Month: June 2014

BUNS OF CINNAMON: MISTER NICE GUY’S BAKESHOP

I HAD THE BEST CINNAMON BUN OF MY LIFE TODAY.

cinnamon bunAND IT’S VEGAN?! (more…)

VEG OUT: MADAME K’S VEGETARIAN + WIN STUFF

I’m a longtime fan of Melbourne’s Vegie Bar and Yong’s Green Food and frequent them on a near weekly basis. But the long wait to get in can be a little off putting so I’ve been eager to try Brunswick Street’s other vego joint – Madame K’s Vegetarian. Best of all I can have it delivered straight to my door.

I ordered the wonton dumplings (not pictured- devoured too quickly) and one of the best gado-gado I’ve ever had. The veggies were fresh and lightly steamed. The peanut sauce was diiivine and eagerly shared amongst my housemates who used the leftovers as roti dip/curry sauce (it’s a very generous serving). (more…)

SUNNY SIEM REAP

I spent most of my Cambodia holiday in Siem Reap volunteering at Feeding Dreams Cambodia, a community school that provides free English lessons, community support and school meals to over 700 children from Siem Reap’s slums. It was a fantastic experience and I left with many new friends, hugs and best of all a sponsor family.
Feeding Dreams are currently building a bigger school and vocational training centre and are desperately seeking donations to help them finish the project. You can read more about the new school here. They’re doing some amazing work and making a real difference in the community.

Aside from helping with the kids with their ABC’s we still had plenty of time after school hours to explore the town.
Angkor Wat at sunrise is a must visit. Not only is it significantly cooler at dawn but the sun rising over the temple is breath-taking. We spent most of a day exploring Angkor Wat and its surrounding temples but you can spend as long or as little as you like. There are hundreds of temples in the national park but most visitors do a small or big loop of the main temples (we did the big loop in an exhausting day).

Another worthwhile day trip out of town is to Phnom Kulen, a sacred mountain to the Khmer people. We climbed up to see a 16th century statue of Buddha and then spent most of the afternoon cooling off in a waterfall. A word of warning – the little fish that nibble dead skin off your feet call the waterfall home. It’s a little creepy at first but you’ll leave with beautifully polished feet.

SiemReap_Cambodia (more…)

BREAKING BACON: BREAKFAST THIEVES

On Sunday morning we woke up with some real bacon cravings. Like, real bad. I won’t lie – we researched our brunch options purely based on how much bacon appeared on the menu. After some deliberation we settled on Breakfast Thieves.

BreakfastThieves (more…)

SORRY I’M LATE, I’VE BEEN IN CAMBODIA

I know it’s been a long time between posts, a real long time. I spent the last month volunteering in Cambodia and since I returned last week I’ve been catching up on bills, work, life etc. But regular posts are back as of…. now.

While I adapt to Melbourne’s significantly colder weather (Cambodia’s daily 40 deg + 80% humidity = all the sweats) here’s some pics of Phnom Penh where I started my sweaty-but-fantastic trip.

PhnomPenh Cambodia (more…)