USA Adventures – Itinerary

Day 1-4/23-25/29-30: Stockton – Family gathering, Five Guys Burgers, China House Buffet, Taco Truck, Livermore Premium Outlet, Christmas feast…

Day 5-7: San Francisco – Golden Gate, Fishermans Wharf, Union Square, Chinatown, Fairmont Gingerbread House, Cable Car Museum, One Ferry Plaza Building, Lombard, Cheesecake Factory, Boudin Bakery & Café (Clam chowder in a bread bowl), Golden Gate National Park…

Day 8-12: Las Vegas, Arizona (Grand Canyon) – GRAND CANYON, Treasure Island Hotel, High Roller Ferris wheel, El Tavor Dining Room, Hoover Dam, Wicked Spoon Buffet, Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Gordan Ramsay BurGR, David Copperfield, Bellagio Fountain, Secret Pizza, Cirque Du Soleil Mystere..

Day 13-22: New York City – Christmas Decorations, Empire State Building, Rockerfeller Centre, Magnolia Bakery, Katz Deli, Chelsea Market, High Line, Grand Central Gallery, The Union Square Holiday Market, Carlos Bakery, Lombardi’s Pizza, SOHO, Lobster Place, Matcha, Bryant Park, Madison Square Garden, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park Horse Carriage, Subway…

Day 26-28: New Year! Heavenly Mountain, Sledding, Frozen Lake..

Foodie Reviews Coming Soon..

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Frank’s, Cheltenham

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I’ve been following Franks’ café on insta for a few weeks now and coincidentally I was in Moorabin over the weekend so we decided to pop in during the Easter break for brunch! Recently opened Cheltenham local is a great café for good coffee, pretty foods and wonderful faces! Such a light and open fixture, it was welcoming and such a treat.

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Service was fantastic! The girls were friendly and happy. Got a table within min.
We started off with a latte and a matcha latte. The coffee were good but slightly too milky. I could do with another tsp of matcha powder for the extra antioxidant boost. My matcha also looked quite pale so initially I thought they had the order wrong…

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Great simple menu options for breakfast, with lunch offered from 11am. Asian and European fusion I believe. Narrowing it down I went with the Vegan Scrambled Eggs which I substitute the tofu scramble with eggs as I’m actually not a vegan but the item sounded so fresh and tasty with the roast tomatoes, eggplant puree and spinach pancakes. First off I must say – it came out looking way too pretty to eat! The eggs was scrambled perfectly and the tomatoes was so juicy. The Spinach pancake was different. A lil bit denser then I would like it as it got a bit too heavy so I managed to finish one but I did polished off everything else on the plate!

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Hubby got the Benedict with the Crispy Pork Belly, Poached eggs and Hollandaise on Sourdough. I could see where the Asian influences came in. Everything on this plate was a delight to eat. Great portion size for breakfast and again very nicely presented.

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Overall a wonderful experience. Tuck away in a more industrial and residential setting but plenty of parking spaces. Will definitely return to try out the other menu items if I’m in the area again!

“I know that eggs do well to stay out of frying pans.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.

Till next time!!
XoX

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Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar

First timer at Lucy Liu Kitchen and Bar, I must admit I haven’t heard of it before – Yes I’m like a hermit, where have I been blah blah…

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Entry to the space is now via cobbled Oliver Lane at the rear which is weird, I understand it’s a quirky idea but why can’t there be 2 doors, one via the lane and one via Russell Street? Cobbled stone aren’t the best for women’s in heels (insert giggles).

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First impression, it is a very charming restaurant. The interior is a mix of communal and booth seating. Very loud with the music and the customers, we had to kind of shout at each other at one stage to hear the person across from us. Highly recommend reservations. We managed to get one day before for a 5.30PM seating which then we were promptly excused at 7PM on the dot for next reservation.

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Service was good however that was from the main server. The other two that we got was sort of random, asked me for either tap or sparkling water and never came back to me. And the other one felt like they were rushing us to eat so they could clear the next table. Yes we know you told us we needed to be out. We were aware… just be genuine to us and you will get the respect back. A diners experience starts from the service to the foods!

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Food wise, menu offered were very similar to other Fusion restaurants. Frankly I must say there are way too many Asian Fusion restaurants in the CBD now. Choices of Asian share plates, it offers the usual betel leaf entrée which came with tuna, soy and ginger. This was a disappointment to me, the leaf was fresh but I did not taste the soy and ginger flavour at all. Then we ordered the Kingfish Sashimi, with toast coconut and foam? The foam was a delight with the Kingfish however I was missing the chilli kick! The final dish we got was the Korean style Pork Belly, with apple kimchi salad and pancake and hoi sin. Boy this was huge! Fit for a party of 4, we had plenty left over between the 3 of us. The Pork was dropping off the bone but I’m not highly convinced I like this dish to be served with the pancake. The pancake was dry and was cracking half the time I attempted to wrap it. Where’s the light floury pancake like what you get when you have Peking duck? Tsk Tsk. The Kim chi on the other hand was the star to me! It added a special kick to the combined dish. However would I return for this dish? Probably not.

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Overall a pleasant experience. But Lucy Liu is just another I have to add to the mixed of Ok places. I might stick to my absolute favourite Longrain or Supernormal though…

“The things that people cannot do without everyday are firewood, rice, oil, salt, soy sauce, vinegar, and tea.” –Phrase coined in the late Southern Song dynasty.

Till next time
XOX

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