24/5 – 25/5 Free Foodie Events this Weekend in Sydney

 

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Home Food Wine Weekend

| Date | Friday 23rd May – Sunday 25th May
| Time | 10:3o am to 5:oo pm
| Location | Level 6, Westfield Bondi Junction
| Cost | Free

Home Food and Wine Weekend

Make sure you register yourself by heading to http://www.hfwweekend.com.au/

You can register up to 10 tickets for each customer so make sure you register for what you want to go to ! We chose Smoked Salmon at its Best! (sounded tempting and we have a love for Salmon! ❤ 🙂 )

Anyway here’s a list of all the events !


 

Sydney Chilli Challenge

| Date | Saturday 24th May
| Time | 7:oo pm
| Location | Fitzroy Hotel, 161 George Street, Windsor
| Cost | Free

Sydney Chilli Challenge

Lots of challenges for chilli fans to check out this Saturday:

  • Chilli Eating Contest
  • Chilli Cook off
  • Chilli Pie Eating
  • Best Dressed Mexican
  • Hottest Home Grown Chilli

Product Tasting & Sales available onsite provided by the Chilli Factory.


Spanish Paella

| Date | Sunday 25th May
| Time | 10:45 am to 3:3o pm
| Location | The Corso, Manly
| Cost | Free

First International Spanish Paella Championships

Paella chefs all over the Oceania district will be competing against this title “Best Paella Chef in Oceania”. Can’t wait to smell the flavours coming out of the 12 different chefs / restaurants. Wonder if we can sample the Paella 😉

Cooking 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
Judging 1:oo pm – 3:oo pm
Winners announced 3:oo pm

To see a list of all the contestants or the program for the day, click here.

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| Izakaya Kuroki |

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|Date| Thursday  o8.o5.2o14
|Time| 19:oo ~ 21:oo
|Location| 300A Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
|Price| approx. $25.oo per person
Japanese has always been one of our most visited cuisines e.g. sushi train, ramen shops, etc but we would like to introduce you to a moderately-priced Japanese restaurant – Izakaya Kuroki in Chatswood.
Located opposite Chatswood Chase on Victoria Avenue, Izakaya Kuroki has a cosy environment to suit private bookings.

Kuroki Shop Front | Izakaya Kuroki |

Their menu speaks for itself because the food that you order, is exactly the same as those that are in the photos. (You can view the dinner menu on their official Facebook site here)

Menu | Izakaya Kuroki |

Once we placed the order in, the service was extremely efficient because the food almost came instantaneously.

Small Tapas

Small Tapas #1 – Tuna Wasabi Tartar

First off, we ordered the Tuna Wasabi Tartar (Small Tapas), the soft tuna mixed with a hint of wasabi mayo works quite well with a crisp water cracker as an entree.

Tuna Wasabi Tartar | $10.8o | Izakaya Kuroki |

Small Tapas #2 – Colourful Carpaccio

The next small tapas – colourful carpaccio, was exactly as the name has described it. Consisting of tuna, kingfish, prawn and salmon as the carpaccio, it was too pretty to separate them with your chopsticks. The carpaccio had a consistent thickness in every piece and the marinade also worked well together.

Colourful Carpaccio | $20.oo | Izakaya Kuroki |

Small Tapas #3 – Kuroki Skewers (Miso) 

We also ordered 2 pieces of the miso flavoured Kuroki skewers. These were absolutely spot on with the flavouring – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ! Adding mushroom to the Kuroki skewers, it also enhanced the sauce and juiciness of this small tapas. The skewers were also not too burnt so did not give a bad after taste and also added piggie points for this dish.

Note: Kuroki skewers also come in salt and soy flavour, so if you have room in your stomach, you may like to add these to your dinner too 🙂

Kuroki Skewer – Miso | 2 Pc – $8.oo | Izakaya Kuroki |

Main Tapas

Main Tapas #1 – Ethnic Style Simmered Pork Belly 

Although the bread was not enough for the amount of pork belly but overall the pork belly was very soft and tender and had a good proportion of the meat vs fat. As the pork belly was so flavoursome, the sauce was not necessary but does add to the overall appeal of the dish’s presentation.

How to eat this dish: Place 2 pieces of pork belly on the soft bread and enjoy!! 🙂

Simmered Pork Belly | $26.oo | Izakaya Kuroki |

Close up of the juicy and tender pork belly … yummm yummmm

Simmered Pork Belly | $26.oo | Izakaya Kuroki |

Main Tapas #2 – Moro-Miso Baked Chicken

If you didn’t have enough of the miso flavoured skewers, this Moro-Miso Baked Chicken plated up on pasta (not rice) also does the trick!

 

Moro-Miso Baked Chicken | $18.oo | Izakaya Kuroki |

 

Yes, as you can see, we only managed to have two bites of the first entree before everything else came all at once, very efficient service.

Efficient Service with food all over the table | Izakaya Kuroki |

Noodle

Noodle #1 – Kuroki Ramen

haha yes and as piggies, we ended up having another bowl of Kuroki ramen. This ramen is a tad bit chilli for those that can’t take chilli but for those that love chilli, it’s blended very nicely into the soup base.

Kuroki Ramen | $14.8o | Izakaya Kuroki |

 

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Drumroll………. Overall rating 8.5 / 10 🙂

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| Trio Bondi Beach | 2013

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|Opening Hours|
Monday ~ Friday 7:3o am ~ 3:3o pm
Weekends 8:oo am ~ 4:oo pm
Public Holiday 9:oo am ~ 3:oo pm
|Location| Trio – 56 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
|Price| $25 ~ $35 pp

One of the brunch places we went to late last year that we found quite enjoyable was Trio. It’s at a really good location because it’s located just off the main road in Bondi, opposite the beach. So if you like sitting outdoors / have pets or prams / love the beach / ocean view or all of the above, then this is for you.
Even though there was a 30-minute wait to get a table, by the time you drop your name and number, have a walk around Bondi, they would have called you back and have been seated already. We got a seat outside the cafe which was perfect for the weather that day.

Trio menu | Trio Bondi Beach |

As Trio was first in first serve, their service was also first in first serve. Being a weekend, they might have been a bit busy. They weren’t able to provide efficient service but still, we managed to place our order sitting outside enjoying the beautiful beach / ocean view.

Drink – Cappuccino $4
We placed our order and the cappuccino finally came.
(+) The cappuccino was nice and not too bitter. I also liked how it had a trio logo on it representing the cafe which I thought was a great idea too.
(-) Not sure if it was because we took photos for too long or talked a bit too much before drinking the coffee, we realised the coffee could have been a little hotter.

 

Cappuccino | $4 | Trio Bondi Beach |

Brekkie #1 Trio Breakfast Burrito $20

Shredded chorizo chilli, scrambled eggs with cheddar & chilli, pepper & lime salsa, guacamole & warm tortilla, served deconstructed

(+) I quite liked the cute presentation the Trio Breakfast Burrito. Instead of just having the food scooped on the square plate, the Breakfast Burrito came in two little frying pans – one with the scrambled eggs (loved how it was nice and fluffy) and the other with the salsa and guacamole (not too chilli, good for those that can only take a slight bit of chilli).
(-) The proportion for the Burrito was a little bit too much for breakfast. We didn’t end up finishing the two pans so it was a bit of a waste.

Trio Breakfast Burrito | $20 | Trio Bondi Beach |

Brekkie #2 Mediterranean Breakfast $26
Poached eggs with truffle oil on olive sourdough,served with char-grilled haloumi, crispy pancetta, semi-dried tomatoes, spinach & chorizo (Gluten Free Option available)

(+) For me, I love revealing my poached eggs on my side of bread for brunch so that it can run freely on the olive sourdough, and I wouldn’t have to madly scrape it off the plate after it’s bursted. The chorizo, haloumi and semi dried tomatoes, added a Mediterranean twist to the breakfast. The pancetta (not to be mistaken with Prosciutto) was crispy and slightly burnt but was not chewy at all.  My plate of breakfast had the right serving and is great for those that have a small appetite.

(-) I mixed the truffle oil with spinach but the full flavour of the truffle oil couldn’t come through enough. Slightly disappointed but maybe next time Trio could top it off with something else more interesting!

Mediterranean Breakfast | $26 | Trio Bondi Beach |

Money Saver Tip: Use your voucher from the Entertainment Book (Sydney – 2013|2014 edition) and save 25% off the TOTAL BILL (up to $30.00 value). The same deal will also be available in the Sydney and Sydney North – 2014|2015 edition.

We went there because we had a voucher from the entertainment book so if u guys havent used the entertainment voucher, you better use it before 1st June 2014 which is about 2 weeks awayyy !
Note: Trio puts a 10% surcharge on Saturday and Sundays so make sure you get the Entertainment Book to save you that extra bit of money
Ratings

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Drumroll please…. 7.5/10

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|The Lobby Bar & Lounge| Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea

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|Date| Sunday o4.o5.2o14
|Time| 15.oo ~ 17.00
|Location| The Westin Sydney – 1 Martin Place, Sydney
|Price| $49.oo pp

If you are looking for the best high tea place in Sydney, then you can’t miss The Lobby Lounge presented elegantly inside the 5 star Westin Hotel. As you move from the bustling city of the CBD streets, you are welcomed by the serenity and friendliness of the 5 star hotel amenities and staff.

Westin | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

From the moment you sit down to absorb the atmosphere and the menu, you are taken on a beautiful afternoon tea journey with the Mad Hatter. We had a hard time choosing between the three options and wondered if we should also have the “Drink Me!” Cocktail or the Queen of Hearts Champagne. After a few debates, we opted for the standard “A Mad Tea Party” option and boy, was it a mad TEA party.

The Menu | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

The mad TEA party A wide range of Jing tea selection surely does not disappoint for a 5 star experience. Included in “A Mad Tea Party”, is the option to swap from a standard pot of tea to a premium if you decide to explore your taste buds with the bottomless cups of tea offer.

P ordered Whole Rosebuds which had the beautiful rose buds blossoming on top of your pot and the smell of the subtle rose flavour floating through even before you take your first sip. As she took her first sip, she described it as having a soft rose flavour which was not too overpowering and seemed to compliment the afternoon tea.

After the first pot, she decided to go for a complimentary upgrade to the premium Silver Needle. As the name suggests, Silver Needle did not expand and still stood long and tall like a needle even after a refill (or maybe two). The Silver Needle has a relaxing green tea flavour and also came with a small jar of honey should you wish to add that in.

As for me, I have a thing for green tea and the premium Jasmine Pearls seemed to have ticked all my boxes. If you are a fan of strong green tea, this will be the one to pick. The first sip had a decent jasmine taste which was perfect but as you pour out your second cup, the wholesome flavour of the jasmine tea shines through quite strongly.

Yarrabee Honey | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

 

Jasmine Pearl tea | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

Food !!

Just as we settle in on our tea, the friendly wait staff brings out two sets of afternoon tea right before our eyes. Separated into two layers, the sweets were on the top, while the savoury sits comfortably in the second tier.

Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

Savoury

Savoury #1 – Tweedledee & Tweedledum – Roasted Beef and Fresh Asparagus Roulade on Mini Laugen

Tweedlee & Tweedledum are two identical food items just like how they were in “Alice in Wonderland”. The combination of the sauce and minimalistic veggies on the bread made it less dry. The thickness of the roasted beef was also just right and fitted perfectly on the mini laugen bread.

Tweedledee & … | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

 

… & Tweedledum | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

Savoury #2 – Caterpillar – Cherry Bocconcini & Tomato on Fresh Green Salad Boat

The Caterpillar was a light and refreshing salad that included a separate plate of vinaigrette dressing to share between two people. The cherry bocconcini and tomatoes were all small mouthfuls which matched quite well in terms of shape and colour.

Caterpillar | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

Savoury #3 – Alice in Wonderland – Alaskan crabmeat salad on double bread wrapped in cucumber

Alice in Wonderland was treated like a princess by pairing the soft bread with the delicate Alaskan crabmeat . The only critism: Not enough crabmeat ! It was too good, it was gone in a mouthful, maybe they could stack the crabmeat up a little higher 😛

Alice in Wonderland | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

Sweet

Sweet #1 – The Mad Hatter’s Hat – Rich Dark Chocolate Mud Cake encased in Chocolate Icing

Now comes the interested sweet section, the mad hatter’s hat. Without reading the description on the menu, you would not have guessed that it had rich dark chocolate mud cake inside. All you need to do is carefully take off the top of the lid and voila the chocolate mud cake is waiting for you. The Mad Hatter’s Hat was not as sweet or rich as we thought it’d be which was good because we tend to like food that are less sweet. The cake was also not too moist or bitter which made it quite pleasant to have.

Mad Hatter’s Hat |The Lobby Bar & Lounge|

oooo opened mad hatter’s hat full of yummy chocolate goodness

Opened – Mad Hatter’s Hat |The Lobby Bar & Lounge|

Sweet #2 – The White Rabbit’s Pocket Watch – Purple Macaroon with a Blueberry Cream Filling

This one was my personal favourite and I can still taste it in my mouth after a week 🙂 The blueberry cream filling tasted similar to taro and I love taro flavoured food. I loved the creaminess of the cream filling, it was absolutely beautiful.

The White Rabbit’s Pocket Watch | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

Sweet #3 – The Queen of Hearts – Layers of Raspberry Buttercream, Chocolate Ganache and Raspberry Jelly

The final sweet selection consisted of various layers that worked well except for the 3D love heart on the top (in my opinion). The 3D love heart was too sour for my liking but you may have a different viewpoint. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think 🙂

The Queen of Hearts | The Lobby Bar & Lounge |

It also came with the scones and jam (which we forgot to take a photo of) but overall the dessert is good for those that generally don’t have a sweet tooth as these desserts are just right for our lovely taste buds.

The afternoon tea experience can be booked between 12pm to 6pm daily, giving you a plentiful two-hour time frame to enjoy your Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea journey.

Tip: Book early to make sure you can secure the date as it tends to book out quite quickly especially on the weekends. (We booked a month in advance)

Ratings
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Drumroll………. Overall rating 9.5 / 10 🙂

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WELCOMEEE TO THE TWO LITTLE PIGGIES GREATTTTTEST ADVENTURES !!!

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Starring Piggie 1 and Piggie 2

We are two young people that are very passionate about food so we decided to start up a blog to share our food experiences with everyone that loves to eat out as much as we do ! It’s also a source for us to keep a memory of the wonderful (and maybe not so wonderful) places.

Piggies R us will range from cheap snacks to expensive , fancy, high class restaurants making sure that there will definitely be one that will attract your interest.

We will be searching around the world for great food and places, we won’t just be blogging about Sydney, but also the latest and hottest topics, things to do , places to see and events to attend !

We hope you enjoy our blog, feel free to comment as much as you like with your experiences and give us feedback on how we can improve our blog.

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