Thursday, July 24, 2008
stormiii at 10:24 am
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Daylesford, again :)
Shizuka Ryokan is an authentic and award winning Japanese guesthouse/day spa right in hot spring country :) A B&B package for two is at least $200 and all the 8 rooms are always sold out on weekends.
We were the only guests that Tuesday evening and we loved every minute of the silence as we flip flopped in our yukata and room slippers :) The tatami room is traditionally designed with a small garden, veranda and...
A sweet Japanese girl called Michiyo showed us around and served us green tea and shortbread sakura cookies :)
We ordered a 4 course kaiseki dinner served in our rooms - very Japan Hour! First course - a selection of sashimi, sushi and soba.
We left Shizuka Ryokan, relaxed and full after a traditional Japanese breakfast and headed to the Convent Gallery. A former Catholic boarding school, the historical building was renovated and turned into a gorgeous art gallery, cafe and bar.
We loaded up on some yummy scones and decadent hot choc at Locarno before the drive back to crowded MEL!
stormiii at 5:12 pm
Friday, July 18, 2008
stormiii at 4:58 pm
Monday, July 14, 2008
The musical is showing at the gorgeous Regent Theatre on Collins St where every nook and cranny is reminiscent of the Moorish architecture in Andalusia :)
The stage was not very big but the views were good enough from where we sat in the cheapest category :P I loved the strong vocals of the lead actress who played Elfaba, the "wicked witch" and the way they weaved it's namesake movie into the story.
stormiii at 9:16 pm
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
But the food is simple, homecooked and amazing. The menu is limited to the usual local favourites and the auntie serving speaks gently; as though you are truly blood relatives :) We deduced that it is also possibly Chuckee who is the chef/cocktail mixer. Here's my special order of Seafood Mee Goreng in it's lip smacking kecap glory... YUM!
stormiii at 10:16 pm
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
The Miele Guide
A short introduction from the Miele Guide's website:
"The Miele Guide will be Asia’s first truly independent regional restaurant guide when launched in October 2008, and also its most authoritative—we do not accept free meals or advertising from restaurants. Written by food lovers who know and love Asia, The Miele Guide will rank and profile restaurants across the region’s major cities, categorised by country, city and cuisine, in a slim, indispensable volume.
The 2008/2009 edition will evaluate restaurants in 16 Asian countries—Brunei, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Unlike most guides, there will be no arbitrary, secretive selection procedures, and your vote plays a big part. Now’s your chance to shape and mould culinary history. A shortlist has been drawn from the region’s top food critics and we want you to vote now and tell us which restaurants you think are the best. And if your favourite restaurant is not on the shortlist, you’ll have the option to nominate and vote for it too. From these results, a list of Asia’s top restaurants will be drawn. We will rank and profile in detail the top 20 in Asia. The rest will be categorised by country, city and cuisine.
Your participation, through voting and feedback, is important to The Miele Guide and we warmly invite you to vote now. When you register, please have a valid Visa card handy. Voting is open only to Visa cardholders."
stormiii at 11:20 pm