Saturday, November 28, 2009

Zumbo's Macaron party

I was alerted to the existence of Adriano Zumbo's Macaron party the night before, just before I hung up my workboots to go on a well-deserved holiday.

Luckily, I had that day off, so just around lunchtime, I zoomed off to Balmain to inspect the wares. The queue was not bad (about 10 people), and there was heaps of flavours left.

Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my list of the flavours with me, so I seemed to have picked all the sweet ones.

I tried:
1. Peanut Butter
2. Burnt toast and Butter
3. Maple Syrup, Bacon and Pancake
4. Popcorn
5. Vegemite Sourdough
6. Carrot Cake

I wished I had the money (and the time), to get one of all the flavours to try.

My favourite was the carrot cake, with a bit of cream cheese icing and walnut pieces in the filling. I was quite partial also, to the slightly oversweet vegemite. Unforntunately, the others tasted rather samey - and I had to consult my list to work out what the vaguely caramel flavoured one was (it turned out to be Burnt toast and Butter). The Maple Syrup, Bacon and Pancake one was also disappointing - there were chewy papery bits, which I think were like "bacon pieces"

I ended up polishing off the last of my bounty on an international flight with some aeroplane coffee to temper the sweetness. I definitely got a giant sugar overload though!

Pictures once I get my net connection working.
So this is what the aftermath of Zumbo's Macaron party looked like:

Thursday, November 05, 2009

SIFF Review: Burlington Dining Room does lunch

I went to Burlington dining room on Friday 30 Ocotber, last gasp at the Sydney International food Festival “Let’s do lunch”.

Burlington Dining Room is owned by Matthew Kemp, who started up Restaurant Balzac and Two Rooms in Randwick, two favourite haunts of mine, which I am unfortunately unable to visit as often as I would like.

The “Let’s do lunch” special was King salmon fish cakes with prawns, creme fraiche & baby fennel salad, $35 per person inclusive of a glass of wine, beer or mineral water.

They also had a deal for $45: three course including a rare beef salad, and strawberry sundae The table next to me had that, and the sundaes looked delicious!! You could also order a matching glass of wine with the beef slad for $8 extra.

Anyway, I grabbed the Let's do Lunch special, which worked very well. The slight bitterness of the fennel worked wonders with the rich fish cake and creme fraiche.

Afterwards, I couldn't resist and had a look at the dessert menu: Eton Mess was on the specials board for $12. This item appears to have had a big rennaisance in Sydney recently, I am sure that I have heard of it popping up all over the place.

This one had bits of meringue, cream (double??), berry coulis. Also a toffee ‘sheet’ on top. Very tasty, but too rich for me!! I love cream, but I don't think it loves me back.

Photos to come, once I get this net thingy working.

Burlington Bar & Dining
6 Burlington St,
Crows Nest NSW 2065

Tel: 02 9439 7888

Monday to Friday for lunch from 12.00pm
Monday to Saturday for dinner from 6.00pm
I mucked up the focus taking the picture of the crabcake, so I have a clear one of the Eton Mess. What a beauty!