The four big food trends of 2020

We talk about these trends whilst we are in lockdown due to the Coronavirus. These trends are all about living healthy and being healthy.

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Japanese inspired meals

Even though the Tokyo Olympic games have been postponed to 2021 we are still eating a lot of Japanese inspired food in the home. Think bento boxes and sushi. Japan has the lowest rates of obesity so we should learn a thing or two from them and we can adapt them to our diet. They educate their people when they are really young and from there they adopt a healthy eating regimen.

You can make your own Japanese food. Simply buy all the things that you need from the Asian grocer if you are allowed to go there (due to lockdown laws) and then get cooking.

Plant based

A lot of restaurants have one or two dishes that are plant-based and there are many blogs that are doing the same too. Coles and Woolworths have a few new items which are plant-based to make switching to that lifestyle easier for people. In the coming months, you’ll see more plant-based foods at your local supermarkets and restaurants as they try to embrace the healthier side of things.

Plastic and going waste free

A lot of countries are going waste-free. More and more supermarkets and places are going plastic bag free now and have been doing so from late last year. Reusable bags cost $0.15 each at Coles if you forget to bring one.

But now people are remembering to bring their own.

Cannabis craze.

That is the CBD oil that is widely talked about. You’ll see it more on the market in the US rather than Australia. There is a little bit of research on CBD oil but its not much and we are not fans of this craze for various reasons. One, being healthy living.


Daiso is a Japanese department store and they are all over Melbourne. Almost everything here is $2.80. Well almost everything.

Their range changes from month to month but the categories of things they sell is the same.

You can buy your kitchenware and your grocery needs. Here they have a range of assorted items from Japan. I tried a milk tea and it was a little too earl grey for me. This tea reminds me of earl grey and Teh tarik. I have also tried their range of Japanese snacks and it was all good.

I have also bought their cute notebooks and kitchenware from here. No problems. One time I have bought a drink bottle and it lasted a while. I also buy headphones and a usb charger whilst there.

I think that during the Coronavirus times they will stay open purely because people need their homewares and foods as well as things for DIY.

Sushi Sushi and why it is not good for you to eat it all the time

We talk about the good and bad about Sushi Sushi.

Sushi Sushi is a franchise which focuses on just sushi. Some of them have hot meals. But I have never tried their bento boxes.

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Like most franchises, they are only there to make money. Hence some of their stores are never clean. And if you have allergies well forget it as most of their gluten-free sushi would be mixed in with their not gluten-free sushi.

They are usually in most shopping centers where the food court is. So don’t count on too much cleanliness and seating

The sushi there is not great. There are a couple of them which I don’t mind going to with my Herbalife, but other than that the rice is always bad and its made badly.

Normally I go there on a voucher. And if you buy the Entertainment book from us there is a buy one get one free voucher.

Some of the Sushi Sushi are just ok. The one in QV is not bad. I have been to the one in Melbourne Central and that was pretty terrible.

The QV one has seating and its not in the food court which is awesome.

In 2015 when I went to the Sushi Sushi they were pretty bad. But four years later and standards have lifted a bit. If I want to go there I would go when they had just opened as their sushi has been freshly made.

I don’t expect good things from the wait staff. I never have.

Now they also have loyalty clubs. Four years ago this never happened.

They do have a good range of sushi though. They have a lot of varieties depending on what you like. The price of the rolls ranges from $3-$4 per roll and the sushi boxes from $10-$14. The deluxe boxes don’t have a lot of sushi in there for that price.

Don’t go to Sushi sushi all the time as its a waste for your money. You could go sometime though

Do you have any good or bad stories about Sushi Sushi? If so let us know in the comments below!

Hinoki Japanese Pantry

This place has a lot of Japanese goods and they have some fresh sushi. Located on Smith st, Fitzroy, this place is a must for all foodies.

Here they sell all sorts of Japanese groceries and alcohol. Everything is from Japan. And its a wide variety of stuff. I have tried their miso soup and enjoy it.

As for their sushi you order at the bar and then you pay at the grocery counter.

The last time I was there I tried their inari and nigiri pack which is packed with all the goodness that a runner needs. A female runner needs calcium for bones, protein for muscles and lots of good fats for hormones and her regular monthlies.

I also love the fact that they have drinks here. Whilst there I tried a ramune. A ramune is a Japanese lemonade which is not as sweet or as carbonated as other soft drinks.

I really enjoyed trying their wasabi as it was quite hot. In the Japanese roulette they always have one piece filled with lots of wasabi.

Do come by this Japanese grocer whenver you are in Melbourne. Oh and feel free to explore Smith st whilst you are at it. They are only a short distance away from the city by foot. You can easily run the 3km there.

Week 18 of Marathon Training

I started looking at elevated gains. Although I have the old Fitbit model I discovered that I can look it up online and my elevation levels are 0-450 depending on where I run. When you run on flat services the elevation is 0. My calorie burn per minute is 4-7 cals. I don’t have the heart rate thing but oh well.


Ran around Fitzroy and that was a good 9km to and from the city. There were some hills along the way which made it even harder but on a cool day running is great. There were some bars and quirky shops along the way not mention good, but pricey places. It felt good quitting sugar as I had a lot more energy.

Tried to run on a warm day but found that I run a lot slower. Also found that I get very dehydrated easily.

For some reason my arm got a bit sore and stiff. So what I did do was to stretch that arm out.

Celebrated the end of the week and the end of eighteen weeks of training with a house red wine and pasta at Vapiano. Here’s to eighteen weeks of hard work and another 22 weeks of more hard work!

But then on Sunday went for an 18 km run and was very dehydrated. Normally I am good with the water but today was a little too warm for just two bottles of water. I think it was the humidity. Oh and my chafing got worse. In fact I have an itchy place on my back. I think it was from all the sweat and the sugar I had.

Watched the Run Hope race and it was fun cheering on the crowd that came. I was in the sun. Now I know to be placed right behind everyone. At the warm up I learned a few moves.

Afterwards went to the Japanese Summer festival and had the tofu udon there as it was the non sweet item that I could find. There were so many people and queues everywhere. There should be a concept of queues or a ticketed entry.

Readers what do you do about the chafing in the heat?


Lets Move: Japan Festival 2016

This festival was special as it was the 17th year of the sister cities- Matsudo and Australia. Here there were not as many people as the last time and it was in the same place as always- the Box Hill Town Hall.

It was $5 to get in and people with kimonos on came for free. The money went to the Kumamoto earthquake relief as well as to the organisers to pay the rent for this place.

Here this was on a sunny Sunday where the kids enjoyed playing games. Inside there was taiko drumming and the usual education stalls. The TAFE carpark was really busy at 12:30pm but everything was so overpriced that I just settled on takoyaki and donuts from the donut van.

There was a kimono contest and the best outfit won. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half to put one on properly as there are so many ties.

Here we were able to vote on the best artworks done by school students and the best one wins a great prize.

Seeing the Japanese trains were great fun. I wish Melbourne had the same sort

What would you like to see at next year’s festival? Drop me a line below.