About

I’m a Gold Coast-based writer/editor/journo (let’s face it, they’re essentially the same thing) who loves books, puppies, writing in a belligerent style and telling people that I WILL go to the gym tomorrow (and then not fulfilling that promise).

I also like to cook food, eat food and write about it. Hence, the reason why this blog exists.

This site covers Gold Coast and Brisbane restaurant reviews but it will also touch on Melbourne (the city I grew up in and where I spend a lot of weekends in) and Sydney (the city I used to make fun of when I used to live in Melbourne and where I also spend a lot of weekends in). I also cover a lot of cities around Asia, namely Jakarta (where a lot of my family live) and Singapore (not by choice but that’s another story for another time).

Every now and then, I’ll chuck in a recipe in the mix to confuse you lot.

Although this site aims to be as informative as possible, please bear in mind that this blog is primarily for entertainment purpose. I am not a paid professional reviewer so my honest opinions should be taken with a grain of Himalayan sea salt. I do not have affiliations with any of the restaurants in this site and I pay for my meals, unless explicitly stated at the beginning of each review. While I aim to combine past experiences and research when writing up my reviews, please note that I am bound to make some mistakes and say/do silly things (you should check out a lot of my old stuff – bloody hell, I was an embarrassing mess back then) so please send feedback to fivecaterpillars[at]gmail[dot]com.

Buon appetite!

xx Libby

37 Comments

  1. Hello Lib,
    Your site looks great! Congrats on finally getting it up =)
    I know that I’ll drop by often to check out your food blogs, because let’s face it, eating out is awesome!
    Good luck!
    – Loi x

  2. Hey Libby!

    I’m actually launching a new site as well, trying to get the underground, lowdown of entertainment, food, events etc across Australia.

    The site is still in it’s infancy and i’m hoping to get content providers, and was wondering if you might be interested in contributing a weekly or monthly article. Obviously, you’ll get full credit for it, and we’ll have a permanent link to your page… maybe even dedicate a section for you!

    Either way, if you’re interested, hit me up via email.

    Thanks!

  3. Hey! just found your blog, since you made a comment on mine (self promotion works!).
    Really like your blog, your writing, the layout and especially your photos! They look really good! Curious to know your camera/lens setup… you’ve got some really nice low-light shots!
    haha… funnily enough, my food obsession/blogging pretty much started at ezard too! Check out my old blog if you haven’t already – http://www.theezardchallenge.blogspot.com Cheers!!

    1. Hey there, Adski!

      Thanks for the feedback 🙂 I’ve been through three or four different cameras which explains the variances in photo quality as you flick through my blog! I’m currently using a Canon 1000D which I use when I’m not using my much smaller and less conspicuous Canon Powershot SX100IS. With my 1000D, I switch between the EF 18-55mm and the 50mm f/1.4 lens, the latter of which I’ve yet to master but I’ll get there!

      I love, love, love your ezard blog. I have both his cookbooks at home but have only attempted one of his recipes and the end result was a complete fail (only because of my cooking abilities as opposed to how good the recipe was) which has made me reluctant to give his other recipes a go. It’s great that you have achieved success though, particularly with his much more difficult dishes, and I’ve been inspired to have a second crack. Very keen to give his fish and (taro) chip dish a go sometime 🙂

  4. OK, you REALLY need to check out the Moroccan Soup Bar in Brunswick. Decor is crap, but the prices are amazingly low and the food is sensational.

  5. Love the site. Sitting in noodle kingdom eating handmade stirfried noodles with chilli, pork and capsicum. Delicious. Best place in Preston.

  6. Ha! 🙂 Didn’t realised you are from Indonesia too. =D
    Thanks for stopping by.

    Nice work with the blog and love your writing style.
    I’ve just put the “Le Traiteur” on top of my to try list – but it will have to wait a few more weeks as I’ve been put on a restricted diet with no wheat due to digestives issue. Thanks!

  7. Just found your site and love it!! ALways up for a new restaurant.. off to gingerboy and can’t wait your recommendations!!

  8. Hi There,

    Me and my partner are looking for a good Asian restaurant to go for here birthday on the weekend (particularly somewhere with great peking duck!). We are travelling and don’t really have the clothes for anywhere posh. Any recommendations for somewhere within easy travel of the CBD and inner suburbs?

    Thanks

    Alex.

  9. I love, love, love your ezard blog. I have both his cookbooks at home but have only attempted one of his recipes and the end result was a complete fail (only because of my cooking abilities as opposed to how good the recipe was) which has made me reluctant to give his other recipes a go. It’s great that you have achieved success though, particularly with his much more difficult dishes, and I’ve been inspired to have a second crack. Very keen to give his fish and (taro) chip dish a go sometime
    +1

  10. Brilliant blog, photos are fantastic and reviews quite accurate. (Been reading your Gold Coast ones) There are a lot of nicer place to eat on the coast if you come back send me a message and I’ll give you a few suggestions. If you have instagram you can follow my food adventures @kewyn15 🙂

    Well done again and all the best.

  11. Absolutely magnificent pictures and very well detailed reviews…

    Although it appears you are still you to review “Cookie” – 252 Swanston St (Lunch/Mainly Dinner)

    Beautiful mostly spicy food and apparently biggest and best collection of beer on offer in Melbourne/Australia

    They have several different levels and are generally booked out at least two weeks ahead unless you go on the ‘bar’ side.

    -just a suggestion anyway-

    Thanks!

    1. I’ve been to Cookie for drinks many, many times but not for meals. The food DOES look delicious though so next time, I’ll be sure to order some food 🙂

  12. Hello there,

    If you are travelling around Melbourne, why not try Indian Delight,
    The address
    59 Mahoneys Road
    Forest Hill
    Victoria 3131
    Good Roti and cheap. Taste of Malaysia.
    Also your blog is awesome

  13. Heading up to sydney intwo weeks fo Hillsongo/.Need to make booking fo Chat thai ” best authentic thai- smh” . u must reviewed paladarr thai issan ( alphington)very fine thaining. went fo anniversary while back but still my favourite to date.

    keeps the blogs going. Its like reading Bourdain!
    much expectation?

    1. Ooh, let me know what you think of Hillsong!

      I’ve been told to go to Chat Thai by quite a few people but never made it on my last trip to Sydney – I’ll make more of an effort next time 🙂

      And yes, I’ve heard great things about Paladarr Thai Issan. I need to go one day 🙂

      Haha I don’t know about Bourdain but thank you very much for the compliment! 😀

  14. Hey,

    I hope you don’t mind but I’ve put a connection of your blog on my blog. Maybe we can support each other as I know you’ve seen my blog before. If you want me to take the connection off please let me know.

    Heres to great food!

  15. Hi Libby,

    I would love to invite you to an event at FantAsia The Pines. We will have $1 meals, every dollar will be donated to Act for Kids.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    1. Hi Claire, thanks heaps for the invite! Unfortunately I’m not on the ‘Coast then so will have to miss out. All the best for it and looking forward to visiting soon! 🙂

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