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New start and dancing with dinosaurs

My Havainas died the other day after 8 years of wandering around the globe and back twice over. Coincidentally around the same time, I gave my notice and I’m waiting for my new role to start in early May.

End of the road

It’s the end of one chapter, and the start of a new chapter.

Not sure if anyone else feels like a ghost once they have given notice. Once the usual tying up of lose end is done, there is very little to do and no point in being involved in new projects. This should be nice and cruisy, but to be honest not doing anything is driving me insane.

Thankfully there is over a year’s worth of blogging to update. My goal is to try and blog everyday until the end of the month, and see if I can get back into the swing of things again.  

Sydney has been ridiculously alive this year, and I just can’t keep up!  Take Jurassic Lounge for example, I went and had a look a couple of months ago and this great late night summer initiative is now in its last 2 weeks.

Jurassic Lounge

Jurassic What?

Every Tuesday night this summer, the Australian Museum opens its doors for after-hour sessions featuring art, live music, drinks + new ideas.

Discover Sydney’s hottest new artists, performers + DJs. Drink in hand, have a wander + check out amazing live acts + exhibitions against a spectacular backdrop of dinosaur skeletons, precious gemstones + native animals. It’s the Australian Museum as you’ve never seen it!

Jurassic Lounge
Put simply it’s the Australian Museum’s way to attract that in between after 5 crowd to visit the museum. Each week the Australian Museum has a different theme based loosely around a speaker, with live music, and art to match.

For me,  it was a rather surreal experience wandering around a very dim museum surrounded by hipsters on a Tuesday evening with a glass of wine in hand,  but it’ssoo  nice to:

  • a) not be surrounded by screaming kids in SUV sized prams
  • b) be able to have a glass of wine in hand.

Some of their concepts don’t quite wok, for example  the silent disco felt less like a disco and more like a bunch of people staring at each other while wearing giant head phones.  Overall, definitely commendable for trying something new and I wish the other museums will follow suit! More late nights Sydney museums and art galleries, I want you all to compete for my after five alcoholic dollars!

Catch Jurassic Lounge before they go in the way of the dinosaurs

Every Tuesday from 5:30pm TO 9:30pm
over 18 event
$15 at the door or book on-line

Australia Museum
6 College Street
Tel: 02 9320 6000

Malaysian Kitchen Market – but don’t bring your vegetarian friends here


Nearly a quarter into the year and this year is crazily moving a little too quick for me yet again. I remembered thinking that I should post the photo above in early January and almost 2 months later here we are.

Malaysian Kitchen Food MarketSo what’s new? Sydney seemed to have really picked up recently with the Malaysian Kitchen Market a fortnight ago, Sydney Cellar door this weekend and  a million other things popping up on a weekly basis.

Malaysian Kitchen Market

Brilliantly evocative of a Malaysian pasar malam or hawker market, the three-day Kitchen Food Market will take visitors on a mouthwatering culinary journey through the many sights, sounds, smells and sensational flavours found in Malaysian cuisine via some of the greatest chef and restaurant exponents in Sydney and beyond.

Sponsored by the Malaysian government, the event was part of their international drive to promote Malaysian cuisine and local restaurants. What I didn’t count on was the sheer number of people waiting in line. We waited for well over an hour, before the line behind us were forcibly cut off. When we were finally ushered in to the alley way it was an absolute relief to finally sit down.

Malaysian Kitchen Food Market

I loved the concept of the Malaysian Kitchen Market. Tucked away in a tiny little alley way by the side of the State Theater, yellow and orange lanterns were strung out above long glass communal tables while music filled the space. Definitely a step up from your typical Malaysian alley way dining experience, but oh so atmospheric.

Malaysian Kitchen Food Market

For an entry fee of $10 you were given three set meals from various Malaysian restaurant around town such as Mamak, Chinta Ria, Jimmy’s Recipe, Sambal and Jackie M. Hands down it’s the cheapest meal you can find around town. The menu on the night included chicken satay with roti (Mamak), Nasi lemak (Jimmy’s Recipe), Salmon curry (Chinta Ria) and Chicken laksa from Jackie M.

Malaysian Kitchen Food Market

Nasi lemak

Malaysian Kitchen Food Market

Malaysian Kitchen Food Market

Salmon fish curry (stand out for the night for me)

Malaysian Kitchen Food MarketThey also had two vegetarian options that unfortunately ended up being just one. Vegetarian curry and Sambal eggplant (needless to say the sambal contained prawn paste). What was a tad frustrating were the wait staff in general. It could be that our waiter was especially clueless and had no idea what the names of the dishes were as he kept referring to them by numbers rather than names.

Us: “We’re still waiting for the Nasi Lemak”

Waiter: “Oh, is that dish number one or number two?”

<combined puzzled faces all around the table>

Trying to get any type of confirmation on which dishes were vegetarian friendly or not was a nightmare for our vegetarian friend. Again because the waiters had no idea what the dishes were. One of the head waiters / organisor finally came to our table at the very end of the night and admitted there was an oversight on the menu and the vegetarian sambal eggplant was not actually vegetarian. She offered to check the next night’s menu, but agreed that if we have any other vegetarian friends, that their options were limited…