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!

Monthly Noms: Burger Edition Part I

It seems that Melbourne (and the rest of the world??) has been infected with Burger-fever for the past year or so with many on the hunt to find that perfect burger. With newspapers popping out ‘Best Melbourne Burger’ articles and bloggers creating Burger Adventure blogs left, right and centre; it wasn’t hard for Ash and I to get sucked in to this Burgermania!

As there quite a number of burger joints to sift through, I’ll do this in a few different posts :)
Excuse for some bad quality photos as a lot of them are taken with my iPhone and the lighting may have been bad!

Classic Baby: Lamb & Wamprat Kofta, Grilled Haloumi, Energon, Funky Coleslaw and Tomato Salsa. Plus, Torgos Executive Powder & Spice Weasel Seasoned HOT CHIPS with Harissa Mayonnaise. ($13 for the meal)

As the name suggests, Baby Burger sells baby sized burgers happen to be incredibly delicious!
Apart from thinking the name was cute – although a bit cannibalistic! – we bought this on a whim at their Supanova food stand just before needing to line up to see Finn Jones as we were starving, and it was a great decision! The chips were an A+ too in our books. Unfortunately they don’t seem to have a permanent store but rather open food stands at festivals, cons and the like :( We would definitely get this again next time we see their wonderful food stand pop up!

Charlie

Classic Charlie Burger: Wagyu patty, tomato, gherkins, garden leaves, aioli, Charlie’s tomato sauce with Cheddar Chess. PLUS, Parmesan & Truffle Fries ($11.90 for burger & $4.90 for fries = $16.80 // there wasn’t a combo?)

Charlie & Co’s is just one of many delicious finds that can you spot in the newly opened Emporium in the CBD!
I think my favourite part of Charlie’s burger was the bun. Apart from that, everything was pretty yum but average. We had no problems finishing off the burger in good time, but was it worth travelling to the CBD for? Maybe not? With many other delicious eateries surrounding it, there isn’t much temptation to get this again. On the other hand, their parmesan and truffle fries were a huge hit! Their unique taste was delicious and I would definitely get them again!

Fat Bobs

Jackie O Burger: 180g grass-fed beef pattie, tomato, spanish onion, fontina cheese, cos, mustard, tomato & Fat Bob’s special sauce; PLUS normal fries. ($18.50 combo)

The first thing that you’ll need to know about Fat Bobs is that the burgers here are massive.
I had a lot of problems finishing my burger with the sides. But because the burgers were just so amazingly delicious, we somehow managed to finish everything! (well I left maybe a tiny bit left but I really tried!) The burger pictured above is actually Ash’s and he still stands by his word in saying that it was the tastiest burger he had eaten to date. I actually ate the “HUMMER” which is their spicy burger which I really enjoyed too! However, they also seem to have excellent skills aside from burgers – zucchini chips. They were just so good that I still crave them! ♥

Leroy

Beef burger with fried egg, bacon, lettuce, house made relish, and cheese; served with fries ($17)

We actually visited Leroy Expresso because we bought a Groupon lunch/brekky for 2 Deal for $19!
I’ve had some pretty shitty experiences with groupon/scoopon vouchers but I was pleasantly surprised with this venue! Although their burger could never go up against the top guns, it put up a pretty good fight! As always, I love these kind of buns so that was a huge highlight! The patty tasted quite nice and so did the chips! No complaints from me!

Royale

Bacon Royale: Beef, bacon, double cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce, pickles, mustard, mayo & Royale sauce ($14)

The Royale Brothers is actually right by Ash’s work place making it perfectly convenient!
I’ve been there a fair few times (Ash has been there a billion times for obvious reasons) and their burgers are top notch. We’ve had a taste of their royale with cheese, bacon royale, pork jerk and grilled chicken. Yummy! Their burgers are delicious if you ignore one critical problem. The BACON. It seems that either the bacon is not cooked enough or is cooked until its black. Until they change bacon chefs, we recommend you go for the cheese royale.  No problems there! On a random note, Ash and I received free Royale Brother hats from the owner for no particular reason!

Big Boy BBQ

The Dorothy: Kansas style saucy beef brisket with pickles and coleslaw ($10.90)

Technically Big Boy BBQ calls this a ‘sandwhich’ but I think it can be considered a variation of  a burger :P
Usually we get a platter at Big Boy BBQ, but I vaguely remember saying I didn’t want to eat that much so we opted to try their sandwiches instead. If there is one thing I can say about them, it is that they do their meats really  well, so it should really be no surprise that this was jam packed with flavour! The saucy beef brisket is absolutely delicious and soaks right in to that bun mhmm. It is definitely something to try if you’re wanting to venture away from the usual beef patty burgers. 

Okay that is the end of my Burger Edition Part One! And man, I am hungry right now.
There’s still a lot more burgers to get through but that’s for another blog post ;) Please let me know if you recommend any awesome burger joints that we could try out. There’s still a few on our list to get to but we’re always happy to eat!

Not-So-Monthly Noms

Hi! So it has come to my attention that I …have not done a Monthly Noms post in a really long time.
For those who read my tweets sometime last year, you would’ve remembered that I tried to post the Sept-Oct Noms post but I lost all my edits after my browser crashed (why it did not save? I have no idea). Either way, I remember being sick (laryngitis) and pissed off ..so I never posted it. And then continued not to post anything…

So, I have decided to rectify this problem (as there are too many delicious photos of food not to post!) by posting them in a series of different blog posts until I catch up to present time.  They won’t be posted in any chronological order, but rather just randomized and maybe sometimes specialized ;)! So please, sit back and prepare to salivate.

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The Masterpiece @ Passionflower (City)

Scotch Eggs @ Gypsy & Pig (City)

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Chicken with Plum Sauce @ Kumo Izakaya (Brunswick East)

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Eggs Benedict(?) plus Hashbrowns @ LeRoy Expresso (St Kilda)

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Tonkatsu Ramen @ Waya (Glen)

Aunties Dumpling

Shanghai Fried Noodles, Chicken & Prawn Dumplings, Spring Onion Pancake and Ribs @ Aunties Dumpling (Carnegie)

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French Platter @ La Cassolette (City)

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Open Souvlaki with Chips @ Meat Me (Oakleigh)

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Fish & Chips @ Ionic (Knox Ozone)

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Little Boy @ Big Boy BBQ (Caulfield South)

Paradise plus Jam donut @ Herosubs (City)

I think that should be enough procrastination for one night hehe ♥
Hopefully, I should be posting another one of these within the next week or so! If you have any recommendations of places to eat in Melbourne, please feel free to shoot me a comment and we’ll definitely check it out!

xxx