Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms or Sakura represents spring, in Japan a wide variety of Sakura can be found (believed to be more than 200 varieties) and the most popular variety is Somei Yoshino with pure white petals and tinged with the palest pink, especially near the stem.

This spring somehow I couldn't make my way to the Sakura Matsuri at Cowra Japanese Garden being held this weekend on September 25-26, but I did take some sakura's shots around Katoomba and Leura in the Blue Mountain region.

Here are some of them..

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Corica Strudel

I've been to most cities along east coast of Australia but never been to the west coast, including Perth, so I think I can't call myself a traveler then. Eventough I've never been to Perth yet I got my favorite pastry over there, the best strudel I've ever tasted!
Corica, a local famous pastry shop in Northbridge, Western Australia. Apart from their signature Apple Strudel, the Blueberry Strudel is also one of its kind.

(Corica Blueberry Strudel)

How did I get this Corica blueberry strudel from Perth? Well, some people bring the strudels over and sell them in Sydney, occasionally you also find the strudels sold in a cultural festival in Sydney, and if one of my friends from Perth coming down to Sydney I'd ask them to bring my favorite strudel, either Apple Strudel or Blueberry one, or both of them if they don't mind :)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Deep fried Mars bar

Love chocolate..?
Well.. I do, and if you also are a fan of this addictive sweets, then you may want to try this unique deep fried Mars bar.

(Deep fried Mars bar from Sydney's Bondi Surf Seafood)

The bar is dipped into coconut butter, pre-cooked in a low-temperature oil then deep fried, served with sprinkled powdered sugar and priced at $2 each.
It is said to have been invented in the Haven Chip Bar in Stonehaven, near Aberdeen on Scotland's northeast coast, in 1995. The chocolate bar is typically chilled before battering to prevent it from melting into the frying fat.
In Sydney, you can find this at Bondi Surf Seafood on Bondi Beach's beach-front road.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Rahmen Genki

I happened to wander around Artarmon while craving for a bowl of ramen, and speaking of ramen in Artarmon, Rahmen Genki is the only one I know. This authentic Japanese restaurant located in a leafy and relaxing area just off the train station. I had got my brunch earlier that day so even the curry on the menu was so tempting, I ended up ordering a bowl of seafood ramen.

(seafood ramen from Rahmen Genki)

The seafood ramen comes with a huge prawn, fish fillet, squid and garnished with seaweed, spring onion and sweet corns kernels. Normally my favorite soup for ramen is tonkotsu but this time the light soup tastes so good, perfectly matches the seafood.
Sunday, September 5, 2010

Onigiri with Furikake?

Today I was too lazy to go out to get something yummy, the gusty wind ripped through the city from the morning. Too lazy to cook too... so just made myself some simple Onigiri.

(My Onigiri, one plain and one with furikake)

Nothing fancy, just simple onigiri made from sushi rice, lightly salted, stuffed with fish floss and sprinkled with furikake.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Spring has come! It' my favorite season of the year even I don't like its gusty wind. I always looking forward to the blooming cherry blossom and the tulip time so for you who are looking forward to it here are some festivals worth a visit during this spring in Australia.

1. Floriade, Australia's biggest flower festival set up in Canberra from Saturday 11 September to Sunday 10 October 2010.

2. Tulip Time. This year will be a celebration of 50 golden years of Tulip Time in Bowral's Corbett Garden in the Southern Highlands of NSW, from Tuesday 21 September to Monday 4 October 2010.

3. Sakura Matsuri Festival on the weekend of Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September 2010. In its 21st year at the Cowra Japanese Garden, Sakura Matsuri has developed into a showcase of Japanese arts, crafts and cultural activities. Even if you are not into Japanese culture but if you do love enjoying the beautiful cherry blossoms you shouldn't miss this much loved festival in a beautiful country town of Cowra.

Spring two years ago, I made my way to the Sakura Matsuri and hopefully this year I'll have a chance to go back there.

(Cowra Japanese Garden)

(A Tokyo Geisha show)