The Cellar Door // Eastland

TCD-TT(1).JPGThe Cellar Door is a modern Australian restaurant with a beautiful rustic atmosphere.TCD-TT (2)On this night there was a live musician preforming – unfortunately he was on the other side but he sounded lovely.TCD MENUWe came by for dinner and was impressed by the descriptions of the mains. They use such descriptive and promising words which definitely raised our expectations and anticipation for ‘amazing’ and ‘impossibly fresh’ food. TCD-TT (7)Polenta Chips with Truffle Aioli // $9
The polenta ‘chips’ was something nice to nibble on and share with everyone. It was quite salty so the truffle aioli helped cut through it a bit. While they were good the saltiness was the let down.TCD-TT
Braised Lamb with Nutmeg and Pine Nut Pastry with Asian Greens, Parsnip Puree, Sumac and Onion Pickle // $36
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Scarvelli // Balwyn (Revisit)

I went back to Scarvelli with a group of my girlfriends and had a pretty good time. The service and vibe of the place is still laid back and friendly.  It didn’t take too long for the food to come out either. s-tt-4
Goodlife bowl – kale, roasted cauliflower, sweet potato, quinoa, pomegranate, lime dressing & poached egg // $15
This is the dish I ordered. I’ve had the Goodlife bowl a couple times already but I haven’t tried this edition with the sweet potato and roasted cauliflower. I was super pleased because I’ve had this obsession with sweet potato recently and it was just delicious. I think this is probably the best breakfast option at Scarvelli. I love the combination of ingredients and they’re all veggies I like. The crispy kale is perfect ( I tried making it at home last week and it was so bitter and gross). I also love sweet pomegranate so yes basically everything in this bowl I liked separately, so altogether? It was the best! #bigfan
s-tt-1Paprika Fritters + Zucchini Spaghetti // $16
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Walt Disney World Food!

Hi there! Over the past few months I’ve been trying all sorts of food around the Walt Disney World property. Here’s a post on some of the things I’ve tried and what I thought of it :) All the prices exclude disney (17)
Location: Contemporary Resort
Dining: Contempo Cafe
Item: Spice-crusted Mahi Sandwhich (with Vegetable-style Coleslaw and Spicy Tartar Sauce on a Focaccia Roll with French Fries and Vegetable-style Coleslaw)
Thoughts: When I ordered this dish it was mainly enticed by the fact that it came with fries. Sadly majority of burgers and items on the menu don’t come with fries! You have to add it on for an additional $2.50 or so. Anyways! Mahi is a type of fish and it was extremely soft and tender. This was a really tasty fish burger with good seasoning of spices. I’d order it again.
tt disney (15)Location: Wilderness Lodge (Resort)
Dining: Whispering Canyon
Item: Slow-smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich (on a Brioche Roll, with Barbecue Sauce, and Western Slaw with sweet potato fries and homemade beans)
Price: $13.99
Thoughts: Probably one of my favourite meals at Disney. I would highly recommend this dish! (I really enjoyed other meals I’ve had at the Wilderness Lodge/Fort Wilderness too). I loved the sweet potato fries and the pulled pork flavours were spot on. The beans had a really smokey taste (probably similar to the sauce the pulled pork is marinated in). This is a value for money dish – incredibly filling and the experience at Whispering Canyon is quite fun too. The cast members poke fun at you and give you big quantities of things you ask for (e.g. ketchup).
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Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2015

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This year I had the opportunity to experience Disney World’s EPCOT’S annual ‘Food & Wine Festival’ held between September 25-November 16, 2015! Food and Wine at EPCOT is all about ‘Tasting Your Way Around The World. “Embark on a culinary adventure celebrating 20 years of culture and cuisine with the finest wine and beverage offerings at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, presented by CHASE®.”  …Which is exactly what I did do! I embarked on a culinary adventure and Epcot Food & Wine has been amazing.

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Countries featured have their own pavilions with about 3 different food options and wine options that showcase the country. Countries featured include: Africa, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China,  France, Germany, Greece, Hawaii, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Patagonia,  Poland, Scotland, South Korea and some speciality gourmet food stands such as Chew Lab, Farm Fresh, Wine and Cheese stations etc.

The dishes are not very big (the plates are about the size of a regular plastic fork). Below are some of the tastings I was able to try and my thoughts. Continue reading

Tokyo Pop // Melbourne Emporium

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Tokyo Pop is a nice and simple Japanese inspired restaurant in the Emporium. It’s quite cheap and there is plenty of variety on their menu. I have been pleasantly surprised by my visit here and wished I had found out about this place earlier while I was still visiting the city quite often. Oh well! I’m sorry I can’t exactly recall the food prices but below is my rough estimation (from memory it wasn’t very expensive compared to other places in the Emporium!).

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Ramen (Approx $8-9) (Friend’s dish)
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Seaweed and Tofu Salad (Approx $6.50)
This was actually really delicious. I was so happy eating this and actually it was surprisingly big! The seaweed portion is really generous and the sesame salad dressing is great for tying everything together. The tofu was really soft and I didn’t expect it but I felt full afterwards! It’s a great snack. Tokyo Pop TangerT (5)
Okonomiyaki (Japanese Vegetable Pancake) Approx ($5)
As I thought I would still be hungry, I ordered this to accompany my salad (with regrets because I was actually not that hungry to begin with!). This was nice, but one or the other would have been fine for my tummy! I like how generous they are with the sauce because it really lifts the pancake. I generally like Okonomiyaki’s anyway so I thought Tokyo pop’s rendition of it was good. 
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This is the seating area of Tokyo Pop. It’s located downstairs in the Emporium – it’s one of those restaurants where you order and pay for your food at the front first. I would definitely come back and try other things on their menu, but honestly I think I’ll just be too tempted to get that salad again :)

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Mr Hendricks Cafe // Balwyn

I went and had my first visit to Mr Hendricks Cafe a little while ago and it was a great first time experience!  It’s not a cheap eat but this place has nice service and a nice atmosphere. I like the visual appearance of the cafe and despite how there is both an indoor + outdoor seating area the service is quite quick and efficient.
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Simple yet trendy decor!
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On the day we arrived a little earlier than 11:30 and because I had heard so much about their soft shell crab burger dish I really wanted to try it. The menu says it’s only available after 11:30 because it’s a lunch dish, but the waiter kindly told me the chef would make an exception and I was able to order it! (YAY)


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Party/Conference/Catering Ideas

Sorry it’s been a while since my last post! I’ve come to that stage where people tend to stop blogging because of work, uni, assignments, exams eek! I have missed blogging though (most certainly haven’t forgotten about it) so I thought I’d do a quick post about what I’ve been up to throughout the semester.

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Meatball & Wine Bar // Collingwood

In celebration of three birthdays, we decided to check out the infamous Meatball & Wine Bar down at Collingwood along Smith Street. There’s plenty of lively atmosphere here with loud music and low lighting. mbw (7)I’m not a huge fan of dark loud places (like many bars really) but their music choice was mainstream pop music that I enjoyed so it made it more bearable. After awhile I got used to it and realised we all just needed to talk louder.  Meatball & Wine Bar is a good place for couples, but definitely way too hard to have long extended conversations with larger groups of people (you just can’t hear everyone!). Most of us decided to go with ‘Meatballs & All option‘ (their speciality is meatballs after all) at $19 for meatballs + sauce + sotto palle. (On the website is says $21 but in person it was $19 – yay!) We ordered different combos and I got to have a bit of a bite to see the difference in options.mbw (2)
Meatballs & All – Beef Meatballs + Red Sauce + Home made Pasta //$19mbw (1)
Meatballs & All – Chicken Meatballs + Green Sauce + Creamy Polenta//$19mbw (3)
Meatballs Special (On the night) Seasonal Veg + a mix of Chicken and Duck (I think! – Can’t remember sorry – but looks yum right?)mbw (4)
Meatballs & All – Beef Meatballs + Green Sauce + Smashed potato (that’s right! #SMASHED)//$19mbw (5)
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From my experience the combination I would recommend (if you’re super indecisive like me and don’t really mind…) would be:
BEEF Meatballs + RED Sauce + Homemade Pasta

I thought the beef meatballs were the most flavoursome. The green sauce was interesting (slightly tangy) but wasn’t something I was  used to. It wasn’t very strong but had elements of fruity flavours in it. The red sauce was very flavoursome (like the beef) which is why I’d go with that combo. I found the other meatballs more savoury than sweet, also slightly more chewy (I had the chicken meatballs). I also ordered the polenta which was nice but the home-made pasta seems more worthwhile now (especially since it’s home-made!) The pasta options change depending on the day as well, likewise with the something veg option.

For those wondering if 3 meatballs can really be that filling… YES IT CAN BE! I was extremely full ( I believe it is from the carbs – if you ordered it with veg you may not be as full).

Service was also pretty good – we had an overall friendly, quirky and talkative waiter.

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Mr Shabu Shabu // Canberra

Flashback to my recent visit in Canberra about Mr Shabu Shabu. I really enjoyed the food and my time there. My first impressions of the place was a good one because visually I thought the interior was very nice, simple and modern. Shabu (1) I ordered the beef set which was $14.80. It came with a hot pot of soup (in which you place your raw meats in to cook), seaweed salad, rice, enoki, a sesame peanut sauce, tea and an asian type of roll similar to a spring roll? You can order add on such as extra meat for about $7. Shabu (3)Now on to taste… Oh my, the broth tasted so nice! I could seriously keep drinking it (but it did get a lot more salty after adding the beef in). My negative comment would be that their choice of cutlery does make it a bit tricky to eat. I only wish they gave you a soup spoon AND a serving spoon instead of just the latter. I found it hard to drink the soup.Shabu (2)I love seaweed salad so I’m super happy with that, and the sauce was a great combo with everything else  Shabu (4)
I think MrShabu Shabu is a nice place to have a meal especially on a cold winter day in Canberra! I liked the overall atmosphere and the staff were friendly. I really enjoyed the food and I thought the price was very reasonable. It’s the closest thing to an Asian hot pot for a much cheaper price.

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Food in Taiwan Pt.1

Taiwan is famous for it’s delicious foods, it’s friendly nature, the celebrities and generally shopping, shopping and shopping! Today I’m going to focus on food and share with you some of the goodies I’ve been tasting and enjoying ^-^

IMG_60671. I have to repeat this photo from my previous post! The Taiwan Jujube (the green apple-like fruit) and the water apple (red). They are famous popular fruits over in TW. They taste so sweet and are just simply delicious! My favourite is the water apple with it’s watermelon type texture (just definitely not as juicy – but more so that ‘fluffy’ type of texture). The jujube is more like the usual apple, but sweeter and less crunchy.oreoicecream2. Interesting flavoured versions of foods! Enough said with ice cream flavoured oreos! 49元foodtw3, Familymart @ TW, This is the place where you can get deals for combining certain drinks/foods. E.g. The sandwich is normally $35元 and the drink $20元, but combined it will total to 49元. Only worthwhile if you like the options though!Most of these places will also microwave food for you if you request it. The milk tea in this photo was already heated, quite nice but a bit too flowery for my liking (earl grey like).twpigsfeet4. Famous pig feet dish in a local restaurant. Yum with sweet garlic soy sauce – so fatty and tasty.IMG_85645. 7-Eleven MY FAVOURITE!!! I absolutely love how 7/Eleven is in Taiwan. It’s everywhere, it’s affordable and it has an incredible amount of different products. I’ll have to do another post about how awesome 7/11 is. I’ll definitely miss this. They offer hot food like hot dogs & boiled tea eggs but they also offer cold food like sushi, salad & sandwiches and so many different type of drinks, facial products (such as My Beauty Diary facial masks), snack food, bread, magazines and currently they’re doing a Hello Kitty Promotion to celebrates her 40th anniversary. You can collect super cute glasses when you spend over a certain amount or buy it outright =)IMG_8549IMG_8553

oysteromlette6. Often sold at night markets, Oyster Omelette’s are praised and loved in Taiwan, You can buy this almost anywhere, just be careful about how fresh the oysters are.brekky7. Breakfast in TW. Chinese doughnuts (油條You tiao) & Bings (similar to flatbread) is something I enjoy over here. I like it with Canton rice porrige, while some enjoy it with soy milk.

Hope you enjoyed this! It’s only just a tiny glimpse of the foods in TW but hopefully I can share some more with  you later :)