[Product] Shopping with Kitchenware Superstore.

[Product] Shopping with Kitchenware Superstore.

Having moved into my very own house (hooray!), I’m now all for collecting cute and pretty displays for my bakedwares. Well, maybe not just bakewares, as I’ve recently been eyeing more than just cake stands. There’s been a beautiful rainbow display of sauce bottles that marched into my pantry, a variety of different glass vases, and I’ve been seen prowling through every kitchenware store there is in my hunt for the perfect placemats on my gorgeous new white dining table that I love so very much.

Given my love for baking, buying a cake stand has long been on my list. However, as this household was also home to two rather active cats, I was constantly worried that the cake stands would topple and instead of a beautiful, delicious looking cake on my counter, I’d end up with a waterfall of glass shards on my floor. So the hunt for the perfect cake stand was long and arduous as it had to be pretty, and yet sturdy enough to take a nudge or two from a well-meaning cat who shouldn’t be on the counter.

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As luck would have it, I actually found the perfect cake stand at Big W. None of the fancy homeware stores actually stocked anything that was quite sturdy enough! But it didn’t come with a cake dome, so when I was given a voucher to Kitchenware Superstore, my only thought was : Ooh, cake domes! Disclaimer: The voucher was given to me by their PR.

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It wasn’t hard to choose cake domes from Kitchenware Superstore, I must admit. They only had one! Thankfully, it was one that would fit my new cake stand and in a matter of minutes, I had the Royal Doulton Donna Hay 30cm Cake Dome winging its way to me.

Having never purchase from Kitchenware Superstore before, I was pleased to see that the website presented me with no glitches, the transactions were smooth and shipping was crazy fast! Shipping was a flat rate of $9.95 (or free if you purchase things above $150) and I assure you that flat rate shipping is the best. It really just means more guilt-free shopping for me, and more kitchen things to stock my house with. Hehe.

The cake dome came, well packed in a huge box filled with packing peanuts. I’m not sure what I was expecting as it turned out taller than I had imagined in my head which is a good thing as this means I can now put those gorgeous tall iced cakes on my cake stand without fear of ruining the top. Huzzah! The first time I whipped it out was for my housewarming, and yes, I know, I know, a Pandan chiffon cake hardly needs such a fancy cake dome, but I couldn’t help it, I had to show the beauty off. As you can probably guess, I’m quite pleased with my shiny cake dome. I’m not a fan of Donna Hay normally, but I guess I will make an exception for her cake dome.

What do you think?

Anyways, I’m back shopping at Kitchenware Superstore as I went into House and General Trader for their Boxing Day Sale and got nothing, so I’m back to browsing Kitchenware Superstore to look for bargains. They are currently having a 10% sale off everything, coupon code BOXINGDAY. Go have a peek and maybe pick something up for yourself!

I was provided with a $70 gift voucher by Kitchenware Superstore. All other purchases made was financed by my jolly credit card. All opinions are my own.

Review: Andre’s Cucina & Poleta Bar, Adelaide

Review: Andre’s Cucina & Poleta Bar, Adelaide

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There is something charming about the fact that every place we visit becomes a memory, a story to tell. If you look around you, you will realise that everybody is a storyteller. Everybody has a story to share, and everybody has the power to enchant. The difference I guess, is whether or not you want to harness that power and share that story.

I will always remember Andre’s Cucina as the first restaurant we went to after the big move away from Melbourne to Adelaide. It was the first time I met PZ (K’s cousin) who is now quite a dear friend. She turned up looking like a smexy lady that she is, and I felt instantly uglier and grubbier next to her. It was also my first foray into polenta and to this day, I am sadly not taken by it.

However, Andre’s Cucina serves more than just polenta. I should really point out that in fact, Andre’s Cucina serves amazing food. If I had been upset by all the good food I was leaving behind in Melbourne (And I was.) Andre’s did an amazing job in comforting me, letting me know that Adelaide does have its charms as I would soon find out myself.

The food at Andre’s is absolutely beautiful. The produce is top-notch, and the care and precision put into every dish shines through like a beacon. The flavours complement but shine through, having parties on your tongue, while you sit there enthralled by the stories Andre is telling you through his food. The service is nothing but efficient, and while the establishment is a little on the small and squishy side, it takes but just a bite to bring you into your own little private world of food bliss.

If you are in Adelaide, you should grab yourself a table at Andre’s. Sit back and let the stories roll over you. Trust me, you will be amazed by how much our little Adelaide has to tell.

Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar
94, Frome Street, Adelaide
08 8224 0004

Monday: 5.30pm – 11pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 11.30am till late
Friday & Saturday: Specific dinner seating times.

Review: The Mess Hall, Melbourne City

Review: The Mess Hall, Melbourne City

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the mess hall

the mess hall

Breakfast in Melbourne city. I haven’t done that in awhile as I moved out of the city many years ago and driving all the way in for just breakfast really seems like a waste of time. Plus, everybody knows there’s a ton of other Melbourne brunch places that are way more exciting anyways. Right? RIGHT?

I ended up in The Mess Hall for brunch one morning, not entirely by choice. I was there because I had just been to Cumulus and was told that I had just missed their breakfast hour. Taking pity on me and my disappointed face, the helpful waiter directed us to The Mess Hall, which was how I ended up there.

The Mess Hall is an italian food restaurant that had signage that I couldn’t see. I nearly walked straight past it but the patrons sitting outside in the lazy morning sun clued me into the fact that a restaurant must be around the place somewhere.

Once inside, we were greeted with friendly smiles that lead very quickly to a table and menus.

Service however was a little slow. After what felt like forever, our food finally arrived: Hollandaise eggs with ham, spinach, hollandaise & dukkah on a sweet bun and Corn fritters served with avocado, cherry tomato, cream cheese and chilli.

The food was pleasant enough, though I wasn’t overly taken by the Hollandaise sauce. It seems nobody can beat homemade hollandaise sauce yet (made by Sefie, not me), ah well. The eggs were well poached, the corn fritters tasty.

Would I head back? I doubt it. While everything was pleasant enough, it just didn’t pack enough wow factor into the place, service and food to warrant a re-visit especially since I have moved out of Melbourne and am now one of those annoying tourists who tries to cram too much eating into one stomach. Oh wait, that’s really everybody. Never mind.

The Mess Hall on Urbanspoon

Food Trucks in Adelaide: Sneaky Pickle

Food Trucks in Adelaide: Sneaky Pickle

Sneaky Pickle

Sneaky Pickle

Food trucks in Adelaide are becoming less and less uncommon, but are in no way in danger of losing their novelty cred. The minute I heard that a new food truck was on the streets of Adelaide, I made it my first priority to sink my teeth into their latest offerings.

In this case, it was Sneaky Pickle with their claim to fame with pickles and pulled pork that caught my attention.

For a simple $9 you receive the above: Pulled pork burger, BBQ corn and pickles. Nine dollars!? I couldn’t believe it. Often, $9 wouldn’t even get you a complete burger let alone one that came with corn and pickles. A-hah, Sneaky Pickle was already well on its way up in my heart!

Biting into the burger, you cannot but help marvelling at the juiciness of the pulled pork and the crunchy slaw. My one problem with the burger was how messy it was. Or maybe, I’m just a messy eater. I ended up having to hover in a rather unsightly manner over the little cardboard tray in order to catch any of my runaway pulled pork.

Still, you cannot deny that they are tasty and flavoursome burgers. Wash it down with BBQ corn and pickles, and I sat back happily satisfied. This combined with the lazy afternoon sun in Hindmarsh Square while I hid beneath the shady trees made for a very enjoyable lunch indeed. Would I go back? Next chance I get!

Review: Neon Lobster Taquerie at Alpha Box & Dice

Review: Neon Lobster Taquerie at Alpha Box & Dice

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neon lobster taquerie berrytravels

What do you do when you are winding down from all the Christmas eating, need a break from the crazy frenzied season, and just need to chill?

You head to the hottest popup in town: the Neon Lobster Taquerie by the Happy Motel guys who had set up shop at Alpha Box & Dice.

The experience starts from when you get out of the car. The wafting smells lead you in, followed by the sound of joyful laughter from relaxed and happy people. We (myself, Natasha and her sister) got ourselves set up with some Sangria and then joined the queue of eager eaters. Make no mistake, it was a very long queue. Combine that with a very hot day, it really wasn’t my preferred choice of entertainment. However, the allure of tacos, the amazing smell, and the sizzling beef on the bbq made me grit my teeth and stayed in the line I did.

Was it worth it? Oh, many times over. The decision to brave the sun is not taken lightly, given I love chilly weather and hate the sun, but this was worth it many times over. For myself, I devoured the ‘shark’ taco along with the char beef skirt taco. Swooned over the impeccable flavours, the taste of which filled my mouth and sent shivers down my spine. It was the stuff dreams are made of, and then more. Granted, the serving sizes could have been bigger. 4 tacos later and I wasn’t really at my happy level yet. However, as I stood in line for my second shot at this wonder food, the dreaded yell of “Sold out” came echoing down the line. It was not meant to be.

If you see these guys popping up, you have to go. It’s that good.

Neon Lobster Taquería (The Happy Motel) on Urbanspoon