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July 2, 2017

Travel | Adelaide, 2017

I don’t travel interstate often, so I was quite excited when I had the opportunity to spend a weekend in Adelaide for a friend’s wedding (which in itself was exciting enough), to also check out the Adelaide food scene which I had heard so much about over the years. And although we really only have one full day to explore the city (i.e. three meals worth) we made sure we made the most of it!

Fairweather

Due to lack of money and leave, we’d packed in a tight schedule, catching the first (6:50am!) flight in the morning and arriving in Adelaide when it was still breakfast time. With stomachs grumbling and eyes struggling to stay open, we were overdue for a coffee and a bite and wasted no time in finding anywhere in particular to eat and headed across the road to the closest cafe Google Maps could find us.

And this was how we ended up in Fairweather, a small cafe hidden in the back graffiti lined alleyways of Adelaide’s CBD. Its location and minimalistic interior has a very Melbourne-esque feel, but its menu is somewhat less hipster and exactly what we’re looking for that morning.

Iced Coffee

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March 7, 2016

Travel | Broken Hill: Bell’s Milk Bar

Before I begin, I’ll confess I did find this at the bottom of my ‘drafts’ folder, and may have forgotten to post about it. I’m leaving the best for last I guess?

One of the few remaining 50’s milk bars left in Australia, Bell’s Milk Bar is an attraction itself in Broken Hill. Not only is it fitted out with vintage 50’s style decor- there’s also a milk bar museum out the back!

And what’s a milk bar without milk shakes and spiders? Boasting over 50 different milkshake and spider flavours, the choosing one is definitely a difficult task. And for those who don’t have enough time to try all the flavours, they also have their flavoured syrups for sale so customers can recreate their drinks at home.

Vegetarian Lasagne ($7.95)

We popped by to check it out, but as we had no car our long cycle took left us quite hungry and wanting something a little more substantial than a milkshake.

There’s not much on the menu in terms of food, but there is a small display fridge of pies and other small snacks. The vegetarian lasagne is surprisingly tasty, and quite filling too as it consists mostly of potatoes.

Hawaiian Delite Milkshake (Sml $5.85)

Milkshakes are available in small and large, and after much indecision I settle for the Hawaiian Delite which is a blended mixture of pineapple, coconut and chocolate powder. It’s a rather refreshing combination, and I quite enjoy the addition of chocolate powder- just enough to add some sweetness and flavour without overpowering the classic pineapple coconut pairing.

Peaches and Cream Waffles ($7.95)

Because one visit wasn’t enough to try all the flavours we wanted to, we came back a week later to have another taste of the menu. We’d had our eyes on the waffles from the moment we read their menu online, but unfortunately their waffle machine had been turned off the first time we visited (they turn off their machines about half an hour before closing!) so we returned again at an earlier time to make sure we’d get a chance to try them!

Trash Spider (Small $5.65)

This time we’re after the spiders, which are mostly a mix of their flavoured syrups with soda plus a scoop of ice cream to top it off. I’ve had coke and lemonade spiders before, but nothing like the variety of flavours they offer on the menu here!

In attempt to try just about everything in one go, I try the Trash Spider- which is a mix of every flavour except for Sarsaparilla, Lemon and Ginger Beer (which is just as well as I’m not too much of a fan of those). I can’t say that I enjoyed this flavour combination too much- it’s a bit of a mess as you’d imagine.

Sarsaparilla Spider (Sml $5.65)

Sarsaparilla is a curious flavour offered on the menu- I’m not a fan of sarsaparilla myself, but my friend who ordered this seemed to enjoy it.

Bell’s Milk Bar  
Address: 160 Patton St, Broken Hill NSW 2880
Phone:(08) 8087 5380
http://bellsmilkbar.com.au/

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February 9, 2016

Travel | Cairns: Apex Milk Bar,

Happy New Year Everyone! Perhaps a little late, but better late than never I hope? 
Getting back into blogging after a hiatus is a bit of a hassle so I’ve been putting it off for a while, but I’m back!! For anyone who follows me on instagram, you’ll probably have noticed that the hiatus was because I went on holidays over the new year period- and it was a blast! More posts about that soon, but I thought I’d start off by blogging about where I headed off to first, which was Cairns. 
 

Cairns was a bit of an unexpected stopover as we’d left it too late to book cheap direct flights from Sydney, so this was the next cheapest option. With a one day stopover, there wasn’t quite enough time to do the typical Cairns tourist things so we wandered around town instead, which wasn’t particularly eventful.

 
It probably wasn’t the best idea to dine at a milk bar with no air conditioning in the 40 something degree heat, but hey- the pictures on facebook looked appealing!
 
Colonel Schnitty Burger $7

The menu mostly consists of burgers and hot dogs, with a weekly rotation of burger specials. When we went, the “Colonel Schnitty” was the special of the week and at only $7 for the burger it’s quite a bargain!
The combination of crumbed chicken breast and crunchy slaw seems a little odd at first but it works perfectly. The slaw is of the more creamy type, but seems to pair nicely with the chicken and the soft bun. It’s so good, I almost ordered another one!

Fisherman’s Basket ($16)
 
I would have happily tried the rest of the burger menu, but unfortunately the rest of the party aren’t particularly keen on burgers. There’s not a particularly extensive selection of food apart from the burgers, so we decided to try the fisherman’s basket which was smaller than we had expected.
 
The basket is your typical fish and chips shop fare- it comes with battered local mackerel, calamari rings, fish cake, coconut prawns and hot chips.
 
Spicy Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Sauce ($12)
 
We’d originally been keen on trying out their fried chicken didn’t have any, so we picked the next closest thing- the buffalo wings. It’s not quite what we’d expected as it’s not very crunchy and we’re not too fond of the sticky sauce, but the blue cheese sauce was something different!
 
Onion Rings ($6)
 
Their onion rings are impossibly large- a result of more batter than onion. It’s quite nice when they’re fresh as the batter’s nice and crunchy but it does soften quite quickly!
 
 
On the way back to our hotel, we spot this mango tree full of unripe mangoes. If only we had one in our own backyard! 🙂

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December 19, 2015

Travel | Broken Hill: The Exchange Restaurant @Royal Exchange Hotel

We’re towards the end of our six weeks in Broken Hill, and we’ve started to develop a routine where we celebrate the end of a week with a fancy dinner.

This week’s fancy dinner takes us to The Exchange Restaurant, located in the Royal Exchange Hotel. We’ve rode past it countless times on our push bikes on our way to Argent Street (the city centre) so we’re a little surprised when the interior is much more fancier than what it seems from the exterior!

It’s easily the fanciest restaurant we’ve been to so far in Broken Hill, with dim lighting, candle lights, a pianist and some cozy couches by a warm fireplace if that’s your preferred method of dining. We stick with the table and chairs, though we do spend some time lounging in front of the fireplace after dinner- it’s awfully comfortable, so try not to fall asleep!

Parmesan Crumbed Oysters (half doz $14)


We’re keen to try the oyster shots, but unfortunately they’ve sold out for the week, so we order the Parmesan crumbed oysters instead. Not quite as exciting as the shots, but they fried beautifully, with a crunchy light batter, and and go well with the accompanying aioli and lemon.

Moroccan Lamb Tagine ($29)

We notice that the Moroccan Lamb Tagine on their menu outside has been renamed to ‘Slow cooked lamb’ on their actual menu, probably to account for the fact that the lamb isn’t actually served in a tagine. Nevertheless, it is a great dish- the lamb is nice and tender and there’s quite a big serve too! I love the sweetness of the apricots and sultanas, which is quite an unusual pairing for me. The only thing I did wish was for there to be vegetables on this dish to balance out the meat.

 
Chicken Royale ($28.50)

The chicken royale, sounds super fancy, as it’s slow poached for four hours and stuffed with prawns and bacon cream cheese. We’re a little surprised that it comes already sliced in half, though we realise it does make for easier eating! The chicken is surprisngly tender, and the stuffing is enjoyable, especially with the garlic dijon sauce (though there aren’t really many prawns in the stuffing!). The sauteed baby carrots and cocktail potatoes are a delicious side too.

 
Honey and Yoghurt Panna Cotta ($10)

And for dessert, the dessert menu isn’t overly exciting so we settle on the honey yoghurt panna cotta which is something different. The spiced honey sauce is a nice touch, and the yoghurt adds a distinctive tartness, though I can’t say I was the biggest fan.

We’re keen on trying those oyster shots so we’re back again the next week to celebrate our last day here in Broken Hill, despite having eaten lightly earlier in the night. There’s not many light options on the menu so we decide to have entrees as our mains instead.

We realise only after dining here that the head chef is John Hart, the son of one of Broken Hill’s most famous painters. The artistic influence shines through on the some of the dishes, especially this slow cooked pork belly, which is much fancier than we’d imagined!

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December 6, 2015

Travel | Broken Hill: Temptations Cafe and Dessert Bar (2)

Continuing on with my overdue Broken Hill posts is another one on Temptations Cafe which seems to be the only one where we’ve managed to say that we’ll come back and have actually done so on numerous occasions is Temptations. A total of 4 times actually!

We can’t help it- the opening hours are so much more convenient than every other place, and their dessert selection is, well, tempting.

 Flourless Orange and Almond Cake ($6.90)


Our second visit was a quick dessert stop where we actually got a chance to have a look at their dessert selection properly- it’s located at the back section of their shop which was booked for a function the first time we visited.

Iced Chocolate ($6.90)

And while we’re at it we thought we’d explore the drinks menu a little further as well as we’d quite enjoyed their drinks last time. Unfortunately, the ice chocolate was rather disappointing- a rather bland mixture of chocolate topping and milk.

Coffee Frappe ($6.90)

The coffee frappe on the other hand wasn’t quite as bland, with a nice mix of sweet, milky and bitterness of coffee. It was a bit of a shame that it was made using a coffee syrup rather than a real shot of coffee because it would have tasted much nicer!

Vanilla Slice ($4.90)

I couldn’t go past the Aussie classic- vanilla slice with a nice thick layer of creamy custard sandwiched between two layers of puff pastry. It was a little on the overly sweet side, and the pastry wasn’t as flaky as it could have been, but it did make for a satisfying dessert.

 Flourless Orange and Almond Cake ($6.90)

They had the labels in the cake fridge placed incorrectly, so my friend’s order of flourless orange and almond cake was not exactly the one she was after but she did enjoy it, even if it was a little dense.

Strawberry and Banana Smoothie ($8.90)

A week later, we’re back yet again for a late lunch,  and as usual, the place is pretty quiet. We take another stab at the drinks menu with the strawberry and banana smoothie, which proves a much better option than the iced chocolate/coffees we tried previously.

Mocha $3.80

And of course you can’t go wrong with coffee!

Tandoori Chicken Foccacia ($10.90)

I had eaten breakfast and a sausage sandwich earlier so I was after something light, so I chose the Tandoori Chicken on Turkish Bread (which ended up coming as foccacia instead)which seemed like it wasn’t too big or heavy considering the price and the description.

Let’s just say it was much bigger than I had anticipated!

Veggie Foccacia ($10.90)

The veggie foccacia was quite similar, with a roasted vegetable filling instead of the chicken. Both were delicious, with the bread toasted til nice and crispy with a nice balance of salad and warm chicken/veggies for the filling.

Turkish Baklava ($4.90)
 
And because we weren’t sure if we’d have time to revisit before leaving Broken Hill, we thought we’d try one more dessert, even if we were feeling quite full after the sandwiches. The baklava seemed the smallest dessert on offer, although in hindsight it probably wasn’t the lightest. But what’s not to love about paper thing filo pastry and lots of nuts soaked in syrup?
 

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