Archive for July, 2011

July 30, 2011

La Bodeguita de Medio

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La Bodeguita de Medio

Pushing through what seems to be strong glass doors guarding a Gotham city bank, it hides La Bodeguita de Medio, a Latin American surprise; filled with lively music, a well stocked rum bar and plenty of tasty and flavoursome morsels. The interior is theme fitting, with washed out sky blue walls, plenty of picture frames on the walls, wooden features and private booths to hide away in.

La Bodeguita de Medio

Ho ho ho, and a bottle of rum…! If rum is your choice of liquid courage, then this is the perfect bar to be at; with pages and pages of dedicated rum based cocktails and plenty of shots to share. We’re being well behaved as it’s still a school night, so cocktails it is.

I am cameraless tonight but the tapas to share are worth a nibble on, and the amazing ceviche with a tang and bite and braised lamb neck served with Cuban rice and black bean vinaigrette are worth a mention. I’m totally skeptical to raw food (my dad always overcooks meat) so ceviche has never been on my hot list, but this was damn delicious!

La Bodeguita de Medio
Passionfruit Pannacotta

La Bodeguita de MedioMocha Dome 

After a night of cocktails, we couldn’t resist some sweet delights while watching live salsa dancing around the tables and booths. The pannacotta is not the usual pyramid wobble, but little coins of pannacotta and passionfruit jelly, all on top of a bed of tapioca soup dressed with fruits and flowers. Usually a lover of tapioca, but I’m not sure it really worked for this dish…

The mocha dome on the hand was a chocolate delight – a decadent chocolate dome, candied peanuts, and salted caramel ice cream. Hello sugar overload but this one was a treat.

Perfect for some exotic foods, a mojito and a little dancing to wave the night away.

La Bodeguita de Medio
125 York St
Sydney
www.ldbm.com.au

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July 27, 2011

Grandma’s

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Grandma's

Continuing the trend of “hard to find”, Grandma’s is hidden in the basement below a complex of corporates on the ever so busy Clarence St. Stumble downstairs to the basement and there’s a nice feel to it. Cheeky vibrant wallpaper, vintage lamps, mismatching ottomans, teacup candles and a wooden rocking chair fill up the bar. At Grandma’s, there’s an added element to the bar, with a pot of ginger bubbling away behind the bar.

Grandma's

It’s a Tuesday night so it was comfortably pleasant to swing around and breathe (on other nights, you may find it difficult to….) I had the pleasure of my fellow girls bringing the cocktails at my disposal. Grandma’s cocktail list is hella extensive and every single cocktail we had was absolutely delicious.

My pick of the night had to go to the Basil Grande, with all my favourites; vodka, basil leaves, Grand Marnier and Chambord, strawberries and cranberry juice, all shaken up – even my sour loving companion loved it.

Grandma's

In the words of Grandma’s, “drink less but better!

Grandma’s 
Basement, 275 Clarence St
Sydney
www.grandmasbarsydney.com.au

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July 25, 2011

Stitch

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Stitch

Cleverly concealed underneath the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle of Sydney’s CBD, Stitch is our first stop on the cocktail trail. From the outside, it could easily be missed as the dry cleaners with business shirts hanging, an old Singer machine and plentiful of yarns and threads. Push through the old wooden doors and follow the grand stairs to the bar that meets you at the bottom.

Stitch

Stitch’s interior is quirky chic with dimly lit intimate little booths and private areas for groups. The no bookings policy means we’re left to eagle eye all the diners like prey and prepare to pounce on them as they begin to leave.

Stitch

We’re fortunately lucky though to score one of the relatively private areas decked out with a velvet drapes, ol’ fashioned lights, spoon collections and a rather intriguing royal dog painting…

StitchThe French Poodle

StitchPork Burger

First things first, food is on the agenda – and for once, it’s not the “tease your tastebuds” tapas to share but solid hearty dishes of hot dogs, burgers, potato chunks and curly fries. The French Poodle sounds ever intriguing with a Toulouse styled sausage (French, pork & smoked bacon) flavoured with red wine and garlic topped with brie, pickled pear and dijon mustard. The Pork Burger also catches my eye, with BBQ pork with the usual burger suspects of carrot, cabbage, slaw and homemade spicy BBQ sauce – simple but oh so delicious. And not to forget the mountains of curly fries.

Stitch

The cocktails were a hit and miss, my Pineapple Head was a delicious mix of rum and citrus flavours, whereas my fellow girls didn’t quite enjoy their overwhelming cocktails. Though if you like them straight up, here’s the place to go.

Perfect bar for a catch up after work with “hit me up I need a serious drink” attitude.

Stitch
61 York St
Sydney
www.stitchbar.com

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July 25, 2011

Sydney CBD Cocktail Trail

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Stitch

Sydney CBD is finally getting a piece of the pie with a zillion little bars popping up. Cleverly hidden in obscure locations, under corporate buildings, little alleyways and all with their little touch. Start off with hot dogs & curly fries at Stitch, delicious cocktails at Grandma’s & dancing into the night at La Bodeguita Del Medio.

July 17, 2011

Couture Cake Cupcake Decorating Class

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I’ve always enjoyed the smiles and oohs and aahs that come from people admiring fondant decorated cupcakes, and although I admit they are not the most flavoursome things on a cake, it’s amazing what things this icing can make.

My fellow baker and I spent our Saturday morning learning some neat tricks and tips from the pros at Couture Cake in a quick 2-hour class. It felt like being in kindergarten all over again moulding and rolling play-doh textured icing and cutting our wonderful shapes and faces.

Cupcake Couture Class

Cupcake Couture Class

Beginning with 6 plain cupcakes, we begin by spreading chocolate ganache and white fondant as a base for our decorations. We dive into the world of quilting, edible pearls, shimmer dust, floral tools, cutters, water and edible pens – learning to make 3D ladybugs and flowers, balloons and cheesy bears.

Cupcake Couture Class

The tools that are definitely going on my wishlist is a water pen (so much easier to use than a paintbrush & pot of water!), KopyKake edible pen for fiddly details, a set of ball tools for 3D flowers, a quilting tool and plenty of cutters! And not to forget, the wonders of what a square of transparency paper, which is used as little sander for the white bases.

Cupcake Couture Class

This lesson was purchased on the daily deal website, JumpOnIt. More classes are available on the website.

Couture Cake Classes
www.couturecakeclasses.com.au