Sydney Megapost #2

part deux of the Sydney trip! i hope you guys aren’t full yet ;)

let’s start light, shall we? a visit to Lindt Cafe at Martin Place gave us these huge macarons (and the undocumented coffees) – Lindt’s macarons are bigger and more chewy than the ones i’m used to (Luxbite’s!) and unfortunately there arent as many options when it comes to flavours, but they are still delicious!

a friend and i also got the chance to visit Meat Wine and Co in Darling Harbour. we popped by for a quick lunch since our days in Sydney were mostly spent around Haymarket-Darling Harbour area, we decided to give this place a go (no, we havent tried the Melbourne branch yet)

my friend got the prawn and beef skewer (yep, that dangling thing!) which made us giggled when it was brought out – quite the adventurous presentation indeed. and me, well i got myself the good ol’ burger – “gourmet cheese burger” is the name and, apologies to burger purist out there, i did deconstruct the burger prior to eating it. my reason?! i still need my jaw to function properly! :p it was quite the memorable burger for me- the onion rings were my favourite part, sweet and crunchy! all the burger elements (Monte beef burger patty, cheddar cheese, English mustard, grilled eggplant, zuchinis and the crusty buns) all worked deliciously together. all the more reason to make me wanna try the Melbourne branch!
Meat & Wine Co on Urbanspoon

next up, coffee- the last time i went to Sydney, i literally whinged about the fact that there is no decent coffee place in Sydney CBD. well, i take back those words, folks. there is indeed a very decent coffee place conveniently located in George St called Workshop Coffee

the place is quite small and always crowded with people but they DO have good coffee (they use their own blend roasted by Toby Estate’s)- so yes, for your caffeine fix in Sydney CBD, i highly recommend this one. as per usual, got myself a strong latte just before the flight back to Melbourne

we also got the chance to try Wagaya Japanese Restaurant in Haymarket (Chinatown) – apparently famous for their Mantaiko spaghetti (described by Google as ‘a Western-influenced Japanese dish) and so i tried one!

so it is basically spaghetti with cream sauce with seafood but the difference is this orange ‘sprinkle thing’ (salted cod roe) which made it so delicious and yummy!

Wagaya on Urbanspoon

and last but most definitely not the least, this small kiosk in The Strand that one of my friend pointed out. she said she wanted to get the lemon meringue tart cause she had one the other day, and i quote, “it was soooo good!” – so away we went to this small place and to my delight, this small place was indeed SWEET INFINITY!! (i seriously did jump for joy when we arrived there….sad, but very true)

i wish i could buy everything there but i already had too much stuff to carry back to Melbourne so i settled with a raspberry-chocolate macaron, a vanilla macaron, a lemon meringue tart and a chocolate tart

the lemon meringue tart was indeed soooo good- perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess. the chocolate tart was light and not too much for a nibble in the afternoon (goes well with the latte from Workshop Espresso!) the macarons were noticeably thicker and bigger than any of the macarons i’ve ever had, it did remind me of the texture of those huge chewy cookies. i looove these macarons- the flavours were spot on for my liking :)

sadly, this is the end of my Sydney trip :( – there were several places that didnt get the chance to be documented due to various reason (mostly because we were too hungry- tee hee!) so i’m just gonna list them out for you if you ever visit Sydney :)

- Arisun (famous for their Korean Fried Chicken!) -here’s a review by Grab Your Fork

- Ichi Ban Boshi (perfectly located next to Kinokuniya book store!) – here’s another review by Grab Your Fork

Sydney Megapost #1

only 365 days ago i started to blog about food. partially thanks to the juggernaut that was, and is, Masterchef, i started to see food as a ‘way of life’ – you are indeed what you eat! and here we are a mere 100 something posts later, i’ve made new friends, i’ve got people recommending wonderful restaurants and cafes, i’ve found a new appreciation for food (and i’ve gained couple of kilos too!) – all thanks to this blog!

so THANKYOU for everyone who has been reading this little space of mine. it has been a wonderful 365 days and fingers crossed, more days (and delicious posts!) to come! *clink!!*

SO! let’s get on to some goodness shall we?!

a group of friends and i went to Sydney a few weeks back. it wasnt a culinary trip per se but upon editing the pictures, i realized HOW MUCH we ate during that 5days trip! the ones i’ve edited are only half of what i actually tasted over there – and even that, i have to divide it into 2 posts!

first up, Mother’s Crepe in World Square – i initially heard about this Japanese pastry goodness from Chocolatesuze and came across it by accident on this trip! we decided to try it out before heading to an anticipated (and carnivorous) lunch at Hurricane- so much for making enough space :(

my friend bought the banana custard (?) and i got myself a salmon-cream cheese crepe (as you can see in the peek-ture). dee-licious! now i see what the fuss is about :) a friend of mine also decided to make a quick trip back here before heading off to the airport for our flight home- that’s how good it was!

then we head off to Darling Harbour and got ourselves some delicious-finger lickinly good ribs. i love ribs. so i might be biased when i say that THESE ARE THE BEST RIBS I’VE EVER TRIED IN AUSTRALIA!! notice how there’s only 1 picture documented of these babies?! we just cant wait to dig in! (note : some explicit comments were made when i told my friends not to touch the ribs before i take picture of it…)
Hurricane's Grill & Bar on Urbanspoon

later that night, we got to try Pancakes on The Rocks too! from the usually Pancake Parlour pancakes i’m used to, these pancakes are fluffier eventhough not necessarily yummier. food are always best enjoyed amongst friends, agreed?! :)

i tried the mexican crepes and it was, well, mexican. onions, capsicum and tomatoes. was good. tummy was pleased. and my friend tried the caesar salad, and she said “well, it’s caesar salad” so we decided to share the blueberry pancakes afterwards…


Pancakes on the Rocks on Urbanspoon

and speaking of desserts, we stumbled upon this place eloquently described as ‘traditional Taiwanese dessert’ or we refer to it as ‘that asian dessert place’ (real name is Meet Fresh)  – perfectly located in the middle of Chinatown and everytime we walked past it, it was never empty of people! well, you be the judge :)

it is kinda hard to tell what’s what- yam balls, boiled nuts, boiled red beans, other unspecified types of nuts and beans, and the ‘liquid’ underneath is actually grass jelly and you mixed them all together, enjoy and the forget about the rest of the world! so the legend goes that this dessert (reminds me of ice kachang in Singapore, only this one is heeeaaaps better!!) is very famous in Taiwan and made by a grandma up in the mountains (well, that’s what my friend told me) – well either way, it’s a darn good dessert.
Meet Fresh on Urbanspoon

this is the end of part 1 :) watch this space tomorrow for more delicious story of a very happy (and blessed) tummy!

 

Sydney Megapost #2 is served! :)

Sydney : Adriano Zumbo

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zumbo window display

enter the zumbo

ok, if you have never heard of Zumbo, go google him now!! and no, he’s not ‘just’ a pastry chef- he is a mindblowingly creative pastry chef.

i arrived at his store on a saturday afternoon only to find a long line of curious people waiting to go into his store. so i made another visit on a monday morning, a mere 10mins after the store opened its door. the store was still quiet and i talked a bit with the shopkeeper who said “you’re just in time! it’s about to go mad in 20mins time” – and it did!! just minutes after i left the store, a line of people has started to form outside the door!! madness!! a very delicious madness though :)

green with envy

still green with envy

obviously not wagon wheels

just a giant macaroon!

good ol' chocolate 'cake'

dont lick your screen!

spikey spikes

if only blogs have 3D features

not your average spaghetti

i can hear brains melting…

chocolate caramel tart

macaroons

the yellow one is salted caramel. the peachy one is peach-saffron. the pinkish one is cherry coconut. and they are all very very very delicious!

needless to say, Zumbo is a definite must visit destination in Sydney!

Sydney : BangBang Espresso

the milk bottle

i like this bottle! for a while, i wanted to put it inside my bag and take it to melbourne- why? cause the writing is red! *lame*

centerpieces

drawings on the wall

obligatory latte

green eggs and ham

very delicious green eggs and ham

my breakfast may look simple and all that but it is very delicious. dont judge the food by its…picture! the omelette was creamy and the ham is different! it tasted very meaty and melts in your mouth. oh, the sourdough bread just compliments the whole thing- it completed everything in this dish.