Archive for January, 2014

Chinese New Year Catering

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Dim Sum Various KindsThese days, if you are the lady of the house, you do not have to stress yourself cooking if you are hosting a lunch or dinner at home. You have a wide selection of caterers you can choose from. All you have to do is to tell your chosen caterer what kind of cuisine you have and he/she will make you select the best from their menu.

One of the upcoming worldwide celebrations is the Chinese New Year. Some people who do not even have the Chinese blood are celebrating as well. Many will definitely be hosting dinner in their homes, and of course to coincide with the big event, the foods should all be Chinese.

If you happen to be one of those who will decide on getting a caterer on Chinese New Year, here’s a list of suggested foods from appetizers to desserts. Enjoy!

Appetizers

Siomai (pork, shrimp or crab)
Dumplings (fried or steamed)
Egg rolls

Salads

Chinese Chicken Salad with Sesame Dressing
Chinese Napa Cabbage Salad
Brown rice and Tofu salad

Soup

Egg Drop soup
Wanton Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup

Rice

Yang Chow Fried Rice
Pork BBQ Fried Rice
Plain Steamed Rice
Fried Rice (with shrimp or chicken)
Sesame Fried Rice

Chicken Dishes

Kung Pao Chicken
Honey Garlic Chicken with Sesame Seeds
Mandarin Orange Chicken
General Tso Chicken

Beef and Pork Dishes

Beef misono with bean sprouts
Beef in Szechuan sauce
Beef with Asparagus and Broccoli
Roast Pork with Chinese Vegetables
Breaded Pork with Honey-Garlic Sauce
Mixed beef and pork in Sesame Sauce

Seafood Dishes

Seafood Platter
Sweet and Sour Shrimp
Fish Fillet with Sesame and Walnut dip
Shrimp Corn Casserole
Garlic Scallops

Desserts

Buchi covered with sesame seeds
Longan Jelly
Yam Cake
Moon cake

Beverages

A. Cold

Salt Soda Water
Suanmeitang
Osmanthus Wine
Soda
Pearl Milk Tea

B. Warm

Jiuniang
Tieguanyin
Chrysanthemum Tea

With the sumptuous list of Chinese treats laid before you, all you have to do is to pick out dishes that will complement each other. Never forget to get a dish or two from chicken, beef and pork, and sea foods so that your guests will have a broad selection.


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Sydney’s Best Tea Houses

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Seldom do we find ‘tea persons’ in this world because majority of us have a stronger affection towards coffee than tea. Maybe it’s because of the caffeine content that makes us have a more sustained attention and alertness or perhaps it has something to do with the so-called ‘coffee taste’ Whatever it is, we don’t know but those tea lovers are the unique ones. And probably they will be the happiest of all to know the best tea houses when they are in Sydney.

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Whether you like the classic hot teas, milk teas or the newly-evolved bubble teas, here is a list of the top tea houses in Sydney”

• The Tea Room. The Tea Room serves the traditional hot tea but they’ve got a broad selection of different kinds of teas your taste buds haven’t encountered yet. You may bring home too if you wish but of course you’ll have to pay for it. Their classic teas are best paired with their sweets like their cute cakes and chocolates or their finger sandwiches.

• Ten Ren Cha. If you prefer Asian style teas, then Ten Ren Cha is the tea house for you. You will also have a good taste of all their delicious Asian-inspired snacks to couple with your tea.

• Easy Way Tea. Bubble tea is a great evolution in the world of teas. Instead of the hot, plain and almost-bland ones, bubble teas are the complete opposite. They’re cold, milky, creamy, and sweet and the twist? Pearls at the bottom. The younger generations will enjoy more bubble teas here at Easy Way Tea.
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• Kopitiam. Aside from the mouth watering Malaysian dishes and coffee they they are primarily known for, Kopitiam also offers a lot of great-tasting eccentric teas to choose from.

• Harrogate Tea Shop and Tea Rooms. Feel the great Victorian ambiance of Harrogate while taking a sip of your hot tea served Victorian-style tea cups too. If you can’t get over with their tea, you may take a look at downstairs and entertain yourself with a large selection of teas you may buy and take home.

Tea is great to conclude a day filled with sumptuous spit roast from Eastern Sydney Spit Roast Catering.

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Summer Eats at Sydney Opera House

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

The Sydney Opera House is not just a world famous venue to showcase brilliant theater talents, Australians and tourists alike also enjoy the gourmet foods at the Opera House’s restaurants. This summer, make Australia’s capital your vacation destination and make sure to put Sydney Opera House the number one on your list.

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And if you do hit Sydney Opera House, never forget to watch the most beautiful stage plays and of course, the following cafes, bars and restaurants to enjoy their summer food goodies:

• Liana Raine. Located at the forecourt of the Opera House, Liana Raine is the home of the best and healthiest ice cream and popsicles. Treat yourself with something cool to brush off summer heat the healthy way. Liana Raine makes use of Australia’s fruits of the season to flavor their ice cream and popsicles in plush carts.

• Garden Bar by The Corner House. The best place to be idle, relax and enjoy all the good foods at Sydney. Opening at 9am until late in the evening, the Garden Bar by The Corner House serves nothing but the best from eatables to beverages. Enjoy their champagne, cold pressed juices and a long list of cocktails. And oh, their Mediterranean barbecue is to die for so don’t forget to order it plus their oysters which you yourself will pick.

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• Pop Up Food Trucks, Café, Restaurant and Bar. Offering the best of Sydney’s street foods at the opera house’s forecourt. If you have a sweet tooth, this one will really fit your taste buds because this summer at the house, there will be a parade of great morsels and sweet treats the whole gang will definitely enjoy.

• Opera Bar. Enjoy the summer sun and its warmth while feasting your eyes on the great harbor and the many great eye candies at the Opera House. Make their fresh squeezed juices a part of your brunch order especially their organic coconut water.

Stay healthy whilst on vacation at Sydney. Enjoy all their fresh and healthy cool treats for the season.

But do you know what else makes summer really exciting? Spit roast party in the backyard! Contact Parramatta Spit Roast Catering right away!

Crush Wine and Food Festival

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Much is being talked about the most awaited Crush Wine and Food Festival in one of South Australia’s wine regions, the Adelaide Hills. Regular Crush Wine and Food fest goers still have that enthusiasm alive and strong even if they participate on this event every year, but more so for the tourists and vacationers who will have their first experience of the festival on the 19th of January.

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The Crush Wine and Food festival is more than just wines and foods combined. It’s also a celebration of music, fashion and arts which many look forward to. This year, the organizers have a number of events to be enjoyed; some are formal wherein guests are given the chance to be exquisitely dressed in their cocktails and suits, while others are too informal like some picnic of some sort. The good thing is, almost all of the events are free. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the events you may wish to go to:

• Longview Vineyard (Cellar Door Event). This is where music, art, wine and food meet. Graced with four Australian street artists, the event will be as colorful as you can imagine since they will be doing live murals for everyone to see. Guests can take delight in Hill country BBQ paired with Longview’s famous wine while enjoying the DJs music.

• Tomich Wines (Ticketed Event). Enjoy a relaxing picnic at the Tomich Vineyard with Adelaide bands playing and rounds of tasty tapas and pizzas by Mount Barkers Giovanni Ristorante.

crush and wine festival

• Anderson Hill (Cellar Door Event). People of the 50s will surely be everywhere for this Rock ‘n Roll party at Anderson Hill overlooking the beautiful vineyard with prizes awaiting the best dressed in 1950s costume and serves of pizza and wines.

• The Stirling Hotel (Ticketed Event). Take pleasure in sipping wines from Mike Press and The Lane Vineyard and munching pizza under the shade of verdant trees with soothing acoustic music playing.

• ArtWine (Cellar Door Event). Delight your eyes with the art exhibit of Jen Prior, your ears with The Paybacks’ music and your taste buds with a broad selection of Mediterranean foods by Vileroy Restaurant and European style wines.

You know what’s the best pair for wine?

Spitroast!

Get it from Eastern Sydney Spit Roast Catering

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Great Barrier Feast

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Australia’s one of the best naturally-bestowed gifts from the heavens is the Great Barrier Reef, which happens to be the world’s biggest system of coral reefs. For this, it’s but important to celebrate such a great blessing through their annual Hamilton Island’s Great Barrier Feast. The feast’s almost always being held in the month of July.
The highlight of the Great Barrier Feast is always the showcase of culinary prowess from world famous chefs in an exclusive, haute setting. But of course, this is just one of the many things one can do during a vacation at Hamilton Island.

great barrier feast

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should be there on Great Barrier Feast:

• Meet and Greet with Cool People. Because it’s Great Barrier Feast, definitely there’ll be a lot of local and international visitors gracing Hamilton Island and so it’s the perfect time to level up your social skills by meeting new acquaintances- unique ones. Just don’t forget to get acquainted with the famous personas of the kitchen during the Great Barrier Feast classes from the invited chefs.

• Learn in a Truly Classy, Beautiful Way. Immerse yourself in an exclusive culinary class at a plush setting from the world’s greatest chefs and learn some of their ‘personal’ style of waving magic that are making their dishes even more delectable

• Eat and Drink your Heart Away. Great Barrier Feast definitely means letting yourself feast over the wide selection of equally scrumptious foods and beverages at the place.

• Visual Treats. It’s the time to explore Hamilton Island and all the beautiful things it is. If you do not have water phobia, go and dive to see the truly magnificent beauty of the colorful coral reefs deep down under the ocean.

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• Relax and Enjoy a Brand New Experience. This is the ultimate reason why you should be there during the Great Barrier Feast and that’s to give yourself a break from the everyday hassle-bustle of your life and seek comfort and amusement in this event at such a naturally lovely place.

You can have the same delish food menus at home even after the Great Barrier Feast by ordering at Blacktown Spit Roast Catering where great menus can be delivered straight to your home.

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Watch Out for Gelato Messina at Sydney Festival

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Sydney festival is one of the much awaited events by Australians and vacationers alike every January. Some tourists would even plan their trip to Australia’s capital city just in time for the fest, where entertainment and good food are everywhere. The Sydney Festival Village is the most frequented place all throughout the event. The place houses great foods, music and a lot of treats fit for the young and old.

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From among the five equally famous food stations at the festival village, Gelato Messina is the one offering beautifully and amusingly crafted eatables which are all, of course, made up of their exquisite tasting gelatos. The following are their cool, unique treats you may enjoy:

• Messinawiener.The creation is made up of a deep-fried, crumbly pancake batter which houses the maple syrup-flavored gelato. The crispy gelato goodness is then bathed in rich plumb sauce.

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• Yeah Dawgs. Just like the common fast food morsel, Gelato Messina’s Yeah Dawgs really resemble the hotdog in a bun with a chocolate gelato shaped into a hotdog placed inside a finger bun. It also has ketchup made of raspberry, passion fruit sauce acting as the mustard, butter cream as the mayonnaise and coconut as the onion toppings. Where on earth can you find such a creative food idea?

• Sideshow Sundaes. These sundaes are not your ordinary ones. Expect twists and turns in these cups of goodness. If you have the power and capacity, you may try all their flavors and you will put so much pleasure into your taste buds.

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• Carnival Candies. These are not plain candies. These are candies made of gelatos. Take your pick from the gelatoffee apples, banana ice cream lollipops and the Red Skin.

Your trip to the Festival Village during the Sydney Festival will never be complete without getting yourselves treated with these out of the ordinary sweet pleasures from Gelato Messina.

How about celebrating the festival at home? Call your friends and talk over dinner if partying on the streets is not your thing. Get help from Hornsby Spit Roast Catering for your food preparations.

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Geeky Aussie Restaurants

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

geeky restaurantsRestaurants these days are in the process of being modernized too, and it is going too far that even tables already have screens installed so the diners can just easily browse and place their orders with just a sweep of a finger. The evolution started with paper-based menus, and then they were replaced by tablet menus and then now the screen on the table menus.

Definitely, the modernization will not simply stop there. Who knows maybe some restos don’t need waiters and waitresses to bring the ordered dishes to the table or they don’t have to wipe clean the table after the customers have eaten?

The following are just among the many geeky restaurants in Australia. Read on!

• Wagaya Japanese Restaurant. If you are so much into Japanese cookery or techie restos or both, then this place is the one for you. Interiors are dark and will really make you feel that it’s as if you are in Japan. The walls of the restaurant are equipped with screens. The built-in wall screens serve as the diners’ menu; and with this, waiters and waitresses aren’t needed anymore to take and place on the orders. The customers can do it themselves.

wagaya

• Mundo Tapas Bar. Perhaps the very first in North Sydney or the entire Australia to have iPads in replacement of paper-back menus. What’s even more amazing with iPad menus is that diners can be filled with trivia about the dishes they’re about to order. If they don’t know what to order, they will give you food suggestions depending on your mood or the climate. The iPad menus can even suggest good food and beverage combinations for you.

• Sushi Hotaru. Another resto known for its sumptuous oriental cuisine. Located in The Galeries Victoria at 500 George Street, Sydney, Sushi Hotaru is frequently visited by both residents and vacationers for the great tasting morsels and main dishes as well as their high-tech way of ordering system.

Do you know any other geeky restaurants in Sydney? But caterers like Macarthur – Liverpool Spit Roast Catering doesn’t have to be geeky. All it takes is a simple phone call, and you can expect all the sumptuous dishes served for your event.

Restaurants Replacing Menu with iPad

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

The world is so exquisitely modernized that even restaurants go very techie already. Australia is one of the countries in the world who pioneered the use of iPads to supersede the paper-based menus. Isn’t it such a great dining experience for customers to make ordering even easier with all the visuals of the foods and beverages they will order?

iPad menus

The following are the top three Aussie restaurants with tablet menus

• Global Mundo Tapas. The internationally famous Global Mundo Tapas restaurant located in North Sydney Rydges Hotel is actually the first to change the traditional paper menus with iPads in 2010. Here in Global Mundo Tapas, the waiter or the waitress does not have to take the orders of the customers because the diners themselves can place their orders directly to the kitchen with just a mere touch on what they want to eat. In addition, if the customer does not know what to order to yet, the iPad menu can give suggestions of food and drink combination depending on the current climate or mood of the diner. Truly high-tech, isn’t it?

Pearl Restaurant. A week after the Global Mundo Tapas launched its iPad menus, the Pearl restaurant followed. There are some kinds of differences, however, between the two big Aussie restos who pioneered the use of iPad. With Pearl restaurant, the diners will still need the waiters or waitresses to take their orders. So the question is: What are they going to do with the iPad menus if they can’t place their orders directly to the kitchen? Well of course the high-tech menus will have an image of the foods and they don’t have to ask the waiters/waitresses anything about the food and wine because even the tiniest detail about it is placed there. They just have to enjoy reading on trivia regarding the dish they are about to eat.

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• Maedaya. The Japanese restaurant in Richmond which is famously known for its freshness and quality taste also switched to the techie type of ordering system with the aid of the iPad. One sweep of your finger and all you have to do is wait on for your mouth-watering Jap dishes to reach the table, through the waiters and waitresses, of course.

Do you think menus on iPad are also a great idea for caterers like Northern Beaches Spit Roast Catering?

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Great Monday Night Restaurants to Check Out in Sydney

Monday, January 13th, 2014

monday night in sydney

Monday night seems to be the best night to dine out with family, friends or co-workers because for the majority, the first working day of the week s is for always, a Monday. Or even if it is not because of the fact that Monday is the first day of work day, you can eat out at night at these fabulous restaurants in Australia’s capital city just because it’s Monday and you wanna pig out.

• Rockpool Bar and Grill

Meat lovers will rejoice in extreme delight. Best known for their perfect, firewood-cooked steaks, Rockpool Bar and Grill is one of the most frequented restos of both resident Aussies and vacationers for their mouth-watering meat and burgers. Diners also have a wide selection of wine that can perfectly match with the kind of meat they ordered. If you come in a large group for a social gathering or any work-related meeting, the resto’s got private dining areas too.

• Fratelli Paradiso

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If you and your gang want to go Italian, Fratelli Paradiso can be one of the best places to consider. All food choices are written in Italian on a blackboard but for always, you can ask even the tiniest detail about the dish from one of the stunning men in black. Pasta, wine, name the Italian food you want and you’ll get it fresh and good in Fratelli.

• Catalina

Overlooking the picturesque Rose Bay, Catalina is a good place to be whether it’s day or night. Catalina’s known for its seafood dishes and exquisite list of equally tempting wines. Their meat dishes and dessert selections are excellently done as well. What more can you ask for? You’ve got a view of the beautiful bay and servings of heavenly food in front of you.

• Longrain
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Longrain showcases the Thai and Southern Chinese cooking. If you’re hankering for something Thai, go here and you will never regret you did. The Thai and Southern China foods are a mix of bursting flavors. Your taste buds will definitely thank you for choosing the resto. You might wait a little for a table but the Bunker Bar is there to accommodate you and serve you with cocktails and morsels to keep your stomach calm.

Don’t feel like going out on Monday night for dinner? You can still enjoy a sumptuous meal at home. You can even invite your friends to come over without have to sweat out for the dinner menus. Simply order the best dishes from Lower North Shore Spit Roast Catering.

Sydney Festival Coming Up

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Festival is one of the main reasons why people would come and visit a specific place. When vacationers would plan for their trip, many of them would always make it a point that their trip schedule would coincide to the place’s festival.
Festivals are filled with extreme fun and each of them has their own uniqueness that attracts more and more spectators, locally and internationally.

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January is the time of great celebration for Sydney because the capital city’s much awaited festival falls on this month. With all the events the organizers prepared for the audience, you surely might have bugging thoughts of extending your vacation.

Here are five of the numerous festival shows you might be interested to go to:

BAND OF MAGICIANS. Catch the extremely exciting magic tricks of one of the world’s first groups of magicians on January 9 to 19 at Riverside Theatres. Be enveloped in captivating and breathtaking showcase of magical prowess.

TOM THUM: BEATING THE BEAT HABIT. Beat boxing is one of the most amazing talents anybody can have. If you happen to have that skill, if you are an avid fan of beat boxing or both, grab the chance to witness Tom Thum’s beat boxing expertise on January 21-26 at Circus Ronaldo Tent.

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OCKHAM’s RAZOR. If you wanna experience feeling your stomach turning upside down, go to Seymour Centre from January 21 to 26 to witness the acrobats in the air performing their jaw-dropping aerial dance and gymnast power. Don’t dare miss this. Seat back, relax and fasten your seatbelt for this show.

PARADISO LATES, PARADISO AT TOWN HALL. Spend the night away dancing, dancing and dancing for free at Sydney Town Hall from January 16 to 25. This seems to be a good way to burn calories from eating kinds of foods you will bump into whole day long.

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LADY RIZO. If you belong to the type of vacationers who want a laidback, relaxed and posh ambiance to the events they will go to, this is the show to watch. Catch the beautiful and sophisticated Lady Rizo at The Spiegeltent on January 21 to 26.

No more energy to go out for a party? Why not host a party at home? Make sure you’ve got the best spit roast on your table from Northern Sydney Spit Roast Catering.

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