• While my parents were visiting from Singapore, I discovered they had to have sliced bread – not toast – for […]

    Little Loco on Merthyr Road, New Farm

    While my parents were visiting from Singapore, I discovered they had to have sliced bread – not toast – for […]

  • As luck would have it, I received an invitation to check out Boom Boom Burger, a new establishment on the Gold Coast at the same time we had to drive my parents to the Gold Coast airport to catch their return flight.

    Boom Boom Burger on Surfers Paradise

    As luck would have it, I received an invitation to check out Boom Boom Burger, a new establishment on the Gold Coast at the same time we had to drive my parents to the Gold Coast airport to catch their return flight.

  • We must have passed Little Greek Taverna a hundred times over the years whenever we venture into West End, but have never tried them out. When we finally made it to Little Greek Taverna, we came away wondering why the hell we stayed away for as long as we did.

    Little Greek Taverna in South Brisbane

    We must have passed Little Greek Taverna a hundred times over the years whenever we venture into West End, but have never tried them out. When we finally made it to Little Greek Taverna, we came away wondering why the hell we stayed away for as long as we did.

  • If you haven't tried Korean Fried Chicken, you are really missing out. Korean Fried Chicken is apparently a huge part of modern South Korean culture and is cooked twice, so the batter is crunchier and less greasy. They also use smaller and younger chickens, resulting in a far more tender product. So where did we go for our Korean Fried Chicken that night? Kyochon Chicken on Beenleigh Road in Sunnybank Hills.

    Kyochon Chicken

    If you haven’t tried Korean Fried Chicken, you are really missing out. Korean Fried Chicken is apparently a huge part of modern South Korean culture and is cooked twice, so the batter is crunchier and less greasy. They also use smaller and younger chickens, resulting in a far more tender product. So where did we go for our Korean Fried Chicken that night? Kyochon Chicken on Beenleigh Road in Sunnybank Hills.

  • Bucci Restaurant recently celebrated its 3rd birthday and launched a new quick and casual lunch menu, which I was invited to sample. No more excuses!

    Bucci Restaurant’s new lunch menu

    Bucci Restaurant recently celebrated its 3rd birthday and launched a new quick and casual lunch menu, which I was invited to sample. No more excuses!

  • Domino’s must have a better weatherman on their books than the national television stations, for they have just launched their latest Chef’s Best pizza range to match the cooling weather – the Pulled Beef range.

    Domino’s new Chef’s Best Pulled Beef pizza range

    Domino’s must have a better weatherman on their books than the national television stations, for they have just launched their latest Chef’s Best pizza range to match the cooling weather – the Pulled Beef range.

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Happy 6 weeks old!

Bubby

We are the anxious first-time parents.

We try to follow as many of the ‘rules’ touted by our elders, medical professionals and other parents as possible (with some instinct thrown in). But we can never be absolutely sure what is right, so we sometimes feel like we’re blundering along and hoping for the best.

It was only at Bubby’s 6-week paediatric appointment this week we were assured that we were doing just fine.

Bubby has gained a respectable 1kg and grown 5cm since birth.

Next up – vaccinations.

Happy 6 weeks, kiddo!

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Little Loco on Merthyr Road, New Farm

While my parents were visiting from Singapore, I discovered they had to have sliced bread – not toast – for breakfast every morning – typically with soft butter, peanut butter and jam. In fact they finished my jar of strawberry jam and almost the passionfruit and tomato one too.

So I would make pancakes every couple of days, but gave up whenever Bubby had had a hard night or I ran out of flour. To break the morning monotony, the SO and I took Bubby out to Little Loco around the corner for our first breakfast together on our own.

Little Loco on Merthyr Road, New Farm

 

It might take a little effort to walk out the door now, but it’s worth it for the fresh air and decent coffee. It’s really easy to turn into a hermit when you’re a new mummy and consumed with caring for this tiny new being. No wonder women (and men) get post-natal depression. Little Loco on Merthyr Road, New Farm

Little Loco on Merthyr Road, New Farm

Breakfast Burger. AUD$14.90


Little Loco on Merthyr Road, New Farm

Lemon ricotta pancakes. AUD$16.90

And it gets even better with a delightful breakfast. I’ve seen Little Loco‘s lemon ricotta pancakes plastered all over Instagram and knew if I didn’t try them, I would never forgive myself. These were every bit as delicious as they look. Two extremely fluffy hotcakes were stacked in a pool of maple syrup, forming an island for a paradise forest of cinnamon honey mascarpone and sliced fresh seasonal fruit with a sprig or two of mint. That combination was sensational and I especially loved the cinnamon honey mascarpone, slathering it onto every bite.

The savory and heartier Breakfast Burger beats the first hunger pangs with streaky bacon, a fried egg, smoked tomato relish, mature cheddar and avocado on a toast brioche bun. Little Loco‘s Breakfast Burger is what you’d order as part of a hangover cure from an epic party – it hits all the right buttons with a savoury moorish strip of bacon, succulent egg and fresh avocado. Only personally I think Boom Boom Burger has a better and softer brioche bun, but otherwise we give this one a big thumbs up.

 

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Boom Boom Burger on Surfers Paradise

Disclaimer: We dined as invited guests at Boom Boom Burger and received our meal complimentary by the estanlishment. Opinions – as usual – are our own. 

My parents recently flew down from Singapore to spend a couple of weeks with us and to meet Bubby, their first grandson. It’s been four years since we had seen them and it’s their first trip to Brisbane, so it was good to finally show them what life is like for us down under. At the end of their trip, we drove them to the Gold Coast to catch their return flight.

As luck would have it, I received an invitation to check out Boom Boom Burger, a new establishment on the Gold Coast at the same time. We aren’t in the area often, so nabbed the opportunity immediately!

Boom Boom Burger on Surfers Paradise

At just two weeks old at the time we visited on Friday, Boom Boom Burger is located on Surfers Paradise’s Chevron Island, a neighbourhood which looked refreshed and lively with morning joggers and locals about their business without the kitschy tourist vibe the Gold Coast has a reputation for – and on-street parking was a breeze.

According to Boom Boom Burger, their “visual influence is from 1940’s New York, our imagery of drums is to enforce that dining should be theatrical and dramatic”. I’ll have to take their word for it since I’m not familiar with New York or that time period. Instead I’d describe it as relaxed and casual. Tables were set at a respectable distance from each other, minimising the chance of any butt-sweep mishaps as punters are forced to squeeze between tightly positioned tables.

Boom Boom Burger on Surfers Paradise

After studying the menu, I was initially a little confused. The name ‘Boom Boom Burger‘ would indicate it is strictly a burger (and chips) joint, but the selection includes hot dogs (three to choose from), salads (select from a vegetarian, caesar and seafood options), tapas, booming sizes (large sized mains) and desserts. And I haven’t even gotten to the impressive drinks list – tap or craft beer, cider, reds, whites, rose, house spirits, cocktails and soft drinks. You could definitely have a good time at Boom Boom Burger (as long as you don’t plan to drive home).

But we were heading back to Brisbane straight after, so stuck to the tamer menu elements. We started with the puff potatoes on Boom Boom Burger owner Meyjitte Boughenout’s recommendation.

Boom Boom Burger on Surfers Paradise

Puff Potatoes. AUD$5

The Puff Potatoes is just one of the six side options on the Boom Boom Burger menu, but while you can get chips, fries and onion rings anywhere else, these fried potato balls might be harder to come by. No wonder they’re fast becoming popular amongst punters.

While you might think these Puff Potatoes are akin to a croquette, they were actually much fluffier on the inside. The closest I can probably compare them to is my favourite childhood frozen food – Birds Eye’s Frozen Potato Pomme Noisettes. Except these from Boom Boom Burger came with a panko-like crust that gave sauces plenty to cling to.

Boom Boom Burger on Surfers Paradise

Plus at AUD$5 for 10 pieces is the kind of generousity one rarely sees in cafes and restaurants in Brisbane these days. I was impressed!

Boom Boom Burger on Surfers Paradise

Smoking Hot. AUD$15

The Smoking Hot is one of Boom Boom Burger‘s signature burgers, and I can see why.

Arriving under a glass cloche of thick smoke, this baby has a 150 day aged beef patty, mushrooms, cheddar, pickles, spinach and of course, a secret sauce. The combination, like all their other burgers, is lovingly encased between gently toasted brioche buns, which are delivered fresh every day.

Boom Boom Burger on Surfers Paradise

If you love your burgers (as I’m sure you do) and you only have the option of picking one off Boom Boom Burger‘s menu, the Smoking Hot is the one to hit up. This is the way burgers should be – a succulent beef patty with fresh ingredients and heaps of umami and smoky flavour make its classic combination a joy to bite into.

Boom Boom Burger on Surfers Paradise

Pig Me Up. AUD$12

The Pig Me Up on the other hand, is for the slightly more adventurous. This concoction has thick slices of melt-in-your-mouth pork belly that has been cooked over 6 hours. The pork’s sweetness was tempered by a bed of green apple chutney, some blue cheese and fresh lettuce leaves with sliced tomato rounds.

Boom Boom Burger on Surfers Paradise

If you’re weary of being overwhelmed by blue cheese, don’t be – the crumbled bits tease your tastebuds rather than assault them. This, my friends, was worth the drive from Brisbane.

Boom Boom Burger on Surfers Paradise

We were quite blown away by the quality and flavour in our meal, but what got me excited was hearing Boom Boom Burger owner Meyjitte Boughenout mention how one of his suppliers often sources and brings in unique products for their chef to try. Take these confit baby capsicum – have you ever seen such a darling thing? They were ridiculously tiny, yet delicious and I too would love to see what Boom Boom Burger might use such produce and come up with.

 

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Disclaimer: We dined as invited guests at Boom Boom Burger and received our meal complimentary by the estanlishment. Opinions – as usual – are our own. 

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Four weeks old

Bubby

If I thought the 38.5 weeks of pregnancy went by quickly, the last 4 weeks have left my head spinning.

Our daily routine now revolves almost entirely around meeting Bubby’s needs. It’s not something unexpected, but this is probably a good time to reflect on all that well-meaning ‘advice’.

You know the ones I’m talking about. The gems of ‘wisdom’ spewed uninvited from the mouths of family, friends and even strangers that get rather cliched by the 15th week of your pregnancy – they start to annoyingly make some sense. The anthem ‘Your life will never be the same again!‘ is perhaps the most and yet begrudgingly honest (yet grated our nerves nonetheless, but hey! We went into this with our eyes wide open).

So here are a couple of pearls we heard repeatedly and our experiences thus far.

 

Sleepless nights

To be honest, the nights are not completely sleepless. Thankfully Bubby kindly lets me squeeze 2-3 hours of sleep between night feeds and maybe an afternoon nap if I’m lucky.

Otherwise, I’m fucked.

 

Personal hygiene is a luxury

I was told that once Bubby arrived, my world would revolve around meeting his needs (true) and never my own (not true). Showers and brushing my teeth daily would be a luxury.

It’s true that I cannot take leisurely hot showers and la-de-dah now, but I haven’t skipped a shower and brushing my teeth yet. Since I’m breastfeeding Bubby, keeping my boobs and breath clean and fresh is the least I could do.

With that said, I’ve had to babywear Bubby to take a dump once – figured if I have to smell his poos every day, he shouldn’t mind smelling mine once in awhile.

 

Eating like a horse

Assuming my role as Bubby’s personal cow is hard work. The last time I felt so hungry so often was in my early teens and I was just eating for one then. I am thankful for the pre-made freezer meals, but they’re not going to last.

If anyone offers to bring food over, I take it.

 

Post-partum body

Who knew I would be thankful for having gestational diabetes? Turns out I only gained a total of 8kg by the end of the pregnancy and by the end of these 4 weeks, I’ve dropped the pregnancy weight and now weigh 58kg. That’s 5kg less than when I first fell pregnant.

But weight is only one factor. While I can fit in most of my old clothes now, my tummy has a little jiggle it never had before and my boobs… holy cow, these sacks have exploded!

At least my skin has been spared the battle wounds of pregnancy – stretch marks.

 

What words of advice have you heard from people during pregnancy?

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Having too many cards

I’m a little ashamed to admit that I’m not a very loyal customer. While I certainly have my favorite brands (Lupicia for tea, Leona Edmiston for frocks, Cue and Ojay for corporate wear, etc), a fanatic I most certainly am not. Yet I have accumulated mountains of store membership and loyalty cards – whenever a sales rep asks if I’d like to join their free membership, I say ‘yes’ faster than the Road Runner on speed.

Hey, don’t judge me for wanting to enjoy a discount whenever I shop. But this explosion of plastic has made my long suffering Bonia ostrich leather wallet rather obese and it has now threatened to refuse to close. Rather than getting a bigger wallet, I hunted for an alternate solution and decided to sew a separate wallet with some scrap fabric just to house these cards that aren’t used frequently.

Card wallet

Card wallet

My Bonia wallet is still my regular go-to baby and all my important cards, such as EFTPOS, credit, Medicare and driver’s licence cards. And cash, of course.

The fabric one, on the other hand, holds up to 12 cards – more if I’m willing to double or triple the cards per pocket. It’s perfect for slipping into one of our diaper bag pockets and keeps everything well-organised.

To make this card wallet, I followed this tutorial, but modified the clasp with a cloth covered button and a piece of hair elastic.

Card wallet

Card walletHow do you organise your wallet and various cards?

 

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