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Mission #4: Pho24

An unexpected invite came for this great event at Pho24 last week. Coincidentally I had walked past this place many a time but never thought much of it. Continue reading

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Mission #4: Summer Tastes with Manu

In the spirit of my “Other Bloggers” series, this event just seemed to fit. In addition to meeting up with fellow writers for coffee or brunch, another place you often meet other writers is at special invitation events.

This opportunity was out of the ordinary as it was not a complimentary meal at a restaurant, but a chance to watch popular television chef Manu Feildel demonstrate his summer recipes from a VIP section at Highpoint Shopping Centre’s Fresh Food Mall. All his recipes were showcasing Murray Valley Pork, and proved to be delicious, making it very hard to choose a favourite. Continue reading

Mission #1: Vegetarian

It’s not what you think – I am not going vegetarian for one whole month. Although, perhaps one day I will discipline myself enough to conquer that challenge.

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Instead, I am starting my first mission, which I’d love you to be part of! I want to focus on certain cuisines each month, to be more adventurous and explore specific genres. Furthermore, I want to involve my friends and readers, by taking blogging further than just reading and commenting online. Read on!

Mission Overview
Part of this month will involve me going out there in search of some great vegetarian places – and I would love recommendations of where to go. Everything from your niche little local, to the inner suburb gems. Even if I can’t make it to those places, I will gladly list them in my “Insiders of the Month” on the righthand column.

During this time, I will post my usual, miscellaneous adventures, but towards the end of August, I will report back to you guys with a series of vegetarian experiences.

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Dinner Event
I’d also like to invite you all to a vegetarian dinner, so you have the chance to share this adventure with me. To ensure everyone can comfortably chat to each other, this will be a small dinner event, so spots are limited. Please express interest as soon as possible via email with numbers, so I can organise this adventure!

Where: Shakahari Too, 225 Clarendon St, South Melbourne.
I am leaning towards this restaurant after reading some good reviews about both the southern and northern branch. Click below to see the full menu – I am still open to suggestions if you’d like to sway me!
When: Friday 15th August, 7pm
Price: Mains $20-$22.50, Desserts $6.50-$15.50
RSVP: By 10th August
Facebook event: Click here – invite open to everyone!

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Why this cuisine?
I hope to do this every month – but the main reason I chose vegetarian as my first mission is because I wanted to raise awareness of an organisation I work for. Well, volunteer for. We are all volunteers, so I’d love your support for this fantastic festival. Please take a read below and I hope you enjoy my first mission!

EFFM2014_LOGOS 150wThe Environmental Film Festival Melbourne is a non-for-profit organisation and annual event, now in its fifth year. This year, the festival will run from the 4th-12th September at Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins St, Melbourne. I’d love for you to come or to check out the website here.

Look out for our program, launching soon this August. Share this with your friends who might be interested, and if you’re feeling generous, you can also support us with a donation here

Sugar Hit Melbourne – Don’t Miss Out!

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’ve surely been living under a rock! Sugar Hit Melbourne returns for its third and final night this Friday, full of K-pop inspired sweets and entertainment!

20140502_203819IMG-20140603-WA0067I’ve blogged about the first event previously, a Bangkok inspired event full of delicious flavours. The photos from this post are from the second Bollywood festival held in May.

This night contrasted the initial event, after the team consisting of Luxbite, N2 Extreme Gelato, Mork Chocolate and Krimper Cafe heeded feedback and came up with a new creative, concept. A DJ replaced the softer, live band from the Bangkok night, pumping out pop songs mixed with modern Bollywood music throughout the night.

The queueing area was more distinct, marked by fluorescent tape on the floor, even with directions to leave room for the walkway. As pictured (right, with my eyes closed) the walkway was playfully shaped as a snake, whilst fairy lights mark the entrance on the otherwise quiet laneway.

In addition to this, they prepared some handout menus this time, which allowed you to contemplate what dessert sounded best as you line up. Check out the menus below for a gist of how it works!

The Luxbite and N2 corner was still a bit crowded. Despite the floor markings, when you wait for your order, there’s not a lot of room so there can be a bit of confusion. The solution is just to make sure you listen out for your name carefully over the music.

If you hate waiting, there are some “Fast Passes” up for grabs for $10, which allows you express access to the dessert station of your choice. You can buy them here, but unless you’re in a rush to get somewhere, I don’t think the wait is so bad.

I should note that I was one of the first ones there on the first night, and the second time I came after 8pm, when it was a little less busy. As you line up, you get to soak up the atmosphere and you still have the company of your friends to entertain you.

Both events even had some snacks that you could taste test in line – at the Bollywood event we were offered some curried popcorn by Wondersnack. It’s definitely different and it’s something you will be telling people about!

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Of course, you also get to try amazing desserts such as the gelato above, infused with Darjeeling tea and a tea caramel syringe whilst the tube included pistachio crumble and watermelon yogurt mousse. With creative and impressive desserts such as these, who knows what will be in store this Friday?

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Evidently, we managed to order all the Luxbite and N2 desserts (above). Luxbite and N2 often team up to create a #luxbitexn2 special dessert for the night, so keep an eye on their teasers if you can’t wait until Friday night to find out.

If we didn’t have dinner beforehand, I would have loved to try some drinks such as a classic mango lassi by Krimper or some hot chocolates. You’ll notice in the menu, you also have an option of infusing some drinks with alcohol. Not sure how this went down for Bollywood, but it was extremely popular to have a vodka Thai milk tea at the first event.

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The Bollywood atmosphere was enhanced by some performances scattered throughout the night. Some space was left in the corner for the performers and everyone really enjoyed the energetic dances.

On the side, there was also a station where you could get henna or bindis to embrace the culture. The team were even dressed up in Bollywood outfits. So prepare yourself for Friday, who knows what fun they’ll have in store to spread the Korean craze.

As Friday draws nearer, keep an eye on social media as teasers continue to pop up. Warning – it might make you salivate. Here’s a few below:

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When: Friday 6th June, 6.3pm-11pm, so make you sure you fit it in somewhere in your Friday activities!
Where: 20 Guildford Lane, Krimper Cafe, Melbourne CBD
Price: Free entry, food ranges $5-$10
Website: sugarhitmelb.com.au
But Fast Passes to skip the queue can be bought here for $10.

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Sugar Hit Melbourne: Bangkok Nightlife

20140404_182207If you didn’t hear me plugging this sweet event last week (pun intended), I can assure you that you missed out on some amazing desserts. Lucky for you, there’s still two more events to come in May and June.

Last Friday, I attended the first night of Sugar Hit Melbourne, a collaboration between Krimper Cafe, Luxbite, N2 Extreme Gelato and Mork Chocolate. It’s lucky we arrived early, as people dawdled in the laneway because the line got extremely long later on.

Whilst we waited, some people were using fluorescent tape to create some impressive artwork (right). The basketball hoop, the hopscotch matching Krimper’s neon pink sign, and more, turned the area into a vibrant scene dubbed “Play Laneway”. It seemed to encapsulate the playful feeling of Melbourne’s laneways and street art.

I wasn’t entirely sure how it would work – I thought perhaps it would be a market-like setup in the laneway. However the entire experience is actually one big line passing different stations inside Krimper  – something we realised a little too late.

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Upon entering, we passed some little stalls including one for greeting cards and one full of Asian snacks from Mr. Nice Guy Thai. You then pass the cafe counter where you can order Mork hot chocolates or “Morktails”, Thai milk tea in bags infused with vodka or savoury food such as pork sliders by Krimper. We also spotted a DIY photo booth – but thought that could wait until after the food!

We would have tried some drinks but by the time we realised we were part of one big line, we had passed and found ourselves reaching our main target – the dessert corner featuring ever-so-poplar Luxbite and N2 Extreme Gelato. I had healthily been stalking their Instagrams and Facebooks for menu teasers, as I thought this would help me make my decision as to what to order. But everything sounded so good that we decided to order everything!

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Although the lining up was a bit hectic, the swiftness of Luxbite and N2’s service was quite impressive. From N2, I had the lychee champagne bucket ($8, top left), featuring lychee sorbet, lychee jelly bits and a pipette of champagne. It tasted pretty much how I expected it to. I’m not a big fan of champagne, but I love lychee and the flavours were subtle enough until you squeeze the pipette!

My friend had the Bangkok nuts ($8, top right), which had coconut cream sorbet, a sticky peanut centre and a layer of creamed corn topped with whipped Thai milk tea cream. What a mouthful – quite literally. I don’t usually like coconut but I really enjoyed the sticky peanut centre and the milk tea cream was an innovative idea. It’s amazing how much they can do with one cup of gelato.

IMG-20140404-WA0028 I’d fortunately won a free Luxbite dessert, hence this tube dessert called Love You Long Time ($9, above), which included condensed milk panna cotta, caramelised banana, pandan cream, coconut & peanut crumble and ginger & pineapple macaron. Not a great fan of pandan either (I know, you’re thinking what do I like?), but the layers of this dessert really bring everything together to create a taste sensation. I especially enjoyed the crumble and caramelised banana. You can taste the Asian/Thai influences and the result is delicious.
IMG-20140404-WA0007Next up was Luxbite’s Sood Tee Ruk or “Ultimate Sweetheart” ($7, above). This was a kalamansi lime curd tart with kalamansi confit, longan, chilli salt, meringue, kaffir lime sherbet. I’d never heard of kalamansi until this day but discovered it was a type of lime. Thus, it was similar to a lemon meringue tart, but nicer. The crumble of the meringue along with the lime flavour balanced out well and the tart had some interesting parts inside. Luckily for those who missed out, Luxbite just revealed today that they will be selling the dessert this weekend!
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The ultimate surprise and my favourite was a collaboration between Luxbite and N2 – mango sticky rice ($10, above). This included coconut & pandan sticky rice, mango boba, coriander, caramelised shallots, mango lemongrass sorbet, palm sugar caramel and basil seed. The sticky rice was a familiar taste for an Asian person like me and it’s normal for it to be eaten as a dessert.

But this brought sticky rice as a dessert to a whole new level, with the popping of the juicy boba balls, a delicious syringe of palm sugar caramel, and sorbet oozing seductively all over it. The entire dish worked so well that I hope they bring it back in the future!

Sugar Hit Melbourne will occur again with a Bollywood theme on May 2nd and one more time with a K-Pop theme on June 6th. Check out their Facebook and social media to hear all the latest updates. 

Meanwhile, if you can’t make these events you can always drop by the respective stores. I’ve already blogged about N2, so I’ll give a special mention to Luxbite. I’d recommend their banoffee opera cake (left) with hazelnut sponge and banana ganache. It’s rich, but great with a cup of tea. You can also try their famous Lolly Bag Cake as featured on Masterchef or their interestingly flavoured macarons. They’re even selling a Luxbite and Mork Chocolate collaboration of salted caramel hot chocolate that you can mix up at home!

Luxbite is located 38 Toorak Road, South Yarra and you can view their online menu here.

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