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To mum dearest, Melbourne Day 1 (Part 2)

“After taking a break at Sulin’s place, we went down 2 blocks away to attend a gig at a place called The Toff. Two local bands were playing that night, one was called The Good China Band and the other was Jack’s Castle. I had a pint of Dab beer while watching the performance. The good thing about the nightscene nowadays is that you’re not allowed to smoke indoors, so it was a pretty clean environment, except for people dancing away while having a pint at hand. Smokers were supposed to go outdoors to take a puff or else they’ll get fine.

The band performances were pretty good, very folksy with some upbeat tunes. And somehow, Jack’s Castle was pretty popular there because people were singing away to the band.

After that, we went to get a Souvlaki at Stalactites. Don ordered a mixed souvlaki with chicken and lamb in it. It’s almost like kebab with the meat being grilled on a skewer, and wrapped in pita with lettuce, tomato, onion and homemade tzatziki in it. It’s opened 24 hours.

Credits: NaturalBornFoodie @ TripAdvisor

Oh, I didn’t try McDonald’s here because apparently, this place called Hungry Jack’s is a lot better. And true to it, it IS alot better than Maccas. That’s what they call McDonald’s around here. I had a bite out of Sulin’s Chargrilled Chicken burger. NICE! Smelled a lot better than McDonald’s too. And it’s opened 24/7.

And oh, apparently some whites here are pretty racist. Brian told me he went to a bar with an Indian man and a white bloke approached the Indian and started insulting him, saying stuff like “You people come here and steal our jobs, drive all the taxis…”

It’s 3.55AM now and I’m gonna head to bed soon.”

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To mum dearest, Melbourne Day 1 (Part 1)

“Landed at Melbourne Airport and Boyfriend’s sister picked us up.

We went to Lygon Street to have lunch. Italian food at Villa Romana. I had Risotto Pescatora and Cafe Latte. Generous portion, albeit too big for me. I couldn’t finish my food. The risotto was $19.90 with plenty of fresh prawns, scallops, fish and calamari. GOOD FOOD! I had a taste of their local lager called Cascade, which was so much better than Tiger back at home. It was very smooth I don’t think I’ll mind having one myself. Don’t worry, I won’t drink myself silly here.

Next, we strolled down probably two blocks away for coffee at a place called Brunetti. I ordered Coppa Tiramisu (Coffee tiramisu with coffee liquor) and New York Cheesecake. The cheesecake was FABULOUS! Rich cheese and delicious with every bite. You’d absolutely love it. I was so full after the risotto but I couldn’t bear wasting the cakes. The tiramisu was really good too, hints of liquor but not very heavy. Ordered a cup of cappucino. The cakes were $5.90 each, and Brunetti had a wall of designer postcards.

The streets are filled with buildings in bricks, very earthy colours with a splash of vibrant yellow, green or red here and there. When I walked by street corners, I could see some of the buildings had worn brick walls with rusty pipeworks. Nice!

It’s 5.08PM now, three hours earlier than in KL. Pretty smashed now but my mind’s still racing because there are lots of sights to take in. The flight was long and tiring coz there was this kid who wouldn’t stop howling during the flight. Couldn’t sleep at all, but I managed forty winks here and there.

I’ll probably head down a while later. Will update when I’m free. Photos will have to wait, sorry! I haven’t bought credit for the prepaid SIM card yet so I haven’t been able to call anyone. Will find time to later.

That’s it for now. Ta!”

– Pardon the choppy sentence structures! I don’t tend to write like a literary genius when I’m composing an email to my mum.

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On Julia Rothman

Hai I’m back from bingeing on chicken rice balls, cendols and risottos. Okay, the last one’s a bit off but there is this really good Italian place near St. Paul’s Church called Bamboo Hut Bistro. I didn’t manage to try out the Satay Celup at Capitol Satay though, but I’ll definitely give it a try on the next trip.

So I duly return to my cubicle for more data entry.

*cues awkward silence*

To begin with, there is really nothing much I can talk about this job. So I’ll skip this and talk about Julia Rothman instead. 

Image taken from Julia Rothman official website

Julia Rothman is a New York based designer who makes and sells delightfully whimsical patterns. She has also illustrated for The New York Times, Associated Press, Urban Outfitters and a British children’s magazine called Anorak. Her work strangely reminds me of a friend’s drawing style when she illustrates with her trusty fountain pen, which is eventually finished off with Indian ink.

You can check out a review done by Design*Sponge on Julia or you can whiz right to her official website to browse on more of her works.

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It’s All Peachy!

Peachy!

Homemade Peach Cobbler! Scrumptious or what! 😀

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The Epicurean

(Clockwise from top left: Chicken Chop, Char Koay Teow,

Chinese Dumplings, Prawn Noodles, White Coffee,

Penang Laksa, Yam Cake, Tomato-Carrot Soup, Mee Suah,

Wantan Noodles, Lasagna and Steamboat.)

Foooooooooooood!!! The sheer gastronomical delight! So I’ve been gorging down all sorts of stuff while I was in Penang and Cameron Highlands. Well, I didn’t down everything and just nicked a bit here and there, but that platter of chicken chop, wantan noodles and Penang laksa was solely relished by MOI! *inserts evil cackle*

Alas! I didn’t manage to take pictures of ALL the food, like the Sar Hor Fun, Cai Kueh and Curry noodles coz they were all downed too fast! 😦 Either I was too starved or my brothers were. Or I just plain forgot to take pictures of them 😮

Oh well, I’ll be heading back to Penang during the next Chinese New Year so all is not lost. 😀

P/S: I swear I didn’t photomanipulate the picture of the tomato-carrot soup. It was really THAT red. Awesomely oversaturated red.

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I Heart Rakuzen

Oh oh oh, I went to eat at Rakuzen (Plaza Damas branch) last week when the family went to celebrate my cousin brother’s birthday!

Upon arriving, we had to wait for half an hour before we got our tables… Damn sad right! Everybody had to wait for a table when we’re all so hungry and it’s past 8! I haven’t eaten lunch yet wei!

When we finally got our table, we were led through this labyrinth of a restaurant. You see, the entrance is kinda small, but the interior is awesome! Too bad I didn’t have a camera with me at the moment, else I could have put up pictures here on how awesome the interior is! Heart heart heart! *Eyes go sparkly*

I ordered a Cod fish meal called Grilled silver cod with teriyaki sauce. Aunt ordered the same but had the salty sauce instead while i had the sweet one. Dunno don’t ask why and what’s the difference. Ask the chef. I’m pretty noob on Japanese cuisine. The rest had eel, chicken teriyaki and salmon. I dunno their exact names! Too long, exotic and fancy. Or maybe it’s just me and my amnesiac brain. The fishes were fresh and I was so filled to the brim coz besides the slab of cod I had, I also downed the fruits, the chawan mushi, the miso soup, half the saucer of pickles, california temaki, my slice of my cousin’s birthday cake, half HIS slice of his own birthday cake, some cold siew bak choy and dunno what other aphrodisiacs. *burp*

Everything was fine and dandy, just that the kitchen and the waitress taking our orders seemed to keep fucking up our orders. Firstly, my aunt made the mistake of ordering salmon without consulting the menu. When it arrived, it was fresh… and raw. Cousin couldn’t eat raw, so poor salmon was sent back to the kitchen to be cooked. Then they made a mistake of delivering two cod fish with sweet teriyaki sauce when we only ordered one. Then then right! They served the chicken teriyaki with garlic rice instead of plain rice when the garlic rice was a side order ordered by my mum. (See the chicken teriyaki set was supposed to come with plain rice, then later they charged us for the plain rice and said we ordered 2 garlic rice.So confusing!) Then when we ordered california temaki to takeaway for my poor other brother who was stuck in tuition and couldn’t attend this glorious feast, they gave us california maki (the diced up version) and charged us double the price of the temaki we originally ordered! Damn fucked up right?! All the orders wrong like nuts!

In the end I had to go through the bill to double check everything coz everything was so wrong. What if we paid for something that we didn’t even order? The bill was not cheap either. Everything we ate cost RM300 plus, even the bowl of plain rice which they wrongly charged us cost RM3! If I don’t check can die. RM3 can buy me a complete meal of rice, vegie, chicken and tofu (if you hide the tofu under the vegie well, teehee) at the Cyberia chinese food shop.

Ok la, the food was great, despite all the culinary mishaps. I was surprised that dad actually said the food was great. He’s never into Japanese food and now he likes it, wonder of wonders. And! He never intended to order the eel dish and now he’s saying the eel is fresh and not bad and we should go back and eat again next time. Nice then say nice, don’t say not bad. Wanna compliment then don’t be so stingy with it.

So, everybody’s happy and we lived happily ever after. Riiiiiight. Too bad no photos, else I can upload it here and show off the interiors and the food presentation. Salivating!

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