Saturday, December 31, 2016

Food in style around my home during the holiday season

With Christmas just over and the New Year just arrived, there is no shortage of food at home. That's because when everyone in your family knows you are a foodie, Christmas presents from family gravitate towards that theme. And with that gives me an opportunity to show you some of the delicious food I prepared around the holiday season, either from gifts I received or just generally, I had spare time on my hands to dabble.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Last Minute Christmas Shopping at Myer Warringah



It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. This year, I avoided Christmas shopping in the Sydney CBD and ventured up to the new Myer in Westfield Warringah Mall store on the Northern Beaches in collaboration with Myer to shop and stock up on a few items in preparation for family feasts in the festive season. The items I got were for entertaining over the festive season but the chances are, the practical things I would buy for my home, I’m sure others would love too as Christmas gifts.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Stylediaries: Style for the Holiday Season 2016 with THEPEACHBOX

 
 
Season Greetings! With the holiday season upon us means I have more time to play with style and makeup. You can thank my Opera Australia singing friend Jenny Liu for the recent beauty and makeup addiction but also my greater awareness for skincare came from travelling where a skincare specialist I saw in Dubai during a spa treatment suggested I needed 'more nutrition' for my skin. My skin became dehydrated from flying, travelling and a lack of sleep with early morning itineraries but also, it has become less resilient to stress as I get older. So I've sort to fix that with a bit more research and chats with Jenny on skincare and also makeup generally and with new brands like Dr Jart, a Spanish luxury brand called Natura Bisse recommended by my spa therapist in Dubai now in my skincare routine and MAC, Bite Beauty, Makeup Foreever, Stila Cosmetics in my makeup routine, as well drinking more water, morning jogs during the holiday period until dance classes resume again next year and a good healthy diet, my skin is looking a lot better and brighter.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Travel Diaries: In Dubai, the peak of fine dining: High Tea at the Burj Khalifa

I stepped in the lift and watched the floor number display in the lift rise, rise and rise, 10 …20 …30 …40 …50 …60 ….80…110 …123. High Tea experience at the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world was nothing short of extraordinary. This literally was a (very) High Tea experience, at the At.mosphere Lounge in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Christmas and Cakes 2016 in Black Velvet style


I've been a little absent from the Blog for a few weeks as I have been travelling the world: Spain and Dubai with Emirates Airlines to be precise and I've just landed back in Sydney and recovering from jet lag. All in good time I will tell you about my trip if you haven't already been following on Instagram and Facebook. It's taken me about 2-3 days to settle back in home and how hot is it in Sydney?! This is my first blog post in Sydney after my overseas trip and this is worth showcasing as we approach the festive season and time for decorative cakes!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

See.Taste.Do Weekend Diary: Day Out with Artists in Sydney


I love Sydney. This is my home and there is always so much to see, taste and do. I had a thoroughly enjoyable day yesterday from singing Happy Birthday with our Prime Minister to meeting a gorgeous Mexican perfume and scent maker, Carlos Huber who is here in Sydney launching his new fragrance range. It was one of those days where, although you know where you need or want to be, there was an element of spontaneity and surprise that makes the day memorable and usually it’s the people you meet and come across. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

From Northern Italy, Classico Moderno pops up in Darlinghurst


"What's the difference between Northern Italian cuisine and Southern Italian cuisine?" I asked Chef Bryan Gerlini whom I met yesterday at his new pop up Italian restaurant Classico Moderno Restaurant on 172-174 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst in Sydney. "The food is richer in Northern Italy," he tells me, "With the use of more dairy products. The south has more of a Mediterranean influence, so seafood and salads are quite prominent".

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Banksii Restaurant in Barangaroo Sydney

“Those dandelions in the snapper are foraged and we ferment our own chillis.” Angelica, our waitstaff told us, pointing towards the rows of jars on the shelf in the Banksii Restaurant, one of a few restaurants that have recently opened in Barangaroo. Barangaroo has become quite a food scene. I’ve seen the development of Barangaroo from the beginning, having heard endless drilling and cranes, gone through several fire drill (and one real fire) evacuations, as I worked in one of the neighbouring office blocks before moving into the International Towers. It was hard to imagine at the time that it could become a village, a foodies village, where people would want to hang out. Well now it is the latest hipster place in Sydney to eat, drink and shop with David Jones opening last week. Barangaroo is the New Sydney.


Friday, November 4, 2016

Style Diaries :: What Lounge Suit means


Party season is approaching. When an invitation hits your inbox that says “Attire: Lounge suit” what do you wear? Well after numerous correspondence with my fashion blogging friend Scarlett from Trends VIP, we worked out that lounge suit is a formal dress, that is usually long but you can get away with knee length and a bit more dressier than cocktail dress code but not as formal as a black tie event. Fabric for lounge suits is less embellished and opulent than a full gown. If the event said “black tie” then I would have worn a full length embellished gown. You should feel smarter than office tire and more sophisticated. Hair should be done by your hairdresser for the occasion to ensure it stays in its place with the lounge dress.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sydney Opera House :: Opera Australia: The Eighth Wonder

Photography by See.Taste.Do during Vivid Sydney earlier in the year
I properly paid attention to the story of the Sydney Opera House on the opening night of Opera Australia 's latest production, Sydney Opera House - The Opera: The Eighth Wonder, which is on for a few days from now until 5 November 2016.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Travel diaries :: Long Weekend Away: Things to See, Taste and Do on Norfolk Island



As we landed on Norfolk Island on board an Air New Zealand flight from Sydney, I saw the vastness of emerald green pastures, rugged earth, bottle green pines and surrounding turquoise bays meeting the metallic deep seas of the South Pacific Ocean and oh, a local cow, briefly looked up at the plane and then resumed grazing grass as if to say, “Just another plane landing.” I read in a brochure on the plane that the “cows have the right of way on the roads”. I knew what I would be experiencing on Norfolk Island would be something of beauty and intrigue.


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Bistro Remy takes you to France without leaving Sydney :: The Langham, Sydney

It is pleasing to see Sydney’s finest hotels reinventing their restaurants and making them more accessible to local residents and neighbouring office workers in terms of quality dishes using fine quality Australian produce but without the luxury prices. I was invited to a lunch last Wednesday for the opening of the new Bistro Remy of The Langham Sydney, one of Sydney’s finest and grandest harbourside hotels in the heart of The Rocks district in Sydney and I’m blessed to have a heroic appetite on occasions like this.


 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Westin Sydney Sunday Brunch


Sundays are my sacred days for rest and recovery. As I work in the city during the week I usually don’t venture out to the city on the weekends all that much but I would not say no to a Sunday brunch experience at the Mosaic at The Westin Sydney. We turned up at 12.30pm, at the Mosaic today, took our time and dined well for brunch. Sydney hotels have some excellent deals happening at the moment and at The Westin Sydney you can have a full buffet brunch for $68 per person or $34 for children. This includes all you can eat cold, hot and dessert buffet together with fresh juices, tea and coffee. The venue is beautiful and the grandeur of architecture and interiors of The Westin Sydney will hypnotise you like a cobra. Set in an 1844 building with a modern annexe, it’s a sophisticated, spacious, light and airy, chic downtown hotel but without the feel of formality, enabling you to just relax and enjoy a Sunday meal. And ‘a meal’ would be an understatement. It is possible to eat enough food so that brunch at the Mosaic is the only meal you have for the day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Abode Bistro and Bar at the Park Royal Darling Harbour


I was invited to the try the tasting menu of Abode Bistro and Bar at the Park Royal Darling Harbour which I was only too happy to go as I’m always on a look out for a list of venues I can roll off my tongue to recommend to my colleagues for business dining during the work week. The criteria is that it needs to be in the Sydney CBD, elegant, refined but not too refined, not too noisy so you can hear the other person speak with ease, a good menu, good wines, great coffee, exceptional service and consistency because you really only have that small lunch slot during your work day so efficiency is important.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weekend recipe :: Pesto Pappardelle with Chilli Tuna and Asparagus

 

I look at recipes all the time but I rarely follow them word for word as I like to experiment, thinking "what if I added this instead?".

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Slow Living Weekend Recipe :: Harissa Lamb Cutlets

My tastebuds crave spice from time to time and Harissa Lamb Cutlets is on my menu today and its very simple to make. Slow living to me is thinking about what the best and freshest ingredients I can source to enjoy the process of making a simple and delicious dish. 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Cooking From The Source with Lonely Planet


I like to cook. That hasn't always been the case but it has been in the past few years or so. I like the process of creation as it allows you to think about your ingredients, the flavours that go together, what to get, how to prepare it, and how it should be presented, what it should look like. But sometimes in the process of cooking with music from the radio in the background (I'm really hooked on 95.3 Smooth FM as my cooking music), it makes you reflect about the people you come across and the stories they tell you well before getting to the stage of simply having lunch or serving a dish at the table. Today I witnessed something quite extraordinary ... an extraordinary act of kindness.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sydney Opera House :: Destination NSW presents A Conversation with Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton


“What was it like to kiss Christopher Plummer who played Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music?", an audience member asked Julie Andrews today at the Sydney Opera House’s special event presented by Destination NSW, A Conversation with Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton. Julie Andrews replied, "Delicious!" Someone needs to put that on the menu!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Musical Theatre: Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical

The music of Bobby Darin was not of my time and in fact it was only a few months ago when I asked, “Who’s Bobby Darin?” … but now I’m so itching to see the new musical that's about to hit Sydney.  I typed in “Bobby Darin” in You Tube and it came up with his Best Hits playlist and thought, “Of course! Splish Splash and Mack the Knife”. I’m addicted to the crooner’s music now and thankfully I can go and watch it at the Sydney Lyric Theatre as Sydney will host the World Premier to Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical, cementing Sydney’s status as Australia’s capital for live performances.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sokyo at The Star :: A Japanese breakfast fare



A Japanese traditional breakfast is not your usual cornflakes fare. It is a lot more substantial, so delicious and mouth watering, filled with lots of good proteins like fish and eggs and comprise many types of food that are a complete meal that you will normally experience at lunch or dinner, making you full ... so full... so you can concentrate and power on for the rest of the day without being hungry again too soon.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Recipes :: Seafood Bouillabaisse recipe that works


The first time I thought I really love seafood bouillabaisse is when I tried it as a restaurant called Graze MCA adjacent to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney in Circular Quay. It is a venue not only to go to if you want an excellent view of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House but they do an excellent seafood bouillabaisse too and if they don't already call it as such, I would call it their signature dish having come back to try it a few times. It is one thing to have fresh seafood at hand when making a dish and it's another to give it enough depth of flavour so that the seafood, particularly if using a denser sort of fish like barramundi or salmon, are seasoned and balanced with enough flavour where you are looking for something more than just salt and a squeeze of lemon. After perusing one of my favourite recipe book in my spare time from Depot Eatery, a little establishment run by Al Brown I went back to numerous times when I visited Auckland in New Zealand earlier in the year, I came across a bouillabaisse stock recipe the book suggests, which gave me enough confidence that if I spent the time creating it, I think it would be a pretty damn good seafood bouillabaisse judging from the food I tried at that venue. Having tasted the Graze MCA seafood bouillabaisse, I was a little sceptical on recipes that label a bouillabaisse recipe as 'Easy Bouillabaisse' as I think from tasting the Graze MCA bouillabaisse there is quite some complexity in this broth that an 'easy bouillabaisse' short cut recipe cannot replicate or do justice too.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Recipes :: Slow living Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Walnut Crumbs

Slow living ... a lifestyle emphasising slower approaches to aspects of everyday life (according to Wikipedia). I always look forward to weekends because what I love the most is to slow down from a busy work week and contemplate what to cook, what ingredients to get, and where to get them from.  Just simply appreciating what others see as routine but also it's amazing how new ingredients can freshen up an ordinary dish. Cooking at home allows me to experiment with some fine restaurant quality produce that is readily accessible. A store I visited recently was Vic's Meats Markets at Sydney Fish Markets in Pyrmont being only a few minutes walk from work. They stock premium pasture fed meats that when you cook them, they are so juicy and tender. Also it is one of the stores where you can get the delicious Pepe Saya butter that has a beautiful aroma when you use it for cooking.

 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Singin' In The Rain at the Sydney Lyric Theatre


I
attended the opening night of Singin’ In The Rain last night and I thoroughly enjoyed it - the music, the dancing, singing and acting, the stage, all of it, evidenced by the whoops, the cheers and the standing ovation of a fervently appreciative audience at the end of the show. The original 1952 film, Singin’ In The Rain with the four principal roles and immortalised by Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor and Jean Hagen came to life at the Sydney Lyric Theatre at The Star in Sydney last night. The original film is perfect for a stage musical. It has it all – the catchy numbers, extended dance sequences and the iconic branded moments when Gene Kelly splashes in puddles and tap dances in rain, whilst twirling his umbrella, deliriously happy and in his joyous moment.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Easy and delicious pasta to make when you come back from travel

When I come back from a couple of days travelling and there’s nothing at home for dinner, or you just want to quickly cook up something homemade because you’ve eaten out a lot whilst on holidays, it’s easy to whip my favourite pasta dish using the usual players of olive oil, Parmesan, flaky sea salt along with some salami or ham. This is what I tossed up after a quick perusal through some SBS recipes, Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes, Salami and Basil - quick, easy and delicious.



Friday, June 17, 2016

Stylediaries :: Review May Keylooks Collection & Reflections of Life as a Blogger

I was having lunch with a few bloggers the other day and we shared our experiences about blogging. What started off as a passion does become a little obsession, always capturing a moment on camera but I also try to ensure that I don’t lose sight of the ‘real life’ moment by ensuring what I take is done efficiently as possible and doesn’t intrude on spending quality time with the friends or family I’m with. As I meet more and more people through the connections I create through the blog there are some common questions I do asked quite a lot. Such as “Why do you do it?”; “How do you stay so slim with all that food you post?” “How do you do it all?” and “How do you earn an income from the blog?”

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sydney Film Festival 2016 :: Films about life in India

I always look forward to the Sydney Film Festival every year and saw my first film from the Festival last night. It was a back to back screening of a short film called Spice Sisters, a 15 min short flick for foodies and it's about Rohini, a former Bollywood actress, who is bored and restless with her life. When a popular reality cooking competition issues a call for entries, Rohini decides to enter to change her life. The film's duration is only 15 minutes but it was succinct, hilarious, engaging and I would love to see more from the film director, Sheila Jayadev.

Food photography by See.Taste.Do at the recent Taste of Delhi event at Delhi By The Way at Potts Point, a selection of delicious curries we feasted upon.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Chef's Table Dinner 2016 :: Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club is a Finalist

I was invited to attend one of the finalist Chef’s Table dinner at Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club on 17 May 2016 with a few distinguished guests including the Mayor of Manly, Jean Hay. This is one of 20 finalists dinners being held in Sydney for the Chef’s Table Competition held by Club NSW which was created to reward and recognise the many talented chefs, cooks and apprentices in NSW clubs. We’re not talking about the usual chicken schnitzel or hamburger with fries. This keenly contested competition is a unique way to showcase the club’s chefs’ culinary talents and to promote their venue as a true dining destination. I don’t know about you but club food seems to be a pretty good dining experience these days, if not better than some restaurants in Sydney, a testament to the creative talents in the club kitchen.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

O Bar and Dining :: Experience & Taste Vivid Sydney from Up Above

We were invited to taste and photograph the experience of Vivid Sydney at O’Bar and Dining on Level 47, Australia Square, 264 George St, Sydney last Friday night, one of the few places in Sydney where you can dine with a revolving 360 degree view of the City of Sydney … and the food quality is excellent, quite atmospheric and lively, filled with Sydneysiders who poured in after work to catch-up with friends for a drink or two and dinner. Friday night outings are not dead. With the downpour of heavy rain in Sydney in the last few days, we could not have been happier to experience and photograph Vivid Sydney lights from up there, and experience their special Vivid Sydney cocktails at the Lounge Bar followed by a three course dinner with matching wines at the restaurant.


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sydney Chocolate Ball 2016 :: FSHD Global Research Foundation

Who would’ve thought raising money for a charity could be so much fun! I was invited to the Seventh Annual Sydney Chocoloate Ball run by the FSHD Global Research Foundation last Saturday evening at The Star Event Centre in Sydney. This event wasn’t only about raising money but it was about giving guests a spectacular dining and entertainment experience without its purpose being lost in all its lavishness. This event had the support and attendance of high profile Australian influencers and whether it be chocolate or a deep passion to support the foundation to find a cure for the disease, Saturday’s night’s event was quite extraordinary.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Theatre :: Bad Jews - what happens when you put 3 cousins in a small space

Bad Jews, now showing at the Seymour Theatre in Chippendale, is one of those plays that held my attention throughout the entire one act, 100 minutes performance. With brilliant acting, Bad Jews is an intense play set in a cramped Manhattan apartment centring on a Jewish family and the tensions that arise where there are differences in the degree of beliefs in their religion. With that comes a quarrel as to who is most entitled to the treasured family heirloom with religious significance. When you put three cousins, with strong personalities in a small space who come together because of the passing of their beloved grandfather, you are bound to get an atmosphere that’s explosive and filled with rapid fire arguments. Bad Jews had me roaring with laughter.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney :: New Events Catering Unveiled

There has been a lot of big events happening in Sydney lately so there has been a little bit of a time lag on this post. I was invited to a VIP dinner event by the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, which unveiled their new events catering concept two weeks ago. I think one of the key advantages of selecting caterers from a 5 star hotel group like the Four Seasons Hotel for your event is that your food and venue is sorted out for you and it is much easier to organise a large event particularly where there is so much other things to think about and organise like who to invite, preparing invitations, dealing with the politics of it all, etc. The simpler the process, the better. The other advantage of selecting a 5 star hotel as a caterer is that there is a presumption and expectation they will deliver for your function and to a very high standard.



Sunday, May 15, 2016

Stylediaries :: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 16 :: Maticevski Resort 17 Opening Runway

On location press coverage: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016 :: Maticevski Runway, Barangaroo Sydney
Jacket: Designer Damir Doma in Black, from Bruce, Gertrude St, Melbourne
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016 this time was held in May instead of April to ensure Australian fashion designers are aligned with the international buying cycles. Our Canon DLSRs worked over time during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australian 2016 including the Red Carpet on Day 1 of fashion week that opened with Maticevski’s Resort 17 on the runway at The Cutaway in Barangaroo Sydney. I also filmed the runway so you can see movement in Maticevski’s latest designs and you can check that out on my blog's Instagram. 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Manta Restaurant and Bar :: Express Business Lunch


Woolloomooloo is one of the most appealing spots to dine in Sydney I think, especially on a gorgeous, warm sunny Autumn Friday. You get better value dining at lunchtime so you can soak in the beautiful water views, sit by the sidewalk and just ‘people watch’. You may bump into a few familiar faces along the way. I recognised a voice, being an avid listener of Smooth FM, of a passer-by. It was Richard Wilkins as he casually strolled past talking on the phone.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Stylediaries :: Autumn 16 Drapes: Metalicus Gina Collection


We’re officially at a time of year where something warm needs to be put on in the morning but by midday you feel like you need to tear them off or die from heatstroke. So for the in-between seasons, Metalicus has a good range for layering. I tried out the Metalicus AW'16 merino wool blends collection ahead of Wool Week Australia 2016.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

117 dining at Intercontinental Sydney

Have you ever watched how an octopus eats a lobster or a crab? You tube it... it’s like watching a horror movie. Anyway the reason for telling you is that one of the exquisite starters cooked up by Chef Luke Fernley of 117 dining at the Intercontinental Sydney is one of the best type of octopuses to eat because that particular species of octopus has a fine dining diet of lobster, crab and scallops. Sweet, smooth and creamy.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Stylediaries :: Review Australia's Autumn/Winter 16 collection: Vintage inspired blooms


Bright blooms and the profusion of flowers that are usually associated as a lavish metaphor for the promise of spring carries through into the Australian Winter in 2016, which some Northern Hemisphere folks will claim, “Your winter, is not really winter”. Review’s Autumn/Winter 16 collection released in April features a garden explosion of florals, featuring romantic cascades of signature floral prints and playful prints with distinct retro vintage inspired blooms, rich wine hues and hints of cinnamon.

Skirts that caught my eye are a flattering A-line that fits virtually any body shape that can be matched with super-cute crop knits in playful colour pallets that are lightweight and sit elegantly and slightly off the shoulder.

The hues in the April designs are deeper in tonal colour intensity to Review’s March Key Looks collection which are defined by a distinct pastel and softer palette and nostalgic floral prints.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Grain Bar Cured and Caviar Pairing Experience

I am an amateur when it comes to spirits matching and the Cured and Caviar pairing menu at Grain Bar in the Four Seasons Sydney Hotel was as much an educational as it was a gastronomical experience for me. I met Grain Bar’s Bar Manager, Alexandra Dahlenburg and had a chat with her to learn more about their new Cured and Caviar pairing menu. The ‘sip and savour’ menu has been curated by Alexandra and the venue's Head Chef Jared Reeves. The idea behind the pairings is to showcase the work of master distillers and appreciate the time and passion that goes into producing premium spirits. All meats for the pairings are cured in-house. The pairing menu sparked my curiosity and being located in the heart of Sydney CBD, this is a great venue to hang out afterwork to try something that's not just your run of the mill 'Friday night drinks' at a pub.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Turandot with Opera Australia: Food & Opera experience

I must admit I’m a late comer when it comes to appreciating opera stage performance. Unlike musical theatre, when opera is sung in Italian I don’t understand it. But these days, there are subtitles so your eyes will look over at the subtitles, then back at the performers and the stage so you can grasp the story that is being told. I admire the talent that goes into opera as it’s not only learning to perform but it’s learning another language. My appreciation of opera also comes as I’ve got to know Jenny Liu, Opera Australia artist who I first met when she played one of the main roles in the musical The King and I a few years back. I thought it would be interesting to get her insights too into the current season of Turandot (pronounced “Turando” so no “t”).

Monday, March 28, 2016

Fiddler on the Roof Musical comes to Sydney

I’m thrilled that the Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof opens at the Capitol Theatre Sydney tomorrow night. When I heard that Australian stage and musical theatre legend Anthony Warlow was starring in this musical I knew it was a must see. I grew up listening to Warlow’s rich baritone, roof raising voice. His voice was one of those I could listen to over and over again when I was studying for exams in the old school days to drown out my parent’s conversations when they were a pitch too high. Warlow graces the stage again with his brilliance in performance and vocals in Fiddler on the Roof, the new musical coming to Sydney. I caught a glimpse of it during the media previews last week where we listened and watched as people filled the stages to the electrifying opening number, “Tradition”, which defines the main theme of the musical story and the tension between honouring the past and accepting progress into the future. The music enters your bloodstream and without knowing the full story line (as I like to keep some of it a surprise), I could tell the musical is about celebrations, life, loss and hope.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Stylediary: Exquisite Custom Made Jewels by Tessarella House

Dabbled in a bit of jewellery photography yesterday (tricky business) … These are my jewels for next week’s blogging event, created by Tessarella House.  Behind the boutique business, Tessarella House are two lovely talented creative sisters, Anna and Contessa who specialise in custom made jewellery. They are my go to ladies for custom made jewellery for big dress up events where you need that little bit of icing on the cake of dress elegance like weddings, red carpet, birthdays, any special event really, but even if you want something special for no reason at all, they can design something bespoke for you without breaking the bank. They recently relocated to Alexandria where you can see their creative works at their boutique.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dining at Sea: A Taste Onboard the Celebrity Solstice

If I only had three hours onboard the Celebrity Solstice there would only be one thing I would choose to do on this colossal ship as a foodie and that is to dine at one of their 10 speciality restaurants … the second would be to kick off my shoes, wiggle my toes on the soft green grass on board the ship’s Lawn Club (which really grows by the way and someone has to mow it), breathing in the fresh air of the sea, whilst soaking in the glorious sun on the top deck. Well, that’s what I did last month on Valentine’s Day on the Celebrity Solstice with Mum, who absolutely loves to travel by sea, as much as I love the gastronomical flavours that comes from it.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Recipe: Barilla Pappardelle with White Fish, Chick Peas and Arrabbiata Sauce

I tried another one of Barilla’s recipes tonight using their Pappardelle all’Uovo which cooks in 7 minutes. The Pappardelle all’Uovo is a pasta with the largest shape available amongst traditional egg-based pastas. The pasta style originates from Tuscany and is used in many traditional Italian dishes. Like the tagliatelle I tried it has just below 30% egg contents which makes the pasta really rich and silky, very close to fresh pasta.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Ceru brings Levantine flavours to Sydney

I'm lucky to be living in a country so rich and open to different cultures and with that, comes an opportunity to taste new dishes, sprinkled with a chef’s flair of creativity to create traditional cultural blends of explosive flavours, modernised for the Australian appetite for the fresh crunch that will make you crave for more. The dishes of the restaurant I’m referring to is that of Sydney’s newest restaurant in the heart of Potts Point, a restaurant that takes on a different approach to food from the Levantine region comprising of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Jordan and Israel. Headed up by Chef Tom Kime, Ceru Sydney follows the Levantine restaurant Ceru open across three locations in London.


This dish above is from the 'Veggie Heaven' section of the menu and is their spiced cauliflower and walnut salad with pomegranate, mint, and crumbled goat's cheese.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Little Shop of Horrors The Musical

Little Shop of Horrors is one of those musicals that resonate not because I loved the movie (as it was made well before my time) but because I dipped my toes into learning all aspects of the stage of musical theatre during an 8 week course at NIDA (what on earth possessed me think I could do the Triple Threat – singing, acting and dancing!) and the number we listened to over and over again was the prelude to the Little Shop of Horrors, dissecting every bar of the music sheet each week. It was a challenging yet insightful course that makes me appreciate and have a new found respect for those who have been doing it for many years and mastered the musical theatre stage. Hats off to you!

Custom cupcakes made by Black Velvet, Sydney

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Barilla Tagliatelle with Artichokes, Prawns & Saffron Recipe: Quick & Easy Weeknight Dinner

I always love trying to cook new pasta dishes at home as pasta is such a versatile product with flavours you can experiment with. I tried Barilla's new Tagliatelle egg pasta which is now available from Woolworths. It is a little different to the other Barilla pasta I've used. It's finer and cooks a lot quicker ie in 5 minutes. Tagliatelle all'Uovo pasta range is said to have been inspired by the hair of Lucrezia Borgia, Pope Alexander VI's daughter dedicated to her by a poetic and skilful chef. There's just below 30% egg which makes it rich and silky very close to fresh pasta and also makes it a perfect cook-at-home weeknight dinner option given preparation time is halved. Be sure not to overcook the pasta and stick with the time as per the instructions on the packet. Your pasta should be light and springy and with enough bite to stand up to the fennel and the prawns.




Alliance Francais French Film Festival 2016: 3 Passionate French Films to Watch

What happens to you when there is ‘passion’? Something inside is ignited that ‘moves’ you. It brings about a new energy, a ‘hum’ that makes you do things, create things, say things, write things, not because you have been asked to or paid to, but you have a desire to. There is a joy, a pure joy, when something is done with passion. I’m a firm believer of disrupting routine and carving time away for passionate pursuits to bring in new energy and reinvigorate the soul. Every year I carve time out to watch the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival and this year brings an excellent array of French cinema across seven cities in Australia.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

How to pace yourself at the Sheraton on the Park Lunar Year buffet

The first thing you see when you walk into the Sheraton on the Park’s Signature restaurant, Feast is the vibrant colours of the fresh seafood station, ladened with crayfish, oysters, prawns, salmon and more oysters resting below the bright red lanterns up above. Even if that was the only thing at the Sheraton on the Park’s Chinese New Year special themed buffet dining, I would be very content.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Style Diary :: Chinese New Year #ootd & what 2016 has in store for you ...

We are at the eve of Chinese New Year which starts on February 8 for the start of the Year of the Fire Monkey until January 27, 2017 and with the Fire Monkey the Chinese lucky colour is not surprisingly symbolised by the colour Red. Be sure to celebrate big before the New Year to bring you good luck, good health and prosperity for the New Year! Many delicious shared plates is how my family and friends celebrate. And for a bit of fun, don't forget to check out your Chinese horoscope for 2016 below. Kung Hei Fat Choi and may 2016 Year of the Monkey bring you good health, prosperity and much happiness.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Style Diary :: Armani Exchange: Free Spirited Streetwear


Whether I feel like being a free-spirited urban street wanderer, a beach goer or simply wanting to cool down from the sweltering Australian summer heat, a free flowing, slithering Armani Exchange silk blend maxi dress would be my pick.