Guest Post by David Vo
Having finished an amazing morning at the National Gallery of Victoria, my companion and I made our way to Federation Square, the long way. With a few kilometers under our belt and a hunger that demanded some sustenance, we found ourselves in one of Melbourne’s infamous laneways, standing in front of Movida Bar De Tapas. We put our names down on the list and explored the ever-changing graffiti art on the brick walls just outside the doors. Within twenty minutes we were seated at a high table.
We went though the entire tapas menu, sharing just a bite of each. The Gazpacho Andaluz really stood out for the flavor profile and creativity. The croqueta with the saltiness from the jamon and the silkiness from the egg really hit home for me. We also ordered a main course of the pork jowl. Extremely unctuous with the right amount of counter-balance from the Borlotti beans. We wrapped up with the churros and drinking chocolate plus a chocolate ganache with vanilla bean ice cream.
Next time you are in Melbourne, be sure to check out this gem of a restaurant. Make sure you bring a few friends so you can try each of the dishes. Just watch your wallet as things add up quick!
Movida Bar De Tapas
1 Hosier Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
(03) 9663 3038
Wandering around Sydney on my second night here, I found what turned out to be the gem of all gems– a small sushi restaurant in The Rocks area of town called Yoshii. No a la carte, just three different prix fixe menus to choose from.
I chose the Sashimi and Sushi course, which started with a small appetizer, and then a delightful array of beautiful fresh sashimi, and then sushi. The tuna, salmon (Tasmanian I assume) and unagi melted in my mouth. As good as any I’ve ever tasted. Between the sashimi and sushi courses I was given a lemon grass champagne sorbet to cleanse my pallet. A fantastic idea!
Next time I definitely need to try the long Yoshii Course menu though– with kitchen dish highlights like a seafood crepe filled with whiting and crystal bay prawn, and deep fried tooth fish tempura. I’ll be back before my trip is over, that’s for sure!
I love a good underdog story. Who else makes chocolate in Hershey, Pennsylvania (or the small farming community of Derry Church)? Well, Derry Church Artisan Chocolates does. They hand-produce world-class French style chocolate bon bons. They make a point on their website to note that their delicious gourmet chocolates are produced in small batches, by human beings, not machines. Who might they be comparing themselves to? They also use 100% organic and natural ingredients (and all their cream and butter comes from local PA dairy farms).
My favorite is the chocolate in a Japanese Bento Box. So great. Support Chef Cayton and the local underdogs!
This design adds an ingenious touch to a mug with a rim shaped in such a way that you can dunk in the whole cookie, sideways. Now only if you can master the art of putting the cookie fast enough into your mouth….before the soggy end falls off! Via Yanko Design
Inspired by Warhol’s unconventional representation of icons, and the playful use of codes and colour in his work, Dom Pérignon commissioned the Design Laboratory at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art & Design to reinterpret its timeless bottle. The result is a unique collection of three bottles, each with its distinct label in red, blue or yellow, paying homage to Warhol’s iconic colour games.
Is Art Art, Or Tea? Beautifully packaged organic Chinese Tea with a modern twist. Check it out.
The attitude of revv coffee is more “snap into a Slim Jim!” than Juan Valdez hauling beans on his donkey. But that’s fine, because most everyone we work with needs a decent caffeine jolt in the middle of the day. Revv uses a K-Cup system (the single-shot cup that’s used in Keurig coffee makers), each containing more Arabica beans than traditional ones — think more espresso, less Americano. They also have revv Pulse, which adds a little something extra: Ginseng and Guarana. They call it a “high octane” energy boost, we call it blowing through naptime.
If anyone out there wants to try some high test joe, we have three revv Launch Packs available. They include everything you need: a bunch of revv K-Cups, a brewer, and some mugs. Leave a comment below for a chance to win.