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Gastronomical ramblings

Homemade hot cross buns, from last year (recipe)

Just a little blast from the past to say Happy Easter Folks!

Food adventure @ TGI Fridays (Premium Stacked Burgers Launch)

There is yet another reason - a BIG one - to visit TGI Fridays, with the recent launch of their premium stacked burgers range. Featuring an assortment of popular ingredient combinations sandwiched between lightly-toasted, sweet brioche buns, these burgers are towering piles of deliciousness. Prior to appearing on the menu, I was invited to attend a launch at Melbourne Central’s TGI Fridays, and I would like to thank TGI Fridays for this invitation

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The interior. 

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In addition to receiving some drink vouchers, we were also served mini-sized cocktails. That’s definitely one way to turn a Monday night into Friday night. 

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Their premium stacked burger range is comprised of five selections:

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Food adventure @ Dumplings Plus, Highpoint

I’ve been to Highpoint maybe a handful of times since the opening of its new ‘high-end’ shopping area, and during each visit, it was impossible to miss the insanely long queues/crowding outside Dumplings Plus. Which got me wondering, why? Curiosity got the best of me during my last visit, and so I decided to check out the dumplings joint.   

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Still quite full at 9pm (closing time of the shopping centre). 

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The glass windows surrounding the preparation area offers diners and passers-by a full view of the hard work that goes into prepping the dumplings. 

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Food adventure @ City Grill Room

In our search for some good steak in the CBD. Mishmash and I found ourselves ready to tuck into a meaty dinner at City Grill Room one weeknight after uni. Having heard great reviews from friends who have previously dined at the establishment, I had high expectations for our dinner. 

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The interior. 

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Complimentary bread. 

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Mexicana pizza with pineapples. 

The Lime Cheesecake Slice

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Tasked with baking a green dessert for our department’s St Patrick’s Day morning tea, I decided to go with something lime-y. Key lime pie? Lime frosting cupcakes? Lime cheesecake slice? Going by the title of this post, it’s clear that I ended up making a cheesecake slice. Thinking back to the lemon jelly cheesecakes I had made previously, and how easy it was to make (no bake!), it wasn’t a tough decision. 

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Ingredients

250g Arnott’s Marie biscuits, processed into a crumb

100g butter, melted

500g cream cheese, at room temperature

300ml thickened cream

3/4 cup caster sugar

Zest of 3 limes

1 batch lime curd

green food colouring

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The Lime Curd

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There’s something about a citrusy dessert that really gets my taste buds excited. Especially when the zestiness is spot-on balanced with the sweetness. 

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Ingredients

120g butter, at room temperature

1 cup caster sugar

2 large eggs

2 large egg yolks

100ml lime juice (approximately 3 limes)

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Food adventure @ Cecconi’s Flinders Lane (Relaunch)

Flinders Lane has a reputation for housing some of Melbourne’s best restaurants and Italian restaurant Cecconi’s definitely fits in amongst the best. Already established as one of the finest restaurants in town, Cecconi’s recently decided to take things up a notch by a renovation of the venue and a revamp of the menu. With the transformation complete, a relaunch event was held and I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation. I would like to thank Cecconi’s and AMPR for this invitation and what turned out to be a wonderful evening. 

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Brilliantly simple with the various tones of black, white and woody brown, the combination of neutral tones gave rise to a sleek elegance that swept through the entire venue. The centrally-located open kitchen formed a focal point of the restaurant, drawing much attention to the hard working kitchen staff and activities. 

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Aperol Spritz. 

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Sushi and miso soup.

Food adventure @ Goz City

While my taste buds have had very little exposure to Turkish cooking, they do know a little more about gozlemes. I tried this Turkish treat at Night Market a few years ago, and I have since made a number of beelines for the Turkish stand during subsequent visits to the market. Fortunately for me, my gozleme-eating experiences no longer have to be restricted to only the Wednesday nights of the summer months thanks to the opening of CBD gozleme speciality cafe, Goz City. I was invited to attend a gozleme tasting, and I would like to thank Goz City and Little Big Marketing and PR for this opportunity.

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Food adventure @ Smith and Daughters

A few weeks ago, I received an amazing press pack in the mail, alerting me to the opening of a new vegan restaurant, Smith & Daughters, located in Fitzroy. Going by the wow factor of their pack, I had a feeling that the venture between Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse would be bringing something special to not only Fitzroy but also the whole of Melbourne. I was invited to attend their First Look Feast that took place prior to opening to the public, and I would like to thank Smith & Daughters and Curated Control for this opportunity

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The interior: there was an abundance of wooden tones that not only worked seamlessly with the bluestone foundation of the 150 year-old building but also provided a gorgeous natural vibe. Covered in eye-catching prints and frames, the back wall is where all the funky and hip action is located. 

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Wine republic sangria. 

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