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Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2012

Reviews November 26, 2012

It had finally come time for the annual Sydney Food Bloggers’ Christmas Picnic, (as organised by the lovely Chocolatesuze and Helen from Grab Your Fork) and boy was I excited! What could be more fun that a big bunch of Sydney food bloggers meeting up, seeing new and familiar faces from twitter pages and eating plenty of delicious food? Not many things, I’ll wager!

Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling too well on the day of the picnic so I wasn’t able to indulge in too many goodies, but I could still eat with my eyes! And there were a lot of drool-worthy dishes brought to share πŸ™‚

Here are a few of my fave pics from the day:

Lovely lunching ladies!

JJ from 84th&3rd‘s Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Coconut & Sweet Tamarind Bread by VegeTARAian

Muppys rhubarb tarts with meringue

Ramen Raff‘s macarons disappeared with lightning speed!

More beautiful salted caramel macarons from Flick Your Food

Avocado and Bacon devilled eggs

Yummy rice paper rolls by Angie Lives to Eat

Love the pretty chocolate curls on this cake. Not sure who brought this, sorry!

Home. Made. Cheese!!! by the lovely Nic from Nic Cooks

Pretty jasmine tea creme brulee tarts from Excuse Me, Waiter!

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies by Cath @ Confessions of a Glutton

The Sticky and Sweet

Simon Food Favourites‘s popular pop up bar serving cocktails

Oh and can’t forget my contribution – Vegan Cookie Dough Dip (will defs be posting the recipe for this soon!)

Following the epic feasting was a very fun Kris Kringle where we got to steal pressies from each other – it got brutal, I tell you! If you want to check out the pics, take a gander at my FB page – plenty more pics from the day are all up there πŸ™‚

I had an absolutely lovely time at the picnic and can’t wait for the next one! Picnic fun times ahead!!

Hope you’re having a fun week πŸ™‚

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Sydney Food Bloggers Picnic 2012

Reviews January 17, 2012

I was quite chuffed to be invited to the annual Sydney Food Bloggers Picnic 2012, hosted by two lovely food bloggers, chocolatesuze and grabyourfork.
It was my first food bloggers event so I was rather excited to go along! A week ahead, I baked and froze a batch of my favourite brownies to take along.

I drove to Centennial Park and promptly got lost finding the right picnic spot for a good ten minutes, before finally making some kind of a U Turn and heading in the right direction. Fortunately I found a good park pretty soon after spotting what I hoped was the Sydney Food Bloggers Picnic group. Grabbing my camera and ziplock (couldn’t find a container!) bag of brownies, I headed nervously headed towards the group, holding my handbag in a bit of a death grip. I don’t really go out to big groups of people who I don’t really know so it was definitely a couple of firsts for me in one day!

Everyone laid out masses of delicious looking food and pinned on their name tags (my name and blog name on a tag, yay!!).

Everyone got to mingle and put faces to blogs and twitter accounts πŸ™‚

Finally, lunch was announced by chocolatesuze!

A congregation of food bloggers – everyone got to snapping before we started eating!

Beautiful looking paella from Lex from

More gorgeous looking paella from Ramen Raff

Gorgeous berry marshmallows – not sure who made these but they were scrumptious!!!

Delicious meatballs with feta and a tzaziki dipping sauce by spoonfulsofgoodness

Gorgeously green mini pandan cupcakes by Lay from

Muppy’s absolutely delicious salted caramel tarts with gorgeous piping

coconut and pandan maracons

sugar puffi’s fairy bread!

Some more delicious tidbits

The brownies i brought πŸ™‚

Everyone got to nibbling and some chatting!

Gaby from lateraleating and Muppy.

Me and Muppy

Me and Chanel from Cats Love Cooking

Wendy from obesebaby, Lay from layskitchenexplorations, Lucy from beyondbourkestreet and me πŸ™‚

Food got eaten!

I went back to get some of these, but they were gone πŸ™

Lucy from beyondbourkestreet‘s browned butter apple pound cake with maple cream cheese frosting

I snapped a couple more pictures before the big main group pic by Simon from

The lovely Tim and Christina from thewayitcrumbles

Wendy (obesebaby), Lucy (beyondbourkestreet) and me

Me and the talented Simon from theheartoffood

Me and April from polkadotsandchopsticks

Me and Suze (chocolatesuze)

Me and Betty (sugarpuffi)

Group pic from Simon from theheartoffood

It was so lovely to meet everyone and finally get to put some faces to blogs as well as sample some of everyone’s scrumptious treats. Looking forward to the next one!

Special thanks again to chocolatesuze and grabyourfork for organising everything πŸ™‚

You can check out all the rest of the pictures I took (yes, there are more! hehe) on my Facebook page by clicking here.

You can also check out the recipe/method for my favourite brownie recipe I took to the picnic by clicking here πŸ™‚.

Hope you are all having a fab week!


Stylish Blogger Award

Uncategorized April 19, 2011

I Β was absolutely chuffed to be awarded a Stylish Blogger award by the lovely Chanel from Cats Love Cooking. You can read her post about it here.

One of the reasons I got into food blogging was.. well I always loved food blogs, I love food and cooking and I simply love taking food pics.I also love receiving comments and tweets from fellow food bloggers. I never thought I would really get read that much, but it is such a joy to get new comments and meet new lovely food blogger friends – I have just loved it so much! So when I was nominated, I really felt the love! Thank you Chanel!!! And thank you to all my readers πŸ™‚

Okay, so, here are the rules.

  • Thank the person who gave me the award. (Thank youuu Chanel!!) πŸ˜€
  • Pass the award along to 10 blogs I enjoy
  • Share 7 things about myself.

I am awarding the following ten blogs the Stylish Blogger award πŸ™‚ (in no particular order!..)

  • MamaGrace71’s Blog – for Grace’s fun tales of the twinlets and being a new Mum
  • LimeCake – for her easy, one-serve simple Asian style recipes and an amazing recipe trove!
  • MyKitchenProduce – for Linda’s authentic Asian recipes, gorgeous looking meals and absolutely beautiful decorated cakes! So envious of your piping skills!
  • Pigged-Out – for Leona’s absolutely stunning photography and great restaurant reviews. I wish I could photo food this good!!
  • Obesebaby – firstly because I love the name, secondly because I love your restaurant reviews! My favourite part is how you provide the the ratings, average price and other info about each place you visit – so handy!! Such a great idea πŸ™‚
  • The Willow Blog – for Alyssa’s absolutely gorgeous photography and pretty sweets. I could look at her photography all day, it is soo pretty!!
  • Raspberri Cupcakes – This lady takes macarons to a serious art. Bunny macarons and doughnut macarons?? Pure. Genius. And more beautiful photography and food styling – teaach me your ways Raspberri Cupcakes!
  • Tash at 52 Wednesdays – for her creativity.. I know Tash in Real Lifes (yes, it’s true!) and her blog is just as lovely as her πŸ™‚ Love all her pretty creations!
  • Dy @ for her movie reviews, “man-watch” section, style tips and photography. You work it, sista!
  • Mel’s Sweet Treats – For her soo pretty sweets! A camera cake! Cake pops! Aaand if not only for the sole reason of her cookie seating cards. Mel? You.. are a genius.

Another couple of my favourite blogs slash honorable mentions (I really need to figure out how to do a blogroll) at the moment have been Not Quite Nigella, Joy the Baker,Β the Pioneer Woman, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Closet Cooking, Fashion’s Maven and Almost Bourdain (and of course many, many more.. but if I listed them all, I’d be here forever!)

Okay.. Seven things about me.

1. I am a Naruto addict. My fiance got me hooked on it many years ago.. and yes. We’ve watched ever single episode. Those of you that know Naruto know that that is a LOT of episodes.

img credit: thanks, google imgs.
I’m not sure what it is that is so appealing about it, but we just love it. Mike and I are also fans of Bleach, (made by the same people) but Naruto has always been a winner.. I haven’t really gotten into any other anime shows.

Some of my favourite characters are Jiraiya, Kakashi, and of course, Naruto. He’s just so gosh-darn adorable! We always watch it in Japanese with English titles. I’m pretty sure that the most recent episodes (Naruto Shippuuden) don’t come with English voice overs like the regular Naruto does but even if it did, I would never watch it. The Americans they get to sub the voices mispronounce so many things so horribly, it makes it pretty much unwatchable. I’ve watched the cringeworthy English version on and I couldn’t even finish watching it, that’s how bad it was.

2. I love Japan. If I could live anywhere else in the world, it would definitely be Japan. I love the culture, the language, the people and I am obsessed with Japanese food. I would honestly eat it every day if I could. Curry udon, sushi, agedashi tofu, edamame, onigiri, ramen, dango/mochi, kare raisu, tempura, yakimeishi.. gosh, the list just goes on. It made me so sad to think of the devastation that happened (and is stil happening). All my love and prayers go out to this absolutely gorgeous country.

3. I have mixed heritage – I was born in Hong Kong to a Filipino mother and an Australian father. We moved to Australia when I was 18 months old and I pretty much consider myself Australian.. I don’t speak Tagalog (the native language of the Philippines) – well not much anyway. Plus all my relatives laugh a my pathetic attempts at it. I always enjoy asking people what nationality they think that I am. Apparently I have a slightly American accent (I blame TV. haha) which has led some people (i.e. a saleslady at Review) to insist that I’m Canadian. Plus the fact that I don’t really look very Asian at all makes people come out with all kinds of interesting nationalities, Italian, Spanish (not too far off, since my Mum is 1/4 Spanish) and a whole heap more. Too bad I can’t ask you guys now, since I just told you.. dang. πŸ˜› Growing up with a Filipino mother has taught me to appreciate Filipino cuisine – too bad it’s nearly impossible to find any Filipino restaurants in all of Sydney.. There’s one in Dee Why that we used to frequent, but it wasn’t the best Fillo I’ve ever had.

4. I majored in Anthropology at university. I found it extremely interesting and extremely unemployable. Go figure.

5. I studied piano for nearly 10 years (age 7-17) and got up to grade 7 AMEB. High school ended and pretty much so did my piano playing. One of the reasons I gave it up was because I didn’t really have the dedication and passion to keep going with it, not to mention the fact that the AMEB exams scared the living daylights out of me, as did performing – which gave me severe anxiety… I do not do well in front of a crowd, and that includes public speaking!

img credit: thanks, google imgs.

6. I am a godmother (“Ninang”) to three beautiful god-daughters. Two in the Philippines, one who lives in Sydney.

My “Australian” (I put that in brackets, because she’s Fijian-Kenyan, but she’s being brought up here) god-daughter’s name is Talei-Maisha (which means Precious Life in Fijian). She is about two and a half now and she is the cutest most gorgeous, prettiest little girl ever!! I love her heaps. Allow me to spam you with completely adorable pics of her!

Serious Face.

Goodness me.

Just had to put this one in there – one of my faves.. love these shoes on her!

And an oldie, but a goodie.

This is Lindsay – (Or Sey-Sey as she is more popularly known.. Fillos have a thing for nicknames), my first god-daughter πŸ™‚ She just turned ten last weekend (that’s right, I was made godmother when I was about thirteen. lol). Happy Birthday Sey! I don’t have as many photos of Sey as I do Talei, but that’s because I see Talei every week and I’ve seen Sey about twice in her whole life. But that doesn’t mean I don’t still love you heaps!! πŸ™‚

My last god-daughter I don’t even have a pic of.. I was made like an ‘honorary’ Β godmother (or “Ninang” in Tagalog) and I’ve barely even seen her – even less than Sey, because she lives in my Mum’s village in the Phils. But she still counts! I certainly do love being a godmother πŸ™‚

7. Hmm.. running out of things to say. I guess I can describe how Mike and I met.. which was on Okcupid, a dating website (lame, right? lol). Our first date was at Marigold’s in the city (where we ordered Shantung Chicken and Satay Chicken – which we still order now out of nostalgia.. lol), then we watched the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie at the cinemas on George Street followed by Taro Pearl Milk Tea and a walk to the Chinese Gardens. Occasionally we reenact bits of our first date – for funsies and because those things are still fun to do! (Except that movie. That movie was soo bad.)

taro milk tea img credit: from here

So there are seven ‘interesting’ things about me πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading!