Tuesday, May 30, 2006

\\(^(OO)^) //...I Like Pigs...

The old humble computer of mine has once again broken down. Have all my pics in there so fingers crossed I get it fixed soon or perhaps it's time for a new computer.

Anyhow, back to the topic, I had the most memorable trip of my life 2 months back. Nope, it's none of those luxurious tour where I get to indulge in exotic & exciting culinary. It was merely an overnight trip. So where exactly did Pinkcocoa go that made her so excited & squealing like a little kids?

Oh, and by the way, this is not exactly a food-related article. I just wanted to share my excitement, that's all :-p

Pinkcocoa had her first ever cute animal farm visit at Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm where she stayed at the farm's b&b - The Vale Bed & Breakfast.

There on the farm, she got to feed the animals (okay, this might not sound fun to many of you but its's fun for me. I felt like a 6 y.o again) and among those cute little animals was a special little one called Kenny, a cute little piglet living among the rabbits!

I was at the pen and decided to imitate the cute farmer's wife from Babe. *blush* (now you know my dark little secret) So I called out "Pig~~pig pig pig pig~~" just for fun and my oh my, the piglet actually reacted to my call and came to me! How clever is that little piglet?

Ever since I've been back from the trip, I have been wanting to get a mini pet pig. So perhaps this means no more pork for us? no more bacon and no more ham...?

I will have to update the pics later, soon as my computer is fixed.

♥ Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm
Jonlin Park
128 John Street
Call Farmer Lin @ 0424209730
or email: info@cuddlyanimalfarm.com

♥ The Vale Bed & Breakfast
Jonlin Park
128 John Street
Western Australia
Ph: 61 (08) 9296 2900
Fax: 61 (08) 9296 2988
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Monday, February 06, 2006

Pinkcocoa M.I.A *yikes*

Oh dear, time does fly. I can't believe it's been more than half a year since my last post! Yup, Pinkcocoa's been having a bit of a hiccups lately re: foodie fun. Just sort of got sick of it all of a sudden. Perhaps the weight gain after the commencement of full-time job is the culprit to blame. >.<""

During this down-in-the-valley time , I would have to say a big thank you to everyone who enquire about my absence and for those who wrote just to me that they enjoyed my blog. I am so overwhelmed *sob*

I can't say I will be back to the blogosphere but I will try my best ;-) So hmm, I hope I have something to write soon.......*fingers crossed*

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Computer Break

Hi guys, sorry for the lack of posts these past few weeks. My dear old computer has once again showed his age and experienced a slight stroke. It is now safe in hospital but would take quite a while before he gets back to all well and healthy state.

Fingers crossed he will get well soon. He has got all my yummilicious food photos with him!! :-D
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Monday, September 12, 2005

Macchiato Cafe

Macchiato - Garlic Pizza Bread
♥ Garlic Pizza Bread
Our very dear Kendo Maniac aka the Crazy Guy gave us a huge surprise when he really put his words into action - "Pink, I might go back to Sydney next month." No, I didn't believe him at all for he is one who likes to joke with me. But it seemed like I should have believed him at least this once because he was really back!

It was a thursday night and everyone was rather tired after work so we decided to head down to Macchiato Cafe in the city - convenient enough for everyone to get to and to head home.

♥ tabeshimashita @ Macchiato Cafe on 1 Sep 2005
Macchiato - Smoked Salmon Entree
♥ Smoked Salmon Entree
Sitting at a slightly more private corner of the Cafe, we could not stop talking and talking and talking that we had to wave away the waiter many times. And it was probably for the 4th or 5th time that we really decided on what to order.

Ken: Let's order 2 entree, 2 mains and 2 pizza, seeing there are 7 of us.
Iver: No no no no. Everyone got to have a main!
Ken: We order and see first lar.

It turned out Iver was right. We didn't have enough to eat so we ordered the extra garlic pizza bread, a bowl of chips and a third pizza.

So to start, we had Smoked Salmon. It cost around A$15 I think or a little more. I couldn't remember the price exactly but what I do remember is that Macchiato Cafe is quite pricey, at least to my standard it is.

Macchiato - Lemon Pepper Chicken
♥ Lemon Pepper Chicken
For the carnivorous, we had entree sized lemon pepper chicken. I quite enjoyed the peppery lemony sauce.

Macchiato - French Fries
♥ French Fries A$5.50
Everyone was actually quite hungry well before we placed our orders so it was a good idea that we ordered a huge bowl of chips which came with a small jug of ketchup.

Macchiato - Seafood Platter for One
♥ Seafood Platter for One A$29.90
There was half a balmain bug (mostly shell, not much meat - according to Iver, who was feeling rather guilty about taking the biggest portion of the platter for himself but soon found out there was really only one small bite of meat inside) sitting right on top of the platter, around 3-4 prawns, one slice of fish, calamari and squid.

We didn't think the squid was hygienic enough. The two only person who had the squid - ShinChan had stomachache after dinner, and this other friend developed skin allergy on her face. The rest of us were safe because we didn't touch the squid.

Beside the seafood platter, we also had a prawn linguini to share across the table. No photo here though. It wasn't a really good idea to share linguini, especially seeing all the forks picking from the dish!

Macchiato - Supreme Pizza
♥ Supreme Pizza
We heard the pizza was good here so we ordered a few. First up, Iver ordered a supreme pizza without pineapple. *yay* I finally found someone who doesn't like pineapple on pizza like me!

Macchiato - Shanghai Pizza
♥ Shanghai Pizza
The most interesting pizza on the menu was probably shanghai pizza - pekingese duck with oyster mushroom.

Now two cute stories about Oyster Mushroom:
Story 1
Iver: what's oyster mushroom?
pinkcocoa: It's a type of mushroom...er...japanese probably..
Iver: But I have never seen it in Japan! It's not Japanese (Iver studies in Japan)
pinkcocoa: er...*sweat drops*...well it's a type of oriental mushroom...
Iver: ok!

Story 2
Zelda: Pinkcocoa, did you tasted the oyster in the pizza? I didnt see any.
Pinkcocoa: er, i dont think there is any. It is oyster mushroom and not oyster...
Zelda: Oh Oops. Hahahaha

Macchiato - Bombay Pizza
♥ Bombay Pizza
We ordered Bombay pizza half way through our meal because there wasn't enough for the 7 of us! The bombay pizza had tandoori chicken and served with cucumber raita and a slice of pampadams, beautifully arranged on top.

Dinner was great - mostly because of the the companions, I would say. I didn't actually notice much of the food because all of us had been talking talking and talking all this while. :-p

♥ Macchiato Cafe
338 Pitt St
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel. +61 2 9262 9525
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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Pinkcocoa's Chocolatey Birthday

Pinkcocoa's Birthday
♥ Pinkcocoa's Chocolatey Birthday
Pinkcocoa has just turned another year older a few weeks ago. You must be wondering what she did on her birthday, in particularly what she ate on her birthday - if there was any fancy restaurant involved, what sort of cake did ShinChan get her, any flowers, chocolates? The fact is the Ageing Monster has started to attack me and old as I am, I actually did not feel like any celebration at all. And I did not even want a cake.

So the day ended up with a quick tour to Bankstown, food highly involved of course and dear, do I have to thank AugustusGloop's Bankstown Food Guide! Before heading home, we stopped by Sweet Fantasy Cakes to see if the sighting of a real cake could make me want a birthday cake. And yes, it did and I ended up with a small individual sized teardrop-shaped chocolate mousse cake.

♥ tabeshimashita @ Sweet Fantasy Cake some time in August
Pinkcocoa's Birthday - Temptation of Chocolate Ganache and Almond Flakes
♥ Temptation of Chocolate Ganache and Almond Flakes
The moment I saw this small chocolatey cake, I could feel the rich, smooth and shiny chocolate ganache calling and yelling out to me. Yup, I gotta have that cake, now or never!

I was so in a hurry to cut the cake and eat it that I have forgotten to include an overall view of the rich devilish chocolate cake. *Oops* And just to let you know, the pink rose isn't included in the cake. It's one of my cake decorating keepsake. ;-)

Pinkcocoa's Birthday - Chocolate Mousse Cake from Sweet Fantasy
♥ Chocolate Mousse sandwiched between
Sponge Cakes

The rich and very chocolatey mousse is sandwiched between two very thin layers of soft sponge cake, and covered with a rich and creamy chocolate ganache. The cake on the whole is very rich and chocolatey. The ganache, rich and chocolatey. The mousse, rich and chocolatey. It is just so rich and chocolatey - perfect for a girl who loves her cake rich and chocolatey!

Sweet Fantasy Cakes
Shop 1a, 222-224 South Terrace
Bankstown, NSW 2200
Mon-Fri 8:00am - 7:00pm
Sat 8:00am - 8:00pm
Sun 9:00am - 7:00pm
Tel: +61 2 9708 6000
Fax: +61 2 9790 2925

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