Well, I owe you a lot of blog posts, and that is a bit daunting for me. So I thought I would borrow from some of my favourite makeup Youtube gurus, who do their top 5 products of any particular month...
And I have decided to do my top 5 tastes! Some of these might be 'LE', known in the makeup world as 'limited edition', i.e. specials of the day. But I am sure you can find similar quality dishes at these places all year round!1. Delices (Macarons) at Lindt Cafe, Collins St
Thank you to my friend Lana who introduced me to these delicious morsels. Each delice retails for $2, but they're worth it - eat it slowly and savour the flavour. My fave of the moment is 'passion'; a unique tart passionfruit flavour which is true to its derivative. A special mention should also go to Laurent's pistachio macarons, a steal at $1.70 each. I'm not sure how they compare to true Parisian macarons, but they suit me just fine.
Lindt Cafe has just recently opened here in Melbourne; I have also walked past the Chadstone cafe, but I am yet to try their wares. Everything looks as delicious.2. Pimiento de Piquillo at Movida, Hosier Lane
I was lucky enough to visit Movida for the first time with my mate Susan for her birthday dinner mid-August. Despite not making a booking (oops), and waiting >30 minutes, we finally got two seats at the famous bar. We decided to order mostly tapas, and our favourite pick were these large bites of hickory smoked piquillo pepper with salt cod and potato. We also loved the portobello mushrooms in sherry vinegar, which were very moreish.
My only gripe - no welcome or list of specials provided to us by the barman/waiter on our arrival. Other patrons who arrived after us were warmly welcomed and given the specials list. We felt a bit lost when we first sat down and didn't even know who to order from. I still think Movida is definitely a must for those visiting Melbourne - just remember to book!3. Poached eggs with dukkah and babaghanoush on Turkish, Inkr7, St Kilda
This was one of the house specials at our favourite local brunch spot, Ink7. Always reliably delicious, I know that any choice will be the right one. When I ordered the dukkah poached eggs, the owner was very happy with my decision, and came back to check that I was enjoying it. The middle eastern flavours really worked well with the eggs, and I liked making my own messy eggy sandwich.
Another fave of mine for those who don't like eggs would have to be their bircher muesli, layered in a fancy glass with fresh fruit and natural yoghurt. You should also try the coconut hot chocolate - Bounty in a glass!4. Ginger nut crumble with clotted cream mousse, The Boathouse stand, Taste of Melbourne event
I have already blogged about our fun time at Taste of Melbourne. One of the stand-out dishes in my mind is this cream and crumble combination from Gary Mehigan's restaurant in Maribyrnong, which I am yet to visit. Even though my husband actually ordered this, I remember wrestling him for my share of the dessert. A few people walked past and wanted to know where we got it from. I might have to try making something similar at home soon.5. Grainwaves chips in sweet chilli flavour, ~$3.80 per bag from Coles
I love chips and I love sweet chilli, so I had to try this new product and bring it home. I think my hubby and I wrestled for the bag and he won, but that just meant that I had to go buy some more. Made from wholegrains and less fat than regular chips, I guess you don't have to feel so bad for buying them, right? These also come in original and sour cream and chives flavour, which are also worth a try.
So what do you think of my top 5 tastes? What were yours?