Wishlist 2014

Hello! Oh my glob. I cannot believe that my birthday is actually next week.
I am going to ignore the fact that this means I’m steadily becoming an old fart. Anyway, as per tradition (2010,2011,2012,2013) here is my wishlist for 2014! Not going to lie, it’s getting harder each year to find things to put in to this post that either aren’t impossible, incredibly expensive or something I just don’t want to receive haha

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As always, my Anti-Wishlist still applies for!
But of course, that doesn’t mean I won’t appreciate any gift that anyone gives me! Anyone who is thoughtful enough to give me any sort of present for my birthday will receive my love and gratitude foreverrrrr! ♥

Really though, I’m a simple girl that loves the usual girly stuff!

xxx

Review: Kyma Restaurant

      Hi! I’ve been meaning to post about our experience at Kyma for awhile now, so here goes!
I’m a huge fan of Scoopon and Groupon, so when Ashley asked me to get a 10 Course Greek Mezze Feast in St Kilda, I was more than happy to! We eat Greek food quite often at various places, so we were excited to try this fairly highly rated Urbanspoon restaurant. Now, I’ve had various experiences with dining on a voucher – most have been pretty great but there have been a couple that were disappointing. However, this was probably the worst dining experience that I’ve had.

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I’m uncertain whether this review would’ve been more positive if we had visited not on a voucher (probably not), but I don’t think that should matter either way. If you’re going to offer a deal on Groupon/Scoopon, then you shouldn’t treat your customers any different whether they’re dining on a voucher or are a regular full paying customer.

So firstly, I tried to book a table for dinner approximately 2-3 weeks before the voucher expired.
The lady who picked up was extremely rude and told me that they were booked out for weeks, and only had limited space on weekdays. She also decided to tell me that it was my fault for not booking way earlier :/ Um…okay. Rude but okay…. Disheartened, I said I’d have to check my schedule and call back. With work and uni clashes, Ashley and I had to try to figure a date we’d both be free for this damn $49 meal. The second time around, Ashley called them on a Wednesday and I have no idea who picked up but he got an easy booking for that night – no questions asked.
What the hell happened to being booked out for ages?! Ugh. Whatever…

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Course 1: Taramosalata (cavier) dip with warm pita bread

We arrived to dinner on time… to an empty restaurant – no waitress in sight? 
We walked in a bit further to see if we could locate someone, only for a chef to emerge and tell us rudely to just wait. A dark haired waitress popped up not too long after and showed us to our seats before disappearing again??? Apparently a couple of customers had showed up so she went over to serve them for awhile. Since we were on a Scoopon, we didn’t have the option to change or choose anything on the menu so I guess it was fine that she didn’t entertain us. Except, we were really after some drinks. We tried to get her attention a few times whilst she entertained other customers. She seemed to be the only waitress, so we waited and waited until she finally took our drink orders.

Not too long after our drinks came out, followed by a rush of 3 plates of food! Woahwee.

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Course 2: Grilled saganaki (goat cheese)

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Course 3,4,5: Greek style fried calamari, Prawn cutlet skewers and Scallop Skewers

We were suddenly worried that all 10 of courses would pop out one after another, and that we wouldn’t have time to enjoy each of them! But luckily, she was too busy with a large group of people trying to celebrate someone’s birthday.

The pita bread was absolutely delicious. It had a nice drizzle of olive oil on it which most places don’t usually do, and we were both really happy with it. The taramosalata (cavier) dip that came with it was extremely sour and just wasn’t as good. I’ve had pretty amazing cavier dips before so this was a little disappointing :( Still tankable though!

Now, I’ve never really enjoyed Saganaki (grilled goat cheese) but Ashley absolutely loves it. His opinion on it was that it was fairly average – nothing he would say was extremely delicious but still good enough for him to eat.

Now thirdly, the “seafood plate”, which if you look at the Scoopon Deal counts for 3 different courses – greek styled fried calamari, prawn cutlet skewers and scallop skewers. There was octopus on the plate too!! even though it wasn’t written on their deal. It was deep fried octopus too, which I enjoy :D The seafood was alright, but I’m not going to lie – it wasn’t any better than what I’ve bought from our local Fish & Chip shop in the past before haha.

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I should mention that at this point, we’ve been silently watching the waitress hurry around to try serve 2-3 different tables scattered around their fairly large restaurant. Whilst comical, it didn’t seem very professional for her to be running up and down serving everyone haha. Anyway, quite an amount of time has passed since we’ve had our first few dishes. We’re actually kind of getting a little bored, hence the two random photos of us just above hehe.

About 40 minutes passed, and our main courses started arriving one by one! Woohoo.
By now, Ashley was excited as meat is kind of his thing and he can get quite particular about how they’re cooked.

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Course 6, 7, 8: Lamb Skewers, Chicken Skewers, Scotch Lean Pork Skewers,

The meat…..was cold. This is probably one of the most annoying things you can receive at a restaurant >:I
Considering we waited quite awhile for this, we were hoping that it was being freshly cooked but… I guess not. From our observations, it seemed that there was only one cook and one waitress. Now the only assumption we can make is that, our food was not served immediately after being cooked, hence it becoming cold. Mmm. Other than it being cold, the meat was fairly average tasting except the pork. The pork had the weirdest after taste and we were unable to eat it at all lol.
Note: Having any sort of meat on top of cold tzatziki isn’t a good idea…

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Course 9: Horiatikies Patates Tiyanites (fried home-made chunky chips)

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Course 10: Horiatiki salata (old style Greek village salad)

The home-made chunky chips were fairly okay. It might just be personal preference, but they needed to be salted a lot more, plus cooked for slightly longer. But that’s just our personal preference maybe.

Okay. I normally LOVEEEEE Greek Salad – actually we both do. Since Ashley is the bigger meat eater, I tend to eat more of the salad than the meat but omg. This was the FIRST TIME we have never finished a Greek salad urgh. So, what was so wrong about this salad? It tasted like FRIDGE. I understand that you might need to refrigerate your vegetables prior to serving, but these literally had that ‘been in the fridge for too long and not fresh anymore’ taste. It was damn cold and just yuck yuck yuck. The feta cheese was SO HARD that I couldn’t even crumble it for awhile. So upset.

ANYWAY. It took awhile for the mains to be cleared off the table, but that’s prob because we didn’t eat much of it..
So, this is probably one of the most ridiculous bits about the night. We waited an HOUR for tour dessert. One whole hour lol. We were only served the dessert plate when the group of approx 10 people left the restaurant, which err… I guess is understandable since they only had one waitress haha. During this point, Ashley and I were so bored we started looking up ‘Cryptids’ for ages lol. That kept us entertained for awhile :P I should mention that Ashley went to the bathroom and overheard an argument the waitress and cook were having in the kitchen about some ‘badly cooked food’. Hmm

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Course 11: Traditional dessert platter (Hey! They can’t count! It’s 11 haha)

So, when an hour had ticked passed, we FINALLY received the plate of dessert (which by the way were all warmed up in a microwave so I have no idea what took so long for them to bring it out lol). Overall, the dessert was alright. The apple pastry and baklava were sweet and enjoyable. That square in the back was ??? It tasted like rice pudding but was okay. The strawberry sauce was nice but felt a little unnecessary, but I still tried it with everything either way :P

At this point of the night, there are only two tables left. Our table, and a table that came in probably 30 minutes ago.
Let that sink in. When we arrived, there was no one in the restaurant and yet we are somehow still there, despite there being a large group of people who arrived after us hmmmm. Anyway, the waitress seems to have calmed down a bit and has stopped running all over the restaurant. She’s even in the kitchen washing the dishes now!! Understaffed much? After washing some dishes, we watch her saunter over to the only other table being occupied by a middle aged couple, where she congratulates them for choosing a seafood dish as they make the best seafood in all of Melbourne. Um. Pretty big claim to make considering how our seafood tasted hmmm lol. I must mention that overhearing this conversation was probably the most we’ve heard her speak since we didn’t get the pleasure of any conversation until…

We went to pay for the 2 cokes that we ordered at the start of the night…
Of course she doesn’t forget about our additional purchases!! Anyway, whilst she’s counting our change, she smiles and proudly tells me that I made the “good decision” of buying the Kyma scoopon. I nearly laughed.

Will not return/10

Kyma on Urbanspoon

Monash ‘Arabian Nights’ Law Ball

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Hello hello! If you follow me on Instagram, you would’ve seen that Ashley and I attended the Law Ball last week.
This was the first time either of us had gone to a such a large ball and we were a little excited but overall, not really sure what to expect from it. I was quite nervous as I didn’t know any of Ashley’s JD Law friends and all the friends I knew who studied Law weren’t attending. I am not ashamed to admit that I followed Ashley around like a little puppy all night!

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Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to see any photographers so you can just get my crappy phone photos.
I was pretty disappointed that I couldn’t bring my camera, but my little purse could only hold so much and had to hold something very important!! My emergency flats ahah (which are amazing omg why didn’t I get these earlier)

To be honest though, both of us agreed that this isn’t something we’ll be doing again.
The tickets were $135 per person and really just not worth it. The entire thing felt like a glamorized clubbing event that probably suited first years more? Our apparent ‘two course’ meal was really one course that came about 2 hours after the event started (I was starving lol). And the ‘unlimited drinks’ included champagne, white wine, red wine and carlton draught…. really?? Oh, they also made Sunrises with champagne ..which btw doesn’t taste that great.

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My Main – some sort of chicken with mash under? The chicken was incredibly dry but everything tasted okay despite that.

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This is a super shit photo but this is literally what they gave for our ‘second course’ dessert. Super wtf. It wasn’t even like I got to keep that entire plate – it was for everyone to share :|

They had two performances, Fire Twirling and Belly Dancers, which probably were entertaining if you could manage to see over the sea of heads. Not gonna lie – I would’ve just preferred a real dessert over this.

Anyway, at about 11.30pm, we all board the party bus which took us to the after party at The Emerson.
Just to clarify – we went from an all dancing club event, to a party bus, to the after party where there was more dancing. Maybe we’re getting too old but we didn’t stay too long at the after party, but rather just went back to Ashley’s to nap!

1At least I managed to get these photobooth pictures haha. Please ignore that there should be a third picture, but we weren’t ready for it so we looked incredibly derpy lolol :D

♥ ♥ ♥

 

ABC it’s easy as 123

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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! ♥

Shizuku Ramen on Urbanspoon

Melludee dined as a guest of Shizuku Ramen