We went exploring one weeknight to see what PenReef would look like and unfortunately it was a little disappointing! The fam were expecting a whole light display of underwater creatures and the like along Riley but it was only one tiny area for an hour drive.
There were lights hanging off trees along the sidewalk but I’m not sure if they’re there all the time… not to mention they were pretty mediocre.
They had a few deals up on offer through the Westfield Plus app if you’re a member but we only took advantage of one which was the $2.50 Under the Sea Sundae at San Churro as it really was the only one of two kid friendly deals with the other being a buy one get one free Lights on Riley shake at Ben and Jerry’s in Hoyt’s.
If you go onto your Westfield Plus app and look at the section on what’s on today it has free fairy floss for members but you have to click into the section and read the fine print which notes it’s only on Thursday and Friday nights so if you’ve got something fancy schmancy in your head and live far away, don’t bother as it’s really such a small display for the kids.
I’m sorry Westfield Penrith but maybe don’t put such a big hype on something so little in the future!
Hey guys, I’m sorry for the lack of blog posting recently but between all of the restrictions and places closing down that I wanted to visit, it’s been mum life all the way!
So here I am writing a blog on a couple of places the fam visited in Burwood during a super cold and rainy winter’s day. I decided to only focus on these two as I’m never sure of the future of businesses these days so if I started doing a collection and then a bunch of the places I visited close down (which they have), it wouldn’t really be current by the time I posted the blog.
Our first stop was Twinkle Kids Cafe. This place is super kid friendly as I’m sure you can tell from its name so mums and dads who are on the lookout for somewhere to park themselves for the day while their kiddos burn off some energy, this is the place to go. They have a giant ball pit, lots of pretend play areas, little vehicles and even costumes for the kids.
The items on the menu aren’t too extensive but you do get a $4.00 drink voucher for each paying adult. They also have a display case of desserts like Krispy Kreme donuts and macarons.
I ended up choosing the mixed seafood basket, which had calamari rings, prawn toast, fish, and chips and hubby got the curry chicken rice. The kids picked off our plates as naturally, they were too busy playing to sit down and attempt to eat a meal! Just a note if you order the seafood basket that it only comes with tartar sauce and no lemon.
Hubby loved the chicken curry and noted it to be quite flavourful. It was served up in a Peppa Pig shaped bowl which they also sell at their little shop.
Wait time: 5/5
Baby friendly: 5/5
I highly recommend this place as I found it to be quite clean and even though it was busy, they knew how not to overcrowd the venue.
After all of the playing, we were hungry for dessert but the area we were in didn’t really spoil us for choice so we ended up going to Kowloon Cafe. The interior seating reminded me of bus seats and had a cosy feel to it even though it looked miserable outside. Hubby forgot all about dessert when he saw the various menu items containing Spam and eggs so decided to order a dish called Spam and a lot of eggs with rice, a lot of eggs meaning three.
He loved the dish and said it was the perfect size for his appetite. The eggs were also nice and runny, just like he likes them!
Miss Three shared a dish with Mr One called Spam and double fried egg noodle soup. They loved it as noodles and Spam are two of their fave things to eat and it was the perfect dish for them to share and leave the leftovers for me.
I opted for the HK style toast with condensed milk and peanut butter, which was delish. I have to admit that I drenched the thing in condensed milk – amazing!
Definitely a place to visit if you are a Spam fan and also to try their toast. Oh, and they’ve got cold Ovaltine on the menu – winner!
Wait time: 5/5
Baby friendly: 5/5
Have you got a fave place to eat at in Burwood? I would love to hear – comment or drop me an email to let me know so I can go and try them the next time I’m in the area.
For all you gym junkies out there (or even those just wanting to eat healthier), Whey of Life are here to save the day and provide you with some super delicious protein balls!
Their protein balls are seriously next level. All of the ones I’ve tasted before haven’t been great and have had some weird textures to them, not to mention an overload of coconut so it was super lucky I won a box of these as I literally fell in love and want MORE.
I’ve only had the box for a day and a half and half of the protein balls have already been eaten (all by myself of course). They’re so moreish, it’s hard to stop at one.
With only a handful of flavours (gingerbread, white choc and raspberry, Oreo, chocolate and peanut butter, and Biscoff), I have to say my fave of all would have to be the Biscoff with the choc and peanut butter coming in at a very close second. I would love to see either a Snickers or Nutella flavour if they are looking to expand their flavour range!
A box of eight will cost you $32.00 which, in my opinion, is an absolute bargain as they are like gold.
So what are you waiting for?! Go and order yourself a box of these babies and let me know which was your fave.
So I decided to choose a suburb a month to conduct my foodie adventures in and this month I decided to choose my home town of Fairfield because let’s face it, we’re still in lockdown and I can’t go very far.
A taco place opened up called Chololo so that was my first choice and can I say, if you can’t handle your spice then this definitely is NOT the place for you as they don’t have anything without spice on their menu!
It can be a bit confusing when you try and find the place on Google maps but if you’re walking from Fairfield Station enter the Chase and it’s just on your right hand side in the Centre.
The tacos are super flavoursome and really have a kick to them so if you can’t handle your spice then this isn’t the place for you as they don’t have anything that’s not spicy on the menu apart from the corn!
The ramen is even hotter and will blow your brains! It’s definitely not for the faint hearted when it comes to its spice rating. You can tell just from the colour of it that it’s going to be HOT!
The corn on the cob (elotes) is one of the best I’ve ever tasted. If you’re wondering how a corn on a cob can be so good, it’s the cheese and flavoured salts they’ve added to it. I could have eaten 5 of these and been happy.
So my overall ratings for this place are:
Wait time: 5/5
Baby friendly: yes
Next on the list is Broaster Chicken. Now we’ve ordered Menulog from these guys before but wanted to come in and see what the atmosphere was like.
It was quiet when we went as the Culinary Carnival was on at the time so it was nice to have the pace to ourselves for awhile but it still took awhile for us to get our food but they were very generous with the Lebanese bread.
We ordered the three skewers which came with hummus, garlic, pickles and salad. Opting for lamb, this was a good choice because it was so good! It had a good flavour to it and was cooked just right.
We also ordered a snack box which came with two pieces of chicken, chips and drink which I didn’t get and forgot to ask about!
This chicken reminds me of a more subtle but fluffier skinned KFC. It doesn’t have as much flavour but the skin is novelty enough. The chips though, were cooked to perfection and I also got some potato scallops with it as well which were also good. Unfortunately aside from the skin, the Chicken was a bit tasteless and so was the gravy (best gravy I’ve ever had has to be from El Farouge in Guildford – must try).
For the little one, I ordered a kids nugget meal which came with three nuggets, chips and a drink. Actually, come to think of it as I’m writing this, they charged us extra for the drinks and didn’t give us any which were supposed to be included in the meals! Tsk tsk!
I’m guessing Little Miss was happy as she ate two out of the three nuggets and some of her chips, which is always a good sign.
My overall ratings were as follows (the service was marked down because of the extra charges for drinks and not knowing what things are supposed to be included in the meals on their menu!):
Wait time: 3/5
Baby friendly: yes
Kori re-fresh is another place in Fairfield serving up bubble tea and I have to say that this is probably one of my faves now! They have some pretty good flavours to choose from and just taste really good.
I got the pearl milk tea as this is a flavour that’s popular and I’m sure most people have tried so you can compare it with others you’ve had in the past.
The other flavour I got was a watermelon lemon touch with lychee jellies. This was so delish and refreshing. Another thing to note is that the lychee jellies are in the shape of a star which adds a cute touch to your drink.
Wait time: 5/5
Baby friendly: no
Hot Burek is a little eatery which has been around for years. I remember it being there since my primary school days in the 90s and it’s still the same as it was back in the day.
Unfortunately if you’re travelling with a pram or stroller you’ll need help getting up the step into the store as it’s quite steep but also, what can I say?! Hands down the best donuts in Fairfield! They are light, fluffy and just plain old good – no wonder they have survived and are still around years and years later. Honestly, you’ll feel like you’re eating a heart attack from the oil but it’s soOoo worth it! I’m salivating just writing about these babies and they’re still so good heated up the next day.
Wait time: 5/5
Baby friendly: no
Franks Lebanese Restaurant is a great place for local charcoal chicken. It’s always buzzing with people no matter what time you it is.
Their chicken and chips make the perfect combo to fill you up.
They also give you a side of hot bread and you need to eat it all because it’s so good and who doesn’t love a side of bread?!
Wait time: 5/5
Baby friendly: yes
Star Patisserie hasn’t been around the area as long as some of the above places but it’s definitely one that is to try.
Their selection of cakes and sweets are aesthetically alluring and honestly, it was so hard for me to pick a handful to try (and I say handful so as not to go overboard with the sweets).
Wait time: 4/5
Baby friendly: no
I’ll leave this post here for now and do a part two otherwise I think you guys will think you’re reading a novel! I don’t want to make my blog posts too long to read and make people lose interest.
I hope you have all started your new year well after the year we had last. I’m sure some of you were grateful to be working from home instead of having to go into the office everyday as well as re-evaluating life and taking more time to spend with your loved ones.
So what did you guys get up to for new years eve? Hubby and I took the fam out to Illuminate at Fairfield Showground. Having lived here pretty much all of my life, I like to stay local and support the community. It was such a fun few hours, kicking off at 5pm and closing the fireworks at close to 10pm so the kiddos could still get home at a decent hour for some sleep. Although the rides and games area did stay on until after that time for those who wanted to stay up longer.
Now I do apologise that there aren’t any food photos in this post as I took them all on my phone. I wanted to get the word out asap on Instagram so if you’re interested in seeing what we ate, visit me @frankiieshungrytummy on IG. We had hot dogs from The Hot Dog Bite, chips on a stick from Mr Kernel, dessert from Ugly J’s Food Truck and some bubble tea.
There were quite a few places to eat at and also free rides for the kids. There was even some face painting which wasn’t limited to only the little ones. But the highlight of the day? Getting up on stage and dancing around to score free Aquatopia tickets (next to the fireworks of course)!
For those who aren’t familiar with Fairfield Showground it’s quite a big area so kids were able to utilise the grass field and run around like crazy. The stage with the entertainment was also very kid friendly, blowing mass amounts of bubbles for tots alike to chase.
As the night went on and got darker, the light show got more traction. Kids and adults were dancing around like crazy, not caring who was watching. My two year old was having a blast – she was waving her glow stick around, dancing to the music like she was at a baby rave. I can honestly say she parties harder than me.
There were even some fire blowers who definitely caught the attention of the crowd! And I have to say that the weather also wasn’t too bad. I was dreading the heat but it was actually quite cool in the spot that they chose to have the event.
When it was time for the fireworks, our lovely Mayor, Frank Carbone took to the stage with his trusty sidekick, Dai Le and counted us in. From then on it was around 20 minutes or so of gorgeous pops of colour and sound.
After that it was home time for us. Trying to get out of the car park wasn’t as much of a nightmare, which was good.
I hope you guys get to come along to the next one! I would love to hear what you did for the countdown.
New kids on the block, Secret Sender know how to create an awesome snack box of goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Their boxes are literally jam packed with everything you could ever want to stuff your face with – perfect for when you have 3:30-itis and are craving something sweet to get you through the rest of the arvo.
I was lucky enough to win the I’m Gucci box, which is fitting with my love for designer but this baby housed full sized chocolate bars (not meant for sharing) as well as snack sized chocolates – it’s your best friend for the week if you can make it last that long.
It also has your childhood faves like Skittles, Wizz Fizz Serbert, Trolli gummies and Chup a Chups, which are my fave of all time.
Secretly hiding under all of these childhood goodies are full sized bags of lollies! Sour Patch Kids and the Confectionery Company Party Mix, which are the perfect pieces for hiding in your desk drawer for a sneaky snack.
There’s also not one but TWO packs of Tim Tams slotted in there – woOoo hoOoo!!! Now if that doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will. Bite one corner off and you’re ready, set, go with your tea or coffee.
Also forgot to mention the popper. If you have kids this will be such a novelty for them. Or if you’re a big kid yourself which, let’s face it, most of us are, then you’ll feel like it’s your birthday Paris Hilton style so do yourself a favour and head on over to their website and order a box (or two or three…) for your loved one or yourself because you won’t be disappointed.
If you love high tea as much as I do, look no further than Alice in Wonderland Cupcakes for all of your high tea needs!
Their cupcakes are insanely out of this world not to mention the most prettiest things you’ve ever laid eyes on. It’s almost a shame to eat them but of course, one look and temptation takes over.
Which would you choose first?
For me, it would definitely be Snickers as it’s my fave chocolate next to Cadbury’s Marble! All of that gooey caramel and the peanuts are enough to send you into overdrive and this cupcake definitely didn’t disappoint. The icing was definitely on point and hit the spot.
The Ferrerro was the one I chose to have second as that is another chocolate which I love and can’t stop eating. This also didn’t disappoint. The only thing that did was when my toddler stole the chocolate on top.
Next in line was the Birthday Cake Batter Cupcake.
I didn’t get much of this one as it was the one my toddler claimed because she liked the look of the sprinkles and rightfully so as how cute would this one look on your high tea stand?! She obviously enjoyed it as all of the icing was gone (lucky I got my finger in and managed a lick) and only a few fallen bits of cake were left, which my nine month old quickly went in for the grab and ate.
Breaking the chain, I went for strawberry next and have to say it’s quite a refreshing flavour. It’s definitely one you need to have on your high tea stand as it is just like you see in pictures where there’s that cute cupcake with the strawberry on top.
Caramel was hubby’s favourite. He thought it reminded him of sticky date pudding and basically put the whole thing in his mouth (minus the bite I took because you know, I need to be able to write about how it tastes on my blog!) and loved every bit.
Last but not least was the Maltesers Cupcake. I don’t think a lot of people name Maltesers as one of their favourite chocolates as they seem to get forgotten about most of the time but when they’re in a dessert or milkshake it’s dead good! This one’s definitely a banger. As you can see, the icing has bits of chocolate in it, which makes it taste heavenly.
With such beautiful cupcakes, who wouldn’t want these on show when hosting your own high tea?! Plus, how good would they look on social media? When people comment you can rave on about how good they also taste but what I especially love about them is that the icing on each one is decorated differently, from a swirl to ripples to a dollop. Most places do the icing the same way and just make the toppings different so you’ve gotta give these guys some brownie points.
Sugar Whipped Cakes may not be a name you’re familiar with but once you have a taste of their desserts, you’ll never forget the name.
Hailing from Sydney’s area of Liverpool, you’ll be making time for the drive to pick up your glorious box of sweet treats if you don’t want to wait for a delivery.
I was lucky enough to be given a generous amount of samples to try and boy oh boy did I eat my heart out.
The flavours on the block which have everyone buzzing are Biscoff and Caramilk. Between Biscoff and Caramilk, it’s a bit of a war as to which one is more popular but Sugar Whipped Cakes took it to another level and created their own version of a Caramelised Biscoff flavour which, in my opinion, they nailed.
The Kinder Bueno is another fave. I personally prefer Buenos to Kinder Surprises so it wasn’t questionable as to why I had an affinity to this flavour. It is definitely a chocolate lovers dream.
The Fairy Floss Swirl was one of my absolute faves as for those who have been following me for awhile would know that fairy floss is one of my most favoured things in the world. I also love the colours used with this one, making it an absolute stand out! Insert heart eyes here ______.
The Cookies n Cream flavour is another which will knock your socks off. The use of Oreos in the cupcake itself make it super tasty and is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser every time.
One thing I have failed to mention is that the icing on these cupcakes are so light and delicious, such a perfect match for the cupcakes themselves. But there is also a little surprise! Hiding under the icing is a dollop of flavour in the middle before you hit that cupcake – amazing!!! It’s just a little thing to add that something something.
Moving onto their signature Biscoff cake, which has layer upon layer of Biscoff goodness. From the outside you wonder how many layers it has and once you slice that baby open, you’re graced with five layers of moist sponge held together with Biscoff cream, not to mention the top being decorated nicely with those addictive biscuits.
So there you have it. If I haven’t persuaded you to go and order from Sugar Whipped Cakes then I’ve failed as a food blogger.
When you think of amazing cookies what brand comes to your mind first? For me, it’s Crumbs.
Having won an Instagram competition to celebrate 500 followers, Crumbs. literally are newbies on the scene but not to the wonderful world of baking sweet treats and making you want more. Clearly, the world is yet to discover them but that’s what I’m here for, to let you all know.
With being able to try all of their cookie flavours, I was eating cookie after cookie after cookie and not feeling guilty about it because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to try every single flavour of something you love to eat?!
Being the lovely person that I am, I let my hubby and mum try some without feeling too bitter about having to share but it was when they wanted more that the claws came out because let’s be truthful – I’m not one to share my dessert. If I had my way I wouldn’t have posted about them on Instagram and hidden away the evidence in a dark place where only I could find that special box housing these cookies but that wouldn’t be fair on the guys working behind the scenes to bake such delicious treats.
In any event, what I’m trying to say is these guys make a knock out cookie if I’ve ever tasted one and the fact that my family were asking for more means I’m not being biased just because I won and having to pick a favourite flavour just isn’t a thing because they’re all so on par with each other, I just can’t pick.
Let’s start with the Caramilk flavour because apart from Biscoff this is another trending flavour in the dessert world at the moment. This flavour definitely gives you the best of both worlds with white choc and caramel and this cookie does just that.
Macadamia and Milky Bar is the cookie flavour I always choose when I go to subway and this is giving them a run for their money. Being twice as soft and with bigger chunks, I definitely choose this over Subway.
S’mores is a flavour that has only really gained traction in Australia recently having been such a big thing in the US for years. It’s a flavour which I absolutely love but is super hard to make yourself here as we don’t have Graham crackers and substitutes just won’t do because there’s nothing even remotely similar on our shelves but Crumbs. have nailed it with this one.
The Sugar Cookie… Now this is the one that got away (but not completely). My toddler got her little hands on this one and took a bite before I did which made me see red but I kept my cool and traded her for a lollipop after five minutes of bartering.
If you’re a fan of that caramel and nougat bar, this is definitely one for you. I love how this one gives a bit of a chewy consistency to the cookie.
Who doesn’t love a classic Dairy Milk?! You definitely can’t go wrong with this one. It’s plain and simple but still delish!
Total 90s vibes with this one! I remember getting Caramellos in my lunch box and being so excited. Definitely not one to miss out on.
Which ones will you choose? Would love to know if you get to try any of these bad boys. I’m definitively getting another order in soon!
Fairfield City Council are constantly looking for ways in which to get the local community out and about and supporting local businesses.
This year, Culinary Carnivals main focus was to help small businesses recover from what happened during COVID. It was full of food, entertainment and fun for the whole family.
Participating local businesses were mapped out on the Fairfield City Council website and were also giving out samples of food and drink for people to try. There was cultural entertainment, balloon twisting, workshops, face painting and rides for the kids and even a pop up from Wise Employment helping to encourage those with a disability to talk to experts about getting into the workplace.
As soon as you walk out of the Station you have Mykababayan Filipino who were handing out samples of their beef caldereta which is a tomato based beef stew, perfect for the cold weather. Their store specialises in Filipino cuisine and groceries so if you’re looking for somewhere low key to have your first taste then this is the place for you.
On Civic Arcade you can find Baraka Bakery who were giving out samples of their Iraqi bread called Samoon. They specialise in Iraqi breads and sweets.
On Barbara Street you can find Bondeno Cafe who gave out samples of their cevapi and ajvar which is a capsicum relish. These guys specialise in Bosnian food but also have a regular breakfast and lunch menu.
There was also some cultural dancing and kids activities in the old Bing Lee store. The Capoeira Topazio Team put on an amazing, crowd gathering show! We have followed these guys for awhile now and they are a super friendly bunch so it was nice to see them perform in the area.
The Mayor, Frank Carbone also came along to welcome everyone and outlined the day ahead. There were also some showbags given out containing a bag of Lebanese bread and a bread brochure outlining the different types of bread.
Away from the main strip you can find a cake store called Gateaux Di Roi who make amazing cakes and desserts. The owner, Ashoor, is one who is always hard at work creating delicious treats for his customers.
Also veering towards the other side of the main strip is Tasic Hot Burek, which is a European store that has been around for years. Their deep fried donuts are amazing and a must try!
La Torre Cake Shop is another one that has been around since I can remember and have the best caramel out. They use it in their Caramel Rolls and Chilenitos as well as having it as a sauce on the side to either eat by itself or use as a dipping sauce.
Frank’s Lebanese Restaurant is over on Smart Street and is always jam packed no matter what time you visit. They are the leaders of charcoal chicken and chips in the area.
Star Sweet Patisserie is also up a bit further on Smart Street and first opened their doors to Fairfield in August of 2019 and have been going strong ever since. Their desserts and cakes definitely make it hard to make a decision when only picking one.
Closer to the end of station you can find Green Peppercorn, which is located inside Fairfield Hotel. This too has become one of Fairfield’s star attractions and brings in crowds from all different suburbs.
Ritz Cafe is also another eatery that has been around since I can remember. It’s located in Civic Plaza on Ware Street.
Fairfield Fruitland is another establishment going strong over the years and they were giving out pieces of watermelon.
Baalbek Bakery was also a participating business and were the ones who supplied the Lebanese bread in the showbags.
I have to say that Culinary Carnival 2021 was a hit. There were big crowds and people were coming in to help celebrate small businesses getting back into action. Thank you to Fairfield City Council for organising another family fun filled event and I’m looking forward to seeing what they have going next year.