Archive for November, 2009

November 28, 2009

Yogen Fruz

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Strawberry & Lychee frozen yoghurt

I’m quite enjoying the rising surge of frozen yoghurt franchises – it never hurts to have healthier dessert options. This frozen yoghurt bar just started off fresh here in Oz but has been around for quite some time in the US; it’s about time we get some quality frozen yoghurt!

Unlike the others I’ve tried – Igloo Zoo and Wow Cow, the yoghurt here differentiates themselves by blending the actual fruit into the yoghurt as opposed to adding flavours and toppings, which means there are a countless number of fruity flavour combinations! I tried the recommended flavour cause I couldn’t make up my mind… which ended up to be strawberry and lychee – very delicious, but my only complaint is the frozen fruit used to blend into my yoghurt was still icy – so there was a trail of ice crystals throughout my yoghurt!

Less tangy that the others, so it’s for the ones ungame for real yoghurt.

Yogen Fruz is now closed.

Yogen Fruz
680 George St
World Square, Sydney
www.yogenfruz.com.au

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November 26, 2009

Ripples

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Entree; Yamba prawn tart with creamed leek, feta cheese & tomato salsa

It was my beautiful best friend’s birthday and we celebrated over a 3 course meal by the water at Ripples. Gorgeous views of the harbour but the location of the restaurant was very hard to pinpoint. One argument, one GPS and constant over-the-phone guidance still did not lead us there on time.

Eventually we found it and were greeted to toasted turkish bread and dips. Entrees rolled out shortly and the majority chose the prawn tart over dozen fresh but raw oysters. The tart was great, a fantastic mixture of flavours; it was practically a party in my mouth – cheesy, seafood, pastry, tomato salsa and a touch of basil olive oil.

Main; Grilled beef tenderloins on a bed of creamed spinach with horseradish gnocchi and beef short rib ragout

Alternate Main; Roast suzuki jewfish on a fresh pea, parsley & lemon risotto

Mains were served shortly after and I choose the grilled beef tenderloins while the others around me settled for the roast jewfish. The beef tenderloins were tender and perfectly cooked – although the bed of spinach wasn’t a great companion to the meat, the ragout was perfect. The horseradish gnocchi melted in my mouth, I slowly devoured it because they were only 3 pieces. It didn’t taste like horseradish, nor do I remember what horseradish taste like, but all I knew is that I wanted more.

Dessert; Strawberry shortcake with champagne & mascarpone mousse topped with strawberry sorbet

Alternate dessert; Passionfruit creme brulee with glass biscuit and passionfruit syrup

Alternate dessert; White chocolate parfait with bitter chocolate, orange mousse and blood orange jelly

Being a dessert fanatic, I could barely contain my excitement when you could choose between 3 different desserts. I choose the strawberry shortcake – it had very interesting textures; crunchy shortcake, creamy and flavoursome mascarpone, cold, sweet, melting sorbet and diced bitter strawberries as the bottom layer – although it was a bit too much strawberry happiness for me. The creme brulee was fantastic – a great balance of flavours on the dish, and I enjoyed the fact that you could control how much passionfruit syrup to intake with each spoonful. Finally the white chocolate parfait, I didn’t have too many bites but it was definitely intriguing – it had a nice bounce in texture and the chocolate wasn’t too overpowering.

Fantastic experience, the staff were super friendly and enjoyed a laugh with us as the neighbouring puppy decided to come over to join the party. Definitely book and for a nice summery night as the entire restaurant is outdoors.

Ripples
56 Pirrama Rd
Pyrmont, Sydney
www.ripplescafe.com.au

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November 25, 2009

Time to Vino

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This place is beautiful for a summery afternoon catch up with friends over a glass of wine. Located on Stanley St, it opens when the sun is setting and people are in a relaxed and carefree mood. Best thing about this wine bar is the fact that the staff are friendly and wine fanatics – they are actually knowledgeable about wine and will point you in the right direction; exactly how bar staff should be!

Get in early and ask for a seat on the balcony.

Time to Vino has now moved to 14 Kings Cross Rd, Potts Point.

Time to Vino
66 Stanley St
Darlinghurst, Sydney
www.timetovino.com

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November 22, 2009

Peaberry’s Espresso

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Poached Chicken

This little sandwich joint makes some of the best gourmet sandwiches and salads around Darlinghurst. The sandwiches are freshly toasted filled generously with fresh ingredients. Topped with friendly service, healthy juices and damn good coffee. Just keep an eye out for the peak hour, eating in can take a while…

Peaberry’s Espresso
166 Riley St
Darlinghurst, Sydney
www.peaberrysespresso.com.au

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November 22, 2009

The Italian Bowl

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Gnocchi Boscaiola

Spaghetti Bolognese

This place oozes celebrity status. And the place isn’t fancy, nor is it expensive. This little restaurant is my all time favourite pasta place – it’s the home to the best and freshest gnocchi ever. My favourite is the gnocchi boscaiola with a side serving of herb bread. Don’t be hoping for a fancy decked out restaurant – expect; a wall full of star status signatures, a cheap feed, a flame here and there with the fresh food cooked in front of you… and hope for a seat.

The Italian Bowl
255 King St
Newtown, Sydney

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