Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Kokoda Track Memorial Walk & QVM Night Market

Allo allo! Today Melbourne forecasted a nice and sunny day with a top of 37 degrees. Being the smart people we are, my mum, Lisa and I decided to drive to the Dandenong Ranges to walk the renowned Kokoda Track Memorial Walk (1000 Steps). I've made smarter decisions in life than this but since it was my mum's last day off work before I fly back to Brisbane, today was the only day we could go. Once we arrived at the Ranges, we had a lovely picnic at the picnic grounds located right near the walk entrance. Everything at the picnic was going well until Lisa decided to throw some of her sandwich at an evil-looking crow and before we knew it, we were surrounded by a circle of evil-looking crows. I was so scared they were going to attack us but Lisa went full YOLO and ran at them all with a stick she picked up from the ground yelling 'LEAVE US ALONE!' 

Pre-walk but oh I was red as a tomato by the time I finished in the scorching heat

I was walking at a much faster pace than my mum and Lisa so before I knew it, I was hiking on my own. There was an old-ish man (pictured below) a distance away from me and before I knew it he was overtook me. As he was over-taking me he told me 'doesn't matter how slow you go, just don't stop!' and soldiered on. He later went through the track twice, walking up and running down, then walked back up and ran back down again giving me words of encouragement every time we crossed paths.

 Plaque at the top of the walk
Going back down & thank goodness for SPF 50+ sunscreen

Later that evening, we planned to go home then to the Queen Victoria Night Market however, we skipped the going home part and drove straight to the night market. Every one there seemed to be all nicely dressed with make-up done up all while I looked like a potato that had just rolled down a hill. Anywho,  the market was absolutely packed. Absolutely, ridiculously packed it actually made me feel claustrophobic. Surprisingly though, even with massive lines, the service was impeccably fast, so well done to the stalls we went to who had the customer service part down pat.

Cheese Potato Slinky from Original Korean Twist Potato | Open Gyros Platter from Souvla(my fave of the night)

Roti Canai from Mamak

Chicken and Mushroom Paella from El Rincon Paellas

These heavenly doughnut balls smothered in nutella and hazelnuts from Taki's Balls 

Take care everyone xx

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Thank you for Existing

Well well well, looks like I've decided to run away to Melbourne once again. I hadn't planned on going these holidays but my mum decided it was time for me to go visit her, so these past few days have mostly been spent with my mum and babysitting my little sister Lisa while my mum is at work.

Nightly strolls along the pier / 'twas a very windy evening to say the least

Oppa / Newly opened hip Korean restaurant located along Swanston Street we happened to walk by and decided to eat lunch at. Cheap and delicious 10/10 would recommend.

Breakfast on Lisa's 5th birthday at Top Paddock
Ricotta & Blueberry Hotcakes with berries, organic maple, seeds & double cream / Bircher Muesli  with lemon curd labna & green tea poached pear

I was lucky enough to meet Jody (@silkybow) while we both in Melbourne since we both live interstate. We started off at Operator 25 for brunch and called an Uber to take us all the way to South Yarra to try the Lolly Bag Cake (as featured on Masterchef) at LuxBite!

Operator 25 | Matcha and White Chocolate Hot Cakes with Black Sesame Mascarpone, Banana Chips, Toasted Hazelnut and Cherry Sauce | Sweet Corn Fritters with Fried Duck Egg, Heirloom Tomato Salad, Goats Curd and Basil ad Dill Herb Oil

Lolly Bag Cake (As seen on #Masterchef) - 7 layer cake starts with banana lolly Joconde, freckles crunch, mandarin jaffa ganache, musk mallo, more banana lolly Joconde, spearmint leaf buttercream and topped with a Redskins glaze | Meringue Monster - Green tea sponge, pistachio, watermelon yoghurt, sour strawberry mousse, meringue

 & two coffees I consumed that day only decided to take effect at three in morning

And ofc the lovely Jody ^_^

Vegie Bar with mum and Lisa | Baked Gnocchi | Kalgan Coconut Green Curry w/roti & rice- Superb

Thank you Aesop for existing

Much love xx

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Food Adventures: Hoo Ha Bar

Location // 41 Tribune St South Brisbane South

While overseas, the one of the top things I missed most was brunch, and boy oh boy have I been brunching since I got back. Originally, we had planned to go to The Roastery Cafe however the weather deemed unsuitable for walking without an umbrella. Since we organised beforehand to meet at the Southbank busway, Sarah and I went to take a look at Hoo Ha Bar, right across the road from where we were meeting at.

Once we stepped inside, we were immediately astonished by the rustic interior and the cafe was larger than what it seemed from the outside. Without hesitation, Sarah and I took a few menus and headed over to the corner sofa and seats while we waited for Sandra and Michelle.

Their menu was a whole other story. Out of the eight items they had, I wanted really wanted four of them -- oh the dilemma. Everything on their menu sounded appetising and was very decently priced so we actually considered getting more than one item. In the end, I opted for the Pineapple Bircher with mixed berry compote, ginger infused yoghurt and seasonal fruit (figs) which was a splendid choice and shared a smoked salmon bagel with Sandra, another wonderful choice. I think the standout for me was the ginger infused yoghurt in my bircher. It was something different with that extra spice to the meal and everyone else really enjoyed it too.

Additionally, they had an extensive drinks list (more for the night time drinks) but they didn't disappoint with the variety drinks that caters to everyone including, coffee, juices, milkshakes (Sarah ordered the Salted Caramel Milkshake), specialty loose leaf teas and you really should just go check it out yourself aahah.

Pineapple Bircher with mixed berry compote, ginger infused yoghurt and seasonal fruit (figs)

Smoked salmon bagel pesto crème fraiche, cucumber & greens on a soy and linseed bagel | Pesto scrambled free-range eggs, haloumi nuggets, greens & chilli oil w/ toasted ciabatta

Left / Crush: Pineapple, lychee, mint & ice | Right / Morning Fizz: Orange, cranberry, mango, soda water, mint & fresh lime

Sarah's meal / Carnivore: Grilled chorizo, poached free range eggs, crisp pancetta, haloumi, blistered cherry tomatoes, tomato salsa, greens & warmed ciabatta

I am definitely going back to Hoo Ha Bar to try the other menu items I didn't get a chance to try. Drinks there one night also sounds like a pretty good idea to me as service was fast and the atmosphere of the bar just felt so relaxed and welcoming.

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

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