Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Marque, Surry Hills

I've been busy planning a last minute trip to Perth, so the blog has been a bit neglected.  However, I'm feeling inspired by my visit to Marque and thought a post was in order.  Last Friday, my friend and I decided on the Friday Prix Fixe lunch that consisted of an amuse bouche, entree, main served with bread, pre-dessert, dessert and finally ending with some petit fours.  The lunch menu changes weekly, and all for a sensational $45 per person.  I cannot believe that after all this time of walking up and down Crown Street, that I never realised that Marque was just right next to Billy Kwong.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Another Blue Mountains post: Logan Brae Orchard and brunch at Megalong Valley Tea Rooms

Just continuing on from our last Blue Mountains post.  After our lovely dinner at Ashcrofts, Cheesecake Boy and I woke up the next day in search of the breakfast or the brunch of champions.  After quite some deliberation, we decided that we would head to Megalong Tea Rooms for a big feed before getting into some trekking and sightseeing.  However, on our way to breakfast Cheesecake Boy and I got side tracked by a sign that apples and freshly crushed apple juice were ahead.  You see, Cheesecake Boy loves juice, and I don't mind it as long as it's the fresh and not the sugary artificial kind.  This is how we ended up making a short detour to Logan Brae Orchard first.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Dip @ Goodgod Small Bar, Sydney

Ever go through phases, where all you want to eat is some good comfort food, and you can't seem to get enough of it?  Of course, comfort food comes in many different forms, but I'm talking about the type that's just fun and simply tasty.  Well, Cheesecake Boy and I for the past few weeks have been going through this phase at The Dip @ Goodgod Small Bar.  It all started off innocently, an after work roam through the CBD one night a few weeks ago, and since then we have been back many times and not always just the two of us either.  This post will actually feature several nights of dining just for good measure.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ju Ge Mu & Shimbashi, Neutral Bay

Dumpling Sister is off gallivanting around Europe, and I can't tell you just how incredibly envious I am.  Since, she's away for sometime, envious or not we decided to have an official bon voyage dinner for her.  Dining out seems to be my responsibility on my side of the family, which is great as it gave Cheesecake Boy and I a chance to dine at one of our old favourites being Ju Ge Mu & Shimbashi.

Now bookings here are a must.  Otherwise, make sure all your fingers are crossed before you enter one of the two entrances of this establishment.  If you enter through Ju Ge Mu you are walking into their teppanyaki domain, but last Saturday we had other ideas as we entered through Shimbashi, where they specialise in soba.  However, it doesn't matter where you sit as you can order from both menus, I just didn't want to smell like barbeque after dinner, so that's why I booked to dine at Shimbashi, but one of these days I'd love to sit at the teppanyaki bar at Ju Ge Mu.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Hemingway's, Manly

Happy Father's Day to all Dad's and we hope everyone enjoyed the family festivities.  However, if you're in the same boat as Cheesecake Boy and I, where we don't celebrate Father's Day, we hope you made the best of the gorgeous weather and had a lovely day.  Being the lame couple that we are, instead of celebrating Father's Day, Cheesecake Boy and I celebrate a made up day which we call "Other Half Day", so to make the most of this occasion of spending time together, we decided to head down to Manly Beach and do the walk to Shelly Beach.  We woke up a lot later than expected this morning, so first things first, we had to settle the hungry tummies before our stroll.  The quest to feed ourselves led us to Hemingway's for lunch.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hello Blue Mountains and dinner at Ashcrofts, Blackheath

If you've been following Cheesecake Boy and I on twitter, than you may have realised that Cheesecake Boy and I went to the Blue Mountains for a couple of days last week.  I promise that we will get to the dining experience eventually, so please bear with me.  Now, this is the first time that Cheesecake Boy and I have been to the Blue Mountains together, and we had intended to get to there earlier, but with certain things that needed to be done, we didn't get to our B&B in Leura until around 3pm.  However, that did not deter Cheesecake Boy from making a beeline towards Sublime Point lookout, as soon as we had checked in.

Sublime Point

I thought that because we got there so late in the afternoon, that we would only be going for a leisurely stroll, so although I had packed a pair of sneakers I left them in our overnight bag,  and kept my ballet flats on.  It made for a bumpy walk, but at least the path to the lookout was pretty straightforward.  The view was worth the ten minutes of self-inflicted discomfort on my end. 

Sublime Point