Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Girls night at Cho Cho San (๑╹ڡ╹๑)

A few weeks ago I headed to Cho Cho San for a casual girls night out with a few of my friends, Stephy, Julia and Virginia. It was a warm summer evening and it was also all our first time going to Cho Cho San. We were excited to see what made this place a popular spot amongst the foodie world here in the Kings Cross. 

We started the night off with drinks, where I got the Yuzu Caramel Old Fashioned (AUD$ 18). This was made of suntory kukubin, yuzu caramel syrup and bitters. It was a very refreshing and delightful drink to cool down while enjoying the atmosphere, food and company.

The first dish to arrive was their Grilled Oysters with kombu & wasabi (AUD$26 half, $48 dozen). The oysters are fresh and they were served slightly warm (from the grilling?). I wasn't sure if I really liked my oysters being served warm, it had a very unsettling feeling if I was going to get a stomach ache. I don't think I would order this dish again, for OHS reason's I guess. 

The next dish was their Beef Tartare with wild rice and ginger dressing (AUD$ 23).  This was quite an interesting dish with all the different texture and flavours available. I enjoyed the creaming dressing placed at the bottom of the plate and the rice puffs were delightful to have. 

The Pork Katsu Steam buns (AUD$8) were not bad too, but I find it a little overpriced for the ingredients needed to make this dish (lettuce, tomato, pork & bun)! Although, the Katsu was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, plus the bun was served soft, fluffy and warm. But if we're to talk about Bao's I find Belly Bao does a pretty good job, with pricing, various flavours and ingredients. 

We also ordered a dish which is off the menu. It was their Moretan Bay Bug tempura (AUD$20ish?). It had a crunchy and light taste and deep fried to perfection ! The flesh was moist and tender, and I loved the spices that were used to create a more aromatic dish, paired with a cauliflower puree sauce.

The Japanese Mushroom with confit garlic (AUD$ 21), was de-li-cious! I loved eating mushrooms since I was a little girl! I thoroughly enjoued this vegetarian dish as they used various types of mushrooms and it was seasoned very well.

The last dish was their Charcoal Chicken with sesame yogurt sauce (AUD $27). For the price you pay, the portion does not seem very generous at all, you only get 2 skewers. Despite the portion sizes, I loved the char-grilled smokiness of the chicken and it matches very well with their sesame sauce. The sauce was creamy and had a light aroma of sesame.

As we came to the end of the night we had to finish it off with dessert. We ordered the Black Sesame Icecream Mochi (AUD $6) and the Matcha Tiramisu (AUD $12). The mochi skin of the Black sesame icecream mochi, is not as thin and light compared to the ones at Sokyo, but the icecream did have an intense black sesame flavour, which I loved!  

As for the Matcha Tiramisu, I wasn't a fan with the amount of cream in this dessert. Plus there wasn't any strong intense matcha flavour either, so I was a little disappointed. I do like my matcha desserts to have a strong matcha presences in taste and appearance. 

Overall my experience at Cho Cho San, was pleasant but I don't think I would come back here as often as I go to Sokyo. I find Sokyo's dishes suit my taste a little more, plus their portion is a little bit more filling. However, a change once in a while is good and I did enjoy trying something new. 

73 MacLeay St, Potts Point, NSW 2011
Opening Hours: 
MON-WED: 5pm - 10pm
THURS: 5:30pm - 10:30pm 
FRI-SUN: 12pm-11pm
PH: (02) 9331 6601
Cho Cho San Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Thoughts on Subscription Boxes & the Dream box (۶* ‘ꆚ’)۶”

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Recently I've been watching heaps of subscription box opening videos on youtube and it's always exciting to see what you get each month from a particular company or theme box that you choose. 

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Subscription boxes have been around for quite some time for all different types of genre. There's one for makeup, skincare, clothing, accessories and even movie/anime themed ones too. There's even a subscription box for books too, which has really caught my interest! 

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At the moment I'm kind of obsessed with the The World of Wizardry/Harry Potter themed subscription boxes. They are all so lovely and beautiful, especially at the moment they all have been themed around Fantastic Beasts and where to find them.
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I really enjoyed the movie so I'm planning to get a World of Wizardy themed box, maybe next month for myself. I love how actual props from the movies are included in the boxes, which makes it that extra bit more magical. 

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However if I were to talk about my dream subscription box, I would definitely love to see a Sailormoon themed box. I've seen anime themed boxes with a few different anime's items in the box, but I would love to see a one anime focused subscription box. 
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There are a few Sailormoon subscription boxes but what I'm really after is the quality of the gifts inside the boxes. I would love to see some bandai props, pullip dolls or limited edition gifts. However each of these things can be quite expensive, so pricing may be an issue here, but I think once in a while a gift like these will make the box worth waiting and paying for. Besides official sailormoon merchandises, clothing's, accessories, jewellery and prints/stickers would be perfect to fill up the box. 

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I would also love to see a Ghibli themed subscription box too! It can either be a mixture of the different Ghlbli films or a focus Ghibli film for the month. 
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The quality of the products is definitely something I think about before the price, and if I know I'm getting some official merchandises I am more willing to pay a little more for the subscription box. Again I would like to see actual props from the movies, as well as prints, clothings/cosplay item, jewellery, accessories, stationary, etc. 

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Another subscription box I would definitely be interested in would be around the theme of tea. I think a tea themed subscription box would be interesting and fun, since it will be something we are able to use often. This could include different tea leaves/teabag selections, information about the monthly tea given, different teacups or teapots sets and cute little trinkets would be nice. 

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Speaking of tea, I also wouldn't mind subscribing to a Matcha (green tea) themed box! I love absolutely love matcha! Any I would drink, eat or try anything that is matcha! In a matcha box, it would be nice to see different snacks, drinks, information, tea ceremony bowl & whisk, oriental items (i.e. Geta sandals). This would be a very intriguing box, especially for the Matcha-lovers out there. 


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Saturday, February 11, 2017

For the Bento lovers // Hotto Motto Media Launch o(≧∇≦o)

2 months ago I was invited by Washoku Lovers to attend the exclusive media night of Hotto Motto. We were invited to enjoy the tasting of various bento's offered at Hotto Motto. In Japan, "bento" (lunch boxes) are an integral part of the food culture and represent the traditions and convenience that have been cherish since ancient times. Bento dates back to the 1600s and today they have proven to be come a popular takeaway item, due to the wide variety that exists. 

Hotto Motto has the largest share of the bento market in Japan and has more than 2,600 shops. They provide delicious and affordable bento and have been expanding globally in China, Korea and Australia. 
Baseement 1, The Galeries,
500 George St, Sydney 2000
Opening Hours: MON-SUN: 11am - 5pm
PH: n/a

Hotto Motto Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The whole night we got to meet the people behind the brand, meet other foodies, take photos and eat the all the bento's available. I must say the ingredients used are quite fresh, and taste-wise they have done a great job when up-keeping a fast food chain store. They have many great option for a healthy, quick and fast lunch for those working in the city.

Sixteen-grain Rice & Roast Beef Salad Bento (AUD $14)

Wagyu Sukiyaki Bento (AUD $18)

Nasu-miso & Hoki Bento (AUD $15)

Pork Katsu-toji Bento ($13.80)

Tori-meishi Bento (AUD$ 12)

Pork Katsu Curry  (AUD $13.80)

Chicken Terriyaki Bento ($12.80) 

Unagi Bento ($15.80)

Premium Makunouchi Bento (AUD $18)

Chicken Namban Bento (AUD $15)

Makunouchi Bento (AUD $15)

Saba Shio-yaki & Chicken Karaage Bento (AUD $15)

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