July 25, 2013

Flour and Chocolate | Morningside

Salted Caramel Cronut

Cronut and Donut

Cronuts & Donuts, I have slowly been seeing pictures of these delightful baked goods all over instagram and facebook, more specifically, all referencing back to a bakery called Flour & Chocolate located at Morningside where it is sneakily tucked away. Curiosity got the best of me. For one person, i thought i would at least sample a 'few' different flavours since they are somewhat exclusive, only being offered twice a week on Wednesday and Thursdays, I thought i would try a few all in one go. So in having said that, don't judge me!

Cronut you say? It's a Croissant and Donut hybrid - looks like a donut, but layered and flaky like a croissant inside, while not omitting that doughy texture of a donut (thank you internet for an adequate definition). I chose the Salted Caramel Cronut, Salted Caramel Donut and a Vanilla Custard Donut. Out of the three choices, the salted caramel flavoured Donut and Cronut was definitely my favourite.

Salted Caramel Cronut - all the pastry and layer of caramel in between

Cronut. Delicious. Crunchy on the outside and deliciously soft and flaky on the inside. It's definitely a treat.  Once you bite into it, flakes literally go flying. Expect flakes to stick in your scarf (like mine did) and sugary powder, caramel sauce and sticky sugar all over your fingers! The texture as the name suggest really does resemble that of a croissant - as it's a flavoured cronut, layered in between, is a deliciously sweet layer of caramel. The caramel was not overwhelming, but enough to satisfy any sweet tooth! It's definitely different to any pastry i've ever tasted before, and definitely something worth a try! The only thing that i found that would prevent me from eating 6 of these in a row is the amount of oil it exudes - which is quite explainable, i mean it is half a croissant so you would have to expect it you know?

Salted Caramel Donut - look at all that caramel!
The donuts, also, were delicious. Just like the Cronut, the amount of sugar powdered over the donut is very generous, if you touch it, a layer very much just sticks to your finger. So what makes them different to other donuts you've had? Just look at the insane amount of filling. Seriously, i wasn't expecting it when i pulled it apart to inspect. The dough itself is firm to hold its shape but soft and chewy on the inside and the filling like i said, it's diabetes in a donut! The caramel was just deliciously sweet, there was just enough of the donut to ration out the amount of caramel that was inside. Just looking at it makes me feel like my waist band has already doubled in size. haha. I have to say i didn't quite enjoy the vanilla custard as much as the salted caramel, it wasn't as sweet in comparison, it was just ok. I found that because it's custard and dairy base and like the the caramel, there was a substantial amount of it, rather than enjoying it; it was actually overwhelming! The sweetness just could not compare to the Salted Caramel. With the caramel it was easy after one bite to want to continue eating more of it while the vanilla custard just overwhelmed me in the one or two bites.

I can definitely say these aren't something i could eat every day - which is probably a good thing that they are only offered 2 days a week. While the Cronuts & Donuts is what drew me here in the first place, i'm actually looking forward to making a trip back here to sample their other baked goods! (But having the Cronuts/Donuts is definitely a great midweek treat!)


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July 20, 2013

The Crosstown Eating House | Woolloongabba


Fish Taco


Spicy Chorizo Bake

Who says you can't have tacos for breakfast? The fact that i saw tacos on the breakfast menu was already a good idea to come here, i was pretty much blind to whatever else was to offer. Following my intense craving for tacos - little did i know, it followed through to breakfast. I don't usually look up menus before going somewhere - i generally just like to go and be pleasantly surprised.

I enjoyed the fish taco immensely. The fish was panfried and cooked well - crispy on the outside and deliciously soft on the inside, the fillings that accompanied the fish were an excellent combination - avocado, tomato salsa, sour cream, and black beans; served with a wedge of lime. The addition of the lime really 'lifted' the flavours of this taco. This dish was refreshing in flavours and taste as opposed to other breakfast choices. While it was substantial that i was full after eating this, at the same time it was light - it wasn't a greasy meal despite it being a taco! If anything, i felt this was a more 'healthy' breakfast choice!

The Fatty chose the spicy chorizo bake with potato kipfler potatoes and tomatos served with a fried egg on top and a side of toast. Again, another excellent combination of ingredients for this dish! Loved the taste of chorizo with potatoes  and together with the tomato to break up the saltiness of this dish. It's literally a serving of savoury goodness. The size of the meal is deceptively small - served in a small bowl, but filled to the top with chorizo and potatoes.  The additional egg, an extra element to the dish, served its purpose to 'bulk' up the meal. Definitely a more heartier meal compared to the taco.


What i also liked about this place is the simple decor - nothing to absurdly decked out; just artfully simple with vintage posters and frames littered across the walls; complimenting the fact that this cafe is situated in an old building in the busy strip in Woolloongabba. The menu itself was simple and appealing - nothing too complicated about it - nothing that would deter a not so adventurous eater.

So. I really enjoyed the food here. It was definitely a positive experience on my behalf as well as the fatty's. I know that i will be back to sample the other breakfast items! Particularly the quesidilla, french toast and the potato and fetta hash cakes!

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July 18, 2013

Gramercy Espresso and Eats | Breakfast Edition II







I am quite fond of Gramercy, as i've blogged about it previously here - it's my usual Wednesday morning haunt. Whether i get into the city early to have a sit down meal, or, even just coffee & something sweet to take away. It's very much routine now.

For the past month or two i've noticed that the menu had changed slightly since my first blog post! I've nearly tried majority of what's to offer for breakfast - unfortunately haven't sampled any lunch type items yet (sad days). So, here's a bit of an update of what's to offer at Gramercy!

The Food -

There's something so satisfying about eating fruit toast with honey and pumpkin seeds, so simple, yet so delicious. Especially with coffee. Perfect for on the go food. Unfortunately, fruit toast is one of those foods which leaves you wanting more after you've had just one slice! It's been great having this, especially in the cooler weather!

The poached pear brioche, is amazing. This is probably one of my favourites from Gramercy. The brioche is served with generous amounts of blueberries, pistachio and a poached pear in the middle. The brioche and blueberry combination just melts in your mouth, whilst at the same time, the subtle sweetness of the poached pear balances out the sweetness from the blueberries. The addition of the pistachio is nice for the extra crunch and texture. The brioche itself was also crisp and had a really nice soft, fluffy, crumbly texture to it. Great breakfast item for those who fancy something on the sweeter side!

Something heartier from Gramercy is the Baked Green Eggs - Green eggs are green. Loved the presentation of this dish, and thoroughly enjoyed how it tasted - i believe from my memory that it is creamed spinach cooked through with the eggs - it was so flavoursome and creamy; Compared to other baked egg dishes that you may encounter, and that you're probably more familiar with (ie: tomato based with chorizos etc) - the creamed spinach is a delicious alternative and bodes very well with the buttered toast! A must try while it's still on the current menu! 

Another reason why i've always had a positive experience is that the staff are always super lovely and friendly! Especially, since i come here before work, it's always a nice perk to start the day for me; that as well as coffee and delicious treats :)


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July 7, 2013

Tuckeria Fresh Mexican | Fortitude Valley


Spicy Cheese Fries - all that cheese!
Chicken Nachos
Spicy Chicken Enchilada 
finito.

Anyone within my vicinity for the past week has probably heard about my cravings for nachos, tacos and pretty much anything cheesy. For some crazy and stupid reason, i've been craving them ever since i had them in Melbourne. I guess it also doesn't help that the weather has been ridiculously dreary - all i want to do is eat junk and sleep. haha.

Tuckeria is a little joint in the Valley, past the brunswick street mall and opposite the judith wright centre if that gives you any idea. The menu here is straight forward - it offers a few variations to tacos, nachoes, enchiladas, quesidilla and fries. Of the options we chose the spicy cheese fries, spicy chicken nachos and spicy chicken enchiladas. The nachos, enchiladas and quesilla on the menu has a 'standard' ingredients that are in them and the optional choices are the meats (chicken, beef, vegetarian) to go with it and the spicy-ness of the dish.

We sampled the nachos first - to be honest just by looking at them, they already looked like a 'healthier' version of nachos for some reason; the amount of filling was very generous - lots of beans, salsa, chipotle sauce and chicken. All served on a bed of crunchy tortilla chips! What i really enjoyed was the use of actual tortilla chips rather than corn chips in the meal, and also the generous amount of chicken and beans which were in this - in having said that, what i found lacking was the amount of cheese and sauce! I guess it's personal preference, but i do enjoy my nachos to be more cheesy! I found that the lack of sauce and cheese made the nachos a bit lacking in flavour overall. Hence why i said this appears to be a 'healthier' nachos version.

The Spicy Enchiladas was definitely a step up in taste from the nachos - it was perfectly cheesy and full of chicken! Again, we chose the spicy filling, but we personally didn't find them spicy at all! The only problem with eating this is that it becomes super messy due to the soft corn tortillas - messy but still delicious. Quite enjoyed this one because of the amount of chicken and cheese in this!

The spicy cheese fries is like a fatty's dream come true. Potato and cheesy goodness. Cheese just makes everything taste just a bit better. Chips on its own is already pretty delicious - add in the cheese and spicy salt and it pretty much goes from an A to an A+. If you're craving something absurdly unhealthy (because they probably are) go for the cheese fries. The only thing again, is that it wasn't distinctly spicy at all. This could be due the the fact that i eat a fair of spicy food that i've become desensitised, but still! What's with it!

Tuckeria while i can't vouch for 'authenticity' of mexican food - i can definitely say it's a bit of a step up from Guzman (i still like guzman! one of the only fast food joints i would willingly eat!). With this, i can say my cravings for nachos and cheesy goodness is only somewhat satisfied. It just didn't compare to what i had in Melbourne!


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July 1, 2013

Steamed | Brisbane CBD






While i'm sure a lot of people are probably over the dumpling phase since there was a phase where these dumpling places seem to pop up here, here, here and here. I personally still enjoy them and still keen to try them out!

Steamed is open only during weekdays (unfortunately) - fortunately enough on that monday i had off i finally remembered to come here to try these dumplings which i've heard about/read about a little while ago. This place is sort of tucked away towards Roma Street End of the City, but it wasn't too far of a trek to get there. Upon entering the space you can already see the bamboo baskets which contain the dumplings. There are 3 different fillings (vegetarian, pork and chicken), and knowing i only ever so often have a weekend off, took the opportunity to try all three at once. There is a sitting area to eat there but i ended up taking away to have lunch with the fatty. There's also a 'help yourself' spot for the sauces for on the go.

The dumplings itself were very plump and the filling for each of them generous. Without dipping it in too much sauce, the flavours for each one are quite distinguishable. I enjoyed the pork dumplings the most as i found them the most flavoursome out of the three - some dumplings were a little bit drier and lacked the soup inside, but overall still maintained the flavours and were very tasty. Obviously being, steamed, it meant that the flavours of the dumplings compared to pan fried dumplings weren't drowned in oil. Also, I guess what was most enticing about this place is the fact that the dumplings are hand made on site, and actually tasted authentic! While everyone will have their own opinion as to how they like them cooked - ie skin being thinner, more filling, more soup inside etc etc. I personally found them to be pretty excellent. It's definitely a healthier alternative for lunch, for people who work in the city! 


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