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August 2011

The Pour Kids

August 30, 2011

Last Sunday morning I woke early. You see, I went to sleep (that’s right – not to bed, to sleep) at 8pm the night before and I woke just before 7am. That’s 11 hours of blissful, post-travel exhaustion sleep.

I woke dreaming of breakfast. More specifically, homemade crumpets. Yet, to my dismay, I was without rings to form these beautiful bubbling buns in the pan. This upsetting fact, coupled with our decidedly messy home (note to self, unpack backpack and organise the explosion of goods), made for a swift decision to swiftly vacate in search of coffee, papers and nourishment.

Without wanting to travel far, my mind ticked over local cafe options, of which there are few. Just before I resigned to a 25 minute drive for a favourable feed, I recalled a recommendation for a cafe in Malvern that a fellow foodie sent me (thanks, Ben!). With an adorable name and friendly distance from home, The Pour Kids appeared to be the perfect option.

And it was.

We arrived not long after 8:30am, a time when only young parents and children are awake. Indeed this was the demographic that filled the cafe. Oh, and lycra-clad cyclists.

House-made baked goods, always a way to brighten your morning! Hello, Gorgeous.

We sat in two giant chairs in the corner, feeling quite like the dining companions of Alice and The White Rabbit. It was supremely cozy. Especially when greeted with these beautiful breakfasts…

Slow-cooked rabbit meat with toasted brioche, whipped sage butter, cornichons + boiled egg. This dish was so good and delightfully refreshing, having the feel of a lovely morning picnic – albeit an incredibly indulgent one. What…no crumpets? Can you blame me for absconding and ordering this rabbit dish? Surely not.

Ben chose the Italian-style pork sausage, with burnt-butter gnocchi, fried duck egg + swiss chard. This was really rich, but supremely delicious. The sausage was by Istra and was incredibly tasty. The burnt butter gnocchi was beautiful, golden deliciousness. This was a really yummy dish, truly beautiful (although a tad too buttery overall for me at 9am on a Sunday).

Coffee and the papers… as always, a pleasure. Especially when reading about the psychology behind comfort food, as I tuck into some brioche – true comfort food, realised on my plate.

It was a very good skim latte, although not my favourite blend (personal flavour preference only, it was made very very well). I could have happily sat and read and sampled the menu for hours. But alas, the day beckoned. Things to be done, a Wedding to be planned…

…..

Next visit I would like to think I’ll try the house-made crumpets, affectionately called a bit o’ the old morning crumpet. That is what I was initially craving after all…but what can I say? I was (willingly) lead astray by those crafty Pour Kids and their richly tempting, delectable menu options. And may I just say, their menu item names are far too cute to handle. I mean, calling their porridge three bears out hunting…come on! A girl like me doesn’t stand a chance.

Heidi xo

Saturday Morning at San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

August 27, 2011

The morning after my arrival in San Francisco was a glorious one. It was a Saturday, and so I found myself poised perfectly to experience the wonder that is the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Right on the waterfront at the edge of the City, this Saturday morning market is buzzing, positively brimming with beautiful produce, delectable baked goods and, praise the lord, good coffee, Melbourne-style. I was one Happy Heidi.

Blue Bottle Coffee have a number of outlets around the Ferry Building. It was well worth the 30 minute queue – especially in hindsight, as it was the only good (by Melbourne standards) coffee I managed to get my eager hands on while in the USA.

Holding my smooth, caffeinated cup, I was ready to explore the market.

I strolled

I sampled

and I snapped away…

*pause for waffle appreciation*

I spoke to farmers about their produce…

(these blueberries were $4, for a large, plump, divine punnet!)

I sipped on honeydew and cucumber juice…

(supremely refreshing!)

and I shopped for sweets at Miette

I spent the rest of the morning soaking-up that California sunshine with a picnic on the pier – devouring juicy fruit, munching on authentic sourdough and journaling.

What a perfectly scrumptious introduction to a perfectly scrumptious City.

 

Heidi xo

Harvard and Hotdogs

August 20, 2011

After my fabulous two weeks in New York City, I caught the train to Boston to meet my beautiful friend, De, and her fiancé, Tim. They’re getting married in New Hampshire over the weekend, and I scooted up a little earlier to explore Boston.

I caught the Amtrak to Boston from New York Penn station, enjoying the stunning New England countryside on the way – everything is so luscious! I paid $30 for an upgrade to business class, and boy was it worth it. I had an incredibly spacious seat and was able to snooze, write in my journal and read my book in true comfort. Although after my 4 hour train trip standing, covered, in 45 degree heat in Morocco two years ago, any train seems luxurious…

American coffee (bad) plus cashew cookie Lara bar (delicious) and my book (delightful) make for great travel companions.

Before long I was hugging my gorgeous friend, and we were off driving through Charlestown towards Cambridge. We enjoyed paninis at Cafe Pamploma, an old and renowned eatery. We ordered goats cheese, avocado and olive tapenade paninis, delicious.

We then explored Harvard University. It was quite surreal being there, in such an historic place (which was also the setting for Legally Blonde, a terrible important film).

In the evening we saw the Red Sox play at Fenway Park.

Hot Dogs with mustard were involved. I was all rather fantastic. Tim is a big Red Sox fan, and taught me the ins and outs of the game. Now I know what “the bottom of the ninth” means, and that makes me happy.

It felt amazing to be in such a famous, old stadium. I soaked it all up. The week prior I was at a Yankees game, and was so excited I bought a hat. But I kind of regret that now. The Red Sox seem like a far cooler team. Like underdogs. And who doesn’t like an underdog with a side of hotdog?

Heidi xo

Magnolia Bakery

August 16, 2011

I find it quite hard to believe that tomorrow, on the 17th, it has been one whole year since I started my blog. I’ve had such a lovely time, sharing my stories with you. Thank you so much for all your support and kind words, and for encouraging all my food ramblings, ravings, recommendations and recipes. I adore writing about food, and any enjoyment it brings others is just fabulous.

And so, on this celebratory occasion, I felt it would be rather perfect if I shared my recent visit to Magnolia Bakery in Greenwich Village, New York City. What says celebration more than cake?

The store was quite gorgeous, complete with a vintage mixer, the exact same one I have at home.

Gloriously decorated cakes were sitting tall and pretty on their stands – mud, carrot, pistachio…

…and rows of cute little cupcakes lined the store.

I chose a classic Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream.

We took our little cakes to go, hired some bikes and rode along the Hudson River from the West Village to Colombia University on the Upper West Side.

Along the way we stopped in a park for our sweet treat.

The cupcakes were so light and moist, the best I’ve ever had (granted my research has not been extensive). The Buttercream frosting was delightful – perfectly sweet and light. With a beautiful, soft pink tinge.

Note the man in speedos sunbaking behind us…it was that hot.

Peta chose the chocolate frosting, which was delicious also, yet I preferred the vanilla. It was perfect to me in that moment.

Cupcake Buttercream perfection. All I needed was a candle.

Heidi xo

Cycling in Central Park

August 11, 2011

My too dreamy to be true New York City experience continues…

On Monday Vicki, Peta and I hired bicycles and cycled around Central Park. It was most definitely one of my most favorite activities I have ever done…ever. The sun was high and affectionate, the park was uber green and lush, there were kids playing baseball and families out strolling, and as we cycled to Motown tunes and a little old school Elton John, I found my happy place… my NYC coated dream-land. It doesn’t take much to get there when you’re in this city.

It was all rather perfect.

Especially when followed by Tasti-D’Lite…

Heidi xo

New York Snapshot

August 7, 2011

Hi there,

I’m back.

And in New York City.

I knew I would appreciate this city, on many levels. Yet I didn’t expect to fall completely in love. The streets, the buildings, the trees, the parks, the food, the energy, the bar scene, the ardent (sometimes overwhelming) sense of city pride, the markets, the accessibility of it all – there really is no city like it.

My girlfriends and I are staying with our friend and her boyfriend, who have lived here for nearly 12 months. They live in the Lower East Side, which is a fantastic young, chilled area, borderline gritty – in a good way, of course 😉

We’ve been making our way around the city day by day, exploring keenly and every now and then relaxing in parks, laying on ridiculously lush, green New York City grass. Even the grass is spectacular here.

In the evening we tend to eat really late, which is nice – it makes your day even fuller. We’ve been enjoying a lot of the arts here too, such as Broadway (of course), Shakespeare, live music in bars and local poetry readings (wow, talk about feeling fabulously out of place!)

I will absolutely be doing a load of food posts and recommendations once I am home. But for now, pease enjoy this snapshot of our New York City travels to date.

Heidi xo

San Francisco Snapshot

August 3, 2011

Hello lovelies! I’m currently in the USA, travelling this exciting country, starting in San Francisco. This place is renowned for it’s food, with an emphasis on local, organic, seasonal produce, and I am making sure to sample all I can.

Here is a snapshot of my trip to date, from strolling the picturesque Nob Hill, to delighting in the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market and chilling in Noe Valley. Multiple stops at Tartine were absolutely going to happen, as were delectable visits to a bundle of other places on my list! Oooh San Francisco, you’re mighty delicious.

I will write more detailed posts when I return home, I have so much deliciousness to share with you! This city really is a veritable foodie’s wonderland. Let it be known I have many, many blisters on my feet due to the umpteen hours spent walking the city in search of my next food stop. Hey, it helped to work up my appetite…

Next stop, New York City where I’m meeting up with some girlfriends. To say I’m excited is absolutely an understatement.

Heidi xo