The Heart of the Apple Universe

  The Apple Shed is so well worth a stop. It is pretty much the first thing you see when driving into Huon Valley from Hobart (it’s a nice drive with much serenity by the way). It is a refurbished apple packing shed on a family orchard, which has been around for years. It houses…

The Sweet Spot up the Staircase – Café Loisl

Café Loisl is tucked away in an obscure corner in Sheung Wan. It is a quiet space situated midway up the long Pound Lane staircase. This little Vienna styled café is opened by Andreas Aigner, right next to his wife Sirkka Hammer’s graphic design studio. The space is small and has a rustic decor filled with…

Bits and Pieces of Taipei

Ximending by day 8 Way in Ximending Best dumplings by 8 Way Bitter melon juice stall Residential terrace Shop around the corner Coffee Taiwanese Dandan Noodles with deep fried pork chop Ximending by night

Where Nutella coffee was invented – Bruschetteria 102

We came across Bruschetteria 102 on a quiet Saturday morning. This little cafe is a cosy and lovely place with vintage furniture and photos on the walls. The moment we entered the space, we were welcomed by a friendly Italian host. He sat us down and presented a small menu of bruschetta (as the name well suggests), pasta…

Exploring Paddington

Paddington Markets is a large scale market that supports local designers and traders who are passionate about sharing their art and craft with the local community. This market started in 1973, as Australian artists and designers filled over 100 stalls with their unique products, including fashion, accessories, soaps and pictures. There is an Emerging Designers…

The Beef Noodle Soup Hunt in Taipei

Beef noodle soup is a simple yet well known dish loved by the Taiwanese. In the bustling city of Taipei, there are many places where you can easily get a bowl of this most celebrated dish. One of the most established places is Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodles (林東芳牛肉麵). Take the MRT to Zhongxiao Fuxing Station. After…

The Eastern Coastal Adventure

One of my favourite activities on the weekend is the coastal walk from Coogee to Bondi. It is an easy cliff top walk just under 2 hours (approximately 6km). The views are stunning. You can stop by a cafe for a coffee break, or jump into one of the beaches for a quick swim. I…

A Touch of Provence – Windsong Lavender Farm

Just an hour from Sydney, Windsong Lavender Farm is a lavender producing farm located in Couridjah. Carmel, the owner of the farm, is a very lovely lady. She welcomed us on a sunny afternoon late December last year. Summer is the best season to visit. She showed us around the farm and introduced to us…

Macaron Craze – La Belle Miette

Nowadays almost every cafe or patisserie sells macarons. I have a sweet tooth, but have never been overly obsessed with them. However this elegant store has gotten me all excited about this delicate French confectionery. Located on a quiet little lane in Melbourne CBD, La Belle Miette (meaning “beautiful crumb” or more generally the “beautiful small…

The eclectic Glebe

Glebe is about 10 minutes away from the CBD, a home to many University students and artists. Glebe Point Road is one busy road filled with cafes, restaurants and boutique shops. This suburb also owns a great reputation as a market destination, the Glebe Markets, which offer a colourful and vibrant place for creative minds…

Finding treasures at the Finders Keepers Market

I love going to markets, especially ones where local independent artists and designers showcase their work to the whole world. I can’t even remember how I found out about The Finders Keepers Market, but since the first event I went to in 2010, I have been going to almost every other one that is held…

Kürtősh at The Spot

One of my favourite afternoon tea/ supper places in the Eastern Suburbs is Kürtősh at The Spot in Randwick. Kürtősh comes from Kürtőskalács (kürtő refers to chimney/ wide pipe length, and kalács refers to milk loaf), a Hungarian pastry famously known as the chimney cake. It is often sold as sweet snacks from carts on the streets…