Monday, 5 October 2015

Bula Fiji!

Bula! We've just returned from a relaxing holiday at the Shangri-La Fijian located on the Coral Coast (about 1 hour from Nadi Airport). To be honest we weren't sure what to expect because of the mixed reviews on TripAdvisor. But we shouldn't have worried. 

We really enjoyed our stay at the Shangri-La Fijian. Staff were really friendly. There's plenty to do from free activities like kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling, to paid fishing trips and reef tours. 
The water was beautifully blue, calm and clear. It was a bit cold but bearable once you start swimming and snorkelling.   

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Cafe Manila

Filipino food is still a rarity in Sydney. I often get asked what it's it like Thai food? Vietnamese? Spanish? Chinese? And I think the best way for me to answer this question is to recommend a nice Filipino restaurant.
So if you're feeling adventurous and want to try Filipino cuisine in Sydney, I highly recommend Cafe Manila in Kirribilli. They serve authentic classic Filipino dishes and desserts. Food is delicious and fresh, price is reasonable and service is friendly. The cafe is easily accessible from Milson's Point station.
Here's a taste of what you'll find at Cafe Manila...
Lumpiang sariwa (fresh spring roll). Cafe Manila took this classic Filipino fresh spring roll and supersized it! Usually this comes in individual serve portions so we were pleasantly surprised at the generous size, perfect for sharing. The filling typically consists of palm heart, string beans, carrots, turnips, pork, and prawns. I couldn't detect palm heart in Cafe Manila's lumpia filling but I thought the dish was excellent nonetheless. I loved how thin they were able to make the egg wrapper. The sauce was a perfect balance of garlic, salty and sweet.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Gasto Park Revisited

After a year of posting nothing, I wanted my first food post to be about one of the best meals I've had recently. 

It's been a few years since I last visited Gastro Park and I was so excited to be back. Food was even better than I remembered and everyone at the table was blown away by each dish. 

Service was attentive and friendly. Chef Grant King even came out at the end of dinner service to see everyone out, which was a nice personal touch. 

The place was quite dimly lit so do excuse the not so brilliant photos. Trust me, the foods was 10x better than my photos!

Liquid butternut gnocchi mushroom consomme. Still as spectacular as I remember.

Monday, 7 September 2015

The Eczema Diet

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It's been a while since I last posted anything. But I wanted to restart this blog with something a bit different from my usual blog posts.

The past 18 months have been a struggle for me as I battled an unexplained onset of severe adult eczema. 

It started with a red dry patch on my cheek and just general dryness all over my face. I thought, well I'll just pile on serums and moisturiser, and maybe try exfoliating more. WRONG!!! It made it much worse and my tiny red patch spread to both cheeks, my chin and eyelids, and the skin on my face was just flaky (imagine dandruff but all over your face...sorry if that description was too graphic) and swollen. It was so irritated and painful that I had to take days off work and cancel social events when the eczema was at its worst (I'll spare you the photos as it was quite scary looking!). 

After seeing multiple doctors and specialists, doing elimination diets and feeling like a pin cushion from undergoing several tests, I didn't get any conclusive answers and was at my wits end as to how to treat my condition. I didn't want to be taking steroids forever (secretly scared I'd grow facial hair!).

While researching one day, I came across this book called The Eczema Diet. By this point (6 months of suffering), I had nothing to lose so I gave it a go. I'm not saying this is a miracle solution for everyone but it did work for me. This book helped me (over time) get my skin back under control without taking steroids. So I just wanted to share my experience and hopefully help someone out there who may be suffering the same condition. 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Your Fork Sydney - Meal Kit Delivery Service

I was contacted by Your Fork to participate in their beta testing of a new food delivery concept. I was given the chance to create my own meal kit too!

Read on to see what I thought of the service.
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