Archive for July, 2012

July 31, 2012

SBS Food Featured Foodie

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A little shameless plug before I hit second home; the snow slopes and a little R&R in Melbourne… I was approached by SBS Food recently to do a quick interview as their Featured Foodie! So check it out here and a huuuuuge thanks to everyone to continues to read my “intriguing” described food posts. It is really lovely to hear so much excitement and support from other bloggers, ghost readers (heh, no longer), family, colleagues and friends! Thank you!

SBS Food

July 24, 2012

Ladies Who Lunch @ The Village

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The Village

For a little more wild and hot spot to giggle and gossip that’s inappropriate for High Tea – The Village is perfect to leave the boys at home for a weekend brunch sesh. Think of creamy vibrant dips, juicy marinated olives, tossed salads and indulgent desserts and jugs of Pimms… cue the group text message.

The VillagePimms & Lemonade

With a Sydney filled with cafes and their no-bookings policy, Ladies Who Lunch is the perfect for those who love to get organised. The set menu doesn’t disappoint and is enough to fill the entire afternoon up.

The Village

The VillageAntipasto Plate

The Village
Sicilian Arancini

Nothing else gets the tastebuds revving but a good ol’ antipasto platter filled with cured meats, peppers, olives, dips and it’s all hands on deck with rounds of toasted garlic sourdough as our utensils. Juxtaposing the cold, arancini balls filled with piping hot spinach and smoked mozzarella work a treat.

The Village
Crispy Salt & Pepper Squid

A simultaneous agreeance comes about when the salt & pepper squid arrived. No one hesitated play friendly to fight for the last piece of this dipped generously in a side of chili aioli.

The VillageMargherita Pizza

The Village
Roasted Pumpkin

The Village
Tomato 

And if that wasn’t enough, a piping hot thin crusted pizza with bubbles of cheese, fresh slithers of tomato and basil and plenty of the good herby stuff. But it’s also a nice relief to see more bowls of colour with a roasted pumpkin salad with a mix of pine nuts, baby spinach and marinated crumbles of feta. And one of the best food marriages is fresh torn basil and tomatoes with drizzles of balsamic vinegar.

The Village
Chocolate Fondant

The Village
Apple & Berry Crumble

After a solid savoury interlude, the creme de la creme sugar finale is brought forth. A piping hot chocolate fondant served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and the sweetest berry coulis. The other, a layered apple and berry crumble with vanilla anglaise. Delish.

The Village
The Village

Rubbing our bellies full, it’s a satisfying afternoon playing catch up and the perfect excuse to wear heels during the day. It is a set menu (min. of 4) so grab a few girlfriends and have a cheeky midday feast!

Minibites and a guest dined courtesy of The Mews.

The Village
1 Kellett Way
Potts Point, Sydney
www.the-village.com.au

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July 10, 2012

Las Vegas, USA

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vegas
Oh baby, Vegas! The exaggerations are true; the flashing lights, 40 degree weather, casino hopping and absolutely no drinking rules whats so ever. It baffles me to see when families come here as it’s strictly X-rated with the classics luring you with promises of ladies, open bar tab and partying, partying, partying.

Vegas

Our little The Star Casino is slowly coming up to scratch but it is incomparable to the capacities of Vegas. Treasure chests of food are hidden amongst their hectares of pokies machines and blackjack tables. There’s your usual fast food injections or fine dining solutions in every casino.

BellagioThe Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Bellagio BuffetBellagio’s Buffet

There’s plenty of buffet options but a little birdie told me to try the Bellagio Buffet, so we did. And so did 100 other people at 7pm. Prepare your stomach to wait at least an hour but then devour in countless desserts, meat, seafood and oh so delicious crab. While at the Bellagio, don’t forget to watch the gorgeous fountains that go off before the hour till midnight.

Caesar's Palace
Serependity3Serependity3’s Mini Sliders

Bouchon BakeryBouchon Bakery

Bouchon BakeryBouchon Bakery’s Macarons

Caesar’s Palace will have your wallet empty by the end of the day. With a string of shops at The Forum, there’s also countless places to sneak in a foot rest; sliders at Serependity3, frozen cocktails by the bar and macarons at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. While at Caesar’s, don’t forget the gorgeous aquarium (and pick up a Fat Tuesday yard glass) and grand scale sculptures scattered about.

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Caesars Palace

No nibbling at The Venetian but damn, a lot of shopping! There is worlds to explore with high class shopping at the Palazzo and Grand Canal Shoppes with quirky knickknack gift shops like David & Goliath and It’s Sugar.

Marquee DayMarquee Dayclub

Holstein'sThe Cosmopolitan’s Holstein’s Buns & Shakes

Holstein'sHolstein’s Buns & Shakes Hen House

Holstein'sHolstein’s Buns & Shakes Onion Rings

The Cosmopolitan is the newest baby on the strip and home to countless number of LCD TVs, chandeliers, EA Sports Bar and the infamous Marquee day & nightclub. Staying here was amazing with birdseye view of the Bellagio fountains, central of the Strip and being in party central. It’s also home to many restaurants including Holesteins’s Shakes & Buns dishing up mean burgers and onion rings.

MGM Grand

CraftsteakCraftsteak’s Lobster Bisque

IMG_1279Craftsteak’s Ribeye Steak

CraftsteakCraftsteak’s Dessert Finale

MGM Grand is at the end of the strip but it’s still a worthy contender of food options with Topchef’s judge, Tom Colicchio’s ‘wichcraft and Craftsteak. Celebrating a whopping 8 years with my man, we wined and dined with the Chef’s Selection menu that fills us to the brim. While at MGM Grand, you cannot miss a Cirque du Soleil show; it is unimaginable compared to the ones we see in Sydney!

Fremont St

Fremont St

Little to eat here, but Fremont Street is worth a visit to see how Vegas used to roll… and it still gets up to crazy shenanigans with a crazy roof, flying fox down the strip and plenty of bars and live entertainment on the streets. It’s also home to controversial Heart Attack Grill which rewards anyone who weigh over 350 pounds (158.7 kgs) a free triple bypass burger. It’s also equipped with nurse waitresses, surgical gowns and an industrial scale.

IMG_4132My favourite shirt purchase this trip!

CraftSteak
MGM Grand
http://www.mgmgrand.com

Craftsteak (MGM Grand) on Urbanspoon

Bellagio Buffet
Bellagio Hotel

Buffet (Bellagio) on Urbanspoon

Holsteins Shakes & Buns
The Cosmopolitan Hotel
http://holsteinslv.com/

Holsteins (Cosmopolitan) on Urbanspoon

Serendipity3
Caesar’s Palace 
http://www.caesarspalace.com/

Bouchon Bakery
Caesar’s Palace
http://www.bouchonbakery.com/ 

Bouchon Bakery (Venetian) on Urbanspoon

Fat Tuesday
Caesar’s Hotel & Planet Hollywood
http://www.fat-tuesday.com/

July 3, 2012

Los Angeles, USA

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LA

The first stop on our trip is the starry-eyed Los Angeles – but staying on Hollywood Boulevard, it’s filled with drama from seeing the entire road closed for red carpet events at the Chinese Grauman Theatre, to Jimmy Kimmel’s studio, Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, Madam Tussauds and plenty of H&M, AA and Sephora to keep the pockets empty. Staying in The Hollywood Roosevelt was definitely worth the pennies to be apart of all the touristy action.

In n Out Burgers, LA

In n Out Burgers, LAIn-n-Out’s Double Double Burger

Wendy's, LAWendy’s Spicy Chicken Burger

It’s been a highly hyped up lifetime to try In-n-Out Burger, but surprisingly I was well let down. The old school diner opens 24 hours matched with a menu that is simple with only three options and at $3.55 you can’t go hungry. This would feed you with a decent sized burger, fries a plenty and bottomless soda. If this was a burger battle in LA, I’d choose Wendy’s, another diner contender who is only a few quarters more, but with burgers tasting fresher and much more flavoursome.

You’ll come to find that In-n-Out, Wendy’s, Mel’s Drive In and Dendy’s dominate the fast food market over here than McDonald’s and KFC.

Hardrock Cafe

Hardrock Cafe, LAHard Rock Cafe’s Haystack Salad

For other quick and dirty eats, Buffalo Wild Wings was the way to go for baskets of sticky wings with over 20 sauces to choose from. And the US do onion rings real good here, so stock yourself up with a huge basket with ranch sauce. Staying on Hollywood Boulevard, we couldn’t help but go pass a super douper Haystack Salad and cocktails at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Dodger Dogs, LA

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Dodger Hotdogs, LA

If it’s heading into the Summer, soak up the sports culture by checking out a game at the Dodgers Stadium to score a Dodgers hotdog and salty pretzel. There’s plenty more to fill up on with nachos, huuuuge pizzas and plenty of peanuts.

BLDBLD’s Salmon Eggs Benedict

BLDBLD’s Eggs As You Like Them

In preparation for a day of outlet shopping, we brunched up at BLD. Sadly the eggs in the US are not as good as Aussie chooks, so be super appreciative with what we have! BLD dishes up for all times of the day with some mean brunch options.

ink.sack, LA

ink.sack, LAink.sack’s Banh Mi

ink.sack, LAink.sack’s Spicy Tuna

Being a sucker for TopChef, a road trip to Melrose Ave was in order to find Michael Voltaggio’s (Season 6 winner) restaurant and sandwich joint. ink.sack is amongst the field of Marc Jacobs stores, Tokidoki, Kid Robot and Johnny Cupcakes. Get yourself a mean banh mi (yes, with pork rinds inside…), iced coffee and bag of bbq pork rinds to go.

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IMG_3405Johnny’s Cupcakes on Melrose

Plus, a must visit for cupcake lovers is Johnny’s Cupcakes. Surprisingly nothing to do with cupcakes but all his merchandise in his bakery decked out store.

LA

In-n-Out Burger
7009 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA
www.in-n-out.com

Buffalo Wild Wings
7060 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA

Hardrock Cafe Hollywood
6801 Hollywood Blvd #105
Hollywood, CA 90028
www.hardrock.com

Dodgers Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

BLD
7450 Beverly Bvld
Los Angeles, CA 90036
www.bldrestaurant.com

ink.sack
8360 Melrose Ave #107
Los Angeles, CA 90069
www.mvink.com/menu/

Johnny’s Cupcakes
7959 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
www.johnnycupcakes.com 

Hollywood Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Blvd,
Hollywood, CA 90028
www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/la/hollywood-roosevelt