The Unblogged Files: September 201610/15/2016 11:28:00 PM
Whoops, it's mid-October and I'm only just publishing my September Unblogged Files! Slackaroni cheese! Anyway, better late than never. Let's roll! September was hugely busy at work for me, but I managed to fit lots of catch-ups with friends, and other foodie fun. (And a long weekend in Cairns, yay!)
Breakfasts! Here are some oaty, porridgy type ones.
|Top: Triple-coconut quinoa porridge|
Bottom left: Yogurt, granola, berries
Bottom right: The Very Best Oatmeal
I made quite a few smoothie bowls too...
|Top & bottom left: Pink Smoothie Bowls|
Bottom right: Blackberry overnight oats
And I've also started making avocado roses! Avocado level up.
|Clockwise from top left: Toast, avo, ricotta, smoked salmon; Wholegrain pancakes; Avo toast; Avo toast & PB toast|
Here are some work lunches. Pepper Lunch will make your hair smell but is so worth it.
|Clockwise from top left: Crumbed chicken at Pepper Lunch, Spicy potato noodles at Dainty Sichuan Express, Beef bimbimbap at By Korea, Grilled lemongrass chicken bun at Pho Nom|
Here are some homecooked dinners. Comfort food was clearly what we were after! Sandra's also (temporarily) on a low FODMAP diet - this is all a bit new to us, so if anyone has any tips or favourite FODMAP-friendly recipes, please hit me up in the comments!
|Clockwise from top left: Prawns, corn, avocado; Pasta with cream ham and peas; Eggplant quinoa bake; Fried potatoes with bacon-scrambled eggs; Roast chicken with vegetables & chorizo; Shepherd's Pie|
One night, my friend Alaina and I caught up for a special screening of Blue Velvet at the Lido, so we took the excuse to have dinner at Vaporetto (681 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122)...
|Sweet and Sour Sardines at Vaporetto|
... and dessert at Piccolina (802 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122). I think these guys do the best gelati in Melbourne.
I won tickets to see The Beast one night! Before the show, we did a pre-theatre dinner at that old favourite, City Wine Shop (159 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000). I loved the cheddar with piccalilli, and the gorgeous spaghetti and meatballs.
|Spaghetti and meatballs, City Wine Shop|
One Friday night we went for impromptu cocktails and dumplings with our friends Jenni and Jimbo. We started at State of Grace (salted caramel espresso martinis, woah!)....
|Salted caramel espresso martinis, Charlie Chaplin cocktail|
...then had exquisite dumplings, fried chicken and duck fried rice at Mr Huang Jin (24 Katherine Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000)!
|Mr Huang Jin|
We then rounded off the night with super-fancy cocktails (and nutella donuts!) at Lui Bar, (Level 55, 525 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000). Love this place!
|Back: Lola Montez Spider Dance Fizz|
Front: Sous Vide Shrub
|Nutella Donuts - $18|
The next Friday, we did giant schnitzels at Universal Restaurant (139 -141 Lygon Street Carlton VIC 3053). I wasn't sure if they'd be good, given that their schtick is that their schnitzels are cheap and huuuuuuuge, but I really enjoyed them!
|Parma, mushroom schnitzel - $14 each|
I finally tried soft-serve from Aqua S (16 Red Cape Lane, QV, Melbourne VIC 3000). Super cute! I couldn't bring myself to do a huge fairy floss-covered one, but settled for a delicious milo soft serve in a charcoal waffle cone with a crunchy egg roll.
|Milo soft serve at Aqua S|
My folks went on a holiday to Penang in September, and for their welcome back dinner, we took them to Maedaya (398-400 Bridge Rd, Richmond 3121). Of course, they're famous for their excellent yakitori, but I can also recommend the tempura, the matcha beer, and their sake-whiskey hot toddy cocktail.
And here's a preview photo from Cairns! We spent the September long weekend there and had a fantastic time! The weather was just perfect! This photo is from Fitzroy Island, on the path from the jetty to Nudey Beach (not an actual nude beach). Gorgeous!
October - lots of events on weeknights, foodie catchups on the weekends. Woop woop!