Wildpear Cafe – Dural

wildpearTwo months ago, I caught up with a good friend who’s back Down Under after working in the US for a few years. We went to Wildpear Cafe for lunch as it was recommended to me by another foodie ;) Continue reading

Tomato, Onion and Pear Relish

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Mmmm relish! I’ve never made relish before, but since we’re having a BBQ this Saturday and we don’t have any ketchup…I thought I’d try my hand at making relish with whatever I had in my pantry using the Thermomix. Continue reading

Let’s Do Dessert 2014: Shangri-La

letsdodessert3There’s only a couple of days left of October, but I thought I’d try to get this post in before Good Food Month is officially over.

I generally only go to one Let’s Do Dessert event each year… mainly due to poor planning but also because the cost adds up quite quickly! 
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The Tuckshop – Glenhaven

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The Tuckshop is a cool suburban cafe located not too far from where I used to go to school, they are an offshoot by the guys who brought us The Baron in Castle Hill.  Continue reading

Osaka Takoyaki Museum

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Takoyaki makes me go nomnomnom. Takoyaki is a Japanese fast food that is made with a flour-based batter and typically filled with octopus and topped with a special sauce, kewpie mayonnaise, spring onion and bonita flakes.

These delicious octopus balls originally became popular in Osaka, so it was fitting that this city had its own museum dedicated to the snack. Continue reading

Hong Kong Style Egg Tarts

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Egg Tarts were a real treat growing up, my family would order a plate of these at yum cha and we’d also buy them from a Chinese bakery once in a while. Egg tarts are a variation of the English Custard Tart, minus the spice. The buttery pastry combined with the delicate custard makes it a moreish brekkie/arvo tea/dessert/supper/snack! And in my opinion, the Cantonese version tastes better than the original :P

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Brewtown – Newtown

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I’ve been craving a cronut since I first heard about the craze in NYC… so I’ve been wanting to visit Brewtown for a while as they are one of the few (but growing) places offering cronuts in Sydney at the moment.

If you’re unfamiliar with “cronut” it’s basically a crossover between a croissant and a donut that was created by chef Dominique Ansel. The Cronut became a popular phenomenon and TIME magazine even named the pastry as one of “The 25 Best Inventions of the Year 2013″! Continue reading

Mooberry – Neutral Bay

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I popped into Mooberry in Neutral Bay a fortnight ago for an afternoon of chocolate indulgence. Unlike most places that sell frozen yoghurt (aka froyo), Mooberry is a dessert and breakfast bar.

Upon entering the Military Road shop front, it was clear that the three-storey venue with funky décor is a cool and relaxing place to hang out. Continue reading

The Instant Ramen Museum – Osaka

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While we were in Osaka, we visited The Instant Ramen Museum in Ikeda. This is where the humble packet of instant noodles started. This museum is every 2 minute-noodle fan’s dream, there’s no admission fee and there’s lots to see, do and eat (the eating part costs ¥). Continue reading

Our Kaiseki Meal in Hakone

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We stayed at a Japanese-style room whilst we were in Hakone, a two-hour train ride from Tokyo. It was a cultural experience staying in a traditional room, wearing a yukata, sleeping on the ground and chatting with naked strangers in an onsen pool whilst admiring the magnificent view of Mount Fuji. Continue reading