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Georgie Pie!! :D

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YAY!!!!!

I got to try the long awaited Mince & Cheese Georgie Pie today!! 😀

They are available at selected McDonalds.

I have had quite a few requests from readers, friends, and family to review the pie~~

And so here it is!!

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TADA!!!!! 😀

I got mine from McDonalds at Westfield St Luke’s food court.

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The pie is priced at $4.50/pie

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Mmmmm~~~ Cheesy goodness~~

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Looks and tastes like the original Georgie Pie, except maybe the crust is a bit more flaky and greasy exclaim

It still has the same granular-tasting mince and alot of sauce for filling~~~

To be honest, if it was up to me, I would call it the Gravy Pie! 😛

It is probably a pie that I would only recommend to those who misses the original Georgie Pie franchise~~

I hope you found my review useful! 🙂

Sydney Conference

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Hello Everyone!!

I had just come back from a conference at Coogee Beach in Sydney!

It was absolutely wonderful! I had such a great time and gathered so much new knowledge!!

Everyone was so friendly and lovely! 😀

Below are some of the photos taken from the trip.

I had taken a lot of them while in Australia, and it is very hard to select which ones to put on the blog.

Due to the large number of photos I have, I had decided to start a Facebook page to include the ones not on here .

I hope you enjoy look at them! 🙂

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Duty Free Confectionery Shop at Auckland airport!! ♥

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The chocolates are made/shaped in front of customers~~

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Enjoyed a nice cup of Cappuccino before taking off 🙂

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HELLO SYDNEY!! lol

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My hotel room at Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach

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The window view~~

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The hotel lobby

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I was early! eek

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The Pizzas were delicious!! smile

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Room Service!! biggrin

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Buffet breakfast at Bluesalt restaurant

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It was wonderful being able to watch the Sunrise~~ cool

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Decided to have dinner that night at Bluesalt restaurant as well

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Roasted quail, it was so tender and juicy!

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350g of  grilled angus reserve rib eye cutlet with red wine jus!! 😀

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Rosewater panna cotta, Persian fairy floss, and baklava~~

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So Yummy!! It had caramel coated nuts at the bottom~~

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A cup of warm tea for me is the perfect way to end a lovely dinner~~

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Day 2 Breakfast

Their croissant is very addictive!! One thing for sure, I won’t be saying how many I had~~ razz

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Networking dinner at Ceviche restaurant

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Seared scallops, avocado & snow pea salsa, wasabi dressing

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Prime fillet of beef, truffle infused mashed potatoes, vegetables, creamy green peppercorn & bacon sauce

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For dessert I had Vanilla crème brûlée with pistachio biscotti

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The homemade sorbet, brandy snap, seasonal fruits, and mango coulis others had looked pretty good too!

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Tea after dinner is a must for me!

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Shop filled with Duty Free Chocolates at Sydney airport!! ♥

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Sydney tower in the distance~~

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Bye bye Australia!!

Louis Vuitton – Evening Function

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My mother and I attended Louis Vuitton’s event on Wednesday night~~

This time it was about accessories and styling, there was a stylist who taught us how to wear our LV scarves.

I believe there was a photo session at the end as well, but mum and I didn’t stay until then~~~

Here are some of the food photos I took:

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I got to take a book home (^-^)

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Couldn’t take a very good photo of this one, because I was in a hurry, the waiter was standing right there waiting for me to eat the lamb and take back the spoon eek

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There was a grape inside the goat cheese~~

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Dark chocolate with popping candies on the top, and a small cake base at the bottom~~

The dark chocolate was so creamy and delicious~~~

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It was a great night!! biggrin

*RANT* I don’t quite understand..

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Non-edible products which are scented to smell like food (especially desserts).

The fact is I can’t eat them! mad

Commercial products like Yoghurt Face Cream.. It smells like Yoghurt, looks like Yoghurt, is apparently made of Yoghurt, but it cannot be eaten…

Or Fruity Body Butter, which smells so delicious, but it can’t be eaten…..

Then there was the time when I was still living in Taiwan and I came across some colouring pens which smelt like chocolate.. CHOCOLATES!!

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WHY?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! question

I remember some of my classmates were using their red or pink colouring pens to draw on their nails or (worse) on their lips.

Even back then, I was quite certain these pens and their ink weren’t designed to be edible.

Therefore, wasn’t it in a way dangerous to have these chocolate-smelling non-edible pens for children?

Is it a marketing technique???????

I notice a big chunk of the female population (myself included) really enjoy desserts, and sweet things in general. (Not to say the male population doesn’t.)

Also, it seems like most food-smelling non edible products are aimed at female consumers. Since, the Face Cream and Body Butter all have photographed female faces or body parts plastered over their containers.

And as for the colouring pens..

Good thing that times have really changed, and everyone is on more equal terms now, but the fact is in Taiwan, back when I was little, the mothers would have been more likely the parent to buy stationeries for their children; hence I believe it may be plausible to suggest the pens were designed to attract both the children’s and mothers’ attention.

So maybe the marketing teams of these businesses think they can sell more products by adding in the dessert-smelling element?? Actually, that’s a very silly question, of course they think they can sell more products by adding in the food smell!! That’s why it’s there!!!

But what made them assume that??

I can only theorize.. without knowing the real answer.

ANYWAY, enough ranting.

It would be very interesting, at least for me, to understand the reason behind the design of these commercial products.

Dinner with Mum and Dad~~

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Guess where we went for dinner!

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I am sure anyone who knows me well will know we were at One Tree Grill~~

Here is a restaurant review I did earlier!

All the menus are now on iPads.

Now time for some photos!! biggrin

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Complimentary Cured Salmon from the Chef

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For Entrée Mum and I ordered Portabello and Celeriac soup~~ It was SO good and had shaved Black Truffle pieces in it~~~

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A piece of Black Truffle

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Dad had fresh Bluff Oysters

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For Main I had Black Angus eye fillet

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Mum had Snapper and scallops

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Dad had Grilled market fish which was Hāpuku

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Dessert was of course Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée for Mum and I!! 😛

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Dad had the house made ice cream and sorbet

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We also shared some Manchego (sheep milk) cheese which came from Malagon, Spain

Yum yum!! 🙂

Chestnut Harvest!! :D

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Chestnuts

 

First time harvest from the Chestnut tree in the backyard!! (^-^)

Anchor Silver Top

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Anchor Silver Top is a non-homogenised full cream milk with a creamy layer on the top.

There have been studies done which suggest non-homogenised milk is a healthier choice compared to homogenised milk.

(There are many studies and literature, related to the topic, which are readily available on the world wide web if anyone is interested in finding out more.)

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Ah~~ Takes one back to the good old days when milk wasn’t homogenised~~~

**Note: The photo was taken awhile ago, hence the printed expiry date is outdated.

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If you look carefully, you can already see the layer of creamy goodness on the top 🙂

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Make sure you shake the container well, if you don’t like the layer of  cream.

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LOL!! Doesn’t look very appetizing.

However, personally I do prefer the taste of non-homogenised full cream milk~~ 😀

Taste: 4.5/5

The milk tastes somewhat sweeter to me than homogenised milk, and the creamy bits have texture like cream cheese~~ Mmmmm~~~~~

Cost: 4/5

The price is NZ$4.85 for a 2 Litre container.

Availability: 5/5

I get mine from Pak’nSave.

Overall Mark: 4.5/5

Comment: Worth giving it a try if you haven’t had it before!!

Fresh Figs from the Garden~~

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The figs from the fig tree in the garden is ready for picking!! (^-^)

They are very sweet and a bit chewy~~

Red Elephant Thai Restaurant

We had our Christmas celebration dinner at Red Elephant Thai Restaurant on 195 Khyber Pass Road in Newmarket (Auckland).

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The presentation in the restaurant was very good. Everything looked clean and tidy.

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We ordered Banquet Menu 2.

Appetizers

First up we enjoyed some assorted appetizers.

Each one of them was wonderfully fried and very crispy~~

Tom Yam Goong

The Tom Yam Goong Soup came next.

Spicy Prawn Soup seasonsed with Lime Juice garnished with Hot Chilli, Lemon Grass & Mushroom.

The mushroom and prawn pieces were very sizable!

Main course

The main course consisted of five different main dishes.

Kaeng Panaeng – Red Curry of sautéed Beef with Sweet Basil & Coconut Milk, Gai Ob Pu Kao Fai – Sizzling Platter of Baked Whole Chicken marinated in Thai Herbs served with Sweet Chilli Sauce flambéed with Brandy, Pla Krapong Rad Prik – Whole Crispy Snapper with Hot Chilli Sauce, Goong Tod Kratiem Prik Thai – Sautéed Prawns & Calamari with Garlic & Peppers, Pad Pak Look Chin PlaPan Fried Mixed Vegetables with Fishballs.

Gai Ob Pu Kao Fai

This flamming baby chicken a.k.a. Gai Ob Pu Kao Fai deserves an honourable mention.

It came out engulfed in flames, the view was quite spectacular, however the flames had dampened down by the time it reached the table.

If you look carefully you can still see the bit of orange flame on the top of the chicken~~ 🙂

Dessert

My favourite part of a meal is the dessert which was

Hot Banana Fritter served with Coconut Milk Ice Cream.

It was DELICIOUS!!

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For Coffee I ordered a Latte, which was very good as well. 😀

Marks

Taste: 4.5/5

Price: 4.5/5

Service: 5/5

Overall Mark: 4.7/5

The service was excellent and the restaurant has high hygiene standards, which could be noted by seeing serving staff using a towel, which acts as protection against hand contamination, when handing out clean new plates.

I had a great experience at the restaurant with my family.

Highly recommended!

Dinner @ One Tree Grill

I took my family to One Tree Grill Restaurant for a nice dinner tonight~~ (^-^)

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Drink Menu (I Pad)

The drink menu is now on an iPad

Bar

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Entrée

For starter we had Entrée tasting trio

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The Entrée consists of Salmon, Venison, and Scallops

Thai Style Snapper

We were given some complimentary Thai style snapper from the Chef

Pork Belly Crackling (Free range)

Roasted pork belly roulade (free range)

baby vegetables, crackling, mulled wine pear purée

Market Fish (Snapper)

Grilled market fish (Snapper)

citrus kelp crust, herb gnocchi, saffron tomato, edamame

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I had wild venison

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stonefruit compote, kumara, gingerbread, licorice jus

Dessert Menu

Dessert menu!! 😀

Crème brûlée

For dessert I had Vanilla bean crème brûlée

hibiscus glaze, pineapple & mango sorbet