International Ice-Cream Month – Let’s Party!

My Dearest Readers, it’s now July and it’s getting seriously cold in Melbourne…on Tuesday when I went to work it was only 4 degrees! But that won’t stop be from eating ice-cream and guess what it’s actually International Ice-Cream Month! Yup it actually exists :) I didn’t know that myself, until Harry’s Ice-Cream and Keep Left PR contacted me and asked if I was interested in hosting an Ice-cream party with everything provided, ice-cream (of course) and all the different types of toppings I wanted!

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I most definitely could not turn this offer down :D Now you all know I can eat ice-cream for dinner, but I’m not sure Mr Bao or my friends would appreciate that, so I decided to double it up and make it a dinner party followed by an ice-cream party! So for dinner we decided to have a Shanghainese themed pot luck and we all made a dish.

Shanghainese Themed dinner

We made pork and vegetable wontons, not sure if it’s really Shanghainese but they some how felt like they fitted ~

Pork and Veggie Wonton

Pork and Veggie Wonton

I’m not sure if anyone is interested in the recipe, it’s one that Mr Bao’s grandma uses and we love it! I love eating it with chilli oil the hotter the better! Let me know if you’d like the recipe and we will post it ~

Lion's heat meatball

Lion’s head meatball

Our friend Momo made Lion’s head meatball, they got their name because of their shape which resembles a lion not really sure where that came from but haha anyhow these are not just any lion’s head, these have a secret inside! If you follow me on Instagram you will already know hehe, Momo put quail eggs inside! Which made it extra tasty!

IMG_9073Ok now lets move back to the main reason for our dinner party and that was the for the Ice-Cream Party! Let’s start with the toppings, I was a little selfish and got all my favourites. Mini Oreos, chocolate chips, marshmallows, sprinkles, assorted M&Ms, desiccated coconut, Nutella and Gingersnap cookies :) What’s some of your favourite toppings?

Sticky Date Pudding and Pavlova Ice-cream

Sticky Date Pudding and Pavlova Ice-cream

We all started with a scoop of Sticky Date Pudding and Pavlova with passionfruit and was free to add any toppings we wanted.

Whats your favourite topping?

I dressed my ice-cream with mini Oreos, I reckon their better than the original ones, crispier hehe assorted M&M’s and of course some 100s and 1000s to finish off ~ I think all the toppings worked really well with the ice-cream not overpowering the flavours.

Double Sticky Date!

Double Sticky Date!

Very lucky to have friends who are chef ;) was half persuaded and half forced to make her famous sticky date pudding paired with Harry’s Sticky Date Pudding Ice-cream plush that amazing butterscotch sauce. And that’s how we ended up with Double Sticky Date pudding dessert, and trust me it will not be the last time I do this, I loved the intense date flavour and surprisingly it wasn’t actually that sweet, Mr Bao agrees too.

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Thank you Harry’s Ice-cream and KeepLeft PR my friends and I had so much fun with the ice-cream party at home and we can’t wait to do it again, perhaps by then it will be warmer and we’ll have a barbecue and the part outside ~ If you haven’t tried Harry’s Ice-cream before they are currently sold at Woolworths, Foodland and IGA for all stockists refer to this link.

Daisy@Nevertoosweet and friends was sent Harry’s Ice-cream and Keep Left PR to try and review. All opinions are my own and honest. 

 

Seasons and Sunraysia Farmers Market – Mildura Part 2

Took me a while but there’s part 2 of our Mildura trip and I’m definitely missing our time there, we had so much time to relax and rejuvenate from our usually busy schedule. Anyhow, I emailed Visit Mildura the tourism board for some tips and recommendations for places to go, they kindly invited me to dine at Seasons’ restaurant to try their dishes with a focus on using local produce.

Seasons

I soon realised that most restaurants were located on Langtree Ave and Ninth St in Mildura, which can make parking a bit of a hassle, but other than that, we had no troubles finding Seasons which is actually part of the Mildura Grand Hotel where Stefanos is downstairs in the basement.

SeasonsWe arrived a couple of minutes late and was greeted by the owner and operator Andy Williams, he jokes “how can a food expert be late for their own meal?” hahaha that is true… I really need to work on being more punctual and not being late all the time :P I noticed that there was another restaurant on the left which Andy explains to me is The new Spanish Bar & Grill which they also operate.

Somerby Cider

Somerby Cider

Andy offered us a drink to start of with and I immediately went the Somerby Cider on tap as it’s one of my favourite ones, light and crisp is how I would describe it ~

Double Press Dry Cider

Double Press Dry Cider

Mr Bao chose the Double Press Dry Cider which we haven’t seen before, and we could definitely taste the difference, much stronger in flavour and not as sweet. Wonder if I can find this in liquor stores in Melbourne.

Rich spicy prawn with local buttermilk pumpkin soup $18

Rich spicy prawn with local buttermilk pumpkin soup $18

To start of our meal, Mr Bao surprised me by ordering the spicy prawn with buttermilk pumpkin soup, because he’s never voluntarily ordered or ate pumpkin. He has nothing against it but simply isn’t a fan of it. I on the other hand, love pumpkin so I was thrilled he ordered this otherwise I would have hehe. The soup was more like a very thick puree with with spicy prawns, dollop of cream and also cayenne pepper which provided the spiciness. And I’m warning those who can’t take spice to reconsider before ordering this soup, I thought it was perfect because I love spicy food and the prawns were so big and so flavoursome.

Local Zucchini Fritters $14

Local Zucchini Fritters $14

I went for a lighter starter and chose the Local Zucchini fritters with garlic yoghurt tzatziki, the fritters were lightly coated and deep fried, giving it that crispiness on the outside but still remaining warm and fluffy inside.

Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon $30

Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon $30

I ordered the Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon for my main and it had all my favourite on one plate The salmon was grilled to perfection with a great crust but still keeping it lightly pink in the middle. It also came with cauliflower puree, green bean and cherry tomato salad and also a little creamed horseradish on top. It was another lighter main but still feeling which meant I still had lots of room for dessert :)

Fillet Mignon $39

Fillet Mignon $39

Mr Bao is a true meat eater, so he got the Grass-fed eye fillet, wrapped in bacon with a potato croquette, crouton and a creamy mushroom sauce with also a bed go green beans. A very hearty dish with a generous cut of meat, the bacon was a simple addition, however, provided so much more flavour! We both agree we should try copying this idea and adding some bacon to our steak next time we have it at home ~

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Sticky Date Pudding with Sesame ice-cream $14

I’m a huge sucker for all puddings especially sticky date! Quite unique for them to pair it with sesame ice-cream, surprisingly worked quite well and gave it a more Asian twist to a very traditional English dessert ~

Chocolate almond cake $14

Chocolate almond cake $14

We also tried the Chocolate Almond Cake with poached Quince on top. These are relatively new fruit to me, because growing up my parents never bought quince, it’s quite interesting to know quinces are actually yellow in colour and have a similar texture to pears. But when they’re poached for a period of time, they slowly turn into a reddish orange colour. The cake was wonderfully moreish and I really enjoyed the thick layer of chocolate ganache.

Owner Andy and Mr Bao

Owner Andy and Mr Bao

Mr Bao and I had a chat with Andy the owner and he said that they use to work at Stefanos before opening his own restaurants and even though it gets busy and tough he really enjoys what he does. Andy and his wife Mandy decided to name their restaurants Seasons because they want to change the menu according to seasons and use as many local produces as possible. I think they’ve done a great job in showcasing local produce. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Seasons and we’re looking forward to returning on our next visit.

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Daisy@Nevertoosweet and Mr Bao dined as Guests of Seasons Restaurant and Visit Mildura. 

After all that food, we got back to our cottage to a very excited puppy and we were soon in a food coma. I made sure we set our alarms to get up early because I wanted to visit the Sunraysia Farmers Markets that held at Jaycee Park, 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month starting at 8am to 12pm.

Sunraysia Markets

Sunraysia Farmers Markets

We arrived at just past 9am and it was already quite busy and it took us a while to find parking, Mildura was colder than I expected so I was glad we had all our big jackets and scarfs on. The market was separated into two sides, one was where all the food stalls were and in the middle were table and chairs. Other side had more art and craft such as handmade paintings, jewellery and some antiques.

Thai Pumpkin Soup $3

We must have arrived at a busy time, there were long queues everywhere, so we decided to walk around the market before we decided what we wanted. We stopped by a stall which sold pre made soups and got a Thai Pumpkin Soup each.

Thai Pumpkin Soup $3

Thai Pumpkin Soup $3

The soup was very smooth and creamy with fresh chives sprinkled on top. If we weren’t leaving so soon, I would have definitely bought a package or two of the soup home with me :) It was the perfect to warm both our stomach and hands.

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The stalls sold a lot of local produce and most Australians would remember the advertising effort in the late 80s and 90s which promotes Mildura for its oranges. So being the tourist that I am, of course I bought a bag back with me hehe

I was also told that Mildura produces the largest quality of almonds in Australia so I stopped by to grab a bag of almond flour and some very addictive smoked almonds which taste like they have been coated in bacon. I also picked up a couple of handmade cookies for our little puppy Cupcake which he appreciated.

Sunraysia Market Doggie

And just in case you were wondering, Sunraysia Farmers Market is 100% dog friendly as long as your dog is on a leash and remains calm I assume :) Cupcake has such a good time sniffing around and making new friends with every dog and person he came across.

Buddhas Hands

Budhas Hands

I also saw some interesting vegetables that I’ve never seen before such as these Budhas Hands. Has anyone cooked or seem these before? I’d love to know what they taste like!

We then wondered back to the main food stall and Mr Bao queued up, while I stayed back to mind our table. For about $9 you can get a full plate of breakfast and a whole table full of condiments mainly homemade chutneys and jams to choose from.

Big Breakfast $9

Big Breakfast $9

I don’t exactly remember how much the big breakfast was, but I’m pretty sure it was under $10 which is very affordable. It came with bacon, pork sausage, baked beans, fried egg, some broccoli and toasted bread. A very a homey and delicious breakfast, we particularly liked the pork sausage.

Muesli with poached quince and yoghurt $8.5

Muesli with poached quince and yoghurt $8.5   Freshly squeezed orange juice $4

I got a toasted muesli with poached quince and creamy Greek yoghurt. Another simple breakfast, but the poached quince was so beautiful so soft and sweet. Mr Bao also got us some freshly squeezed orange juice which wasn’t as sweet as I expected but I guess that’s because it’s 100% juice and no sugar added  ~

All three of us – Mr Bao, Cupcake and myself all had a wonderful time at Sunraysia Farmers Market and would recommend it to anyone who wants to experience life as a local Mildurian :D And don’t forget to bring the little furry kids!

1st and 3rd Saturday every Month
Jaycee Park, Mildura
Telephone: 0439 252 342
Email: info@sunraysiafarmersmarket.com.au

 

Instagram Friends – Millstone Patisserie

Through my 2.5 years of blogging, I have met so many friends through Facebook, Twitter and mainly on  Instagram. Sometimes I feel like I am closer to my new met friends because we all have the same interest and passion about food, they really understand me! Oops…I hope my non-foodie friends won’t take this the wrong way, because you guys are still important to me :)

Millstone Patisserie

Millstone Patisserie

Today’s blog post is about an Instagram friendship I started with Alice Wright, owner and the very talented pâtissier of Millstone Patisserie. Alice and I have been following each other on Instagram for about a year or a little more than that, we like each others photos and leave comments for each other. And sometime last year, we messaged each other and decided it would be nice for us to meet up, have a coffee and put a face to an Instagram account ~

Latte and Cappuccino

Unfortunately, due to some personal reasons and time constraints we weren’t able to meet up. But Alice promised me that she was working on a new project and once it was ready she will let me know. She also said ‘Don’t worry there will be a LOT of cakes for you to indulge in!’ :D Fast-forward 10 months later – Millstone Patisserie is born! And even though I haven’t known Alice for very long, I was and still am so excited and proud of her!

Cappuccino $3.8

Cappuccino $3.8

Millstone Patisserie is a cafe/bakery, in the more residential area of Malvern on Claremont Avenue. Here they are serving breakfast and lunch dishes but most important Alice’s creations from croissants to amazing 5 layered cakes. Mr Bao and I got to the new cafe at around 11am on a Sunday morning and it was already packed with locals and people coming to buy takeaway coffee and cakes. We had our boss hahaha I meant our puppy Cupcake with us. So we were lucky to get the last table outside. Mr Bao wanted something different today and ordered a Cappuccino. They use Proud Mary coffee here and the house blend never disappoints.

Latte $3.8

Latte $3.8

I ordered a Latte and thought it was lovely not too warm or cold, however, I would’ve preferred if it was a little stronger as it felt slightly weak. Excuse my nails hahaha I have been experimenting at home :P

Slow roasted pork belly $11.50

Slow roasted pork belly $11.50

I wondered into the cafe to find Alice and say hi to her in person. Because I’d never met Alice before, I had to ask one of the waiters and he pointed that the girl behind me talking to a table of customers was Alice. I waited politely for her to finish, but Alice quickly noticed I was standing next to her and first thing she did was threw her arms around me and gave me big hug! We both said ‘It feels like I already know you!’ because it does feel like we’ve known each other for a long time!

Grain fed Beef fillet $11.50

Grain fed Beef fillet $11.50

I was a little surprised that Alice was so young, because she has so much talent and already have her own cafe! I commented on the very reasonable price of her brunch dishes especially the slow roasted pork belly and grain fed beef fillet, and Alice said she wanted a cafe that was affordable to everyone and for locals to be able to revisit on a regular basis and not have to overspend. I think that’s very thoughtful as brunch is getting rather expensive with many dishes over $20.

Zucchini and Sweet Potato Fritters $16.5

Zucchini and Sweet Potato Fritters $16.5

We had a dinner party at our place the night before, so I wanted something lighter for brunch the next day. I chose the Zucchini and Sweet potato fritters with poached eggs and homemade beetroot relish. I really enjoyed this dish, the fritter had the perfect ratio of vegetables versus flour and wasn’t too dense. The beetroot relish also gave the dish additional sweetness. Now I want to steal this idea and try making these fritters at home ~

Baked eggs with chorizo and capsicum Spanish $16

Baked eggs with chorizo and capsicum $16

t was a chilly winter morning so Mr Bao opted for the Baked eggs with chorizo, capsicum, shavings of manchego cheese and servers with toasted Baguette. Flavours were wonderful and very comforting which is what he wanted.

Cakes!!! In front Hazelnut Dome $8

Cakes!!! In front Hazelnut Dome $8

Alice was very kind and set aside 3 cakes for us to try on the house. In front is the hazelnut dome with salted caramel, rhubarb and chocolate with a biscuit base. This was definitely one of my favourite, as I’ve a hazelnut fanatic and the slight sourness and the saltiness from the caramel really helped cut through some of the sweetness and flavour of the chocolate and hazelnut.

Cheesecake $8

At the back we have the raspberry cheesecake with rhubarb and topped with raspberry and caramel macadamia. This cheesecake is exactly the way I like it, lightly dense with a more New York Cheesecake texture with that delicious macadamia cookie base. Thumbs up from me!

Tarte Tatin $6.5

Tarte Tatin $6.5

This is a unusual shape for a tarte tartin but the flavours are all those that we are familiar with mascarpone creme patisserie with caramelised apples and a walnut crumble in a tart shell. The tart shell is baked very well and definitely no soggy bottom :) Filling was nice and sweet perfect for someone like me ~

Mork Hot Chocolate $4

Mork Hot Chocolate $4

To wrap this lovely brunch up, I ordered a Hot chocolate they use Mork hot chocolate here and I loved the way they served it in a little milk bottle and you pour it into the mug yourself.

So good it deserves an action shot :P For those who haven’t tried Mork before, its not a rich tasting hot chocolate which might make you sick after drinking it. It’s a lighter more refreshing hot chocolate that doesn’t skimp on the chocolate flavour.

I don’t want to sound bias, but I truly enjoyed Millstone Patisserie and can’t help but repeat am so proud of Alice for opening up her own store and be so successful in such a short period of time. I am so lucky to have met you through Instagram and I’ve gotta come back again and try the cruffins, croissants, Snickers tart and many more! If you’re looking for a new place for pastries, cake and coffee you’ll definitely need to pay Millstone Patisserie a visit!

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Bright and Early – De Mad Hatter

“Time is my biggest enemy right now!” this is what I’ve been telling everyone lately. You see My Dearest Readers, I know we have 24 hours a day, but I honestly don’t have enough time to do everything I want or see everyone I want to either! It’s now worse because of the World Cup, I’ve never been a fan but this year, not sure what’s gotten into me, Mr Bao and I have been making silly bets with each other and we’re both staying up or waking up extra early the watch the matches :D Are you watching the World Cup?

De Mad Hatter

Anyhow, I’m not sure if you remember my friend/colleague Yue. We use to work in the same team, but I’ve since moved on and we’re not longer at the same building so it’s made catching up a little harder. So a couple of weeks ago, we decided it was getting ridiculous we haven’t caught up for so long, so we both work up at the crack of dawn (not really) and met up for breakfast at 7am :) I was invited to the De Mad Hatter breakfast event a week ago, however, was stuck at work so Ashleigh from Harvey Publicity was kind enough to organise another breakfast for me and a friend ~

De Mad Hatter

For those who work in the Docklands area, I’m sure you would’ve seen the cafe and probably had coffee here before, Vincent the owner told me that they were one of the first cafes to open in the area. It is adjacent to Collins Square the business building where Mr Colilins, Long Shot and Bar Nacional all reside in ~

De Mad Hatter

I picked Yue up on the way and we arrived just before 7am, parking was actually easier than I thought and it was only a short walk ~ we we greeted by a lovely waitress and asked to sit where ever we wanted. She then came and handed us the menu and took our coffee order. I think she’s use to business people who are rushing before work as she moves quickly :) The menu here covers a good range from the porridge, pancakes, eggs Benedict through to the corn fritters.

Latte $4

Latte $4

Yue and I both ordered a latte, and I made sure I asked for a strong one, as I knew I was going to crash if I didn’t get enough caffeine haaha :P I love the triple heart lattle art here, the coffee was slightly on the warm side but had good fruity aromas.

DMH Signature 2 fried eggs, chorizo, oven baked cheesy tortilla and topped with fresh tomato and bean salsa $13.50

DMH Signature 2 fried eggs, chorizo, oven baked cheesy tortilla and topped with fresh tomato and bean salsa $13.50

A very Mexican inspired breakfast for Yue, he chose the DMH Signature with 2 fried eggs, chorizo, oven baked cheesy tortilla, topped with tomato and bean salsa. He’s knows me well enough now, that camera eats first and I will always get a bite of his meal :P And it was lovely, a heavier dish which is great for brunch, I particularly liked the fresh salsa made in store.

Rabbit’s Breaky with smashed avocado, ricotta cheese, poached eggs on thick sourdough toast $12.5

Rabbit’s Breaky with smashed avocado, ricotta cheese, poached eggs on thick sourdough toast plus a side of sausage $12.5

Yue laughed at my choice, because it was so healthy I also added a side of sausage to make it less vegetarian and that’s the kind of breakfast that I like :) I save my naughty calories for cakes and sweets. I really like the combination of the ricotta cheese and smashed avocado it feels lighter than the feta and avocado combo most cafes use.

Muffins and caramel slice

Muffins and caramel slice

After our breakfast I asked our waitress what sweets she had, and she recommended the muffins that were freshly made every morning. I had trouble deciding what I wanted, so she kindly offered to surprise us and bring us a plate to share. I just didn’t expect so much! We got a selection of muffins, banana chocolate, chocolate coconut, raspberry white chocolate and caramel slice. It’s been a while since I’ve had a good caramel slice with a generous caramel layer.

Chocolate and Banana muffin

Chocolate and Banana muffin

The chocolate and banana muffin would have to be my favourite, slightly warm and still fluffy inside. My only suggestion would be to have some Nutella with it next time, but that’s just me :P

Camera shy Yue

Camera shy Yue

Camera shy Yue wouldn’t let me take a head-on shot of him and post him on the blog :P So here’s the view the back and side of his face ~ We had a great time catching up and we both agreed De Mad Hatter servers wonderful wholesome breakfast and muffins. Prices are also very reasonable for a cafe in the area and I’d love to have a cafe this down at my office, I’m stuck with cafeteria food and instant coffee :(

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Daisy@Nevertoosweet and Yue dined as guests of De Mad Hatter and Harvey Publicity  

Hydrangea Cottage and Stefano Cafe Bakery – Mildura Part 1

As promised my Dearest Readers :) I’m sharing with you part one of our Mildura weekend away, work has been absolutely insane, leaving me no time to do what I love most and that’s blogging but I’ve managed to squeeze some time out because we had such an amazing time.

Mildura trip

Mr Bao and I have traveled quite a bit together, however, this was Cupcake’s first trip and he was going to go on the plane with us! I was actually quite nervous because I’ve never had a done before let alone organise his plane ride, fortunately it turned out to be rather simple and Virgin Airlines was really helpful. I won’t go into too much detail but if you would like to know more, please feel free to drop me an email :)

Mildura

After a short one hour flight we have arrived in Mildura! Oh yes before I forget, for overseas Readers Mildura is a rural city on the boarder of New South Wales and Victoria, it is known for their local produce especially oranges, wine and of course FOOD! That’s one of the main reasons why we decided to visit ~  I was so happy to see the blue skies as we walked onto to the tarmac.

Perfect Weather!

We picked up our rental car, punched the address of the house were staying into the GPS and off we went. We were welcomed by more perfect weather, this photo has not been filtered or edited in any way, I love the reflection of the blue skies in the Murray River ~

Hydrangea Cottage

Source: Hydrangea Cottage

This is our home for the next 4 days, a self-contained two bedroom cottage only a short 5 minute drive from the city centre of Mildura. Once again, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be difficult to find pet-friendly accommodation, so I was glad when Hydrangea Cottages allowed dogs to stay and also inside the house. The pets are not allowed on sofa or beds as it is hard to remove pet hair, but there is a large pet sofa right outside the toilet. The cottage had everything we asked for, clean bedsheets, tidy kitchen, TV in lounge room. But what really impressed us was the bowls and toys for dogs. Our only complaint was the house only had heating in the lounge room, and our room was a little cold at night. Electric blankets were provided yet I think it would’v been better if there was a portable heater available.

Stefano Cafe Bakery

After settling in, we were all feeling a little hungry so off we went to our first food stop! I did some research and knew Stefano De Pieri was the name in Mildura ~ we managed to go to all his food outlets but missed out trying the food at the Mildura Brewery at least we got some nice beers.

Stefano cafe bakery

With Cupcake with us, we decided to take a seat outside, but you can see that the restaurant is rather spacious inside. The weather was still lovely with blue skies, but it was a little chilly and probably colder than I expected. Because I was told by friends who have lived in Mildura before that it was supposed to be warmer than Melbourne.

Latte $ 3.8

Latte $ 3.8

When travelling I can never go without my 3 essentials and that’s my sunnies, coffee and camera (which I was obviously using to take this photo :P). I forgot to ask what coffee they use here but I’m going to make a wild guess and think it’s Genovese because I’m sure I’ve had this coffee before, it was probably a tad too warm for our liking but great full bodied flavour.

Beef cheek lasagne with salad $16.90

Beef cheek lasagne with salad $16.90

I chose the beef cheek lasagne as I felt like something comforting, it came in a small Tapas bowl and served with a little garden salad on the side. Between the lasagne sheets was a thick Bachemel sauce sandwiched with slow cooked beef cheek and topped with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese.

Beef Cheek Lasagne

The beef cheek was cooked until it’s so tender, flavours were wonderful and definitely filled me up. While Mr Bao said that the serving size was a little small and slightly cold, however, this may because we were sitting outside and I took my time taking photos ~ Either way great idea to use beef cheek as the meat inside a lasagne.

Pulled pork burger with coleslaw and sweet potato chips $23

Pulled pork burger with coleslaw and sweet potato chips $23

Mr Bao chose the pulled pork burger with coleslaw inside and sweet potato chips on the side. The brioche bun was lightly toasted, with the soft pulled pork. I found it wasn’t as tender as the beef cheeks, and lacked a little seasoning. The sweet potatoes were a favourite of ours, it was the thick cut type with the soft centre. We did find it to be a little overpriced for a small burger at $23.

Cupcake

I think Cupcake wanted a bite of the burger too hahaha but too bad puppies can’t eat human food. I nearly gave in to those eyes!

Coffee cake with cream cheese frosting $7

Coffee cake with cream cheese frosting $7

Couldn’t leave without something sweet especially since it was close to 3pm, and I haven’t had my sweet fix. We chose two, first being this coffee cake with cream cheese frosting because I knew Mr Bao would appreciate it. It was three layers of coffee sponge caked with cream frosting in between and cacao powder sprinkled on top. A very moist and lightly dense cake the way I think coffee cakes should be ~

Vanilla Slice $7

Vanilla Slice $7

The waitress also recommended the Vanilla slice which is one of their best sellers and I grabbed the last slice before it was sold out :) I’m so glad I did, because this became the high light of the mean, the crisp puff pastry on top and bottom with a luscious rich vanilla custard between. I definitely wouldn’t mind having this again or getting the recipe!

Overall, we enjoyed at visit to Stefano Cafe Bakery, surprisingly though the sweets outshined the savoury, can’t wait to share with you our visit to Stefano’s restaurant which will soon be renamed as Jim McDougall soon ~

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With our sunnies, matching leader jackets (even Cupcake!) we were ready to go and explore Mildura! Until the next post have a wonderful day and even better weekend :D

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Bring Back Tea Time – Bakers Delight

Happy Long Weekend for all my Dearest Readers who are lucky enough to get Monday off :) I’ve had a wonderful long weekend with Mr Bao and Cupcake on our first family trip to Mildura, can’t wait to share with you everything we did ~ But let’s just back track a little, a few weeks ago, I invited to Bakers Delight ‘Bring Back Tea Time’ event at Cristina Re ‘Where A Girl Goes’ tea salon in Collingwood.

Cristina ReI’ve visited Cristina Re before so I knew it was the perfect place to hold this event for Baker’s Delight. They are introducing the two new scone flavours and also trying to promote the motto ‘Bring Back Tea Time’ to get people to take a couple minutes of out their busy work days and enjoy a scone and a cup of tea with friends.

Cristina ReWe were so spoilt with the abundance of scones to choose from, I’ve walked past Baker’s Delight so many times and sure I see the scones on display, but I never knew there were so many favours to choose from!

Beautiful setting with an abundance of scones :)

Beautiful setting with an abundance of scones :)

There were towers of both sweet and savoury scones, I was really lost for choice. The morning tea was sort of like my brunch because I didn’t have much to eat for breakfast, so should I go for a savoury? The spinach, feta and parsley or the cheese and chive both sound like perfect breakfast scones to me ~

Savoury scones

On the other hand, I could jump straight into the sweet scones, I mean when was the last time you had a savoury scone don’t the Americans call them biscuits? :)

Chocolate Mud Scone

I definitely had my eyes and heart fixed on the chocolate mud scone! Great idea must try making at home ~

Jams and Lemon Curd For those who don’t like their scones plain, there was a good variety of jams, lemon curd, butter and clotted cream to serve. Personally, I’m a fan of the traditional cream and strawberry jam, yet I also get caught up in the cream first or jam first argument :P Either way scones, cream and jam are a match made in heaven in my opinion!

Champagne!

And for those who weren’t driving or simply wanted to indulge there was champagne to go with the delectable scones, unfortunately, I was driving and had errands to run after the event so decided to skip the bubbles that day.

Blueberry and White Chocolate Scone with tea

Blueberry and White Chocolate Scone with tea

I declined the champagne but definitely wanted tea, got my usual English Breakfast and sat down with Jenny (Ichigo Shortcake) and Joyce (Mel Hot or Not) for some Blueberry and White Chocolate scone. I was really impressed at how moist the scones were and had enough flavour that I didn’t need any jam or cream.

Chocolate Mud Scone

Chocolate Mud Scone

And don’t forget that Chocolate Mud scone I had my eyes on before, finally got to try it. Wasn’t as chocolatey as I expected but with the chocolate chips it still had enough flavour, having said that I do have a crazy idea and think these scones would have improved with a huge dollop of Nutella *GRIN*

Orange  Poppy Seed and Orange Chocolate Scone

We then got to try the new limited edition flavours and they are the Orange Poppy Seed with cream cheese frosting and Orange Chocolate scone with chocolate chips folded through with chocolate frosting.

Orange Poppy Seed and Orange Chocolate Scone

Orange Poppy Seed and Orange Chocolate Scone

Both scones had wonderful flavours and would have pleased all those orange lovers out there, I did find the Orange Poppy seed scone a little more moist. However, I did like the flavours from the Orange Chocolate scone more and one of the bakers told us that each scone over 100 chocolate ships, so it’s definitely packed full of chocolate ~ These scones are available for 3 weeks and if demand is high enough it will stay for a long longer so don’t miss out :)

I really enjoyed this event having time to sit down, enjoy a scone, have some tea and chat with some friends. I think we should all this more often.

Daisy@Nevertoosweet attended this even as a guest of Bakers Delight, KeepLeft PR and Cristina Re 

Baby Ho’s Baby Shower – Conservatory, Crown

Congratulations dear friend and fellow food blogger Lianne (Food Made With Love) who is expecting her first child in August :) She’s heading home back to Singapore for a couple of months to deliver the baby and spend time with family. But it wouldn’t be right for her to leave before we threw her a baby shower! We decided to leave the handwork of baking and cooking to others and chose to have afternoon tea at the Conservatory at Crown Casino ~

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It’s been such a long time since I’ve visited the Conservatory, and since then it’s gone through a renovation and it’s looking more modern with more natural light coming through. The Afternoon tea is $50 per head and is offered 3pm-5pm on Saturdays and 3:30pm-5:30pm on Sunday.

Conservatory

It’s a buffet style which is great because it means free flow of food and you can pick and choose what you want more or less of ~ It had all the usual items you would expect at any high the ribbon sandwiches, bruschetta and mini pies.

Good range of savouries

Good range of savouries

However, what really impressed me was the Chinese roasts, especially the Peking duck pancakes, BBQ Pork Buns and dumplings which I’ve never had before. Another idea just came to me, I’m sure someone else has done it before but I think a Yum Cha high tea would be fun too!

Cheese

For those who don’t fancy Chinese, you can also have some Grissini breadsticks, dried fruit and a range of cheeses which I know Ashly (Im So Hungree) will appreciate!

Scones

 

It wouldn’t be a high tea without SCONES even better when it’s unlimited, you get a choice of plain or fruit ones and also clotted cream and strawberry or raspberry jam to serve with.

Chocolate Fountain

Chocolate Fountain

But the most important part of afternoon tea or anything meal is always DESSERT for me :) And for those who have a sweet tooth like me, you will not be disappointed here at Conservatory. They have a large bench full of sweet goodness. Let’s start with the chocolate fountains! Yup it’s plural because they have 4 flavours, dark, milk, white and an orange flavoured, dip strawberries, marshmallows and whatever you fancy ~

Gianduja mousse cake

Gianduja mousse cake

All the cakes were so pretty look at these mini Gianduja mousse cake with a short crust biscuit base and finished with a little silver leaf ~

Black Forest cake

Black Forest cake

Berry Cheesecake

Berry Cheesecake

If you haven’t noticed these amazing photos are taken by the one and only Iron Chef Shellie so of course I had to use more of these photos hehe I need lessons! I didn’t get to try all these cakes but they’re all so gorgeous.

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

I did get to try this Lemon Tart and it was wonderfully made with a good short crust pastry and a creamy filling which wasn’t too tart or sweet ~ Really liked the use of the mini merengue and strawberries which gave it some texture and flavour. Overall, we were quite happy with the afternoon tea here, my only comment would be 2 hours seemed a little rushed when you calculate the time spent queuing up in line at the food stations but definitely a great place to go with a bunch of girls. As a matter fact I didn’t see any men :P

 

Couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon and to celebrate such a great news with Lianne :) Wishing her the very best with the delivery of her little bundle of joy and can’t wait to catch up with you again and meet Baby Ho in person!

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