Work lunch #3 How do you eat Asian food without any cutlery? Here’s how!

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Thaiger – Gourmet Thai Burgers
Shop 16, The Walk Arcade, Melbourne

We took a tram up from work to check out the burger place with unusually dark buns. The chips were seasoned nicely and we could smell those distinct Thai flavours I love so much as our burgers were served to us.

We were lucky to snag one of the 3 little tables outside this place, the latest offering from the owners of Fomo (we love their roast pork with 3 different condiments). I opted for the fish burger as I had eaten so much meat on the weekend and it was a nice light burger with robust flavour. It filled me up even without a side of chips – my friend and I shared his fries.

You may think “Not another burger joint” but we welcome their concept of fusing Thai dishes with burgers so that you can enjoy Asian cuisine without having to use any cutlery! Tom yum on the go, nice one. 😉

I was surprised that even though we visited during what I thought would be the lunch hours rush, we didn’t have to wait long for our orders (must’ve been the wet Melbourne weather. Score!). With friendly service and the sauces bursting with flavour we sat satisfied with our burgers, though my friend mentioned that he would’ve liked to see a more even soft-shell crab to bun ratio. Other than that we enjoyed lunch and the friendly service and will definitely be back to try more!

We ordered:

Plaaaaa Burger – crispy crumbed fish with sweet sliced pineapple, onion, capsicum and sweet and sour mayo

“Pou nim” Black Burger – crispy soft shell crab, Granny Smih Asian slaw and sweet and tangy dressing with chips and a bottle of water

There are also salads available and sweet potato fries for those who are looking for alternatives to the burgers.

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Life Lately – the start of 2015


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Day 1 and 2 – The first meal of 2015 was some ham and a bowl of arroz-caldo (a Filipino rice soup with chicken and ginger-flavored broth) at mum’s house after watching bursts of colorful fireworks just outside – Mr D squealed with so much excitement at the unexpected explosions! Day 2 was production-line time as we helped my brother prepare for his wedding with over 250 name tags, goody bags, cupcakes being carefully assembled one by one. When all was done we took a train into the city to go through a last rehearsal at Passion Dance Studio – the bride and groom had a couple of special dance numbers in store for their guests 🙂 We then had an eventful night staying over at Crown Promenade.
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Day 3 – Eat, drink and be married! I love how the two photos above show the two sides to our day – looking all pro in the top photo whilst behind the scenes it was super hot and windy! The fierce weather didn’t stop us from celebrating a beautiful ceremony at the Fitzroy gardens before partying it up with good music, food and drink at Taylors Lakes reception. For more pics of the day check out my Instagram feed!2015/01/img_9350.jpg

Day 4 – Time to relax. We took Mr D swimming at the hotel pool before spending some time with family friends who had come from Las Vegas to attend the wedding. I love how these milestones in life always bring loved ones together and what better way to reconnect than over a delicious home-cooked meal by my dad!2015/01/img_9351.jpg

Day 5 – Playing Melbourne tour guide. Domaine Chandon and a stop over at Yarra Valley Dairy cafe was bliss on a gorgeous day. Enough said.

2015/01/img_93521.jpgDay 6 – Grateful for thoughtful friends and their brunchtime invite. Duchess of Spotswood. Devoured a Prince of Wales. 2015/01/img_9430.jpgDay 7 – A happy day. Brunch in Williamstown. A walk in the park. A visit to the NGV. Shopping at Emporium Melbourne and dinner with the family.2015/01/img_9354.jpgDay 8 – Back to work. Maths and science books at the post office. A new cafe. Vintage posters at the Salvo’s. A dinner date and finger lickin’ good dishes at Mr Miyagi. Loved the music too! Reminded me of the Next Blue days 😉2015/01/img_9355.jpg

Day 9 – Dumplings galore at China Red for a farewell dinner as a friend moves overseas for work. Always love catching up with my dance family, Rewind.

2015/01/img_9356.jpgWeekend – Fried chicken and a visit to grandma’s to spend time with my aunty and uncle who were visiting from London!

2015/01/img_9357.jpgDay 12 – 14 – Work fridge looking full with lunches from home – looks like everyone is going well with their new year resolutions of either eating healthy or saving money! Took Father Noel out for a belated birthday dinner. Love Longrain’s braised pork and dessert platter.

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Day 15-17 – A stroll after work down to South Wharf – such a nice, little walk along the river! Hadn’t walked down this side of Melbourne before! Attended the media call for Strictly Ballroom and was blown away by the sequins, music, dancing and Baz. The performances were so energetic and uplifting, I just wanted to dance in the aisles – and that was only after seeing a snippet of the show! You can get your tickets here! Attended the Blogger BBQ at The Park, Albert Park and got to catch up with some fellow bloggers. It was nice to be able to chat face-to-face 🙂 Beautiful stained glass windows of St Francis’ church on Londsdale st.2015/01/img_9400.jpg

Sunday selfies with this little guy. Along the Yarra outside Crown, we lazed around in the Sportshub enjoying live acoustic music and a cup of Movenpick icecream! Cozy outdoor lounge settings and beanbags. A perfect start to the year.

What have you been up to lately? Hope it’s been a happy and healthy start to 2015 – xx –

And on hot, sunny days let’s do this!

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Water park fun…and it’s free!

Holidays. Sun. Clear blue skies. An adventurous toddler.

Off to the playground we went!

And not just any old playground. We drove to “new Werribee” to explore the water park nestled in the Riverwalk estate. Always looking for places to discover and things to do, D squealed with joy as he played with the water fountains.

Water park fun that won’t break the budget. This free playground has got to be one of Melbourne’s best new public spaces. With a full sized basketball court, mini skate park, bbq’s and playground there is something for everyone. And once you’re done with it all, the wide open fields of fresh, green grass is just calling out for you to lie down and daydream away!


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You are invited to celebrate life!…The Urban Ma way 🙂 #celebratelifetumw

What: Explore Melbourne’s playgrounds – featuring a fantastic water park!
Where:
 Newmarket Road, Werribee (in the Riverwalk estate) Just off the M1 freeway Werribee exit
When: All year round. October to March 9am to 8pm. April to September 10am to 5pm. (Sometimes the water features are not in operation so to avoid disappoint, check before you head there! Places Victoria or Wyndham City Council)
Cost: Free!
Features: a net swing, monkey bars, climbing wall, water park fountains and features, a basketball court and skatepark, toilets, bbq facilities, shaded areas with picnic tables, slides.
Age: Fun for all ages with toddler friendly playground equipment
What to bring:
– sunscreen, a hat and sunnies – let’s stay sun safe!
– a change of clothes and a towel
– pack a picnic or bring some bbq essentials (we packed some yummy sandwiches filled with leftover Christmas ham, nectarines and chocolates from Christmas presents!)
– a bottle of water to keep hydrated
– thongs for when you get wet and comfy shoes if you want to run around the basketball courts
– a basketball/skateboard/kite to fly in the open, grassy space
Fun Facts! This park area occupies 1.4ha and cost $4.8 million to complete. Village Park is found in the new Riverwalk estate and opened in October 2014. Just make sure you check that the water features are working before you visit.

Water park Werribee Riverwalk basketball courtsDon’t forget to bring a ball, skateboard or your rollerblades!
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Water park Werribee Styling Daniel The YuansMy rock climbing little man

sun bathing The Urban Ma blogThe wooden decking areas surrounding the water park are perfect for sun bathing and watching over the kids
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The Urban Ma blog Melbourne playgroundRide your bike here and you can park it just opposite the bridges and basketball areas
The Urban Ma blog Melbourne playgroundOpen space with seating areas…a place for fabulous future events I think!
The Urban Ma blog water park MelbourneThe water features can be operated by the little ones. Simply find the buttons scattered around the water play area on poles

Melbourne playground The Urban Ma blogThis structure had him occupied for ages! Bark was the feature and he loved it! Lots of tunnels and holes to push the bark through
The Urban Ma blog Daniel Places Victoria The Urban Ma blogFresh, green grass…perfect for throwing frisbees, flying kites or just lazing around with an antipasto platter!
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Interested in other playgrounds visited by The Urban Ma? Check out our post on Dinosaur Mimi!

Food lovers, this one is for you – dish’d Melbourne

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dish’d Food Store – 31 Izett St, Prahran, Melbourne
www.dish.com.au – Frozen cuisine delivery

The delivery of this big, white box this week was a godsend. With Christmas planning, shopping and decoration duties in full swing and the work year coming to a close, there was nothing more tiring I could think of doing than having to stop past the local grocery store in search for something to eat for dinner, and get home only to start chopping, marinating and prepping the table for an evening meal that’s not only tasty but nutritious.

I don’t know about you but after a long day at work during this festive season I just want to come home, get cuddles and put my feet up. So when we were invited by the team at Nuffnang and dish’d to try out the dish’d home delivery service I immediately jumped at the chance to taste their cuisine and spend more time relaxing with my family.

“Enjoying great food with friends and family is a joy, and one we want to help you share often and effortlessly, by providing you delicious meals, ready when you are.” – dish’d

What:
dish’d is an online food delivery service that serves quality frozen food with taste and seamless service. From prawns en papillote to Baci ice cream and chocolate ganache and salted caramel tarts you can create your very own restaurant style feast for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Who:
With award winning chefs such as Jacques Reymond joining the team you can expect nothing less than world-class creations.
Where:

Online and with the success of its online launch in August, dish’d Food Store has now just opened it flagship store in Prahran, Melbourne
How:
It’s as easy as visiting the website, drooling over the mouth-watering dishes and once you’ve placed your order it is delivered the very next day. Delivered in a sturdy box with dry ice, its contents will stay frozen after being delivered to your door step up to 10pm that night just in case you come home a little late. Free delivery is also available for orders over $50.

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The dish’d website was well laid out and easy to navigate and the only problem the hubby had was deciding what to order since everything looked so amazing. This may be attributed to that fact that the creators of dish’d are passionate about making quality dishes for time-poor food lovers.

You can choose from component ingredients or frozen meals depending on what you feel like devouring.We ordered the following and are fans of each and every item we chose:

– 4 Ratatouille steam bags (eggplant, onions, zucchini, and red and green capsicum) $4.95
– 6 vegetable and mushroom cones wrapped in a rice lattice shell $4.45
– marinated scallops in extra virgin olive oil, tomato and lemon $10.95
– 8 petits gratins de crab $11.95
– 2 raspberry sorbet slices $9.45
– 2 love apples x2 $16.90 ($8.45 each)
– 2 black pearls $10.45
– tiramisu gelato $2.75
– 2 New York cut beef porterhouse steaks, premium grass fed $22.00
– 2 beef eye fillet steaks $20.00
– chopped coriander $2.25
– chopped chives $2.25
– Baci gelato $7.45
– Chocolatissimo gelato $2.75

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Our package was delivered at 1pm and by the time I got home the hubby had prepared some mash and veggies to go along with the vegetarian cones and the premium steak cuts we ordered. We were all extremely impressed with the quality and presentation and will definitely be trying out more items in the following weeks! With such perfect looking dishes on the website, we were pleasantly surprised that they were also reasonably priced…I think someone has a new favorite online store! 🙂

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As we made our way through all these beautifully prepared dishes, I had a thought that this would be the absolute perfect present to give to my friends who have recently given birth! Imagine being greeted at the door with a delectable dinner ready to go!
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 The above photos are from my Instagram and Twitter feeds and I can’t rave enough about all the items we tried and the raspberry sorbet slice! Robust flavor on a delicious base, these are perfect for a candlelit dinner date at home on a balmy summer night or if like us you have a toddler, they would love it too!

Would you like to experience high quality cuisine at home?
Are you a food lover in search for new and tasty meals?
Would you love to find a new way of creating a fabulous breakfast, lunch or dinner for your family and friends without the stress of having to prepare it all on your own?

We were so happy with the food we tried that we would love for you to have a chance to try it for yourselves. We are giving one lucky follower the chance to win $50 to use at dishd.com.au.

All you need to do is leave a comment below and tell us what you would like to spend your $50 on and a lucky winner will be announced next Friday 19th of December.

Terms & Conditions

Australian entrants only living in VIC 0r NSW metro.
The winner will be selected by their comment and will be notified by email (so make sure you email theurbanma@hotmail.com with your email address if you are not already a subscriber to my blog).
By entering this competition you agree to be automatically subscribed to The Urban Ma blog. Your privacy is protected and your email address will not be used for anything other than notifying winners directly and, where applicable, being subscribed to The Urban Ma Blog newsletters and information.
This competition closes 5pm Friday 19th of December.

Brought to you by Nuffnang and dish’d.

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Santa’s Magical Kingdom 2014

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We were so excited to take Mr D to Santa’s Magical Kingdom last night – to see him smile after not feeling well all week was the best! Mr D decorated his own little gingerbread man, he watched the circus acts while eating nuggets and chips, he flew down the giant slide and had fun exploring all the activities under the huge tent while merry Christmas carols played.

This year Santa’s Magical Kingdom has set up camp at the Caulfield Racecourse and sessions run from Thursday to Sunday up until December 23 (you can book your tickets here).

Enjoy an interactive, walk through adventure that incorporates everything that you and your family love about Christmas. 

As you will probably be able to tell from the pics below, we all had an enchanting time!

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Santa's Magical Kingdom kid-friendlyConquered the giant slide, decorated his dessert before eating it, Lego building and fun on the merry-go-roundChristmas gingerbread man Santa's Magical Kingdom Melbourne eventsBeautifully decorated areas under the magical tent
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Scared and excited at the same time, Mr D conquered the giant slide!
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Gingerbread man ChristmasWe all enjoyed the gingerbread man decorating. Finished up by eating it with coffee from the foodstall!
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Before going home we enjoyed the night time view up high on the ferris wheel
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Fun for all the family! Congrats to the winner of the Urban Ma blog Santa’s Magical Kingdom ticket giveaway! Check the “Giveaways” tab for more prizes.

Foodie Fridays – St Ali’s

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St Ali’s 
12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne

Like the enchanting laneways in Melbourne’s CBD where you always seem to find a new place to have coffee or a pop-up store full of eclectic goodies, South Melbourne is also blessed with good quality eateries. One well-known hangout is St Ali’s, perfect for a Saturday brunch with girls and our little male guest, Toddler D.  I hadn’t been there in ages and there were a mix of families, friends and  fitness fiends decked out in their sleek running gear and the latest fitness tracker wearables ordering their Saturday morning coffee.

Amongst all the chatter about the latest mummy, work and relationship goss, we enjoyed smooth coffee, savoury dishes and couldn’t resist the seductive row of sweets laid out on the front counter (I’ll be back for you custard and lychee donut!). The specials board boasted veal shin with roasted root veggies and a pork belly dish with black pudding and mash. I opted for the seafood scrambled eggs with kimchi and it was full of flavour and texture with roasted rice scattered on top. Finished it off with a sweet macadamia blondie. With gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options throughout the menu everyone is sure to find something to satisfy their appetite at this Melbourne institution that should be on everyone’s brunch place list 🙂

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