Semarang Trip Day 1

Just a flash back on my trips that I went during the last few weeks, first was Bandung which only lasts for 3 days 2 nights. So my next trip has to be longer and it happens to be around 1 week! Exciting and totally fun 😀

For 1 week planning, my destinations are to Semarang, Yogyakarta and Batu Karas… I guess many of you might not know where is Batu Karas, which I will cover in the next few blogs in order to keep you all (my readers) waiting..

My trip starts really early at around 3am, due to avoid any traffic jam during the long holiday (Reason : Lebarang in Indonesia), and it takes us about 16 hours to drive all the way from Jakarta to Semarang, although it can be more faster. Just a bit inside story, sitting in a car enjoying the view is always something that I enjoyed…  Enjoying the sounds of music going in through my ears, being with someone who makes you comfortable and enjoyable makes the whole trip even more interesting. Suffering much through enduring urinate on the way (manage to stop by at pit stop, and queue for like 30 minutes to use the toilet ) -__-” , finally we arrived at Semarang at night around 8ish…  Without hesitation, we tried this place where I was recommended by my friend who stays in Semarang , Geisha! A combination of mixture Japanese, Italian and (could not remember the 3rd one, sorry peeps).. hahahah We just sit right in the middle of the place and  quickly ordered through the menu.

The place where you were surrounded with cutting edge designs, romantic candle-light served dishes, feel the breeze windy weather, overall you just feel very comfortable hanging in that place. It will be fun too for group hangout/gathering.

Geisha Sushi

Phone: (024) 850-3344
Fax: (021) 850-3255
Jl. Sisingamangaraja No. 19 C, Semarang

Just after dinner, we decided to go to a place where they are famous for the desserts and night scenery. The place is located at the top of the hill and we are able to view really nice night view. At the restaurant, they mainly served ice cream and pancakes. We hang out there for a while just to taste the specialty that they offer. What do you think? Looks yummyy, isn’t it ?! They tend to closed at midnight, so do not miss out the place.

Lind’s Old fashioned Ice Cream

Jl Kawi 57
Semarang
(0)24 8312180

Since we only get to stay at Semarang for just a night, we have to make use of our time wisely 🙂 Thus, we tried to try as much food as possible before we moved on to the net destination. Next morning we woke up at 6am to get things ready. Some of you might be wondering what we have for the breakfast… Answer : Famous Semarang Lumpia !! We managed to try 2 different version of lumpia  where I was told that it is quite famous in Semarang. But stay tuned for the Day 2 at Semarang , and where I will post all the great food !

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Bandung Part 2

Although I was told Bandung is a small town, with such short trip of 3 days 2 nights, it is not enough for me to tour around there. Main place such as Kawah Putih is a tourist attraction that could not be missed. Just in the middle of nowhere, there is an existence of a lake filled with fluoride water that eventually looks bluish. I tried to learn on the photography skill in order to take good pictures, so indeed some photos that I would love to share. Some of the photos were not taken by me, so credibility is indeed not just from me. 🙂

After visiting Kawah Putih, next pitstop is no doubt another exploration of cafes that I have done some homework via searching from the net. Hummingbird – What does it mean to you? This place that I went to is definitely one of the most nice place that I would love to visit again just to hang out with my friends. What I love about Bandung is that there are so many cafes that emphasizes on the design of their cafes and transform into another wonderland. Looking at the menus, I decided to order myself wagyu teriyaki rice that serve with healthy vegies. We also ordered entree that I actually have forgotten the name of it. >_< I realised in Indonesia has a trend of ordering flavoured tea such ice lychee tea, iced peach tea and etc. My “friend” ordered lamb shank and it tasted really good. Nevertheless, we ordered Coffee cake and Red Velvet Cake and really taste yummy…

Right after our lunch, we decided to visit Brussels Spring which located at Setiabudi of Bandung – another unique cafe to taste some of the menus that they offered in there. Look at the photos that I’ve shared ! Isn’t this look really cool? Dried flowers thrown into the jar of hot water and eventually open into what they have called it Blossom Tea. It doesn’t take really strong which in fact I think it is just perfect for a tea-time menu drink. On the othe hand, my friend ordered strawberry smoothies (which they name it Valentine) ~ Although just a normal smoothy, but the glass and spoon that re-presented has made it more exciting.

Places to visit to Bandung :

Brussels Spring
Jl. Setiabudi 49-51.
Bandung, West Java
Indoesia
Phone (022) 2040410

Hummingbird Cafe
Jl. Progo No. 14
Phone (022) 4212582

Bandung Trip for 2012 Part 1

SO!!! First trip of the year 2012 ever since I came back from overseas is to BANDUNG…

Bandung is well-known of its nice weather and cafes around the city. To some people, it is like 2nd Bali of Indonesia..To me personally? It’s like Melbourne where I can go and relax in cafes , having a cup of coffee in the morning , viewing the scenery, enjoy brunch with friends, loved ones, family, anyone you can name it!

My trip was then 3 days 2 nights! Although, I still think is not enough, but at least I go get to enjoy it, all that matters, don’t we?

We set out on Friday night from Jakarta to Bandung, and it was only about merely less than 2 hours of driving down to Bandung.

Next morning is our real journey to tour around Bandung , basically no plans of where to visit but all we are going to do is to search for good food… The first place that we went is called kafeteria 170 which located on its famous Pasir kaliki no 170. A unique name but unable to be tracked in our GPS.. Reason? GPS not yet being updated or Kafeteria 170 is just a mistery cafe of curiousity… *giggling*

When we enter the cafe, we were the first customer of the day! How awesome.. no one and its only US!  The atmosphere of the cafe is like an old antique coffee shop with kiosk of various food that you can look for in that place.

As we look through the menu, I decided to go with the most original club sandwich and nasi campur for breakfast. Nevertheless, I have ordered myself hazelnut latte and mini dim-sum donuts as you can see from the pictures.

When you visit Kafetaria 170, do not forget to buy some snacks from there. We bought local bakpia which have chocolate, butterscotch, green beans and cheese flavoured. Freshly baked everyday and here is the yummy bakpia!!! 😀 Stay tuned for more food adventure as this is just the beginning of the excitement!

Address :

kafetaria 170

Jalan Pasir Kaliki no 170

Bandung, Indonesia

Back from Sydney Trip – Introduce Satang Thai @ Sydney

I am back from my Sydney Trip!! It was fun and enjoyed my few days to Sydney trip although I got sick on my last day, but it was all worth it!

I went for 4 days 3 nights and literally missed Melbourne after. Sydney is different to Melbourne in my own opinion. With more hectic transportation, busy city, many cafes and restaurants all around the city area!

Before even I started my trip, I went to research on some popular local restaurants and cafes that most people would buy from. YES! I’ve got my chance to try them, not all but some … 😀

First up, I would like to introduce this Thailand Cuisine which is at Quay St, just right behind Paddy’s market.

 


 

Thai Milk Tea

The Thai Milk Tea is very tasty and sweet, but perhaps is a little too sweet. What I do is to just add water suitable to your sweetness, and should be fine .

Chicken Pad Thai

This Chicken Pad Thai is the best Pad Thai that I’ve ever tasted. The noodle is a bit chewy, but it totally suits my taste. You can either with chicken, beef or pork, depending on what you like.

Seafood Tom Yam

Some of you might not like the mushroom that comes with the Tom Yam Soup, but let’s skip the mushroom and go underneath what’s in the soup 😀 This Tom Yam soup is a bit more sour than the usual Tom Yam soup that I would usually taste, but it opens up my appetite to have more.Overall, it’s still a good tom yam to serve with rice 😀

Prawn Cake

This is Prawn Cake. It comes with 4 – 5 pieces . Each piece is reasonable big, thus it will be good if we go in a group of 4 ?  With the prawn cake sauce, I couldn’t be able to identify the sauce that comes with it but it definitely not the usual fish sauce. The taste is fresh, and I thought it could be either lemon sauce or orange (mandarin) sauce. It doesn’t taste weird when you dip it with the prawn cake, because it just blends well enough with it.

Fish Fillet with sweet chilli sauce

As you can see from the picture, this fish fillet dish is such in a big portion. Each piece is big and filling. if i’m correct, the price for this dish is $17.90. One of the best fish fillet that I’ve ever taste.

With additional 2 bowls of rice, we spent not more than $50.00 and there’s even leftover for us to take-away for supper 😀

To visit for your next trip to Sydney :

20 Quay St,

Sydney, 2000

Telephone : (02) 9280 0956

Satang Thai Takeway

Recent Cravings for cupcakes

My recent cravings for cupcakes are getting serious. @___@

From where I worked, there is a nearby “Little cupcakes” shop nearby where  I can get easily get cupcakes for my tea time. Little cupcakes is the first original cupcake store (as fas as I know) where they have lots and lots of various cupcakes made everyday. I have made a collection of what they usually have in store.

Apparently, Red Velvet flavour is one of the most popular flavour that most regular customers would go for it. Secondly, belgian chocolate , cookies & cream are my favourites too. So don’t forget to try them out when you are there! Order different types and share with your best friends! 😀

They have in standard sizes or mini sizes. For me, I find mini cupcakes is just prefect for tea session. Of course, by all means if you are a fan of cupcakes, then just let go everything for a standard size. Nevertheless, do try their Mocha or Hot chocolate to go with the delicious desserts.

They accept for online ordering at Little cupcakes website 

To Visit to the nearest Little Cupcakes in melbourne :

Shop 7 Degraves St, Melb Vic 3000, 03 9077 0413

TG06, 181 William St , Melb Vic 3000, 03 9600 1690

NEW STORE :  Shop 4, 118 Queen St , Melb Vic 3000,   03 9602 3884

Burgers @ Grill’d

I still loved Grill’d … Big portion and healthy (well, almost) … There are Grill’d everywhere in Melbourne, so if you would like to visit any of them, you can visit any of them by just google from its official website. My boyfriend loves Grill’d and we want some BIG BIG burgers to fill our stomach, we decided to go for Grill’d that was located in QV. I have  “Summer Sunset  beef burger” and my boyfriend ordered “Sweet Chili Chicken” Burger. Do order their “herb” chips with sweet chili mayo or herb mayo as its going to taste much more delicious.

Tomato sauce By Grill'd

This is their tomato sauce that each table will have for the burgers…. Isn’t that cutee?? I would love to have one especially it is in red colour!

Herb Chips !

This is what I am talking about : HERB CHIPS …

Sweet Chili Chicken Burger

Sweet Chili Chicken Burger – Grilled Chicken breast, beetroot, shredded carrots, salad, relish & sweet chilli mayo (Take a look at the next closer view !)

Closer View

Summer Sunset Beef Burger

This is what I have : Summer Sunset (With 100% lean beef, avocado (more like avocado spread), crispy trim bacon, golden pineapple, salad, relish & herbed mayo)

 

Official Website : http://www.grilld.com.au

 

 

 

Gaijin @ South Yarra

What do you think of when it comes to Buffet Time? Is it the usual seafood buffet, international buffet? Well, if you are looking for something new, consider this place as one of your option!  It was recently opened (I think in Year 2009), and they are mainly japanese cuisine. They used to only offer like main dish like different types of sushi, but now they do offer buffet (All You can eat Sushi) . The names of their dishes are special too such as “Baked Dynamite Roll”, “South Yarra Special”, etc.. Such an interesting name, don’t they? 😀 Their prices are a bit pricy, but it will be worth it once in a while to go gathering with friends because it is just near Prahan market 🙂

Baked Dynamite Roll

Chicken Teriyaki

Agedashi Tofu

New Yorker Roll

Tofu Salad - Not in the menu anymore

Place: 135 Commercial Road
South Yarra, 3141

Telephone: (03) 9804 8873

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Mr Funny kebab @ Sydney Road, Coburg

Has anyone heard of “Mr Funny Kebab” that is located at Sydney Road, Coburg. Yess!! You might heard me, I am going to share about their food that i’ve tried there once before. I rarely go for kebab because to find a good kebab place is usually far away from where I lived. Only if my friends and I were to go in big group, then we will go and have dinner there.

My Funny Kebab is probably (to me) the first kebab place that I’ve been to. Just the name itself is very interesting, isn’t it? 😀 We ordered about 2 combination packages to be shared among 7 of us..  The main thing about Kebab places are the different types of sauces that they usually make. Thus, each combination, we ordered different sauces in order to try them out. One of them (which is our all time favourite) is the chilli paste. 😀 It was not really hot, but just unusual to have dip of chilli paste. Another nice little offer they have is that all combination package comes with rice underneath the meat that is on each plate. With such a big portion, it only cost $10.00 to be shared for at lease 2 -3 person. Unless you are a big-eater, then it is very cheap to have dinner there occasionally. 🙂

Combination of Chicken and Lamb

Chicken and Lamb with 2 other dip sauces

Served with Turkish Bread

 

Place : Shop 1, 469 Sydney Road
              Coburg
              Tel: 03 9354 7760

Kanteen @ South Yarra

I thought it was only few weeks ago that I went to this place Kanteen at South Yarra for the first time. I really missed their breakfast as well as their well designed location that is just beside the Yarra River. It was a nice little brunch moment, enjoying the wind breeze and the sunlight. Their half open space has attracted many people to enjoy coffees and breakfast that they would offer. My first time to visit is totally a worthy trip, with the accompanies of nice meals on the menu.

Place :

154 Alexandra Avenue
South Yarra VIC 3141
(03) 9827 0488
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KimChi Lunchbox @ Glenferrie Part 2

I went to KimChi LunhBox yesterday to have lunch once again. It seems that the place will be one of my regular place to visit as they offer the cheap meal with only $10.00 on lunch sets. This time, I ordered something different and with the Menu look. So next time if you are visiting Glenferrie, this place can be one of the choice to think about. After lunch, go visit the Starbucks just 5 shops down the streets for nice little coffee.. 🙂

Spicy Beef LunchBox

Not like any other places, they do not actually give out free top up on Kimchi side dish. Instead, it will cost $1.00 to have another small bowl of Kimchi. All the staffs that I saw are mostly Koreans, and so I would assume that it should be Korean authentic dishes that they would offer. Looking at the menu, one of their special dishes would be hot plate (such as fried rice on hot plate, spicy beef on rice served on hot plate). The hot plate size just looks like a saucepan size type, so i think it is much easier than the usually hot plate that comes in the bowl shape. Enjoy people 😀

Place :

650-652 Glenferrie Rd
Melbourne Vic 3122
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