I don’t have many recommendations for Sydney, we ate a lot of good food but a lot of it was grab and go food, there was lots of getting food we could go and sit and eat outside… there are just too many good settings.

We were also trying to save some cash… Sydney is expensive and the exchange rate was killing us at this point!

One spot I do have to tell you about is Chish and Fips in Coogee, I loved this place and the food was amazing.

It’s on the grassy area overlooking Coogee Beach…


They do awesome coffee too, from this Italian car like machine.

For a little hut the menu was amazing, so much choice for fish and salads and dressings… 

I mean how many local fish and chips shops here have salads like these…

We went with a fish fillet burger – no batter. It was so good, I had all but forgotten it though and this is a great idea for a weekend lunch or quick dinner.

A wholemeal bun filled with salad and a yogurt sauce and freshly grilled fish all by the beach. Delicious.

Chish and Fips – Coogee Beach

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Phew, it’s Thursday already? How did they happen? With my rammed up exercise regime (summer is coming) and decorating and moving rooms around at home plus a busy week at work my blogging has suffered.

Poor blog, it’s always the first thing to go.

But anyway back to Australia! And Brisbane was our first stop a city I loved, and so many great places to eat.

This restaurant is a great idea, and we so need this in Bristol. I would go there a lot that’s for sure.

It is all about the dumplings.

 They do serve a few other things as well…

But really all you need is this… grilled…

 

Or poached. We got several plates of different gyoza, from duck to prawn and vegetable they even had a special Christmas flavour (we were there in December).
 

We sat at the counter and you can see all the chefs cooking up the tasty little treats.

 
So where is the best place to get gyoza in Bristol? And who wants to open a restaurant like this? So easy, so tasty, so cheap and can be very healthy.

Near my office would be good. Thanks.

Harajuku Gyoza

 

Cabbages and condoms is a bit of an institution in Bangkok, several people told me I must go and when I arrived Adam had already been with Jack once and was keen to go again.

The strange name is explained…

Here are the cabbages.

The strange thing about this place is the many ‘sculptures’ made from condoms… they are all through the entrance and make it smell of rubber a little. Nice.

Hi Santa.

Who knew you could make a wedding dress from condoms.

Even the lights didn’t escape.

Also lots of safe sex advice on the walls.

So basically to explain the name the restaurant is part of a non-profit organisation that promotes safe sex and family planning in Thailand. These kind of charities are massively important in countries where contraception is not widely used.

You can read more here

Once you are inside the restaurant opens up into a beautiful courtyard, and is huge with many rooms going up and around here as well.

There was traditional Thai music played while we ate.

The food is the reason most people visit, and they do make great (Thai) food. I have nothing more to say than that really… go!

We all ordered Tom Yum soup which came in a huge vat and was served to us at the table into smaller bowls.

I ordered a big pile of dim sum as well, I ordered it as much as I could in Thailand. Again it’s something you can’t really get in Bristol (I don’t know where to look really)

The classic Papaya Salad.

Masaman Beef curry. This really was a dinner of classics, nothing exciting here.

Of course we had to try the Pad Thai, always good.

We also got some stir fried vegetables. There were three of us and we ordered way too much food but it’s such good value here you really have to dive in.

And still the dishes kept coming, this was stir fried beef with chilli and vegetables.

And we ended with the favourite dessert of all time (from my Husband) mango and sticky rice. I really should learn how to make this.

 

So when in Bangkok you really should visit Cabbages and Condoms, give some money to charity have a great dinner and enjoy the fun restaurant.

And yes they really do give out tons of condoms!

Cabbages and Condoms

One of my favourite things about Bangkok was the food, the sheer number and range of places to eat from tiny carts on the side of the street to rooftop restaurants and even mall food is good here.

A very popular spot that our friend Jack took us to was After You, I mean it was a week night at about 10pm when we went and it was rammed. It was full of young Thai’s on dates and in groups. Such a nice hang out spot.

Jack advised that it was all about the Shibuya Toast, and literally freaked when we tried to order one each. We found out why when it arrived.

They also do the normal Thai thing of bringing a sweet tea when you arrive. Love that.

The huge number of desserts had me stumped. So many to choose from, and they all were so different to what we get here. I wanted to try so many.

In the end I managed to make a decision, we also ordered iced teas.

So this is the toast. Do you see that? Coma inducing toast.

Seriously after this the boys ended up crashing hard, it was insane, the sugar sweats and then food coma.

I was more sensible and ordered a strawberry iced tea…

And a green tea layer cake. Beautiful cake. So light and can you see those tiny layer? No idea how that can be done.

YOu really MUST go to After You if you visit Bangkok, it’s really easy to find in the Thong Lor district (uber trendy lively area)

Also would love to know has anyone tried Shibuya toast?

We hit Bangkok! Our last stop in Thailand, we spent 5 days here and you can read about our time here

One of my stand out memories was going to the club that you must visit when in Bangkok, it’s the one all my friends play when they come here, the hot spot I guess. Unfortunately no-one I knew was playing when I was there, I missed Die by a week… so annoying!

So the music wasn’t for us, but the DJ did play a Rhianna track so I was happy for all of 3 minutes and we had fun getting drunk with our friend Jack who lives in the city.

So on our way home we had to stop for some late night snacks, Jack said this mexican was a late night favourite, and I am always happy to eat Mexican food.

The place is in a square of full on neon.

I love places with tick-box menus. SO organised.

Chip me up.

I was drunk so it may not be the best Mexican, and you are in Thailand so you could go for late night street food but I loved the tacky neon… go visit after Bed; Sunrise Tacos

This is what we need at home, I know Bristol is a small city but there is no where good to eat after 11. NO where!

Correct me if I am wrong.

Night Market in Hua Hin

April 19, 2012

This is my last post from Hua Hin before we move on to Bangkok, our last stop in Thailand!

I must apologise for a couple of days of silence, with a very busy few days at work and out of work I just haven’t had a chance to post let alone write.

So anyway my last recommendation for Hua Hin is to check out the many night markets, we went very hungry which is more than necessary to the biggest which is near the mall and sells food as well as having more permanent stalls selling clothes, make up, motorbikes (really) and sadly also a pet store which was horrendous, poor dogs in tiny cages made me cry. Avoid!

But the food stalls were amazing we started at the front and walked around once before walking back around and trying little bits from as many stalls as possible.

The only way to eat at a market.

One thing I did refuse was bugs… I am just not into bugs, I definitely don’t feel the need to eat them.

There were so many BBQ stalls, this chicken was pretty amazing, sticky and sweet. One tip bring wet wipes with you.

Dim sum, you gotta get the dim sum. It looks crazy weird and colourful but it great.

And spring rolls, deep-fried. Not much health food available here but oh these were so good, served with sticky chilli sauce. Amazing.

My husband had to get squid, I couldn’t handle it as it came whole. I am a wimp about that stuff.

And our last dish which finished us off was called fried green stuff. Serious. It was okay but definitely not good for you. We didn’t finish it.

I even had a beer. It was actually pretty good, one of those occasions that calls for beer not anything else. I never drink the stuff… I don’t think I could finish it though.

You must visit markets and eat street food in Thailand, if I can do it little Miss squeamish then anyone can find something they want to eat.

Hua Hin Vineyard

April 13, 2012

One of the best discovers in Hua Hin was a wine bar in a mall, not anywhere near as bad as it sounds, actually very nice. We drank delicious white wine and ate beautiful snacks.

Then we find out it’s a wine bar attached to a whole vineyard.

That you can go to, and drink more wine. To say I was a happy girl is an understatement.

 You can book a tour through a lots of hotels in the city but we booked it directly through the vineyard. You get picked up from the wine bar and brought back again after 3 hours.

Seeing a vineyard in such a tropical climate is kind of strange, the colours were slightly brighter. It’s an amazing view, all hazy.

You can ride around the vineyard on jeeps, bikes or elephants.

And as well as selling wine from Australia they also make their own.

We order a tasting menu, with the matching wines.

Our first bite was chilled crab meat with walnuts, green apple, tomato, Italian basil, celery, red radish, mint leaf, Thai sweet basil, apple guava vinaigrette.

It was fresh and delicious. And I have to say the wine is good, it’s not the best wine I have ever had (I’ll save that honour for New Zealand and California legs) but it was really nice and considering wine is fairly new to Thailand I was surprised to even find a vineyard.

Apparently there are only 7 in the country.

Then a rose with fresh goat cheese, grapes, peppercorns, vanilla vinaigrette, sweet Thai basil and parsley. My favourite.

Then a really good Shiraz with some duck. Perfect.

It was smoked duck breast on a crispy wonton; smoked duck breast, tamarind sauce, carrot, green mango, lettuce, chilli lime, vinaigrette crispy wonton.

The duck was pretty amazing. I was sorry to share this one.

The view just got hazier as the afternoon went on, it was dreamy.
 

I blame the goats cheese being so good, we had to order the cheese platter as we still had wine to drink. It was okay but the cheddar and the blue were a bit too cold and not very good. The brie was French and delicious though, and we were being greedy. Those grapes are grown on the vineyard. Delicious.

 
This vineyard is very well organised and sell a mountain of products other than wine, form jams and chutneys to by-products of the wine. Great idea, nothing is wasted and every bit of the land is being used to generate more income.

We found out while we were here that the company is owned by the son of the founder of Red Bull, which explains a lot.

The beautiful open restaurant looks out over the vineyard.

I highly recommend a visit to Hua Hin Vineyard, go on the afternoon bus and have some lunch, maybe ride an elephant around too!