Friday, May 27, 2011

Nobu at Crown Casino

I have been meaning to post this for a few days, but so lazy getting photos from my phone to my laptop. I really cannot stand winter! I simply cbf with anything…
Last Wednesday night, babe and I went for an obligatory celebration dinner, and we decided to give Nobu a try as he has never been there and while I visited a few times over the years, I always have good memories. (Last time probably being 2009 so it has been a while….)

I start with some refreshing cocktails with lychees, and I am so nice, I share the lychees with babe! 

Then we order a few signature dishes sans the black cod:
New style salmon sashimi - nice but salmon slices too thin to really taste the texture.

Shiitake salad - I am surprised to see the 5 tiny poor-looking shitake mushrooms on the plate, they are unnecessary really.

Beef tataki with garlic chips & ponzu : pretty picture, very mini-sized

Crispy Oyster with Creamy Wasabi and caviar: I loved this dish and ordered it every time I come here, for $12 per oyster, it is yummy but over priced IMO.

King crab leg tempura with amazu ponzu: quite tasty but the ponzu is way too sour. 
So I guess it is obvious I was not very happy with all the dishes we ordered, and it was annoying because we wanted the dinner to be special! The serving sizes are just shocking.  Not the amount of the slices on the plate, but more on the thinness of the fish/beef, even oysters and shiitake mushrooms were so small I didn’t even know you can find them in the market.  

Honestly, as much as I want to love Nobu’s food (I loved them before) I am more than happy visiting Horoki or Heirloom or Izakaya Den.  Having said that, we noticed alot of people actually ordred sushi platter to share which I think might be a better option?

However, what saves the night were the desserts @ Nobu
Green tea trifle mousse layered with vanilla brûlée, almond and coconut meringue and milk chocolate ice cream, with and lime and vanilla foam.

This looks stunning on the plate and everyone turned their heads admiring it as it was coming towards me. haha, the size is actually good for 2 to share (but I didn’t share lols) I love the green tea mousse, it wasn’t too sweet.

don’t remember the name, but it has caramel and some sort of penna cotta with yuzu ice-cream (I scoop it away from babe i know he doesn’t like sour stuff) Babe loves this dessert, he would have licked the plate if there were less people.

So I guess at the end, we walked out of the restaurant happy (because of the dessert!!) Nobu is lovely but considering the vast options you have in Crown, I don’t think it would be my top choices in the future…. 

For relevance, I wore my new H&M dress, it is like the first item I have ever bought from H&M:

Had one of those hate-my-hair-to-the-max moment that night again, so just pulled it all back to a pony tail. I can’t stand my hair!!!!! 


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

my tumblr

So that is a miserable fail on the 30days of photos, I have been quite busy and stressed. But I promise I will complete this.

Meanwhile, I have been mostly posting at my tumblr for photos and short posts. I am still working on how to keep this going as well as my tumblr, I might make this more of a food blog and focus more fashion on the other.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

it has been too long

I cannot believe I have neglected my blog for this long...
The thought of updating has always been at the back of my mind and .... I don't know... I have been too busy with other matters other than blogging.

Anyway, I came across this lovely idea of 30 days of photos which I am very interested to try.  Unsure how long it will take for me to go through the whole list but we shall wait and see.

(i might do more than one per day if I feel like it I guess...)
day 1. your facebook profile photo 
day 2. a photo of yourself a year ago 
day 3. a photo that makes you happy 
day 4. a photo of the last place you went on holiday 
day 5. a photo of you 
day 6. a photo that makes you laugh 
day 7. a photo of someone you love 
day 8. a photo of your favourite band/musician 
day 9. a photo of your family 
day 10. a photo of you as a baby 
day 11. a photo of your favourite film(s) 
day 12. a photo of you 
day 13. a photo of your best friend(s) 
day 14. a photo of one of your favourite family members 
day 15. a photo of you and someone you love
day 16. a photo of you at the last party you went to
day 17. a drunk photo of you
day 18. a photo of one of your classes
day 19. a photo of you on a school trip 
day 20. a photo of something you enjoy doing 
day 21. a photo of you standing up 
day 22. a photo of your town 
day 23. a photo of your friend as a baby 
day 24. a photo of you that your hair looks nice in 
day 25. a photo of a night you loved
day 26. a photo of your favorite weekend
day 27. a photo of last summer
day 28. a photo of what you ate today
day 29. a photo of someone you find attractive
day 30. a photo of you when you were happy

Day 1 - facebook profile photo 
This was taken from my most recent overseas trip to Japan Last November. I loved my Japan trip so much I am still experiencing withdraw symptoms... :( I was at Ginza in the photo and the roads were closed since it was Sunday. It was lovely to be able to roam free right on the middle of the streets, especially there are millions of people. It was really cold at the time so my face was really numb and I could only squeeze something which I thought as a smile... (obviously not now I take a closer look). I loved this photo because the road seems endless.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I just want to be your everything

If I could take you away
Pretend I was queen
What would you say
Would you think I'm unreal
'Cause everybody's got their way I should feel

Everybody's talking how I, can't, can't be your love
But I want, want, want to be your love
Want to be your love, for real
Everybody's talking how I, can't, can't be your love
But I want, want, want to be your love
Want to be your love for real
Want to be your everything


Everything's falling, and I am included in that
Oh, how I try to be just okay
Yeah, but all I ever really wanted
Was a little piece of you

And everybody's talking how I, can't, can't be your love
But I want, want, want to be your love
Want to be your love, for real
Everybody's talking how I, can't, can't be your love
But I want, want, want to be your love
Want to be your love for real

Everything will be alright
If you just stay the night
Please, sir, don't you walk away, don't you walk away, don't you walk away
Please, sir, don't you walk away, don't you walk away, don't you walk away

And everybody's talking how I, can't, can't be your love
But I want, want, want to be your love
Want to be your love, for real
Everybody's talking how I, can't, can't be your love
But I want, want, want to be your love
Want to be your love for real

And everybody's talking how I, can't, can't be your love
But I want, want, want to be your love
Want to be your love, for real
Everybody's talking how I, can't, can't be your love
But I want, want, want to be your love
Want to be your love for real

I want to be your love, love, love

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Izakayas dining is all I wish for.

Anyone who knows me would tell you that I am C.R.A.Z.Y. about Japanese. To me, sushi sushi is not Japanese, it is a healthier choice for lunch take away... (and try to cut half of the rice out in a roll). I have a handful of restaurants that deemed to be true Japanese in my mind and frequented them on a regular basis. One trend I am seeing since last year is the rise or Izakaya @ Melbourne. I cannot stop prising Izakaya enough, basically they are essentially bistros with small sharing plates and a lot of different alcohol which cater for people to have a good drink and bite after work. They are often opened til very late and the whole atmosphere is usually buzzing. An asian version of Tapas bar I suppose. I love alcohol and I am all for having as many different dishes as possible. Sometimes I wish I can order 3 entrees instead of my proper entree, main & dessert.

The Izakayas in Melbourne are not all quite the same but they all have their own charm. I supposed I would be over the moon if more of these are open later but I am happy enough. One of the most popular one would be Izakaya Den.

Izakaya Den
114 Russell St
Melbourne Victoria 3000
(03) 9654 2977 
Izakaya Den on Urbanspoon
(They don't take booking unless it is more than 5 people at nights)

This place has been on my radar since it was first opened however I wasn't very interested after my not-so-impressed 2nd & 3rd visit to Verge. Until I start seeing rave reviews all over the blogs. And when I finally gave it a try, I cannot believe I did not bother to do this earlier. Now they have won The Best New Restaurant of the year, It would probably be Impossible to get seats.... I would still wait actually... 

First visit:
(their super famous Spicy Tuna tataki, garlic & soy: this dish is mind-blowing, the tuna literially melt in your mouth and the sauce are super tasty. I wish I could have this dish myself)

(Another famous dish which they also featured at their pop-up store during Taste of Melb2010, sweet corn "kaki-age with wasabi salt. It is amazing something so simple yet taste so wonderful, the corn flavour really comes out in this dish. )

(Kingfish sashimi with Asian style dressing, this dish reminds me of the cured fish from Bar Lourinha but with different dressing, the fish was fatty but not as good as tuna tataki. It was a very refreshing dish)

(it was the special of the night, Char grilled chicken ribs with nori and wasabi, the wasabi gives the dish a big kick, however not super special)

(Baked fish and ginger miso: I forgot what fish it was but this is a heart warming dish and full of Japanese flavour.  There were shitake mushroom at the bottom soaking all the fish juices yummi!!)

I think we also had the miso soup with pipi which were very flavoursome but I forgot to take photos. We were drinking heaps as well because my dining companion and myself love alcohol very much. (This should be an unspoken rule for my blog) 

I was so over-the-top happily surprised by how yummy these dishes are, I dragged my friend back for another visit a week later... 

(Special on the projector screens interchanged with cartoon characters and all, very interesting and specials seem to change often as 80% of them were different than my last visit merely 1 week ago)

(had the sashimi again because my friend loves kingfish but I prob will give it a miss next time because there are way too many others I would like to try)

(the cute cup for water and they use this cutest glass bottles for sake, they carry pretty nice sake& sochu) 

(have to order this again, actually we ordered 2 servings because they are so nice!)

(yum yum, another must order for me)

(Ox Tongue spring onions: very tasty, I love ox tongues! their cut is slight thicker which create great textures and very juicy)

(Deed Fried chicken, I don't know why this was ordered because I should saved my tummy space for other stuff!! pretty juicy though)

(Sakate coated prawns with citrus mayo, both my friend and I love Prawns as fat as these prawns appear, they lack prawny taste which we concluded were because of the missing heads. One of my pleasure in eating Jap is eating deep fried prawn heads, which are actually quite common.  I have a feeling the staff probably have the prawn heads themselves because look at the size of these prawns! their heads would be mega yummy!!)

(Jumbo quail with sansho peper, slightly dry for my liking and way too full by then. )

(Fuji Apple Millefeuille: It is hard to imagine after having all those above dishes plus 3 drinks each, we still charging for he dessert menu. People around us and the staff probably thought we are monsters.... lols. This dessert is not just amazing, it is 'epic'. I would not try this at home because it can only be created in Izakaya Den, everything is perfection from the air-dried apple slices to the citrusy sorbet and sweet linger honey, we were in heaven! to die for, I don't know what to say. I love Izakaya Den!!)

(Houjicha Ice-cream: very creamy and tasted a bit of the tea. I think this is what houjicha is for? very special but my mind is trying to grasp the reality after flying in heaven after the Fuji Apple milliefeuille so this one does not shine as much. Still very tasty!)

I supposed by now you can tell I Raved Izakaya Den and cannot wait to go back for more tasting on their delicious food!

Another Japanese which I visit frequently and really in my mind would be an izakaya too is Horoki casual dining bar. I have been a loyal customer to Horoki for years, I started going there when each dish were only about $10 (such were the good days) and now although prices have gone up a little, it still remains as one of my favourite because they are too damn tasty! And the dishes are still cheaper than some entrees from the big restaurants. There was a time I used to go once a week or every 2 weeks and ordered very similar things. I won't know what I am going to do if one day they decided to take a long break or close!! *touch wood*

Horoki Casual Dining Bar on Urbanspoon
19 Liverpool St

(03) 9663 2227

I don't take photos every time when I go which is funny considering how often I visit Horoki, but the photos below almost capture whaPublish Postt I would order each time.

(Diakon Salad, diakon is pretty much what we called white radish, it teamed with fresh sashimi of kingfish, tuna, salmon & scallop, I still yet to work out the crunchy thing on top. I love this dish so much, so refreshing and perfect for warm nights)
(Tuna carpaccio, another big favourite of mine, fresh tuna sashimi with parmesan cheese shaved on top with mayo and sauce. Love this)

(Kingfish tataki, or sometime they use swordfish. it has dried garlic slices and some exotic spices which make this dish stand out.)

(steak tartare: oh my, this is literially one of the best steak tartare I tried in Melbourne. Not really authentic western but taste simply amazing. The beef are so tender and well seasoned. Love the quail egg to make it all smooth.  I only wish they can be a bigger serve. Must order if you love raw beef like me)

(special of the night, some spicy pork belly with korean chilly/kimchi? not my favourite)

Something I love about Horoki is how the chef is constantly looking for new dishes and every time I go, I get very excited checking out what new dishes on their special. Some really good ones become permanent e.g. the crab dumplings with dill... *drool* I have some other must-order dish that I don't have photos such as eggplant with duck, wasabi scotch fillet and mentaigo pasta. I will sure take some photos next time and post up. Horoki is not very big at all and it has a long bar around the kitchen and the bar area. I actually prefer sitting along the bar than the table as I feel more intimate this way. They have a reasonable sake selection and I love their very-strong-yet-not-too-expensive cocktails. 

Very good tea selection also. Actually I just realised they store quite a bit of alcohol for a tiny restaurant.
Very limited dessert selection, I remember when it was newly opened they didn't have menu dessert but you do get some sort of icy penna cotta at the end of the meal
Chef hard at work in a tiny open kitchen. He is quiet. I really want to tell him personally how much I love his food but he hardly chats to his customers. 

Okie this is me. Look how happy I am eager awaiting the food to come out. The dress is from kookai and I have had it for years. There is even moth holes (shock) and I can't be bothered to fix.  I think I was very into dramatic tights around that time. hahaha

okie I think that is it for now. Of cos there are other izakayas in Melbourne such as Meyadeya & chuji but I didn't take photos when I visited them previously so would have to continue my izakaya experience later

Monday, September 20, 2010

Urban Remedy Detox

I decided to do a detox program prior to my trip to HK because if I may confess, I have been on a diet since Jun this year. The diet is not a strict one but merely to cut out fast food and carbs. It was worrying on how much food I would be stuffing my face when I go to HK so why not give myself a full cleanse for 3 days before hand?

I also managed to score $20 off by linking them to my FB. It is not cheap though. even after discount, each juice works out to be just over $10. I was delivered 3 days worth of juices with a cute cooler bag. You have 6 juices per day and you drink them according to the numbers every 2 hours.  My personal summary of the juices are per below:

Juice 1 - tasted healthy with slightly gagging factor. I think it could be de to cucumber... (consists of apple, lemon, cos lettuce, celery, silverbeet, parsley, cucumber)
Juice 2 - Very nice and sweet. (I would love to have more mints, very refreshing, consists of pineapple, apple & mint), This juice is def something I would love to make myself in future for summer.
Juice 3 - I can't work out which I like less, Juice 1 or Juice 3?( consists orange, acai berry, cucumber, pineapple, carrot, broccoli) really not liking carrot and cucumber.. ewww
Juice 4 - This looks quite scary but I actually like it because I like the taste of beetroot. (Consists of beetroot, carrot, aple, lemon, spriulina and ginger) again, I would love to have more ginger. This is prob my 2nd or 3rd favourite.
Juice 5 - this tasted like lemon water to me, I kept on wanted to heated it up and add some honey. (consists lemon, water, agave nectar and cayenne pepper) This juice is good to drink during the afternoon when you are thirsty. 
Juice 6 - I have to say I did not drink much of this juice... because I wasn't very hungry by then. It has raw cashews, cinnamon, coconut milk, agave nectar, vanilla bean and water.

During the whole time, extreme hunger didn't really hit me.  I am not sure why... I like some juices alot but some of them I really have problem finishing.

I also felt very cold all the time because the juices have to be refrigeratored to keep fresh and I decided to do this at winter... Another problem was the constant visits to the toilet... But that is flashing your toxin out. 

I actually stopped on the 2nd day after juice 4, I was determined to do this detox and not cheat at all. However after I finished juice 3 on day 2, I felt really cold as well as this gagging sensation. I thought I would have Juice 4 sooner because I like the taste it. And somehow very soon after juice 4, the feeling on gagging got worse and I ended up throw up in the toilet. Warm beetroot juice definitely didn't taste good :(

The only explanation I can think of is because I drank the juices too quickly one after another. I pretty much have them 1.5hr apart. Or maybe I am not suitable drinking this many varieties juices.... So I quit the detox there and then. Went to Izakaya Den for dinner... yummy!!

I liked the detox idea, and to be honest, I would still consider doing this again in summer because it would be alot easier and refreshing. I hope there is an option for ppl to choose opting some ingredients out. I can force myself to drink juices I don't like so much but if my body rejects them and I ended up throwing up, it is better not to include them in the firs place...

Oscar, we were not meant to be....

Beautiful Navy box tied with black bow arrived one day.

Revealed my pretty...

The exquisite embellishment and the exotic snakeskin leather.

But it was only a dream.... 
When I woke up eventually;
They were gone...

damn size 36!!!

(Oscar de la Renta ballet flats)

Melbourne sun rays are deceiving. Sunny but freezing....

Just a quick recap on the past weekend, we visited some friends who were staying at Rye, we were meant to stay as well but I decided to stay back at Melbourne spending sometime with my parents before they fly back to Asia. It was a really fun day, we visited a private owned garden full of maze and compete in teams... Tried lavender ice-cream and it really tasted odd to me...

On Sunday we were running errands for my parents and I wore the below:

(Thurley wool topManning Cartell silk topSiwy jeans, A.Wang Rocco Mini bag)

I love my Rocco Mini but the bag is really becoming very dirty... The photo looks really weird because it was too yellow and I was changing the color/contrast. Very bad job indeed.

I don't know if I have mentioned this but since August this year my weekends have been filled with different activities and it really contradicts my version of "weekend"..

I remember reading an article once about how it is very modern that people fill their weekends with different social activities and packed all to the max. I was thinking to myself that I would never do that because for me, weekends are for sleeping in and laze around... doing things at my own pace. And little did I know, I am becoming one of those when my friend wants to do a quick catch up, I would be like "when? oh let me check my blackberry.... hm... I have a lunch then busy at night, how about we do a 2hour coffee/shopping in the arvo?" that just sounds so snobbish! Anyway, I think as the weather gets warmer I probably will have less time to myself. Maybe I just have to get used to it.