Day -1

I can’t believe I am finally leaving tomorrow.

I am writing this as I am waiting for my last shift at work to finish…I have said good bye to some of the long time methadone and suboxone patients.. it’s surreal. I am going to miss this side job I had…

My permanent weekend side job stuck with me through the thick and the thin…through the uncertainty and unknown. It’s been the source of comfort and a stable income for once. I think this was my first permanent job. Not a short contract, casual, or intern and I got to say I have loved working for this company and this would be a company I would come back to work for again. I worked there as a student …I worked there as a pharmacist…and hopefully I can come back as a full time clinical pharmacy staff in the future. But who knows what working in Melbourne is like.

I’ve been doing small last catchups before I leave…eating out everyday…it’s sad. it’s a good bye but not a forever farewell. Home is always where my family is and I will come home …when I can. With the Coronavirus raging on in Melbourne (where I am going)…It means that I will be banned from coming back to my hometown in Adelaide..unless I am an essential worker.. This might mean the only way I can come back is to find a job back in Adelaide as an essential worker.

I played my last game of badminton in Adelaide yesterday night..boy did it feel good. I am gonna miss it :(.

Have to try seeing if all my luggage will fit in my tiny car when I get home today. wish me luck. 🙂

P.S I have recorded one last podcast that I will be uploading soon..about cars of all things!

Being able to Eat out again

Don’t mean to brag or anything, but in South Australia, as I have mentioned before, things are almost back to normal. For the first time since forever, I dined in at an actual restaurant and had table service and all! The food was the best I have had this year, hands down. Maybe, it’s because all I have been having is takeaway and food court style foods…it’s the small things in life you didn’t know you will miss until it’s gone.

Shopping centres are open once again and it was filled to the brim with people. Sure, there was still reminders to social distance in the shops and on escalators. But it is hard to do when there is soo many people around. We still aren’t allowed to dine in at the food courts, so they have banned people from sitting on the tables and chairs, however there were groups of people sitting and eating on the floor….I think that’s even more unhygienic…but yeah.. lol… Who would imagined that Australians would be sitting on the floor of a food court eating?!?!

As there is still a limit to how many people can dine in at a restaurant, my friends and I put our name and number down at the restaurant we wanted to go to and walked around the shopping centre until they called us to say the table was ready.

Felt like a century ago since we were able to meet up, eat together, and shop together.

Super grateful.

Home style Pumpkin Soup

Ever since I was little, I’ve been addicted to pumpkin soup and I am not even sure why. Might be the salt in it…for some reason I am addicted to salty foods! At work, my colleague and I have a soup each day, with the exception of one day last week in which our kettle stopped working and also took half the pharmacy’s electricity along with it.

I’ve always just loved pumkin soup and whenever it was on sale and when it wasn’t-( esp during the Covid-19 stockpiling saga) I would always have enough soup on hand in my locker at work and in the kitchen in my corner to last me for days. I’ve tried other flavours of soup, but nothing really tasted as good as I thought pumpkin soup tasted. I tried chicken noodle curry, mush room, ham and pea, I just didn’t like the artificial taste in these other flavours. That’s until one day I swapped a pumpkin for my colleague’s DUTCH CURRY. Now every time I have an instant pumkin soup, I am craving a Dutch Curry. I am not sure how to describe a Dutch curry and I’ve never tried the real thing, but it really hits the spot you know?! It’s a little spicy, but not too spicy..and it has rice and peas in it! Just enough to allow me to last till lunch time. It’s super cold in Adelaide these days… hot soup is the best!

Suddenly I am no longer buying my pumpkin soup, but Dutch Curry.

I have changed so much this year. What’s happening to me?!!?

New Zealand: Food!

Hi All!

I am back!! After some initial sickness post travels and adjustment needed for time difference…I am almost back to normal… Back to work already :(…saving up for that next holiday.. HAHA

I have decided to split my post about New Zealand into separate posts! Today’s post will be about the food I ate in NZ…! The next one is probably going to be places I went to…and  the third about the activities I did while there… I hope you enjoy this short mini-adventure series…since I don’t go on as many travels since I started working 😦 #sadlife. #worklife

It was great to get away from work and to destress…soak in the views…and eat some really yummy foods!! My friend and I aren’t foodies…but we do love getting recommendations from locals and from people who have been to Queenstown NZ before.

Our first proper meal in Queenstown was a Japanese restaurant called Tanoshi..and it was a teppanyaki-style restaurant…A little on the more expensive side, but it was really tasty. Surprisingly there were quite a few Japanese restaurants in Queenstown city as it is a popular place for Japanese Tourists.

From left to right: The sashimi was really nice and soft in comparison to Australias…The Cheese potato pancake was a first for me…so yummy! The Japanese pancake was really yummy and cooked just right. The last dish on the right is lightly fried scallops with wasabi sauce…also really really yummy.

Underneath that is some Vadu and Larder cafe…in which I got a pulled pork burger with fries and a matcha latte…while my friend got a salad with a Tumeric latte.

There was a french restaurant that had lots of icecreams and chocolates…I got a vanilla bean popsicle and opted to have it coated in dark chocolate…so yummy..while my friend got their raspberry sorbet in which had won a few awards.

The next meal with the pasta and the pizza..was at ‘THE COW’, which was recommended by one of our tour guides in Glenorchy as a good place for Italian food. She recommended that we MUST order the garlic bread (which I forgot to save a photo of) and you will know why when you order it…it is very unique. I will let you go and try it yourself to find out why! At first, we were just going to order a vegetable pizza (The just wrote it would be any vegetables they had on hand)…but then we saw that they do half-size pasta and we ordered the half-size seafood pasta…and I am so glad we did! The pasta was the favourite of the day! It was so yummy and light…with fresh seafood. The vegetable pizza was interesting! It had lots of vegetables as promised…mushroom, tomato, celery, zucchini…but I personally ain’t a fan of celery…especially not on a pizza!

Here’s a photo from our trip in Arrowtown of the ‘Flat white’ I ordered… I am sure I ordered a latte…but I think I got a flat white instead??? It was more bitter and did not have as much froth as I would have liked…but maybe it was because I asked for soymilk.

Like I said before, NZ seems to have a lot of Japanese Restaurants and to my excitement, they were just opening up a new GreenTea Dessert Place called Tsujiri…which is a well known Greentea company in Kyoto, Japan…which has branches around the world… Their tea is really nice! I have tried it before from Kyoto. It is a bit on the dearer side for tea, but it is really good stuff. I had a Matcha Shaved ice with Matcha Softserve and shiratama. The soft serve was delicious, not too sweet, bitter but that’s the way I like it. My friend ordered the matcha crepe…and it was probably the best matcha crepe I have had! Really recommend trying this in Queenstown -or wherever there is a branch :P!

Back in Arrowtown, this is the bakery that is well known in this area…They have an assortment of different pies on sale..including a butter chicken pie! Unfortunately, I was quite full from our brunch and only bought a vegetable Calzone (No photo sorry) and an Apple Strudel (which I didn’t really like because it had sultanas-which I am not a fan of). My friend bought a cinnamon scroll..it looked delicious …but I didn’t get to try 😦

 

Last but not least, We splurged on one of the dinners using the deal on 1st table..which allows us to book an early table ($10 booking fee) and get half-price off the final bill. This dinner was really worth it..as we really wanted a taste of what seemed like ‘Typical New Zealand food’. This three-course meal was normally $60 per person, but thanks to the deal we only paid $35 per person. After the first two dishes came out…firstly a soup..then some damper (I think) and some salmon..on the plate with the salmon..it actually isn’t caviar or salmon on there! I think it was some sort of jelly that was made to look like it and some cooked watermelon…very smart! The ‘Final course’ was actually four dishes which surprised both my friend and I..as we were expecting maybe one dish to share. This is where I fell in love with the Kamara Potatoe…These were the best potatoes I have ever eaten…so crispy…so delicious. The lamb in this meal was so splendid and beautiful…melt in your mouth special! With the dish in which I think they are rice balls (?)..that was quite nice too…but the roasted vegetables underneath them were a little bit too dry for me. ALSO I must rave about the chocolate covered broccolini…who would of thought dark chocolate and vegetables would mix SO WELL? So yummy…I am thinking of imitating this at home…so nice….

Those last two photos of snacks that tasted good in NZ are their chips…Made from NZ potatoes! SO tasty…And also in the centre of Queenstown and literally also in every store that sells food…is COOKIE TIME. We went to the actual store..and yeah it’s super busy….and you can get lots of freshly baked cookies there! It is quite yummy…but it makes. a big difference when you buy the fresh ones from the store 🙂 I bought some back as a souvenir for my Aussie friends and family.

Other recommendation:

-At top of Skyline Gondola- The cafe there is pretty nice…I had a mixed berry crepe there…quite nice! My friend bought some Tip Top Icecream up there..it was quite generous for the amount they give you…I think it is an NZ brand of ice cream.

-Ferd burger, Ferd Bakery, and Ferd Ice cream. They are all in a line next to each other..and you can’t miss it…there’s always a line outside Ferg Burger. To be honest, the burger doesn’t look that awesome on the outside…hence no photos posted…but it tasted really nice! I got the lamb, but my friend got Venison…but yeah I preferred mine more…Would I get it twice? Probably not…the line up was about half an hour…then we waited an extra half an hour because they forgot my friend’s order…really bad service…and I guess average food…but …it is quite cheap in comparison to the other places we ate at I guess!! Worth trying…but make sure you ask where your order if you suddenly see other people’s numbers going before you.  They have the feeling of being a fast-food restaurant with no service…but yeah charging more and slowish service…

I think that is mostly what I ate out! If I didn’t take a photo or mention it here…it probably wasn’t worth mentioning! I had a great time eating delicious foods while here… 🙂

Look out for the next blog about activities I did in NZ…

 

Thanks for reading and supporting this blog as always :))!!