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If chocolate is your vice then The Choc Pot’s for you. Power couple Ash and Deirdre have taken the plunge and are dipping into all things chocolate, serving up home made desserts with quality wholesome ingredients. You can experience things like callebaut chocolate in their molten choc pot (worth selling your soul for) home made waffles, home made marsh mellows, deliciously mouthwatering salted caramel hot chocolate or a red velvet one if you fancy. You can also expect to see cold drinks served with a twist. Mmmm… make that everything else that’s on the menu. Crowds are already coming far and wide and making the pilgrimage to The Choc Pot home in Burwood. With their star quickly on the rise, I can only predict a bigger and bigger future for 2014.

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Now that the silly season is nearly upon us. I thought I would share with you one of my favourite desserts of all time.

It is considered the mother of all patisseries. Hoards of loyal followers gather outside in anxious uniformity just to taste the legendary Baked Ricotta Cheesecake at Pasticceria Papa.

ricotta cake

People across Sydney have cooed, gushed and fawned over this beautifully baked specimen. With it’s freshly baked doughy exterior delicately protecting a luxuriant fluffy ricotta filling. The cake is blanketed with a dusting of cinnamon and icing sugar in patterned formation.

Completely unassuming, to experience one is to come up against food porn in motion. So set yourselves on to quiver mode.

ricotta 2

cannoli

The cannoli is just one of the other desserts that I can’t seem to pass up. It also has the glorious ricotta filling but this time it spills out of the edges of the concrete cannoli casing. So hard to the bite, it’s like cannoli crackling. Chocolate cannoli is just as good but it’s the ricotta, that will you get you every time.

Now with Christmas around the corner, the baked Ricotta Cheesecake orders are sent into overdrive so I suggest you get in early and place your order over the phone – stat.

Welcome to Pasticceria Papa, for the best fluffy filling.
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145 Ramsay St
Haberfield, NSW 2045

For $45 we grabbed a five course barbecue feast at Efendy Restaurant during the Crave Sydney Food Festival. (Normally $58).

You walk in to what looks like a residence-turned-restaurant. Someone is tending to the barbie, the fumes engulf the enclosure and the surrounds. With the scent of what’s to come, you feel like you have been welcomed into a Turkish home with the indelible mark of some very warm Turkish hospitality.

mini pide

capsicum & pomegranate hummus

To get things started, we are presented with a fresh hot bun accompanied with Zeitoun extra virgin olive oil and a drop of balsamic. The additional capsicum pomegranate hummus was deliciously thick and smokey.  At one point, we had to skip the bread and upgrade to the hummus all on its own.

poached bulgur shell, spiced lamb w walnut, chilli oil & yoghurt

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When we pierced the bulgar shell casing, a spiced lamb mince filling spilled open to reveal the separation between the outer casing and inner filling. Overall this was relatively tasty dish.

traditional lamb kebabs

The traditional lamb kebab got our tongues wagging and our taste buds were sent into a flurry with the smoked eggplant. You couldn’t help but side swipe all the trimmings, just to get down with the eggplant all buried underneath.

charcoal chicken thighs, pastirma, pearl barley salad

Another highlight of our meal was the charcoal chicken thighs. The meat was enriched with the marinade and coals from the fire. The chicken was nice and juicy with the smoked charred flavour infused into the skin’s surface. The pearl barley salad wasn’t for me but Brazil seemed pretty happy to take my share of it.

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To showcase a cross section of the desserts from the Efendy menu we were presented with a variety of Turkish sweets.

The walnut kadayif dolme, was a tasty little textured pastry packet filled with a sugary walnut filling. Kind of like your a sugary nut spring roll with the shredded fibres of pastry splitting on impact.

The stretchy mastic was something I have not had before. A Turkish ice cream that is produced from plant resin. Creating an elastic and stretchy feel upon consumption (aka Arabic gum).
Due to its elasticity, we were provided with flat-headed spoons (pictured above). Which is the only way to cut across and help it break free from the connective mastic square block.

My personal favourite was the almond pudding fairy floss. A combination of goo, fluff and crunch. The pudding really hits the spot while it makes you quiver at the knees.

turkish coffee

Welcome to Efendy, a Turkish delight.

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Efendy Restaurant | meze bar
02 9810 5466

Balmain
79 Elliott St
Balmain, NSW 2041
efendy.com.au

Self proclaimed as the first and only authentic Mexican to hit Sydney. You kind of owe it to yourself to make your way to Gladesville to check out those odds.

Dos Senoritas promises you street style food from the likes of Guadalajara, Mexico in bountiful proportions. Packed to rim every night, its best to book ahead.

Alive with bright blue walls, sombreros, pinatas and ponchos, the place screams AYE YAI YAI!¬†That you just can’t help but tap into your inner Me-hi-carn-no. No?

Upon arrival, we were given a stash of fresh tortilla chips to help us glaze over the menu.

The chips are easily the best tortilla chips I’ve ever tasted. They’re free too and free always tastes good.

They’re fresh, oily, corny and crunchy. And the salsa, is pretty damn good too with an added spice for kick.

supergooeycheeseychimichanga

Brace yourselves for the supergooeycheesychimichanga. (All one word).

This baby came at the size of my arm and is an onslaught of massive chunks of pork chile verde, jack and cheddar cheese. This was all tucked neatly inside a deep fried flour tortilla parcel.

THEN covered with (yes… and there’s more)¬†jalapeno cream cheese, which is just out of this freaking universe and a second helping of jack cheddar cheese.

There is also an additional side of rice for extra carbs and a side salad to psychologically make you feel better. At least, it seemed to for me.

This ‘thing’ was so massive, I hat to eat it in three sittings.

Once at dinner.

Again, while watching Revenge at 2am in the morning and for the freaking finale – brunch time. Boo yeah.

tacos

Chef Domingo Medina is committed to bringing you street style tacos from his local streets of Guadalajara, Mexico.

You can choose 3 out of the 5 options for 25 beans and you’re guaranteed that anything you choose is going to be a ripper.¬†Everything is packed with fresh vibrant mexican flavours, you simply can’t go wrong. It was so fresh it kind of tasted… healthy.

margaritas

A delicious salty tequila haven to keep you going.

steak

The gringo philly steak came out nice and juicy served with a spicy cheese sauce, jack and cheddar cheese. Oh GOD! When will this food high ever end?

Again, it came with the delicious side of rice and salad. Who knew that rice and salad could taste this good?

Welcome to Dos Senoritas, for the one and only bonafide Mexican food in massive proportions.

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Dos Senoritas

02 9817 3737

265 Victoria Rd
Gladesville, NSW

dossenoritas.com.au

With the promise of¬†delicious¬†Turkish food for a low price tag, Emma G recommended that a group of us try the Sultan’s Table after¬†watching the David Strassman show¬†at the Enmore Theatre.¬†I had¬†recently completed a¬†trip to Turkey and I absolutely fell in love with the place. I loved¬†the people, the food and the culture. The food was so¬†spectacular I simply ate my heart out. So I was more than¬†happy to be momentarily¬†whisked¬†back there, even if the food¬†was sourced from the local.

Mixed Dips $15 - Hummus, Baba ganush, Parsley, Chilli Carrot, Beetroot, Spinach, Jajik, Green Bean, Eggplant @ Sultan's Table, Enmore

Mixed Dips $15 – Hummus, Baba ganush, Parsley, Chilli Carrot, Beetroot, Spinach, Jajik, Green Bean, Eggplant @ Sultan’s Table, Enmore

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