waiting in line for the more popular places.

Chicken katsu ramen set - with a generous serving of the tasty chicken, I like how they keep it separate from the ramen so it doesn't become soggy

Chicken yakitori skewers

Fish katsu curry

Cheese sausage

Simple but tasty

On Ramen
Shop 4 181-187 Hay street
Haymarket NSW 2000

Monday, 30 August 2010

Sugar fix Monday

Over the weekend I found this cool lolly shop had opened at my local Westfield. They had a great range of lollies and chocolate - a lot of American ones, like Hersheys, pop tarts etc

My little haul

I like Nerds, and they had so many new flavours I haven;t seen before! I picked up some double dipped ones - lemonade and wild cherry + apple and watermelon, wild cherry and watermelon flavour

I also got some tropical skittles! Yum!! The flavours sound nice, plus they had the original skittles with the lime flavour. I miss the lime skittle! I think they changed it to green apple in Australia a while ago...

4 more sleeps until my holidays! Getting close now. YAY!

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Pho Pasteur - Haymarket, Sydney

Every now and then I'll crave Vietnamese food - the fresh flavours and herb, and the cheap yet satisfying  and quick meal.

During a shopping trip in the City, Pho Pasteur is chosen for lunch before a haircut and a long shopping list is tackled.

We get a condensed version of the menu, but I see other tables leafing through massive booklets

Vietnamese ice white coffee gives me the energy I need for my mission

My must order - deep fried spring rolls, these are larger than usual, but fantastic and crispy with loads of filling

Of course you can't have spring rolls without the dipping sauce

Eagerly awaiting...

My tasty and comforting bowl of pho. It really hit the spot!

Pho Pasteur
709 George Street
Haymarket NSW 2000

Saturday, 28 August 2010

I heart Eveleigh Markets

I love Saturdays and the favourite activity on the top of the list is Eveleigh markets.

I love the cute doggies that are so well behaved, the lovely aroma of coffee and a variety of breakfast goods including Kylie Kwong's Billy Kwong stall, Bird Cow Fish, Sonoma and not to mention all the sweet goodies. It's seriously heaven!

My mission was to buy some biscotti and shortbread to take overseas as gifts:
I bought 3 packets of biscotti - this one is the pistachio, I also bought cardamon, pear and pistachio which I may or may not have polished off today

Almond biscotti. I also bought some yummy buttery macadamia shortbread which I have kept out of sight to prevent further consumption by me!

I was sidetracked on the way to the Biscuit tree:

Trios of chocolate at the Gumnut stall - this is a very tempting combination with one each of passionfruit, strawberry and lime. Love the sound of the flavours!

I had a taste of the lemon myrtle too and it was lovely, a very unique flavour, and I got this little box of lemon myrtle and wattleseed. Yum! Love that they have these unique flavours - I won't be taking these overseas as it will be way too hot (excuse to gobble them all up myself muhahha)

Mini marshmallows from Sweetness stall - squee!!! cute little bag with mini colourful marshmallows, can't wait to get into these!

And no weekend is complete without the giant weekend papers.... Bliss

Friday, 27 August 2010

MillioRe Korean Fusion Restaurant - Capitol Square, Sydney

Continuing with the Capitol Square area, it was noticed that the Korean restaurant, Milliore, situated on the Campbell street side was very full (which usually means that it's good!) so I made a mental note to go back and try it.

Friday night comes around, and it's windy and cold. Perfect for some Korean food!

The staff are plentiful and quite loud and enthusiastic. Tables are quite squashed and haphazardly placed as tables and chairs are dragged in from outside during the night.

The best part about Korean food? Side dishes! We get a broccoli dish, kim chi, a potato dish (my fave!) and another one which tastes like fish cake strips?

Seafood pancake - Delicious and crispy on the outside, but the serving was gigantic! Had to take most of this home.

Dumplings - polished these tasty deep fried morsels off, as you can see, the servings are quite generous

Beef and vegetable hot pot - loved the plentiful vegetables and tofu although I thought it was quite pricy at $39 compared to the other dishes

Millore Korean Fusion Restaurant
730 George St 
Haymarket NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 9212 2828

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Best asian ice cream flavours - Passionflower - Capitol Square, Sydney

Featuring my favourite combination of flavours at the moment:

Black sesame, red bean and sticky rice ice creams with crushed peanuts and glutinous rice balls

Final fantasy - black sesame and coconut ice creams

Even though it's quite pricy for ice cream, I like the different flavours they have - including taro, green tea etc they also have a few new flavours at the moment that I want to try including pink grapefruit sorbet and apple pie!

730-742 George Street 
Capitol Square, Haymarket NSW 2000
Ph: (02)9281 832

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

What to eat in Singapore?

Rose Veranda at the Shangri-la is on my list for high tea in Singapore, however, I'm considering Equinox, or the Tiffin Room at the Raffles.

I need recommendations on where to eat in Singapore!

Open to any suggestions, but would love a good hawker place, best place to have high tea, and a fine dining restaurant throw in the mix. I've tried to do a little bit of research, but the results are overwhelming and it's hard to judge what's good.

Please help!

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Shopping bans don't work

In some kind of cruel twist of fate, I ended up finding a million fab things to buy when I should be saving for Singapore/Hong Kong and now Shanghai. FML

Alannah Hill cardi - this one is actually for my mum

Cute AH dress that I picked up for $49 plus 20% discount!

Lilac bow clip

Pearl bow cuff from David Jones

In action

Black waist belt from Forever New

Monday, 23 August 2010

Not so good Monday

Today started off well enough, day off on Monday is the best day of the week to have off!

Slept in, had a few yummy pastries for breakfast, and off to my dentist appointment, which went as it usually does, until my dentist asked me whether the wires were bothering me (the end pieces which end up digging into your cheek after a while) so I said yes, and he went to cut them off as per usual, but this time it got caught and embedded in the side of my mouth. Ouch!

These things happen though, and it wasn't actually painful at all to take out as he ended up numbing it.  I think the thought of it was more painful than anything else!

I'm channelling spring with my outfit

Sass ruffle singlet
Cream skirt from a boutique in Japan

My shopping ban didn't really work - isn't that alway the case? You end up finding heaps of gorgeous things when you aren't meant to be purchasing anything!

Cute bows and pearls - this cardi is called 'Cover Me in Syrup'

With the rest of the outfit

Another weekend purchase - Platinum brand floral tights

Lunch was at a nearby dentist, but half my mouth was numb so it wasn't 100& enjoyable, and I'm not sure what I did, but I deleted a whole heap of photos from this weekend accidently! Grr.

Beef spring rolls with a salad and sweet chilli and sour cream dipping sauce - sounds quite odd, but it was nice! We also had chicken skewers (one of the deleted pics) that were amazing. We were hesitant to order asian style at this little cafe, but it ended up being great.

Really into tea lately - this is Rosehip tea (which was too strange tasting for me) I had a Lavender Grey the day before though, and it was yummy!

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Winter weekend warmers

It was a chilly 5 degrees and very windy when I landed in Canberra on Friday night. I know it doesn't sound extremely cold, but flying in from Sydney when it was 20+ degrees the day before, it was hard to battle the icy chill in the air.

Nothing isn't fixed with a good sleep in and yummy breakfast though.

Specials board at Beess and Co

My breakfast - potato rosti with prosciutto, poached eggs, chilli jam and a side of chorizo

Roasting things in the oven also warms up the house a bit, not to mention smells fantastic:

I have a thing for roast vegetables lately, so easy to make and is a healthy and filling dinner - sweet baby carrots and parsnips - I had a few burnt bits on the parsnips (cooking newbie here!) I need to google some tips/cooking times

Lovely white zucchini - zucchini is up there as my favourite vegetable

Number one fave has to be the trusty potato - sooo good!

I sound like such a nana, but it's way too freezing to go out anywhere at night.  I ate my lovely dinner, watched the Election saga unfold on Saturday, and snuggled into my very tempting warm bed with a magazine.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Mee's Sushi - Manuka, Canberra

I love Manuka as they have quite a variety of nice cafes, restaurants and a whole heap of shops selling pretty (but mostly useless) knick knacks.  It was also home to Manuka Fine Foods, until that closed down recently.

This weekend, simple and cheap Japanese was on the menu at Mee's Sushi, a hole in the wall type place that seems to have a never ending line during lunch.  The place is quite cramped and there aren't many seats inside, most people grabbed takeaway.

Hand rolls and sushi boxes - quite a variety including chicken teriyaki, chicken schnitzel, tempura prawn, salmon and avocado etc

Salmon box ($9.00) - Pretty generous with the salmon and avo, and quite nice, although I think I've been spoilt with copious amounts of Sydney Japanese food and it's probably not fair to compare. For Canberra though, I think it's a great place for a sushi fix.

Seafood ramen - was just basically instant noodles. Not good!

Crab claws and tempura prawn - lovely crunchy tempura batter

Mee's Sushi
Shop 4, 1 Flinders Way
Manuka ACT 2603