Month: November 2014

Get your veggie FIX!

Seriously for any vegetarian seeing this will have their tongue in cheek, salivating just like I was the first time I had seen Veggie Velo – a truly amazing (almost) food truck free standing cookery! Usually located every Sunday at the Market Shed on Holland street, but on this occasion at a street party in the city!
Couldn’t help but get excited! And thought to my self my lucks changed, all hearts flashing in my eyes at the thought of being able to have a veggie velo burger for dinner?! What tha?! So I actually thought to my self “how on earth am I going to convince my husband to go vegetarian for the nights dinner date?”
But I was clearly lucky and he was happy to try, once seeing the size of the burgers coming out!


Check it out! I mean seriously, why would you go anywhere else?
When this place is around – you simply must eat there. It is so achievable to make at home and so inspiring to see them make so many awesome combinations on that small hot plate! Well done guys, and thanks for semi converting my hubby, even if it was just for the one night xxxx

Wait a minute – since when did healthy enter a cafe?

Usually cafes a full of fatty well cooked foods! You don’t know the hidden dressings or extra side of chips or extra this and that, which usually every restaurant or cafe comes with – and let’s face it, we usually just eat it because it’s there Infront of us!!

Well not this cafe! Fleurieu Pantry offers so many healthy alternatives and is full of local fresh produce that your sure to love as much as we did.

Who could say “NO” to dessert?

Raw almond meal and coconut pear tart topped with toasted almonds and pepitas. And a vegan raw peanut butter cup!

More to come on our lunch *shortly*

Someone said Coconut – I’m so there!

It’s so exciting when you find somewhere close to home that does awesome Vietnamese food! Somewhere that isn’t going to break the weekly budget if you go out for lunch. Even if you aren’t located in the south of adelaide and are up for a beach visit down south this little place is definitely worth paying a visit! No need to pack your lunch either. At as little as 5 bucks for a Vietnamese roll, there is really no chance that I’m going to be packing lunch for the kidletts!!

located on beach road Christies Beach, has an amazing selection and pretty extensive at that! Food and drinks selection is large, but there is certainly something for everyone. I am yet to try everything, but if I told you I’m slowly getting through everything on the menu – it’s saying enough that I’ve been on a regular basis.

And if you get excited about trying new things – how’s this one for starters (above) a delightful yummy coconut coffee! YEP you read that right! It’s all about the process, and soaking the beans in coconut milk before grinding. How awesome is that?! It smooth and creamy, unusual taste is obviously a winner in my book because I like coconut. If you are one that is not so keen on coconut I’d suggest having it as an iced drink so you get past the flavour of it being a coconut slap in the face. Deff something you gotta try if going here.

A small place with an interesting simple set up has a fair few staff, considering it’s size. But everyone is very welcoming and willing to provide advice and knowledge of what’s in everything and how it’s supposed to taste.

Chicken pho featured above
Is a really nice flavour with chilli served on the side, to give it the amount of heat you desire. Although this is pretty good- not to mention the huge amount that is served to you, it’s price is pretty awesome along with it.

The Vietnamese rolls are great value alas I said before, and they are packed full of flavours. You will defiantly have a winner by choosing the chicken lemongrass bun.


And of course whats a meal with out dessert?
The coconut kitchen has bought of plenty of healthy options for you to choose from, with cherry coconut cream slice with raw treats and bliss/protein balls that any one will love.

Although with every great experience there is always that someone who has to be dissatisfied – and on one occasion I took my mother! Boy was she a hard EGG, to please…
The fried rice special with spring roll was very poor when it came to the rice. The meat was completely over cooked and the rice was not very tasty or even seasoned well. However the springrolls was the bomb.

A pleasant experience, and I have been back many times now and have been very happy with what I’ve tried.

Goodluck coconut lovers.

NEW to the south!! OH MY

Official opening is tomorrow! So if your free and looking for somewhere new to visit – this is IT!
Modish 5
A fabulous little cafe that’s large in size with amazing, unique, upcycled decor. It’s interior design is amazing and just has to be seen. It has certainly bought that something “quirky” with a modern twist to the southern suburbs. Located in woodcroft, in the newly refurbished and refaced woodcroft plaza – central to all your shopping needs!

And let’s face it every one should stop and enjoy a coffee! It was superb.

The staff were beautiful, and although still learning how everything works you can clearly see from a few days practice before open day it will be one of the best – if not the best cafes in the south of adelaide!

Wether your looking for something for breakfast or a nice fresh lunch you will certainly find something to quench your taste buds.
For breakfast I was lucky enough to try the blueberry pancakes! Nothing like kick starting your day with cake, I say!

Oh my I struggled through them!
But truly hit the nail on the head for a decent serve for a breakfast at a VERY reasonable price, just $12. When first arriving Infront of me I thought it looks a little on the small side of a blue berry serving. But I didn’t realize that the blueberries were actually cooked into the pancakes also.
Thankfully these were not sickly sweet pancakes that other cafes sell! I am happy to report they were so yum that the honey and icecream was enough sweetness for the plate. Delicious & I would certainly buy them again!

Onto the main dish for the day…

A scrumptious mixed plate for us to taste one of a few elements served throughout the main meals. What a selection! And everything was prepped and cooked so well. Only thing to pick on (as such) was the chorizo sausage on top of the Spanish tortilla, it was over cooked and a bit on the chewy side. The lamb kofta skewers were amazeballs, and probably my favourite thing on the whole plate. The seasoning and fresh lamb was evident. Impressed by the home made hommus dip. Not overpowered by garlic but better than supermarket versions.



There was over 15 loose teas to choose from, some regular flavours but also some unusual flavours by Scullery Made Tea – and any one who knows me or been following me on Instagram (the_middle_ingredient_leia) will know by now that I enjoy good quality green tea.

I can give a big tick to the clubhouse lane tea!

The interior design was perfect and really set this cafe above a lot of the others in the southern areas.





In summary this cafe has a positive vibe with great staff, and very good pricing! The food that was coming out was amazing and the taste is proof a good cafe has finally arrived in woodcroft!

Well done, I wish you the best of luck

have you ever been on a “Man Date” ? this is the newest date night SPOT!

If your man is NOT impressed with your choice of “Man Date” dinner dining – then you are with the wrong guy!!!

Juicy moist meat filled buns… ALWAYS a winner!

Most of the time i dont even think it matters what sort of meat is in the bun, nor does it matter of what the shape of the bun is like. But this place has it all! from hotdogs with amazing fancy fillings and burgers that will knock your socks off – or your MANS at least! where is it? i hear you saying with your tongue in cheek, slightly salivating… ok, ok, who are we kidding you are drooling!

the one, the only –


located on Peel Street in Adelaide City


This place has the music pumping, the atmosphere to match and the food with the ultimate Man Date salivation!

The chips or fries should i say were perfectly seasoned and complimented the burgers well. No longer will i order a burger while out that does not come with chippies. we all love a good bowl of chips at the worst of times, but when they dont come with a burger… that truly frustrates the heck out of me.

Dan had the 3 little pigs burger that was super impressive! so well thought out for a man who thinks bacon is a food group on its own. and mine was the chicken burger. what a banging crumb all over it, it had! superb. it was obviously drained of excess fat/drippings because there was not a droplet to be seen of oil or grease coming out of my burger. for my self it was an 8/10 for food, but it was a 10/10 for the ultimate man date by my husband.


You be the judge! and on your next “date night” where you want to take your man some where that he wont make a fuss – this is the place to visit.

Mango + Toppings = OH MY GAWD


So it is literally around the corner. Are you ready for all the yummy seasonal fruits?


Lets start topping our Mango’s to make a delish healthy snack! its super easy, and you can use anything you really love, or what ever you have in your pantry. the list is endless! when i say anything i really mean anything. You can use, nuts, seeds, grains, yoghurts, sauces as in chocolate, caramel, even passionfruit pulp!

on this occasion i have used:

1 Mango

2 teaspoons of greek yoghurt

2 teaspoons of coconut flakes

1 teaspoon of freeze dried pomegranate seeds

and a sprinkling of cinnamon

How do you eat it? i hear you ask! ~ the answer is simple… with a spoon


Such a delicious snack, no longer do you need to eat a plain ol’ mango! why not add your favourite toppings.


Paddy’s Lantern – WOW what a statement!

Paddy’s Lantern – Gilbert street Adelaide.

This little tucked away on a busy street cafe, is starting to become a fashion statement in adelaide. It’s fancy tiled bench with quirky interior design, with lots of seating inside and out has already got a strong regular following.


the food regularly changes to suit whats in season, and they use fresh accessible produce from around adelaide. The staff… WOW the staff are absolutely mind blowingly beautiful. Honest, down to earth, clearly HAPPY to be at work & obviously well looked after. I think i enjoyed the staff’s company more than my own, and wanted to go work behind the counter with them. they are here to make a statement, and that they did!

The picture above is their own take on a waffle. it was not waffle texture, but it was flavoursome. it was almost like a slice of french toast. my daughter absolutely loved it. i’m not sure it would win any awards for being visually “pretty” but it was so delicious, who cares!


Talk about perfect coffee porn photo right here!! it was beautiful, and made well. I would definitely go back for a good quality coffee.


then there was this… Although on first impressions of this dish coming out weren’t as great as first thought, it certainly tasted delicious. That potato patty was soooo yum! I think I could have eaten a whole stack of them 😊 Spinach cooked al’dente topped with a fried egg all sitting on a bed of red pepper purée. again not the prettiest of food porn that we have posted. but definitely up there with the best cafe’s in adelaide.