Saturday, April 19, 2014

Proud Mary, Collingwood

A while ago my brother brought me to Proud Mary, Collingwood for a fine breakfast. As expected of a popular café, it was already packed by the time we got there, even though it was still very early in the morning.

I ordered my mandatory cup of hot chocolate, and it had one of the richest foams I had ever tasted. I always love a good cup of hot chocolate!

My brother ordered a latte and even though I don't drink coffee, it looked too pretty to drink!

My brother recommended that I get the potato hash, and it was definitely a great choice. I was a little hesitant at first as I never had kale before, and had always thought that it would taste disgusting, it being a superfood and all. I was proven wrong! I really enjoyed this charred version, and I'm happy to say that I left with a good impression of kale. The potato hash itself wasn't as crispy as I had hoped it to be but it was still enjoyable.

My brother had the coconut and lemongrass rice pudding which looked pretty damn good. He really liked it, so hopefully I'll be able to try it for myself next time.

It's definitely a lovely place for breakfast / brunch / lunch, but I'm not sure if it's worth the queue. Also, I didn't think the service we received was the friendliest. I wouldn't mind coming again, but I won't go out of my way just to visit.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Miam Miam, Chadstone : Part II

Yes that's right, I am reviewing Miam Miam, Chadstone for the second time! As I mentioned in my previous post, this place will and has actually already become my go-to eatery whenever I'm at Chadstone. This time, my brother and I brought my hubby along for some awesome French and Japanese fusion food!

This time I was adamant about having the works - drink, main and dessert. I had the green tea smoothie, which I can only say was pure awesomeness. Served with a dollop of ice cream, the smoothie was full of green tea flavour. When I had my first sip I could tell it was going to be another great dinner. I have to admit that it is very expensive for a drink, (about $8 or $9) but an occasional indulgence is okay, right?
My main for the night was the arrabiata - pasta with bacon, zucchini and eggplant in a tomato-based sauce. It was slightly spicy and full of flavour, though a little too salty for my taste. Nevertheless, it was still very enjoyable and I finished it in no time. This is probably the first time I've ever ordered a dish containing eggplant (I normally hate eggplant!).

This was hubby's riz au curry. I didn't sneak a bite (I was saving my tummy for dessert) but he gave a nod of approval. Man of few words, he is.

My brother ordered the lobster bisque, which he really enjoyed. His only complaint, "The name is so misleading! It's just a really big prawn!"

Finally, the long awaited dessert. I was actually leaning towards towards one of the parfaits but we eventually decided on the green tea pancake instead. I was a little wary when we ordered it as I thought it was going to be too 'heavy', but boy was I wrong. The pancake was so spongy and light it was a breeze to eat. The toppings, red bean paste, green tea ice cream, coffee jelly and green tea jelly were lovely accompaniments. Shared between the three of us, it was just nice.

This visit confirmed just how much I liked it so I will definitely be back. I would love to try the squid ink pasta next!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

DIY Red Skater Dress

I've been sewing on and off for almost a year now, and while I've made a few skirts and some home shorts, I've always wanted to make a dress. To me, that would mark the start of a whole new chapter in my sewing chronicles.

However, even though it's been quite a long time since I started, I still have no idea how to work with zippers, mainly because I don't have a zipper foot (I may also have the beginner's fear of zippers too). Which was why I rejoiced when I came across these lovely tutorials from The Pineneedle Collective!

This is my 'cheat' version of a skater dress. I sewed two separate pieces using Annika's crop top tutorial and no zipper circle skirt tutorial and wore them together to make a dress. I don't think you can really tell! And the great thing is that I can wear both pieces separately as well.

The fabric is a medium weight knit I scored from Spotlight during the Boxing Day sales for $7 per metre. The best thing about being petite is being able to make a dress from just one metre of fabric! I wanted to make a peplum attachment for the crop top though, but I was slightly short. Dang!

I ordered a zipper foot off Ebay a few days ago so I have no more excuses, really. Hopefully I'll be able to master sewing zippers in no time!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lessons Learnt And Discoveries Made

I'm currently on a week off from work and I'm having the most relaxing time in a long while. It is quite alarming though, how quickly time passes even when I'm doing nothing at all. Anyway, here are some thoughts so far:

# I'm much more unproductive during holidays than when I'm at work, but give me holidays any day anyway.

# Why are there always so many dishes and clothes to wash?!

# Following the point above, I have too many clothes.

# My mental arithmetic skills have deteriorated. Yesterday hubby babbled something along the lines of 29 + 48 + 34 + 57 (probably totalling how much HP he had hacked off the monster in his iPad game) and once he said the last number he said the total straight after. I was still like, "29 + 48.. what?". Where have my Asian level math skills gone?! Seems like the only math I am good at nowadays is multiples of 14 and 28 (pharmacists you will know why!).

# It is an awesome feeling not knowing what day or date it is. For example I thought today was Monday until I saw the time stamp on my latest blog post.

# I have to keep reminding myself that good things take time. For a long time I've been blessed with good results or success that didn't take too much hard work. Now that I'm trying to pick up things that are more challenging, the journey seems so hard and torturous due to my impatience. Breathe. I will get there.

# The difference in the effort it takes to do something you want to do and and to do something you need to do is huge. The question is, should you turn what you need to do into what you want to do, or what you want to do into what you need to do?

# You know that feeling when you have a word on the tip of the tongue? Or when you write a melody and it doesn't sound 'final' but you don't know how else to change it? Or in general, when you need to do something but can't do it? It really feels like constipation, but in your mind.

# I love my cup of green tea before bed.

Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Straits Kitchen, Mount Waverley

Our most recent eating adventure in Pinewood Shopping Centre was at Straits Kitchen, Mount Waverley. We've walked past this place a number of times and even dubbed it the 'expensive-looking Malaysian restaurant' but never actually went in till about a week ago.

It was certainly more expensive compared to other Malaysian restaurants we normally visit, but it also had a clean and quiet setting which was a nice change.

This was hubby's curry chicken nasi lemak and he really liked it. In his words, 'The rice was nice, the curry was nice, and the chicken was real chicken!' When asked to elaborate about what he meant by 'real chicken', he commented about another restaurant that only served 'all bones and no meat', apparently!

I ordered the Hainanese chicken rice, and the flavours were clean and elegant, as was the presentation. The rice and accompanying soup had the subtle taste of chicken, and the chicken itself was tender and nicely seasoned. Some people would probably find this dish a little bland, but it was just right for me.

All in all, it was a pleasant experience. It was definitely a little pricey but the quality of food was worth it for me.

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