Saturday, December 22, 2012

Coffeehead
Bread and Jam for Frances
The Petty Officer
Koko Yee

Corn fritter intake has increased substantially - this was my week in food.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Corn Fritters

Corn Fritters are my favourite breakfast dish :3
It’s only logical for me to compile a list of cafes selling them. Any with an asterisk are zucchini fritters, the next best thing. Any contributions would be muchly appreciated!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Past Week

PappaRich QV
New found love for kaya and toast

Taco Truck 
At the Big Design Market! Sweet corn, char grilled chicken and chipotle mayo makes for a delectable lunch

Huxtaburger 
Hmm..

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Generalise it.

Persian Love Cake
A recent visit to Storm in a Teacup prompted this, though mine isn't anywhere near as good. I'll let you in on the surprise: its successor is destined to be a thank you present i.e. I need to rename this
This cake does not require use of a rolling pin. It was carelessly dumped onto the table as I rummaged for the electric beaters and decided it wanted its picture taken too.
Notes:

  • Use smaller pan.
  • Less sugar - sub for almond meal
  • Throw extra pistachios in the batter >D
  • Come up with a better arrangement for the pistachios
  • Don't eat the present.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Afternoon Delight

Beans & Bagels
121 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
Took the wrong tram, apologies kids! We snagged the booth in the back corner, which is pretty nice, save for the staff door. Bagels were chewy, but cranberry jam tends to be a good thing.
Shocolate was opposite the road, so we dropped in to try their macarons which are on the pricier side ($3). Charging an extra $4 for cakes if you dine in is harsh, but understandable given limited seating. I..would not go back for the espresso macaron.

Storm in a Teacup
48 Smith Street, Collingwood

Second visit, with the shop smelling just as good as it did last time. I think they were making brownies :3

  
 Fruit toast
Persion Love Cake
Almond cake. If this is what said emotion tastes like, I'll take ten and several pots of tea. Great with a cup of tea on hand to counter the sweetness, and consider all the nutty goodness crammed in there, it's perfect for me ^^v Dried rose works its magic in the olfactory and visuals department.

Zumbarons

7.40 am and there was already a growing line.
 Blackened Vanilla Bean

From L to R:
Chocolate PB&J, Peach Iced Tea:, Passionfruit and Tonka Bean, Chocolate PB&J, Blackened Vanilla Bean, Salted Caramel, Salted Butter Popcorn

Chocolate PB&J was surprisingly good, I can't remember the last time I've so enjoyed the taste of peanut butter, that wasn't crunchy too. Salted caramel also gets a thumbs up. It's not a vicious attack of the end of the sweet/salty spectrum but a harmonious ratio of friendly competitors.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Two Birds One Stone

Two Birds One Stone
12 Claremont Street, South Yarra
Why wasn't my school fortunate enough to have a snazzy cafe pop up around the corner? This is the question that troubled me on the morning, rather than the folders of notes I had yet to run through. Productivity levels at their highest.
Latte to begin; I really need to be playing around with lighting and the limited settings more often. Mint is such a friendly colour, I think I'm falling in love. Then I'm swept off my feat by the smooth, creamy milk and I forget all about the shades of a past desire. Fickle, huh? The burnt taste was a turn off though.
Charred corn & zucchini fritter with haloumi, guacamole&house smoked salmon 
Hey good looking. Pleased with the portion and there's mild salmon and extra guacamole behind each fritter. Each one was finely crisp, though kernels weren't nearly as sweet as those at Miss Jackson. Haloumi works well to hold it all together rather than just more batter :)
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Friday, November 9, 2012

Miss Jackson

Miss Jackson
2/19 Grey Street, St Kilda

A much belated post detailing the visit on a fine Sunday morning, prior to a frenzied study session. Apologies for not having any photos on the interior. It was a lovely space with a very relaxed, homely feel and the staff were so sweet and friendly :)

Caffeine fix. Been feeling guilty lately for relying on them to stay awake, rather than properly enjoying them. Just wait till I get through next week m'dears.
Herb scrambled eggs with homemade corn bread
Mothers, but I always get a small sample :3 This was a large portion, the bits of spring onion gave it a nice crunch.

Corn fritters with bacon, avocado and roasted vine tomatoes and homemade chilli jam
Lighting sucked, I'm sorry, but the food didn't. Where there are corn fritters, there’s (eventually) me. They were a tad overdone and on the dry side, but hurrah for juicy corn kernels!  Tomatoes were lovely, bursting in all their sweet, juicy cheer. No, I don't often make sense, but it's more fun that way. Chilli jam was way too sweet for me, I prefer the green variety at Luca Haus.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

LuxBite

LuxBite
38 Toorak Road, South Yarra 

There was a sale on AgendaTables some weeks back. We arrived on the final day, prior to expiry.

*hop*



Bright day, kinda chilly. Photos of the outside world didn't turn out too well :/



Latte. 



The pork reminded me of a flattened version of lap cheong. Kimchi wasn't spicy enough for me ^^; While presentation was lovely, my mind didn't dwell upon this meal.



L's chicken burger. Filling, but nothing that particularly wow-ed her.



Unveiling of the macarons.



16 flavours in all, but we had our preferences.



Looking forward to trying those delectable looking cakes sometime.


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Monday, October 29, 2012

Snag Stand

Snag Stand
Cnr Latrobe And Swanston St
CBD

Sitting on an elevated yellow seat and hopelessly dripping horseradish mayo all over my hands, lunch was a gourmet affair. The beef &horseradish option looks comparatively less lethal with its innocent sprinkling of spring onion and blushing beetroot relish, but it's still very much a challenge in trying to eat cleanly. 

The poppyseed roll was soft and crisp, doing a very good job of containing the inner explosion. Dear wagyu is juicy and pleasantly tame in sodium levels, a stark contrast to the potency of horseradish mayo. No, it doesn't ask for a tearful sacrifice, it just hangs around and prominently, though non-violently, makes its presence known. 

While there weren't massive blunders with anything, as a whole I just couldn't taste the harmony. That said, I'm still eyeing that chilli dog.


After kneeling (nope, that's how I normally sit) and contemplating for a full minute, I've decided to dedicate this post to a cute kid whose catchphrase involves what I had for lunch. Maybe he'll see it when he's older, and hopefully crack a smile if he figures it out.
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Hot Stuff


 Emerges from my oven. Picnic with the gang, I came up with meatballs (Water chestnuts squee!)
Our house is lacking in sweets. So I rolled about the carpet agonising, then made brownies. They're not lookers, but I've leftovers to share :)

Today, has been the most productive day in weeks. Spending my lunch money on irrelevant books - this is how I lose weight (I kid).

Current read: The Story of Yiddish
I wonder what my future bookcase will look like?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Beginning of the End

Reflections. By now, it's been almost 5 months since my perception first distorted itself and began to see him in a different light. Further discussion and 'fangirling' occurred two weeks ago at

2 Pocket Fairtrade
277 Lt. Lonsdale Street, CBD

Nice place to relax, if only they served some sweet treats. Latte was good.
Middle Fish
Someone on Berkeley Street, Carlton

Ah the first time I was here, was also a pity considering I was missing out. 

You can probably tell this is just a lazy post, so I won't bother looking up the name for this chicken salad.

Pork curry. Those are not 'seasonal vegetables' and the curry was served Lukewarm. Pork was nice though, and was slipping from the bone.


BrimCC
Somewhere near the end of Lt. Collins Street

We got a photobook and it'll essentially be detailing our favourite places that we've visited over the last 8 or so months. Something along the lines of a legacy I suppose, and of all the people it could be going to, we're leaving it in the tentative hands of a hundred or so. 

Beef curry and fried tofu salad. Still salty, but still wonderful. I still prefer the potato salad.

Some sort of curry and potato salad.

Time runs on and pesters me to come. 
But I refuse to follow
and ignore its passing.

Last book I read: Onstage, Offstage

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sourdough Kitchen

Sourdough Kitchen
172 Victoria Street, Seddon

Way to start the weekend. Slept in and now I'm down with a cold ;~; The just as sickly weather makes me feel better about it though, ^^v Thursday was a breakfast stop at Seddon, as a motivator to study. Its effectiveness varies, but I did get somewhere :) 

Avocado with pumpkin toast & Meredith feta ($11)
Mother liked the toast very much, and we left with a large loaf of it in hand.

Poached eggs served in Mexican tomato rice with guacamole, sour cream & roasted chilli salsa ($15.50)
This gets the MD (Mother-Daughter) tick of approval. Ingredients can be so caring as they help each other with what they're missing, and teamwork results in yummy dishes! Two slices of toasted sourdough well drizzled in olive oil, and a very cute pan holding the star of the meal. Chopped onions alleviated the palate from the strong taste of tomato, and firmer kidney beans created more variety in texture.  The combination of firm egg white, golden runny yolk, avo and salsa/relish are such a tantalising team. 
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Father's Office

Father’s Office
249 Lt. Lonsdale Street

Being a cheap person I was determined on making it to Father’s Office prior to the end of their opening promotion, and managed to on the ending Sunday.
We turned up at around 5.30 and head straight for the balcony, stopping shortly to examine the 'bookshelf' along the staircase (it's pretty cool). A third of the way through Spring, but the chilly weather can still fool me into thinking it's Winter, other than how bright it still was.
The view. While we're here, thanks to L for running around taking pictures of all the non-food stuffs.
From left to right: 
Westside Rider, South Side Swing and Daisy Duke.

No idea what that last glass was, but we were told to mix it with the SSS if we got bored. Mental note says I didn't like the Westside Rider, but the other two were good.

PORK & FENNEL SAUSAGES drowned in pear cider, smashed red potatoes and caramelised onion
Don't you think that's a very nice shade of blue? Sorry, you were probably looking at something else. Anywho, these were damn good and juicy, thanks very much to the pear cider. The relish was a bit 'meh' since they were fine enough on their own. My Asian side protested adding water chestnuts would have been nice too, just for texture xD
Creamed spinach
Taught me an invaluable lesson.
CERTIFIED BLACK ANGUS APPLE & BEEF BURGER pattie with beer battered fries
It paled in comparison to the sausages since the pattie was alot drier. The bun was also a bit grainy and far from fluff-ay. Chips were good though, light and crisp.
Digging in.
Eventually the wind blew, the temperature dropped and I was freezing -.- We eventually migrated indoors and took over a couch each. Yes we're greedy.
Ze 'fireplace'. It won't warm you up in the slightest considering the flames are actually on a screen, but hey, it was a nice touch.
Sunday night crowd.
Some massive decorations with the chandelier and disco ball. I'm not sure how to describe the place, other than this is far from what my father's office ever looked like.
I have a lousy tolerance for alcohol, or maybe it was just my massive sleep deprivation on the day, but by this time I was feeling incredibly sleepy and I've no idea what these were. 
But I'll try my best to stay awake if it's for dessert.
L had a red velvet cake. It had been chilled and was thick and dense, but tasted very dull. Something about the combined texture of the cake and icing just didn't feel right.
Dark chocolate ganache with a Cointreau cream.
Thick and creamy, not as sweet as other ‘dark chocolate’ ones I’ve had either :3
Baked Cheesecake. Funny thing, I swear this was gelatine based .__. Unfortunately this didn't make it to my mental list of favourites.
L's final drink - dulce le leche? - at Father's Office.
Pop in and do see your Father soon.

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