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November 2017

Recipes

Broad bean and vegetable salad

November 28, 2017

I just love broad beans. This salad is really about broad beans which only has a short season from about November until about January. I have only been able to purchase them fresh still in its pods at Tony Ale’s the fruit and vegetable market in Cockburn Central. When they are available, I just can’t get enough of it. Continue Reading…

Restaurant Reviews

Kilo Bali – November 2017

November 27, 2017

It is so true that two mouths are really never enough to sample even a fraction of what we would like to try at any one place. This is always true everywhere we go, however with this place, small is not really small at all. This place you can easily share a small plate with four people, let alone two…. Continue Reading…

Restaurant Reviews

Bikini Bali – November 2017 and September 2018

November 27, 2017

We had heard so much about Bikini. Even strangers have told us we must try this place, so upon our return in November we booked in for dinner. The vibe was awesome the minute you were greeted at the front foyer and it continued the whole evening to the service from all the staff who served us.

Update:  When we visited Bali in September, although we stayed at an all inclusive resort, we could not resist visiting this delightful place again and share the experience with our friends. And such a fantastic experience it was.

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Restaurant Reviews

Merah Putih Bali – September 2017

November 27, 2017

Merah Putih describe themselves as “presenting an opportunity to discover a different kind of Indonesian cuisine”. The spectacular décor of this building created a luxurious ambiance. An interesting anecdote is that the lit up spires in the restaurant are actually downpipes and the rainwater is reused throughout the impressive building. The menu was incredible, another one of these menus that made you want to try everything. We started with a couple of cocktails to help us peruse the menu. They has an extensive wine list and wine room but we chose to let the food fill our bellies. Continue Reading…

Restaurant Reviews

Chandi Bali – November 2017

November 27, 2017

We’d been to Chandi on other occasions and each time, we have always been impressed with how well they do modern Indonesian and Asian cuisine so well. They say on their website that they are “A gastronomic twist on pan Asian cuisine”. Twist my arm please!! And another surprising attribute, it’s fairly cheap compared to some of the better restaurants. Continue Reading…

Travel

EUROPEAN ADVENTURE (LONDON, SPAIN, MALTA & SINGAPORE) JUNE 2017 – MALTA & SINGAPORE

November 24, 2017

San Sebastian was breathtaking, we thought, how can this be beaten? We did not really have any expectations of Malta so let’s go…. Next stop, Malta it is! Our adventures were clearly not over yet….. 

Flying to Malta from San Sebastian was a little cumbersome but options were limited so there is not much you can do about that. First to Barcelona, then check in again to another flight to Malta. When we arrived it was nearly midnight, with a plane load of people all scrambling for taxis at the same time, it seems a bit messy at that time of the night. However, they do have a taxi booking counter which seemed to run like clockwork. Soon, we arrived at our hotel, right on the water at St Julian’s, the Carvalia Art Hotel. Continue Reading…

Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Amusé – September 2012, 2013 & 2016

November 24, 2017

The first time we went to Amusé was pretty much the first of many degustation experiences with my then fiancé (now the other half of The Synergist) where we were in full throttle on ticking off our food exploration list.

We had heard so much about this place and how amazing the food was so we had to give it a bash for ourselves, and bashed three times we did. As I am writing this blog in late 2017, they have now since closed.   There has been talk that they are tired of running such a full on husband and wife business and may open something a little bit more casual down the track. So me thinks, you will hear more from husband and wife team Hadleigh and Carolynne Troy and when they appear somewhere, it will be well worth checking out their culinary talents even though you may have missed Amuse. Continue Reading…

Recipes

Treacle cured salmom

November 16, 2017

As with all cooking inspirations, we sort of came across this dish at a restaurant and I decided to amend it to my taste. When I encountered this dish it was served with fennel and grapefruit which I felt the fennel was too aniseedy paired with the grapefruit with then made it even more tart.

So, whilst the treacle cured salmon was the main event, with a bit of novice culinary foot work I think I can still proudly serve it to our guests at Chez Brown. This dish is a great entrée in any season but since I am serving it with orange, braised fennel, rocket and goats cheese, it is a refreshing warmer weather dish. Continue Reading…

Travel

Singapore, Hawker Food Hunt – November 2017

November 16, 2017

Don’t ever say to me you miss Singapore. Because I may just book flights and accommodation so we can satisfy the void you feel about missing this lovely country. And so it happened one relaxing weekend, my husband barely uttered those words and we were booked to go two weekends later. Continue Reading…