Michelin Guide ★: Lasai Restaurante, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Lasai is a modern and elegant Basque-inspired restaurant headed up by Chef Rafa Costa e Silva. It features local ingredients, and one of the most exceptional interpretations of vegetable dishes I’ve ever tried. Don’t believe me? See for yourself!

When we first arrived, we were ushered to the rooftop bar which was lit with fairy lights and where we enjoyed our drinks before our meal. It was lovely and romantic, and we had such a great time, we forgot to take photos of it. But be sure to check it out when you’re there.


When we were seated, they served up these colourful morsels of what I presumed to be amuse bouche. Let’s go clockwise from the top left — Herb Sandwich, Green Tomato with Pickle, Okra Pancake, Pumpkin Cauliflower.


I absolutely loved how much effort went into each delicious bite-sized morsel. The textures and flavours in each one were so distinctive I was surprised at how much I enjoyed them. And we were just getting started.

Our next appetiser — Carrot Leaf Bun with Carrot and Carrot Powder


All parts of a carrot turned into this unique creation. I’d never had a carrot leaf bun, nor enjoyed carrots very much. But this combination of textures offered a whole other dimension to carrots apart from that raw sweetness we are all so used to. I was intrigued.

Then, a little reprieve from the veggies with this soft, tender Octopus with Leaf.


The octopus was cooked perfectly and finished with a savoury herb dressing that wasn’t overwhelming. Together with a fresh leaf, it went down easy and again, the vegetable almost stole the show.

And as if we weren’t surprised enough by how versatile vegetable dishes could be, we were thrown yet again by this deceptively simple looking Daikon Radish.


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Travel: Wine Tours in Yarra Valley, Australia


If your idea of a perfect vacation involves a lot of wine, chocolate and beers, you’re going to absolutely love the Yarra Valley. Ideally, we’d have driven out to explore the vineyards on our own. But that means holding back on tasting the best the vineyards have to offer. So, we got a designated driver and had a ball of a time!


If you explore the Yarra Valley in early winter, you won’t be able to see any of the shrubs in their full glory. But you can probably still enjoy lots of greenery as we soon realised. Our initial plan was to enjoy the warmth of good wine in the cold, but having this view was beyond our expectations. A toast to that!


And it’s not all about the alcohol too. We started out at a small capsicum farm. Where they created a hydroponics system that ensures the plants are cultivated all year round.


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Baking: Scrumptious Banana Cake


Warm, soft, moist and oh so full of that heavenly banana flavour.. nothing warms the soul like a gorgeous loaf of banana cake. The whole house smells like heaven right now, and my belly is warm with a second slice of one of my favourite go-to comfort foods.


The secret to a great banana cake? Always use super ripe bananas. Don’t worry if they appear a little bruised. It makes for great flavour! Here’s the super simple recipe:

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Mexican Cooking: Chicken and Shrimp Burritos + Black Bean Rice


One of my favourite meals these days for a great balance of all the great nutrients you need, is definitely a Mexican burrito bowl. Just look at those beautiful colours! They’ve got to be good for you. Well, it was a day off, and I thought it would be a fun to have a mini burrito party for dinner.


The shrimp and chicken filling is easy enough. I sautéed the juicy shrimp with some olive oil, salt and spicy cajun seasoning. For the chicken, bake it in the oven with rosemary and thyme.

Then, we get to the absolutely essential Mexican black bean tomato rice. You can get these black beans canned, and it’s incredibly simple to prepare.


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