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LCB #4: Week 2 – Fruit Tarts, Mendiants, Baklava, Florentines and other cookies

Week 2 of LCB (and Week 3) has quickly flown by. I was tired to my bones during week 2, because we were moving into our new apartment and in order to save moving cost, we did most of the packing and moving ourselves! It is not really ours per se, as we just signed a one-year lease, but it will be our first place together! Previously, I was staying

LCB #3: Week 1 of Le Cordon Bleu Sydney classes

The first week of LCB concluded last Saturday. I was beyond tired and my back has been aching ever since. Lesson 1 on Thursday was an introduction to knives, knife cuts, kitchen equipment and our tool kits. All that was pretty boring but informative all the same. I finally got my first look at a commercial kitchen, and have a better idea in the event that I want to open

LCB #2: FAQ and more on Le Cordon Bleu

I’m hoping to keep up with at least weekly posts on Le Cordon Bleu, and as I’m waiting for classes to start (there’s about a week’s break from orientation to my first day of class on Thursday), I decided to post some questions (and answers) about Le Cordon Bleu which I think will be helpful, and which I personally asked (and did not get any answers until orientation). Q1: Where

LCB #1: Being a student again…and how I chose Le Cordon Bleu Sydney

I’ve had a number of queries from silent readers of my blog (hi! it’s good to know that there’s still people reading this relic) about baking school / pastry school / patisserie school, and although I won’t claim to be an expert, I can safely put in my two-cents now that I’m properly enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu Sydney! Today was Orientation day over at Le Cordon Bleu Sydney and

My favourite gelaterias and ice cream shops in Melbourne

Let’s focus on Melbourne now. I didn’t get to try that many gelatis when I was in Melbourne because it’s usually winter when I’m there so my focus is more on the hot chocolates and cakes, but I did manage to eat a couple of good gelato when I was there. Not to mention that I think gelato prices are cheaper in Melbs than in Sydney. You will not be

My favourite gelaterias and ice cream shops in Central Sydney

I’m a gelato/ice cream monster. I can eat tubs of gelato/ice cream for a meal, and I even went to Florence for their annual gelato festival some years back! So it should not come as any surprise that wherever I go, I will compile a list of gelaterias or ice cream shops I want to visit, be it winter or not. In fact, here’s a secret – Jon proposed to

Travel Tuesdays: Mamasita, Melbourne

I’m on a roll! Having blogged about Jamie’s Italian in Sydney, I’m now going down southwest of Sydney to Melbourne, yet another large Australian city well known for its culture and FOOD! I have previously blogged about cakes and such in Melbourne, and today, I’ll be telling you all about this awesome Mexican restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD which is by far the BEST Mexican food I’ve eaten anywhere ever. In fact,

Travel Tuesdays: Jamie’s Italian, Sydney

With all the hype about Jamie’s Italian opening in Singapore at Vivo City (as well as in Perth earlier this year), I can’t help but be reminded of the good meal I had at Jamie’s while I was in Sydney, in the middle of last year. Yes, I know – I am always tardy with my posts, and believe me when I say that I have yet to sieve through

Baked Kale Chips

I’m sure many people are in the habit of calling their loved ones names. By names, I mean endearments, like honey pie or sweetie pie and the such. I recall one fine day in secondary school when I was busy looking up “k” in the dictionary, in order to look for the most ridiculous names I could for my friend, whose name is Kelly. Honestly, I’m not sure what started

Beef Ragù…and a Competition Update!

Remember two posts ago, when I posted about my virgin entry into a baking competition? Well, I’m really pleased to announce that I got into the finals! There are 6 of us in the finals, which will be held on the last day of the Savour festival, 14 April. I definitely am facing some stiff competition for my trip to Paris, judging from the flyer below! Truth to be told,