philo & dk website is finally here…

A quick little post to let you know that our new website is finally a go!

The new site is over at www.philodk.com.  Go there immediately & tell us what you think!

This is the last post from just a little bit louder now so hopefully you’ll be taken over as a subscriber to philo&dk, but if not, feel free to re-subscribe at the new site.

Thanks so much for following along x

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Bali…

I have to say that my excitement must be palpable because in just 3 more sleeps, Hubby & I are off on the trip I first mentioned on this blog nearly 10 months ago.  It was really just an out-loud thought way back then & many times since I wondered if in fact it would ever really happen – but it is & I can’t wait!  Five nights, no kids, Bali.  I think I’ve just about exhausted the numerous check-lists I have on the go around the house & I’m feeling pretty confident that things will run smoothly for the kids (and hopefully us too) whilst we’re away.  I’m doing my best to avoid thinking too much about the actual leaving part because my anxiety over these things can get away with me – I’m sure you understand.  Still, I have every confidence that my amazing support network will have things back here running like clockwork – much more than I ever do!  A very massive ‘Thank You’ to those of you who know who you are.  I won’t be sorry to see the back of our very cold winter for a few days either!

 I’m thinking this might be good time to let you know that things as you know them are winding down here on just a little bit louder now.  There’s been a whole lot of work going into setting up a new blogging/photography venture with my ever beautiful & clever sister & we’re a tad excited. It’s not ready to reveal to the world just yet but hopefully when it is, as a subscriber to this blog – you should be taken seamlessly over to the new one – assuming we can work that geeky part out!

Thank you to all my readers for all your support & lovely comments on this tiny speck in cyberspace. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the new blog even more so stay tuned!

Have a great weekend.

That’s all folks.

fuku…

Fuku (foo-koo) is an Omakase & Teppanyaki restaurant found on Gylde Street, Mossie Park.  It’s intimate (with just 16 seats bar style), cosy & bathed in a golden glow matched only by licks of flambé searing chefs in full flight.  Opened in late 2012, this little gem has one of the most gorgeous fit-outs I’ve seen to date & it all starts at the front door…

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Teppanyaki for those who may not know, is a style of Japanese cooking employing the use of an iron plate & Omakase is the chef’s selection – so at Fuku the cuisine is cooked Teppanyaki style & the menu is chosen by the chef, which leaves you with nothing at all to do but sit back & select your Saki.

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Fuku offers diners a choice of 3 menu’s – good ($100), better ($135) & best ($220) & a walk-in menu ($75) if seats are available on any given night.  Your drinks selection is in addition to this…

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I think that the novelty factor for us westerners none too accustomed to this style of dining is a huge draw card.  To be able to sit within arms reach of your chef as they prep, dice, slice, sear, chop, chuck, fry, plate up & fold napkins even, is what makes Teppanyaki such a treat…

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The wall lined with glowing Saki bottles is a particular favourite…

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Calamari with Herring Roe & Antarctic Ice Crab…

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I, because I’m a total party pooper & don’t eat raw seafood, was instead served up the most amazing Wagyu.  To my foodie shame I’ll have to admit that I never really understood the whole fuss about Waygu but now consider myself enlightened.  That small portion of Wagyu you can see to the left on this plate, melted in my mouth & was for me, the highlight of many that night…

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Sashimi…

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Partridge…

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Fish of the Day…

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Wagyu (full blood) sirloin steak Mayura Station grade 9+ (uh huh)…

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Unfortunately we missed dessert which was entirely devastating but sometimes one does need to get home!  Next time.

Where: Fuku 20 Glyde Street, Mosman Park

Things to note:  Fuku only takes reservations through their online booking system.  Fuku can be booked for private functions which I think would be awesome for a group of friends (ask to bring your own playlist) & because I was a guest at Fuku on this particular occasion, you can be thankful I have resisted an immense urge to make wise cracks about the pronunciation of the word Fuku!

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Have a great week.

pretty in pink…

I took some quick pics of my gorgeous, chatty, clever & hilarious niece a few weeks ago.  She’s a dote & she really is a crack up!  She donned the ladybug hat & I think, was rather impressed with the bee she gave me…

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A bookworm to rival all bookworms – it was a good way to have her sit still for a few minutes…

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With a brand new baby brother in the other room, I think someone was well & truly enjoying all the attention…

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Only for a brief minute did she take her eyes off that book to give me a curious look.  I might still have had the bee on my head…

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The hall lights are actually red & the resulting pink glow it casts over these shots was so pretty…

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And just a little peak at baby brother…

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These snaps were mostly taken in low light, hand-held on a slow shutter speed & a high ISO.  Although the results are less than ‘technically’ correct – I love how the graininess creates a more intimate atmosphere for the viewer. I also love them because I love them & I should really go find these two for some big auntie cuddles x

Have a great weekend.