Cotton Candy at the Carnival @ Thursday, January 31, 2013



On Sunday we (Freud, Emily, Andy & I) went to the annual carnival, entry tickets are $5. Every year Freud gets frisked, he's quite popular. ;) This year they decided to go through my bag instead, though they didn't look within my various "make-up" bags. Got through with a variety of sharp metals in my bag :P and cuffs I forgot to take out.



Near the entry was hot dogs & chips. Rarely do they make sales.
Freud once bought "hot" chips that were cold from there. 
Oh and they were the only vender to sell cotton candy.



This year the atmosphere wasn't the same, there weren't many people there. 
And none of the rides were full, though they still operate when there's only four on it.



$5 Fishing.
120% ridged. There are "3" prizes, s/m/l.
A guy checked them out, all the fishes had an 's' on them.


   
 $2 Lottery Tickets
One year there were lots of winners. 
Freud won me a giant Scobby Doo.  


 
This is a game Freud would like if only..., it's a rare game that required skill rather than biased chance. Like most games, no one ever wins the big prizes. Apologizes for the many pictures with pictures of children, butts and denim underwear, people like to get in my way.


Shifty carnival folk. Failed con-artists.
The old man on the right is creepy.


 


 



I used to love showbags, but since working on a production line that packed 20k of them, they've lost their charm. Plus it's always cheaper to go DIY these days, they used to be better two decades ago.



OMG! Teacup bunnies! ^_^
There was a petting zoo! $2 entry. Unfortunately they were closed. :(



In another section there was a bonsai show.



Onto food there was seafood pancakes, grilled meats, sugar cane juice (less/no ice will cost you extra, asians are like that), mango on a stick, deep fried banana. And almost every 3rd vendor sold bottled water and coke/Pepsi. I took lots of pictures but not all of them were good cause the background didn't look so clean. You know how some people just turn you right off food? It was like that.


Deep fried banana $3. Sugar Cane Juice $4 (full ice). 
Fake dvds, they seem to be very popular with asians. Much like flip flops not with 100ms of a pool or beach. I still have nightmares about the sound of flip flops in the library.*shudders*



Potato Swirly Thing on a Stick 3.50

I've seen these around, can't recall where, but I've always wanted to try it, and I finally did. French fries but flatter, pringle shaped. A potato is peeled, stuck through a machine (google image it) and then deep fried. Then you shake a flavour over it, there was a few to choose from including chicken salt and sour cream. I went with both and over did it a bit, and it turned partly highlighter yellow O.o. It was pretty cool though, even Freud got one. Emily did too (though she's not as like Freud). Have you tried this before?



Seafood Pancakes 5.00 (11-12 pieces).

I was stalking these for a while before I got them. Why? When I first saw them they weren't selling at all. Who knows how long ago they were made and what creepy crawlies had touched them? If it's not selling like hotcakes you don't get them. They were nice, but te sauce was yucky, as it had been watered down and flavour-less almost. All water = use less = max profits. asians are all about money and business.


Overall the carnival was ok, but we won't be going next year. The best vendor that was there every other year except this year wasn't there (Dipping Dots), which was disappointing. And there was much less vendors, one year they had churros. We had some good memories here, one of the most impressive things a guy could ever do is win a girl a giant toy. I remember one year, a very hot summer's day, a Saturday, there was a sudden cool change, and while we were enjoying the breeze, about an hour away 173 people were killed in the bushfire.


The title of this post. I've unpopular among my friends (with the exception of jas (always) and Emily (sometimes)) as when people are with me it makes them want to spend money. A couple of my friends are scrooges (in & out of the closet :P) and so we don't hang out much anymore, things change after college. For one thing people's spending habits weren't as obviously. Though their generosity was always judged, we understand that donations are simply not optimal.


Betty Crocker - Cinnamon Crumble Muffins @ Wednesday, January 30, 2013


The other day I felt like cake, and made Betty Crocker's Cinnamon Crumble Muffins. Looked up reviews and some said it wasn't very sweet so I added 1/3 cup of brown sugar.



 Light and fluffy cinnamon muffins with a delicious crumble topping. 
  

  
Like the box said we filled it up 2/3 of the way, and very generously sprinkled the crumble.
Oh and when you use a muffin tray it's a good idea to use muffin cases.



Baked. They were great! I ate four. Though I'd add diced green apple next time.
As you might be able to tell it took me forever to make them, as I took big breaks in between the steps. But it was very easy to make, I didn't ever have to use the KitchenAid or hand mixer, just a wooden spoon would do fine.    


3 Weeks till Exams... @ Tuesday, January 29, 2013

 
Last Saturday I think it was I had a go at Poh's Melting Moments. They were alright, note that the lemon butter does make twice as much as you need though. For us the lemon was too intense. Also note that you should only fill right before serving, otherwise the cookies go soft and not so nice. 


 
I do like the piping. As they're super crumbly I wouldn't say they're idea for 'Food as Gifts' but better suited for parties. Like truffles they need to be consumed in moderation. - A tested theory.


Quote of the Month


Coincidentally saw Austin in the caf. on Monday on my way to a meeting. Somehow he managed to break his left hand and right index finger playing cricket, and looked like a burn victim. Ouch. How do you drive with four fingers? O.o For the first time in, well, a very long time we managed to have a normal conversation.

Don't you just love it when you think you're talking about the same thing when you're both thinking different things? XD We were both puzzled to why the other one wasn't in class. I was there, there was no one there, called the tutor. We don't have class today. Austin says he doesn't take that class.

No questions asked by Austin. Like Hector he just takes it as it is, no questions asked strangely. I was so confused as I thought we were talking about eco, but he was talking about IT. He seems to think I'm doing IT but I don't turn up to the lecs. A little analyzing says I do IT, but deep psychoanalysis says I'm just a psycho stalker. :P When really I just want to be friends, though didn't ask him out to lunch/coffee.



Monday Lunch - Tokui Sushi
My favourite sushi place.


 Tuesday Lunch - Bao Now

On Tuesday I had lunch with miss eco, she's very nice and friendly. I like her, this is coming from someone who hasn't made a friend since 2010 (I'm still working on winning Austin, as a friend). Like me she has good tastes in unnecessary lux skincare and likes L'Occitane (we both can never remember how to pronounce it either :P), Jurlique and C&E. She's very tall, especially for someone who's asian, which I think is great (I'm short) though she slightly disagrees, as guys don't like girls who are way taller than them. 

I like Bao Now, it's a place I've been to before. The buffalo & butter chicken is my favourite buns. Got the $10 box which includes three baos, a shreded veggie salad (which I didn't like) and a drink (they have soft drinks and homemade ice teas). That's the take-away box above. I also had two others buns at the place. Hardware Lane during an early afternoon is lovely, not many people about and no smokers (sorry jas).  


 I got miss eco a present, which I'm certain she'll like. :)

As I realized I'm killing off my tutors one by one, I decided not to give her food, and instead went for something more practical and not considered clutter (which is what jas thought of the Tetris Light), it's also very portable so she could take it on the plane with her when she travels home for the holidays. I couldn't figure out whether she's a rose/lavender/citrus kind of girl, as she prefers different ranges with different brands, but this flower scent is very unique, some strange exotic flower exclusive to a Meditrian Island.


Wednesday, we had a test. Scary, but I passed! Seeing Austin while getting coffee didn't help with the nerves. I think he hangs out at the caf. Saw him again later on but didn't actually get a chance to talk to him, he's one of those people who are never alone. Finally I saw him alone, but chickened out and didn't talk to him. Eventually I'll ask him to join me for coffee.  


Hollywood International Buffet @ Sunday, January 27, 2013


 




Last Sunday we went to tea at Hollywood Buffet. While I like the idea of buffets, to me they're pretty much for the Homer Simpsons of the world, with my appetite I'm better off with a 3 course meal at a nice restaurant. As most of my friends would say 'It's not an offer, it's a challenge' :P which is why they have time limits.

Afternoon tea at Hollywood is how they "recycle" their lunch buffet "leftovers", I prefer to word it differently though. As they do add freshly made things when we went. For tea they offer coffee or tea (one per person), average margarita pizza (Pizza hut is better), fried noodles and lots and lots of cake cubes and small dishes. My friend who went a few weeks ago said they had ice cream when she was there. There was also a chocolate fountain, though it wasn't in use when we went.


 Mocha

It was average, all the chocolatey-ness sunk to the bottom though, stir before you drink. With sugar they didn't have brown sugar. I'm starting to think asian places don't offer anything but white sugar, they make more profits that way.


 Fried Noodles

These were quite popular with the tea crowd. I don't normally notice this, but we were the only white people there, which felt strange. Hygiene was up to scratch, I'm referring to the buffet, not the other diners. The noodles were quite oily, and had a few bits of veggies in it. Recommend you try it, but don't have too much, you need room for cake.


 
Coconut Sponge - Macarons - Fruit Jellies
(back to front)

Italian Pastries.
The one in front is also known as 'Elephant Ear'.


Green Tea Cake - Lemon Meringue Tarts
NY Cheesecake - Unknown - Cheesecake
Cream Swans - Fruit Salad in Juice 


 
Blueberry Cheesecake


 
Black Forest Cake


 
Jello


 
Pavlova & Profiteroles


Mango Sago

That's everything except the top shelf of the fridge (I'm short), the top shelf had a range of mousses and blueberry panna cotta.


 
Plate No.1
Fruit Tart (like), Lemon Meringue (meh), Profiteroles (like), Mini Macarons (yuck!),
Fruit Mince Pie (dislike), Coconut Sponge (like), Scone (dislike), Elephant Ear (dislike).
Recommeded: Fruit Tart (not suitable for vegetarians) & Profiteroles.
   

 
Plate No.2
Pavlova (like), Cheesecake (2) (meh), Swan (didn't try),
Mousse Cake (like), Black Forest Cake (love!), some Italian dessert (yuck). 
Recommeded: Pavlova & Black Forest Cake.


 Plate No.2
My best plate picture, though you can't see everything.


Plate No.3
Blueberry Pan Cotta (love!), Blueberry & Mango Mousse (dislike)

Dislike
Macarons - dry, almost tasted like freeze dried/packaged ones (if they existed).
Scone & Elephant Ear - dry. hard. stale?
Italian Thing - see scone
Blueberry & Mango Mousse - It was very dense, rather than light and airy as I like it.

Recommendations
Fruit Tart - nice, but not for vegetarians
Profiteroles - nice
Pavlova - the dish I got had barely any pav, just lots of cream though
Black Forest Cake - lovely
Blueberry Panna Cotta - lovely


Overall it was average, at $10 you get what you paid for those. A taste or bit of (almost) everything on offer. Missed Mango Sago (most popular dish) and Creme Burlee (they didn't have it) that day, so I might be back. I'd say it's another try once place.

I may have spent more time snapping away than eating, but I did get pictures of almost everything :). One of the chefs wasn't so happy about it, saying I think (don't understand accents...) that the presentation at lunch time was much better. It wasn't what he said, rather than how he said it, in a disapproving and not condescending manner. Fortunately the waiter who served the tea/coffee was friendlier.     

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