Fire and Ice ice baby!

Hiiii again, remember me?? I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t. I’m quite disgusted in how scarce I’ve been. However, I apologise profusely and would now like to make it up to you by telling you about hamburgers!

So, I visited the Fire and Ice hotel a few weeks ago at Melrose Arch. It’s a popular place for gourmet burgers and milkshakes according to the general public, but I had to check this out for myself.

Then, last week I went to a newer burger joint called Burger Republic also popular for burgers (obviously) and milkshakes!
So basically, I consumed about 523 000 calories (just an estimate) to make it up to you guys! As long as the food is worth is, I don’t mind the extra cal content…but was it?

If I’m being honest and straight up, the Fire and Ice hotel was better all round. Their burgers were of a better quality and it’s just obvious that they’ve been doing it for longer. I ordered a chicken burger topped with their “cheese and chong”. This was a delicious topping made with caramelised onions, chorizo sausage and smoked mozzarella cheese. Seriously…so good. My burger was followed by the deliciousness that was the “chunky crumbs” milkshake – cold, creamy, chocolatey, nutty, bits of brownie – what more could a girl ask for??
Burger Republic wasn’t too bad, but I found that they were trying too hard to be gourmet and not just letting the food speak for itself. There wasn’t even an option for normal fries because they “aren’t gourmet enough”…Heston Blumenthal serves chips people; and his restaurant holds 3 Michelin stars! I’m just saying.
So, at Burger Republic, I ordered the “Rocky”! It definitely sounded like the best option to me, and when all the food arrived, I certainly enjoyed mine the most after hearing the other’s comment; but in saying that, it still wasn’t up to standard. The “Rocky” included a beef patty topped with a blue cheese sauce, bacon and roasted mushrooms. It was nice. After my nice burger, I got the Mint Flake 99 milkshake. I must say, it was quite scrumptious, but unfortunately it was a tad small and that was their biggest and only size – I don’t drink milkshakes often, but when I do, I don’t do it in half measures.
So I’m considering ending things with Burger Republic…it’s just not doing it for me. And besides, F&I has way more experience so I’m certain we’ll be meeting up for another rendezvous.

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Chicken burger from F&I
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Beef burger with blue cheese sauce, mushrooms and bacon from Burger Republic
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Croft&Co.

So, I realise that I haven’t  posted for quite some time now, and frankly I’m appalled at my lack of writing and eating! But work is a real thing people.
I am, however, feeling back to my old self having just stepped out for brunch.             
Today I visited Croft&Co. A sweet, woody coffee shop in Parkview. It’s situated on Tyrone Street betwixt and between the strip mall that is situated here…which is really stunning by the way. Full of old fashioned shops and boutiques, as well as more eateries.

Anyway, back to Croft. It was really lovely, but nothing too special. The menu was fairly basic, only offering breakfasts made up of egg, bacon, tomato and mushroom, oh and Portuguese bread called bolo do caco.

They also had toasted sandwiches, salads and little light lunches like pregos and burgers.
So again, it was really nice, but no new exciting flavour combinations or ingredients. And my affaires need to have a little more spice than that.

I stuck to basics and had bacon and eggs. The bacon was really yummy, but then again, when is bacon ever not good?? The eggs were also nice. I had an orange juice..it wasn’t freshly squeezed, but it was so delish! Fresh, cold, sweet and sour…wowza!

The staff were an absolute delight. They were friendly, kind, attentive and patient. That definitely improved my experience.

All in all, my affaire with Croft was rather enjoyable, but they’ll have to up the menu a little to make it really exciting for next time. I’ll certainly be returning.

                               

Lights, Camera, Eat

So, I’m quite aware that the point of my blog is to share my culinary experiences. However, I think it’s only right that I tell you about all aspects of my food journey, including those of a visual nature.

I have just stepped out of the cinema, having watched The Hundred-Foot Journey and I must say, as uncommon as this is, I have no words.

But I suppose I will manage to string a few sentences together for the benefit of my beloved readers.

The movie tells the story of an Indian family who suffers the tragic loss of their wife and mother. They move to a small village in France.
One of the sons is a talented cook, taught by his mother, and the father is quite adamant to buy a derelict building for his family to transform into an Indian restaurant. The only problem is, there is a very popular Michelin starred, French restaurant just one hundred feet away.

From there we, along with the family, experience happiness, sadness, anger, laughter, love and above all…food!
The images of ingredients and finished dishes are mouthwateringly gorgeous and all you want to do is climb into the screen and join each scene for dinner. I found myself growing attached to the family and wanted to carry on with them even after the credits. It probably doesn’t help that the lead character and chef, Hassan, is incredibly easy on the eyes.
His father is possibly the funniest character I’ve come across in a movie. With his one-liners and dry sense of humour, he really lifts the film. Even in more serious moments he lightens the mood – a definite highlight for me.

A beautiful movie filled with beautiful people, beautiful scenery and beautiful food.
A must see for foodies (and females) the world over!