Sunday, 18 December 2016


15 dec - an early Christmas celebration with expensive angmo style dim sum at Work In Progress and Janie's amazing chocolate Nutella cake!

and then in reverse chronological order..

10 dec - at the opening of Stan's bakery in Eastwood, with Becs.

7 dec - one day Maz mentioned Ippudo was doing $10 ramen, and this happened that very night (points up.

Stan brought bread for us to sample. Yum!

the year is winding down, the weather is doing daily alternates of heat waves / cold rain and i feel a bit dazed because my love life is sad, but what to do? (at least my love life is 'funny like a tv sitcom' to my friends. i'm so happy my misery brings you joy.)

can only 见招拆招 😊 and go out more.

i'm so lazy when it comes to going out i beh tahan myself. i arrived at a party on Friday night after 11pm, and people were shocked to hear i was so late because i went home to shower after work and couldn't part from my bed.

(i finally rolled out of bed into the shower at 10pm after Kw gave me a pep talk, and i'm glad i went. one feels less miserable when sipping orange juice + vodka and playing games with friends. thank goodness for Kw!)

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

pendolino's wild mushroom pappardelle

so good i had it 2 years in a row at work Christmas dinners.

and so good it has its own dedicated blog post.

Monday, 5 December 2016

cousin lyanna visits

Cousin Lyanna visited Sydney last weekend, and it was fun to catch up and show her my fave restaurants.

We went to

1/ Fratelli Fresh for black truffle, mozzarella, egg pizza, bellini and shiraz
(where i reconfirmed my habit of continuously eating/drinking until my dining partner assures me i don't have to finish if i don't want to.)

2/ Black Star Pastry for strawberry watermelon cake
(sekali sold out =.=)


3/ N2 Extreme Gelato for alcoholic Baileys Cheesecake gelato
(she was amazed by the substantial size and creamy non-sweet flavor.)

4/ Hurricane's Grill and Bar for their famous ribs
(the garlic mushrooms entree was good, too. however i was super thirsty on Sunday night, so there must be tons of MSG in the food.)

There were a bajillion other eateries I wanted to show her, maybe during another trip..

Lyanna loves performances, and even before we watched Spiegel'esque at Spiegel Zelt, we'd stopped to watch an impressive breakdance street performance with 6-packed French men. She asked to take photos with the performers after, which is something I'm forever too shy to do.

Spiegel had the strongest pole dancer I've ever seen doing gravity and (biology?) defying moves. If it weren't for my cousin I never would've discovered Spiegel. [hearts]

I hugged Lyanna bye at Sydney Opera House today, where she's watching one of my fave plays - a flea in her ear. 

yep, post poo drops

Thanks cousin for the gift, and looking forward to seeing everybody at cousin Tai's wedding whee!

And if anybody else visits, we're eating
1/ Tsukemen at Ramen Zundo
2/ dry hot pot
3/ crepes at Four Frogs

We're shopping at
1/ Chemist Warehouse
2/ Woolies or Coles
(People go nuts in these 2 shops)

Saturday, 3 December 2016


grilled nectarine, pistachio oil
Last night Kw took me to dinner at ACME to celebrate my foray (?) into adulthood.

Not sure how long I can keep #adulting haha.

We went to ACME - the review on Timeout was all kinds of amazing. It's the kind of 'grammable, hipster fusion restaurants for yuppies which I like but rarely frequent because they're not cheap.

I think that Kw has integrated into Australian society more seamlessly than I have - she starts (and ends) dinner with alcoholic drinks (I still dislike the taste of alcohol and I itched like mad after I had my umeshu), then we talked before ordering (I always order first, or when prompted by staff) despite the increasingly obvious nudges by the lovely staff, as we only had our bar table for 2 hours.

beef salad
The food is awesome. The grilled nectarine was a total flavor explosion in the mouth, and the creamy pistachio oil balanced out the caramel sweetness of the fruit.

Beef salad was a bit like Thai beef salad. It's good and simple, but not the dish that I fantasize about returning to eat.

We also had the linguine, black garlic, burnt chili and macaroni, pigs head, egg yolk. ACME has a sharing concept and the wait staff will advise you if the food doesn't seem to be enough as the portions are small.

The linguine's texture was a bit stiff, kinda like Asian dry noodles. I love the macaroni, which must be ACME's signature dish. This would be the dish I dream about eating again. Timeout has a delicious photo of the macaroni. I love fresh pasta, and I can say that the macaroni here is probably the 2nd or 3rd best I've tried in Sydney - Pendolino's pappardelle is #1, and #2 or #3 is Fratelli Fresh.

I'm having a noodles phase recently, what with my recent tsukemen obsession then now fresh pasta.

The bar staff (owner?) was hilariously honest. We were making small talk, commenting about oh, can't believe it's been a year! when he said, 'yeah, can't wait for 2016 to be over, it was such a shit year.'

Haha I've never met a bartender who talks like that. He continued, 'Didn't you have a shit year? Everybody I knew had a shit year.'

We ended with sake for Kw and the coconut rice cream, white chocolate dessert for me. The dessert was generously sized, and good. I only like coconut when its flavor isn't overwhelming, and the interplay of hot/cold, creamy/crunchy in this dessert makes it interesting.

So much good food in Sydney!