Towards the end of my trip I was fearing that my tastebuds had completely died off – I was never hungry because of my constant eating, packed on an extra 5 kgs and after a month coming back I never felt like eating out. More realistic expectations for my stomach capacity is needed :P So as an example of my hectic eating schedule this was one normal day: first stop at Three Bags Full for the smashed avocado beast, desserts at Luxbite AND Burch & Purchese. If I wasn’t waddling at the start of the trip, boy at this point you could roll me around.
Meringue Monster – Green Tea Sponge, Pistachio, Watermelon Yoghurt, Sour Strawberry Mousse and Meringue ($8.50)
Luxbite’s famous Lolly Bag cake was made up of banana lolly Jaconde, freckles crunch, mandarin jaffa ganache, musk mallow, banana lolly Jaconde, spearleaf mint buttercream and redskin glaze layers. I was so excited to eat it – in my peanut brain I couldn’t fathom how 7 different lollies could work together. For me, there were too many flavours competing against each other resulting in the whole thing tasting like sugar. Although a few times I could taste a slight mint flavour and a few poprocks that kept popping at the back of my throat (gave me a scare :P).
Lollybag – 7 layers of cake: banana lolly Jaconde, freckles crunch, mandarin jaffa ganache, musk mallow, banana lolly Jaconde, spearleaf mint buttercream and redskin glaze. ($7.50)
Ispahan is one of my most favourite cakes of all time – invented by Pierre Herme during his time at Laduree. I had only tried it at Laduree and the icecream softserve version and I can only say one word about it: genius. Seeing Luxbite’s Endless Love I couldn’t just ignore it. Two giant macarons studded with rubied raspberries, luscious mild rose flavoured cream lathered on with a juicy lychee hidden within. Luxbite’s version let flavours work subtly together – glad to be able to find the Ispahan again :D
Endless Love – lychee ganache, rose cream, lychees and fresh raspberries ($9.00)
Luxbite’s macarons are very Asian inspired and heck, curiosity got the better of me. I needed this in my tummy! All held to their name and tasted exactly what it was supposed to. The flavours I got were:
- Crème brulee – caramel with a slight burnt taste, yum!
- Kopiko wasn’t your typical coffee macaron but had that sweet, creamy coffee kopiko candy taste.
- Jasmin macaron (special of the week) was my fav – strong jasmine tea flavour, think in terms in taste it rivals Pierre Herme’s which I had always been a fan of.
- Black oolong tea – savoury-ish oolong flavour.
Macarons – from top to bottom: Heilala Vanilla Crème Brulee, Kopiko, Bamboo Oolong Tea, Jasmin
Hmm I do wonder where those extra 5 kgs came from? Love Luxbite and how they are not scared to use Asian flavours – would love to try more from their range. Until next time!
Melbourne Series 2014
C and I went for an extreme food crawl through Melbourne for 4 days during the Adelaide Cup holiday. We thought we were smart going only on an Adelaide long weekend. We were not. It was Labour Day in Melbourne – luckily things were still open :) Here is a list of the places we ate at: