Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pilu at Freshwater

The perils of high expectations.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Drunken and Bruised

"We've sold two cases of Shaoxing wine today!", the lady owner at the Asian grocery store exclaimed excitedly.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Japan Series - The Colours of Gion, Kyoto

Geisha rushing to ochaya teahouses for performance. Traditional merchant houses serving expensive kaiseki ryori. Okiya or guesthouses where geisha and maiko live during their career. And tourists, lots of them, armed with cameras.

This is the heart of Gion. This is Hanami-koji.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Japan Series - Remembering Hiroshima

It was 6 August 1945. With not a cloud in sight, the fate of over 140,000 lives in Hiroshima was sealed. At 8:15 am sharp, the world's first atomic bomb was dropped. Almost everything then disappeared into nothingness. And the world was forever changed.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Herbs from My Garden

I am happy to announce that my garden has survived my black thumb the winter. Apart from my abundant harvest of one (yes, singular) apple and three oranges, herbs like Italian parsley, rosemary and thyme are aplenty.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sydney's Best Pho?

An Restaurant, Bankstown. Five reasons why.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Serenity in the City

A shot of serenity for the busy week ahead. Lamma Island, Hong Kong.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Shanghai (8/8) - The World Expo

6 months. 190 participating countries. 450,000 daily visitors. One theme. Better City, Better Life.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Shanghai (7/8) - The Art Scene

We can forgive a man for making a useful thing, as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it immensely. All art is useless. — Oscar Wilde

Monday, August 30, 2010

Shanghai (6/8) - The Day-to-day Life

The faces. The lives.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Shanghai (5/8) - The Classic

yuyuan garden shanghai

Let's step back in time.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Shanghai (4/8) - The Bird Market

Xi Zang (Tibet) Lu Flower Bird Market. Rows and rows and rows of birdcages.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Shanghai (3/8) - The Open Laundry

Let's get it all out.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Shanghai (2/8) - Song Fang, La Maison de Thé

"Once upon a time, there were two young Chinese farmers, Mr. Song and Miss Fang, who were living in a remote village of the Fujian province. They had just discovered the secret of tea and they decided to share it with the rest of the world." -- Song Fang's website.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Shanghai (1/8) - The City Above The Sea

Join me on a photographic journey to my newfound favourite city in a series of eight posts.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Fresh Start

Hello world.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Twinkle Twinkle Two Michelin Stars - L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Joël Robuchon, the man with most stars of all.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Twinkle Twinkle One Michelin Star - Tim Ho Wan

Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum Shop (添好運點心專門店) is "the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant in the world", said Michelin Guide director Jean-Luc Naret.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sydney's Paddy's Markets, Flemington

Is a sea.

Monday, May 24, 2010

How to Organise a Steamboat Party


The perfect party on a cold, cold night.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Berowra Waters Inn, Berowra

Berowra Waters Inn


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

8 Hours in Macau

3:10 pm: We finally arrived at this former Portuguese colony. The ferry ride from Hong Kong was delayed for almost two hours due to heavy fog. It's not a perfect start to the day. But we're relieved to be here.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Eveleigh Farmers' Market and Finders Keepers

Eveleigh Farmers' Market and Finders Keepers

Two of my favourite markets in one place.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Autumn in the City

Knock Knock. Autumn's here. Finally.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Hawkesbury Farm Gate Trail

hawkesbury farm gate trail apples bilpin shields orchard

Never too many Bilpin mountain apples.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

First of May

Cake 2009: Adriano Zumbo's "Yuzu No A Nothing" Macaron Cake.
Cake 2010: La Renaissance Patisserie's Raspberry Charlotte Mousse Cake.

Happy First of May

Monday, April 26, 2010

Something Yellow

Left: 30 Days live house. Free admission.
Right: A box of yellow squashes from the Flemington Market. 5 dollars.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Did you hear about the Margan?

margan restaurant tasting room broke village hunter valley

I like the concept of dining at a winery. Vast rolling greens. Hard working vines. Delicious tasting plates for sharing. And the bonus? Wine tasting in between courses.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Baroque Bistro's Secrets to Making Macarons

30 days home and entertaining sydney baroque bistro macarons

Say hello to (the hands of) Chef Jean Michel Raynaud, Head of Production at Baroque Bistro. This man knows macarons from back to front.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Easy Peasy Canapés

Entertaining made easy.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Specialist Noodle Shops in Hong Kong

Kau Kee and Mak Ngan Kee are two of Hong Kong's most famous specialist noodle shops. Their menu is not extensive as many other eateries in Hong Kong. And you won't find them on the Michelin Guide. But what they do, they do amazingly well.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Steamed Crab with Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaves

steamed crab Glutinous Rice Lotus Leaves

$20 per kg live mud crabs are simply irresistable. Non?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Black Star Pastry, Newtown

Black Star Pastry Newtown

Strawberry and Watermelon Cake and Death of the Ninja.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Lee and Me, Treetop Walk and Waterfall

lee and me wollongong cafe

I love impromptu day trips. We head out the door on Easter Friday with a rough idea of heading towards Wollongong. And by the end of the day, we have stepped foot on many places that we have never explored before.

Monday, March 29, 2010

What I ate in Ipoh

food ipoh malaysia

Ipoh is the lesser-known food capital of Malaysia. There are two things you must eat here: flat rice noodles (hor fun) and bean sprouts (nga choi).

Saturday, March 27, 2010

An Escape to Lamma Island, Hong Kong

Lamma Island Hong Kong

Birds chirping. Fresh air. Low-rise buildings. Stretches of golden beaches. No cars. Just bicycles gliding along. Everything seems to be in slow motion.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Circus in the City

Friday 21:42. Luna Park, Sydney.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Zumbo Jab

Adriano Zumbo Cafe Chocolat

Adriano Zumbo's Cafe Chocolat, Balmain.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Jolly and Jollie

Meet Jolly. My pup buddy. And Jollie. His treat.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Demon's Food, Bo Innovation Hong Kong

Shanghai-style soup dumpling xiao long bao as you have never seen before.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Le POM, Le Quail and Le Award

Hello everyone. I'm finally back on Australian soil after several weeks away. I have plenty of overseas food memories to share with you, but thought I should get this post out first. That is, before pomegranates (hereinafter "POM") go completely out of season.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New Zealand (12/12) - Oh bummer!

alpaca lake tekapo
An alpaca was caught bum-watching at a small farm in Lake Tekapo. A report has been filed with the police, who are undertaking their own investigation into the matter. Readers will be keep advised of future developments.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Zealand (11/12) - Sights of Christchurch


My favourite images of Christchurch.

Monday, March 1, 2010

New Zealand (10/12) - Lyttelton Farmers Market

lyttelton farmers market

On the way from Akaroa to Christchurch, we stopped at the port town of Lyttelton. To be honest, there wasn't much to do here. But we managed to locate a farmers market to keep ourselves occupied.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

New Zealand (9/12) - Sights of Akaroa

akaroa new zealand

My favourite images of the small waterside town of Akaroa.

Friday, February 26, 2010

New Zealand (8/12) - Eating in Lake Tekapo

lake tekapo Church of Good Sheppard kohan japanese

Ok, I hear you. What about the food?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Zealand (7/12) - Mount Cook Salmon Farm

Mount Cook Salmon Farm

The five-star home and its occupants. Mount Cook Salmon Farm is the world's highest freshwater salmon farm and the first to operate in a hydroelectric canal system. Fresh and smoked salmon are available for purchase.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New Zealand (6/12) - Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Park since 1953, is the home of New Zealand's highest mountain. And that of Mount Cook lilies, one of New Zealand's most well-known alpine plants. The lilies only flower during November and usually merely last for days.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Zealand (5/12) - Glacier Experience

glacier mount cook tasman glacier

A 500-year-old piece of history in my hand, Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.

Monday, February 22, 2010

New Zealand (4/12) - Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo

Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo

If you are travelling to Lake Tekapo, I recommend staying at Peppers Bluewater Resort. Spacious modernly decorated split level townhouse and friendly services. And its restaurant is the only place that is still open in Lake Tekapo after 9 pm.

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