Tiamo, italian restaurant in Carlton

Tonight we were going to Cinema Nova in Carlton to watch a Studio Ghibli movie (Whispers of the Heart), because this month, cinemas were celebrating the awesome animated movies of Studio Ghibli! I really wanted to go to Cinema Nova, because my friend Tilly told me that they were doing Totoro themed Choctops!

I had to go get one! 😀

Haha!!

And since we were going to cinema nova, we decided to go to dinner first. Levina and Ben suggested we go to Tiamo, one of their favourite places. I was looking forward to it!

Its just across the road from cinema nova. So convenient!

When the lovely waittress came to serve us, i was so impressed that she didnt even need to write down our orders (and there was seven of us!). I told her she had such a good memory snd she said its a good exercise!

I chose to eat a lasagna, because i love garfield and he loves lasagna, so i love lasagna haha! If only i could eat it the way he does, and just shovel it into my mouth 😀

Looks good right??? And it tasted good too! And at a reasonable price!! Ahhh… i know why levina and ben keep coming back here 🙂

I got to try levina’s mushroom pizza and it was delicious too!

So if youre looking for a yum place for good italian food near the city, i can recommend Tiamo!

Its at 303 lygon st, carlton

Musashi Ramen, cbd

I really wanted to like this place! It is named Musashi, which is the name of one of my favourite novels, about a real life japanese swordsman named Miyamoto Musashi. When i walked in, and saw this cool wall art:

I was like…. please let the ramen here be good! I want to like this place! 😀

And then the cups of water came out and i saw this:

Little fishes!! So it looks like a fishtank hahah! I love it.

And my friend’s cup had pandas on it!

Awesome!

And they were playing cool jpop music! I felt like i was watching an anime, aw yeah! And also some kpop too i think, i felt like i heard some songs by Big Bang! 🙂

Well i ordered the ramen. I got the Hakata Tonkotsu. And also i saw this drink on the menu, called a Green Tea Monster. And it actually looked like a monster. I had to order it hahah!

I had to right??? I enjoyed that!!

And the ramen was this:

Mmmmmmm…. good stuff! Ramen that hits the spot! 🙂

I was very happy, cos like i said, i really wanted to like a place called Musashi that has a cool picture of a swordsman on the wall! And i did!!

I think this place is open 24 hours a day too.

Musashi Ramen is at 181 russell st in the city 🙂

Adana Wrap from Katik Take Away, Campbellfield

Ok that was amazing. My friend Tilly recommended this place to me ages ago, and ive always been meaning to go, but today i finally got around to going. And boy am i glad i did! She told me its at the end of the Upfield train line, very close to the train station. Actually Tilly and I refer to the Upfield line as the kebab line now 😀

I was going to visit my friend in brunswick today and i had to catch the Upfield line….. and it was near lunchtime….. and so……

That happened! Hahhaha

I quickly looked on zomato, to see what things people were recommending and the word Adana kept popping up! So i decided on getting an Adana Wrap! (Cos i love eating stuff in my hands! Like crepes mmmmm!) You can also get stuff on a plate too. It looks very appealing! But i want my wrap!!

Its a small place, about the size of your local fish and chip shop. But there was a constant influx of people! Always a good sign! 🙂

I ordered my adana wrap and i asked the man what sauce he recommended and he said chilli sauce for the adana, so i went with his expert opinion!

While waiting i enjoyed the vibe in the place. It reminded me a lot of Andrews Burgers, a small place with delicious food thats constantly got people in there!

Then my order arrived! I went outside to eat.

Look at it! It smelled good. It looked good. It tasted good!! 🙂 the meat was smokey and flavoursome! I forgot about the world for the ten minutes while i was devouring this. Normally i stop to make a quick post on facebook about the food. But not today. I wanted to saviour this first!

Im really glad Tilly posted about this place, and im really glad i finally went to check it out!

Its totally worth the train trip here! Just sit on the train and cross the road and enter food heaven for a little while 🙂

Katik Take Away is at 349 barry rd, Campbellfield

Shandong Mama, dumpling place in the city

There are some really great dumpling places in the city! Everyone has their favs and also different places depending on what their mood is. Today I got to try another good one that i hadnt been to before! Its been on my list of places to try for a long time, ever since i saw the youtube video where Natalie Tran (CommunityChannel) visited melbourne and checked it out.

Its tucked away in Midcity arcade that runs between bourke and little bourke st.
I checked out the menu and i decided i wanted to try the dumplings. They also have different rice and noodle dishes. But i wanted to tick 'shandong dumplings' off my list!

Look at the description of the Little Rachel dumplings! "Mama was rocking her newborn granddaughter to sleept and felt overwhelmed by the serenity and happiness of the moment, and the next instant a new recipe flowed into her mind! Prawn, calamari, salmon in loving embrace accompanied by chives, chinese cannage and a dash of seseme oil."
I loved that! I love when ideas pop into my head, or hearing stories of ideas popping into other peoples heads! I knew i had to order the Little Rachel dumplings!
Also i saw 'eight treasures tea' on the drinks menu. It sounded unique so i went with that!

The eight treasures tea came out first! Pretty right? 🙂 and it was definitely a unique and pleasant flavour to drink!
And then the dumplings came out!

Oh yes. And they were yummy! Definitely unique! I hadnt eaten dumplings quite like these before.

I love the bits of prawn inside lovingly embraced by those other ingredients! 🙂 i definitely enjoyed eating the little rachel dumplings and was left very satisfied!
Im looking forward to coming back and trying out other dumplings. They have one inspired by Melbourne! So i might try that. One day i may try their noodle or rice dishes to see how they are too!
Shandong Mama is inside midcity arcade, at 200 bourke st, cbd

Frank’s, cafe in cheltenham

My friend Tam told me about this place. In a quiet suburban st in cheltenham, there is this bustling little cafe called Frank's.
It had a really friendly vibe and the staff were lovely.
I started off with a mocha.

Ahh coffee art ❤️
And the lovely waittress got me a newspaper to read while i waited for my meal. Which meant i got to read some Garfield, Hagar, etc woohoo.
I asked her what the Fried Chicken Bao was, and she described it to me, and it sounded really unique, so i was intrigued and got that.

Look at they hey? 🙂
And heres what it looks like when i picked it up:

Nice yummy fried chicken encased in soft dough surrounded by an explosion of flavours. Mmmm, i enjoyed eating that!
They also have burgers and donuts and regular brunch options too!
If youre in the cheltenham area (somewhat near southland shopping centre), its a nice place to go for brunch!
Its at 97 cavanagh st, cheltenham.