Secret Recipe - Melbourne Central @ Saturday, August 31, 2013

Last Friday we went to Secret Recipe for cake.

They sell cream cakes, cheesecake and asian lunch stuff.
Picture taken when there was less people there, closing time.

Was it necessary to take pictures of all the cakes? Probably not. :P

The staff (guy with the red beanie) were very friendly and helpful, recommendations were made and a high level involvement analysis was conducted. The final decision was cookies and cream, creamy cheesecake vs solid cheesecake.

Someone's bored. :P

Interesting deco.

Secret Recipe is a franchise that started in Malaysia hence it's very popular with asians and well, muslims, which I know would deter a lot of people I know from going here. One person says I'm going to be kidnapped by a gang of them near school (there's a lot of them at school) an another says Andy, who wears the army uniform, is going to be killed by them. Americanism, Andy calls it. Prejudice says Ian.   

Jas had the black forest cake, which was my 2nd pref. I'm so glad I didn't go with that. Cake was dry. In two words: ordinary & dry. What was wrong with it? There was no alcohol  No rum, sponge was dry, didn't soak in the flavours of the cherry. I prefer the black forest at Bread Top.

A dirty dish?! I do hope that's from the cheesecake or forest cake...

I went with the chilled cookies & cream cheesecake, it was lovely. 

A surprise was hidden inside! I thought it was a block of cheese, but instead there were two layers of soft chocolate sponge. The cheesecake was topped of with a Arnott's Ripple Cookie, are we disturbed I can identify it? :P I expected the cookie to be hard, but it was soft, soft but not soggy. Lovely. :) Recommended  Yes. Would I get it again? No, life's too short to have the same cake twice, unless it's amazing.

Where do you like to go for cake?

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My Kind of Friday - Opera & Dessert @ Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday 23rd August

A long day. It started with a scavenger hunt. We came 2nd last, as we were disadvantaged with 1.5 in our group (other guy was nice, but didn't know the city). Also lost 45mins waiting for Drew to return my bag, with him telling me he was coming, while not moving! One of the items to be collected with some sort of beer in a glass. Others bought shot glasses (I couldn't find any cheap ones) while I bought a champagne flute - made of glass. Making beer fancy :P till I pour too much and it overflow, half the flute was bubbles...

Things we Collected

In the afternoon we went to a bar. There was a quit agreeable boy working there, with an accent, French Canadian. We plan on going back there with Emily & Jas :P Emily says I should take a shot O.o while we still are in an open r'ship (even though we're engaged, long-term) I feel weird about doing it with a stranger. We have to get to know him first. And to do that you'll have to buy a drink - being a bit of an alcoholic that's not a good idea.  

Jas was late, no surprise there. Dinner plans canceled, as we were out of time. 
Went to Peko instead, booked out, we got take-away.


Baked Cheesecake $5-ish a Piece - Would get squished take-away. :(

Honey Chicken Bento 13.00 - with Street Lighting

One of my best night shots.

Tram Cafe - Love fairy lights!

Opera Australia 2014 Launch 

Opera. It's high up on the balcony! It gets less scary I think. Guy to our left munches on a box of Malteasers (that's right - I could hear it was a box), at some point he opens a can of beer! This is the bit where I insist jas leans over and ask if he's got popcorn. Story of why opera shouldn't be for everyone. According to jas we sat in the blogger's area, as everyone around us took pictures and were told a (couple) few times to stop.

Almost held still...

Fed Sq Daffodil Feature - Lighting edit's pretty good.

Still loving these, I got le beau the piano keys for our anniversary.

Another attempt to take a picture of the floating cubes. 

Max Brenner had long lines that went out of the store.
It was crowded and loud. Chocoholics meet, while others chill at bars/clubs.

Sadly I still feel as those their chocolates aren't as good as say Koko, as they're a franchise. That and I was asked to stop taking pictures last time I was here.

I love Kikki K, the perfect place to work in retail.
Other than some kinky underground toy shop. XD

This cake at Melbourne Central near lvl2 escalators always fascinate me.
But that I ask, why was this cake made? Being that big they don't sell out daily.

Shot Tower 

Pancake Parlour, too loud. We forced jas to decided (options provided) and we ended up at Secret Recipe. Guy with the red beanie was great with helping me analyze what to order. :)

I had the 'Chilled Cookies 'n' Cream Cheesecake'. 
Another post coming up on it tomorrow.

How do you like to spend your Friday nights? 

For dessert we went to T. Cavallaro & Sons, which is the place I would picked. :) 
It's a place to visit on my list.

Things in the Window 

Will be back to try this.

They sell lots of Italian treats.

Including some recognizable ones.

We ordered a box of their famous cannolis (a Sicilian pastry dessert, tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta) with choc/vanilla custard, and profiteroles/cream puffs.

One more picture. :P

There was a table for two, and amazingly our group of 14 (?) fit into the tiny vintage shop, though we agreed that if someone came in one has to go out. XD 

The cannoli was very nice. I'd highly recommend it and would get it again, half choc/vanilla custard and ricotta. We also had coffee hot chocolate, not milky nor creamy, though this isn't a chocolate cafe. Average, though it looks like they specialize in coffee & cannoli.

They sell lots of coffee things, and crazy teapots (not pictured).  

Highly recommended you try the cannoli, both half/half custard and ricotta, if you're in town. 

T. Cavallaro & Sons on Urbanspoon

Overall we had an enjoyable afternoon, with the highlight being dessert :P but I also enjoyed the Indian and will be back, perhaps for take-away. The progressive lunch costs $15 pp. though I think that it was also partially funded by the school who organized the event as a part of Multi-Culture week.  

Have you ever been to a progressive lunch/dinner? It's like a pub crawl, but with food, and hopefully no one eats so much they have to crawl. XD

Part 1 - African
Part 2 - Asian
Part 3 - Indian
Part 4 - Italian

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