Chin Chin, CBD.

Hey so, you know what never happens?

If you said getting into Chin Chin without having to wait at least half an hour, then yes, you are right.

Though, we did get a table for lunch the other day with no wait.

So, miracles do happen.

At least crazy delicious ones do.

Chin Chin is a light-filled space, which echoes with conversation and is electric with excited eaters. Every now and then an exclamation reaches out above the steady buzz,  a “OMG, this is SO GOOD” or  an “Oooh.” Safe to say, the wait for your food to be cooked is  suspenseful and envy-stricken – that waiter carrying that dish you ordered is heading in a beeline towards you, BUT suddenly makes a sharp turn and you stare at the adjacent table, nudge your partner and observe nonchalantly – “that looks good.”

Such light, such quirk.

Check out the iconic bunny light fixture!

Now, I know that you are probably just a eager as I was to get onto the food.

This Kingfish sashimi is  A MUST ORDER. It is easily my favourite dish at Chin Chin, and one of my faves of all time. It is one of those dishes that you have to have at least once in your life. It is spicy, addictive and refreshing.


Chin Chin has some amazing curries and stir-fries, and really you can’t go wrong choosing a few of them to share.  We tried so many that I can’t even remember the names of the dishes.
Anything with pork belly is a must – they do spicy/sweet perfectly.
+ something that packs some heat – something with the word “Jungle” in it, is a sure bet!


Next time I head there I’m going to try their FEED ME option where 69 dollars gets you a selection off the menu of their choosing. I know it is all good and it might get me to try something I wouldn’t naturally go for!

So yes, believe the Hype. People wait in lines outside venues for good reasons sometimes. :p

xoxxo

Karma

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Altove, Paris. 

When in France, eat …Italian. No seriously, do it. Also, try Lebanese and Japanese food too. Just like how sushi is made differently in Australia to Japan, and the same idea applies to Italian food in France. There is a different twist on your traditional dishes, a fusion of ideas and flavours, and it is delicious.

Altrove is a tiny little Italian restaurant in Saint-Germain-des-Pres. You couldn’t fit 20 people in it. However, what it lacks in space, it makes up for in character, flavour and friendliness.

It has such a quirky front, with fresh ingredients on display, and a warm cosy french-y feel.

The waitress was so friendly and accommodating – plus she put up with my crappy French!

We ordered an antipasto platter, which is still the freshest and tastiest antipasto I have ever had. They were generous with the fresh bread, and there was such amazing flavour in the good quality olive oil used in the antipasto, plus the herbs really stood out. Fantastic stuff.

We also tried a simple tomato based baked pasta , which was stunning and simple. Comfort food at its finest. Not pictured is a zucchini and speck pasta which was also yummy, and a bit of a twist on your usual pasta.

A close up – look at that cheesy goodness!

We finished with a lemon granita – sweet, light and refreshing. A perfect way to end a meal.

The meal was completely affordable too – this place is a real gem in Paris. If you are in the area, definitely make a booking (it gets popular!) and try it. It is such a warm restaurant – beautiful in it’s simplicity, and the perfect mix of French and Italian!

 

Street Organics, Malvern.

Hello again!

I’ve been going to gym a lot more, and have been on a bit of a health kick recently, so when Zomato gave me a voucher to check out Street Organics, a store/cafe for the health conscious, I was super excited.


We simply had to try the Tumeric and Ginger Latte – it sounded so interesting and good for you! It was bright yellow, and had a strong flavour, which was pleasant, but definitely tasted healthy.  I felt like I was giving my body a health boost for sure. : )

I ordered the big breakfast, which came with beans, organic ham, two poached eggs, housemade sauerkraut and delicious sourdough, plus a hot drink and a juice: all for 20 dollars. Amazing value. It was yummy too. I enjoyed the ham, and I love that it was chemical free and organic. The eggs were poached nicely and the bread was thickly sliced, which I love.

Here is a close up : yum.

My brunch partner ordered the Bircher muesli, which looked amazing – so pretty, and such a large serving too. She loved it – full of flavour and not too sweet. I was jealous!

We also tried some raw desserts, the caramel slice was epic – super rich and wow, good for you. We gobbled it down quickly and didn’t grab a photo but it looked like your normal caramel slice, just with less of the guilt.

Street Organics is a great healthy brunch option for locals.

xoxo Karma

 

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Disclaimer: I received a voucher from Zomato to try out Street Organics.

 

Two Birds Cafe – #Zomatomeetup

I’m not a summer person, and currently I’m staying inside on a 37 degrees Celsius day, with the air con on, surrounded by iced drinks.

However, I love summer food. I love the refreshing, sweet, lightness of it all. Mango sorbet, cucumber salad, smoothie bowls…. all of it is delicious.

A fantastic example of a beautiful summer menu, is one I experienced at Two Birds Cafe during a #Zomatomeetup.

Two Birds Cafe, in Collingwood is a gorgeous space, with light wood and exposed brick and the sun shining through walls of windows.




It has a simple interior, mainly neutral, with spots of colour throughout, all brought together with a colourful chandelier hanging over a large communal table.

Doesn’t this dish look summery? It is matcha (Matcha Maiden) buttermilk pancakes with acai mascarpone, mango, passsionfruit, raspberries, dehydrated fruit and edible flowers.

Here  is a close up for you (on a white plate, it was my neighbours, as I couldn’t decide which plate I liked best. : p ) Stunning, right?  It was spectacular to eat too, the only thing I would have wanted more of is the matcha flavour – I’m a big fan of that sweet/bitter green tea kick.

These cauliflower fritters with roast pumpkin puree, baby spinach and smoked salmon felt so good for me and healthy, but didn’t taste “healthy.” The cauliflower was spiced beautifully,  and the pumpkin was moreish. I think I would have wanted the fitters to be a bit moist, however, it was a lovely light dish, with substance.

It also had pretty colours – mmm, look at that pumpkin!

These cute ‘Summer Berry’ smoothies usually come in bowls, but since we had so much delicious food to eat (and my stomach isn’t Mary Poppins’ bag) so I was glad to have it in a glass!  There were chia seeds, cacao nibs, berries, kiwi and it was so refreshing!

Two Birds Cafe has also recently started selling Bistro Morgan’s sweets. Morgan is a young man in high school, who makes all these delicious sweets and delivers them (with the help of his mother) to several trendy cafes through out Melbourne. It is amazing that someone so young has such skill, creativity and ambition.

Have a look at these amazing doughnuts – with the filling in syringes,  and topped with rose petals and pistachio or white chocolate and raspberry – such creative flavours!

Or, my favourite- chocolate brownie cookies filled with fillings such as peppermint crisp (SO GOOD), salted caramel and jaffa orange!

Seriously check his creations out, a list of the cafes which stock his wonderful cakes are here.

I want to say a big thank you to Zomato, for inviting me to this epic meetup, and another thank you to Two Birds Cafe, for inviting us and making such awesome food. Plus, a massive applause and thank you to Bistro Morgan, for providing such delicious sweets.

Have a look at Two Birds Cafe on Zomato here:

Two Birds Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

xoxo Karma

Disclaimer: I was invited by Zomato and Two Birds Cafe to taste their menu. My meal was paid for by Zomato and Two Birds Cafe.

 

 

McCormick’s Grill Mates Event.

I am in no way a vegetarian, and I love to eat fatty foods. I know that I don’t post a lot of glorious meat, but this post will more than make up for that!

I was invited by McCormick to try their new Grill Mates range, at a BBQ event held at Beer Deluxe Hawthorn, and run by Chef Eric Luhning from BBQ School.

Chef Eric used the new American BBQ Grill Mates range to teach us some amazing BBQ techniques. There are some great flavours in the Grill Mates range – including Jalapeno Cheddar and Chipotle with roasted garlic!

A selection of the Grill Mates Range.

A nicely set table.

Chef Eric, working his magic.

BBQ Action!

So much meat! It was so delicious. Cooked for hours, until it melted in your mouth. We had burgers, quesadillas, brisket, pulled pork and oh, a little bit of salad.  The Grill Mates seasonings added some tasty flavours to the meat – I loved the sweetness of the brown sugar bourbon sauce with the beef brisket.  Eric showed us how to use the seasonings and they were simple – just rub them onto the meat and set it up on the barbecue, or even rub them onto steaks and burgers and cook using a grill pan. Easy as!



Everybody grabbing a bit of everything to eat! It was hectic there for a while. :p

To finish off the meal, Chef Eric had the fantastic idea of using the seasoning in chocolate brownies. They had a spicy kick and were amazing!

Thank you to Market Maker PR and McCormick Australia for inviting me to this delicious launch. All my opinions are my own. 

Hotel consolacion. 

I’m feeling the travel bug again but I have to stay put this year! So, I’m looking through photos from my adventures last year. Such memories. Like this one from Spain.

We went to Spain for my cousins’ wedding and they had the most beautiful ceremony in the countryside; with delicious food, gorgeous accommodation, cute dogs and wonderful people.

It was held at the Hotel Consolacion, in the area of Matarraña, about 3 hours from Barcelona. A mixture of modern and historic luxury, with ‘box’ rooms set into a rocky cliff overlooking endless mountains, and an 18th century hermitage with a restaurant. Pretty amazing.

Have a look at some of the photos I took during our stay.


A beautiful setting for the dinner reception.

Seriously the best canapes I’ve had in my life.
  

Freshly baked bread with flecks of salt and rosemary.

Amazing foie gras.

Picture perfect burger for the children. I was jealous and may have stolen a chip.

Salted cod which was melt in mouth soft and creamy.

There was a heap more food, including some amazing desserts. Breakfast the next day was fresh and delicious, and we were told that the chef had won awards. Pretty awesome.

The countryside and little towns surrounding the hotel are well worth a visit, – so full of history and character. Plus the hotel itself is amazing. It has an 18th century chapel, a pool overlooking the countryside, a library, a bar and an open kitchen which guests can walk through.

I’m so glad that my cousins tied the knot in Spain, and in somewhere so quiet and romantic, in a sleepy area which you wouldn’t expect to be so magical! I would definitely go back there.

 

xoxox

 

Karma

Top Paddock, Richmond.

I wouldn’t be a food blogger in Melbourne if I didn’t blog about TOP PADDOCK at least once!

It is a pretty cafe – and massive. It sort of shocks me that people have to queue, because there are a lot of tables. This place is Pop-u-larr.

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The interior design is stunning, and the light that comes in through those ceiling to floor windows is perfect for photography.

Case in point:

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You know the deal here: this is the Blueberry and Ricotta Hotcake ($19), which is a work of art. You have to stare at it, admiringly for a minute before you eat it. So preeettty!

It was yummy, but very rich and mega sweet. Those seeds and berries on top add freshness to a heavy dish. It is a very large serving too. Share this one! Make it dessert…break..dessert…Breassert. What ever you decide to call it, do it.

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The Gin and Lime Cured Huon Ocean Trout Fillet ($20) is a must order. It is possibly one of my favourite breakfasts of all time. The trout was amazing and when mixed with the yolks of those perfectly poached eggs, a taste sensation. I made a lot of mmmm sounds.

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Here they are, two pretty dishes, striking a pose for the foodie paparazzi.

It was a lovely breakfast and I would definitely head back to Top Paddock again. Or even try The Kettle Black, their sister cafe.

So, believe the hype! The food really is worth lining up for. : )

xoxox

Karma
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