Archive for October, 2010

Beautiful Burgers – Lunch – Chippendale

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Budget Bite (<$15), Burgers, Chippendale, Cuisine, Lunch, Meal Type, Modern, Price, Restaurants, Sydney with tags , , , , , , , on October 30, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

After finally dragging myself out of bed on Saturday arvo, I was really craving a burger, so off I went to Beautiful Burgers. It’s a little hole-in-the-wall place, the kind of place where the owners like to know your name.

Very friendly & relaxed, a perfect way for me to start the day with breakfast/lunch. 🙂

The sun was shining (although it did go to the dogs later in the day) and they had a quaint little courtyard out back where I could chill.

I decided to go for one of the specials as, in the words of my sister, you can get the regular menu any day of the year.

Cypriot lamb with rocket, grilled tomatoes, red onions & feta

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RECIPE – Pasta Carbonara – My way

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Cuisine, Italian, Main, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Savouries, Simple with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

My “healthy” carbonara – it has veggies dun it?

I don’t know why, but I don’t like to add cream to my pasta sauce – probably because I can get the same creamy sauce without it.

You can really add whatever veggies you want to give this the appearance of healthy food. The only ingredients I wouldn’t want to go without are onions, mushrooms & bacon. 🙂 (and pasta, obviously)

Oh, and the sauce is a combo of egg yolk, parmesan & pepper – weirded out my housemate a little when I first cooked it – but don’t knock it til you try it.

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RECIPE – Tiramisu (“Pick me up”)

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Chocolate, Dessert, Italian, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Simple with tags , , , , , , on October 26, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

“pick me up”, I sure will Tiramisu

Italian food is my passion, one of my first forays into cooking when younger was the making of tiramisu. When I first attempted it, I made it more mocha than coffee because I wasn’t at an age where I liked coffee. It’s very easy to make.

Now is a different story. 😀

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Panda Ice Cream – IGA – Haymarket

Posted in 4 - Laughable ;P, Funny, Haymarket, Misc with tags , , , , , on October 24, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

Just a little bit of shopping silliness, something to make you smile. 😀

So I was wondering around Central & decided to browse Haymarket. Haymarket is an asian area which is awesome because you can buy things that you can’t seem to get anywhere else & in greater variety. E.g. (exhibit A below) so many more ice cream choices at the supermarket (IGA).

Panda Ice Cream Bar

A vanilla & chocolate paddle pop in the shape of a panda – how could I say no? I was with some younger family members so I justified the indulgence by saying I was just keeping the kids happy. It wasn’t my fault there were enough bars for everyone & I got one as well.


However, all the pandas came out with some sort of deformity.

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Assiette – Friday Lunch Set Menu – Surry Hills

Posted in 1 - Laudable :D, Cuisine, Degustation/Tasting, European, Lunch, Meal Type, Modern, Price, Restaurants, Super Splurge (>$30), Surry Hills, Sydney with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

Assiette is a hatted restaurant in Surry Hills with a Friday lunch set menu of $35 for 3 courses – of course I had to give it a try. The chef there also recently opened a bistro call District Dining if you want a more casual scene.

This was accompanied by a bottle of Escarpment Pinot Noir Martinborough, NZ. I’m not normally a red drinker, but it was a little cold & dreary & I really wanted something that would warm my insides. This red didn’t have the acidic aftertaste that I normally experience & it had a clean, crisp taste which made it the perfect addition to my lunch.

Bread, warm & toasty from the oven

I love fresh baked bread, there’s nothing finer than the simplest of staples fresh from the oven & still piping hot. This bread was simply wonderful, and I consider myself to definitely be a bread/carbs person.

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RECIPE – Xiao Long Bao (Chinese soup dumplings)

Posted in 1 - Laudable :D, Chinese, Cuisine, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Savouries, Snack, Supernova with tags , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

Having never made dumplings before (nor done much Chinese cooking), I decided, if I’m only going to make dumplings once in my life, I might as well go for the holy grail.

So how about a dumpling with meat/prawn filling & soup inside?

There were a few firsts for me, first time making dumplings, first time using a wok & first time using a bamboo steamer.

Mmm… tasty

The question is: how do you get soup inside your dumpling?

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Pho Pasteur Vietnamese Restaurant – Haymarket

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, Asian (East), Budget Bite (<$15), Cuisine, Haymarket, Lunch, Price, Restaurants, Sydney, Vietnamese with tags , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

Just a quickie during my lunch break. Not so quick due to service though.

Whenever I go to a Viet restaurant, I always have try the beef rice noodles (pho) because if they can’t get their signature dish right, I doubt they could get anything right.

Pho Pasteur – George St Sydney

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