“Forever Seventeen” Birthday

For my 23rd SEVENTEENTH birthday (oho), I partied with some loved ones as usual.
Headed to 29th Apartment in St Kilda, where some of my friends gobbled down unlimited spicy buffalo wings while the rest of us attempted to dance to the DJ’s odd choice of non-dancey songs. Pictures speak a thousand words, so here are just a few of my favourite photos from the night. Props to my awesome friend Nico for the photos!

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Just around when this photo was taken, a drunk weirdo kept nuzzling his head on to my friend’s shoulders/necks lol. They were too shy to tell him to f*ck off, so I had to politely (lightly) punch his head off them lol.

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Nearly at the end of the night, Ashley surprised with me a rose ♥ Sweetheart, I know right?
Turns out some random dude was selling long stem single roses for $5 each along the streets of St Kilda :| (not dodgy at all) and he thought it would be sweet to surprise me with one hahah ..eh? it was still sweet :P

But yes, I chose 29th Apartment because if you look closely ..it looks like an apartment!
It’s completely decked out with cool windows, a bath tub, sofas, TVs and GIANT Jenga hahaha

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Because Fathima wanted me to upload a picture of her ;) haha ♥

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Overall, I had an amazing night and I’m so thankful for my gorgeous friends ♥
I can’t believe this was 5 months ago already ..and I’m already nearly half way to my next birthday ;A; Noooo…

Monthly Noms: Recent Eats

Hello hello! Is everyone fattening themselves up with Easter chocolate? No? Just me? :D
Anyway, today I bring you a Monthly Noms post! Yay! I know…I shouldn’t be calling this ‘Monthly’ as I haven’t really done it in ages lol. Either way, I thought I’d just post some of my recent eats that I’ve had in the past month or so ♥ Enjoy!

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Soft serve of the day (Rhubarb, Walnut and Strawberry ..I think) @ Belles Hot Chicken

After hearing outstanding reviews on Belles Hot Chicken, Ash and I drove there for dinner one night eager to devour some frieeeeed chikin! Of course, it was delicious but nothing compared to their soft serve of the day! It was super soft, fluffy and oh so-so delicioussss! This is a “MUST GO” recommendation!

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(Mine) Right: Nuts about Chocolate & Bubblegum

When I heard Dairy Bell was closing (apparently not any more, as they’ve been bought by Bon Appetit) I was frantic and eager to have some! Conveniently, there was a store located across the road from my work place, so Z and I spent one of our lunches savouring some delicious ice cream (I don’t believe I had any real lunch that day ;D)

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Triple Choc Gelato & Ferrero Rocher Gelato @ Nitro Lab (Glen)

My little bro and I had a little lunch date on a really hot day, so we decided to get some ice cream. Guess which is mine ;)

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L: Cookie Monster (I think) @ Passionflower & R: Build your own (forgot) @ Magnum Melbourne

If you’re ever unsure where to take your date for some late night dessert, Passionflower is an excellent choice!!

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Woah. Now isn’t this just one magnificent work of art?! This is one of the soft serves I had for lunch one of my work days. I made Z drive me to the Maccas down the road for this hit ;)

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Outrageous Banana Split @ Pancake Parlour

“Yes, can I have the Outrageous Banana Split? Oh and hold the banana please.”

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Ice cream @ Paesano International Buffet & Black Sesame Soft Serve @ Rice Workshop

Whenever my friends and I organize a catch up, we usually end up picking a good buffet. Why? A buffet usually caters for everyone and makes paying the bill a lot easier! Plus, where else can I get unlimited ice cream for a mere $29 a head.

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Gianduia Bianca & The Mighty GM Pie @ Gelato Messina

Omg. HELLO MESSINA! Probably one of the best and most interesting gelato you can get in Melbourne!
A place that frequently has a huge line outside at late hours of the night is definitely something not to miss ♥v♥

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Cornetto | FRUIT LOOPS SOFT SERVE @ Tuck Shop Take Away

Tuck Shop are seriously amazing. I was getting worried about my bad unhealthy eating choices of late so when they announced a fruit loops soft serve, I rejoiced!! I could finally get my cereal intake while staying faithful to my food group! Breakfast for ONE pleaseeeee.

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L: I forgot, but it’s probably a form of peanut butter / hazelnut etc @ Cold Rock Ice Creamery

It’s pretty surprising that in all my years, I hadn’t tried cold rock until recently! What was I missing out on!?

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Deep Fried Ice Cream @ Ocean King | Fill Me In @ Passionflower

Mmm my favourite kind of dinner is when it’s deep fried and full of ice cream ♥

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Sherbet dipped Soft Serve @ Ice Cream Truck | Black Sesame Soft Serve @ Rice Workshop

With all the great food I eat, I always try to exercise at least once a week. My weekly routine can be summed up in the photo on the left. Man…chasing after ice cream trucks doesn’t seem like a lot but it can be quite a work out!! I definitely recommend it :) And oh, don’t forget to reward yourself after you finally catch up to it!

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Bubblegum @ Dolce House Gelato

Sorry, I had to walk a whole 2 minutes to get to this Gelato place, so I was kinda in the zone eating haha.

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TWO MACCAS SOFT SERVE! I bet you’re thinking one of them is for Ash ..but nope -_- they’re both for me.
So there’s actually a pretty “funny” story behind the two soft serves and the ripped receipt. So, Ash knows how much I love Maccas ice cream so he insisted that I needed TWO and despite my protests, he ordered me two (drive-thru) intending me to eat both ;A; I was so upset that I ripped the receipt in half when he handed it to me LOL. I really only felt like one that day ): ): ): He still laughs at this memory every single time ):

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Rainbow ice cream @ ?? in Melbourne Central | Black Sesame Soft Serve @ Rice Workshop

When I heard Rainbow ice cream was just vanilla ice cream, I laughed. There’s noooo wayyy vanilla can be THAT many colours pfffffft- because seriously, don’t lie, you can DEFINITELY taste the rainbow!!!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough | Clusterfluff in a Waffle Cone

If Ben&Jerry’s weren’t as expensive as they are in Australia, I would be eating it all the time. Such is life ):
The tub in the left photo was a special midnight snack with the boyfie though ♥ Sweet moments!

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Assorted Gelato @ Dex2Rose

Ah this was when we had the standard gelato serving for dinner the other night!! Check it out here.

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Hazelnut & Bubblegum @ Dolce House Gelato | Green Tea Soft Serve @ Rice Workshop

Oh hello Green Tea soft serve! I was in the city one early morning (for a hairdresser appointment) and wasn’t too sure what to have for breakfast, so I thought I’d have some green tea to help wake me up!

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Plain Sundae @ Hungry Jacks

At first glance, I thought this was my favourite Maccas Soft Serve ..but alas, it is Hungry Jack’s.
I always feel like a cheating girlfriend when I get HJ’s soft serve instead ): It’s definitely not as good as Macca’s – it’s more dense and not as fluffy/soft and always makes me crawl back to Maccas ;A;

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Chocolate Brownie @ Nitro Lab | ?? @ Wills Batch Ice Creamery

Both of these photos are just some late night supper I’ve had recently. Mmm puts you to bed real good!

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Hmmm, I’m fairly sure based on the position of that drink, Z drove me to Maccas for lunch again! And what a lunch it was!

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Zuppa Duppa (Hazelnut gelato, wild strawberry preserve, pistachio crunch & amaretti biscuit) @ Messina, Royal Croquet Club

Ah, Messina’s creativity is simply amazing. These cans of ‘soup’ were gorgeous and tasted great too!
I’m not sure why food markets even feature other food eateries, it’s obvious everyone’s only there to eat the ice cream duh.

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Toasted Marshmallow @ Tuck Shop Take Away

I don’t actually like camping, but at least I know what to eat by the fire if I ever go!

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It’s tradition for my brother and I to receive the Freddo Ice Cream cake for our birthdays each year!!
(Because seriously, who even wants normal cake when there’s ICE CREAM cake? pfffffft)

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Hahah so, Ash was jelly that he didn’t get to try any of my Freddo Ice Cream cake from my birthday, so I made him a ice cream cake for his birthday this year! This is filled with all three flavours of Peter’s Neapolitan ice cream, chocolate fudge, chocolate biscuits topped with lots of whipped cream ♥ I know. I’m a genius.

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I know I know, the right one definitely looks like it could be Maccas but it isn’t. It’s from IKEA! Yeh, I know right? Cool shelves, beds and soft serve from a self-serve machine!? WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT IN LIFE!?!?!

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Nuttylove (mine) & Chocoholic Sundae @ Wills Batch Ice Creamery

Just standard dinner. Yeah yeah, I shared a bit with Ash.

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Black Sesame Ice Cream @ Takumi

For my birthday last year, Ash took me to Takumi where we had the most amazin’ Black Sesame ice cream!

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The Colossal @ Pancake Parlour | Chocolate @ Ben & Jerry’s

On one fateful night, a group of friends and I decided we could challenge THE COLOSSAL!!
Well duh, considering it’s my main food group, I obviously had no problem carrying the team by eating it solo psh

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Ahhh don’t you love it when you wake up early enough for Maccas breakfast?! WIN OF THE DAY.

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Hazelnut & Bubblegum @ Dolce House Gelato

When you’re tired from being up all night partying, what do you do? Eat Gelato.

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Flavour of the day – Pistachio Soft Serve @ 8Bit

So, 8Bit is the super cool geeky themed place that I really wanted to try! Ash is a sweetheart and drove me all the way there just so I could finally get my hands on this! Um YUM. I was full for daayyyys!

The best way to end the post is by posting my favourite and most exquisite one of them all …

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Maccas Soft Serve! My one and only true ice creamery love ♥ ♥ ♥
There may be many innovative and creative ice cream, gelato and soft serves out there, but nothing will ever beat you!!!

Happy April Fools!

Sweet Valentines

This might be a little late, but then again ..all my post seem to be (my birthday 2014 will go up soon, I promise!)
Annoyingly, Ash was actually rostered on to work Valentines evening so we had to celebrate the day after, but eh who cares~ love and gifts (hint hint) shouldn’t be confined to only one day a year!! ♥

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As I had already spent a lot on Ash’s birthday (post coming soon too lol!) we agreed that I didn’t need to get him anything. But hey, when I saw that awesome card, I knew I had to make some bacon roses to go along with it haha!

Note: If you’re planning on making some bacon roses, note that bacon does shrink ..and will stick..

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Not wanting them to go cold and gross, I made Ash eat them straight away lolol!
Even though you only see 3 delicious bacon roses gathered in my beautiful baking paper gift wrapping, I actually made about 6 in total…I just so happened to eat the “ugly” ones hahah ;)

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Of course, the way to my heart is through KRISPY KREME donuts hehe
They were absolutely delicious and I will admit that the sprinkles fell all over his car seat while I tried to eat them haha. Don’t worry though, we actually went to a car wash after this -_-” And yesssss, he got me the cutest Harley plush ♥ ! Made by the Funko crew, she’s pose-able and quite heavy, so she can stand up all by herself!

We did some stuff in between here and dinner, which you’ll be able to see in the last gif.

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Mine: Colonel – Southern fried spicy chicken, coleslaw & a chipotle sauce in a soft white bun | His: The General – Two premium Aussie beef patties, minced fresh daily, melted double cheddar cheese, pickles, grilled onion, American mustard, jalapenos & a tomato sauce in a brioche bun. (Removed jalapenos, and swapped in ‘special burger sauce’ instead)

For dinner, we took the long drive to Dandenong Pavillion for their secret burger menu.
As there was no indication that each burger came with their own set of fries, we ordered fries as a side -_-” LE SIGH. Anyway, I ordered the Colonel burger which was filled with tasty fried chicken! I know, I know …”chicken burgers” aren’t really burgers, but whatever, I love my fried chicken and I’m glad I got it! It was crunchy and tasted delicious …although, I would probably swap to a brioche bun next time though. I can’t remember exactly, but I’m fairly sure Ash regretted his decision on swapping to the special burger sauce, and would just keep the original next time …but we’ll wait for his second burger post (gotta remind him to do it soon!!) for a proper review.

ANYWAY, as I am on snapchat quite often.. I decided to put up my snap story for the day!

Here, you’ll see that we went to the Drive Thru cinemas after dinner …but due to 1) a shitty low screen* and 2) ‘first come first serve’ basis, we were stuck behind a damn 4WD whose boot door blocked half the screen for us. (*they tore down the screen the day after we went lol) Ash was so pissed off that he complained, got a refund plus a complimentary ticket before we left lol. Supa sad too because we had bought all our snacks and drinks already :(

To cheer him up, we played Blood Bowl at my house until about 2am -_- (I was dead at work the next day lol)
All in all, despite the crappy cinema experience, I had an awesome Valentines with Ashley :)

How was your Valentines? ♥

Dex2Rose Nitrogen Gelato

Tucked away in small alleyway off Little Bourke St, is an exciting and promising new nitrogen gelato store in Melbourne.
Opening only recently, Dex2Rose was created with the idea of a new kind of late night joint for those who prefer chilling (GEDDIT?) with delicious gelato (over getting sloshed at a bar*). This is emphasized with their late opening hours and welcoming interior that houses plenty of seats that can easily fit a group of mates!

*This may  change as Jesse mentioned the possibility of adding a liquor license to their repertoire 

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Changing their menu every 2-3 weeks can be quite challenging, but Dex2Rose seems to have it under their belt – with enticing and occasionally hilarious names to go along their interesting flavours, it’s definitely something to admire. When Ashley and I took the trip down one Friday night after work, we were greeted with the warmest of welcomes! Coincidentally, we happened to visit in the middle of their flavour changing and so half the flavours you’ll read about are from their old menu while the other half are from the new menu, which you’ll be able to get INGEST now!

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As usual, we were actually a bit late so Jesse had popped out for some errands, but that didn’t even matter because all the other staff are just as sweet and lovely. While we waited for Jesse, the waiter (I’m so sorry, we didn’t catch your name) started us off with their special Cold Brew Coffee and his favourite gelato at the moment ;)

Cold Brew Coffeecontaining up to 67% less acidity than hot brewed coffee, cold brewed coffee is naturally sweeter and more intense without the bitter acids and fatty oils. Best enjoyed neat over ice, but feel free to ask for milk and/or sugar syrup. 

I’m not a big fan of coffee, but Ash is a lover of all things caffeine so he was happy to give this a go!
It was incredibly refreshing and required much less sugar than an ordinary coffee. The sugar syrup was an interesting and favoured twist! For someone who doesn’t even like coffee, I quite enjoyed this.

 So after asking the waiter what his favourite gelato was at the moment, he brought out the Honey Stash!

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Honey StashMade from top quality Italian ingredients, this Pistachio and Honey gelato surprises with hidden honeyed nut clusters within the creamy goodness. Topped with fresh Raspberry cream.

The combination of the pistachio and raspberry cream was absolute bliss! Being the nut fanatic, I loved finding the honeyed nut clusters and savouring the sweetness in my mouth mm. We finished the Honey Stash off pretty quickly, and I’m just going to mention that Ashley ate way too much of the raspberry cream to be considered ‘sharing’.

Not too long after, Jesse arrived and very warmly asked us if we were ready for 5 more gelatos! Gulps!
I don’t think I’ve ever eaten that much gelato in one go, but as being the gelato / ice cream lover in the relationship, I was ready to take on the challenge!! While we begun chatting away, our next gelato, Rockkaido came out!

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RockkaidoMade with fresh Rockmelon and Hokkaido Milk Tea powder, this gelato transports you on to an idyllic island right away. Served with Raspberry cream.

When reading the menu, I was actually super excited about the Rockkaido due to all the good things I’ve read about the Hokkaido’s dairy products! The gelato definitely did not fail to please mm. It was incredibly creamy, with the rockmelon subtly shining through giving it a light fruity taste. Definitely delicious. If you noticed, this was served with Raspberry cream too! Ashley questioned Jesse about this, and the simple answer was utilizing flavours in more than one gelato makes production faster with less wastage.

Nitro BrewCold brewed coffee that’s out of a beer tap. Charged with nitrogen, Nitro Brew comes with a creamy head of foam that locks in the wholesome flavour, and a whole new mouth feel. Try it to believe it. Best enjoyed neat, but feel free to add milk (ask for some!) and/or sugar syrup. Alternatively, pair this with one of our gelati for the ultimate summer treat!

The Nitro Brew was a fascinating drink that went down very nicely. The infused fruits (apples, in this case!) shone through nicely, and the lowered acidity was refreshing on our taste buds. Sugar syrup and milk are totally unnecessary for this or at least with the infusion of apples that we tried – it was very sweet in a savoury rather than desserty way.

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Why So Glum? Try My Plum?Fresh black plums mixed with French Brandy gives you this slightly boozy sorbet which is sure to lift your spirits. Not recommended for kids, as may contain up to 1% alcohol. (V,DF,GF)

For those who are lactose intolerant, don’t worry – there’s some of the good stuff here for you too!
The flavours of ‘Why So Glum? Try My Plum?’ (hilarious name) definitely pack a punch with it’s strong flavour. It was a bit too sour for my liking, but yet still delicious with pulverised whole fruits to create a interesting gritty texture! The best part of it was pretty much the crunchy and delectable freeze fruit placed neatly on top!

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The Original Mr GreyCreated from Earl Grey tea and a high quality Italian hazelnut, this gelato features hazelnuts churned through and is served with a luscious milk chocolate sauce. Christian Grey has nothing on this.

Jesse is actually his own copy writer so I’ve gotta give him a huge applause for these great names and descriptions haha.
I actually really enjoyed The Original Mr Grey as the subtle hazelnut crunch complimented the creamy earl grey tea really well. Of course, Ashley isn’t a fan of tea so he didn’t fancy this too much, so I happily tackled this one solo :D

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Cold Pressed JuiceExtracted from fruits via mastication, cold pressed juice retains more flavour, nutrients and enzymes as compared to traditional juicers. The lack of spinning blades means that the juice remains unheated, and nutrients and enzymes are not destroyed in the juicing process. The cold pressed juices are pressed in store each day, so you know you’ll only be getting the good stuff.

To break our marathon of gelatos, Jesse introduced us to his refreshing and yummy cold pressed juices mmm. Although it tasted very similar to a good freshly squeezed juice, it apparently retains alot more of the nutrition of the fruits – in fact all of it(??) bar the fibre, due their different technique, so bonus bonus!!!

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Scarlet ScamA scarlet slam is what happens when you cross a Red Velvet cake with a Tim Tam slam. Featuring red velvet flavoured Tim Tams smashed into smooth creamy red velvet gelato, this decadent combination is served with cream cheese frosting.

I was super excited to try this out as I personally love Red velvet and Tim tams – esp together!
This was one of his new flavours and I’m sure it’s going to be a huge hit, as it was seriously such a good combination. There were hidden chunks mixed throughout which made eating this gelato a little game for me to find all the little bits of tim tam within! Even though we were full from all the gelatos, we still managed to clean this one up.

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It’s a Match AH!Bitter-sweet, high quality Matcha (Japanese green tea) powder makes this milky gelato a delectable summer treat. Sprinkled with crunchy peanut powder, this combination truly is a match.

Last but definitely not least is the increasingly popular matcha (green tea) flavoured gelato!
Out of all the matcha flavoured gelatos, ice cream and soft serves I tried, this was definitely the strongest. Jesse simply explained that when they create a flavour, they make sure the flavour ain’t weak! While it was more bitter than I usually enjoy, I found myself going back for more as the bitter, creamy flavours got me addicted :P

The night was a lot of fun and I’m glad to have met Jesse and his awesome team at Dex2Rose.
I’d like to mention that I would love to applaud their genuine hospitality, as I thrive on good customer service. We personally witnessed Jesse happily greeting each customer that walked in, even remembering the names of some of the regulars! It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to keep coming back for the delicious food (check their new menu here) and the great staff members who make you feel at home as soon as you enter.

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PS. Jesse gave me a trial of an awesome coffee scrub that they’re working on and I will be reviewing it soon! ♥

Ashley and Melody dined as a guest of Dex2Rose

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Review: SFC Hot ‘N’ Spicy Chicken Wings

     So if you know me, you know I love fried chicken and I get cravings for KFC every now and then!
When I saw this packet called ‘SFC’ in the Coles freezer section, I laughed for ages and wanted to buy them. Alas, I’m a cheapo and they were $9.90 so I passed, but not too long ago they were half price so YES! I got one to try it out.

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Click here to see the product on Coles Online

I decided to cook it for dinner one night while watching ‘If You Are The One’
Opening the box up, you’ll be met with the pretty frozen sight of fried chicken haha. But whatever. I wanted some fried chicken and this promised me ‘crunchy, golden, succulent Chicken wings covered with Hot n Spicy southern style coating’. Some of the wings had stuck together and pulling them up inadvertently caused some of the skin to fall off. Boooo! ……I cooked those bits anyway since it’s obviously the best part of fried chicken ;D

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So there were 6 pieces in total but what the hell is THAT. It was tiny and so I’ll call it 5.5 pieces!
Anyway as directed, I popped them in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 200°c (I’ve heard the best way to reheat KFC is in a similar structure). Watching them sizzle in the oven was so exciting that I wasn’t even paying attention to the TV any more!

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At last, they were ready! And they looked pretty good for coming out of a box lol.
Verdict? Pretty good! They obviously weren’t KFC tier but they had a nice subtle spicy seasoning that made me eat 4/6  – I decided to let my younger brother have 2 because I’m generous and all. The chicken itself wasn’t that amazing, but as I said, it came out of the box and it expires in a year …so freshness obviously isn’t a strong point here.

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IMO, these are cool to try out but $9.90 for 6 wings is pretty pricey when KFC sells 10 wicked wings for $9.95

Ash and I are actually bought another one of their products called SFC Take Home Boneless Bucket, which we had initially intended for his b’day party but didn’t end up using due to there being enough food! But that’ll def be next on my review list heh. Actually, Ash* and I love going to Coles at really odd hours, so if I see something else cool, I’ll review it!

*Ash misusing his editing powers

 ♥