Tapas Time at Glass Brasserie

 
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Coming back to Sydney after a 2 weeks vacation was great. We were invited to Glass Brasserie where Leon Korobacz (@hungrysydneysiders) and I had a delicious tapas (and cocktail) time at chef Luke Mangan's restaurant. 

We started off with the prettiest cocktails in town. It was everything a girl could dream of when in Sydney CBD, sipping cocktails overlooking the sandstone facade of QVB.

We had a variety of tapas to choose from. We couldn't say no to Crisp Zucchini Flower, CanapΓ© Kingfish Sashimi and Waygu Burger Slider. The juicy mini burger was one of my favourite tapas, it was compact and filled with delicious goodness (of a normal size burger).

Glass Brasserie's signature dish, Kingfish sashimi was served in a traditional Chinese spoon. One mouthful is enough to savour the beautiful flavours of the fish seasoned with ginger, eschallot and Persian feta.

And you can't say no to Peking Duck Pancakes. Served with cucumber, shallot, coriander & hoisin. I had to say it was finger licking good!

Now, we've been saving room for Luke Mangan's out-of-this-world Chocolate Dome dessert. We all love watching the waiter pour the hot cranberry sauce into the dome, to reveal sweet honeycomb and vanilla gelato. Mix the elements all up with a spoon, the taste is simply divine!

Glass Brasserie is located inside Hilton Sydney Hotel. It's hard to miss the modern sandstone and glass building on George Street. I simply love the gorgeous interior space with natural lighting and high ceilings. A great place to bring a date, I reckon, hehe.

Have a fab day, all!

xom

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My Stay At Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan

 
My Pool Villa and breakfast at Crimson Resort

My Pool Villa and breakfast at Crimson Resort

Our holidays in the Philippines have been loads of fun. There was so many islands to visit (over 7000 of them!) and my partner-in-crime, Leon Korobacz (aka @hungrysydneysiders) came along to experience the Philippines for the very first time. 

We landed in Mactan Airport, just 1/2 an hour drive's away from Cebu, the 2nd largest city after Manila.

Our first few nights were spent at  Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan, a multi award winning resort and beach destination.

And my oh my, we had our own pool in the Crimson's one bedroom villa. It was a dream!

I'm in love with my 4-poster canopy beds. One of the staff made a cute monkey hanging off the bed post, out of two hand towels which I find very clever (which you can spot in the first image above). The open plan living area was a really chill kind of place to be. Loving the minimal aesthetic of the villa. And, hehe, I ended up having my unicorn float sitting in the lounge area. It felt like home away from home.

If you're feeling like doing completely nothing at Crimson Resort, it is really possible to do pretty much, nothing. We lounged by the pool, watched a few DVDs (just dial '0' and the staff will deliver the selected DVDs to you) and called up for room service. 

Dinner at Azure Beach Club, Crimson Resort

Dinner at Azure Beach Club, Crimson Resort

We had dinner at Azure Beach Club, which is within Crimson Resort. Our table was filled up with so much food, I felt like we were dining as a family of four! Our favourite has got to be the Seafood Platter with scallops, lobsters and prawns. Grilled to perfection and seasoned with fresh herbs. The Tandoori Chicken was also a winning dish, made in the traditional tandoor oven. The meat was succulent and the fresh naan bread that came with, just yum!

My favourite has got to be breakfast (I have got to do a flatlay, haha) and swimming in the infinity pool with my unicorn float. We spent an afternoon napping on the beach after snorkeling and free diving. Although it's close to the beach, you can still spot fish, starfish and corals. 

It's definitely one of my favourite places to be. Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan, you definitely had us at hello!

xom

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Eat In Rainbow

 
Photo Credit : May Leong

Photo Credit : May Leong

Well, hello guys!

I'm starting off 2017 with rainbows. Weeeee! 

As seen on Instagram, I'm sharing some tips and tricks of making this gorgeous Eat in Rainbow flatlay. It's really easy. All you need is patience, a good weather (by good "flatlay" weather, I mean cloudy days haha) and a lovely white background to work with.

I normally position my flatlay board out in the courtyard, where I get lots of soft, natural light or as close as possible to the window when I style them in the kitchen. Avoid harsh afternoon sunshine hehe. 

Okay, now straight to the Rainbow flatlay.

The most important thing to have is a small plate (from a tea cup) or anything small and circular to start with, like a cellotape or a CD (Um, CD? Who still uses them haha).

Pick the purpliest and of darkest blue kind of fruits you can find. In my case, black grapes and blueberries are the ones hehe. Create a semi-circle and slowly work your way through with lime green all the way to the multi-coloured arc. 

Here are some fruits and veggies I've used in my rainbow arc :

1. Red : cherry tomatoes, Truss tomatoes, red capsicum, strawberries

2. Orange : carrots, orange capsicum, peaches

3. Yellow : yellow cherry tomatoes, yellow capsicum, lemons

4. Lime Green : limes, kiwis, figs, white grapes (but they're actually green)

5. Purple : Black grapes (but close to purple/dark blue colours), blueberries

Feel free to slice some citruses, cherry tomatoes and strawberries. These fruits are absolutely the prettiest when cut into half. Perfect for flatlay!

Pure happiness!

Well, looking forward to seeing all the gorgeous beautiful "Eat in Rainbow" flatlay.

 

A Moveable Feast By Luke Mangan

 
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Photo Credit : Priscilla Barbosa

Photo Credit : Priscilla Barbosa

It was a beautiful summer's evening.

I knew A Moveable Feast was bound to be the world's Iargest dinnerfound out later that there were over 3500 people from all over Sydney gathered in the world's largest Moveable Feast By Luke Mangan.

The name of the event, A Moveable Feast, was actually taken off from a book written by Ernest Hemmingway. Who doesn't love Hemmingway?

Anyways, my friends and I had the best of times! Everyone came in pastel colours, as it was the dress code. I wore my faves, a faux feathery bolero with a floral patterned lilac jumpsuit.

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Photo Credit : Priscilla Barbosa

We, couples, each got a box of yummy food to share with. In each box, contained a gourmet of eight course shared feast. It was inspired by Mangan's 19 restaurants half way round the world. My favourite has got to be with anything seafood in it. I'm still dreaming about the prawns and salmon, served chilled with salad on the side.

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Photo Credit : Priscilla Barbosa

Photo Credit : Priscilla Barbosa

The perfect evening on Bondi Beach. I was impressed that Sydney did not rained that night as for the past two weeks, it was pouring every day.

We had a pastel evening leading into the night with great music. The most challenging part has got to be dancing on the sandy dance floor. If you have not done a 2 hour dance session on the sand, I would highly recommend it! Hehe.

Thank you A Moveable Feast for a memorable, fun night!

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Photo Credit : Priscilla Barbosa

Photo Credit : Priscilla Barbosa

 

Top 5 Instagrammable Ice Cream in Sydney

 
Photo Credit : May Leong

Photo Credit : May Leong

Now, everyone may wonder what was in Miss May's mind every other day. Ice-cream, of course! 

This is my guide to the TOP 5 yummiest (and mind I add, the prettiest) ice cream in town. You won't regret it. It's impossible to take a 'bad' photo. 

If you're a tourist looking in Sydney town, looking for gorgeous ice creams (and not the Darling Harbour and Opera House), then truly, this is your guide to having a successful Insta-trip.

Totes #sweettoothforever!

xm

Hello Miss May's TOP 5

Most Instragrammable Ice Cream 

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1. Sea Salt Soft Serve, Aqua S 

It was the talk of the town when it first came out. Today, Aqua S has become the soft serve to go-to when in Sydney CBD. Sea Salt flavour is the signature flavour of Aqua S, and there's a fun selection of toppings you can try like popcorns, marshmallow and fairy floss. 

New flavours being introduced every two weeks, got us Instagrammers looking forward to #life. My friends think I'm delirious. 

$4 a cone or a cup // Shop 27, Regent Place Arcade, 501 George Street, CBD, Sydney
Photo Credit : May Leong

Photo Credit : May Leong

2. Nutella Soft Serve in Doughnut Cone, Tella Balls Dessert Bar

This is too good to be true. Imagine Tella Balls doughnut as a cone, dipped in melted chocolate, served in the most delicious, mouth-watering Nutella soft serve. Ginormous portion, you can make a meal out of it.

It is a bit of a trek if you're doing the touristy thing in Sydney. But, Tella Balls is close to the Dulwich Train Station and if you're a fan of Greek food, it's a great reason to travel here (with quite a number of delish Greek restaurants to choose from)

$7 // Shop 5, 370 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill, Sydney
Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

3. Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, N2 Extreme Gelato

It's always a treat to watch the N2 Extreme Gelato guys in lab coats whip up your gelato, made with Liquid Nitrogen. Not your average gelato, it is know for creative and fun flavours. 

N2 is fresh, made to order with a wide range of delicious concoction to choose from.

My favourite was when the limited edition Scream Gelato came out, being inspired by Scream Queens. Cherry gelato filled with cherry chocolate fudge, topped with Persian flavoured fairy floss. What a treat!

$7-9 // Shop 43, 1 Dixon Street, Chinatown, Sydney

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4. Rose Petal Ice Cream, I-Creamy Artisan Gelato

I vote I-Creamy, way-too-pretty-to-eat. So pretty, you would want to take at least 100 photos before finally, taking a lick or a bite of the beautiful flower ice-cream.

I'm loving the variety of flavours, from Bubblegum to Mango to Pandan, you can pick up up to 3 flavours to make your rose petal dream come true. 

from $6.9 a cone // Shop 13, Skyview Plaza, 537-551 George Street, Sydney, CBD, Sydney

My head says go to the gym. My heart says, eat more ice-cream.
— Anonymous
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Photo Credit : Pri Barbosa

Photo Credit : Pri Barbosa

5. Endless Summer Gelato + Brookie, Gelatissimo

I remembered having my first Gelatissimo a good decade ago. And the sweet memories of apple and strawberry flavour gelato stuck with me for a very long time. They'll always be my first love!

Loving the Endless Summer gelato series with fresh new flavours - The Beach Babe (peach and blood orange) and Budge Smuggler (mango, coconut and white chocolate). They're so good, I went for seconds!

And Gelassimo's Brookie was a wow-ser. Smooth gelato sandwiched between two delicious chocolate cookies. It's to-die-for!

There are two Gelatissimo in Darling Harbour and The Rocks (and they are close by). For a chill and quiet atmosphere, I would pick The Rocks anytime. For the harbour view, I would definitely head our for Circular Quay :)

$5.20 a cone or a cup //
Alfred Street, Circular Quay, Sydney
73 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
 

Galentine's Day at Rabbit Hole Tea

 
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(Okay, firstly, ignore the outfit change, I was here in Spring and back in Summer kind of thing, haha!)

Rabbit Hole Tea is the prettiest cafe in Sydney. I kid you not. The warehouse space, for some reason, feels like a dream home with soft lightings and beautiful ceramic wares. If you're looking for yummy fusion food, delightful hot and cold brewed tea and... you happen to be also obsessing about flatlays, Rabbit Hole Tea is the place to be!

I love every inch of Rabbit Hole Tea and that includes the bathroom too. OMG (soooo cray). I won't tell you how it looks like, but it's got this really cool mirror which says "Who In The World Am I?" Now, that's a selfie you wanna have.

So, on Galentine's Day with my gal pal, we started off with a nice cuppa tea and a dessert each. If you're looking for happy colours, Turkish Delight is the loveliest of them all. FYI, I couldn't get enough of my Matcha Green Tea Cake hehe.

And, did I mentioned the new Summer menu is out? Think of cold green tea soba noodles and deconstructed sushi - sashimi served with avocado, shredded carrots, finely sliced daikon and sushi rice. It was divine! 

It's the perfect place to spend with Galentine's or Valentine's Day. Or any other day, really. I will always take my favourites to this place, always and forever.

xxm

 

Hello Miss May's Quick Instagram Edit

 

Hello guys!

Many of you have asked me what filter I used on Instagram to edit my photos. Actually, I don't, hehe. I skipped the filter section on the left and head straight to the edit part of Insta.

Here's a super quick tutorial on what I've used. Below is the original mermaid flatlay photo I took today with my iPhone. Courtesy of the Instagram Husband, of course, @hungrysydneysiders.

For me, if the image is taken using natural light, and it's not the kind with that casts strong shadow, there is no need to use all the fancy filters. 

My top fives are Brightness, Contrast, Warmth, Saturation and Shadows.

Brightness is great to bring out a photo (imagine, more light) and Contrast helps further distinguish objects. See how the beautiful merino blanket and pom pom hat, pops out a little.

In this flatlay, there is a slight tinge of cool colours, so I move the warmth bar upwards to 40 (depending on how cool the colours are gravitating towards).

Saturation is great to intensify colour (or in my case here, a slight opposite for me) as I'm aiming for a soft feel.

And I added Shadows to create more depth in the photo. 

Now, onto my best kept secret. I love, love, love using Colours when I get a chance to. Basically, to add a little bit more 'spice' to my image. 

Here's what I've found out by tapping a colour circle twice in Shadows, I get to adjust the percentage of how much 'Navy' kind of shadow I'd like to cast.

I know earlier on, I did add Warmth to the overall image, but by adding a cooler colour in Shadows, help create an overall, softer image.

Above, is a quick overview of what I've used. Any questions, feel free to comment here or on Instagram :)

All I can say is, always play with the Edit section, and find your fave kind of style. If you're into strong and colourful photos, then, I would work on the Contrast and Saturation bit. Another example would be, if you're into monochrome, Saturation and Shadows are your friends.

Hehe. Have a fab mermaid kind of day!

xxm