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3 typical dishes to eat in Adelaide – Australia!

I find it always interesting to get to know a new culture and a new city through its cuisine! I really enjoy to explore new flavors and to discover dishes I have never heard about before!

So forget for a moment about your home country… I mean I can have “blanquette de veau”, “ratatouille” and “raclette” everyday in France if I want do! ¬†Let’s try something new ūüėČ something you have never tasted before, something¬†typical from here that you will remember for sure! Here’s my top 3:

 

1. Pavlova

A trIMG_0785aditional and festive Australian dessert that people seem to particulary enjoy during summer time. Basically a beautiful meringue cake, crusty on the outside and smooth on the inside, topped with whipped cream and red fruits! It is very sweet and it tastes good. I don’t know if you can find those in a bakery/restaurant here… but you can definitely make one at home¬†and buy everything you need at the Coles supermarket (here’s a good recipe¬†from a previous article). ¬†If you are lucky and make friends with locals, I am sure if you ask they will bake one for you! Adelaideans are very friendly and generous people!

 

2. Pie floater

IMG_0816Again a very Australian dish, very common in Adelaide! It is a traditional meat pie floating or submerged in a sea of thick pea soup. It reminds me of the Titanic… ¬†It is usually covered with tomato sauce (ketchup) which was the weird part for me… ¬†but “when in Adelaide, do like the Adelaideans” so I ate it exactly the same way and it was ok. ¬†Australians enjoy it mostly¬†as a late evening meal. I must say it tastes good and it is budget friendly¬†(only $6) but it is pretty heavy on the belly especially on warm nights (and there are many here!). ¬†In my opinion the best place to enjoy this typical dish is the Bakery on O’Connell in North Adelaide.

 

3. Lamington

27947_lamingtonsAnother Australian dessert. It is a sponge cake coated with chocolate sauce and grated coconut. There is another version with a layer of cream and strawberry jam in the middle. It is quite nice to have it with tea or coffee. You can find those cakes at the supermarket or in a cafe/bakery. I personnaly like to have mine again at the Bakery on O’Connell in North Adelaide (I know I am repeating myself but this is a good address)! As for those who are not living in Australia and want to give it a try, here is a nice recipe¬†http://allrecipes.com/recipe/lamingtons/

 

I hope you will enjoy this selection and that you will make sure you have ticked these 3 dishes on your list so you can feel you are becoming a perfect Australian ūüôā And as an Adelaidean don’t forget to pop by Haigh’s chocolates to indulge yourself, they are an icon here!

As for me, I am always glad to experiment new things when living abroad and I am really looking forward to it/eat. Speaking of that I have found a very interesting article ¬†called “100 things to eat in South Australia” http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/lifestyle/special-features/things-you-must-eat-in-sa-great-plates-1/story-fnmhkdr1-1226892366054¬†– this could be my next challenge by the way!

What are your favorites foods here? ¬†Do you have any typical Australian dishes you would like to recommend me? I would love to hear about it ‚̧

 

 

Bakery on O’Connell

Bakery – Cafe – Caterer – Open 24/7

44 O’Connell St,

North Adelaide

South Australia, 5006

Phone: (08) 8361 7377

http://www.bakeryonoconnell.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/bakeryonoconnell?pnref=story

Secret garden at Cafe Komodo

There is a place in my heart that I go in my dreams!¬†It is a funky patchwork of blue, yellow and green.¬†It has a vintage touch and a vibrant spirit.¬†It is a little gem and I am glad I found it ‚̧

Cafe Komodo has definitely a special spot in my heart and I feel poetic about it. I like the fact that it is hidden at the end of a flourished lane way. It is like entering a new world with its retro decor¬†: formica tables, vinils on the wall, old books and magazines… I really think it is a cute place and it is impossible not to feel at ease.

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Retro chic style

This cafe has a nice garden where you can sit outside under the shade and enjoy a brunch or a refreshing smoothie. It is very quiet and it is the¬†perfect place to read your favorite book or have a little chat with some friends. I absolutely adore this little garden, with all the flowers, the plants, the trees… it is so charming and I really do believe it adds a real plus to the whole experience!

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Lovely outdoor space

Everything on their menu looks delicious and their drinks are pretty cool too. I have tried so far a chocolate/coffee smoothie which was perfect and then I felt full of energy! Lately I had a vegan smoothie with crushed ice, it was yummy and very refreshing¬†! I have also tasted their warm pears and yogurt muesli and my friend Nasim (from Iran) had the chicken burger and it was yummy! I haven’t tried all their dishes¬†yet but I have been told that it is really fresh and good! Furthermore last time I was there the cakes on the counter looked really appealing.

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Chicken burger and Turkish bread

Cafe Komodo is really closed to North Adelaide and it is on Prospect road so it is easy to locate. There are many retro shops in the neighbourood and it is worth visiting them.

Last time, I went to Prospect, I was with my friend Nasim and we had good fun trying different kind of old hats. She tried one which was covered with nice and colourful birds feathers. It was both original and awkward¬†at the same time. But I must say she looked so stylish when she wore it with her long brown hair falling into a cascade over her shoulder. I told her she reminded me of these stunning models during fashion shows wearing incredible outfits that look so original… but the question¬†(besides the price) is: can you really wear these kind of clothes in real life?!

 

Cafe Komodo

118 Prospect Road

Prospect SA 5082

Tel : (08) 8344 7448

https://www.facebook.com/cafekomodo?fref=ts

Learn to swim like a dolphin

Sometimes I dream I have a house on the beach so I can wake up each morning with the sound of the sea, enjoy my chai tea latte while gazing at the waves and eventually if I am lucky catch sight of some majestic dolphins…

It used to be only a dream but since I live now in Adelaide, I tend to think that maybe someday… who knows?!

Actually when I have learnt I was moving to Australia, I got excited and automatically started to think about things I wanted to do, places I wanted to visit. The first thing that came to my mind was “See the wild dolphins”!

We moved to Australia in September 2014 and I decided I will go and see the Dolphins the day of my birthday! I guess I wanted to make it special! I think it is nice sometimes to spice the day!

So when my birthday came, I went to Port Adelaide as planned. First, I started the day with a lovely breakfast at the Red Lime Shack: I had freshly made waffles with banana ice cream, berry coulis and pure maple syrup. I also drank a chocolava smoothie, basically raw cacao, bananas, coconut and dates. Everything tasted sooooo good, it was a perfect birthday breakfast to kick the day! https://www.facebook.com/RedLimeShack

Then I headed to the port and took a nice cruise with Dolphin Explorer. I really recommend them, the staff is so friendly and the captain is really nice and good fun too! http://www.dolphinexplorer.com.au

It was a very pleasant moment I must say. I was sitting on the upper deck, my hair dancing in the wind, ¬†listening to the Captain’s comments about Port Adelaide history. Suddenly a group of dolphins showed up and started to swim along the vessel. They were¬†absolutely gorgeous. What a moment!

The cruise went on and I really enjoyed my time. At some point, people started to get inside the boat to have lunch in the restaurant. I chose to stay outside to enjoy the show as much as possible!

A group of young people showed up on the upper deck with beers and sodas to celebrate which I thought was a good idea.  I mean even if you are not lucky and you do not see a single dolphin, you can still enjoy a lovely cruise with a fresh drink.

Later, I decided to make my way to the lower¬†deck and I am glad I had this idea because I was in luck! Actually a dolphin started to swim only one meter away from me. It was a magic moment, I was totally hypnotized, I could not believe my eyes. ¬†It was so closed from me…

I know this sound silly but the dolphin looked so happy, so free… enjoying the swim, sometimes ¬†jumping, going up, going down, playing with the boat. It woke up my inner child and I was totally amazed… it was a lovely feeling. I could not help smiling…I felt so good, so happy, so alive!

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“Dolphins are social mammals, capable of enjoying their lives. They form close bonds with other members of their group.”Peter Singer.

When you think of it, we are not that different. We need to bond with people, to be part of “groups”… ¬†We are unique but in the same time we are shaped by our social environment. Our need to connect with others is fundamental and gives us meaning. It is part of our happiness to share and to interact. It is what makes our lives so¬†special and interesting. Don’t you think?

It is as simple as that: learn to swim like a dolphin through life, meet as many people as you can, connect with them, make friends, enjoy your time on earth and above all SMILE!

Whether you favour sweet or savoury, Bali is the key!

¬ę¬†People who love to eat are always the best people.¬Ľ Julia Child

Bali is a beautiful country full of colours and smiling faces, and somehow you manage to find all these ingredients in their authentic and unique cuisine. Balinese cuisine is generous and each plate is a symphony of flavors where the rice is the key note.

As my first time in Bali, I had the chance to live in a villa and to experience Ketut’s wonderful cooking. She cooked for us amazing and¬†traditionnal¬†dishes that I really recommend you to try when in Bali¬†:

  • Nasi Goreng: basically fried rice mixed with spices, vegetables, eggs and sweet soy sauce. I really liked it.
  • Satay¬†: Spices marinated meat barbecued… yummy!
  • Gado Gado¬†: vegetable salad covered with peanut sauce. It was really good!
  • Pepes Ikan Tongkol¬†: Languan fish and spices wrapped in banana leaf and grilled. This cooking technique gives a lovely¬†taste to the fish.
  • Nasi Kuning Bali¬†: actually balinese yellow rice. The best rice I have ever tasted in my life!

Overall everything was absolutely delicious!

I have also asked Ketut what her favorite meal was since she is a local and I was curious to know about it¬†! She told me she likes “babi Guling”. It is a kind of dish made with a whole suckling pig and the inside is stuffed with spices and vegetables… then it is grilled and rolled over a charcoal. I have not tried it but I feel next time I go to Bali, I will give it a try because the way she was describing it I could tell this was something amazing!

I have also fallen in love with two restaurants in Bali that I am sure you will fancy too ‚̧

My favorite one is pretty popular and called the ¬ę¬†Betelnut Cafe¬†¬Ľ and it is in Canggu facing a beautiful rice paddy (actually very closed from Echo Beach). The place looks great, nice decoration and the staff is really friendly. Everything is fresh, very healthy and it tastes marvellous! I recommend the balinese salad with a fruit dragon smoothie… Just perfect¬†!

I also like a famous organic restaurant and shop called¬†¬ę¬†Bali Buda¬†¬Ľ. There are 4 of them in Bali and you can easily locate them in Sanur, Ubud, Keroban and Bukit. Everything is homemade everyday and tastes great. They bake bread each morning before the sun rises and it has nothing to envy to French bakeries. If you feel overwhelmed by the menu, you should give a try to the yellow curry and the mud chocolate cake… I have to confess I am still dreaming of it when I have a craving for chocolate…

What can I say, Bali makes my heart dreamy, my soul shiny and my belly happy ūüôā

 

Betelnut Cafe
Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong No. 60
Canggu, Kuta,
Bali, Indonesia
Tel : 62 821-4680-7233
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Betelnut-Cafe/289844997715255

 

Bali Buda Ubud
Jl Jembawan #1
(across from the Ubud Post Office)
Ubud, Mas, Gianyar 80571
Bali, Indonesia
Tel. (0361) 976324 / 978963
http://www.balibuda.com

Trendy tea and pancakes at E for Ethel

Sometimes, when abroad, I like to challenge myself… I like to invent some missions such as finding the best place to: enjoy a good tea, eat the best scones, drink the best chai latte, taste the best pancakes etc… I think it is a nice way to discover a city because you have to look on the internet, read the reviews, come up with a plan and then try to find these little gems by yourself and test it and write about it…

It is also the perfect opportunity to walk in new streets, see shops you have never seen before, gazed at cute Australian cottages (I am in love with them), smell the delicate fragrance of Adelaide’s colourful flowers, enjoy the sound of the birds in the trees…

I bet you are wondering what my little mission was today…¬†well you know I am obsessed with this TV show called “Gilmore Girls” and especially Luke’s dinner where the 2 Gilmore girls like to hang out especially for breakfast! So I am always looking for places with the same kind of style.

Well today I have tried a new place in North Adelaide called E for Ethel on¬†Melbourne street and I think it could compete with Luke’s… Vintage chairs and tables which give the place a charming vibe, friendly staff, delicious pancakes, lovely cup and tea pots… and the special touch: when serving a cup of tea they leave a famous quote on the plate… it reminds me of the fortune cookie¬†and I really liked it! Today my quote was a famous sentence from the film Casablanca (1942) “Here’s looking at you kid”.

Furthermore this lovely restaurant is also a shop where you can find beautiful handmade creations designed by locals artists… adorable, isn’t it?!

 

E for Ethel
7/116 Melbourne street
North Adelaide 5006
http://www.eforethel.com.au

A good breakfast to kick the day!

Do you happen to know this TV show called “Gilmore girls”?

I used to watch it when I was living in France in order to practise my English. I liked the 2 main characters called Lorelai and Rory Gilmore who were quite nice and fun!

Anyway, they were living in a charming little town and they had the chance to have a really cool place for breakfast! I have always envied them for that and I have always wished I could find a restaurant as nice as theirs in the TV show…

Today I have tried one called the Royal Oak on¬†O’Connell street in North Adelaide¬†which reminded me somehow of this show… The vintage decoration was pretty cool and we enjoyed a nice English breakfast but for those who have followed the TV show grumpy Luke was sadly nowhere to be seen…

 

 Royal Oak
123 O’Connell street
North Adelaide 5006
http://www.royaloakhotel.com.au