Friday, 7 March 2014

'The man who never reads lives only once"

There’s nothing better than jumping into bed and having some serious one-on-one time with a good book! In a world filled with lol, ceeeebs and bee-tee-dubs, books are the cure in the honourable fight against a widespread IQ decrease. In my experience people who read, straight up, have more interesting things to say. In fact, one of my standard first date questions is whether the dude likes to read and if they don’t….. well, it’s unlikely they will be coming back to my place to check out my ‘book collection’ AKA underwear. 

I love reading as much as a crisp new pair of killer heels and I have really been knocking it out of the park lately with my novel selections so I thought I would share a couple of my favs of late!

The Fault in our Stars – Holy moly this book is a tear jerker to the nth degree. John Green writes the main character, Hazel so spectacularly that by the 4th page you feel like she is one of ya home girls. We can all relate to a tail of ‘first love’ and this book presents just that. Oh, and they all have cancer which is where the tear-jerk factor really starts to crank up! You know you've read an awesome book when on completion you immediately start Google-ing the author and Book Depository-ing every novel they have ever written.
Favourite Quote:  “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) – Being a fan of ‘The Office’ I was pretty darn keen to give Mindy Kaling’s book a go and I’ve gotta say… it was a solid performer. Sometimes a novel by a cool celeb who just talks about their lives and other bits and bobs can be super amusing and enjoyable. This one was a quick and easy read that definitely got me gigglin' and was a perfect palale cleanser between more serious reads.
Favourite quote:There Has Ceased to Be a Difference Between My Awake Clothes and My Asleep Clothes” 

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore –  Like finding a crisp twenty in an old purse, this book was an unexpected delight. Sloan takes you on an intriguing adventure quite unlike anything I've ever experienced. This special book has a subtle sprinkling of magic over the pages which makes you feel like anything is possible without having to go down the whole werewolves and wizards track. This story is a love letter to books so if you adore books as much as I do then this one will be a winner.

Favourite Quote: “All the secrets of the world worth knowing are hiding in plain sight.”

Until next time... Stay Rad-elaide... and Happy Reading!

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Golden Boy - You gotta get up and Thai, and Thai, and Thai.

Keeping the ol’ finger on the pulse of Adelaide is like having a full time job these days. A full time job that takes money from your bank account each week instead of putting it in of course!  There are so many new places popping up all over this rad city of ours and at the moment I feel like a spoilt kid at Christmas time just trying to decide which present to unwrap next.

Golden Boy, located in the old pool table room of The Botanic, seems to be the talk of the town. After the tidal wave of burgers, hotdogs and anything containing pulled pork crashed over our city, the promise of exquisite Thai food was like a breath of very welcome fresh air.

Strolling in I was instantly blown away by the change in look. It was like seeing an old friend who’s dropped 20 K-Gee’s and acquired a younger lover. It looks AMAZING. Wicked wall art, sexy bar tops and quirky bits and pieces to boot, this place is modern yet still absolutely sopping (yes, sopping) in character.

The menu, doubling as a placemat, is a far cry from your boring Pandan Chicken varieties and simply bursting at the seams with fresh and inspired dishes. The salt and pepper tofu which we enjoyed as a starter was gobsmacking-ly good. I’m not even huge on tofu and I would have gobbled it down as a main and told the waiter to ‘keep it coming’.

For mains we went with a number of tasty plates including the traditional Pad Thai which was a steaming mess of deliciousness. With flavours that could knock out Ali and a low rating on the grease-o-meter, this is undoubtedly one of the best Pad Thai's going around.

The two times I’ve been to Golden Boy I had two different experiences with the service. First time was Topnotch. The capital in the T was not a mistake, it was THAT pleasant. Then the second time it was the pits. Like, totally ruined the experience. I'm all down with a casual approach with your customers but this was redic! Sentences like “Yeh. sweet let’s roll with that” and “yeeeeeeeah rad, I’ll get that shizzle on the go” is not what I like to hear while enjoying a pleasant meal with my parents. Okay I don’t think he said ‘shizzle’ but you catch my drift!

Apart for the one average waiter, Golden Boy is like a beautiful Thai lady boy. It is so much more than you expected….. In a good way I mean!

Until next time… Stay Rad-elaide.  

Golden Boy on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

What the world needs now.... is love, sweet love.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and before you settle on the idea of being a dud boyfriend this year, it’s not too late to blow your girlfriend socks (and panties) off with an awesome V-day gift!
Here’s a list of super sweet stuff I, or any girl for that matter, would love to receive on this forcibly romantic day. All of these items are available for purchase at stores in Adelaide so don’t worry about overnight delivery or any of that nonsense. You can venture out on your lunch break tomorrow and have the job done in under an hour….. You go boys!

·         Nothing screams romance like a freakin’ fedora…  Get it at David Jones.
·         I love Flowerbomb perfume and I would love to get the lotion to go with… Get it at Myer
·         Aww … for when she is baking with love…. Get it at Rawspace.
·         Shade: DANGEROUS - A bangin’ colour for a bangin’ girl. I have been wearing this lippy non-stop!... Get it at MAC.
·         You had me a Haigh’s…. Get it at Haigh’s.
·         Love is all around us. Just ask Drew Barrymore…. Get it at Dymocks
·         Sweeties for my sweetie. Michel’s Patisserie is still taking orders for V-day or you could just swing by one of their shops!...  Get it at Michel’s Patisserie.
·         Love this Camera. I am currently Polaroid obsessed!... Get it at Camera House.
·         I don’t know a girl who doesn’t enjoy painting their nails from time to time… AA have some awesome colours… Get it at AmericanApparel.

And if anyone is wondering what I’m getting for the most romantic day of the year….. it’s going to be one of these awesome cards.

Better luck next year I hope!

Until next time… Stay Rad-elaide.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Link love

You know what they say… time flies when you’re on a sweet vay-cay. Okay, so maybe that’s not what people say, but it’s certainly true! I cannot believe January has already come and gone. I’m all set to start my new job next week and I can’t wait to get in there and pretend I’m an adult! As an ode to my final week of nothing-but-time and a final wrap up for January I thought I would include a list of some of my favourite internet links so far this year. Please feel free to peruse at your leisure….. possibly with your little clicker on the red X in case your boss comes in.

Okay, here we go with the best links of the month… get into ‘em!

Ì  Heartbreak – a universal language

Ì  I’m loving this Instagram account sick! – Miserable men on shopping trips

Ì  Crazy clueless when it comes to makeup? This adorable lass will sort you out.

Ì  Wholesome Cook - Tons and tons of healthy recipe ideas on this blog.

Ì  Feeling down in the dumps? This movie list could be the pick-me-up you need!

Ì  101 Things to do in 1001 days is an awesome project.

Ì  Harris O’Malley, you are a king amongst men. Check out his article ‘On Labeling Woman ‘Crazy.’'

Ì  61 Quotes that will make you feel beautiful. We all need a little bit o' this.

Ì  That’s it. I’m moving to NSW and I’m living right here.

Ì  Looking for your next TV Show obsession? Check out The Guardian’s top 50 television dramas of all time. Sopranos YESSSSSS.

Ì  I wish I’d read this article before my trip. 101 Travel Tips: From How To Pack To Combatting Jet Lag

Ì  Bill F*cking Murray – Need I say more?

Ì  Is talent and torment inseparable? Phillip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46.

Ì  Here’s some great ideas for a bangin’ statement wall.

Ì  Cream avocado hummus is the perfect snack in this sweltering heat.

Ì  My love of Bob Dylan continues. This had me smiling for hours!

Ì  We need to get some of these Glow-in-the-Dark sidewalks in Adelaide.... word.

Ì  Dear Dudes…What Good Women want to say to Good Men. This is genius. These are pretty much all right on the money.

Ì  I’d love to hear what people think of SA governments new Campaign ‘Adelaide.Breath.’

I hope you found some of these bad boys as interesting as I did!

Until next time… Stay Rad-elaide. 

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Things will be great when you’re Downtown…

When people leave Adelaide in search of Krispy Kreme’s (I just assume that’s the main reason people leave town?) they are always reassured by their mates that no matter how long they are gone for… nothing changes in Adelaide. That same notion was expressed to me before I embarked on my recent 5 week trip and I have to tell you that since my arrival back to Rad-town, I have determined that this popular reassurance is absolute bullsh*t.

It cannot be denied that Adelaide is currently in a phase of self-expression, much like a newly outed gay man donning his first pair of skinny jeans. This is particularly evident in the hospitality scene where new bars and eateries are popping up all over the joint. We’re here, we love boutique beer, get use to it.

I couldn’t believe how many new places had opened its doors since I left our beautiful shores! I literally spent the better part of a day searching for this generous dude who was paying everyone’s’ taxes until I discovered that the ‘Taxpayer’ was actually a new bar in town. Okay, okay, maybe not literally. So I did the only thing that an out-of-touch food blogger can do…. Eat!

First on the hit-list is a little place called Downtown HDCB. I’m pretty pleased to see some fresh, less derro, blood flowing into Hindley Street and with a connection to the ever delicious Jack Ruby, I assumed this place would hit the spot just like a good lover should, sorry EATERY, good EATERY should...It’s a sad story when you get those two confused.

Downtown HDCB is a fairly small venue emanating a dive bar kinda vibe. There’s character seeping through every pore of this place with its rich wooden features, cowhide bar stools and a feature wall covered with black and white concert posters. My hotdog-gobbling friend and I decided to wet our whistle with a glass of Riesling which didn’t disappoint, served in an old school glass goblet. Man, I wish I was old enough to go to dinner parties where glass goblets were the norm.

With our hunger levels at an all-time high we didn’t waste any time before diving into our menu choices. For a second I could have sworn I heard my stomach grumble ‘puuuulllleedd poooork’… that’s the kind of hunger level I’m talking about.

At Downtown HDCB there’s a half/half menu split between hot dogs and non-hot dogs and we decided to dabble on each side. Similarly like the newly outed gay man mentioned earlier who now wonders if he doesn’t mind hooking up with ladies after a few vodka sodas. My hot dog-gobbling friend chose the Snoop Dawg – a hot dog topped with mac n’ cheese, pulled pork and their house BBQ sauce.  She was impressed but confessed it wasn't the best sausage of her life.

My stomach had spoken so I decided to go with the mac n’ cheese/pulled pork sundae. This dish is pretty much exactly how you would expect it. Mac n’ cheese, topped with pulled pork with a healthy drizzling of BBQ sauce throughout, served in a sundae glass. This dish was scary, delicious, and scarily delicious. I just came back from America and I don’t recall devouring a meal during my time there that was quite as unhealthy as this one. However, just because it could be a ‘temptation’ food on My Biggest Loser doesn't mean it wasn't bloody tasty. The pulled pork was super tender and the the mac n’ cheese was thick and creamy. Two thumbs up from me… even if those thumbs are now just a little bit thicker.

I really enjoyed checking out this new Hindley St dig. An awesome place for a mid-week treat and an even better place for a weekend bite and booze sesh.

Until next time…Stay Rad-elaide. It’s great to be back!

Downtown HDCB on Urbanspoon

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Tell me that you'll wait for me...

The family and I are off like rotten chops in the sun. We are embarking on a whirlwind tour around the globe and I'm basking in the glory of no work, no uni and no responsibilities maaaaaan!

As you may have noticed (which I'm sure you have being the loyal reader you are) the ol' blog has taken a bit of a backseat. I hope that you will accept my sincerest of apology's and still come along with me on this good ol' family vay-cay. First stop... Dubai.

Dubai has more to offers than a high school boyfriend who's mum works at Haighs. Hello free choccy! They have the tallest building in the world as well as the worlds most expensive hotel. Look out!

I couldn't be more grateful for this fun family trip and I can't wait to see what the next month has in store for us. Watch out Zurich!

Until next time... Stay Rad-elaide!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

The best way to make the most of your Sunday is to hit the open road and go somewhere you’re yet to explore. You almost feel like Britney, embarking on the road to self-discovery and learning how to make the most of today because ‘all we have is now, and right now, we have each other.’ Ohhhhhkay, I may have watched that movie a few too many times as a kid. Apologies.
Last Sunday I experienced that little spark of adventure as I cruised down Port Road on the way to the Port Adelaide Fisherman’s Wharf Markets. For over twenty years this large indoor market has been raking in the tourists and I thought it was time to see what all the fuss is about. Located right on the waterfront, once I saw the beautiful view of the river I was already won. Similar to the first time I laid eyes on Chris Pine but with a lot less drooling. This place is where you want to be on a lazy Sunday.
Now, let’s play a game. Name something you might like to buy at a market………. YES, they have it! Okay, okay so I didn't hear you through your screen but I’m sure they have it at the Fisherman’s Wharf. This place is big. Like better-put-your-kids-to-a-leash, kinda big. There’s clothes, books, records, kitchen stuff, arty gear, lollies, posters, bike junk, furniture, jams and preserves. I wasn't pulling your chain when I said they have everything!

Sure, some of the stuff is overpriced crap which should be relocated to the dumpster out the back (yeah lady, I’m gonna pay 8 bucks for an old pan handle with no pan, then I’m gonna ride home on the unicorn I have parked in the car park) but some are absolute gems! I got some really good condition second hand books for cheap and a few other rad knick-knacks, because who the hell doesn’t need a little knick-knackery in their lives?
The thing that makes this market so special are the characters you see. I’m not kidding when I tell you I stumbled across a stall owned by a super friendly Nan and Pa team who were blaring ‘If You Had My Love’ by JLo from their CD player. I then went past again on the way out and realized they had the beat on repeat. Who the hell loves that song enough to put it on repeat? Let alone a couple of octogenarians!

There are plenty of places to grab a bite to enjoy in the sun at the market and the surrounding pubs and cafés. We decided to wander across the road to the Lighthouse Inn for some dips and cheese. The food wasn't anything to write home about (maybe not the best place for my first crumbed brie experience) but whatever was lacking in culinary skills was made up for in backdrop and weather.

This is such a rad place to spend a Sunday. Sure, I didn't find my ‘Ben’ like Britney did on her roadie, but cheese will do for now.

Until next time… Stay Rad-elaide. 

Lighthouse Hotel on Urbanspoon

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Coupla googs in Colonel Light.

There isn’t anything better than catching up with an old school mate who is back for a visit. On the flip side: there’s nothing worse than your best mates moving interstate! Sometimes I feel like Tom Hanks in Castaway. WIIIILLLLLSSSOOOONNNNN!!! There is however always a silver lining and I look forward to their visits more than a nerd with a Harry Potter party on the calender. Last Saturday I got to make the most of one such visit and we decided to catch up over a couple of googs.
It’s hard to believe that there is any breaky place I am yet to venture to, let alone one that is a mere 5 minutes from my abode! I decided to cease the edible opportunity and hit up The Stranded Store for the first time. Hidden away in the suburban maze that is Colonel Light Gardens, navigating myself to the store brought back traumatic memories of getting lost in the Puzzle Park maze. I may be scarred for life by that childhood horror. Once I finally arrived at my destination I was instantly impressed by its simple yet cosy vibe. This is the kind of place that is just special enough for a birthday brunch but also perfect for a quick bite post workout.

With a solid variety of menu items to choose from I can’t imagine anyone not finding something they are after. The gal pals and I decided to go for some classic eggs as you like with a few sides to mix it up. Having your poached eggs cooked to perfection is almost as important as a waxer with steady hands. This chef got it right. Not too hard, not too runny. The avocado side was also faultless with an impressive seasoning which really cranked the dish up a few notches.

I was pretty excited when I saw the ol’ blood orange juice. Although still enjoyable, I have to say it was the less attractive sister of the blood orange juice from East End Providore.

All in all, like a mouse through a maze, I am pleased I found the cheese. I will definitely be back there again, especially considering they take bookings which is quite rare in a town where breakfast spots are getting a tad too big for their boots. Just sayin’.

Until next time… Stay Rad-elaide.  

The Stranded Store on Urbanspoon

Friday, 1 November 2013

Welcome to hot dog heaven...

There are no ifs, buts or maybes about it - Nordburger is the hottest new burger joint in town. This place is hotter than Scarlet Johansson…. in a bathing suit…. licking an ice-cream. BOOM! 
Straight through the door in search of a place to perch, it was clear that this isn’t a spot to have a sit down meal with the fam. Instead this eatery is set up as a quick bite location with benches and high tables to stand around while you mung down on those juicy, juicy burgers and hotdogs. With light wood accents, black and white tiling and a central cement bench top, Nordburger has a simple yet classy interior. This eatery still musters the ‘americano’ vibe without being quirky or tacky like some of its predecessors.  

With a short, sharp and shiny menu there are only a handful of burger and hotdog varieties to choose from which is a-ok if they are done exceptionally. It’s like a single man at a bar – he only needs a couple of exceptional pick-up moves in order to impress. And whilst we are at it… if we’re likening Nordburger’s offerings to smooth moves then my BLT Dog was the equivalent of ‘woah, sorry to stare but you look exactly like my next girlfriend!’ Absolute gold and pretty on the money as I would totally consider having a committed relationship with this meal! The bun was a squishy and delicious cloud for my super tasty frank to rest with his mates undeniably-fresh-tomato-and-lettuce. The only criticism I would have is that I found the bacon to be unremarkable. Apart from that… it was a dream boat.

Nordburger’s ethos is all about fresh, local produce and this is certainly illustrated in the final product.  My burgerin’ bud went with the Cheeseburger which looked just as high quality and well executed as my BLT. We also shared some crinkle cut chips which were crunchy perfection and taken to the next level of bliss when dipped in their amazing Nord sauce. Now that is the best 50 cents one could ever spend!

Wash it all down with one of Nord’s signature milkshakes and you will be full to the brim and bustin’ out of your clothes like Kimmy K pre-baby. I’ve slurped up the Pretzel as well as the salted caramel which were both bloody delish.

Well it seems that the masses have spoken and the price is right here folks! Nordburger is well worth the unavoidable line up. The staff also seems to be rockin’ out on the job and having a great time so you are always going to see some smiles about!

Until next time… Stay Rad-elaide.

Nordburger on Urbanspoon

Monday, 21 October 2013

Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better.

When I was invited to a food bloggers dinner at d’Artagnan Restaurant I actually had no idea the restaurant existed (sorry d’Artagnan!). Once I started to ask around however, it seemed like the place had a pretty solid rep. Why had I never heard of it before? I wasn’t quite sure, but I was keen to check it out with the enthusiasm of a construction worker watching a pretty girl go by! SWEET RACK…. OF WINE!!!

Upon arrival we were offered a G+ T and had a chance to small talk it up with some of our fellow bloggers. I got the chance to have a chat with THE D-Bites herself which is basically Adelaide Food Blogger Royalty right there! With ridiculously comfy chairs and lush earthy tones this dining room is a place you want to be. Highlighted with gold accents, its perfectly executed decor certainly sets the tone for a swanky dining experience.
I wouldn’t say d’Artagnan’s menu is particularly innovative however unlike the last election… it had some solid candidates. I went with the eye fillet with carrots, scalloped potatoes and a generous drizzling of béarnaise sauce. This steak was certainly a contender for a spot in my top 10 steaks of all time. It was cooked to medium-rare perfection and the quality of the meat was dynamite! If you want to know what my hands-down best steak of all time is, check out this place when you’re in Shanghai. It's the closest I have ever come to re-enacting the ‘I’ll have what she’s having’ scene! Oh god, oh god, OH GOD!!! Who needs a BF when you have the memory of that steak to keep you warm at night?

The other meals that landed on our bloggers table looked to be equally as impressive as my moreish meat. They were all beautifully presented dishes of undeniable quality. The general consensus I believe was an enthusiastic thumbs up.
The sides that came with the meals I thought left a little to be desired. There was just no gastro-inspo to be seen. They were as boring as listening to someone talk about how many uni assignments they have due in the next 2 weeks. Aaaaaaaannnd onto the next topic please!

After dins we went for a little trundle or pilgrimage if you will to The Curious Squire. Same owners, wouldn’t you know it! They also own two other little gems in Adelaide *coughthepalacecough* and *coughredsquarecough*. Sorry I had to disguise them in cough form for fear that saying them out loud may cause nauseousness. 

The Curious Squire is known for sliders and tapas but I have to say I think it is secret squirreling its way into the dessert world. We had an ah-ah-ah-mazing dessert pizza lathered with nutella and spotted with strawberries and marshmallows. We also had ourselves some FRIED OREO’S!! Hearing the words ‘fried Oreos’ I instantly thought it would be a greasy and soggy state of affairs. I like to say this as little as humanly possible but…. I was wrong! These delectable morsels were basically like a hot donut with creamy vanilla and crunchy chocolate biscuit inside. They were divine… mark my words, I will be back for those bad boys!

And the sum up? Number 1:  d’Artagnan is worth a peek. It’s perfect for peeps who have a thing for the classic dining experience. Number 2: The Curious Squire is perfect for ‘just desserts.’

Until next time… Stay Rad-elaide.   

d'Artagnan on Urbanspoon

The Curious Squire on Urbanspoon