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Thursday, October 30, 2014

DINING IN - a sweet treat from Domino's

I spent a good chunk of Tuesday at the dentist so when the bell rang at 7pm and a bag of candy infused lava cakes from Domino's arrived at the door, my heart melted.

Now, I know some of you might say Domino's is famous for its pizzas but what do they know about its desserts? The first time that I tried desserts from Domino's, I was being skeptical as well, however I soon realised that my skepticism was completely unnecessary as the desserts were damn fine. Seriously, don't knock it till' you've tried it.

In addition to the classic Belgian choc lava cake, you can also indulge yourself with lava cakes with candy coasted chocolate, lava cakes with Starburst mixed berries, lava cakes with caramel fudge, as well as lava cakes with marshmallows. Now, I'm slightly biased because I honestly love the entire collection (I mean, wouldn't you if you could see the molten chocolate oozing out of the cake centre, sending an irresistible aroma in the air... screaming eat me, eat me NOW).

Check out the photos for some sexy dessertporn.

Disclaimer: the desserts were provided free of charge courtesy of Domino's, however my opinion is as always, my own.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Navala Churrascaria | 123 Eagle Street, BRISBANE CBD QLD 4000

If the following post doesn't make too much sense, you'll have to excuse me, because I have only just recovered from a self-induced food coma that I experienced on Saturday night.

You see, the story began like this: last week when my foodie friend J and I were just casually sitting at Chocolateria San Churro gulping a thick hot chocolate right after a massive dinner, we decided that it wast time for us to release the carnivores inside of us and have a feast at Navala Churrascaria.

So there we were on a breezy Spring night, ready to devour whatever meat that came at us. And did we eat. For $53 per person, we had the unlimited Brazilian BBQ degustation from wood and charcoal fire pits. The meat selection astounded me. They had everything from suckling pig, beef hump and lamb rump to Brazilian traditional sausage, garlic prawn and coconut fish. The meats were juicy and tender, and the pieces of pork crackling that I had were ever-so crispy yet not hard at all. If thats not enough to satisfy, wait for the sides. Although the crumbed banana was my favourite of the night (and I probably ordered ten serves), the grilled sugar cinnamon pineapple was definitely a popular item for the table.

We devoured that meaty goodness like barbarians whilst listening to some relaxing live tunes and downing cooling fresh coconut water. I should also mention that the service that we received on the night was upbeat, friendly and efficient. We absolutely enjoyed our dinner at Navala. The only downside was, the other travel bunnie and I were so full, we almost rolled all the way home.

Total Bunnie Dollars Spent: $125

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Baker's Arms | 29 Logan Road, WOOLLOONGABBA QLD 4102

I have recently started driving again and decided to take mum out for a light breakfast at The Baker's Arms in Woolloongabba before checking out a local furniture shop nearby.

Despite being there on a weekday, this cute cafe/bakery was rather busy. Mum, Minibun George and I found a table in a room decorated with coffee bean sacks and it also featured a wall with a black and white map of Brisbane. I must admit that I quite liked the space.

While I found the bircher muesli to be a little boring in terms of its flavour, the almond croissant was very, very nice. It was buttery with a sweet almond filling swirled through the dough and was a wonderful little treat to kick start a morning.

I'd love to go back there one day to check our more savoury items.

Total Bunnie Dollars Spent: $23.50

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Reserve Restaurant | Cnr Coronation Drive and Park Road, MILTON QLD 4064

We had driven past Reserve Restaurant in Milton countless times, but never seemed to have the right opportunity to dine there until recently. I have to say that I absolutely loved our experience.

Set in a heritage listed terrace house, Reserve Restaurant provides a fine dining experience in a space filled with old world charm and elegance. Think heavy drape curtains, crystal chandeliers, gilded mirrors, timer flooring and Edith Piaf.

We got right down to business with our express lunch affair by ordering from the prix fixe menu. The other travel bunnie couldn't resist the temptation of slow cooked shoulder of lamb with confit onions, seeded mustard crust, pumpkin while I was taken by the sound of crispy skin salmon on creamed lentils du puy, lemon. The mains took a while to come out but once we laid our eyes on the dishes, we knew that we were in for a real treat. The crispy salmon skin against the tender flesh created a wonderful texture contrast. The chef had kept the flavours of this dish simple, a dash of lemon juice over the fatty flesh worked wonders. The other travel bunnie didn't say a thing as he devoured his shoulder of lamb and I knew from the look on his face just how tasty the dish was. The meat joyfully fell apart at the sight of a fork and I could smell the buttery goodness wafting from over from my side of the table as if taunting me.

Just as we thought that things couldn't can't get much better, we laid eyes on our desserts. The Crème brûlée with banana beignet, chocolate sauce and the apple, banana and date crumble with vanilla ice cream were presented in front of us and looked sexy and mouthwatering. I can I tell you, if you think they looked good, they tasted even better.

The service at Reserve Restaurant was very proper. It was efficient but not don't expect too much chit chat from the waiters, which I didn't mind that much. I walked into the restaurant doubting the experience that I was about to have, but I left feeling very satisfied.

Total Bunnie Dollars Spent: $59.80 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ilias the Greek!

Ilias the Greek, you had me at yiasou.

I came home yesterday to find a delivery filled with award winning sweet treats and you made my night. The only problem was, I didn't know which one to have first (although the problem was quickly solved when the other travel bunnie and I decided to devour them all).

I loved these sweets which are made based on traditional family recipes, and it's the icing on the cake (or is it the syrup on the baklava?) that you use local produce and sustainable methods of production. I found it difficult to pick a favourite; the nougat was generously packed with crunchy almonds, pistachios and cranberries, the baklava was nutty, sweet yet not overly syrupy, and don't even get me started on the halva because I love-love-loved it! The other travel bunnie who assures me he has tried more greek sweets than anyone else I know, said that everything tasted so authentic and homely.

I can't wait to see you guys at the Good Food & Wine Show this weekend for some plate smashing (and stocking up on more sweet treats)!

*Disclaimer: these sweets were provided courtesy of Illias the Greek. They will exhibit at the Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show between 17 – 19 October at T28. 

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