Browsing All Posts published on »June, 2011«

Cabinet Bar and Balcony

June 21, 2011

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Having been on the scene for well over 3 years, Cabinet Bar and Balcony (11 Rainbow Ally, Melbourne VIC) is a Melbourne mainstay in my books. In fact I would say it’s one of those places that epitomizes Melbourne. So much so that I tried, although it was in vain, to secure a booking there one […]

Ski season is upon us

June 15, 2011

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Queen’s birthday; the last public holiday of the year, well until November. Ugh, 5 months of solid Monday to Friday until then! But on the brighter side of things…ski season officially opens. Twas a dark and foggy day that we ventured up to Mount Buller for some fun in the snow. It made for some […]

China: A taste of Wai Po Jia

June 14, 2011

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Wai Po Jia, have you heard of it? No, it’s not a city or province in China so perhaps that’s why you’re scratching your head. It’s actually a restaurant franchise translated as ‘The Grandma’s’ with venues across most of north eastern and central China and it will be clear very soon why it deserves its own post. I know […]

Pandan and coconut macaron recipe

June 6, 2011

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 2 years, you would know that the nation’s love affair for the little French confectionery is near fever pitch. They’re even more fashionable than cupcakes. People will line up for these delicious little sweets! I think it’s fair to say that we can all blame Masterchef. Ever since […]

Convent Bakery

June 6, 2011

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It’s hidden within the tranquil grounds of the Abbottsford Convent, but that is not to suggest the Convent Bakery (1 St Heliers Road, Abbottsford VIC) is anything remotely quiet though. A stroll through on the weekend quickly reveals that it’s teaming with activity. Family friendly, student friendly, arts friendly, yuppie friendly – yes, I think I’ve […]

Spring in Hangzhou

June 4, 2011

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Can there be a surer sign of winter upon us than waking up in pitch black shivering in cold? As we plunge headfirst into the coldest of seasons, I thought it would be nice to remind us of what’s on the other side of winter. Spring. A time when you awaken to birds chirping and […]