Thursday, May 31, 2012

Murray's Bagels, New York.

It’s 12.07am AEST and I’m about to eat breakfast. I’m not an insomniac. I’m in New York. It’s ok to be jealous. 
Many hours of research has revealed that Murray’s Bagels on 6th Ave has perfected the NY bagel. I’m no expert on the subject. But I’m great at pretending. 
10.07am. Get in line with half of the West Village. Peruse the extensive menu. Practice your order over and over in your head.. ‘Cinnamon bagel with strawberry cream cheese, cinnamon bagel with strawberry cream cheese’. Repeat. Reach the front of the line. Forget your order. Say the first thing that pops into your head in a heavy Aussie accent. Repeat your order minus the accent. Collect your plain bagel with eggs and bacon. 
Regardless of the ordering mishap, I am chuffed with my spontaneous choice. The plain bagel is chewy with a dense bread flavour. Yet the insides are somewhat light and fluffy. See those little holes in the bagel? I’m pretty sure that’s the sign of a perfect bagel. Fluffy. Yeah, I’m an expert. And the bacon is oh so crisp. You don’t want chewy bacon on a chewy bagel. It’s all about the textures, and this bagel has all of them. 
A sweltering summer is currently edging closer to  NY, and the coffee here is CRAP, so drink it cold. It helps. 
Ignoring my better judgement, I brave the line again and order the cinnamon bagel. It’s like a giant, chewy hot cross bun slathered with cream cheese that is punctuated with chunks of real strawberry the size of your face. Perfection. 

Murray's Bagels
500 Avenue of the Americas, New York.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Vote for me! The 2012 Ultrabook Pedestrian.TV Blogster Awards

So check this out.. I'm currently in New York, sitting in the living room with a friend drinking wine and watching the Bachelorette (thank god for trashy American reality TV!) and I get an email from a friend in Sydney telling me that I've been listed as a finalist in the 2012 Ultrabook Pedestrian. TV Blogster Awards! THAT SHIT CRAY! 

I'd love if you could pop over to Pedestrian.TV and give my blog a vote. It's been a turbulent year for me, but to be recognised as a finalist in these awards is such an amazing feeling. I really can't express how much I love reading your comments and sharing my passion with you all. 

And in the meantime, i'll be tweeting all about my NY adventures with some local eats posts to come soon. But to tie you over until then, here is a pic of dinner that my friend, Lauren made last night. And a pretzel. The dinner was yummy, the pretzel was gross.

Thank you all!

KayB xx

Friday, May 18, 2012

Bye Sydney. Hello New York.

If you follow me on twitter you would have noticed my recent ramblings about various overseas travels I have planned. Well, the first of said trips is finally here! Tomorrow morning I fly out of Sydney, headed for New York City! I'm going to be hanging with my very cool friend, Lauren. That's us singing dino karaoke at Jurassic Lounge in Sydney some many months ago. There probably wont be dino karaoke this time. Who am I kidding, there might be. Don't be hating, we're totes cool.

So I need your help. Local and international friends - please send me your top New York eats!! I have started compiling my list on urban spoon with special thanks to my dear friend StarLoz, but I'd love YOUR suggestions as well. 

I'll do my best to update you on my eating adventures while I'm away. Otherwise you can expect a multitude of NY posts upon my return (I'll also be live tweeting and instagraming pretty much the whole trip! Check out my personalised hashtag, courtesy of Jonathan #suckitbitchesiminny THANKS JV! ). In the meantime I'll be livin' large in the big apple! See you all very, very soon.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Chocolate cake for skinny people

My dear surrogate mother, Mumma Fish, recently had a birthday. She also recently lost like, a billion kilograms. Ok, not that much, obviously. She always looked fabulous, but now she looks crazy skinny fabulous. I wanted to make her a 'healthy' birthday cake but then I remembered that healthy is boring. So I made my super moist chocolate mud cake and put fruit on it, because fruit is healthy. And when you pair fruit with chocolate, it cancels out the calories. That's just science, really.

 Make yourself a super moist mud cake, then slice it in half. Make a big bowl of ganache. 2 parts dark chocolate, 1 part pure cream. We want this ganache to set hard.
 Fill the middle of the cake with ganache.
 Keep filling.. 
 Grab some luscious, plump, juicy, sexy berries. Wash and set aside to dry off.
 Ganache your cake. We're going for a rustic look, no need to be fancy.
Pipe a border to hold in all the fruit. If you don't have a piping bag, just use a thick plastic sandwich bag and snip off the corner.
  Pile on your luscious, plump, juicy, sexy berries.
 Add more berries for decoration. Dip them in melted chocolate. Or white chocolate. Whatever takes your fancy. You could dip them in sprinkles as well. Yeah, do that. I wish I had sprinkles. 
 Add more chocolate. Just because. 
 Serve on a vintage, sliver cake stand with matching candles (note: cake stand and candles are optional. You could just eat it with a spoon, standing along in your kitchen. That would work well too). 
Attempt to claim a large portion of the cake by licking a selected area. This is called 'dibs!' as demonstrated here by silly surrogate sister. She lost a small section of her tongue doing this. Kidding.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The St Kilda Galleon Cafe, Melbourne

Galleon Cafe in St Kilda is my all time favourite place to eat in Melbourne. I've been fortunate enough to travel all over Australia, both for pleasure and work. Because of all this travel, I have eaten a lot of breakfasts from all different places. I therefore believe I am in the perfect position to make the following statement. Hands down, Galleon Cafe serves the best eggs benedict in Australia. Seriously. Perfectly cooked eggs every time, creamy hollandaise sauce, all served on a lightly toasted bagel. Pure bliss. Do yourself a favour and get a sweet potato hash brown on the side as well. You wont be disappointed. Care to offer a rebuttal? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter..  where do you think the best eggs benedict are served?

Studying the menu closely. Just get the eggs benedict, damn it. Silly girl.

Honey served with your tea. Forget the sugar, get organic. Drink some bonsoy. Do it now.

Oh, behold the gloriousness. Just sit and look at it for a little while. Ponder life over the perfect eggs. (Eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce and leg ham, one egg $11 or two eggs $13. Sweet potato hash brown $3.50)

Pancakes are also a tasty option. But don't skip the eggs. Have the pancakes for dessert after your eggs.  (Pancakes with lemon butter and strawberries, $12.50)

Poached eggs, vegetarian style. Also good. (Sweet potato, basil and feta hash served with wilted spinach and one poached egg, $13. Side of Hollandaise sauce, $1.50)

Ok. You've waited long enough. Bust open your eggs and behold the gooey goodness. Savour. Enjoy. Return many, many times over.

The St Kilda Gallon Cafe
9 Carlisle Street  
St Kilda VIC 3182
(03) 9534 8934

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