Category Archives: Food n’ Grog

A small personal history of eating

My family has always been obsessed with food. It needed to tasty and cheap, and bonus points if you knew or liked the people providing it. Combining our Asian heritage with our Asian thrift meant that our favourite restaurants were … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hetty Lui McKinnon’s Tenderheart

Tenderheart: A Cookbook about Vegetables and Unbreakable Family Bonds by Hetty Lui McKinnon My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m not sure I’ve done a book review of a recipe book … but why not? On Goodreads, I see that … Continue reading

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Home Cooking: The Woks of Life’s Lo Bak Go

Growing up in Vancouver, Canada, it was always a treat to go for dim sum. One of the first restaurants we went to was presided over by a family friend, Uncle Harvey (all family friends were Aunties and Uncles), who … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Momofuku Seiōbo

I was always excited by David Chang’s Momofuku empire. I treated myself to a lunch long ago at an NYC location, and then was very excited to try the Sydney outpost in June 2012. I loved its rock and roll … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: IIKO Mazesoba, Darling Square

I love trying food that is new to me! So I’m glad we decided to try IIKO Mazesoba, among so many restaurants in the city’s new Darling Square district. An explanation of mazesoba seems not so easy though. First, it … Continue reading

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A minor history of food blogging

I just scrolled through my oldest blog entries, here on my website, to trace a little history of my food blogging adventures. While I started my website, way back in January 2005, it was a static website, used to promote … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Chin Chin, Surry Hills

For my birthday, I wanted to go somewhere special, and it’s been almost three years since I went to Chin Chin for lunch with my friend Lai Heng and meant to come back (here’s the review from then). This time, … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: The Colonial, Darlinghurst

Almost four years since I’ve been to the Colonial, and I’m impressed they’ve kept it open. As I’ve said many times on this blog, the restaurant business is hard in Sydney! And getting through the COVID lockdown: these are hardworking … Continue reading

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Coffee in Sydney: Take Coffee, Marrickville

We were looking for coffee, perhaps Vietnamese coffee, after our amazing pork rolls at Alex ‘N’ Rolls. On that little strip of Illawarra Road, we couldn’t find anything. Lots of small restaurants, but nothing that looked like it served Vietnamese … Continue reading

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Cocktails with Cynar

I always liked cocktails, and got into a regular negroni habit, but the cocktail making really kicked off with the COVID-19 lockdown. It’s been fun to explore new drinks and treat ourselves to a covid cocktail. My strategy is to … Continue reading

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