Blast off in Manly This Winter With Food Deals That Are Out of This World

Immerse yourself in Manly’s finest foods, with a range of great deals and special offers. Simply quote ‘Winter in Manly’ at the time of booking or purchase to receive the offer. Valid 1st June-31st August 2011. See www.immerseyourselfinmanly.com.au.

 

Come to Manly this winter for a truly out-of-this world experience.

Ever wanted to blast off for an outer-space adventure? Space tourism isn’t here just yet, but you can enjoy the journey in Manly this winter, with a handcrafted Vostok from 4 Pines, the world’s first space beer. Kick back with a zero-gravity gulp, of not just the best beer in Australia, the world, but the best beer in the universe.

4 Pines Brewing –  take a complimentary trip out of this world with 4 Pines. Simply purchase a main meal between 11am-5pm, and receive a free handcrafted, naturally brewed, multiple award-winning beer.

www.4pinesbeer.com.au

Once you’ve come back down to earth, Manly is the place to see and be seen. Hang with the hip at Hugos, flirt amongst the flamingos at Manly Wine, and chill out at China Beach. Maybe you’ll even spot a few famous faces.

Hugos Manly - Enjoy a complimentary, and now famous, chocolate dessert pizza with any main course purchased.

www.hugos.com.au

After the land of the living, why not step back in time and dine with our ancestors? Surround yourself with the spooky and supernatural at Q Station. Enjoy a unique experience of world class cuisine, beautiful harbourside dining, in haunted surrounds steeped in history. After dinner, take a ghost tour – if you dare…

Q Station – Receive a $50 credit towards food and beverage or tours during your stay. Quote promotion code ‘Winter11’ when booking to receive.

www.mirvachotels.com/qstation

Manly Wine – Warm up inside and out, with a complimentary warm mulled wine with every main meal ordered.

www.manlywine.com.au

China Beach - purchase a main meal and receive a complimentary entree of either – steamed prawn sui mai with water chestnut, sweet corn and plum with red vinegar. Or a vegetarian curry puff with chilli sauce and cucumber yoghurt. China Beach are a licenced on premise restaurant.

www.chinabeach.com.au

Garfish Manly – This multi-award winning restaurant is offering diners a complimentary small plate from the delicious new bar menu, when two or more people order a drink at the bar.

Sample the beautiful new dishes, including parmesan arancini with smoked tomato dipping sauce, crisp fried cuttlefish and tuna tartare.

www.garfish.com.au

Organicus Kitchen and Pantry – Gastronomy, integrity and showcasing the best local organic food is the focus of the kitchen at Organicus. The food tastes great and is good for you too. Or why not try an amazing organic coffee, made with organic milk? Organicus are offering not one, but two, fabulous offers this winter. From Monday to Friday, receive your second main meal at half price (breakfast and lunch). On the weekend, with every cake order, you’ll get a free coffee.

www.organicus.com.au

Barefoot Coffee Traders – Enjoy a premium roasted Tobys Estate coffee of your choice, as well as a home-made fresh waffle, for only $6.

www.barefootcoffee.com.au

For more information see www.immerseyourselfinmanly.com.au.

Masterchef: Team Billy!

Masterchef 2011 Contestant: Billy Law

There’s something different about this year’s season of Masterchef. In my honest opinion, it seems as though the talent this year is a little lackluster compared to last year. I don’t mean to be crude, but there’s something about last year’s contestants that screamed genuine talent and passion but it seems this year the contestants are not matching up to that standard. I can’t quite put my finger on why this is the case. I feel as though the contestants have been chosen on their personality rather than good honest talent, a choice no doubt made by the producers who are driven by ratings results.

Nevertheless, the Masterchef producers have turned it up a few notches this year with better challenges, locations and rewards. The caliber of celebrity chefs appearing this season have been very impressive seeing none other than Heston Blumenthal and Nigella Lawson, two prominent chefs in the U.K, grace our humble Australian screens.

Law re-entering the competition after the disqualification of Mat Beyer

However, there is one contestant that has some genuine skill in what he does and proves time and time again what a powerhouse he is in the kitchen and that, foodies, is Billy Law. Law was recently resurrected from the pits of rejected Masterchef contestants after Mat Beyer was disqualified for breaking the strict Masterchef rules by being caught having a smart phone while in the house.

Billy came back into the competition with a smash. The most recent Team Challenge saw the contestants create a three-course meal for 30 guests while being supervised by culinary legend Marco Pierre White. Law was responsible for the roasted pork belly with cider gravy and caramelised apples* which looked absolutely delicious, and apparently, it tasted just as good as it looked with George Columbaris even dubbing it “the best dish of the series”.

“The best dish of the series.” – George Columbaris

The interesting thing about Billy is that he’s a food blogger. His blog, A Table For Two, has always been a favourite of mine and it takes true dedication and passion to create a food blog as great as his and I have often turned to his blog for insipiration.

As you can see, Billy is my favourite to win the competition, so go Billy! I hope you knock their socks off and win the competition! And just out of curiosity for my fellow Masterchef fans out there, who is your favourite?

All images in this post were taken from Channel 10’s website which can be found here.

*If anybody has the recipe or one that is similar to this, please let me know!

A singing restaurant review

 

Last Friday Night, my family bid farewell to my little sister where she is now in Europe for a whole month. We ate at Balmain’s Cappello Pizzeria. A cozy, little restaurant modestly located amongst the archaic residential buildings of Balmain. The food was beautiful, authentic Italian cuisine at its best. We had:

Antipasto Platter

Margherita Pizza

Diavola (Spicy Salami) Pizza

A house favourite and my favourite pizza of the night.

Neapolitan Calzone

Traditional stuffed pizza. Delicious.

Marinara Pasta

This was great. Light on the stomach.

Creme Brulee

Beautiful, smooth and creamy with that classic crackable melted sugar layer.

Tiramisu

Strawberry Panna Cotta

I’m such a noob when it comes to video editing, I didn’t quite know how to add subtitles. So I’ve decided to post the lyrics up, here they are:

It was my sister’s farewell

Dinner at Balmain was swell

The antipasto was so nice

A nice entrée to break the ice

Prosciutto and olive oil

I think I ate just like a royal

I’m as hungry as a horse

I can’t wait for the next course

 

Pizza, pasta, cheese

Good things come in three

It’s good

So good

Seafood, meat and wine

The stars have aligned

It’s good

Damn!

 

Last Friday night

Yeah, we had a lot of food

So much carbs and now we’re screwed

Think I’ll have to hit the gym

 

Last Friday night

Yeah, authentic ‘talian

It deserves a perfect ten

Will come here another time

 

Last Friday night

Like being in Eat Pray Love

Do you know what I speak of?

Makes me wanna go abroad

 

Last Friday night

The best pizza in the world

Too much then I’m gonna hurl, oh whoa

 

This Friday night

I’d come here again

I’d come here again

 

Yeah, next was the rustica

Mushroom, cheese and tomato

Hot salami pizza pie

It’s so nice I wanna die

Seafood pasta was the best

Sure my family would attest

First time eating calzone

Better than pepperoni

 

Pizza, pasta, cheese

Good things come in three

It’s good

So good

Seafood, meat and wine

The stars have aligned

It’s good

Damn!

 

Last Friday night

Yeah, we had a lot of food

So much carbs and now we’re screwed

Think I’ll have to hit the gym

 

Last Friday night

Yeah, authentic ‘talian

It deserves a perfect ten

Will come here another time

 

Last Friday night

Like being in Eat Pray Love

Do you know what I speak of?

Makes me wanna go abroad

 

Last Friday night

The best pizza in the world

Too much then I’m gonna hurl, oh whoa

 

This Friday night

I’d come here again

I’d come here again

 

P.S. I actually haven’t been to the gym since the making of this video. Sigh. There’s always tomorrow.

 

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