The other day S brought me to Commune Café before we hiked along the shoreline from Miami/Burleigh Heads to Palm Beach.
The atmosphere was so cosy and everyone was so friendly. S and I ordered and (as per usual) shared Eggs Benedict ($17) and the Seared Salmon Special ($17). Also I ordered the mango smoothie ($5.20) and S ordered the special green smoothie ($5.20).
The food and drinks were amazing! Both the meals were more than enough and we both has great difficulty finishing it as well as the drinks. The Seared Salmon Special was delicious. I loved the texture the tortilla chips brought to the light Greek salad and the refreshing sensation of the peppermint leaves. However, S believed that they went a little heavy with the peppermint.
As for the Eggs Benedict, using my ideal Eggs Benedict criteria from Spendelove, I would conclude that this is by far one of the best places for Eggs Benedict.
- More than enough and very tasty (PS: this is not a complaint)
- Eggs were very runny
- Dry : Wet ratio was unbelievable. I’ve never been to a place where there was more eggs, smoked salmon and sauce than there was bread – so that was a surprise.
Finally this gave us more than enough energy for the hike up to this amazing view towards Coolangatta and beyond.
Keepsake is Australia’s go-to label for directional and beautiful evening wear with a twist. Contemporary and bold lines and silhouettes intertwine with elegant and classic fabrics and colours – Keepsake draws attention for its unashamedly feminine aesthetic and playful details. The Keepsake girl is not afraid to dress up for an occasion and become the visual focus of the event she’s at; she’s the perfect balance of delicate femininity and strong convictions for a modern world. She is very aware of trends but uses them in a way that suits her own, unique style. ~ Keepsake
Keepsake aims to create a balance between detail and simplicity, by also making it affordable for the everyday business woman ($100-$200). They produce a small collection every month with a different theme which flows with the current style and trend.
I love their designs but, unfortunately, it’s still not within my budget. Thoughts on these clean and universal designs?
S introduced me to this cosy alleyway café in Brisbane CBD so we dropped in one day for lunch. The staff there are so lovely and this place reminded me a lot like Java Coast Café. This place is renowned for their coffees, unfortunately, that day S and I both were not feeling like coffee.
Instead, we ordered and shared:
- Trio of dips served with toasted ciabatta ($12)
- Morcilla pintox with white anchovies, mozzarella and watercress ($12)
- Torn lamb shoulder with hommus, almonds, coriander & lime ($18)
I would say that the food here was “average”. I found that the lamb shoulder was rather dry – it needed more sauce. The trio of dips were typical but not “wow”. The dish I liked most was the morcilla pintox. According to S they change their menu seasonally which I found was a nice touch. At the end of the day, I don’t think I will return for a meal but I might return for coffee.
Every week I check out these other amazing people and their blogs/vlogs. They range from recipes to café to fashion to DIY to beauty to random life things. Let’s begin!
- delicioux - This blog is created by a Brisbane-based blogger who enjoys travelling and food. She shares her dining out adventures which often features her husband and her adorable son.
- Christine’s Recipes - Christine is a Chinese-based-in-Australia home cook. She shares her love of culinary arts through her blog with straightforward directions and stunning pictures. She shares recipes from a variety of cuisines especially Caucasian and Chinese. I love her site because her recipes use ingredients found in Australia making shopping so much easier.
- Michelle Phan - If you haven’t heard of her, I am shocked. This chick is such an inspiration in the beauty community. She is lovely, admirable and completely deserving of what she has achieved to this day. I love watching Michelle’s videos because of her soothing voice (which is also the reason I like watching Jenn’s youtube videos).
Fashion and DIY:
- A Pair & A Spare - Geneva Vanderzeil is an Australian-based-in-Hong-Kong DIY fashion and home project extraordinaire. She takes inspiration from everywhere and creates simple, refined and stunning pieces of work. Her photography is minimalistic and straightforward. I actually don’t remember how I came across Geneva’s blog but I still remember it on blogspot.com.
- Shine By Three (Tumblr) – Margaret Zhang is an Australian-born-Chinese fashion blogger. Due to her physique, Margaret has the ability to pull of any piece of clothing (non-form-fitting to form-fitting). She can model high end fashion pieces to vintage pieces. I love her way of writing on her blog and her photography and design of her flat-lays on tumblr.
- Clothes Encounters – Jenn Im is the owner of Clothes Encounters. She and her best friend (Sarah) used co-own Clothes Encounters but after they had to move to different states, the blog now is run solely by Jenn. I love her video editing skills and her soothing voice. I may not be able to pull of some of her outfits but I don’t care she has such a lovely voice.
Vlogs & Others:
- Bubsvlogz: Lindy (aka Bubs) is Irish-born-Chinese-based-in-Hong-Kong beauty, fashion, inspirational, motivational, amazing role model who lives with her husband (Tim) and her 2 gorgeous dogs (Chubbi and Domo). These family members regularly appear in her vlogs. Lindy has so much experience and life lessons which was why I was drawn to her in the first place. Her accent took a while to get use to but it was so worth it.
- Claire Marshall - Claire Marshall is a make-up artist who makes videos of DIY, beauty, fashion and just life. I am came across her by checking out her Tattoos videos. Due to the way I was brought up, I have always associated tattoos with gangs etc and just the negative stigma society has put on “tattoos and piercings”. Claire helped me understand that I have such a narrow-mind and there are so many reasons why people get tattoos which isn’t gang-related.
- Paper Lovestory – Angela Leung is a British-born-Chinese blogger. She reviews stationery and filofaxs and shows her readers how she utilises it in life and in university. She also started a movement on the internet called “My Week“.
Let me know if you checked out any of these blogs.
Every Thursday is O’s religious vegetarian day which isn’t the typical vegetarian. Not only does she not meat, she doesn’t eat onion or any spices commonly associated with marinating meat, cheese or eggs. So it happens that every Thursday for the past few months S, O and I finish class at 11:30am so we decided to utilise this time to check out some cafés. We had to limit ourselves to vegan places that don’t use onion. G (another friend) is a former vegan due to health reasons. When she came down earlier this year we checked out The Cardamom Pod which served delicious food but since it was in Broadbeach a) we couldn’t be bothered travelling that far and b) we wanted to try something new. We came across Giri Kana Café when S and I went to Yuzu Lounge earlier in the year and we’ve been meaning to check it out so this was the perfect opportunity. It was an amazing place which served a delicious menu since we went back there a week later.
The first time we went there we wanted to try EVERYTHING! We ordered an abundant combination plate ($19) which allowed up to pick 5 choices from the mains and the salads, and we were given a free small Mango (or Rose) Lassi which O had. S ordered the Padmasana smoothie (carrot, apple, beetroot, celery, ginger) ($7) and I ordered the Tulasana smoothie (orange, banana, mango, passionfruit) ($7). For the combination plate we chose:
- Sesame Tofu Salad
- Basil Pesto Salad
- Creamy Potato Bake
- Koftas (with sauce)
- Roasted vegetables
The second time O and I ordered the small combination plate ($10) which allowed us to pick 2 choices. Both O and I loved the Sesame Tofu Salad and the Koftas (with sauce), so that’s what we ordered. S ordered the Kofta Pocket ($9). As for dessert S and I shared the Carrot Cranberry Button Cake ($4.50) and the Lemon Macademia Button Cake ($4.50).
There isn’t much I can say about this place it is absolutely delicious. I love, love, LOVE their koftas and sesame tofu salad to no end. I will definitely definitely go back there. Oh and the staff, they were so lovely.
Before I begin, I apologise for being MIA for the last month. I had assignments followed by exams but I am back now with a bunch of fashion posts up my sleeve and a huge back log of cafés and restaurants I’ve been too.
So today’s post is for those sweet tooth’s out there.
So why cupcakes J, it’s not your usual posts? Well last year, I was organising O’s 20th birthday and to make it extra special for her and to accommodate for everyone’s dietary needs, we bought cupcakes from Poppy Cakes! Yes, it was a b*tch to organise and ask everyone what they wanted but in the end it was worth it. Following that, mid this year S and I went for another Brisbane City adventure and we went by another cupcake shop – The Cupcake Bakery. Recently moving to the Gold Coast I catch the bus every so often and I always notice The Little Cupcake and Cookie Shop. It’s interesting because you never seem to notice the sheer number of cupcake stores around until someone lists them for you.
So here’s the breakdown:
- What’s the price like? Poppy Cakes ($4.20-$4.80), The Cupcake Bakery ($4.00-$4.80) and The Little Cupcake and Cookie Shop ($1.50-$3.50).
- Do they sell anything other than cupcakes? Both Poppy Cakes and The Little Cupcake and Cookie Shop also sell cookies and cakes. The Cupcake Bakery sells giant cupcakes, ice-cream, coffee and sundaes. The Little Cupcake and Cookie Shop also sells macarons, macaron towers and are able to customise cupcakes.
- Can I organise them to make something for my special occasion? All 3 stores cater for special occasions e.g. birthday, weddings, baby showers etc. Poppy cakes and The Cupcake Bakery also caters for corporate orders.
Finally I honestly recommend Poppy Cakes‘ Salted Caramel cupcake. It just melted in my mouth.
S has been craving Mexican lately so we decided to go check out this Mexican restaurant. I’ve never tried Mexican before and I was eager to be enlightened with true Mexican cuisine at the Pickled Cactus Mexican Restaurant. Since N’s favourite cuisine is Mexican, she just loves talking about it. She loves cheese, sauce and mince. I, however, is scarred for life with Mexican as college loved serving burritos, bolognese and lasagne – all of which was purely beef minces, oil and tomato paste with different carbohydrates. So we were all in the car checking out the menu to see what they had to offer. I found it quite amusing that they had a segment in the menu called “For non-Mexican lovers if there are any”.
Less about me and more about the food, we all ordered. Unfortunately, O and I wanted to order the Mexican Pork Belly, however, they were out of pork belly.
- For entrée, we ordered Chilli Potato Skins and shared it among ourselves.
- S and O ordered Tijuana Temptation (which is a beef and bean burrito and a chicken and cheese quesadilla, oven baked and served with our ranchero salsa, sour cream, mexican rice and black beans).
- N and S ordered Burritos.
- I ordered the less Mexican thing as nothing really appealed to me – Garlic Prawns.
For all the Mexican meals, patrons were able to choose from mild, medium or hot sauce. All of the others said that the hot sauce was like “mild to nothing”.
Unfortunately, the wait for the meals took 40 minutes which is quite unacceptable since we saw 2 tables that came in after us all get served. To be honest, out of the 5 of us only I enjoyed my meal – which was the least Mexican meal you could get at a Mexican restaurant.
At the end of the day Mexican is still not for me and I wouldn’t return to this restaurant. I’ve asked other friends about this place and they also said that there are better Mexican restaurants out there. Care to share where I could try authentic Mexican here at the Gold Coast?