I walked on the street the other day, and saw many individuals had a frown on their face. Why is it so hard to be happy? How can we achieve happiness? What is "Happiness" exactly? These questions popped up millions of times before, but we never really knew how to answer them. Although here are some of the ways that I feel in which may allow people to be happy...
1. Live like as if there is no tomorrow.
I'm sure we all heard of this one. If tomorrow is the end of the world, what would you do today? Would you still care about what others think about you? Would you still work your ass off with absolutely no attention to your health? Would you still fight with people who care about you over small things? Would you still be complaining about everything around you? So start absorbing that concept into your mind today, and laugh every morning simply because the world has granted you another day.
2. Volunteer to help.
Life is not always about receiving, but as well as giving. When was the last time you made an effort to help someone? How did it feel like afterwards? Whether it's simply helping an old man with directions, or volunteer all the way across the globe, it allows us to achieve a sense of satisfaction. Not everyone have the ability to put a smile on another person's face, so you are very special if you did.
3. We shouldn't want another person's life.
It may sounds like an excuse, or an escape from something you can't reach. But the truth is, each person has their own way of living, and we probably can never have the things that others possess, simply because we are not "them". While you admire the life that others had, you never realised how they actually got there. You probably thought...I wish I was in their position? Don't. Just turn around, and you will see at least one person wished they had your life.
4. Laughter is contagious, and so is anger, jealousy, depression etc.
The more positive friends you have, the more likely you will be a happy person. This is because they continuously feed you happy memories and motivate you to be part of them. Unfortunately, we all have bumped into at least one nasty person in life. Whether it's the bitchy type, betrayal type, back-stabbing type, whatever. Just remember to delete them from your life, completely. Once you have done that, you will realise how great that decision was.
5. The past will always be in the past.
Whatever mistakes you made yesterday, it's all history. We shouldn't hope to go back and change things, or constantly blaming on ourselves. Has anyone seen the Butterfly Effect? That's exactly what I mean. Everytime you try to change things, something else arises. The worst thing that can ever happen is to abandon what you had today to chase for yesterday. So walk on, leave it all behind, because you know the future will always be brighter than the past.
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed it!! ^^
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Burgers. Mmmm yuuuum! Both me and Bun love burgers (not to mention how addicted we were with McDonald's lamb burger awhile ago), so when we heard about Charlie & Co Burgers inside Sydney Westfield, we got very curious.
This place was quite big with bright lighting, a little different to what we thought. We found a seat near closing time and ordered an icy coke first to relieve the exhaustion from walking around. They gave us one of those buzzers to wait for our order...
Charlie's Hangover Burger $12.00 (prime Angus beef patty, hash brown, cheddar cheese, fried egg, prime back bacon and BBQ sauce) + Sea salt fries $6.00 (side dish)
Ta-da! Bun and I decided to share a burger and some sea salt fries! The reason we picked the Hangover burger was because...
1. Somehow it sounds disturbing and entertaining at the same time *cough* we love odd names like these.
2. It included ALL the ingredients we would ever wish for to be inside a burger, especially the hash brown. Mmmm..
Gosh the burger was huge! I'm glad we actually decided to share one beforehand...Bun said it was almost the size of his face!
We both totally loved every single layer of this burger, from top to bottom! The combination of hash brown, beef patty and bacon was such a genius idea. The beef patty squeezed out its juice everytime when you bite into it, along with the flavoursome bacon and the soft hash brown...not to mention the heat slowly melted down the Cheddar cheese, and the fried egg that came with a splash of awesome BBQ sauce!!! We were happy about everything, except maybe the bread was a bit too chunky and perhaps this burger was more suitable for breakfast.
86 - 100 Market Street
Westfield Sydney, Sydney NSW
02 8072 7777
Sun - Wed 10am - 6pm
Thu 10am - 9pm
Fri & Sat 10am - 8pm
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
We saw a huge Chandelier through the glass, shinning up the entire entrance like as if it was a bright welcome sign. Yep, we were finally at Jamie's Italian (about time!?). I think I was a little hooked on Polenta Chips since Bloodwood, so we have decided to visit here to hunt down this famous dish.
The interior was really big, it went all the way inside and also with tables upstairs. We saw a range of wines, rows of breads, and a bookshelf full of Jamie Oliver's cooking books. The excitement started to build up, as we slowly walked up that wide stairs with our friendly waitress.
There were small and intimate tables, tall pub table, and large group tables. The lighting wasn't as dim as we thought, as they had single light bulbs almost at every corner. We loved the setting and the mood that was created, it somewhat evoked a nostalgic feeling.
The menu came in a single page, presenting lots of choices in which circulated in our heads. We then ended up picking what we thought were the most classic Italian dishes.
Fresh Juice $4.50
Bun ordered this orange juice to satisfy the thirst, he gulped down half of it in a few minutes and that put a warm smile on his face.
Bun loves squid, and this dish has always been a "MUST" for a dinner like this. The sauce was a little sour so we didn't dip too much of it, I guess the squid itself has already got enough flavour. Another thing I found amusing was the random garlic chips I picked up on the side mmmm...however, the portion was smaller than what we had in mind, and hence we managed to finish the dish at the speed of light.
Bun stared at me as I ate them one by one like a maniac or some kind of vacuum machine, this dish left me speechless, stunned, whatever you call it. I loved how crispy the fried coating was, and how they came in perfect size for the bite. The Parmesan covered them like snowflakes, giving that extra bit of texture. It was my favourite dish for the evening, and I would definitely recommend this for any Polenta Chips lovers!
We both love Bolognese, and we certainly won't miss out on this one! The mixture of beef and pork along with the herbs and Parmesan, have hugged tightly onto each other and brought out that nostalgic flavour to our mouths. The good old Bolognese never disappoint us, perhaps we should've ordered the main dish size ($19.00).
(Note: "Game" refers to any animal hunted for food, or not normally domesticated)
Ok, I think we picked this dish purely out of curiosity. It turned out a little different to what we thought, but the taste certainly amused us. (HA! I see Polenta again!) The meatball was well-cooked so it pretty much broke off as soon as we dug our forks into it. We loved the combinations of everything on the plate, and it was very fulfilling too.
By the time we reached desserts, our stomaches were pretty full already. Despite this fact, we still decided to order separate desserts! Bun loved his Brownie, the combination of cold vanilla ice cream and the warm Brownie satisfied him, completely.
Before I go on with my adventure of the Tiramisu cake, here's a picture of my stomach at the time...
*Cough* Sorry to kill your eyes with my messy drawing and the unnecessary description...let's move on shall we?!
This thing was HUGE! I could immediately foresee my failure to finish this beautiful cake. The coffee flavour was very strong, just as what I liked about Tiramisu. I loved the layers and the bits of orange mascarpone, it was one of the best Tiramisu cakes I ever had. Unfortunately, I had to leave it when I was half way due to explosion inside the stomach.
We loved every single bit of Jamie's Italian, whether it was the attentive service, the brilliant dishes, the overall atmosphere...it was a really enjoyable dinner. We can't wait to recommend this place to our friends, and hopefully we can come here as a group next time and try out heaps more dishes :D
107 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW
02 8240 9000
Mon - Sun 11.30am - late
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Bloodwood Restaurant and Bar was located at the quieter side of Newtown, mysterious and secluded. The interior reminded me of the movie called "Inception" where no ordinary rules applied for its designs, thus you will see bottles forming part of the wall, random recycled materials, illusional patterns that merged with stairs, and light bulbs hanging down the ceiling like a starry sky.
We got allocated to a table upstairs just near the staircase, and we were delighted by the warm and friendly waiters. When the menus were given to us, we had absolutely no problem in selecting the first entree dish, as we came to try out this dish since the beginning.
I've heard stories about these chips, mostly just about how fat and chunky they were. So we have decided to see it ourselves, and exactly how fascinating it was. The size of each chips were like wedges, except they were 10 times more delicious. The golden crust coated the soft inner core, and they were ready to be dipped deeply into the white Gorgonzola sauce. Bun said he found this dish quite bland and tasteless, but I actually liked it! (I have this weird habit where I like to eat the very original flavour of chips) Not sure whether it was because of the crust, or due to the creamy sauce, but I found every bite was very fulfilling.
PS: Polenta is a paste or dough made from cornmeal as used in Italian cooking. Gorgonzola is a type of rich and strong-flavoured Italian cheese with bluish-green veins.
This was quite an interesting dish, where the sweet and sourness of the fruits helped to highlight the freshness of the tuna. I liked how thin each slice was, and how easy it was to swallow them (very very smooth!). Although we had to say we wished the portion was bigger than that.
Funny how with this dish, I actually enjoyed the vegetable side more than the meat. The vegetables were all soaked with full flavours and they complimented the meat really well. I liked the smoked sausage but still found it a bit salty to my taste. Along with the pile of crunchy chickpeas, there lied the row of juicy chicken, and I do find their skins were a lot more tempting than the actual meat.
Being the Best Bar with Food and Best Casual Restaurant previously, we found Bloodwood had some really smart and sophisticated dishes to offer for its customers. However, we thought the portion could be seen as quite small for some people. The restaurant itself had dim lighting, funky music and as well as a chatty crowd. We wouldn't mind to return to this place again one day, just to try its range of cocktails and desserts.
416 King Street, Newtown NSW
02 9557 7699
Mon 5pm till late
Wed & Thu 5pm till late
Fri & Sat midday till late
Sun midday till 10pm
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Good morning Mike! We are coming to the Kitchen! Yes, that's Mike McEnearney, the former head chef of Rockpool. This place was full of fresh and colourful produce, and not to mention it literally WAS like a huge kitchen! It had no menus, so you would see a long line heading towards the food counter and a lively crowd laughing in the background.
This place was huge with ceilings staying high above the crowd, along with the cracks of woods and beams of sunlight coming from every direction.
They had several pots stuck in between the wires in front of the windows, and they have created funny shadows when the backlight came into the window.
We spotted food, lots and lots of them sitting in different plates behind the glasses, as if they were screaming "Eat me pleeeease!" We also spotted a cute staff member trying to cut the bread. Little things like those somehow amused us on this sunny morning.
After a little while, we have finally finished selecting our foods on the plates. As soon as we grabbed our dishes, we rushed outside as we felt the indoor area could turn into a giant heater in this sort of day.
We found this tin containing the cutlery, and it was somewhat fascinating as it reminded me of something found in a random 70's show.
Crispy pork belly with piccalilli $15.00 + Iceberg lettuce, tamarind and jalapenos $4.50
Onto the food! Here was my plate...I regret not taking a close up photo of the pork belly though, I guess I was too hungry this time! The pork belly was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Try imagining placing a chunky cracker into your mouth and then chomp down as hard as you could. That was exactly what the top skin sounded like! Then the tender and juicy meat came in, along with the burning sensation of piccalilli...I was so sad to finish this dish, it was like one of the most delicious things you could have.
Jerk "jamaican" chicken, and corn $14.00
This dish definitely didn't stand out as much when compared with the pork belly, so I guess the pork belly took the entire spotlight. I found the chicken was too ordinary, although it was cooked really well without much excess oil. It was just something very predictable, no highlights and no disappointments.
There is something exciting about places that have turned factories and warehouses to restaurants/cafes, where people can eat at different settings. Another thing is about the extra combination, whether it's a little shop or an outdoor garden, they seem to have added some entertainment for the customers. Last thing to mention is...we realised a development proposal at their exit, saying that they might be able to open for dinner in the future!! (YAY!)
85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery NSW
02 9045 0910
Mon - Fri 7am - 4pm
Sat & Sun 8am - 4pm
Lunch finishes at 3pm everyday, and coffee & cake finishes at 4pm everyday.
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Monday, April 15, 2013
Landed in the middle of the semi-industrial Alexandria, you saw a huge Warehouse and found out it was actually one of the ultimate destinations for Cafe and bakery lovers. There was The Grounds of Alexandria, with an everlasting long queue and a large garden with grown produce and herbs.
We noticed the bicycle parking spot, but also the parking spot for dogs? I would actually really love to see a cute bull dog sitting there though...
This place was vibrant, full of enthusiastic customers sipping away the coffees roasted by The Ground of Alexandria. It could be a quite noisy place for some people, and we pretty much had to talk really loud in there so we could actually hear eachother.
We were sitting in front of the roasting machines, along with constant garden decorations falling into our eye sights.
The Grounds of Alexandria had some really colourful furniture, contrasting with the rusty walls and poles at the background. They even had their own sign post right beside the garden, so it made us felt like we were in some foreign land.
With the menu on a clipboard, cutlery in a tin and water in a milk bottle, we were ready to begin a very exciting Breakfast.
Watermelon, Pineapple and mint juice $7.00
This was a very interesting drink, as we haven't seen this combination before. The juice turned out to be sourer than we thought, as the Pineapple flavour has beaten the sweetness of the Watermelon. But to our surprise, a thin stream of minty taste rushed into our throats like a snowflake in a cold winter, and then stayed for 5 seconds until it was melted.
Regular Mocha $3.50
This Mocha was very sweet, with a thin layer of foam and less aroma than I expected. I found it less amusing than the Watermelon juice, but I loved the combination of this drink on a green plate, it was just like a beautiful plant growing happily in the garden.
Turkish Style Eggs (Soft poached eggs in a rich tomato sauce with cannellini beans, spinach, pistachios, labneh yoghurt and toast) $16.00
I picked this purely because of the sound of "beans in tomato sauce", as this was one of my favourite combinations. Also I seriously couldn't resist "poached egg" these days, I felt so much satisfaction as I watched the yolk running out after a gentle poke, and it was almost similar to the feelings of how a kid won a bunch of lollies. I loved the combination of textures with the slippery spinach, the crunchy pistachios and the soft labneh yoghurt, together they lie on the toast and formed an excellent piece of art. Every bit of it fulfilled my desire for a perfect breakfast on a lazy morning, and it had the power to give you plenty of smiles on your face.
The Grounds breakfast board (double smoked ham, avocado, fresh tomato, Persian feta, two poached eggs, house made pesto and toasted sourdough) $19.00 (with added Bacon $4.50)
Bun decided to order something BIG, and indeed the breakfast board was big enough to fulfil his appetite. The combination of meat, pesto and feta had a pleasant taste on the sourdough, and you could always add Bacon if you felt like more meat. It was a great dish that included a bit of everything, and the portion was very reasonable.
We went to check out the garden after eating, and we found this little piggy lying there with a lazy face. Awwww it was so cute!
I loved these little random decorations around the garden, as they made the garden seemed adorable and lively.
BBQ and Donuts?
The Grounds of Alexandria have grown seasonal produce for their menu, so you could spot a range of different plants inside the garden.
I'd like to end this post with this picture above, as it reminded me of some fairytale. I was so mesmerized by the bottles hanging down from the ceiling, wondering if a strong breeze of wind would make them bump into each other and form some lovely music notes.
We'd say...we loved the food there, the bustling atmosphere and the dreamy garden that felt like a journey of Alice in Wonderland.
7A/2 Huntley Street
02 9699 2225
Mon to Fri 7am - 4pm
Sat to Sun 7.30am - 4pm
Mon to Fri 7am - 11.30am
Sat to Sun 7.30am - 11.30am
Mon to Fri Noon - 3pm
Sat to Sun Noon - 3.30pm
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