Friday, 31 December 2010

The Best of 2010 for the Chronicles of Ms I-Hua

It's that time of the year (or end of the year, I might say!)... I can hardly believe it... 2010 has come and gone so quickly, faster than you can say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

The Sphinx, The Pyramid and the Asian Girl
At the start of 2010, the Boy, Madam Mummy, Big Sis and I had just returned from our glorious Egypt trip! We went, we ate and we conquered the knowledge and history of the ancient Egyptian past. You can read all about it here (9 days split into 13 parts)...

Madam Mummy and I at the Porcelein Temple in Thailand
The Boy and Sis had to return to the land down under as their holiday ended, wheares I, happily unemployed (I had finished my contract in November and wanted some time off work), and Madam Mummy decided to take on the streets of Bangkok. We had an amazingly fabulous time... just the both of us, shopping and eating up a storm!!!

And then along came Easter, Big Sis and Big Bro came down for a visit! And it couldn't have been a visit if it wasn't an eating fest! Together we traipsed around Daylesford for the weekend at the Lavendula Farm, visiting Chowder House and the Lake House!!

Dessert Platter for two at the Lake House, Daylesford
 We went to Attica, we went to Jacques Reymond, we went to Cutler & Co, we went to Maze (Gordan Ramsay), we went to Embrasse.

Salad of Mr Donati's Crumbed Pork, Purple Congos at Embrasse, Carlton
From Duck Duck Goose to Spice Temple, we went to them and filled our bellies with much love!

Chilli Squid at Spice Temple
We found our favourite Breakfast Spot - Pope Joan! Our favourite chill out place - Il Fornaio (which has now sadly closed)...

The famous Snickers Dessert from the now defunct Il Fornaio
I found my favourite macaron! Kaya Toast from Luxbite..!

Beautiful macarons from Luxbite
I discovered Cocktail Nights at Cafe Vue...
We attended a few shows and cooking masterclasses with Jamie Oliver, Frank Camorra, Martin Boetz.

We ate like crazy at the Good Food & Wine Show in June (and saw Manu Feidel, Matt Moran, Gary Mehigan and George Colambaris) and the Taste of Melbourne in August!!

We attended a few concerts, some of which I even wrote about(there's more to come, isn't it glorious with a lagging blog??!)... Lady GaGa...Paramore... there's a few more.. I promise, they're coming up!!! (Jack Johnson, Linkin Park).. and a few more which I won't bother just because it's been too long a gap... Katy Perry, Powderfinger (which was awesome!), Jason Derulo, and a few more.. I'm getting old and my memory fails me all the time now...

Lady GaGa!!
Musicals! Wicked! West Side Story and the fabulous Mary Poppins!
And of course, the Boy and I cooked up some spectacular dishes!

Fleur de Sel Caramel Ice-Cream
With our favourite being the Halloween Special!

Sleepy Hollow - A Halloween Special
So shout out "Cheers!" to a wonderful year, let bygones be bygones, smile and seize the New Year! Don't waste it and have an awesome busy year!!!

I can't wait for next years events and highlights!! Bring on Vue De Monde, Grossi, Loam, Quay, Provenance! We're coming!!! So hang on tight!

Happy New Year!! *cue fireworks*


  1. What a great 2010! May 2011 be even better! :D

  2. What an amazing year you've had! I'm still crazy-envious of the Snickers dessert...

  3. What a year you've had and what fun it looked! We went to so many of the same places so I really enjoyed reading what you thought of them too. Happy New Year and may 2011 be filled with lots of good food and fun! :D

  4. Fantastic year :) Surprise that RMH is not on the list....

    Anyway, Happy New Year!

  5. I wish to you next year to be as great as this one!

  6. Leaf: Thanks.. I have great hopes for 2011!

    Hannah: I'll make some for you when you next come down? (Big call)

    Lorraine: I know... good to see other's perception on things... !!

    Penny: Ooo.. I forgot about it.. it shall now be on the list too!

    Katerina: Thank you :)

  7. Such a fabulous year!! I am so excited to read about your Egypt trip, thanks for the link. It must have been amazing!! Happy New Year, lovely.
    Heidi xo

  8. Callum told me about luxbite too. Can't wait to try their macarons when i am back in melb!

  9. Happy New Year!! What will we eat in 2011?

  10. Happy New Year!

    I'm going to Lake House on Monday. Eagerly looking forward to it after reading your review :)

  11. Heidi: You're welcome... Egypt was a wonderful place... steeped with ancient history!

    Michelle: Who's Callum? Masterchef Callum? That Kaya Toast is amazing!!

    Shellie: Lots I hope :)

    Libby: Ooo.. do share what you think... I loved the food at the Lake House!

  12. Happy 2011! It has been lovely meeting you this year :)

  13. What a wonderful wrap up of the fantastic year you've had!! Looking forward to all your future wonderful eats and bakes and cooks and reviews in 2011. Hopefully an opportunity to meet you too - bring on some Melbourne foodie events! Happy New Year!

  14. Agnes: And same to you! We had much fun! More in 2011!!

    Kim: I agree! We need to meet up!! Yayy!!

  15. Excellent recap of what looks like a fabulous year.


    Oh. Em. Gee. Il Fornaio is closed?? How did that slip by me? And before I had the chance to have the Snickers Dessert?



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