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Gornergrat, Switzerland

“You have to get here this Friday coz I have booked the hotel at Zermatt for the weekend” she instructs from her hotel room in Vevey. I am in Kuala Lumpur for 2017 food adventure on my way to Europe to meet Mysaucepan who has been there … Continue reading

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Montreux, Switzerland

Perhaps there’s something special about this place. for so many special human beings have called it home. ~~~~~O~~~~~ Located a mere 5km from our hotel, I decide to take shuttle bus #201 from La Tour De Peilz to visit Montreux, a coastal … Continue reading

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Vevey, Switzerland

“What a quaint little town?” I thought to myself as I walk out from the Vevey train station after an hour ride from Gevena airport and an eighteen hour flight and transit from Sydney. Mysaucepan has been on a business … Continue reading

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Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2017

Restoran Fei Jay is arguably Kuala Lumpur’s best for mud crab dishes. ~~~~~O~~~~~ This Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2017 is our fourth food safari of Kuala Lumpur in the last five years. Please check out the previous blog posts below: Food Safari … Continue reading

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Vasse Felix, Margaret River, Western Australia

This beef rump cap elevates Vasse Felix to another level compared to so many fine diners around Margaret River ~~~~~O~~~~~ We have been eating our way around Margaret River over the last few days that included lunches at Leeuwin Estate … Continue reading

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Cullen Wines, Margaret River, Western Australia

After a most disappointing start to our Margaret River sojourn yesterday, we are here today at Cullen Wines, home to some of the best cabernet sauvignon merlot in Australia.

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Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, Western Australia

Till this day, my mum still reminisces about a Leeuwin Estate seafood bouillabaisse so exquisite at a dinner which dates back to December 2004. To me, this must surely be the definition of an “unforgettable dish” at a restaurant. For … Continue reading

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The Wine International Group Sydney – Meeting #45

“Dove regna il vino non regna il silenzio” ~~~~~O~~~~~ If you have ever been to an Italian dinner party, you will be familiar with this Italian proverb. Whether it is the celebration of a wedding, All Saints’ Day or Christmas, meals … Continue reading

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Celsius Coffee Co., Kirribilli

Breakfast eggs with a twist for less than $20 and throw in stunning waterviews this is truly a gem of a cafe by Sydney harbour. ~~~~~O~~~~~ Sunny Saturday mornings bring a smile to my face because they are my favourite … Continue reading

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Lucky Suzie, Darlinghurst

Street food in Malaysia is bloody tasty as it is. I wonder if there’s any reason to tweak it for the sake of being different. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ Having spent my formative years in Kuala Lumpur, I love Malaysian street food, and … Continue reading

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The Wine International Group Sydney – Meeting #44

“Drink wine. This is life eternal. This is all that youth will give you. It is the season for wine, roses and drunken friends. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”  – Omar Khayyám ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “Spanish??!! Oh … Continue reading

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Harvest Buffet, The Star Sydney

Harvest Buffet offers a glorious spread from seafood, cold meats and salad to hearty roast beef, osso bucco and delectable desserts. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “Make sure you check out the fried chicken!” Rachael at Access PR tells me. Now who doesn’t like … Continue reading

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Food Safari Singapore 2016

Whenever I’m in this food haven, I feel a sense of urgency. So much food, so little time and a limited capacity. My goal in Singapore is to always make every calorie count. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ It has been a little over three years … Continue reading

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The Wine International Group Sydney – Meeting #43

 “Appreciation of fine wine is like an appreciation for the beauty of women. If I proclaim a woman to be beautiful, who are you to tell me she is not?” ~ Chopinand, co-author, ChopinandMysaucepan ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “Would you like to become a member of … Continue reading

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Waterman’s Lobster Co., Potts Point

“Choosing between these two is like choosing between two beautiful women. Both qualify as Sydney’s answer to Supernormal‘s lobster rolls in Melbourne” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “Isn’t it apt we are having lunch with our Melbournian friends today?” I say to Mysaucepan on a cold and wintry … Continue reading

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Johnny Lobster, Crows Nest

Who in the world doesn’t like lobster unless you are allergic to crayfish? When I think of lobster, I imagine the rather chubby villain in a James Bond movie, dressed in his silky black robe, devouring chunks of succulent shellfish while gently stroking … Continue reading

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Missy French, Potts Point

Spanish mackerel is one of my favourite fish. And this one is deliciously simple enough for anyone to cook at home. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “The earliest booking they have is 9pm” Mysaucepan says. “That suits me just fine … we can avoid the … Continue reading

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Peppercorn, Cremorne

The skin of this duck confit is crisp, its strands of succulent meat soaking up a sweet star anise sauce. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ (Note: This is a sponsored blog post.) I am curious because it was so many years since I dined at this … Continue reading

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Brooklyn, Claremont

This wagyu burger is pretty good but at $25, it’s up there with Perth’s most expensive too. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “You have to try their bread with maple butter, it’s one of our favourites there” my sister Alice tells us. “I’m all for pub … Continue reading

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Odyssea, City Beach

The vibe is casual, just like the food. But the view of the Indian ocean is nothing short of spectacular. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ It might have been a long time coming for this stretch of paradise along City Beach where my sister … Continue reading

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Guillaume, Paddington

Olive oil and ink is slick against the squid with thread marks of a Michelin car tyre. Unfortunately, its texture is also quite similar. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ Have you guys been to Gooleemee? our friend Jeff casually asks over dinner. “Where?” I ask .. a … Continue reading

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Cookbook review: Spice Temple by Neil Perry

I was never a big fan cooking with Sichuan pepper but its subtle nuances in this beef brisket has brought me back again. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ Neil Perry’s love of Chinese food – first eating it, and then cooking it – goes … Continue reading

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Goodbye 2015 ~ A Feast For Our Tummies

Time passes really quickly when you are having a good time but we prefer to say time passes really quickly when there is so much food and so little time! ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Beef tripe salad with coriander … Continue reading

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He Tai Open Kitchen Yum Cha, North Ryde

Beautiful wok technique and homemade XO sauce give due justice to these king prawns. The bonus is tangy finger lime popping in my mouth. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ Sydney’s dining scene has never been so vibrant and competitive in recent years. Each week, new … Continue reading

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Firedoor, Surry Hills

This piece of meat is good but at $138, it epitomizes the economic concept of diminishing marginal returns. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ There’s apple, cherry, pear, orange, olive and pecan on the menu though it’s not meant to be put into your mouth. Instead, … Continue reading

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