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Update and recent food adventures

Hi, i’m back!

I’ve been so busy with exams and haven’t had the chance to upload anything in the last few weeks. I have been taking photos of what I have been up to, so if you’re interested in checking out my foodie adventures, you can find them below!

If you’d like to know more or would like a review of the restaurants I visited, leave me a comment below!

Bud Vase Flower Arrangements

I’d never thought i’d be one of those people that were really into flowers, but I SO AM! I never really cared for them until I started planning my 21st birthday party. After seeing a bud vase arrangement from LeafTV and flicking through pinterest I had my heart set on doing it. Post-party planning i’m now hooked on peonies, they’re so beautiful.

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The flowers in the late afternoon

I didn’t want it to be look too formal or clean, so I thought that adding some craspedia (aka billy buttons) and baby’s breath, it would make the setting appear more laid back. I especially like how the craspedia is dry, so it adds a rustic feel to it.

How to achieve this look:

  • I gathered about 20 glass bottles/vases (this is vary with the length of your table). I used some glass old vinegar bottles and peeled all of the stickers off by soaking them in warm soapy water, some cheap glass dispenser bottles from IKEA and some old spice bottles. I also bought 3 IKEA bud vases. It’s worth looking at discount/dollar stores as they may have inexpensive, cute glass milk bottles. I like how the bottles vary in shape, size and height, makes the whole arrangement look effortless.
  • 6-7 bunches of flowers (preferably on the day of the event as you want them as fresh as possible). If you’re on a budget, try to buy flowers that are in season. I familiarised myself by doing some research and calling flower suppliers. If you have time, I would also suggest going to a flower market a week before the event to get a feel of what’s available. Before visiting the flower markets, I roughly had a list of what flowers and colours I wanted. I mostly bought flowers that were in season, e.g. Dahlias which were about $4-5 a bunch. However, I also purchased a bunch of peonies that were $25 because they weren’t in season but was already prepared to fork it out for it.
  • Start organising! I tried to make sure that each colour was evenly distributed.
  • Scatter tea lights  (if it’s at night) around the table.

If I had gaps i’d start filling them with baby’s breath.

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The arrangement for the round table
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Leftover baby’s breath, placed on the dessert table

 

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At night with tea lights

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Sydney Flower Markets

Hi guys,

It has really been a while since I last made a post! I’ve been busy with uni work and organising my 21st birthday party, which I already celebrated last saturday! It was awesome and a very special night. Anyways, my actual birthday isn’t for another 2 weeks though! I celebrated it early since a lot of my other friends had already planned their own birthdays closer to my actual birthday. I’ll be making a series of posts on how I decorated it, what flowers I used and tasty treats I made etc.

Now on with the post about the flower markets! Two weeks ago I visited to check out, to see roughly what I was available for my party. I woke up at like 7am, arrived there at 8.30am and boy… there wasn’t much left. There was plenty of inexpensive roses though, so if that’s what you’re looking for, then you’re all good.

It open from 5am-11am on a saturday (free entry on Saturday!) so I thought that by arriving there at 8.30am there would still be a large selection of flowers, but no, a lot of stalls had cleaned off by then. I did see some of the flowers I had in mind for my floral arrangement though but I felt really restricted.

On the day of the event, I decided to go even earlier and reached there at about 6.30am. I literally had to drag myself out of bed and chug down some coffee to wake myself up, but it was totally worth it. There were a greater selection of flowers available and relatively inexpensive too!

I’d definitely recommend checking it out if you’re thinking of arranging your own flowers for an event, it’s a lot more cheaper than buying through a florist. I got inspiration as to how I wanted to decorate my tables via pinterest, a great source of getting an idea of what colours scheme you’re going for, familiarising yourself with certain types of flowers you tend to gravitate towards and how to arrange them.

I’d also recommend bringing a bucket with a some water if you planning on buying a few bunches. I’ll post some photos below and how much I paid for each bunch. Obviously prices and types of flowers will vary according to season but it will give you a rough idea as to what to expect when you make a visit.

IMG_2682Pink dahlias (flowers on the left) seem to be in season now, they were $5 a bunch. Some stalls were selling them 3 for $10 but didn’t have that particular colour

The white dahlias (photo below, right most) were $4

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Peonies, pink and white dahlias and baby’s breath

The peonies were $25 for about 10 stems. Pretty expensive as they are currently not in season. I couldn’t resist though, they’re so beautiful!

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IMG_2687I’m not sure what these pinky-purple flowers are, please let me know if you do! I bought this bunch for $6

The baby’s breath (right most flower) were $7, some stalls had different sizes of bunches, ranging from $3-10

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Craspedia (billy balls) and baby’s breath

The yellow, craspedia (aka billy balls/buttons) came as a dry bunch at $10 for about 25 stems.

The photos below are a sneak peek into how I arranged them for the party. I’ll be making a post very soon on it.

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Dahlias and craspedia

Leave me a comment if you have any questions! I’d be more than happy to answer you.

 

Japanese goodies!

I mentioned in my Lunch at Ippudo post that I had a friend that had returned from a Japanese internship.

These are  some of the awesome things that she got me! As expected, everything is so cute.

IMG_1863I’ve  heard about the green tea Kit Kats but never tried them since they aren’t available here in Australia. I can tell you that they are so delicious, so creamy. It tastes like it’s coated with white chocolate, which a touch of green tea. The moomin candy was so yummy too, my favourite flavour was melon.

IMG_1861My friend knows me way too well, she knows that Welsh Corgis are one of my favourite breed of dogs. They are simply way too cute to write on  though.

IMG_1858The little hedgehog tab markers are so adorable as well!

IMG_1875I had also asked her to buy the new Shu Uemura S eyelash curler. I have the original one but wanted to try these since it’s so much cheaper in Japan. If you’d like a review on these, please let me know.

I really appreciate all of the goodies, I’ve tucked into most of the candy. I can’t way to try the stockings in winter. If you have any questions, leave me a comment below!

Lunch at Ippudo

My friend and I caught up as she had recently come back from her scholarship in Japan. I’m always really indecisive as to where we should eat, so I made her decide. Ironically, instead of craving food from home, she was already missing Japanese food and couldn’t get enough of it. I wasn’t complaining about her choice since I had yet to try the ramen at Ippudo, which can be found on level 5 in Sydney Westfield.  It was both our first time eating there, though she had been to the one in Japan. It was quite a cool day, so it was fitting that went there for some ramen. I love noodles, I could practically live off it without any complains.

We were sat down almost immediately and they were really speedy with their service, I received my food within the next few minutes of ordering. We both ordered the same thing, Akamaru Shinaji and shared some gyozas. The broth was so fragrant and tasty, with thin slices of pork belly, mushrooms and shallots. We ended our lunch with some matcha ice cream. Although the matcha green tea was very subtle, it was still really yummy and creamy.

After hanging out in the city, we headed back home and she gave me a bag full of goodies! She was so generous, it was filled with candy, heatech stockings and an eyelash curler that I wanted. Look out within the next few days, as i’ll be making a post on what I got.

Also, my apologises for the lack of photos! I was so hungry and couldn’t wait to gobble everything up. I’ll be sure to take more next time.

Alicia Eats: The Grounds of Alexandria

A great meal to start the day equals a happy day in my eyes. Today was a happy day at The Grounds of Alexandria, a favourite place of mine to chill out and have a good meal. I’ve only eaten lunch here several times now, but never for breakfast. Ultimately, the meal was satisfying and you can see what I ordered below.

The Grounds of Alexandria in Sydney is the place to go for anyone really; families, friends and couples. They open from 7am-4pm on Mon-Fri and 7.30am-4pm on Sat-Sun. You have the option of basking in the sun with your take out, allowing you to immerse yourself with its busy surroundings from the different stalls and coffee stand or choose to be seated inside.

The environment is lively, vibrant, cosy and promotes a holistic approach to its setting and food. It combines an organic and industrial aesthetic. While there was a long wait for a table (pretty standard on the weekends), I was able to enjoy some coffee outside with my friends and hung out near the farm animals, Kevin Bacon the pig and his friend Bradley the sheep. 

20140223_095006I highly recommend the rose lemonade, it’s so refreshing!

20140223_095057Get them hot! Fresh donuts being made on the spot.

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IMG_1394Since I was there before 12pm, I ordered The Grounds Breakfast Board from the breakfast menu, which had 2 poaches eggs, smoked ham, some feta topped with basil pesto, tomato relish and the Grounds famous sourdough bread. While the banana smoothie was on my mind (excellent by the way), I opted for the crushed apple cider.

P.s if you’re there for lunch, I highly recommend the Chicken Schnitty with a side of chips with chilli mayo!

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