Tuesday, 13 September 2016

High Tea At The Park Hyatt, Sydney

I have no real reason as to why I have fallen off the planet of the Earth for the last month plus, but when I think back, I also had no time to sit down and do anything for the blog. But alas, I have returned and I am excited to let you all know that I have decided to add in some videos for your enjoyment. Warning: Please be forewarned that I am awkward as this is the first time I am doing these vlog like videos.

Compliments to Ti Amo Partnership for my afternoon champagne high tea for two at the Park Hyatt, I enjoyed a splendid afternoon with my mother and aunty J.  We had a quiet corner where we could just enjoy the serenity of the Sydney Harbour as well as allowing us to move about and take as many photos as we would like.

Everything is instantly better when you are greeted with a glass of bubbles, and this glass of Moet did just the job.

I must say, this has been by far the high tea I have enjoyed the most. Everything presented was just so decadent.

The roe added a little interesting pop with the salmon sandwich. The cucumber and green apple slider was a fun touch; there was even a crunch factor from the green apple.

I jump to the scones next, the scones! I don’t even know where to start with this, the exterior holds a nice firm touch, and the insides were soft and fluffy. This is seriously one of the best scones I’ve ever had. I decide to hold off on having my second serve until later.

The cucumber sandwich was light and refreshing. Not usually one that eats tomato by choice unless it has been put in front of me, but the bocconcini and cherry tomato was great compliments with a light touch of basil pesto.

Now the strawberry and rhubarb tart was a very close favourite behind the scones. The soft and light texture worked so well with the tangy subtle sweet flavours, I could have more of this and not even realise what happened. The vanilla choux had detailing to the tee done right. The little detailing on the flowers were such a sweet touch, and made it hard to devour, however when you do eat the thin chocolate, it melts in your mouth easily. These sweet touches are perfect for those who don’t have a sweet tooth.

The slightly heavier desserts, however what has made this high tea even more desirable is the fact that all their sweets are actually not as heavy as you believe. Though the chocolate and peanut tranche looks and sounds completely rich and every bite making us all squirm with sweetness, but it was so light but the peanut flavours was still evident. The a la foile macaron had a citrus touch on the palate, that broke through the usual sweetness you get from a macaron.

I choose to end my experience with a pot of coquelicot gourmand tea, with subtle hints of poppy, biscuit and almond paste. The flavours were all soft and light on the palate but it was just the perfect way to end a splendid afternoon.
Have you been the to the Park Hyatt and where is your favourite high tea?

Watch my experience below, however a newb as I am – I forgot to check for battery levels. So I could only sneak in the snippets of food rather than my eating.

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Living Room - The Park Hyatt
7 Hickson Road, 
The Rocks, SydneyNSW

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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sydney

There are those random days where I like to feel like a tourist in my own city. Just because we live in a particular city, it doesn’t mean we don’t get to go about and do some touristy things. We need to take in the beauty of where we live.

In saying that, I have always wanted to pop into the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MCA) for a while now, but I finally had the time to with my aunt a few weeks back.

The current exhibition running is New Romance, created by both Australian and Korean artists who inspires us with the thoughts of what the future may hold as humans. This runs until the 4th September 2016 and is located on the Level 1.

Things that you will see in the New Romance exhibition includes:

The Digital Book Project is a symbol of human knowledge, Kang is fascinated by the way human lives between physical and virtual worlds. Quite fitting with the whole idea of Pokemon Go as of late …

Manoeuvres is creative, reminds me a lot of pacman as you chase the dots through each board. Baumann brings this piece to show her interest in the way emotions change and has brought this interest into her artwork with the use of colours and patterns.

Scroll is every non-morning person’s nightmare. 

A bunch of alarm clocks blinking simultaneously. However, Burns is inspiration for this work was drawn from morning talk shows on the radio and how it is interferes with our thinking.

Another exhibition currently running is Telling Tales located on Level 3, this will run until 9th October 2016.

The Letter Writing Project is cute, three different Japanese inspired structures are available. A kneeling, chair, and standing cubicle is available for anyone to go inside to write a letter. The letter could be left unsealed or sealed – if unsealed, it is for anyone to open and read. At the end of this exhibition, these letters will be posted out to the addressed person.

And just some other artworks that are around the MCA that have captured my attention.

I am not sure why this ‘I am Human’ by Richard Bell was so captivating, perhaps it’s just the simplicity of this artwork and how it draws on just how we all feel most of the time – especially through the hard times.

The MCA cafe, located on the top level are have also created a temporary Korean pop-up inspired menu. Unfortunately, I could not try this however, if you are interested - be sure to check it out!

I had a really lovely day walking the entire Sydney CBD, and it felt great to just be a tourist for a day. If time allows, you should give it a shot.

Do you also like to feel like a tourist in your own city on some random days? Where do you like to go?

Monday, 18 July 2016

Macadamia Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Recipe

Winter. The time when all I want to do is snuggle in front of the television and binge watch everything. The one thing that would complete this is cupping a mug of hot chocolate.

But when I think of winter, it’s being wrapped up in down jackets, scarves, gloves and a beanie sitting in front of a bon fire melting marshmallows. Yes, that is what watching too much television does to me …

So I decided to merge my reality life to my ideal life and introduce to you all this macadamia marshmallow hot chocolate to warm your winter.

The creamy marshmallow melted creates the foamy topping, the ultimate winter warmer at the tip of my tongue.

This is a super simple beverage to warm all your senses.

Macadamia Marshmallow Hot Chocolate 

1 ½ cup milk
2 tablespoons macadamia velvet spread
4 marshmallows
Cocoa powder or milo to sprinkle

1.     Place all ingredients into a saucepan, and heat over medium heat
2.     Stir until macadamia spread and marshmallow melts
3.     Bring to boil and pour into cup
4.     Sprinkle cocoa powder on top

I hope you all enjoy this hot chocolate and warm your winter up.

When you think of winter, what comes to mind?

Thanks to Agent 99 PR and Macabella for sampling Macabella spread.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Ms Murrays, Sydney

My dear cousin PC is getting married! And what is more exciting than going wedding dress shopping, and what is even better is killing a bird with two stones. So, I mentioned that we should eat before tries on her dress (as she has already chosen her dress, and we’re going to confirm this is the one).

And that was when I took the opportunity to pop into Ms Murrays, the café I have been meaning to visit since it first opened. We braved the weather that Saturday morning, and found us sitting inside the cozy little café.

Hot dark chocolate $4

Bright lights created a very inviting ambience; the staffs were friendly and helpful. Despite such horrid weather, they were still buzzing with people.

House yoghurt $13

Miss ST ordered the house yoghurt and we were all silent, appreciating one of the most beautiful breakfast bowls we’ve seen so far. Miss LL arrives just in time, and does not require a menu and states, “I’ll have what she’s having.” Greek yoghurt, toasted oats and iced fruits sit on the coconut chia pudding. The colours are simply so vibrant it coloured our day.

Bacon and egg roll $7

Soon to be cousin-in-law, Mr JJ ordered the bacon and egg roll. The ever so understanding person he is, even moved the bun so I could capture the inside. My only assumption is he enjoyed it, as it was gone before I knew it.

Fish burger $15

Cousin PC was in fish burger heaven, every bite she had she only had compliments for the burger. Making me a little food envy, and that I even stated “I have to be back for this burger and the nutellla french toast.”

Eggs your way $10 (+ chorizo $4)

I had scrambled eggs with a side of chorizo, I loved how there were pepper sprinkled on top of my toast, as it gave it that pepper kick with my tasty eggs with chives. Chorizo, could you ever go wrong?

Chai latte $4.50

I found all their dishes were quite generous with their prices. It is quite unfortunate that the very next week news broke that Ms Murrays will be closing due to the building owners are selling the site, therefore they are forced to close down.

Cold pressed orange juice $6

Unfortunately, I did not get to pop back in - but I do hope they find a new location and reopen!

Ms Murrays officially closed on 21st June 2016

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