Tuesday, 26 May 2015

ALOHA SAILOR Launch Party

284 Smith Street, Collingwood

Aloha Sailor is one of Melbourne's newest 'hidden gems', tucked away in the basement of The Noble Experiment on Smith St.



Thursday, 7 May 2015

BIBELOT BY CHEZ DRÉ - OPENING NIGHT

285 – 287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
Open 7 days, 10am – Late

Tonight was the opening night for Bibelot, a Chez Dré project, which we were told was a four year process from conception to reality.

Located at the Coventry Street entrance to Chez Dré, Bibelot is an opulent destination for all-things-sweet; an artisanal patisserie, gelateria, coffee bar, chocolate shop, high tea salon and a library of coffee table books for any dessert aficionado.

Opening just in time for Mother's Day, Bibelot will house a retail space of beautifully packaged and crafted gourmet gifts; from chocolate bars to enrobed fruit and nuts, decadent biscuits, locally-sourced honey as well as specialty coffee and teas. Alternatively, one may be inclined to browse the Bibelot library, dedicated solely to 'hard to find', professional Chocolate and Patisserie books. From Thursday through to Sunday the Bibelot High Tea Salon will host lavish afternoon teas, with gourmet sweet and savory treats as well as tea, coffee and champagne, by reservation only beginning in early June.

The sleek fitout is by Melbourne-based Breathe Architecture where Art Deco meets European flair. Classic materials and techniques such mosaic tiling, marble, timber and gold are used with a modern twist.


Chocolate mousse on passionfruit macaroons
Inside the delectable chocolate mousse on passionfruit macaroon
Strawberry with basil and olive oil layered gateaux (Front) and Walnut Eclairs (Behind)
Macaroons
An abundant selection of gleaming chocolate gems
Chocolate tart with macadamia nuts and coconut crisps
Hazelnut Praline Cake
Hazelnut Praline Cake, Chocolate Tart, Banana & Chocolate Mousse Cake, Green Tea Cake (L to R)
Gelato and Sorbet with Milk and Dark Chocolate Fountains
The Gelato and Sorbet Menu - Freshly made in store

What a dessert haven this place is. As a lover of patisserie, I'm currently head over heels for Bibelot! Mouthwatering sweet treats line the glass cabinets.  Each dessert really is a piece of food art.  I love their fusion of ingredients, such as mandarin with yuzu sorbet and strawberry with basil and olive oil gateaux.  Even though Bibelot focuses on French and European flavours, I can't help but think that Melbourne's diverse culture has influenced their creations with using Asian elements like green tea and yuzu.  I'm gunning to try their high tea next.

If you haven't organised anything for your mum yet, maybe book Bibelot's special Mother's Day high tea ($95 per person).  A little birdy told me that they are nearly full, but some spots are still available.

Big thanks to the Bibelot and AMPR teams for putting on a great launch.  Special thanks to Abbey from AMPR for the invitation.

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

CRUNCHY ANZAC BISCUITS RECIPE

If there is one thing I'm going to bake today, it is definitely these babies.  This traditional biscuit has minimal ingredients and very easy to make.  Totally yummy with the only debate being whether you prefer crunchy or chewy ANZAC biscuits.  With my preference of crunchy, this recipe totally hits the spot for me.


Ingredients:
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour, sifted
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
1 cup brown sugar
125g butter
2 tbs golden syrup
1 tbs water
1/2 tsp bicarb of soda

Makes 24 biscuits

Sunday, 19 April 2015

DA NOI

95 Toorak Rd, South Yarra - ph: (03) 9866 5975

We had such a great meal at Da Noi the other night.

had been there a couple of times before, over 2 years ago, and it's good to see the food and the service are still just as good.



Sunday, 12 April 2015

INDUSTRY BEANS

3/62 Rose Street, Fitzroy

It's official now. We love coffee so much that there is now a dedicated 'coffee roasters' session on the blog's 'eateries by type' tab.

And what better than Industry Beans as our first coffee aficionado review?

Industry Beans are specialty roasters 'working hard to reimagine coffee as a more sensual, pleasurable experience'.



Sunday, 22 March 2015

TOASTED MUESLI RECIPE

This recipe comes from one of my good friends who always makes her own. It's hard to know how much sweeter is included with bought muesli varieties, especially toasted muesli.  Making your own is a perfect way to ensure you know what is in it.  This tasty muesli recipe is a great base, where you can add and subtract to tailor to your taste.

Ingredients:
5 cups rolled oats
1 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup raw whole almonds
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1/2 tbps cinnamon
50ml water
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 cups sultanas