The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Seafood @ River Quay Fish, South Bank (Brisbane)

When I visited Brisbane on a solo trip, I met up with my in-laws for lunch at South Bank. I adore the South Bank - I think it is a beautifully planned out space with fantastic facilities for the public along the Brisbane River close to the CBD. There are plenty of dining options in South Bank, and we strolled through the restaurants along the river before deciding on lunching at River Quay Fish. The service we received was great, and the restaurant was very accommodating to my step-MIL's dietary requirements. It is a fine choice for seafood and lovely views of the river, and we quite enjoyed the food we ordered.

A dozen natural oysters, all of them fresh, plump and delicious:

My King Fish with potato mash and greens was excellently prepared:

The Seafood Paella with bomba rice and seafood stock resembled more like a risotto, but it was full of delicious seafood flavours:

River Quay Fish
South Bank, Sidon St
South Brisbane QLD 4101
Tel. +61 7 3844 3993

River Quay Fish Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Exquisite afternoon tea @ The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne

Last week, hubby and I celebrated a milestone anniversary. I won't say how long we've been married, only that we got married 10 months before I started writing in this blog! How far we have come since - the adventures we've had around the world, living in three different countries, and raising three beautiful children. It hasn't been all sunshine and roses, but the challenges we've encountered and overcame together, I hope that these have helped forged our bond stronger. To celebrate our anniversary, I booked us to have high tea at The Hotel Windsor, which claims to be Melbourne's most famous afternoon tea. Regardless of the fame, the experience we had was nothing short of fabulous. We were informed that the hotel has been serving afternoon tea everyday except Christmas since 1883! The interior was grand and elegant, the service we received was impeccable, and the food was exceptional. The maître d' who greeted us at the door gave us a warm welcome, and acknowledging the occasion we were celebrating, he sat us at a window table, which was a pleasant surprise as it was something I did not request nor expect. We enjoyed our glasses of bubbly aperitif, and we did not have to wait long after being seated before the 3-tier high tea set was served. We didn't feel rushed nor hurried as we savoured every bite of the afternoon tea. I liked the bottomless coffee and tea, and we enjoyed a cup of cappuccino each as well as two different types of tea (we tasted each other's teas, so we actually tried four different types of tea). We had a really good experience, and I highly recommend the afternoon tea experience at the Hotel Windsor.

Classic and timeless decor:

Our glasses of French sparkling wine:

Savoury pastries, exquisite patisserie and ribbon sandwiches on a three-tiered stand:


Warm savoury canapes: Roasted jerusalem artichoke tart, ricotta, thyme, fine herbs; and Parmesan crusted gougère with Gruyère fondue:

The gougère had a delicious cheesy filling:

Sweet patisserie: pistachio macaron (macaron biscuit, roasted pistachio, Sicilian pistachio ganache); vanilla and yuzu religieuse (vanilla bean mousse, yuzu sauce & crémeux, mirliton (almond) sponge); and longchamp (Milk chocolate mousse, hazelnut praline):

Ribbon sandwiches: free range egg with saffron aioli & mustard; Waldorf smoked chicken salad with Victorian walnuts; and cucumber with peperonata & Yarra Valley fetta:

Our teas were served in elegant silver teapots:

My cup of sencha. I haven't enjoyed a good green tea for years, and drinking this brought back nostalgic memories of our years in Japan:

Freshly baked traditional and sultana scones, served with housemade strawberry jam and thick double cream:

I actually forgot about the scones, and I was already full from the pastries and sandwiches, but I love scones and none went to waste:

At the conclusion of our high tea, we were served this plate of cake:

The Hotel Windsor
111 Spring St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9633 6002
Bookings can also be made online

Afternoon Tea At The Windsor Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, 12 August 2019

Brunching @ Three Locals, Melbourne

Now that the youngest does 3-year-old kinder for 5 hours a week (which is really not very much), hubby and I aim to have a kid-free brunch date once a month. Given our busy schedules, it actually works out to be closer to once every two months, but that is better than none. We are blessed to be situated close by the foodie offerings on Station Street in Fairfield, which makes it so easy to fit in an hour's date with delicious food and good coffee. We have yet to come across a place we don't like on Station Street, and Three Locals is no exception. My girls and I walk past Three Locals every day to and from school, and it's a popular choice for a coffee break with the locals, especially the parents after dropping off their children at school. The all-day menu offers a wide selection of dishes to suit all taste buds, and vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free diners are also catered for. We first visited Three Locals a few months ago with my mother-in-law who was visiting from interstate, and we liked it enough to return for a revisit on a brunch date.

Zucchini and pumpkin croquettes:

House-smashed Avocado on pumpkin sourdough and topped with two poached eggs, cherry tomato, feta, flaked almonds and balsamic glaze:

Wingrove Omelette - four eggs with mushrooms, red onion, tomato and mozzarella:

Maison Brekky - avocado, tomato relish, grilled ham and two poached eggs, topped with hollandaise and served on toast:

Mr Atlantic - Salmon Benedict with premium smoked salmon, sautéed spinach, two poached eggs & house hollandaise on toast:

Three Locals
127 Station Street
Fairfield VIC 3078
Tel. +61 3 9078 6579

Three Locals Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Tasty ramen @ Shujinko [Russell Street], Melbourne

One of the best things about living in the same city with a sister who appreciates food is that we meet and go out for the sole purpose of satisfying whatever cravings we have. It requires a bit of coordination with our husbands to look after our kids on a weekend day, but my hubby is happy to take the kids for a few hours as long as I bring home goodies for him too. Shujinko is a 24-hour ramen bar, and it serves hearty bowls of Tokyo-style broth ramen and classic Japanese snacks to satisfy the midnight munchies if you so happen to find yourself in the city late at night. I'm sure the daytime atmosphere is quite different to the night vibe, but the food nonetheless was lip-smackingly delicious. This trip to Shujinko was the last of three food stops for lunch that afternoon, and our eyes were bigger than our stomachs when we ordered three dishes to share. Happy to say that we managed to finish everything, and we enjoyed every bite we had.

Gyoza - the perfectly crispy base contrasted the chewy dumpling skin and moist tasty filling. As it said on the menu: the best side dish to go with ramen:

Tofu salad - soft tofu served with cherry tomato and salad mix, dried bonito flakes and sesame soy dressing:

Shujinko ramen - the original signature ramen in tonkotsu soup base. That pork belly alone is worth the visit to Shujinko!

Shujinko [Russell Street]
225 Russell St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9654 0989
Shujinko - Russell St Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, 19 July 2019

Comfy lodging and delicious Swiss food @ Hotel Bellevue, Murren (Switzerland)

I am still going through my photos from our trip to Europe last year, and I do hope to get through them all by the end of 2019! It had always been a dream of mine to visit the Swiss Alps, and last year we actually stayed on the Swiss Alps for two days! Choices on where to base ourselves on the Alps were plenty, and many online have raved about how scenic Murren is, so I booked us in to stay at the highly rated Hotel Bellevue in Murren. Service was excellent from the moment of my email enquiry, right up until we checked out and departed. It's a fact that Murren is car-free, so the complimentary pick-up and drop-off service between the station and the hotel was greatly appreciated, especially with our large group of three adults and three children, and the sizeable number of luggage that accompanied us. The rooms were well equipped and we slept comfortably and cozily each night. Our family stayed in a suite and my mum enjoyed her solitude in a single room. The suite had a back door directly out onto the snow, which delighted the kids. Breakfast was included in our rate, which is super convenient when travelling with three kids. The breakfast fare was lovely, and I loved the hot freshly made coffee each morning. We enjoyed one dinner at the hotel, and it was delicious.

The single room:

The living area in the suite:

The bedroom in the suite:

The breakfast room:

The view from the breakfast room:

Bread basket:

Fruit and bread corner:

Muesli, yogurts, cheese and cold cuts. There's even a pot of boiled eggs!

Swiss muesli with various cheeses:

The restaurant dining area:

Hubby's first taste of Ramseier Suure Moscht (Swiss apple cider), and the kids' first taste of apfelschorle:

Snow-covered scenery to be enjoyed from the dining room window:

Special order of sausage and chips for the boy to share with his sisters:

Mum's choice of deer fillet, smoked and pan-fried with a creamy mushroom sauce, glazed chestnuts, red cabbage, poached pears with cranberries, served with homemade spätzle:


Hubby could not resist finishing the meal with something sweet. This mixed berries tart was delish:

If you're looking to stay on the Swiss Alps, I can highly recommend the alpine village of Murren, and Hotel Bellevue is a superb choice for accommodation.

Hotel Bellevue
CH-3825 Mürren
Tel. +41 33 855 14 01