Well, doesn’t time fly? The month of June coincides with when I first created this blog back in 2006, so that would make this month, my blog’s 5th birthday!

This blog has opened up so many doors for me in my life. It has also led me to connect with other food lovers around the world and along the way, I’ve met some incredible people and have made some lifelong friendships.

Thank you for reading, engaging, connecting, commenting, emailing, and most of all, for your support! 🙂

To celebrate this blog’s 5th birthday, I thought I’d share some highlights from these five years of food blogging –

Let’s start with a look at the changing face of JENIUS:
The changing face of JENIUS food blog over 5 years

As you can see, I’ve gone through almost as many blog design changes as I have with hair makeovers!

And keeping in tune with my love for writing lists, here are five top 5s:

Five best memories

  1. My book launch event taught me that anything is possible with passion and determination. I’ll never forget the spectacular turn out!
  2. Chatting to Dilhan Fernando of Dilmah Tea was an inspiring, empowering and life changing encounter
  3. I began the process of documenting cherished family recipes including Xiu Mai (Vietnamese meatballs) and Teochew peach-shaped kueh
  4. I witnessed an olive harvest and learned about the extra virgin olive oil production process at Cobram Estate’s olive grove in Boort, Victoria, Australia – my appreciation for this everyday product changed forever
  5. I discovered cuisines that I didn’t know existed, such as Uighur food from the Uyghur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang, China

Five best food travel experiences

  1. Exploring my parents’ hometown and stuffing myself with street food in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  2. Stumbling across awesome eats at every corner in Osaka, Japan
  3. Being charmed by all the colour at Boqueria Markets and eating my body weight in pintxos at Barcelona, Spain
  4. My first overseas media famil to Kuala Lumpur and Melaka in Malaysia
  5. Macarons, bouillabaisse and more, in Paris & South of France

Five most favourite press mentions

  1. Cooking live on Channel Seven’s Sunrise
  2. I was a nominee for Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Female Woman Of The Year award last year
  3. My Lebanese food tour event received a massive two-page spread in the Parramatta Advertiser!
  4. An extra-large photo of me greeted Sydneysiders on page 3 of mX during the week of my photography exhibition!
  5. I was one of SBS’s featured foodie

Five most frequently re-visited eats

  1. Sushi Bar Rashai‘s chasoba salad, nasu miso steak (eggplant with miso) and sashimi platters
  2. Dong Ba‘s bun bo hue (Hue-style spicy beef noodle soup)
  3. Ribs at Ruby L’otel
  4. Sweet treats from Victoire
  5. Hainanese chicken rice and har mee at Singapore Shiok

Five most read blog posts

  1. Top 100 Australian food Twitterers which is updated once monthly
  2. 10 things I’ve cooked in the Philips Airfryer was lots of fun to put together
  3. Breakfast in Balmain includes two of my favourite local breakfast joints
  4. A killer chicken wing marinade is always popular at BBQs
  5. The best burgers in Sydney This one is a bit old so look out for an update soon! I’ll definitely be adding Charlie & Co and Moo Gourmet Burgers!

Hope you’ve enjoyed some of these blasts from the past! Looking forward to many more years of deliciousness!


  • Happy Blog-aversary!

  • woohoo happy blogiversary! here’s to many more years to come!

  • Happy 5th Blog Anniversary. I enjoyed reading through your highlights.

  • Congrats! Makes me wonder what my blog will look like in another 4 years time

  • Congrats Jen. Keep up the amazing work. BTW- over the weekend we bloggers cooked up some chocolate spring rolls with the air fryer- YURRRM!

  • oh boy, brilliant. you’ve seen a lot in those five years.

  • happy blog birthday!! keep it up 😀

  • Woo hoo – happy b’day Jenius!

  • big big congrats on this great achievement! Happy 5th Bloggaversary for Jenius 🙂 May there be many more to come

  • Congrats on five years, Jen. Here’s to many more!

  • Happy Blog Birthday Jen!! May you have many more 😉

  • You’re awesome. Love your stuff! Happy blogoversary xx

  • AWESOME! Well done Jen 🙂

  • wow 5 yrs thats awesome congrats jen!

  • i’m still a regular at sushi bar rashai. i cant get enough of it. they dont even give us menus anymore, i know it by heart!
    and as for burgers, charlie and co is uhhhmazing. pricey, but worth it. and their hot dogs are weirdly amazing!

  • Wow! Congratulations on keeping it up and in what style! Happy blog-anniversary. Now I’m off to read about your favourite eats, biggest mentions and your blogging adventures in general!

  • happy bloggy day!! and many many more years to come.

  • Happy blogiversary!!!! Its been great watching your blog evolve 🙂

  • Ed

    Happy birthday youngster! (I’, six next month!)

  • Congrats on 5yrs Jen. Here’s to the next food-filled-five years!!

  • Happy Birthday Jen! Congratulations on having achieved so much. It’s a pleasure to keep reading.

  • Awww Happy Birthday Jenius!! 5 years is definately a milestone.

  • Jen

    Nooooooo! I missed your KitchenAid Mixer giveaway! I so need one! Happy birthday to Tomato in advance! 🙂

  • Jen

    Thank you so much everyone!! xx

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