Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Foodie Finds in Ghent, Belgium

Often overlooked by tourists, Ghent is said to be Belgium's best city for foodies. It is also a chocolate lover's paradise! This charming medieval city is as Lonely Planet calls it “the best kept secret of Europe”.
Here are some of the many wonderful food one must try when visiting Ghent.

Neuzekes or Cuberdon is a cone-shaped Belgian candy. In Dutch, it is also known as a "neus" (nose). They were originally raspberry-flavored and purple in colour until recently when more flavours were made available. It is hard outside but gelatinous inside and tastes quite sweet but I loved it! 

The Van Hoorebeke chocolaterie has two shops located in the heart of this historic city. Luc and Cédric Van Hoorebeke are two generations of artisan chocolatiers offering one of the best traditional chocolates in Belgium.

These pralines are a perfect balance of sweetness and saltiness
It tasted wonderful and deliciously satisfying.

A sneak peek into their basement workshops.

Neuhas is one of the oldest chocolate producers in Belgium.
Brussels chocolatier Jean Neuhaus invented the praline 100 years ago and started with the idea of wrapping unpleasant-tasting medicines in chocolate. Decades after, his grandson Jean Neuhaus II replaced medicine with fillings of cream or caramel and this he called,  "praline".

I got overwhelmed by the options. They all look so wonderfully delicious.

Found these wine to take-away at a convenience shop. Available in Rosé, White, Red and Sangria.

  A stall selling waffles, smoutebollen (Dutch doughnuts) and frites.

 French fries aren’t really French? These famous fries actually originated in Belgium until some American soldiers tasted them during WW1 and started calling them "French fries" because  the Belgian army's official language was French.

Belgian-style frites are thicker and are baked twice so it's soft inside and crisp outside. Belgians prefer to eat them with small plastic forks and are typically served with a dollop of sauce like ketchup and/or mayonnaise. 

Flying saucers are a unique old fashioned candy that are made from rice paper filled with sherbet. A Belgian company originally created this as a capsule to hold pill powder to make patients swallow their bitter-tasting medicines easier.

 Have you heard of the mattentaart? This sweet fluffy pastry originates from Geraardsbergen and is made of puff pastry and filled with curd cheese. It also holds a Protected Geographical Indication status granted by the European Union in 2006. Therefore, a mattentaart can only be considered real mattentaart if it is made in the municipality of Geraardsbergen or Lierde region.
A foodie simply can't leave Belgium without trying one.  

This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Starbucks I've ever seen. Located inside Gent-Sint-Pieters, one of the two main stations in Ghent.

 Make sure you sample all the city has to offer before you leave.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Wolfe and Co., Dural

Lazy Sundays are my favourite days... that feeling of not wanting to get up in the morning and you simply just want to skip breakfast and go straight to brunch. Dural has many gorgeous cafes and restaurants some are even attached to nurseries, where we go for breakfast, brunch or lunch on weekends. Sunday morning drives with my family in this semirural suburb is always a breath of fresh air. 
 Wolfe and Co. which is not too far away from where I live has become one of my favourite places to go. When I'm here I want absolutely everything in their menu! This lovely cafe is arguably one of the best cafes in The Sydney Hills area. Apart from the exceptional food and relaxing atmosphere, I am always welcomed with smiles and friendly greetings whenever I dine here, certainly a cafe filled with love. Do check this place out when you're in the area.

Makes you hungry like a wolf!

Wolfe Burger
 Beef Patty, Cheese, Zuni Pickle, Tomato, Butter Leaf, Eschallot, Mustard, Tomato Ketchup, 
Shoestring Fries, Milk Bun

Japanese Prawn Roll
Tare KIng Prawns, Wasabi Potato, Wakame, Pea Shoots, Kumera Crisp, White Soft Roll, 

Shoestring Fries, Wasabi Mayonnaise

Confit Duck
Confit Duck Leg, Savoy Cabbage, Buttered Leeks and Potato Terrine, 

Date and Apple Chutney, Duck Jus

Banoffee French Toast
Creme Brulee French Toast, Caramelised Banana, Banana Jam, Gingernut Cream, 

Toffee Popcorn, Salted Dulce de Leche

Smoked Trout Salad
House smoked trout, baby cos, radicchio, mint, radish, candied walnuts 

with salsa verde dressing

Fig, Almond, Quinoa Cake served with Mascarpone and Honey

House-made Potato Crisps Smoked Spice

Wolfe's Southern Chicken Burger
Southern Spiced Grilled Chicken Breast, Charred Corn and Cabbage Slaw, 

Lime Pickled Onions, Milk Bun, Shoestring Fries

Breakfast Burger
Iberico Jamon, Black Truffle, Scrambled Egg, Green Shallot, Harissa Aioli, Milk Bun

Eggs Your Way (Scrambled, Poached and Fried)
Merguez Sausage, Field Mushroom, Bacon, Asparagus, Tomato Butter, Sourdough

*Photos of dishes were taken during several visits.

Wolfe and Co. 
538 Old Northern Road, Dural, NSW 

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Friday, 7 October 2016

The Ledbury, Notting Hill

 The Ledbury- everything we had hoped for and more! Top Aussie Chef Brett Graham is one of the most respected chefs in the world and his high-end London restaurant currently holds 2 Michelin stars and ranks at number 14 in S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants 2016.
We were blown away by all the dishes. Just amazing! This chef is a genius. We met him that day and got invited to visit his kitchen and met his team as well. He also let us try this ice cream that was made from crumbs of the sourdough that was served to us a while back. It was really delicious!
Celebrated my birthday here and the whole experience was wonderful and unforgettable.
The Ledbury certainly lives up to its reputation. All dishes were perfectly prepared and executed and tasted incredible. We were all very impressed. Wait staff was impeccable. One of the most memorable dining experiences I've ever had. If you're a foodie, this is a must try in London. 

These amuse bouche were to die for! Look how pretty and enticing they are!

Seaweed Cracker and Smoked Mussel Cream
Guinea Fowl Puffs with Mead Jelly
Muntjac Deer Dumplings

Goats Whey Butter with Molasses and Salt Flakes 
This was so good!

Artichokes, Violet and Chinese, Grapes, Cured Duck Walnuts and Grated Foie Gras

Hand Dived Scallops, Hake Kokotxas, Asparagus, Wild Garlic

Fallow Prickett, Prune Juice, Celeriac and Morels

Olive Oil Panna Cotta
Wild and Gariguette Strawberries, Rose and Mint

Here come the petits fours!

 My birthday dessert from The Ledbury! They aure know how to make one feel special.

The Ledbury
+44 20 7792 9090
127 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AQ, United Kingdom

The Ledbury Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato