Faffing With Flowers

 
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I just thought I wanna share my love for flowers here. A little behind the scenes of what I do when my bunch starts withering. I have trouble throwing flowers away (yeah, I guess there are signs of hoarding here, haha!)

One day, I came up with an idea of bringing the flowers back to life by making a cloud or heart shape out of the petals. I'll start faffing outside my house, right on the footpath. I play with colours and shades.

One of my neighbours seriously thought I was mourning or going through a spiritual moment or something, haha!

In a strange way, I am appreciating the flowers right to the end. I'd do a few shoots with my shoes of the month. I have favourites, hehe, and this month of April, it's the silver brogue shoes from Wittner.

When the sunsets, I'd put the petals away into my garden as compose.

A sad tale indeed :)

Have a fab week!
 

xom

 

 

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

 

My Sugar House Dreams...

 
Photo Credit : May Leong

Photo Credit : May Leong

The first time I heard of Sugar House Studios, was from my gal pal, Vickie Liu. She just came back from London, and she had all these amazing photos of this pastel dream house. That was when my obsession started (and kind of, never end).

When I finally got to London, in the Spring of 2016, I knew this is what I came for. Haha. Forget about ice creams and Apple Stores, Sugar House was my everything. 

I met a couple of Londoners, and there was this rumour going around that it is going to be taken down. No one knew when and I just had to go!

Surprisingly, not conveniently located in the bustling inner City of London, the Sugar House Studios was a little bit out of the way for a traveller. Hehe. It took about 35 minutes to get to Stratford near the Olympic Park, but you know what, going into an industrial area on a Sunday is kind of... a weird kind of day trip. There was barely anyone.

The weather was dull and grey. It poured at some point. I got lost twice, and some random truck drivers wanted to pick me up to this "other" industrial area. Google Map wasn't helpful. All the men I talked to, had no idea what this pastel dream house I'm obsessing about until one guy at the boom gate did. Yay!

When I got there, it was all worth it. I was the happiest! Surrounded by plain warehouses and industrial buildings, the Sugarhouse Studios stood out like a candy house in Hansel And Gretel. It was everything I dreamt of. I swear, I could even taste the candy flavours of the pastel tiles.

The pastel palette wall made p of concrete tiles, was a delight, upclose. They reminded me of the townhouses in Brussles, where the've 

So, I found out much later it was called a Yardhouse which makes part of the Sugarhouse Studios. Inside the Yardhouse, you'll find a fun and bright creative studio and events space built by Assemble.

I didn't get a chance to visit the space inside but the Sugar House Studios seemed like a fun place to work as a creative and to run workshops and exhibitions. They have indeed relocated to a new postcode (address below). I can't wait to see what Sugar House Studios look like in 2017!

xxm

 

Sugar House Studios
Old Address

107 Stratford High Street, E15 2QQ London

New Address

Building C, Bermondsey Campus, Collett Road
SE16 4DJ London
 

Brunch Haven at Middletown

 
Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

Middletown was brunch haven. We met up with my Melbourne friend, Vickie Liu (check out her fabulous Instagram @vickiee_yo) one weekend at Pahran's New Kid On The Block.

We started off with beautifully brewed matcha latte and Coffee Waffles. It was the prettiest plated waffle in Melbourne. Topped with strawberries and  truffle ice cream, sprinkled with edible flowers and micro herbs, the Coffee Waffle was just yum.

Next stop, gotta try the Trio Mushrooms as I'm a HUGE fan of anything mushrooms. Served on home made celeriac puree with crispy pancetta, poached eggs, pecorino cheese and brioche soldiers

Lamb Neck was something you have to try when in Melbourne. This dish looked simple but it exceeded our expectations. Tender meat served with pickled beetroots, heirloom baby carrots and sweet potato, topped with smoked yoghurt.

Wagyu Brisket On House Brioche was a delight. I particularly am in love with the crispy chard (it's like a yummy veggie crisp). The wagyu was served on toasted brioche, with a generous serve of mustard aioli, fruit relish and salad. Just divine.

Now, this one I'm super excited with. Quinoa Salad is a very pretty (and mouth-watering) salad dish. It's got all the nutrition you need - stone fruit gel, halloumi cheese, fennel tops, radish, pickled and roasted cauliflowers. 

We will be coming back to Middletown for sure. Loving their all-day breakfast and lunch, with beautiful mod interior, it is a perfect place to hang out with family and friends. 

Middletown
229 High Street Prahran
Victoria 3181

Open 7:00 — 16:00 weekdays, 8:00 — 16:00 weekends.
 

TOP 5 FAVES : WHEN IN LONDON

 
 

I adore London. To bits (and pieces). I personally find that the buildings are quaint and cute, even the people are jolly and cute. Looking forward to being back again next year!

Here, in this post, I'm sharing my top 5 snacks. It's cheap eats at its very best, teehee. I love snacking and I just want to share the joy. 4 out of 5 of them are totally Instagrammable!

xM

 

Here's my Top 5 Best Snacks Under £10

1. Maitre Choux, South Kensington 

My number one reason visit to London, truly, is to see this place with my very own eyes (and my pair of glasses). Maitre Choux, thank you for making my dessert dream come true. If you're on a diet, please look away. The eclairs, choux and chouquettes pastries are crafted by Michelin Star chef, Joakim Prat and his team. It's way too beautiful to eat. My favourite flavours is Spanish Raspberry Pink eclair, filled with a soft mousse with a tinge of rose water. I'm in heaven.

£6 // 15 Harrington Rd, Kensington, London SW7 3ES

2. Cereal Killer Cafe, Shoreditch 

So, if you're a cereal fan (even though I'm a 30 something), this is the place to wander into. Cereal Killer Cafe brings me so much joy. Transported me back into my Kellogs Frosties and Coco Pop childhood days.

They have a wide array of choices, cereals from all around the world, from Frankenberry (USA) to Kariot (Israel) right up to home, Nutrigrain (AUS). And Cereal Killer Cafe just don't stop there. More than a dozen choices when it comes to the type of milk and toppings. Cinnamon or bubble gum milk? Wait a minute, I can have crispy M&M's and strawberry for toppings? It's already giving me a mini headache, as I'm the worst person, when it comes to making a decision.

I just went with the craziest looking milkshake, typical Miss May, haha!

from £2.50 // 139 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB

3. Fish! Kitchen, Burrough's Market 

I was here 5 years ago and I came back for, literally, the best fish & chips that I ever had in my young life.

Look no further for the best Fish & Chips in town. Fish! Kitchen is a takeaway tucked around the corner in Burrough's Market. It's madness trying to get a sitting spot, but no worries, the fish of the day can still be enjoyed, standing around or sitting on the side lanes. I had haddock, and blimey, it was tasty as.

£8.50 // Borough Market, Cathedral St, London SE1 9AL

4. Tombo, South Kensington 

Possibly the best matcha ice cream, outside Japan, is here in Tombo, London. The soft serve was just delish. There are more to Tombo than just ice cream though. My mouth was salivating over the Matcha Souffle Cheesecake and Aubergine Miso Soup that went past my wandering eye. Honestly, did not have time to try everything in the menu (with a busy day browsing museums nearby), but I'll be back!

£3.95 Soft Serve // 29 Thurloe Place | South Kensington, London
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5. Ethiopiques, Upmarket, Brick Lane 

I stumbled across Ethiopiques by chance. Just a beautiful (and may I say, colourful) selection of healthy vegan salads and hot dishes. I'm loving the chickpeas, lentils and beetroot dishes. You can try a little bit of everything and it doesn't cost you much at all. Generous portion and just beautiful flavours. Served with 'Injere', a savoury pancake. I remembered leaving Brick Lane, very happy and thinking, that was amazing!

£7 //Sunday Upmarket and Boiler House on Brick Lane, Tower Hamlet, London, E1

 

 

Darling Cafe

 
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Photo Credit : Leong Korobacz + May Leong

This place is such a darling. Tucked in a quiet street in South Yarra, I was greeted by the lovely staff at Darling Cafe. Everyone is so chirpy and I love the atmosphere in here. And don't get me going with the marble tiles, it is every Instagrammer's dream come true! 

The Red and Green Super Smoothies are to-die-for. Packed with fresh fruits and yoghurt goodness, topped with the acai, desiccated coconut, goji berries and beautifully sliced green apple, the smoothies make a meal on their own. Delicious!

I love the Asian fusion menu at Darling Cafe especially the Red Curry Prawns on Warm Polenta Cake. The red curry sauce was so good, I finished the plate clean with my broccolini. Hehe.

We had cravings for Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken so we ordered one up. The dish was stir fried in fresh vegetables and egg with sugar snaps and roasted peanuts served on the side. It was yum.

Zucchini and Corn Fritters was recommended by one of the friendly staff. I was in love with what's underneath the corn fritters - smashed pumpkin gorgonzola topped with sorrel. The pear chutney was delightful.

Leaving Darling Cafe, extremely full and happy, I can't wait to come back when I'm back in Melbourne!

Stay fab all.

xm 

 

DARLING CAFE
2 Darling St, South Yarra VIC 3141