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2012 – what a year!

The year 2012 – every year I reflect and think that this year is always better than the last and it should be! However, 2012 would have to be BEST year thus far and I am pretty sure that next year or the years to come will top it! As most of you know, in April, we became a family of THREE with the arrival of Dragon. Life has certainly been ‘interesting’ (in a good way) to say the least and the happiest in my life. Not only that, but in August we all moved to Hong Kong to start our new life and adventure there.

This year was also a year of travels! We started the year in Hong Kong, New York, Miami, Hawaii where we ate lots of good food and caught up with many friends. We moved to Hong Kong in August, and in the past four months, we have been to Shanghai, Taipei, Sydney, Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur. Dragon has traveled more in the past 4 months than I ever did in the first five years!!!

To recap this amazing year 2012, thought I would do something different, instead of listing out the best meal I have had in 2012, I thought I would associate it with events or holidays. As there has been some pretty amazing meal but it is the company that made it amazing!

To start, at the beginning of the year, we were in Hong Kong and the USA. I love NYC and hope to live there one day. Of course we had the BEST burger in NYC – Shake Shack! Need I say more?


I also had the BEST red velvet cupcake from Crumbs and regret that I only bought TWO! It went down really well one evening or should I say morning at 3.30am when I woke up hungry! Presentation wise, it was ugly as hell but it was seriously scrumptious.


‘The Mother’ and I met some of our friends in Hawaii and we had a pretty good last meal in Hawaii at Roys and the pork belly bun was totally and utterly delicious!


Whilst in Hawaii we had some yummy mochi ice cream – from memory I ate a dozen on my own?


In April it was the birth of Dragon and oh how life has changed – in a good way of course. I won’t go into the gory details of child birth, however, in saying that it wasn’t that gory and I have to admit I had it pretty cruise-y. I was texting a couple of my dear friends whilst in labour! Hahahaha who would have thought! We had an amazing 30 day celebration for dragon – lots of food with family and friends and the delicious red velvet cake was fantastic!


Before leaving Sydney, I made sure that I ate at some of my favourite restaurants, one being Bodega, the boys are back with a new menu and WOW – The wagyu skirt steak with roast pepper and chipotle béarnaise with egg was amazingly good! Possibly one of the nicest steaks I have had!


The smoked beef short-rib, Sunga’s kimchi and bone marrow from Hartsyard was pretty memorable, even though we were stuffed, this was still delicious.


In August we moved to Hong Kong to start our new lives and so far it has been absolutely amazing! I’ve had a lot of ramen but I have to say, my favourite is Butao! The broth, the egg, the pork – DELICIOUS!

I had to go to Shanghai for work and it was our FIRST holiday as a family. We certainly had a great time taking Dragon around. Ate at Mr and Mrs Bund where I had pork cutlet which was served with apple, croutons, and capers.


It was such a good holiday that I decided to take Dragon to Taipei. I love the night markets in Taipei – on that trip we went to two, however, I have only blogged about one – Shilin Market – the rest will come in 2013.


In November, I had to go back to Sydney / Melbourne for work. I made sure I had a list of places to eat and caught up with a number of people.


‘The Mother’ and I had our first meal at Movida Sydney – yes they have finally opened in Sydney! Afterwards we stopped by Flour and Stone for the BEST (I kid you not) the BEST panna cotta lamington in Sydney.


I really enjoyed my breakfast at Hardware Societe – the breakfast board with smoked salmon, prosciutto and chicken liver was just TO DIE FOR! You don’t get breakfast like this in Hong Kong.


We had our anniversary dinner at Huxtable – it was a late anniversary dinner and we utterly enjoyed our meal – everything was delicious including korean bbq pork ribs, spicy slaw, chilli gherkin.


In December, we went to Kuala Lumpur for my cousins wedding where I had the nicest nasi lemak at Village Park Restaurant. Unfortunately, I have not blogged about this, so you will have to wait until 2013.


It has been a FANTASTIC 2012, reflecting back, I wouldn’t change a single thing. Dragon has bought many joy and happiness and ‘The Mother’ and I truly can’t imagine life without her! We definitely look forward to 2013 – many more travels and many more eats. Not only that, but am very excited for some of my close friends to be a family of three in 2013, ie @thesuzchef – I really can’t wait to meet The Little Monster. There are others but they haven’t quiet made it to three months yet!

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I would like to thank all of you for your support and wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here to a FABULOUS 2013! I am sure there will be many more eats to come!


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  1. suz
    December 31, 2012 at 11:57 am

    What a big year for you! Can’t believe you fit it all in one post, hahaha!

    I remember a time when you were pre-dragon & her arrival has definitely made you a very happy and a very proud mummy. She’s beautiful & happy and a great reflection of you – and is your spitting image!

    Love you, miss you & hope to see you soon!
    thesuzchef x

  2. Eliza Charlett
    December 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Many thanks for your blogs!!

    Very much enjoyed and appreciated reading 🙂

    Happy new year Eliza

  3. December 31, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    What a great year you’ve had! Hope 2013 is just as fun.

  4. January 1, 2013 at 10:22 am

    wow – it’s so good to look back and see how much you’ve have done, achieved and eaten! That photo of dragon is way to cute – hope we can catch up soon. t x

  5. Tina @ bitemeshowme
    January 1, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Congratulations on becoming a family. I can’t imagine the joy and happiness both you and the hubby feel. Your 2012 was definitely amazing (fantastic round up by the way) but your 2013 looks to be even better! xoxox

  6. chocolatesuze
    January 4, 2013 at 11:43 am

    happy new year! here’s to an even more delicious 2013!

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