Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Street Eat in North Adelaide

Ever since the Adelaide Oval was built, crowds are flocking in bigger than ever numbers for games but before that, eateries are filled with people grabbing a bite to eat prior to cheering on their favourite team. With the popularity of street food rising and patrons preferring better quality food, the idea of Street Eat In North Adelaide was born. O'Connell and Melbourne Street houses plenty of restaurants, many of these vendors have decided to take part. Smaller offerings at an affordable price allows patrons to try food from several vendors. I think it's also a great way for the restaurants to show patrons what they're about should you wish you dine there in the future. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Beer Blurb: Red Trolley Ale

This red ale hails from the Karl Strauss Brewing Company in San Diego USA. It has an alcohol content of 5.8% which is good if you want to be a cheap drunk. I was very keen to try this one as I loved the print of the red tram on the bottle and trying unusual imported ales. The colour is a cloudy caramel that looks inviting. Initially it had a bland taste but then a low bitter sour taste hits the palate. Maybe this would be better out of the tap though not very well represented from the bottle I think. Not your typical ale as it had an almost ethanol smell to it. The missus was picking up hints of this from two sofa seats over, reminding her of the ethanol cleaner they use to disinfect compounding apparatus. Unfortunately this is not really my cup of tea or should I say jug of ale.

- Mr. Foodie

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Caffe Paparazzi Launches Clean Eating Menu

Caffe Paparazzi has long been a well known spot in Unley for delicious hearty Italian meals and a great place to gather with the family. While all that hasn't changed, in light of the growing awareness for healthy eating, they have decided to create a new clean eating menu. We were invited to try their newest additions created by owner Mirella Morizzi alongside osteopath and health guru Dr. Andrea Robertson who has recently written The Nutrition Detective Solution

When we arrived it was cold and drizzling outside but as soon as we stepped in, this amazing decor styled by The Stylist Loves instantly warmed us up. With flowers (and rosemary plants) by Robyn May Flowers next door, the earthy yet vibrant table setting made me smile. 

Mirella and her staff were there to greet us, explain the menu and pretty much be fantastic hosts. She also explained that the regular menu is still available but this menu allows families and friends to get together no matter their dietary preferences or requirements. She wanted to provide something for everybody. On the new Clean Eating Menu you will also find vegan and gluten free options from breakfast all the way to dessert. I started off with one of their Clean Smoothies. Even though it's dinner time I went for Wake Me Up Before You GoGo Green Smoothie. It sounded refreshing!

Wake me up before you GoGo green smoothie $8.50

Mirella had all the menu items set out on a separate table for us to photograph, admire and let our stomachs decide which we wanted to order for ourselves. With mains like No Bun Beef Burger, Zucchini Slice, Spaghetti Bolognese with Zucchini Pasta, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Chicken, Grilled Barramunda with Mediterranean Quinoa Salad and a whole variety of salads, better healthier options are available that don't taste like eating a whole head of lettuce.  

Zucchini Slice and Fabulous Salads $19

Spaghetti Bolognese with Zucchini Pasta $19

Assorted Cakes

I know it's clean eating and being healthy and all but we just couldn't resist the naughty corner! I mean, it's bad to waste food right? Delicious salt and pepper calamari, pizza, garlic pizza bread, prosciutto, salami, antipasto and arancini balls. It's just too good to pass up so we snacked on some of this for starters!

Grilled Barramundi with Mediterranean Quinoa Salad & Broccolini $29.90

I ordered the Grilled Barramundi which was I think my favourite out of the whole menu. Forget the healthy bit, it was straight up a delicious main. Fresh barramundi, cooked well, seasoned well and served with a quinoa salad that I want the recipe for. I couldn't get enough of it. Actually, in reality I did, the portions are very generous but I wanted to pack a bucket load home. The quinoa salad had parsley, coriander, red onion, seeds, nuts, capers, currants, lemon juice and olive oil - all my favourite things.

No Bun Burger $22

Mr. Foodie opted for the No Bun Burger that comes with three salads and sunflower seed dressing. The same quinoa salad, a carrot, zucchini, almond and coriander salad plus a fresh leaf salad. The burger patty is made using lean grass fed beef. It's like having minced steak and salad. 

Banoffee Parfait

Saving us from the tough task of having to choose, they gave us a sampling board of all the desserts. Starting with some Banoffee Parfait made with cashews, dates, arrowroot, vanilla, bananas and walnuts. This was Mr. Foodie's favourite, a healthy twist on the heart attack version of cream and caramel. 

Dessert Sampling Board

We also got to try a few raw vegan "Cheesecakes" which were surprisingly tasty. There was Triple Choc Swirl, Lime & Kiwi and Berry Delicious. Made from nuts, coconut oil, fresh and dried fruit, these cakes give you all the healthy oils. Nothing processed, food as nature intended put together well. My favourite was the Berry Delicious Cashew Cheesecake. Another of Mr. Foodie's favourite was the Paleo Florentine Spiders. We all know how much he loves florentines, particularly the version Wallis Cinemas at Mitcham only makes. I know. Don't knock it till you try it. Anyway, this Paleo Florentine is a mix of nuts, seeds and dried fruit coated in raw cacao, coconut oil and maple syrup. If only every dessert was an antioxidant boost. The little ball you see at the back is Andrea's Bliss Balls made with nuts, fruit, raw cacao, tahini and a few other things. 

A lot of thought has been put into this menu. Incorporating super foods where they can to provide a healthy, nutrient dense meal. Even though we were full at the end of the night, we didn't feel sickly or bloated. All the items on the Clean Eating Menu are 100% clean with no preservatives, gluten, processed sugar or cow's dairy. Breakfast options like Chia Pudding, Buckwheat Pancakes and Eggs are also available. 

Disclaimer: Foodie Ling was invited to Caffe Paparazzi as guests. Food and drinks were provided at no cost but all opinions are genuine and our own.

291 Unley Road
Malvern SA 5061
08 8373 0743

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Le Carpe Diem Créperie

It was an Autumn's evening and we had just tasted the best yiros in Adelaide. Walking back to our car we passed this charming créperie that literally spelled seize the day. Seize the day we did and went in for dessert. The place was packed, there were people waiting for tables, some just getting pastries to go, a lovely vibrant atmosphere in this cafe that transports you to Paris.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

PappaRich is here in Adelaide!

I could not be more excited about PappaRich opening up in Adelaide, I have been counting down the days and watching the empty shop on Gouger Street slowly transform. Established in Kuala Lumpur in 2005, the year I left Malaysia, this franchise has expanded rapidly both locally in Malaysia and internationally. Here in Australia they have over 15 restaurants. We were fortunate enough to be invited to dine with Poh Ling Yeow, the ambassador for PappaRich Australia, at their official opening of the Gouger Street restaurant. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Bread & Bone Wood Grill @ Peel St

We have been loving the renewed Peel Street precinct that houses new bars and restaurants that deliver on quality and experience. Amongst them lies Bread & Bone Wood Grill, the upstairs restaurant to the bar downstairs known as Maybe Mae. Brought to us by those behind Press*, Melt and Proof Bar, this new establishment continues to live up to expectations. Less formal than Press*, Bread & Bone serves up burgers, hot dogs and wood grill meats with salad options. In other words, it's a carnivore's heaven, first stop - BURGER.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Beer Blurb: Matso's Chilli Beer

Matso’s Broome Brewery Chilli Beer 

Matso’s is a WA brewery that has a range of unusual beers. I tried its Chilli Beer which sits at 4.2% alcohol. I am a sucker for a gimmick and I do like my chilli so this appeals to my base nature. I was not really expecting a spicy beer but more of a slight twinge. I was quite wrong as there was a definite kick to it! The hotness sits at the back of your throat and is enough not to be ignored so hats off to that! The flavour is ok and most of the pull for this brew is in the fact that it is a dare for me. I could not drink a full 6 pack, though it's great for a dare or to soothe the curious cat in you.

- Mr Foodie

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Bibliotheca Bar & Book Exchange

We attended an event at The Bibliotheca Bar & Book Exchange last week. Tucked away on 28 Gresham Street, Adelaide (just of Hindley Street near the King William Road end), this is yet another sign that things are changing in the Hindley precinct. Entering, it felt like an old gentleman’s library mixed with a classic timeless bar. Dim lit lights with green bankers lamps on the bar counter. Behind the bar was a chap named Roman and he definitely knew his way around the cocktails.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sweet Like Chocolat by Daniela

As I sit down to write this piece the song "Sweet Like Chocolate" popped in my head. I am notorious for mentally connecting sentences to song lyrics, and singing it (oops did I say that out loud). Anyway, before this 1999 song by Shanks & Bigfoot takes over my mind I best tell you about something very special I discovered recently. I was invited to attend the VIP launch of Chocolat by Daniela at the artistic and beautiful Emma Hack Gallery, an evening of art, sparkling, spirits and chocolate as the invite states. The evening was nothing short of elegant, visually exciting and delectable.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Satisfaction Brought Us Back to The Curious Squire

So we're back again. I've been back a couple of times before this anyway since Pitmaster Drew Akin took over. For one they open late and the food is good old comfort food with a twist. I have grown to like the dimly lit dining hall and the favourable playlist begging me to sing along. Of course it is also the home of James Squire. We were invite to The Curious Squire this year for the launch of some new menu items, very delicious if I may add.