Hi everyone and welcome to my foodie site/blog! =)
My name is Shazrina and I live in Melbourne, Australia. One of my passions is food and trying out various restaurants and different types of cuisines not only in and around Melbourne, but around Australia and in other countries. I love trying out different dishes which have an interesting combination of ingredients and are plated up in an appealing fashion. I love how certain chefs interpret their food and this is what is represented on a plate.
I have created this foodie blog after many of my friends suggesting that I do it for the last couple of years. I was always known as the one who would always take a photo of the food when it came out and used to tell people to wait till they dug into their food just so I could take the pic. I used to use my Facebook page and put up albums of food on that and get comments asking me which places I would recommend for dinners, lunches, breakfasts etc
The name Grazing Panda came about from my group of work friends – with whom I have fortnightly dinners with. The places that we pick are generally from a list that I have compiled from places that I have heard about or on the Hatted List of Melbourne Restaurants. (My aim is eventually try eat at all of the Hatted Restaurants – in Melbourne at least =p) . The “Panda” part of the name came as one of my favourite animals is that of the Panda and after a recent trip to Hong Kong where I got see Panda’s first hand – they topped my list of favourite animals =)
My background is Sri Lankan so I have been around very vibrantly flavoured food literally since I was a little kid. My parents started feeding me curry and getting me used to spicy food from a very young age – which is why I absolutely love anything with lots of spice! I do sometimes have the tendency to add extra chilli to all of my food dishes =p
I am also of the Muslim faith which means that in all restaurants that I try out I cant eat any of the Pork Dishes. (This is where I will get my friends’ opinion on these dishes) Along with this for most of the restaurants – the dishes that I try are always Seafood or Fish dishes – unless the meat is Halal – then I can have the Chicken, Lamb, Beef etc dishes. I’ll be tagging the restaurants that use Halal meat with the “Halal tag” and put the symbol as well.
For each of the places that I have visited / tried – I will give it a rating out of 5 Pandas – with 5 being outstanding and highly recommended. Along with that I have a Fullness Factor – which refers to how full you would be when you leave the restaurant, as well as a Pricing factor. The overall Panda rating incorporates all the categories listed at the end – the atmosphere/ambience, if there is an online menu that can be viewed and if bookings can be made via the website as well as the above mentioned factors.
If you have any comments or thoughts or any additions you can email me on the email below or just leave a comment. You can also visit (and LIKE) the related Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GrazingPanda =)
Thanks for visiting my site and HAPPY EATING!!
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$$$ – $25 to $35 a meal
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$ – under $15 a meal