7 favourite Christmas traditions plus Santa’s Magical Kingdom – Giveaway!

Christmas is such a magical time of year when everyone seems so cheerful, decorations brighten up the place and a sense of hope and togetherness touches us all. The year draws to close paving the way for a new year of discovery and learning. Whether it’s staying up until midnight on Christmas Eve, cooking and eating your favourite dishes of the festive season or, spending some thoughtful, quiet time in reflection, we all have our different Christmas traditions that we love to share. Here are some of ours!:

1. Seeing the Christmas projections on Melbourne Town Hall and various Christmas decorations around Melbourne cityMelbourne Town Hall

2. Driving around to see the local Christmas lights

3. Attending Simbang Gabi – the traditional Filipino dawn masses leading up to ChristmasSimbang Gabi Resurrection Kings Park

 4. Donating to canned goods or clothing to St Vinnie’s

5. Baking gingerbread biscuits with Mr DChristmas gingerbread man

6. Decorating our Christmas tree whilst listening to our favourite carolsChristmas in Melbourne

7. Sharing a meal with all the relatives on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

The great thing about family traditions is that you can always create new ones together and there are so many amazing ways to share the joy of the silly season! In the past couple of years the kids (and us big kids alike!) have absolutely loved visiting the wonderland that is Santa’s Magical Kingdom. It has been a must-see for us leading up to Christmas with sessions being sold out annually.

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Where else can you experience dreamy snowfalls, creative activities for the kids, jaw-dropping performances by the awesome International Spectacular Christmas Show crew and keep the kids happy and enthralled for three hours where everything is organised for you (Mums join in with me as I heave a sigh of relief!)?snow fall The Urban Ma blog SMK

Santa’s Magical Kingdom this year will include:

• A magical Christmas walk-through wonderland
• Snowland the Snow Queen
• A free gift, when you meet Santa
• A brand new International Christmas Show Spectacular
• Roving Christmas characters
• Christmas Craft Village where you can make your own Christmas tree decoration
• Gingerbread Land, where you can decorate your own gingerbread man (this is always a favourite of ours and we end up eating our gingerbread on the car ride home!)
• Interactive Letter Writing area and Storytelling area with Mrs Claus (Mrs Claus is a darling!)
• Amusement Rides & Games, including Santa’s Sleigh Ride, the Giant Ferris Wheel, one of the Largest Super Slide’s in the country, The Elves Magical Train Ride and more (love the giant Super Slide!)
There’s so much fun for the whole family

Help Celebrate Rudolph’s Birthday!
In addition this year, Rudolph will be celebrating his birthday at Santa’s Magical Kingdom. Rudolph loves parties, so we need to impress him and celebrate in style! Rudolph will be joined by Mrs Claus, the Snow Queen, as well as Trolls: Poppy and Branch to celebrate his birthday. You will be able to meet and greet Movie Stars – Poppy and Branch. Every child will receive a special gift. All activities are inclusive with your Santa’s Magical Kingdom Admission Ticket. Rudolph’s Birthday will be celebrated on specific dates during the season.

Mon 12 Dec: Session 1: 10am – 1pm
Tue 13 Dec: Session 1: 10am – 1pm
Wed 14 Dec: Session 1: 10am – 1pm
Thu 15 Dec: Session 1: 10am – 1pm Session 2: 2pm – 5pm
Fri 16 Dec: Session 1: 10am – 1pm Session 2: 2pm – 5pm

The above times are the sessions where Rudolph will be celebrating his birthday and there are also more session times available for you to choose from! Tickets are now on sale so get in early to avoid missing out.

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Santa’s Magical Kingdom will be open from November 18th to December 23rd, 2016 with the big top at Caulfield Racecourse being transformed into an unforgettable event to suit all ages. I think it would even make for an awesome early Christmas present for those of you who have started planning early and are thinking of what to get for those on your Christmas list!

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Santa’s Magical Kingdom Giveaway (This giveaway is now closed!)

++++++++++AND THE WINNER IS….NICOLE! (Updated 20/11/16)+++++++++++

Please email theurbanma@hotmail.com with your postal address and the ages of your kids by 5pm 22/11/16 in order to claim your prize otherwise another name will be drawn. Congratulations and thank you so much to all who entered. We look forward to sharing more events and products with you in the future.

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Thanks to Santa’s Magical Kingdom, we have a Family Pass (2 x adults and 2 x kids) worth $140 for Friday 25th of November 6pm session to giveaway.

To enter, simple leave a comment below on this blog post and let us know one of your favourite Christmas traditions. Competition closes November 14th, 2016. The winner will be randomly selected and will be given 48 hours to respond via email with their name and address. Good luck and have a great week everyone.

P.S Thank you so much for your support throughout the year. It is because of you that am given the opportunity to give away such fun, awesome experiences like this. So if you like discovering new places and experiences, check out the latest on my Instagram and Facebook pages and follow along with our adventures!  Much love, Jacqui.

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Date night CalMex style by the bay


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Date night in St Kilda

“Do what you did in the beginning of the relationship and there won’t be an end.”

When I used to hear the words date night I used to think why does it have to have a specific name? Isn’t every night date night? Going out on spontaneous trips to the movies, rollerblading by the beach and flying to new destinations to explore the world with your bae. But that was before we had kids. Before having to juggle breastfeeding, nap times and various other preschooler and baby needs before ours.

Our world has become a much more colourful place since our two little munchkins joined us. I never thought I’d get so excited to watch Sesame Street again (it helps when people like Usher, Bruno Mars and Emma Stone appear on it!) or be so enthralled watching Hannah’s little fingers trying to grasp food for the first time.

In the midst of hearing the monster truck song on YouTube over 20 times in one day that my son is completely obsessed with, and having to remember doctor appointments, nurse checkups, dinners with friends, catch ups with my mothers group, visiting relatives, play dates, birthday parties and events, the kids are on my mind 24/7. And that means sometimes someone misses out…hence the need for highly anticipated date nights! I remember when we got engaged and started our marriage preparation, one of the many questions our priest asked us was about communication. How were we going to talk and stay close to each other when/if we had kids? I thought well we’d just make sure we find time to listen and talk. Hahaha! A lot easier than it sounds. Little did I know it would take a little bit more than just positive thinking to be able to get out and about with the hubby

Thankfully we have family close by who also believe in the importance of spending time together even if it’s just for a couple of hours, so last Thursday we headed off somewhere new that we hadn’t been to before…the Mission district in San Fran.

Bay City Burrito menu

Just kidding – although going back to States for a family holiday is on our list!

Instead of the fourteen hour flight across the Pacific, we headed out to Bay City Burrito in St Kilda right next to the iconic Luna Park to try their Mission San Fransicso – style burritos. With Hannah already nine months, we’ve been able to get out a lot more lately as she is now on solids and lasts longer in between her breastfeeds. Our last date night took us on a tour of Europe at the alluring Copper Pot restaurant in Seddon. This time round we switched it up and got our CalMex on.

Bay City Burrito’s St Kilda installment has been open for three years now,with their first Hawthorn restaurant serving customers seven years strong. We met ever-charismatic owner Gary, who informed us that their style of food is Californian Mexican as opposed to TexMex. It’s widely known that Californians generally tend to want more healthy options in the food they consume and, as a result CalMex cuisine utilises more of the fresher ingredients such as lettuce, tomato, avocado, black olives and leaner cuts of meat in their dishes. Fish tacos and other fusion extras can also be found on the menu of CalMex style eateries.

The hubby ordered the Bay City Bomber burrito and it was seriously massive! He had to take a break towards the end to have a breather but it tasted so good he still managed to finish it off!

At first glance of the BCB menu, I was excited at the huge variety of burritos I could choose from, and then even more impressed when I saw that there were some flavoursome vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options as well – need to keep this place in mind next time I have a catch up with friends!

We ordered:

– the Bay City Nachos – warm tortilla chips smothered in BCB’s home made queso sauce & topped with fresh pico de gallo
– Sangria
– The Mission Special Burrito – Pick any two items (grilled chicken, lean steak, carnitas pork, tofu or veggies – I picked the lean steak and pork…it was amazing!) with cheese, black beans, Spanish rice & mild salsa in a grilled flour tortilla
– the Bay City Bomber Burrito – steak & chicken, black beans, Spanish rice, cheese, guacamole, lime sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, Spanish onions, black olives, & mild salsa in a grilled flour tortilla

There were also specials like their warm chicken and tortilla soup and the Sampler Basket which included a small chicken burrito, a steak street taco, with chips and salsa. Maybe we’ll try those next time.

Ambience:

We had such a fun date night thanks to the vibrant music, comfortable furnishings and of course the alcohol we consumed – it doesn’t take much these days to get me a little red and happy as I am quite out of practice when it comes to the drinking side of things haha!

Service:

We were served by a really friendly guy who I also saw go around to each of the tables afterwards just to check if everyone was ok with their meals. It was nice to see the attention they paid to their customers even though they also had quite a few takeaway orders coming through. I loved my burrito so much that I actually ordered another one to take away. Yes,Little Miss Piggy right here!

How cool are these coasters under our drinks!? The colours of the decor and furnishings were a great combination drawing inspiration of the Mission district back in the States. And see that plate of Bay City Nachos there? You can’t see the special queso sauce because it is perfectly layered underneath so that it is evenly distributed – every single tortilla chip gets a dunk in the cheesy goodness.
We almost licked the plate clean. That queso sauce was sooooo good! Check out our warm, tightly packed foil packages…ahhhh I was in burrito heaven. It was nothing like I had ever tasted. So jam packed with a balance of rice, beans, cheese and meat. 
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The hubby’s burrito compared to mine. The menu got it right – “It’s MASSIVE”! You’ll have to try it for yourself as the picture just doesn’t do it justice. Even just looking through these now makes me want to drive out there to get my hands on one…or maybe I’ll go for lunch tomorrow…Ok so I haven’t tried everything on the menu but this has got to be a winner – the Mission Special Burrito with beef and pork.Bay City Burrito service St KildaThe hubby loves hot sauce. He puts Tabasco on everything. I never used to be able to eat spicy food before…even when I worked at Nando’s back in the day, I always only ordered my chicken with the lemon and herb dressing. That all changed when I tried tom yum at a Thai restaurant for the first time. It was sooooooo spicy but the flavours were so spectacular that I had to just keep slurping the soup even though the spice levels were insane. Ever since then I love spicy food and luckily so. The hubby and I tried out the sauces on our table and they elevated our burritos even more!
Bay City Burrito hot sauces
hot sauce Bay City Burrito St KildaThese two sauces were amazing! The Chipotle and Cayenne one on the left had a gorgeous smokey taste while the one on the right had a kind of acidic vinegar taste to it. Very different but both complemented our meal really well.

All in all we had such a fun night out together chatting about anything and everything without the kids interrupting our train of thought. We were so full that even though it was cold out, we took a nice stroll down Acland street to get a little air. When we left Bay City Burrito we saw these cozy blankets just outside the door for people who may have wanted to dine in the outdoor area. How thoughtful!

Burritos N’ Blankets for the homeless

Speaking of blankets and Melbourne’s freezing weather, not only do Bay City Burrito aim to make the best burritos in town, the crew at BCB also aim to help the homeless by going out every fortnight to hand warm, clean blankets to those in need. I found this on their Facebook page!

Here’s how it works and how you can help:

For every clean blanket you drop off to our St Kilda OR Hawthorn store we will match it with a fresh warm burrito and every fortnight go hand them out in Melbourne to the homeless in need.

But we need YOU, yeah YOU. Have a check in your closet, donate some of your extra blankies or if you are especially a kind soul buy a nice new one for someone that really needs it.

Help us help those in need. Changing the world one burrito at a time.

One world, one love…

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Hawthorn: 838 Glenferrie Rd
St Kilda: 4 Shakespeare Grove

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Do what you did in the beginning of a relationship…keep dating, keep learning and trying new things. Something so simple is as good as a holiday and can help strengthen and nurture your connection to each other. We found a new place we both loved and a cuisine we thought we new but learnt more about thanks to BCB! Next time we’ll be back for Happy Hour. Meet you at the bar – cheers!

Where was the last place you went to for date night?

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IMG_0046When we got back to my mum’s house ready to pick up our little ones, this is what we saw – a content little boy cozy in bed with his aunty! Awwwww!

#The Urban Ma dined as guests of BCB. All opinions are our own.

Jurassic Creatures hits Harbour Town – Docklands

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Until April 10th 2016

If you still haven’t heard the dinosaurs roar, gone on a fossil dig or met the crew from Dinosaur Train, then consider this your personal reminder to get some tickets to Jurassic Crrstures before its last day on Sunday April 10, 2016.

There are two or three sessions daily that run for two and a half hours. Our family visited on the opening day and we were impressed at the organisation and planning of the event.

With fossil digs, amusement rides, dinosaur arts and crafts, this interactive walk-through kept both the young and the young at heart occupied. Even baby Hannah couldn’t stop staring at all the sights!

What a fun way to engage all the senses and keep the kids active during the school holidays! We even ate and shopped in Harbour Town after our Jurassic adventure.

Have you been to see the Jurassic Creatures? What are you getting up to on the school holidays?

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Birthday brunch for my little sis – a Melbourne day out

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Birthday brunching with my cousins for my little sister’s birthday last month. We started our day with a sleep in then headed to the city for some delectable treats from Operator 25. City sightseeing and a tram ride led us to the NGV and the Andy Warhol Ai Weiwei exhibition that is currently on until April 24th. There was something for everyone with the Studio Cats installation appealing to the kids with a photobooth and interactive activities.

A walk along the Yarra led us back to our car and the colourful and intricate structures of the Chinese Zodiac signs. A quick pit-stop at home to refresh, then out to Rustique restaurant to end the day with my little sister’s birthday dinner. Family, food, art and sunshine – what a birthday!

IMG_9383Mr D taking in the hynotising arrangement of over 1500 bikes in Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bikes (2015) installation which for Ai, symbolise the freedom to move
IMG_9384Entering the summer mist garden, the perfect place to walk through on a hot summer’s day
IMG_9393So agile and adventurous in his new shoes!
IMG_9408The shade of the Summer Architecture Commission developed by John Wardle Architects, is a structure that combines an outer layer of precision engineered steel with a mass array of 1,350 hand folded elements that provide colourful shade by day and a unique nocturnal glow.
IMG_9385 IMG_9422Ai Weiwei’s Letgo Room (2015) Plastic. Composed of more than three million plastic building blocks featuring Australian activists and champions of human rights and freedom of speech. This installation was originally intended to be constructed with LEGO pieces. Visit the exhibition to find out more.
IMG_9423Ai Weiwei’s S.A.C.R.E.D. Maquettes (2011) Fibreglass. A series of architectually scaled dioramas depicting scenes from the detention cell where he was held without charge by the Chinese government for eighty-one days in 2011. This cast him in the dual roles of rebel and victim of oppression.
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Rooster
(1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005)

It may prove to be a stressful year for the Roosters in 2016, so do take care of your health. Improve your stamina by eating right, taking up some calming activities and spending more time with your loved ones.
You may experience some stagnation in your career progression and frustration may build up. However, it may be time for you to upgrade you skills through taking up courses or look to further your studies. It may also be time to apply for that sabbatical leave and take a break from work to unwind.
Some misunderstandings may arise this year between married couples. So learn so communicate better with your partner and be more understanding of their emotions. Singles can expect to have better romance luck towards the end of the year so do not fret!
Your wealth luck is not too favourable this year. Be realistic and be wary of unattainable financial yields. Things that look to good to be true, are probably just as the seem, so do not be swayed by greed and use common sense when such situations arise.
– Prepared by Grandmaster Vincent Koh – Singapore Feng Shui Centre 2016

Goat
(1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1999, 2003, 2015)

The goats were in charge in 2015, but it is time for them to transition to the year 2016. It may be a slow year for the Goats, but plans will still progress well and remember to strive towards success, and be motivated throughout the year.
If your career seems to be in a limbo this year, do not dwell nor be pessimistic. Stay positive and keep your morale up. This is an opportunity for you to take up self improvement courses or that advanced certification that you had been mulling about.
For singles, don’t be cooped up at home. You will have to widen your social circle in order to meet your prospective partner. For those married couples, be adventurous and seek out new activities and dates to spice up your relationship with your spouse. Maintain a harmonious relationship by making your feelings known to your spouse and express yourself with sincerity.
Try to be more economical with your spending this year. Consider to invest modestly and seek passive returns to supplement your monthly earnings. The period of late winter will bring some favourable wealth luck. Goats are known to help others out, but this year, try to be careful with who you lend money to.
– Prepared by Grandmaster Vincent Koh – Singapore Feng Shui Centre 2016

These Chinese zodiac sign summaries were found underneath each sculpture of our signs in the Crown atrium.

Life Lately – December 2015

Leading up to Christmas can be both a hectic and exciting period of the year. With almost all except a couple of presents bought and wrapped before the second week of December, we were able to spend most of our time enjoying  the festivities surrounding us, including traditions like Simbang Gabi (Dawn Mass) and checking out the Christmas lights!

So while I took a mini break from blogging when everyone else was completing “Blogmas” this month, here are a few things we got up to!


Christmas lights and yum cha in the city, escaping the heatwave by camping out at home downstairs! A family photo with Santa at Crown.
  A pilgrimage walk of around 23kms from Kings Park to St Patrick’s in the city! – I only completed the last little leg of it but it was so amazing to see everyone else get through the heat and the blisters…time for reflection and meditation.The last of his swimming lessons, Daniel progressed so quickly, and it was also my first time taking out both kids on my own, phew! What a feat!
Hannah’s first movie was Star Wars and she slept through almost the whole movie and was quiet as a mouse while Mummy and Daddy had their date night! One little observation after the movie – why is it that the baby change table has to be in the women’s toilets only? Props to the hubby for freshening up Hannah in his own way, no thanks to the change room situation.
Daniel’s creche Christmas party at the play centre – he loved it! Received a book as a pressie from Santa and got to end the year playing with his friends.

 Super warm weather meant heaps of time outside!

Travel Thursdays – 7 Things We Love about the Tesselaar Tulip Festival

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Tesselaar Tulip Festival
357-359 Monbulk Road, Silvan (40km east of Melbourne)

Now in its 62nd year, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival opened today with over 100,000 tulips planted across 25 acres brightening up the Dandenong Ranges. We went for a drive with the family last year taking our aunties, cousins and grandparents and great grandparents with us – there was something to do for the whole family!

With a different theme each week, you can make a weekend of it and even organize a relaxing stay in the Dandenongs.

Sept 11th-13th – Turkish Weekend
Sept 14th-17th – Yarra Ranges Week
Sept 18th-20th – Dutch Weekend
Sept 21st-24th & Sept 28th-Oct 1st – Childrens Weeks
Sept 25th-27th – Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend
Oct 2nd-4th – Irish Weekend

Things we love about the Tulip Festival:

1 – Food and Entertainment We ate some gozleme, Dutch pancakes, ice cream and German sausages while listening to live music by some talented musicians. There is also entertainment with dancers and

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2 – Open spaces and opportunity to be out in the open among beautiful flora spending quality time with family

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3 – Big clogs and novelty things that you can find around the 25 acres that interest the little ones and the young at heartbig clog Melbourne Tulip Festival Melbourne

4 – Loads of photo opps – smile!

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5 – The Sculptor exhibit and plenty of market stalls to purchase goodies from

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6 – The new Tulip Train which you can ride on to view the colorful fields

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7 – The beautiful and bright tulips. You can even grab a bunch to take home.

What’s your favorite thing about the Tesselaar Tulip Festival?

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Your guide to 13 Filipino restaurants found in Melbourne!

I always get a lot of questions about where to find Filipino restaurants here in Melbourne and I always wish that I could just recommend my parent’s or all my aunties’ kitchens as I absolutely LOVE their cooking!
Below I’ve put together a quick guide for you on where to find Filipino cuisine. For those of you who have never tasted it before, come with an open mind and ask questions at the counter so they can explain to you what’s in some of the not-so-appetizing looking dishes because they may not look like a Masterchef dish but they are still just as delicious!
Shop 2, 243 Franklin st, CBD, Melbourne
Grills are their specialty and their cripsy pata meal is delicious. Other traditional Filipino dishes like sinigang are available upon request and make sure you pick up a jar of their atchara (pickled papaya). It is a great condiment with meat dishes. Check out my earlier post here to see what we ordered! We love their garlic rice and their skewers and lechon dishes are always on point!
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50 Errol st, North Melbourne, VIC
 The newest addition to Melbourne’s Filipino restaurant scene, Reynaldo’s serves their dishes straight from the kitchen and have a variety of Filipino and Western options on the menu. Of the Filipino choices, make sure you try the Adobong Manok sa Gata (chicken adobo with coconut milk) and the kare kare. Friendly service and I liked that their dishes not only had rice on the side but also some veggies.
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475 Ballarat rd, Sunshine, VIC
11/53 Synnot st, Werribee, VIC
Try their chicken and garlic rice. The lapaz batchoy (pork noodle soup with pork offal and crushed pork crackling on top) is a nice winter warmer and can be bought in a meal with siopao on the side – very tasty and very filling! And it’s also cooked at the back and not just served straight from the bain marie 🙂
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Markets and Events, various locations
Currently they can be found at the Night Winter Market at Queen Victoria market and the Night Noodle Markets along Brisbane’s Southbank and attract attention with their suckling roast pork rotating on the spit. Lines can be long so best to get in early.

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5. Happy Hut
85-87 Oakwood Road, Albanvale (close to Brimbank Shopping Centre)

I didn’t even know that this place was open until my cousin told me they had visited it before and were impressed with the freshness of the dishes here compared to some other locals. Since our first visit we’ve been back to get the dinuguan and fish for dinner! So yummy! Great to see they also stock GJ Grill’s atchara here too.

12 Victoria square, St Albans, VIC
I’ve heard the halo halo (a Filipino iced dessert with various toppings like beans, jackfruit and leche flan) here is pretty good. You can choose your dishes from the bain marie such as pancit (noodles) and dinuguan (stewed meat in a spicy dark gravy of garlic, vinegar and pigs blood). Click here for fellow food blog Consider The Sauce’s visit to Lasang Pinoy and some of the dishes Kenny tried out!
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Shop 21-23, 100 Furlong rd, Cairnlea, VIC
5/49 Synnot st, Werribee
Dishes sit in the bain marie from menudo (stewed pork meat with tomato sauce and cubed potatoes, carrotsand liver) to fried tilapia and longganisa (Filipino sausage). Bring a Filipino friend to help explain the different choices to you.
Unit 2, 275 Foleys rd, Deer Park, VIC
Try their freshly made vegetable rolls – lumpiang sariwa garnished with sweet sauce and crushed peanuts. They also have an ihaw-ihaw platter consisting of a variety of grilled meats and seafood complete with soup and gulaman (sweet grass jelly type beverage) drinks which you need to book for in advance. Service is a bit slow. Check out food blogger Mon’s Adventure for her experience at Jasmine’s here.
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With the following Filipino cafes, I haven’t actually visited them so if you have and have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to comment below!!
Marriott Waters Shopping Centre, Lyndhurst, VIC
Breakfast, coffee and a few Filipino items like chicken adobo with rice on the menu.
129 Walker st, Dandenong, VIC
Breakfast items include tapsilog while other dishes that can be found include paksiw na pata and lechon kawali
548 Whitehorse rd, Mitcham, VIC
Mostly Thai dishes at this place with a few Pinoy meals scattered throughout the menu.
12! Eduardo’s Kitchen! 😉
No matter how near of far I go to get my fill of tasty Filipino dishes, nothing fills me up with more goodness and comfort than when my own papa and relatives cook a meal for us! If you’re lucky enough to have a Filipino friend, make sure you get an invite to their place for dinner so you can experience the warm hospitality and fresh flavour of Filipino cuisine – including all the noise and conversation that accompanies a Filipino meal.
Let’s eat! – Kain na!
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Pictured above is the epic kamayan/boodle fight table we put together for Papa’s birthday last year! Thanks to Kenny from the popular food blog Consider The Sauce for documenting the whole day we spent preparing this special meal for Papa! I will try and put up a separate post to list out all the meat and veggies included in the photo above so you too can hopefully put together a spread like this for a special occasion and enjoy a kamayan feast(eating with your hands). Tag your photos #kamayanyum so I can see and share!
For some other Filipino-themed blog posts check out here and here! 🙂
What Filipino dish is your favourite or would like to tryout!?
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168 Churchill Avenue, Braybrook
Newly opened Filipino restaurant in Melbourne’s west, Pusong Pinoy serves up Filipino dishes towards the back of the presmises and coffee and sandwiches at the front to the lunchtime crowd in the Braybrook area. They have a range of freshly made desserts on offer as well as Filipino grocery items. Pusong Pinoy also offers catering.
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14. The Little Jeepney Filipino food truck
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With the Little Jeepney about to set off on their first day of trading (keep updated here),  Australia’s first Filipino food truck will soon be in operation! We attended their soft launch a couple of weekends ago (see blog post here) and the adobo chicken and BBQ skewers were our favourites so far. We can’t wait to see The Little Jeepney sharing their love of Filipino cuisine with rest of Melbourne and look forward to their new Pinoy fusion additions such at tocino sliders and more!
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