Happy thanksgiving friends!!
I miss Thanksgiving feasting back home with the family but Mike and I have settled for a mini dinner ourselves! Roasted chicken though… Not turkey 😉
I’m not sure how I got thinking about this today, but remember the days before internet and where not every household had a gaming console?
I do. Because back then I had the privilege of playing computer games instead! Gosh, they were just as addicting to video games and I still remember them to this day. 😛 Of course, how could I forget? They sort of shaped my childhood!
These were my favourites, what were yours?
Cosmo’s Cosmic Adventure
And of course, Duke Nukem!
Had a super lovely Saturday with James and Kim yesterday, thanks so much you two! 🙂
Earlier this week, James suggested we drive up north to Maroochydore to go to the beach. How could we possibly disagree?
Turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous day! The current was quite strong so Kim and I didn’t go “swimming” but water was still super refreshing 🙂
Photo cred: Kim
We then went to visit Harrison, who’s at a hospital nearby and is amazingly living out this rotation in a beach resort/village. Beautiful house with great views and access to a private beach, kayaks, swimming pools, etc.
We even went kayaking, which totally made Kim’s day ^_^
A trip to the beach wouldn’t be complete without beers, fish and chips for lunch!
And could only be better with a beautiful sunset 🙂
James and Kim, you guys are adorable.
We were treated to an absolutely lovely, home-cooked/BBQ dinner by Harrison and his housemate, Pam. And of course, any get together is always more fun with boardgames! In this case, Cards Against Humanity and Mafia/Werewolves. Definitely made me think of the friends back in Canada! Was also nice to meet the other housemates, Richard (again) and Dara 😀
You guys are all awesome, thank you so much for such a wonderful day!
Finally had a catch up this past Friday with Kee Ping, Amanda and Xuan at The Burrow.
With a great drinks menu and nice atmosphere, The Burrow was an easy choice and luckily we could make reservations so didn’t have to wait in line for a table.
Beers for everyone! And of course, food. We got a few dishes to share:
Unfortunately, some of these dishes are part of their Oktoberfest menu which isn’t online so I can’t give you the full dish name and all its components.
Pretzels with Pepe Saya butter. I love Pepe Saya butter but the pretzels were unfortunately quite tough and definitely not worth $7/each.
Main component of this dish was the crispy pork belly, which was lovely! Also had roasted peaches and something-I-can’t remember wrapped in filo pastry. Tasty dish!
Dip-ah-dee-do-dah – A selection of fresh house dips, crisp bread, ciabatta, zattar and flavoured oils. The selection was different than what Mike and I have had before but still very tasty! Very generous portions of dips, and so would do with a bit more breads!
This dish’s main component was slow cooked venison with spätzle, apple and berries. When we asked what spätzle was, our server said her best description would be “similar to gnocchi”. Unfortunately, although the venison was tender and nice, the spätzle (that we were all trying for the first time) tasted more like stale deep fried batter. We’re still unsure if it was meant to taste that way, or if we just got a bad batch… And why make the pieces so tiny? So difficult to eat when they just roll around on your fork and then onto the table.
We also got some Gnarly fries (curly fries) and Chips Ahoy! (beer battered fries) with aioli sauce. On a good note, the fries never disappoint.
We’ve been to The Burrow many times and love the service, drinks selection and quality of food. Unfortunately, we found our food hit and miss tonight but will still be back again in the future 🙂
September 28, 2013
A small BBQ gathering to catch up with friends and more importantly, celebrate Fiona’s birthday! She’s only turned “24” this year guys 😉
Blowing out the candles! It took many laughs and a lot of effort 😛
And a few random pictures! Sorry Christine and Mike, somehow I missed you guys!
Happy birthday again!
Christine had never seen the light show since coming to Brisbane so of course we had to take her!
We had a tasty selection of kiosk food (including deep fried ice cream!) before settling down and enjoying the show. It was even more impressive than last year as there were people mounted on flexible poles, dancing under the waterfall, as part of the show!
Had a great night!
Another long overdue post!
Mike turned 34 on September 21, 2013 – woo hoo! We had a quiet day at home with just the 2 of us… focused on food, haha!
Started the day by making us some mini blueberry and white chocolate pancakes for breakfast! 🙂
For lunch we went to our favourite local sushi restaurant, Sakura Sushi – they have new menu items! They keep improving every time we visit – highly recommended!
And a lovely homemade meal to celebrate for dinner 🙂
At Mike’s request, Banh Tam Xiu Mai – one of his favourite Viet dishes!
Also made some coconut basil shrimp, mmm so tasty!
Happy birthday my love!
And also at his request, Caramel infused chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing. My best homemade cupcakes yet, huge stamp of approval from the birthday boy!
And of course, presents!
Wishing you many more happy birthdays to come my dear! ❤
This is posted late, but I wanted to tell you about a delicious dinner we had at Epicurean (official restaurant of Inchcolm Hotel) back on September 17, 2013 🙂
Thanks to a weekly Dimmi Special, we were able to enjoy this restaurant for the first time at 50% off the food bill, drinks not included.
With dinner reservations for 7pm, we were greeted by the friendly staff and shown to our table. It was a quiet Tuesday night with not many other patrons except for a few I presume were staying at Incholm Hotel.
Service was really great throughout the night, thank you especially to Richard for explaining the dishes and continuously checking in on us!
We started off with wine and warm delicious bread.
Next came the entrees which we shared between us.
Lamb Tenderloin, Pistachio Dukkah, Smoked Eggplant, Sumac Yoghurt, Lemon. Lamb was extremely tender and I especially loved it combined with the dukkah and yoghurt!
½ Shell Hervey Bay Scallops, Salt Baked Apple & Onion Puree, Radish, Dill Oil. The scallops were sweet but I wish they had been seared (had absolutely no colour) and were accompanied by ingredients with a stronger flavour profile.
Hot Smoked NZ King Salmon Salad, Charred Potatoes, Candied Spec, Green Beans, 62˚C Egg. Smoked salmon was delicious and an interesting combination with the egg as well.
White Rabbit & Mustard Fruit Rillettes, Moreton Bay Prawn Salad, Herb Brioche. I was worried, but the rabbit was tender and moist! The brioche, however, was too dry!
Onto the lovely mains
I got the East Coast Gold Band Snapper, Roasted Peach, Sorrel & Green Peppercorn Cream which was absolutely lovely. The peach and peppercorn cream was a fantastic combination with the fish, which was perfectly cooked.
Mike got the Pork Sirloin, Red Cabbage, Ricotta & Jamon Dumpling, Pear & Sage Emulsion which he said was, “deeelicious.”
Kageen chose the Free Range Chicken (Breast & Leg), Pickled Ratatouille, Sweet & Sour Tomato Coulis, Fried Capers that she quite enjoyed.
And finally, Xuan got King Reef Barramundi, Sand Crab, Tomato & Chive Mash, Sauce Nero with an additional side of Dutch Cream Potato Mash,Truffle Oil to share. The dish was good and it was interesting to try a squid ink sauce for the first time!
Fortunately, with all of that, we still had room to try some of the desserts!
Mike and I shared the Belgian Milk Chocolate Mousse, Gin & Strawberry Gelee, Vanilla Crumble, Seasonal Berries. Beautifully decadent! The only thing we would point out is that the mousse was quite thick, more air would’ve been perfect but still delicious!
Kageen chose the Fruit Salad Compression, Crème de Framboise, Granita, Hazelnut Gelato as she had not compressed fruit before and found it quite refreshing. Her gelato had slipped off the starfruit in this picture.
Xuan decided on the Classic Lemon Tart, Spiced Marmalade, Lime Crème that looked delicious!
Thank you Epicurean for a great dinner with delicious food and wonderful service! We will definitely try to come back and visit again soon!
It feels like forever since I have blogged! It’s not that I don’t find my life exciting at the moment but that I always feel short for time 🙂
This is my second (of 8) week on my Medicine Rotation… The last rotation of third year, woo hoo! It has been great so far and a confirmation of why I love medicine. My partner this rotation is Adi and I think we both feeI quite lucky to be on our team. We have 2 consultants who are both great teachers, 2 interns who are super cool and appreciate our efforts in learning and helping out, and a (Canadian) registrar who seems to know everything… How could I complain?
Don’t let my positivity fool you though, medicine is a challenge. Especially after 2 months of surgery and 2 months of mental health… I feel like I have to relearn everything!
Medicine can be exhausting though, particular with many tutorials through out the week. Once we get home and have dinner, we always feel like doing nothing but going to bed early. But we can’t! Because there’s always so much to read up on and review!
Oh well, that is a part of life! At least we’re enjoying what we’re studying right?
I’m so glad it’s the long weekend, thanks Australian Labour Day! Now I have time to catch up on my studying.
However, I can’t get one of our patients off my mind…
An elderly gentleman who has severely deteriorated since being admitted a few days ago, and we haven’t been able to ascertain why. This lovely man with a particular love for Coke is now on palliative care and surrounded by his loving family. He’s not expected to live for much longer and I couldn’t help my teariness when we spoke to the family. I also couldn’t help it but the situation really made me think of my dad… 😦
No matter how prepared and knowledgeable you are… Death is never easy to deal with. In this case, especially because that person has made such an impression on me in so little time… 😦