a very sydney christmas

As weird as it probably seems to onlookers, celebrating Christmas in Australia really is something special. I mean, where else in the world do people sing about a white Christmas while it's 30°C out, or where fresh seafood is essential for the perfect festive meal? That's not to say we aren't traditional at all, though! I love making a point of seeing the gorgeous decorations that deck out Sydney whenever this time of year rolls around, making the last stretch of Christmas shopping that tiny bit more bearable.

      



      

The QVB Christmas tree in all its glory! Even though it's a longstanding tradition, I look forward to it every time. I've noticed they've changed it up this year, and instead of the usual sparkly tree trunk they've replaced it with tons of Swarovski crystals. Sooo pretty.





There were also some illuminations on at night, but with the sun setting so late nowadays I didn't have time to see them. Anyway, I just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and holiday season in general! Until next time!
Posted by : Mani

the rocks teppanyaki

If there's one occasion you need to pull out all the stops for, it's definitely your twenty-first birthday. Even though the legal drinking age in Australia is technically eighteen, there will be always something monumental about turning the big twenty-one in my eyes! Anyway, recently a friend of mine celebrated her own birthday with dinner at The Rocks Teppanyaki by Kobe Jones. I've heard a lot about Kobe Jones and have always been curious about it, but never enough to actually try it out for myself until now. Read on for more...



      



First up on the set menu was beef tataki, as well as crab salad with avocado and kingfish, all flamed with a secret sauce. While the former was definitely my favourite of the two, it was really fascinating to watch the chef do her thing right in front of our eyes!



      

The only non-alcoholic cocktail on the menu, which involved mango blended with orange, pineapple juice and a bit of strawberry. Thank goodness I decided to share this one, despite being tasty it was also insanely thick! There was also a side salad served with some sautéed shiitake mushrooms.







How's that for a light show? There were two types of beef tenderloin steak, one regular (I'm assuming) and the other wagyu, which was sooo good and melted right in your mouth. I assumed the meat would go with the garlic fried rice but they were served separately, which I found a bit odd. Sadly the rice was also a bit too garlicky for my liking, and hard to finish on its own.





Finally, green tea crème brûlée for dessert! I think the flame effect made the sugar crust a little burnt, but there was still some delicious green tea flavour underneath. Anyway, that just about wraps up the dinner! My friends and I definitely had a fun experience and were rolling out the door, although I'm not too sure if I'd go again myself because of the price. Nevertheless, if you're looking for a dining experience that's a bit different from the norm the Rocks Teppanyaki definitely offers just that!
The Rocks Teppanyaki by Kobe Jones Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Posted by : Mani

life in november



1. Char kway teow  2. The QVB by night  3. My go-to meal of pad see ew  4. Jacaranda in full bloom  5. Obligatory Christmas tree shot  6. Mum's homemade quiche  7. Green tea madeleines  8. Pad kee mao  9. One of many iced coffees consumed this month  10. Urban greenery  11. Dessert at Passionflower  12. Korean for lunch

Man, doesn't time fly when you're having fun? It honestly feels like I just blinked, and then December was upon us already! While I'm usually that person who groans about the festivities before they even begin, I have to admit that something about sparkling lights and decorations in all the shops makes me feel giddy inside. Plus, holidays are pretty much the only time of year when my loved ones have a break in their busy schedules, so that always means a lot of catch ups to be had... and a lot of food! You can't go wrong with long chats over Korean food, followed promptly by dessert. I haven't visited Passionflower in years but the ice cream was amazingly creamy, not to mention huge. I'm pretty sure that parfait could've been a meal in itself, but needless to say it was totally worth it.

Anyway, that pretty much sums up my life lately in a nutshell! I'm dying to get out of Sydney or at least explore some different areas of it, so hopefully that happens soon. As much as I love my hometown, it all gets a little repetitive sometimes. If you're interested in what I'm eating (and occasionally doing) be sure to follow my Instagram, and have a happy December!
Posted by : Mani