Bourke Street Bakery—Sydney’s Legendary Tarts and Pies.

Bourke Street Bakery, named literally after the street name, this legendary bakery, produces a variety of delicacies that are definitely worth revisiting. (RECOMMENDED PICKS: TARTS, especially— Strawberry Meringue Tart, Ginger Brulee tart, Chocolate tart)

Found in 2004 by two superb bakers, this bakery became the hit in Sydney rapidly and certainly, expect a wait of at least 15 minutes just to buy one of their pastry due to the large crowd and queue formed by people all around. Without Fail! Friday brunch picks: Chicken, tomato and pea pie, hot chocolate, lemon curd tart, flat white, lamb and potato pie and ginger brulee tart (left to right). Pain au Raisin and chocolate tart. I love how Aussie people are major dog lovers because I get to see different breeds all the time! So ADORBS~ *screams* >.< This Dachshund is so cute, I can’t even! Look at that short legs and long bod~ Bourke Street Bakery is the best place to have breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea, or just get a take away (at least a TART)! That ‘dreading’ long queue is rewarding! Located at a seemingly serene corner of Devonshire and Bourke Street, such soothing and peaceful ambiance…. your coffee or tea has never tasted that pleasant before. Bourke Street Bakery 633 Bourke Street, Surry Hills T: 9699 1011 7am-6pm Monday  to Friday 7am-5pm Saturday and Sunday FYI [ http://bourkestreetbakery.com.au/ ]

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie—Macarons Fever.

Macarons, a french confection that is meringue-based, have been ranked as one of the top dessert choice world wide.
Having said that,  many cafes/bistro/bakery had attempted to make these colourful and lovely-looking sweet. Even Mcdonalds have their own macarons!

Besides Ladurée (paris), there are many good competitors that sells macarons at much more affordable prices.
For example: in Singapore— TWG tea, housed with  a variety of macarons that are of unique tea-based flavour.

So, in Australia there is…..

Discover Sydney’s best Macarons—- ADRIANO ZUMBO
Zumbo, shot to fame from reality TV show, Masterchef, is now a country-wide known chef for his exotic sweet creations. Exotic, as in literally crazy, unimaginable and unexpected flavoured macarons, or to be exact, ZUMBARONS

PRETTY MACARONS— IRRESISTIBLE~

Wide Selection of exquisitely designed cakes and tarts…

Lemon meringue tart~


From left to right: Hazelnut Praline, Lime and Mandarin, Choc pop, Salted Butter Caramel, Malted milkshake and Toasted marshmallow.

My favourite—- MALTED MILKSHAKE! Trust me, its the best among all!


Zumbo provides tutorial classes as well! Learn how a bake perfect macarons and  marvelous desserts and pastries! Read more on: http://adrianozumbo.com/

Adriano Zumbo
Shop 1, Cafe Court

The Star 80 Pyrmont Street
Pyrmont NSW 2009

 Opening Hours – Patisserie Monday | 11am – 10pm Tuesday to Thursday | 11am – 11pm Friday & Saturday | 11am – Midnight Sunday | 11am – 9pm

 

10 steps to plan the perfect 21st Party.— #C.Faith’s 21st

Three years back, if you asked me ‘how are you going to celebrate when you turn 21?’ My answer to you will most likely be,’Probably travel with friends…’
However, now that I’ve finally reached the ‘prime’ year of becoming an official adult, somehow, there will be a drive within that will have the desire to want to open the best 21 party of my life! #YOLO

In my case: I’ve brought my 21st party exactly 4 months in advance to gather and celebrate my last few moments of youth as well as farewell with all my loved ones…

Trust me, organising a party yourself is crazy madd and stress, especially on that exact day! It is quite a hassle, but you will appreciate this hectic process and know that the amount of unconditional love and help you get from your friends are nothing else but a sparkling gem etched in your heart. ❤

1. Start Early—Set a Date.

Planning a 21st birthday party isn’t just about planning a party. IT IS A BIG PARTY. A MASSIVE PARTY. It may probably be the last party of your life (unless you are getting married then wedding party will be a much more grand and magnificent one). Hence, setting a specific date early would be good so as to notify your guests early as everyone is busy with their own life happenings. It will be good for them to know early so that they can block out and draw a huge circle on their calendar stating: _______ 21 Birthday Party!!

You might end up feeling that this first part is already a pain in the ass because you will want all your important people to attend but at the same time, worried that they might not be able to make it on that day. Weekends are usually the best days to hold a party—Either a Saturday or a Sunday.

A word of advice: Saturday is usually best for night events as some people do have to work on a saturday such as hospital jobs.. etc. Sunday will be best for a whole day event such from morning till prolly 10pm as it is a public holiday, so the probability of turn ups will be much higher. 

People that actually do care about you, will definitely attend your party, no matter what circumstances. So, just select a date that best suits you! 

2. Theme
The first part of planning a party is the THEME. Now, this is probably one of the more crucial part as you will want your party to be memorable to yourself as well as others. Most importantly, it must be unique and extraordinary! So, be creative, and think of whatever ideas and inspirations that comes to you. Let your inner artsy-fartsy character out (no one will judge you even if its the worst colour combination ever, its your party)! Eg. wild & crazy, quirky & fun, sexy & naughty, dainty & flowery, pinky & barbie… etc.

Well, one thing is to do tons of research online. Your best friend in this period will probably be Google. HA! 

Theme for #C.Faith’s 21st: Parisian style, together with Tiffany Mint Green as main colour. Well, my theme is chosen out of love! Because it is how I love paris so much and also, Tiffany mint green 🙂

3. Budget
So now that you are all set for your date of your party and the theme, you can start thinking about the cost.
This section is subjective. It depends on the how important this day is for you and how you want it to be displayed to your guests. You can be simple and nice, expensive and glamorous or just average but still look as awesome.

Budgetting fora party is typically about $500 and above (including the venue). Ultimately, it all depends on yourself, number of guests and how many sponsors you can get.

Budget set for #C.Faith’s 21st: $1000 nett. (including venue and food)
As I am not a filthy rich person, my budget is rather tight. So this is my breakdown of the cost of my party:
1. Birthday cake— approx. $250 (sponsored by my brother)
2. Decorations— $150
3. Food and drinks— $600
4. Venue— $0 (condo function room)
5. Photo Booth— approx. $300 (sponsored by my sister)

Since my cake and photobooth are sponsored by my siblings, I actually spent less than 1K for my party! Also, note that my venue is FOC because I already had plans to host my party in a function room. The approx. amount of people I invited was 80 guests, turn up was about 60plus? (More people = more money have to be spent on food and drinks—bear this in mind). Having to pay for a venue on your party is really expensive. Eg. Chalet— run down and not unique but yet it is still about $300 per night?! 

5. Venue and Environment
At this section, I need to stress and emphasize that, if you want to get a good venue, or rather the BEST location to fit your theme party then you must start planning at least 6 months in advance. The fact that you are not the only 21 years old baby of the year, there will be lot of other people that might had booked the place way ahead of you!

Top list of birthday venues:
-Condo function room
-Hotel (eg. marina bay sands, studio M, etc.)
-Chalets (eg. costa sands pasir ris, east coast park)
-NSRCC at changi

Well, from the list above, the only one that is FOC is condo function room. Others are just too costly or too small like opening in a hotel (unless you host in a suite).

Venue for #C.Faith’s 21st: Marina Bay Residence 
Because my party is parisian-themed, to find a venue that is able to fit my theme had been a real challenge for me. With my wide social networking and connections, my bf and I managed to get a function room at Marina Bay Residence. It is a huge space and could cater to just the amount of people I invited— 80+ guests.

The breeze up there is soothing, the mind blowing infinity pool, the gorgeous sight of Marina Bay sands right in front of your eyes and the choice for my guests to choose to sit indoor or outdoor~ impressive! The whole level is literally mine!

Thank God for the  existence of nice and kind  people in the world~ 🙂

6. Decorations
At this stage, everything is more or less set, move on to decorations—the most interesting and fun part of planning a party! It is also very important as it is a showcase and impress your ‘dream’ party to all your guests.
If you don’t want to spend too much money on decorations, it will be highly recommended that you make them out of your bare hands and not just buying off the racks.

Besides, your DIYs will definitely be exquisite, special and EXTRAORDINARY.

Decoration breakdown:
a) Invitation Card/ Facebook event page
Now, this is the very start and beginning of your party. You want this invitation card to look good so people will actually be of significance to them.

Since your theme had already been selected, you can go ahead and create that collage of words and pictures to entice your guests. MAKE THEM EGGCITED FOR YOU!
This card/image should include every details of your party (so you don’t have to spend too much time answering questions about details of your event).

Invitation card/ image for #C.Faith’s21st: 

FYI: Easily made with iphone apps such as vscocam, doodles, picarts….

b) Backdrop
Parties are all about taking photos… Therefore, the backdrop must be the one that displays exactly what your theme is, by just a glance at photos.

Backdrop for #C.Faith’s21st: Mint Green-Dyed Streamers with  Eiffel towers.

In my case, as mint green streamers are not commonly sold (either buy them from extremely expensive online stores and ship from america, or can just forget about it).

I have a budget so I made my backdrop from scratch, literally. & I can say, the backdrop is my proudest part of my party. It took me a whole long of one and a half month to finish it, apart from my busy schedule. And I am so happy that the finished product look so fantastic and dreamy…


TIPS–How I made this beautiful streamer that I love so much :

  • Step 1: Use green white board maker inks and mix with ethanol. The use of alcohol is essentially because apart from the fact that it evaporates faster than water, it will not disintegrate your streamers and retain the crinkly crepe paper effect still.
  • Step 2: Find the picture (eg. eiffel tower) and paint ’21’ on the lace baking papers.
  • Step 3: Paste the lace paper and eiffel tower alternatively on sewing strings that are so thin that it is not visible from far.
  • Step 4, tie the streamers individually on a rafia string or normally rope and alternately, string the lace papers and eiffel tower. Repeat as many time as you want to make it as long as you want.


FYI: It is easier for me since I work in the lab. Do not attempt unless you know how to handle ethanol!

c) Miscellaneous decoration goods for the venue
Party goods such as balloons are definitely a must! I chose 21 helium balloons of colour combination of yellow, pink, blue and white. Wall streamers were made of white lace papers (folded into halves) and tied with balloons in between. The colour combination complimented my photobooth backdrop so well!
My guest book shown below is DIY by my talented sister.

You can purchase balloons from: PARTY JOY  http://www.harvestwell.com.sg/party.htm
– highly recommended and is the cheapest among all party shops in Singapore that I know.

You can also get decorative papers and glitter powders from paper market to enhance the ambiance of the venue.
Eg. ‘Welcome to my party’ (as shown below)

7. Food l Appetisers l Dessert Table
The highlight of all parties–FOOD/DESSERTS/SWEETS. This practically what your guests anticipates and look out for. Who doesn’t love desserts? Not only must it taste good, it must look IRRESISTIBLY TEMPTING too!

Appetisers for #C.Faith’s 21st:

Mini Tart Canapes by Delifrance.
Delifrance has a wide range of mini party delights to choose from! From sandwiches to quiches and tarts…etc.
Make your order at: http://www.delifrance.com.sg/deli-cater/mini-party-delight.html

Mains for #C.Faith’s 21st:

Dessert Table for #C.Faith’s 21st:


Cheesecake in shot cups by Yours truly.


Jelly Shots by Yours Truly.


Choco-dipped marshmallow by Yours Truly.


Best Macarons ever by TWG Tea.
Chocolate sugar cookies with royal icing  by Afternoonsinthekitchen (she baked my birthday cake too)


Luxurious Cupcakes by the High Society.


My super GLAMOUROUS eiffel tower-laced chocolate cake by Afteroonsinthekitchen. Check out her website at http://afternoonsinthekitchen.wordpress.com/tag/21st/ .

8. Dress code
Typically, a party is a time where everyone gathers to celebrate a joyous occasion with you.
Usually, most of people will just sit and talk, catch up on one another’s life happenings, but this is no difference from celebrating Chinese new year, clubbing… where it is all about mingling.

Therefore, to make things more interesting, since it is a themed-party, there should, obviously, be a DRESS CODE/ COSTUME to fit the theme. This, not only makes photos to look nicer, and also it makes your whole party like a ‘perfect package’.

Dress code for #C.Faith’s21st: Lace and Leather.
While most parties that I had attended are commonly based on colour dress code, I did not want my party to fall in the same category of colours…

Knowing that my party is a French-Paris style party, it is impossible that people will be spontaneous to actually dress themselves with stripes and berets. I did a whole lot of research and finally got inspired by Maria Antonietta.– the classic, vintage concept of using LACE. Lace and leather is therefore decided.

I am really happy that eventually many of my guests did turn up according to the dress code!
Some of the best outfits:



Of course, not everyone will be bothered to dress up as well, which is why, I organised a BEST-DRESS COMPETITION, so as to encourage people to actually bother to dress up for my party.

FYI: It is a cash prize. 😀 As a token of appreciation that you actually did dress up by going through your messy closet to find that perfect look!


My two lovely judges- Jessilyn and Mavis.

9. Photography l Photo Booth
For such big parties, an instant print photo booth is no doubt, A MUST!

A photo booth is always fun and most importantly, the instant printout for your individual guests will be a piece of ‘memory’ for keep sake.

Some fun ideas could be adding props such as:

Paper straws are great crafts for props!
I purchased them from TAOBAO, which is so much cheaper!!! Not to forget, the pattern and colours of the paper straws are prettier on TAOBAO~ ^^

Photo Booth for #C.Faith’s 21st: Photolux Singapore.

I love how Photolux personalised and customised the border of the printouts to fit the theme of my party!

To engage photolux, visit their page at: https://www.facebook.com/photolux.sg

10. Don’t Panic! Just KEEP SMILING and be PHOTO-READY. BE THANKFUL.
Because you are the host and you are the limelight of the day, you do not want your candid shots to be a sulking and frowning face.
The first thing to tell yourself is to NOT PANIC. Alright, this might sound impossible since you are the party-planner and you won’t want to afford any forms of mishaps or screw ups.

But in order to really enjoy your big day is to calm down and go with the flow, remember that your family and close friends will always be there to clean up any mess for you and help make sure that everything runs smoothly. So, the only thing you have to do, really, is
to SHOW THAT WIDE BIG SMILE OF WHITE, SHINY TEETH.

Overall, my party was a success. Even though there was quite a few hiccups, but still, everyone enjoyed themselves! I am really thankful for all who had sacrificed their time to attend my party and also the ones that really put in 100% effort to help me! Really, THANK GOD for all these wonderful people that I had met in my life. ❤

Ending this post with my quirky ladies~

Baffi and Mo Espresso.—Eggs Affair: Poached or Baked?

Redfern, known to be a rather ‘dodgy’ area, it is such a surprise that there is an existence of  this small, but classic and vintage kind-of feel cafe.

Baffi and Mo Espresso, easily recognised with their ‘moustache’ logo, makes the cafe outlook more quirky I suppose? Maybe ‘Mo’ means moustache? I wonder…

Oh well~ not the main point here. So, have a look at the Interior,

I can say, what I love most about this cafe, not just the food but this holy-messy layout of the counter that gives the vibe of classic and vintage. I mean, of course most cafes have counters that might be similar to this. But till, I just love this particular one!!

And the CAKES, ERMAGERD!

Good choice of wallpaper too!

An antique pot of sugar!

Coffee anyone?

Aerial View of our Awesome Egg-gie Brunch!Side View 

Baked Eggs with sobrasada, roasted tomato, roasted capsicum, mozarella and grilled bread

Potato hash stack with smoked ham, topped with coleslaw, poached egg and asparagus

Corn and pea fritters with grilled haloumi and oven roasted tomato sauce

The FOOD

  • Baked Eggs with sobrasada, roasted tomato, roasted capsicum, mozarella and grilled bread: MMMmmm.. Doesn’t the name itself makes you salivate? This is one hell of Eggs OVERLOAD. I think there is about 4-5 eggs in the pan! Literally. If you love eggs, you will definitely fall in love instantly. The tomato sauce that they blend with….YUMs.  And I can say this is probably one of their specialty?! It goes so well with the grilled bread.
  • Potato hash stack with smoked ham, topped with coleslaw, poached egg and asparagus: This is one interesting dish. It is similar to Kakiage (A japanese tempura veggie dish). Exact same texture and taste, except that they uses sliced potatoes and coleslaw with a poached egg on top. Poached egg was cooked os perfectly that the egg yolks drizzles out…. =P
  • Corn and pea fritters with grilled haloumi and oven roasted tomato sauce: Probably not one of the best dish on our table, but still, FANTASTIC. Healthy choice I would say. Its just a typical corn fritters with peas. However, the combination with grilled haloumi is a brilliant idea tho. Without it, I don’t think it will be as fantastic.

The PRICE
Regular cafe with regular pricing. But, the portion served was indeed huge. So, it’s good if you come in groups so that you can share. For all the three dishes we had, I only paid $13+? That’s a pretty  good deal, I suppose. Well, for me that is.

The AMBIANCE
Summed up with the word: ‘ Classic and Vintage’. ME LIKE!! Although, it is small and maybe squeezy if you are to come in a big group, but there is still a choice of chilling outdoors instead! So, all good!

 

Baffi and Mo Espresso 
94 Redfern St.
Redfern NSW 2016, Australia
+61 2 8065 3294

FYI: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Baffi-Mo-Espresso/131871963528671

BREWTOWN.— The Art of Coffee Culture.

Well known for their cronuts, Brewtown is yet another beautifully designed coffeehouse that is usually lined up with long trains of people waiting to have a taste of their signature dishes.

The Interior

The cafe has installed a brew bar for patrons to sit and enjoy their meal while watching the friendly baristas working behind the espresso machine, blending the perfect latte/mocha/capuccino/flat white, etc.

Brewtown is built with two floors as they have a collaboration with O’Connell Street Merchants— where browsing of  unique household goods, designer apparels and even getting an affogato ice cream as dessert after brunch is made possible! 

Flat White.—the happiest moment when having a cup of coffee is getting to enjoy the piece of art seen on the milkfoam from bird’s eye view.

Elvis burger. ground beef, savory cronut, canadian bacon, gruyere and mayo served with chips and relish

Meatball, tomato, basil sauce and mozzarella baguette
Beetroot cured ocean trout, avocado smash, rye sour dough toast, dill, persian feta & beetroot relish. 
Brewtown Newtown
6-8 O’Connell Street
Newtown 2042
Official website,  http://brewtownnewtown.com/

For more detailed reviews on Brewtown, Check out this person’s blog: http://heneedsfood.com/2013/12/brewtown-newtown

P.S. Sorry, but I am just too lazy to write my usual ‘theFOOD, thePRICE and theAMBIANCE’ critique part! But overall, this cafe is worth second visit!

Le Paris-Go—-By the coastline.

Le Paris-Go, yet another open air concept cafe.– Favourite!
A buzzing cafe that is situated in the heart of Bondi Beach, serving a gourmet range of brunch menus and freshly brewed coffee!

Well, to be honest, I had been visiting Bondi for quite a few times. Besides knowing that Bondi is best known for their Fish and Chips, Gelatos and even Ben and Jerry’s, the thought of visiting a cafe had never came across my mind.

I end up getting to try this daunting cafe—-all thanks to my lovely friend’s cousin who had came to visit. That was our meeting point.

The Interior.


Another mouth-watering BRUNCH~

THE FOOD

  • Egg Omelete with Toast: A pretty outstanding PICK from the brunch menu! The egg omelete has a distinctive taste that its so good that it does not taste like any other ordinary egg omelete. omelete that is stuff-ed with tomatoes, kernels and melted Cheese!!! The cheese is the GODLY part! 
  • Eggs Benedict with Ham: Well, as much as I love eggs benedict, this ain’t the best eggs benedict I’ve tried though. It is just Norm. Ordinary. Simple. Nothing Impressive. 

THE AMBIANCE
Even though I’ve said a thousand times… Open air concept + wooden furnitures, that’s what makes a cafe, A CAFE. Get it?! Being able to dine by the beach, enjoying the limitless amount of Sea Breeze~ Ahh… Now, that’s Life.

THE PRICE
Like all cafes, this is no exception. The price of an eggs benedict cost about AUD$16.  So, I am sure you guys are smart enough to judge the cost of other dish on their menu. Well, regardless, for all cafes and brunch menu, the most important part is their food served are orgasmic!


Le Paris-Go
38 Hall Street, Bondi
2026 N.S.W Australia 

 

 

 

My Sweet Memory—- Cakes, Latte and even Stationery!


Everyone knows well enough that in Aussie, shops do not open till late. When dark falls, the city are usually referred to as ‘Ghost town’–Silence, that’s it. The only thing you can hear is probably the sound of wind.

Well, having been living in this new city- Sydney for about 3 months or so, it is not the case like a ‘ghost town’, but rather, a busy and vibrant city even till late. And yes, this specific DESSERT cafe that I am about to recommend, opens till midnight! Now, this is a huge plus point. You can have something sweet after a sumptuous dinner and not worry that: ‘There are  prolly no desserts anywhere to be found after 8pm.’

The Sweet Memory— an asian or rather, a KOREAN cafe that entitles you to fine quality coffee, a wide range of appetizing CAKES, and also an area of retail sections on adorable stationery. I mean, if you know korea well enough, you’ll prolly know how cute and unique their stationery are. 

The Interior

Just look at the delicious selection of cakes! And trust me, one slice of  is so DAMN HUGE!


If you are craving for something savory, they serve a a range of sandwiches, quiches and pies too. Many choices just to suit your daily cravings. Isn’t that great? 🙂

 
The chandelier lighting—- one of the impressive interior design that makes me fell in love with this place. Just look at that marvelous creation of using potted plants, wired stars and lights hanging together! 

 

The FOOD
Even though I only tried just one type of their cake, it pretty much sums up my review that ‘ I WILL COME BACK HERE’!! And for those that are fans of matcha/ greentea, give their greentea ice blended a go! It’s their signature beverages. Of course, if you are feeling cold, you can always have the hot green tea latte that I tried. Taste equally awesome! 

 The AMBIANCE
You can never go wrong with the choice of wooden furniture! My sweet memory is able to provide a comfy and soothing ambiance. Classic and lifestyle aspects were delivered, whereby they separate their business into two components: DESSERT and STATIONARY.

The PRICE
Good value for that slice of cake.— approx. $7? You can just share it with your friend. The coffee and green tea latte is average pricing. Norm. So, still good to come and give this place a try!

 

My Sweet Memory (M2)
Town Hall

95 Bathurst St. Sydney NSW 2000

For more information, check out the website. http://mysweetmemory.com.au/
Many outlets available, so more choices catered! ^^