Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar

85 Bay St, Port Melbourne, VIC 3207

A relatively small pizza bar place with no hint of alcohol. They have a vast range of gourmet pizzas and are being categorised into few major categories as such meat, chicken, seafood, vegetarian and finally the old traditional pizza-ham and pineapple. It appeared as though this place specialise in delivering gourmet pizzas to home. There were constant people dropping in for takeaways. There are bar type tables in and out of the shop.

I was most impressed with the selection of pizza base; tomato, cranberry, barbeque, pumpkin, pesto, satay, refried bean (??) and sweet chilli. The base is assigned to a particular type of pizza. It was a tough decision and put one in some form of predicament, torn between the many option.

We had satay chicken pizza, smoked salmon pizza, pesto scallops (my pick) and sweet chilli prawns pizza. They were extremely generous with the toppings and the pizzas were presented in highly appertizing manner.Note:L-R Satay Chicken, Pesto Scallop, Smoked Salmon, Sweet Chilli Prawns

We hardly spoke during our meal, humming silently to express our own satisfaction with the pizzas and busily scoffing them.

It was a whole musical pizza experience for all of us. We were moving the pizzas across the table every 5 minutes. Where was the satay chicken pizza?? Where was the smoked salmon pizza? Even when we were full, we weren't able to resist them.
My rating, 4.5/5. Thumbs up!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Macadamia & Choc Chip Biscuits

My homemade macadamia & chocolate chip biscuits. Fresh and warm from the oven. Do you think i can sell them? Would anyone be interested in buying them??

Monday, February 26, 2007

Animal Farm

Another interesting book which I've just read. This is a highly recommended book and is listed as one of the many good books to read before you die. Thanks to a friend who lend me this book, told me that i would enjoy this and that she studied them during her high school. True indeed, most of the high school students in Australia would have studied this in their English literature class. When I was seen with this book I was being asked 'didn't I study this during my high school?' I wished. This book reminded me of the animated movie 'Barnyard' which was filled with some obscene cow nipples. Are animals equally clever as humans except they don't speak the same language as we do? Pigs which are often associated with laziness are portray as the cleverest animal amongst all. I'm sure the animals in the farm yard in some ways understand that they're breed to work and could even sense their own death-bed.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Kitchen Tea

I was at my friend's Kitchen Tea Party earlier today. My first Kitchen Tea party exprience and hopefully there are more to come. In lieu of gifts, we were asked to bring a dish. I made Pastizzi and it was nowhere close to the ones available from Safeway/Woolies. The pastry which i used was highly incorrect, puff pastry!! Surprisingly, the guests ate all the pastizzis. They must be really hungry!! On top of it, I haven't complete my best recipe recipe which I was supposed to hand it to the bride to be during the party. I have a week to work on this and shall disclose my recipe to her in 2 weeks time.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Sheperd's Pie

Another home made meal

Friday, February 16, 2007

Memoirs of Geisha

Finished reading this book. An interesting glimpse of the life of a geisha. For those who have seen me with the book and have read the book said that I would enjoy it. True enough, i did enjoy reading it and was convinced that i would like it right after chapter 1. However, I was over it when i reached the middle part of the book. I'm just not into the 'bitchy' plot.

I shall watch the DVD soon and I doubt the movie will ever match up.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Da Salvatore La Cacciatora Restaurant

29 Grattan St, Carlton VIC 3053

On the weekend, a friend of mine took few of us to this place. We were told that this place offers a metre pizza. It sure anticipate one hearing 'a metre pizza'. It is a nice dining area. It has the "cottage" atmosphere.

However, you won't be able to experience this atmosphere unless you make a pre-booking to dine in. We didn't pre-book the place and as a result we sat outside. It was still considered nice on a summer night.

This place is known for its different pizza sizes. It comes in 1 metre, 50 cm and 20 cm in length at your choice. This makes it a little different compared to other pizza places in town. I was a little impressed with the menu booklet, I think it is leather bound.

We had a metre of four seasons pizza.

Well, we had two trays of this and if you joined them together it adds up to a metre. Overall, the pizza is no different to other pizza places.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Mango Salad

My very own homemade mango salad...........

On a fine saturday afternoon, I made this for myself. The mango season is coming to an end.. seize it while you still see them in the stores.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Blue Train Cafe

Mid-level Southgate Complex, Southbank, VIC 3006
I was at Blue Train Cafe earlier tonight with few ex-colleagues of mine. It is a nice modernised cafe along the Yarra River which provides a total relax environment. I'm not entirely sure why this cafe's name is Blue Train. There isn't a train in the cafe, the cafe is not layout in a train like pattern and the walls of the cafe aren't painted in blue. Blue Train Cafe, huh???

I like the variation of dining environment offered by this place, the choice of in the cafe itself, out of the cafe on the balcony along the river, and in the cafe itself in a separate section with high rise tables and chairs next to the advertisements board with different lightings.
We found a spot on the balcony which was close to the River. That made us totally relaxed, no rush, champagne or any light drinks kept us well prior to dinner.
There is a variation of food served at this cafe, from brekky to entrees (different types of salad dishes) to mains and desserts. There is a mini bar too!! They served pizzas too and they do look yummy! The price of the food is reasonable considering it is situated in the up market Southbank location. From what I've observed, the food was served promptly despite the ongoing flow of customers dining here. This would for sure keep the customers jovial.

I had the Tandoori chicken salad, it was a light meal, plain and simple, served with pappadums, rice and yoghurt. The Tandoori chicken was great and goes well with salad (without any dressing), and the rice.
I would visit this place again and would recommend you visit this place.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Stuffed Capsicums

Home-made stuffed capsicums, I made them.