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Hello Melbourne!

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For my very first job assignment, I went to Melbourne! :)

The first place I went to as soon as I touched down was Stalactites! A Greek restaurant that serves the most wonderful grilled meat platter and dips with pita bread! As there were only two of us dining, Mr Dw ordered a mix of four dips with pita bread and a mixed giro platter of spring lamb and chicken. My favourite part is wrapping the meat slices up in pita bread, slathering them with my favourite dips beforehand, of course. Out of the four dips, which are tzatziki (yoghurt, garlic & cucumber), hommus (chickpea & sesame), tarama (caviar & lemon), melitzanosalata (eggplant & garlic), Mr Dw’s favourite happens to be the one with the eggplant. Ironically, he hates eating eggplants. I guess mashing and mixing sometimes do work, in terms of making people eat something that they hate. :)

Sigh. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the juiciness of the meat. Maybe it’s the tantalizing taste of the dips. Maybe it’s the way the mixture of meat juices and dips ooze out into your mouth, with the aroma hitting the roof of your mouth and up to your nose, that…that…that..

…made you let out a gentle sigh of satisfaction…

…I really do want to get back to Stalactites, like, right now, to have the same thing again.

I really, really do.

But I guess I really, really can’t. Not now, at least. So let me go on with my story.

After I’m done with dinner, Mr Dw and I headed over to Woolies and I’d gotten myself a beanie with built in headphones before heading back to the hotel where I was bunking in with another colleague, Ms Char. Ms Char was rather impressed when she saw me with my new beanie and guess what?

Yes. We both have matching beanies now. :D Yay! As this was Ms Char’s first visit to Melbourne, Mr Dw became tour guide of the day and brought us around!

And I made Ms Char pose next to my favourite giant marble purse for an obligatory tourist shot.

Then we went to Lindt’s Cafe @ Collin’s Street for my favourite macarons!

Macarons in chocolate, strawberry and champagne flavour! Can’t wait for my Sydney assignment next month!! Must! Must! Must buy a dozen of macarons back! ^_^

Look at Ms Char enjoying her hot dark chocolate on a chilly rainy day! *Bliss*

Now, are you ready for a seven course lunch at…

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Maze by Gordon Ramsay?

We were being offered a choice of either having a 3-course or 4-course lunch. At the beginning we thought of getting two 4-course lunch. But after having a hard time eliminating the choices of dishes, we decided to get ourselves each a chef recommended 7-course lunch instead. :)

Here’s the menu! You might want to click on it to enlarge it for a better view. :)

Oo… I can see Mr Dw’s reflection on my spoon! He’s busy flirting with the waitress. ;)

This is our first dish. I love the colors. It’s marinated beetroot with goat’s curd dressed with Cabernet Sauvignon vinaigrette and toasted pinenuts. I never knew goat’s cheese could taste as nice as this! The combination of the tangy beetroot intertwined with the creaminess of the goat’s cheese gave a very palate awakening sensation.

Our second course is “Tête de cochon”. Now, whereas “cochon” means pig in French, do you know what tête means? Go on. Make a wild guess.

Right. It means “head”. So what we are having here is mashed up and rolled out pig head slices with pickled vegetables on the side and a tiny cube of vegetable fritter. The waitress kindly reassured Mr Dw that no pig brains were used to make this dish. I guess Mr Dw would need such a reassurance ever since the pig-brain-noodle-soup incident. Taste wise, the tête de cochon is savory and nice. I would prefer not to have the vegetables pickled though because it made me go *_* every time I put some in my mouth. Though our waitress recommended eating them with the sourdough bread that was served alongside with this dish.  But sadly, I was having some gum-ache and it was very difficult for me to chew.

Our third course, which is also my favourite! Applewood smoked kingfish! I’m not a big fan of smoked fish as I don’t really enjoy the smoky after taste, but this dish is special. Notice the fluffy white matter wedged between the meat? It’s candy floss! Sprinkled with ground star anise, it gives off a subtle sweet and spicy aroma when eaten together with the smoked kingfish. Totally brings out the umami of the kingfish!


Our forth course was what Mr dw was here for: The “fish-dressed-as-chicken” dish. We had our coral trout wrapped with chicken skin, served in lemon thyme consommé. It’s kind of like eating slices of sausage, concept wise. It’s amazing how they can make the chicken skin in such a way that it can wrap so nicely around the fish as though it’s its own skin. I love how this dish is being presented and how the lemon thyme consommé compliments the flavour and texture of the fish. Very vibrant and pleasing to the palate.

I could only say that our fifth course was rather a unique one. It’s venison served with beet root puree and a strip of dark chocolate! I like the unique combination of the sweetness of the chocolate and tanginess of the beet root puree  but I don’t quite like the texture of the venison as it reminded me of pig liver.

This wasn’t part of our 7-course lunch, but since Mr Dw love risotto a lot, we decided to give this mega mushroom risotto a try. I love the mixture of grilled mushrooms and herb, but the rice wasn’t gooey enough for our liking! That aside, it’s a must try for all mushroom lovers!

Now, finally, it’s dessert time! Here’s our sixth course: sheep’s yoghurt mousse and walnut ice cream with frozen blackberry and honey & oats crumble. I don’t know why, but I couldn’t find the walnut in my ice cream. :(

Munching on the oats and frozen berries didn’t help my toothache much. But the ice cream and yoghurt acted like a mega palate cleanser, prepping us up for our next and final course!

The grand finale: Madagascan chocolate “Jaffa” and bayleaf sherbet with mandarin marmalade! The jaffa was simply explosive, with flavours of rich chocolate and mandarin orange bursting in your mouth all at once! It kept bursting and exploding until you couldn’t take it anymore, so you scoop yourself a tiny bit of bayleaf sherbet to cool things down just enough for you to take in another mouthful of jaffa and

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*BURSTS*

I will still be feeling lazy

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…if not for my very, extremely upset stomach. Now, allow me to share with you a very intimate detail about myself. My sai and jio of the day weighs 2.5kg.

For the past month that I’d spent in the Land Down Under, I’d gained a total of 6kgs, eating

snacks like

Moist Chocolate Cupcake on a Stick at Paddington Market, Sydney

Delice (a fancy-pansy name for macarons) and Chocolate Milkshake at

Lindt’s Cafe, Melbourne

Belgian hot chocolate, Belgian Spoil (a cute little platter of chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, shortbread, chocolate ice cream and chocolates) and Iced chocolate at Koko Black, Lygon Street, Melbourne

Limited edition banana crepe flavoured Koala snack found at the Asian Groceries

Mentaiko onigiri at Kenzan,(GPO, Melbourne)

They have the best handrolls, and the seaweed’s always fresh and crisp as it’s wrapped separately

Green tea with grape juice and banana gelato from Trampoline, Southgate (Melbourne)

I’m so gonna have the same thing again tomorrow. Or maybe even tonight.

Litchi ramune from a wide range of ramune that they have here at their Asian grocery (Melbourne)

Strawberry frappuccino blended cream that is so yummilicious and PEENK! It’s a core product in Starbucks Australia, which means you can have it all year round!

Girly/Wussy fruit beer (1st and 2nd from right) that taste nothing like alcohol, which I like because I am psychologically allergic to alcohol, at the Belgian Beer Cafe (Eureka, Melbourne)

Peach beer ^_^

and home cooked food like

[Clockwise from top] Stir fry pumpkin with bacon by Chef Su Phing, bacon and onion omelet pizza, and spicy lemon chicken

Luxurious cheese, bacon and mushroom omelet, stir fried mushroom, sausage with Worcester sauce and Chunky vegetable soup with shredded cheddar

Seared kangaroo steak with stir fried bak choy and chicken curry

served with fragrant butter rice

Healthy temaki roll with ham slices, mushroom, crab meat, tuna and gourmet salad.

Kangaroo bibimbap

Yes, not forgetting the Tiramisu that Chef Su Phing and I made

Darrell Lea’s Rocklea Road served with fresh strawberries and Milo dessert

more big ass strawberries

Pancakes lovingly made by Chef Dahbriukay on that special day

and lastly, restaurant food like

Big ass potato spuds with chicken kebab at Westfield’s food court, West Lakes (Adelaide)

Angel hair pasta with tiger prawns, basil, tomato & fetta cheese, and grilled cod served with saffron and broad beans risotto at The Rocks (Sydney)

Pumpkin soup with garlic bread

Pesto chicken with olive bread

at this very homey and awesome place called Common Ground Cafe in Katoomba, Blue Mountains, run by the people of the Twelve Tribes Community

Fresh oysters that are so fresh, you can still see the parasitic worms on the shells wiggling out

Seafood platter and fish & chips at the Sydney Fish Market

Penne with tomato & beef and risotto at Degrave Street, Melbourne

Ah..! Greek food: meat platter, bean soup, pita bread with dips and salad at Stalactites (Melbourne)

Grilled scallops and beet root risotto at St Kilda (Melbourne) Yes, it’s Peenk again! :D

Mighty and Grand Angus from Mc Donalds! I personally prefer Mighty as I love relish, but Dahbriukay likes Grand better as he hates relish.

Vietnamese noodles with raw beef slices at the other place in Melbourne that’s not Mekong because Mekong recycled their customer’s unfinished soup (so we heard from a friend’s friend who works there).

Udon with beef slices at Kenzan, GPO, Bourke Street (Melbourne)

Curry fish head, sambal kang kong and stir fried bak choy at Kopi Tim (Adelaide)

Wagyu at Nobu, Melbourne on that special day

and yeah, Thai food at Ying Thai 2 just yesterday

before I purged everything out × 3 from my rear the next morning for eating something so spicy after a 3 week hiatus.

I weighed myself yesterday night and again after the massive outburst from my rear.

That’s why I know how much my sai and jio weighs. (Yes, 2.5kg)

My butt hole is so numb now that I can’t even feel its presence anymore.