Thai Berry

It’s a pretty giddy feeling having your birthday fall close to a long weekend. I’ve been thankful that for the last couple of years my birthday has fallen on or around the October Labor Day long weekend, however it also coincides with the return of Daylight Savings so it means that any partying done on…

Bach Eatery

A bach (pron. batch) is a small, iconic Kiwi holiday home or beach house. It makes sense therefore, for there to be a huge surfboard hanging over the open counter top bar looking out onto the street. The small, cosily intimate Bach Eatery is packed to the gills on a Saturday evening, the walls retaining the day’s earlier…

La Puerta

I’ve noticed that I’ve been attending more South American restaurants as of late, and it’s not something I’m going to be complaining about anytime soon. It’s over the last year or so I’ve learned that South American food isn’t limited to beans, tortillas and queso. While I’m not opposed to a food court burrito bowl…

Melbourne 2015

So recently I decided to treat myself and take a whole week of annual leave; the first time I’ve taken so much annual leave since I officially began a full-time adult job June last year. I’ve taken a lazy day off here and there, usually for a foodie event that could not be missed, but…

Green Gourmet

I’ve never attempted any sort of diet before. It’s interesting when I have people ask me what my “approach” or “take” is on cooking – those whom I test my recipes on think I’m a sweets and dessert fiend, while my work colleagues see my neatly prepared and packed lunches with brown rice and salads…

Tim Ho Wan

There’s so much tradition and atmosphere involved when it comes to yum cha. I was at that Sydney institution – Marigold – a couple of weekends ago with Night Owl for quite a late lunch and it’s so much more than just the dim sims themselves. The tea pots somehow seem designed to dribble mid-pour onto the white…

Monkey King Thai

A couple of years ago when I was still living with my folks, I remember the week we had new neighbours move in – a couple with three kids. They were friendly, quiet and easy-going, but it wasn’t the people that charmed us; it was the little bundle of fur by the name of Louis….

Luis Tans

Who is Luis Tans? Word on the street is that the fellow was a 1960s Peruvian hustler-type; one who had his fingers dipped in both the government and the criminal underworld. He then apparently got himself hitched into a wealthy Japanese family and decided to open up his house of fusion to the public – tucked…

The Ternary @ Novotel

Its been almost a year since I’ve traveled anywhere (as in by a distance far enough to warrant boarding a plane) and I’m starting to feel the itch again. Around this time last year I was in Brisbane for my sister’s wedding, but the last time I was properly overseas was an impromptu week-long sojourn…

The Governor’s Table

With winter having well and truly arrived early for Sydney, there is really nothing better than comfort food. Yesterday evening my brother-in-law made the most beautiful pappardelle bolognese, with thick ribbons of hand-made fresh pasta. His first ever attempt no less, and cooked perfectly al dente. I’ve personally only attempted to make pasta once for…

Nineteen23

Continuing on with the Blue Mountains reviews from last week…well, there’s only two actually; we only spent two evenings in the mountains – a short and sweet stay, just enough to fill our lungs with the refreshing mountain air and to feel a little more human after the buzz of the city. Dinner for our…

Drunken Rice

Every few weeks or so a catch up gets organised with a few friends from my old pro bono workplace, which inevitably falls onto a Friday evening after work. Our usual go-to (for about the last year) has been Taste of Shanghai in World Square Shopping Centre. We start with buying a few six packs of beer…