A Lucky Suzie Birthday Lunch

Sunday, August 21, 2016
Lucky Suzie ABC Dessert, Darlinghurst Australia
Lucky Suzie Lotus Chips, Darlinghurst Australia
Lucky Suzie Sydney Smoky Lemonade
Lucky Suzie Pie Tee Spanner Crab Pastry Cups
Lucky Suzie Sydney Salt & Pepper Tofu
Lucky Suzie Sydney Salt & Pepper Tofu
Lucky Suzie Penang Char Koay Teow Fried Noodles
Lucky Suzie Sydney Spiced Layer Cake Pandan Custard Dessert
Lucky Suzie ABC Dessert, Darlinghurst Australia
Lucky Suzie ABC Dessert, Darlinghurst Australia
Decorated Fondant Cake

Lucky Suzie, 70 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst 2010, NSW Australia. Photos by Me taken on a Canon 70D DSLR Camera.

Every year in July I take my best friend Betty out for her birthday. And every year I have a mini heart attack because I find it extremely important to find a decent place. I'm always on the look out for uniqueness, photo worthy lighting, variety, high quality and a delicious dessert menu.

I took notice of Lucky Suzie straight away after finding a photo of their ABC taro ice cream dessert on Instagram. I booked it straight away.
Head chef and owner Zach Tan is the inspiring man behind Lucky Suzie, as he introduces Malaysian street food into uptown Darlinghurst. After establishing his Sydney career with Devon cafe and Devon on Danks, he opened the cheeky Lucky Suzie serving classic street food mixed with hawker food and charcoal dishes.

Me and Betty sat down for a Saturday lunch, eager to pick out our dishes to have with our Smoky Lemonades. For entrees we started with the fried Lotus chips and Pie Tee Spanner Crap Pastry Cups. Reminding me of my homeland Cambodia, the lotus chips were crispy and light - such a great starter. The Pie Tees were dipped into a spicy Sriracha sauce and that enhanced the south east Asian flavors of the fresh spanner crab in a bed of yam bean and shitake mushrooms.

For mains we ordered the Salt & Pepper Tofu, Penang Char Toay Kram fried noodles and Coconut Rice. Topped with fresh coriander, the well seasoned Tofu was delicate yet crisp on the outside. It was accompanied with a chili sauce that actually reminded me of Korean Gochujang sauce. It was sweet and mild with hints of fermented soybeans and red peppers. We paired it with our fragrant coconut rice.
The Penang Wok fried noodles included seafood and Chinese sausage in the mix. This dish is true Hawker style so the secret to getting it right is high quality fresh ingredients and good seasoning. And the Lucky Suzie dish did not disappoint - it was delicious.

And of course the main reason we were there - we allowed ourselves to have dessert. We chose the Spiced Layer Cake and famous ABC dessert. Coming to our tables in bright vibrant colors, we were excited to dip our spoons in.
The warm Spiced Layer Cake came covered in green custard. Cutting to reveal the soft layers, we tasted hints of coconut, Asian spices and palm sugar. The ABC dessert - which was a bowl of shaved blue pea flower ice, bubur cha cha topped with a scoop of vibrant Taro ice cream was my personal favorite. I've never had such silky and creamy Taro Ice cream and the blue/purple tinted shaved ice accompanied it so well. The presentation was so pretty - certainly an Instagram-worthy dessert.

I intended to end the meal with the fondant birthday cake I baked for Betty, but we ended up taking it back home to eat later as we were so full from the lunch.
We were extremely satisfied to spend Betty's birthday celebration at Lucky Suzie. For fantastic Malaysian street food and Asian influenced cocktails, come down to cheeky Lucky Suzie for a bite and a sip. It helps to bring along good company and an empty stomach too.

Our Two Year Anniversary at Dantosa Retreat, Blue Mountains

Monday, July 18, 2016
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Barrow Lookout Blue Mountains NSW Hiking Travel
Barrow Lookout Blue Mountains NSW Hiking Travel
Barrow Lookout Blue Mountains NSW Hiking Travel
Barrow Lookout Blue Mountains NSW Hiking Travel
Evans Lookout Blue Mountains NSW Hiking Travel
Evans Lookout Blue Mountains NSW Hiking Travel
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Dantosa Retreat Blue Mountains Lake House NSW
Palladium Boots Timberlands Hiking Shoes

Dantosa Blue Mountains Retreat (via Airbnb). Photos taken by myself and Hai with Canon 70D DSLR.

For our two years anniversary, my amazing boyfriend Hai surprised me with a two night stay at Dantosa Blue Mountains Retreat. Although it is only an hour drive away for us it felt like such a world away.

Hai had booked out the cabin that slept 8 people for just the two of us. It was an old farmers house, with the sweet farmer's charm. One wall of the living room actually leaned forward and wood paneling and timber floors adorned the whole house. Plenty of natural light flooded the rooms and had a view overlooking the lake. It was so peaceful and calm and so far from the life I had at home. I loved it.

On the property, there was a lake. And sitting on top was a picture perfect floating Lake House with a deck, lounge and fire place. Other guests visited while we were there, we saw smoke billowing from the chimney and they lounged around laughing and chatting (the group was a lucky wedding party!).

Me and Hai spent the first day exploring the secluded retreat and the Lake House and we came home to enjoy wine and each other's company.

The next day we went hiking at the nearby Blue Mountains - a hobby me and Hai proudly share. We put on our boots and walked for two hours along the Clifftop track overlooking a valley of trees. Every once in a while Hai and I would take a break to sit and admire the view (and to take a breather).

We spent our weekend eating our favourite comfort food, drinking soy lattes while playing games and reading books. We admired the view and enjoyed the peace, all snuggled up in our blankets.

Thank you Hai for such a wonderful trip together, I really appreciate the thought and effort you put into picking this amazing retreat. I am one really lucky girl.


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