Thursday, December 30, 2010

Quick review: Lunch at Tokyoria, World Square

I took TLG into the city today.  The plan was to have lunch with Mr Curious at Din Tai Fung (TLG loves dumplings), but TLG fell asleep on the bus and there was a 40 minute wait for a table.  There was a Japanese restaurant on the other side.  Neither Mr Curious nor I had breakfast this morning so we decided to give it a go.

They have a similar touch screen ordering system to Takeru, but unlike Takeru they didn't give us a paper copy of the menu, so it took a while to scroll through the screens, which was a bit inconvenient.

I ordered a bento box (with "Ria" in its name, I thought there will be an online menu but they don't have a website).

There were 8 pieces of sashimi, 6 pieces of sushi, 4 pieces of tempura including 2 prawns, a salmon fillet (with sweet potato puree underneath), 6 pieces of chicken teriyaki, and a miso soup (not in photo).  For the quantity of food received, it was a great bargain at $25.

I rate the food a 3/5.  Nothing was wrong with any of the dishes but they were a bit pedestrian.

Mr Curious ordered a "modern" chicken katsu set ($18 from memory).

The twist of the dish was the various small treats on the side of the katsu rice bowl.  There were deep-fried vegetarian "spring roll", crab stick, a slice of lotus root, rice ball covered in roe, tamago with seafood extender, a quail egg, and a few types of Japanese pickles.  Mr Curious' gave it a 2.5/5 (he is usually a harder marker than I am).

I ordered a green tea shake ($6) which was all sugar syrup and no matcha flavour.

Mr Curious ordered an Oreo shake of some sort ($7.80) - he really enjoyed it, probably because of the amount of cream and chocolate in it.

Decor was modern-Japanese and the waitstaff were efficient, and the food arrived really quickly.

There are many better options for casual Japanese dining in Sydney, but it was fine for a quick lunch in the CBD, especially if you're hungry!

Shop 11.03, Level 1
World Square
644 George Street
(02) 9261 8977

P.S. The Marcs top from yesterday's post has been further reduced to $29.  They didn't have it in my size at the QVB store but I'll buy it if I see it elsewhere.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas presents and today's shopping

For some reasons I received more cash gifts/gift vouchers than usual this Christmas.  One gift is still in transit, and there is a gift outstanding (from my sister, she has been flat out at work and I said we can sort it out later). So the first half of this post is short and sweet.

The biggest gift I received was from Mr Curious (at my request). It was a professional photo session for the family. We had the photo session at Luna Park earlier this month and it was a lot of fun.

The photographer is Erin Byrne from Life Stories Photography.  She did a shoot for us when TLG was a newborn and they were fantastic, so it was a no-brainer to ask her again.

Look at him go!

The great thing about Erin is that she gives us the high-res photos on a CD so we can print as many as we like for us and for our families.

Erin is expecting her first bub early next month, so here's wishing her a smooth delivery!

Mr Curious also surprised me with a maxi dress from Satch.  It's the same design as this one but in orange.

It's not something I'll pick off the racks but I'm happy to be surprised.  I haven't tried on the dress yet - will report back when I do.

Besides a gift voucher, my MIL bought me season 3 of Mad Men.

Ahhhh, Don Draper ...

The last gift, from my BIL, is also at my request. Behold the Cuisinart ice-cream maker!

There is a section in January 2011's Marie Claire with lots of delicious ice-cream recipes, so I'm keen to give them a try. You can look forward to some ice-cream making post :-)

After taking TLG to Balmoral for some beach action, I went to Chatswood Chase to check out the sales. TLG cooperated by sleeping in the stroller for 2 hours!

I tried on this top from Marcs and liked it, but I have another top in a similar colour, so I'm still thinking about it.

Scoop neck pleat sleeve tee (on sale, $39)

I was in the market for some nice flats and Sambag was the perfect place to go.

Ali Taupe Stingray Leather (on sale, $96)

Jessie Black Stud Detail Pump (on sale, $99)

I also liked the Tina Purple Giraffe Pony (on sale, $105) but the sizing was not right for me.

Trying shoes today reminded me about the risk of buying shoes online (the Ali and the Jessie I bought are in different sizes). Even though this pair of Miu Miu pumps are gorgeous, I can't bring myself to purchase it because shoe sizes are so unpredictable.

Miu Miu Bow patent-leather pumps (on sale, $US312, NAP)

TLG and I are heading to the city to have lunch with Mr Curious, so we'll see if I can use up a gift voucher or two at Pitt Street Mall tomorrow. Hopefully TLG will have another big sleep in the stroller!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Online Boxing Day haul

I spent most of yesterday sleeping (bliss!) and didn't venture out for the Boxing Day sales.  But who needs to fight the crowds when you can shop in the comforts of your own home!  Yes, I paid ASOS another visit.

The intention was to buy a watch for Mr Curious, but he was picky as usual and didn't pick anything (this one came close but no cigar).

Breil Challange Watch (on sale, £57)

Instead, I helped him choose a few polo shirts (i.e. forced him to go through the website with me, but it's for his own good, right?).

2 x 55DSL Murra Polo Shirt (on sale, £21.00)

BORN by Ted Baker Panelled Polo Shirt (on sale, £31)

My choices this time are very much work oriented, as I will be working an extra day a week from mid-January.

ASOS Tailored Twist Front Ponti Pencil Dress in Red (on sale, £22)

A|Wear 60s Mock Wrap Dress (on sale, £17)

Darling Lace Embroidery Layered Skirt (on sale, £27.50)

ASOS Tailored Bengaline Tab Front Pencil Skirt in Grey (on sale, £22)

I was so excited when I saw Korres Colour Watermelon Lightweight Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30 on sale (£11.70).

They only have dark tan left but that is my shade. Unfortunately they are not shipping to Australia (boo!). I am seriously considering a parcel forward service, since they costs around $50 in Australia.

I bought a few Korres lippies as they rated well on Make Up Alley.

Korres Colour Cherry Full Colour Gloss (on sale, £6.45)

In red

And coral

Korres Colour Guava Moisturising Lipstick With Intense Colour in Red (on sale, £8.75)

With an extra 10% off and £5 shipping, the total spent was only £162.72 (~A$250).

I will probably shop at brick-and-mortar stores at some point, but this is a good start ;-)

Did you pick up any Boxing Day bargains?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas shortbread

I left it till last minute to try this Margaret Fulton shortbread recipe (thanks Madison!).

I am hopeless when it comes to baking.  I was doubting myself throughout the cooking process (Does it have the consistency of whipped cream?  What does "light and fluffy" mean?  Why is my dough crumbling so badly?) but they turned out OK at the end.

I realised when looking at the photo on the computer that one of the Christmas trees had a chipped corner. I thought about taking more photos but I didn't because it was probably representative of the quality of the batch.

Everyone enjoyed them which was the most important thing.

On that note, have a Merry Christmas everyone!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

3 days to go

I didn't have the best night of sleep last night.  TLG woke up three times with lots of kerfuffle (stints in his room and in our bed), and by the end of it I was wide awake.  I wish we just have an off-switch!  So I was zombie-like this morning.  I survived the day better than I thought I would, although I think I'll have an early-ish finish tonight.

Today I finally managed to head to the post office to pick up a parcel.  It was from the lovely TC who is my KK.  She bought me this Roxy hat (less the logo which is more classy IMO).  This will be really handy for a trip to the park or the beach.

I have quite a big noggin, thankfully the head (M/L) just fit ;-p

And TC must have stalked this blog because she knows my love of earrings and bought me 3 lovely pairs.

They are just my style - I'm going to get a lot of wear out of them.

Thanks a bunch for the lovely gifts TC!

At TLG's request I made stir-fry noodles for dinner tonight.  With onions, capsicums, carrots, mushrooms and Chinese broccoli, it was an easy way to get my 5 servings of veggies. I also added beef and prawns. TLG loved it and ate 2 bowls!

This is how our Christmas tree looks 3 days from Christmas.

Yep, with zero trim.  I gave up on threading the new baubles with fish wires after the fifth one (Mr Curious' idea, not mine!).  I decided to return the new baubles tomorrow, and put up the ones we already have.  Since the tree will be up for such a short period of time this year I want to save the new look for next year. 

At least I started gift wrapping today so there are some presents underneath the tree.  Since both sets of parents are coming to our place for Christmas lunch, the bottom of the tree will be packed with goodies on the day.

Hope your preparations are going well, the big day is not too far away ...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wanted: Short trench

The chilly weather in Sydney yesterday reminded me of a shopping regret from my trip to Hong Kong earlier this year.  I tried on a light grey short trench at Sogo.  I can't remember the brand, I think it was a Japanese brand.  I liked it but I didn't buy it on the day, and I never had the time to go back there again.

This triggered me to do some online searching for a short trench.

The benchmark is of course Burberry (Short cotton-twill trench coat, £650, Net-a-porter)

Unfortunately it is totally outside of my price range.

Shopstyle led me to this lovely Miu Miu short trench (on sale, €319, My Theresa)

I really like the feminine feel of the trench. I'd like to be able to pair it with a dress on a cool night. Very tempted - but the €79 postage is a bit of a deterrent.

For a budget option there's always Zara (Twill double breasted trench, $HK699).

I already have a Zara full length trench which I'm happy with, and I can ask my sister to buy one for me.

Umm, decisions decisions ...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Last minute Christmas shopping part 2

We braved the shops this morning for more Christmas shopping.  Surprisingly there weren't too many people.  Either consumers are not spending this year, or they're taking advantage of the strong Australian dollar and buying from overseas e-retailers.

First stop was for Mr Curious (gift from me) and his brother (gift from us and my MIL).  We bought 2 copies of Gran Turismo 5.

... and 2 PS3's so they can play the game.  They are very spolit!

Next is my FIL.  He wants some polos with pockets.  They are not that popular anymore so it took a little while to find some.  Thank you Rodd and Dunn.

Sherwood Rise Polo (on sale, $55.30)

Birchwood Polo (on sale, $55.30)

We also bought a polo for my dad, this time from Country Road.  He's not one for gifts so I kept it simple.

Vintage Stripe Polo (on sale, $34.95)

We bought a $200 gift card for my MIL so she can buy buy what she likes at the Boxing Day sales.

Before we went home we stopped by Victoria's Basement at Artarmon to buy some cookie moulds.

Benzer Basics 6-piece cookie mould set ($6)

I paid a quick visit to the homeware shop across the alley from VB (I will get the name next time) and picked up these.

Koziol Palsby colander ($15)

I like the bright orange, but mainly I was keen to replace the 70's colander we used now.

Mini Beanie Picozoo bottle holder ($6)

I have been buying lots of soft drinks in the warmer weather and I want to stop that. This will encourage me to carry a water bottle around.

For dinner tonight I made Mango Curry and Lemon Myrtle Chicken using a sauce from Outback Spirit.

I skipped the celery and we didn't have any garlic (must put on shopping list), and Mr Curious bought baby potatoes from a can which was convenient.  It turned out really nice - give it a try if you see it at your greengrocer.

Tonight's is our Christmas tree decoration night.  Hopefully I will be able to post the finished products here tomorrow.

How are your Christmas preparations going?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Last minute Christmas shopping part 1

With our holiday at the beginning of December, I am very disorganised with buying Christmas gifts this year. I haven't bought my nieces and BIL in Hong Kong any presents yet. It is too late to post anything from Australia (and the postage is ridiculous) so I opted for express delivery from ASOS instead.

I bought my older niece R a lot of clothes earlier this year so I only bought her 2 things for Christmas.

This gorgeous coat from Miss Sixty (on sale, £61)

I love the pattern.

R is going to be so stylish in this :-)

I also bought her these yummy looking lip balms (£5).

My younger niece P is turning three in 3 days' time (happy birthday my dear!) so there are a few more items in the parcel for her.

Esprit cable knit dress (on sale, £19)

Molo knitted dress (on sale, £24)

This looks like a lot of fun.

Little ASOS Lace Shift Dress (on sale, £12.50)

Little ASOS Heart Print Dress (on sale, £9.50)

I think this is so sweet.

She's going to be a little fashionista!

And for my BIL I bought this polo shirt from Ben Sherman (on sale, £24).

Thank goodness for internet shopping.  Now I only need to buy things for my FIL, other BIL (Mr Curious' brother), a small gift for my brother (already bought him an iphone 4), and a few things for Mr Curious.  *Sigh*

P.S. Just ordred this for my friend E who gave birth to a beautiful little girl earlier this week.

Little Horn Love Print Bodysuit (on sale, £14)


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