Saturday, October 25, 2014

Hello Sam

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Sam The Man, 14.50AUD + Beer Battered Chips (Large), 5AUD

Sometimes you just want to munch on greasy food and tonight is one of those nights. Jan went classic with beef burger patty along with bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onions and an egg. What made it special was having mustard cheddar melt combined with beetroot relish sauce. Although.. I thought the best part of Hello Sam was still their Beer Battered Chips. Beer batter is a great coating for deep frying. Beer's carbonation when deep fried can generate more bubbles creating a lighter crisp to the chips, and it creates a stronger flavour of course, win-win.



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Sam-Brero, 14AUD

The best way to eat burgers is to indulge without shame, I had all ten fingers concentrated on a single burger. I ordered the Sam-Brero right away when I saw on the menu that guacamole was one of the ingredient that is sandwiched in between two buns. It was good but not great. Maybe each ingredient should be well eaten off separately, not as a whole. Mexican take on a burger, not so great here.



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Simple dinner like this ended up being so much fun, every single time.



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Hello Sam also make hot dogs which looked really appealing, and I wished I would have picked on one of those instead of my Sam-Brero burger. Or if you have to ditch the carbs, Hello Sam serves lettuce buns which comes with quinoa and slaw. But then again, the only reason you're here at a burger joint, is for burgers! Now, skip the salad.






Hello Sam
760 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Melbourne, Victoria 3141
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9973 9551

Mon to Fri: 7am-9pm
Sat: 9am-9pm
Sun: 10am-9pm





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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Downtown Artistry

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I am still digging in with the menswear look up till now because they are the comfiest to be in. Imagine tugging in your boyfriend's sweater and walking out the door, yeah that is what it feels like lounging in these comfy tee and pants all day long. These shoes that I'm wearing are my die-hard loafers that I have been clinging on to for months! I have been tugging on these loafers the past season even throughout winter. It is such a tomboyish design but the lace details kept it feminine. The best part of being comfortable was that I wasn't at all tired after a whole day of walking in the city.

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My coat is supposed to be buttoned up so you should not be able to see what I am wearing. I thought it'd be more fun to button it outwards, so I would not look as though I am swallowed by all that fabric. Plus, it creates a structural dimension on the front sides. So guys, if you think your coat is boring, try this trick, or find other ways to amp up your look. After all, fashion is all about breaking all the rules ain't it right?







Outfit: White Tee, Mango // Pants, G2000 // Coat, Zara // Bag, Karen Millen // Loafers, Target// Sunglasses, Cotton On // Earrings, Aldo



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Stalactites

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Mixed Giro Platter, 16.50AUD 


So, where do I go for a late night munchover? Here! Stalactites is open 24/7. This place is a staple to most Asian people like me who always crave for a late night supper meal. The quality? Not bad I thought. I am always intrigued with the methodical aspect of that rotating rotisserie. I mean.. how brilliant? We ordered a Mixed Giro Platter of marinated spring lamb and chicken from the spit. The chicken was decent, but the lamb stood out better. It was slightly dry, but still delicious.



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Pita Bread, 1.70AUD

We had some Pita Bread to wrap our grills with. Carbs are my lover and my enemy, seriously why are you so addictive. Having one is not enough.



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Appetizer Platter For One, 15.50AUD

Each available dip would cost you 6AUD and paying that amount for a single dip is absolutely ridiculous. Hence, we ordered the Appetizer Platter For One which in itself includes three different dips, the tzatziki, hommus and tarama dips. My favourite dip was the hommus. The flavour wasn't as strong as the other two and it had a more 
nutty taste to it. I did not enjoy the dolmakia (stuffed vine leaves) but the rest of the meats (lamb fillet skewer, smoked sausages, Greek rissole) were pretty good.



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Bowl Of Chips (Large), 7AUD

The waitress tried to stop us from ordering the Large chips but no we ain't gonna listen. So yes, a crazy handful amount of chips to share.



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Mixed Giros Souvlaki, 12.50AUD

If you don't fancy wrapping your own, get the pre-wrapped Mixed (lamb and chicken) Giros Souvlaki to settle all that hassle. And there's already sauce and vegetables inside, just lesser meat as compared to the platter. Wrapping my own pita is more fun, but the souvlaki would have more flavour up its sleeve.



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Do you know what Stalactites actually are? See those pointy structures above the ceiling? Those are extended soluble solid minerals that were elongated gradually with dripping water, and often seen in the ceilings of caves. Of course, this one was obviously manmade. I have seen so many artificial interpretations of Stalactites in various cities, but I would really love to see an actual natural 
occurring one, one day.





Stalactites
178-183 Lonsdale Street, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9663 3316

Mon to Sun: 24/7





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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Axil Coffee Roasters

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Waffles With Peanut Butter Parfait, Banana, Dark Chocolate And Candied Popcorn, 17.50AUD


Jan and I took a detour to Hawthorn for our weekend brunch ritual before attending mass at church. Axil Coffee Roasters was buzzing when we came in, oh we was starving. Thankfully service was excellent and the food came out really fast. This plate of waffles was my order, obviously. Someone once told me that a waffle is like a pancake with a syrup trap, it is true isn't it? These skimpy waffles are the best of its kind. It was strategic of them to lay the melted dark chocolate on the base and maple syrup drizzled from the top to harmonize the sweetness balance. These waffles are thinner than most, meaning, its crispier and less sinful! The block of peanut butter parfait right smack in the centre was the banana slices' greatest pairing. Whoever first thought of the banana and peanut butter combination was a real genius. Plus, the candied popcorn delivered a nice crunch. Don't mind me while I lavish upon my dessert plate, om nom nom.



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Steak And Eggs, 22AUD


Jan on the other ordered the scotch steak with potato hash base, hidden spinach, and a poached egg with béarnaise sauce. It was lovely, but the portions here were smaller than expected and Jan wasn't too satisfied. We wanted to order a third dish but we were almost late for mass, so that idea would have to pass.



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Skinny Flat White,
 3.80AUD

When in a roasting house, ordering coffee is more than mandatory. Here I had a cup of finely brewed coffee. There are seasonal blends so remember to check that out on their roasting corner. I do feel that among all the famous coffee houses, Axil is my favourite. Axil's blend during my visit was strong but not heavily roasted, perfect for my palate. They also make their coffee through the 1962 probat coffee roaster (only a few exists in Melbourne) and the coffee beans are roasted on site. I'll be back for sure to try out one of their filter coffees.



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It took us 10 minutes of wait before finally getting a seat. Note that it was a weekend and we were here even before the lunch crowd came in.




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So the verdict is that Axil Coffee Roasters serves my favourite coffee blend in the whole of Melbourne. I have tried many different coffees from famous coffee places like Proud Mary, Seven Seeds, Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse, Auction Rooms etc, but Axil stood out to me most. How lucky, I don't have to travel all the way to Hawthorn if I crave for a warm long black, cappuccino or flat white. I can't be more blessed to have a cafe near my apartment that serves Axil's blend as well.



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Axil Coffee Roasters was built by two coffee lovers (also experts), Dave Makin and Zoe Delany. Fret not, they have won several barista champion trophies throughout the years. I could taste the love through their coffee, its amazing.






Axil Coffee Roasters
322 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Melbourne, Victoria 3122
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9819 0091

Mon to Sun: 7am-4pm




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Friday, October 17, 2014

The Kettle Black

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Our weekend ritual always starts with good food and cup of coffees. Every week we would try out different places to eat. Soaking in the morning light by sitting outside of the cafe was very rewarding, no other sweeter experience than to do, just simply, this. The Kettle Black is the new state-of-the-art brunch destination, which, its clean and white facade expands of what was already spacious. Ah, roomy! And if you haven't already know, The Kettle Black is a sister branch to Top Paddock and Two Birds One Stone.



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Crowded but cozy, high ceiling always helps.



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Skinny Cappuccino, 4AUD + Mocha, 4AUD

Jol and I started out with coffees while waiting for our food to arrive. The blend was decent, not too bad.



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Polenta Porridge With Burnt Maple, Textures Of Strawberry & Basil, 15AUD

I ordered the beautiful Polenta Porridge with three different textures of strawberries, dried, fresh, and in compote form, all premixed and served with. I was also delighted to eat smooth skinned petals, which I could still hardly consider it as, edible. The circumference portion was the best part because it was where all the non-thick burnt maple was poured at. The middle portion was a little plain. I almost wished they gave us more maple, separate from the plate, so I could pour it anywhere on my own. Nonetheless it was still a beautiful dish, which was absolutely worth the try.



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Hotcakes With House-Made Ricotta, Blueberries, Pure Maple, Double Cream & Seeds, 18AUD


My babe had hotcakes, and no doubt it was as good as Top Paddock's version, the team behind the scenes managed to replicate this dish as close as possible. My love for berries is unconditional, 
unconditionally substantive. Fresh fruits on top and blueberries baked together with the hotcake itself. This dish stood out on its own, but with the sweet cold double cream, I don't need no maple.



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Benedict Style Eggs With Free Range Pork Shoulder & Aerated Hollandaise, 17AUD

Jan was utterly satisfied with his Eggs Benedict and the Pork Shoulder flavour was distinct, in a good way. The amount of hollandaise was almost philanthropic, don't you think? well, he loves it like that.



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What a beautiful day to sit outside. By the way, Jolene's short trip to Melbourne ends today, so this is our final meal together. It has been fun. Study hard back in Brisbane babe, I am already missing you!




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Jolene made the most out of her last day here by eating as much as she could, so we ordered desserts! Oh! And afterwards I dragged her to South Melbourne Market to buy a bag of chocolate pretzels from my favourite pretzel dealer. Yeah, we did.




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StrawB, 5.80AUD


I ordered the doughnut, locally produced by Doughboys Doughnuts. They had two in-store on that day, the StrawB and the Earl Grey. I chose the strawberry because the waiter convinced me it tasted better. Strawberry callebaut Belgian chocolate frosting was what was on top, with strawberry flavoured sprinkles. Ah, it *sparkles*!! I mean, my eyes sparkled staring at it.



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Cheesecake, 6.80AUD

For the love of cheesecake, Jol had to order it. It was creamy and good except of how minimal the crust was. Plus, the raspberry coulis was funny tasting.




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Even the counter is pretty, minimalistic and modern, letting secondary elements such as the flowers and cake trays stand out.




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The Kettle Black is a beautiful brunch place, a great option to bring your friends to if they are from out of town. Two thumbs up for the food and beautiful decor. Yeep yeep!






The Kettle Black
50 Albert Road, South Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria 3205
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9088 0721

Mon to Fri: 7am-5pm
Sat to Sun: 8am-4pm





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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Swaying In The Blue

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Looking at the sea, my thoughts got swallowed up in the ocean. These days I have been so caught up with events and personal affairs that I forgot how to spend alone time with myself. Visiting Dromana beach at Mornington got me time to unwind, enjoy the serenity of the quiet, and away from the hives of activities.

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Wearing stripes suits many occasions. Pairing my high waisted blue-black mutant jeans with stripes was an easy pick. Always stick to the basics if I am up late and had to rush out. I planned to take a tourist shot which turned out to be a session of taking outfit shoots with my girls. That's what happens when you put a bunch of girls together right? These colourful bathing boxes are Melbourne's historical assets and mind you, my uncle once told me the ones at Brighton Beach can cost up to $200,000 each, wow..! Can't wait to head back to the beach when the weather gets even warmer. Counting the days till I could ditch the layers.





Monday, October 13, 2014

Fish Fetish

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Family Pack For 5, 75AUD

Its been a long time since the last time I had superb quality fish and chips. Mornington is Rachel's hood and she knows her way at it down to the nitty gritty, including the best fish and chips in town. We settled at Fish Fetish at Sorrento beach for dinner. A Family Pack For 5 got us 5 barramundi fish flakes, 5 scallops, 5 prawns, 5 calamari rings and tons of chips. Everything was so, so fresh even after being deep fried. Brava!!!





Fish Fetish
27 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento
Melbourne, Victoria 3943
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 5984 1479


Mon to Thu: 11.30am-8pm
Fri to Sat: 11.30am-8.30pm
Sun: 11.30am-8pm





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