Friday, October 3, 2014

Ippudo, Central Park

Ever since my Japan trip earlier in the year I have developed a full scale ramen addiction. It's not a problem if I admit it right? It's become a complete necessity to indulge each and every ramen craving I have and it's that obsession with ramen that makes me so thrilled to bring you the new Ippudo in Central Park.

The original Ippudo opened in 1985 in Japan and opened its first international branch in 2008 before expanding like wildfire since then. The first Ippudo in Australia opened in 2012 in Sydney city Westfield and it's been a favourite among the crowds as evident in the ever-present queue out front. I must admit I was a little surprised to hear they were opening a second branch, even more surprised to hear it was at Central Park given it's so close to Westfield. But either way I was pretty thrilled since I work in Glebe and now have delicious ramen at my very fingertips!

While this was a special pre-opening event and it was to be expected the staff would be great, I must acknowledge they were all incredibly attentive, polite and not overbearing. I quite liked the back of the staff shirts so couldn't help sneak a photo in.

One great thing about the new Ippudo is the fact they have a special budget-friendly ramen option available for $10 that's targeted at the hoards of students attending nearby UTS and Sydney Uni. I didn't try it on this particular occasion but you can bet your life I'll be back for it.

Ippudo karaage chicken (5pcs) $7
When karaage chicken is on the menu, karaage chicken is ordered. Simple as that. Ramen is definitely a belly-filler so while I don't think the meal needed a starter, it's just so difficult to pass up fried chicken! 

Akamaru Shinaji Special $24
Ippudo's original tonkotsu broth enhanced with special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil. Served with thin noodles, flavoured egg, pork belly chashu, roasted seaweed, flavoured black mushoom, flavoured bamboo shoots and spring onions.

Described as a refined, modern-style ramen, the Akamaru is definitely my favourite ramen at Ippudo. I love the gorgeous red stained broth that tickles the palate gorgeously. I order my noodles medium but you also have the option of hard or soft. The flavour of the broth is rich, robust and honestly a party in your mouth. If you're after a more mild broth I'd probably recommend a different ramen but I personally love this broth.

Miso Tonkotsu Special $25
Ippudo's signature pork broth infused with red miso. Topped with flavoured egg, pork belly chashu, roasted seaweed, flavoured black mushrooms, flavoured bamboo shoots, corn, bean sprouts, cabbage and spring onions. 

A little more rich and decadent than the Akamaru, the Miso Tonkotsu is another favourite of mine. I find the flavours more complementary than the former which is more flavourful on a variety of levels.

We were kindly provided with an additional plate of toppings so it was toppings galore! My personal favourite ramen topping is most certainly a whole egg, multiple eggs in fact. While ramen really is all about the broth and noodles, toppings bring a delicious ramen to the next level. Chashu is always a winner but it's also great to have sesame seeds and shallots for texture as well as flavour.

I have a ridiculous love affair with ramen and I couldn't be happier another branch opened its doors. I'm also really impressed with the dining options at Central Park with the likes of Autolyse and Din Tai Fung. I can only imagine how popular Ippudo will be but don't fret, it's well worth the wait. And, just to kick your tastebuds into overdrive watch Ippudo's delicious bowl of ramen come to life in the below clip.

Central at Central Park
RB07 (Lower Ground)
28 Broadway
Chippendale NSW 2008

Disclaimer - I was invited to dine at Ippudo by SD Marketing. I was not paid and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tupperware Spring Summer Collection Launch at The Bucket List, Bondi Beach

Spring has most definitely sprung and I for one couldn't be more thrilled! Spring is that time of year we all feel reinvigorated and excited. The weather begins warming up so we feel more comfortable leaving the safety of our warm little caves and get out into the world again. This year I was lucky enough to mark the begin of Spring with the launch of the Spring Summer Collection for Tupperware.

The new seasonal collection was summed up nicely in three little words - The Good Life.
"Savouring moments of pure joy, laughter, sunsets after dinner, summer vacations, the sound of the ocean, sand felt between the toes, the feeling of warm sun on your skin, special gatherings and a cold beer on a hot day. This is The Good Life."

The launch was held in the ultimate summer-loving location, Bondi. Growing up in Sydney I wholeheartedly recognise Bondi as one of Australia's most iconic locations. Bondi epitomises sunshine, happiness, the Aussie love of the outdoors and some ridiculously good-looking people. I couldn't think of a more perfect location than The Bucket List on Bondi Beach for Tupperware to bring their new line out into the world.

A few of us lucky bloggers were treated to an early morning breakfast while getting handsy with the new Tupperware collection. A big thank you to the lovely girls at AMPR for hosting the event. I loved the little flower centre pieces lining the long communal table. Small, danity, fresh but not intrusive, I just thought they were so cute!

First course was some muesli served with yoghurt and fresh fruit. While not my personal breakfast of choice I thought it was very well suited to Bondi and surprisingly had me going back for a second helping.

Second course featured warm toast and my favourite Pepe Saya butter as well eggs, bacon, avocado and tomato. I must admit I couldn't contain myself and missed out on a photo opportunity of the second course. The bread looks gorgeous thought doesn't it?  

We all had the opportunity to get up close and personal with each piece of Tupperware from the Coastal Collection, Active Lunch Set, Day Packs and Lunch Bags. There was actually a huge number of pieces in the new collection and it was great to be able to feel the quality of the items and get a real feel of their durability and look at the gorgeous colours up close.

Microwave-reheatable container with removable dividers

From the Active Lunch Set, this little container was one of my favourite pieces of the collection. I was so intrigued by the unique "button" which allows steam to escape from the container while heating in the microwave.

I can definitely see the water bottles and accompanying Active Carriers great for those who love to always have water by their side (which should be everyone!) The square containers were actually called Sandwich Keepers and are obviously great for those who love sandwiches but hate using and wasting cling film and sandwich bags. They're also great for little salads, pasta and other food storage in my opinion. Above the Sandwich Keepers are TupperCare LolliTups which are fantastic for those wanting to make homemade icy poles. I think they're fantastic for parents wanting to make healthy icy poles at home for this kids.

Penny Penguin Set

While I don't have any children and don't intend to any time soon, the day packs for children were so adorable! I particularly loves the Penny Penguin Set for girls in this very sweet pink and purple colour.

Tupperware is most known for its Tupperware ladies and Tupperware parties and while it's reputation can seem a little daggy, I for one have always loved the brand because when I think of Tupperware I think of quality products which is most important to me. It's definitely on the pricier side for storage but the quality is most certainly there and their products boast a lifetime guarantee. Their Spring Summer collection definitely brought out a more modern vibe to their pieces which I love and it couldn't be more suited to the Aussie summer lifestyle.

I really liked the vibe of The Bucket List. Cool, funky and charming, I'm definitely going to return for lunch by the beach with a cider in one hand and sunglasses covering my eyes while enjoying the ocean waves.

We were all lucky enough to take home our very own Active Lunch Set in their cute insulated bag. Featured in the set is the Microwave-reheatable Container with removable divider, two Snack On-the-Go containers, a Round Eco Bottle and a Liquid-tight Snack Bowl. Tupperware is a really well-known, long-established and respected brand. I'm glad to see them keeping things fresh and exciting and if you're able to would definitely recommend getting your hands on a few items because they will last forever!

Tupperware Australia
The Bucket List
The Bondi Pavilion
Queen Elizabeth Drive
Bondi Beach NSW 2026

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Milkwood Bakery, Berry

Despite its sleepy village vibe Berry has built a nice little reputation for itself for some delicious baked goods. The Famous Berry Donut Van is probably top of the list for Berry must eats but coming in at a close second would be the Berry Sourdough Cafe. Unfortunately for me I had to race through Berry and didn't have enough time to have lunch at the cafe but luckily Milkwood Bakery serves a great selection of their sourdough breads, cakes, pastries and coffee for takeaway!

The great thing about getting takeaway is you're able to stock up on more goodies and hit the road with your loot! There's much to ogle at and the staff are very sweet in recommending each and every item that might suit your taste.

I definitely couldn't leave without something warm and while I had my eyes on the mouthwatering selection of pies I opted for a delicious beef and pork sausage roll plus a quiche. Milkwood is the perfect mini rest stop in Berry where you can grab some wholesome baked goods that really hit the spot.

It's 100% recommended for you to meander the streets of Berry and not hastily drive through without a second glance. It's also 100% recommended to drop by the bakery (if you don't have a chance to actually dine in the cafe) and pick up as many goodies as you think you can handle!

Milkwood Bakery on Urbanspoon

Milkwood Bakery
109 Queen St
Berry NSW 2535