I first visited Huxtaburger over a year ago at their Collingwood store. Reading back on that post, I didn’t seem impressed at all.
So what’s changed?
Fact is, many things will deviate in a short span of time and we won’t always know what was the exact cause for it. And sometimes, it’s easier to just accept the new info and move on.
Fact is, I ordered ‘Bills’ for the second time in four days and I liked it both times. The second occurrence was less of an ordeal considering we ate in store (at the CBD hideout) and I had a plate to hold the flavourful juices seeping from the burger.
The addition of pineapple is really something as it adds a fresh burst to the notorious heart clogging team of pattie, cheese and bacon.
My love of Huxtaburger’s brioche remains true and same.
The chips, however, are disappointingly regular fare, although the packaging still gets me.
Now people may wither and trees may flourish; opinions can change yet I’m glad it has tilted more in their favour. Long live Bills.
Couscous is new to me. The one time I had it, it was a pre-made tub from Coles and no matter how great it was at the time of cooking, you can’t beat fresh. It only occurred to me about a week ago to try cooking with it, and that trip taught me to seek aisle 4, rather than aisle 5 next to the rice (lady lied to me). I would have thought that it would be more noticeable, rather than in the lower, overlooked shelves.
Watching the couscous fluff up was exciting for me haha, and for a stronger, smoky flavour I over-toasted the walnuts. Sometimes I’m easily amused, but isn’t it better for happiness to be more easily accessible? Hopefully the food will make you happy.
Ingredients 200g couscous 1 pomegranate Mint leaves, roughly chopped 70g walnuts, toasted Apple cider vinegar Olive oil
Make couscous according to packet
Deseed 1 pomegranate
Roughly chop mint leaves
Add pomegranate and mint to cous cous
Season with a splash of apple cider vinegar and olive oil
Whew these were strong, even for me and I used chocolate containing 40% cocoa. I’d try cutting it down to 2 tbsp of matcha powder. In an effort to increase sweetness, I used white chocolate for the external layer instead. I wasn’t very good with rolling them neatly, so I ended up flicking the chocolate using the palette knife. There’s a photo for the purposes of mild entertainment via visual association.
Tried to recreate them meiji matcha biscuits. Whew I underestimated how much matcha powder I needed @.@ I’ll post up what recipe I followed when I get it right. For now it’s crunch and fangirling time over cheesy tvb dramas ._.
A few weeks ago K and I met up with the intention of visiting Pana Chocolate. Unfortunately we hadn’t been keeping up with social media pages and turns out they were still closed. Bummer. Brunch was still good to go though, as we ascended the street to Pillar of Salt.
It was a vaguely fine day, so we opted to sit in the courtyard area. Service was good. While it became busier during our meal, we weren’t neglected, nor was it hard to catch the staff’s attention. The coffee was smooth and aromatic; a welcome performance after weeks of unsatisfactory home brewed coffee :)
our benedict - poached eggs, braised otways ham hock, apple cider hollandaise & toast
That yolk. K must have been happy with her dish considering the cleanliness of the plate by the time she was done. house made corn fritters, smoked salmon, coriander & avocado salsa + extra poached egg
I was so-so with my corn fritters. I found them overly tangy and on the doughy side. Points for the fresh salad - I was feeling that odd glow following the consumption of a lighter, healthier meal haha.
I had a good lunch yesterday. It consisted of coffee using Kona beans (the quality somewhat supplements for my mediocre coffee making skills) and Meiji matcha cookies! There isn’t much cream but the green tea flavour comes across strongly and they’re not too sweet at all :)
Has anyone else seen them around, other than at the Melbourne Central grocery? They were quite pricey :/
"The hot and the cold are both so intense, put ‘em together it just makes sense!" Sums up summer and ice cream (thanks Olaf). Never mind that we went on a cooler day; my Federer Rocher was still coherent, rice bubbles and all.
Digging in with the spoon, the solid choc bubble covering cracks very nicely to reveal the creamy dessert/meal/who’s-really-keeping-track-food. The novelty of a chocolate sauce syringe alone justified the $8 tag.And while novelty wears off, their creative range of flavours will bring me back for moar.
Brioche corn fritter burger with mango chutney(!) and added avo. We requested to have this and the steak sandwich, both of which were from the lunch menu at 9.30 AM - thank you to the chefs who were able to grant our requests!
This is definitely one of the better burgers I’ve had in a while. The ‘patty’ was studded with juicy pieces of golden corn and had a supple, almost chewy texture to it. I wish more places offered this beauty.