Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Firepop Meal Kit Review

For the last 14 years, Firepop is usually a pop up restaurant appearing across Sydney.  Given the Corona restrictions, they have now expanded their business and are now offering meal kits so you can make your own Firepops at home.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Xin Jiang Hand Made Noodles, Chatswood

I enter Xin Jiang Hand Made Noodles by walking up the stairs with a sharp right. I walk past the lady that is thumping the dough to make the hand made noodles. We are seated immediately. I decide to arrive early at 11am at Xin Jiang Hand Made Noodles in Chatswood. It was good timing as there was just one other table at the venue. I've been here several times as it's one of my local eateries. Check out my last visit to Xin Jiang Hand Made Noodles.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Captain's Log, A month in


This is my 4th week of working from home. Cases of corona virus seem to have stabilised in NSW but all sources indicate another 6 months of living and working in this new way.  The fear and anxiety that I had about covid-19 has dissipated somewhat as I settle into a new way of life. I think it also stems from a level of acceptance. 

I grew up in a socioeconomically disadvantaged area and can only imagine what people are worried about at the moment when it comes to earning an income, looking after their families, schooling and the future. Where inequality exists, it can be quite demotivating thinking about the future in normal circumstances. I remember back in the days when I was at university when there would be graduate programs where you would have to compete with up to 6000 other applicants. I'm sure that statistic has increased since I've left university and even more so with covid-19. I hope people stay motivated and continue to do their best.

I am missing the regular human interaction that I would get from work and social activities from food blogging, family and friend catch ups. It will be interesting to see relationships are impacted throughout this period. I am trying virtual methods of catching up with my close friends. For all the other relationships, I suspect it will be harder when I don't have incidental interactions.

How are you going? What is on your mind?

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Captain's Log: Working from Home Week 3

The world has significantly changed in the last few weeks with COVID-19. It's heart breaking to see the impact with the many deaths particularly concentrated in Europe and China. I am shocked.

People are obviously scared and stressed with many supermarkets being stripped of toilet paper, canned goods and long-lasting foods such as rice and pasta.Yesterday, all restaurants and venues will now be restricted to take-away and delivery as the Australian government. 

Here in Sydney, Australia - my workplace was pro-active and had asked me to work from home (WFH) so I am now in week 3 of WFH. I feel like things have significantly escalated in the last two weeks. I worry about the broader society, how will our health system cope, how will our economy survive and how every day people will survive (especially those who are vulnerable). 

I am addicted to reading the news and finding out the latest on COVID-19... We can all do our part though which is to keep to yourself and don't contribute to the problem. Let's all try to stay positive and make the most of the situation.

I'm doing a few small things that make me feel better

  • Listening to upbeat music (One more timeeee - Daft Punk is my tune atm)
  • Ensuring I do some steps + sit ups
  • VC/Calling my colleagues at work to maintain social connection
  • Having fun on snapchat and sending funny videos to my friends

How are you coping at the moment?

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Melted Monster, Potts Point

Melted Monster is a cosy cafe located in Potts Point, a short walk from Kings Cross Station. I pop by with Mr Weekend Food Escapes for some weekend relaxation. Melted Monster is best known for their brunch and burgers, so who's hungry?

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Hungry Dough, Wareemba

Hungry Dough is a cosy pizza shop located in Wareemba. Hungry Dough has recently organised a "meet up" which had board games and pizza events on selected Sundays. This is an opportunity for people to come together, meet new people, play board games and enjoy some food. What a relaxing way to spend a Sunday. Tickets for this particular meet up were $25 and include a large pizza, sides and lots of fun with the board games.

Friday, 21 February 2020

Benzin Cafe, Dural

I rarely venture out to Dural but thanks to the Australian Good Food Guide, they have suggested I check out new venue Benzin Cafe. As you walk into Benzin Cafe, you will see a theme of cars cars cars!