Monday, July 28, 2008

Gratuitous Foodie Pics - Part 1 Adelaide

I love looking at food porn, in magazines, on blogs, when I do manage to take photos before I devour the whole lot... Earlier this year in April I made a trip to Adelaide/Melbourne/Gold Coast, which was so so good. Of course, we ate our way through the entire journey, which then led to some serious weight gainage. Which was poo. Luckily it was nothing that some good old fashioned road runs couldn't get rid of. =) Anyways... I figure now's a good time as any to post some foodie shots that we pigged out on.

So we touched down in Adelaide at like 8-ish in the morning, and of course the first thing we did was to get some good brekky. No better place to do that than at the East Terrace Continental, which serves up some pretty awesome grub.
Will you just look at that? Makes my tummy rumble just looking at it. Yum yum yummmmm. And believe it or not, parking just outside the restaurant will set you back a whopping 20 cents for three hours. Yeah I know. Insane.

So we did our thing, got some shopping in. We had to hit up one of our fave cafes, Bocelli, which used to be a short 5-minute walk from my boy's old apartment back in his uni days. They make this really super Warm Chicken Salad, which I absolutely love. It's got grilled chicken, lots of fresh salad and grilled veggies, all tossed in a sweet-sour balsamic dressing. It never fails to amaze me how good salad tastes in temperate countries, so much better than the stuff we get back home. So of course we had to have it at least once before we left.
When we were there, this little guy was at the next table. How cute is he?

Anyhoo. On a sidenote, if good coffee is your thing, and you're ever in Adelaide, you have to go to Cibo's. They make really good coffee, not to mention some pretty fantastic desserts and gelato. Plus they have cool uniforms.

We decided to try out The Greedy Goose, which was the restaurant that won in the second (I think) season of My Restaurant Rules, a reality show in Aussie where couples in various Aussie cities start their own restaurants from scratch and at the end of it all, only one restaurant wins and stays open. I just love their logo. We didn't manage to get pictures here, but the food's pretty decent and the service was great, so it's worth a visit if you're ever in the area.

For an extra special treat, my boy brought me to McLaren Vale, where we had lunch at the d'Arenberg d'Arry's Verandah Restaurant. This place is always packed, so you have to get your reservation in before you even think of driving there. The best thing is you get to do a mini wine-tasting while you wait for your table. Sweeeeet.

For starters, my boy decided to give the Pancetta Wrapped Lamb Brain with Cucumber Salad, Orange & Parsley Aioli a try. I wimped out. I really wanted to give them a taste, but I choked. The though of eating brains just kinda makes me woozy, and not in a good way. He said they were really good though. I did try some of the cucumber salad, which was really tasty.
I decided to have the Lobster Medallion with Blue Swimmer Crab Ravioli & Lobster Bisque for my main, and he had the wild boar.
They were both excellent, and I have to say those were some of the hugest raviolis I'd ever seen. For dessert, we had the lemon tart, which was the perfect ending to the meal. Sweet and tart and fresh and not too heavy. I also forgot to take a photo of it. But it was goooood.

On our final day in Adelaide before leaving for Melbourne, we hit up Adelaide's Central Market, aka fresh food haven. It is so refreshing to see all the fresh fruits and produce, fish, meat, cheese, bread... basically everything to send any self-respecting foodie into throes of delight at the Central Market, which isn't something we get back home. But this, this is something I just can't get enough of. I'm in love with this place. I could live here.
Here, we've got various types of olives, sun-dried tomatoes and other goodies. Oodles of fresh fruit and veggies, so vibrant and colorful. Sigh.
Bananas with red condom-y bits - I think this is to signify that they're organic or something. My boy thought this was absolutely hilarious. Mmmm... fresh bread, croissants and bagels. I could never go on the Atkins diet.
Cheese sticks!!!!!!
Sausages, salamis, pepperonis, all sorts of cured meats.

Must stop: Nanna's! This tiny little Chinese bakery makes awesome buns with a range of fillings, from char siew to custard and my personal favorite: hot dog.
My army of buns! I like big buns and I cannot lie. Yeah I just had to. =P

So finally after walking around Central Market and trying to convince/pester/full-on plead my boy that we needed to move back here, I decided to give it up (for now) and head for lunch as we had to start our drive to Melbourne. The Store is another great place to get some good grub, and we had my boy's favorite The Store Salad. And yes, that's my bowl of fatty chips. So greasy and unhealthy, but oh so yummy. You know you love it.

And with that, we hopped into the car and headed for the Great Ocean Road towards Melbourne. More on that in the next post. Toodles!

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