Menulog: Mei Jing Chinese Restaurant

Hello everyone! As all of you should know, I am a food enthusiast and I love trying new food.
But what some of you may also know, is that I actually really enjoy the comforts of my own home; so you can imagine the internal struggle I get from time to time with wanting to try new food and …staying in my pyjamas all day. (No, wearing my pyjamas at a restaurant is not a choice… even though I may have done it once *glares at Ashley)

You can imagine my excitement when I heard about Menulog, which is the perfect solution to my problem.
Menulog is pretty much the No.1 website for Online Takeaway. After putting your suburb in, it’ll generate a list of nearby restaurants that will deliver straight to your door!! Considering that when most people I know get food delivered to their home, it’s usually just PizzaHut or Dominos, I was soooo excited to try this out on some local Chinese restaurants!

After looking at a few different choices, I settled on Mei Jing Chinese Restaurant!
The food that they sold was similar to the dishes that my family and I usually order when we go out, and at such reasonable prices too! After much discussion, we decided to order 3 dishes through Menulog at about 6.35pm. About 5 minutes later, I receive a convenient text message letting me know that my expected delivery time would be at 7.24pm and a contact number if I needed to reach them. Sweeet. At about 7.05pm, my door bell rang. 

I opened the door to find a young lady holding a bag of my delicious food!! I was so stoked at how quick their delivery time was. I mean, I’ve actually waited longer for one meal to come out at a restaurant before :|

My mum and I were very thrilled to find that they knew how to package their food! The pork was stored separate from the sauce so it wouldn’t get soggy from the drive and the crispy chicken container had a nice little break in it so the chicken wouldn’t sweat! Dericious. So now all we had to do was plate them up and get our own serving of rice!!

Spicy Chicken with Salt and Pepper , Sweet & Sour Pork (in Batter) and Cantonese Style Eye Fillet Steak

All three of these dishes were delicious and still hot! The spicy chicken was still crispy and the beef was tender! Both winners in my book. But I have to say that the Sweet & Sour Pork was the definite winner for me out of the three. I don’t usually like eating pork and much prefer chicken, but this was a very delicious exception!!

We definitely had a very good experience dining with Mei Jing, and I do recommend everyone give Menulog a go next time you’re feeling too lazy to go out and too lazy to cook! (Much better than left overs or Pizzahut again.)

♥ ♥ ♥

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One Year Anniversary

Huzzah! I can’t believe I actually managed to post another within a week!
I’m actually pretty sick right now but can’t seem to get to sleep at the moment, so hopefully writing this will do the trick. Anyway, as some of you may have seen from my instagram, Ashley and I celebrated our one year anniversary in March!

To celebrate we did something out of the ordinary and went to Mt Dandenong for some nature.
Thankfully we didn’t do anything that required me to start trekking up some grassy hills (phew). Instead I had to suffer endless torture of Ashley’s crazy speeding up and around the mountains before we finally reached our destination..

The Cuckoo! A German-esque buffet that Ashley loved and visited plenty as a child.
The place was gorgeous and although I was actually unfortunately sick then too (my immune system sucks) the food was delicious. But of course, my wonderful German boyfriend does not care for food first, he cares for ..German beer. I actually tried some of it and it tasted way nicer than some other beers I’ve happened to taste before.

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After our fill, we ventured further up the mountain (on minimal petrol) to explore Olinda and Sky High.
It was actually pretty late at this point so nothing much was open, but it was still fun to roam through their ‘Secret Gardens’ and alike. We also managed to watch the sunset from Sky High which was pretty romantic, if you choose to ignore a strange guy who looked like he was high(at Sky High haha) sleeping on the grass near us. Ahem.

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So after having to endure Ashley speeding down the mountain again (sigh) we decided on the whim to go to Rollerama – as it was near and it was something I frequented as a child a lot! Man. What a mistake that was.

So Ashley didn’t know how to rollerblade. No biggy, right? I imagined those romantic movies where couples skate together clumsily but lovingly, yeah? Nope. I didn’t seem to realise that those movies always seem to have the guy teaching/helping the girl, and if it was the other way around …the guy was not a whole foot taller than you. I was too short and too weak to even attempt to support or teach him. SIGH. There goes that little romantic scene…

All in all, our anniversary was jam packed and pretty awesome in my opinion.
And Ashley is a pretty amazin’ boyfriend ♥

22 PARTY TIEMZ

HI! YES I AM STILL ALIVE! Thank you to all those who still bugged me to blog ♥
But yes, I am back and hopefully I’ll actually try to maintain my blogging this time (no promises though)! So after having a short discussion with A, I realised that I should probably blog about my birthday from last year. Woops. I’m not one to skip out on things – especially events that were pretty damn amazing – so, here is my lovely birthday post ..7 months late!

As I felt like I didn’t really do much for my 21st, I wanted to party it up a bit more for my 22nd!
I chose Ondergronds to party at, whilst also booking a hotel room for some close friends to crash for the night.

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I’d like to thank Nico for taking all the photos in this post (and for making awesome pasta at the hotel!!) :D
My day/night started with the awesome people in the photo below rocking up at the hotel room to get ze party started. We didn’t actually drink much (/cough Ashley) in the hotel room though since I was actually way too busy doing my hair, make up etc etc (the time really does fly) whilst Nico made delicious tuna, olive pasta.

Anyway, we all know that photos speak much louder than words. SO here are some of my favourite photos from that night. If you hover over the pictures, you should be able to read a bit of commentary from yours truly!

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We all had fun dancing the night away to some old funky toons until the place started dwindling in numbers.
The few of us who were heading back to my hotel decided it’d be a great idea to have some food. And by food I mean Maccas mmmmmm *_* Dem 40 nuggets, chips, burgers and I don’t even know what else we bought?? But either way, it was a pretty awesome night that would not have been possible without all my amazing friends ♥

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AND A HUGE THANK YOU TO ASHLEY FOR MAKING MY BDAY RUN SMOOTHLY ♥
And there’s that! I’ve finally made the incredibly belated post about the best birthday I’ve had to date.

Hopefully I’ll be posting again within the next week! Ciao!
Ps. Please check out this awesome piece written by my good friend OJ.

Sweet Summer Child

Beach time!

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It’s a wonder how the time has flown by so fast; can you imagine that it’s meant to be Autumn right now!
Life is so incredibly busy now and I feel like I haven’t had a day to just relax in so long. But nevertheless, being on the constant move at least ensures that I’m not wasting away in front of my computer mindlessly scrolling through things. These photos are about a month old, but the memory of the sun, sand and cool breeze makes me yearn so much for those never ending Summer days filled with leisure, that are unfortunately leaving us quite quickly..

Soon the leaves will fall and as it gets colder, we are given an ever-present reminder that…
Winter is Coming

Birthday Dinner at Maha

Oh no. I know what some of you are thinking – I’m posting about the boyfriend’s birthday and I haven’t even posted about my own birthday from late last year yet woops. Oh well ..I’ll get to that eventually, I promise haha!

So, for Ashley’s actual birthday, I took him out for some amazing Middle Eastern cuisine at Maha Restaurant.
Run by the popular chef, Shane Delia (that my mum excitedly announced she loves watching on TV!) I was betting on the food to be delicious! It was one sleepless night that I was scrolling through Urbanspoon that I had stumbled across Maha – now with my boyfriend’s second favourite cuisine being Middle Eastern, I was so incredibly stoked to have found such a highly reviewed restaurant that I booked it instantly (a month+ in advance).  And I was not wrong to have done so!!!

A complimentary cake for the boyfriend from the amazing staff! 'Mabrook' means celebration!

Upon arrival, we were met with an amazing ambience filled with laughter, low-key music and detailed interior.
After being ushered in to our seats by our lovely waitress, we took a look at the menu and picked the ’4 Course Soufra’ straight away! (I pre-picked this, but I gave Ashley some choice just in case my assumptions were wrong!)

With hardly any time to spare, our drinks arrived with the first  course shortly following after.
The waiter who brought out the food kindly explained each dish and the components inside them. He also explained exactly how each parts were meant to be eaten and with which other component on the table! Not to be rude, but I found it hard to concentrate on what he was saying when the aroma of the dishes were making me salivate!!

Smoked hummus, lamb, cashew, cumin seeds; Almonds local olives, maltese fel fel; 'Aegean coast' wild greens and beach bananas, oyster cream, pork crackling; Chemen cured salmon, tahini potato salad, spring onions

I think Ashley would agree with me that everything in this first course was absolutely delicious. From the hummus to the salmon, everything was so divine that I’m fairly sure we licked those plates clean (save the olives). The second course came out with hardly any wait between; and after our delectable first course, we were super excited!

Zucchini falafel, almond, handmade haloumi; and radish 'manti' turkish dumplings, garlic yoghurt, dried mint, aleppo pepper

I apologize for the badly taken photo! But when the menu said ‘turkish dumplings’ I was not expecting this!! I don’t know how to describe it but it was probably one of the best things I’ve ever tasted in my life and ..not going to lie, but I really want to eat some right now. The other dish was falafels which whilst I’m not a huge fan of, Ashley is quite an expert of. He pretty much told me that these falafels were cooked perfectly and were delicious, so there you go. We were both happy to eat our respective favourite dishes so this was another course that we were both swooning over.

Oh, I should also mention that throughout the night, our lovely waitress would pop by every once in awhile to see if we were alright. She even got to hear the secret about Ashley’s birthday presents whilst he was off in the toilet hehe.

12 hour roasted lamb shoulder, sumac, garlic, green olive tabouleh; Corn bread crumbed sardine fillets, carrot and cumin, preserved lemon, flaxseed; Cracked wheat pilaf, barberry, date, almond; Fattoush, caramelised garlic, tomato, cucumber

I’m not going to lie, but by the time this came out I was actually pretty full (I get full easily okay! haha)
The star of this course was definitely the 12 hour roasted lamb shoulder, the pieces were tender and went beautifully with the pilaf. Now, unfortunately, the only thing that ruined this course was the sardine :( Neither Ash or I are huge fans of fish, but the taste of this was just too strong for our liking. Sadly to say, it was left uneaten. However, I really do feel like that was due to our personal preferences and other people who enjoy sardines more than us would’ve loved it.

Turkish delight filled doughnuts, honey, roast walnut ice cream; Mastic pudding, rosemary pearls, chocolate soil, blackberry sorbet; Watermelon and beetroot, peppermint crisp ice cream, rosewater ice

I was so excited for this course to come out, especially after all the reviews I read about the famous Turkish delight filled doughnuts!! And those reviews were right on their mark; the doughnuts were all sorts of mouth-watering deliciousness! I wanted to steal Ash’s! Not going to lie, but the other desserts pale a bit in comparison but are definitely not to be overlooked! The Watermelon rosewater ice was refreshing and sweet; whilst the Mastic pudding was a very different yet pleasing experience. The flavours all came together very nicely and made me a very happy dessert lover :D !

As you can see from first picture, the lovely staff at Maha also surprised us with a complimentary birthday cake!
Our expectations were definitely met with the impeccable food and service. There is no doubt that we will be returning back to Maha in the nearby future – they even do a beer+burger lunch so I’m so excited for this!

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