Monday, December 30, 2013

Cheers to another year! Farewell 2013 and bring on 2014

Man 2013 wrapped up way too quickly. I barely felt the festivity during Christmas and within a blink of an eye, NYE arrives. 2013 was an awesome year filled with lots of food, booze and travel. 

Cheers to the end of 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry (belated) Christmas

MERRY (belated) CHRISTMAS FOLKS! I know I am more than 24 hours late but hey like they say, better late than never right? I hope every single one of you had a fab Christmas gathering filled with lots of fab food, joy and of course the booze with your fam bam, friends, the dogs, the cats and etc! 

Roast pork with caramelised apples - cooked by Sir R

For Christmas this year, most of my friends were overseas so there was only two couples left in Sydney including DC and myself. Nevertheless, that didn't stop us from having an ultimate feasting. It was all about pacing our stomachs that night. 

This year, Wendy and Co and I decided to try something new and instead of the normal roast turkey, we adopted to try a roast pork for our first time. We used Food Pornation's roast pork recipe and prayed for crispy crackling over mah jong. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Oxford Tavern, Petersham

Jamie Thomas has done it again. I welcome you to Oxford Tavern, the newest member to the Drink and Dine group, located up the road from all the Portuguese charcoal chicken joints on New Canterbury Road in Petersham. It is also the first member of the group to be located in the inner west. 

Cheeseburgers - $5

I have always been quite a fan of the pubs/restaurants in the Drink and Dine group. Although I have a couple more to tick off, the food from the ones where I have visited so far such as the CarringtonForrestersHouse of Crabs and the Californian at the Santa Barbara, has never failed to disappoint. Most of the dishes and tapas on the menu may be considered 'pub food' but Jamie Thomas always seems to delivers it with a twist or finds a way to make them taste quite exceptional. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Three Williams Cafe, Redfern

Wow Three Williams Cafe seems to be the place to be these days. This new kid has only been on the block for a month but by 11.45 am on each weekend since it has opened, there is guaranteed to be a 15 to 20 minute wait. It is definitely the new cool kid in town. 

Brioche french toast

Ever since Three Williams Cafe had opened its doors to the public, my instagram feed has been flooded with their dishes. From there, I basically go through the same process every weekend; I start to feel a bit hungry after the first photo is posted. The next photo comes along and my stomach begins to grumble. By the time I scroll to the third, fourth and fifth photo, all I want to do is to lick or eat my screen but that's another story. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Italian Date Nights - Round II

So we all know by now that there are two important things in my life; Italian food and potato. It is what I constantly crave and what I simply cannot live without. Most people say their patronus is either cake or chocolate, well mine is the power of the two combined. 

I have Italian at least once a month but sometimes my cravings are so bad and impossible to control so I end up having Italian once a week for several weeks in a row. I never get sick of it and I really hope I become an Italian in my next life. 

Earlier this year I posted Round I of Italian date nights and after reading all your responses, I thought it was time for Round II.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sydney Food Bloggers Xmas 2013

A thank you to Chocolatesuze and Helen from Grab Your Fork for organising another great annual food bloggers Xmas picnic. With the silly weather playing up, both Suze and Helen deserve a massive shout you because shout out for pulling through and even providing tents and shelters. Also another thank you must also be given to Mr. Crackles for a boxful of crackles. Oh and by boxful I meant 25 freaking KG's full!!!

Pork crackling. 25 KG's worth.

One of the smaller pieces of crackling from the box

You could seriously smell the crackling the meters away and it was definitely the highlight of this year's xmas picnic. The crackling was super crunchy and covered in salt. Dangerously addictive. You might think it would be easy to break apart but believe me, it actually required some muscles. I guess you could consider it as a semi 'work out' for every piece of crackling right?..... 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Hershey's Chocolate World and Washington D.C., USA

After 48 solid hours in New York, it was sadly time to say goodbye. It hurt to leave such an amazing city but all wounds were healed when I found myself at the Hershey's Chocolate World buhahahaha. Even for someone that isn't a big of chocolate felt like a 10 year old kid that couldn't contain their excitement. 

As soon as the automatic doors opened, the smell of sweet milky chocolate shot up straight through my nose. It was practically like inhaling in chocolate but hey, I certainly wasn't complaining. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Celebrating 4 years with the blog and 5 years with DC

WOW, I can't believe another year has flown right by and here we are celebrating 4 years with the blog and 5 years with DC. It is scary to think how many years it has been but of course it was a fun ride. So I decided that the best way to celebrate both anniversaries is to share with you guys my entire weekend of celebratory eats! 

Staying true and of course, classy

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Food is our religion: New York City, USA

The city that never sleeps.  

Times Square

As soon as I got off the plane and step foot onto New York City, my jaw dropped and my heart stopped beating. I was blown away at how incredible and amazing the city was. Times square was packed with thousands and thousands and thousands of people. Lower Manhattan was like NYC's version of Surry Hills but better and of course, fifth avenue was exactly like every girl's dream. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Californian at Santa Barbara, Kings Cross

Ahh it is time to add another one to the listing. Jamie Thomas does it again. First came the Carrington then followed the Abercrombie, Norfolk, the Forresters, Queenies, Santa Barbara and now, the Carlifornian at Santa Barbara (apologies if I have gotten the order wrong). The drink and dine group is expanding it's waist belt one by one. 

Char grilled waterlemon anyone?

Secretly hidden beneath the gigantic coke sign at The Cross is the new extension of Santa Babara, the Carlifornian. Think coca cola chicken or how about.. char grilled watermelon. Yeah that was exactly my facial expression when I was looking at the menu. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The home of Portugal, Petersham

Petersham is basically a mini Portugal. Once you step into the heart of Petersham, you can smell charcoal chicken everywhere. Imagine stepping out of Granville station and smelling the charcoal chicken, now times that by five. You can smell it in the car parking lot. You can smell it on the streets. You can even smell it when you are cashing out a the CBA ATM lol. Oh mai gwad.. 

Charcoal chicken (whole) - $19.00

Portugese tart - $3.50

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Devon Cafe, Surry Hills

So Devon Cafe seems to be the place to be at these days. After countless of weekends of my instagram feed being flooded with Devon's coffee and meals, it was time for me to check what the hype is all about. So the money question is.. did it meet all the hype?

Devon Ultimate Toastie  - $25

Actually where do I even start? Everything on the menu sounded amazing. I wanted to try everything. Fifteen minutes later and with some help from the waitress and Adam, we finally placed our orders in. Yes, I was that indecisive.

Shortly after, the food arrived and zomgosh I was so close to wetting my pants because their serving sizes were gigantic and they either looked too pretty to eat or they were flooded with toppings.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Copo Cafe and Diner, Dummoyne

Hooray for Thursday peeps! The faster the day goes, the closer the weekend. One of my places I have recently discovered for brunch is Copo Cafe and diner in Drummoyne. Tucked secretly behind Victoria Road and yet still so popular. There is also a section upstairs in the terrace which I regrettably didn't check out  but downstairs was also nice and cosy. The only thing missing was a view of the bay although the amount of sun light beaming in through the windows made up for it. 

House smoked trout baked eggs with creme fraiche and toast - $17.90

Baked eggs are one of my favourite brunch meals. The best bit is always breaking off a piece of toast and using it to clean up all that oozy egg yolk. It hits the spot every time. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, Sydney

So across the past couple of months, I haven't been consistent with my blogposts. Work got pretty crazy at one point and after working 6 days a week for a couple of months, I felt pretty burnt every Sunday. Anyhow that is all over now. I assume most of you guys are similar to me in the sense that we all have insanely busy schedules from time to time. During this period it is hard to avoid eating out day after day or at worse, meal after meal. 

I hate stressing out about not knowing where to eat sometimes. So to help out, here are some suggestions starting off with the most important meal of the day. Breakfast. 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Dari's Table Garnished Hummus Dips Giveaway

Howdy all! So today I will be doing a little give away on the blog. For all those dip loving or hummus obsessed people out there, here is your chance to win the full range of hummus dips by Dari's Table including Beetroot, Olive, Roasted Garlic, Almond, Pine nuts, Mediterranean and Harrissa. These dips are also both gluten free and dairy free

Dari's table Hummus dips - $4.99 each
The roasted garlic was my personal favourite. You open the lid and whoahhh, there is this whiff of garlic coming right at you. It is almost like a healthier version of El Jannah's garlic sauce but served as a dip. The only thing missing is just the charcoal chicken. Delicious. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Breakfast at New Shanghai, Chatswood

We all know that it is especially hard to get up in winter. Your bed is toasty warm while everything outside of your bed is freezing cold. In winter, I always want to start off my day with something warm and comforting, something that would warm up my stomach and make my fingers and toes tingle. 

Steamed vegetarian bun - $2.00

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Magnum Pleasure Store (Pop up), Sydney

Oh em gee, there is a Magnum pop up store inside Westfield Sydney. I don't even remember when was the last time I had a magnum. If I was to guess I think it was at least 6 years ago? and even then I opted for the mini magnums. I find magnums to be too sweet but hey customising your own magnum is a totally different story. The wait for a magnum was about 45 minutes all up. 

The obvious golden question is... was it worth it

Customised Magnums - White and Dark chocolate - $7 each

Saturday, July 20, 2013

King Street Wharf Festival 2013

I heart food festivals. The thought of having an endless selection of food stalls always excites me. The live music, the atmosphere, the crowd and of course, the packaging of food where it is served in mini cardboard boxes and plates. King Street Wharf is currently whipping up a festival from the 19th to the 25th of July 2013. I will admit I am generally skeptical of the pricing at food festivals because most of the times, the dishes are over priced but to my surprise, I found quite a few bargain dishes at the King Wharf Festival

King Street Wharf (KSW) Festival

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Chocolate, caramel and toffee apples

Yes I am no longer MIA and I am finally back here. We all know by now that when it comes to  making dessert, the kitchen and I are simply just not friends. To be honest, I wasn't too sure if I should go ahead and post this entry because my idea kind of failed. Anyways I decided to go ahead with it so my efforts wouldn't go to waste. 

Apples dipped in chocolate, caramel or toffee covered in all sorts of fun

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Buffalo Dining Club, Darlinghurst

I can't believe I am about to say this but for someone that doesn't like cheese actually enjoyed going to a restaurant where almost every dish contained cheese. A lot of cheese. What happened? Who am I?! I haven't been converted but I am a bit more open to cheese more so than before. 

Spaghetti mixed in a pecorino wheel 

And yes, that is a man mixing and tossing the spaghetti in a giant cheese wheel. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Ocean Room Sydney, Circular Quay

The Overseas Passenger Terminal has got to have one of the best views of Sydney, especially at night when the main thing that stands out in the pitch black darkness is the beautiful Opera House. Ocean Room, being one of the restaurants along this strip, has one of the best views of the House no matter where you are sitting. 

View of the Opera House on the way to Ocean Room

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Essen Restaurant and Beer Cafe, Glebe

 Soo... like this happened. 

Jurassic Pork Challenge - $49.50

Hello friends. I present you with the 1.6 KG Jurassic Pork Challenge at Essen and that, was Jeroxie's  and my 'birthday cake'. Please ignore my monstrous facial expression. The aim was to finish this 1.6 kg loaf of bread, filled with marinated slow-cooked pork and coleslaw in forty minutes. Yes, in 4 0 minutes. I like to name this loaf as Sir JP. 

Clearly, we failed from the moment that wooden board was placed onto the table because we had probably spent a good 10 minutes on just taking photos of Sir JP. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Great Aunty Three, Enmore

As much as I love eating out, it can obviously do quite a bit of damage to the bank account so when I do come across a bargain find, the coins in my wallet are cheering. With thanks to they let me wear this to work, I discovered Great Aunty Three. If you want to get a bang for your buck, then you have to try out Great Aunty Three. Yes, a bánh mi will set you back $6.50 but they are close to being double the size of your normal rolls that you would find at a bakery. 

Banh Mi's - $6.50

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Orto Trading Co, Surry Hills

'Oh and an expresso martini for you Miss? Why yes please.' And that was the moment when I woke up that morning. It was strong but really good and it was just what I needed. If I started my mornings with one of those each day, I probably never make another single complaint about being tired plus also be considered an alcoholic. It was a drink that could cure all degrees of Mondayitis. 

Expresso Martini - $18.50

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Dos Senorita, Gladesville

Hola! I am so happy I have finally made it to Dos Senorita and can I just say to the whole wide world that I, Shanshan Lam, a Mexican food loving human being freaking loves this place to death. There has been so much hype about this place which made me worry that the restaurant might have been overrated. But no, it met those expectations and probably exceeded it. Huge servings of food at reasonable prices and food that is packed full of flavour, how can it possibly be overrated? 

Between a group of four, we struggled to finish 3 plates of food. That is how huge and filling these servings were, especially when all their dishes are full of carbs. 

Hola  Hola!
Annnndddd the best thing about this place is that there are plenty of sombreros for you to try on! The only thing missing now is a real piñata to bash up. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Mejico, Sydney

So after going through an Italian craze, I am now going through a Mexican craze. Like Italian, it is another cuisine which I can never get sick of. Hand me a bowl of pasta, a plate of pizza, a carton of arancini balls, a plate of tacos, a tub of guacamole, a platter of doritos with salsa AND a bottle of tabasco and I will eat it across 7 days a week, for the rest of my life. 

Freshly made guacamole - $9
So with Mexican food being the new craze in Sydney, I had to try out Mejico. Before you even step foot into the restaurant, you can feel the energy buzzing out of the restaurant from afar. Mejico's signature dish is the freshly made guacamole and when I mean fresh, I mean it is made right in front of your very own eyes. 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Chi Chi, Canley Heights

So ever since I read about Chi Chi on bite me show me, I have been dying to check this place out. This Asian kitchen and bar is a typical restaurant you would normally find in Surry Hills rather than in the west. I guess that is probably what made me so keen to check out Chi Chi. As I ate my way through the menu, the only thing I wanted to do was to continue ordering and eating. I wanted to try everything on that menu. 

Son in law eggs - $5.50

Monday, April 1, 2013

Sweet Streets (formerly known as Short Sweet Bakery), Parramatta

HAPPY EASTER PEEPS! The Easter Holiday is one of my favourite holidays because of the extended long weekend and of course, hot cross buns. The smell of cinnamon, mixed spice and currents makes my body filled with warmth and the tip of my fingers tingle with excitement.

Sweet Street (formerly known as Short Sweet Bakery) prepares a batch of hot cross buns each day during the lead up to Easter. The bakery is simple but cosy. There is a huge variety of cakes available especially given its size so just a heads up for some upcoming cake porn, starting with...

Honeycomb cake

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Italian date nights

So for the past couple of weeks I have been constantly craving Italian. Basically the last four Fridays has pretty much been pizzas and pastas. I LOVE Italian cuisine, I don't think I could ever get sick of Italian. 

Italian date nights 
Recently it has just been DC and myself on Friday nights so that means its date night! Whoop whoop! As its only the two of us, our stomachs can only fit in an entree and two mains at most so its important to choose carefully. The last thing you want is to choose something not as wowzer and be left leaving feeling a bit disappointed. This is especially when you are only left with one good dish to enjoy that night. 

Of course Italian cuisine isn't just about pasta and pizzas but they seem to be the two types of dishes I can have again aaaannndddd again and not get sick of. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

CQL Mini Hotpot, Burwood

Time and time again, you would have read about how much I heart potato but another thing I heart just as much is hot pot. I love the concept of having everyone together, cooking, eating, drinking and chit chatting at the same dinner table for hours on end. At the end of the night, you would feel beyond bloated and at times, in pain, because that is how full you are. Regardless of how you feel, the best part is that you can still somehow put a smile on your face because you know you would of had an awesome time with your friends, family, partner or whoever it may have been with at the dinner table. 

I get so excited even just thinking about hotpot and yes.. I can't stop smiling right now as I type away. Perhaps that is a bit too creepy? LOL

Feasting CQL Mini Hotpot
So now that you know how much I love hotpot, can you imagine how happy I would be if someones says the words 'individual hotpots' to me... I was over the moon when I discovered CQL Mini Hotpot from Chocolatesuze's blogpost. When I finished reading her blogpost, I wanted hotpot more than ever. I wanted my mini individual hotpot now and when I mean now, I mean right n.o.w.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Banjo Patterson Cottage Restaurant, Gladesville

As soon as you step out of the car, you will instantly notice how peaceful the surroundings are with a few birds chirping away. The sun is about to set but you can still feel the glorious rays shining upon your face. The busyness of Victoria Road suddenly feels like it is kilometers far far away. Once you go through the cottage entrance, take the left and soon you will be left standing in a garden on a small hill where you can overlook Glass Bay and the rooftops of the neighboring suburbs. It felt so beautiful. Tranquility. 

View of the Banjo Patterson Cottage
Inside the cottage

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Albion Street Kitchen (formerly Assiette), Surry Hills

Happy Lunar New Year folks! Kung Hei Fat Choy! I wish everyone a year of laughter, love, prosperity and good health!   To all those that celebrate lunar new year, hope that you guys had great feasts with your family and friends. Oh and speaking of feasting, I did a bit of that myself not too long ago at Albion Street Kitchen. For those that don't know about the sad news, the delicious Assiette has closed down but hold those tears peeps because the good news is that it has now become Albion Street Kitchen

Pork Belly, salted caramel apple, heirloom carrots, gingerbread spice - $30
Although the new decor has changed to give the restaurant a more casual feel, I am so relieved they haven't really changed the bathrooms LOL. Assiette had a very pretty bathroom starting from the towel hand wipes to a heavenly floral scent so I am so glad they haven't made any changes to that. I promise I am not that weird of a person...

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Round three of Melbourne

Round three and also the final round of Melbourne food eating begins now. No Melbourne trip counts if you come back without stuffing your face with a large cone of lord of the fries at least once. On the topic of these 'healthy' fries, I have a confession to make. So after one of my drunken pub crawls during one of the nights, I had my obligatory session at lord of the fries followed by stepping foot into KFC for some wicked wings that were covered in 11 secret herbs and spices. APPARENTLY I did it ALL wrong. 

Melbourne travels
So apparently the right way of doing is to order extra sauce so you can dunk those sexy wings into the sauce whilst stuffing your face with those fries. OMG, why didn't I think of that? Guess I just need to make up for it next time. Word also has it that lord of the fries is also coming to Sydney!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Brunching in Melbourne

Melbourne seems to be a city that is full of brunch spots. There are endless amounts of brunch spots along every street that forms Melboure's square city and there are just as many tucked away in the tiny quiet streets. Though the hard question is, which one do you choose? 

Baked eggs with chorizo and toast
This was my first time proper time to Melbourne where I was able to explore the city properly so I had to be a 'tourist' and visit Hardware Societe to check out what the deal was all about. What is it about this place that makes it so amazing to attract a lot of tourists from all over the nation to travel to this little cafe? 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

An upgrade!


Food is our religion finally got a brand spanking new look! 

What do you guys think of it? 

Thanks again they let me wear this to work for your help and creation! 

p.s. apologies for no blogspot tonight, I simply cannot concentrate as Djokovic is almost two sets down in the Australian Open and here I was hoping for an epic final between Djokovic and Federer (still quite possible right?). 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Degraves Street, Melbourne

Oh haiz guys! Hope you all are enjoying your weekend. It has been a while since I have a weekend all to myself and I am loving it. So a little while back I did a bit of traveling to help cure my cabin fever. Don't get me wrong, I love Sydney but once it starts to hit the 9 to 12 month mark of being in Sydney, I start to go a little cray cray. About a month or so ago, I flew down to Melbourne where all I did was ate, drank, shopped, slept, ate, drank, shopped and slept. It was like Hong Kong on repeat all over again.

One stop shop for all your Baguettes, literally!
For all those that know about my OD story in Malaysia and are wondering if I did OD on food or not in Melbourne, the answer is no. At least not to the point where I ended up at a 24 hour emergency clinic and popped 6 large pills a day. Although I did eat so much to the point where I could not even fit in Cumulus Inc on the last day *cries*. I was so full from constantly eating and drinking that it got to the point where I simply could not fit much more in. At least I made the most of my trip right? lol

Sunday, January 6, 2013

El Loco - Pop up at the house, Sydney

Happy new year everyone!! I hope all you guys had a splendid NYE and started off the year with an awesome new year's day! To start off the year, the annual Sydney Festival is now on! That also means it is time to say hello to the gigantic yellow rubber duckie floating on Darling Harbour. Also on is the pop up El Loco restaurant at the house from 4 to 28 January 2013 (it is so weird to type out '2-0-1-3'...). 

Sitting right next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House in the middle of summer with mother nature's rays shining down, a cider in one hand and food in another.. ahhhh it was such a blissful moment. This is just another reason why I am so proud to call Sydney my home <3! 

View from the pop up El Loco Restaurant