Adelaide

There is this little place in town… that sell’s Amazing burgers – you simply must go!

when you find a cozy spot in the city that sells a pretty awesome burger, why do you need to go any where else??

The Taxpayer

honestly guys, i have now been a couple of times and the stuff here seems pretty amazeballs. the atmosphere plays a big part, but even more so now that we are into the summer months! This neat little bar is set on victoria square and i bet you didnt even know it was there?! it has a large out door seating area right out the front so you can over look the whole of victoria square. But there is also inside dining for those who want to be in that real bar like environment, and order drinks as you please.

The service here is second to none! Really top quality, especially when it comes to topping up your drinks and friendly conversation. The staff are pretty awesome at representing a neat little cafe/restaurant/pub that you are going to want to visit again and again.

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a typical aussie style burger that you gotta pick up with your hands and it drips down your arm! YEPPPPP that kinda burger. IMG_2969[1]

This was the Al’ Capone burger with beef patty, smoked mozzarella, pancetta, balsamic Caramalised onions, semi sundried tomatoes with pickled chili

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Brie balls with chili jam! ohhhhh WOW! your gonna love these, just on their own.

If you have the chance to visit here – i highly recommend it. it is certainly one of the top spots in adelaide to visit for a burger bar experience.

Fruit Water CRAZY!

Doesn’t every one love a thirst quencher??

OH MY GAWD, if you love fruit and love being healthy then this is definitely one for you! and its sooooooooooooo simple. All you need is an empty bottle and some chopped up fruit. i love buying what ever fruit is in season, especially when its local and fresh produce – you can really taste the LOVE of home grown fruits.

So here are some of the most recent fruit combinations i have made:

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Strawberry and kiwi fruit – watermelon and cucumber

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mint and nectarine – strawberry and mint

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peaches

these combos could be anything you choose, or anything you have on hand! its an easy way to flavour your water with out cordials or artificial flavourings.

you can fill them up a few times through out the day and they will continue to infuse the water. probably not as flavoursome as the first time you fill it up, but its certainly a kick of flavour you didnt have with just plain water.

HAPPY WATER FRUITS guys!

The Brighton Espy – Hot or Not??

Seriously this place used to be “the hang out” about 10years ago when it had been newly refurbished and all done up with a fancy cafe and great new pub atmosphere. The bistro area was absolutely awesome complete with built in playground for the littlies as well. Sooooooooooooooo did it hold up to the expectation of 10 years ago??

The food was pretty awesome in the cafe area, but with so much on the same street offering amazing food also – i think it made the good ol’ trusty Espy a few notches below what it used to be.

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This Pie with smashed peas and buttery garlic potatoes was super tasty – and such a huge serve, it was so unfortunate i couldn’t eat it all!!

the potato was probably a little bit grainy, and not silky smooth. the meat in the pie was divine, but the pastry was soggy on the bottom. Mushy peas! whats not to love… only there was sooooo much on the plate, it probably could have been a smaller serve.

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Vegetarian burger
a burger that was just lacking that LOVE that everyone expects to see on the plate made for a 5/10.
The burger patty was pretty tasteless, the beetroot on the burger gave it a nice flavour, but otherwise it was just a carb over load of miss matching, not well seasoned burger. And it’s about time you guys got your selves a few new plates! The plate was marked all over from cuts into the plates and they had dark grey line work from cuts over time. Looked like 1000 meals had been eaten off that plate. chips, were crunchy and good.

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a Kids MEAL!! i’m so serious when i say kids meal! this was a huge serve for a kids meal pizza. and it came with chips on top! it would have been great if this was the size kids meal for my 9 year old, but not for my 5 year old. she only ate one slice of pizza and about 4 chips, the flavour was pretty basic – i suppose thats what most kids want, but in this case it didnt really hit the spot for miss 5.

All in all, i probably wouldnt rush to go back here any time soon. it is lacking a lot of attention to detail, and the staff need a good turn around to make this place as fun and inviting as it used to be. with it now surrounded by amazing cafe’s it would be hard work to keep this place enticing, but it would be such a shame to see this place go further down hill.

Our empty plates sat on our table for over an hour while we sat and chatted after we had finished. not one staff member came to offer us any more drinks, nor did they come past and take away our dirty dishes. the staff were certainly not the typical “great waiting staff” that you would usually expect in a cafe environment.

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 –

BREAD AND BONE WOOD GRILL

located on Peel Street in Adelaide City

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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.

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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

SUMMER IS COMING!! YAYYYYYYY

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

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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

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

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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