mmm i love a day of just roaming around the city eating whatever you wish […]
mmm i love a day of just roaming around the city eating whatever you wish (also, i love having random days off work. i hated my previous 9-5 mon-fri job)
first off: Passionflower icecream! Passionflower is the icecream chain which caters to asian tastes with flavours like durian, black sesame and sticky rice to the more normalish chocolate, mango and pink grapefruit. when we walked in the entrance i immediately got suckered into trying the cookies and cream cheesecake becos LOOK its sooo pretty…
unfortunately it was lukewarm which made me question if it had even been refrigerated over night… and it was a bit too dense for my liking so i ordered 2 scoops of sticky rice and pink grapefruit in a waffle basket. (btw i dont actually like the waffle basket but its the same price as in a glass and i reallllli hate the sound/feeling when you scrape a metal spoon against glass). noods got the hm. uh cant quite remember… but it was raspberry and something mousse? texture was odd like it hadnt been refrigerated haha
later on we were wandering down sussex st and found this place:
think it was called hontou pancakes and its right next door to ippon sushi. looks sooo pretty too! after having tried the beard papas puffs i was curious to see if the custard in these ‘pancakes’ tasted anything similar. they were 3 for $5 and we chose 2 custard and 1 chocolate.
BITES. hmm. i liked the way it felt when i was holding it, it felt like a mini waffle but smooth. unfortunately i didnt like it. at all. surprisingly noods liked it. alot. and scoffed the rest!
what exactly is beard papas? when i first heard that name i was like err […]
what exactly is beard papas? when i first heard that name i was like err some old dude with a beard? i never thought it would be a japanese chain of outlets selling cream puffs! a quick google search brought “Beard Papa takes an all-natural approach—no preservatives added. It’s a double crust incorporating a traditional choux (cream puff shell) and a pie crust-type dough. The combination produces both softness and a degree of crunch.’ WOW. that description along with GrabYourFork’s mouthwatering fotos made me want to coerce noods into driving 1 whole hour into chatswood!
Beard Papa’s Sweets is located at K353a Chatswood Westfield (1 Anderson Street, Chatswood) and is quite hard to find if youre not a local. when we found the store i was laughing at how the world of food blogging could make me travel so far to try pastry heh but it was soooo worth it!
the prices were
1 puff: $2.50
6 puffs: $12.00
12 puffs: $20.00
i asked noods ‘should i get 6 or 12?’ and he surprisingly replied ‘12, ill eat some’. which brought forth raised eyebrows since he doesnt have the same sugar cravings i get but hell who was i to argue it just means all the more for me later on heh
it was onli until he saw them pump in the vanilla bean custard cream that he says ‘holy crap theyre ginormous!’ ‘well… yeah… what did you expect?’ ‘those realli small ones from chinatown!’ HAHA no way are they that small theyre like 3 times as huge! and tastier! mmm you cannot go wrong with cream. (unless of course its fake cream. ugh fake cream is gross man)
mmm custardy innards are soooo good! chocolate puffs are pretty good too but i think i prefer the vanilla. man must make a return visit veri soon!
i managed to get the entertainment book for the parramatta area from audrey (thanks audz!) […]
i managed to get the entertainment book for the parramatta area from audrey (thanks audz!) and me n noods wanted a relatively cheap dinner so we decided to use the buy 1 main get 2nd main free coupon at Atlantis Seafood Restaurant (58 – 62 Delhi Rd, North Ryde).
Atlantis is on the ground level of Somerset Serviced Apartments, opposite Riverside Corporate Park and let me tell you those apartments must belong to the super rich… there were groups of women eating dinner that night all dressed up in short black dresses with a hell of a lot of bling, all talking about shares, boats, holidays and corporate events before leaving to watch desperate housewives.
but enough about them, on to the food! we got a free entree but the waiter dude didnt exactly tell us what it was he just plonked it down and said ‘its complimentary’ and whooshed away. but it was sexy. i think it was fresh tuna with salsa on a mini disk of shortbread.
for mains i ordered the Atlantic Salmon Fillet with Pesto dressing, served with roasted vegetables ($32)
the salmon was cooked perfectly but i didnt like how when i cut into the salmon it would sink into the vegetable mush… hmm not enough salmon too much vegies!
noods ordered the special of Coral Trout Fillet Poached in saffron broth, served with broccolini, sugar snaps and aioli ($33)
noods said the coral trout was ‘ok… but not realli worth it for the price’
the reason we chose to come here was the Degustation Desserts for Two ($33)
oh baby oh baby lookit lookit! closest was poached pear topped with cream cheese, chocolate brulee tart with vanilla bean icecream, rum & raisin icecream, berry sorbet and some weird green marzipan and pistachio icecream, the waiter dude didnt even know what the other two were but the next one was like a poppyseed friand and the last one wasnt that nice but oooh yummy chocolate tart….
my first ever foodbloggers event! what better place for a group of foto loving foodbloggers […]
my first ever foodbloggers event! what better place for a group of foto loving foodbloggers to get together than the Crossroads Bar at Swissotel!
expecting a group of about 5 or 6, i was pretty surprised when me n noods were led to a large table of 20 ppl where we met the lovely helen from grab your fork, funky girls nicky and tiff from sweetlittletreat, kate from veggiefriendly, and emily from pickos.
2 hours all you can eat desserts brought out the old, the new and the ancient cameras clickin away before a single bite had been eaten. there was cakes a plenty with tiramisu my favourite and a chocolate fountain bubbling with chocolatey goodness
my plate heh oh yes i finished allllll of it much to the amusement of nicky and tiff mmm look at that lemon meringue tart!!!
mini creme brulee n mango mousse
and of course last but not least a shot of the lovely foodbloggers… from behind! heh for those who wanted to stay anonymous
thanks very much helen for organising! hope to see everyone again soon!
Related chocolatesuze posts:
Lenotre High Tea at Sofitel
High Tea at Euro Lounge
Food Bloggers meetup at Adriano Zumbo
Food Bloggers meetup at East Ocean
Food Bloggers meetup at Nick’s Seafood & Lindt
last year when i was still working at the cake factory they chucked a xmas […]
last year when i was still working at the cake factory they chucked a xmas party for us at Eat City Restaurant (349 Kent St cnr King St) and we were served THE most incredible pate i have ever had and since then ive been waiting for the right occasion to make a return visit however all noods had to say was ‘lets go’ and off we went battling the crazy traffic.
Apparently Eat City is doing a twist with yum cha- you can order a main and it comes out in small portions for you and your partner to share but me and noods decided on the Chef’s Journey minus the wine ($65 p.p) and i told the lovely waitress that i realli wanted the pate but im not sure if they worked the pate into the ‘journey’ or they just forgot to charge us…
Organic Chicken Liver Pate en Croute
the pate! so smooth so creamy so good but soooo filling… it came with a pear and gherkin salad with dill dressing and paired well with the pate and dude we got free refills of bread and i tell you that plate was scraped CLEAN!
Amuse Bouche. Jerusalem Artichoke and Cauliflower Soup with Seared Scallop
mmm the soup was so flavoursome and made me all warm and tingly inside! the scallop was a perfect little island of soft shellfish flesh
Black Lime Crusted Kingfish
the kingfish was so soft even tho it had been grilled and retained that smokey flavour without overpowering the super fresh fish
Soft Shell Crab
the soft shell crab was beautifully presented however mine was so salty it felt like my tastebuds were being burned away by all the salt! i manged to get thru half before shafting it to noods heh
Herb Roasted Barramundi
this arrived while i was still struggling with the soft shell crab and it was around this point that i realised i was full and there was still 3 more courses to go! the skin of the barra was as crispy as kfc! ok maybe that wasnt a good description but uh it was crispy! and there were shreds of prosciutto (mmm tastes like tasty bacon) floating around with the juicy tomatos
Duck a l’Orange
ohhh full… ive never had duck a l’orange before (hee say it! say it! youll sound french!) and hmm it was sweet? im too used to duck being in asian food like in soup noodles… it was ok but the sauteed spinach that came with it was bitter
why stomach why? why must you give up on meee? it was the pates fault! (it was soooo tasty!) ohhh look at the juicy slabs of meat flesh… it was unfortunately hiding dollops of the dreaded horseradish which noods tried so hard to get rid of and argh i onli managed 1 forkful of the sexy silky potato gratin
White Chocolate Tiramisu
does this look familiar? yeah. its from my cake factory. we almost decided on not getting dessert but thought we wouldnt be getting our moneys worth heh
thanks for dinner noods! we’ll definitely have to make a return visit with the wagyu first up and maybe the pate in the middle somewhere…