Bella Gelato, Yaletown, Vancouver 

Bella Gelato is in the perfect spot for people watching. Try to grab a table on the patio so you can watch all the locals stroll by with their dogs while the marina looks picturesque across the road. 

Heather, Amanda and I stopped by for happy hour as I LOVE the mimosas there. You see, they add in a dollop of gelato on top and it melts in to your drink – so good!! 

We shared the burrata cheese (my fave!) which I always have when I visit. It’s dense and creamy and silky and heavenly and… You get my drift. 

We also shared the bruschetta which is a really light variation. Lightly crisped bread slices with caprese cheese, tomato, arugula and of course a healthy dose of balsamic!

I hear their pizzas are true Italian and a must try too but I couldn’t fit it in. 

The next day while we were waiting on coffee there we met the owner. What a passionate man! He was fantastical speak to and really cared about the community he lived in and the food he shares. He loves a challenge – see what you can come up with! 

Dinesty Dumpling House, Vancouver

Dinesty Dumpling House had been recommended to me by friends who used to live in Vancouver. I’m a big xiao long bao fan and apparently they have the best around.

Our table of two extended to become a table of five, I don’t think the wait staff were too pleased but it was great for me as there were more dishes I could try!
To start, pork xiao long bao & pork buns. Xiao long bao was on point. And super cheap, I could go there and just eat plates of them! The pork buns were quite oily and I wasn’t as sold on them. Much prefer to stick to the steam dumplings but you never know until you try!
Next round, scallop, prawn and squid stir fry with vegetables. I’ve been craving vegetables and this did the trick. Beautiful and fresh seafood and Veges with a simple white garlic sauce.

I sampled the basa sweet and sour which was full of flavour and beautifully cooked and also the homemade noodles which were silky and flavoursome.
When I left I was so full as I wanted to try everything! Definitely worth checking out. Great Chinese food at a reasonable price point.

Hot tip: arrive before 9.30pm even though they close at ten. Last orders are at about 9.25pm – I learnt the hard way.


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Fat Hen,Seattle

Beautiful baked eggs.

After seeing the baked eggs on the tables we had no choice but to all order them at Fat Hen! They looked so good. I ordered the ham and smoked mozzarella (in carrazza) dish while Suzie and Krishna tried the tomato and basil (in camicia) dish.

Krishna and I split our plates so we could try both – they were delicious. The eggs weren’t over cooked (they often are in this style) and the loaf to complement to plate worked well. If I could choose just one it would be the in camicia.

They had other yummy menu items too – I nearly went with the breakfast mozzarella.

Be prepared to wait though. Ours was only 20mins but others after us was much longer and there is nothing around. Hot spot!

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The Village Crown, Zetland, Sydney

The Village Crown was packed (in typical Zetland fashion) so we waited for a table by the bar with our cocktails. On that note, I’d suggest not to order the fairy floss cocktail – it was a but sugary.
We nabbed a table and ordered burgers, Aisling went for the Cajun chicken with sweet potato fries and I had the Angus deluxe. Ohhhh yeahhhh.

Burgers were on point! Wicked buns and the right combo of flavours – not too big either. Sweet potato fries are a must. 

   
   

Main Street Cafe, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane 

After a sweaty hot yoga session, Renee, Nikki and I made our way (yes, in our active wear) to Main Street Cafe. 
The cafe is part of the Story Bridge, an iconic bar in the heart of Kangaroo Point. Funky decor, fresh juice and bread.

We all ended up ordering the same meal, sweet corn fritters with smashed avocado, semi sundries tomatoes and dukkah. The sweet corn was fresh and juicy – popped in your mouth and everything worked well together on the plate. Big servings and with my fresh juice I was full and happy after my big start to the day!

Hot Tip: they sell beautiful bunches of lillies for $20!

   
   

Did you say truffle mac ‘n’ cheese jaffles Project 41?!

Yeah they did.

Truffle. Mac. Cheese. Jaffles.
Get. In. My. Belly!!!!

As soon as I head Project 41 Cafe in Bowen Hills put these on the menu I was there. Day One Baby. I’m practically a trend setter.

They came over, piping hot. That heavenly truffle puree, cheese and bread scentI’m wafting around. Hell yes. I devoured them. Every last crumb. Happiness filled my soul from my stomach out.

My pics didn’t do these slices of heaven justice so I stole one from their Facebook. Sorry (not sorry) about the copyright issues.

Go there. Try them. Thank me. You’re welcome.


  
  
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Feilding for a week

I spent the week of Easter at home on the farm in NZ. The main reason I went back was for Luke’s 21st and to spend time with my family… although I had a medical procedure also booked in which didn’t end up happening. Funny story, I shall explain below.
Luke’s 21st was a low key affair, a BBQ at home and an impromptu yardie! We had a great time, I was glad I could be there to celebrate with him and everyone else who came along.

Dan and I had a hell of a time getting back for Luke’s 21st! His car had an engine light come on so we couldn’t drive it back from Welly. The taxi was last to get us and then there was an accident ahead in the traffic while we were busing home so we were a lot later back!

I was able to work from home mon-thurs, which is an incredible blessing for me. The company I work for are AWESOME. Even though I’m parked at my laptop all day, I’m at home and we can all go for lunch and I can enjoy the evening with them. It makes me a hell of a lot happier to be able to do so.

I caught up with my usual group of friends and a few extras plus some extended family. It even tied in with a family friend’s birthday dinner coincidentally.

So, hilariously, I had a medical procedure booked in and thought it to be strange that they hadn’t contacted me. Upon investigation, I had been put forward for the wrong procedure… Completely! Thank God we realised that before I went in.

Our good friends, the Davies came to stay for Easter – we always have a blast together. Alescha bought over my Goddaughter from Auckland, she’s just started school and you can certainly tell! Definitely like her Mum!

Kim, my best mate from Masterton came to stay and as always, we were unable to take a good pic together – we are cursed!

As always, I’ve come home about 3kgs heavier. Gahhh. Bloody delicious NZ food. My eating habits go out the window. I can’t get enough sizzlers, steak, NZ cheese and wine, home grown tomatoes on toast and as it was Easter, hot cross buns and chocolate. Looks like it’s back to an extended gym routine for me!

Oh, and check out the three layer cake my cousin, Steph made! It was amazing and tasted like a party in your mouth!


  
  
  
  
  

  

  
  

  

  

CEO Cook Off Brisbane 2016 

How good does helping people feel?!

I had the pleasure of helping fundraise for Wiley in the CEO Cook Off which pairs CEO’s with celeb chefs to raise funds not only Australia’s most vulnerable but also to raise awareness around food waste. 

Tom (our inspirational MD) with Wiley raised $17,785 for needy Australians! We came second in Brisbane and 14th nationally. Every $1 donated to the CEO CookOff can create 2 meals. That’s 35k+ meals! 

We were paired (yes, they even let me cook) with Josue Lopez from GOMA who had an amazing meal planned. Two types of bruschetta to start, lamb poached in Beetroot (I did that part – it looked like a murder scene) juice with roasted Beetroot strips, a feta purée, a pea purée and macadamia nuts. Pavlova with fresh berries for dessert. 

Amazing atmosphere, truly deserving guests and a fantastic cause. Well done Oz Harvest!

   
    
    
    
      

 

Muharam Cafe, Hawthorn

Lisa took me to a place she normally just stops for coffee in for brunch.

Muharam Cafe is another casual, funky cafe nestled in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn.

I ordered a apple and orange juice (it was all they had for fresh) which was a nice, refreshing start but nothing too exciting.

We both went for The Stack breakfast. A potato rosti, stacked with spinach, smoked salmon, another rosti, a poached egg and apparently truffle oil. Why apparently? Well we couldn’t taste it. Must have been the tiniest of dashes.

All was well to start with (apart from the lack of truffle oil) and it wasn’t until half way through that I realised just how oily the rosti was.

We settled the bill and on the walk home both felt quite ill due to all the additional oil that was now resting in out stomachs.



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The Vietnamese, Fortitude Valley

Hungover? Pho is the answer.

Actually it’s the answer to most things if you’re asking my opinion.

I dragged my Flatty, David to The Vietnamese in Fortitude Valley to fulfill my pho craving for lunch today.

Pho is like the ultimate comfort food. It warms you up, makes you feel happy and content.

We sat down and I ordered without even opening the menu – the food came out pretty quickly, hot and delicious.

Beautiful broth and tender rare beef (so often it is overlooked elsewhere) – it made me so happy. I, of course, ate too much though and could have practically rolled home. Instead I settled for a 2 hour nap. Perfect!

I had tried to visit The Vietnamese on Friday night but the staff advised me it would be a better idea to come in another time as there was an hour wait in the kitchen – I was thankful for their transparency.

The atmosphere and interior may not be much but the quality of the food is high and the prices cheap. New local pho spot pho (pronounced fur) sure! See what I did there?!



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