I AM FOODIE – ramblings of a foodie

Alright, I’m getting back into the swing of blogging. This is my serious but absolutely sarcastic look on how I got drawn into the FOODIE scene.

Hate it or like it, I put this together for fun and it makes me chuckle a little each time I watch it.

Hater’s gonna eat, FOODIE’s gonna take a picture then eat – The Learner Chef

Please like, share or comment and maybe I’ll make some more silly videos of the FOODIE life.

Group Buying – Spreets, Sccopon – Are you in on the Deal?

Group Buying! Is it a fad, is it fun and is it affordable? The answer is, YES, yes & YES! Who doesn’t want to save money when they’re going out? Do you buy the entertainment book but hardly use it? Forget the entertainment book, online group buying is FREE to use, it’s dining and exploring on a budget and is easily accessible at home, work and on the move.

I personally use these sites to take advantage of good deals on restaurants, fine dining, winery tours and the odd experience package here and there. If you haven’t noticed, a number of my reviews have been enticed by the group buy system. Here’s a few tips if you haven’t tried it before or if you’re still a bit sceptical.

How does it work?

1. First thing to do is to sign up! My favourite group buys are Spreets and Scoopon.

2. See a deal you like, click on the Buy button (depending on site), fill in your details, put your credit card details in, complete the purchase and then you wait til there’s enough people to tip the deal (depending on the deal).

3. If the group buy is on, the site will charge your credit card and then send your voucher to your registered email or you can view it on your account page (make sure you entered your email correctly) and then it’s up to you to make the booking and use the deal.

4. When you make your booking, they’ll most likely ask you if you’re using a voucher but if they don’t ask let them know you are, just to save issues when you get there.

5. Always read the terms and conditions before buying. I went to a restaurant and a couple next to us sat down for their meal and just like us was asked for their voucher/s but the couple assumed it was a dinner for 2 with one voucher. Although the deal was one voucher per person. So the couple was asked to pay extra for the other person and you guessed what happened next, the couple were very upset and left the restaurant. Always read the fine print.

Can I trust these group buying sites?
Yes, but I would stick to the more popular Group Buy sites, such as Spreets, Scoopon, Cudo and Channel Ten’s OurDeal. The sites are secure and use SSL encryption but it would be nice if they used Paypal for their transactions.

If you are going to start somewhere, I recommend signing up to one of these sites:
Choose your city and sign up to Spreets! I’ve used Spreets several times now and all their deals have gone smoothly and if you refer a friend, you get a bonus $10 credit added to your account.
The above picture is an example of one of their awesome deals which I have taken advantage before (Previous Post Mandala). For $29 you get 2 mains, 2 desserts and a glass of wine for 2!!! See what I mean? What a steal! If that doesn’t convince you, checkout Scoopon.

Scoopon is hosted and partnered with the very popular and No.1 Australian Online site CatchOfTheDay. If Spreets deals don’t do me justice, Scoopon is there to pick up the pieces. Scoopon’s main deal today was a pampering package which I would only use for special occasions and when I want to spoil my loved ones but their side deals can also make me smile. If you own an iPhone, then Scoopon have their very own iPhone app to be used on the move.

Are you in on the deal? If you’re not using one of these many group buy sites, then you’re missing out on some awesome deals at affordable prices and missing out on places and things you wouldn’t normally go to or do unless there was a reason to. And that reason here is to indulge at the right price.

MyCityCuisine Wiki Project – Reviews All Over The World

I encourage sharing of resources and other blog sites and I’m happy to give a mention to MyCityCuisine.org.

I’m planning to go to Japan and the Philippines (Manila) in the middle of the year, so wouldn’t mind contributing to this project. Have a read below on what they’re all about.

MyCityCuisine is a wiki project. Its goal is to help travelers discover the local food from around the world. Food has always been an integral part of the local culture so, naturally, tasting local food is often high on most traveler’s to-do lists. However, until now, there was no single comprehensive source providing this particular information for cities around the world.

“What should I order?”, an inevitable question faced by all travelers sitting in a restaurant, in a foreign country. MyCityCuisine is a project to create a free, reliable and up-to-date guide to the most original and tasty local foods from different countries of the world. This is an open project, so we encourage everyone to contribute to it.”

MyCityCuisine.org is looking for contributors with knowledge of local cuisine in Southeast Asia, in particular for the cities of Jakarta, Manila, Singapore,Taipei, Hong Kong, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Hanoi

Images sourced from mycitycuisine.org.

A festive family feast on Christmas Eve

This year my family decided to have a fairly traditional westernized Christmas feast as much as possible. My mum decided to have ham, turkey and duck. Can you believe that? A bit overkill with the meat but you know what? It turned out well…let’s start off with the meats…

My sister prepared the turkey with some baked potatoes (great work with the turkey and potatoes). I don’t usually like turkey but I enjoyed this one…

My dad prepared the duck! First he boiled it, then placed it in the oven…

I told him that doesn’t look cooked, then he told me, “it’s only half way there”. I saw him brushing it with his marinade, then cooked it in the oven for a bit longer and the next thing I knew it was ready and boy did it taste good!!!

Everyone, meat my leg of ham!

That’s right, I cooked the leg of ham and everyone loved it. I felt quite chuffed!

Poked a bunch of holes into it to let the marinade seep into the ham and then marinated it in pineapple juice for 2 days. Before I placed it in the oven I brushed maple syrup all over the skin then every 5-10 minutes I brushed it with my pineapple and maple syrup mixture to keep it nice and moist.

It looks like the pig’s head but really, it’s pork leg…

I know I’m working backwards here but I can’t forget the wonderful entree we had…

Like Joseph’s restaurant @ The Harvest Picnic we prepared a maple syrup and walnut crushed sauce to drizzle on the oysters and of course some lemon and pepper sauce as well…I know a sweet maple sauce on oysters doesn’t make sense but you gotta try it…it’s delish!

Dad also prepared some fruit cheese with some juicy red currants for entree (nice for entree and after dinner)

Then my sister spoilt us with her array of desserts from leche flan (popular filipino dessert…which I’m determined to attempt and ace soon!), a rich and creamy choc ripple cake, beautiful pavlova and some sweet beans (often used for halo halo a filipino crushed ice drink…I’ll do a post one time)

OMG!!! What a feast!!! There were a few other things we had, such as salad, a creamy potato egg and corn salad and my mum can’t go without rice so we mixed up some fried rice for her…okay I admit I had some too.

Meet my family minus myself, as you can see we were all in the Christmas spirit and wore Christmas colours. My little nephew had a little elf outfit on. So cute!!!Then you have Miss Jen as a dorky christmas reindeer…Then me with dorky christmas reindeer!!!

I hope everyone had a fun filled Christmas with lots of joy, laughter and presents and my family and I wish everyone a great and awesome year