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Hello hello! Life can be such a mystery sometimes…
When I was in high school, I had so many visions of what the future would be like; from my career to my social life. Then life comes along and just tips your whole world upside down. As an adolescent, I repeatedly said that I would never ever teach because my patience wore thin and I thought kids were annoying brats. But now here we are in 2014. I work at Childcare/Kindergarten and watching a toddler read out the Alphabet can brighten up my whole day!

I don’t look good in a lab coat anyway… 

Review: Shizuku Ramen

The other weekend, Ashley and I took a drive up to Abbotsford…
Now if you are from the South Eastern suburbs like me, you can understand that I was completely perplexed as to where Abbotsford was! But I can now tell you that Abbotsford is near North Richmond station, isn’t too far from the CBD and homes some lovely restaurants, such as Shizuku Ramen! Invited to try the contemporary Japanese food Shizuku offered, Ash and I were incredibly excited at the prospect of ramen burgers and japanese craft beer!

Upon arrival, we were greeted with a lovely いっらしゃいませ from the wait staff and guided to our table. Our waiter, Jonathan introduced himself to us and helpfully explained the different items that were on the menu. With his help, Ashley was also able to select a Japanese craft beer for himself, the Hitachi Nest White Ale (which is super cute!!)

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After taking down our orders for the entree and mains, Jonathan came out after a couple of minutes to present us with some delicious Soy Sauce Popcorn that tastes a whole lot better than you would think! It was incredibly addictive and I did wish that I had my own little bowl of this just so I didn’t have to share such a small amount with Ash HAH!

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After this, it wasn’t long before our entrées started coming out and boy, were we excited.
For the longest time, we have wanted to try lobster rolls/sliders and we were definitely not going to pass up the option at Shizuku! There are no other words to describe this as simply yum. The only negative thing I can say about this is that it’s a slider and not a full blown main. It was such a winner in both our books that I had to remind Ashley to pass it over and give me another bite as he was taking way too many to be considered ‘sharing’!!

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LOBSTER SLIDER – kewpie salad, pickled carrot & daikon

Our second entrée were these very interesting Souvlakis.
Ashley actually insisted on getting these as it combined two of his favourite elements in one dish. Cha Shu and Souvlaki. And boy were they good. I don’t generally eat a lot of pork but these were tender and went incredibly well with the mildly spicy mayonnaise! I was very, very happy that there were actually two pieces as well. No sharing hehe.

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CHA SHU SOUVLAKI – char grill grilled free range pork belly, cucumber, leek, sauces, thin pancakes

When the Ramen Burger showed up, it was neatly wrapped in the centre of my plate.
Jonathan  advised me not to unwrap it completely as the burger had a tendency to get very messy and fall apart! It was a very odd experience to bite in to a burger-like object to be met with noodles?! and a sweet pork belly texture. After a couple more bites, I got used to it and started really enjoying it!! It was great except for one thing…

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RAMEN BURGER - ramen noodle patty “buns”with candied pork belly and miso soup

Even with Jonathan’s advice, the burger started de-constructing by itself due to all the juicy sauces softening the crunchy noodles. Although to be fair, I do tend to make normal burgers fall apart too so this might just be a “Melody has trouble eating burgers” problem haha. It didn’t really matter to me anyway as I used the wrapper as a bowl and began picking at the noodles drenched in that delicious porky sauce with my chopsticks! Still tasted great.

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Our second main was the Shoyu Ramen, which came topped with lovely pieces of pork, bamboo shoots and an egg!
I picked this solely because Ash does not like spicy food (good girlfriend?!) and I think I paid the price for that. I didn’t enjoy this ramen as much as I should’ve because it was a lighter and more bland broth (which Jonathan explained to me earlier as well). I would definitely choose one of the spicy and more flavoursome ramens the next time I come here.

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SHOYU RAMEN - marinated cha shu pork belly, bamboo shoots, spring onions, home brewed soy sauce

Sometime in the middle of eating our mains, Jonathan apologetically told us he had to go but insisted that we did not leave without having dessert. Who am I to say no to that?! So once we were done with our mains, a sweet Japanese lady that I never caught the name of brought out two very interesting looking desserts – the Annin Tofu and Expresso Pudding. I’m generally not a fan of tofu desserts or coffee flavoured things so I was quite unsure on them, but they turned out to be quite sweet and refreshing! There was definitely no complaints from either of us and no hassle in finishing them clean!

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ALMOND TOFU -chilled sweet annin tofu & ESPRESSO PUDDING - coffee carnation milk gelee curd

After we were done, the sweet Japanese waitress and the chef both came out to thank us for coming!
We had an absolutely great time at Shizuku Ramen and am definitely making sure we make the trip to Abbotsford again just to try out the other selections offered on their menu (and to eat that lobster slider again mmm)

If you’re keen to try some great Japanese food, you should definitely check this place out! ♥

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Melludee dined as a guest of Shizuku Ramen

Monthly Noms: Burger Edition Part I

It seems that Melbourne (and the rest of the world??) has been infected with Burger-fever for the past year or so with many on the hunt to find that perfect burger. With newspapers popping out ‘Best Melbourne Burger’ articles and bloggers creating Burger Adventure blogs left, right and centre; it wasn’t hard for Ash and I to get sucked in to this Burgermania!

As there quite a number of burger joints to sift through, I’ll do this in a few different posts :)
Excuse for some bad quality photos as a lot of them are taken with my iPhone and the lighting may have been bad!

Classic Baby: Lamb & Wamprat Kofta, Grilled Haloumi, Energon, Funky Coleslaw and Tomato Salsa. Plus, Torgos Executive Powder & Spice Weasel Seasoned HOT CHIPS with Harissa Mayonnaise. ($13 for the meal)

As the name suggests, Baby Burger sells baby sized burgers happen to be incredibly delicious!
Apart from thinking the name was cute – although a bit cannibalistic! – we bought this on a whim at their Supanova food stand just before needing to line up to see Finn Jones as we were starving, and it was a great decision! The chips were an A+ too in our books. Unfortunately they don’t seem to have a permanent store but rather open food stands at festivals, cons and the like :( We would definitely get this again next time we see their wonderful food stand pop up!

Charlie

Classic Charlie Burger: Wagyu patty, tomato, gherkins, garden leaves, aioli, Charlie’s tomato sauce with Cheddar Chess. PLUS, Parmesan & Truffle Fries ($11.90 for burger & $4.90 for fries = $16.80 // there wasn’t a combo?)

Charlie & Co’s is just one of many delicious finds that can you spot in the newly opened Emporium in the CBD!
I think my favourite part of Charlie’s burger was the bun. Apart from that, everything was pretty yum but average. We had no problems finishing off the burger in good time, but was it worth travelling to the CBD for? Maybe not? With many other delicious eateries surrounding it, there isn’t much temptation to get this again. On the other hand, their parmesan and truffle fries were a huge hit! Their unique taste was delicious and I would definitely get them again!

Fat Bobs

Jackie O Burger: 180g grass-fed beef pattie, tomato, spanish onion, fontina cheese, cos, mustard, tomato & Fat Bob’s special sauce; PLUS normal fries. ($18.50 combo)

The first thing that you’ll need to know about Fat Bobs is that the burgers here are massive.
I had a lot of problems finishing my burger with the sides. But because the burgers were just so amazingly delicious, we somehow managed to finish everything! (well I left maybe a tiny bit left but I really tried!) The burger pictured above is actually Ash’s and he still stands by his word in saying that it was the tastiest burger he had eaten to date. I actually ate the “HUMMER” which is their spicy burger which I really enjoyed too! However, they also seem to have excellent skills aside from burgers – zucchini chips. They were just so good that I still crave them! ♥

Leroy

Beef burger with fried egg, bacon, lettuce, house made relish, and cheese; served with fries ($17)

We actually visited Leroy Expresso because we bought a Groupon lunch/brekky for 2 Deal for $19!
I’ve had some pretty shitty experiences with groupon/scoopon vouchers but I was pleasantly surprised with this venue! Although their burger could never go up against the top guns, it put up a pretty good fight! As always, I love these kind of buns so that was a huge highlight! The patty tasted quite nice and so did the chips! No complaints from me!

Royale

Bacon Royale: Beef, bacon, double cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce, pickles, mustard, mayo & Royale sauce ($14)

The Royale Brothers is actually right by Ash’s work place making it perfectly convenient!
I’ve been there a fair few times (Ash has been there a billion times for obvious reasons) and their burgers are top notch. We’ve had a taste of their royale with cheese, bacon royale, pork jerk and grilled chicken. Yummy! Their burgers are delicious if you ignore one critical problem. The BACON. It seems that either the bacon is not cooked enough or is cooked until its black. Until they change bacon chefs, we recommend you go for the cheese royale.  No problems there! On a random note, Ash and I received free Royale Brother hats from the owner for no particular reason!

Big Boy BBQ

The Dorothy: Kansas style saucy beef brisket with pickles and coleslaw ($10.90)

Technically Big Boy BBQ calls this a ‘sandwhich’ but I think it can be considered a variation of  a burger :P
Usually we get a platter at Big Boy BBQ, but I vaguely remember saying I didn’t want to eat that much so we opted to try their sandwiches instead. If there is one thing I can say about them, it is that they do their meats really  well, so it should really be no surprise that this was jam packed with flavour! The saucy beef brisket is absolutely delicious and soaks right in to that bun mhmm. It is definitely something to try if you’re wanting to venture away from the usual beef patty burgers. 

Okay that is the end of my Burger Edition Part One! And man, I am hungry right now.
There’s still a lot more burgers to get through but that’s for another blog post ;) Please let me know if you recommend any awesome burger joints that we could try out. There’s still a few on our list to get to but we’re always happy to eat!

Birthday Presents 2013

Hello! OKAY. I KNOW. This is a very late blog post but I need to post it!
I received pretty amazing gifts for my 22nd last year and this blog post is a way to say thank you to my amazing friends! I have been meaning to post this for ages but I was waiting on someone and then …I just got lazy haha ♥

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As this is super late and the presents are heaps amazing, I thought I’d do something a little different with this blog post (compared to my previous birthday haul posts). Instead of just posting pictures of the birthday present items, I shall also take photos of what my friends think of me based on what they gave me as a present hehe :)

Firstly, quite a number of my friends pitched in to purchase all of these amazing gifts (hover over for names!)
This present had so many aspects of things I loved – esp the wallet which is actually perfect in every way possible that I’m still using it now! But of course…what jumped out the most of this present was that gigantic box in the back…

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So I guess they think I’m some crazy chocolate-loving, candy-smelling, money-hungry NERF GUN WIELDER?!
They also got me this super cool card in which they all wrote one line of a really confusing but funny story about me!!

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The wonderful Cindy, Nico, Amelia and Alex all pitched in to get me Peter Alexander pyjamas and a tea cup set. Which means, the only thing I can assume they think I do is sleep all day and drink tea in those brief moments that I’m awake!?

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Charleen and Ryan got me a trio of MOR beauty care products.
I guess they think that I smell bad and want me to smell more like Lychee!!

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My mum actually got me a few different things that included perfume, my birthday dress and jewellery..but the main gift she gave me was this Rusk Miracurl! I guess she thinks my curling sucks normally and I need help :C

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Lynn gave me this amazing box of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and accessories!
She obviously thinks I’m a fashionistaloser and don’t use enough jewellery and accessories to brighten up my ootd :P

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Jennifer got me a range of beauty and make up products plus a notebook *-*
I guess she thinks my beauty skills suck and that I need a lot of help with my eyelashes and lips in particular!

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Mei got me this cherry blossom handkerchief! Guess she thinks I sneeze too much LOL.

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Sue got me two lovely lip products and a ice cream nail polish!
I guess she thinks that I don’t use enough lip products and need a little help!! And I like ice cream .. :P

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My brother got me this cream bag (which goes nicely with the wallet!). It’s bigger than the previous bag he bought me for Christmas the year before… I guess he thinks that I carry too much shit around with me ahaaha

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Lawrence gave me these clothing items very late (hence no photos of myself) so I guess he wants me to dress better D:

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Now Ashley bought these gorgeous red shoes and paid for a surprise couple photoshoot ♥-♥
I’m guessing he thinks I’m pretty damn vain and that I want to be taller standing next to him HAHA (*angry*)

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I hope you hovered over each of the images to hear my true thoughts about each of the presents ;)
I’m super grateful for all the presents that I received for my 22nd birthday and I feel so lucky to have such amazing people in my life! So this post is definitely my way of recognizing and thanking all you awesome people that constantly shower me with your love :’) I can’t wait to celebrate my upcoming birthday with all of you wooop! <3

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Kickstarter HJ-Story

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Hello hello! A few months ago, I received my Kickstarter from HJ-Story!
I’m sure most of you have heard of HJ-Story before or at least have seen his amazing artwork floating around the net. I have always been a huge fan of his artwork so when I heard he was starting a Kickstarter project to create two art books, I jumped on board straight away. I decided to select the “Perfect Love Set” pledge which got me all the above items!

When you pledge a project, you receive emails to notify you when there are updates.
And it was seriously amazing how much effort and work he was putting in to all the rewards! I couldn’t get it in the above picture but there were bookmark rewards, but instead of creating normal flat bookmarks, he went a whole lot further and made an adorable clip set. ANDD If you look closely, some of his artworks are printed on holographic paper making them reflect and shine and asfhjk-♥ I seriously cannot get over how awesome the rewards were in this Kickstarter.

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Another awesome part of this Kickstarter was a Thank You page at the end of the art books for all the contributors! Because HJ-Story is a love story about the creator and his wife, people were encouraged to enter two names of their choice (theirs and a loved one!). So if you look closely, Ashley and my name are in these books! ♥ Super special.

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As of yet, this is the only Kickstarter I have backed and I am so glad that I did it!
If you don’t know what Kickstarter is, I recommend that you do go check it out to see some amazing projects and if you see something that interests you, back it!! …in moderation of course *looks at Ashley

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