Engagement & Christmas at Aria

It’s been more than 2 months since I last blogged. I am terribly sorry my lovely readers! I have been trying hard to write again but seems like finding time was the hardest thing on earth. Things was crazy and multiple things happening at the same time, also my laziness made things even worse =(

Allow me to explain some of the things that happened. Well, firstly and most importantly, I got engaged! Yay! And prior do that JC moved house so meaning lots of packing and unpacking happened during the past months. It was a huge exercise for us because he has been living in the old place for 4 years so you can imagine how many junks there were, some are still remain untouched now and safely sitting in the balcony hehe.


So yeah, back to engagement bit, on August 6th it was on our 2nd year anniversary of dating, we planned to go to Quarter 21 for dinner to celebrate this special day. But because of the sad news about my grandpa, the dinner didn’t eventuate and postponed to September after I came back from Hong Kong. The poor JC even booked a hotel room and was planning to give me a pleasant surprise but that part of the plan was ruin…. Anyway…

On the day, we went out to the city spent the day doing some shopping. He suggested to go to observatory towel as he has never been there, I immediately rejected the idea because I thought it was a bit of a waste of money (I’ve officially ruined the first proposal plan A), then it’s finally our booking time for dinner, nothing happened during the dinner as JC thought proposing in the restaurant was too ordinary (Plan B didn’t happen). And then, after dinner we walked back to Pyrmont where we parked our car, he suggested to take a monorail as it’s getting late. Luckily, I said yes (or else I will ruin the Plan C) as my feet hurts as a result of all the walking today.

Up to here, you can pretty much guess what happened! In the monorail, only two of us in one carriage, things started getting weird, JC started talking about relationship and the time we have been together in a not so fluent Chinese…one knee on the floor with a ring in his hands, and me burst out laughing but happy and shocked at the same time, he proclaim his love for me and was asking me to marry him. Of course I said yes and we are getting married in May =)

So you see, I was absent from blogging for a good reason. To make up my bad, I promise I will try my best to keep blogging for good restaurants and recipes. As you know, Christmas is coming, I would love to share some of my favourite dishes I tasted in Aria during my work Christmas party last week. If you have followed my older post, I have been to Aria in June and it didn’t disappointed me, food is still amazing.



We were given three choices for Entrée, main & dessert, it was a clear choice because I’ve tried some of the things on menu in the last visit.


Oyster – freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters served with mignonette dressing


Pork Belly – Kurobuta sweet pork belly with pork croquette and caramelised apple


Barramundi – Crisp skinned fillet with grilled cuttlefish, apple, green olives and a horseradish sauce


Lamb – roasted lamb fillet with ricotta gnocchi, pumpkin and mustard fruit puree and a sage and balsamic sauce


Apple and almond crumble – calvados ice-cream, caramelised apple, almond crumble and apple sorbet


Cheesecake – strawberry cheesecake with strawberry sorbet


Chocolate delice – chocolate delice with raspberries and vanilla ice-cream

The best thing for me was the crispy pork belly and barramundi, it was cooked perfectly with a nice crispy skin. The dishes were in reasonable size and I can still fit dessert without feeling overly bloated.

Have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year guys ! XOXO




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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Clarissa @ Eat My Shots!
    Dec 08, 2011 @ 23:20:25

    That is sooo sweet!! haha the poor guy, but I guess its something to laugh back on years later how you ruined his plans 🙂

    Best wishes to you two and have fun with the wedding planning!!


  2. Gaby
    Dec 09, 2011 @ 11:23:05

    Congrats Wendy! Poor JC, he had a rough time trying to propose 🙂 I’m jealous at your office’s Xmas party, mine was way less fancy.


  3. KayB
    Dec 09, 2011 @ 12:21:59

    CONGRATS! What a lovely unique engagement 🙂


  4. Miss Piggy
    Dec 11, 2011 @ 20:02:57

    Big congrats Wendy – glad it finally happened!


  5. GourmetGetaways
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 08:48:50

    Congratulations on the engagement!!!

    What a lovely meal as well 🙂 The chocolate dessert looks amazing!


  6. sugarpuffi
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 17:17:12

    big grats on your engagement! love the ring too 😀

    the pork belly at aria is like…SO AMAZING!


  7. Food is our religion
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 10:08:16

    Congratulations on your engagement, it is indeed one milestone that you just crossed.

    The pork belly does look good, ESP the skin! I can just hear the crunch in my ear right now lol


  8. Tina @ bitemeshowme
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 13:44:02

    Congratulations on your engagement 😀 xx


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