Archive for November, 2010

RECIPE – Pear (im)Perfection ala Masterchef

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Complex, Cuisine, Dessert, Dessert, dessert, Meal Type, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes with tags , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

So, I watched Junior Masterchef finale the other week and this was what they came up with. Peeved off with the judges & stupid 11/10 scores – pathetic – but can’t fault the food.

Figured if a 12 year old could, I could too. 😀

My flat attempt vs Adrian Zumbo’s Pear Perfection

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Well Connected – Breakfast – Glebe

Posted in 5 - Lamentable :'(, Breakfast, Budget Bite (<$15), Glebe, Meal Type, Modern, Price, Restaurants, Sydney with tags , , , , , , , on November 20, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

I was in the neighbourhood & starving so I went in the first place that looked appetising and was busy. My mistake was going to a place where the internet seemed to be a bigger draw than the food – I didn’t notice the name until I got the menu

It wasn’t bad food, but it wasn’t great either.

Raspberry/Mango fruit blend – $4

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Lucio Pizzeria – Dinner – Darlinghurst

Posted in 1 - Laudable :D, Cuisine, Darlinghurst, Dinner, European, Fair Fare ($15-20), Italian, Meal Type, Price, Restaurants, Sydney with tags , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

Oh wow! This pizza was absolutely fantastic – I can’t wait to go back again. I wasn’t sure I was at the right place, there was a courtyard with several restaurants connected together, but a glance to the open glass door read Lucio Pizzeria backwards, so we had finally found it.

This place normally gets pretty packed, especially Fri & weekends but it’s also busy Thursday nights as well.

This is a combo of 2 times that I’ve been to Lucio’s. One time was a Thursday around 9pm after I had just been doing some sports so my dining companion and I were in our *cough* trakkie daks *cough*. The second time was first thing as it opened at 6pm on a Fri night – it filled up pretty quickly but not to the point of people hovering around uncomfortably waiting. Great pizza – well worth a trip.

Lucio’s on the far left

Antipasto Misto – Platter for 2 – $26

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RECIPE – Sushi rolls

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Cuisine, Dinner, Japanese, Lunch, Meal Type, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Savouries, Simple with tags , , , , , , on November 15, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

Love Jap food, love sushi. This is a recipe for western-style sushi 🙂

Grab a cheap sushi rolling mat from an Asian grocery store ($3) and you’re ready to roll. The rolling mat is basically a bunch of bamboo skewers tied together.

Home-made Californian sushi rolls

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Pancakes on the Rocks – Dessert – Darling Harbour

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, Cuisine, Darling Harbour, Dessert, dessert, Fair Fare ($15-20), Meal Type, Modern, Price, Restaurants, Sydney with tags , , , , , , , on November 13, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

After a lazy lunch at I’m Angus, we met up with another friend for coffees (theoretically). Coffee instead turned to Pancakes at the Rocks in Darling Harbour.

With all of us only just having lunch, we decided to go for a light option – we would share some pancakes.

2 ice coffees & 1 milkshake (me)

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I’m Angus – Lunch – Cockle Bay Wharf (Darling Harbour)

Posted in 5 - Lamentable :'(, Cuisine, Darling Harbour, Lunch, Meal Type, Price, Restaurants, steakhouse, Super Splurge (>$30), Sydney with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

Wondering around Darling Harbour & was meeting a friend for a late lunch around 2.30pm – where to go? So many places, but so pricey. 😦

As we were craving some animal flesh aka meat, decided to stop into I’m Angus – a steakhouse.

There’s a nice view and we got a table outside to enjoy it.

The waiter here though, was very pushy, also asking if we wanted sides/salads/wine/beer/drinks/etc with our meal. Enough already, I’m trying to relax and I can’t do it if you’re constantly giving me ‘the sell’.

Caved – part of ‘the sell’ – Garlic Bread $4.50

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Passionflower – Dessert – Capital Square

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Asian (East), Cuisine, Dessert, dessert, Fair Fare ($15-20), Haymarket, Meal Type, Price, Restaurants, Sydney with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

After a late-night dinner at Kura, tempted as I was to try their taikoyaki (fish shaped wafer with red bean paste & ice cream inside), I wanted some chocolate, so it was off to Passionflower nearby at around 11.30pm.

Ta da – 3 lovely ice cream desserts

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Kura Japanese Dining – Dinner – Haymarket

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, Asian (East), Cuisine, Dinner, Fair Fare ($15-20), Haymarket, Japanese, Meal Type, Price, Restaurants, Sydney with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

Played some sports, it’s 10pm on a Thursday night & companions wanted Japanese. So we’re off to Haymarket/chinatown.

Kura Japanese Dining – Haymarket

This is obviously a day-time photo, but we were there late at night – yes, the pic does show a line out front. This is a tiny, tiny little place on the corner near George St. There are stools & 2 little tables – place would probably fit max 15 people elbow to elbow – I hope you’re not claustrophobic. They also do takeaway.

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RECIPE – Blue Cheese Gnocchi

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, Cuisine, Italian, Main, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Simple, Vegetarian with tags , , , , , , on November 6, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

So, it’s 10 mins until dinner time & you only have 2 ingredients in your fridge/pantry, gnocchi & blue cheese – what do you do?

Well, they’re a match made in heaven so it’s time to combine them.

2 ingredients, 10 minutes – easy as pie

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Umi Kaiten Zushi – Sushi Train – Haymarket

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Asian (East), Cuisine, Fair Fare ($15-20), Haymarket, Japanese, Lunch, Meal Type, Price, Restaurants, Sydney with tags , , , , , , on November 5, 2010 by Monitor Muncher

Told my boss I was going for an extended lunch break to catch up with a friend. He said if I wanted to have alcohol with lunch it was okay if I didn’t come back to work afterwards… Does everyone think I’m an alcoholic?!?!

Anyway, after my bout of (alleged) food poisoning at Sushisuma, I had been hesitant to eat sushi from places I hadn’t been to yet. I really love sushi though, so I knew this reluctance would not last. Plus, I’ve been to Umi heaps & heaps of times previously and always enjoyed it.

It was sushi train time! 🙂

I also like this place because it’s endlessly entertaining watching the chefs make all the sushi in front of you. As well as everything that circulates on the sushi train, there’s also a menu with other items & if an item isn’t on the train (yet) you can ask for them to make it specially for you.

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