Olive Sundays Melbourne Easter Faves 2016

Luxbite - Easter shortbread biscuits (image via instagram:@glen_yeo)

Luxbite – Easter shortbread biscuits (image via instagram:@glen_yeo)

Easter is near and hot cross buns are about. And I love that fact that I can lather my hcb’s in butter and eat lots o’ chocolate with absolutely no guilt because…Easter! Some of Melbourne’s restaurants celebrate the Easter holiday by creating special treats, putting hot crosses on everything and naming their creations after egg puns. It’s super egg-citing and personally I love a cheesy egg pun egg-specially during Easter. Here are my Melbourne Easter faves this year. Hop to it!

Rustica - Hot cross buns (image via instagram:@rustica_hq)

Rustica – Hot cross buns (image via instagram:@rustica_hq)

 Rustica – Hot cross buns. You know Rustica make egg-ceptional bread and because hot cross buns are kinda like little sweet spiced bread buns it’s a no brainer that the hot cross buns will be amazing!

Mork chocolate - Triple choc mork x buns (image via instagram:@morkchocolate)

Mork chocolate – Triple choc mork x buns (image via instagram:@morkchocolate)

Mork chocolate – Triple chocolate Mork X bun w dark chocolate pieces, candied orange and a soft chocolate ganache centre. If you prefer a chokky cross bun, Mork has got you covered. Not one, not two, but three times chocolate.

Short stop - Hot cross doughnuts (image via instagram:@melbournemamma)

Short stop – Hot cross doughnuts (image via instagram:@melbournemamma)

Short stop – hot cross doughnuts. A doughnut and hot cross bun hybrid. Spiced dough with cinnamon, nutmeg, brandy-soaked dried fruit. Covered in honey glaze and topped with a cinnamon-spiked icing stripe.

Lune croissanterie - Hot cross cruffin (image via instagram:@lunecroissant)

Lune croissanterie – Hot cross cruffin (image via instagram:@lunecroissant)

Lune croissanterie – Hot cross cruffins. Lune cruffins have layers of buttery goodness and now they have a hot cross bun version. Hooray two of my favourite things unite. And now with their Fitzroy store I don’t have to wake up at 4 in the A.M. Winning.

Schmucks bagels - Hot cross bagel (image via instagram:@schmucksbagels)

Schmucks bagels – Hot cross bagel (image via instagram:@schmucksbagels)

Schmucks bagels – Hot cross bagel. Who needs a hot cross bun when you can have a hot cross bagel. Pair that with some almond milk co butter and an all press coffee and that’s what I call a good morning.

Eat a scroll - Hot cross scroll (image via instagram:@theplateproject)

Eat a scroll – Hot cross scroll (image via instagram:@theplateproject)

Eat a scroll – Hot cross scroll. These cute little scrolls have a cute little Easter crosses. Cinnamon scroll topped with Gianduja (hazelnut choc) and a cream cheese cross.

Om nom - Egg-dulgence (image via instagram:@omnom_dessertbar)

Om nom – Egg-dulgence (image via instagram:@omnom_dessertbar)

Om nom kitchen & dessert bar – The egg-dulgence. Made with banana milk chocolate brownie, chocolate cream, caramel toffee, roasted mixed nuts and 58% cacao chocolate. Love the egg pun name.

Pidapipo geleteria x Baked chirico - HCB icecream sandwich (image via instagram:@pidapipo_geleteria)

Pidapipo geleteria x Baked chirico – HCB icecream sandwich (image via instagram:@pidapipo_geleteria)

Pidapipo Gelateria – Hot cross bun ice-cream sandwich. The hot cross buns are baked by baker D Chirico and are filled with a big scoop of Pidapipo crema and jam gelato. My kind of sandwich.

Doughnut time - The yolk addict doughnut (image via instagram:@doughnut_time)

Doughnut time – The yolk addict doughnut (image via instagram:@doughnut_time)

Doughnut time – yolk addict. This doughnut has a milk chocolate and toffee glaze and is topped with a Cadbury crème egg. Who knew yolk porn could be so sweet.

Pablo honey - Easter shots (image via instagram:@pablomatcarps)

Pablo honey – Easter shots (image via instagram:@pablomatcarps)

Pablo honey – Easter shots. These chocoaltey alcoholic shots are served in chocolate Easter eggs. I repeat. Shots in chocolate Easter eggs! It doesn’t get cuter than this.

Luxbite - Egg-licious (image via instagram:@luxbite)

Luxbite – Egg-licious (image via instagram:@luxbite)

Luxbite – egg-licious easter egg. We all know Luxbite have creative flair so we expect more from them. And they never fail to deliver beautifully eggs-ecuted Easter creations. Lemon mousse, stone fruit jelly, chocolate egg cup with strawberry and milk chocolate crunchy pearls hidden inside.

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter spent with loved ones and copious amounts of chocolate.

I heart Easter!

Olives x

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Top Ten Melbourne Easter Treats 2015

Everyone loves an extra long weekend, especially when there are limited edition Easter treats about town. Chocolate eggs and hot cross buns galore! The traditional hot cross bun is a total winner and there are some creative thinkers who have put a twist on the old Easter favourites. We have put together a list of yummy treats you wanna try this Easter. So if you live in Melbourne, hop to it!

  1. Hot cross bun gelato from Gelato Messina
Melbourne Easter 2015 - hot cross bun gelato. Image credit: Gelato Messina

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Hot cross bun gelato. (Image credit: @gelatomessina)

  1. Hot cross bun doughnut from Short Stop
Melbourne Easter 2015 - Hot cross bun donut. Image credit: Short Stop

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Hot cross bun donut. (Image credit: @shortstopmelb)

  1. Mif bunny macaron – Giant chocolate macaron w housemade nutella, light hazelnut praline cream & Piedmontese hazelnuts from TbyLuxbite
Melbourne Easter 2015 - mif bunny macaron. Image credit: tbyluxbite

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Mif bunny macaron. (Image credit: @tbyluxbite )

  1. Easter cronut – Dark chocolate Cremeux w crispy praline topped w hazelnut ganache & housemade chocolate egg from Rustica Sourdough
Melbourne Easter 2015 - easter cronut. Image credit: ID collective.

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Easter cronut. (Image credit: @rusticasourdough)

  1. Flat chocolate easter eggs from Sisko Chocolate
Melbourne Easter 2015 - Flat chocolate easter eggs. Image credit: The party bebe

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Flat chocolate easter eggs. (Image credit: @thepartybebe)

  1. Easter explosion chocolate crème egg cupcake from Cupcake central
Melbourne Easter 2015 - Easter explosion cho creme cupcake. Image credit: cupcakecentral

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Easter explosion choc creme cupcakes. (Image credit: @cupcakecentral)

  1. Hot cross bun soft serve from Tuckshop Takeaway
Melbourne Easter 2015 - Hot cross bun soft serve. Image credit: tuckshoptakeaway

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Hot cross bun soft serve. (Image credit: @tuckshoptakeaway)

  1. Chick choc pops from Burch and Purchese
Melbourne Easter 2015 - Mini chick choc pops. Image credit: Burch and Puchese

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Mini chick choc pops. (Image credit: @burchpurchese)

  1. Easter inspired chocolate dessert from Mr Miyagi
Melbourne Easter 2015 - Easter dessert. Image credit: melbournecaferestaurauntreview

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Easter chocolate dessert. (Image credit: @mrmiyagimelbourne)

10. Hot crossed spiced donut w buttermilk chocolate glaze, freeze dried blackberry Easter egg anglaise from Ascot Food Store

Melbourne Easter 2015 - Easter donuts. Image credit: dishin_itout

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Hot crossed spiced donuts. (Image credit: @ascotfoodstore)

As Easter treats are on high demand make sure you pop in early, call ahead of time or make an order to avoid disappointment. Happy Easter in advance!

Olives x

I heart Easter!

Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio

Burch and Purchese - Lamington eclair

Burch and Purchese – Lamington eclair

Burch and Purchase Sweet Studio make incredible sweets. There are big cakes, little cakes, chocolate lollipops, ice-creams, nougat, explosive raspberry wheels, popcorn honeycomb rubble, and the list goes on and on. It was evident that the creation of these little wonders involved a high level of technique. Probably not the kind of sweets you can whip up in your own home. Each sweet takes you on a different adventure.

Burch and Purchese - Venue

Burch and Purchese – Venue

As you walk into the narrow store you are surrounded by an abundance of sweets. I was fascinated by all of the elements that created the cakes, the jellies, the sponges, the mousses, the creams and the crumbles. A kid in a candy store sums it up well.

Burch and Purchese - Caramel, chocolate & hazelnut choux

Burch and Purchese – Caramel, chocolate & hazelnut choux

We ordered this giant profiterole, caramel, chocolate, hazelnut choux pastry thing. It was amazing. If a profiterole was a pokemon it would evolve into this encrusted choux bun, a big ball of choux pastry filled with hazelnut salted caramel cream. Delicious! It had a crunchy hazelnut base topped with a dark chocolate disk (looked like a little hat aww). The cream was smooth and had a good amount of salt to balance the sweetness.

Burch and Purchese - Chocolate and pear cake

Burch and Purchese – Chocolate and pear cake w dark chocolate velvet spray

The chocolate pear, hazelnut, caramel cake was sprayed with dark chocolate, it looked amazing, it looked like it was covered in velvet. It had layers of poached pear, choc hazelnut biscuit, chocolate hazelnut spread, roast pear cream, butter caramel, vanilla cream and dark chocolate mousse with a chocolate twig and a ball of pear jelly on top. The pear flavour was awesome.

Burch and Purchese - Salted caramel chocolate tart

Burch and Purchese – Bright-eyed Max and the salted caramel chocolate tart

The chocolate, hazelnut & salted caramel tart was very rich. Don’t be fooled by it’s appearance, it looked little but I couldn’t finish it all. It was yum but not for the faint hearted. It was a chocolate brushed tart shell filled with salted caramel, chocolate & hazelnut cream with a dark chocolate glaze. Bright-eyed Max liked the look of it.

Burch and Purchese - Explosive raspberry milk chocolate

Burch and Purchese – Explosive raspberry milk chocolate

Explosive raspberry milk chocolate was a fun adventure there was so many raspberry elements but it worked well because there were lots of different textures. It had raspberry cream, fresh raspberry compote with chocolate chip cookie (crumbled). It also had raspberry marshmallow and a milk chocolate mousse dome sprayed w red chocolate velvet spray. It also had chocolate popping candy rocks scattered on top. It was exciting. It was sweet, tart, crackly and crumbly. It was really fun to eat.

Burch and Purchese - Max and the lamington eclair

Burch and Purchese – Max and the lamington eclair

Again. This pup can really turn it on when there are sweets in sight. The lamington éclair was an interesting twist on a lamington. The éclair was made up of chocolate choux pastry. In the middle there was soaked sponge finger w raspberry jam and milk chocolate cream. On top there was spots of raspberry jelly, coconut raspberry marshmallow and chocolate sprayed crunchy coconut cream (which tasted like a soft bounty chocolate bar). It was really amazing. Each element reminded me of a lamington but in an unconventional way. The whole dessert was very much a rendition of the traditional lamington recreated as an éclair. It looked spectacular and was a real adventure to eat.

Burch and Purchese - Masterchef display

Burch and Purchese – Masterchef dessert degustation

This was the dessert degustation, which was featured on Masterchef. Everything is edible including the golden cloche. They have an army of chocolate animals stacked on the shelves (bears, rabbits, penguins) which sort of remind me of toys in a toy store that come alive at night. Little bit creepy but still kinda cute.

Burch and Purchese have a wonderful range of desserts that are sure to amaze. They each have surprises to explore. The cakes have many elements that make them more than just a cake. And for a few more days Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio have a pop-up dessert bar at the Royal Melbourne Show, which is sure to take your tastebuds on a ride. Either that or you can just visit the store in South Yarra.

I heart Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio!

Olives x

Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio
Address: 647 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141 (next to the Olsen hotel)
Website: http://www.burchandpurchese.com
Phone: 03 9827 7060
Trading Hours: Mon–Sun (7 days): 10am – 6.30pm

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Flour Market (27th July 2014)

Flour Market - Fitzroy Town Hall

Flour Market – Fitzroy Town Hall

I enjoy a sleep-in as much as the next guy but when Melbourne’s emerging, new established, artisan and underground bakers come together for a winter bake sale, I’m there. The Flour Market was held at Fitzroy town hall this morning and there was an abundance of indulgent pastries, breads, cakes, pies, donuts and much much more.

Agathe Patisserie

Agathe Patisserie

We walked in and there were crates full of golden croissants. Agathe Patisserie had deliciously buttery croissants, plain and chocolate. They also had little brioche swirly buns with Nutella and custard meringue ones too. Yum!

GF Precinct

GF Precinct 

GF Precinct had a nice variety of freshly baked Gluten free breads.

Citizen Cacao

Citizen Cacao

There were some interesting truffles displayed by Citizen Cacao, which were raw, vegan and super tasty. They had a good sweet salty balance going on and some interesting flavours like berry coconut chia, orange and pistachio praline, chipotle, rosemary, salted caramel and almond butter.

All Day Donuts

All Day Donuts

All Day Donuts had two types of donuts for sale, strawberry glaze w liquid cheesecake and chocolate glaze w mint rubble. Naturally we had to try both. They were both absolutely delicious!

Mmm treasure...Max's nose knows

Mmm treasure…Max’s nose knows

When we took them home Max was onto it straight away. He was sniffing around for treasure. His nose knows when there are yummy treats in close vicinity.

Tivoli Road Bakery

Tivoli Road Bakery

Tivoli road had some impressive looking loves of bread and a range of sweet pastries.

Tivoli Road Bakery

Tivoli Road Bakery

They had croissants (plain, almond and chocolate) and danishes (pear, rhubarb and raisin and pistachio escargot).

Tivoli Road Bakery

Tivoli Road Bakery

 

They also had these cinnamon custard scrolls, which were really cinnamony and really delicious (one of my faves).

Nora

Nora

There were lots of little tarts made by Nora which had exciting flavours like lemon & lemongrass ginger brulee, coconut pandan, tamarind cream cheese strawberries, honey dark choc sea salt & sesame and quince espresso cream coconut caramel. We tried the brulee and the dark choc tarts, which were amazing.

Moonbeam Kitchen Cakes

Moonbeam Kitchen Cakes

Moonbeam kitchen had a range of cakes made from scratch. They had all different cakes, which were medium sized cakes (big enough to share if you’re feeling nice but also small enough to eat on your own). They had banana cake, apply country cake, a lemon loaf w cream cheese frosting, vegan chocolate cakes. They also had a range of flourless cakes, chocolate & raspberry and pear & almond.

Bakewell & Co

Bakewell & Co

Bakewell & Co had all different flavoured pies, they had chocolate & peanut butter, spiced pumpkin, cherry, lemon blueberry and apple.

Bakewell & Co

Bakewell & Co

 

They also had assorted cream biscuits like a fresh kingston cream bisciut and homemade oreos.

Bakewell & Co

Bakewell & Co

They also had these sea salt chic chop cookies which were delish.

Cobb Lane Bakery

Cobb Lane Bakery

There was a stall with a variety of donuts bursting with fillings. There was raspberry lychee & rose (the rose was delightful), peanut butter & jelly (I wanted more PB), salted caramel (OMG), lime curd and meringue and jaffa. The salted caramel one was so decadent. The caramel was so rich and salty it was delicious but tasted deadly. After each bite I needed a break. They also had the salted caramel in jars for sale.

Flour to the people

Flour to the people

This guy. Flour to the people! Love it. There were also some other stalls with savoury food like Pure Pie (Love their beef, red wine rosemary pie), Pierogi Pierogi (I want to try these) and Shop Ramen (Their baos looked good) but this morning I had my eyes on only sweets. At Ed’s Breads they had a yummy potato and honey loaf and they were selling slices of their bread with grilled cheese. Yum grilled cheese! I just didn’t have enough hands or coordination to hold stuff and eat hot food at the same time.

A very sweet breakfast

A very sweet breakfast

We bought lots of yummy treats and it was a good thing I brought my bf because he makes a great pack mule and helped me carry all the stuff. We went to my mum’s house and had the family over for breakfast. A very sweet breakfast indeed. We toasted the Dr. Marty’s Crumpets at home and they were really yummy. They were really soft and fluffy when you bite into them.

Luckily we bought the early risers tickets (only $10), which allows you to enter the bake sale half an hour before it opens at 9am. When we left there was a huge line down the street so I was glad we went early. I had heaps of fun and have definitely eaten way more than my daily intake of sugar for the day. They have had a few Flour Market’s so far, so hopefully they continue these bake sales because they’re awesome!

I heart the Flour Market!

Olives x

Happy Easter – Choc Cross Scones

Easter Pup and the Choc Cross Scones.

Easter Pup and the Choc Cross Scones.

Happy Easter! Hope you’ve had a lovely day filled with chocolate, family and fun stuff.

This year for Easter I decided to make Choc Cross Scones. Sort of like hot cross buns but a scone version. Good for those who don’t particularly like spiced bread or sultanas. I personally love hot cross buns (with tons of butter) myself, but this is a fun change to the old favourite. This recipe is so simple. Best Choc Cross Scones ever!

Ingredients 
3 cups of self-raising flour
1 cup of lemonade
1 cup of cream (and a little more to glaze the tops)
1 cup of chocolate chips (plus half a cup extra for the crosses)
A pinch of salt

Method
1. Preheat oven to 220C
2. Sift self raising flour about 3 times (makes them lighter) and add the salt.
3. Make a well in the middle and add the lemonade, cream and chocolate chips.
4. Mix together with a knife, knead gently until smooth (try not to handle the mix too much so they stay fluffy).
5. Cut the mixture into rounds (you can cut the circles using the top of a drinking glass) and place them on a lightly greased tray or on tray lined with baking paper.
6. Brush the tops with cream (to give them that golden colour)
7. Bake for 10-12 mins at 220C or until golden
8. Melt extra chocolate chips and pipe crosses over the top of the baked scones.

So simple and super delicious!

This is what they look like in the making. These are the little chocolate scones getting ready to go into the hot oven.

Choc Cross Scones in the making.

Easter – Choc Cross Scones in the making.

Here is the after oven shot. Yum! These Choc Cross Scones are delicious and can you see how they sort of look like hot cross buns. So cute and so Easter. This is a great after Easter recipe too. When you have too many chocolate eggs leftover, you can break up your chocolate Easter eggs into pieces and use them instead of chocolate chips. You can also melt down some chocolate eggs for the chocolate on top.

Easter - Choc Cross Scones.

Easter – Choc Cross Scones.

Here is me wanting to eat all of the Choc Cross Scones myself but I decided it’s best to share, since its Easter and all. They are best eaten fresh out of the oven. Yum!

Easter Mel - This Easter bunny likes chocolate and lots of it.

Easter Mel – This Easter bunny likes chocolate and lots of it.

And here is young Max feeling a little deflated after realising the Choc Cross Scones are ready for departure and will not be shared with him today. I’ve tried to tell him that chocolate is one of those ‘not for dogs’ foods but he doesn’t want to hear it.

Easter Max - Choc Cross Scones ready for departure.

Easter Max – Choc Cross Scones ready for departure.

Hope you had a fantastic Easter!

DId you make yummy treats this Easter?

I heart Easter!

Olives x

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

San Churro

San Churro - Chapel st.

San Churro – Chapel Street Store.

San Churro is a chocolateria that serves a delicious range of desserts and drinks but most importantly they make Spanish Doughnuts aka Churros. Churros are not your standard doughnut (round with a hole in it), they are lines of pastry piped into the fryer making them crispy on the outside and doughy on the inside. San Churro on Chapel St. specialise in making churros and they’re damn good at it.

The dimly lit store looks like a chapel with the wooden pews and the arched windows.  When you walk in, you can see the churro station and the white, milk and dark chocolate sauces churning in melting pots. There is a range of yummy ice creams, cakes and chocolates on display but I always go straight for the churros. We order our churros at the counter, take our number and find a seat. The freshly fried churros arrive and they look delish!

San Churro dusted with cinnamon sugar.

San Churro – Churros dusted with cinnamon sugar.

I pick up the warm deep-fried churro that had been generously dusted in cinnamon sugar (you can get icing sugar if you prefer) and submerge one end into the white chocolate dipping sauce. The smooth melted chocolate sort of tastes like condensed milk mixed with white chocolate, so delicious! The consistency of the dipping sauce is thick enough to coat the churro with an excessive amount of chocolate and thin enough to discreetly drink the leftover chocolate when nobody is watching.

San Churro - White chocolate and Dulce de Leche dipping sauce.

San Churro – White chocolate and Dulce de Leche dipping sauce.

As you dunk the churro into the chocolate and lift it out, the trick is to wait one second with your churro hovering over the sauce cup to make sure the chocolate drip settles before you transport it to your mouth. If you are impatient like me and can’t wait that necessary one second to let the chocolate drip settle, you will end up with chocolate dipping sauce all over the front of your fave shirt (happens every time). I remember the first time I tried churros, it was in the tiny and narrow San Churro store on Brunswick St. and I remember raving about the white chocolate sauce for weeks after. My friend is nuts about the dulce de leche which is a Spanish caramel. It’s a little smoother and creamier than normal caramel. She has the Dulce de leche hot chocolate, dips her churros in dulce de leche and then takes dulche de leche home for later.  I totally understand, it’s dulce de licious.

San Churro Spanish Hot Chocolate.

San Churro – Hot and cold (Spanish hot chocolate with white choc ice-cream).

The ‘Hot and Cold’ is a thick Spanish hot chocolate with a scoop of white chocolate ice-cream. Hot drinking chocolate and cold ice-cream is a match made in heaven. The ‘Hot and Cold’ tastes like a chocolate pudding liquefied. You feel like you’re drinking a homemade self-saucing pudding with fresh cream. It’s weird but amazing. I know that whenever I make choc pudding at home I find myself eating too much and feeling sick after but this way I can be served a controlled portion. They have a variety of hot chocolates flavours like hazelnut, mint, peanut butter (yum), chilli, ginger, dulce de leche and expresso or you can just have the regular hot chocolates in white, milk or dark chocolate which are a perfect winter warmer.

I heart San Churro!

Olives x

San Churro
Address: 150 Chapel Street, Windsor
Website: http://www.sanchurro.com
Phone: 03 9529 7559
Trading Hours: Mon-Thurs 11-11pm, Fri 11-12am, Sat 10-12am, Sun 10-11pm

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