Sunday, July 13, 2014

Papi Chulo, Manly

So ever since Merivale brought out Papi Chulo, my instagram feed has been flooded with photos of their beef brisket, burgers, curly fries and more beef brisket. I would salivate in front of my screen at each and every single one of those photos. I really couldn't care less how much of a trek it was to get to Manly, momma had to be there and eat ALL the meats. Ladies, if you aren't a big eater, I would recommend going with a few blokes that can help polish up those plates because despite the photos, because your stomach is going to be in for one hell of a feast. 

BBQ meat platter - serves 2 to 4 - $86
Top left: chopped pork belly
Top right: lamb ribs
Bottom left: Chopped pork
Bottom right: Wagyu beef brisket

I've been twice, both times were with two large groups, annndddd I have yet to check out everything on their entire menu. So peeps, bring your A game so you can try everything.

The restaurant is located smack bang next to the ferry wharf in Manly so on a sunny day, lunch at Papi Chulo can be glorious. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Monthly Catch Up's - June 2014

Helloooo beautiful people! I know it has been well over a month since my last post, sorry for being a bad blogger during this period. The first half of the year hasn't been the best for me. I have constantly being feeling drained, tired, burnt out and unmotivated. Pretty much over everything really. 

I kept struggling in keeping up with everything. Nobody ever has control of time but I felt like I was running out of time for everything and my to-do list just kept getting bigger, bigger and bigger. Instead of ticking things off my to-do list, I just ended up chucking the listing in the bin and ignored whatever I had to do. There certainly wasn't any "me time" because all I was doing was running from point A to B to C to D to E. It felt like a never ending circle. 

I know quite a few of you guys live a similar crazy lifestyle to mine so when you have all that happening in the background plus going through a quarter life crisis, you may know that life suddenly becomes extremely exhausting. It is like you would feel awfully lethargic every single morning when you wake up. I know this probably sounds like a petty little whinge but I really wanted to get this off my chest, share this with those that might be feeling the same and ask, how do you guys constantly manage to live such crazy and busy (but balanced) lifestyle?  

ANYWAYS, enough for the whinging. To kick things off, here are a few of the things I have been up to. 

View from the deck of Cafe Sydney

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Gourmet Garden Giveaway

So recently I have paired up with Magnum PR and Gourmet Garden to host a giveaway for you peeps, especially for those who love cooking up a feast in the kitchen.

Taste the world with Gourmet Garden. These tubes offer the ease and convenience of gourmet cooking with its popular range of squeezable tubes. Gourmet Garden's organically grown herbs deliver the culinary attributes of fresh colours, flavours and aromas whilst giving the consumer a decent shelf life of up to 12 weeks. 

To enter, simply let me know what you would cook with any or even all five tubes via the comment box below. The prize will include Gourmet Garden's classics - basil, coriander, garlic, ginger and hot chilli. 

I will be choosing one winner. Competition closes at 9 pm AEST on the 20th of May 2014. I will be emailing the winner shortly after so please make sure you leave your email address either in the comment box or feel free to shoot me an email at so I can find you! 

Competition is only for NSW residents only. 

Good luck everyone!

Gotta go eat!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mr Moustache, Bondi

Mexican restaurants are sure hitting all over Sydney these days. One of the latest kids in town is Mr Moustache located amongst the restaurants and cafes on Hall Street in Bondi Beach. I love how hearty Mexican food is but Mr Moustache adds a slight twist to it by making things taste lighter and healthier. Mr Moustache also has the largest collection of mezcal (which is basically like tequila from another mother) in Australia. Healthier Mexican food + endless amounts of mezcal pretty much offset each other right? heh 

Corn off the cob topped with mayo, fresco cheese and chili powder - $7 each

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Monthly catch ups - April 2014

Oh haiz.. so I'm bacccckkkkkkkk from climbing all those mountains and eating ALL the street food in Taiwan. More details to come over the following months. For now, here is my belated monthly catch up. 

Left: Berry milkshake and orange juice
Right: Croissant French toast w/ season fruits and maple syrup

One of the places which I have been dying to check out for many years now is The Boathouse. Unfortunately the Boathouse doesn't take bookings so I recommend for you to head there early to grab a table, especially if you are coming in a big group. I am soooo grateful they opened up a restaurant at Balmoral Beach as it saved me from trekking it all the way to Palm Beach. In saying that though, I actually didn't know there was one in Balmoral until the day before going and almost went to Palm Beach. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Albee's Kitchen, Campsie

Malaysian food is definitely my all time favourite cuisine. It is the one cuisine I could never get sick of, perhaps it is because of the family roots from the mothership's side? I am really not sure. Whenever I crave for Malaysian, I think of their roti, laksa, CKT, Char Ho Fun, Hainanese chicken rice, Bak Kut Teh and so forth. Each dish slapped onto their own plate or bowl and served at a rustic dinner table surrounded by small little plastic stools. Besides the home made Malaysian feasts cooked by the mothership, the other place that can satisfy my cravings is an old time favourite, Albee's Kitchen. It hits the spot every single time. 

Char Kuey Teow aka CKT - $10.50

Albee's Kitchen is anything close to being fancy but with cheap prices, large servings and authentic flavours, you really can't go wrong. And with the rustic decor and plastic tables, it really reminds me of my second home at times.