Author: Jacqueline Langford

Traditional Filipino Cakes with a Twist: Hanmade Desserts in Sydney

When your mum sends you a text that says “Jacqui, I can’t stoping eating the Sans Rival. I keep opening the fridge to take some little by little. Ang sarap kasi.” You know you’re onto a winner. And what an awesome find with Hanmade Desserts, a brilliant creator of filipino cakes and desserts available in Sydney’s north-west. I met the lovely Hannah via Facebook. I was visiting my parents over the weekend and in doing so, I love bringing them local filipino treats to share. I stumbled across Hanmade Desserts online and thought I’d give them a go. Hannah is great with correspondence and really approachable. She’s quick to respond and has an extensive filipino cake list available. Once you’ve secured your order, the invoice for payment arrives fairly promptly and you can simply EFT and following, schedule a pick-up time for collection. What is available at Hanmade Desserts you ask? I was slightly overwhelmed when I first saw her price list, more so because I was only after a Sans Rival cake, yet what …

Dog Friendly Stay in Sydney’s South Coast, Gerringong

I’m always on the lookout for pet friendly accommodation in Sydney as I love bringing Kenji with me wherever I go. For the next road trip, we’re met with a beautiful dog friendly home stay at Werri Cosy on the south coast of NSW, in Gerringong. This is such a brilliant and affordable find, a private 2-bedroom home located in a quiet, suburban leafy street, less than a 500m walk from Werri Beach. I’m going to confess, this area is a little hilly on foot, so a walk to the beach might feel like a slightly longer than expected. The house itself has a fenced front and back yard. We mainly used the front yard for our dog, however both yards are accessible if required. At the front of the house, there’s a gated car park area which would only fit a small hatchback. That said, we preferred to keep our car on the street to give our dog more area to roam. The front of this home was such a peaceful spot to relax …

Room Reveal: Our Kitchen

It’s been over two years now since we moved in to our Eden Brae home. Recently, I was asked what the internals of our house looks like after the build was completed. I actually didn’t expect that this blog would be as responsive as it has been so firstly, thank you for reading my blog thus far and hopefully you’re finding it useful. What had we planned for our kitchen? Looking back, we briefed in a pencil sketch drawing with Kitchen Culture which turned out to be quite on-point with what we wanted in the end. Our aim was a modern, neutral coloured kitchen, hopefully appealing not just to us but future families if we choose to sell one day. I’d recommend to: Keep the sink, the fridge and stove within the ‘work triangle’ space. That is, an easy distance between these three main areas in the shape of a triangle. Maximise your cabinetry and bench areas. Fill the area above and around the stove, plus pantry areas with additional space. Think about areas that …

Jolly Vibes Have Landed At Burger Point Marsden Park

Look no further as Burger Point Marsden Park in Sydney has added some filipino-flavoured goodness to their menu. A restaurant I would have never expected to do so, yet paying homage to some of my personal favourites, so why not drive here and simply check it out?! What looks like an everyday restaurant with a menu full of different burger and chicken options, actually has a second, secret filipino menu which is unspoken of unless you’ve been following their Facebook page. On their main menu, you have seven burger types to choose from (in addition to their Facebook featured house specials), share plates including fried or marinated chicken wings, hickory bbq grilled pork belly or a fresh bowl of chicken caesar salad. Of course, not to forget good old fries, sweet potato fries, or loaded fries topped with cheese. There’s no mention of the filipino treats I was teased with on Facebook, so as I approach the counter, I ask the question. And volia! If you’re wanting to try the crunchy, crispy chicken with traditional …

Dining With a View at Mimosa Wines Restaurant in Murrah

If you’re driving along the New South Wales coastline and looking to stay in the Eurobodalla region, it’s a must to dine in at the beautiful Mimosa Wines restaurant. Expect to travel less than a 1 1/2 hours drive from either Bateman’s Bay, Moruya or Narooma to the Mimosa winery, or from the other direction, similar drive times from Merimbula, Tathra or Bega. On the recommendation of a trusted local, a stop at the Mimosa winery was on the cards – and boy, what a delicious feast it was! Despite being the middle of winter and the vineyards not in full bloom at this time of the year, this restaurant still has an amazing menu to appreciate. Plus, their outdoor verandah has a spectacular view year-round, overlooking mountain ranges and their in-house winery. With small or large plated meals on the lunch menu, in addition to their ‘specials’ board, you won’t be disappointed at the choices available. Gluten-free or vegetarian dietary requirements can also be catered for too. Around the table, we tried Barramundi pan-fried, …