Haagen-dazs Pop-up Melbourne

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup - Federation Square

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup – Federation Square

It only takes one mouthful of ice-cream for you to fall in love with Haagen-dazs. It’s smooth, creamy and the flavours are incredible. What makes it even more loveable is that each flavour is carefully crafted with pure ingredients, which makes the flavours more intense, real tasting and full of flavour. None of that syrup or fake flavouring stuff and by golly it makes a difference. Haagen-dazs is visiting Melbourne and have created a little pop up restaurant at Federation square so best you be making a trip down there soon. It’s only here for a couple more weeks and it’s definitely worth the visit.

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup - Inside

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup – Inside

They have a little shed set up at Federation square where you can sit down and enjoy your ice-cream in a booth.

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup - Outside

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup – Outside

Or you can sit outside in the sun amongst the park like atmosphere with the white chairs, big umbrellas and astroturf. Either way the icecream is awesome and your seating choice with not effect the quality of your icecream.

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup - All the icecream

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup – All the ice cream

We tried the Belgian chocolate which had a beautifully intense dark chocolate flavour. It was like eating quality chocolate in ice cream form. It was rich and velvety.

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup - Strawberries and cream

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup – Strawberries and cream

The strawberries and cream was amazing. I loved it. They use strawberries that are picked in their peak season so the strawberries are irresistible. It literally tasted like the strawberry ice-cream you get at a strawberry farm.

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup - Salted caramel

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup – Salted caramel

The salted caramel had little bits of caramel throughout the icecream and was topped with a sticky caramel and salted butter sauce. The caramel had a lovely flavour not too sweet, not too salty, just right.

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup - Macadamia nut brittle

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup – Macadamia nut brittle

The macadamia nut brittle was vanilla icecream with toffee dipped macadamias. We all know vanilla and macadamia work, creamy and creamy. It was smooth with a bit of crunch.

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup - Mint choc love

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup – Mint choc love

I’m big on choc mint, it’s one of my fave flavours so I was so happy to see it was one of the twelve flavours touring Australia. But they do it a little differently at Haggen-dazs and it is absolutely delicious. They have actual pieces of spearmint leaves and chunks of chocolate fudge throughout the minty icecream. Love love love!

The caramel biscuit and cream was a caramel icecream with pieces of crunchy speculoos biscuit pieces. Kind of like cookies and cream with caramel icecream and caramel biscuits.

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup - Melted

Haagen-Dazs Melbourne popup – Melted

We went to the Haagen-dazs POP up after going to the Andy Warhol and Ai Wei Wei POP art exhibition at NGV. So naturally when i looked at my almost finished plate of Haagen-dazs instead of seeing melted ice cream, i saw but a masterpiece. A piece i call ‘pop n daz’ ice cream on cardboard plate.

All of the flavours were super delicious and it makes me sad they wont be around for long. Also unlike some places that only take cash, this place only takes card, so bring your debit/credit card along. This Melbourne pop-up is open until the 16th of April and then it heads onto Sydney so make it down there some time now. And if you’re like me and already feeling a bit of separation anxiety, maybe stock up with a few take home tubs to eat when they leave.

I heart Haagen-dazs!

Olives x

Haagen-dazs Pop Up
When: 11th March 2016 – 16th April 2016
Where: Federation square (opposite flinders st. mac store)
Website: https://haagendazs.com.au/

The Broadsheet Restaurant

Broadsheet Restaurant - Venue

The Broadsheet Restaurant – Venue

It’s the last weekend to make your way to the broadsheet restaurant. They have a collaborative menu from a range of well-known restaurateurs such as Top Paddock, Coda, Huxtable, just to name a few. It’s a great showcase of Melbourne restaurants under the same roof with an interesting open space of simple Australian inspired décor.

When I walked in I wondered aloud what the space was used for before it was the broadsheet restaurant and a local turned around and explained that it had been a hardware store for many years but that had now moved down the street and in the interim the space has been used for a range of popups, art gallery, etc. before being turned into a new apartment block. Glad I asked the question aloud, because she had all the answers. Thanks kind stranger.

Broadsheet Restaurant - Butternut and nashi soup

The Broadsheet Restaurant – Butternut and nashi soup

The roasted butternut and nashi pear soup was delicious. It had a sweet smooth pumpkin flavour with nashi pear sour tones, which lifted the flavour with zing. The gnocchi was like little ricotta dumplings and the soup had bits of creamy goats curd, and salted walnuts for crunch. Not your ordinary pumpkin soup.

Broadsheet Restaurant - Baked eggs

The Broadsheet Restaurant – Baked eggs

The baked free range eggs had tomatoes, fennel, chorizo, goats cheese and burnt pickled onions. And some bread underneath to soak up all of the deliciousness. There were lots of bold Spanish flavours that worked in harmony. It was a really comforting brunch dish.

Broadsheet Restaurant - Cape grim beef burger

The Broadsheet Restaurant – Cape grim beef burger

When the Cape grim beef burger came out it looked fantastic, the entire bun was black. There was a generous amount of beef and it was cooked to perfection. It was pink and juicy and cut into thick melt-in-your-mouth strips. It had a house made mustard, which was subtle and creamy and a fruit relish, which gave it sweetness. And then some leaves for freshness. It was one tasty burger.

Broadsheet Restaurant -Twice baked brioche french toast

The Broadsheet Restaurant -Twice baked brioche french toast

The twice-baked brioche French toast was soft and custardy with a few plump raisins in it like a bread and butter pudding. It was delicious. The fennel poached pears were easy to cut through and were poached in a fragrant flavours with hints of aniseed. If I didn’t read the menu I wouldn’t have been able to identify the flavour of the sorbet, it was different and delicious. It was fennel & burnt caramel sorbet, so unique. And then it was sprinkled with a vibrant dried raspberry powder. Exciting to eat and really yummy.

The Broadsheet Restaurant - Coffee

The Broadsheet Restaurant – Coffee

The coffee was from Small batch, yum!

It’s fun to have a variety of dishes from top Melbourne restaurants all in one place. And it’s decked out really nice in a simple and spacious environment. There are lots of delicious meals on the menu and you can try something from a different restaurant each time you visit. But tomorrow is the last day so be sure to visit, or pop down one last time before it’s over.

I heart the Broadsheet Restaurant!

Olives x

The Broadsheet Restaurant (Melbourne pop-up)
Event Dates: 5th June – 2nd August 2015
Address: 166 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Website: http://www.broadsheet.com.au
Trading Hours: Mon-Tue: 7am-4pm Wed-Sun: 7am-1am

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Rue & Co Melbourne Pop-Up

Rue & Co - Melbourne Pop-Up.

Rue & Co – Melbourne Pop-Up.

We were wondering around for a place to eat for dinner and saw some astro-turf and bright lights, which captured our interest. We walked over and had inadvertently stumbled upon a Melbourne pop-up on Collins street. Surprise! Awesome food. It was great, they had three shipping containers turned into food stalls and heated seating areas. Eating, seating and heating, exactly what I wanted on this cold winters night.

Rue & Co - Melbourne Pop-Up.

Rue & Co – Melbourne Pop-Up (Kong, Jimmy Grants & St Ali)

Just when I thought it couldn’t get better, it got better. We were surrounded by some amazing artwork. There was a giant portrait of a woman on the wall and a digital installation projected on the other wall with a range of moving images. My fave part of the installation was the diamonds floating across the screen, they sort of moved like hot air balloons floating in the sky.

Rue & Co - Melbourne Pop-Up - St Ali beef burger.

Rue & Co – Melbourne Pop-Up – St Ali beef burger.

There were three stalls. One was Salvatore Malatesta’s St Ali where you can get some amazing burgers. They serve yummy breakfast burgers in the morning and other delicious burgers during the day and night. They also serve quality coffee and some cheeky desserts. Delicious giant cookies yum! I had the beef burger with melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and special sauce. It was classic and delicious. They had the mushroom trip burger with a pickled wild mushroom for the vegos, which sounded yum too.

Rue & Co - Melbourne Pop-Up - Jimmy Grants souva and chips.

Rue & Co – Melbourne Pop-Up – Jimmy Grants souva and chips.

The middle stall was George Calombaris’ Jimmy Grants. They had the Mr Papadopoulos (which is the lamb souva w chips mustard aioli, onions & parsley). The meat just falls apart, the bread is soft and fluffy and the chips are already in the souva. Love it. And the Homer, which is the veg option, has tasty falafels, greek yoghurt and helenic slaw. They also had some salads (the famous grain salad), jimmys dimmys (dim sims) and their chips with feta, garlic oil and oregano yum!!

Rue & Co - Melbourne Pop-Up - Kong Korean honey & garlic chicken wings.

Rue & Co – Melbourne Pop-Up – Kong Korean honey & garlic chicken wings.

The third stall was Chris Lucas’ Kong which had Korean chicken wings, steamed buns and some roti wraps. So many yummy things to choose from. I tried the chicken wings w honey, garlic and sesame seeds which was nice, they had spicy ones too. They had pork steamed buns and tofu ones that looked delicious. They were those open steamed buns, Gua Baos. They also had some roti wraps, which I want to go back and try. Pulled pork, slaw, kim chi, siracha mayo all rolled in a roti wrap. Sounds delish.

It was mostly exciting because I didn’t know the pop-up was there. I must have missed the memo but I’m glad I did because just finding this place accidentally gave it all the more charm. We had some restaurant ideas in mind but hadn’t decided on where to eat. We naively wondered right into the adventure we were looking for.  This pop-up came out of nowhere; I guess that’s what they do best. It was great! Sometimes when you are wondering through life, something unexpected throws all your ideas out the window and presents to you exactly what you are looking for.  If something great comes your way, don’t be scared to change your plans.

I heart Rue & Co!

Olives x

Rue & Co Pop-Up
Address: 80 Collins Street, Melbourne
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RueandCo
Trading Hours: Open until 10pm daily (I think they open at 11am)

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
T
rading Hours: Monday – Friday 7am – 11am