Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sugarpuffi's Spring Clean

Sooo....I have a lot of stuff at home.

Spring starts this week so I'm going to have a massive spring clean and this is part of the stuff I need to get rid of.

Starting with....

A Brand New Nikon Coolpix S9100! SOLD!!

I only took out the camera to take photos otherwise it is still sealed and unopened in box.

The package comes with the following:
  1. Nikon Coolpix S9100 Compact Camera - in Black
  2. Rechargeable Battery
  3. Battery Charger
  4. USB Cable
  5. AV Cable
  6. Handstrap
I can either pickup anywhere in the CBD (free) or mail this as Registered Post.

Please visit the Nikon website for product specs ~> here  

 
Nikon Coolpix S9100 SOLD!

Perfumes

I have a crazy perfume collection and I just have absolutely no place to put them anymore! I'm selling part of my collection and all of them have never been used (unless otherwise specified).

Some are not 100% full and is due to vaporization.  I have kept all of them in my glass cabinet since bought and are looked after very carefully.

**I have a HUGE perfume minis collection and if you see them on ebay, they're usually $8+ each and some are $30 for rare ones but I'm selling them all for $6ea.**

I can do combine shipping but of course pick up anywhere in the CBD area is free. :)
 
 
 All still sealed

Glam by Versace 75mL EDT Spray (RRP $135) SOLD
L'eau D'Issey: A Touch of Cloud by Issey Miyake 100mL EDT Spray SOLD
Touch by Burberry 100mL EDP Spray (RRP $150) - Selling for $40
Brit Red: Special Edition by Burberry 100mL EDP Spray (RRP $124) - Selling for $70

Top two are sealed, bottom two have never been opened and used

Covet by Sarah Jessica Parker 100mL EDP Spray (RRP $125) SOLD
Fahrenheit by Dior 100mL EDT Spray (RRP $105) - Selling for $70 
J'adore by Dior 30mL EDP Spray (RRP $120)  SOLD
Pleasures by Estee Lauder 50mL EDP Spray (RRP $135) - Selling for $80

 
 Have never been opened or used

Secret Wish Magic Romance by Anna Sui 50mL EDT Spray - Selling for $50
Duo by Hugo Boss 2x12.5mL EDT and EDP Spray - Selling for $30

 
I've used the J'adore and spilled a bit of the Dolce Vita when I tried to sniff it =.=
Versace has never been opened or used

Little Luxuries 4 piece set by Dior with Dune, J'adore, Dior Addict and Dolce Vita (also comes with acetate cover) (RRP $70) - Selling for $35
Blue Jeans, Red Jeans, Pink Jeans and Yellow Jeans by Versace EDT 7.5mL each - Selling for $6ea

JLo one I don't have the box anymore
Polo one I've spilt some
Allure Chanel have been used

Live by Jennifer Lopez 100mL EDP Spray (RRP $100) - Selling for $25
Cinema by Yves Saint Laurent 90mL EDP Spray (RRP $195) - Selling for $80
Polo Sport by Ralph Laurent 75mL EDT Spray (RRP $90) - Selling for $10
Allure by Chanel EDP Spray - Selling for $10

 Have never been opened or used

Brit by Burberry 5mL EDT - Selling for $6
Energzing Fragrance by Shiseido 15mL EA - Selling for $6
Shi by Alfred Sung 7mL EDP - Selling for $6
Premier Jour by Nina Ricci 4mL EDP - Selling for $6

 Have never been opened or used

Forfew EDT 5mL - Selling for $6
Echo by Davidoff EDP 5mL - Selling for $6
Weekend by Burberry EDP 5mL - Selling for $6
Couture! by Moschino EDP 4mL - Selling for $6

Have never been opened or used

L'Air du Temps by Nina Ricci EDT 2.5mL - Selling for $6
Blonde by Versace EDT 5mL - Selling for $6
Island Kiss by Escada - EDT 4mL SOLD
Rockin' Rio by Escada - EDP 4mL - Selling for $6

Clinique Simply have been used
Other have never been opened or used

Simply by Clinique EDP Spray - Selling for $15
Cheap and Chic by Moschino EDT 4mL SOLD
Incanto by Salvatore Ferragamo EDP 5mL - Selling for $6
EDP II by Gucci EDP 5mL SOLD

Have never been opened or used

Parfumd'ete by Kenzo EDT 3.5mL - Selling for $6
Shell shaped perfume atomiser with pump - Selling for $12
4 piece set by Dior with Miss Dior Cherie, J'adore, Dior Addict 2 and Pure Poison in fabric box and leather bow - Selling for $60

These don't have original box

Pleasures by Estee Lauder EDP - Selling for $6
Aromatics Elixer - Selling for $3
Dior Me (Limited Edition) EDT 5mL - Selling for $6
Beyond Paradise by Estee Lauder (empty bottle) - Selling for $3
Ralph by Ralph Laurent EDT 7mL - Selling for $6
Simply by Clinique EDP (used) - Selling for $3

If you're interested, please email me on sugarpuffi@sugarpuffi.com or leave a comment below.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New Zealand Trip Part 4 - Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar

Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar

I managed to squeeze in a lot of eating which sadly had to span over 2 posts so look forward to the next post yeah?

I chose Depot Eatery as I see there was always a crowd even during non busy hours so this place must be good!

Being hungry, I chose a meat board, 2 small sharing plates and 1 large sharing plate between 2 people but the waiter had to stop me because he said they are actually quite big.  In my mind, a small sharing plate would mean like 2 quail eggs in Sydney so I kept the menu in case I needed more food.  All I can say is, food is very generous.

 
Old Mout Cider $7

Complimentary Tortilla Bread with Hummus

 NZ Meat Board (Small) $20

Waikanae pork salami, wild rabbit rillette, paprika beef and beef bresaola served with a cherry relish and Olaf's fig and fennel crostini.

Quite a large serving of meats considering it was a small.  I was already starting to panic about my surplus order of food.


 
Charcoal Roasted Aubergine with Sherry Vinegar, Olive Oil and Smoked Paprika $9

I love eggplants with vinegar so this was a must order for me on the menu.  Eggplants are known to absorb oil so I'm glad it wasn't overly oily and had a nice smokey flavour with a hint of sourness.

Fergus' Bone Marrow - Wood Roasted with Parsley and Shallot Salad $20

I was quite overwhelmed by the amount of bone marrow they gave us.  It also came with some toasted sourdough and a tiny fork to allow us to scoop out the marrow.  If you haven't tried bone marrow before, it is like eating a big blob of fat (I know it's tissue) so this amount of marrow made me a bit sick and drinking water by the bucket.

 
Crisp Pork Hock with Apple and Horseradish Salsa Verde $29

A super big pile of meat was presented to me and I now understand what the waiter meant with over ordering.  This looked like a feast for the biggest male and I was already full.  I ate some of its delicious crackling and salad but luckily my brother polished off the rest.

We managed to eat most of the items apart from the marrow and I got 2 hours to digest before going to high tea...

Depot Eatery

Location: 86 Federal Street, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
Opening Hours: Daily from 7am
Phone: 09 363 7048


Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Century - 金唐薈

Gonna cut this post between my New Zealand Trip posts for a little change.

So, I was fortunate enough to be invited for a sneak peak banquet at the newly opened restaurant in The Star - The Century on 19 July...thats 3 days before anyone yo!

Since it was a VIP banquet, the food was served in small portioned plates rather than in communal dishes in Asian countries.  I went again the following Wednesday and it was back to normal.

I was late so I missed the cocktails and canapes :( but don't worry, I got all the entree, mains and desserts so it's all good.

 
The Century

The entrance have massive tanks filled with crazy amounts of live seafood including head sized abalone and monster crabs.

 
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

No night out is complete for me without drinks so a couple glasses of nice wine is great way to start dinner.

 
Chinese Tea

They had a little candle lit so it kept the tea warm!

Appetizers

Cantonese Style Barbequed Pork
Braised Bamboo Shoots

I love braised bamboo shoots as its got an unique crisp texture.

Eggplant Cubes Drizzled with House Made Sauce

Eggplant covered in a light batter, fried then covered in a drizzle of sweet home made sauce. It is slightly crunchy on the outside but moist and juicy on the inside. 

Salt and Pepper Fried White Bait

Northern Style Cucumber with Garlic and Sesame Vinaigrette

The Northern China family's must have dish (sometimes it is mixed with shrimp). It's really easy to whip up but super healthy and delicious. It has the crunchy texture of the cucumber, the fragrance of sesame and a little punch on the taste buds from the garlic.

Tasting Menu

Drunken Prawns

Marinated with fragrant Chinese rice wine, it has real alcohol content. Some light weight guests on my table was slightly flushing after this dish...WEAK!

Seafood Roll

Live Pipis Stir Fried with XO Sauce

One of my favourite and must order dish at the old Golden Century.  I was slightly disappointed with the dish as I think they tried to alter the flavours a bit to try cater for Western customers on the day.  I returned the following Wednesday to give this dish a second chance and it was back to its original deliciousness. Phew!

Peking Duck with Pancakes

 
Halved Live Lobster with Salt and Pepper 

Interesting way to cook lobster this way as usually I have half lobsters with mornay - salt and pepper is usually served chopped up and in a huge bowl.

Steamed Live Coral Trout with Ginger and Shallots 

The Century Fried Rice

I was so full and about to burst at this stage but fried rice is served for the still hungry...if there are any. I only ate the condiments on top which was some sort of deliciously crunchy fish? and roe.

Desserts

Black Sesame Sticky Rice Ball

 
Seasonal Fruit Platter

The glass fruit platter was brought out steaming with smoke and a carved watermelon feature. The fruit bowl consists of two layers; on the bottom, liquid nitrogen was poured then a plate with slits is placed on top to let the smoke seep through and fruit is laid on top to create the most impressive platter.

The Century - 金唐薈

Location: Harbourside - Entry on Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009
Opening Hours: Lunch: 11.30am-3pm, 7 days Dinner: 5.30pm-11pm, 7 days Supper: 11pm-2am, Friday & Saturday only
Phone: 02 9566 2328

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New Zealand Trip Part 3 - Dine by Peter Gordon

After a fun and crazy day at the cave/farm/geyser, a nice meal would be the perfect way to end the day.  We chose to dine at 'Dine' by Peter Gordon who won Top 50 Restaurant of 2012 in New Zealand.

We had the degustation which was 5 courses with a palette cleanser and petits fours.  It is NZD$185pp with matching wines but NZD$115pp (converts to around AUD$90) without it.

*PS: I have to apologise for the inconsistent lightning and sad quality of the photos. The place is filled with dim orange light and there's not much I could do about it. >-<

Dine by Peter Gordon:
Degustation with Matching Wines

The place serves a unique blend of Asian, Pacific and traditional European cuisine. This theme could be seen throughout the dishes served in the degustation.

 
Seared Yellowfin Tuna
Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, Reims-France NV

First course is a seared yellowfin tuna with yuzu, wakame, sesame and kelp, kumara, tahini miso salad and a deep fried quail's egg. A mainly Japanese inspired dish with a touch of European glamour.

 
Pyramid Valley, Savagnin Rose, Marlborough '10

Savagnin Rose is now relatively rare in cultivation but it is great to match with Asian food and fatty fish.

Matched with:

Prawn and Panko Crusted Hapuka

Prawn and panko crusted Hapuka with wok fried greens, wood ear fungus, urenika potato with red lentil pandan coconut broth and crisp curry leaves. The dish is filled with Southern Asian elements but tastes really good cooked Western style.

 
Waitaki Braids Pinot Noir, North Otago '08

Matched with:

5 Spice Roast Cambridge Duck Breast

Five spice roast cambridge duck breast with smoked kumara mash, bok choy, pickled shiitake mushroom spring roll, fig and orange chutney. I really liked this dish as it has a citrusy sweet and juicy meat and crispy skin with a hint of five spice.

Pasquale Limoncello and Feijoa Granita

A really refreshing palette cleanser with my feijoa fruit goodness! I really fell in love with this fruit as it is a more citrusy version of a custard apple and so readily available in NZ - they're everywhere!

 
Alpha Domus "The Aviator" Cabernet Blend, Hawkes Bay '09

Matched with:
300 Day Grain Finished Wakanui Angus Beef Fillet

300 day grain finished Wakanui angus beef fillet soft black olive polenta, buttered spinach, a crisp braised ox tail dumpling and roast capsicum salsa. Look at the pinkness on the inside! A perfect medium rare steak with all the nice frillings on the side.

 
Rene Mure "Clos St Landelin" Gewurztraminer VT, Alsace-France '07

I love dessert wines. I wish I could swap all of the above wines for 5 servings of sweetness. Gewurztraminer is a more fragrant version of the Savagnin Rose with a pungent lychee note.

Matched with:
 
Frangelico Panna Cotta

Frangelico panna cotta with white chocolate and hazelnut powder, toffeed feijoa, polenta tuile and maple sherry ice cream.

 
Selection of Petits Fours

Dine by Peter Gordon

Location: Skycity Grand Hotel, 90 Federal Street, Auckland
Opening Hours: Daily 5.30pm - 10.30pm 
Phone: +64 9 363 7030