Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Alysha's Birthday at The Winery

Howdy everyone! Hope you're all doing well!

Finally college and work etc has calmed down and I can get back in focus with blogging and everything else! :D

Had dinner at The Winery in Surry Hills with a couple of friends on Saturday 15th November 2014 for a friend's birthday and had an awesome fun night.


As much as I love my food, I actually don't know much about restaurants and ratings etc. All I know is that if it taste good combining with the right flavors and textures then it's all good. haha
So when my cousin suggested The Winery, I really didn't have much knowledge of it besides the fact alot of people go there soo... it must be good? hahaha But anyway our group of friends and I trust my cousin's taste (well at least 99% of the time) so she made a booking for this date to celebrate a birthday for our friend Alysha for her 24th. (Finally you're my age) LOL

Photo taken by Alysha (I KNOW YOU WANT ME TO CREDIT YOU WOMAN LOL <3)
The restaurant was located in the hearts of Surry Hills situated at the back of a close that had other restaurants, cafes and bars around. Very vintage and rustic looking with a two level indoor dining area and an outdoor dining area as well surrounded by plans and sculptures. As the name suggested, the restaurant definitely did have the winery appeal with its use of polished dark wood/timber. Very rustic just the way I like it.

Actually to be honest I just really like being in the Surry Hills-Paddington area. I rarely go to this area and it definitely reminded me of Melbourne after my recent trip there for PAX 2014. All the fashion and food~ such hipster <3. hahaha! So I do hope to go out in this area more :D

Anyway got side tracked there - apparently my cousin tried to book a table for us indoors upstairs however it was already booked out and occupied by a wedding which we did get to see the groom and the bride and everyone walking in. Which was great because everyone clapped and cheered them on as congrats :D

MOVING ON- FOOD. Not gonna be too critical, well nothing really to criticise since it everything was yummy hahaha.


We all ordered drinks to start off- I ordered the Pound for Pound cocktail which had Tanqueray Gin, earl grey, almond, lemon, and peach bitters. In all honesty it just tasted like a Mojito with more of a zest since the lemon and peach bitters really took over more and couldn't really taste the hints of the earl grey or almond. Overall a really satisfying quenching cocktail to start off. However starting before our meal came was kinda a bad idea since we kinda went hyper already all giggly LOL! 


So we all shared an appetizer and ordered two servings of their sausage roll consisting of veal and chorizo served with a fresh salsa as the tomato sauce.
Was really a good start as it is definitely not your typical sausage roll. The perfect amount of pastry that's light and puffed with a light crisp that holds together a generous filling. The part I liked most would probably be the slightly chunky sauce or the salsa. It has a perfect balance of sweetness to tartness that doesn't taste like your typical tomato sauce. Pairing the sauce with the sausage roll = simply delicious.


For mains - everyone ordered something different. I originally wanted the clam pasta which sounded really good BUT our really nice waiter told us about some specials and so I opted for the pasta special consisting of asparagus, creme fraiche, fresh caviar and fresh salmon. Sounds really good doesn't it especially the salmon part hahaha! I actually thought fresh salmon as in raw salmon pieces was gonna be in it but it was cooked- either way , YUMMMM.

We did order sides as well for the rest of us to share - a garden salad that was lightly tossed with sherry vinegar and a potato bake. The salad was probably the slight let down for me as it was slightly over seasoned with salt so it was on the saltier side but that could be just me since my palate is definitely on the sweet side. However the potato bake was just yum! It wasn't your typical chunk or thick slices of potato stacked or tossed with cheese sprinkled on top and then baked. It was more like a ratatouille with thinly sliced potatoes stacked on each other and then topped with cheese. Omg yknow what - it was like a potato stack. yeah LOL! That's what it was like - a potato stack that's bigger and stacked in a small square formation. Unfortunate I didn't take pics of this as it came out while we were all eating.


After yummy mains - we were quite indecisive for dessert tossing between whether to dine in and eat dessert OR to walk abit to our favorite gelato place - Messina's. Eventually the birthday girl made a decision which we were all pretty glad she did because even my cousin never had dessert there and we were all just blown away at how good it was.
There were three desserts to choose from which we decided to order one of each to share amongst 4 people. It was very nice to our waiter to allow us to get an extra scoop of ice cream so that we each get our own scoop of ice cream :D.
First dessert that came out was a hot chocolate walnut brownie with salted caramel ice cream and almond praline. It was sooo nice of the winery or our waiter to have this on the house as he found out we were dining here for the first time and for Alysha's birthday so they brought it out with a sparkler on it like a birthday cake. YAAAY ^_^)/
By far the best chocolate walnut brownie I ever had that even the home ones I make aren't this good LOL! Because it was hot-warm, the brownie was nice and moist along with being gooey with a soft crunch on it's exterier and from the generous amount of walnuts in it as well! The ice cream - I actually couldn't tell it was salted ice cream but together with the brownie AND with the almond praline. YUMMMM.


Second dessert that came out was what I called the de-constructed lemon tart consisting of lemon custard, chunks of shortbread biscuits, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and basil & flowers as garnish. Definitely a dessert that you must eat altogether as eating it alone (besides the ice cream, that can be eaten alone :D) may be too much as it's quite rich. The lemon custard was rich with just the right amount of tartness and sweetness but when paired with the shortbread which was more on the plain side (kinda reminded me of savoiardi biscuits also known as lady finger biscuits) it was just really delicious as if you're eating a lemon tart (hence I called it the de-constructed lemon tart). All of us enjoyed this dish surprisingly because we're all not really a big fan of lemon custard. Definitely changed our thoughts on that haha!


Lastly is The Winery's apple crumble pie with calvados ice cream. One of the most different apple crumble or apple pie I ever had and by different - I mean amazingly good different. I can't quite describe the apple pie itself because it felt like an apple lasagne being layers by layers but I am probably wrong. Not heavy on pastry and definitely not your typical apple filling where you have a balance of sweet, tartness and spice of cinnamon. The apple just seem like cooked apples but on the fresher side so there isn't much of a party in your mouth. My favorite part of the dish is the crumble. Super crunchy crumbs scattered on the plate and on top of the 'pie'. The ice cream definitely paired well with the apple pie with a good amount of sweetness with the calvados after taste.

Overall we had an amazing time there and would definitely come back :D It was unfortunate that I didn't take much pictures especially the surroundings T_T Definitely need to make the habit of taking more pictures.

Please ignore the fact my face is super ghostly white as if I caked too much makeup that was the wrong shade. Cos that was what happened and I didn't realise LOL!  Some "makeup-artist" I am
Once again Happy birthday to my fellow great friend Alysha! (if you like - you can wish her a happy birthday on her instagram at alyshaquach and just blame its me LOL )

Thanks for reading and until then,
take care and stay well!
ciao!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Birthday brunch with my cousin at Paper plane & Three Ropes Espresso

Good evening everyone!
Long time no blog! again LOL 


I'm gonna start blogging again but hope you guys don't mind me going all over the place with dates >_<; But I just really wanted to get back into blogging the events that happened since I have been taking my camera everywhere.

SO onto the excuse of me not blogging haha! It's been a busy time for me since I last blogged since there were cosplays to work on for conventions along with me starting college doing a retail makeup & skincare course. ALSO! I started working as a casual position at this company which I wish to not disclose. Just a special shout out to my friend Kaiya for really giving me this opportunity because I cannot thank her enough <3 I OWE YOU.

I will make another entry about my college work and all since it is pretty fun but I'll leave it to another blogpost.


So my cousin took me out to have brunch with her on Monday the 11th August 2014 as a belated birthday celebration since my birthday was on a weekend and she works and also that I had a convention during that weekend. 

We usually have brunch together around once a month at the usual place at Circa Espresso at Parramatta because we just love the food there and the atmosphere.

And so we thought we'd go to the usual cafe BUT as we drove there - we realised it was closed. We legit forgot that it is closed on Monday and only realised that last week (September). It was hilarious because we kept complaining "WHY ARE YOU CLOSED?! WHATS THE OCCASION!?" But yeah.

Luckily my cousin is a foodie girl so she researches and knows some of the places around for us to try or go eat. So she suggested this other cafe we've never been before called "Paper Plane"


It's a nice cosy cafe that has a very homey atmosphere with your wooden floors and tables and green potted plants, actually now that I think about it - it feels like IKEA LOL. It was actually great for the weather we went since the weather was on the cold gloomy side but as soon as you walk into the cafe - it feels like you're outdoor for spring minus the flowers haha!


We ordered our drinks - my cousin with her strong shot of coffee to keep her going and me with the usual healing tea which has lemongrass and ginger. Great hot drinks to keep us warm from the cold gloomy weather >_<;

For the food part - I ordered what's called the "Tiny Dancer" which consisted poached eggs, smoked salmon, capers, avocado, sauteed spinach, tomatoes, asparagus, bocconcini with slices of toasted bread and hollandaise sauce. I guess you could say this is like your "eggs benedict" minus the potato mash and bacon/ham ^_^


I can't quite remember what the actual name of the dish my cousin ordered but it looks like a more advanced version of your typical "Big Breakfast".  Consisting of a generous amount of sliced chorizo sausage (probably two sausage sliced up), bacon, baked eggs suny side up, hashbrown, sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes, mini rocket salad with a thick balsamic dressing served with slices of toasted bread.


You could probably see that my cousin is more of the meat-eater type of person compared to me who is more of your veggo type of guy haha. Overall the meal was delicious and legit could barely finished because the serving was actually quite large, serving it on the large wooden chopping board.

We did ask for a dessert menu but there didn't seem much besides your muffin and banana bread SO we decided to go elsewhere to sit and enjoy abit of sweets with some hot drinks.

Because Circa Espresso was closed - we decided to give their other store a go called "Three Ropes Espresso". I have to say it was funny driving there because at first I drove the wrong way and then I missed the turn so we ended up technically going around almost twice LOL!

"Three Ropes Espresso" cafe was a nice tiny cafe that's mainly for on the go serving their drinks from their side window in the graffiti alleyway. Artistic as ever like their other cafe but this more of POP art than vintage.

Couldn't decide if we wanted to sit inside or outside since it was SUPER cold and windy but turns out sitting inside was really cold since it was right next to the door where the wind blew in even more! And also it was awkward because the tables were situated DIRECTLY behind where the kitchen was so .. it just felt like I was intruding them SO we sat outside in the blocks and chairs provided and surprisingly sitting outside wasn't as cold.


Ordered out coffee- cousin ordered a short  black which was accidentally made into a long black which she was completely fine with and me with my skinny flat white. 

For sweets we ordered the chocolate tart and the blueberry ricotta muffin. We always get the chocolate tart which was the same as Circa Espresso because it's just so decadent. Crumbly chocolate shortbread base with a rich dark chocolate filling dusted with generous amount of cocoa powder. And it was generous because I could legit blow it off like pixie dust haha! 
For the blueberry ricotta muffin, mmmm it was okay I guess. We don't usually get muffins at cafe because well, they're just muffins to us. Not much of a wow factor but in this case, it was eithier the muffin or the brownie which we didn't want two chocolate desserts.

In all honesty- we thought they would have the almond crossaint which is SOOOO delicious at Circa Espresso. I don't even know why or what's so good about it but the croissant is served chilled and for some reason it's just really good. Pretty much our favorite. (I'll show you next week since I'm having brunch again :D)

pardon my terrible selfy skills where I'm not focussed which is okay LOL
Overall we had a satisfying finish to our brunch and just headed home.
Super thanks to my cousin for taking me out for my birthday brunch! I owe you (next week) haha!

Thank you for stopping by,
until then - stay well & take care!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Pictures not showing - Photobucket Bandwidth [FIXED]

UPDATE 13/JULY : ALL FIXED! :D

Sorry about the pictures not showing! Apparently my Photobucket bandwidth exploded >_<; I will try my best to fix it ASAP. Prolly will migrate the images to Flickr instead.

Super thanks to the anon on ASK.fm and Milli @ http://marchrabbits.net/ for notifying me!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Day out at Pishon Cafe [SUPER PHOTO & SELFY HEAVY]

Hello! Hope you're all doing well!



A couple of friends and I went to chill at a cafe on Monday called "Pishon" located in Eastwood. Just a nice casual day with our cameras having lunch with some hot drinks and CAKE! :D 



The cafe had an upstairs which was pretty much vacant and was furnished really nicely, excellent for us to take photos (selfies) without any shame HAHAHA!  There was some customers that did come later on but overall it was still empty.


Customer service wasn't so bad overall; nice but you can tell they stare you down (somewhat judging). But hey, at least the cakes, drinks and bread was totally worth it ;) 



For lunch I had a pizza bun accompanied by a flat white coffee.  The pizza bun was actually really good, super supreme style on a soft sweet bread bread. Abit on the onion-y side but delicious! 


The coffee was made quite well, at first when I was bringing it upstairs to where we were sitting- it didn't look like a flat white, more of a cafe latte. But when drinking it, it was definitely a flat white. Very aromatic coffee finishing off with a leaf design made with some textured milk & froth. 



After we had lunch and chilled abit, we all had cake! *^*)/ The most anticipated moment :DDD Unfortunately I didn't take any photos of the store downstairs due to the somewhat-judging-looks but they did have a large variety of cake slices, mousse, tarts, etc. All made within their store.




I got the mocha espresso cake slice which was nice and light with a strong coffee aroma. Funny when I was ordering the slice, I asked for the cake with the green macaron on top and the waitress thought I wanted the green tea mousse, so had to point to it and then she told me it was a mocha espresso cake. The whole time my friend and I actually thought it was a pistachio cake cos of the color of the slice.




Photography by Izzy
Photography by Izzy
Chilled and took heaps of photos while derping around and then decided to leave due to parking limits >_<; We all decided to go somewhere to take photos and somehow it ended up being a OOTD photoshoot (somewhat mainly for me somehow OAO;). 

Photography by Ayu


It was actually awkward having friends doing an OOTD shoot for me since it's the first time I've done this so my facial expression and poses was really awkward ><; Overall it was super fun and I think we got some great photos, despite we were freezing in the cold LOL!
Photography by Izzy
Photography by Mogu
Photography by Izzy

Anyway that's it for this casual post. 
Special thanks to Ayu, Grace & Izzy for the day out and taking photos!
Until then, stay well & take care!

Saturday, 21 June 2014

OOTD #5 ~ little red shota

Hello everyone! Hope you're all doing well!

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I'm BACK for an outfit of the day post! :D It's been a realllyyy long while (a year+ now) since I've done an OOTD post :O! 

I recently just got a new camera so it'll be more easier to capture my OOTD with its wide lens.

Anyway lets get into it :)


I call this outfit the "little red shota" inspired by outfits ショタ (shota, young boys) wear especially in japanese animation. This outfit is young and fresh with subtle hints of class and elegance. Definitely a more modern take on what elderly men wear when playing golf. 
Also thought this fun and bright outfit would also go well with my bowl haircut haha!



For the top - 
I paired a red v-neck knit sweater with a light yellow, grey & white checkered short sleeve dress shirt with the collar buttoned all the way to the top. To tie the warm tops together without making it look formal - I added my copper retractable neck chain that is pulled to the collar with the chains tucked inside the sweater. This gives the outfit a more modern and casual look rather than using a tie which looks formal.



The dress shirt was purchased from a store on Oxford street called "Christopher Daniel".
The red sweater is by a japanese brand called "BROWNY" and was purchased from taobao which can be viewed HERE . 



For the bottoms - 
I wore camel/beige shorts with the legs rolled up to be just above the knee, dark red over-knee socks that was worn at knee height, and red pleather boots inspired by marten boots. 
Kept the bottoms warm tone as well but went for a more darker approach on the red since I wanted the sweater to be the main attention. Also since the kneesocks itself would capture people's attention since this style is rarely seen around, so had to keep the red subtle. 
The socks can be worn both pulled up to the knee or bunched up on top of the boots to achieve the construction-worker boots. But since it was quite chilly yesterday - decided to keep the socks up.
Pants was purchased in Vietnam at a store called "SEA". (store was in Nguyen Trai in Q3, HCM city)
The belt suspenders was purchased in Japan in Harajuku at one of the stores on Takeshita Street.
Red over-knee socks purchased on Ebay which can be viewed HERE (warning SUPER slow shipping =A=;)
Cherry red boots purchased on Ebay. (Sorry don't have the link since it was a while ago >_<)

I also wore glasses with this outfit to give it a nerdy, smart fling to it.

That's it for this entry *^*)/
Until then!~
Stay well & Take care!

Friday, 20 June 2014

May 2014 Favorites!

edit 21/06/2014 : Blogger did something weird and didn't schedule the post - nor did it post my pictures. So the entry is abit incomplete >_<; will fix this ASAP. SORRY! ;A;

Howdy everyone! Hope you're all doing well!

First time doing a favorites type of blogpost but since May is coming to and end - thought I'd share some of the things that I've been REAALYYY liking this month.

Skincare & Makeup
-Holika Holika One Solution - CLEAR


I've been using this for over a week now and the results are really amazing. The area's that I break out is soothed and not as red and also can see the dead skin peeling and the new skin forming under. It dries up my pimples whilst keeping my skin moisturised. 


I love the fact that it has a dropper in the glass bottle which is hygenic and doesn't require me to dip my fingers to contaminate the concentrated serum. It has a herby scent like white tea which I absolutely love. 
I use two-three drops to apply on my skin every night and it is more than enough for both my face and neck. Quickly absorbs into my skin and isn't heavy or oily. It doesn't leave a sticky feeling for me but I've read other reviews it did for them so just something to take note of.

-Etude House Moistfull SUPER Collagen multi stick/balm


Used this for a month and I LOVEEEE this amazing balm. Containing 58% collagen, it literally restores the elasticity of my skin making it more bouncy and firm and does not leave a sticky feeling whatsoever. Especially use this around my eye area and areas that need extra moisture. HOWEVER does not completely moisture like a moisturiser, it's more like a spot moisture stick :D It's multifunctional which is perfect to take along when going out as I can use it around my eye area, as a skin moisturiser (spot moisturiser) and also a lip balm. I also love the smell; it just smells sooo nicee like chamomile-white tea and it lingers throughout which is nice (though probably not for those who don't like the scent >_<;).

-Maybelline Baby Lips SPF20 Lip balm - Smoothing cherry


Been using this for around 2-3 weeks now and I was REALLY surprised with the results. I wouldn't think a cosmetic brand like Maybelline would be able to deliver something so healing (I doubted them, oops ;O). Results were amazing; hydrated and moisturised my lips really well making them more supple. ALSO can visibly see less fine lines on my lips. I does have a slight waxy feeling which probably is why it coats the lips for a really long time until the lips are touched through drinking or wiping etc. 


They did have a tinted version but I feel the tinted version didn't give much healing properties as the non-tinted. The scent is quite nice, sweet but not overly sweet and doesn't linger so much. Overall I think this is perfect for the upcomming cold whether where my lips tend to get dry. The only downer is that it is abit shiny.

-The Face Shop Oil-Free BB cream


Because the new season is coming in, the weather is always undecided and is a cross between hot and cold within a day so I tend to break out. In most cases I shouldn't be using makeup to let the skin heal BUT this BB cream just does that makeup job of giving some coverage while not irritating my skin. It is oil-free and keeps my skin moisturised whilst also soothing my skin with the Chamomile Extract. 


Perfect light coverage to even the skin for the night since it does not contain SPF and is oil-free so keeps the face not shiny. Downside is that it only comes in one shade that is quite light with a grey undertone so sometimes you look abit dead LOL.

-Maybelline FIT me! Shine Free Foundation stick


This is a mixed feeling product HOWEVER I have been using it alot and it's because - I love the finish and the feel of it. It gives a nice natural matte powder finish and makes your skin feel SOOOO soft legit I keep touching my face (which is bad LOL). Also it does control the oils around my T-zone so I'm actually not that shiny (Good job anti-shine gel core *thumbs up*)
I use this on top of my BB cream whenever I need more coverage like my undereye or my blemishes. Sometimes I use this alone when my skin is looking on the better side and just needs evening out. HOWEVER DO NOT DOUBLE IT THOUGH, IT WILL LOOK CAKEY. And actually that's not the only downside. 
It sometimes set into your fine lines, not much of pores but just fine lines especially undereye and then you have this very cakey look (yet I still apply it there). I find that if you use a setting spray or mist, the cakey-ness isn't so bad. ALSO I feel that this foundation is VERY transferable because whenever I dab my skin with my fingers- it leaves a finger print mark. So technically I can constantly blend the foundation non stop LOL! . But in saying that - do not reapply to touch up cos you'll just see cake as mentioned before. Dry skin users MAY want to stay away from this foundation because it probably will accentuate your dry skin as it does accentuates dry patches. 
Overall I think it's still a great foundation that's affordable with light coverage without requiring powder to set. A little does somewhat go a long way since it's super blendable BUT it still runs out really quick O3O;. My mom and I use this alot and actually my mom really loves this that she uses it everytime she goes out now LOL!

-Byphasse Makeup Remover Wipes


I saw this at ChemistWarehouse and the package really caught my attention because it's as big as a standard tissue which is bigger than the general square makeup wipes and also this contains 40 sheets. I picked up the sensitive skin one to test out (other one was mature skin) and when I used it, the feeling on my skin afterwards just sold me.
It removes my makeup (even waterproof) efficiently whilst hydrating and moisturising my skin unlike most of the wipes which give that dry feeling as if your skin is screaming "I NEED WATERRRRR". Also it doesn't leave any sticky feeling. 


The towel or wipe is the size of a regular tissue and is ribbed to cleanse the skin for efficiently. I also love the packaging with the resealable cap unlike the other brands with a resealable tape which comes off eventually due to moisture. The only downside is that DESPITE stating for sensitive skin- oh my goodness it is SOO heavily scented. The scent is nice but it's a scent that belongs in the laundry room if you know what I mean. It's like fabric softener smell in which I hope they didn't add fabric softener content to make my skin feeling nice. O_O; 

Snack
-The Natural Confectionary Fruity Chews


Yes I'm gonna add this into my favorites because I'm somehow REAALLLYY addicted to this. And also I really love my sweets and treats ;P. But yeah I've been buying a bag every week for 3 weeks now because one bag last me a week (actually with great restraint they last me a week otherwise I could probably finish this within 2-3 days). One bag has quite alot of these individually wrapped fruity goodness and they come in variety of flavors in a bag like lemon, orange, strawberry, raspberry and blackcurrant.  But yeah they're just soo nice QAQ. 



They have a good tang to it, not sour but great burst of juicy sweetness and flavors and has a great chew to them depending on the weather. Hot weather you'll have soft chews while in cold weather you'll get hard chews. What I also enjoy is that it doesn't stick to your teeth like many of the other chews, so there's no need for making glamorous facial expressions while trying to remove the candy from your teeth with your tongue. LOL TL;DR they're yummy and addictive. done :D

Outfits & Looks
-Beaucon Shimmer Grey/Gray contact lenses



These are pretty much my everyday lenses (if I wore lenses everyday). They're super comfortable, gives a nice subtle color whilst maintaining the natural look of your eye because of it's blending design. Gives that subtle kirakira chingching look to your eye, almost alluring or mesmerising especially because it's grey. Actually I have vain moments whenever I wear these because I just look into the mirror alot to check my eyes out ROFL! Which then makes me want to take selfies (Y).

- Black loose cardigan/scarf/poncho .. thing (LOL!)
I don't know what this is but I just love it because it's so versatile and multifunctional. I can use it as a cardigan, a scarf, a poncho, etc; all in many different ways. Especially because it's the end of Autumn, the weather is unpredictable and more cold nowadays so I just bring this almost everywhere to keep myself covered and warmer. I bought this last year at CottonOn in the female's clearance section for $5.00AUD and honestly it's an awesome buy.

-Construction worker style
Lately I've been wearing what I like to call the (stereotypical) construction worker style - that is shorts with bunched up socks and boots. Surely you'll think of construction workers when you pair these bottoms together right? :D
I don't know why but it gives a very autumn feel to it, wearing shorts to suit the bright sunny warm weathers whilst the bunched up socks at or below calve height and boots to match with the cooler temperatures. I usually dress these bottoms with a plaid dress shirt with some form of jacket. Fun casual look with a sense of freedom to roam ^_^)/

That concludes May 2014 favorites! Hope you enjoy this post, please comment below on your thoughts and opinions! *^*)/
Until then, stay well & take care!