Monthly Archives: September 2011
|30/09/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under For tickles and giggles, Restaurants|
In all honesty, I’m a rather fussy Italian restaurant diner based solely on the fact that I actually know what good Italian food should taste and look like, and I barely ever eat out at an Italian restaurant because of my fussiness.
Having said that, however, last night was delicious – grazie, Il Leone!
The melanzane alla parmigiana starter was orgasmic, the gnocchi with Gorgonzola were stinky (in oh such a good way) and divine, and my filetto – which was done to perfection – topped with black pepper sauce was … *sigh* … I’m still trying to find the appropriate adjective for it … fabzilicious!
Dessert consisted of a crepe of sorts (had no idea us “I-ties” made crepes…but hey…no worries!) drizzled with a hazelnut chocolate sauce, accompanied by a scoop of creamy (what tasted like homemade) vanilla ice cream *heavenly* and slivers of fresh fruit.
Word to the wise, when in Cape Town do as the Capetonians do and get yourself to Il Leone Mastrantonio.
|29/09/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Cafes, For tickles and giggles|
Happy International Coffee Day!
Where does your favourite coffee come from?
However, loving the coffee doesn’t mean I love the Vida e Caffe barista and employees screaming my order out or the obligatory ‘obrigado’ when I drop a contribution in the padlocked tip jar … Most times, coffee is my remedy for waking up after a red-eye flight to Jo’burg or a heavy session of Pinotage the night before, so screaming and yelling … not good for my brain … *shhhh*
|28/09/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Bakeries, Cakes and bakes, Cupcakes, For tickles and giggles|
|27/09/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Cakes and bakes, Cupcakes, For tickles and giggles|
Honestly I thought there was some uber-impressive way of filling cupcakes (or muffins for that matter) but it’s as simple as using an apple corer and making a hole … then filling it!
Why didn’t I think of that when I was baking my gooey-caramel-centred muffins on Friday?
Fabz … d’oh! *slaps forehead*
Thanks to Sugarland Bakery in the US for the very easy tip … should’ve really thought of that myself …
|26/09/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Cakes and bakes, For tickles and giggles, Muffins|
And I obliged by baking my signature chocolate muffins with gooey caramel centres. YUM!
I may be biased but I can say they were simply fabzilicious.
The chocolate icing was a tad too sweet but admittedly I haven’t made icing in forever so I’m a little out of practice.
The stars and hearts were added … umm … just because. I felt like playing with sugar paste and food colouring.
|23/09/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Cafes, Cakes and bakes, For tickles and giggles|
|23/09/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under For tickles and giggles|
|21/09/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Bakeries, For tickles and giggles, Muffins|
Case in point, en route back to Cape Town a couple of weeks ago, I bought a choc-chip muffin from Fournos Bakery at OR Tambo International. It was huge so I – Miss Eager Beaver – couldn’t wait to dig into it. (My eyes are definitely bigger than my stomach!)
In short, I can’t say it was anything to write home about … rather something to moan about on my blog …
It wasn’t the muffin’s fault but I have to report it was rather tasteless and the hugeness of it all really didn’t do the muffin any justice.
Having said that, however, I (once again) succumbed to a Charly’s Bakery double choc-chip chocolate muffin about a week ago, which I am very happy to announce was mucking afazing! And … it was huge … BUT tasty beyond belief.
Back at home, I bake my own double choc-chip chocolate muffins that are cupcake size but jam-packed full of tummy tickles and anyone munching one would agree, but in our bigger-is-better consumerist existence we prefer to know that if you’r spending R16.50 on a muffin it damn well better be huge – never mind what it tastes like.
OK, that’s my rant done for the day.
Fournos, I don’t dislike your baking by any stretch of the imagination but do feel you need to put your consumers’ taste buds before size and profit.
|21/09/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Cakes and bakes, Muffins|
You make them from scratch, of course!
There’s nothing more scrumptious than a warm choc-chip chocolate muffin accompanied by a cup of hot cocoa, a comfy couch, DVD and nowhere to go on a stormy night … bliss *sigh*
|14/09/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Bakeries, Biscuits|
Any visit to Charly’s Bakery leaves me salivating … and these flying piggy biscuits are too freaking adorable not to sink your teeth into.
Boarding passes, please …