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Ben & Jerry’s, Manly

Did someone say free ice cream?

How could I resist the lure of a Scoop-A-Thon at the newly opened Ben & Jerry’s at Manly, especially when that day was forecast to be 35ºC! I joined Suze, Yas, The Ninja‘s body double, Shez, Richard and Rose for some serious ice-cream eating.

We joined the ever present queue and waited for our turn while the Ben & Jerry’s people held competitions giving away free cooler bags and other merchandise. While we were in the queue we decided which flavours to get using these handy flavour cards.

We got our ice creams and sat outside the store where they had installed some fresh grass on the pavement, and we tried and tested all the flavours. My favourite was without a doubt the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough aka Peanut Cookie-Burra Dough! The salty peanut butter with the sweet ice cream was the most amazing combination ever! Phish Food (which doesn’t contain any fish food) as also a close second with melty marshmallow bits in the chocolate ice cream.

Clockwise from top: Berry Berry Extraordinary, Chocolate Therapy, Lemonade Stand, Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, Chocolate Macadamia, Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, Lemonade Stand.


After Richard and I did some catching up to the others who had already eaten 3 scoops of ice cream before we arrived, Suze, Yas, Richard and I headed down to the beach to get our daily dose of Vitamin D. Yas and Richard did what any foodblogger would do at the beach – make some food instead of sandcastles out of sand and seaweed.

Yas got really creative and made some dumplings and soba nicely presented on a sheet of seaweed haha.

Before heading home we queued up one last time for some more ice cream. This time we got Strawberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Coffee, Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz and of course, the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough!

Thanks to Ben & Jerry’s for holding the Scoop-A-Thon and letting us have free ice cream for the day! And thanks to Suze for organising a fantastic day =D Head on down to these great blog posts for more info about the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop-A-Thon.

Ben & Jerry’s
Shop 5 and 6, 25-27 South Steyne
Manly NSW 2100
Ph: +61 2 8966 9219
 

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Ozeki Sushi, Chatswood

My friends know me well. “Jacq!”, said Queen Chu, “there’s a new sushi train near Chatswood Chase – lets go check it out!” Queen Chu loves food just as much as I do so without delay we went in our post-uni-exam bliss to eat sushi to our heart’s content.

Chicken katsu with cucumber inside out roll – $3.80

We were greeted with the coolness of stainless steel decor and the waitresses directed us to some seats at the bench. We watched the plates of sushi go by on the train and the first thing we noticed was how big the serving sizes were! Giant slices of fish and sushi bursting with more than substantial fillings were going past our eyes and we couldn’t wait to dig in. (And I also couldn’t wait to take photos with my new DSLR camera =D)

Salmon nigiri – $3.00


The chicken katsu inside out roll came with three pieces of sushi on the plate which is quite different since most places have only two. It had two pieces of succulent fried chicken inside the roll with a sliver of cucumber for some refreshing coolness. The salmon nigiri was very fresh and the slice of fish was larger than you see in most sushi trains.

Tempura Prawn hand roll – $3.80

Queen Chu ordered a tempura prawn hand roll which she said was very fresh – the tempura and seaweed still crunchy and not soggy from the rice. Queen Chu is somewhat renowned within our group of friends for leaving food behind if it’s not to her taste (she has a very refined palate which comes from her mum not liking her to “mix flavours” LOL) but she cleaned this one up which is a very good sign! 

Agedashi tofu – $5.80 (I think)

She also ordered the agedashi tofu which is a favourite of hers and she also approved of this with the starchy batter not being too thick and the tofu being smooth and silken.

Aburi Scallop sushi – $4.80

Being the scallop fiend I am, I ordered the aburi scallop sushi because I can’t not have scallops when I see them and also to compare with Sushi Sagunja’s bargain $2.50 aburi scallops. I have to say that although these were good, they didn’t have that aromatic smokey flavour and there just wasn’t enough of that sweet sauce to go with it. Sushi Sagunja wins hands down in terms of value and quality.

Soft Shell Crab sushi – $3.80

Lastly I grabbed a plate of the soft shell crab sushi in the hope for some deep fried crunchy goodness. The pieces of sushi were large and the amount of soft shell crab was very generous. Sadly when I bit into the sushi there was no resounding crunch from the batter, which was quite disappointing.

Being in Chatswood which is already littered with sushi trains we couldn’t help but shamelessly compare this newcomer to the more well-established places. We mostly found that this place had bigger serving sizes than most other sushi trains but were priced similarly to Makoto for somewhat lower quality and less varity. It seems as though the made-to-order items were much better than the ones sitting on the train, and although we probably didn’t sample enough of their menu to adequately judge, next time I’d probably go to another place for my sushi fix.

Ozeki Sushi

345 Victoria Ave
Chatswood NSW 2067
Ph: +61 2 9410 2777


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Peking Inn, Pymble

Hot and sour soup (Peking style) – $5.80

The great thing about big family dinners at Chinese restaurants is that you end up ordering lots and lots of dishes and getting a taste of everything, which is the way I like it. Sharing is caring, after all ;)

Pigs’ ears

Being new to this whole foodblogger thing, I went to dinner with my camera but also with some trepidation about taking photos of food with half my extended family waiting for me to finish before they could eat. I told Mum about my hesitations and upon arriving she annouced to the whole table, “Everyone, Jacqui said to not eat the food until she’s taken photos of it!”. As such, I did manage to get my photos but not without someone asking me every 10 minutes or so whether it was ok to eat yet. Ah, the life of a foodblogger.

Vegetarian bean curd rolls


We started off with hot and sour soup, and then some cold dishes such as pigs ears and vegetarian bean curd rolls. Apologies for not having the prices for some of these dishes – I couldn’t actually find them on the menu!

Shallot pancake – $6.80

One of my favourite savoury Peking dishes is the shallot pancake. I’ve found that there are 2 types of these – the one pictured above with the crispy fried casing stuffed with shallots and the other one is an actual pancake with shallots. Naturally I prefer the deep fried version =D

Peking duck (2 courses): Peking duck pancakes and Shanghai handmade fried noodles -$48.80

We order the Peking duck (2 courses) tonight, which includes the Peking duck pancakes using the crispy duck skin and the Shanghai handmade noodles using the duck meat. The menu boldy states that the Peking duck pancakes are ‘reputedly the best in town’ and although I have no complaints about them, they’re certainly nothing special compared to others I’ve had. The serving size of the noodles is also quite small (particularly for a table of 12) with not much duck meat to be seen, but it is nonetheless tasty and not too oily.

Sesame roll with finely chopped meat (4) – $16.80

We also get another Peking favourite – the sesame roll with mince, or as Mum likes to call it, “glasses pockets” (literal translation from Chinese).

Crystal pan fried dumplings

We want to order the pan fried pork dumplings but they don’t have any of these tonight. To compensate we order the “crystal” dumplings which are similar but have a filling of prawns and chives which is quite bland and lacks the soupy interior of the pan fried pork dumplings.

Shan Tung picnic chicken – $16.80

Stir fried four season beans with mince pork, dried shrimp – $16.80

Shan Tung chicken is ordered, along with a serve of stir fried beans with pork and dried shrimp, both of which are delicious. I’m very happy that we also order the Pekingnese white noodles with shredded chicken, vegetables in a creamy soup as it is another one of my favourite dishes.

Shredded chicken, vegetables with Pekingnese white noodle in creamy soup – $12.80

And if that wasn’t enough food already, we also order dessert! The crispy red bean pancake is one of Sir D’s absolute favourite desserts and it doesn’t disappoint. We have to wait a while for it but it was definitely worth it as it comes out piping hot with a resounding crunch as you bite into the pastry, particularly on the coveted corner pieces.

Crispy red bean pancake (Peking style) -$12.80

Since Peking Inn closed in Lindfield and reopened on smaller premises in Pymble, it is often hard to get a table especially on weekend nights so make sure you book in advance. The service is typical Chinese restaurant service and is probably not the best place for a romantic dinner, but the food is authentic Northern Chinese fare and leaves you full and satisfied.

Peking Inn
Shop 1015a Pacific Highway (opposite Pymble Hotel)
Pymble NSW
Ph: +61 (02) 91442997
Lunch: Tuesday – Saturday, 12-3pm
Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday, 5.30-10pm


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