Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Food Adventures: Moray Cafe

Location // 158 Moray St New Farm, QLD 4005

A year later, Josh and I surprised my younger sisters to a fun-filled day trip at Seaworld. It's crazy to think that this time last year was the last time Josh and I spent almost a whole day babysitting them together. When I scrolled past a few photos from last year, I was surprised myself to realise how much Lulu and Sophie had grown over this past year. 

Prior to Seaworld and picking the kids up, Josh and I had a wonderful breakfast at The Moray Cafe (courtesy of Gourmand and Gourmet breakfast vouchers). Moray Cafe is situated along a small aisle of stores located off the busy Brunswick Street and is surrounded by residential houses. We were kindly greeted by the waitress flashing a bright smile. After deciding to sit at the corner table neighbouring the large, sturdy fig (?) tree, the waitress took our drink orders.

For drinks, I ordered the Banana & Chai smoothie while Josh ordered Peppermint Tea. My Banana & Chai smoothie tasted sweet and creamy, however a bit too sweet in my opinion. After finally deciding on our drinks, I was overwhelmed by Moray Cafe's extensive menu ranging from breakfast to lunch, with a wine list attached at the end. 

I was incredibly intrigued by a few of their menu items such as Fried Chicken & Sweet Waffles with Maple Syrup and Vanilla Iceream. What a bizarre and funky sounding meal haaha. In the end, I opted for the Crispy Fried Zucchini & Halloumi Fritters with Avocado on the side while Josh had his eyes on the Eggs Benedict with Bacon + side of mushrooms.

Crispy Fried Zucchini & Halloumi Fritters w/ Harissa Poached Egg & Fresh Rocket + side of Avocado 

Eggs Benedict with Bacon, Poached Eggs, Sautéed Spinach, Homemade Truffle Hollandaise & Turkish Toast + side of Sautéed Mushrooms  

The Moray Cafe also shows off their freshly baked goods at the counter. Their caramel slice looked ridiculously enticing but I managed to resist -- I wanted to try everything in the cabinet. Upon leaving, Josh the fatty ordered a take-away Peanut Butter and Chocolate Milkshake. It tasted so rich and peanut-buttery, like a happy party in your mouth however after a couple of sips, it was too heavy for him. 

Food: ✮✮✮✮☆ 
Price: ✮✮✮☆☆ 
Service: ✮✮✮✮1/2 
Overall: ✮✮✮✮☆

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Oh, How Exciting

Christmas is in less than twenty days away and I thought I would start this post of with a nice Christmas touch. I don't know if it's just me, but ever since I graduated from primary school, Christmas has seemed less eventful to me with each passing year. I remember we would spend our spare time in primary school colouring pictures of Santa Claus and reindeers, or we would cut out snowflakes, or make Christmas cards and wrapping, make decorations for the class Christmas and so so on, and that would really get me into the Christmas spirit.

Santa's Lip Scrub by Lush // Smells like Cola!

I have exciting news! Recently, I have been participating in @gourmandgourmet's Breakfast Battle Competition and for those of you have noticed, I have been #ggbreakfastbattle on my recent brunch photos. Last week they announced that I was one of the winners which meant free breakfasts! They mailed me my vouchers where I received six vouchers for six different cafes around Brisbane!

Another snippet of exciting news, Josh's parents have kindly invited me on their overseas trip across at the end of the year! Originally I wasn't planning on travelling anywhere during that time however I knew I couldn't pass up this offer. I am so incredibly excited for this trip and can't wait to see all the yummy foods in Korea (typical me oml). 

Due to the busy past month we both had, we haven't had the time to go go on our weekly date night (I know, I know so cheesy hehe) so I guess we had to two this week to make up for it?

Rogue Bar + Bistro // The Ark w/ Fish, Cow & Pig and Lemon Tart for dessert

'I don't like it when you're my height/taller than me' HAHA

House wine // Wild Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2014 -- Malborough 

Incredibly Incredible Seafood Platter // Increased my liking for seafood hundred-fold

Bits and bobs:
Late afternoon strolls down to Gasworks

Breakfast with Bells at Felix Espresso and Wine Bar // Organic Bircher Bowl & Avocado on Toast (GF)

Second trip to Jamie's Italian afterwork with David, Gabby and Stella // I ordered the Lamb and Ricotta Tortellini mmm

Lunch at The Single Guys with Josh // The B' hal' T ft. matching Rand Collective Randpouch!

**I'd like to point out there was really nice lighting in the room**

Much Love xx

Sunday, November 30, 2014

I Don't Do This Very Often

For those that know me, you will know I'm not a very big make-up enthusiast. I get by with your everyday foundation, bit of concealer (I've just accepted the fact that my eyebags are there for good), mascara and eyeliner. To be honest, I didn't even start drawing my eyebrows until the end of semester two this year and I wouldn't really bother with eyeshadow or bronzer. Sarah would tell me off for never using cleanser for my skin or using make-up brushes, or putting on bronzer but oh well, life goes on. 

So I guess, once in a blue moon I go on a little make-up spree. I've had my eyes on a few 3 Concept Eyes (3CE) products for a while now and luckily, Josh happened to had the chance to go to Korea so he bought me a few items I had wanted! 

3CE Glossing Waterful Foundation #Ivory

3CE Super Slim Pen Eyeliner #Black

3CE Lip Pigment #Mellow Pink 

3CE Mesh Pouch

Priceline had a 40% sale last week so I decided to purchase this Nude set and a few other little pieces. The mineral powders actually make my skin look so much better!

I'm looking forward to trying out all the products!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Food Adventures: Jamie's Italian

Location // 237 Edward St, Brisbane CBD

I had walked past the restaurant a couple of time while it was under construction so after much anticipation, Josh, Emily, Ian and I were finally seated -after an hour long wait- in a comfortable booth within the dimly lit restaurant. We initially arrived at around 7:30 pm and were told there was an hour wait, so we put our name on the waiting list and came back. Before we were seated, we were seated at 'Jamie's Bar' while the waiters set up our table. It was pretty late by the time we were seated however, that didn't prevent us from fulfilling our appetite. 

Our waiter was very welcoming and attended to us immediately asking us if we wanted to order any drinks to start off with. Since we had already started looking at the menus while we were waiting at the bar, we had a good idea of what we wanted so we ordered then and there. Unfortunately, (maybe due to the fact that we were there so late) they had run out of the Lamb & Ricotta Tortellini (what I originally wanted) and the Zucchini Fritter side. Instead I opted for the Honeycomb Cannelloni Three Ways which turned out to be an excellent option. 

Sides //
Our Famous Polenta Chips // Crispy fried with rosemary and parmesan 
Crispy Arancini // Stuffed risotto rice balls with sweet red chillies, mozzarella, spicy arrabbiata sauce and parmesan
Fried Three-Cheese Gnocchi // Delicious crunchy gnocchi with a fiery arrabiatta dip

Mains //
Rainbow Trout Acqua Pazza // Pan-fried while rainbow trout with olives, garlic, capers, parsley and sweet plum tomatoes
Prime Strip Loin // 250g pasture-fed Aussie Black Angus strip loin, topped with truffle butter and served with sauteed mushrooms and peppery endives
Honeycomb Cannelloni Three-Ways // Aubergine and sundried tomato; pumpkin; ricotta and spinach 
Black Angel Spaghetti // Squid-ink pasta, scallops, chilli, anchovies, wine and capers

My Drink // Jamie's Grown-Up Iced Tea // Lightly spiced rum, breakfast tea syrup, lemon juice & peach puree served over ice

I absolutely enjoyed my cannelloni. The fact it was three-ways kept the flavours interesting and the full-bodied sauce nicely complimented the dish. All the sides tasted great except I found the polenta chips to be a tad too bland for my liking. Josh didn't find the steak to meet his expectations as he found the medium rare stake too rare and bland. Ian found his rainbow trout delicious and Emily's Black Angel Pasta looked nice and tasted zesty, however I can understand if some people find it a bit too spicy. All in all, the food was lovely and plated wonderfully aesthetic to the eye. We all ordered a drink and I ordered Jamie's Grown-Up Iced Tea cocktail which was just what I needed. 

By the time we were leaving, the restaurant was starting to close so I quickly went to check out the lower level. I didn't realise how big Jamie's Italian to be! You wouldn't expect it until you walk in and see it to believe it yourself.

Food: ✮✮✮✮☆ 
Price: ✮✮☆☆☆ 
Service: ✮✮✮✮☆ 
Overall: ✮✮✮✮☆

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Cheers to the Weekend

Hello dear readers, I hope you are all doing well and having a splendid time during the first few days (or weeks) of freedom! Three days in and I'm feeling incredibly free and also in need of recovery sleep. 

My weekend went by fast yet slow (?) at the same time. My Saturday consisted of babysitting, sushi, (tad expensive) specialty coffee, shopping, the intention of going out, great company, pyjamas, candles, cheap wine, reality TV shows, Passion Tree and deep and meaningful conversations on a 5km trek back home (yes, I managed to convince Sarah to walk the entire way home with me).

Passion Tree // Feast for Two | Sticky Date Pudding and Chocolate Fondue

On the other hand, Sunday morning was nice, calm and collected with a super early get-out-of-bed-time at 12pm. Although, I definitely can't say the same for Sunday night. Sarah and I spent the day at Garden City Shopping Centre walking around after Danny super kindly drove us there! I haven't seen the new renovations within the shopping centre yet so when I incredibly overwhelmed by the significant improvements and changes, I didn't even recognise the old Garden City! 

We waited for Alan (so thankful for him driving us!) to come pick us up and drive us to Grace's Party.

Noosa Chocolate Factory // 56% Dark Chocolate Iced Mocha is Love