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Coconut Grill and Bar – Phi Phi Island Village Resort & Spa

October 8, 2012
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Earlier in the year, Stud and I were in Thailand on our honeymoon, and while staying at Phi Phi Island Village Resort & Spa, we did the rounds on the island (more posts to come) food wise. Our first night in Phi Phi was spent at Coconut Grill and Bar, one of the hotels many restaurant options. A gorgeous setting, either out the front with your feet in the sand, in the restaurant, or out the back on the balcony, overlooking the lake. We went with the balcony seating – romaaaantic 😉 The menu isn’t extensive so it was easy to choose our seafood basket to share, with a few dips to accompany. Our complimentary bread basket arrives and to my surprise, is a few different types of bread. Gotta love that. Needless to say, my normal “don’t fill up on carbs” mantra once again, goes out the window as...

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Essen Restaurant and Beer Cafe

October 5, 2012
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I’m not sure what it is about us females, but we tend to like dessert. Now I don’t want to generalise and I’m sure I’ll get some hate mail following this post, but really, majority of the female persuasion like dessert. We forgo an entrée in order to eat dessert (my mother). We’re tempted by vending machines filled with chocolate and sugar lollies (my workmates). We’re excited when we get chocolates for Valentine’s Day, or any day for that matter (ALL of us!). Lately I have been trying to eat a little less sugar where I can, but I still allow myself those small indulgences. Like last week for example when the lovely ladies at Wasamedia invited me to sample the new dessert menu at Essen Restaurant and Beer Cafe. This menu just so happened to be paired with one of the girliest drinks known to man – Schnapps. Needless...

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Harvest Box and a Special Offer!

October 4, 2012
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Harvest Box and a Special Offer!

I find it hard to snack smart. With so many deliciously unhealthy options around, and not many deliciously healthy options, its much easier for me to play dumb and go for the quick fix unhealthy snack. Dont get me wrong, one needs a good sugar hit every now and then for the pure unadulterated pleasure. She saays as her hips scream in pain 😉 But balance is key here people. Balance. As some random stroke of luck, the awesome peeps at Harvest Box sent me over a little pack to try at my desk. No questions asked! Love! Included in my Harvest Box was “The K2”  banana chips, goji berries, dark chocolate, pepitas and sunflower seeds, “Kokoda Trail”  roast almonds, pistachio kernels, cranberries, flame raisins, macadamias, sunflower seeds, pepitas and milk chocolate, “Spiced Up” Lightly spiced and roasted peanuts, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, pecans, egg white, cane sugar, sea salt, garlic spices...

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Strawberry and balsamic gelato – Queen at Home Gelato

October 3, 2012
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Strawberry and balsamic gelato – Queen at Home Gelato

We buy a lot of jam at home. Not because we go through it quickly, but because when it comes to jam, Stud very much resembles Goldilocks. This one is too runny. This one is too lumpy. I don’t like the bits in this one. Etc, etc….. So when we find a jam that’s just right, we hold on to it! Meanwhile with all the leftover jam in our house, its hard to know what to do with them. Well no more! This dessert is one of those mutton dressed as lamb dishes…..In the difficulty department anyway. It by no means lack flavour, imagination or impressiveness. Using your Queen at Home Gelato Mix, you simply use your leftover jams 😉 and some balsamic vinegar, and you can come up with a strawberry (raspberry, blackberry…….you get the picture) and balsamic swirl gelato within half an hour. Perfect timing as the...

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New Shanghai – Ashfield

September 26, 2012
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New Shanghai – Ashfield

A little while back, Stud and I were invited to try the new Dumplings and Wine menu at New Shanghai in Chatswood Chase. We came away bursting at the seams and one of us may have been a little tipsy. I’m saying no more! So when I was asked to attend a get together at New Shanghai’s original, but newly refurbished restaurant in Ashfield I was well up for it, and ate extremely low calorie food during the day to prep myself. Let. Me. Tell. You! I’m glad I did! We’re brought out a selection of traditional cold dishes to try. Drunken chicken (chicken soaked in Chinese wine with herb & spice), New Shanghai salted duck, Shanghai style deep-fried fish soaked in herb, spice & dark soy sauce, Shredded spicy chicken, Garlic cucumber, Sliced jellyfish mixed with cucumber, Shredded kelp mixed with spice and vinegar dressing, Pork terrine, Pigs...

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Salted Caramel Ice-cream

September 25, 2012
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Salted Caramel Ice-cream

Suitably tipsy from my Margarita sorbet, I thought it best to do a more family friendly version for my next Queen flavour. Plus let’s face it, who doesn’t like salted caramel? You need to make sure you really salt the caramel in this recipe. I have put a guide but it’s really to taste, just make sure you oversalt it as it will balance a lot when you stir it in to the sweet gelato base. If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can do this on the stove but be sure to keep the temperature low. You may also want to pierce the can to avoid it exploding. Salted Caramel Ice-cream Ingredients 1 x Queen Vanilla Gelato 650ml full cream milk 1 x can Condensed milk 2 tbs sea salt Method Place can of condensed milk (unopened) in a slow cooked and fill until can is submerged....

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Sushi & Sashimi Masterclass – Ocean Room, Sydney

September 23, 2012
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Sushi & Sashimi Masterclass – Ocean Room, Sydney

Living in Sydney, we can often take our surroundings for granted. Always on our way somewhere – usually in a hurry – we are so concerned with where we are going, that we don’t bother to look around us while we’re getting there. Sydney really is a gorgeous place. I have noticed this more so lately and its really never more apparent than when you’re by the water. Sun bursting through the roof to floor windows, Sydney’s harbour and Opera House on one side and the finest fish money can buy on the other. I’m at Ocean Room at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay, and am surrounded by other Sydney food bloggers and we are in for a treat. Chef Raita Noda – Ocean Room’s executive chef – has graciously offered to give us a sushi and sashimi masterclass (*squeeee*). Chef Raita came to Australia in 1990 from...

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Margarita Sorbet fit for a King….or Queen

September 7, 2012
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This is my husband after he realised there were 75 margaritas on the menu. Yup. If there’s a drink of choice for Stud, its definitely Margaritas. All flavours, all types, he doesnt discriminate. Although he does always go back to the original. To him, its still the best. Needless to say, that evening was a bit messy for both of us lol. A little while ago, Claire from Claire K Creations contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying some of Queen’s new gelato range. Yes, yes I would 🙂 Every baker knows Queen. Be it for their food colourings or flavourings, they’re a trusted, Australian owned company thats well worth supporting on a shelf filled with overseas brands. Now they’ve brought out a gelato range, with a quality to match any good gelataria in Rome, and it’s found exclusively in Woolworth’s 😀 The challenge was...

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Cumulus Inc – Melbourne

August 18, 2012
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Cumulus Inc – Melbourne

A few months back I went on a girl’s weekend to Melbourne. If I was to live anywhere else in Australia, it would be Melbourne. I absolutely adore it. It has never let me down. Be it shopping, food or festivals, Melbourne does it all, and does it damn well! This weekend was no different. We spent obscene reasonably large amounts of money shopping (most of mine were sales so I didn’t feel so bad ;)), ate like we had starved ourselves for the trip, and caught up with some awesome Melbourne peeps. The stand out for me, for the entire long weekend of eating, was breakfast. I know right? Who even counts brekkie really? It’s just sustenance to fuel us for more shopping! But on our very first day in Melbourne, we headed to Cumulus Inc. on Flinders Lane, and I have been talking about it ever since....

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Porcini gnocchi with asparagus, peas and artichoke hearts – and a COMPETITION!

August 5, 2012
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Porcini gnocchi with asparagus, peas and artichoke hearts – and a COMPETITION!

Drumroll peeps!!!! Thanks to my great friends over at Kitchenware Direct, Dining with a Stud has its very first competition 😀 more on that later. Growing up in a multi-cultural area as an anglo kid, you’re exposed to a mecca of different cultures, people, and of course food. “The hood” as my friends and I affectionately call it, isn’t like your predominantly Italian Leichhardt, or Asian influenced Cabramatta, it’s like a melting pot, and it was great to be a part of. I think the area I grew up in definitely influences my vast love for all different types of food. Although I would say Japanese is my favourite (developed later in life), I could literally eat any type of food and be pretty chuffed with it. With quite a few friends from European backgrounds, Italian is probably my go-to food when we’re at home. I’m familiar with the...

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