Archive for September, 2012

September 21, 2012

Adriano Zumbo’s Raspberry V8 Cake

by minibites

Zumbo V8

Yes, it’s a little flamboyant and pink, but with an office full of cake enthusiasts and it’s the big man’s birthday, we couldn’t help but dive into a bit of an indulgence…

Keeping up to the challenge is hard, when the year before the beehive croquembouche was conquered by Dexter-esque stabbing and the year before that was the classic white V8 cake made famous by Masterchef.

Zumbo V8

In its initial appearance, the cake could be any pink and pretty looking cake, but after slicing, the sections reveal beautifully equal layers. Flavour layers of black sesame, raspberry, liquorice, lychee and plenty of rosewater – and works wonderfully textually with layers of gel, crunch, jelly and cream.

While the sugarcoma set, there was a nod in agreeance that this was definitely better than the classic.

Adriano Zumbo Lab
114 Terry St
Rozelle, Sydney

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September 1, 2012

San Francisco, USA

by minibites

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Laid back and chilled; San Francisco is home of the food trucks, take-away, the Golden Gate Bridge and picturesque “Full House” homes. There’s plenty of character, friendly places and the most amazing views of the city from it’s crazy topsy turvy roads.

San Fran

After hitting a long weekend of partying in Vegas, it was nice to lay back, catch up on sleep before we hit the road again to NYC. Staying in Japantown was an interesting part of town and quite convenient to head up to Mission, SOMA and the Bay area. A car is highly recommended to fully soak in the sights and for food truck hunting!

Lusk 25, SF

Lusk 25, SFTwentyFive Lusk

Our first night lead us to SOMA, a pretty hip and happenin’ part of town when the sun sets. We hide from the outrageous wind and cold (even in the Summer..) in TwentyFive Lusk. Decked with fireplaces, bare timbers and candle lights; it looks as warm as it is.

Nom Nom

Food trucking is the way to go in San Francisco. It’s embedded into the culture and the chase of hunting one down in time, gets any food blogger into an natural high. Get geared up with napkins, picnic blankets and bibs as there’s a huge variety from burgers, burritos, rice, cupcakes and even, ramen. Roaming Hunger was one of my favourite sites to follow where they conveniently collate all the Twitter feeds into one.

JapacurryJapacurry Food Truck

Nom NomNom Nom Food Truck

Nom NomNom Nom’s Banh Mi

Our first find had our knickers in a knot as we’re huge fans of The Great Food Truck Race – a reality TV show that showcased a number of food trucks in challenges across the US. The Nom Nom Truck took the good ol’ banh mi on the road and came up in 2nd place. Japacurry was hot on our radar as we have been craving a bowl of rice since LA. With queues around the corner, the katsu curry, teriyaki chicken and bento boxes sell out within minutes.

Kara's Cupcakes

Kara's Cupcakes

On the sweeter side of the food trucking business, Cupcake Wars‘ winner, Kara has an abundance of sweets. One of my favourites is the good ol’ vanilla which is soft as clouds with just enough frosting and sprinkles.

Haparamen

HaparamenHaparamen’s More Pork Ramen

What I love about San Fran is the love for food collaboration in its culture; with food truck meet ups (over 25 in one spot!) and local restaurants that close up on a night kindly offer their kitchens to food truckers to come in and take over. After an expensive walk into a snowboard shop, we stumbled into Wild Wings that food truck Haparamen took the night’s reigns of. Delish!

Little Skillet

Little SkilletLittle Skillet’s Chicken & Waffles 

There’s also a craze with chicken & waffles. Absolutely as straight forward as it sounds, it is just, plain fried chicken with waffles on the side. Madly searching, we ended back in the back alleyways of SOMA at Little Skillet for a oily fry up that lead us all into a 3 hour food coma.

'wichcraft

'wichcraft

Our love affair with Tom Colicchio’s never-ending restaurants continued on in SF. There’s a huge trend and success for top-end restaurants to open up a sandwich joint, so ‘wichcraft was no brainer. Good ol’ sandwiches (they call burgers, sandwiches) with a pick me up coffee and bag of crisps.

El Farolito

El Farolito

And when in doubt, hit up Mission St for some street style tucker. Yelp! led us to El Farolito, and keeping the appearances aside, the queues go out the door serving up fat burritos, overflowing tacos and nachos.

Lombard St

While in San Fran, don’t forget to pay a visit to the windiest street in the world, Lombard St!

TwentyFive Lusk
25 Lusk St
SOMA, CA 94107
www.25lusk.com

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Nom Nom Food Truck
http://nomnomtruck.com

Japacurry Food Truck
http://japcurry.com

Haparamen
http://haparamensf.com

Little Skillet
360 Ritch St
(between 3rd & 4th St)
San Francisco, CA
www.littleskilletsf.com

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‘wichcraft
868 Mission St
(between 4th & 5th St)
Mission, CA 94103
www.wichcraftnyc.com

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El Farolito
2279 Mission St
(between 23rd & 24th St)
Mission, CA 94110
www.elfarolito.com

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