Up, up and away..

Hi readers!

I hope you've been enjoying my blog. I'm off to Japan for two weeks so sadly you will notice a lack of new posts, but I promise there will be a plethora of wonderful Japanese culture and food posts when I get back! In the mean time, here are some miscellaneous foodie pictures I thought I'd post to keep you happy while I'm away...


Zucchini Fritters

Have you heard about zucchini noodles, the new on-trend, healthy vegan alternative to carbohydrate-heavy spaghetti? Basically, it's thin strands of long, julienned zucchini, mixed like pasta into a sauce or enjoyed on their own. I've never tried them before, but they seem interesting and would love to give them a try some time soon.

These zucchini fritters are like healthy vegetable 'patties', with the slightly-shorter grated zucchini forming the base of a chunky, wholesome batter that is fried (like pancakes!) until crispy and cooked through. Mum bought home a huge pile of zucchinis the other day and they were beginning to look a bit lonely in the fridge, so we thought we'd give these babies a go. They feature heavily on some brunch menus, are healthy and a great way to boost your vegetable intake. Plus, they're tasty too!

Hot Chocolate Frenzy @ Kakawa Chocolates & Detour Espresso, Darlinghurst

I must make a confession. I will never stop loving hot chocolate. Whether it's the powdered mix stirred into a hot mug of freshly heated (ahem..microwaved) milk, or an $8 cup of pure, decadent, real hot chocolate, give me a hot cup flavoured with the milky, dreamy creaminess that is chocolate and I'm a happy girl. Extra kudos for an airy layer of froth on top.

Wikipedia defines a hot chocolate as a heated beverage typically consisting of shaved chocolate, melted chocolate or cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and sugar, and essentially, that is exactly what it is. Aficionados claim the inferior version is made from powdered chocolate, better known as drinking chocolate, which is not as sweet nor as rich as pure melted chocolate. Some places serve it with marshmallows on the side, others with a generous slathering of chocolate syrup draped across the sides of the cup, and the drink is hardly restricted to consumption at just one meal. Hot chocolate may be drunk anywhere, anytime.

Why I love Asian Bakeries: Part 1

Step into an Asian bakery, it's walls lined with plastic display cases that showcase neatly lined rows of golden baked goods, and it becomes clear that this is not the average run-of-the-mill Australian bakery. No, not the kind where a shop assistant is the main connection between the customer and the product. This is a bakery where the customer is left to squander over and help themselves to whatever they desire. Think of it as a museum of sorts. A museum of bread (where, of course, you're able to buy the artefacts).