Fukuryu Ramen @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Dinner at a Fukuryu Ramen in China Town, down the lane opposite China Bar, near a white sign for a Japanese restaurant, right below the red sign (yes I got lost, and found the staff entry :P). This isn't a place you stumble upon, rather it's a place that you have planned to go to.  



On arrival we discovered the menu on the website, consisting of 4 pictures (with like 4+ dishes in each picture) is their actual menu, rather than a preview. So this place specializes in Ramen (yummy Japenese noodles). They also have  izakaya aka tapas plates as entree, which I look forwards to trying when we come back in a group.





We ordered, and then helped ourselves (while Jas did it, while I took pictures) to water. Cold and filtered, with the option of sparkling (tastes like panadol to me :P) served in Ikea glasses, this place has the best free water. 



It may be a Tuesday night, but here is was quite busy (they have 70 seats) with only a couple tables for 2 (us + the camera makes 3) and a large communal one for 8. High expections, that were filled. There was an energetic and welcoming atmosphere, with the staff being very friendly. 

Part of the kitchen, or the arrangement of the dishes (bowls?) was open plan and you could see the staff busily arranging the seaweed (deco only IMO) and looking for tables numbers to deliver a hot bowl of ramen to. The staff were great and didn't mind pictures. :P 




I saw what I thought was a sheep's brain in a jar of green liquid at the counter. XD Unfortunately I didn't get a picture, but it was actually a plum. XD Depending on if it's alcoholic or not I'd like to try it next time. 


I had Shoyu Ramen $10, which is Toyko Style, not sure what that means as for the first time ever I had a question and did not ask. :P Typically it comes with pork belly, but I got a chicken wonton substitute instead.

It was lovely, perfect for this weather. Outside it was raining and had been since I left home that morning, cold and wet. A flavourous broth/soup (with no msg), two pieces of chicken wonton, half a boiled egg, 3 slices of fish cake (I love fish cake!), noodles and garnishings. My first taste of Ramen and I like it!  



Meanwhile jas had the Miso Ramen $10, which he also enjoyed.


Condiments, he loves the chili flakes. 


Despite the advertised offer of free green tea soft serve that ended yesterday (as seen on fb) they were still offering it today. Yay! Though we I picked this place because it was close to where our show was tonight. 

After our meal we were offered soft serves, which while small had also concentrated amount of green tea (this is a good thing) which was very different from Rice Workshop, with a light flavour and sometimes stale cone 1/3). The perfect way to end a Japanese meal, though if you wanted tea I'm sure they sell it. 

Great place if you want something simple and delicious. And unlike a lot of great places, it's not small! So no booking required. It's also very cheap. The staff were very friendly, and it's a place where it's fine to be alone (though I personally think going almost anywhere were you don't have to book at least a table for two is fine). Great location too, you could walk up an alley from Bourke (x) Russell. We'll be back to have more Ramen on upcoming winter night, and the chicken karrage (fried chicken!).

And for those of you who want to take pictures, they have great lighting (which doesn't happen often, or maybe just for me, going to events with "ambient" lighting.

My only criticism is that there isn't enough protein to the carb (noodles) ratio. How about add more or have an extras option?

This place is new opening in March 2014, and hence everyone's talking about it. The name means "lucky dragon" while it's a Japanese place (food & staff? - I heard them speaking Japanese) oddly in the logo it has Chinese.

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Have you been to Fukuryu Ramen?


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Sunscreen Burns! @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monday 7th April



Missed half a workshop, with le beau & Lily. Natalie & Ben of Books Rebounded ran a workshop on how to make a book box. I made it in time to create the frame inside the book and some envelops. It was fun, though not something I'd do at home atm as I'm accident prone. A tip was the cardboard we use it more like back of a notepad rather than light cereal boxes.



We also made letters, templates with folds were provided. My favourite's the music one.



Found an interesting book. *click to enlarge* 


Afterwards le beau & Lily went to lunch at the library cafe, while I went back to the apartment to do some work. Which didn't really happen being a procrastination extraordinaire. Fell asleep at the desk, and by 8pm we have a rough plan and did some research, and we're still on that stage.


Hoping to come back sometime for hot chocolate.


At some point we went shopping!


And had snacks... love the White Choc Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies.


Tuesday


Dinner at a Fukuryu Ramen in China Town. 


After dinner we went to the Portland Hotel to see 'Rama Nicholas After Ever After', we saw her last year in 'Death Rides a Horse'. Set pre-civil war, 1840s - Wild West! Great show. This year she's back with a new show, one set in Grimmland (brothes Grimm).

Another version of the classic 'Little Red Riding Hood' story retold, with flashbacks for it is 20yrs after the wolf was sent to jail for murdering granny. Though the story isn't what you think. Not really a spoiler but I'm really into doing animals like most people!

It was entertaining though her last show was better. Jas didn't like it as it upset him, with a lack of accurency on the stories. Would I recommend it? Meh, it was entertaining though but is related R for language. 


Wednesday

3am Dying. My face burns and itches, allergic reaction to another Sensense Sunscreen, red and blotchy, I can't fully opened my eyes. I hate sunscreen. Feeling like crap especially as it hurts even though I've washed it x3 times with a variety of cleansers. Interesting thing was that it had an activation point, and it wasn't when I applied it or anytime near that.

Early to class today, groups not going well, language difficulties (no not me, I'm loud and American :P) for others. The theme is Wonderland but they don't know or understand hence don't contribute.

6pm H&M, hit by a gust of wind my allergy was activated! And that was when I noticed the left side of my face was burning! Washed my face but it still burns! And it's red all over too, though has gotten worse since! Not feeling or looking ok, and of all days we're filming tomorrow and possibly taking pictures! Just so much going on atm.


After dinner we went to see 'Frescoes of Dionysius' at the Recital Center, checking tickets and stopped trams along the way meant we missed the first piece. The second was deary/horror movie theme, while the third was lovely, 'the moon and the star' ethereal music. 


Thursday

A sick day. :( Was looking forwards to class today, like most Thursdays. Found my missing lunch bag, there was too much going on in cloaking last night (5 bags) and we missed one.

Having IT problems, other than XP is expired, ff freezes every-time fb tries to tag someone (it does this on its own). Still feel irritated from the allergic reaction, though it doesn't look as bad.  

The good news is that I've won tickets a concert with 'David Choi and Jason Chen', no idea who that is but Andy wants to go, so he can have the tickets.


Friday



"Sick" (burning like a vampire), the dr says I have to stay indoors. Had a slider (mini burger) with le beau (it started at 3pm, though really started at 3.25pm, that's the line before 3pm) and finished that events report on the Mother's Day Classic.


Saturday 



Today we got up early for a photo shoot, as the assistant photographer (collaborating with Emma) to get some pictures for an article on same-sex marriage. Met up with our real life models (and they're actually a couple too) Arthur and his partner. The venue was the library and around the city, we love the spiral staircase, chessboard and law books. Next we went to the Arts Center & NGV for the compulsory water feature, and in hope of recreating the 'Kiss in the rain in Paris' picture. Unfortunately we didn't have a place that was the right distance to get the perception. But still it went well.


Afterwards Emma went to Supernova while I went to the Electric Run, it was an least a mile from the front gate to the tent!


Things I Like





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Sugar Hit (April) - Thai Night @ Monday, April 14, 2014

Friday 4th April


A few Fridays ago went to Guildford Lane near Melb Central for an event, starts 6.30pm and we were there before then so that was great. When we left there was a line that went almost half-way down the lane! (Capacity limits.)

Sugar Hit is a new, once-a-month, one-night-only pop-up dessert, drinks and music festival at Krimper. Mörk Chocolate, and N2 Extreme Gelato will be there serving hot and cold chocolate and gelati. There will also be cocktails by Krimper, street food vendors and desserts by Luxbite. This, the first of three events, will be Thai-inspired with music by Thai band Mask Off. 



Sugar Hit Melbourne Part 1: Bangkok Nightlife. No models were hired for the event disappointingly, was hoping to see a pretty boy in drag. :P Some people look very different with make-up, though I'm not one of them.  


There was food and drinks, a Thai band, a stall selling candles and another selling Thai Sweets and a third selling cards (as in for birthdays and things). 


Savory Nibbles Entrees




Croquettes $6 & Tofu Salad $7



Drinks! Looking back I should have been more adventurous and gotten the Lychee Slam, and Thai Milk Tea. We should definitely have afternoon tea at a Thai restaurant soon.



Obviously not le beau's hand. 


Drinks, he had the vodka milk tea served in a goldfish at the carnival style bag, while I had Mork's Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate, it was lovely but not anything I'd get again or particularly recommend. What I really wanted was their iced chocolate with coconut & lime they created for the event, but cold food hurts my teeth.  





I prefer Starbucks & Gloria Jeans for my not-melted-chocolate hot chocolates.



Condensed milk panna cotta, caramelised banana, 

pandan cream, coconut & peanut crumble, ginger & pineapple macaron

The line was desserts was very long, as they had one line for gelato (N2) and LuxBite. As I had ice cream yesterday I didn't get it, but le beau did get the champagne which he really liked. Meanwhile I had a dessert tube, "Love you long time" ($9) with translation fail, but it was great! I would get it again and reccomend it too! Hoping to make the first two elements at home.  


If only I didn't have ice cream just the night before. 



A Collaborative Dessert. 



Photobooth! Can't seem to find our pictures...


It was more of a place for socializing rather than a cafe with people on their laptops or reading books. We stayed for 1.5hrs and had a good time. Looking forwards to the next event!

Two further editions are planned (May 2 and July 6) will be themed around Bollywood and K-Pop. 

Since I didn't take any decent pictures, most of these pictures aren't mine, as you can also tell by the style. 

Oh and also Emma was at the event, wearing a hat too! Great minds think alike :P I wore red to match my lipstick and she wore black with big Audrey Hepburn sunglasses. We saw Ashley of who was one of the two event bloggers, though I was too shy (I'm not shy!) to say hi. :P


Bottom Line - I'm bringing my camera next time! Also I will try new things!

Do you like Thai Desserts? Milk Tea? 


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