Beatbox Kitchen

How is it the second week of February already?! Was Christmas not just yesterday? In fact, wasn’t 2013 just like a month ago? Urgh, time flies. February has been hectic, to say the least. I have finally embarked on my law school journey! That’s for another post though, hopefully I’ll get one up towards the end of February! Unfortunately, all that studying means that I have been neglecting my blog, I full planned to schedule some posts during the holidays, but life happened instead. 
Anyway, I haven’t really figured out how I’m going to balance everything just yet, but for now, let’s just talk about what you clicked into this post for, a review of burgers! Beatbox Kitchen has been on my to try list for years, however, being a food truck, it meant that they were pretty tricky to hunt down! For someone that relies purely on public transport that is. When I visited The Big Design Market a couple months ago however, an opportunity presented itself when I spotted the truck outside of the Royal Exhibition Building.
Chilli Billy Burger – $13.00

I went for the Chilly Billy Burger, because who doesn’t like a bit of hit? I was thoroughly impressed by its looks alone, just look at the perfectly melted cheese and tell me you’re not salivating already. The burger had everything a good burger needed, a juicy thick patty, cheese, crispy lettuce, pickles for the crunch, and jalapeño and the spicy chipotle sauce adding some heat. Oh and let’s not forget about the stereo sauce, I don’t know what the secret ingredients are, but it sure tasted amazing.

Unlike the fifty other brioche bun that’s floating around in the burger joints, Beatbox Kitchen uses a baker’s white bun, what it lacked in sweetness and softness, it made up with integrity and structure, holding all the ingredients that were squashed between the buns together at all times. And that’s no easy task, just look at how thick that 170g beef pattie is!

Beatbox Kitchen brings something new to the burger scene, in my world that is. It uses wholesome ingredients, and provides an excellent burger. I’ll keep an eye out whenever I’m at an event for their food truck, and hopefully next I can try out their fries too.

How to get there:
Beatbox Kitchen has a few food trucks around town everyday, follow their Facebook page for more information.

Beatbox Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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PHOTO DIARY | Taylor Swift 1989 Tour Melbourne

Taylor Swift, whether you like her or not, you can’t deny that she’s one of the most influential singer-songwriters of our time. Who knew that the curly haired country girl from Love Story would become the chic as human being that rocks a full glitter jumpsuit and red lipstick like nobody else? Her 1989 Tour just ended, and I was lucky enough to score a ticket to one of the three sold out shows in Melbourne.
Vance Joy was the opening act, and my gosh, he was amazing. His vocals were so on point the whole time, and it was extremely heart-warming knowing that he is a fellow Melbournian. In fact, I’m considering going to his show next year after this.
And of course, the one, the only, the T-Swizzle that we were all waiting for made an appearance like no other, and began her hour-and-a-half extravagant performance. Urgh, she’s so perfect, look at that hair, look at those legs, seriously man, how is this even legal.
There were numerous costume changes, and her heels were insane, I don’t understand how she walks in them, let alone dance. But she did it, ’cause she’s Taylor, just doing normal Taylor things, you know?
1989 was definitely a drastic change of musical style on Taylor’s part, but I’ve gotta say, it’s probably my favourite album of hers, in that I enjoy most of the songs in the album. I Know Places is my favourite, just in case you care, Ryan Tedder never disappoints.
As you can tell, I was sitting pretty darn far from the stage, in face, I was in the third last row. This brings me to talk about the one thing that I didn’t really like about this concert, the pricing of the tickets. Six different VIP packages from memory, the highest being around $600. I think this was a pretty inconsiderate move, knowing that most of the Swiftys out there are on the younger side of things, and probably wouldn’t be able to fork out all that much. The mosh – aka VIP A or something, was not even half filled, showing just how ridiculous the pricing is.
Apart from that, I thoroughly enjoyed everything, from yelling every words to Trouble, to being mesmerized by Taylor’s face, it was definitely another unforgettable night!

Oh and, happy belated birthday Taylor!

The Big Design Market

It’s that time of the year again, where markets of all sorts are popping up left, right and center. For three days, The Big Design Market is taking up the space of Royal Exhibition Building, and they are filling it with over 60 stalls, and don’t worry, there are plenty of food options around for when you need a break, such as Miss Chu, Earl Canteen, as well as some food trucks, that I will be blogging about in a later post.

Sweet William Art Prints – 2 for $25
Mi Goals Hard Cover Diary – $32.95
Pana Chocolate – 3 for $15

These are the things I bought from the market, some art prints from Sweet William, a 2016 diary from Mi Goals, and because I spent a good ten minutes trying out the display, some raw, vegan, organic and all-so-delicious chocolate from Pana Chocolate.

One thing to keep in mind is that it’s at the Royal Exhibition Building, not the Exhibition Centre, and if you get those two mixed up, well, you’ll end up at a tattoo exhibition like I was. Although it can get quite warm inside, browsing the stalls definitely is a great distraction, and if all else fails, grab an icy cold drink and you’ll be revitalised in no time!

I spent around two hours browsing through the different stalls, and trust me, there will be something for everyone. I gravitated towards the art, jewellery and paper goods ones just ’cause those things intrigue me, however, there were also an abundance of homeware, tech, plant, ceramics stalls amongst everything else. It’s definitely worth a visit, you might be able to find some things to tick off your Christmas shoppings list too!

Details:
$2 entrance fee, and the market will only be around until this Sunday! For more information, here is the website!

How to get there:
The Big Design Market is happening in the Royal Exhibition Building, which is a ten minutes walk from Parliament station.

Conservatory

Happy blogiversary to me! I can’t believe it’s been one year already since I started this blog haha, we’ve definitely come a long way.

Given the significance of this post, I thought it would only be fitting for me to blog about a special restaurant. And Conservatory certainly fills that criteria; ever since I started coming here on my birthday three years ago, it kind of became a tradition.

With a view of the riverbank, high ceilings, plush leather chairs and spacious setting, Conservatory fits right in amongst some other spectacular restaurants inside Crown. A booking is pretty much a requirement, as the restaurant is always filled, no matter what time of day.

There was a cute little bread basket already waiting for us, and some lemon water for us to wash our hands in after digging in some seafood, and thus, the night began.

Conservatory is divided into three main sections; cold meats and cheese, seafood and salad bar; the hot food section, and then the desserts. Here is some of the sushi that was on offer.

Oysters, Prawns, Crab

The prawns are always gigantic, and the meat remains tight and succulent. The crabs were my favourite of the seafood though, the meat was extremely sweet, and although it takes a bit more work, the end result is definitely worth it!

Scallop Ceviche, Cold Cuts, Bocconcini, Duck Salad, Bread, Bread Sticks

I also got some salad and cold meats. The spongey bocconcini balls were delightful, and the sheer novelty of the bread sticks made them fun to eat. The highlight, however, was the shredded duck salad, as the dressing was extremely fragrant, and complimented the duck perfectly.

Prawns, Oysters

The oysters come and go like crazy, since everyone’s obsessed with them. They were relatively fresh, and with a light squeeze of lemon juice over the top, they were ready to be slurped up.

Roast pork, Calamari, Pork Rib, Roast Pork (HK style), Garlic and Cheese Naan, Tandoori Chicken, Pumpkin, Mashed Potato

It was time to move onto the hot food. There was so much to choose from, so I got a bit of everything. The roast pork was a bit dry, but I couldn’t be bothered to go back for more gravy. The other type of roast pork was lovely though, with its fatty meat and crispy skin. My favourite is always the garlic and cheese naan though, because it’s cooked in front of you, the cheese is still gooey by the time I get my hands on them, and it’s seriously addictive, especially when paired with the tandoori chicken.

Roast Potato, Chicken, Roast Beef, Roast Lamb, Green Beans

The second plate was a lot less memorable, just because I was getting pretty full by this point, and yeh, you know when you start eating for the sake of eating? That kind of happened here 😦 I do remember enjoying the roast beef though, it was still pink in the centre, and with some of that crushed black salt, the beef was tender and delicious.

We received two glasses of complimentary champagne since it was my birthday haha.

As you can tell, they take their desserts very seriously here at Conservatory. From chocolate fondue and ice cream, to fruits and tiny cute little cakes and slices, no expenses are spared.

I managed to take 21 desserts, since I was turning 21 HAHAHA I’m so cool I know. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to finish the desserts, as much as I wanted to. My favourites were the eclairs and the fruit cups.

While we were stuffing our face with the decadent desserts, the waitress placed down a cake for us, also complimentary. It would’ve been a hard task to finish the cake between the two of us on a good day, let alone the fact that we were literally filled to the brim. I did manage to try a tiny little slice, and from memory, it was an orange and chocolate cake.

Conservatory will always hold a special place in my heart, if you haven’t noticed already, I love birthdays. With the incredulous amount of food on offer, Conservatory is definitely one of the best buffet in Melbourne. The service is always on point too, as expected. With a beautiful setting, and even better food, Conservatory is great for any special occasion, or if you just feel like a treat 😉

How to get there:
Conservatory is located inside Crown, which is accessible by tram #96, #12 and #109 from Southern Cross Station.

Conservatory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

#ZOMATOMEETUP | D.O.C. Delicatessen

Don’t you hate it when a lecturer is so boring and it makes the most interesting content unbearable? I used to hate Wednesdays because of this, since I picked out the subject based on the false belief that the content would be super intriguing, I mean okay, the readings are pretty dry and that’s not the lecturer’s fault, but a good lecturer really makes all the difference. So glad I switched out of that subject. But anyway, this long rant introduction does have a purpose – a few weeks ago, after a bad Wednesday, I was lucky enough to be invited to another Zomato Meetup at D.O.C Delicatessen, and the food was good enough to turn my day around!

Parmigiano Reggiano

I arrived a bit early, and we were served some beautiful cubes of parmigiano reggiano drizzled with honey. Everytime the board came out, we demolished it within seconds, hence why I only managed to snatch a photo with two last remaining pieces on the board. Now when it comes to cheese, I really am no connoisseur, I mean, I like them enough, but lack extensive knowledge of the specific region or the making process of the cheese themselves. However, I didn’t have to be an expert to appreciate these hard and gritty parmigiano reggiano with a nutty taste.

Salumi and Local Handmade Mozzarella

We started the meal with the antipasto plate, and without a doubt, my favourite was the buffalo mozzarella! The texture was so light, that it made me go back for way more than I should have. We were so unprepared for the amount of food that was going to be served.

Everyone oohed and aahed when the first main was brought to the table in a giant cheese wheel. Seriously, how are we supposed to eat pasta served on regular plates after this?!

Mezza Paccero from Gragnano w/ Spaccatella Tomatoes, Buffalo Ricotta & Basil

The pasta tasted as good as it looked. The simplicity of it was what really impressed me, the trio of ingredients – tomato, basil, ricotta, dressed the Mezza paccero beautifully, and the quality of the ingredients were definitely top notch.

The next main was cooked on a stove right next to us, and of course, the food bloggers gathered around and took plenty of photos!

Handmade Black Gnocchi w/ Scampi & Scallops on Pea & Broad Bean Puree

The freshly seared scampis was loaded onto the black gnocchi. This was probably my favourite dish of the night, even though I was getting sooooooo full by this point, I still managed to finish most of the plate! The gnocchi had a very light and almost silk-like texture, and paired beautifully with both the unami of seafood and the delicate pea and broad bean puree.

DOC Tiramisu

Of course, no Italian dinner is complete without some good ol’ tiramisu. This was again, beautiful (am I overusing that word?). The sponge were light and fluffy, and soaked up the espresso liqueur quite well. Every bite was sweet, but not overly sweet, with a coffee after taste.

Caffe Neopolitan Stovetop Caffettiera

The coffee was very refined and strong, I gotta admit, it was a bit too bitter for me.

Handmade Biscotti

I could snack on these for days, if I wasn’t literally bursting with food by this point! I shared a hazelnut biscotti with a fellow blogger, and it was wonderful! Chewy in the centre, with a crunchy exterior, these are definitely made with love.

Amara Blood Orange Digestive Liquor

Although this was a blood orange liqueur, it helps with digestion apparently (which we definitely were in need for)! It had a 30% alcohol level, and I only had a tiny little sip.

The evening was filled with laughter, amazing food and friendly service! And it reinstated the importance of great quality produce to me. I can’t wait to be returning to D.O.C. for some more of their beautiful Italian food!

How to get there:
D.O.C. Delicatessen is located on Lygon Street, a short 5 minutes walk from the tram stop Lincoln Square.

I dined as a guest of D.O.C Delicatessen, courtesy of Zomato.
DOC delicatessen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

21 Things I’m Thankful For

As some of you may have noticed, my posting schedule has gone out of the window these last two months. This is my last semester for my bachelor’s degree, and idk, I feel like it’s been the most intense semester? But it’s kind of weird, ’cause I can’t really pinpoint what exactly is stressful about it, I mean, yeh I’m doing one more subject, but it’s not necessarily harder. Hmm, maybe it’s because it’s so close to the end.

ANYWAY, that’s why I’ve barely posted anything, but I’m still alive don’t worry! So two days ago, I turned 21, and I know this may not be the case for all people, but birthdays are a huge deal to me. There’s something there about turning one year older you know? Even if it is just arbitrary. I never really feel that different ON my birthday, but I feel as though that’s the case with life. It’s only when you reflect on the past years, and your experience and whatnot, that you realise how much you’ve changed, whether for the better or worse.

This is clear a very deep post HAHAHA not. Idk I just thought this might be an opportunity for me to start to pick up my blogging game again! And yeh, on the reflective note, I thought I would share with you 21 things I’m thankful for when I turned 21!

Cake is clearly my one true love ❤

1. Public transport. I know Melbourne public transport isn’t the best, but come on, without it I would have to actually learn to drive, which will happen soooooon.

2. Nail polish. All the nail polish.

3. My mum’s cooking, because it’s pretty phenomenal. Especially her dumplings, hands down best dumplings in the whole world.

4. Chocolate, because chocolate makes everything better.

5. Claratyne. Without which Spring would be the death of me. 

6. Friends and family who love me unconditionally. Corny af but it had to be said let’s be real.

7. That I live in Melbourne. Melbourne is such an amazing city with so many facets, and although I still plan on working/studying overseas in the future, I think Melbourne is a place that I will always return to.

8. My new camera! I decided to finally bite the bullet and get myself a camera for my 21st! Yay for good quality photos in low light.

9. That I get to read and watch movies and shows and listen to music. Having the chance to just absorb yourself in one form of media is so, idk, other-worldly almost? It’s really hard to describe but anyone who’s seen a fantastic movie or read a good book to heard a great song would know what I’m talking about!

10. Zomato. Because come on, how would I know where to eat without Zomato?

11. That I am able to travel! Not as frequently as I would like, but still. Idk I feel like I could never be one of those people that just travels. Not because I can’t if I really wanted to, but because there’s other things that I think is more important?

12. Social media. As much as it drives me crazy sometimes, how would I stalk people without Instagram?!

13. That I get to go to uni studying something that I actually like. When I first started of uni, I was in for a bit of a shock since I barely did any humanity subjects back in high school, and yeh, 2,000 words essays definitely scared me a little. But criminology has taught me soooooo much beyond crimes (and no, it’s nothing like Criminal Minds, but I do have a lecturer that’s pretty much a doppleganger of Reid!). Social sciences are fascinating, and yeh, I’m glad I’ve kind of finally got the hang of essay writing, analytical thinking and all that shabam!

14. Onesies. Winters are always better when you’re in a onesie, especially if it’s a pink unicorn yay!

15. That I get to blog about food! Among other things haha. Sharing my love for food is definitely something that I enjoy thoroughly, and I promise I’ll get back into it! Soon hopefully haha.

16. That I can bully my mum into taking a million photos for me. Yes that dessert photo literally took half an hour to take HAHAHA.

17. Hair dye. Not the box ones, the good kind. You know, the one you mix with peroxide and stuff, Because life’s too short for black hair. And I’m too poor to get my hair done for $700.

18. My strong immune system. Being healthy comes with so many other benefits but yeh, just being healthy in itself is pretty amazing.

19. Wireless internet. Did anyone actually enjoy that ridiculous sound that dial-ups used to make? They drove me crazy.

20. Google. It actually saves lives. Can you imagine a world without Google? ‘Cause I can’t.

21. That I’ve finally been able to fathom the fact that everyone in the world wants different things in life, sort of. I feel like that’s a hard one to wrap your head around, and it’s something I’m still a bit confused by.

And that’s my list! There are more things that I’m thankful for obviously, but let’s just stick with 21 for now 🙂

PHOTO DIARY | Imagine Dragons Smoke + Mirrors Tour Live in Melbourne

You know how sometimes, you go to a concert, and it completely changes your perspective on the artist or band? This is definitely the case with Imagine Dragons. I mean, I always did like them, Demons and Radioactive, being two of their most well-known songs, are some of my favourite songs too. But the sheer amount of energy each member exemplified throughout the concert seriously made me fall in love with the band.

 

I always knew how much music could mean to someone, even though I was never one of those people. But yeh, Imagine Dragons is definitely something special. They changed my opinion about some of the songs that I didn’t really like all that much before the concert, Polaroid for example (no hate please). I am sad that they didn’t performs Dreams, Second Chance, and my absolute favourite song of theirs – America. But oh well, win some lose some right?

 

 

The crowd was great too, or maybe because I was second row hehe. Dan did come off stage for a bit, and literally everyone lost their shit. I TOUCHED HIS ABS OMG CANNOT STOP FANGIRLING. Seriously though, I may sound like I have my shit together now (not really), but all I could do was fangirl during the entire concert. Dan’s just so full of energy, and the song themselves really got the crowd going.

 

They’ve only released two albums, but to be honest, there’s not one song that I don’t like. Sure, there’s some I enjoy more than others, but they all have something special. Some of the lyrics though, really resonates with me.

 

 

This is one of those concerts that as it finishes, you start appreciating the band so much more, and you know you’ll be at the front row when they return. I seriously can’t wait until they release a new album, and comes back to Melbourne again!

 

 

If you haven’t listened to Imagine Dragons, give it a go, some of their songs do take a few rounds for you to get into it, but once you do, trust me, you won’t be able to stop. And if you’re going to a show during their Smoke + Mirrors tour, you’re gonna have an absolute blast!