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Ramen Love xoxo

Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures. A food haven. Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Arabic…you name it and you’re likely to find a restaurant serving that cuisine.

I seldom eat out in Melbourne tho. My family lives here and everytime I come home, I always make the most of my mum’s cooking. 🙂 But out and about on a cold Melbourne afternoon, my sister and I stopped for something warm. Ramennnnnn

Who could resist this delicious Japanese noodle dish. We enjoyed this indulgence when we used to live in New Zealand. And there was this place in Auckland that served fantastic ramen. It was not a fancy place rather it was like an old, “dirty”, and cramped ramen house in Japan. So authentic with the cooks preparing the food infront of you, the big pots of boiling stock and noodles taking much room of their tiny kitchen. I  particularly like the enthusiastic welcome they give each diner coming in. A loud “irrasshaimase!” A Japanese greeting to show respect to customers walking into a place of business.

Love the lanterns

Love the lanterns

Ramen Ya in downtown Melbourne is however “mainstream.” A modern restaurant with Japanese-inspired decor. But their ramen is definitely still traditional. In fact, they say they are the tonkotsu ramen specialist.

My tonkotsu charshu ramen. Plus gyoza on the side. Yum

My tonkotsu charshu ramen. Plus gyoza on the side. Yum

Takoyaki

Takoyaki

Some tea?:) How cute are these?

Some tea?:) How cute are these?

Can’t argue with that as I left my bowl of ramen empty and my stomach full 🙂

Tea with The Great Gatsby

Hi everyone! Sorry for being away from the blogging world for a bit. But if you follow me in Instagram, you’ll know that I have been out and about. And again, I am on a mini-trip in Aussieland.

First thing I did, afternoon tea with the sisters. It’s quite our tradition now I reckon. And we are constantly on a lookout for exciting afternoon tea escapades. So I am glad to stumble upon Cinema Nova here in Melbourne. It is a contemporary cinema, an art house, showing special movies of interest from the classics to the latest.

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In-house bar while waiting to be seated to our 22 seat cinema and our afternoon tea spread is prepared and ready.

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Gonna try it!

Cinema dining is not new, I know. We have it in Dubai, which by the way I am yet to try. But high tea at the movies was something new for me. Excited and all, we booked to watch the movie Gatsby which by the way I have seen already, but this time no popcorn and soda thank you.

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Pimms cocktail, pot of tea, savories and yummy sweets…oh where do I begin?!

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Why hello there dear Leo 🙂

For 39 Aussie dollars you get one drink (I chose Pimms cocktail), savories and the sweets, and your movie ticket. A  sweet as deal I reckon even with the extra 3 dollars for a pot of tea. Did I mention the joys of a not crowded cinema? Served by a waiter, cushions for extra comfort and yes…that warm feeling too 🙂 Definitely will come back.

Extra servings :D

Extra servings 😀

Paris of the Middle East

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Beirut. That’s where I am at the moment. Well Souk el Gharb to be specific. Less than 20 minutes from Beirut, this suburb in the mountain overlooking the city, is world’s away from the hustle and bustle. Here, flowers of all sorts grow, grapes in the backyard, and pine trees. Visitin’ the in-laws, husband’s cousins, friends and anyone he knows, his dad knows…you get the picture. Busy socializing thus the lack of post. And no I don’t speak Arabic nor French so by socializing I mean smiling, 3 kisses on the cheek (typical lebanese greeting) few words in Arabic and French enough to say “hi, I comein peace.”

So, as opposed to my last post about my typical day in Melbourne whilst visiting my family, my days in Lebanon involves:

Sitting outside the house and chillin’,

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I love shisha or argileh as they call it here

 

Making the most of the beautiful sunny day,

BBQ

BBQ

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Yes we use pine cones 🙂

Eating… image

and eating…

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And making the most of a beautiful night.

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I enjoy coming here at night for a hot chocolate when the night is bit chilly. Or a bottle of Lebanese red  and  argileh sesh.

 

And of course, no trip to Lebanon is complete without a visit to the salon…I mean coiffure.

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Life Downunder

My typical day these days…

Woke up around lunchtime.

My sister and I went to Melbourne CBD for a bit of a stroll. Checked out David Jones and bought some bling.

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Chunky bling yo yo yo!

Had some Vietnamese.

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Fooooood @Rice Paper

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Bartman rocks!

Headed home.

Dinner with the family~lil sis cooked Turkish Lamb (yum).

Lamb that falls off the bone!

Lamb that falls off the bone!

Watched tv.

Skyped.

Blogged.

And oh, it rained today.

zzz…

Afternoon Delight at Hotel Windsor

I love afternoon tea. I’m not a “tea master” but I enjoy the concept of afternoon tea/low tea and high tea (don’t care much about the difference as long as there is tea, pastries, and champagne present). Catch up with friends over dinner and drinks at night…and there is the good ol’ afternoon tea. All proper and posh, champagne, and tier of sweets, scones, and sandwiches. This is one of the things my sisters and I enjoy. Perhaps we’ll start a tradition 🙂

Last Monday we had the pleasure of an afternoon tea at the 5 star Hotel Windsor here in Melbourne. I read negative reviews prior and I was almost swayed not to book there. But we decided to give it a go, after all, Hotel Windsor have been serving afternoon tea since 1883.

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The experience was not full of exclamations like when my sisters and I managed to book last minute-ish for tea at the Ritz London. Or in Burj al Arab (was disappointed with the scones there tho). But the hotel is classy. The afternoon tea setting is simple but yes classy. And the main thing was that we enjoyed the afternoon. Plus there was nothing bad to say about the service and the whole experience. I guess lesson learned is that we check for reviews and all but remember that not everyone will have the same exact experience.

The menu

The menu

Blooming tea :)

Blooming tea 🙂

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I hope that if you happen to be in Melbourne, and up for a nice calm afternoon tea, visit Hotel Windsor. And when you do, I wish you have a nice one as we did. *booking is recommended

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