Saturday, October 27, 2012

MasterChef Billy's Halloween Dessert Degustation

When Jenny asked if I was interested to go for Billy's Halloween Dessert Degustation, I was surprised at how quickly I said yes. I transferred the amount required to her and two spots to the event were booked. With limited seats and in collaboration with two other food bloggers, Karen Low and Phuoc Huynh, I did not need to think twice!

We shared a cab to Studio Neon in Waterloo. Other guests started arriving in their own Halloween costumes. Some really bothered dressing up.

First thing, grab ourselves a drink. After trying all the drinks offered, we settled for a Scarecrow Mojito, which was a mixture of Bacardi with a dash of lime juice, thyme leaves and pumpkin puree.

Although it was handy to have these placed right in front of us, it was also very dangerous - we kept popping one or two into our mouths!

And then, the dessert feast began! The six-course of four sweets and two savouries started with petit fours of pineapple marshmallows, balsamic vinegar strawberry pate de fruit, and black sesame & charcoal powder macaron with pumpkin and Fromage blue cheese filling. The combination of blue cheese was a little strange but was not hard to accept.

This was followed by Phuoc's deconstructed apple crumble, which I really enjoyed. Perhaps it was due to the apple and green tea sorbet and the popping candy mixed with the crumble...

When I heard the word 'moscato', I did not bother listening to what else was in the tube. I know there was a lychee in it but whatever else there was... nah, it's moscato so all's good.

Then it was Karen's turn to plate up. Her dish of chocolate parfait with fisherman's friend chocolate dirt had everything a chocolate lover would want. I looked at Jenny and said, "I am not going to have chocolate for at least a month".

Frankly speaking, I was full by the time the Mexican smoked pulled pork and Asian style chilli and soy lamb ribs with the sides of balsamic braised red cabbage and cauliflower puree were served. I did not have much of them but the puree was smooth and had just the right flavour.

The pumpkin soup with red pepper oil pork crackles on the side had both of us sold. Oh my goodness, this was orgasmic!

The grand finale was the Snow White. Billy had this white ostrich egg looking thing placed in front of us. We watched the thing melt (some more gracefully than others) as hot raspberry coulis was poured over it.

We little red devils really enjoyed ourselves! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Happy Children's Day!

I remember my children's day celebrations from back in primary school. I remember them quite well and with photographs to record those happy times, those memories are even more vivid. How can I not remember days when all classes were cancelled to enjoy lots of unhealthy snacks and much water balloon fights?

It is hard to imagine that such a carefree and joyous day has a hard beginning. Celebrated on various dates in many places around the world, Children's Day was established in 1954 to protect children from working long hours in dangerous circumstances and to allow all children access to an education.

This year at Honey Bee, we celebrated Children's Day in purple. Instead of the brown paper bags we used previously, we opted for purple recycle bags. Don't you think they provide a striking contrast to our signature yellow walls?

This year, one parent generously offered the children some special balloons, which some of our creative teachers used to funkily decorate our environment. Parents and children alike were fascinated!

Year and year again, we are bowled over by the enthusiasm, generosity and dedication of some of our parents. We had a wide variety of food, many of which were homemade by the parents. We also had lots to put into the goody bags for the children to bring home.

The teachers and carers enjoyed themselves very much, too, and we thank every parent for helping make this year's Children's Day celebration a huge success. The children were extremely happy with their goody bags and could not wait to share their 'haul' with their parents and siblings!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

2012 Australian International Motor Show

For the first time in my life, I visited a motor show and it was the Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) here in Sydney. I paid only $14 for my ticket because of my full-time student status. Haha, yes, a poor uni student went to see some expensive machines.

It was packed with people both inside the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and outside on Darling Harbour, as there was a Macau Festival happening over at Tumbalong Park. Thank goodness the weather forecast for today was not accurate, as although skies were grey, it did not rain.

Now, let the photos do the talking...

On the door ticket prices:
Adult: $22.00
Concession: $16.50*
Children: $11.00 (under 16), Free (under 5)
Family: $49.50**

E-ticket prices:
Adult: $20.00
Concession: $15.00*
Children: $10.00 (under 16), Free (under 5)
Family: $45.00**

All prices inclusive of GST.

* Concession prices only apply to Companion Card Holders, Pensioner Concession Cardholders, HealthCare Card Holders, Seniors Card Holders (State Government issued cards only) and Full Time Students. Identification must be produced at time of purchase and on request upon entry.

** Admits 2 adults and 3 children (Under 16)

Opening hours:
Friday (19 October) - Saturday (20 October): 10:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday (21 October) - Wednesday (24 October): 10:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday (25 October) - Saturday (27 October): 10:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday (28 October): 10:00am - 6:00pm