Month: October 2014

2 burgers – 2 restaurants – who is the winner?

So I don’t usually eat burgers when out and about… WHY? Because they are easy enough to make at home! But with the weather changing the last thing I’ve felt like when going out to eat is a 4 course meal or a roast! So I’ve taken to my own burger challenge, & on this occasion it was between 2 of the top leading most popular (at the moment) restaurants!
Sean’s Kitchen v’s Jamie’s Italian.
And boy oh boy was it a bit tough!

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SIZE ISNT EVERYTHING!!!
Look at that teeny burger! From Sean’s kitchen. It certainly is a small burger in comparison to Jamie’s Italian (featured below)

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Seriously how can you compare, I hear you ask? Well I’ll just have to share with you my tastebuds and what they both tasted like!

Once arriving at Jamie’s Italian I knew exactly what I was ordering. I’d seen it, read about it on another blog and how good it was and thought “gimme gimme gimme” and when it arrived, as you can see from the picture I was amazed at how incredibly high it stood! I stared with amazement and was lickin my lips together in anticipation all ready to cut it open and see the inside. To do this though I had to squash it. Which made the burger look like a typical every day burger wrapped in paper that you’d get in a drive through window of your car. So I was then very optimistic and thought DARN it, if I wanted a double “whopper” I would have spent a lot less by doing a drive through at a fast food joint
hahaha!!

However the meat was tasty, it was cooked well & had lots of toppings which gave it great flavour. It was pretty disappointing there wasn’t really the crispy onion rings inside it, that it stated it would have on it -written in the menu. There was 2 very extremely thin onions slices or should I say slithers with a batter of some sort on the outside, but it was so far from crispy! Utterly disappointing. There was not a whole lot of the salsa either, so it was a burger that was lacking in the all over judging for flavour. It was also served with no side of chips/fries. At $20 I was pretty shocked! Not even a side of aioli or extra salsa.
(Chips in picture below were purchased as a side) but here is the inside of the burger.

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When it came to the Sean’s Kitchen Burger, it came with a side of duck fat fries! Yay – a side, no extra cost! Although the burger looked a LOT smaller than the Jamie’s Italian Burger. This burger didn’t have any where near as much as the Jamie’s burger… However the taste was hands down faultless! That sauce! Oh my gawd! I was still day dreaming about it for the next 3 days! I did think the meat it’s self for a burger was a little under done, to how I would like to eat my meat on a burger. Although it was all so delicious I couldn’t fault the meat for the sake of the flavour!
Picture below of the inside of Sean’s burger

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All things considered I can say with out a doubt I would go back to Sean’s Kitchen for a burger everyday given the taste!
Well done!!!!

Bounce away the food!

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With all the food we eat you have to at least try and work off some of the desserts right?!

Today I visited Adelaide’s great new playground, Bounce Inc located in Richmond.

If you visit after 10am week days it’s off peak so pretty decent amount at $13 an adult for an hour session. We were really lucky and had the chance to stay for another hour on the house.

The staff were great. Really friendly. And if you get the chance to speak with Stel, she’s a great worker and really gets you involved.

Heaps of fun for every age and every ability. Please be aware though that this is an enter at your own risk facility! Be careful.

Who wants to pay taxes?!

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Halloumi burger at the back and Turkey burger at the front

So I’d heard about this place from a few people and see it advertised so why not take a few mates and check it out.

The Taxpayer; located on Victoria square, it’s a central meeting place for some after work dinner and drinks. With summer coming they offer outdoor seating aswell – for the warm nights I’d recommend it.

Upon first walking in the staff were busy so we sat down at the reserved table which I presumed was ours. One of the girls came over to see to us straight away with the drinks menus – quiet extensive and reasonably priced too. We order our drinks which came out soon after which was nice and then it was down to deciding what each of us were going to eat.

So first off there was starters

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Steamed dumplings of the day – prawn was on the cards for today.

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Deep fried Brie with chilli jam.

All the burgers are named after famous people who decided not to pay their taxes; because seriously who likes paying them.
The two boys (Matt and Richo) both ordered the Al Capone. A beef patty with smoked mozzarella, pancetta, sticky balsamic onions, semi sundries tomatoes and pickled chilli.

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Al Capone

Erin (a vego) had the Heidi Fleiss. Grilled halloumi, sautéed mushrooms, carrot, alfalfa, greens, herb mayo with sweet onion and pineapple relish. And I decided on the Willie Nelson. Slow roasted turkey, with Brie slab, greens, cranberry sauce and herb Mayo.
(Both featured in top image).

Ultimately the food was good, the staff were good and apparently the chef is blind?! Can’t guarantee that one though hahahah.
If Alex is serving you; you’ll be sure to have a laugh.

So be sure to drop in for some good food, good service and make sure you’re in good company for a great bite to eat.

A Group FAVOURITE your sure to love as much as we do!

Introducing :

– BUTTER FINGERS –

located on Melbourne Street, North Adelaide

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That coconut, pear & frangipani tart was probably one of the tastiest tarts i’ve had in a while, only thing to pick on because i like coconut A LOT, there wasnt enough. and those donuts – YEP you read the sign didnt you? voted #1 in adelaide by the advertiser. and they are super soft, delicious, moist … omg what more can i say, other than GO AND GET ONE!

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It certainly isnt all about the coffee and cake from this place, but the home made AMAZING pies! and the fresh pressed juice. There is always, i mean ALWAYS something NEW to try. which keeps it interesting, and makes us go back for more and more.

Be aware – not to be disappointed, that they do close earlier than most cafe’s. week days they are open until 4pm and on weekends only open until 2pm.

Is Jamie Olivers Italian (Adelaide) really all its cracked up to be?

The question on everybody’s lips… How good is it?

Well you be the judge. if food looks this good, does it mean it tastes even better?

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Jamie’s italian Adelaide

– Burger Italiano –

chargrilled beef burger with melted fontina cheese, sweet tomato salsa, pickles, chili & crispy fried onions.

Can you handle that?? I actually moved back to fit this burger into the picture frame. Seriously an impressive stack when first coming out. However with all the hype of how brilliant Jamie’s Italian was had me slightly disappointed. Once I pushed the lettuce down and decided to cut this burger in half it was “just another burger” and a considerably over priced one at that! $19.50, with no side, not even a little side of extra tomato salsa or even a creamy mayo or aioli. I purchased a side of – posh chips which were cooked in truffle oil & topped with parmesan, came in a cup size for $7.50!

The meat in the burger was excellent quality, and the taste/combination of everything together worked. Only thing really disappointing was those crispy fried onion rings. Mine were far from crispy- they tasted fabulous, but we’re NOT crispy, and it was 2 tiny onion rings… Thinly cut, not crispy but good flavour. Hmmmm I dunno, call me picky, but from all the hype I expected more from Jamie.

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Tasty truffle oil, really… Can life get any better when you read those words on a menu? They certainly were delicious

and here we have a succulent Pumpkin Panzerotti, pasta filled with roasted squash, ricotta & parmesan in a pumpkin, chili & rosemary butter with smashed amaretti.

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Delicious and creamy, with a very subtle chili flavour.

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The interior design of Jamies Italian was unusual, and not what i expected. it was very very antique old school, complete with prison bars surrounding the toilets under the dining room. It was almost creepy going to the toilet.

I was not impressed by the customer service, of that the waitress’s on the day we visited were all over the place. switching tables, and rushing us to pay the bill when we hadn’t completely finished our meal.

The coffee was VERY standard, and not great.

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Try it, compare it, see what you think. I would go back, to try the share plates of food – however this is probably about it.

Eire Cafe – Our team is divided! YOU BE THE JUDGE

There has been so much talk about, whats HOT and whats NOT in Adelaide – that there is always a new find just around the corner. so … Introducing:

Eire Cafe – Springbank road, Clapham, Sa

Upon going to this cafe, the team at Eire had known we (Dan & Leia) were coming in on a particular day for breakfast. we had the kids with us also, so it seemed like we almost filled the cafe with 5 people! As soon as we sat down, we decided we needed coffee ASAP! so ordered and it literally appeared before our very eyes. It was outstanding in flavour and honestly so good I stood up and asked what beans they used because it was delicious and made well.

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Our breakfast was ordered, and we were excited!

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now the reason behind our team being divided…

The experience Dan & Leia had was mind blowing with flavour & textures. however remembering the cafe staff were expecting and knew we were going in on a certain day, as it was discussed a few days prior via instagram.

Celeste & Matt couldnt make this breakfast and went on a separate weekend – 2 weeks later. It was so bad, that they had to send back two meals and them be remade. the reasons why, the bacon was dripping in oil and it was so bad that it was dripping onto the plate. the coffee milk was burnt, and over cooked so tasted horrid. they offered no pressed juice or milkshakes, therefore Matt had nothing to drink because he does not drink hot drinks. the eggs were undercooked, there was a mound of avocado almost 2 times the size of the one featured above in the photo of Leia’s. there was certainly no consistency with the chili hint in the avocado or even well seasoned with Celeste’s experience.

NOW you be the JUDGE…
was Eire Cafe really good? or did they know to be outstanding on the occasion they were expecting Dan & Leia?

a hidden GEM? hard to believe i hadnt been

Introducing:

The Bowery Kitchen

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a pretty and unique cafe set up, with a quick walk in “over the counter” food variety, selling pies, sushi, fast salads, healthy alternatives but ultimately fast all ready prepared meals. It comes complete with its very own grocery shop out the back, with a fully functioning cafe “sit down” seating area with a different menu all together. with a front window of cakes and pastry treats along with coffee and pressed juices.

The staff are all very lovely and quick to take your order (even through the mad rush of LUNCH hour was happening) which is always a plus. They have a much bigger variety than first thought. So there is certainly something here for all. It suits different budgets, and vegetarian or vegan. A great place to have a meeting or just a friendly get together. Alcohol is also sold here!

Only downfall was our waitress…. She was off with the fairies the whole time. Stopping mid walk, forgetting what she was doing, forgetting what we ordered. Asking us if everything was ok, more than it was needed (at least 3 times while we were eating) then she wanted to take our plates away when they were not finished. She was a little bit too much to handle on a lunch break. As she seemed confused her self.

the food was very well presented and tasted delicious, i would certainly recommend and go back again. i would love to go back for breakfast.

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A little health kick to start your week

If you’ve been following on Facebook and Instagram, you would know that Leia really enjoys the healthy food side. Often prepping meals for the weekly lunches or quick dinners! check out what she’s been up to this week.

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she writes-

Being a busy mum, and running around after three kids i often forget about my self and what i grab for lunch might not always be healthy. But by putting an hour a week aside (usually on a weekend) i seem to be able to mix and match ingredients and also use up some veggies that havent yet been used for the week. This week i have made roast pumpkin, quinoa, fetta, rocket salad with added pepitas and sunflower seeds. pictured above. a Thia/asian slaw with red cabbage, carrot, capsicum, baby spinach, parsley, red onion, and a little bit of left over salad leaves. a mixed quinoa salad with cucumber, snowpeas, capsicum, celery, red onion. Each of these salads were divided up into containers with some left over protein – chicken schnitzel and some pulled pork.

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I was also able to prep some roasted eggplant and leek ready for a vegetarian dish this week.

and made some simple fruit pizza’s for the kids to enjoy over the weekend. a real simple concept where you could add just about anything you have in the fridge to the tops of some watermelon slices.

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Simple Roast potatoes! every one loves a good roast potato. so here is my recipe for perfect potatoes every time

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wedge your potatoes, place them in a container or large salad bowl with 2 table spoons of oil, a sprinkle of himilayan rock salt, pepper and what ever herbs and spices you like (just a little bit though) and i always add a couple of crushed & chopped garlic cloves. roast for about 1 hour on 180 degrees.

ENJOY your week guys!

1 day left to make it to the Asia Fest

good food, great company = awesome day out!

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How about something different to get your taste buds fired up and drooling…
This sweet sour & spicy deliciousness, was a refreshing treat – that totally took my tastebuds by surprise! It’s pineapple pieces sprinkled with chili salt bursts of flavour in your mouth with every bite. Although some may not be able to eat more than a couple of pieces. It will certainly be a talking point over the summer parties to come!

There was plenty to see, lots of great food and a great atmosphere. Not to mention perfect weather for today also.
It wasn’t too badly priced at $10 per person to get in or $25 per family and an extra child at just $5
An affordable day out if your planning a day in the perfect weather.

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Here is some delicious deep fried octopus dumpling balls – Takayuki

Wait… Some where is Open 24hrs for DESSERT?! That’s CRAYCRAY!!

Yeppppppp, you read that right!
Cafe De Vilis
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week! They never close, how awesome is that?

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honey log
Mmmmmmmm… That sweet perfected bun filled with cream and honey. They certainly have mastered the art of “perfect buns” and that doesn’t end with the honey log! The Kitchener bun is also another perfected bun!

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No matter what mood your in, you can literally walk in for breakfast lunch or tea. The team on board works hard and they do it with great ease. Our server was Jo and she was absolutely flippen fantastic!! So friendly!! And what a great smile she had one her face at 9pm when it was starting to get really busy.
And when there is a window full of fresh cakes, tarts, buns and slices how do you know which one to pick??
Or a big bowl of hot chips with gravy
Om nom nom! That gravy is the best around town. Salty goodness.

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So good that there are fights over who finishes the gravy

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Then there are some to take home for Matts 2nd dessert stomach… Hahaha

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hazelnut sponge scroll

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And then there is always the good ol’ trusty favourite the cinnamon donut
How gorgeous does it look? So golden…