Spice Things Up At Magic Mountain Saloon

 
Photo Credit : May Leong and Leon Korobacz

Photo Credit : May Leong and Leon Korobacz

When I first heard of Magic Mountain Saloon in Melbourne, I was dying to find out what it was all about. In my head, I was thinking of a magical barber saloon with fairies inspired barbers and of course, it was all just my imagination (and a crazy one too, ahah).

Leon Korobacz (@hungrysydneysiders) and I arrived at Magic Mountain in Melbourne CBD. They're opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tucked in the corner of Little Collin Street, you couldn't miss the pink neon lighting of Magic Mountain logo.

For starters, we were greeted with Green Prawns and Cured Kingfish, served with minty flavoured green chilli sauce. It was the sashimi dream come true, Thai style. The Garlic Chive Dumplings was juicy with tasty fillings. All served with this insanely spicy (in a very good way) seasoning.

My favourite has got to be Curried Chicken Rendang with Smoked Mozzarella Roti. It was the bomb! Served with a cute pair of scissors, the Malaysian style flatbread was full of flavour.

If you love the street food of South East Asia, this Thai and Chinese inspired dish called Fat Rice Noodles, stir fried with Peking Duck and peppercorn is to-die-for. It was oily and spicy, packed with flavours.

Leon is a huge fan of Magic's Grass Fed Eye Fillet. From the Grill section of the menu, the perfectly cooked fillet was rolled with Cured Pork Belly, seasoned with shallots, mushrooms & chilli soy sauce.  

Magic Mountain Saloon definitely did not disappoint. A funky Melbourne boutique bar that makes good food. It was real Thai street food with an Australian twist, and Magic Mountain doesn't compromise the spicy elements. It was spicy that I drank heaps of water but it was well worth it (hehe)!

Thank you for such an awesome experience! A great ambience to hang and chill with friends after work or over the weekend for brunch. Make reservations ahead for dinner, as Magic can get pretty busy at night.

Magic Mountain
62 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Photo Credit : May Leong and Leon Korobacz

Photo Credit : May Leong and Leon Korobacz

 

Bottomless Brunch by Luke Mangan

 
Flatlay by Hello Miss May and upclose shots by Leon Korobacz

Flatlay by Hello Miss May and upclose shots by Leon Korobacz

Oh em gee. Here sharing my photo diary of the delicious 'Bottomless Brunch at MOJO by Luke Mangan’.

. I had a sneak peek of the Bottomless Brunch menu last week with my #instagramhusband, Leon Korobacz (@hungrysydneysiders) and I can tell you, I was not disappointed. 

The 5 course brunch menu was yum! More details of the menu will be updated soon :)

Catch me at Brunch of Fun this weekend on Sunday. 10am - 3 pm.

For more details of the Brunch of Fun and Bottomless Brunch event, link here.

Have a fab day all!

xom

Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

 

My Stay At Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu

 
Summer days at Shangri-La Mactan

Summer days at Shangri-La Mactan

It is always such a lovely experience staying at Shangri-La anywhere in the world. Everyone at Shangri-La will always tell you this, "Welcome to Paradise." And it is true.

Every Shangri-La that I've been too, since I was a kid with my family, has the same feel good feeling. And I loved it!

My time at Shangri-La Mactan Resort with my partner in-crime, Leon Korobacz (@hungrysydneysiders) was wonderful!

Having fresh local fruits by the poolside is one of my favourite thing to do. I'm obsessed with the sweet mangoes and pineapples. And, there are so many pools in this resort. There's a pool for everyone (and I must say the kids pool are the best, it comes with fun slides).

My favourite has got to be breakfast (there will always be a flatlay) and I'm always up for local cuisine. Leon (@hungrysydneysiders) and I tried the sweet dessert called Puto Maya.

This Filipino street food is just yum! The staff at Shangri-La Mactan had them in many shapes and sizes. Called Puto Maya, it is made of glutinous rice wrapped in banana leaves. The locals eat it with mangoes and sikwate (a hot chocolate drink).

For the adventurous, danggit, is a must try Filipino cuisine. Think of fish heads, paired with sausages and sweet dipping sauce of sliced red onions. It was definitely and interesting treat!

All afternoon was spent chilling out on the beach and infinity pool at Shangri-La Mactan. We even went for a ski jet ride. I never imagined in a million years I'll be driving a ski jet. But I did it! I went as far as 20KM per hour, which is a bit cray for me.

Thank you for the most amazing time at Shangri-La Mactan. It was a tropical paradise and we hope to return someday!

xom

 

Easter Weekend

 
At my favourite, Doughnut Time mint coloured store and having a wonderful Nutella time at Tella Balls Dessert Bar.

At my favourite, Doughnut Time mint coloured store and having a wonderful Nutella time at Tella Balls Dessert Bar.

Hello Easter bunnies and chickas!

Hope you are having a well rested long weekend. I'm already thinking today is Monday but it's actually Sunday :) haha!

So, I have been eating loads of Easter themed sweets. Here sharing my favourites from Sydney.

First stop, my favourite store to get doughnuts... Mmm. You guessed it Doughnut Time! Grab myself two six packs. Loving the flavours of Yolk Addict (Yellow, white & eggshell cream glaze, topped with Cadbury Crème egg) and Chubby Bunny (Pastel pink cream glaze with mini marshmallows and rainbow sprinkles).

Next stop was Tella Balls Dessert Bar in Dulwich Hill. Just twenty minutes drive from CBD. I met up with my girlfriends and we ate the yummiest from the menu. I would recommend the Red Velvet Waffles. And thinking of sweet, sweet pasta? Look no further, Pastatella is made from sliced pancakes (to make it look like Tagliatella

Delicious Easter six packs from Doughnut Time and look at that spread from Max Brenner.

Delicious Easter six packs from Doughnut Time and look at that spread from Max Brenner.

For the last dessert haul, you gotta have a hot cuppa milk chocolate at Max Brenner. The waffles drizzled in generoues melted chocolate taste divine with strawberries and bananas. Having pizza craves? The Max Brenner pizza is topped with marshmallows and bananas.

That's all for my favourite places to eat on Easter weekend. Yummy in my tummy, for sure. Now, I'm looking for something savoury hehe.

Stay fab all! Have a fantastic month of April!

xoM

 

The Premier Suite of Shangri-La at the Fort

 
Shangri-La at the Fort's Premier Suite

Shangri-La at the Fort's Premier Suite

We arrived in Manila in the evening from Coron island, about an hour away from the capitol city of the Philippines. After a week of island hopping and sipping cocktails on the beach, Leon (@hungrysydneysiders) and I kind of miss the city life.

At the airport, we were greeted by a friendly face, a gentleman dressed in a maroon uniform from Shangri-La. We were taken to our pickup.

We checked into our very first Premier Suite at Shangri-La and mind I say, it was love at first sight. There's everything we need. In all honesty, I was expecting just a bedroom as we were flying out in 6 hours back to Sydney.

My favourite room has got to be the bathroom. I could live there all my life, with a gorgeous bathtub I can have hot bubble bathes and pretty tiles to stare at all day.

Shangri-La at the Fort's dessert platter

Shangri-La at the Fort's dessert platter

The Shangri-La at the Fort's team knew I love dessert so much, they took me down to the kitchen where all the magic happens! I was so impressed. The patisserie chefs make absolutely everything, from macarons to cake pops to pavlovas. Everyone in the kitchen was encouraged to play and to dream up all sorts of dessert creation. It was a dream come true!

I'm looking forward to returning to Shangri-La at the Fort. I'm obsessed with their mouth-watering desserts and I cannot wait to try them all next time!

6 hours is a short and sweet kind of stay. Cheers to Shangri-La at the Fort for a memorable experience in Manila.

Paalam Manila! Sa muling pagkikita... (Goodbye Manila! See you again...)

xom

Cocktails and desserts make a great combo.

Cocktails and desserts make a great combo.

 

Ombre Smoothies So Pretty

 
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This is my go-to smoothies every other week. It's really easy to make. It's green and refreshing. Whenever I get bored silly with plain greek yoghurts, I quickly raided my fridge for fruits and vegetables to make a yummy smoothie.

It's handy to have a blender to make this magical green smoothie. And a mix of fresh and frozen ingredients. Takes minutes to blend them up. Truly!

INGREDIENTS (Recipe serves 2-4, depending on the size of bottle or glass)

2 tablespoons full of greek yoghurt (or any yoghurt you fancy). When I meant full, like a ginormous mountain made of yoghurt.

1 cup of sliced or diced frozen mango*

3/4 cup almond milk**

a dash of coconut water to taste

1 - 1 1/2 cup of loose spinach leaves (do not compress them)

*If you have fresh ones, by all means, use them! I would use 2 fresh mangoes and remove the pip.

**any milk of your choice

OPTIONAL : add  1/4 cup of vanilla custard if you feel like a milkshake kind of smoothie.

And if you're up for a smoothie challenge, you can create this ombre drink in glass bottles.

HOW TO MAKE AN OMBRE SMOOTHIE DRINK :

  1. You need a lot of patience. Like 2-3 hours worth of waiting around for each layer of smoothie to freeze up.
  2. My tip is to create a jug of dark shade of green smoothie to start with. Fill up 4-5 different shades of green in separate glasses (or go crazy with as many shades), add 1-2 spoonful of plain yoghurt each time to the green smoothie. 
  3. Stir well before pouring them into the bottle or glassware. 
  4. Allow each layer to semi-freeze before adding another layer. 

Have fun + stay healthy! Keep being awesome folks!

xm

 

Meet Hello Miss May

 
Photo Credit : Olive Tree Market

Photo Credit : Olive Tree Market

Here's to 2017! Kicking off with Olive Tree Market.

Come find me and my Hello Miss May Store at these fun design markets. I'll be selling my cute wares with other designers + makers.

Here are the list

FEBRUARY

Olive Tree NEWCASTLE Market//  SAT 4th Feb Civic Park, Newcastle, NSW 2300

Over 150 creative minds gather at this monthly market in Newcastle. Live music and good food. Details here.

MARCH

Olive Tree NEWCASTLE Market//  SAT 4th March Civic Park, Newcastle, NSW 2300

APRIL

The Makers + Shakers MELBOURNE Market//  SUN 30th April Coburg Townhall, 90 Bell Street, Coburg VIC 3058

With over 60 designer and maker stalls selling their cute wares. Link here.

MAY

Markit Market//  SUN 7th May Atrium and Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Find 86 designers and 6 food icons at Fed Square this May. More about Markit here.

Finders Keepers SYDNEY Market//  FRI - SUN12th-14th May The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, 1 Merriman St, Barangaroo NSW 2000

Featuring over 200 independent designers from all over Australia. Link here.

The Makers + Shakers CANBERRA Market//  SAT 27th May Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla 2601

JUNE

The Makers + Shakers ADELAIDE Market//  SAT 27th June Woodville Town Hall, 74 Woodville Rd, Woodville SA 5011

I will be updating more future design markets soon. Stay tune!