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Cafe Review: The Paramount Coffee Project

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Hi guys,

So I’ve noticed that the food section of the blog is lacking TERRIBLY in content, so I’ve decided to attend to this issue right now. In my uni holidays, I went on a few food adventures and my first one was at The Paramount Coffee Project located in Surry Hills. The ambience is really lovely there with a lot of natural, open light, and friendly staff. I’m just kicking myself for not taking photos of the interior :( Their menu sounded great all round and there was a large variety of dishes to choose from, which made our decision of what to eat really difficult.

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For drinks, I ordered a hot brew of Pheonix Oolong tea ($4.50), which is one of my favourite to drink in the Winter time, however, was slightly disappointed when it was hot enough, therefore, it wasn’t brewed properly. Still tasted nice though!

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Our main dishes consisted of Fried Chicken Waffle with Japanese Curry and the all famous Crumbed Eggs of Toast with mustard braised hock and kale, which was DIVINE. Actually, both dishes were enjoyable and tastes great! If I could change anything, it would be to bring up the spiciness of the curry, because it was extremely mild. Overall, I would definitely go back to this place and try other things on their menu.

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Address:
80 Commonwealth Street,
Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010

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Japan Photo Diary | Part II

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Okay so apologies for posting part two so late! I’ve been so preoccupied with uni assignments and work that fitting this in to my schedule was a bit of a struggle. But alas! It’s Friday night and I thought I’d give myself a break from all the chaos during the week. So here is part two from my Japan trip. We ate so much food, I’m not even kidding. But it was so worth it. Here, I’ve shared with you moments mostly from Osaka…

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I still can’t believe how I finished this 20cm soft serve! Tasted soooo good though. I think the was called Daily Choco, located in Osaka.

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Universal Studios is a must, however if you’re going during peak season, waiting for roller coaster rides was the worst, especially when it’s 32 degrees and the wait period is two hours long.

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Went a bit crazy on the buns at Universal Studios haha…

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Hokkaido milk soft serve! Can’t miss this if you ever go!

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Tried a popular ramen place in Tokyo station on our last day called Rokurincha. Waiting period was around 40-45 minutes.

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Some of the goods I bought when I was there :) Their stationery is to die for.

Overall, I had a really great trip and created amazing memories with dear friends. I would definitely want to go back some day and visit places I didn’t get to go during this trip and see the more cultural side of Japan rather than just eating and shopping :)

I’ll also be heading over to Hong Kong and Malaysia in a few months to meet Jenny’s daughter! So keep you eyes peeled for travel photos then :)

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Japan Photo Diary | Part I

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Excuse my disappointing Japanese writing. I don’t know the language. I just copied “konnichiwa” in Google translate. Yep. But focusing on the more important thing… I went to Japan last month! This was my first time travelling with friends… which was interesting… but mostly fun :) I’ve shared some snippets here and there, a general summary of my trip. It was hard picking the main highlights (because there were so many!), but I think I’ve got a nice collection for you all to look through, otherwise you guys would be scrolling for years haha.

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We started off in Tokyo first, staying in a quaint and cosy apartment in Shibuya, not far from the city centre. The first day was mostly spent exploring the city and familiarising ourselves to our home for the next week.

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Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetBut of course we couldn’t say no to Japanese favourites and we found this amazing 24/7 ramen place called Ichiran. Holy crap I’m getting hungry as I’m writing this…

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetThis view could not be missed! And we were lucky enough to witness it at sundown at Roppongi Hills. How pretty are these pink hues!

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Sorry that a lot of these photos are just food, but that is seriously what we did mostly on our trip! Part two will be up soon where my Japan adventures continued in Osaka! Stay tuned :)

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The Dress

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First of all, I wanted to apologies for this massive hiatus from the blog! I have definitely missed posting on here and it feels great to be back! I have had the most intense first couple months back at uni, juggling a million different commitments and running on little to none sleep! For those who are still unaware, Jenny is pregnant! Which resulted in her feeling unwell during her first trimester, which is why she has been absent from Two Threaded Poppies these past couple of months. But we and our family are still super excited for the baby’s arrival towards the end of the year. When she feels ready, she will be back to post again, but in the mean time I will be taking over the blog (hope y’all don’t mind) :) So today, I have prepared a little book review, of a book I’ve finally had the chance to have a read…

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For those who love admiring fashion illustrations and love pretty whimsy and sparkly dresses, this one’s for you. Megan Hess is probably one of my favourite fashion illustrators. Yes, she is super talented at what she does, let’s be honest. But I love her style of illustration… it’s very classic with her modulating brushstrokes and incorporation of interesting textures and prints – a mix of hand and digital rendering. ‘The Dress’ is all about those iconic moments in fashion and how it shaped and moved the fashion world. It’s really interesting to read about the history and background behind these amazing dresses she has illustrated and the intention behind them.

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I love how this book is categorised into a few sections: Designers, Icons, Weddings, Music, Film and the Oscars. We get a glimpse of different realms of the fashion world which I find really interesting.

IMG_9833 IMG_9832 IMG_9835Definitely recommend getting this book, because firstly, it’s pretty. Secondly, her illustrations are beautiful to look at… (there’s 100 to look at, come on) and thirdly, these illustrated dresses were designed by the most famous fashion designers in the world, worn by some famous people too, both film and real life, it’s something you don’t want to miss :) You can grab your copy here.

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