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Chimac, Pidapipo

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Chimac
Shop 1 39-47 Peel Street
West Melbourne
Vic 3003
+61 3 9939 5916
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Chimac has been on Liz’s and my wishlists for a while. After hearing good reviews from Fakebooo, a double dinner date was arranged.

Chimac focuses on fusion Korean street food and with the slogan “I love chicken and beer”, we knew we were at the right place for some finger-licking KFC.

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Draft by Jiaro HITE (jug) $18

Apparently Hart is a major lightweight so he stuck to Coke while the rest of us indulged in the appropriate beverage. The Korean draft was pleasant and light, perfect for the deep-fried madness that was to come.

The first dish to grace our table was an interesting combination of melted cheese, firm tofu and kimchi on a hot plate. We loved it. Grilling the kimchi intensified its depth, working well with the neutral tofu.

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(Left) Joeeon burrito – spicy pork $15
(Right) Seafood pancake – prawns, squids and scallion $17

We also enjoyed a seafood pancake and a burrito. While the pancake was alright and nothing to shout about, the burrito wrap, Chimac’s take on the popular Mexican snack, made for a delicious mouthful. It was stuffed with rice, jalapenos, sour cream and spicy pork belly and it worked.

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(Left) Chimac Chicken (including salad and pickled daikon) – mix and match of Ultra Crispy and Wonder Soy $38
(Right) Tofu on kimchi field – tofu, cheese and caramelised kimchi $22

The star of the night had to be the fried chicken. We chose a mix of “ultra crispy” and “wonder soy”. The latter was a lighter version of teriyaki and still leant towards the sweet side. I do not want to imagine how insanely sweet the ‘bloody sweet’ version will be. We all agreed that the ultra crispy was the preferred choice. No secret herbs and spices needed, this blew us away as soon we crunched in. I loved how little batter is used, as opposed to the usual thick-battered chicken from other Korean joints. Hart even declared it the best Korean fried chicken he’d come across.

Needless to say, all of us had a bloody delicious time at Chimac. Hart’s so smitten by the chicken that he’s already made plans to return the following week. As for myself, I’m curious about the rest of the Mexican/Korean menu (ta-kors anyone?) and I can never say no to good ol’ fried chicken.

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Pidapipo
299 Lygon Street
Carlton
Vic 3053
+61 3 9347 4596
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(Left) Fior di latte $4
(Right) Ricotta, honey and cinnamon $4

Despite being stuffed to the max, I thought ice cream will be the perfect way to fill in the gaps in my stomach. What better place to check out than the newly opened Pidapipo? There was a queue, as expected, but it moved along pretty quick. I got a scoop of the Christmas special: ricotta, honey and cinnamon, while the Angmoh lapped up some fior di latte. Oddly the gelato wasn’t as good as how we’d remembered it. Was it because our expectations were set too high or was the quality truly compromised by the crowd and pressure? I’ll probably let the excitement settle down before heading back for 2nds at Pidapipo.

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Base Camp, Il Melograno

Base Camp
102 High Street
Northcote
Vic 3070
+61 3 9482 1168
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Il Melograno
76 High Street
Northcote
Vic 3070
+61 3 9482 4971
Il Melograno on Urbanspoon

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Cookie Monster had travelled back to Singapore to arrange the moving of her doggies over to Melbourne, leaving Hughey B to fend for himself. The Angmoh and I took his lonesome self out for dinner, leaving the decision of where to eat to him. We decided to try out his local curry joint in Northcote.

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(Right) Complimentary papadums
(Left) Mango lassi

Base Camp offers Nepalese and Indian cuisine and as the boys awakened their palettes with Everest beer (which is pretty nice), I got stuck into a mango lassi. It came tall and pretty and was extremely thick and sweet, almost like the Gippsland fruit twist yoghurt. I would have preferred a thinner, tangier version, like the ones I had come across in India.

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Laal maans – pride of Rajasthan. Lamb curry with cumin, pepper and paprika $16.90

The menu offers a good variety of curries and not the usual run-of-the-mill sorts like butter chicken or tikka masala. There is laal maans, which supposedly hails from Rajasthan and is the very dish that The Angmoh opted for. This had good flavours from the spices and I thought it was pretty nice, despite not being a huge fan of lamb.

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(Left) Plain basmati rice $3
(Right) Himalayan goat curry – goat curry on the bone $16

Hughey B’s Himalayan goat curry was the most well-received that evening. The gamey meat was tender and fell off the bones easily. It was more of a dry curry then a saucy one, but still wonderful with the rice and bread.

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Paneer pasanda – stuffed paneer in the gravy of onion, tomato cashew cream sauce $14

Mine was the most unusual. It was from the specials menu of that evening, an offering of fried stuffed paneer in a tomato cashew sauce. It was the first time I’d come across stuffed paneer and this I enjoyed thoroughly. The filling of capsicum and nuts gave more flavour to the usually subtle cheese, and fried batter provided a different texture. I didn’t quite enjoy the sauce though, it was extremely rich and cloying. I also thought the serve of 3 paneer triangles didn’t quite justify the cost of the dish.

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(Left) Momo non-vegetarian – Nepal’s most famous dumplings with sesame tomato chutney $12
(Right top) Plain naan $3
(Right bottom) Garlic naan $3.25

Our other dishes included an entrée of momo, or Nepalese dumplings and naan, both plain and garlic. The momos had thin skins and the herbs in the filling gave personality to the dumplings. The chilli garlic sauce for dipping them in were also a great accompaniment. The naans on the other hand, were oddly fluffy and soft and were rather disappointing.

Our overall experience at Base Camp had hits and misses. I suspect the authenticity of the restaurant leans more towards Nepalese flavours, for the momos and goat curry were excellent.

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(Left) Ricci coffee method, Banana walnut
(Right) Dutch chocolate, Fior di latte

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Chocolate rosemary, Iranian pistachio

We ended our evening with a brief stroll to Il Melograno, a gelato place that Cookie Monster has been telling me about. The flavours that we indulged in were chocolate rosemary, Iranian pistachio, Fior di latte, Dutch chocolate, banana walnut and Ricci method coffee. The gelato is served in a cup or cone and (best part) both are edible wafers! I had the 1st 2 flavours and they were stunning. I marvelled at the pairing of chocolate and rosemary, it was unexpectedly beautiful. I hear Il Melagrano does dinners too, and I think the next time we dine with Hughey B (and Cookie Monster), this will have to be the place.

 

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Pidapipó

Pidapipó Gelateria
222 Faraday Street
Carlton Vic 3053
+61 3 9347 4596
Pidapipó on Urbanspoon
(now closed)

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This year, it seems that my must-have dessert is gelato. I used to settle for cakes or pastries as a sweet satisfaction but nowadays I find myself craving cold creamy lick-a-licious ice cream or gelato. My favourites so far are Spring Street Grocer, N2 Gelato, Helados Jauja and Jocks. In my fussy opinion, the ice cream must capture the real, essential taste of the ingredient and the only way of achieving this is by using the actual ingredient itself. That means real fruit or nuts and a big no no to extracts, chemicals and any other fake sh*t.

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Pidapipó is the latest addition of gelato shops to Melbourne’s Little Italy and the gelato there is truly sublime. When visiting for the first time it got me hooked immediately. I was back within the week and again the following. My 3rd visit had me leaving with a takeaway tub, for nights of TV indulgence, emotional comfort or just why-the-hell-not.

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(Left) 2 Scoop – Fior di Latte, Crema Rhubarb Vincotto Swirl $6
(Right) 1 Scoop – Chocolate $4

Bestie Yaps is a huge ice cream fan. She loves it so much, she had a scoop (or two) every day when she was in Italy. I introduced her to Pidapipo when she visited late last month. She had the Nutella swirl and concurred that it was pretty damn good.

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1 Scoop Nutella Swirl $4

So far, I’ve tried pistachio, fior di latte, chocolate, rhubarb swirl and watermelon. All of them are great and no doubt, I’ll be back to try other flavours.

 

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Doughboys, N2 Extreme Gelato, Babka

Doughboys Donuts
456 Queen Street
Melbourne
Vic 3000
Doughboys Doughnuts on Urbanspoon

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This post features a small number of Melbourne’s sweet hits. Fakebooo, Fakebooobooo and I checked out Doughboy’s Donuts after having brunch at Barry’s. Even though Fakebooo no longer needs a fake girlfriend for eating shenanigans, FBB, thank the lordy lords, has a sweet tooth. This means the three of us can’t complete a meal without a sweet sugary ending. Yay!

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Doughboys is located at the Mercat Hotel, a stone’s throw from the Queen Victoria Market. What seems to be a dilapidated run down pub hides a surprisingly casual, lounge-feel dining space that houses Fancy Hank’s BBQ and Doughboys.

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Doughboy’s donuts are hand-prepped to order. A display of each delectable carby treat is lined up for ogling and after the order is placed, each pale naked ring is appropriately attired in its suit of icing and toppings.

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(Top left) Grizzly – Dark chocolate icing with Belgian chocolate coated almond praline $5.80
(Bottom right) PBJ – Dip #1 Peanut butter. Dip #2 Fresh blueberry jam sprinkled with roasted and crushed nuts $5.80

We shared 2 amongst us that morning: PBJ and Grizzly. The texture of these babies are slightly more chewy and dense that the average, let’s say, “Krappy Kream”. I thought the peanut butter icing was almost tooth-achingly sweet and could use more peanut butter flavour but the boys found no fault. The Grizzly had nothing rough about it. It was chocolatey rich and almost too sinful to be consumed by one.

Swing on to the Mercat Hotel the next time you’re doing some shopping at the QVM. Doughboy’s donuts is the perfect way to refuel.

N2 Extreme Gelato
329 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy
Vic 3065
N2 Extreme Gelato on Urbanspoon

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I finally made it to N2 Gelato after it had graced the city of Melbourne a good 8 months ago. N2 Gelato pretty much explains itself, unless chemistry isn’t really your thing and N which stands for Nitrogen doesn’t mean squat.

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The little shop along Brunswick Street has a futuristic, science lab feel to it, with dark dark walls providing a stark contrast to the bright lights, white swirly machines and tufts of smoke billowing out of shiny silver vessels.

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The concept is simple. Step 1: Churn ice cream mixture. Step 2: Pour liquid nitrogen in. The result? An amazingly smooth and creamy sensational delight of whatever flavour you asked for.

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(Left) Mother’s milk – dulce de leche gelato with a hint of bourbon, topped with malteser nipple $6
(Right) Chocolate sorbet $6

That evening I had dulce de leche, which was brilliant. It had just the perfect amount of sweetness and the slightest trace of bourbon to make it kid-friendly. The Angmoh’s chocolate sorbet was smooth with pleasant flavour, and very impressively it was vegan!

Hop on down to N2 Gelato to amaze at the edible delicious scientific hocus pocus.

Babka Bakery Cafe
358 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy
Vic 3065
+61 3 9416 0091
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Kicci is a fan of Melbourne’s delectable offerings and flies up ever so often to partake in a roller coaster week of gut-stuffing indulgence. He was after a sweet ending post-brunch and so we drove to Babka for a sugar hit.

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Chocolate mud cake

Babka is a long-standing Fitzroy stalwart. It has a cosy relaxing feel to it, making a fantastic escape from the crazy hype along Brunswick Street. It is a patisserie, boulangerie and café all rolled into one. Heart-warming meals are available and so are breads, tarts, pastries and cakes.

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Lemon tart

Kicci and I shared a slice a chocolate mud cake and lemon tart that morning. The chocolate cake was surprisingly light in texture without compromising in depth and flavour. The lemon tart is one the best I’ve come across. The lemon curd was zesty and rich, with the consistency achieved from yolks and not gelatine.

The sweet offerings at Babka are legendary, so swing on down if you are in need of a sweet satisfaction.

And there you have it, a trio of Melbourne’s sugary havens for emotional comfort, happy eating or simply why the effing hell not.

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Jock’s Ice Cream, Messina Gelato

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Come on Melbourne, what’s going on with the summer weather? First there were nice warm days, followed by torrential downpours, and now there’s a continuous splat of 40-something degree days. Stepping out means getting seared by the heat and blistered by hot winds. A single movement results in instantaneous perspiration. Sure, we know the drill about keeping cool: stay in shaded areas, drink copious amounts of cool liquids and dress in lightweight clothes. I have another tip: ice cream. Gallons and gallons of it. Lick it, swallow it, bathe in it, drown in it. I have several places to recommend for getting your fix. Having blogged about Helados Jauja and Spring Street Grocer already, I thought I’d finally mention a local favourite that I’ve been patronizing over the past few years, Jocks.

Jock’s Ice Cream
83 Victoria Ave
Albert Park
Vic 3206
+61 3 9686 3838
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Located in Albert Park, Jocks resembles an old-school neighbourhood-sort of ice cream parlour. Expect to see beachy people and hopeful mutts lining up to get a creamy cool-down on hot summer days.

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Obamarama, single scoop, waffle cone

My favourite flavour has to be the Obama Rama, which consists of peanut butter and jelly. I’ve also tried the gingerbread, rum and raisin, chocolate, vanilla and mint. While they are all very good, I always succumb to the call of peanut butter. The flavour of peanut butter is light and the jam is sweet and splotched throughout the ice cream. Spiders and shakes and home-made stock (WTH right?) are available too.

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(Left) Chocolate, single scoop, regular cone
(Right) Mint choc chip, single scoop, cup

Gelato Messina
237 Smith Street
Fitzroy
Vic 3065
+61 3 9017 5470
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Fakebooo, FBB and I finally hit up Gelato Messina after a brilliant brunch at Lemon, Middle and Orange, which I will blog about soon. We had driven past on a previous evening and saw the horde awaiting outside and took off without batting an eyelash. This time round, we rocked up, 40 degrees and sweltering, just before doors open. We oohed and ahhed at the colourful domes of gelato and quickly got in line to place our order. Being a true peanut butter fan and all, I couldn’t resist P Nutty and Fakebooo and FBB shared a cup of pandan, mango and apple pie.

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(Left) P Nutty – peanut butter gelato with peanut cookies and peanut fudge, 1 scoop $4
(Right) Apple pie, Mango sorbet, Pandan and coconut sorbet, 3 scoops $7

Gelato Messina’s ice cream has to be the smoothest and creamiest ice creams I’ve ever come across. My scoop of P Nutty was rich and intense, with hidden chunks of peanut buttery fudge. Amongst the 3 flavours between the FakeBs, I really liked the pandan. It was a sorbet and the flavours of pandan and coconut were well-balanced and gentle.

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Takeaway tub, 500ml $10

Not forgetting about The Angmoh, I took away a tub of chocolate mint ice cream for my man. I love how the Styrofoam tub is further packaged into a cute cake takeaway box.

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There you go, folks. Survive this 5 day heat blitz with a delicious cool down the smart way: the yummy ice cream way.

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Trippy Taco, Spring Street Grocer

Trippy Taco
234 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy
+61 3 9415 7711
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Trippy Taco is a popular vegetarian joint in food-happening Gertrude Street. Recognized by its standout orange façade, it was well-patronized by welfare-advocating vegans, hippy vegetarians and even meat-loving carnivores.

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Tofu asada burrito – large flour tortilla wrap, with chargrilled tofu, goats cheese, mozzarella, salad, salsa, guacamole and a squeeze of fresh lime $11

I’ve only tried one thing and one thing alone at Trippy Taco. The tofu asada burrito is so freaking awesome that I can never go past having it when I’m there. It is generously filled to bursting with charred squeaky tofu, cheese, salsa and guacamole. It makes a perfect Meatless Monday meal and totally fills me up. I convinced The Angmoh that that tofu burrito was super awesome and he ordered one too. He lacks the jaw-dislocating serpentine mechanism that I have and needed to open the burrito up to cut up with fork and knife. He gave it the thumbs up. (I can’t actually dislocate my jaw.)

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There is a cabinet stocked with hot sauce, arranged according the heat levels. We drizzled on some triple-xtra hot habanero sauce and boy does it burn!

Trippy taco does breakfast too and that may be my only chance at sampling something different.

Spring Street Grocer
157 Spring Street
Melbourne
Vic 3000
+61 3 9639 0335
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There’s been new introductions to Melbourne’s ice cream/gelato scene recently. Gelato Messina and N2 hail from Sydney and have set up shop in Collingwood. Having driven past and spying ridiculous queues, I’m waiting for the hype to die down before taking a stab. Meanwhile, there’s always Melbourne’s originals to contend with. Apart from Jocks and Helados Jauja, my other favourite gelato go-to is Spring Street Grocer.

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It is a grocer that offers specialty goods (think Thomas Dux or Simon Johnson) and also triples up as a cheese cellar and gelato stand. Scoops of gelato at Spring Street are on the pricey side but quality ingredients go in, and vivid and unique combinations are created. The texture of the gelato is smooth, round and creamy with actual ingredients used to procure real flavours.

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I had buffalo ricotta and berries. The taste of buffalo milk was pronounced and the creamy powdery ricotta paired beautifully with the sweet slightly tangy berries.

Fakebooo ordered from the non-dairy section and had avocado, lime and coriander gelato. It was an interesting meld of flavours, which worked really well and made Fakebooo gush that it was “one of the most delightful sorbets”.

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(Top) Avocado, lime and coriander (single scoop) $5
(Bottom) Buffalo ricotta and berries (single scoop) $5

We loved having a bite of my ricotta berry gelato, followed quickly by a lick of avocado, lime and coriander sorbet. I made the remark of “It made the zest go poof” and The Angmoh insisted I include the quote in this post.

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Now that Melbourne’s summer has finally decided to make a proper appearance, cool yourself down proper with a satisfying hit of gelato the next time you’re in the CBD.

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An Über Sweet Post

Beatrix
688 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne
Vic 3051
+61 3 9090 7301
Beatrix on Urbanspoon

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I have always had a sweet tooth but the ironic thing is I don’t like my sweets too sweet. One of my absolute favourite sweet places in Melbourne is Beatrix. Cakes here are done the old-fashioned way, with classic sponge and cream and chiffon being the most common. Other delectable goodies include brownies, tarts and cookies. Beatrix is not just a sweet-tooth’s paradise, the ciabatta sandwiches are to die for as well. A limited number of sandwiches are offered on a daily basis, and they are handmade to order. The ingredients are of top-notch quality and the sandwiches are stuffed to the brim, resulting in the need for fork and knife.

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The Beggbie (half) – $10.50

I visited Beatrix three times in two weeks. If I lived next door, I’d be in everyday (except Sunday and Monday, for that’s when she’s closed) and be the size of a house. Although the café is small and seats just a handful, there are a few tables and chairs scattered outside for warmer days. I love the tantilizing display and the aroma of sugar and butter.

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The Chairman (half)

I have tried a couple of sandwiches, the Beggbie and the Chairman. The former had sweet beetroot and apple aioli topped with a perfectly fried sunnyside-up and peppered with fresh roquette leaves. The latter consisted of a slab of soft fatty pork belly marinated in charsiew sauce and Sichuan pepper, topped with fresh green snow pea shoots and crunchy lettuce, all of which was bracketed by mayo-slathered ciabatta. These sandwiches, by golly, are worth waiting and paying for.

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(Left): Lime tart, Orange chiffon, Anzac cookie
(Right) Lemon chiffon, Whoopee Pie

The desserts that I’ve tried so far are the lemon chiffon, orange chiffon, whoopee pie, lime tart and Anzac cookie. Yes, I finished every mentioned sinful item mar the Anzac cookie. No, I did not eat all of it in one sitting, although I probably could. Probably. The cookie was for the Angmoh, which he single-handedly devoured without offering me a taste. I had also gifted Fakebooo with a rhubarb tart which he undoubtedly enjoyed.

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Lemon chiffon

Amongst all the mentioned goodies, the lemon chiffon wins hands down. I love citrusy desserts and while the chiffon has fluffy insides, the edges and bottom are saturated with sweet tangy lemon juice. Mmm, yum. I’ve heard that Beatrix has produced many a lemon tart and I have yet to set my greedy hands on one, but I predict I won’t be too far along from satisfying this craving.

Parisian Patisserie Boulangerie
19 Keilor Road
Essendon
Vic 3041
+61 3 9379 3815
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Parisian Patisserie Boulangerie is another place that I wish I lived next to. Thank the lord I’m more than a suburb away. It can be a tad troublesome to get there so I’ve only been a couple of times, during airport runs, despite my enjoyment of their products.

Situated amongst the wide traffic-confusing shopping stretch that encompasses two huge round-abouts in Essendon, Parisian Patisserie Boulangerie is rather easy to find once you get past navigating said round-abouts and turn onto the right road. It is identified by a bicycle, of which its basket nestles the iconic symbol of French bread, the baguette.

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I have yet to sit in and dine in this little café but coffee, sandwiches and of course pastries can be enjoyed on site. My most recent takeaway stash consisted of the famed almond croissant and an escargot for The Angmoh.

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(Left) Escargot $4.80
(Right) Almond croissant $5.90

The almond croissant is slightly bigger on average and is also a tad pudgier. It is generously stuffed with sweet buttery almond pate. The flaky layers of croissant are somewhat lost due to the moist filling but it still makes one hell of a wicked treat.

I have previously tried the vegetable brioche. It is tasty, buttery and goes against the mindset that everything vegetarian is healthy.

The next time you’re headed to or from the airport, take the longer route to step into this lovely café.

Cupcake Central Workshop
Level 2, Dining Hall
Melbourne Central
Melbourne
Vic 3000
+61 3 9077 4542Cupcake Central Workshop on Urbanspoon

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Food fashions are like waves: they come crashing in, cause a lot of fuss and then fade out with a gentle evanescence. Melbourne has had many food ebbs and tides; there was the Mexican wave, the macaroon movement, the uproar on doughnuts and cronuts and of course the cupcake craze.

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Cupcake chains shot up like wildflowers in a dung-laden farm in recent years. These little morsels are delicate, intricate and far too pretty to be eaten. They are basically sponge cakes prettied up by a hat of swirled frosting. Throw in some flavour, pile on the make-up and voila, a cupcake is made.

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(Left) Chocolate malt milkshake $4
(Right) Mint choc chip$4

Cupcake Central has to be the pioneer and reigning queen of the cupcakes. While many a franchise have diminished, the original Cupcake Central holds court in Melbourne Central. Several factors contribute to her clout: the open window in which customers can watch the action is beckoning, as is the comfortable lounge sandwiched between her and Plantation. Furthermore, workshops are held for those interested to perfect their cupcake making and decorating skills.

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Lemon $4

But what about the cupcakes? The cupcakes, of course, are delicious. The sponge base is moist and soft and the frosting finger-and-lip-licking good. There are more than 15 different flavoured cupcakes to appeal to the masses.

I took away the chocolate mint, lemon and chocolate malted milkshake one day and also sampled a peanut butter one sometime ago. The flavours of each cupcake came were unmissable and the textures of both sponge and icing were perfect.

The bottom line is, if you have managed to hide yourself in some tiny dark well and have yet to open your heart to try one of Cupcake Central’s cupcakes, do yourself a favour. Get one of these babies and I guarantee, it’ll be hard to stop at just one.

Helados Jauja
254 Lygon Street
Carlton
Vic 3053
+61 3 9041 2927
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One might wonder what a Patagonian ice cream shop is doing in the middle of Melbourne’s Little Italy. Although dotted with gelato bars aplenty, Helados Jauja is the only place I’d settle for ice cream on Lygon Street.

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It combines real fresh ingredients with Patagonian techniques, lovingly handmade in Australia. Doesn’t matter how you go about eating your ice cream, be it taking a big bite and getting brain freeze or swirling your tongue to catch melting rivers, the taste of the ice cream is pure and true. The texture of the ice cream might not be as creamy but the unadulterated wholesome flavours more than compensate for it.

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(Left) Vanilla Bean [classic] $4.70
(Right) Hola! Mi Amor – rosewater with swirls of raspberry, roasted pistachios [deluxe] $5.30

There are 2 categories of ice cream, classic and deluxe, with the latter a touch pricier. There are also a variety of sorbets to choose from. You pick the number of scoops you want and decide if you’d like to have it in a cup or cone. I normally go for 2 in a cone. So far, I’ve tried black sesame, peanut butter, mint, yerba mate, vanilla and rosewater. My favourites so far are the black sesame and mint.

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Helados Jauja now does brunch on weekends and is currently having a promotion titled “A Date with Jaujas”. For $50, you get to sample all 24 flavours, enjoy 3 scoops of any choice and take home a regular pack of ice cream. The date is set for 9 Nov, so ice cream fanatics should book this one in.

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