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Roti, roti, roti

We have written about The Kitchens before but this time we wanted to share our experience of the Roti and Buns.  It was pretty quiet after Christmas with many eating houses closed; The Kitchens was no different. Our group was a family of four adults and one toddler. We were seeking a place where we could get good food and feel relaxed with a young one running about. The Kitchens delivered. We ordered all our food from the Roti and Buns, where we encountered friendly service and a reasonable set of food options.

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Spinach and cheese roti with peanut dipping sauce

The spinach and cheese roti was definitely a hit – yum. Juicy, tasty and soft.

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Prawn dumplings

The prawn dumplings were good and fairly flavoursome. We added some chilli dipping sauce and a bit of soy sauce for extra grunt.

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Vegetarian dumplings

The vegetarian dumplings were great – juicy inside with a good mix of vegetables. On the list for next time.

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Inside the vegetarian dumpling

Once again we liked to add soy and chilli to the dumplings. The place was very happy to provide us with extra sauces.

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Pork buns for the meat eating friends
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Roti and chicken curry for the meat eaters

Some of party also ate meat and reported the pork buns and chicken curry were great. The toddler gobbled up two of these buns and seemed to really enjoy them.

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Boutique beer available to order nearby to Roti and Buns

 

Visited:  27 December 2016

Cost: $72.00 for four adults and a toddler (sharing)

Verdict: We felt is was good value, tasty and great location for a family group

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Five reasons to visit Chinatown in Yokahama

When visiting Japan you often feel you should eat lots of original Japanese cuisine. But sometimes you just want some variation. There are many options from Italian to Indian as well as lots in between!  One area in Yokohama is Chinatown.

Five reasons to visit:

  1. It is very colourful and full of interesting displays of food.
  2. It is exceptionally clean and feels safe.
  3. There are many friendly places to eat.
  4. You can get veggies!
  5. It is good value.

A photo journey

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Colourful streets
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Cute dumplings
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Street vendor dumplings
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Clean streets

We ate at Wangfujing in the downstairs casual part of the restaurant. Some people were heading upstair where it might have been a little more glamorous. Some photos of our meal:

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Fish dumplings
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Veggies – yes please
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Fish soup – so delicious
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Eggplant
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Beautiful cup of tea
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Visited Chinatown Yokohama in July 2016. We ordered more than we needed: Dumplings, Fish soup, Green veggies, Eggplant, tea and a beer – cost us about AUD65.

Day trip in James Street, Brisbane

Recently, The Urban List Brisbane reviewed lots of new cafes and restaurants along James Street, in Brisbane which raised our desire to do a day trip to James Street for the sake of our tummies. Haha!

Our first stop was Pineapple Express Superfood Box, bringing health-nut, organic and fresh-obsessed vibes from Hamilton.

Pineapple Express
Pineapple Express
Vibrating vibe
Vibrating vibe on James Street

We ordered their brand new “Apple Crunch” bowl, made with Acai, Banana, Manuka Honey, Apple & Cinnamon, Granola, Coconut Flakes, Stewed Apple, Cinnamon & Manuka Honey. SOOO YUMMMM! If you visit James Street, it definitely should be on the “MUST TRY” list. By the way, their coffee is very nice too! Another surprise for us! If you prefer very strong coffee flavour, order double shots!

Apple Crunch Bowl YUM YUM YUM
Apple Crunch Bowl YUM YUM YUM
Our yummy brekkie combination
Our yummy brekkie combination
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Happy smile on the face of our “hardworking” blogger!
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“Hmm, no more photos please! Just want to eat my bowl!!!”

After finishing the bowl, we felt quite filling so we decided to go for a walk along the street. Our first stop was The Sinmei Tea Room. This place has also been reviewed by one of our favourite Singaporean blogger Lady Iron Chef when he was visiting the same tea brand in HK. Now we can fulfill our matcha craving in Brisbane without long travel to HK. How great is that!

The Sinmei Tea Room in Scrumptious Reads locates within the Scrumptious Reads bookstore on James Street. So the ambiance is very peaceful and perfect for enjoying some reading time by yourself.

Book shelf inside the Tea Room
Bookshelf inside the Tea Room
Cute fish tank
Lovely fish tank
Cute business card of the Tea Room
Cute business card of the Tea Room

The Tea Room specialises in matching traditional green teas with beautiful goodies including delicate matcha molten cake and brownies. More importantly, all yummy goodies are healthy goodies!

Green tea loaf
Match molten cake
Green tea Lamington cakes
Green tea Lamington cakes
Green tea macaroons
Green tea macaroons
Nice tea set
Nice tea set

After Sinmei Tea Room, we stopped by Lululemon James Street to get some yoga gear. Then it was almost time for lunch. We were not too hungry after a big superfood bowl, so we decided to have a simple lunch at the Fresh Sushi Co.. We ordered salmon rolls and seafood dumplings. Quite nice!

Salmon rolls
Salmon rolls
Let's have a close-up!
Let’s have a close-up!
Spraying soy sauce on dumplings
Spraying soy sauce on dumplings
Another close-up!
Another close-up!

After lunch, we did some Xmas gift shopping at Pottery Barn. The most exciting gift is the Soft Burger Set we bought for our Ruby baby. So cute!!!

Soft Burger Set at Pottery Barn Kids
Soft Burger Set at Pottery Barn Kids

Finishing shopping we felt so hot and thirsty. What do you want when you feel hot and thirsty? GELATO! We searched the best gelatos in Brisbane on Urban List and found Gelateria Cremona. It is located in Paddington, on our way back to Gold Coast. So we decided to give it a go! It turns out that we made a right decision. The ice cream is yum yum yum!

All flavours you can have! A paradise for gelatos!
All flavours you can have! A paradise for gelatos!
Professional gelato making machine behind the glass
Professional gelato making machine behind the glass
Old pictures to show the history of this store
Old pictures to show the history of this store

We ordered two flavours: one was Saffron & Rose Water and the other one was Black Sesame. Truly delicious and worth the extra short drive out to this store.

Saffron & Rose Water
Saffron & Rose Water
Black Sesame
Black Sesame
Two gelatos in one picture!
Two gelatos in one picture!

Now start we are already daydreaming of our next day trip to Brisbane already while we are writing the blog! Any good recommendations for us?!

Starting out to create some fun, discovery and inspiration

We are launching this blog to share some fun experiences, food photos and ideas about places to eat.  We are just starting out and still finding our voice!  We know we love food and fun.  We love the creative process of trying new venues and the visual appeal of gorgeous foods. Our blog is written by two girls – one from China, Wei and one from Australia, Bev. East meets West and shares the love of food and new experience.

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