Seasons GreetingS!

Dear all my awesome readers, This will possibly be the last post of 2010, since I’m jetting off to NewZealand TOMORROW morning! I will have a million posts to catch up on when I get back, so stay tuned after the short break! In the meanwhile, I wish everyone a food-coma-laden Christmas and a very … Continue reading

Creperie Le Triskel – Morning Chomp-Fest Part 2

32 Hardware Lane Melbourne, 3000 It is 11.30am. The three of us had just had breakfast, and now strolling leisurely towards the other end of Hardware (lane) for stop #2: brunch, or can I not call it that since we already had a meal? Whilst me and Mr ES indecisively browsed the menu from top … Continue reading

The Hardware Societe – Morning Chomp-Fest Part 1

120 Hardware St Melbourne, 3000 9078 5992 With an increasingly dwindling number of my newly graduated friends left in Melbourne, I conceived the idea of having a trail of nibbles around a few renowned cafes around Queen St side of Melbourne – retrospectively dubbed Morning-Chomp-Fest. How corny ey? P.S. Don’t have to offer condolences yet … Continue reading

Essence Restaurant – Marriott Hotel

Marriott Hotel Corner Exhibition & Lonsdale St Melbourne, 3000 9660 1183 Disclaimer: Recently, much to my astonishment, an invitation was sent my way to dine at a 5 star hotel’s restaurant with free run of the menu up to $150 – WOOT! What’s more is that Essence also stated: “the blog that offers the best … Continue reading

Golden Dragon Palace – yum cha

363 Manningham Rd Templestowe, 3108 9852 4086 Foreword: I must again point out, that I will try REALLY hard to lower my benchmark – set so very high after returning from my Michelin star experience in Hong Kong – and try to not be excessively unenthusiastic or critical of Yum-cha in Melbourne. A pre-Harry Potter-theatre lunch at yet … Continue reading

Purple Sands

Many Asian-east-side-Melbournians will remember the first Purple Sands in its original location in Doncaster. Though it has come and gone at a number of locations in various interpretations, its reputation for Cantonese cuisine remains an institution in itself. At its current location in close proximity to the Rivoli Cinemas, the décor of this small cosy … Continue reading

Miss Marples Tearoom

382 Mt Dandenong-Tourist Road Sassafras 3787 9755 1610 Despite coming through Mt Dandenong fairly frequently, I have – sadly to say – only visited Miss Marples three times including this current one. This is in part owing to their early closing times and epic tourist crowds during weekends. This was the start of a quick day … Continue reading


197 Gertrude St Fitzroy, 3065 9415 6101 Following a sweltering day of tortuous lingering at Wilson Hall for our official graduation ceremony, we headed down to a suburb previously known for its notorious public housing flats for some Spanish fare. Walking along the now-hip-modern-and-almost-unrecognisable Gertrude Street actually had my dad reminisce about the early post-migration … Continue reading

Kenzan @ GPO

GPO 350 Bourke St Melbourne, 3000 96637767 Located through the ivory gates, passed Cafe de Vin, near the very end of the alley, is this sleek and extremely busy sushi place. So busy that the staff kindly informed me – whilst I was taking photos – that they would rather me not post about them, … Continue reading

Yami yami

1D Bank Street Box Hill, 3128 9890 4588 Just off the bustle of Station Street, this little gem of a place provides a (relatively) bbq-fume-free alternative to the Korean BBQ next door. We are such frequent visitors at this small Korean owned Japanese-slash-Korean restaurant that: a) I totally forgot to take photos of the interior … Continue reading

Al’s photography #7 – paparazzi?

” A typical day out at Mount Dandenong, with very typical Melbourne weather…  “ Sometimes you take things on purpose and sometimes by accident … and well sometimes you (me) get labelled paparazzi =P. Can you tell which was taken on purpose? Left: peeking down, Right: peeking through Peeking around… Left: Peeking over, Right: Peeking … Continue reading


367 Brunswick St Fitzroy, 3065 9415 6099 It was a Sunday evening – with the parents absent, the house was void of homely food and full to the brim with amotivation to cook. We flipped through the cheap eats book landing us on a two star Japanese restaurant – Yume, which was coincidentally also in … Continue reading

Cutler & Co. – dessert please

57 Gertrude St Fitzroy, 3065 9419 4888 After a dinner gathering earlier at Royal Siam – at which I was reminded numerous times to not eat too-much so that there would be room for a sweet chapter – we headed to the outskirts of the CBD on the western end of Gertrude street. If not … Continue reading

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    Yummy +1: mouth-watering like rain

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