Mother’s Day Gift Ideas?

 

Only one more week before Mother’s day. I am thinking how to surprise mum with a gift she is sure to love. She is just like me, another food lover, but a health cautious one. She doesn’t like anything too sweet, too salty or too funky. Was thinking about a hamper full of fruits & gourmet fare and sent to her work.   [The basket case] I am sure all her colleagues will envy her with all the envy-ness!!

Readers, what you think about this one?

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Fresh & Fanciful $89.95

I think mum will love the woven reed basket, she loves those things and kept few of them from last year X-mas already. So nothing is wasted =)

Or This?

The Master cook $110

For obvious reason the master chef magazine is for me hehe

My second option was to purchase a Endota Spa [Endota Spa] voucher which includes a foothbath , an organic food scrub, full body relaxation massage and a refreshing facial. I received the same voucher as my birthday gift from a good friend of mine last year. I thought it was the best way to rejuvenate and recharge. What would you pick?

 

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Albee’s Kitchen, Campsie

 

Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $5 – $10
Main: $10 – $25
Dessert: $5 – $8
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Easy
Ease of finding the restaurant: Normal
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 10 mins – 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

 
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Recently I was obsessed with South East Asian food, like Thai and Malaysian food. Almost visiting and discovering one every week. At a place like Campsie I have found this little hidden treasure which does cheap and authentic Malaysian Hawker style food – Albee’s Kitchen.

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Very small in size, probably can only fit 30 people max, the first time when I was here we knew we are going to come back, but that time I still haven’t have my blog established hence didn’t take any pics =( but Don’t worry readers, I will keep coming back to try more dish and update this post.

Given the terrible 33+C temperature we decided to stick with non-soupy stuff. We were tossing up between picking the Pandan chicken or deep fried nam yu flavoured pork ribs. At the end we choose the Pandan chicken as we have never tired it and it looks quite tasty and unique wrapped in Pandan leaf, we even wonder did the chicken have Pandan infuse into it haha.

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Chendol (House Traditional hawker Green Jelly Ice), $4

As soon as we sat down, we saw the picture of Chendol drink on the wall, and immediately asked the waitress to order two. What a better way to quenche a thirst than to throw down a cold drink full of ice, coconut milk, palm sugar, and chendol (pandan jelly)

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Pandan Chicken, $13.80

As the chicken arrived at our table, it was nicely presented wrapped in pandan leafs held with toothpicks. Our initial thought was what purpose of the pandan leaf served in this dish, was it presentation? But after I bited into it, the chicken was very moist and tasty. We soon realised the pandan leaf probably acted as a barrier to keep the juice from running out.

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Char Kuey Tiaw, $9.50

Char kuey tiaw was not bad but wasn’t the best we had. This dish lacks a bit of taste and punch of spice. However, portion was generous and we struggle to finish it.

Conclusion: A real find. Albee’s kitchen offers many tempting choice, the food here are authentic and reasonably priced.

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Address:

282 Beamish St, Campsie 
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 11:00 to 15:00, 17:00 to 22:00, Sat – Sun: 11:00 to 22:00   
Ph:+612-9718-9200
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: Campsie shopping centre parking
By train: Campsie Station

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Wine appreciation and canapés with Justine Schofield

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Few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to a wine appreciation event hosted by JP. Morgan, The evening features wines from the Barosssa & Eden Valley regions of South Australia, all have been specially selected and matched to canapés designed by the top 4th master chef in season 1 – Justine Schofield. I was very excited to meet Justine personally, she is so young and lively. Who would have thought a security camera sales would became a successful chef who now own her catering business? After hearing such inspiring story I tell myself to work hard toward my dream too!

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Justine’s mom side is French hence her cooking are largely influence by it. 2009 bought the opportunity for Justine to apply for the first ever series of Master Chef. She made it through to the Top 20 and amazed the judges week after week with her extensive food knowledge and organised approach to cooking. Now, she is starting to do private catering for functions, corporate event, Christmas and New year.

Unfortunately I had to leave early so I didn’t get to taste all the canapés but I will list out the name and matching wines for the readers.

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Antipasto platters: sugar-cured salmon, San Daniele prosciutto, Assorted breads & extra virgin oil.

I especially like the prosciutto and bread with the dipping sauce, the soft bread went well with the flavoursome sauce.

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Antipasto platters: marinated olives, roasted capsicums & eggplant, hummus, babaganoush & caperberries. Assorted breads & extra virgin oil.

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Crostini with preserved lemon brandade with HENSCHKE EDEN VALLEY RIESLING 2009

That’s my favourite canapés of the day! The smooth blended brandade had a sweet cod taste and salty lemon flavour in it. It matches well with the white wine which was light and refreshing.

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Confit cherry tomato, Persian fetta, white anchovies & green olive skewers with PETER LEHMANN “MARGARET” SEMILLON 2005

I really like the presentation of this skewer and I notice the cherry tomato was cut flat on the bottom so it is able to stand straight on the plate, but I found the white anchovy was a bit too strong for me.

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Seared scallops with jalapeno mousse & grated granny smith apples with MOUNTADAM HIGH EDEN CHARDONNAY 2008

Sorry guys this was the last canapés I tried, the concept of combining a spicy jalapeno with a fruity granny smith apple is cool, I had a small explosion on the taste buds. It would taste even better if the scallops were sear a little bit more.

 

Tartlet of artichoke, goat’s cheese & salsa verde with CHARLIE MELTON ROSE OF VIRGINIA 2010

Wild mushroom persillade vol au vents with shredded confit of duck with YALUMBA HAND PICKED MOURVEDRE, GRENACHE, SHIRAZ 2006

Mini lamb, pickled beetroot & capsicum relish burgers with TORZI MATTHEWS FROST DODGER SHIRAZ 2008

I had a great evening and a nice chat with Justine, I wish her best of luck on her catering business and hope to try more of her food soon!

 

 

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Wine appreciation and canapés with Justine Schofield

IMG_1299

Few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to a wine appreciation event hosted by JP. Morgan, The evening features wines from the Barosssa & Eden Valley regions of South Australia, all have been specially selected and matched to canapés designed by the top 4th master chef in season 1 – Justine Schofield. I was very excited to meet Justine personally, she is so young and lively. Who would have thought a security camera sales would became a successful chef who now own her catering business? After hearing such inspiring story I tell myself to work hard toward my dream too!

IMG_1298

Justine’s mom side is French hence her cooking are largely influence by it. 2009 bought the opportunity for Justine to apply for the first ever series of Master Chef. She made it through to the Top 20 and amazed the judges week after week with her extensive food knowledge and organised approach to cooking. Now, she is starting to do private catering for functions, corporate event, Christmas and New year.

Unfortunately I had to leave early so I didn’t get to taste all the canapés but I will list out the name and matching wines for the readers.

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Antipasto platters: sugar-cured salmon, San Daniele prosciutto, Assorted breads & extra virgin oil.

I especially like the prosciutto and bread with the dipping sauce, the soft bread went well with the flavoursome sauce.

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Antipasto platters: marinated olives, roasted capsicums & eggplant, hummus, babaganoush & caperberries. Assorted breads & extra virgin oil.

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Crostini with preserved lemon brandade with HENSCHKE EDEN VALLEY RIESLING 2009

That’s my favourite canapés of the day! The smooth blended brandade had a sweet cod taste and salty lemon flavour in it. It matches well with the white wine which was light and refreshing.

IMG_1301

Confit cherry tomato, Persian fetta, white anchovies & green olive skewers with PETER LEHMANN “MARGARET” SEMILLON 2005

I really like the presentation of this skewer and I notice the cherry tomato was cut flat on the bottom so it is able to stand straight on the plate, but I found the white anchovy was a bit too strong for me.

IMG_1302

Seared scallops with jalapeno mousse & grated granny smith apples with MOUNTADAM HIGH EDEN CHARDONNAY 2008

Sorry guys this was the last canapés I tried, the concept of combining a spicy jalapeno with a fruity granny smith apple is cool, I had a small explosion on the taste buds. It would taste even better if the scallops were sear a little bit more.

 

Tartlet of artichoke, goat’s cheese & salsa verde with CHARLIE MELTON ROSE OF VIRGINIA 2010

Wild mushroom persillade vol au vents with shredded confit of duck with YALUMBA HAND PICKED MOURVEDRE, GRENACHE, SHIRAZ 2006

Mini lamb, pickled beetroot & capsicum relish burgers with TORZI MATTHEWS FROST DODGER SHIRAZ 2008

I had a great evening and a nice chat with Justine, I wish her best of luck on her catering business and hope to try more of her food soon!

 

 

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7-Eleven dollar day – 23rd of September ( don’t miss out)

 

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Thanks to 7-Eleven a Dollar day, our cabinet has now filled with junks food and have to remember to watch our head when opening it because it will just fell out uncontrollably. Although the website says maximum 8 items per customer but as you can see in the pic we bought more than that and nobody questioned.

the rumours are indeed true, $1 day is back this Thursday (AGAIN !) the 23rd of September only at 7-Eleven. The following items will be available for $1 for the entire day:

– Monster 500ml energy cans
– Nestlé Medium bars
– Twisties, Burger Rings & Cheetos 90g
– Nestlé Drumstick Ice-creams
– munch Cheese & Vegemite scrolls
– Four ‘N’ Twenty Snack Sausage Rolls
– Donuts
– Golden Circle LOL! Juice
– Berocca Twist ‘n’ Go
– V Isokinetic (NSW only)

 

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7-Eleven dollar day – 23rd of September ( don’t miss out)

 

For store locations click here Store Locations

IMG_0961

IMG_0983

DSC00696

Thanks to 7-Eleven a Dollar day, our cabinet has now filled with junks food and have to remember to watch our head when opening it because it will just fell out uncontrollably. Although the website says maximum 8 items per customer but as you can see in the pic we bought more than that and nobody questioned.

the rumours are indeed true, $1 day is back this Thursday (AGAIN !) the 23rd of September only at 7-Eleven. The following items will be available for $1 for the entire day:

– Monster 500ml energy cans
– Nestlé Medium bars
– Twisties, Burger Rings & Cheetos 90g
– Nestlé Drumstick Ice-creams
– munch Cheese & Vegemite scrolls
– Four ‘N’ Twenty Snack Sausage Rolls
– Donuts
– Golden Circle LOL! Juice
– Berocca Twist ‘n’ Go
– V Isokinetic (NSW only)

 

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Crust Pizza, Concord

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www.crust.com.au

Ratings
Food: 8/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $6 – $10
Main: $12 – $25
Dessert: $4 – $5
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Easy
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 10 mins – 15 mins
Booking time require: N/A
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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They even have ice-cream and tiramisu for sell

Crust Gourmet Pizza has its first store open in ACT now it has expand to everywhere in Sydney, I had a look at the store locations and I was amazed how fast this pizza franchise has expanded. On a Friday or Saturday night, you don’t feel like cooking but doesn’t want to go out either. Ordering pizza would be the best option. But thinking Pizza hut and Domino are too oily? Give Crust a try! It is a truly amazing take away pizza shop, their menu has a variety of meat, seafood and vegetarian options and waiting time is only about 10 mins even if you didn’t order it over the internet or phone.

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Meat Deluxe – Smoked Ham, Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Chicken Breast Fillets, Ground Beef & Bacon, on a BBQ base, M $16, L $20

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We made use of the entertainment voucher (as always) to get a buy 1 get 1 free deal. I choose a meat deluxe while JC went for the seafood one. The pizza base is exactly like the name of the shop – Crust, amazingly light and thin. The meat Deluxe was well balanced with the toppings and BBQ sauce. The box was not oily (usually if we order a meat pizza from Pizza hut or Domino’s you can see the yucky oil underneath) one extra score for that!

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Seafood – Marinated Tiger Prawns, Scallops, Mussels, Sundried Tomatoes, Bocconcini, garnished with Fresh Herbs & a wedge of Lemon, M $17, L $21

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The Seafood pizza was really nice, interesting without being weird. They gave you fresh tiger prawns rather than frozen marinara mix from elsewhere. There were also generous amount of mussels and scallops on top which are cook perfectly and still tender in the middle. Inside the box, they also given us a lemon wedge, hmm that’s very thoughtful of them.

Conclusion: One of the best take away pizza I’ve ever tried, Flavoursome with generous toppings. Variety of the menu beats Pizza Hut & Domino’s. Highly recommended.

 

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Address:

177 Concord Road, Concord  
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 17:00 to 22:30 
Ph:+612-9765-9888
Web: www.crust.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Concord Rd or Waratah St
By Train: North Strathfield
By Bus:

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