[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

Quick show-and-tell for some cafes I tried brunch/breakfast at during my last week in Sydney!

Brown Sugar (Bondi)

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I ordered buttermilk pancakes with banana and bacon! The serving size here is seriously massive. The pancakes were tasty, a little crispy on the edges and fluffy in the middle. I liked this but couldn’t finish haha.

Anzu’s side features Moroccan eggs and black coffee.

106 Curlewis St, Bondi NSW 2026
(02) 9130 1566
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The Bunker (Paddington)

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Serious hole-in-the-wall joint! This was taken on a tiny outdoor table (like a crate), which is why only my food is pictured. I had the omelette of the day (spinach and feta) and a skim mocha. Simple but tasty because it contained (finally!) enough cheese :3

Grace had a porridge also from the daily menu but it’s on her lap sooooo sorry haha

399 Liverpool Street Darlinghurst, NSW 
(02) 8094 9308

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Tripod Cafe (Redfern)

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I often came here for the freshly-baked muffin (coconut and banana rules!) + coffee special in the morning before school (before I quit coffee) but never tried their brunch!

Their staff recommended the pesto scrambled eggs, apparently a specialty. Liked the egg a lot but wish they used… err “fancy bread” considering the price of the dish.

Added on ‘Immunity’ - freshly squeezed orange, ginger, lemon and mint juice because I was feeling a little sick. It was a refreshing drink, but the ginger taste was REALLY strong…

262 Abercrombie St, Redfern NSW 2016
(02) 9698 8677



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