Ramen, gangsters and giant coffee bowls

Ramen, gangsters and giant coffee bowls

I popped down to Melbourne the other weekend for a quick trip. Not for any particular reason, but mainly to eat. Hah. I love how Sydney and Melbourne are similar, yet so very different at the same time.

Naturally, we left behind a sunny Sydney day for a cloudy Melbourne one. But that’s OK. Our hotel was pretty swish and the food we ate was beyond amazing, so in my opinion it worked out in the end. We paid a visit to what has now become a tradition each trip – Hu Tong Dumpling Bar. It legitimately serves the best dumplings ever. The XLB’s and the pan-fried dumplings are bursting with broth. So comforting on a winter’s day.

There were multiple bowls of coffee to be had. Can I just say at $5 a bowl, that’s a bloody bargain? I usually pay $4 for my regular soy flat white in Sydney. If you’re ever down in Melbourne, I highly recommend The League of Honest Coffee. Loved it. We bought a bag of beans which reminds me, I should grind some for the aeropress.


I can’t get over Melbourne street art. Nothing compares. Also I stocked up on some Nyx cosmetics at Priceline. Props to whomever can spot the horrible typo on the packaging. We had a peek at the Scorsese exhibit at the ACMI – they recommended 45 min to see everything, but we stayed for a few hours and took our time to watch all the exhibits.

IMG_7238IMG_7265 IMG_7263IMG_7273Of course a weekend is never nearly enough time to explore Melbourne. I’ll do another post on some other foodie places we visited soon. I’m so slack with photo curating.

A trip to Melbourne

A trip to Melbourne

I’ve been absent from blogging for much longer than I care to admit! I’ve been galavanting around Melbourne, eating and shopping my way through the state. I went on a bit of an impromptu holiday, and I have a truckload of foodie photos to post up. Below is a sneak peek at how beautiful Melbourne can get at dusk.

Since returning, I’ve discovered that Sydney has settled into a permanent state of freezer-esque weather. I’m easing back into my regularly scheduled routine, where I’m hoping to blog a whole lot more! In any case, I think it is about time I catch up on my blog roll!

Stay tuned (。◕ ‿ ◕。)

Melbourne at dusk

Late night ramblings and food thoughts.

Late night ramblings and food thoughts.

3 am at the mo’.

I’m still up and I don’t know why. I’m watching the latest season of The Bachelor and it is really, really lame. I can’t stop watching though. It’s like one of those car crashes in slow motion. There is this girl on there who is a New Yorker and writes articles on love. *CoughCarrieBradshawCough* I really don’t understand how some women are desperate enough to fight each other for one guy. But, it really is cheap entertainment.

I’ve been going through my old photographs and sorting them into their appropriate folders. I’ve found a whole lot of photos from previous holidays and a good percentage of them are photos of my meals. This tells me that a) I eat too much food, and b) I need to take photos of something other than food. Not sure how I’d go with that. I think I like food too much. The first photo is of a lovely Opera cake from Cafe Vue – a lovely little French cafe.

Opera Cake from Cafe Vue

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Hu Tong Dumpling Bar, Melbourne

Hu Tong Dumpling Bar, Melbourne

It has been a few weeks since my last visit to Melbourne, I thought I’d start to post up some highlights from my trip. I had a photo book made up, and I noticed that 90% of my photos consist of food. Hah. I quite like having a physical book to flip through (read: not a digital screen) of all my holiday snaps. In any case, there are a few places that I must go on a trip to Melbourne, Hu Tong Dumpling Bar being one of them. This place has featured on a number of weekender lifestyle shows and countless blog posts, so here is yet another one. :)

Xiao Long Bao
Xiao Long Bao in soy vinegar and ginger. One of the must-have dishes, each little dumpling parcel is bursting with a flavoursome broth.
More Xiao Long Bao Dumplings
More of the delicious Xiao Long Bao dumplings. You really can't go wrong with these.
Pan Fried Dumplings
The most amazing pan fried dumplings are crispy on the outside and lovely and moist on the inside.
Shallot Pancakes
An interesting take on the traditional shallot pancakes (I've always had them flat and cut into pizza wedges). This was still bursting with flavour.