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๐Ÿ™ "Namaste..." I imagined this Yoda-vibes Lemur uttering silently ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‚ #LDfinds #LilyDawis . . . This "master" Lemur held this position for quite so time amidst its peers' playful behaviours. This enclosure was our favorite amongst many lovely ones at the zoo, as we got to be so close to the Lemurs who seemed to be enjoying human attention. Must visit factor: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. . . #Lemur #Yoda #YogaMaster #Namaste #Zen #MelbourneZoo #animalencounters #familyfriendly #author #composer #kidfriendly #9gag #Melbourne #Australia #VisitMelbourne
Need health to travel well. Temptations abound but I try to remember some grains and greens... #LDfinds #LilyDawis So, for very allergic me, it's an amazing treat to have so many great and clearly labeled choices at the Virgin Australia's domestic lounge. Love that we could make our own grilled toasts and arrange the temperature of our sparkling water from my fave finding this OZ trip, VESTAL!! (last photo, sparkling water system, first noticed it at Rockpool Sydney, will research more and hope this system more prevalent in more parts of the world). . . F&B : โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Service: N/A (self service, but top notch barista and friendly lounge staffs). Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. . . . #VirginAustralia #StarAlliance #GoldCoast #Australia #Vestal #SparklingWater #IAmATraveler #WeareGoldCoast #GCGuide #travelwriter #traveltips #traveler #travelblog #wanderlust #writerso๏ฌnstagram #author #composer #writerslife #allergyfriendly
Had a fantabulous time "nobar" with Neng Geulis @dephoy21 , Kang Erhi @mshfilms_erikhidayat and Abah Rocker @winkywiryawan912 ๐Ÿค˜#LilyDawis #LDfinds . . . Must watch factor: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜Ž The movie is significant and timely on so many levels. Travel junkies know that Travel+Leisure has placed Java as the #1 island in the world 2018, with Bali 2nd and Lombok 3rd. Set mostly in Desa Adat Sinar Asih (Sacred Village Sinar Asih) and through masterful scenario and shoots, the movie introduced us to the serene natural beauties of Java island, the gentle ways of the people, music and traditions. I was entertained by the well timed soft comedies as well as romantic intrics presented parallel to the always relevant topics of local politics and power struggles, amidst family legacy issues, resistance to change and rites of passages. Additionally, I thoroughly enjoyed understanding a few Sundanese words (used a lot in the movie with clear Bahasa Indonesia subtitle), as my Dad grew up in Bandung. I urge you to take your family and friends to watch this movie soon... coz it's "alus pisan" (bagus banget/so good) yet Hollywood summer blockbusters are dominating the screens... #RockerBalikKampung #cinematography #akucintaindonesia #Java #wonderfulindonesia #Javaisland #travelandleisure #travelsecrets #traveltips #indonesianmovie #moviereview #movies #islandofjava #SinarAsih #Hollywood
Star attraction at SeaWorld Australia was JET STUNT EXTREME ! Thrills, heart pumping music and full on crowd interaction #LDfinds #LilyDawis Must visit factor: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Went to at least 5 SeaWorld all over the world and this was the first time I saw jetskis stunts up close. Kudos @jetstuntextreme ! First 2 videos courtesy of @kittykataman. First video don't miss 1 handed barrel roll ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ & back flip by @michael_ratti ๐Ÿ˜Ž 2nd video, wait for quadruple flips by @liammellott ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ #Seaworld #seaworldaus #seaworldgoldcoast #GoldCoast #JetStuntExtreme #jetskis #australianwinter #stunts #watersports #stunt #backflip
Smiling polar bear, penguins, helicopter ride... So much to see and do, so little time... Delighted that winter in Aussie was perfect for a visit to SeaWorld #LDfinds #LilyDawis Must visit factor: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Less crowds, gentle breeze, less smells make everything more enjoyable. Just went to San Diego Sea World few weeks ago which was majestic yet very busy. This one has a more homey feel and more animal interactions focus where the animals' homes seem more accessible to visitors (extra fees yes but bystanders have more access to viewing too). #Seaworld #seaworldaus #seaworldgoldcoast #GoldCoast #polarbear #australianwinter
Touch the dolphins. Delighted that winter in Aussie was perfect for a visit to SeaWorld #LDfinds #LilyDawis Must visit factor: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Less crowds, gentle breeze, less smells make everything more enjoyable. Just went to San Diego Sea World few weeks ago which was majestic yet very busy. This one has a more homey feel and more animal interactions focus where the animals' homes seem more accessible to visitors (extra fees yes but bystanders have more access to viewing too). 2nd video by @kittykataman #Seaworld #seaworldaus #seaworldgoldcoast #GoldCoast #dolphins #animalencounters #australianwinter
Am in love! Gelato with toasted brioche! #LDfinds #LilyDawis Food: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ (the young lady behind the counter was elegant in her moves with genuine smiles which rarely left her face) Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ (check out the sleekest gelato fridge ever! Rotating!) #gelato #Mygelato #paninigelato #brioche #WeareGoldCoast #GCguide #Australia
Blue & white charms, But not in Mykonos. Crab sandwich so good, Chomped at Seaway kiosk. #LDfinds #LilyDawis . . . F&B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ (sincere help from genuinely beautiful people) Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ (laid back charming feel, with sounds of the sea nearby, as if years would go by in a blink of an eye). Really rare to have a by-the-beach kiosk selling such high quality selections. Too bad only had space in tummy for a few items as it was after breakfast and before lunch. Actually wanted to try the inviting pastries too. On fish and chips got a choice of grilled, crumbed or beer battered fish. I chose beer battered hehe, super yum! Fascinated to find the kiosk was run so well though not by original owners anymore. Out of respect the current owners still have photo of the founders on one of the charming walls. #SeawayKiosk #CrabSandwich #Fishandchips #SurfersParadise #Goldcoast #Australia #wearegoldcoast #gcguide #AustralianFood #QueenslandCrab
Gelato VS Ice Cream. Am team Gelato. You? #LilyDawis #LDfinds I am team gelato not entirely by choice, I found out decades ago that am allergic to ice cream. Yeah, sucks, I know. No need to pity me tho coz through a fortunate occassion when I braved eating gelato which some insist IS = ice cream, I found that I was OK! Ha!? So this placard which lays it out clearly and prettily, I found hyper sexy, as it finally outlines what my body instinctively knew. Gelato (the authentic one) IS NOT ice cream. #gelato #icecream #allergyfriendly #allergyalert #WeareGoldCoast #GCguide #Australia
Calling all nutella lovers! Behold, NUTELLA BOMBA! #LDfinds #LilyDawis . . . F&B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. . . . Very busy even on a weekday, must reserve. Nutella bomba was cray cray good! The maitre'd said they consume about 60KG of nutella a week! Yes that popular... Can appreciate how they manage to keep the taste of nutella although the bomba was fried and the nutella more liquid than usual. If you are avid nutella fan like me, you know what I mean. Heat and nutella taste are not bff after all. . . . Genuinely friendly service with a wide range of freshly made pastas and pizzas. Love the carbonara! I'd skip the veal, presentation can be improved though the broccollini was great. Bread was not complimentary which was kinda a dampener especially when along with hungry kids. At least breadsticks would have been much appreciated. . . . #nutellabomba #gemelliitalian #nutella #wearegoldcoast #gcguide #australia #restaurantreview
I never trust people who don't like pancakes. I mean, what's not to like? #LDfinds #LilyDawis F&B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ (sweets). . โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ (savories) Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Tips: go someplace else for savories and have dessert here. The savories are fast food quality only. #SurfersParadise #Goldcoast #Australia #pancakesontherocks #wearegoldcoast #gcguide #restaurantreview
Once in a while, we just wanna eat with our fingers, no utensils getting in the way! #LDfinds #LilyDawis F&B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Tips: order the beef ribs too! So surprised, the beef ribs we ordered as kids' meal was even better than the famed pork ribs! The meat thick and moist, the glaze deeply flavored the juicy beef. #SurfersParadise #Goldcoast #Australia #wearegoldcoast #gcguide
Sometimes the weather's so great we just need to inhale the beauty of it all #LDfinds #LilyDawis #nofilter Came here to accompany our kids on surfing lessons. Very friendly and highly qualified instructors were especially kind to the toddlers, having earned their trust, piggybacking them after the grueling but fun session. . . . #GoldCoast #surfersparadise #beachlover #whitesandbeach #surfinglesson #beachactivity #skyscapes #clouds #travelsecrets #travelblog #wanderlust #Australia #traveltips #traveljournal #writersofinstagram #writersofig #wearegoldcoast #gcguide ๐Ÿ“ท shot with #xiaomi
"The could've been amazing that went bizarre due to unprofessional service" #LDfinds #LilyDawis F&B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. . . . The why 2 clouds for service already in previous posts. This post is about vinos. I mean, it's pointless having a great wine list if the delivery wasn't on point. After the earlier mishap and through our subsequent order of vinos, we seemed to have earned the respect of the sommelier who then hovered around our table eager to please. Beyond our 4 full bottles, we also had by-the-glass upon his recommendation. We also had 2 single malt Sullivan's Cove (not pictured), which in contrast to the precisely measured presentation at Tetsuya's, we were presented with the already poured whiskeys, no bottle sighting either. My group agreed the amount was only 1/3 of the Tetsuya's serving. . . Chef, please look into how your fine wines, aperitifs, digestif service being delivered to diners. As this was by far one of the worst we had this year. A great shame because your savories and desserts (the creme brulee vs mille feuille was divine!) courses were up there with the best. . . . . . #Sydney #SydneyOperaHouse #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #hotlist #travelphotography #foodporn #foodgasm #review #IAmATraveler #finedining #bennelong #bennelongrestaurant #restaurantreview #vinos #winesoftheworld #Arras #domenica #mountmaryvineyard #Bannockburn #sullivanscove
"The could've been amazing that went bizarre due to unprofessional service" #LDfinds #LilyDawis F&B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. The food's great though a tad heavy. The suckling pig was extremely divine. Too bad, had to take several clouds off service coz so bizarre the sommelier and several wait staffs were opening bottles drinking while on the job in plain view from our table facing the vino prep area ๐Ÿ˜… so we were quite disturbed by it coz we were affected, sommelier was rushing, haphazardly pouring out (our bottle's) double the amount to our glasses so he could go back to his little party. . . . There was also choice of 2 courses or 3 courses that night, either we do all savories or last course with dessert/cheese. The males in our group opted for all savories, which should come one by one but all came out at once despite clear instructions. . . It was then I had to speak up saying, "why the rush, this is a second seating and we had no opera to catch..." (the feeling we got was as if they wanted us to finish early so they could close up early and party amongst themselves, it was disappointing coz we looked forward to Bennelong so much). Things got a bit better after that but their drinking on the job continued so we were still uncomfortable till the end but determined to still have great night within our group. We felt so bar for chef/owner/manager of Bennelong, hope they read this and could take steps so it doesn't happen again. . . . . #Sydney #SydneyOperaHouse #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #hotlist #travelphotography #foodporn #foodgasm #review #IAmATraveler #finedining #bennelong #bennelongrestaurant #restaurantreview
"The could've been amazing that went bizarre due to unprofessional service" #LDfinds #LilyDawis F&B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. The food's great though a tad heavy. Had to take several clouds off service coz so bizarre the sommelier and several wait staffs were opening bottles drinking while on the job in plain view from our table facing the vino prep area ๐Ÿ˜… so we were quite disturbed by it coz we were affected, sommelier was rushing, haphazardly pouring out (our bottle's) double the amount to our glasses so he could go back to his little party. . . . There was also choice of 2 courses or 3 courses that night, either we do all savories or last course with dessert/cheese. The males in our group opted for all savories, which should come one by one but all came out at once despite clear instructions. . . It was then I had to speak up saying, "why the rush, this is a second seating and we had no opera to catch..." (the feeling we got was as if they wanted us to finish early so they could close up early and party amongst themselves, it was disappointing coz we looked forward to Bennelong so much). Things got a bit better after that but their drinking on the job continued so we were still uncomfortable till the end but determined to still have great night within our group. We felt so bar for chef/owner/manager of Bennelong, hope they read this and could take steps so it doesn't happen again. . . . . #Sydney #SydneyOperaHouse #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #hotlist #travelphotography #foodporn #foodgasm #review #IAmATraveler #finedining #bennelong #bennelongrestaurant #restaurantreview #yabbie
"The could've been amazing that went bizarre due to unprofessional service" #LDfinds #LilyDawis F&B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. The food's great though a tad heavy. Had to take several clouds off service coz so bizarre the sommelier and several wait staffs were opening bottles drinking while on the job in plain view from our table facing the vino prep area ๐Ÿ˜… so we were quite disturbed by it coz we were affected, sommelier was rushing, haphazardly pouring out (our bottle's) double the amount to our glasses so he could go back to his little party. . . . There was also choice of 2 courses or 3 courses that night, either we do all savories or last course with dessert/cheese. The males in our group opted for all savories, which should come one by one but all came out at once despite clear instructions. . . It was then I had to speak up saying, "why the rush, this is a second seating and we had no opera to catch..." (the feeling we got was as if they wanted us to finish early so they could close up early and party amongst themselves, it was disappointing coz we looked forward to Bennelong so much). Things got a bit better after that but their drinking on the job continued so we were still uncomfortable till the end but determined to still have great night within our group. We felt so bar for chef/owner/manager of Bennelong, hope they read this and could take steps so it doesn't happen again. . . . . #Sydney #SydneyOperaHouse #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #hotlist #travelphotography #foodporn #foodgasm #review #IAmATraveler #finedining #bennelong #bennelongrestaurant #restaurantreview
Dinners with the right people brought lovely surprises. #LDfinds #LilyDawis Got the night shots of Sydney Opera House with nary a soul in sight after midnight post dinner at Bennelong. . . . . . #Sydney #SydneyOperaHouse #bennelong #sydneywharf #SydneyHarbourBridge #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #travelphotography #IAmATraveler #IGTV #nightshots
Romance, definitely in the air. The place hugs and encourages connections. Truly beautiful spots around The Grounds of Alexandria... #LDfinds #LilyDawis F&B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ (mainly self service light eats and counters, two table service restaurants but long wait) Service: N/A (self service). Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. . . . . #Sydney #groundsofAlexandria #weddings #specialevents #privateevents #weddingvenue #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #hotlist #travelphotography #IAmATraveler #landscapedesign
Beautiful food and drinks around The Grounds of Alexandria... #LDfinds #LilyDawis The donuts had the longest lines so of course we got some! Gorgeous texture and wonderful combination of flavors. F&B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ (mainly self service light eats and counters, two table service restaurants but long wait) Service: N/A (self service). Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. . . . . #Sydney #groundsofAlexandria #sweets #dessertporn #dessertgasm #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #hotlist #travelphotography #foodporn #foodgasm #review #IAmATraveler #gardenrestaurant #donuts . . . ๐Ÿ“ท shot with #xiaomi
Beautiful Grounds of Alexandria... #LDfinds #LilyDawis F&B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ (mainly self service light eats and counters, two table service restaurants but long wait) Service: N/A (self service). Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. . . . . #Sydney #groundsofAlexandria #sweets #dessertporn #dessertgasm #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #hotlist #travelphotography #foodporn #foodgasm #review #IAmATraveler #gardenrestaurant . . . ๐Ÿ“ท shot with #xiaomi
When we eat sweets, might as well go for the best... #LDfinds #LilyDawis The watermelon cake is truly yummy. No photo of our order as it was devoured immediately after our kids got them. F&B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ (mainly served desserts and light eats) Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. . . . . #Sydney #BlackStarPastry #sweets #dessertporn #dessertgasm #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #hotlist #travelphotography #foodporn #foodgasm #review #IAmATraveler
Beautiful toasts warm my heart. #LDfinds #LilyDawis Their ham and cheese croissant the best I had in years. F&B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ (mainly serving desserts and light eats) Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. . . . . #Sydney #BlackStarPastry #sweets #dessertporn #dessertgasm #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #hotlist #travelphotography #foodporn #foodgasm #review #IAmATraveler #croissant #avocadotoast . . . ๐Ÿ“ท shot with #xiaomi
When we eat sweets, might as well go for the best... #LDfinds #LilyDawis F&B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ (mainly serving desserts and light eats) Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. . . . . #Sydney #BlackStarPastry #sweets #dessertporn #dessertgasm #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #hotlist #travelphotography #foodporn #foodgasm #review #IAmATraveler
While in Aussie, enjoying the fine Aussie vinos. Huge restaurant with extensive selection of freshest seafood, grills and superb wine list. The sides were refreshingly innovative too. #LDfinds #LilyDawis F&B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Had to take a cloud off F&B coz as it's famous for the grills, we were so excited for our beef. Alas, my medium came medium well and my companions' medium rare came medium. Sommelier and our wait staff were amazing though. I wish I had asked their names to mention here. The wait staff made our dinner livelier with his genuine banter. (The best wait staff had some facial hair and is Italian...) Caramel popcorn served at the very very end of our meal by compliments were so good!!. . . . . #Sydney #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #hotlist #travelphotography #foodporn #foodgasm #review #IAmATraveler #rockpoolbarandgrill #rockpoolgroup #NeilPerry #arras #yarrayarra #tolpuddle #vinos #finewines #rosรฉ #Tasmania
First photo our fave of the night: the abalone pasta!. . . Huge restaurant with extensive selection of freshest seafood, grills and superb wine list. The sides were refreshingly innovative too. #LDfinds #LilyDawis First photo our fave of the night: the abalone pasta! So full of flavors and great combination of textures. F&B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Had to take a cloud off F&B coz as it's famous for the grills, we were so excited for our beef. Alas, my medium came medium well and my companions' medium rare came medium. Sommelier and our wait staff were amazing though. I wish I had asked their names to mention here. The wait staff made our dinner livelier with his genuine banter. (The best wait staff had some facial hair and is Italian...) Caramel popcorn served at the very very end of our meal by compliments were so good!!. . . . . #Sydney #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #hotlist #travelphotography #foodporn #foodgasm #review #IAmATraveler #rockpoolbarandgrill #rockpoolgroup #NeilPerry #steak #abalone #oysters #slowcookedegg
Huge restaurant with extensive selection of freshest seafood, grills and superb wine list. The sides were refreshingly innovative too. #LDfinds #LilyDawis F&B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. Had to take a cloud off F&B coz as it's famous for the grills, we were so excited for our beef. Alas, my medium came medium well and my companions' medium rare came medium. Sommelier and our wait staff were amazing though. I wish I had asked their names to mention here. The wait staff made our dinner livelier with his genuine banter. (The best wait staff had some facial hair and is Italian...) Caramel popcorn served at the very very end of our meal by compliments were so good!!. . . . . #Sydney #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #hotlist #travelphotography #foodporn #foodgasm #review #IAmATraveler #rockpoolbarandgrill #rockpoolgroup #NeilPerry #steak . . . ๐Ÿ“ท shot with #xiaomi
Spicy crispy pork on rice, thai boat noodle, warmed the tummies properly in the winter. F & B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ (owners pls note: sour faced waitresses; dragging their feet, 1 giggling on mobile phone call - personal call? Getting orders wrong twice, took ages to get side plates, utensils). Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. #LDfinds #LilyDawis . . . . . #Sydney #chatthai #chatthaisydney #thaifood #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #travelphotography #foodporn #foodgasm #spicyfood #review #crispypork
Their mango sticky rice, one of the best we've had. Admirable for them to have sourced such good mangoes in winter. (2 orders) F & B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ (owners pls note: sour faced waitresses; dragging their feet, 1 giggling on mobile phone call - personal call? Getting orders wrong twice, took ages to get side plates, utensils). faced waitresses; dragging their feet, 1 giggling on mobile phone call - personal call? Getting orders wrong several times, took ages to get side plates, utensils). . Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. #LDfinds #LilyDawis . . . . . #Sydney #chatthai #chatthaisydney #thaifood #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #travelphotography #foodporn #foodgasm #spicyfood #review #mangostickyrice
Spicy Thai roast duck, great wintry treat! F & B: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ (owners pls note: sour faced waitresses; dragging their feet, 1 giggling on mobile phone call - personal call? Getting orders wrong twice, took ages to get side plates, utensils). . Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. #LDfinds #LilyDawis . . . . . #Sydney #chatthai #chatthaisydney #thaifood #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #travelphotography #foodporn #foodgasm #spicyfood #review
Getting through the post-barbecue blues with #alliumampeloprasum , otherwise know as Elephant Garlic! ๐Ÿ˜ @ldfinds ใƒปใƒปใƒป My heart blooms amongst the blooms and histories at the Botanical Gardens #LDfinds #LilyDawis Must visit factor: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ . . . . . . #attheH #huntingtonlibrary #wanderlust #IamATraveler #familyfriendly #traveldiaries #thehuntington #artcollections #RoseGarden #shakespearegarden #landscapephotography #flora #blooms #travelblog #writersofinstagram #LosAngeles #LAlaland #traveltips #travelsecrets #cityofangels
You can tell the city cares when construction works were fenced with a retrospective. #LDfinds #LilyDawis . Findings along Pitt Street on my way to Sydney Wharf. . . . . #Sydney #pittstreet #architecture #architecturephotography #oldbuildings #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #travelphotography #IAmATraveler #IGTV #retrospective
Old buildings melt my heart. Reflection of yet another magnificent building on pillar, along with arches and intricate carvings, keep it warm. #LDfinds #LilyDawis . Findings along Pitt Street. . . . . #Sydney #pittstreet #architecture #architecturephotography #oldbuildings #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #travelphotography #IAmATraveler
Yes, the trolley worked. Tempted and succumbed. We ordered La Porchetta. Was divine. Crispiest skin, juiciest meat (and fat) with lovely sauce and perfect vegs. La Rosa's chef must be confident and at ease with him/herself, as the dishes were lightly garnished yet shone on taste, textures and colors alike #LDfinds #LilyDawis . Food : โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ * Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ . . . . *had to take a cloud off service as blonde younger waiter chose to attend to another table when called and then ignored us completely when we were waving while a kid amongst the three of us that lunch was crying silently for something that could easily resolved by a wait staff. Took only one cloud off because a senior staff (tall, with glasses) rescued the situation and was extra kind. #Sydney #TheStrand #LaRosaTheStrand #architecture #architecturephotography #oldbuildings #wanderlust #fineitalian #italianfoodporn #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #travelphotography #IAmATraveler #review #restaurantreview
La Rosa's chef must be at ease with him/herself and confident, as the dishes were lightly garnished yet shone on taste, textures and colors alike #LDfinds #LilyDawis . Food : โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ * Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ . . . . *had to take a cloud off service as blonde male younger waiter chose to attend to another table when called and then ignored us completely when we were waving while a kid amongst the three of us that lunch was crying silently for something that could easily resolved by a wait staff. Took only one cloud off because a senior staff (tall, with glasses) rescued the situation and was extra kind. #Sydney #TheStrand #LaRosaTheStrand #architecture #foodphotography #foodporn #foodgasm #wanderlust #fineitalian #italianfoodporn #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #travelphotography #IAmATraveler #review #restaurantreview
Love fine food trolleys. This one tempted us with boneless pork roast (slow roasted porchetta) and black truffle. #LDfinds #LilyDawis . . . . . #Sydney #TheStrand #LaRosaTheStrand #architecture #architecturephotography #oldbuildings #wanderlust #fineitalian #italianfoodporn #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #travelphotography #IAmATraveler #inthemoment . . . ๐Ÿ“ท shot with #xiaomi
Love it when the food tasted as special as it looked. First two photos feature chef's amazing creativity and finesse presenting me with vegan vacherin and yuzu palate cleanser so refined my dining companions (Tetsuya's regulars) gasped. Our private dining experience was truly enhanced as the Chef tailored phenomenal dishes to my dietary requirements. Thank you chef for going above and beyond ๐Ÿ™ *On menu shot, my degustation menu left side, my companions' right side F&B. : โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Service. : โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Ambiance : โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ. . . PS: chef received list of my allergies and special dietary requirements only 5 hours prior to dinner ๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒฟ #LDfinds #LilyDawis . . . . . #allergyfriendly #FineDining #tetsuyas #TetsuyasSydney #Sydney #sydneyeats #wanderlust #foodgasm #foodporn #IAmATraveler #travelwriter #travelstory #travelblog #traveltips #gaultmillau #legendaward #timeout #relaischateaux #dessertporn #Taittinger #Sancerre #Gembrookhill #Collector #Torbreck #SullivansCove #vinos
Love it when the food tasted as special as it looked. I dined with Tetsuya's regulars and was told the oysters' presentation that night was unique. Our private dining experience was further enhanced as the Chef tailored phenomenal dishes to my dietary requirements. Thank you chef for going above and beyond ๐Ÿ™ PS: the truffle butter? To die for. F&B. : โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Service. : โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Ambiance : โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ #LDfinds #LilyDawis . . . . . . #allergyfriendly #FineDining #tetsuyas #TetsuyasSydney #Sydney #sydneyeats #wanderlust #foodgasm #foodporn #IAmATraveler #travelwriter #travelstory #travelblog #traveltips #gaultmillau #legendaward #timeout #signaturedish #tasmanianoysters #relaischateaux
Love it when the food tasted as special as it looked. The trout is a classic signature dish, been served for over 30 years at this Sydney's venerable dining institution. Our private dining experience was further enhanced as the Chef tailored phenomenal dishes to my dietary requirements. Thank you chef for going above and beyond ๐Ÿ™ F&B. : โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Service. : โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Ambiance : โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ #LDfinds #LilyDawis . . . . . . #allergyfriendly #FineDining #tetsuyas #TetsuyasSydney #Sydney #sydneyeats #wanderlust #foodgasm #foodporn #IAmATraveler #travelwriter #travelstory #travelblog #traveltips #gaultmillau #legendaward #timeout #signaturedish #Taittinger #GembrookHills #Collector #vino #RelaisaChateaux
I prefer my iced tea freshly brewed. How about you? #LDfinds #LilyDawis Sydney locals recommended this place for me. A quick check on Google confirmed this place to be an intriguing joint. Unclear address on google map (345 george st vs 580 george st basement) led me on a big round around but I got nice photos along the way... A long queue awaited as I finally found the place. So many non milk fresh brew iced tea options! Happy and glad I made an effort. Sleek cups were nice touch. They offer buy 1 get 1 pretty much daily with different selections. Might as well, coz 1 really won't be enough. The teas so fragrant and lovely. Perfect with the toppings. Tips: enter 580 George building, take 1 escalator down, turn left. . . . . #Sydney #writerso๏ฌnstagram #wanderlust #foodgasm #foodporn #travelwriter #travelblog #icedtea #bubbletea
Look what I found when I strolled along George Street and looked up... #LDfinds #LilyDawis . . . . #Sydney #skyscape #architecture #wanderlust #foodgasm #foodporn #travelwriter #travelblog #architecturephotography #IAmATraveler #Ilookedup . . . ๐Ÿ“ท shot with #xiaomi
This green lipped abalone's so huge and tasty, I think it deserves its own post after all ๐Ÿ˜Œ Plumpiest lobster, giant abalone sliced micro-thinly, luscious mussels... Am gushing here, and am actually not a huge seafood fan. A big must when traveling to Sydney. Greatest respect for freshest ingredients paired with skillful techniques vividly evident across groups of dishes. #LDfinds #LilyDawis Food : โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Renowned for seafood, they offer some ingenious preparations I was glad to taste. Was also pleasantly surprised and satisfied with their "humbler" dishes; roasts, wonton noodles (for the kids) and swooned at their Yuba Bean Curd Sheets with Snow Pea sprouts (I dare say it was my most satisfying veggie dish yet). . . . . . #goldencentury #Sydney #sydneyeats #wanderlust #foodgasm #foodporn #IAmATraveler #travelwriter #travelstory #travelblog #traveltips #gaultmillau #legendaward #timeout #seafood #abalone #lobster #beancurd #greenlipabalone
Plumpiest lobster, giant green lipped abalone sliced micro-thinly, luscious mussels... Am gushing here, and am actually not a huge seafood fan. A big must when traveling to Sydney. Greatest respect for freshest ingredients paired with skillful techniques vividly evident across groups of dishes. #LDfinds #LilyDawis Food : โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Service: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Ambiance: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ Renowned for seafood, they offer some ingenious preparations I was glad to taste. Was also pleasantly surprised and satisfied with their "humbler" dishes; roasts, wonton noodles (for the kids) and swooned at their Yuba Bean Curd Sheets with Snow Pea sprouts (I dare say it was my most satisfying veggie dish yet). . . . . . #goldencentury #Sydney #sydneyeats #wanderlust #foodgasm #foodporn #IAmATraveler #travelwriter #travelstory #travelblog #traveltips #gaultmillau #legendaward #timeout #seafood #abalone #lobster #Beancurd
Extra storage space, within an arm's throw, always a great idea. 1-2-1 configuration. Try to get the window seats. Two roomy side compartments await. Cabin higher ceiling coz no upper storage on middle seats. Wish uppers are slightly roomier, but hey something gotta give ๐Ÿ˜‰. . . Flight: Singapore - Sydney on the Dreamliner 787-10. Class: Business First to fly Dreamliner 787-10 ๐Ÿป #LDfinds #LilyDawis . . . . . . #singaporeairlines #sq #sydneybound #dreamliner #TheBubblieKids #wanderlust #IAmATraveler #travelstory #traveldiary #writersofig #travelblog #flightreview #airlinereview #traveltips
Having what we want when we need is bliss. Pleased to be presented with choice of when we could have the food service, as supper/breakfast with enough choices to please most palates. Flight: Singapore - Sydney on the Dreamliner 787-10. First to fly Dreamliner 787-10 ๐Ÿป #LDfinds #LilyDawis . . . . . . #singaporeairlines #sq #sydneybound #dreamliner #TheBubblieKids #wanderlust #IAmATraveler #travelstory #traveldiary #writersofig #travelblog #flightreview
So blessed to find a Children's Garden so thoughtfully enchanting #LDfinds #LilyDawis Must visit factor: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ . . . . . . #attheH #huntingtonlibrary #wanderlust #iamatraveler #familyfriendly #traveldiaries #thehuntington #artcollections #childrensgarden #landscapephotography #flora #blooms #travelblog #writersofinstagram #LosAngeles #LAlaland #traveltips #travelsecrets #cityofangels
My heart blooms amongst the blooms and histories at the Botanical Gardens #LDfinds #LilyDawis Must visit factor: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ท with: #olympuspenf #Zuiko12100pro . . . . . #attheH #huntingtonlibrary #wanderlust #IamATraveler #familyfriendly #traveldiaries #thehuntington #artcollections #RoseGarden #shakespearegarden #landscapephotography #flora #blooms #travelblog #writersofinstagram #LosAngeles #LAlaland #traveltips #travelsecrets #cityofangels
Rocks, kois, carvings, pavements... At this Chinese Garden, the sheer details and results of careful planning can be felt. #LDfinds #LilyDawis Must visit factor: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ . . . . . . #attheH #huntingtonlibrary #wanderlust #traveller #familyfriendly #traveldiaries #thehuntington #artcollections #ChineseGarden #Gardens #landscapephotography #lake #travelblog #writersofinstagram #LosAngeles #LAlaland #traveltips #travelsecrets #cityofangels
Awed by the serene space, great details and promise of more at The Chinese Garden. #LDfinds #LilyDawis Must visit factor: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ . . . . . . #attheH #huntingtonlibrary #wanderlust #IamATraveler #traveldiaries #thehuntington #artcollections #ChineseGarden #Gardens #landscapephotography #lake #travelblog #writersofinstagram #LosAngeles #LAlaland #traveltips #travelsecrets #cityofangels
Zen thoughts flow freely at the Japanese Garden. #LDfinds #LilyDawis Must visit factor: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ . . . . . . #attheH #huntingtonlibrary #wanderlust #IamATraveler #familyfriendly #traveldiaries #huntington #artcollections #travelblog #writersofinstagram #LosAngeles #LAlaland #traveltips #travelsecrets #cityofangels
Zen thoughts flow freely at the Japanese Garden. #LDfinds #LilyDawis Must visit factor: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ . . . . . . #attheH #huntingtonlibrary #wanderlust #traveller #familyfriendly #traveldiaries #huntington #artcollections #JapaneseGarden #travelblog #writersofinstagram #LosAngeles #LAlaland #traveltips #travelsecrets #cityofangels
"This place is a testament of hope, grief, arrogance, humility and wealth all at once. A juxtaposition of hindsight, the present and foresight, it is truly humbling to just be here and breathe it all in" #LDfinds #LilyDawis . . Must visit factor: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ . . "To me my works of art are all vividly alive. They are the embodiment of whoever created them - a mirror of their creator's hopes, dreams and frustrations" #Jpaulgetty . . . #LAtimes #allthemoneyintheworld #GettyVilla #thegetty #artcollections #architecture #Malibu #romanvilla #skylight #handpaint #courtyard #wanderlust #IamATraveler #travelwriter #Writersofinstagram #travelbug #marblestatues #bronzestatues #arthistory #timehop
It doesn't take much to sample the opulent life of ancient Romans. Just go to Getty Villa. Thank you J. Paul Getty and trustees ๐Ÿ™ . . . Must visit factor: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ . . "This place is a testament of hope, grief, arrogance, humility and wealth all at once. A juxtaposition of hindsight, the present and foresight, it is truly humbling to just be here and breathe it all in" #LDfinds #LilyDawis . . . "One could say, 'Go to Pompeii and Herculaneum to see Roman villas the way they are now -then go to Malibu and see the way they were in ancient times" #Jpaulgetty . . . #LAtimes #allthemoneyintheworld #GettyVilla #thegetty #artcollections #architecture #Malibu #romanvilla #courtyard #wanderlust #travelwriter #writers #travelbug #swimmingpool
It doesn't take much to sample opulent life of ancient Romans. Just go to Getty Villa. Thank you J. Paul Getty and trustees ๐Ÿ™ . . . Must visit factor: โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ . . "This place is a testament of hope, grief, arrogance, humility and wealth all at once. A juxtaposition of hindsight, the present and foresight, it is truly humbling to just be here and breathe it all in" #LDfinds #LilyDawis . . . "One could say, 'Go to Pompeii and Herculaneum to see Roman villas the way they are now -then go to Malibu and see the way they were in ancient times" #Jpaulgetty . . . #LAtimes #allthemoneyintheworld #GettyVilla #thegetty #artcollections #architecture #Malibu #romanvilla #skylight #handpaint #courtyard #wanderlust #travelwriter #writers #travelbug
Funny how even the clouds on Rodeo Drive display a certain affinity to luxury, appearing more or less on eclectic whims #LilyDawis #LDfinds #onlyonrodeo . . . . . . #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #travelphotography #scyscape #cloudscape #rodeodrive #BeverlyHills #wordplay
It was a busy lunch time, but for a few seconds I had Rodeo Drive almost to myself... #LilyDawis #LDfinds #onlyonrodeo . . . . . . . #wanderlust #travelwriter #travelbug #writersofig #travelsecrets #traveltips #travelphotography #skyscape #cloudscape #rodeodrive #BeverlyHills #outdoorshopping . . . ๐Ÿ“ท shot with #xiaomi
Hugus, prettiest alley I've found in Old Pasadena... #LDfinds #LilyDawis
Somewhere in Hugus Alley, you'll find the most enchanting Sugarfina shop... #LDfinds #LilyDawis
Beautiful square and lovely restaurants revealed once you venture through an alley... #LDfinds #LilyDawis . . . . . . #travelsecrets #oldtownpasadena #Pasadena #scenictown
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