• The SO visited Chi Mc several times through work and has been consistently impressed, so I had to try them for myself.

    Chi Mc Chicken & Beer

    The SO visited Chi Mc several times through work and has been consistently impressed, so I had to try them for myself.

  • I went through a bit of a phase with Petrichor & Co, and visited them for breakfast almost every week for awhile. They ticked a lot of boxes for me and they might for you too.

    Petrichor & Co

    I went through a bit of a phase with Petrichor & Co, and visited them for breakfast almost every week for awhile. They ticked a lot of boxes for me and they might for you too.

  • There are numerous reviews on Elixir Coffee HQ, so I decided we should have breakfast there enroute to some errands […]

    Breakfast at Elixir Coffee HQ in Stafford

    There are numerous reviews on Elixir Coffee HQ, so I decided we should have breakfast there enroute to some errands […]

  • Smoked Paprika is not in our usual neck of the woods, which was precisely why we took a little drive to check it out for a late weekend breakfast.

    Smoked Paprika

    Smoked Paprika is not in our usual neck of the woods, which was precisely why we took a little drive to check it out for a late weekend breakfast.

  • If Low Road Café were a person, I would say it is that kooky Auntie who wears loud prints, swears like a sailor and probably drinks too early in the day, but is a tonne of fun and the most interesting person at any party.

    Breakfast at the Low Road Café

    If Low Road Café were a person, I would say it is that kooky Auntie who wears loud prints, swears like a sailor and probably drinks too early in the day, but is a tonne of fun and the most interesting person at any party.

  • After a long first day at the Problogger Conference, the SO decided we should try The Avenue on the Gold Coast, which was across the street from the Hilton hotel. Who was I to deny the man a decent dinner?

    [Gold Coast] The Avenue

    After a long first day at the Problogger Conference, the SO decided we should try The Avenue on the Gold Coast, which was across the street from the Hilton hotel. Who was I to deny the man a decent dinner?

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What are you up to this weekend?

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February is almost at an end and with it, hopefully the ridiculously summer heat! Are you over all this sunshine? Did you feel the burn?

What are you up to this weekend? Kick back and chill out at some of these events this weekend.

 

BrisAsia Festival 2017

The BrisAsia Festival has been running since 27 January, and will finish Sunday 19 February. This weekend will be your last opportunity to take the kids to check out Creatures of Mud, Sand, and Sea or Just Wing It at the Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre, pick up some karate, taste some Chinese delicacies or watch a free screening of iconic Grace Chang’s work from the 1950s and 60s.

 

Brisbane Travel Expo 2017

Already dreaming of your next getaway? The Brisbane Travel Expo 2017 will be at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre this weekend. Get inspired and get all your research for fantastic travel deals with air, land, cruise and rail suppliers as well as tourism bodies, hotels and attractions form around the world.

Which reminds me, our little family are planning a trip to Los Angeles. Has anyone been and if so, please share your recommendations and tips! Especially if you know of great places for toddlers.

 

BBQ and Beer Festival

Got your tickets to the BBQ and Beer Festival at Doomben Racecourse? Check out some of Australia’s foremost BBQ crews and sip on some seriously good craft breweries showcasing their cold, golden brews!

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Our first playcentre – Chipmunks Playland and Cafe (Underwood)

A nanny once suggested I visit a playcentre.

“What’s a playcentre?”, I asked.

“It’s an indoor playground. Aircon, there’s food at the cafe. You pay per child. Adults go free.”

Well, blow me down! You learn something new every day in mum life.

We originally planned to go to the Rainbow City Childrens’ Playcentre in Underwood, but there wasn’t any parking available. Instead we went to Chipmunks Playland and Cafe around the corner and had a blast! It’s definitely an option if you have active kids and the heat is getting to you.

Chipmunks Playland and Cafe

Plenty of tables and chairs for families and small groups inside Chipmunks Playland and Cafe in Underwood

Chipmunks Playland and Cafe was a lot larger than I expected.

We went during school holidays, so there were a large number of kids with parents and grandparents in tow. There were still plenty of tables available, though the ones closest to main play area were prime vantage positions and were taken early.

The cafe offerings were pizzas (margherita, meat lovers and Hawaiian) , burgers, chips, wedges, chicken nuggets, etc. Pizzas and chips were the popular menu items, with most tables tucking into these at lunch.

Chipmunks Playland and Cafe

The cafe counter

Chipmunks Playland and Cafe

Rides are $2 a child

Chipmunks Playland and Cafe

The under-3 year old section

Pros:

  • Reasonable rates without time limits: 1-2 year olds $9.90, 3-11 year olds $13.90
  • Lots of free parking in the complex.
  • Large play areas with various activities, including air-guns and two giant slides

Cons:

  • I wouldn’t consider the kids menu options particularly healthy.
  • If you prefer to always have an eye on your kids (particularly if they’re younger), this playcentre might be too large for your taste.
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Chinese New Year at our house

Chinese New Year reunion dinner

Happy Chinese New Year!

I just realised I haven’t been back to Singapore for Chinese New Year in almost 10 years.

That is a seriously long time, and while I certainly miss all the goodies and treats associated with the occasion, I certainly haven’t missed the annoying questions from noisy relatives. No idea what I’m talking about? Here’s a sneak peek into what Chinese New Year with all the relatives can be like.

Chinese New Year is usually a bit of a non-event for us, but it’s now important to share Little Mister’s Chinese heritage by celebrating the important tradition.

We invited the SO’s family to reunion dinner on the eve. Only his parents could attend, which was fine as I quickly realised it is impossible to plan a non-seafood and non-poultry Chinese New Year dinner for other family members.

Our Chinese New Year dinner menu:

  • Yu sheng with smoked salmon (the inlaws seemed to enjoy this sweet salad)
  • Steamed broccoli in oyster sauce
  • Steamed bream with goji berries
  • Steamed garlic prawns
  • Long beans with pork mince in black bean sauce

How did your Chinese New Year celebrations go?

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Happy #CheeseLoversDay!

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Hands up, cheese lovers!

Happy #CheeseLoversDay!

Do you remember your earliest cheese memories? I do!

Just about the only cheese I had access to growing up in Singapore was Kraft’s parmesan cheese. Whenever my mum made spaghetti bolognese, I would pour a towering pyramid of the stuff out of those green and yellow tins. Much to the dismay of my family, because they thought it stank like sweaty socks.

Well, I didn’t complain about the stench when they ate durians.

Yes, I’m a weird Singaporean for not enjoying durians as much as most.

By the way, this is my favourite ode to cheese.

So to celebrate #CheeseLoversDay, I’m sharing some cheeses you can make at home and Australian cheeses you can love.

Enjoy!

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Chi Mc Chicken & Beer

Brisbane saw an explosion of Korean chicken in the dining scene, and everyone wanted to name the absolutely best ones. Nene Chicken in the city was touted as one of the best, but Chi Mc‘s name was always whispered close behind. The SO visited Chi Mc several times through work and has been consistently impressed, so I had to try them for myself.

Chi MC

Chi MC interior seating

The Venue

We dropped into Chi Mc over the Christmas break. Much of the city’s workers must have been away for the holiday season, so it was quiet and we had our pick of seats. The SO assured me that they are normally quite busy, and recommended arriving before lunch hour or well after it to secure a good seat. With our Brisbane summer heat, you’ll appreciate their abundance of indoor seating with air-conditioning.

 

The Service

Menus were provided as soon as we sat down. Orders were made and paid for at the counter.

We were only one of two occupied tables, so our meals arrived super quick. I would’ve expected nothing less.

 

The Food

Chi Mc has a massive menu. Besides Korean fried chicken (bone-in and boneless, of course), they also offer Korean pancakes (four options starting from AUD$14), salads (seven options), chips (seven options), burgers (seven options) and hot pot (seven options). They really have a thing for seven, don’t they?

And if you have a vegetarian friend or two, the vegetarian items are clearly marked with a carrot icon. And there are plenty of them.

On top of that, their $10 lunch specials are offered Monday to Friday. The SO and I picked boneless soy chicken mayo and Boneless Sweet Chilli Chicken Mayo lunch specials. The only difference between the two were the sauces. The chicken coating was crisp and hot, with a generous dressing of their respective sauces. The salad were a couple of salad leaves, which were not well dressed. Nonetheless, it was an inexpensive way to grab a quick hot meal.

So there’s really something for everyone.

Chi MC $10 lunch menu specials

$10 lunch menu specials

Chi MC's any half chicken with any drink or Korean beer offer

Chi MC - Boneless soy chicken mayo with rice and mixed salad. AUD$10

Boneless soy chicken mayo. AUD$10

Chi MC - Boneless Sweet Chilli Chicken Mayo. AUD$10

Boneless Sweet Chilli Chicken Mayo. AUD$10

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