Eat with Melody & Lynn: Random Snacks!


It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Snack Review post… which is evident, as the above photo doesn’t accurately depict what food was actually eaten and reviewed! In this special and unorganised edition, I have Lynn guest starring to help me review some delicious snacks we found at her local Asian Grocer.


Unico Lava Bites: Choco Lava and Strawberry ($1 each)

Nothing attracts an Asian like a good sale. As soon as we entered the store, we were both immediately drawn to a basket of these cute boxes, advertised for $1 each.  We took one of each flavour.

Due to the price cut, neither of us really had high hopes of this cookie, but… it actually turned out okay! As expected, the filling was hardly gooey like that of a lava cake. But it did taste like a Hello Panda biscuit, so I consider it redeemed in my books. I really enjoyed the strawberry flavoured cookie, and thought it had a really nice crunch to it.  The chocolate was a little bit more average, but I believe, we still managed to finish both boxes easily.


Oishi: Ribbed Cracklings in Salt & Vinegar ($?)

This next purchase was Lynn’s choice of snack (mine was the Salted Egg ridges that we didn’t end up reviewing together). I was very excited when I saw these because I haven’t seen them around for quite a while, and so it was like a blast from the past! I love chips, and I’m a fan of salt & vinegar, so these were enjoyable enough. Funnily enough, I’m actually the opposite and not usually a fan of salt & vinegar, so this is probably the only salt & vinegar flavoured snack I have ever actively craved. 

However, they weren’t memorable? How dare you! I don’t remember too much about the flavour, but I do remember that they became a bit addictive once you kept eating them… but aren’t all chips the same??? The individual pieces tasted mostly the same as I remembered. One thing to note, though, was that the packs I used to buy were a mini version so they were way more palatable (as a whole pack) than this bigger pack we got. So even though we shared this pack, the vinegar flavour did get pretty strong and overwhelming for me by the time we finished it. 


Xiao Mei Brown Sugar Milk Tea Ice Cream ($9.90)

Okay, so I have been seeing these ice cream everywhere online, but I was always too stingy to spend $10 for myself… but with Lynn enabling me, how could I say no? See, the thing is, a few years ago (back when the brown sugar milk tea trend hadn’t even been born), I bought a cheap box of “milk tea ice cream bars” and to say they were a disappointment would be an understatement – the pearls were soggy and the milk tea flavour was weak. So even though everyone has been raving about these brown sugar ones online, I was cautiously optimistic due to having been burnt that one time.

In short, these were delicious. I. LOVED. THEM.  The tapioca balls were still chewy and the milk tea flavoured ice cream tasted really good! It tasted exactly like the brown sugar milk tea drink, plus, it being extra cold made it taste even better. 11/10 FROM ME. The ice cream was quite melted by the time we took these photos, but it didn’t compromise the flavour (maybe it enhanced it??), so no complaints from me!

All in all, we had great fun eating these snacks whilst watching To All The Boys: PS. I Still Love You!


Dining out at CHEEK


I haven’t taken a “selfie” in public for awhile, so please bear with my strange poses..

Having loved our visit to Dexter in Preston, I decided to take Ash to CHEEK, their sister store in the CBD, to celebrate his birthday! I was very excited to be able to get my hands on (and sink my teeth into) these meat donuts after so long (hence, the slightly deranged photo above), so you can imagine that my only contribution to the ordering process was to add the hot meat donuts. The birthday boy did the rest.


Starting off with the donuts and a smoked lamb rib, we were off to a good start! I’m actually not the biggest fan of lamb, so I was more than happy to keep that donut to myself while Ash (who loves lamb) devoured that.

For the mains, we decided to get two meats and two sides. Ash can be quite particular about food he eats, so we always avoid the ‘Feed Me’ options, and instead go for picking our own menu items. I loved the mash & gravy… granted that I love most mash & gravy, but the bone marrow really gave it another dimension, and easily became my second favourite of the night (after the donut).


(Starting from the back, L-R) Charred Cabbage, Smoked Short Rib, Smoked Wagyu Brisket and Bone Marrow Mash & Gravy

The only problem with picking our own menu items is that we usually over order…

The above might not look like a lot of food, but trust me, it was way too much food for the both of us to handle (namely, me). Luckily, CHEEK put our left overs in a nice little takeaway box and we were able to drop it off in Ash’s workplace staff fridge before we headed home (beats carrying a box of meat on the train home lol).

This was a great (work) night, and we rolled home happily with our tummies full.


Life begins with coffee


In a blink of an eye, it’s already August, yet I feel like the year has only just begun!
I’ve been flat out for the past couple of months, from trying to keep up with my active pup, to finally graduating from my Masters degree. I feel like as each day goes on, I’m relying more and more on caffeine to keep up!

However, contrary to what the coffee cup says, my life does not begin with coffee, but a can of V or Redbull! 


Outfit: Persol CELLOR sunnies, Dorothy Perkins garden ruffle dress, Princess Polly angelica layered necklace

For me, drinking coffee is an opportunity to enjoy caffeine leisurely, usually on the weekends at brunch with friends or Ashley. Life has been great and with Spring right around the corner, I’m looking forward to more opportunities to chuck on some sunnies and enjoy some takeaway coffee in the sun.

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