Author: Stephanie Jaya

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Blender Muffins

It’s no secret I’m obsessed with peanut butter, and bananas are a fruit I always have in my fridge. They make for such a quick and easy snack, and they are so sweet, creamy, and delicious. And the blend of peanut butter and banana is a beautiful thing, a matchless union. Muffins. Another favorite of […]


/exploring the woods and sampling local mineral waters at Hepburn Springs/ Over the past ten days, we’ve made our way from Melbourne to Sydney through notably Albury and Canberra, and back to Melbourne, our final stop from where we’d fly back home. R and I don’t remember the last time we went away on such […]


/coastal drive on Grand Pacific Drive/ Call me countrified, but the only images I’ve had of Sydney were either painted on canvases or printed on postcards. While we initially only planned to visit Melbourne, I proposed driving to Sydney since it’s only about 9 hours away by car. The perfect weather made for delightful walks […]

Seven Things

/two comrades appreciating each other’s company/ It’s been so refreshing to wake up to the cold, for a change. Every morning I try to be up earlier than everyone else so I could take a walk and enjoy the beautiful outdoors and the company of galloping dogs and singing birds before heading out for the day. […]


On our drive from Melbourne to Sydney, we stopped by Canberra. I was glad to be in warmer weather, with plenty of sunshine, and surrounded by autumn foliage. We only had half a day and spent most of it outdoors, briefly passing through downtown to eat lunch. I couldn’t be happier with my pulled pork […]

Seven Things

/scones with jam and double cream at Kallista Tea Rooms/ We arrived in Melbourne Monday morning—my first trip ever to Australia! Greeted by what back then I would consider mild fall weather, the sudden cold got me quivering under my oversized knit sweater. Nevertheless, the temperature change was refreshing. And while Melbourne was mostly covered […]

Kallista Tea Rooms

Scones are delightful things. Whether it’s the American or British style, I love them both for any time of day—breakfast, supper, as a snack, and preferably toasted and warm. Flaky on the outside, soft on the inside, scones make for great guest treats too. If you’re used to the American kind, which not surprisingly contains […]

Juicy Bao

Anywhere we travel it’s impossible to miss Chinese food. And in between the sandwiches and steaks, we were in for some noodles and dumplings. Juicy Bao was recommended to us by a local friend, and it made for the perfect lunch spot while we window-shopped around Chinatown in downtown Melbourne. Because it was a late […]