The Husband turned 35 two weeks ago and I made sure he’s had a fun September. He’s not fond of making a fuss about his birthday but I made a bit of effort in making his month festive by doing little things here and there. I like seeing his face lit up whenever I surprise him with the things he love and enjoy.

Chris' 35th
It’s International Coffee Day so I shared this photo I took from The Grounds of Alexandria in my FB and instagram.
It’s such a cute coffee quote, no? I love quotes of coffee. A coffee blog I follow once shared a couple of coffee quotes…check “10 Coffee Quotes To Help You Through Monday” if you have time. From now on, I think I will take photographs of coffee quotes I see and make it part of my several photograph collections.

We often have Nespresso coffee at home because it’s just easier to prepare. So the coffee beans/grounds I buy or ones gifted to me, I bring them to work and that’s where I enjoy them. My current brew at work is one brought by my Mom from the Philippines.

Cordillera Blend
Kape Maria’s Cordillera Blend has a sweet and light taste. It’s made from Arabica Beans from the Cordillera region of the Philippines. You can get this coffee at Human Nature shops and thru their website.

Discovered a new mooncake flavour from Casahana for this year’s Mooncake Festival…the Yam Omocchi Mooncake. It came in dainty box which holds two mooncakes, the Yam Omocchi and Hazelnut Toffee. We like buying Casahana Mooncakes because of the creative flavours they offer. A cute bonus would be the pretty packaging they’re kept in. Their boxes can be used as a storage box or a gift box.

We savoured the deliciousness of the Yam Omocchi on the eve of Mooncake Festival, paired it up with coffee and tea. The Yam Omocchi is a brilliant creation as the mooncake is made of Purple Yam (I love Purple Yam!) while the innards are made of mochi. This mooncake was filling (had to share with the Hubby) and not too sweet.

I hope Casahana continues making this flavour every year.

Have you encountered any interesting Mooncake flavour this year?

Stra Heajanggug is one of those Korean restaurants that we like to frequent. It’s just a few minutes walk from Strathfield train station so it’s very convenient whenever we are in Koreatown. They consider themselves a traditional Korean restaurant as they offer dishes that remind you of home-cooked meals in Korea.

We’ve dined here a few times and here are some of the dishes we’ve tried:

Steamed Jokbal or steamed pig’s feet. Lightly seasoned with salt, pepper and spices, topped with salad. Jokbal is one of Korea’s famous appetizers, street food and accompaniment to alcoholic drinks such as Soju. The pig’s feet were sliced thinly and very tender. We’ve only had this once in order to experience the taste of Jokbal and wouldn’t mind eating it once in a while.

Kimchi, Tofu & Pork Soup. Not for the faint-hearted. Very spicy; the kind of hot I like. The kind of hot that’s comforting during cold nights.

Beef Ribs Soup. The beef was so tender that it almost fell off the bone! The soup had a balanced flavour of sweet and salty. This is my favourite Beef Ribs Soup to date. Some nights, we only come back just to have a bowl of this.

Stra Heajanggug feels like home to us. From the simple but cozy ambience of the restaurant, the Korean Dramas they play on TV, the promptness of the staff and of course, the delicious food they serve.

Stra Heajanggug
Shop 28/45-47, The Boulevard
Strathfield NSW 2135
Phone: 02 9746 7500

Here’s another discovery in that little Japantown at Regent Place: a ramen house!

Tenkomori Ramen House gets very busy during peak hours because of their affordable food choices. The food tastes average and plentiful. I think they’ve got the cheapest ramen in Sydney which starts from about $8.00.
Karaage Tonkotsu Ramen
Chasu Tonkotsu Ramen
On a cool night, the Husband and I decided to hang out at Regent Place and have some ramen for dinner. The place was already packed and it was only 6pm. We each had a bowl of ramen with tonkotsu broth; his topped with karaage (chicken) and mine with chasu (thin-sliced pork belly).

The noodles were firm while the taste of milky broth had a subtle pork flavour. It was a bit bland and had less oil compared to other ramens we’ve tried. However, the karaage and chasu made up for the lack of flavour from the broth. So in way, I found balance in it (pwede na rin!). Plus, they’ve got condiments on the table to help you (salt, pepper and chili). For the price, I didn’t really complain. It was good food that was simple, filling and very affordable. It gave us warmth and satisfied our craving for ramen.

Tenkomori Ramen House
Ground Floor, Regent Place
501 Georgt Street, Sydney
Open from 11:30am-11pm, 7 days a week