Saturday, April 28, 2007
It was invited to a friend's 'barbie' engagement along the Yarra River; a get together among close friends and their family members. Everything was so casual, lots of laughter, young kids attracted to the seagulls. The bride to be's nephew with his innocent facade asked me if he could feed the seagulls with dips? sausages? tomato sauce? salad? chips? Nooooo
Ahh ha, a pity i didn't take many pictures. The highlight of the day was the massive impressive cake made by Brunetti.
Oh! by the way Brunetti at Lygon will be close down soon/relocating to.....Brunswick (rumour) due to the rent hike.
Friday, April 27, 2007
357 Victoria St, West Melbourne VIC 3003
Citrus Mint an exotic name for a Thai Restaurant. I visited this place partly because it was always jam-packed with people during lunch and dinner hours. An absolute positive indicator. It is a small dining restaurant, tables neatly lined next to one another virtually leaving not much space. If you haven't got a high rise voice and when the place is full of patrons you will be surprised that you can't hear your own voice.The waitresses are friendly.
We had a starter or minced chicken, fresh mint, red onion, red chilli, ground rice with lemon juice. Hmmm, it was refreshing and an indicator of what to expect on the mains.
I was keen on the duck, no no I wasn't craving for duck. It is just an interesting dish and if a Thai restaurant does have duck as a main they normal cook it up in red curry, mint leaves and lychees. Yes, this duck dish was served with mint leaves, eggplant and lychees. Average, I've had better ones at a Thai restaurant at Adelaide.
We had Tom Yum Soup which was served on a plate.
Overall, the food here is a fusion of Thai and Western Food. It you wish to have an authetic Thai meal this is not the place.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Top Five...NUTS?? An interesting mini section which was published on A2 Age-21st April, 2007 which mentioned about Top Five... NUTS. There is something about this section which is not quite right, one of those WHAT THE (DUH)...?
This is not a joke, it spun my brain-Top Five NUTS? Well i can understand Top Restaurants/Dining Places in town, Top 100 books to read, but not Top Five Nuts. Besides, there are few doted dots followed after the word Five and what is this suppose to mean? Doubts?
Here are the top 5 NUTS;
1)Wandiligong Nut Festival- May 10-13, Wandiligong. go brightvic.com/wandinutfestival.
I like the statements underneath it,it says:-After chocolate, nuts are surely one of the most addictive of foods and this year they have arrived at our markets, grocers and specialty food stores.
You gotta be joking? Nuts come after chocolate as a 2nd preferance???
The Nut Festival will be held at south of Bright, in Victoria's high country and the festival celebrates locally grown produce, chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts as well as raising money for breast cancer research.
2)Pistachios-sold across specialty shops across Victoria
3)Hazelnuts-Mount Buffalo/Essential Ingredients in Melbourne and other specialty shops around Mansfield
4)Walnuts-available locally from Ovens Valley
5)Chestnuts-Sinclair Orchards' chestnuts-1 Beechworth Road, Stanley
I'm still trying to interpret this section, I think what it is trying to present is the top place where you could get the specific nuts from? It appeared that there are locally grown hazelnuts and walnuts. I need to seek some opinion from the Nuts Guru. A rather confusing article, if it is about top 5 nuts, I'm sure cashews would have to come first. Where's Macadamias? Isn't Macadamias australian owned?? How could this be neglected?
No offense, I think I can present a better article on Top 5 Nuts.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Melbourne 360oC-Obeservation Deck
525 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Observe the best every bit of Melbourne view from the high above. You will be surprise what you could see with the provided magnified binoculors.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Flying COW Cafe
9 Falls Road, Fish Creek VIC 3959
This is a one of a kind cafe which one would fall in love with easily. If you're searching for something a little out of the ordinary, this could be IT. I was impressed, extremely, highly extremely, to the far end of the extreme scale impressed with this place. Never have I seen such a thing before. The whole setting of this place coincide with the name of the cafe which is Flying Cow. I had to ask the owner of the place of why they decided to name the business Flying Cow.
Cherie (one of the owners of the business) told me that cow is associated with country, therefore this was how the name of the cafe came about.
Check out the numerous pictures I've taken from the place. For once I did the right thing by seeking their permission prior to snapping them.
There is even one especially on the cow's udder and its teats. Udderly delicious!!
One would not be able to take their eyes off the different cow items in this cafe. They even have the different types of old rustic canisters lined up neatly on the shelves assembled on the wall. I wouldn't have thought I would be able to see some real ones and touch them with my bare hands.
Very creative and impressive. I certainly can't get away with the numerous shots, exploring every angle of the place without being noticed.
The food served here is yummy too. The owners had a farm of their own, breeding pig, goat and cows, I was enthused when Cherie told us so and close to following her hubby to their farm for a pig feed action.
Well worth it.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
I was given 4 eggs or rather 4 Easter eggs by the 'Cheongs
' family for Easter. I would regard this a most creative gift I've ever received. How boring it is to receive chocolate moulded in an egg shape or the shape of a bunny? They came up with real eggs simply because I once mentioned that the chocolate Easter eggs have been sitting on supermarket shelves for months and most would have been processed months ago prior to Easter (WIP-Work In Progress). Furthermore, I'm not a big fan of chocolate.
The eggs were boiled and painted to resemble them, myself and another friend of ours (?)
This is ME.
I'm keeping them safely in my room, hopefully they don't rot or hopefully in near futher i won't come home one day to find my room infested with 'little creatures'.
Monday, April 02, 2007
Hot Cross Buns
With Easter around the corner, I decided to try baking my own hot cross buns. I'm not a fan of hot cross buns and am only making them for fun.
It worked, it tasted like typical bread and recipe was taken from the internet.