In Sydney, dessert playgrounds can be hard to find at night. Luckily last Wednesday, Shangri-La Hotel’s executive pastry chef Anna Polyviou gave over 500 hundred sugared up guest the opportunity to discover sweets like never before. It was one funky dessert pop-up event located right inside the five-star luxury hotel, Shangri-La Sydney’s Grand Ballroom. We were treated to street-market style set up with disco lighting and a DJ playing night-club music throughout the evening.
For $55 per ticket which includes 10 tokens and the opportunity to go hard out for all things sweet, I’d say it’s surprisingly worth it! Dedication to sweets is a serious matter and what makes this event so Willy Wonka like is inviting friends along. Special guests like the unconquerable Adriano Zumbo, Tim Clark from Cacao, Kirsten Tibballs from Savour School, Bernard Chu and Yen Yee from Melbourne’s LuxBite and off course Shangri-La hotel’s pastry star, Anna Polyviou.
What’s your favourite Zumbaron flavour? Adriano Zumbo stall.
Sweet Street event showcased the best treats and in between our splendid sweet-tooth madness, prizes from KitchenAid and dance competition was all happening under the one roof.
Scrumdiddilyumpshus Éclairs from Cacao Lab - Tim Clark
Selfie time with the BOSSES from N2 Extrem Gelato and LuxBite before the event. No biggie!!!
Heaven for lovers of chocolate, this extraordinary handmade chocolate garden is completely edible. Unfortunately Kirsten Tibballs display wasn’t for us to eat. However to accommodate, she was selling one stunning chocolate goodie bag for 1 token a bag.
Gigantic chocolate mushroom from Savour School
Chocolates and painted butterflies that’s also edible is the perfect gift combination to win my heart. This has got to be one of the delicious Chocolate Dessert Garden for your next dinner party that will leave your guests awe-struck. If only I knew how to grow and maintain my own chocolate garden.
Mother nature has turned into CHOCOLATE!!! – Savour School
A bag of awesome chocolate treats from Savour School (1 token)
Let’s see what Anna Polyviou stall has got for us hungry sweet tooth.
Anna’s Taste Test Donut was inspired by Sydney’s Hartsyard chef Andy Bowdy to create a CRAZY doughnut-flavoured ice cream. I think this may be the next trend for Sydney.
Doesn’t this remind you of The Simpsons cartoon donut?
I can never ever get past the Passionfruit Posset with seasonal tropical fruit compote-garnished with mango pearls. An incredibly refreshing fruity treat! Served in a petite cylinder cup. For a moment your mind may wander off to a tropical island as the pearls offer a nice burst of mango flavour.
Passionfruit posset and tropical fruit (1 token)
Donuts get in ma belly!!!
Berries and vanilla panna cotta (1 token)
Bar tender from Blu Bar on 36 cocktail bar
For the people who fancied a nice adult beverage, Blu Bar on 36 cocktail bar offered only one type of cocktail-Spydah. It included tonka bean infused with rum, banana liquor, ginger beer and a scoop of ice-cream. The cocktail name sort of makes our skin crawl, but you’ll feel pretty festive after downing it.
Spydah (2 tokens)
Savoury option for the night was supplied by Shangri-La and that too was another corner no one missed out on. My favourite was the Shredded pork salad as the meat was supreme in taste and it was so freaken tender.
Don’t go pigging out tonight, ok? *Oink*
Shredded pork salad (1 token)
There is always a reason why Anna decided to abduct the lolly bag man from his Luxbite pastry lab in Melbourne. You’re properly wondering why? [Please continue reading...]
Concentration is the key to making eye-popping ice-creams at N2 Extreme Gelato.
So I’ll get straight to it and say the LIMITED EDITION ‘lollybag burger‘-chocolate brioche buns that was held together by an ENORMOUS scoop of lemon gelato plus a ganache, made from melted Redskin candies, in place of a the ordinary ‘tomato sauce’. From the top 100 & 1000s charcoal brioche bun with confit lemon popping candy, musk whipped cream, mandarin and eucalyptus gelato, freckles spread and served with a syringe full of injectable liquefied redskin candies.
Limited edition: Lolly Bag Burger (2 tokens)
Nitrogen frozen gelato was also on offer with Ferrero Rocher that contained chocolate coated rice bubbles, chocolate and hazelnut gelato, hazelnuts and just for the stack of it why not serve it with a syringe full of injectable melted chocolate.
Ferrero Reveal (1 token)
Min Chuan Chai from N2 Extreme Gelato
Just right next door to N2 Extreme Gelato, Bernard Chu and Yen Yee of Lux Bite Melbourne decided to tart things up. This stall showcase new flavours such as lavender, blueberry and vanilla and tarts. All tarts were SOLD OUT before 8:10pm and I was extremely happy I somehow managed to sample all three flavours.
Endless Love is LuxBite’s popular dessert, inspired by Pierre Hermes Ispahan. This tart includes rose and lychee ganache filled, topped with fresh raspberries and silver to garnish. Next, Sood Tee Ruk is a happy ending…that Luxbite are giving lemon meringue tart a Thai twist. This tart includes Kalamansi lime curd with jackfruit, longan, chilli, salt, meringue, kaffir lime sherbet.
For the final tart, we had blueberry tart that’s filled with Heilala vanilla rice pudding and hazelnut praline cream, topped with fresh blueberries and chunks of hazelnut.
Assortment of tarts from LuxBite.
Great catching up with my Melbourne friends Bernard and Yen at LuxBite.
Spicy Lamb and Beef skewers (1 token each)
Papaya salad (1 token)
Pork salad (1 token)
Sweet as! The Éclairs from Cacao Lab were rendered in new ways, including Hot Choc Dog and deep-frying. Starting from left to right we have:
Caipirinha-Tangy lime creme with brown sugar smash and Cachaca boost
Hot Choc Dog containing Chocolate mousse, raspberry gel and say whaat? grated ‘chocolate’ cheese.
Pop Choc with 66% dark chocolate, pop rocks and rice puffs
Éclairs from Cacao Lab – Tim Clark (1 token each)
Delicate eclairs in the deep-fried coconut version.
Caipirinha-Tangy lime creme with brown sugar smash and Cachaca boost (1 token)
Hot Choc Dog Éclair (1 token)
Move over soft serve because Anna’s parfait yoghurt with a chunky centre is the NEW THING. Yoghurt ice-cream has never looked so pretty before, until now. It’s only appropriate to eat this whilst watching TV. This finger-licking parfait ice-cream yoghurt attached on a wooden popsicle stick topped with crunchy caramel popcorn. A splendid way to bring the Sweet Street to an end.
Mag-Anna’s Salted Caramel Popcorn (1 token)
The Strawberry Yoghurt was an absolutely sinful ice-cream. I was really fascinated with how adorable this yoghurt was. In my opinion a sensational rollicking dessert!
Mag-Anna’s Strawberry Yoghurt (1 token)
Dedicated to only serve sweets, Anna has been recongnised for her skills in the pastry kitchen. She is the brainchild behind Sweet Street and is one of the founders of the Sydney Pastry Chef Club. Together with Adriano Zumbo, Min Chuan Chai of N2 Nitrogen Gelato, Bernard Chu and Yen Yee of Lux Bite, Tim Clark of Cacao Lab, and Kirsten Tibballs of Savour Chocolate and Patisserie, they are unstoppable. This event is basically your ideal childhood birthday party for all the GROWN UPS.
Anna and friends at Sweet Street.
Photos by Vanny Tang
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Did you know you can put mustard on everything from scrambled eggs to seafood? If you knew that already, then you got me. Then let me ask you another question, did you know there is one type of mustard that effectively cuts calories in half? Bet you didn’t! In Mosman’s Bridgepoint Shopping Centre, Maille has just recently opened up their first la maison boutique in Sydney with the collaboration of an Australian local supermarket, IGA. Maille strongly emphasis on creating a “community” atmosphere, which makes it ideal for Australian market.
Maille’s intimate high tea
The venue was at Boronia Tea House
The most extravagant of mustards will be available in Sydney and Melbourne and will house 24 varieties of mustards, vinaigrettes, vinegars and including the world’s most EXCLUSIVE MUSTARD, Périgord black truffle from Provence and Chablis from Burgundy. A small 100g pot retails for $100 a pop and I’ve been secretly informed, Maille is offering 5 x 500g jar of this extravagant mustard for $500 each pot in Australia. Help, i’m hyperventilating so hard right now. This is without doubt exclusive as the mustard emporium has supplied the European royal courts centuries ago and truffles are only available in France between November to March. Want to get your hands on the 500g black truffle and Chablis mustard? Then lucky you, I found out that Not Quite Nigella is running a competition that ends 31st of August, 2014. GOOD LUCK!
This is just a small portion of Maille products.
Mustard is indeed such a fine, exquisite taste that I never had the opportunity to appreciate it, until now. There’s so many applications for mustard for instance they have a special kind of characteristic in them including a richer, creamier consistency and flavours of spice. Being invited to attend a very intimate high tea with guests like Regional Mangers and CEO’s of IGA supermarket, Manly Daily, The Telegraph and my favourite food blogger Lorraine Elliott aka Not Quite Nigella (which I had cold feet and missed my chance to flirt with her by being too shy) because I was so blown away she was standing metres away from me. This also brings a very special guest who flew into Australia from Paris and is one of the world’s ten mustard sommeliers, Elodie Charlotte-Cleria.
Be surprised for some Maille mustard tasting.
To be impressed by Maille mustard, Elodie Charlotte-Cleria expertly guides us through 15 different flavours of mustard. You should first smell the aroma of the mustard and then evenly spread it on a natural ingredient such as bread stick, a slice of bread (preferably white) or neutral crackers. After this, it is important to place the mustard on the tip of your tongue which is the most sensitive spot.
He was having fun pumping $$$$ Périgord black truffle and Chablis mustard.
Our intimate mustard tasting was followed by a specially designed mustard-inspired high tea. The experience was so authentic, in terms of mustard wise. I’ve decided to copy their recipe when I DIY my own high tea at home. Various mustard flavours have their own pairing. You should of seen my eyes as they were open wide throughout the mustard tasting. It was like each mustard flavour knew how to seduce you.
- House made scones with fresh cream infused with Maille Cognac Mustard
Second level: assortment of finger sandwiches
- Double smoked ham on multigrain bread with Swiss Cheese and Maille Honey Balsamic Mustard
- Smoked salmon and cucumber on white bread with Maille Parmesan Cheese and Basil Mustard
- Rare beef served on rye bread with rocket and Maille Chablis White Wine Mustard
- Roasted beetroot on rye bread with Maille Blue Cheese Mustard
Maille mustard-inspired high tea
English Breakfast from T2 Tea.
Can you imagine vinaigrette in your dessert?
Soon after, assortment of desserts arrived and they offered a very unique flavour. Some desserts really surprised me that it contained vinaigrette and I liked it. It’s amazing how one ingredient can change everything.
You should of seen my face when the assortment of desserts arrived.
It was my duty to start dessert with Coconut mini gelato drizzled with Maille Passionfruit and Mango Vinaigrette. I am convinced this is one ingredient you’d want to concentrate on. It utterly impressed me that Maille nailed it. You wouldn’t be able to taste the vinaigrette as real fresh ingredients are added and the fruity flavour is just overpowering. It was completely flawless.
Coconut mini gelato drizzled with Maille Passionfruit and Mango Vinaigrette
Maille Passionfruit and Mango Vinaigrette
Classic macarons with Maille Sauternes White Wine Mustard wasn’t what I expected. In my opinion, looks don’t count, it’s what’s inside that counts. The mustard did bring the white wine flavour forward and overall not overbearing in any way.
Classic macarons with Maille Sauternes White Wine Mustard
Fresh mini strawberry tart with Maille Aged Balsmaic Vinegar of Modena was perfectly integrated into this dessert, though it may not be a favourite for some, as there was an intense complex sweet vinegar flavour but the vinegar slowly oxidizes under the influence of the tart.
Fresh mini strawberry tart with Maille Aged Balsmaic Vinegar of Modena
I think I had the best view in the house.
Time to cut the ribbon with IGA CEO and French Mustard Somelier, Amelia and Elodie Charlotte-Cleria .
HOORAY! Maille is open.
Having not tasted as much mustard before, my experience with Maille is unforgettable. I am salivating over the idea of so many mustard flavours that I never knew and I have Elodie Charlotte-Cleria and Maille to thank. I definitely have learnt a lot in the space of 3 hours, though there is a lot more to learn from Maille and it is fantastic they continue to educate those who have or haven’t been exposed to mustard. Its exclusive ‘mustard pump’ dispensing fresh mustard is a unique experience only available in its boutiques and we are very lucky Australia gets to enjoy this tasting experience. Overall, Maille French mustard has catapulted the world of condiments during cooking to add flavour or texture to the food and brought forward a whole new level of extravagance. It’s shocking I only discovered this now, but it’s never too late. You have to take every opportunity to exploit such an exotic condiment as it adds a subtle flavour.
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The highlight of the high tea is not just experiencing the mustards but taking some home. We were each given an empty Maille gift bag with an empty black box. Our job was to fill it up with any Maille products we desired most. This is what I picked. I absolutely adore each mustard flavour as all the delicate flavours remain perfectly balanced and you’re able to appreciate it.
Excellent range of gifts from Maille.
Not only did we receive an awesome gift pack but EVERY GUEST received a 100g pot of Maille black truffle and chablis mustard as a gift. UH-BOH-LIEVABLE! That’s freaken $100!!! At the time, I was actually considering to hire two safeguards to protect me from getting truffle mugged. Teehee. Truffle is the most exquisite ingredient to have and it’s very rare to find, hence it’s expensive. Some say truffles are the culinary equivalent of sex, one whiff and the aroma will automatically turn you on. More importantly, it smells musky, earthy and pungent. The smell is so overwhelming that it infuses any meal. This truffle mustard certainly will be the golden crown on ANY dish, but in my opinion the perfect way to jazz it up is just eat it by the spoonful, a BIG SPOONFUL.
The world’s most EXCLUSIVE MUSTARD, Périgord black truffle and Chablis mustard.
Photos by Vanny Tang
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Are you living in a busy hectic schedule that you just don’t have enough time to cook? To make sure you have one less thing to think about, why not order or pre-order your favourite food on the move. EatNow is providing take-away lovers an easier solution by simply downloading their iOS App. Not only does it this app features include cuisine or rating but you’d be able to benefit specials deals and discounts.
For a first time user, download the EatNow app. This shouldn’t be hard for the iphone users.
Now, it’s time to select where you are. For Nessy Eater girl, Sydney’s her home.
After selecting your suburb, time to select a take-away spot you’d like to eat. For me, I think my stomach was rumbling for Caesar’s Pizza Palace and also because I spotted first time users get 20% off total bill. WooHOO!
When time is precious, look for skip to button and this automatically leads to starters, pasta, pizzas…etc.
Getting excited to check out! Once you’ve selected all the foods, click CONTINUE.
Ok, you got me! I clearly decided to be lazy and asked for delivery. Delivery was free, only when you spend a certain amount for example this one was min $20.
You have the option to connect to your Facebook account or just sign up using an email address.
It’s payment time and it takes only 1 minute to fill this in.
ALMOST DONE! Double checking my orders and press the place order button.
How convenient was that? It took me roughly 10 minutes including deciding what to eat and filling in the details.
Don’t have a receipt? NO WORRIES! EatNow will definitely send you a confirmation and order number so you can track your food.
They even do email too, just incase you gave them the wrong number.
Shame delivery for me was 10 minutes late, but that wasn’t a problem for me because the pizzas were waiting. My first food item that I quickly unpacked was the delicious lamb medium ($19.90). I think I was crazy for the marinated lamb fillets, thinly sliced green capsicums, finely chopped onion and lots of feta topped with lemon zest. The pizza dough was nicely thin with a gentle flavour and soft chewy texture.
Delicious lamb medium ($19.90) sure was DELICIOUS.
You may or may not be a little excited for the Lasagne ($13) but this had a ridiculous amount of tomato and minced beef made with several layers of lasagne sheets. Not what I expected, but I think they may want to brush up on the presentation on this one.
Looking so red there lasagne…are you blushing in front of me? :P
Moving onto my next pizza, I present to you Penang Chicken Medium ($19.90). This was heavily marinated with chicken, roasted capsicum, onion, halved peanuts topped with satay sauce and MORE peanuts. If you like a bit of tang in your pizza, the wedge of lemon serves its purpose. You’ll fall into pieces if you don’t get a slice of this.
Penang Chicken Medium ($19.90)
I easily get trapped with words like Homemade Cakes ($7.90), so I had to put that in the checkout. I think the plural made it even more convincing for me to order this, but it turned out to be just a huge slice of tiramisu. It was a rich dessert of Italian meringue, mascarpone and soft biscuits soaked in coffee and a good dose of liqueur was detected. The highlight of EatNow for me was the special discounts and free items, but that only depends on the restaurant. Overall, using EatNow iOS app was super easy to use and a great on the go tool making it easy and simple to order a variety of cuisines.
Homemade Cakes ($7.90)
Photos by Vanny Tang
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Disclaimer: Nessy Eater received $50 voucher from EatNow (opportunity provided by EatNow). Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.