Gelato World Tour 2013

Caffe e Gelato Milany (QLD) - Dark Chocolate.

Gelato World Tour (Melbourne) – Caffe e Gelato Milany (QLD) – Dark Chocolate.

Melbourne is the third stop of the Gelato World Tour. One tour, eight cities and a whole lot of gelato. Gelato artisans from around the globe each showcase one signature flavour to compete in the international tour. It was only the best gelato I had ever tasted in my entire life. Quality gelato absolutely worthy of global recognition. During the tour the judges visit Rome (Italy), Valencia (Spain), Melbourne (Oceania). Dubai (Middle East), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Shanghai (Asia), Austin (North America) and Deutschland (Berlin). I was fortunate to have them stop in my very own town of Melbourne. What are the odds? It was definitely my lucky day/weekend.

Gelato World Tour - Melbourne

Gelato World Tour (Melbourne) – Fresh Gelato in the park.

The event was located at Argyle Square in Carlton, people were happily consuming their gelato in the park. There were marquees full of gelato artisans in their whites and tall chef hats serving masses of fresh gelato. People queued in anticipation to taste the different flavours that Australia/Oceania had to offer.

World Gelato Tour (Melbourne) - Gelato Tickets.

Gelato World Tour (Melbourne) – Gelato Tickets.

The event was well organised and the system was well thought out.  You buy a $10 ticket at the front marquee, tear your ticket on the perforated lines and exchange the pieces of paper for gelato at the stalls. The no cash handling at the stalls made it easy and fast to get your gelato. For $10 you get 2 cups and 3 baby cones and then you use the unique barcode on the ticket to vote for your favourite gelato. This was not an easy decision to make because most of the gelato was outstandingly delicious.

Gelato Amico (WA) - Pure Sicilian Pistachio.

Gelato World Tour (Melbourne) – Gelato Amico (WA) – Pure Sicilian Pistachio.

The ‘Pure Sicilian Pistachio’ got my vote from Gelato Amico, it was absolutely incredible. It is a milk-based pistachio gelato with pistachio topping using all natural, fresh ingredients and old-fashioned Italian recipes. Pistachio is not usually what I order when I get gelato but wow I was pleasantly surprised and in hindsight wished I had used my cup voucher for that one. Damn. It was made by Tino Tonon from WA which is a bummer because after the event I may not ever taste that sweet, smooth gelato again :(

7 Apples Gelato - Banana w Dulce de Leche.

Gelato World Tour (Melbourne) – 7 Apples Gelato – Banana w Dulce de Leche.

The banana with dulce de leche was also my favourite. This one got Dan’s vote. It tasted like fresh banana (like real fresh banana) with swirls of oozing dulce de leche caramel. It was light, creamy and magnificent. It’s amazing how the flavours can make you feel like you are eating a complete dessert at a fancy restaurant in each spoonful. And lucky for me, this one is close to home, made by Mark Mariotti from 7 Apples Gelato in St Kilda.

N2 Extreme Gelato (VIC) - Destructed Kaya Toast.

Gelato World Tour (Melbourne) – N2 Extreme Gelato (VIC) – Destructed Kaya Toast.

The deconstructed Kaya Toast was interesting in a delicious way. It was created by Min Chai from N2 Extreme Gelato. Kaya is a caramalised coconut egg jam, which is usually served on buttered toast and is a common delicacy in Malaysia. His creation is a deconstructed form of the Malaysian classic, with pandan kaya gelato, with swirls of kaya and a Malaysian cream cracker crunch. Yum!

Vulcano Gelato (VIC) - Vulcano.

Gelato World Tour (Melbourne) – Vulcano Gelato (VIC) – Vulcano.

Yum, yum, yum, the Vulcano tasted exactly like a Ferrero Rocher in gelato form. It had all these yummy surprise bits in it like toasted hazelnuts, cereals and chocolate glaze.

Frangipani Gelato (NSW) - Pavlova Gelato.

Gelato World Tour (Melbourne) – Frangipani Gelato (NSW) – Pavlova Gelato.

The Pavlova gelato, yep tastes just like pavlova. This pashpav was a meringue based gelato with actual pieces of meringue and a passionfruit swirl. Yumness!

Il Gelato (WA) - Mascarpone and Fig.

Gelato World Tour (Melbourne) Il Gelato (WA) – Mascarpone and Fig.

The mascarpone and fig was yummy too. It highlights the fresh flavour of figs and the gelato artisan Constantino Limoncella from Il Gelato had also won a Gold Award for it at the Sydney Royal Show 2013. Makes sense, it was delish!

Giapo (NZ) - Tiramisu.

Gelato World Tour (Melbourne) – Giapo (NZ) – Tiramisu.

And finally Tiramisu, need I say more. As stated on Gianpaolo Grazioli’s gelato profile ‘Ladyfingers dipped in coffee in a multilayered, textured egg-coffee custard. Decorated with white chocolate curls and a golden truffle.’

World Gelato Tour (Melbourne) - Dancing Gelato Chef.

World Gelato Tour (Melbourne) – Dancing Gelato Man.

There was also some info sessions and mini-courses about gelato, the history, becoming a gelatiere, opening a gelato shop. Basically everything you need to know about gelato. This gelato man was having a great time dancing and playing air guitar in front of the stall. Maybe he had one too many gelato cups. I certainly did. Wow! Sugar HAze…I was drunk on sugar, it happens. But the event was prepared and had St. John’s ambulance onsite just incase of gelato overdose. It was great to be able to taste of all the best gelato of Australia/Oceania in one place. So much fun!

The awards ceremony for the world’s best gelato was at 3pm today and the winners for Oceania were:
1. Melbourne’s Gelato Messina with ‘Cremino’ their salted caramel gelato with house made gianduia fudge, fresh meringue and crushed amaretti.
2. NSW’s Cow and the Moon with ‘Mandorla Affogato’ with Madagascan vanilla bean gelato with roasted caramelised coffee almonds folded through with a coffee caramel sauce.
3. NSW’s Frangipani Gelato with ‘Pavlova Gelato’ a meringue based gelato with a passionfruit swirl mixed with meringue pieces.

I heart the Gelato World Tour!

Olives x

Gelato World Tour 2013
Address: Argyle Square – Cnr Lygon St & Argyle Place, Carlton Victoria 3053
Website: http://www.gelatoworldtour.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GelatoWorldTour
Event Dates: October 25th-27th 2013
Trading Hours: Fri 12.30am-9.30pm, Sat 11am-9.30pm, Sun 11am-7.00pm

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Doughboys Doughnuts

Doughboys Doughnuts - Street View.

Doughboys Doughnuts – Street View.

Out comes a tray of fresh doughnuts, he grabs one and dips it into the orange zested vanilla icing. He places it on a cooling rack and gently sprinkles crushed pistachios over the top. He places it carefully into the box and calls my name. The box is exchanged with a nod of the head and a smile. I remove the doughnut from the box and take my first bite. The warm doughnut and incredible balance of flavour immediately warms my heart. It is devoured within minutes.  I think I’m in love.

Doughboys Doughnuts - Pistachio & Lime Coconut.

Doughboys Doughnuts – From left: Pistachio, Lime Coconut.

Doughboys doughnuts is a pop-up shop that make fresh gourmet doughnuts and great coffee every morning of the working week. The doughnuts are made to order and ‘dipped on demand.’ Your doughnut is crafted before your very eyes, which definitely adds to the excitement.

Doughboys Doughnuts - Doughnuts dipped on demand.

Doughboys Doughnuts – Doughnuts dipped on demand.

According to their website they are looking to hire some new bakers for summer which hopefully means they will stick around for a few more months. Fingers crossed. The sad thing about pop-ups, are that they don’t stick around forever so you sort of have to eat these fresh doughnuts every morning until they finish up to avoid severe doughnut remorse. This is where the magic happens. Doughnuts in the making.

Doughboys Doughnuts - Doughnuts in the making.

Doughboys Doughnuts – Doughnuts in the making.

It’s temporarily located at Mr Nice Guy Thai which is on Little Lonsdale Street (between King & William) but you enter though Healeys Lane. The place is funky and kitsch with the colourful mismatched tiles and oil stained mirror along the wall.

Doughboys Doughnuts - Inside.

Doughboys Doughnuts – Melbourne.

The flavours are original and unique (and most importantly, delicious!).  They alternate each day so sometimes they have different doughnuts available. I’m pretty sure they are all yum so it doesn’t matter which day you go.

Doughboys Doughnuts - Doughnut Display.

Doughboys Doughnuts – Doughnut Display.

We got a box of four. We tried the Cinnamon Apple, which was burnt cinnamon and torched apple on a vanilla bean glaze Y-U-M! there was also Lime Coconut, which was lemon and lime zested icing with toasted coconut, Choc Nut – Dark Monsieur Truffe cocoa with crushed walnuts and hazelnuts and Pistachio – orange zested vanilla icing with crushed up pistachio. All the doughnuts were really good. Plus they serve good coffee (Market Lane coffee) which is a bonus. Overall, it was a very good day.

Doughboys Doughnuts - Cinnamon Apple, Pistachio, Choc Nut & Lime Coconut Yum!

Doughboys Doughnuts – Cinnamon Apple, Pistachio, Choc Nut, Coconut Lime.

I really want to try the salted caramel one and also the maple bacon. My advice is to go early to avoid disappointment (I’d say preferably before 9am) because these doughnuts are a best seller and often sell out. I walked out of there with pep in my step, ready to take on the week (and the world).  It’s the perfect start to the day.

Olives x

Doughboys Doughnuts
Address: Shop J, 535 Little Lonsdale Street (enter via Healeys lane)
Website: https://www.facebook.com/doughboysdoughnutsmelbourne
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rading Hours: Monday – Friday 7am – 11am

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie - Melbourne.

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie – Melbourne.

Adriano Zumbo is a well-known Australian patissier who creates unique desserts that are playful and executed with perfection. He was deemed ‘ the dark lord of pastry’ and the ‘sweet assassin’ on MasterChef for his inventive and complex desserts. So when he opened his first store in Melbourne, tucked away in a narrow street in South Yarra, there was no surprise that there would be people queuing up everyday to purchase his extraordinary desserts.

Zumbo Patisserie - Worth the wait.

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie – People in queue – Worth the wait.

As expected there was a line out the front but it only took about 20 minutes for us to move to the front of the line. It takes about that long for you to decide what you want to order anyhow, so it works well. They have full sized cakes, mini cakes, macarons, chocolates and pastries. The flavours sound interesting and spark your curiosity. Sweet tooth’s beware, you may want to order everything.

Zumbo Patisserie - Shop Front.

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie – Shop Front.

I was excited to try the ‘Zonut,’ and as expected, it was absolutely delicious! Finally we have a ‘cronut’ in Melbourne that is worthy of the craze. The layers of pastry pulled apart delicately like a croissant and the golden deep fried goodness and round holed shape like a doughnut make the Zonut a winner. It was light and fluffy, really delicious! There is jam and cream between the layers of pastry, jam on one side and cream on the other. Oh my! And if that wasn’t enough, it is then topped with pink icing. Zumbolicious!

Zumbo Patisserie - The Zonut.

Adrian Zumbo Patissier – The Zonut

Max had his hungry little eyes on the Zonut too. Sorry Max, it’s not for dogs. And plus Zonuts are not for sharing either they are too yummy.

Max and the Zonut.

Max and the Zonut.

We also tried a range of Zumbarons. Zumbarons are macarons, Zumbo style. There were mountains and mountains of zumbarons to choose from. Some of the unusual flavours that we tried were coconut and lychee (surprise lychee gel in the centre), salted butter popcorn (deliciously buttery), strawberry, wasabi & green tea (didn’t like it), bread and butter pudding (tastes just like it) and finger bun (my fave!) The flavours taste exactly as their description. Zumbo’s detail to flavour is impeccable.

Zumbo Patisserie - Cherry Coconut Zumbaron.

Zumbo Patisserie – Cherry Coconut Zumbaron.

It’s more of a take away patisserie, the store is quite small and there are not many seats around. The seats kind of deter you from sitting down anyway because they are funny looking. I can see the potential in the concept of white and pink vintage chairs covered with melting scoops of ice cream, the idea is fun but they are absolutely hideous. Just saying. No matter, it’s not about the chairs, it’s about the sweets, and the sweets are amazing!

Zumbo Patisserie - Melting Ice-cream Chairs.

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie – Melting Ice-cream Chairs.

We also tried the lemon meringue tart, which is a tart with a mound of lemon gel and lemon curd crowned with a piped rose of Italian meringue. It was yummy however each bite I took made my jaw zing with the strong tang of lemon. Good though. We also tried the BBB, which was Blackberry jelly, Blackberry caramel with Buttermilk ganache contained in a rectangular box of malt crumble. Blackberry Bonanza!

Zumbo Patisserie - Cakes.

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie – Cakes.

They had a range of cakes on display, which looked deceivingly simple from the outside but had layers upon layers of different flavours and technique. For example there was the annoying orange cake, which is a flourless chocolate cake with orange caramel, olive sable, chocolate & clove mousse and orange & white chocolate jam. Another one available was the famous V8 vanilla cake, which was featured on MasterChef with eight intricate layers of deliciousness.

Just a side note, they also have sausage rolls, pies and quiches in case you want something savoury to eat aside your box of sweets. It’s great to have an Adriano Zumbo Patisserie in Melbourne. Creative and quirky desserts made with precision.

Olives x

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie
Address: 12 Claremont St, South Yarra, VIC 3141
Website: http://adrianozumbo.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ilovezumbo
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 7am – 7pm (everyday)

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Zombie Burger

Zombie Burger - insides.

Zombie Burger – insides.

I love zombies, that is, until they emerge from the ground in real life and try to eat my brains. But no I feel for them, they are just dead hungry and are doing what they have to, to satisfy their innate hunger for ‘brains’.  After a week of trying to diet by excluding carbs entirely, I adopted similar characteristics that of a zombie. I was weak, miserable and walked around lifeless muttering “Mrgh Grains”.  I completely understand the distraught desperation for food. But then who doesn’t love zombies and who doesn’t love grains burgers? Put these two things together and out pops a great restaurant.

Zombie Burger - Zombie wall.

Zombie Burger – Zombie Wall.

Zombie burger is a zombie themed burger joint that opened a few weeks ago. They support local produce and source their ingredients from Australian farmers. In celebration of Melbourne’s first ZomCon (zombie convention) held today, the recent announcement of Marvel and George A. Romero (dawn of the dead) teaming up to make a new comic ‘Empire of the dead,’ and season 4 of The Walking Dead starting next week, I thought it apt to blog about Zombie Burger.

Zombie Burger - street view

Zombie Burger – Street View.

It’s a little place off Ackland Street with zombies hand painted on the walls. The tables are dark green metal barrels, the kind of barrel you shoot in a video game and it blows up, leading multiple zombies to their demise.  It gave the place a cool military feel, sticking to the zombie theme. The rubbish bin had hand prints of blood smeared down the side, which I hoped was part of the atmosphere and not an indication of a recent brawl the night before (relax it wasn’t real blood).

Zombie Burger

Zombie Burger – Zombie Burger.

The burgers were delicious. I got the Zombie Burger. The brioche bun seems to be all the rage with burgers these days and it makes sense, it definitely works. The sweetness of the toasted brioche compliments the fire-grilled grass-fed beef. The beer caramelized onions were to DIE for (super sweet, really tasty and melt in your mouth).  Then there was American cheese, dill pickle, vine-ripened tomatoes, oakleaf lettuce with American mustard, ZB ketchup, and ZB signature mayo. It was a little messy, but delicious none the less.

Zombie Burger - Potato chips and cauliflower fritts.

Zombie Burger – Potato chips and cauliflower fritts.

The crunchy golden deep fried cauliflower fritts were yummy. They were an awesome substitute for fries and they sort of look like brains. The fries are good too. I got the garlic aioli to dip them in, which was super creamy but overly salty.

They have some really delicious vegie options too. ‘Shroom of the dead’ is basically the zombie burger (without the beef of course) instead featuring a porcini-infused whole fire-grilled Portobello mushroom. Yum! And the ‘Don Zombie’ burger has a parmesan-crusted pan-fried eggplant stack with melted provolone cheese, fresh basil, ZB roasted capsicum salsa and crisp iceberg lettuce on a toasted brioche bun. Double yum! I hear the Boomstick burger is a favourite.

If zombies are coming to make delicious burgers then bring on the zombie apocalypse!

Olives x

Zombie Burger
Address: 5 Shakespeare Grove, St Kilda. VIC
Website: www.zombieburger.com.au
Phone: 03 9537 1118
Trading Hours: Tues-Wed & Sun: 11.30am-9.30pm Thurs-Sat: 11.30-late (closed Mondays)

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