• When you think of Bondi Beach, the picture in your mind's eye might be of the white sand, crashing surf, suntanned bodies, buff lifesavers and fish and chips. In fact, chowing down on piping hot chips and crispy fish fillets goes hand in hand with sand between your toes down here. Yet we found ourselves slurping away at Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen in Bondi.

    Slurping away at Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen in Bondi

    When you think of Bondi Beach, the picture in your mind’s eye might be of the white sand, crashing surf, suntanned bodies, buff lifesavers and fish and chips. In fact, chowing down on piping hot chips and crispy fish fillets goes hand in hand with sand between your toes down here. Yet we found ourselves slurping away at Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen in Bondi.

  • Exploring Sydney can be a challenge - there's so much to do, see and more importantly, eat. We had to start a long day of adventure right, so stumbled into the city and found breakfast at Medusa Greek Meze in Sydney.

    Breakfast at Medusa Greek Meze in Sydney

    Exploring Sydney can be a challenge – there’s so much to do, see and more importantly, eat. We had to start a long day of adventure right, so stumbled into the city and found breakfast at Medusa Greek Meze in Sydney.

  • Fast food is a once or twice a year phenomenon in our household. We are neither fast food junkies nor super […]

    McDonald’s Create Your Taste

    Fast food is a once or twice a year phenomenon in our household. We are neither fast food junkies nor super […]

  • We recently visited George's Paragon on Eagle Street in Brisbane city to celebrate my father-in-law's birthday. George's Paragon is a Brisbane institution, so it shouldn't be a surprise the dreary wet weather and grey skies didn't deter the Sunday lunch crowd from the restaurant.

    A Sunday birthday lunch at George’s Paragon in Brisbane city

    We recently visited George’s Paragon on Eagle Street in Brisbane city to celebrate my father-in-law’s birthday. George’s Paragon is a Brisbane institution, so it shouldn’t be a surprise the dreary wet weather and grey skies didn’t deter the Sunday lunch crowd from the restaurant.

  • After repeatedly being tempted by Crave Gold Coast's Instagram porn of Elk Espresso, we headed down there for breakfast on a mini weekend getaway down the coast. It was also conveniently enroute to Tallebudgera Creek, where we were planning to spend most of the morning.

    Elk Espresso on Broadbeach

    After repeatedly being tempted by Crave Gold Coast’s Instagram porn of Elk Espresso, we headed down there for breakfast on a mini weekend getaway down the coast. It was also conveniently enroute to Tallebudgera Creek, where we were planning to spend most of the morning.

  • The Greek Street Grill's Kalamaki Grill Platter! Feeds two hungry souls to the max with two soutzoukaki (spicy oblong kofta), two pork and two chicken kalamaki, four palm sized pita breads, and two dipping sauces (tzatziki and aioli) to go with fries.

    Greek Street Grill at Surfers Paradise

    The Greek Street Grill’s Kalamaki Grill Platter! Feeds two hungry souls to the max with two soutzoukaki (spicy oblong kofta), two pork and two chicken kalamaki, four palm sized pita breads, and two dipping sauces (tzatziki and aioli) to go with fries.

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Slurping away at Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen in Bondi

When you think of Bondi Beach, the picture in your mind’s eye might be of the white sand, crashing surf, suntanned bodies, buff lifesavers and fish and chips. In fact, chowing down on piping hot chips and crispy fish fillets goes hand in hand with sand between your toes down here. Yet we found ourselves slurping away at Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen in Bondi.

Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen is a tiny outfit on Campbell Parade, overlooking the ocean and Bondi Beach. You won’t get a great view of the beach, but there was a chill in the wind and we were not complaining about being cosy. Finding available seats might be tricky, but it would seem most punters leave quickly upon finishing their meals. Your patience could be rewarded.

The noodles really are handmade – we watched the dough pulled into thick strands more akin to udon than the thin slippery noodles more popularly associated with ‘handmade noodles’. Handling them was a little trickier, but they were al dente and satisfying in broth.

Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen: Noodles in special braised beef soup. AUD$12.80

Noodles in special braised beef soup. AUD$12.80

Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen: Dumpling (6) noodle soup. AUD$11.90

Dumpling (6) noodle soup. AUD$11.90

If you are looking for a tummy warmer, both the noodles in special braised beef soup and the dumpling noodle soup would hit the spot. I prefered the noodles in special braised beef soup for flavour, but the dumpling noodle soup was more satisfying. I did add a fair bit of chilli oil to the dumpling noodle soup for a bigger flavour hit.

Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen: Traditional Northern Style Stirfried Noodles with seafood. AUD$12.80

Traditional Northern Style Stirfried Noodles with seafood. AUD$12.80

You have the option of having chicken, lamb, beef, pork or vegetables with Traditional Northern Style Stirfried Noodles at AUD$12.80, or ‘upsizing’ to seafood or roast duck for AUD$15.80.

Would I go back to Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen again? Maybe. The food was satisfying and different from the fare normally available at Bondi, but not particularly special. I guess if you’re sick of fish and chips, there’s always Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen.

 

Handmade Noodle And Dumpling Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Breakfast at Medusa Greek Meze in Sydney

Exploring Sydney can be a challenge – there’s so much to do, see and more importantly, eat. We had to start a long day of adventure right, so stumbled into the city and found breakfast at Medusa Greek Meze in Sydney.

Medusa Greek Meze

Medusa Greek Meze

Medusa Greek Meze was spacious compared to the many hole-in-the-wall joints dotting the city. Here, you seem invited to dine and linger, rather than order and bugger off; travelling families, such as ours of four adults and a one year old certainly appreciated the space. Even the al fresco dining area was still undercover, giving us lots of options despite the dreary damp weather.

Medusa Greek Meze - Menu

The Medusa Greek Meze breakfast menu had some very familiar items, so we ordered a variety of things, including a side of scrambled eggs on toast just for Bubby. The boy might only be one year old, but he certainly can eat his fair share of food – wonder where he got that from. 🙂

I wasn’t a fan of their liberally buttered ‘crusty toast’. It was crusty and toasty, but I’m a soy linseed and whole grains bread kinda girl, so white bread is not my cup of tea. With that said, it was the perfect thing to mop up the golden egg yolk lava and balance the bite of saltiness from the feta on my poached eggs, smashed avocado with crusty toast and oregano feta. The avocado was really sliced, but hey! I cannot fault such a rich satisfying breakfast on that technicality.

Medusa Greek Meze - Poached eggs, smashed avocado with crusty toast and oregano feta. AUD$14

Poached eggs, smashed avocado with crusty toast and oregano feta. AUD$14

Medusa Greek Meze‘s omelette wasn’t neat and tidy, but don’t judge a book by its cover. Or as I like to say, pretty food still comes out the other end as shit – what matters first and foremost should always be flavour. Their omellette with shallots certainly has plenty of it, but if you need a bigger bang in your mouth, they served this with a chunky tomato relish that was well-balanced of sweet and tangy.

Medusa Greek Meze - Omellette with shallots, rocket, tomato relish and topped with feta. AUD$14

Omellette with shallots, rocket, tomato relish and topped with feta. AUD$14

The Meze Big Brekky was the motherload of breakfast. We got the works with this one. This was the first time my parents tasted haloumi, so I laughed when my mother described it as rubbery ‘tau kua‘. The haloumi wasn’t overly salty and spotted impressive char marks, signs the chef had the patience of a saint.

Unfortunately a little impatience would have been more appropriate for the grilled sausage. My father had difficulty chewing the crisp blackened sausages, so kept to the eggs and toast.

Medusa Greek Meze - Meze Big Brekky: two eggs with grilled sausage, haloumi, spinach and crusty bread. AUD$16

Meze Big Brekky: two eggs with grilled sausage, haloumi, spinach and crusty bread. AUD$16

Medusa Greek Meze - Side of scrambled eggs on toast

Side of scrambled eggs on toast

As for the additional side of scrambled eggs on toast for Bubby… he polished most of it off without complaint or struggle. Medusa Greek Meze definitely won on that bonus round.

 

Medusa Greek Meze Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Taking my parents to Sydney for the weekend

My parents rarely travelled.

I recall my mum whining how airsick and seasick she’d get when I was growing up, but it’s more likely money was tight with so many mouths to feed.

So now that Bubby is older and they’re here for a month, the SO and I decided to take my parents to Sydney over the weekend.

Sydney Opera House

The SO organised everything from the flights, the apartment at the Oaks Goldsbrough Sydney and car rental with Hertz. What would I do without the SO?

We went to the gorgeous Blue Mountains, Bondi Beach, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney Opera House, caught a ferry in Sydney Harbour and wandered Sydney’s Chinatown.

I don’t know for sure if they enjoyed themselves.

The trip definitely tuckered them out though.

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The first of many birthdays

Yesterday was a very special day – Bubby turned one! The first of many birthdays!

20160413BirthdayBoy

What have we done? I made this egg-free and nut-free sweet potato brownie for all his friends and carers at daycare and they were a hit! And there’s more to come this weekend.

Despite the busyness of marking this special occasion, I’ve been hit by waves of nostalgia.

This time last year, the SO and I were in a birthing suite at the hospital. I was hooked up to the induction drugs and bouncing on a fit ball, while Skyping with my sister in Germany.

Labour wasn’t quite what I expected, but after several hours, Bubby would take his first breath and scrunched up his face in the first of his many frowns.

And things were never the same since.

 

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Our 3 least used baby gear

Bubby’s first year is almost up! Time has flown faster than I could have ever imagined.

As I look over the things he’s outgrown to make way for things that’ll fit and stimulate him as he develops, there are several things that never saw much use. We have been lucky that some were either gifted or easily listed on Gumtree to make a couple of bucks (every penny counts!), but I thought I might share our 3 least used baby gear and ask if anyone else saw much use of these during their newborns’ first year.

So here we go!

 

Swaddles

Image from babycenter.com
It seems everyone swears by swaddling, especially after Kate Middleton stepped out of the hospital with Prince George swaddled in Aden + Anais. It’s supposed to simulate them in the womb, which comforts and calms them.

But Bubby HATED being swaddled from day one. I remember him struggling to wriggle his arms free immediately after he had been swaddled at the hospital. Once his arms were out, he would settle to sleep peacefully. We ended up using our swaddles as blankets for the worst days during our mild Brisbane winter.

 

Cosleeper mat

Cosleeper mat
Living in a small apartment meant we didn’t want to overcommit to additional furniture before Bubby was born. I had also grown up in a cosleeping family and was keen to see if we could do the same for our own family.

A friend kindly gave us a cosleeper mat, but it took up so much space on our queen bed! Neither the SO nor I could get comfortable. I also found it made breastfeeding through the night difficult, so abandoned it once I was sure we didn’t have issues cosleeping.

 

Baby walker

Steelcraft Zoom Baby Walker
There is plenty of articles as to whether baby walkers help or hinder a child’s walking development.

Well, they were all moot points, as Bubby started walking at 9 months. Our brand new baby walker didn’t even get a month’s use.

 

I’m sure we would’ve had more if we bought everything we were told we would need. In many ways, being very conscious of the limited space in our apartment has prevented too much waste. Otherwise our 3 least used baby gear might have been 10 or 20. Eek!

What baby gear didn’t you use as much as you thought?

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