Wednesday 31 July 2013

Georgie Pie

I had one of these the other day.  Kiwis who grew up during the Georgie Pie reign will remember how good these pies were!

I had a Steak, Mince & Cheese pie. This tasted like it did in the old days. It had a good crust, the steak, mince & cheese filled the inside of the pie and the gravy was just right!

The price of this combo was NZ$6.90 which is not bad considering you get free-flow soft drinks.

Tuesday 23 July 2013

Auckland Weather

The one thing I miss about the weather in Auckland is that you could have up to four seasons in one day!

All three pictures were taken on Monday 22 July. You can see how quicky the weather in Auckland changes.

Foggy morning - picture taken at approx 8.15am

Clear blue sky - picture taken at approx 12.30pm

Grey, overcast sky - picture taken at approx 2.30pm

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Ramadan and Geylang Serai Bazaar 2013

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts about 29-30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon.

The term Ramadan literally means scorching in Arabic. Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are ill, travelling, pregnant, diabetic or going through menstration. While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations, in some interpretations they also refrain from swearing.

From Wednesday 10 July until Wednesday 7 August 2013, Muslims in Singapore will be observing the month of Ramadan.

For one whole month, Muslims are devoted to worship, charitable deeds and acts of compassion. To purify one's body and soul, they practice abstinence from food and drink during the day.

When the sun sets, the fast is broken and families and friends gather for their meals and celebrations.  The area of Geylang Serai becomes alive during Ramadan with bright festive lights, music, performances and bazaars selling wonderfully bright wares, clothing and food.  The food is one of the major highlights too from savory to sweet.  It is a perfect time to sample amazing Malay food.

The main attraction of the bazaars is, of course, the food. A trip to the bazaars is simply not complete without sampling the variety of traditional Malay cakes and pastries called ‘kueh-kueh’. Take your pick from sweet snacks like pineapple tarts, ‘ondeh-ondeh’ made with palm sugar filled centres, and ‘putu piring’, a steamed dessert served with grated coconut.

For more pictures, please see our blog post from August 2011.

After 30 days of dawn-to-dusk fasting during Ramadan, the first three days of Hari Raya Aidilfitri are celebrated on a grand scale. While Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations are colourful and fascinating, you should take note that the fasting month leading up to the holiday is probably the best time to experience the Malay culture and heritage.

When Hari Raya Aidilfitri arrives, Muslim families often dress in the same colour to signify their unity. The men wear a loose shirt with trousers known as ‘baju Melayu’ and the women wear the quintessential ‘baju kurung’. If you’re lucky enough, you might get an invite to a home-cooked Hari Raya Aidilfitri feast. A wide variety of spicy dishes are traditionally served during the three-day celebration, including spicy beef ‘rendang’, vegetable curry ‘sayur lodeh’ and Malay rice cakes called ‘ketupat’.


For more photos on Hari Raya, please see our blog post from August 2012.

If you’re in Singapore during Ramadan, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the rich Malay heritage, and when Hari Raya Aidilfitri comes around, greet everyone with a joyous ....... 

Tuesday 2 July 2013

Max Brenner - Chocolate Heaven at I12 Katong Mall

<<Guest post by @SGVekNZ>>

Sometimes you just gotta turn to something to beat those blues, find some comfort or your Sweet Tooth just comes a calling.

For us, we turn to Chocolate. It pretty much pleases every single time. 

Next time you're after a Chocolate fix, try out Max Brenner; Chocolate by the Bald Man.

There are a few branches around Singapore but they offer the same treats; Drinks (Hot and Cold) as well as some Desserts.

The book of goodies - Menu of knowledge
The Shop/Cafe itself is made up of dark colours. At the shop you can buy merchandise and some specialty Chocolates. As you move towards the back, it is the Cafe.

Dine in or Shop

Goodies for purchase and take away

Chillax and browse through the menu
Chocolate is the name of the game here so expect it to be involved in all of the items on the menu in some way. Whilst we haven't tried the entire menu, here are a few options.

The 80s style Milkshake is awesome. It comes in a good selection of flavours from Butterscotch to Vanilla and; of course, Chocolate. This Milkshake is super cold and is finished off with a scoop of Ice Cream and Chocolate sprinkles. 

The Cup it is served in is unique as well; with a very suggestive "Drink Me" label on it, and a Metal Straw. The straw keeps the liquid gold cold whilst it makes the journey to your taste buds. 

You know this is gonna be good
For Hot Drinks try the Suckao. This comes with a dish of meltable Chocolate, a special Cup that has a Flame in it for heat (kinda like an Aroma therapy concept to heat the scented Oils) and hot Milk.

The idea is very simple; pour the hot Milk into the heatable Cup, and then add the Chocolate bit by bit to melt it. A few minutes later you have a decadent Chocolate Milk. The Spoon for stirring is unique too. It is actually hollow so that you can use it like a Straw. No burnt hands on the hot Cup!

The presentation

The goods

Goodies and the melting apparatus

So next time you're after a Chocolate fix, head to Max Brenner and give them a try. The Waffles and Chocolate Fondue look good too. For those who love Chai, they have a pretty good Chocolate Chai for fans to choose.

The sign says it all

Go on........ Treat yourself :)

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