Sweet Valentines

This might be a little late, but then again ..all my post seem to be (my birthday 2014 will go up soon, I promise!)
Annoyingly, Ash was actually rostered on to work Valentines evening so we had to celebrate the day after, but eh who cares~ love and gifts (hint hint) shouldn’t be confined to only one day a year!! ♥

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As I had already spent a lot on Ash’s birthday (post coming soon too lol!) we agreed that I didn’t need to get him anything. But hey, when I saw that awesome card, I knew I had to make some bacon roses to go along with it haha!

Note: If you’re planning on making some bacon roses, note that bacon does shrink ..and will stick..

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Not wanting them to go cold and gross, I made Ash eat them straight away lolol!
Even though you only see 3 delicious bacon roses gathered in my beautiful baking paper gift wrapping, I actually made about 6 in total…I just so happened to eat the “ugly” ones hahah ;)

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Of course, the way to my heart is through KRISPY KREME donuts hehe
They were absolutely delicious and I will admit that the sprinkles fell all over his car seat while I tried to eat them haha. Don’t worry though, we actually went to a car wash after this -_-” And yesssss, he got me the cutest Harley plush ♥ ! Made by the Funko crew, she’s pose-able and quite heavy, so she can stand up all by herself!

We did some stuff in between here and dinner, which you’ll be able to see in the last gif.

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Mine: Colonel – Southern fried spicy chicken, coleslaw & a chipotle sauce in a soft white bun | His: The General – Two premium Aussie beef patties, minced fresh daily, melted double cheddar cheese, pickles, grilled onion, American mustard, jalapenos & a tomato sauce in a brioche bun. (Removed jalapenos, and swapped in ‘special burger sauce’ instead)

For dinner, we took the long drive to Dandenong Pavillion for their secret burger menu.
As there was no indication that each burger came with their own set of fries, we ordered fries as a side -_-” LE SIGH. Anyway, I ordered the Colonel burger which was filled with tasty fried chicken! I know, I know …”chicken burgers” aren’t really burgers, but whatever, I love my fried chicken and I’m glad I got it! It was crunchy and tasted delicious …although, I would probably swap to a brioche bun next time though. I can’t remember exactly, but I’m fairly sure Ash regretted his decision on swapping to the special burger sauce, and would just keep the original next time …but we’ll wait for his second burger post (gotta remind him to do it soon!!) for a proper review.

ANYWAY, as I am on snapchat quite often.. I decided to put up my snap story for the day!

Here, you’ll see that we went to the Drive Thru cinemas after dinner …but due to 1) a shitty low screen* and 2) ‘first come first serve’ basis, we were stuck behind a damn 4WD whose boot door blocked half the screen for us. (*they tore down the screen the day after we went lol) Ash was so pissed off that he complained, got a refund plus a complimentary ticket before we left lol. Supa sad too because we had bought all our snacks and drinks already :(

To cheer him up, we played Blood Bowl at my house until about 2am -_- (I was dead at work the next day lol)
All in all, despite the crappy cinema experience, I had an awesome Valentines with Ashley :)

How was your Valentines? ♥

Dex2Rose Nitrogen Gelato

Tucked away in small alleyway off Little Bourke St, is an exciting and promising new nitrogen gelato store in Melbourne.
Opening only recently, Dex2Rose was created with the idea of a new kind of late night joint for those who prefer chilling (GEDDIT?) with delicious gelato (over getting sloshed at a bar*). This is emphasized with their late opening hours and welcoming interior that houses plenty of seats that can easily fit a group of mates!

*This may  change as Jesse mentioned the possibility of adding a liquor license to their repertoire 

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Changing their menu every 2-3 weeks can be quite challenging, but Dex2Rose seems to have it under their belt – with enticing and occasionally hilarious names to go along their interesting flavours, it’s definitely something to admire. When Ashley and I took the trip down one Friday night after work, we were greeted with the warmest of welcomes! Coincidentally, we happened to visit in the middle of their flavour changing and so half the flavours you’ll read about are from their old menu while the other half are from the new menu, which you’ll be able to get INGEST now!

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As usual, we were actually a bit late so Jesse had popped out for some errands, but that didn’t even matter because all the other staff are just as sweet and lovely. While we waited for Jesse, the waiter (I’m so sorry, we didn’t catch your name) started us off with their special Cold Brew Coffee and his favourite gelato at the moment ;)

Cold Brew Coffeecontaining up to 67% less acidity than hot brewed coffee, cold brewed coffee is naturally sweeter and more intense without the bitter acids and fatty oils. Best enjoyed neat over ice, but feel free to ask for milk and/or sugar syrup. 

I’m not a big fan of coffee, but Ash is a lover of all things caffeine so he was happy to give this a go!
It was incredibly refreshing and required much less sugar than an ordinary coffee. The sugar syrup was an interesting and favoured twist! For someone who doesn’t even like coffee, I quite enjoyed this.

 So after asking the waiter what his favourite gelato was at the moment, he brought out the Honey Stash!

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Honey StashMade from top quality Italian ingredients, this Pistachio and Honey gelato surprises with hidden honeyed nut clusters within the creamy goodness. Topped with fresh Raspberry cream.

The combination of the pistachio and raspberry cream was absolute bliss! Being the nut fanatic, I loved finding the honeyed nut clusters and savouring the sweetness in my mouth mm. We finished the Honey Stash off pretty quickly, and I’m just going to mention that Ashley ate way too much of the raspberry cream to be considered ‘sharing’.

Not too long after, Jesse arrived and very warmly asked us if we were ready for 5 more gelatos! Gulps!
I don’t think I’ve ever eaten that much gelato in one go, but as being the gelato / ice cream lover in the relationship, I was ready to take on the challenge!! While we begun chatting away, our next gelato, Rockkaido came out!

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RockkaidoMade with fresh Rockmelon and Hokkaido Milk Tea powder, this gelato transports you on to an idyllic island right away. Served with Raspberry cream.

When reading the menu, I was actually super excited about the Rockkaido due to all the good things I’ve read about the Hokkaido’s dairy products! The gelato definitely did not fail to please mm. It was incredibly creamy, with the rockmelon subtly shining through giving it a light fruity taste. Definitely delicious. If you noticed, this was served with Raspberry cream too! Ashley questioned Jesse about this, and the simple answer was utilizing flavours in more than one gelato makes production faster with less wastage.

Nitro BrewCold brewed coffee that’s out of a beer tap. Charged with nitrogen, Nitro Brew comes with a creamy head of foam that locks in the wholesome flavour, and a whole new mouth feel. Try it to believe it. Best enjoyed neat, but feel free to add milk (ask for some!) and/or sugar syrup. Alternatively, pair this with one of our gelati for the ultimate summer treat!

The Nitro Brew was a fascinating drink that went down very nicely. The infused fruits (apples, in this case!) shone through nicely, and the lowered acidity was refreshing on our taste buds. Sugar syrup and milk are totally unnecessary for this or at least with the infusion of apples that we tried – it was very sweet in a savoury rather than desserty way.

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Why So Glum? Try My Plum?Fresh black plums mixed with French Brandy gives you this slightly boozy sorbet which is sure to lift your spirits. Not recommended for kids, as may contain up to 1% alcohol. (V,DF,GF)

For those who are lactose intolerant, don’t worry – there’s some of the good stuff here for you too!
The flavours of ‘Why So Glum? Try My Plum?’ (hilarious name) definitely pack a punch with it’s strong flavour. It was a bit too sour for my liking, but yet still delicious with pulverised whole fruits to create a interesting gritty texture! The best part of it was pretty much the crunchy and delectable freeze fruit placed neatly on top!

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The Original Mr GreyCreated from Earl Grey tea and a high quality Italian hazelnut, this gelato features hazelnuts churned through and is served with a luscious milk chocolate sauce. Christian Grey has nothing on this.

Jesse is actually his own copy writer so I’ve gotta give him a huge applause for these great names and descriptions haha.
I actually really enjoyed The Original Mr Grey as the subtle hazelnut crunch complimented the creamy earl grey tea really well. Of course, Ashley isn’t a fan of tea so he didn’t fancy this too much, so I happily tackled this one solo :D

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Cold Pressed JuiceExtracted from fruits via mastication, cold pressed juice retains more flavour, nutrients and enzymes as compared to traditional juicers. The lack of spinning blades means that the juice remains unheated, and nutrients and enzymes are not destroyed in the juicing process. The cold pressed juices are pressed in store each day, so you know you’ll only be getting the good stuff.

To break our marathon of gelatos, Jesse introduced us to his refreshing and yummy cold pressed juices mmm. Although it tasted very similar to a good freshly squeezed juice, it apparently retains alot more of the nutrition of the fruits – in fact all of it(??) bar the fibre, due their different technique, so bonus bonus!!!

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Scarlet ScamA scarlet slam is what happens when you cross a Red Velvet cake with a Tim Tam slam. Featuring red velvet flavoured Tim Tams smashed into smooth creamy red velvet gelato, this decadent combination is served with cream cheese frosting.

I was super excited to try this out as I personally love Red velvet and Tim tams – esp together!
This was one of his new flavours and I’m sure it’s going to be a huge hit, as it was seriously such a good combination. There were hidden chunks mixed throughout which made eating this gelato a little game for me to find all the little bits of tim tam within! Even though we were full from all the gelatos, we still managed to clean this one up.

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It’s a Match AH!Bitter-sweet, high quality Matcha (Japanese green tea) powder makes this milky gelato a delectable summer treat. Sprinkled with crunchy peanut powder, this combination truly is a match.

Last but definitely not least is the increasingly popular matcha (green tea) flavoured gelato!
Out of all the matcha flavoured gelatos, ice cream and soft serves I tried, this was definitely the strongest. Jesse simply explained that when they create a flavour, they make sure the flavour ain’t weak! While it was more bitter than I usually enjoy, I found myself going back for more as the bitter, creamy flavours got me addicted :P

The night was a lot of fun and I’m glad to have met Jesse and his awesome team at Dex2Rose.
I’d like to mention that I would love to applaud their genuine hospitality, as I thrive on good customer service. We personally witnessed Jesse happily greeting each customer that walked in, even remembering the names of some of the regulars! It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to keep coming back for the delicious food (check their new menu here) and the great staff members who make you feel at home as soon as you enter.

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PS. Jesse gave me a trial of an awesome coffee scrub that they’re working on and I will be reviewing it soon! ♥

Ashley and Melody dined as a guest of Dex2Rose

Dex2rose Nitrogen Gelato on Urbanspoon

Review: SFC Hot ‘N’ Spicy Chicken Wings

     So if you know me, you know I love fried chicken and I get cravings for KFC every now and then!
When I saw this packet called ‘SFC’ in the Coles freezer section, I laughed for ages and wanted to buy them. Alas, I’m a cheapo and they were $9.90 so I passed, but not too long ago they were half price so YES! I got one to try it out.

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Click here to see the product on Coles Online

I decided to cook it for dinner one night while watching ‘If You Are The One’
Opening the box up, you’ll be met with the pretty frozen sight of fried chicken haha. But whatever. I wanted some fried chicken and this promised me ‘crunchy, golden, succulent Chicken wings covered with Hot n Spicy southern style coating’. Some of the wings had stuck together and pulling them up inadvertently caused some of the skin to fall off. Boooo! ……I cooked those bits anyway since it’s obviously the best part of fried chicken ;D

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So there were 6 pieces in total but what the hell is THAT. It was tiny and so I’ll call it 5.5 pieces!
Anyway as directed, I popped them in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 200°c (I’ve heard the best way to reheat KFC is in a similar structure). Watching them sizzle in the oven was so exciting that I wasn’t even paying attention to the TV any more!

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At last, they were ready! And they looked pretty good for coming out of a box lol.
Verdict? Pretty good! They obviously weren’t KFC tier but they had a nice subtle spicy seasoning that made me eat 4/6  – I decided to let my younger brother have 2 because I’m generous and all. The chicken itself wasn’t that amazing, but as I said, it came out of the box and it expires in a year …so freshness obviously isn’t a strong point here.

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IMO, these are cool to try out but $9.90 for 6 wings is pretty pricey when KFC sells 10 wicked wings for $9.95

Ash and I are actually bought another one of their products called SFC Take Home Boneless Bucket, which we had initially intended for his b’day party but didn’t end up using due to there being enough food! But that’ll def be next on my review list heh. Actually, Ash* and I love going to Coles at really odd hours, so if I see something else cool, I’ll review it!

*Ash misusing his editing powers

 ♥

Year of the Goat!

Hello hello! Hope everyone is having a Happy Lunar New Year! ♥
Wishing everyone a year filled with good luck, prosperity, success, health and happiness  <゜)))彡

恭禧发财 ◦

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It’s finally the Year of the Goat, which can only make me happy or sad haha!
Happy because it’s my year to shine, but sad because oh gosh I can’t believe I’m already going to turn 24. I don’t even act like I’m 24 lol :C Either way, I’m hoping this will be an amazing year for me and my other Goat buddies ♥

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As always, we didn’t really do anything else for the Lunar New Year except for eat, eat and e a t t t t!
Even though we don’t really have any family in Melbourne, my mum always prepares an excellent feast (please see above). Randomly, my mum somehow cut the exact amount of cucumbers we needed to fit around that plate lol! Dem years of experience shining through hahah. My younger brother and I also decided to spice things up a little (mainly because we were waiting for my older bro to arrive) by making some Vodka Sunrises for ourselves :D

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ANYWAY, as per tradition, I took some Lunar New Year selfies (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011<゜)))彡
But this time, I thought I’d take some extra selfies of all the Chinese New Year snacks I’ve been munching on nom nom. I mean, we all know the best thing about the Lunar New Year is all the food (and money, but mainly food).

I hope ya’ll appreciate these photos because it was hard to have them half in my mouth and not want to eat it all!

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(L-R) Kuih Bangkit (Tapioca Biscuits), Kuih Kapet (Love Letter), Kok Zai (Peanut Puffs) & Kuih Bahulu (Sponge cake)

There’s a lot more other CNY snacks, but these so happen to be the ones mum buys every year!
Starting from the top left, Kuih Bangkit, are unsuspecting delicious cookies that melt in your mouth immediately. Warning: they seriously do melt in to a sticky mess and will get stuck to every inch of your mouth lol! Moving to the top right, Kuih Kapet are my absolutely favouriteeee! This was actually the first time my mum’s bought this gold tin variation and it so happens to be the best Kuih Kapet we’ve ever had mm. It’s super thin, crunchy and absolutely perfecttttt. I have nothing to say except it’s da bomb diggity and if there’s anything you want to try, it should be this lol! In the bottom left we’ve got Kok Zai and to be honest, I’ve never ever called them by that name before but rather just peanut cookies hahaha. These are awesome but they aren’t my favourite, but eh, who am I to say no to a crunchy peanut experience? Now the last in the bottom right are Kuih Bahulu, which while don’t really taste like much when you take your first bite, grow on you slowly. They’re soft, sweet and can actually get quite addictive haha!

And there’s that! You can buy all of these at pretty much any Asian store during CNY ♥
Wishing you all a Happy Lunar New Year and hope you all got lots of ang pao!

Turning 23…

Hello! Yes, I know I’ve been doing my birthday posts so late for the past couple of years lol!
Last year, my birthday fell on a Friday which unfortunately meant I couldn’t take time off work – especially because it was payroll day ;A; But of course, the upside of this meant that I was spoilt at work by my awesome co-workers ♥

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When I got to work, I tried to enter the staff room but was awkwardly blocked by Shalini ..not sus at all
I was happily surprised by Zuz holding a plate of gorgeous strawberry red velvet birthday  cupcakes ;A; She had taken the time to lovingly put this together and I loved it so much. It was the major highlight for my entire day of work! I was then bombarded with amazing gifts one after the other, but of course, I’ll save that for my birthday gift post!

After work, Ashley picked me up from home and did something super duper cute when presenting my present, which I promise will be in the birthday gift post! All I’ll say is that it involved me being tricked in to thinking he hadn’t brought my birthday gifts(!!!) and an elaborate, comedic order of present unwrapping lol ♥

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Ashley has this really odd notion that I actually only ever want to eat Jap food (not sure why?!) so he of course, took me to a Jap restaurant for my birthday lol! He plans to only ever take me to Jap places for my birthday lol -_-

It was still super exciting when it was revealed we were in for a 10 course Wagyu degustation at Takumi!!
The first thing when we entered was that the wait staff were actually Japanese. Yes! It’s always a good sign when the staff members know the culture and food they’ll be serving. While I understand that anyone can make delicious food regardless of their race, it really bugs me when the staff working know nothing about the food being served.

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Edamame 枝豆 –  Salted boiled soy bean

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Tsukune つくね – Grilled chicken skewers

The night started off wonderfully with edamame! Because seriously, could ever go wrong with edamame!? haha
I don’t remember if I enjoyed the grill chicken skewers or not, which probably means that they were good but not great!

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Takumi’s Special 和牛タタキ – Thinly sliced wagyu eye fillet grilled on the outside topped with finely diced onion, lightly dressed in refreshing citrus seasoning

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Salmon carpaccio サーモンカルパッチョ – Salmon sashimi infused in tangy carrot, onion and soy sauce seasoning

The two above dishes were probably the star of the non-grilled food that we had!!
Especially the tataki. Omg. I don’t think I had ever eaten something like that before but it was delicious. It was seasoned wonderfully and was exquisite. I’m not the biggest fan of salmon, but the perfect combination of the drizzled mayonnaise and seasoning on top made it perfect. Definitely recommend these two.

It seems that I don’t actually have photos of all the food lol!… If I recall correctly, everything was suddenly coming out all at once and I was busily trying to ensure everything fit on the table, hence not taking photos! Apart from the photos below, there was also: fresh salad, grilled squid and 100g of wagyu eye fillet.

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Salmon サーモン

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200g of wagyu beef fillet (ハラミ – I think)

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The meat was tender and yummy, but exactly what you’d expect from a good cut of wagyu!
We can definitely say if you’re going, please ask them for extra beef fat to help oil your grill because it was definitely something we needed. Our meat kept getting stuck to the grill and we might’ve accidentally burnt a few due to clumsiness lol. I am definitely to be blamed for most of that as I wasn’t much help in getting the pieces out…

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The night ended with delicious Black Sesame ice cream for dessert ♥ v ♥ !!
The best part about this was that Ash seems to hate all asian flavoured ice creams and kindly donated his scoop to me mwahahah. Not going to lie, I was pretty damn full at this point but I have a feeling we still went for more dessert lol!

What are your fav Japanese restaurants in Melbourne?
(I feel like Ash wants to note this all down for upcoming birthdays lol -.-)

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