Friday, October 9, 2015

Flying Dodo Beer Spa, Mauritius by Obelix

Bonjour!  It was Oktoberfest while I was on holiday.  Since I'm not a avid beer drinker, I thought I'll get into the spirit by partaking in a beer spa.  The Flying Dodo is a microbrewery in Mauritius and downstairs in their dungeon area, they also run a beer spa.  A beer spa as I am lead to believe from their brochure and from googling other establishments that also provide beer spa services, involves a soak in beer with a massage at the end.  The Flying Dodo's own brochure depicts a bathtub filled with beer and massage chairs alongside.  So I was expecting a soak and a bit of a rub down.  I was disappointed however to realise that the beer spa at The Flying Dodo despite their advertisement, only involve the soaking part.

Flying dodo beer spa, mauritius, beer, brewery, microbrewery

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Mr Foxx, Glen Iris by Benny

A spontaneous and genuinely friendly “welcome back” greets us as we are seated by our waitress, and this is only our second visit. Even though it is only a week after our first, it is little things like this that enrich a pleasant and memorable meal with friends, and enhances the already good impression we have of Mr Foxx.

Mr Foxx is a breakfast and lunch eatery that significantly raises the bar for innovative value-for-money daytime dining. The décor is difficult to categorise – a functional, almost industrial theme softened by the liberal use of natural timber finishes, with plenty of natural light made possible by large windows taking advantage of its corner location. There are plenty of outdoor tables, but Melbourne’s winter is still with us and indoors is far preferable.

Mr Foxx salmon
Salmon at Mr Foxx

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Cloudy Bay's 2015 Sauvignon Blanc launch (by invitation)

There were no clouds in the sky at Cloudy Bay's launch of its 2015 Sauvignon Blanc.  In a sun-drenched conservatory at The Botanical, Mr Strong and I got to taste the delightfully citrusy and zingy sauv blanc.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fancy Hank's BBQ Joint, Melbourne CBD by Bureaucrat

To commemorate that I was chucking in the towel (i.e., I was quitting my job... hurrah!) to pursue a scholarly life (i.e., I was going back to study), I used that as an excuse to have lunch with absolutely everybody.

So for my one of many fare-thee-well lunches, I went to Fancy Hank's BBQ Joint with "the guys".  Located near Vic Market, I've been wanting to try this for some time now.  I like the name of the place and who doesn't like BBBQ? (that extra 'B' was a typo).  Throw in a good measure of hipsters with luxuriant beards and body hair (lumbersexual, anyone?) as waiters, I was set to buy into the marketing gimmick,

In short, there's six types of slow-cooked meat on offer and a whole heap of sides and bready options too.  Thinking we'd be OD-ing on meat, Mr G and I decided to share 100gms of Texan beef brisket and 100gms of Kansas city pork ribs plus a small side of chips.  What came out was rather spartan and I felt we were served prison rations.  The good points were that the flavours for both the beef and pork were deepy, smoky and packed full of flavour; the meat was fall-off-the-bone tender.  Chips were the best as it had a wonderful crispy batter-like crust (but rather pricey at $5.50 for a small serve).  The not-so-good points were that the both meats were kinda served warmish - definitely not hot.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Louis Sergeant, Wellington (NZ) by Benny

For those with a sweet tooth, Louis Sergeant is a not-to-be-missed experience when visiting Wellington. Or so I had heard on numerous occasions from Bilby who travels to New Zealand regularly. So when the opportunity came for combining a two-day workshop with a weekend in the windy city, plans were made. Expectations were high.

Louis Sergeant describes itself as a “contemporary Salon de Thé”. It is very, very French and is known for its spectacular patisserie – in this instance the term edible art is not misplaced. Tea connoisseurs can choose from a fine selection, served in floral china pots amidst chic décor that recalls memories of Parisian elegance.

Louis Sergeant - patisserie cabinet