Friday, August 22, 2014

Monthly Fix Giveaway

Father's Day is just around the corner and while you're going through wishlists, pestering mum and wracking your brains for gift ideas, I thought I'd throw one in the mix for the gourmet dad. Monthly Fix launched in November last year and is fast growing to be a popular choice. It's a subscription, a gift that keeps on giving and surprises your dad every month with high quality gourmet goodies from Australian artisan producers and some imports. In fact, it's not just  for dads, everyone loves a surprise and delicious goodies. I was signed up for a 3 Month Fix courtesy of Monthly Fix to experience it for myself so let's see what it's about.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Szechuan Chicken and My Chilli Addiction

Growing up in Malaysia, it is almost impossible to avoid spicy food. Even three years olds are eating a bit of spicy! Having said that, not all Malaysians can take spicy food but there's a pretty good chance of someone beating you in a chilli showdown, that is until the South Americans turn up. I've always loved spicy food, virtually every hawker dish comes with chilli either mixed in or on the side and if the meal is not spicy, you ask for the chopped bird's eye chillies in soy sauce for the extra punch. Actually even if it is spicy, you still get the chilli on the side, after all curry laksa comes with a chilli paste. Chicken rice has its dedicated chilli sauce, nasi lemak with sambal, Maggi Mee Goreng is fried with chillies you need to specifically ask for non spicy. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Benny's American Takeaway VIP Night - Third Time's a Charm

It's no secret we love Benny's American Takeaway quietly tucked away in Blackwood, local enough for us to indulge in their hot wings, PB & J shakes and crispy chicken tacos perhaps a little too often. I'm sure they're not complaining. Craig and Michael have been welcoming, friendly and enthusiastic from day one about their American food venture. I was invited to their recent VIP night to coincide with the launch of new menu items and 7 night trading. I love attending their VIP nights, it's always friendly and fun and it's so close to home! Now really, there's no excuse not to go is there? 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Grill'd Has Come To Norwood

Decor at Grill'd Norwood

The renovations are done and the big reveal is here. Sharing a building with Hoyts Cinemas on The Parade in Norwood, Grill'd Norwood is the new burger bar in town offering fresh and healthier burgers to Adelaideans. Founder Simon Crowe established the first Grill'd restaurant in Hawthorn, Melbourne in 2004 with a goal to make burgers from the freshest ingredients in a healthier way that doesn't leave you feeling greasy and bloated. Today there are over 75 outlets nationwide and Adelaide just got her first. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mexican Chicken Pie with Cornbread Top

We have this joke in the house. I always say it's harder to think about what to cook than to actually cook a meal. Every time I ask Mr. Foodie what he wants to do for dinner the answer is always "I don't know...Mexican?". Without fail. So it happened again the other night and I actually laughed because we had jalapenos in the fridge so I said "Mexican Chicken Pie?". You should've seen his face light up.  I wasn't going to post this hence the less than great pictures but a few people have been asking me for the recipe so here it is.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Eat Now Review and Giveaway

I was contacted about trying out an online takeaway ordering service and to be honest, it couldn't have come at a better time. It had been raining all week and as I was reading the email it was hailing. We've all had those nights where we just don't feel like cooking but it seems such an effort to go out. Then there's going through the pile of papers (you know what I mean) to look for takeaway menus before finding yourself staring at the limited choices. I must admit this is precisely where Eat Now comes in handy. After trying out the service, I'm quite a fan. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Camera Shopping - It's Time For An Upgrade

Looking at some of my very first posts the other day got me thinking about why I started this blog and how much fun it has been. Quite frankly not even Mr. Foodie thought this "hobby" wouldn't last but it has. It continues to bring me more satisfaction and joy as time goes on. I like to think that I'm just sharing experiences and if someone else takes some value in it, I am thankful for that. 

Writing aside, photography is a significant part of food blogging, after all when I look up restaurants on the internet I too like to see what the place and meal looks like. I was thinking about my next step for a camera which got me browsing on Ted's Cameras website for options.

When I first started I was taking pictures with my phone camera, it was an iPhone 4. Shortly after I traded that in for a Galaxy S2. We had a digital camera at home we took on holidays with us, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3 point and shoot. I started using that at restaurants. I was always quite shy, it was very discreet and normal taking pictures with mobile phones given the compulsive social media sharing society we live in but pulling a camera out......well, I was shy. I used to call on my brother a lot (the creative one of us who is so talented with photography) because frankly I was the biggest amateur in the world about photos and cameras.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nordburger @ Norwood

It took me long enough to get here, too long in fact. Nordburger has been rated one of the top burger joints in Adelaide serving up classic American recipe burgers, hot dogs and shakes. We were meeting a friend who mistakenly thought we were going to Burgastronomy instead. While waiting for his arrival I noticed a constant line of customers at this busy little place. Most of them were getting takeaway but it just  goes to show how popular it is.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Dine Out On A Mushroom Meal For Mushroom Mania 2014

It's July once more and Mushroom Mania is back! Now in its 14th year, the campaign continues to spread the benefits of mushrooms across Australia. This month, go out and enjoy a meal. A delicious mushroom meal! I've scouted three places in Adelaide to start you off but I'm sure you've got plenty of suggestions for me. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cibo Espresso Winter Menu


Cibo Espresso well known for their coffee, gelati and sweet treats have launched a winter menu with hearty hot food to warm your soul and feed your appetite. I received a kind invitation to try out their new menu items this winter so off we went for Saturday lunch at the Hyde Park cafe. It was a busy afternoon for them and yet service was still fantastic. Despite the rain and cold the tables were filled while some were in the corner awaiting their takeaway coffee. We had just been up all night watching quarter final matches of the World Cup and the coffee was unbearably tempting, an absolute necessity at this point. My panda eyes were a dead giveaway!