Sunday, March 1, 2015

Tazio Birraria Pizzeria & Cucina

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Tazio Birraria Pizzeria & Cucina received all the hype when it opened not long ago. It is an Italian restaurant that supposedly serves great contemporary Italian pizzas made traditionally. My favourite cuisine and heading out for drinks with the girls were just what was needed on a Friday night. The restaurant has warmth tone fixtures, dimly lit lightings, cosy but noisy.


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Veneto Pizze, 17.50AUD

My eyes went straight to the Veneto because I spy crispy pancetta as the role ingredient for this pizza. The pairing ingredients were tomatoes, roast red peppers, mozzarella and goats cheese. The pancetta was mad delicious, the other ingredients included. But, the pizza base was weirdly soggy at the center bottom and then I had a thought; don't all pizzas from all joints go through the same oven/woodfired ovens? That makes them soggy after moving the burning hot pizza straight to a plate right? But what makes the centers of pizza bases in so many (most) restaurants stay crispy? Clearly I am not into science, but at least I am a curious lass ain't I. If anyone knows why, comment down below, I would love to read your opinions on this.


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Carciofi Pizze, 17.50AUD

Pizza base wise, its as soggy as the Veneto, and it kind of spoiled the whole pizza experience. Yes the crusts are crispy, but the centers are not. Again, the toppings were flipping amazing. We just had to order 
prosciutto and pancetta on the same night, two of my favourite 'Italian' things. It used mozzarella and oregano for the cheeses, sliced artichokes and rockets for the greens.


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Risotto, 24AUD

The risotto for the night was with roast duck and fennel, very simple and very nice. It needs to be a little bit more creamy to hit excellence. The risotto was garlicky and we loved the taste of it.


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Sticky Date Pudding, 9.50AUD

Moving on to desserts, we were torn on what to order but Sticky Date Pudding was definitely a right choice. I have always weirdly enjoyed looking at at melting scoop as makes its way down the sticky date pudding. And yes.. I know, it doesn't make any sense. The ice cream was vanilla while the bed of syrup underneath was butterscotch. Its hot and cold combo gave us more surge of excitement, #YES. It was sweet, subtle, and the dates did not overpower.


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Coffee Panna Cotta, 9.50AUD

The other dessert we ordered was the luxuriously delicate Coffee Panna Cotta with chocolate soil and flowers that 'grew' on it. The taste of it was as aesthetically 
pleasurable as it looks.


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We sat at the very corner of the restaurant and it was pretty difficult to get the attention from the waiters. They also seemed to be understaffed but arguably, the waitress were friendly and nice. Overall, I liked 
Tazio Birraria Pizzeria & Cucina's pizzas and I think they have great pizza choices for everyone. However, they seriously need to improve on the pizza base quality. Desserts on the other hand were on point. By the way, if you want to know another pizza place in Melbourne which has similar Italian vibe, check out +39 Pizzeria, its my favourite. Tazio Birraria Pizzeria & Cucina was full of adults in suits and ties, semi formal dresses for after the nine to five hours, community reunions, and several couples on dates. Just fancy but not too fancy. And before I end off, thanks again Rachel for the treat! I heart you.






Tazio Birraria Pizzeria & Cucina
66 Flinders Lane, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9654 9119

Mon to Wed: 12pm-10.30pm
Thu to Fri: 12pm-11.30pm
Sat: 5pm-11.30pm
Sun: Closed





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Friday, February 27, 2015

Mister Close

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Waffle On, 17.50AUD

I never expected Midtown Plaza to situate a brunch place inside it. Who knew there would be a cafe being kept hidden in this very strategic location, just on Bourke on Swanston. At Bourke's tram stop, just head in to Midtown Plaza and you would see it straight, a logo of a faceless bearded man with a tie and geeky shades. Hard to imagine I know, but just walk in and you will know what I mean. I finally met my long time friend whom I am friends with since my teenage years, we had a good catch up after many years of pause. I heard Mister Close changes its menu daily, and you might not see what we ate when you pay a visit. We went to Mister Close on a Sunday so perhaps you would see these two items we ordered if you come by on the day of sabbath.

I knew immediately that I wanted the sweet corn and chive waffles with creamy scrambled eggs. You can take a pick between honey roasted ham or smoked salmon to pair with. My ham dipped so well with the seeded mustard mayonnaise. The waffles was dense, not light and airy. It looks tiny but trust me, it was pretty filling.


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The GFF (So Modern), 16.50AUD

My friend had two free range poached eggs, with fried potato rosti, roasted tomato, slow roasted ham underneath the rocket salad, some parmesan and mayonnaise on the side.


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Skinny Cappuccino + Flat White

And a coffee to start and end.

There were plenty of seats available at Mister Close. I suspect that given its location and being new entrant to the brunch scene, it hasn't been very well received on the social media side. It is still though, a good place to hang out if you want the piece and quiet. Give it a go and let me know what you think.





Mister Close
Shop 13 Midtown Plaza, 246 Bourke Street, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9654 7778

Mon to Fri: 7am-4pm
Sat: 9am-4pm
Sun: 10am-4pm





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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vincent The Dog

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Mushrooms On Toast, 11AUD

Good morning from Carlton. We had an easy meal at Vincent The Dog and I ordered a simple basic with just mushrooms, spinach, and shredded cheddar cheese on two sourdough toasts. More cheese would be great but I still enjoyed the simplicity of this dish.


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Smashed Avocado On Toast, 8.50AUD

Another basic we ordered was the Smashed Avocado On Toast, with rockets on top and radish on the side.


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Green Tea Latte Why Not, 4.50AUD

Last but not least, I ordered the matcha latte because as the name itself said, why not right? It honestly did not taste particularly great, and yes, a little 
overrated. I did not try the other famous coffee drink with raspberry foam but everyone who have tried seemed to be loving it. Just imagine espresso shot at the bottom, and thick pink foam on top of it. Its not just a drink for Barbie, I saw many men having it at the cafe. Try giving that a go instead, it might be just as good as it looks.





Vincent The Dog
348 Drummond Street, Carlton
Melbourne, Victoria 3053
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9348 2068

Mon: 7am-4pm
Tue: Closed
Wed to Fri: 7am-4pm
Sat to Sun: 8am-5pm





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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bad Intentions

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I have been living in this comfiest pair of ripped denim jeans. This denim has 'Kimye' written in its description label. I could totally feel little bits of both Kim and Kanye vibes on it. Shoes wise, I didn't intend to buy this pair of Toms until I slipped it on. Its airy and light so it keeps my feet dry during this hot season. For me, this summer is all about comfort and if I have to live in one single item for this season, it would be this pair of ripped denim jeans. If I have a message to say to my boyfriend, I would say, "Sorry I am not that feminine!".






Photographer: Sashia Samira





Sunday, February 22, 2015

Parlour Diner

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Lobster And Shrimp 'Po Boy' Dog, 18AUD + Parlour Fries, 7AUD


We were craving for something greasy but fresh at the same time. 
Parlour Diner seemed to fit the bill because we wanted burgers and dogs that are made fresh to order. Parlour Diner is fancier than a diner. Tuck down to the far end of Chapel Street, Parlour Diner's main customers look more like the hippie kind. The whole area is dimly lit with a bar area that serves an extensive array of alcoholic beers, wine and cocktails.

My eyes went straight to the Lobster And Shrimp 'Po Boy' Dog topped with chimichurri salsa. Once in a while we crave for the junkiest of the junkiest food there is, and boy I must say these deep fried lobster and shrimp were worth all that calories. The lobster and shrimp meat juices were still intact and not dried out after entering the frier. The only downside to my dog was that I wished there were more lobsters and shrimps. I enjoyed my side of fries too, thins are my favourite!


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The Captain Burger, 16AUD


The beef patty was from a grass fed Victorian cow. Going upwards, the layer starts with the patty, then the egg, bacon, cheese, pickles, tomato, sweet onions and lettuce. Its a great burger but I have had better. The size would just satisfy the ladies, and not for the big eaters.


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Pale Ale Onion Rings, 7AUD

The side of fries were much more worth it than the Onion Rings. For the same price, five measly rings you can't really compare it to 50 stems of fries can you? I say go with the fries.


I enjoyed Parlour Diner as a whole, and would recommend the Lobster And Shrimp 'Po Boy' Dog if you are ever here.






Parlour Diner
64 Chapel Street, Windsor
Melbourne, Victoria 3181
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9533 2006

Mon to Fri: 11am-10pm
Sat to Sun: 11am-11pm





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Friday, February 20, 2015

Dex2rose Nitrogen Gelato


EveLovelle was invited to dine as guest at Dex2rose Nitrogen Gelato

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Cold Brewed Coffee, 4.95AUD

Another Nitrogen gelato premises just opened in the city, but one with a twist. The owner and chef, Jesse, thought nightlife in the city should not just be about pubs and bars, a gelato hangout area can be cool too. We all should second that, at least I do. Dex2rose opens till late every night, till 12am on the weekends. Like Fructose, lactose, glucose, sucrose (and many more), dextrose is a form of of glucose that is commonly used for baking products. It acts as a sweetener to the gelatos made on site. Since its specialty is making gelato with nitrogen (N2), hence Dex2rose was formed. It is pronounced with a silent 2. I don't know about you but I am always fascinated with cafes having hidden meanings on their name.

My girl Sashia and I literally crashed when the sugar kicked in from after eating too much gelato, but it was well worth it. I would come back real soon because they will be introducing more flavours. I can't wait to bring more of my friends over because its such a strategic place to hang out at in the city, whether day or night. Sashia and I started out with Dex2rose's Cold Brewed Coffee containing up to 67% less acidity than hot brewed ones. As you all would already know, in a milk based coffee, I like my coffee intense and nutty, not so much of the sourish blend. Since this Cold Brewed Coffee was intense but just mildly acidic, it was the perfect flavour to my palate. We enjoyed the coffee neat over ice but you could request for milk to balance and thicken, or sugar syrup to sweeten.


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The boys from Dex2rose was a fun bunch, we had a great time


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We toured the kitchen and looked at the equipments they used to make the gelato. Hmm, things are about to get serious.


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First we pour in the specific gelato flavour


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Then Liquid nitrogen was added and the gas was the result of the liquid nitrogen turning to a solidified form, and this process is called crystallisation.


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Hey Yo Oreo!, 6.95AUD/7.95AUD

Gelato is churned at a much slower speed than ice creams, which introduces less air into the base. Gelatos have a denser texture because there are less air as compared to ice creams, and the best part is that they have less fat as well. Hey Yo Oreo! is one of the more popular flavours. Oreos were crushed in the mixer with the creamy milk gelato, topped with vanilla cream and more oreo dusts. Its a family favourite and this one you know you would love if you are not so much of the adventurous type.


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Maybe It's Mapleline, S:5.95AUD/R:6.95AUD

Do you catch that phrase? If you're a Maybelline fan, you would. The gelato was infused with 100% 'A' grade dark amber maple syrup. And yes, there were tons of roasted walnuts within, so it gives you a creamy and crispy punch. For Sashia it was a little too sweet, for me it was on point.


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Pink Flamingo, S:5.95AUD/R:6.95AUD

You might just go off blushing in the face when you leave Dex2rose with the Pink Flamingo Gelato. This one was Sashia's favourite of the day. This sorbet had peach and rose moscato mixed together, and finally topped with rosewater coconut cream. It was the most citrusy and refreshing cup we tried. Its something new, and something different, give this one a go.


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After Ate, S:4.95AUD/R:5.95AUD

After Ate was my favourite out of the bunch. I am not usually a big fan of mint, but this indulgent chocolate milk gelato infused with peppermint oil was a definite exception. And it gets better, the gelato was churned with brownies! Somehow, I wouldn't consider it to be fully milk based chocolate as it was a little bitter and dark. But man, it was just so.. so good.


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Excuse me while I devour.

We also get to try a few spoonfuls of the 'Watermelon Iced Tea Sorbet (W.I.T.S)' and the Lazy Dinner (sage, burnt butter and caramel gelato with caramel sauce) gelato, which were both equally delectable. If you want something else that is different, try the Nitro Beer Brew for a change. Nitrogen spills out along with the beer when poured, how cool is that?

If you walk along Little Bourke Street, Dex2rose Nitrogen Gelato is situated in a hidden lane and its pretty hard to spot. Look out for Racing Club Lane and walk about 10-20 metres ahead. Dex2rose Nitrogen Gelato is perfect for the summer time. I don't know about you but I love having gelato during winter too. You might just spot me lingering around Dex2rose pretty often from now on.





Dex2rose Nitrogen Gelato
Racing Club Lane, 377 Little Bourke Street, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9078 0784

Mon to Thu: 12pm-11pm
Fri to Sat: 12pm-12am
Mon to Thu: 12pm-11pm





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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Down Grafitti Lane

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I have been to Brunswick many times but this was actually my first time getting lost wandering around the area. The agenda today was to first.. brunch, then, be mesmerized by the grafittis along Brunswick's hidden laneways. There were many more street art walls for sure, but I have selected only a few for this post because I don't want it messy. I love how crazy talented Melburnians can be! These days, I tend to stick to wearing streetwear because its the most comfortable style I can adhere to, and today was no exception. I guess its just a phase that I am going through. But here's another rendition of what I would wear on a typical day in Melbourne. One of my girlfriend also mentioned that I look most in my element when I am dressed up in street chic outfits. Denim and loafers especially, screams my name. I am a little obsessed with with my oxblood jacket with hidden air pockets in colourful material that I bought from GUESS last winter in the United States. I have been neglecting it in my wardrobe but figured I should bring it out again today. Don't you question me why was I wearing a long sleeved denim with a thick air insulated jacket on a summer day... it was 13 degrees celsius mind you! Oh Melbourne, keep it cool, don't heat up.






Photographer: Sashia Samira



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