Archive | November, 2011

Restaurant Review: Smile Yogurt & Dessert Bar, Tsim Sha Tsui

27 Nov

Finally my first review on Hong Kong’s restaurant! I have been longing to go to Smile Yogurt & Dessert Bar for a long time, because my friends have been talking about it and there are many reviews on the web too.

Banana Split (HKD$48)

I didn’t take a photo of it, so I had to take the photo from their official website. The actual product looks pretty similar to the photo shown, nicely presented. The portion is pretty huge, especially when it’s an after-dinner dessert, so I shared one with my friend.

Well, I have to say I was a bit disappointed, not that it’s not good, it’s just that the frozen yogurt doesn’t fit my taste and maybe we have chosen the wrong combination. The frozen yogurt is too sour, especially when I eat it with the fruit salad. My friend likes their frozen yogurt, but she said The Garden tastes better than Banana Split.

If you like frozen yogurt that is slightly more sour, then Smile’s yogurt might be something you want to try.

Environment: N/A (They actually have a few seats inside the store, most people just hold their frozen yogurt and eat outside. However, there isn’t any seats nearby or inside the shopping centre, not the best place to enjoy your dessert)

Service: 8/10 (Pretty friendly)

Food: 7.5/10  (Too sour for me, and I didn’t like the combination I tried, especially the fruit salad)

Overall: I didn’t really like the frozen yogurt, it’s a bit too sour for me, especially with the fruit salad. My friend likes their frozen yogurt though. I guess I might try another combination with chocolate.

Address: Unit G15A, G/F, K11, 18 Hanoi road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Official website: www.smile-yogurt.com/

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Snack Review: Kraft’s Vegemite Cheesybite

20 Nov

Vegemite Cheesybite

So I’m finally back in Hong Kong for holiday, and opened my jar of Vegemite Cheesybite I bought earlier. Well, I have to say I like the original Vegemite more. When I first opened the jar, the Vegemite Cheesybite looks like chocolate mousse, which seems to look better than original one. However, I didn’t really like the taste, because it’s just a mild version of the original Vegemite and you cannot taste the cream cheese or any cheesy flavour at all. I asked my dad for his opinion too, he said exactly the same thing as I did, we both prefer the original Vegemite much more. Of course, my mom didn’t like it as usual, and she kept saying it’s still the same Vegemite flavour.

If you love the original Vegemite, I don’t think you would like this Vegemite Cheesybite. However, if you have never tried Vegemite before or you don’t like the original one, you might wanna try this one, as the flavour is more mild and the colour looks better.

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi Beach

16 Nov

I first heard of this annual event at one of my lectures; the lecturer was explaining how to organize an event, and how a local event become a popular annual event, and he used the Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi as an example. Since then, I have been looking forward to this event.

In fact, I went to Bondi Beach 2 weeks ago, however my friends were not so interested in the sculptures, and so I only got to see around 10 of them. As a result, I decided to come back myself to enjoy all the art work! The weather was so good, enjoying the sea breeze under a hot day. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was getting tanned, I just easily get sunburnt! I didn’t take a lot of photos and I don’t remember what their names are, but please enjoy the photos!

Sea breeze

Love the contrast between red (nail) and blue (sky)!

A red nail on the rock

One of the popular ones there! A skeleton overlooking Bondi Beach!

Skeleton over looking Bondi!

Another very popular one and one of my favourite! Huge water tap on the grass! How cool is that!

Water tap!

Love how this artwork is placed. It looks as if the man is looking at the sea from his window at home, with his pet sitting right next to him.

One of my favourite! At first I didn’t realize it was one of the sculptures, luckily I heard people talking about it. By the way, when you walk down the stairs, there isn’t anything else to see though.

Funny sign!

Old man and woman with toads

For some reasons, I really like the nails lying on the sand.

Nails on sand

I remember this sculpture has a really cute name!

Do you want to watch this old-fashioned TV or the sea view?!

Old style T

Or do you want to play golf?!

Golf course by the sea

I guess this Xmas reindeer is definitely feeling the heat!

Reindeer

I nearly missed out this one, didn’t really notice it. It would be perfect if this was really my home. Best sea view!

Perfect home!

Italian Coca Cola

A submarine or a shark?!

Shark submarine

Huge wine bottle

One of the popular ones. You will see a lot of people trying to imitate them.

Watch out! Lions at Bondi!

Beware! Lions!

I stopped at San Churro’s before I took the bus back to Bondi Junction. The chocolate hazelnut was very delicious and rich, but it was melting and the staff didn’t pour the drink into the cup properly, so I ended up having chocolate on my white T-shirt…

San Churro's Chocolate Hazelnut

Definitely enjoyable to look at those sculptures! However, it is really crowded even though I was there on Tuesday afternoon. Anyway, do check it out, still a few days to go until 20th November 2011.

Official website: http://www.sculpturebythesea.com/exhibitions/bondi.aspx

Review: Yes to Carrots, Daily Cream Facial Cleanser

11 Nov

It’s my first time using Yes to Carrots’ products. I saw a lot of people saying good things about their products, saying their products are mostly natural and the effects are good. I was running out of facial cleanser, and couldn’t get the one I was using in Australia, so I decided to get their facial cleanser and give it try.

Yes to Carrots Daily Cream Facial Cleanser

Yes to Carrots’ Daily Cream Facial Cleanser (AUD$11.99)

Description: Smooth, richly creamy and decadent no, we’re not talking about chocolate!– the Yes To Carrots Cream Cleanser gently cleanses and nourishes your beautiful skin. 96% natural and made with organic carrots, aloe vera and shea butter, it is the “cream” of the crop in facial cleansing luxury. So go on, go decadent, you deserve it!

The Yes To company has different brands, and I think the Yes to Carrots fit my skin the best, because my skin occasionally gets a bit dry, so I want something more moisturizing. I think the product is doing a good job keeping my skin hydrated after each usage and refreshed, but other than that, the product doesn’t do anything else. Well, I think it’s good enough, because that’s what it claims to do. I’m used to using foaming facial cleanser, and was expecting foams when I first used it; but I completely forgot it’s a creamy facial cleanser. After using for nearly 2 months, I actually like the creamy texture.

Not sure if I’m going to repurchase it or not, I might want to try out new products. Anyway, two points to note though when you buy the product. It’s more expensive to get it in Australia. According to the company’s official website, it’s only USD7.99, so it’s so much cheaper in the US. Another thing is, remember to compare prices before you get them in Australia, the prices vary greatly, I found it really expensive at Coles.

Restaurant Review: Paris Seafood Cafe, La Perouse

6 Nov

Fish and chips@Paris Seafood Cafe

Special Meal: 1 fillet of fish and chips with salad (AUD$12.5)

My friend has been raving about their fish and chips for a long time, and said that they are the best fish and chips ever. She is leaving Sydney tonight, so we decided to go there for a try. We had a really long bus ride, because we first went to Bondi Beach in the morning. Oh, we had really delicious Butterscotch Gelato at Papa Giovanni there. Anyway, back to Paris Seafood Cafe. It was my first time at La Perouse, it is a pretty nice place, the beach was crowded with kids. I will definitely revisit when the weather is good.

As for the fish and chips, well I won’t say it’s the best fish and chips ever. It’s very good, especially the portion is pretty big and the price is reasonable. I couldn’t even finish my salad. If you don’t like deep-fried batter, then Paris Seafood Cafe is the place for you. Their fish is still crispy, but you are not eating too much batter. However, I didn’t like their chips very much, a bit too thin and over-fried. The garden salad was okay, would be better if it had more dressings and a pinch of salt and pepper. If you like tartare sauce, ask the staff for it, they will give you a whole bottle of tartare sauce. It is not the best tartare sauce, but you don’t need to pay extra money for the sauce and can have as much as you like.

My other 2 places for fish and chips must be Bondi Surf Seafood at Bondi Beach (http://www.bondisurfseafood.com.au/) and Quay Seafood at Circular Quay. I like to order their lunch special for 2 at Bondi Surf Seafood to share with my friend, and I love their chips with chicken salt! You can also try their deep-fried Mars Bar there too! Quay Seafood does really good fish and chips too, don’t forget to try their octopus salad!

Environment: 8/10 (Love to sit outside under the sun, not super comfy though)

Service: 8.5/10 (Pretty helpful and nice)

Food: 8/10 (Large portion at reasonable price)

Overall: Can’t say it’s the best fish and chips ever, but they are good. The location is a bit far away, but the area is really nice. Their chips and salad need a little bit of improvement though.

Address: 51 Endeavour Ave, La Perouse, NSW 2036