Thursday, 28 July 2016

Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sydney

There are those random days where I like to feel like a tourist in my own city. Just because we live in a particular city, it doesn’t mean we don’t get to go about and do some touristy things. We need to take in the beauty of where we live.

In saying that, I have always wanted to pop into the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MCA) for a while now, but I finally had the time to with my aunt a few weeks back.

The current exhibition running is New Romance, created by both Australian and Korean artists who inspires us with the thoughts of what the future may hold as humans. This runs until the 4th September 2016 and is located on the Level 1.

Things that you will see in the New Romance exhibition includes:

The Digital Book Project is a symbol of human knowledge, Kang is fascinated by the way human lives between physical and virtual worlds. Quite fitting with the whole idea of Pokemon Go as of late …

Manoeuvres is creative, reminds me a lot of pacman as you chase the dots through each board. Baumann brings this piece to show her interest in the way emotions change and has brought this interest into her artwork with the use of colours and patterns.

Scroll is every non-morning person’s nightmare. 

A bunch of alarm clocks blinking simultaneously. However, Burns is inspiration for this work was drawn from morning talk shows on the radio and how it is interferes with our thinking.

Another exhibition currently running is Telling Tales located on Level 3, this will run until 9th October 2016.

The Letter Writing Project is cute, three different Japanese inspired structures are available. A kneeling, chair, and standing cubicle is available for anyone to go inside to write a letter. The letter could be left unsealed or sealed – if unsealed, it is for anyone to open and read. At the end of this exhibition, these letters will be posted out to the addressed person.

And just some other artworks that are around the MCA that have captured my attention.

I am not sure why this ‘I am Human’ by Richard Bell was so captivating, perhaps it’s just the simplicity of this artwork and how it draws on just how we all feel most of the time – especially through the hard times.

The MCA cafe, located on the top level are have also created a temporary Korean pop-up inspired menu. Unfortunately, I could not try this however, if you are interested - be sure to check it out!

I had a really lovely day walking the entire Sydney CBD, and it felt great to just be a tourist for a day. If time allows, you should give it a shot.

Do you also like to feel like a tourist in your own city on some random days? Where do you like to go?

Monday, 18 July 2016

Macadamia Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Recipe

Winter. The time when all I want to do is snuggle in front of the television and binge watch everything. The one thing that would complete this is cupping a mug of hot chocolate.

But when I think of winter, it’s being wrapped up in down jackets, scarves, gloves and a beanie sitting in front of a bon fire melting marshmallows. Yes, that is what watching too much television does to me …

So I decided to merge my reality life to my ideal life and introduce to you all this macadamia marshmallow hot chocolate to warm your winter.

The creamy marshmallow melted creates the foamy topping, the ultimate winter warmer at the tip of my tongue.

This is a super simple beverage to warm all your senses.

Macadamia Marshmallow Hot Chocolate 

1 ½ cup milk
2 tablespoons macadamia velvet spread
4 marshmallows
Cocoa powder or milo to sprinkle

1.     Place all ingredients into a saucepan, and heat over medium heat
2.     Stir until macadamia spread and marshmallow melts
3.     Bring to boil and pour into cup
4.     Sprinkle cocoa powder on top

I hope you all enjoy this hot chocolate and warm your winter up.

When you think of winter, what comes to mind?

Thanks to Agent 99 PR and Macabella for sampling Macabella spread.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Ms Murrays, Sydney

My dear cousin PC is getting married! And what is more exciting than going wedding dress shopping, and what is even better is killing a bird with two stones. So, I mentioned that we should eat before tries on her dress (as she has already chosen her dress, and we’re going to confirm this is the one).

And that was when I took the opportunity to pop into Ms Murrays, the café I have been meaning to visit since it first opened. We braved the weather that Saturday morning, and found us sitting inside the cozy little café.

Hot dark chocolate $4

Bright lights created a very inviting ambience; the staffs were friendly and helpful. Despite such horrid weather, they were still buzzing with people.

House yoghurt $13

Miss ST ordered the house yoghurt and we were all silent, appreciating one of the most beautiful breakfast bowls we’ve seen so far. Miss LL arrives just in time, and does not require a menu and states, “I’ll have what she’s having.” Greek yoghurt, toasted oats and iced fruits sit on the coconut chia pudding. The colours are simply so vibrant it coloured our day.

Bacon and egg roll $7

Soon to be cousin-in-law, Mr JJ ordered the bacon and egg roll. The ever so understanding person he is, even moved the bun so I could capture the inside. My only assumption is he enjoyed it, as it was gone before I knew it.

Fish burger $15

Cousin PC was in fish burger heaven, every bite she had she only had compliments for the burger. Making me a little food envy, and that I even stated “I have to be back for this burger and the nutellla french toast.”

Eggs your way $10 (+ chorizo $4)

I had scrambled eggs with a side of chorizo, I loved how there were pepper sprinkled on top of my toast, as it gave it that pepper kick with my tasty eggs with chives. Chorizo, could you ever go wrong?

Chai latte $4.50

I found all their dishes were quite generous with their prices. It is quite unfortunate that the very next week news broke that Ms Murrays will be closing due to the building owners are selling the site, therefore they are forced to close down.

Cold pressed orange juice $6

Unfortunately, I did not get to pop back in - but I do hope they find a new location and reopen!

Ms Murrays officially closed on 21st June 2016

Ms Murray Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, 16 May 2016

Hancham, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Let’s take a time capsule back to March 2015, when I was in Hong Kong. I should have known better when I was going out with my aunt and uncle, they never disappoint in the places they take me to. So, I was disappointed in myself for not lugging my camera around during our day of shopping. So, I sufficed with my phone camera, because I decided to feed you all as well #bloggerproblems.

Like many other Hong Kong eateries, Hancham is found inside an old building and would easily be missed if you were not familiar with the area. My aunt and uncle had actually stumbled across this gem while scanning the streets for food.

If the wait staff speaking limited Cantonese and resulting to me speaking to them in English was no indication of a more traditional Korean restaurant, then the photo of Big Bang’s leader, G-Dragon would have been.  I must say, the inner fangirl in me screamed a little, as this was totally unexpected – I had to keep it within me as my dining companions have no idea who he is.

 Short beef ribs HKD $250 (AUD $44)
We start with one of my must orders, the beef ribs! I’m surprised by how on the menu, you see on piece of beef ribs and it really does come as one. My aunt said, when they first opened, the photo had three and still served one piece, my uncle had made a friendly note that it was a little misleading. From that point, it had changed. It is quite steep in price for a piece of meat, however in saying that – it was so tender. The hints of garlic and soy marinade seeps through with a bite. The quality of the meat is noticed, so that is where you will note the price.

Pork jowl HKD $150 (AUD $26)
We got the pork jowl, because my aunt isn’t a fan of too fatty foods, so I had to put my pork belly love on hold. (Fun fact: I take pride in my pork belly cooking at kbbq). But the pork jowl, was delicious, it cured all my pork belly needs, in all the right ways. The tender pieces of pork cooked with a slight crisp exterior makes me one happy pork lover.

Beef tartare with pear and honey HKD $180 (AUD $31)
The beef tartare was a risk taker for me in the sense that I am a little weary about eating raw foods when overseas. But rest assured, I survived to tell the tale. There was subtle sweetness throughout, I did find the pear was a little lost, but that's ok because it offered a refreshing crunch. The beef had that slight chew but not tough, and if you’re all for tartares, I do recommend this dish.

Kimchi pancake HKD $130 (AUD $23)
The kimchi pancake was thin and massive – as most pancakes are served. It was thin delivered to the palate with the kimchi ratio. But because I’m all about crispy and crunch, I would have loved it to be pan fried a little more for that crispy layer, for a tiny crunch when I take that first bite.

Seaweed and oyster soup HKD $100 (AUD $18)
Because my grandma isn’t much of a spicy eater, though she loves it. We went for a more mainstream soup – seaweed with oyster. I love seaweed; I love soup so I love seaweed soup. If you’re not a fan of seafood, I would steer clear from this as the soup base is very concentrated, aside from that it was a very clean and clear on the palate. It was a nice contrast compared to everything else we had ordered, where they were much stronger in taste.

I would say that Hancham is on the higher price end compared to many other eateries. But I did find upon walking in, the interior did emit that feeling. Again, I wouldn't have expected anything less when with my aunt and uncle.

Because I was only in Hong Kong for a few days, I had wanted to eat EVERYTHING. I walked out of Hancham full, but before I went in I walked past the street food and wanted spicy fish balls, so my mind was set. Unfortunately, we did not see it again when we left.

BUT NO FEAR, I met up with my cousin-in-law the next day, and that craving was satisfied because he bought me fish balls.

And just because I love food sharing, Miss CC and I also got our cheung fun (steamed rice noodles with peanut and hoi sin sauce) and ngou lei so (sweet deep fried dough stick).

Have you ever been to a restaurant and found out a celebrity also dined there after? Or do you go to restaurants that you know they’ve been to?

And who here also loves street food? Because I am always up for a snack when shopping and Asia makes it so accessible! I don’t need a proper meal to waste shopping time! Just keep me full by feeding me constantly with food that’s just there!

Hancham Korean BBQ
Winfield Commercial Building,
1F, 8 Prat Ave,
Hong Kong

Second shop
Empire Centre,
Shop 43, UG/F, 
68 Moddy Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui,
Hong Kong