Unblogged Food: April – June 2013

This is a small photo recap of some of my meals from the last three months.

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A massive seafood paella, in a pan measuring approximately 60cm in diameter! K’s dad is a foodie as well, and takes a lot of pride in his cooking tools and gadgets, a special paella gas cooker and pan being one of them. He made a tasty seafood paella for a family dinner celebrating K’s birthday in April – this was a real hit! Made with the best and freshest ingredients, this paella really hit the spot.

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One of my favourite restaurants in Sydney is Erciyes – a Turkish restaurant on Cleveland St in Surry Hills. I particularly like to take out-of-town visitors to this restaurant, and took my younger brother here when he visited over Easter. We enjoyed the walnut dessert pizza, or the walnut pide, with a simple filling of chopped walnuts, butter, and sugar. It’s a real sugar hit, and so very very indulgent.

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K and I visited Jackie M‘s restaurant in Concord in the week before it closed down – I had the pleasure of attending one of Jackie’s cooking classes last year, and dining at one of the most authentic Malaysian restaurants in town before it closed was simply a must. This is the Nasi Lemak, but we also ordered a variety of other dishes – all of which were absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to see what new restaurant or venture Jackie comes up with!

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While I was spending time in Melbourne after my mother’s passing, K’s father and mother also came down to Melbourne for a few days. Our two families met for the first time for lunch, an experience that I faced with trepidation but which went surprisingly well! K and I took his parents out afterwards with a brief walk up Chapel Street, before stopping in at Ganache Chocolate for an afternoon pick-me-up. I had the chilli hot chocolate which came with a little half raspberry macaron on the side. Their range of artisan chocolates and individual cakes and tarts are simply wicked as well – it’s well worth a visit!

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I love banh mi – it’s such a perfect balance of veggies, protein and carbs! Unfortunately I currently live and work in areas with low to non-existing Vietnamese populations, so it’s only on rare occasions that I get to indulge. I was so pleased to find out that a sandwich shop up the road from work had started making banh mi – I understand that it was taken over by a Vietnamese family, and they added it to their repertoire. Simply Sandwiches on Willoughby Road makes a great banh mi – not completely traditional in style, but very tasty nevertheless.

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Froyo, or frozen yoghurt is a craze that’s sweeping Sydney. Every time you turn around, it seems as though a new froyo store is opening up around the corner. They opened the first one in Crows Nest just two months ago, and little spoon is doing a roaring trade just from me and my colleagues alone – I think we must be keeping them in business! They have some amazing froyo flavours – I’ve tried an apple pie flavour and a caramel flavour as well, which were sweet and full of sin.

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Keeping with the dessert theme, I bought a whole box of goodies from the 85 degrees cafe in Chatswood after they had a grand reopening 15% off sale, including this gorgeous little “Mango Bubble” dessert. This was a soft sponge cake covered in a mango creme – very soft, very light, and very moreish. It was very much an indulgence for me – because we tend to bake our own bread at home, buying a treat like this from a bakery is unheard of!

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K and I recently dined at Mejico with our good friend Carmen. She’s blogged about it here so I won’t repeat her words. Simply said, it was a very delicious dining experience, though on the pricey side. We are scheduled to go back later in July for one of my friend’s birthdays though, so I fully expect to try some other dishes and potentially write a longer entry!

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My work’s been generous enough to give me some flexibility in working a few days in the Melbourne office occasionally, in order to spend more time with my father and brother. One downside is that our Melbourne office is in West Footscray, on the other side of the city to my family home which does mean a commute of about an hour and a half each way. One thing that always brightens my mornings though, is seeing this little coffee van parked outside the West Footscray train station – their ‘dine-in’ setup always strikes me as being very optimistic given that Melbourne is averaging early morning temperatures in the single digits!

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into my world of food outside of the fancier meals that I blog about.

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