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Birthday Cake (or lunch) n Coffee @ Hippo Espresso

Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Cutest Babycinos Ever ($1 each)

Went for a late lunch /slash afternoon tea with the family for my birthday. Cupcakes and babycinos for the kids, cake and coffee for my Mum and sister, and meals for B and I because I couldn’t face cake, and hadn’t had lunch…

Birthday Arvo Tea @ HippoBirthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Cute Cupcakes

Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
My awesome chicken burger – $18

Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
The insides – chicken, tomato, cheese, lettuce, aioli, avocado

Birthday Arvo Tea @ HippoIMG_20140722_145625872.jpg
Bruce’s eggs benedict and slushy

Birthday Arvo Tea @ HippoBirthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Go Bombers!!!

Hippo Espresso
468 The Esplanade,
Warners Bay NSW 2282
(02) 4948 0800

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Birthday Dumplings @ Nan’s Dumpling Time, Hamilton.

Nan's Dumpling House

OMG, so many dumplings.

One thing about being a food blogger, and it being your birthday this week, is that you can easily talk your friendship group into gorging them self on dumplings in the interest of trying the new dumpling house in town.

Nan's Dumpling House

We ate SOOOOOOO many dumplings over a two hour period.

Pork, vego, crab, chicken. Different shapes and sizes.

And wound up with a bill under $14/head.

Nan's Dumpling House

With a dash of rice for variety.

Nan's Dumpling House

And THEN for some reason, we were talked into utilising our dessert stomachs for coffee and cake at Cafe de Beaumont

Lemon Meringue

Yeah, I rolled to the car.

But I’m SOOOOOOOO glad for good cheap dumplings in Newcastle!!!

(and that they dealt well with my useless booking skills and constantly expanding table!)

Nan’s Dumpling Time
4/79 Beaumont St, Hamilton
(behind EuroBar)
(02) 4961 6350

Cafe de Beaumont
70 Beaumont St, Hamilton NSW 2303
(02) 4962 3671

(PS since people keep coming here looking for the menu – here it is!!!)

Nan's Dumpling Time Hamilton Menu 2014

Nan’s Dumpling Time Hamilton Menu 2014

31 – a rolling celebration of eating, drinking and being merry


I actually don’t have too many photos from my birthday celebrations, as I had a number of late nights, where my phone battery died before meal or home time. I can say it’a been a lovely week of turning 31, and surrounding myself with people who are awesomeness.


Let’s start with a couple of days before, my dear chronically Femme Bronwyn was selling her Galaxy Tab….. and since I couldn’t find a reason not to (aside from my current financial situation) I bought it from her. She offered me Gin and Tonic, and a pillow unicorn as sweeteners to the deal…


Couple of days before my birthday, I had some plans fall through, so ended up watching Seven Psychopaths with Mic, and going out for a lovely brekkie at Chaddies in New Lambton Sunday morning.

Chaddies french toast with bacon

Chaddies big breakfas

Next was the Newtown Drinks version of my birthday – Drinks on the roof at Zanzibar, till it got too cold and we had to shift inside to the deer hunter room with the pool tables.

big buck hunter

vodka and soda

Somewhere in there, Neko started reading to us, and demanding we head for Thai for dinner.

te hana

I did question where one was to actually find a Thai restaurant in Newtown, because there is NOWHERE to get Thai, or frozen yoghurt for that matter, on King Street ;)

neko reads

entree newtown thai

Six of us ended up at Newtown Thai, selected the basis of them being quiet and wouldn’t mind us stuffing around while we waited for a couple of extra, but delightful, boys to show up ;)

hot chip nachos marly

Next stop, the Marly (Marlborough) which has this weird indoor garden, complete with fake grass, remodel thing going on. The above nachos made with hot chips were consumed, and hugs and smiles exchanged.

Sleep was found,a nd my birthday breakfast of a meat pie and diet coke found around midday at Macquarie University train station.

bday breakfast pie and diet coke

Sadly, i left the gift of a Hello Kitty shower cap behind in Macquarie Park, but my habit of leaving things behind just means I need to find time to see people again :)


Where next? Off to Hippo to have coffee and cake with my family and with Bron. The kids ran around like crazy, I got more hello kitty gifts…



Including some of the VERY newly released Hello Kitty for Target underwear!!!


From there, it was off to Schnitzel night at the Warners Bay Hotel…. mine had Nachos!

nacho schnitty

Aside from that, there’s been bikkies from my boss, and <3 arm warmers from Stu... and well as many hugs and general awesomness. bikkies


Thank you to everyone who made turning 31 utterly awesome. xoxox

A lazy #diyrainbow cake

Queen soft sugar balls

So, I was sent a few packs of the Queen Soft Sugar Pearls to try out, because I am such an avid baker. Plus I love the idea of silver balls that won’t break a tooth. Think of them as Cachous, but they don’t have to be swallowed whole :p

Queen soft sugar balls

Having a few to eat on their own, they were soft (but not too sof), and kinda had the texture of jelly crystals eated from the packet, if you put too many in their at once. The rainbow ones also smell a lot like rainbow sugary popcorn, the sort that used to come in a carrot shape packet at the fete.

Queen soft sugar balls

Blurry shot. I love Basco packet mixes. They always work out well for me.

Queen soft sugar balls

Improvising. I have no bowl or electric mixer. Bowls are pots and containers. etc.

Queen soft sugar balls

See? Awesome Basco mixes.

Yay! They also have white, baby pink, baby blue, gold and silver. But the rainbow is best, right?

Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Gluten Free Sponge from Slice of Life. Yum!

A family birthday dinner in a Malaysian Chinese Restaurant in the suburb of Redhead. Seaview Malaysian was able to adjust our meals so all dishes were gluten free, and boy we were stuffed by the end of it!

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Prawn Toast (not GF)

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Short Soup

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Sang Choi Bao type Lettuce Wraps. This was my entree and it was awesome :D :D

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

So, Rish and I were starting to admit defeat after the entrees (I had only really had lunch at about 5pm too), but somehow, as the soft shell crab came out (no photos – way too yum in the salt and peppere gluten free batter!), and then the other dishes started to arrive we made an effort :p

(photos not included include the noodles, fried rice, honey chicken, tomato braised beef and probably one more dish!)

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Sweet and Sour pork was … sweet.

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Amazing lemon chicken. Nice tender chicken pieces, great sauce. I could have eaten this all myself!

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
My order. Veges and tofu

There was room for cake, or in Rish’s case, Deep fried ice cream! He can never say no!

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

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