What Not To Say To A Foodie

I’m usually one of those people who look for the positives in everybody, but when it comes to this particular thing, sorry I’m not sorry, but you’ve reached your limits. You’ve actually shut down my brain’s mental capacity to look past those irksome words and it’s an instant Australian Idol-esque ‘no’ from me.

“Are you sharing?”

Only those close to me know how much I hate it when I’m ordering food at a restaurant, and the waiter stops me mid-sentence to ask if I’m sharing with someone else. Or when the waiter comes out with cheese fries, a large pizza and a fried chicken ranch salad (because I’m on a diet) and asks “Are you sharing?” Then it’s all over. Hell no, you did not just insult me and my five meals. What would make you think I would want to share this delicious spread of food with anyone else? If I was sharing this with my partner/friend/mum I think we would’ve stated so and asked for extra plates to share the food. Now you’ve gone and made it totally awkward, but mostly for yourself. Just put the dishes on the table, don’t say another word and quickly run back into the kitchen and scold yourself for assuming.

What gets me through these tough times is my loved ones. I was recently out for lunch with my best friend and we ordered pizzas. When the waiter (a different one that did not take our order) came out with one of the pizzas, they uttered the poison-laced words, “Is this just to share?” Thankfully, my best friend had it covered and gave a very terse “No.”

I may be rubbing off on those around me, which is actually me just doing a good deed for humankind in hopes that it will prevent this happening to others in the future, so yeah I’ll claim that.

Note: to everyone in hospitality- please never assume, just bring out the dish and ask who it’s for to avoid the whole did-you-just-call-me-fat-what-are-you-insinuating-no-we-aren’t-sharing-are-you-seriously-feeling-ok-why-would-you-ask-that situation.

Another note: I am fully aware that this maybe, possibly, could be a reflection of my underlying insecurities but hey, the customer is always right so bring in another round of onion rings, no questions asked. Except for if I would like dipping sauce with those, and in that case, yes, I would, please and thanks.

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Bucket list dish #2

Good morning and happy Sunday!

If there is one dish of the Indian cuisine you have to try, it is gulbadan kofta!

It is the first day of winter here in Australia, but that is no reason to mourn. After experiencing the dead of winter in both New York and Bologna, I will never complain about winter in my hometown again, where the average low temperature during the winter months is 8-10°C.

Another reason why the first day of winter shall no be mourned is because I woke up with a still-satisfied and full belly from last night’s dinner. Daniel and I went to JJ’s Indian Restaurant in Wollongong for our favourite dish; gulbadan kofta. For those of you who have never heard of the dish or need reminding, it is a vegetarian Indian dish consisting of vegetable mince balls deep fried and served in a rich, creamy sauce with a cashew base.

gulbadan koftacheese naan breadcheese naan, haldi jeera rice and gulbadan kofta

At JJ’s, the gulbadan kofta serving looks small, but trust those veggie-balls are incredibly filling! Teamed with their gorgeously soft naan bread for dipping and their haldi jeera rice (basmati rice cooked in cumin seed, peas and turmeric), your taste buds are in for the meal of their lives!

papdums and mint sauce on the house

The service is prompt, consistent and efficient, the food is perfect and the atmosphere is buzzing. Get down there and try for yourself!

JJ’s Indian Restaurant Wollongong location:

3/50 Crown Street
Wollongong NSW 2500

JJ’s Indian Restaurant Menu: http://jjsindianrestaurant.com/uploads/files/JJs-Indian-Restaurant-Menu-Sep2011.pdf 

The next thing on your food bucket list

Mille sfoglia (sourced from Google)Saluti amici! 

I’m really excited because this is my first food-related blogpost, and if you didn’t already gather from my “about me” ramblings, I am a huge foodie and lover of anything Italian.

So which delectable food warrants first place on my blog? Rullo di tamburo per favore… (Drum roll please…)

I’m talking about mille sfoglia cake of course! Say what? Mee-leh sfo-liah (don’t pronounce the ‘g’) The name translates from Italian to English to mean “thousand layers”, and rightly so.

Mille sfoglia is a dolce (italian for ‘sweet’ or ‘dessert’) with layers and layers of light puff pastry soaked in liqueurs and filled with vanilla bean cream. A better-known name for the cake is the French term “mille-feuille” which also translated similarly, to “thousand leaves”.

Now, don’t let anyone tell you this is just another vanilla slice. Because, well, it most definitely is not. If you go into any pasticceria specialising in Italian dolci, you must try and see for yourself. The mille sfoglia will not disappoint and will definitely top any average vanilla slice you’ve ever eaten before. Trust me- if it’s not Italian (okay, or French) you will definitely taste the difference. Less layers, different texture, the vanilla cream just not as luscious and tasty, and most likely lacking the European touch of the liquer-soaked pastry.

Mille sfoglia. Image from the Criniti's website
Mille sfoglia. Image from the Criniti’s website

So, where do I find this mouth-watering, dessert of divinity? Most Italian, French or European-influenced pastry shops or even delicatessens will have mille sfoglia on display. But the best I have had- yes, the best, is the mille sfoglia cake from the Criniti’s PasticceriaI ordered mine from the Criniti’s restaurant in Darling Harbour in Sydney, but there are also Criniti’s restaurants in Woolloomooloo, Manly, Parramatta and Castle Hill.

What’s great is that the Pasticceria of Criniti’s is separate to the actual restaurant, so you simply go online and order the cake for pick-up or even delivery (does incur a fee and only to Sydney and metropolitan areas) if eating out doesn’t suit you. A huge mille sfoglia cake will only cost you $49.

I’d definitely recommend it for your next birthday party, or even just because.

Non si vive per mangiare ma si mangia per vivere.
One doesn’t live to eat, but eats to live.

Have you tried mille sfoglia? What do you think?