Category Archives: Otherwise

The great escape: Sydney in Winter

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

The best time to go on holiday depends on the seasons and the reasons. To escape from a dreadful climate. To escape from a task that you don’t want to do. To escape from boredom. To escape from the drudgery of an office job. To escape from a heartbreak. I don’t know about you. But I go on holiday to escape. Period.

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The carrot cake that almost started an angry mob

Carrot cake with pistachios and walnuts

Carrot cake with pistachios and walnuts

About two weeks ago, I met an American from Michigan who moved to New Zealand and unexpectedly became a Kiwi farmer. In 2009, he started a WordPress blog called Moon Over Martinborough to chronicle their life in the farm which eventually led to a best-selling book of the same title. Carrot cake everyone wants is the most enticing story behind a recipe that I’ve ever read. It teaches you a lesson about sharing your most beloved recipes, unless you want an angry mob of pitchfork-carrying farmers at your door.

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A road trip

New Zealand passionfruit

New Zealand passionfruit

I wish I was blogging about passionfruit cheesecake and eating one right now. Wishing is one thing, making it happen is another. Perhaps another time! For now I just marvel at the thought and sight of these wonderful, wrinkly, sour and sweet little things called passionfruit.

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IFBC 2013 freebies and goodies!

IFBC 2013 freebies from sponsors

One good thing about attending food bloggers conferences is you get freebies from food industry sponsors. But I was overwhelmed with the three bags of goodies I had to take home from the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) in Seattle, Washington.

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IFBC 2013, Seattle Washington

Last year’s International Food Bloggers Conference was held in Portland, Oregon. It wasn’t part of my planned trip to the U.S. so I didn’t go. This year though, I finally did. I took the train to Seattle, Washington and stayed in the foodie capital for 3 days.

The following photos were actually taken a year ago during a road trip to Seattle. They are still valid, I guess. Pictures don’t have expiration dates.

Seneca Street Sign, Pike Place

On the way to the famous Pike Place Market.

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Meeting food photographer extraordinaire Lara Ferroni.

One of the highlights of my trip to Portland Oregon was spending time with Lara Ferroni in her studio. If you are a food blogger + photographer and you don’t know who Lara Ferroni is, then you should read no further.

Lara Ferroni and Dolly Rubiano

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My kitchen is a mouse’s playground.

I’ve had a marvelous vacation and was out of the country for seven glorious weeks. But look what I found waiting for me under the kitchen sink?

Mouse droppings

Some mouse (and company) decided to make a toilet out of the cupboard where I kept my food photography props!

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Anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly at first!

Empty plate

Canon 600D, ISO 400, 1/60 sec, f/2.8, 24-70mm

“Anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly at first, and it is often worth doing poorly several times until you master it.” ~ Brian Tracy

DISASTER in the kitchen! No, I’m not talking about the time I almost burned the house while frying tofu. This is about two failed attempts at cooking experiments involving flour and pastry (again).

First I tried to make vegetable tempura from supermarket bought tempura mix and dark beer. I sought advice from my Japanese friend who at one time brought a platter of vegetable tempura to a party. It was a hit and I wanted to recreate it.  A tablespoon of batter for each tempura and a pair of chopsticks are the secret weapon, she said. I missed to ask her about the rest. I ended up with  tempura that were soggy outside and half-cooked inside. The plate for the photo shoot remained empty.

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