Month: May 2014

Naked For Satan

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This restaurant/bar is a great place to catch up with a friend for a drink and some nibblys. Located on busy Brunswick St, I came here a while ago with a friend to try it out and see what all the fuss was about. This place doesn’t have food that you would find in any bar/restaurant. They have pintxos! If you are unsure what a pintxos is, its a small snack that is usually found in bars in Northern Spain. I just think of it as food on toothpicks 🙂 One reason why we were curious about this place was because of the cheap pintxos. $2 for one! Now that’s not bad!

There were a few cold pintxos at the bar area where you can pick and choose what you like. I however think the better stuff is the hot food that comes straight from the kitchen! My friend and I had a cider each and ended up with a handful of toothpicks! From what I remember, we didn’t pay more than $20 each and we were quite full.

I think Naked for Satan is a funky bar that you can relax at with a group of friends. Stay for dinner/snacks/pintxos and have a great night!

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Savour School

I’ve actually been meaning to post this up for a while now but have been a bit lazy. Only because there will be a lot to write in this post! So for my birthday in March this year my wonderful partner gave me a present of a voucher for a place called Savour School. This is a Chocolate and Patisserie School located in Brunswick just out of the Melbourne CBD.

There are an extensive range of classes that you can choose from but I decided to go for the Petit Fours class (run on Wednesday and Thursday night). From the picture below, these are the different sorts of Petit Fours desserts we made over the two nights.

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Although I did not take part in all of the baking/cooking/glazing etc, I was able to take a few shots of the processes as they were happening and the end results.

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Here we have a Palet d’Or with Pine nuts. I only had a small hand in making these but OMG were they delicious! There was a cake type filling with pine nuts under that silky ganache and topped with a beautiful chocolate disc.

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Here we have a few pictures of the Citron Mandarin Choux. I helped to make this one from scratch which was nice as I had never made choux pastry before. The middle was filled with a lovely silky Creme Patissiere, and some of them were actually filled with a  chocolate mousse. We also topped the Choux with a Croustillant (red disc on top of the pastry) Although you can’t see it in this picture, we also dusted the red with a bit of edible gold powder. Very pretty and delicious!

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Next we have the Petit Opera Crisp. This contained an Almond sponge cake, Coffee Buttercream, Paillete Feuilletine Insert, topped with ganache. If you love coffee, this is the dessert for you!

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Here you can see the Piedmonte in the making. It consists of a Hazelnut Sponge cake topped with buttercream and Flaked almond biscuit. This recipe was amended a little bit on the day. This is supposed to have flaked almond biscuit on it, which it did, but we ended up making too many of them so we piped some buttercream on top of that as well and made something similar.. sorry I don’t have pictures of that 😦

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This Petit Four would have to be my favourite of them all. It’s called Chocolate Lovers. This consists of a thin cocoa dough on the bottom, a mousse dome filed with Peanut Croustillant, then covered with a Dark Chocolate Velvet spray. Absolutely divine!

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Last of all we have the Jamaica. I’d have to say this was my second favourite one of the lot. A lovely, slightly sour/sweet financier (cake) at the bottom, topped with a citrus type jelly and garnished with curled white chocolate and candied lemon/lime. Deliciously light and not too sweet.

Overall I really enjoyed taking this class. Even after a long day at work, the next 4 hours on a Wednesday and Thursday night went by like a flash of light. We were always busy creating something spectacular! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to give this a go or wants to refine their skills. As I mentioned there are plenty of different classes you can take, not just Petit Fours. They also take on people who are completely new to baking as well so don’t be scared to try something interesting and different. In saying that, one small point I would have to mention about this specific class. Even though I enjoyed it very much, as there were so many different elements in each dessert, it was hard to get a sense of how to make everything that I have shown here. As I said, I only took part in a few things but there were plenty of other elements to each dessert I would have loved to have had a go at. I have heard that this specific class is quite rushed and hard to learn all the different techniques but in saying that, I’ve also heard about other classes that have extensively taught everything from start to finish. I guess it just depends on which class you choose and how technical it is.

Anyway, I would definitely highly recommend this school to anyone willing to give pastry making or dessert a go. I met wonderful people, had an informative teacher and most of all, it was very hands on which I loved. Give it a go! You never know what you will be able to achieve! 🙂

 

 

Cafe Sweethearts

Cafe Sweethearts

To be honest I haven’t been to this cafe in a while, but in saying that, this was one of the first cafes we loved to go to when my partner and I first moved to South Melbourne. We came here week after week and loved the food. I especially liked to get the Eggs La Mer. It’s like an Eggs Benedict but with Smoked salmon instead of ham.

I personally don’t like eggs that much but I always seemed to come back to this dish time and time again. They have lovely big poached eggs. Bigger than other cafes that I’ve been to. This is what made my partner want to keep coming back. The staff are lovely and helpful and the food is delicious.

Since we’ve tried other cafes around that area we haven’t been back in a while but in saying that,  I would still go back anytime to enjoy a lovely brunch!

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Red Spice Road

This is one of those restaurants in Melbourne that is well known for their Asian fusion cuisine. I’ve been here a few times before, with both friends and family.

This specific time I came with one of my good friends. It was a while ago so I don’t remember exactly how the food was like that night but we’ll see how my memory goes. We ordered a few entrees, a main and dessert. We tried some oysters, the Betel leaves and the lamb ribs for entree. The oysters and Betel leaves were lovely and fresh. I loved always love trying the different toppings on the Betel leaves! We heard the lamb ribs were quite nice so this is why we decided to order them. They lived up to the hype! Lovely, delicious and crispy all over!

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Even though we ordered one main (pork belly), we ate this with rice and a few left over ribs. I personally LOVE pork belly! This one was delicious and it comes with an asian apple slaw on top. The dish was a tad sweet for my liking but it was really good none the less! I always order this when I come here. In saying that though.. I think the longrain pork hock is so much better but shhhh don’t tell anyone I said that! 😉

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We thought we’d top it all off with some dessert! Who can pass on dessert?! 🙂 To be honest, I can’t remember what this dessert was. I tried to look it up online but they don’t seem to have it on their menu anymore. I do remember it was good though! Perfect end to a lovely night!

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Overall I do like Red Spice Road. I do keep coming back but they do have their good and bad nights. I’ve been a few times where the food has been quite average, either too sweet or they have not been seasoned enough. But in saying that, I have also been on some nights where everything that we have ordered has been superb!

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Club Sandwich/Jalepeno lids/Burgers

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Club Sandwich/Jalepeno Lids/Burgers

This was one of our first meals in the US. This was eaten in a small diner down the old school Fremont Street in Vegas.

I was trying to be somewhat ‘healthy’ and order a club sandwich. Oh how I was very very wrong! This sandwich was the size of probably 3 sandwiches put together! There were layers of meat/veggies/bread! Wayyy too much! I think I got through a third of the dish and was so full. I seriously under estimated how big American dishes were!

My partner ordered a regular burger which came open but looked delicious and came with a side of fries. We thought we would also give Jalepeno lids a go. Little did we know how many ‘lids’ would be on the plate! haha

We were so stuffed by the end of this meal! Well worth it though!

Deep Pan Pizza – Chicago

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Deep Pan Pizza

So I’m going to slowly post some food photos from my trip to the US  a bit over a year ago. This here is what Chicago is known for. DEEP PAN PIZZA!

My sister and brother in law were living in Chicago at the time and took us to this place (I can’t remember the name 😦 ) We actually ordered a few entrees between the 4 of us and then we had the pizza as the main. This pizza was CRAZY! I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a more chunky style pizza before. The crust was nice and buttery. A lot different to what normal pizza crust usually tastes like.

The filling is a whole different story. It was oozing cheese, meat and sauce.. what more could you ask for from a pizza?! The only difference between this pizza and a regular pizza is the height of it. This one is probably 3-4 times the height of a normal pizza.. oh and also, one slice is more than enough! My partner had 2-3 slices and almost passed out because he ate so much haha

I’ve always wanted to see if there was a place in Melbourne that sold this but I can’t find any! If anyone knows of one.. let me know! I’d love to try it! 🙂