Monday, December 31, 2012

Australia Trip 2012 Part II - Innocent Bystander, Yarra Valley





After touching down at Melbourne Airport, we drove directly to Yarra Valley where we had our wine escape for the next 3 days. By the time we checked into our cottage, we were all hungry and thirsty (for wine)! We waited no time and headed for our first winery - Innocent Bystander for tasting and lunch. Located along Maroondah Highway, Healesville Victoria, Innocent Bystander is a winery, cellar door, bistro , bakery, cheese room and cafe all rolled into one.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Liebster Blog Award





I was in Melbourne when I found out that "Chef and Sommelier" was nominated for the Liebster Blog award by Veronica of Minty's Kitchen.  This is my very first award and I am extremely thrilled, excited and honoured to be nominated. My heart-felt appreciation to Veronica for the nomination and a BIG Thank You to all my followers and readers for your support and valuable comments all this while.

Let's continue to eat, drink, blog and be merry!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Best of 2012





2012 has been a milestone year for me as far as my blog is concerned. Although I started this journal in late 2010, it was only this year that I started getting involved actively in this cyberspace of mine. As a result, it has grown significantly in 2012 in terms of post counts, readership and follower counts.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Homemade Nama Chocolate




Seriously, who does not like chocolate?

When I first saw this on Mel's blog, I was very excited that I would be able to make the Royce'-style Chocolate truffles at home! Mel got the recipe from Nami (Author of "Just one Cookbook"). Immediately, I bookmarked both posts as I planned to make this as Christmas gift for my friends in the office.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Chef and Sommelier in Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon 2012




It has been a quiet week for me in terms of cooking and drinking as I tried to cut down on heavy food and alcohol in preparation for my run tomorrow morning. Yes, Chef and Sommelier is taking part in this year's Standard Chartered Marathon. No, I will not be doing the full 42km but a fun distance of 10km with my wife, CJ and Jazz.

If you read my blog and are also taking part in the run tomorrow, just wave and say HI when you see my bib with "Chef and Sommelier" on it.

I will be back in the kitchen tomorrow after the run. See ya!
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