June update

Sometimes it’s easier to sum everything up in one big post…then create smaller ones based on the big post down the track. Warning: It’s a long post.

To sum things up I’ve put together a list:

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1. Last September it was announced my artworks are going to be part of a publication of inspiring artists in Asia plus a potential exhibition was going to be held based on it. The exhibition officially happened last week with guest speaker and artist SAKIROO hosting the opening in Taiwan. There were many attendees (sad I couldn’t make it) but it was a delight to be updated with emails of photos and videos showcasing the event. I’ll make a post about this as soon as I can!

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In the mean time please check out SAKIROO’s works. He  lives in Seoul, has exhibited  in 10 countries and has his own Wikipedia page (yep, you can’t get more legit than that). Finally, he  is a true inspiration who’s made a successful living out of his love for art and design.

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2. Lately Roth Management and I have been working on launching online campaigns for Malala Coffee. It’s still in its early stages but you can check out our kickstarter campaign here.  To get a clearer vision of what the coffee’s about and how we got on board, I also made a post about the brand months ago.  Malala Coffee was in concept development last year and only this year has the brand been refined. Again, I will make a post about this in the coming weeks.

Photo-17-05-2016,-11-46-58-PM3.  I’ve temporarily moved into the city for work purposes! The city isn’t a foreign place to me. I enjoy the city buzz and the imperfections that come with it ie: distant sound of police sirens, loud people yapping their night away. Something about these background noises bring a vivid memory of Manhattan – my favorite place  on earth outside of home.

Photo-30-05-2016,-2-12-18-PM Photo-20-05-2016,-5-53-09-PMI’ve found some awesome food places around the city, even a quick take out from the food mall downstairs is so tasty. One of them is  Donburi & BBQ – they do the best spicy pork dish and they have great lunch specials with a mini buffet. I live upstairs so going downstairs for food proves to be the biggest convenience. There’s also a sushi burger joint next door which chris surprised me with dinner one day. Tastiest bento box I’ve had!

Photo-1-06-2016,-6-20-03-PMThere are also some places I’d like to throw under the spotlight. Here we go… (excuse the mess)Photo-24-05-2016,-6-32-06-PMSliced beef, pad thai, calamari and thai iced tea at Fomo Thai
Photo-31-05-2016,-6-51-54-PMCold noodles, takoyaki, Sapporo beer and Ox tongue at Shimbashi Soba and Sake bar

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Mini tofu, barley water and the sweet pork buns at the the crowded Tim Ho Wan

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Spicy raviolli at Vapiano

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Combination laksa and fried rice at Laksa King
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One thing I get excited about is the idea of a small gym and a rooftop tennis court in the apartment complex. The only person in the building who uses the tennis court is me and my roommate. Together, we have 9 years of combined tennis experience so thankfully we’re not that bad on the court – at least the ball doesn’t go over the fence and land on someone’s head downstairs!

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It’s a nice experience being in exposed to a different environment in contrast to the suburbs and living with a bubbly roommate is an added bonus to this city lifestyle.

4. I got invited back to see the 2016 Top Arts Exhibition  so I’ll be sure to catch that before it all ends. It was also a slight reminder for me to  return to my artworks and work on more creative goodies for this second half of the year. I haven’t drawn since the end of February and it already feels weird to delay my drawings for this long!

Donuts and Dinner by Heston

promo02Happy New Year everyone! We all love food and this post is gonna be about food because the only memorable thing I did on the first day of 2016 is eat food…good food.  Given that most things were closed on New Year’s Day, my sis and I bought Kracie’s Popin’ Cookin   from a Chadstone grocer last week  and we decided to give them a go.  This was basically our breakfast for the day, we got so caught up preparing these mini donuts  to the point we forgot we were actually  hungry. The donut mix was pretty tricky only because everything on the box is completely in Japanese and we had no idea how much water was needed….we mistakenly added too much at first!  Luckily for us visual girls there  were pictures we were able to  refer to behind the packaging. In the end there wasn’t much to follow as it was just mainly mixing water with powder.

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Ta da! This is all completely edible and they smell very nice.  I always love it when my Mom and I  get to spend the holidays with my sis. She currently lives in Jakarta so we don’t see her frequently but when we do, we do as much as we can together even if it’s a little  creative activity at home.

For lunch we made Indomie kuah (Indonesian instant noodle soup), I find this stuff very filling, super tasty and honestly the best quality instant noodles I can find on the market. It’s been a while since I’ve last had one…of course this should be eaten less than in moderation.

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Finally dinner, at Dinner! Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Anyone who watches Masterchef like me would obviously know who Heston is. Ever since watching the first few seasons of Masterchef I’ve adored Heston’s guest appearances and wondered what it’d be like to dine in any of his restaurants. His first restaurant in Crown Casino, The Fat Duck, opened mid 2015 and the only way you could get in is to win a ticket. Now, Dinner By Heston replaced The Fat Duck and  no you don’t need to win a ticket for this thankfully! It only opened here in November and there’s also another one in London. I  wanted to book a table straight away but they were  booked out for  all of December and the next available one was on the night of New Year’s day.

To put it simply, dining here is  the best start to any  new year I’ve ever had.  It’s natural to have high expectations when it comes to fine dining and I’m usually harsh. But folks, this is molecular gastronomy at its finest. The restaurant entrance is a narrow hallway with dimmed lights, as you get closer to the end you’re faced with a screen that plays footage of people preparing food and you immediately think you’re at a dead end. The doors are so easy to ignore, no handles on sight they look like walls but wait a few seconds and the black doors on the side automatically open. I’d also like to randomly mention the toilets, the toilet’s entrance are so abstract and minimal. This place is clearly against  the use of door handles! Also they use vintage Molton Brown handwash products…damn it takes me back to uni when we had to study the brand’s expensive history.

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For the entree we tried the famous  ‘Meat Fruit’ which is essentially a  mandarin skin, chicken liver parfait dish served with grilled bread. You’d think it’s a sweet dish – a lot of it is savoury and is a very delicious combination of sweet, sour and savoury with the mandarin gel and bread. The chicken parfait makes the perfect spread. We also tried the ‘Roast Marrowbone’ with snails, parsley, anchovy, mace & pickled vegetables. The textures are so unique, bone marrow is very fattening but this dish is so light you don’t even notice the marrow and the snails are like softer versions of squid. It’s sooooo good.

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Waiting for the mains took a while since the dishes were brought altogether and some take longer to cook than others. The mains were cooked to perfection, all of them. We ordered the restaurant favorites: Black Angus Ribeye,  Roast Snapper in Cider and  Slow cooked Pork Belly. The marbling on that Ribeye is graded 9, meaning it is the highest form of beef in terms of flavor and tenderness. The  fine textured fat contained within the muscle is visible on the meat, hence the “marbling” effect. Yep, I learned so much about meat that night! I’ll leave it at that for now, it was a truly enjoyable experience thanks to the exceptional service from the friendliest staff and the accompaniment of my Mom and sis. If there’s an opportunity to come back here again I’d definitely try the Powdered Duck and the Tipsy Cake.

Mon at Om Nom

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Om Nom Dessert Bar – The Alice in Wonderland of all desserts. Just recently I went with my Mom to meet fellow Indonesian and the Head Chef of Om Nom,  Christy Tania. As fans of Masterchef and anything food-related, we were keen on trying the signature dishes  mentioned  on the show. Christy has appeared as a guest chef a few times and we hear she’s at the bar most days of the week. So why not pay her a visit Mom asks. It was a Tuesday evening and Christy was sitting in front of her MacBook (designing a new menu perhaps?). She greets us warmly and Mom instantly speaks Indonesian with her.

My Mom and Christy mainly  exchange  their experiences as chefs with one  another, both agreeing and labelling the job as “stressful but rewarding”. Mom loves dining out at various places and meeting the Head Chefs when she gets the chance. Earlier this year when we were in Indonesia we visited Fukuro and a week later, Ristorante de Valentino. When Ryo (owner of Fukuro) found out mom was a chef he knew that she was his biggest critic of the night – he constantly came back to our table to check up on us, and he didn’t do that to any other table. Chef Marco of Valentino did the exact same, why? Because as Mom says, another chef’s opinion on their food matters more than any regular customer dining that night. Christy  didn’t have to check up on us, Mom loves dessert and we knew the desserts we ordered  would exceed our expectations.

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Chocola Terrarium

The first dessert we ordered was the one in the large glass casing. A huge favorite on the menu, it has  cinnamon sugared churros, chocolate ‘gravel’, pistachio and  chocolate sponge, chocolate icecream, valhrona manjari mousse and milk foam. I loved the softness of the churros, I’ve only ever eaten churros with a crunchy texture in Melbourne and in LA so tasting this was a little unusual but still tasted pleasant nonetheless! The glass case holds the structure of the dessert and gets taken off as soon as it reaches your table. I thought it was more for show but guess not. 

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Raspberry Field

I’m sure many Melburnians have seen this mushroom dessert all over Instagram and Facebook last year. I know I did. I hated ruining this awesome plate of food though. It looks relatively simple but there’s different elements and textures that kinda get you confused but you can’t stop eating it because it’s a weirdly good combination. The mushrooms are made of raspberry and lychee sorbets with a baked meringue base. Surrounding it is raspberry panna cotta, rosewater pearls and white chocolate.

I like Om Nom bar because I find it has a nice ambient atmosphere and is a good spot to relax and have a decent talk with a friend or a fancy meeting with a client, seriously. It’s really casual. But taking photos is bothersome given  that you’re in a situation  where there’s extremely low lighting in the room. I was the only one who awkwardly used a flash on my phone to take these photos, ah well despite the lame looks I got from the waiters, I’m pretty proud of how it turned out.

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