Infinity Dreams Award

Hey hey! I just got nominated for the Infinity Dreams Award by Rona from teawithpolly. Actually, this was from about a month ago. I’ve been so busy but thank you so much!

I really enjoy doing these. They’re a breath of fresh air from my usual green tea posts haha.

Here are the rules for the Infinity Dreams Award:

  1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.
  2. Tell us 5 facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 5 questions that were set for you to answer.
  4. Nominate 5 bloggers and set questions for them.
  5. Notify your nominees and send them a link

Note: they were initially 11, but I’m going to continue teawithpolly’s trend and do 5.

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Facts About Me

  1. Favourite number is 3.
  2. I’m the eldest of 3 sisters.
  3. I’m a free bird! I love being spontaneous and random and surprising people!
  4. I’ve only been camping once in my entire life. And that was to a study camp held by my school.
  5. I once lost $200 of my scholarship money on my phone bill because I went over my mobile data limit.

My answers to Rona’s Questions

 

  1. Where have you travelled? Where do you want to go next?
    Places here and there in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan.
    Next place would be… hmmm Middle East! Didn’t see that one coming did you?
  2. Does your town/city require you to recycle? What kind of recycling system do you have in your house? (yeah, I’m looking for ideas ‘coz my system isn’t working)
    I suppose so. But you don’t get fined if you don’t recycle. In Sydney, there are three types of bins: Red is for general waste, Yellow is for recycling and Green is for plant material.
  3. Why did the chicken cross the road?
    To die and cross over to the ‘other side’.
  4. What did you learn from your first crush/ first love?
    Imaginations can go way too far.
  5. What do you think you will be doing 10 years from now?
    God knows really… hopefully not doing drugs.

5 Questions for my 5 Nominees

  1. Last movie you watched?
  2. What came first, the chicken or the egg?
  3. Favourite fictional character and why?
  4. What is a language you would like to learn?
  5. If you had your own reality tv series, do you think it’d be a successful one?

And now… for my nominees!

*drumroll*

  1. asianfoodninja
  2. idreamofdaiso
  3. allaboutleanne
  4. thepurplerealm
  5. arinainlondonland

Love their stuff!

~Nurilen

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Matchadventure | Iced Green Tea Latte @ The Sugar Hill Cafe, Lidcombe

20151023_115713I treated my mum and aunt to some lunch the other day because I finally got a job. A casual retail one, that is. But still, a job! So I decided to treat them to The Sugar Hill Cafe!

I am impressed with the coffee, blueberry bagel and also the service I experienced at the store. I shall expand on those things later on in the post, but for now… my comments on the iced green tea latte.

It wasn’t an ice cream based ice latte. It was a latte with ice cubes in it. Or maybe I haven’t had many iced lattes in my life so I was under some wrong assumptions when ordering. But the lack of ice cream did not make it any less tasty. In fact, it was delicious! I loved the bitter matcha taste of the latte which was quite prominent! It had just the right amount of sweetness in it that didn’t make the bitterness so overpowering. The drink made me really happy. But I did get annoyed with how many ice cubes were in the mug because that meant less room for the drink.

20151023_115709The iced green tea latte was pretty pricey though. It was $6.50 but hey, much cheaper than the Boost Green Tea Mango Mantra I had the other day. As for everything else I ordered that day, I ordered a Blueberry Bagel which came with ricotta cheese and strawberries inside it.

Now, with the blueberry bagel, it’s not your average dodgy purple blueberry bagel where it’s been sitting in the cafe display for a couple of days waiting for someone to buy it. This bagel was brown and the blueberries still maintained it’s spherical shape within the dough. And just look at the brown, crunchy exterior! I admit it was a little difficult to cut through with knife and fork, so I had to eat it like a burger. Is that how bagels are meant to be eaten? I’ve no idea.

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My mum and aunt ordered lattes and I didn’t have a sip but they really enjoyed it. In fact, they’ve visited this cafe with their friends numerous times before and love to come back. The people serving us were really friendly. And I got a free biscuit because my mum hash-tagged #thesugarhillcafe on instagram. Yep. My mum has her own instagram and I don’t. LOL.

The cafe in general was really nice. Had a good ambience but there’s something about the chairs and tables that weren’t very comfortable to sit on. It was very wobbly so whenever I tried to cut into my bagel, the table would shake and spill my beverage everywhere.

Overall, would definitely recommend this place.

~Nurilen

The Sugar Hill Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar

can’t wait to visit The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea bar! that green tea latte looks like something i need!

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A cafe without coffee in Sydney?  Welcome to The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar!

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Recently opened in the inner city suburb of Redfern, this place is all about tea.  All the tea here are blended in-house, with the theme of tea evident from the sculpture in the middle of the cafe that is made from teabags, to the installation of beer taps to deliver sparkling tea, and even to the food items on the menu.   The cafe is a conversion from an old warehouse, with white-washed, exposed brick walls and splashes of gold in its fittings, which makes a very contemporary and artistic setting.

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The artistic nature of this cafe is also reflected in the use of gold cutlery, a chemistry flask to serve sparkling water, as well as using playing cards as indicators for orders.  The cups all have a small rabbit tail on the side, which ties in…

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Review | Boost’s Green Tea Mango Mantra

I was waiting around in front of the cinema the other day. My movie (Boruto: Naruto the Movie) wasn’t to start in half an hour and I thought I’d buy myself a Boost drink from the booth nearby. I’ve been a big fan of Boost’s Green Tea Mango mantra but drinking that before watching the movie I’ve been waiting 6 MONTHS to come out was a BIG MISTAKE. Probably missed one of the most sentimental scenes of the Boruto movie 😥

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Taste
Apart from being a pretty strong diuretic, you can’t go wrong with a green tea mango mantra.It’s very refreshing on a hot spring-summer day! I love the taste! It has this pleasant combination between sweet, sour and bitter. The green tea and mango go together really well. It’s inspired me to mix the two together when making desserts or when baking. But I must say, the mango flavour is the dominant taste, while the green tea is subtle.

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Final Thoughts
One thing I am not so sure about is if it’s matcha that they used. The green tea taste was too strong to be from tea bags though. I hope they didn’t use artificial tastes! I didn’t see the process of them making the smoothie so I also can’t be sure if they are as healthy as they say they are. For all I know, they could’ve been using mango ice cream with sugars and all that stuff. I haven’t done much research into the company so I will leave it at that.

But upon inspection of the liquid, it looks green enough to have matcha in it right?

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Even though it kinda ruined the movie for me, it didn’t stop me from ordering it again a couple of weeks later. Boost has so many drinks to choose from so when in indecisive doubtfulness, I always go for the green tea mango mantra.

Dattebayo!

~Nurilen

Matcha and chocolate swirl loaf (tangzhong style)

so pretty and looks delicious! really need to try this one day!

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I have always enjoyed baking bread other than conventional loaves. I love the combination of matcha green tea and chocolate. The flavour came out not too strong, on the mild side, perfect for sandwiches. I love how the swirl effect looks on this bread. It is light and fluffy, best served with egg mayo, meat patties or can be eaten plain.

This recipe uses tangzhong. For more information on how to prepare this ‘roux’ mixture, I have a post on this. This method sounds technical but as technical as it sounds, it is actually very easy to prepare.

The recipe is adapted from Christine’s recipes website. I have always find her sites to be useful and easy to understand.

Do not afraid to try baking. Practice makes perfect. Enjoy!

BREAD INGREDIENTS

350g bread flour
55g castor sugar
1 tsp salt
1 large egg
7 tblsp + 1 tsp milk powder

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Fight Cancer with Matcha

interesting article about the cancer-fighting properties of matcha

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Matcha is an antioxidant powerhouse. When you drink Matcha you are ingesting the entire green tea leaf, so you receive 100% of the tea’s health benefits. One cup of Matcha has 10 times the antioxidants of regular green tea.

Matcha is packed with cancer fighting EGCGs (epigallocatechin 3-gallate). EGCG, is the catechin with the most cancer fighting properties, and it’s only found in green tea! This powerful anti-carcinogen makes up 60% of the catechin content of Matcha. It has 3 times more EGCGs than regular green tea.

Recent clinical studies suggest that EGCG plays a crucial role in cancer prevention. Researchers believe:

  • EGCG (found only in green tea) significantly restricts tumor growth
  • Matcha catechins kill cancer cells & stop their development
  • Drinking green tea decreases women’s risk of breast cancer

Shop In-stores & Online for Organic Grade A Matcha!

http://www.thegreenteahouse.com/Organic-Matcha-Sachet-p/tg36.htm

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Sources:

http://www.thinkmatcha.com/pages/green-tea-catechins-can-prevent-and-treat-breast-cancer

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ornish-living/green-tea-health-benefits_b_6700228.html

http://b4bc.org/cancer-fighting-foods-matcha-green-tea/

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Matcha Banana Cake with Black Sesame Brittle

gorgeous cake!

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This cake was for my dad’s birthday, which I remembered just in time. With about an hour left in the day. I was just shocked because I never forget, but I guess October just crept in on me.

It’s hard baking for my parents, because they don’t actually like sweets and desserts. Last year while in Paris, I got some pastries from Pierre Hermé as my “birthday cake”, which I freaked out over the entire time eating it (as you can imagine)– scrutinizing and appreciating every component, every layer, every texture. I was so excited. Then my dad said something along the lines of, “this is good, but I’d rather eat lobster”. Um, excuse you dad, but lobsters are BORN delicious (sorry vegetarians/vegans)… these pastries had to be conceived, developed and refined, sourcing the best ingredients, until perfection was attained. Anyway, my point is, it’s really hard to impress my parents with sweet things.

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