Friday, December 19, 2014

Hank's Jam and Herb Chicken Burgers

As Christmas is approaching our schedules are fast filling up with last minute gifts to buy, food to organize and the countless lunches and dinners with friends, relatives and work. It is after all the crazy season yet one of the best times of the year! I've been very lucky this year watching hampers and parcels turn up at my front door, I'm starting to enjoy these early Christmases. One of them was from Hank's Jam filled with goodies that will come in very handy at Christmas lunch.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Riverside Restaurant @ InterContinental Adelaide

This is the view of charming Adelaide from InterContinental Hotel, a lovely sight of the riverbank and the new Adelaide oval. On this evening the cricket was on and as it finished, swarms of people crossed the bridge with some ending up at The Atrium Lounge for a drink. That's where we started our night, looking out the large windows, enjoying sips of our refreshing drinks and soaking in the view. Tonight we were kindly invited by Intercontinental Adelaide to experience the new summer menu at Riverside Restaurant but before that we were in for a few treats!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

James Buns @ Gouger Street, Adelaide

I received an invitation a little while back to try this new place out. Located at the west end of Gouger Street James Buns is pretty much across from Sushi Bar Genki. This little place used to be home to Sugar Bowl, Moodle Taiwanese Noodle Bar and Asian Puzzle Canteen. It's been a few different things and perhaps this time, James Buns will be here to stay. True to its name, they specialize in dumplings and buns with their signature of soup dumplings worded on the menu as James' Steamed Juicy Buns with Pork Filling. This is none other than one of my favourite street dishes of all time - Xiao Long Bao. It's very hard to find a good one and it's a craving I can only fully satisfy so far by returning home to Malaysia to dine at Din Tai Fung  or Jin Xuan which is a great yum cha place near my parents' home. There's okay ones at plenty of yum cha places in Adelaide but not quite the same. So in we went, both Mr. Foodie and I with high hopes and excitement!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sushi Chan @ Westfield West Lakes

I don't normally eat at food courts and to be brutally honest never review them. I never seem to find anything I like, they're more a means to satiate hunger pains. Some time back I received a takeaway box with an invite inside to come try Sushi Chan at Westfield West Lakes food court. I'd left it for a while as I live on the other side of the all-dividing CBD line until one day, I was on a ride along with Mr. Foodie to a job up that way. So I grabbed my takeaway box and went to explore their new Eat Positive menu.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ginza Miyako - A new experience

There's a new gem in town and it's very much worth a visit, a few in fact. It's not everyday a menu is this exciting and nearly every dish appealed to us. Right on North Terrace in Adelaide CBD amongst all the buzz, there's Ginza Miyako. A new Japanese French fusion restaurant located on Level 1 of Stamford Plaza Adelaide Hotel. I wasn't sure what to expect as I've never encountered Japanese French fusion food before. I can assure you, it was a very pleasant discovery.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mamachau @ King William Street, CBD

I've been wanting to get my hands on one of these Baos or Asian Tacos from Mamachau since the beginning of the hype. I don't think the hype will ever really die down because I went, I ate, I want to eat some more. It was good. Located on the corner of King William Street and Pirie Street (facing Pirie Street), it's a cute vibrant little place. A perfect CBD lunch stop which is why, it's taken me so long. I don't work in the city, on the contrary I work 45 minutes south of the city where lunch options include Hungry Jacks, mediocre token sushi stand and Subway. I'm sure there's a pie shop somewhere. Anyway, I had a weekday off and decided to go to the city (yay!) but we were side tracked until we arrived at Mamachau's door at 2.45pm. They close at 3.30pm so I was crossing my fingers and toes that not too much has sold out! 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Wonderful Pistachios

Let's go nuts about nuts today. Wonderful Pistachios contacted me about trying some of their range. I do like nuts and pistachios rank in my top five for sure. Pistachios actually have quite a number of health benefits, they're a good source of good fats and help to lower cholesterol. They also contain Vitamin E, B vitamins and essential minerals. We had some guests over for afternoon tea on Sunday and these came in very handy for a great snack!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Delivery Hero - A Fuss Free Takeaway Night

As lives seem to get busier and time more precious, convenience services are growing. Recently I was contacted by Delivery Hero to try their service of an online takeaway ordering service. Takeaway Fridays are becoming more and more of a norm in my house because I work late and Mr. Foodie is on dinner duty which somehow ends up being takeaway. If only my dinner duty was that easy. Delivery Hero is pretty easy to use. It all starts with typing in your suburb or postcode into the search bar to see what restaurants offer delivery to your area. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween, Donuts and Trick or Treating

It's that time of the year again that Mr. Foodie loves so much - Halloween. It's one of his favourite holidays of the year and when he found out I could get some Halloween donuts, just plain excited. Anything themed sets him off. For a limited time only Donut King are selling Halloween Donuts. They would make great additions to a Halloween party or themed dinner with your friends and family. After all, it's always fun to change things up a bit and fight over a skull donut!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

McLaren Vale Beer Tour with the Birthday Boy

Recently Mr Foodie turned 31 (yay!) and he's not one to skip out on celebrations. That's one of the things I love about him, he celebrates pretty much everything, always filled with joy and excitement planning little events throughout the year. If you haven't met my husband, he's very festive and after nearly 10 years, it's definitely rubbed off on me. There's always something special about planning little events together, the giggles (and heated discussions) over planning details, throwing ideas around then there's the excitement leading up to it followed by the stress that it's never gonna turn out but most of all we always have a ball in the end and it'll be another album packed away for memory lane. But I digress, this birthday plan was no where near as elaborate or complicated as the Ghostbuster's Birthday Party, Ninja Turtles Dinner Party or all the Halloweens and Christmases that go so far back I don't know where to begin. Actually right now as I'm typing my spare room is filling up with Halloween decorations he's unveiled from the shed. 

Mr Foodie loves craft beer and would probably pick beer over wine any day. Given that it is spring and we are so lucky to be living in SA near a beautiful wine region, we thought a beer tour was overdue. My brother in law had been on an Adelaide Hills beer tour through Mount Barker and Lobethal way so we thought we'd do a different beer tour for something new so I looked up the breweries, spoke to a couple of friends who know their stuff (thank you Willunga Wino and McFuzzlebutt's Manchen) and wrote out an itinerary for our self guided beer tour. Join us on our journey that perfect sunny Sunday in our beautiful wine region that is McLaren Vale.