Japanese Baked Cream Cheese Cake

In previous posts I said I was moving away from sweet foods, to acquiring more of a savory palate. That still holds true, however, one dessert still holds a strong position in my heart. That would be the Japanese Baked Cream Cheese Cake. For those who haven’t tried it, the texture of it is somewhere between a sponge-cake and a baked cheesecake. Why I say half way is because the Japanese Cheesecake isn’t as dry as a regular sponge cake, nor is it as creamy and dense as a baked cheesecake. If done properly, the texture should be fluffy and light.

Over the years, I have bought my Japanese Baked Cream Cheese Cakes from Grand Taipei and Carrington Cake Shop, both in Box Hill. Only until recently have I attempted to home-make one, after being inspired by HoneyBeeSweets and her mouth-watering food photos on Instagram and on her Blog.

Merry Christmas 2016

As I say every year, I can’t believe it is Christmas again. Reading back on last year’s Christmas 2015 blog post, it is terrifying to think another year has gone by. The December-February period is always my favourite time of year, so I am going to make sure this year counts. This year’s Christmas was…

Life Update 5# Review of 2016

It’s nearly the end of the year and as per tradition, I like to do a review of the year that has gone by, as well as stating goals and plans for the coming year. Taking a quick moment to think about 2016 so far, all I can say is, I have had a very…

Kyoto Cafe @ Eastland Ringwood

There are many things I love about eating at Kyoto Cafe. Over the last few months, I have been at least five times and I would still go back for more. Located at Eastland Town Square, the restaurant is very spacious, with outdoor and two-storey indoor seating. I like sitting outside because the lighting inside…

Oliver’s Hill Lookout @ Frankston

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to visit the coastal regions of the Mornington Peninsula. One spot of interest for photographers, travelers, and landscape admirers alike is Oliver’s Hill Lookout located along the Nepean Highway. For the most part, Nepean Highway is fairly flat. It raises substantially just on the outskirts of Frankston,making…

Valley of 1000 Hills @Murchison Gap Lookout

Last Wednesday, it was a sunny and beautiful 25 degrees. Making the most of this very good (and rare) weather, I headed towards Strath Creek in the north-eastern regions of Victoria.  It was a leisurely country drive for the most part. From where I live in the Eastern suburbs, the most direct route to Strath…

Beautiful Landscapes @ Alowyn Gardens & Nursery

Exams are over, university is done (for now), and the weather is getting warmer, so what does that mean? It’s roadtrip and travel season again. Last week’s roadtrippin’ took us along the picturesque Melba Highway, to the heart of the beautiful Yarra Valley yet again. We went to visit Alowyn Gardens & Nursery which is right next door to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery.Check out my blog post about the chocolaterie here.

The first time I visited Alowyn Gardens, it was during the Winter of last year. Many of the gardens weren’t in bloom but I knew immediately that I had to visit again during the Spring to capture the landscape at its best.

Colorful Brunch @ Three Monkeys Place

Found another local goodie on the east side of town! Three Monkeys Place is a small but cosy cafe in the busy Jackson Court area just 10 min from Doncaster Shopping Center. There’s a huge car park in front of the cafe so that is another bonus of eating here.The number of items on their…

Life Update 4# My first photography exhibition

Two weeks ago, I was invited to Offset Journal’s 16th year launch at MetroWest in Footscray. It was my first ever photography exhibition, so I did not know what to expect. Making the most out of the situation, I went all-out and printed off DIY business card and flyers to hand out. In retrospect, I…

Canola Field Hunting @ Melbourne

Last years this time, I found out about the Canola Fields out in the regional / rural parts of Melbourne. Being the budding photography and keen road-tripper than I am, of course I had to go and make my mark on those fields of gold. Read the original blog post here. A year has gone…

Cherry Blossoms @ Warrandyte

The warmer seasons are coming and it is around about now each year that I think to myself, the best months of the year are nearly here. Hello summer, hello holidays and hello roadtrips. I am not sure if other people are like this, but ever since I was old enough to appreciate the weather…

Life Update 3# Another Year Older Another Year Wiser (maybe)

University has officially started and so has placement. What’s up ahead for me is a busy 9 weeks of study, work, study, work. You know, taking time to write these blog entries as well as to edit the photos to accompany the text takes on average > 2hrs. Hopefully with this busy time coming ahead of…