• While the SO was getting dressed, I scrolled through a couple of suggested breakfast cafes and was impressed by the feedback for My Kingdom for a Horse. Everything lovely everyone had to say about them  is well deserved!

    [Adelaide] Breakfast at My Kingdom for a Horse

    While the SO was getting dressed, I scrolled through a couple of suggested breakfast cafes and was impressed by the feedback for My Kingdom for a Horse. Everything lovely everyone had to say about them is well deserved!

  • The wedding we were in Adelaide to attend was being held at Sfera’s Park Suites and Convention Centre and we were staying there for convenience. However it meant we did not have easy access to the abundance of dining options in the city, but the wedding couple suggested Pickled Duck was around the corner for the hungry.

    [Adelaide] Lunch at the Pickled Duck

    The wedding we were in Adelaide to attend was being held at Sfera’s Park Suites and Convention Centre and we were staying there for convenience. However it meant we did not have easy access to the abundance of dining options in the city, but the wedding couple suggested Pickled Duck was around the corner for the hungry.

  • A leisurely walk led us to Mexican Society of Chinatown's window, where we studied the menu from behind the glass. The bar showcased an impressive range of tequilas on their tequila menu, but should you expect anything less?

    [Adelaide] Mexican Society of Chinatown

    A leisurely walk led us to Mexican Society of Chinatown’s window, where we studied the menu from behind the glass. The bar showcased an impressive range of tequilas on their tequila menu, but should you expect anything less?

  • We were exploring the Adelaide shopping strip when the skies opened and forced us into hiding. We quickly ducked into the inviting warmth of The Stag Hotel and decided to weather out the rain with a bit of lunch.

    [Adelaide] The Stag Hotel

    We were exploring the Adelaide shopping strip when the skies opened and forced us into hiding. We quickly ducked into the inviting warmth of The Stag Hotel and decided to weather out the rain with a bit of lunch.

  • Dining like that is not possible here and now, but I think I can definitely feel some of that love for The Tuckshop out on Gerler Road in Hendra. It's a perfect spot for casual breakfasts (or lunches) with friends, if you want to head away from the city.

    The Tuckshop

    Dining like that is not possible here and now, but I think I can definitely feel some of that love for The Tuckshop out on Gerler Road in Hendra. It’s a perfect spot for casual breakfasts (or lunches) with friends, if you want to head away from the city.

  • Not to be mistaken with the Japanese restaurant of the same moniker in Crows Nest, Sydney, Adelaide's Ryo's Noodles first opened in 2014 to fill the gaping ramen hole on Adelaide's Asian eatery strip, Gouger Street. Two years later, Ryo's Noodles seemed to be going strong with a steady stream of hungry customers, eager for warm soup and noodles to boister themselves against the winter chill.

    [Adelaide] Ryo’s Noodles

    Not to be mistaken with the Japanese restaurant of the same moniker in Crows Nest, Sydney, Adelaide’s Ryo’s Noodles first opened in 2014 to fill the gaping ramen hole on Adelaide’s Asian eatery strip, Gouger Street. Two years later, Ryo’s Noodles seemed to be going strong with a steady stream of hungry customers, eager for warm soup and noodles to boister themselves against the winter chill.

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Brisbane Night Noodle Markets start tonight!

If you missed out on last weekend’s Regional Flavours Festival, be ever thankful that winter is Brisbane’s foodie season. The hugely popular Night Noodle Markets returns to South Bank and you’ll have from Wednesday, July 20 till Sunday, July 31 to dig in!

The Night Noodle Markets is part of the Brisbane Times Good Food Month of activities and if it’s anything like last year’s, expect another great selection of stalls, entertainment and appearances from the who’s who list (Adriano Zumbo and Luke Nguyen ring any bells?).

Good Food Month: Night Noodle Market

Last year’s New Shanghai’s Xiao Long Bao (Shanghai steamed pork dumplings)

What am I hoping to sample at this year’s Night Noodle Markets?

Of course the spectacular clear raindrop cake from Harajuku Gyoza and the Instagrammed-to-death strawberry watermelon cake from Black Star Pastry. And so will everyone else! Best get there early.

And while you’re waiting, grab some skewers from Hoy Pinoy. Those rocked my world at last year’s Night Noodle Markets.

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Regional Flavours at South Bank this weekend

Regional Flavours 2016 logo

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It is that time of year again! Regional Flavours presented by The Courier-Mail will be back at the South Bank Parklands this weekend.

This year’s two-day festival is the biggest one yet with:

  • 55 live demonstrations
  • 80 fresh, gourmet produce stalls
  • 25 pop-up eateries
  • 31 celebrity chefs, cooks and food experts (14 from interstate and 17 Queenslanders)
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Besides the amazing Queensland produce and demonstrations, I’m really looking forward to seeing River Cottage return to Epicurious Garden and the ‘Grow Your Own’ workshop for kids. It should be a fun weekend for the whole family!

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[Adelaide] Breakfast at My Kingdom for a Horse

It was a cold and wet morning. While the SO was getting dressed, I scrolled through a couple of suggested breakfast cafes and was impressed by the feedback for My Kingdom for a Horse. Everything lovely everyone had to say about them  is well deserved! We had breakfast at My Kingdom for a Horse and took friends Sassystrawberry and Erushi for theirs too.

My Kingdom for a Horse

Parking was a breeze, but as I mentioned earlier, the rain might’ve kept people home. We found on-street parking spots less than 20 metres from My Kingdom for a Horse‘s front door both occasions we went in that morning.

Once inside the warmth of the glass walls, we were quickly ushered to available tables. Many of them were set up for groups – yay for social breakfasts!

My Kingdom for a Horse

My Kingdom for a Horse - Roast potato, silverbeet and smoked mozarella omelette on toast. AUD$18.

Roast potato, silverbeet and smoked mozzarella omelette on toast. AUD$18.

The SO’s choice – the omelette loaded with roasted potatoes, silverbeet and smoked mozzarella. Throw on some Newberry and Watson air dried ham and the dish costs AUD$21. A fantastic little hearty number with all the freshness anyone deserves first thing in the morning.

My Kingdom for a Horse - Waffles with honey poached stone fruits, toasted almonds and double cream. AUD$18.50

Waffles with honey poached stone fruits, toasted almonds and double cream. AUD$18.50

But if you want something truly Instagram-worthy, put your money on the waffles. Two pillowy waffle tiles soaked up the honey poached fruits, which I think included pear. Those poached fruit were utterly perfect: not overly sweet, and soft enough to cut with a butter knife yet firm enough to stab with a fork. Toasted almond flakes provided some crunch and a delicate pansy bloom topped the dollop of double cream.

My Kingdom for a Horse - The full Kingdom: Poached eggs, pork chipolata, silverbeet, bacon, mushrooms and roast tomato on toast. AUD$23.90

The full Kingdom: Poached eggs, pork chipolata, silverbeet, bacon, mushrooms and roast tomato on toast. AUD$23.90

If you are ravenous, the Full Kingdom is My Kingdom for a Horse‘s breakfast motherload.

And just because we weren’t keen on sharing (and Bubby was hungry), we ordered a side of sourdough toast with scrambled eggs.

Scrambled eggs with toast

Scrambled eggs with toast

My Kingdom for a Horse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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[Adelaide] Lunch at the Pickled Duck

The wedding we were in Adelaide to attend was being held at Sfera’s Park Suites and Convention Centre and we were staying there for convenience. However it meant we did not have easy access to the abundance of dining options in the city, but the wedding couple suggested Pickled Duck was around the corner for the hungry.

Since the wedding wasn’t till later that afternoon, we trooped down to Pickled Duck for lunch.

Pickled Duck

Pickled Duck

Pickled Duck looked modern, sleek with plenty of space to spare. Their outdoor deck provided a really lovely atmosphere overlooking Civic Park, but it was too cold for our troupe and we perched ourselves at one of their large benches. I found the bag hooks a very thoughtful touch.

The menu at Pickled Duck was largely pub grub – burgers and pizzas being the mainstays – with a slightly pricier tag, though not ridiculous. It was appropriately reflective of the establishment. Orders were placed up the front and drinks were ordered at a separate counter in front of the bar. It was a busy Saturday, so it took awhile for our meals to be delivered to the table – but not unreasonably so.

Pickled Duck - Aussie Prime. AUD$10.90

Aussie Prime. AUD$10.90

I’m not normally a burger fanatic – what’s so special about a patty between two bits of bread? However too many restaurants and eateries have turned the humble simple burger into Franken-creations, so it was refreshing to see a number of classic burgers on Pickled Duck‘s menu.

My Aussie Prime came with a juicy medium beef pattie with beetroot relish (not too sweet), a slice of melted cheese and of course, fresh lettuce and tomato. It fit comfortably in my hands and the burger bun didn’t get soaked through with juices, which is a big plus.

Girlfriend Sassystrawberry ordered the pork salad and it was huge! Lots of pulled pork was hidden beneath the tower of rocket and red Spanish onion. For sweetness and crunch with a balance of salt, the salad also had pear and walnuts, shaved parmesan in an apple cider vinaigrette.

The other salad on the menu that caught my eye was the duck salad – shredded duck tossed with roasted beetroot, Spanish red onion, Danish feta and baby spinach leaves in a cherry balsamic dressing.

Pickled Duck - Duck salad. AUD$17.90

Pork salad. AUD$17.90

Pickled Duck - Hawaiian pizza. AUD$12.90 for 9". AUD$17.90 for 12"

Hawaiian pizza. AUD$12.90 for 9″. AUD$17.90 for 12″

Pickled Duck‘s pizzas come in either 9″ or 12″, so you don’t have to weigh up stuffing yourself silly or taking leftovers home. The SO had a Hawaiian – simply shaved leg ham with pineapple and mozzarella. The base wasn’t wafer thin, but it was well cooked in the center. A stiff slice that doesn’t flop limply when you bring it your mouth is always a plus.

And just because we could, we also ordered one of the many Pickled Duck kid’s meals for Bubby. Unfortunately he had fallen asleep by the time the food arrived, but he still loved it when he had it hours later for dinner.

Pickled Duck - Kids' Little Beef Burger. AUD$9.90

Kids’ Little Beef Burger. AUD$9.90

Pickled Duck - Sweet potato fries. AUD$4.90

Sweet potato fries. AUD$4.90

The Pickled Duck Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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[Adelaide] Mexican Society of Chinatown

We were not terribly hungry, but if we didn’t find something for dinner, we might end of starving before bedtime. A leisurely walk led us to Mexican Society of Chinatown‘s window, where we studied the menu from behind the glass.

“Hmmm… tacos might be nice.”

“Oh! They have sweet potato fries!”

“Do they have anything small?”

“Oh oh oh! Crickets! That sounds interesting!”

So in we went.

Mexican Society of Chinatown

Mexican Society of Chinatown

Besides us, there were several tables with couples and a young family with friends at the long table. Mexican Society of Chinatown kept their lighting low, an invitation that leaned more towards relaxing than romantic. The bar showcased an impressive range of tequilas on their tequila menu, but should you expect anything less? If you prefer something a little less intoxicating, they also have five Mexican beers to offer.

Mexican Society of Chinatown - Goat and cricket barbacoa taco. AUD$9.90

Goat and cricket barbacoa taco. AUD$9.90 each

The goat and cricket barbacoa taco is a corn tortilla with slow braised goat (is there any other way to prepare goat?), pico de gallo (also known as salsa fresca), red onion, cilantro, radish… and of course, crickets.

It took a little bit of digging, but those crickets were definitely in there. These were whole and not much bigger than a fingernail, so you could pick them out from the shredded goat and the rest of the taco ingredients. Our friend Elsie described them to be slightly crunchy and not unpleasant to eat at all.

Mexican Society of Chinatown - Tostada de Atun x 3. AUD$9.90

Tostada octopus x 3. AUD$9.90

The tostada options come in sets of threes. Between the octopus and beef, I went with the octopus tostada. Each bite-sized morsel was a corn tortilla crisp topped with pickled octopus, jalapeño mayo, tomatoes, red onion and crispy shallots. The firm octopus was well chopped up, so if you are picky about the texture of your octopus, this would go down easily. I was particularly enraptured by the jalapeño mayo, which gave it the perfect little kick in the taste buds.

Mexican Society of Chinatown - Sweet potato chips. AUD$7.50

Sweet potato chips. AUD$7.50

If you need something to share on the table, you can rarely go wrong with sweet potato chipsMexican Society of Chinatown‘s crispy sweet potato chips came with tongue-tingling smooth green habanero mayo – a million times better than an aioli.

Mexican Society of Chinatown - Beef short rib. AUD$32.90

Beef short rib. AUD$32.90

Mexican Society of Chinatown

The SO went with the smoked beef short ribs, one of the grander offerings on the menu. Served with cassava, rocket and tomatillo in a sweet lime sauce, we had to remove the tower of salad to reveal the ribs underneath. The meat on these babies fell apart at a touch and were simply stunning to eat.

 

Mexican Society of Chinatown Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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