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Chocolate Skull Decorating – Melt Chocolate Festival

Dearest Readers, do you know anyone who doesn’t like chocolate? I remember once I bought a chocolate mango cake for a friend’s birthday and was so excited about giving it to him. At midnight we sang happy birthday and gave him the cake. He politely accepted but then said “I’m sorry but I don’t eat chocolate, mango or cream, it’s ok I ll take it all out and just eat the sponge cake”

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I was bewildered! Never in my life have I met someone who doesn’t eat chocolate! Turns out when he was growing up his mum was very strict and wouldn’t let him eat chocolate and as a result now he feels sick if he eats chocolate! Wow… Until this day it still shocks me hahaha
Melt Chocolate Festival 26/5

Melt Chocolate Festival 26/5

Anyhow in contrast, I eat chocolate lots and lots of it in fact :D that’s why I couldn’t pass the opportunity of going to the preview of the Melt Chocolate Festival at the Immigration Museum. They are currently holding displays and exhibitions of immigrants from Brazil, Mexico, Belgium and their communities in Melbourne. The festival held this Sunday, will feature a wide range of chocolates and sweets from these three countries.
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Mr Bao and I started at the Mexican stall and tried their hot chomparrado, which is their version of hot chocolate which is thickened with corn flour, it had a light chocolate taste and wasn’t too sweet with notes of cinnamon. We were also offered a sweet bread that had a texture of a scones and a biscuit, where we were told to dip into the hot chocolate.

Mexican Champurrado (Thick Hot Chocolate)

The lovely lady then told me that this is a traditional breakfast dish in Mexico and surprisingly the men wake up and make it ~ now I d like to have that tradition here in Australia ~

Mexican short bread

Mexican short bread

We then moved onto the Brazilian brigadeiros  which is there version of chocolate truffles, we tried a variety of flavours – chocolate, coconut, strawberry and one with sprinkles. They have a very soft smooth texture and a familiar sweetness which I think comes from condense milk. I may or may had 3 in a row sooooooo addictive.

Brazilian brigadeiros - white chocolate, coconut, chocolate, sprinkles

Brazilian brigadeiros – white chocolate, coconut, chocolate, sprinkles

The Belgian community was also represented and of course Belgian chocolate as they are famously known for. The chocolates were supplied by Van Nunen who has been making handmade chocolates for the past 25 years. He explained to us, Belgian chocolates are of such a good quality because by law all chocolates sold must have at least a 35% cacao solid, compared to most supermarket brands that have much lower cacao contents.
Belgian chocolates

Belgian chocolates

We were spoilt for choice, ending up choosing the hazelnut, caramel and red hot lips hehe. The hazelnut was coated in dark chocolate with a crushed hazelnut filling, the red hot lips was made from white chocolate with a milk chocolate filling. The caramel was definitely our favourite it was a sweet velvety caramel covered in dark chocolate. Van said he makes the caramel himself and pies every single one before coating it with chocolate. Divine! A shame he mainly sells wholesale because I really need to find a way to get more of those caramel chocolate!
Chocolate Skull Decorating

Chocolate Skull Decorating

Then to finish up we were given chocolate skulls to decorate! This is actually a Mexican tradition in November when families will get together to make and decorate chocolate skulls to make them to commemorate and remember those who have passed away ~
My chocolate skull :)

My chocolate skull :)

I thought the skulls looked pretty scary before decorating it so to make mine a little more approachable I gave it a little heart, blue star and flower on its forehead. I then gave it some pretty white eyes and red lips what do you all think? :p
Mr Bao's kissable skull

Mr Bao’s kissable skull

Mr Bao did a great job, first he did a skull that looked liked a pirate with the headband on its heaps and a chocolate ponytail. But it completely transformed when Mr Bao decided to give it huge red hot lips hahaha he super proud of his creation!
Ash's pretty skull

Ash’s pretty skull

Ash skull was definitely by far the prettiest and so colourful it looks like it has a tattoo on its face ~ that’s nearly too cute to be eaten!
Unfortunately, I probably won’t have the time to go to the Melt Chocolate festival this Sunday 26/5  but if you are a chocolate fan you should definitely go check it out there will be more chocolate, more stalls, more activities and most importantly Belgian waffles!
For more information please visit the Melt Chocolate Festival website ~ Hope you’ll also get to decorate your own chocolate skull!
Daisy@Nevertoosweet and Mr Bao attended this event as a guests of Immigration Museum. 

Sweet Corn Tamale – Trippy Taco

Hello dear Readers :) I wasn’t going to blog about any Melbourne places for a little while, because I still have so many posts about Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide ~ But I couldn’t help but blog about our experience at Trippy Taco immediately, because I have a really funny story to go with it.

Trippy Taco

So the story is, I read Ms I-Hua’s post about Mexican food the night before, and had huge food envy and really wanted good Mexican food, so after convincing Mr Bao that Trippy Taco was the best place to go for dinner :) It was quite busy for a Saturday night and we weren’t able to get a table immediately, but after a short 10 minute wait, we got a table right next to the bar.

Everything was fine, until I looked at the menu while Mr Bao was in the toilet, I realised…that Trippy Taco was a vegetarian restaurant with vegan options LOL And if you haven’t noticed…Mr Bao a 100% CARNIVORE, this man needs his meat :P

He came back from the toilet and the first thing I said to him was, “Listen to me…take a deep breath and don’t freak out… but I just realised that this is a vegetarian restaurant, meaning NO meat, NO chicken, NO beef and NO lamb”. Mr Bao’s mouth nearly dropped to the floor and started giving me death stares lol as you can see from the picture below.

Mr Bao’s angry lol

He then said, “Ok…any is there any reason WHY we are having vegetarian food tonight?” hahaha I couldn’t help laughing and simply replied “Oh get over it, it’s Mexican food, there’ll be tons of cheese, cream and black beans it’ll fill you up and if you’re not we’ll go get you something else later”. I don’t think he was convinced :P But too bad!

Trippy Taco – Meal Size 2 tacos $12 AUD

We were both pretty hungry so we quickly ordered our dishes, starting with my Trippy Tacos, which was house-made corn tortillas with cheese, black bean, salad, salsa, avocado and lime juice. I’m new to tacos and have definitely jumped on the bandwagon hehe I really enjoyed them and thought they were quite light and fresh with the lime juice. But I didn’t really like the taste of the black beans, it was like they had this blue cheesy taste…not sure if it was the marinade or if there was goats cheese. Having said that, I will still recommend you trying these dainty tacos :)

Taquitos crispy corn tortillas $11 AUD

I’ve never had taquitos before, they remind me a little like springrolls hehe a crispy corn tortilla with a black bean filling topped with guacamole, salsa, cheese salad and lime juice. We both enjoyed the taquitos more because it was flavoursome and more filing with the large dollop of guacamole :)

Trippy Fries $6

LOL Mr Bao obviously wasn’t full so we got the Trippy Fries with Trippy seasoning, I think the best way to describe the seasoning would be a smokey BBQ taste ~ they were freshly fried and were piping hot when delivered to our table :)

Margherita $12AUD

Mr Bao was SO depressed due to the lack of ‘meat’ he decided that he needed a drink lol so he got the Margherita ~ I knew I should have stopped him. He’s never been good with tequila and soon he was talking and laughing more and louder than usual hahaha I had a sip and liked how it was very strong with a nice balance of tequila and lime.

Okay…I have to admit… I did feel kinda peckish after my tacos especially since… Mr Bao had one of mine! Meaning I only had one taco for dinner >_< not enough even for me. So of course it was time to get dessert! I was really surprised and impressed with the number of desserts they had, sweet tortillas, tamale and chocolate taqiotos.

Sweet Corn Tamale $12AUD

I was going to get the Nutella banana melt on a tortilla, but then the lovely waiter overheard that I wanted dessert and suggested the Tamale. I was a bit apprehensive at first, as I’ve never had a Tamale before and he did mention that traditionally they were only made savoury. For those who are unfamiliar tamale is made out of the same flour as the corn tortillas but it is wrapped in corn husks and often steamed or boiled.

But I decided to be adventurous and try their sweet corn tamale with bananas, maple syrup and vanilla ice-cream. And OMG let me repeat that OMG it turned out to be one of the best desserts I’ve had this year! I loved the soft, spongy texture which reminded me a little bit of the Zhong Zi, Chinese people at. The bananas and maple syrup really accentuated the sweetness from the tamale (corn dough) and when eaten with the ice-cream, it was pure BLISS! I’m going to have to stop there, if I don’t I’ll just go on and on and on about how cook this dessert was! Just go and try for yourself, I bet you’ll love it too :) Kelvin (HK Epicurus) agrees me and said it was the best dessert he had last year when he visited ~

Still sulking… lol

While I was fulling enjoying the Sweet Corn Tamale, Mr Bao was still sulking over the fact that he had not consumed any MEAT… gosh he’s such a baby! So he decided he wanted another drink…Sangria this time!

Sangria $6AUD

We both liked the Sangria and found it very refreshing and once again wasn’t very strong which was nice because I think Mr Bao didn’t need anymore alcohol :P He wont admit it but I thought he was getting a little tipsy hahaha

Despite of Mr Bao’s disapproval of Trippy Taco only because it’s a vegetarian restaurant, I really enjoyed it and that Sweet Corn Tamale made my day, heck it made my week :) Trippy Taco is definitely a cheap, chic and delicious place for dinner and even if you don’t want to do veggie tacos, simply go for desserts, it wont disappoint you :D

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