Month: March 2019

Chinatown Seafood Restaurant, Chinatown, Singapore

Chinatown Seafood Restaurant can be summed up in three words: reliable, cheap and cheerful.

In the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown, this restaurant is located on the more touristy side so it catches the flow of foreigners who come out of the train station looking for a feed. It’s a large establishment and serves local delicacies alongside chinese staples like fried rice and wok-fried vegetables.

The food is tasty and reliable- you’ll be able to find something you like even if you’re a tentative traveler.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

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Empress Craft Beer, Devonport, Tasmania

I had no idea this place existed. I had one evening in Devonport and I wanted it to be memorable. After a a walk along the foreshore, we heard from a mate that Empress Craft Beer was the place to go for a refreshing beverage.

Although primarily a bar, Empress offers charcuterie boards and other nibbles. They also support nearby burger joints and accept deliveries, so you can order food in if you like. They have board games too, so we spent most of our evening trying to beat each other in chess while sipping on beer and spirits.

I love craft beer. I went to the counter and the host asked what flavour profiles I enjoyed and after a quick chat, they recommended me the perfect beer for me, and something unique for my partner too. Afterwards, we tried some of the local gins. The bartender was really knowledgeable and I just had a great evening.

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I was winning for a bit there.

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Shuk, Bondi, Sydney

Shuk is a fabulous little cafe and bakery in Bondi, (accessible by bus if you’re using public transport). The coffee is delightful and the food is a hit of all flavours Middle Eastern, like lamb in a hummus bowl, or a classic shakshuka. Definitely recommend if you’re in the area for a bite to eat.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Mrs Underwood, Stanmore, Sydney.

Look, I don’t mean to slam these guys so hard so I lifted my rating from a Poor to an Average. You’ll understand why when I tell you: we paid $7 for a thimble of milkshake. I was really hankering for a chocolate milkshake, and it came to me in what could only be described as a water glass, a mere cup, that cost us $7. That’s $14 for two.
When faced with an act of disappointment such as this, you try to find justification. The milk was excellent full cream, the chocolate was old fashioned and whatever else went into it was probably high quality goodness. I did want more. Especially when we all know milkshakes give about an inch, a head of froth. My partner had salted caramel and honestly it just tasted like sweet milk.
Please serve them in a taller glass and maybe Mrs Underwood can contend with Daisy’s down the road.
All in all, an overpriced sadshake.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

City Sightseeing Bus, Seville, Spain

We did a City Sightseeing tour through Lisbon and loved it, so we thought the company would be reliable in Seville. We didn’t read the reviews first- big mistake. We probably just had an unlucky trip, but by all accounts, it could have been run better by the company.
Firstly, our bus broke down around one of the neighbourhoods. There was no guarantee that a second bus would come and save us, and we had a huge load of people. My friend and I decided to walk to the next bus stop and wait there- our second mistake. The map we were given was hard to read and difficult to decipher so we ended walking through strange backstreets and around behind vacant lots. Turns out, the bus stops are completely unmarked as they stipulate a vague area where the bus will stop.

This isn’t true.

We stood at bus stops and the buses drove past us, because apparently the stop is ‘out of use’. We ended up wandering the Expo area- a huge industrial park which has very limited anything, in the dead of Sevillian summer. We only got a bus because my friend downloaded the app and we found other tourists who were at a loss as well. The bus stopped only for a big group.

My advice would be: consider your need to travel with City Sightseeing Seville, download the app if you do, and don’t get off the bus.
We ended up having a sweaty 3 hour ordeal on foot purely because the bus stops were unmarked and buses drove past at 20min intervals.

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Reuben Hills, Sydney

Reuben Hills is an artisan coffee house. No matter how you like your coffee, you should have a strong, aromatic brew when you come to Reuben Hills. The brunch food here is divine. I love the flavour combinations, the cultural fusions, the modern twists on traditional dishes. Reuben Hills is pricey and there’s often a queue out the door on a weekend, but the food is definitely worth it.

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Millenial Wednesdays.

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Flower Child, Chatswood, Sydney

Flower Child is a stunning cafe- the perfect brunch aesthetic right above Hawker Lane in Chatswood. Hanging plants, strong coffee and instagrammable foods make for a fantastic brunch experience. Doesn’t get five stars, however, because the ambient brunch bubble is popped by the queues of people to get in and the sheer volume of customers. Also, the food is beautiful and delicious, but it’s also overpriced and not particularly value for money. Go for the gram.

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Plants crawl down the walls and vines lean to the sun.

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