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!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Curious Squire

The new stars at The Curious Squire

The Curious Squire has new stars! Bringing traditional Southern American Bar-B-Q to Adelaide is American head chef and pitmaster Drew Akin with his imported Yoder smoker. Hailing from Alabama, Drew has many years of experience and it certainly showed with The Curious Squire's new menu. As the American craze continues in Adelaide this true American chef sets them apart with his traditional recipes.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Super Easy Seafood Pasta

We've all had those nights where we either don't feel like cooking or have about 10 minutes to put something together before your stomach eats you from inside! The former happens to me a lot. Luckily I like pasta, one of the easiest and quickest hot meals one can possibly make. I always have a pack of pasta in the pantry, some marinara mix, bacon, mince or sausage of some kind in the freezer. I picked up a few packs of marinara mix on special the other day which came in handy because you know the feeling when you've done a big shop and by the time you get home, unload and organize everything you're too tired to cook? Yeah, I had that.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Miss Perez @ Stirling

Stirling has cause to celebrate as a new Spanish/South American restaurant pops up in the hills. Miss Perez Kitchen & Bar, named after owner Rebecca Zahra's mum, has a cozy decor with bright colours. Fireplaces, timber clad walls, jam jar light fittings, planter boxes and a burst of colours on the mural work so well together. This place looked every bit promising.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Winter Calls for Hearty Braised Beef Cheeks

Winter is well and truly here with the frosty mornings and dark skies. Our house is getting colder and appetites are starting to grow with cravings for hearty foods. I don't mind winter so much, there's something cozy about covering up in layers, coats and scarves. Set the fireplace, bring the throw rugs out and give me a cup of tea or hot chocolate and I'm set for the season. Our dog has an old pillow in front of the fireplace and that's where he lies most of the day all curled up and very warm to touch. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Astonish Patisserie @ King William Street

Situated on the South end of King William Street, Astonish Patisserie is one of those hidden dessert places you could easily miss. As you walk in their front counter is on the right with macarons and pretty desserts on display for takeaway (or dine in if you wish). There are three seating sections and we chose to sit in the middle room mainly because there was a couch and the coffee table. I was in love with the coffee table.  The d├ęcor is rather dark and vintage, where we sat had an old library feel with vintage furniture, an old fireplace and books nearly up to the ceiling.