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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