Last Decent Dinner in Melbourne – Blue Train Cafe

Buildings of Melbourne

It took me more than 2 months to finish all my Australia related blogposts and so now I come to the end of it. My last decent dinner in Melbourne.

Coming home from work at 5:30, I decided to go out and treat myself to a fancy dinner. I would usually buy something to go and eat dinner in my hotel room. My boss urged me to go have dinner in Southgate, Yarra. I know there are lots of nice restaurants there overlooking the Yarra River so I rushed to ride the tram to Southgate. Continue reading “Last Decent Dinner in Melbourne – Blue Train Cafe”

Simple Joys in La Cusina Del Caffe

La Cusina Del Caffe in South Melbourne

La Cusina Del Caffe is just opposite the building where I worked in Melbourne. This is where I always get my lunch (usually a pita sandwich or quiche) because I don’t need to go very far. I know there are other cafes to choose from but I’d prefer to buy here. Continue reading “Simple Joys in La Cusina Del Caffe”

Goodles – Pasta on the Go!


In my personal belief, pasta dishes have already absorbed the Filipino palette. Most restaurants (and also fast food chains) have pastas in their menu; from the basic spaghetti with tomato sauce up to the most complicated ones. From my observation, it has become a substitute to cooked rice. Pastas are easy to eat and can already be considered a meal on its own.

At this day and age, people are always on the go. The catch is that, most of the time, fast foods are not healthy. Usually burgers, fried or processed foods come to mind when we think of fast foods. Pastas were considered to be unhealthy foods but actually, it can be healthy and not be all about carbohydrates. Goodles, located in Robinsons Galleria, wanted to create healthy pasta dishes that can be cooked and eaten immediately. Franny of invited us and other bloggers to experience Goodles, the newest pasta-to-go place in town. Continue reading “Goodles – Pasta on the Go!”

Chap Chee (Korean noodles)

Chap Chee (Korean Noodles)

  1. Marinate 1/4 kilo thinly sliced rib eye (Sukiyaki cut) in 3 tbsps soy sauce, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 head crushed garlic, 1 tbsp sesame oild, 1 stalk leeks finely chopped, 1 tsp toasted and ground sesame seeds, 1/2 tsp pepper. Set aside.
  2. Prepare vegetables: 1 whole carrot, julienned; 4 leaves Baguio Pechay, shredded; 1 small cucumber sliced thinly into rings; 2 stalks leeks, shredded into 2 inch long strips; 1 tbsp sesame oil. Continue reading “Chap Chee (Korean noodles)”

Chicken Satay with Cucumber Salad

Chicken Satay and Cucumber Salad

I am not really a peanut butter loving person but because it’s satay, it has to have something nutty on it. You can have a satay sauce on the side or eat it as it is. The chicken meat was marinated long enough anyway. Again, this recipe is from the Yummy book “Meals in 30 Minutes” which can be purchased at P100 only. Continue reading “Chicken Satay with Cucumber Salad”

Basil Mojito

Simple Mojito

Mojito is my most favorite cocktail ever. It is a popular Cuban drink usually made of white rum, sugar cane, sparkling water and mint. What I like with Mojito is the combination of sweetness and citrus taste with a little kick of rum. It is very refreshing and a great way to enjoy it with your family and friends. I found a simple Mojito recipe in the Yummy Magazine December issue and decided to have this as our cocktail drink for our New Year’s celebration.

What you will be needing are fresh basil leaves, white rhum and white cola.

Then mash the fresh basil leaves so that the flavors will really come out. You can use a spoon to mash the leaves. Place it in a glass then pour in 45 mL of white rum and a splash of white cola. I used Bacardi and Sprite (it’s much sweeter). You can also squeeze a lemon wedge for more flavor.

This can serve only one person so if you will be drinking with a group, just multiply the amount of white rum and adjust the white cola and basil according to your preferred taste.


Asohos Strips with Soy Vinaigrette


Yummy Magazine has ventured into making simple cookbooks so I decided to try some of the recipes there. The recipe can be found in “Meals in Minutes”. In the book, they used Tilapia but since my mom and I weren’t able to get Tilapia from the nearby groceries, we just used filleted Asohos as an alternative. Asohos (Silago in English) is perfect when it’s fried and crispy. This fish is commonly cooked as Tempura. This recipe is also perfect for pulutan and very easy to prepare. Continue reading “Asohos Strips with Soy Vinaigrette”

Happy New Year Foodtrippers!

To fellow foodtrippers, happy new year! Hope that you had a wonderful feast while waiting for 2010 to come. I will be sharing the recipes of the dishes I cooked a few hours ago. They are Asohos Strips with Soy Vinaigrette, Korean Style Sotanghon (Chap Chee), Chicken Satay with Cucumber Salad, Banana Cream Pie and a simple Mojito concoction!