Pidapipo, The Best Gelato Shop You Need to Visit in Melbourne

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If you have a sweet tooth like me and crave for the authentic Gelato while you’re in Melbourne, don’t you dare to miss out Pidapipo! The trained chef, Lisa Valmorbida has travelled to Italy and studied at the Capigiani Gelato University, before returning to Melbourne to open up her own gelateria.

For those who don’t know what gelato is, it is Italy’s lighter version of ice-cream – milk, cream, sugar and eggs (not always, though), typically flavoured with nuts, pastes or fruits. What sets gelato apart from ice-cream is a lower butterfat content thanks to a milk-to-cream bias, and a denser, more elastic texture resulting from a slower churn and a warmer serving temperature.

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The one we went to is located at Lygon Street, which can be easily accessed by tramp. From far away you could spot the Neon sign, saying Pidapipo. And if you visit during the peak time, the long queue is the easiest sign to locate this gelato shop.

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You could either dine in or take away your gelato. We chose to dine in and sit at the window seat and enjoy watching the passerby. I was totally impressed by the interior design of this gelato space. With the marble counter and gold accent lamps, every corner is so aesthetic pleasing.

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While waiting for your turn, you should definitely start to decide what flavour to get. To be honest, I got a huge dilemma in choosing as you can see the menu is literally endless!

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On our first visit, I ordered Nutella Swirl with additional Nutella topping and pistachio. And baaam need to say more, both are absolutely delicious. I love how rich they are. While, my friend ordered a passion fruit gelato with a raspberry swirl. If you want something refreshing and sour, these two flavours will complement your tastebuds.

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You know how good is their gelato when we stop by again on the next day. On the second day, I ordered Pistachio again, but I picked a new flavour, which is Strawberry Rose and Cream. If you love the smell of rose, you will definitely love this. This time my friend also ordered a Pistachio and a new flavour, Pineapple.

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For more information check out their website – here

How to get to Pidapipo at Lygon Street

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy gelato, and that’s kind of the same thing.

 

Golden Shower by ChinChin, The Pink Bar You Need to Hit

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Whether you’re a millennial pink maniac, a minimalist that appreciate aesthetic pleasing space, or a pleasure seekers who enjoy small bites and drinks, Golden Shower By ChinChin is definitely the Pinterest / Instagram-worthy bar you should visit to kick start the New Year, 2018.

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It is all written in the name “Golden Shower”, you will first welcomed by a luxe bathroom designed entrance, where you can spot sparkly chandelier, mirror, gold accent bath tub, sink and black and white marble flooring.

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And behind the door of the fancy bathroom designed entrance, you will be welcomed by this #millennialpink heaven! I got to say every corner is so aesthetic pleasing and Pinterest worthy! My favourite is definitely the bar stools which feature gold legs and pink cushion! Even my mom can’t help but start taking tons of photos.

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You could either enjoy your drink and small bites at the bar counter or the couch area.

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For drinks, my sister and I each ordered a glass of Prosecco, which costs RM18 (per glass). Whilst, my mum ordered a glass of Cafaggio Chianti Classico Italian red wine, which costs RM20.

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If you visit during the Shower Time (5.30pm to 8.00pm), the menu is pretty limited as it only serves snacks. So while waiting for the dinner menu, we decided to order some small bites. We ordered crostini with Char Siew, French Onion and Smoked Salmon dips. Among these 3 dips, Smoked Salmon is definitely my ultimate favourite. And I love how crispy the Crostini is! The Crostini costs RM32.

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And of course, how can we not order these fancy desserts. We ordered two chocolate pearls. One in white chocolate and one in dark chocolate. It costs RM15 each.

P.S not only they are delicious but look how gorgeous the presentation of the food is! I also fall head over heels for their galaxy marble accent silverware.

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So here is me trying to get my #OOTD shot. TBH how can I not seize this opportunity.

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I’m glad we decided to wait for the dinner menu. If not we are going to miss this utterly mouth-watering Hokkaido Scallops. The staff also told me that the chef would constantly change the way they prepare every single dish. Hence, visit here more often to check out how one dish is served in different ways.

Hokkaido Scallops costs RM64.

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Lastly, we had Japanese strawberry as our last dish. I got to said this is by far the most expensive Japanese strawberry I had in my life, as this small plate costs RM32. I would probably not going to order this the next round.

In short, this bar is definitely worth the hype and visit!

Address: 86, Lebuh Bishop 10200 Georgetown, Penang.

Time: 5.30pm-2am (Closed on Mondays

Visit Golden Shower’s Facebook page – here for more information.

You’re too young to let the world break you!

 

Favourite Cafes in Penang 2017

Cafe hoping has been a huge thing in Penang, Malaysia due to cafes have been mushrooming in the past few years. Whether you’re Penangites or travelers who plan to visit cafes during your trip, seek no further than this blogpost as I have rounded up my top favourites. These are the cafes that I keep on going back and can never get tired of it.

  1. Dān 单

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If you have a thing for cosy minimal space and greenery (especially terrariums), this cafe definitely checked all the boxes. Not to mention, they serve great coffee and matcha and chocolate lava cakes! I always order two of em whenever I pay a visit.

The Must Try -> Chocolate / Matcha Lava Cake

*Parking tickets can be stamped at Penang Bowl

Address -> 38/1 Lebuh Farquhar George Town, Malaysia

Operating Hours -> Mon-Sat: 1PM – 10PM ( closed on Sunday )

For more details, visit their Facebook page.

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2. Bricklin Cafe Bar


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If you need a good cup of coffee while working on your assignments or work, Bricklin Cafe is your ultimate destination! I love how the chill vibes this cafe give off. And talk about the good natural lighting that ensures you to nail your instagram-worthy shots effortlessly. Not to forget, you could also walk around Hin Bus Depot and indulge yourself with the surrounding mural arts, or some weekend exhibitions.

The Must Try -> Ice coffee with ice-cream, affogato

Address -> Hin Bus Depot, 31A Jalan Gurdwara
10300 George Town, Malaysia

Operating hours -> Mon-Thurs: 10:00 – 22:30 Fri-Sun: 10:00 – 23:30

For more details, visit their Facebook page.

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3. Shia’s Granola @ Hin Bus Depot

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Any health conscious junkie or granola lovers out there?! If you are, you’re in luck! As Shia’s Granola has the best homemade granola in Penang! And it is situated at Hin Bus Depot as well! Best of both worlds when you could just visit so many cafes in one spot!

The Must Try -> Caramel Banana Granola, Jumbo Bowl, Popsicles

Address -> 31A, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours -> 11AM-8PM (closed on Monday)

For more details, visit their Facebook page.

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4. Roots Dessert Bar


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If you’re a dessert freak and love to try some uncommon desserts, Roots Dessert Bar has everything you could ever imagine. And trust me not only they are delicious but also aesthetic pleasing!

The Must Try -> Watermelon Cake (which is originated from Australia, and it is SO refreshing to enjoy after your meal), Ice Roots Special, Rose Cheesecake

* Watermelon Cake is available only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. I recommend going in the earlier part of the day as it is in very limited supply.

Address -> 72, Jalan A.S. Mansoor, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Operating Hours -> 12noon – 11pm (Tuesday to Thursday) , 11am – 12midnight (Friday to Sunday)

For more details, visit their Facebook page.

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5. Brown Pocket favourite-cafes-in-penang-brown-pocket

If you happen to shop at Gurney or Paragon and wish to visit cafe, Brown Pocket which serves a wide array of food ranging from waffles to coffee and parfaits will satisfy your taste buds!

The Must Try -> Mocha Pocha, Berrymisu, Affogato

Address -> Gurney Paragon L- 10250, 6-11, Jalan Kelawai, Georgetown, 10250 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Operating hours -> Everyday 10am to 10pm

For more details, visit their Facebook page.

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6. Twelve Cups

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Twelve Cups is one of the oldest cafe establishments in town. Ambiance-aside, I was totally impressed with the food quality and endless options. You could literally find food ranging from savory to desserts. Hence, if you are seeking for a cafe that serves solid-promising food, give this place a try.

Address ->  12, The WhiteAways Arcade, Beach St, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Operating Hours ->

Sunday 9AM–11PM
Monday 10AM–11PM
Tuesday 10AM–11PM
Wednesday 10AM–11PM
Thursday 10AM–11PM
Friday 9AM–12AM
Saturday 9AM–12AM

For more details, please visit their Facebook page.

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7. Constant Gardener Cafe

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Need a topnotch cup of coffee, Constant Gardener will not disappoint you! Ranging from Ethiopia origin filter coffee to single origin Madagascar Chocolate, they have everything for everyone’s taste buds. Not to mention, they do serve scrumptious and aesthetic pleasing pastries.

Address -> Ground floor of Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce Building, 9, Lebuh Light, 10200, Georgetown, Penang.

Operation Hours -> 9:00am – 12:00pm daily (Closed on Monday)

For more information, please visit their Facebook page.

Afternoon Tea at Ladurée Chadstone

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I always wonder why I have already come across Ladurée so many times when I was in the U.K and Europe but I never have the urge to try them. I do not intend to try this in Melbourne either but my friend, Cassie and I think why not?! So, we decided to take a break from our shopping at Chadstone and enjoy some sweet tooth. FYI Ladurée actually make all of their macarons in Paris and then ship them over.
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The storefront at Chadstone is not big but I love how it is nested in the centre of a dome structure that’s double storey tall, allowing us to enjoy looking at passerby while sipping our coffee and biting our macarons. Not to mention, the design of the store is very modern and sophisticated with its wooden, marble and gold accents.
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We’ve ordered a total of 4 macrons. They are Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Rose, and Pistachio. To be honest, I have pretty high expectation when comes to their macarons but I still prefer Paul’s macaron tho as they have more creamy filling. You can really taste it when biting into a macaron. However, if I really have to pick among these 4, my favourite will definitely will be Vanilla.
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Cassie also ordered a cup of hot mocha. I love how they serve it in a glass instead of cup tho, making it looks so aesthetic and unique. And, the highlight of my Ladurée experience is definitely the  Hot Chocolate aka Chocolate Chaud. It is served with a cup of hot chocolate and a cup of steam milk. You will need to pour it to your own cup and by stirring it on low heat, you will have the perfect rich and creamy hot chocolate. Like Spanish hot chocolate, it is strong and very rich and will definitely fill you up for hours.
A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles
 

Birthday Afternoon Tea at Macalister Mansion

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One week before my birthday, my mom and sister decided to pamper me with a birthday tea session at Macalister Mansion. We’ve never been to Macalister Mansion so we think why not seize this occasion and give it a try.

The minute we step in the compound, we’re already amazed by the landscape. The magnificent white colonial facade is surrounded by beautiful greeneries, sculptures, a pool and a bar (which is literally bar goals and perfect for your Instagram!).
Keep reading and you’ll know why!
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With walls, and ceiling painted with white hue, the interior gives off that bright and minimal vibes. The white lamps with a hint of gold are my favourites as they definitely complement the space even more! Not to mention, those greeneries and tiles just made this space even more aesthetic pleasing.

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Spot my mom taking her instastory with her phone!

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A wooden platter holds savories, sweets, scones and comes with a choice of coffee or TWG tea.

The Afternoon Tea Set costs RM88

Savouries

Chicken Caesar Wraps
Sardine “rilettes” Sandwich
Filo Pastries with Salmon and Teriyaki Mayo
Quiche of Spinach and Mushroom
Smokehouse Chicken Burger
Cream of Mushroom and Potato

Pastries

Matcha and Red Bean Mousse
Mix Fruit Choux Puff
Chocolate Macaron
Selection of Mini Cakes

Scones

Homemade Daily Scones with Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam

 

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P.S. I ordered a hot chocolate but it doesn’t meet my expectation (it doesn’t have the rich chocolate taste) , so I don’t recommend that. Coffee and tea are still fine.

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And walaaa, this chocolate brownie (my birthday cake) is my favourite among all! It is SO delicious, at one point we even wanted to order another one but we’re way too full! Every bite is filled with rich dark chocolate. So make sure you give it a try!

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Talking about goals, nothing beats this bar! Not only it is located right beside the pool, but everything is white!!! If you’re obsessed with white and has a white theme for your instagram, you’ll definitely LOVE this space!

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Macalister Mansion
228 Jalan Macalister
11400 George Town
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
+6 04 228 3888
www.macalistermansion.com

Opening Hours

DAILY, 8.00am – 11.00pm

Afternoon Tea Set

Monday to Friday: 3pm to 6pm
Saturday & Sunday: 2pm to 6pm

Make  reservation – here

People say things meant to rip you in half, but you hold the power to not turn their words into knife and cut yourself