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Bacon Steak – Ora Cafe

Bacon steak is definitely the new BACON :) So many cafes are now doing it and I’m so glad they are! Because there is so much more flavour with thick cut bacon. Ora Cafe in Kew is one of these cafes that do a great bacon steak dish. I’ve actually visited a few times but never got around to blogging about it ~

Ora Cafe, Kew

Ora Cafe, Kew

Ora Cafe is one of the few cafes close enough to where we live that serve interesting dishes and most importantly good coffee. It rarely happens but I actually visited them twice a week a while ago, first visit was with Steph a Uni friend. We’ve been keeping in touch with Facebook and email but haven’t had the chance to meet up, so after what feels like 3 years we finally caught up :)

Iced latte $5

Iced latte $5

It was quite warm so I started with an iced latte which is a shot of coffee with some milk and ice. I really enjoyed it because it was essentially an espresso topped with cold milk and ice. The coffee wasn’t diluted and was strong enough which is how I like it ~

Yoghurt panna cotta with honey tulle biscuit $14

Yoghurt panna cotta with honey tulle biscuit $14

Steph got the yoghurt panna cotta with honey tulle biscuit, I was so jealous because it sounded amazing and tasted even better! It was like a legit dessert for breakfast, the fruit compote cut through some of the sweetness of the yoghurt panna gotta if anyone was worried. But what got my attention was that crunchy honey biscuit on top! Highly recommend this!

Bacon Steak, BBQ beans, apple cider scone and fried egg $19

Bacon Steak, BBQ beans, apple cider scone and fried egg $19

I know it’s a surprise for all that I didn’t go for a sweet option for breakfast, for once I was really craving bacon! And when I saw ‘bacon steak’, I simply had to order and try it! It didn’t disappoint, the bacon steak was full of flavour and the BBQ bean was slightly caramelised and sweet. I found the apple cider scones a little dry though but was great for scooping up the sauce left behind.

Chocolate beetroot brownie

Chocolate beetroot brownie $4

Who was I trying to kid, of course I needed something sweet :P Steph was too full, so I got something small for myself. The friendly waitress suggested the chocolate beetroot brownie, a great choice! It was so moist and moreish, it actually resembled more like a fudge.

Awkward looking Mr Bao

Awkward looking Mr Bao

Then a couple of days later on Valentine’s Day, Mr Bao and I went back to Ora for brunch, because he also wanted to try the bacon steak. I was one lucky girl because Mr Bao got me a new camera for Valentine’s day YAY!!! So I used my snazzy new camera to take a very awkward photo of him hehe

Canon 100D

I had been eyeing the new Canon 100D that was recently released, it claims to be one of the smallest DSLR cameras on the market, and to make a comparison it’s smaller than my iPhone 5! Mr Bao also got me a new lens the 40mm which Fatboo (Let’s Get Fat Together) recommended :) I’m totally in love with both the camera and the lens! Hopefully my photos will improve and you will also like my photos!

Magic $4.20

Magic $4.20

Moving onto the food and drinks, Mr Bao got his usual Magic, he commented it had a light floral flavour with some nutty undertones. He really enjoyed the coffee and went on to order another flat white after our brunch ~

Latte $4.2

Latte $4.2

I got a latte using the same coffee and agree it was quite floral but I really liked the nutty aftertaste that comes a few seconds after you’ve taken a sip. The coffee was at a good temperature too not too hot or lukewarm.

Bacon steak with BBQ beans, apple cider scones and fried egg $19

Bacon steak with BBQ beans, apple cider scones and fried egg $19

Mr Bao got the same dish as I did last time, the bacon steak and he was also blown away by the flavour of the bacon. His only compliant was he wanted servings to be a little bigger because he wanted more bacon haha

Swimmer crab hash with salad $18

Crab corn and fritters with salad $18

I decided to get something on the specials board, the crab and corn fritters with salad. The fritters were quite fluffy and reminded me more of potato hash with crab mixed through it because it’s quite fluffy. I really enjoyed the sauce beneath it which was like a spicy hollandaise/mayonnaise.

Crab corn fritter

And because it was Valentine’s day they had a little something special on their sweets cabinet hehe and I’m a sucker for cute things. So that’s how we came about ordering this heart shaped macaron with a chocolate. The macaron shell was a little soft but I really liked the chocolate filling and its so perfect for Valentine’s day! It will put a face on any girls face :D

Heart shaped macaron with chocolate filling $4.5

Heart shaped macaron with chocolate filling $4.5

Always a pleasure to visit Ora cafe, it’s close to home, service is friendly and efficient but most importantly it is still the dishes they make and the bacon steak!

Ora Cafe on Urbanspoon

Meeting Nami (JOC) – Hanlai Hotel, Kaohsiung

Big huge hello to all My Dearest Readers! How have you all been? I have been keeping up with most of you through Instagram and other forms of Social Media, but boy I’ve missed blogging. Have been so preoccupied trying to catch up with everyone in HK and also doing some (erm…maybe a LOT) of shopping :D

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Have so so so many new stories, restaurant and cafe to share with you. But the first one would have to be meeting Namiko Chen from Just One Cookbook! If you like Japanese food and have tried to Google for Japanese recipes, I’m sure you would have come across Nami’s amazing blog with easy to follow recipes, step-by-step photos and she has recently added videos for her recipes!

Just One Cookbook

Nami and I have followed each others blog for quite some time now, and we’ve always talked about meeting up one day. Coincidentally, last week Nami posted up on Instagram that she was flying to Kaohsiung, Taiwan to attend her brother-in-law’s wedding. I was ecstatic! Because I too was going to Kaohsiung the next day, so I boldly messaged Nami and asked if she would like and have the time to meet up. So excited she said yes, so we quickly organised to meet on the Tuesday afternoon at the hotel lobby lounge cafe at the Hanlai Hotel.

Hanlai Hotel

Hanlai Hotel

I got out of the taxi and started looking around the cafe when I saw a lady wave at me and I recognised that was Nami and her husband! She was everything I imagined her to be, the sweetest, gentlest and most genuine people you can meet! We had such a good time talking about everything from how she started her blog all the way to how she moved from Japan to the US and the challenges there are. I also shared all the crazy things I get up to down under hehe

Hello Nami!

Hello Nami!

Moving onto the food, we decided to get the tea set which was $299TWD ($12AUD) each including a drink. It was such a generous serving and we simply did not expect so much food, the food was served on a little 2 tier stand with sweets on the top and savoury on the bottom.

Afternoon Tea set $299TWD ($13AUD) + 10% Service Charge

Afternoon Tea set $299TWD ($13AUD) + 10% Service Charge

Starting with the savoury items, there were two tuna sandwiches, a baguette with a piece of ham and a petite serving of pasta prawn with a spicy tomato sauce. I really enjoyed the baguette with the ham as it had good flavour and crunch from the bread. The prawn pasta was a little spicy for Nami but I thought it was quite nice maybe because I like spicy food.

Savoury

Then there were the sweets, we all got a small serving of fruit which I thought was really nice as it’s quite refreshing, a small square sponge cake with vanilla custard which was my absolutely favourite. The sponge cake had the lightest texture. Last but not least we all got a different piece of cake, I got the strawberry shortcake which I knew Mr Bao would’ve loved because this is one of his favourite cakes! There was, however, a little too much cream for me.

Sweets

We were also given an extensive list of drinks to choose from, not just tea or coffee. I ordered the iced coffee latte with coffee jelly and it was lovely with a strong coffee taste but what really impressed me was the coffee jelly which I kept scooping into my mouth~ I also like how most restaurants and cafe have set meals which include a drink, while it doesn’t seem as common in Australia.

Iced coffee latte with coffee jelly

Iced coffee latte with coffee jelly

Would highly recommend anyone going to Kaohsiung to stay or visit the Hanlai Hotel and try the afternoon tea. I think it’s really good value for money, for less than $15AUD you get to enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea with delicious food and drinks. The atmosphere is also really nice for a bunch of girls to get together and chit chat.

Once again would like to thank Nami and Mr JOC (her hubby) for meeting me! It was such a pleasure to finally put a face to a blog and I really admire their dedication to their blog and have become so inspired by them to really put more effort and time into my own little blog! Hope you have a safe flight back to San Francisco and I’m sure we will meet again either :D

Hanlai Hotel
No.266, Cheng-kung 1st Rd
Kaohsiung City 801, Taiwan R.O.C.
高雄市前金區801成功一路266號
PH: 886-2-2751-7527
Website: http://www.grand-hilai.com.tw/english/index.htm

Brunch Dates – Fandango & Crabapple Kitchen

I’m sure My Dearest Readers, all know my love for brunching so today, wanted to share with you two brunch dates I’ve gone on lately :) The first date was last week, Michelle (The Bakernista) is going home to Malaysia for a couple of weeks, so we decided to catch up before she jetted off ~ We had a couple of ideas about which cafe to go to and eventually settled on Fandango in North Melbourne. Most people may be more familiar with the cafe next door Auction Rooms which always has a queue in front.

Iced-Coffee $5

Iced-Coffee $5

Fandango has actually been on my radar for a while, in the ‘Oldie but Goodie’ list. Just haven’t had time to cross it off, Michelle and I have both read great things about the cafe so was excited to try it out. I was quite surprised that it was such a small little cafe, and the front was already full so we sat out in the courtyard. It was a nice sunny day, but with the sun shining it was getting hot, so I ordered an ice-chocolate with vanilla ice-cream to cool down. I really enjoyed the strong coffee hit that was diluted nicely with the ice-cream.

Beetroot eggs $16

Beetroot eggs $16

I have to admit, I was a little disappointed when I first saw the menu, it was quite limited and nothing seemed that unique. But I reread Ash’s post and she made the beetroot and fetta relish sound absolutely irressistable, so that’s what I got ~ The relish is served with thick cut sourdough toast, poached egg and I added a side of mushrooms. Even though the poached egg was slightly overcooked and not as runny as I would like, the beetroot and fetta relish did not disappoint. It was absolutely delish! And don’t underestimate this dish, it was so filling :)

Pesto Scrambled Egg with bacon $19.80

Pesto Scrambled Egg with bacon $19.80

Now even though my brunch was awesome, I had serious food envy when Michelle’s dish came, she had the pesto scrambled egg with grilled tomatoes and bacon. It smelt so good and of course I stole a bite, the scrambled eggs were so soft but not oily and that light flavours of pesto through it. Must remember to order this next time I can.

Fandango is one of those cafes, you can judge by its cover, their menu is simple but they do the simple things so well and will blow you away! I already have my heart and mind set on the pesto scrambled eggs and also pancakes next time I come!

Fandango on Urbanspoon

My next brunch date was with Mr Bao and Shy (the little poodle we were dog sitting), it was the first time we’ve had brunch with a doggie and wasn’t sure how it’ll turn out. I chose Crabapple Kitchen because I’ve been before and remember I sat outside as well and it was quite nice with a little white fence around the tables.

Crabapple Kitchen

Crabapple Kitchen

Crabapple Kitchen is in Hawthorn on their busy Glenferrie Road, parking can be a pain so it’s best to allow 10 to 15 minutes. Unlike Fandango, Crabapple Kitchen had an extensive menu with a good range of brunch dishes.

Soy Chai Latte $4

Soy Chai Latte $4

I started the brunch with a Soy Chai Latte, it came in a plunger and I could see the wet chai leaves in the bottom, which is always a good sign, in comparison to those made out of powder. I don’t think I gave it enough time to develop the flavours because it was a little weak but nice and comforting.

Latte $3.8

Latte $3.8

Mr Bao ordered a latte, he commented that it reasonable but was slightly hot and a little bitter.

Creamy porridge with fresh nectarine, boysenberry and vanilla compote $12

Creamy porridge with fresh nectarine, boysenberry and vanilla compote $12

Even though they had so many items on their menu, I really felt like porridge that day. I know it’s relatively easy to make porridge at home, trust me, mine never look or taste like this. It’s always a little thick, gluggy and never as creamy. This porridge was served with fresh nectarine which was a little firm and that yummy boysenberry and vanilla compote with honey. It might be a little sweet for others, but it was just right for me, perfect for a chilly morning!

Big Brekky $18.5

Big Brekky $18.5

Mr Bao was starving that morning (actually he’s always hungry) so he opted for the traditional Big Brekky with scrambled eggs, bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms. The scrambled eggs was definitely the highlight with a velvety texture, the other elements were nice but nothing really blew us away.

Lamington $4.5

Lamington $4.5

To finish up, I definitely needed something sweet (yes even though my porridge was sweet :P ) they have a nice cabinet of sweets with homemade muffins, cakes and cookies. I had the lamington before and really enjoyed it so that’s what we got. Just as good as before, the sponge cake was moist with a strawberry jam filling, covered in chocolate and shredded coconut. Probably one of the better lamingtons I’ve had in Melbourne. Gosh they’re hard to find ~

Brunch with Shy was a success

Brunch with Shy was a success

Brunch with Shy was a success! Crabapple is quite a dog friendly cafe providing dogs with a large bowl of water and the waitresses were very friendly and accommodating. Shy even got a few pats and sat underneath the table while we were eating our brunch ~ Crabapple Kitchen is a great local cafe to have serving great food at reasonable prices, I think next time I will try the more interesting dishes such as the corn and chilli fritters. They also serve dinners every named ‘Friday Night Flight’ where they serve a 3 course meal with a theme from a different country for instance when its a USA theme they serve burgers and ribs. Mr Bao and I definitely want to come back and try that out :)

Crabapple Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Lindt Chocolate Desserts – Jamaica Blue + GIVEAWAY *WINNERS ANNOUNCED*

Before Mr Bao became a little bit of a coffee snob we use to love going to Jamaica Blue for a coffee. We probably don’t go as often now, not because we don’t like the coffee. It’s more because I am so greedy and always want to try a new cafe and somewhere else :)

Jamaica Blue Doncaster

Jamaica Blue Doncaster

Lindt chocolate and Jamaica Blue have recently collaborated to create some new chocolate desserts using their chocolate. Mr Bao and I were invited to try the new desserts, I definitely could not say no to chocolate, dessert and some ice cold coffees. Mr Bao and I went to our local Jamaica Blue at Westfield Shopping centre in Doncaster, right across Big W.

Iced Coffee $6.9

Iced Coffee $6.9

Summer has finally arrived and it was a warm 30 degree day, so I started off with an Iced Coffee. I really enjoyed the intense coffee flavour it had topped with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream which reminded me a little bit of an affogato.

Cappuccino $5

Cappuccino $5

Mr Bao ordered a cappuccino describing the coffee blend seems to have changed since the last time we had coffee here. It was earthier with richer notes of chocolate and not very fruity. I was also impressed with the latte art love the double heart ~

Dessert Time!

Dessert Time!

Dessert time! YAY love seeing so many desserts in front of me and they all have chocolate in them :D Can you feel the grin on my face!

French croissant bread & butter pudding $13.50

French croissant bread & butter pudding $13.50

The French croissant bread & butter pudding has Lindt chocolate pieces mixed through and when it’s reheated it melts inside. It’s also served with a vanilla ice-cream and chocolate sauce. It was a rather comforting dessert and I think would suit colder days. I really liked the addition of the chocolate in the pudding, but would have liked a bit more to give it that extra chocolatey :D

Dark chocolate and pumpkin loaf

Dark chocolate and pumpkin loaf $9.5

The friendly waitress had told us that the pumpkin loaf was quite popular amongst customers. I didn’t think very much of it, but was actually really impressed. The pumpkin loaf was slightly warmed and very moist and slightly dense, with grated pumpkin and Lindt chocolate chips mixed through it. It had more chocolate than the pudding and was really lovely, I think it’s the perfect for morning tea.

Chocolate pots $12

Chocolate pots $12

Lastly we tried the Chocolate pots made with Lindt chocolate topped with whipped cream and a square of chocolate. It also came with an edible spoon made out of gingerbread. This dessert used the most chocolate and was best at showcasing the Lindt chocolate. The mousse was so smooth, not too airy like the ones you buy from the shops. How cute is the spoon?!? I’d love to know where and how they made it because I’d love to make it next time I served a pudding or fondant :D

Edible spoon

Now time for the giveaway! Thanks to Jamaica Blue and Verve Communications, 3 lucky readers are going to win a $20 voucher each to spend at their local Jamaica Blue!

To enter this giveaway is now CLOSED
- Leave a comment and tell me do you like edible cutlery and will you want to make it at home? :) 
- For more entries please ‘Like’ me on Facebook and Follow me on Twitter ~ If you’ve already done that please let me now! Thank you!
- Giveaway ends on the 14th January (Tuesday)
- You may reenter daily, one entry a day
- Winners will be chosen by me personally and announced on this blog and notified via email on the 15th January (Wednesday)
- Open only to all Australian residents (Sorry International Readers!)

CONGRATULATIONS 

Iola, Rachel and Monica you have won a $20 voucher to go to Jamaica Blue

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Daisy and Mr Bao @ Nevertoosweet dined as guests of Jamaica Blue and Verve communications and provided vouchers for this giveaway all opinions are honest

Honeycomb Butter Crumpets – Seven Seeds

Hello My Dearest Readers! I am back! After a short hiatus due to laptop issues it’s finally been fixed with a new screen and logic board (no idea what it is :P). It’s so good to be back and blogging again! Thank gosh for Social Media I have still been able to keep in contact with some of you :) I’ve got so many stories to share with you again, but going to tackle them one by one ~ A couple of weeks ago Jack and Cindy came to visit us and after a week of eating out and having fun, it was time for them to go home. They had a pretty early flight at 10am, but I was adamant that we have breakfast at a good Melbourne cafe.

Seven Seed

It’s actually quite hard to find a cafe that opens early on a Saturday because most cafes open 6am-7am on weekdays but on weekends they open at 8am or even 9am. I had to search high and low then I finally found Seven Seeds and they open at 7am woo hoo!!!

Seven Seeds1

We walked in at 7am on the dot and surprisingly we weren’t the first ones at the cafe, there were other people who I suspect were tradies there with their bright fluorescent yellow vests ~ The waitress told us to choose any table we wanted and coffees would be a 5 minute wait as they were warming up the machine.

Magic $4

Magic $4

It was a little early for Mr Bao and me so we needed a strong cup of Magic to wake us up. The coffee was their house blend and we found it to be quite fruity and a little acidic. I prefer my coffees to have a sweeter finish but Mr Bao really it ~

Mocha $4

Mocha $4

Jack and Cindy wanted to sleep on the plane, so they went for a mocha instead, I’ve had this before the last time I came and remember it to be lovely good balance between chocolate and coffee.

Balsamic button mushrooms on brioche toast with pecorino and poached egg $16

Balsamic button mushrooms on brioche toast with pecorino and poached eggs $16

Jack went for a vegetarian option and ordered the Balsamic button mushrooms on brioche toast with pecorino and a poached eggs. Even though it’s a very simple dish, I really liked the way it was plated with the edible flowers ~ I think I was staring too much because Jack ended up giving me a bite to try hehe and it was just as delicious as it looks.

Bacon & Chipotle baked beans with cornbread and poached eggs $14

Bacon & Chipotle baked beans with cornbread and poached eggs $14

Cindy and I both got the Bacon * Chipotle baked beans with cornbread and poached eggs, I found the baked beans to lean more on the sweeter side and I would’ve preferred it more with a little more heat or spice.

Perfect!

The eggs were perfectly poached with the yolk pouring out. The corn bread came in handy to soak up all the yolk and Chipotle sauce. The cornbread was also sweeter than I expected as well, I don’t think I’ve had many cornbreads before and expected it to be blander in taste like a Yolkshire pudding. Now I’m curious to what cornbread in America taste like hehe

Toasted Reuben sandwich on light rye with corned beef, gruyere, sauerkraut, Russian dression and dill pickle $13

Toasted Reuben sandwich on light rye with corned beef, gruyere, sauerkraut, Russian dression and dill pickle $13

I managed to convince Mr Bao to order the Reuben sandwich because that’s what I felt like hehe he happily obliged :) We really enjoyed the sandwich, our only complaint would be filling vs bread ratio. Mr Bao would’ve liked it more corned beef and gruyere.

Home-made crumpets w/ honeycomb butter $9

Home-made crumpets w/ honeycomb butter $9

To finish up we ordered the homemade crumpets with honeycomb butter to share. When I asked the waitress if they made the crumpets install she said that they actually stock from the Dr Marty’s Crumpets. Mr Bao has never been a fan of crumpets because he finds the ones from the supermarket to be too hard and often has a rubbery kind of texture. While Dr Marty’s were lightly toasted on the outside but remained wonderfully fluffy inside. Paired with the honeycomb butter my breakfast was complete. Having said that I would add a scoop of ice-cream on top if I was at home :P

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We had a wonderful time at Seven Seeds enjoyed the food and coffee and was a great way for Cindy and Jack to end their trip to Melbourne. We had such a blast with these guys, can’t wait for them to come back and we’ve decided next time we’ll go somewhere else with them :)

Seven Seeds on Urbanspoon

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