FOOD is fashion . FASHION is food . a VICTIM of fashionable food*

Thursday, March 31, 2011

My City Cuisine*

"What should I order?"
An inevitable question faced by many who are seated cluelessly in a restaurant.
Travellers in a foreign country find this to be an all-too-familiar setting.
MyCityCuisine is a project designed to create a free, reliable and up-to-date guide 
on the most original and tasty traditional foods from different countries of the world. 

MyCityCuisine is currently looking for contributors to this open project.

Let us all help travelers to discover local foods from all over the world, raise cultural awareness and preserve traditions in a constantly changing world!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Madam Char Char *

"Shameless, Brazen and Bashful.
She wants to seduce you, she wants to satisfy you, 
she wants to stimulate your senses and tempt you with her feast of 
fresh, bold and delicious flavours and textures.
I present to you: Madam Char Char."

They are shouting it from the roof tops loud and clear, they are all about the flavour!

During my break, I venture to Surry Hills for a quick lunch before resuming another intense study session. As you enter, food is wholeheartedly displayed in visual abundance like a market stall for all to see and enjoy. There are a range of salads, slow cooked and braised dishes made from the latest seasonal produce.

Peering up at the enormous blackboard will reveal an enticing list of gourmet burgers, freshly made to order. My aim is to sample every combination... eventually. In the meantime, I can devote my time to reminiscing about the flavours. I must confess, I am addicted to the damper bun, which so delicately holds the layers of ingredients like a gastronomic painting.
(Note to self: must return to try the salads next time!)

Little Lambie (He's famous!)
7 Hour Lamb, Caramelised Onions, Rocket, Aioli and Nan's Relish
(Expecting to be served a lamb fillet or diced lamb, I was contemplating how I would go about eating the burger in a clean fashion. To my pleasant surprise, the lamb was shaven into fine shreds which gave it a soft easy bite. Whoever said that burgers were hard to eat must not have tried this yet!)

Sometimes one photo simply does not do the food any justice...

So a second photo illustrating what it is inside is required,

And maybe a third photo- just for good measure!

Rocking Roast Rooster
Roast Chicken, Lettuce, Tomato, Aioli and Gravy
(This burger is really a handful, extremely filling, but worth the effort. From my recollection of Red Rooster burgers, which I presume is it's namesake, I prefer this healthier option by far.)

Mr Pumpkin
Roast Pumpkin, Blue Cheese, Walnuts, Caramelised Onions, Rocket, Aioli and Nan's Relish
(My favourite! I must admit that I have a soft spot for pumpkin and this is also a nice option for Vegetarians. Furthermore, incorporating blue cheese in a burger basically sealed my tick of approval.)

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Madam Char Char
285A Crown Street, Surry Hills 
(02) 9380 4411
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

In Good Company*

"Apologies for my absence of late, 
So many unfortunate events are happening around the world...
Whether it is because of coincidence or merely fate.
I sincerely pray for those who are affected, please take care and keep safe!"

This does not mean that I have stopped eating by all means. I felt that it was a good time to simply take a break, and retreat back to the necessities. To enjoy the simple things that life has to offer. So here is a snapshot- capturing some of the culinary highlights I have enjoyed of late. 

Campos Coffee, Newtown
Skim Latte
(My favourite place for coffee in Sydney! Baristas heat the milk to an ideal temperature, the froth has smooth creamy consistency and refined coffee art techniques leave the mark of Campos' signature leaf. Although many Cafes around Sydney CBD stock their coffee beans, the coffee is simply not the same. Armed with a Lindt Dark Chocolate Ball and some light reading material, it sets the scene for a nice relaxing afternoon.)

Le Pain Quotidien, Sydney Westfield
Bread Basket containing Rye, Spelt, Walnut, Multigrain and White Baguette.
Condiments include Organic Jams, 'Brunette' Belgian Praline Spread, Acacia Honey Bear and Vegemite- a token to Australia
(Alain Coumont remarked that the idea behind "Le Pain Quotidien" is simply to make a good daily bread, a handmade bread with a good crust and a firm slice, the kind of bread that makes great tartines. Bread not only to nourish the body, but the spirit as well. A bread best shared around the table, to be savoured amongst friends.)

Messina, Darlinghurst
Peanut Butter and Gingerbread Flavoured Ice cream
(Authentic Italian gelato and ice cream freshly made in-house. What's more, during interludes of conversation with your friends you can observe the staff making the ice cream through a viewing window at the back of the store. Offering a wide variety of quirky flavours, Messina is now one of my favourite dessert places!)


Atlantic Smoked Salmon Platters
My staple food- accompanied with cheese and a glass of wine. These platters were served at our recent luncheon with the extended family. As you can see, mom was really enthusiastic with the lemons and lime!

Mixed Fruit Salad
Embracing Summer's large variety of seasonal foods, the options for making a fruit salad are endless. We opted for a selection of strawberries, green kiwi fruits, rockmelon, watermelon, apple and red seedless grapes. 

Lemon Cheese Cake
Aunty Bonnie's cheesecake is always a crowd-pleaser at parties. The bottom layer is a dense base made from crushed, buttered biscuits; a middle layer of cream cheese; and topped with a layer of lemon jelly.

Organic Produce, Surry Hills
Lunch with CC at this quaint cafe in the heart of Surry Hills was a treat as usual. And the highlight of the afternoon? As we were turning to leave we were given complementary bran muffins with a twist - literally!

My Sweet Memory Cafe, Strathfield
Dark Chocolate Truffles rolled in Crushed Macadamias
(I love the name of the chocolates, and it is very meaningful in light of the unfortunate events that have occurred. Hope everyone will continue to enjoy delicious food everyday, may it be fine dining or even simple things such as coffee and chocolate. Remember, the most important thing is that it is to be shared in Good Company!)