[28.08.14]

I guess this is the age you want to stop increasing the number after and hide your birthday forever for most people, but for me that’s every year! Anyway, here is a selection of cakes and a couple of other birthday things like how I spent the actual day itself.

Because I’m an antisocial little bitch who hates celebrating birthdays, Phoebe and Bill brought cake to Momo Tea~!! Small, late night gatherings are always better so THANKS GUYS YOU KNOW ME SO WELL (๑•ᴗ•๑)♡

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Earlier in the day I had breakfast at Apothecary in Howick with the parents. The brioche french toast here is pretty good, they cook it with the bananas sandwiched between :3

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This is lemon cake from Bill & Phoebe!

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Since August is chock full of birthdays (3 in our household alone), the week before had 3 cakes in the fridge:

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Not mine, but where else would it go? Matcha oreo no-bake cheesecake sis and I made for mom’s birthday. Mixed and tweaked this recipe based on some others on the internet.

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Pistachio cake from Vaniye! I insisted on this one because it was green and it ended up being the best flavor ehehehe

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Also from Vaniye, a Valrhona chocolate cake with hazelnuts and sponge. This cake was very mousse-y and would have been nicer if they had a crunchy hazelnut crust instead of choc sponge.

Jason ordered Waking The Fallen: Resurrected for me yayayay but I’m still waiting for it to come in the mail.

I hope I’m getting at least a little wiser with age, but if not, I’m glad to at least know I’m surrounded by good people! ^^v


[22.08.14]

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SO MANY BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH! Bill had late birthday dinner at Miss Clawdy in Wynyard Quarter. This is the first time I have ever had to wait for a drawbridge go down (´⊙ω⊙`)

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IG-famous basket lights // green tea mojito and… a red drink that everyone else seemed to hate lol

My chicken and fish taco :3 They serve kinda tapas-style South American food, everyone else had stuff like steaks etc.

Yay happy birthday~~~ it’s the too-much-chocolate cake sorry

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Almost everyone went home early :c but stayed to watch Lucy which was… 5/10 for me. I like Scarlett Johansson and the concept was good (kinda like Limitless), though all the cool scenes were in the trailer and there were too many filler clips with wild animals (=_=)


16.08.14

Out to lunch at Zealong Tea Estate for mom’s birthday~

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Walk up the left pathway for the restaurant! Interior is cute, but we were seated outside. So your dining view of the tea plantation fields looks like this.

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…and you can walk around the garden while waiting for your food.

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Zealong’s high tea is the REAL DEAL! So much so, that it’s worth driving over an hour to Hamilton for. Parents and I ordered the Signature Tiffin, which includes…

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(HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA)

Your choice of Zealong tea - I chose #1 Pure, the lightest tone of the lot because the waiter likened it to green tea. On the other end of the spectrum, #4 Black was recommended for coffee lovers.

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Savories:

  • King salmon cured with Zealong Dark tea, and avocado salsa bruschetta ♡
  • Green papaya, chilli and Zealong tea salad with a lime and ginger dressing (least favorite)
  • Caramelised white onion tartlet with shaved ‘rare’ Wagyu beef and Italian parsley 
  • Turmeric and herb Agria croquette with Zealong Dark tea aioli (similar to sweet potato)
  • Soup of the day served in a shooter - ours was beetroot! ♡

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Sweets:

  • Zealong Pure tea macaron - WITH POPPING CANDY 
  • Zealong Aromatic tea custard and fruit flan - didn’t eat this haha
  • Zealong Dark tea crème brûlée with Zealong biscotti crumble
  • Belgium milk chocolate tart infused with Zealong Black tea
  • Macerated pineapple and Zealong Black tea pannacotta  - the pannacotta tastes like milk tea ♡♡♡

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nzl-speedyj had a Faux-Fillet (steak) which looked pretty normal so no photo… and the taste was apparently nothing special either.

My sister ordered Black Tea Tortellini filled with butternut pumpkin, spinach, feta & almond - UM YUM. I would have ordered this too had the high tea menu not been so compelling!

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Surprise birthday cake for mom was a chiffon tea cake and more popping candy macaron ehehe

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Back at parking, here are some acorn houses I really wanted to check out. Unfortunately this was roped off/staff-only blah blah blah ok…

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bye :)


[12.07.14 // Q BAR]

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Making my last night in this city count by spending it seeing my favorite Sydney band, Perspectives! Decided to document this a little differently and let the vibe of the place shine a little more rather in the live shots than just closing in on the band members.

Tonight celebrated the release of Specco’s 2-track, I Lost You / I Miss You and the Dear Seattle X Fresh Nelson split EP.

VITALS

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FRESH NELSON

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DEAR SEATTLE

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SURRENDER

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PERSPECTIVES (videos: 1, 2, 3, 4)

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Got snapped (FB) thanks to the oversized glasses~

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Froze to death upon getting home, didn’t sleep and headed to the airport around 4AM. Was able to catch an old ep of Charmed on TV before that, though! :D

I already miss Sydney!


This will be my last “Brunch so far…” post from a Sydney cafe for at least half a year. Captivated by the scotch eggs on Instagram, I dropped by this place on a sunny weekday morning for brunch with Christine last month!

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Check out the super cute interior! The cafe is spacious and airy with big glass windows and outdoor seating. Unfortunately the sun was a bit too strong when we were there so not too optimal for taking food photos. The best part, however, was that we didn’t have to wait in line or anything - yay!

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Christine’s was called ‘hash’ and made up of hash. birkshire ham, tomato, avocado, rocket, lemon, asparagus and poached egg. It’s just exactly what you would expect based on this photo haha. Nice and healthy, though!

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Apparently the ‘southern fried chicken benni’ (Orto’s english muffin, fried chicken, eggs benedict’ was popular online. Again, another self-explanatory dish. I probably wouldn’t want fried chicken for brunch though.

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…and finally the main attraction (which we stupidly ate last) - SCOTCH EGG! The description only listed salt cod and piccalilli but this one is a real pleasant surprise!

Starting with the less exciting stuff, the yellow stuff is like a cold salad of potatoes and whatnot with curry. We only had a bite each.

The scotch egg on the other hand, is a gloriously yolked egg with a consistency similar to onsen tamago (drool) surrounded by mashed potatoes (the pale stuff with green bits) and battered fish! FISH!!!!!

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Our verdict was that the meals on Orto Trading Co’s daytime menu were generally very ordinary, BUT the scotch eggs are seriously unique and a tasty must-try!

38 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
0431 212 453



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