Sunday, July 17, 2011

My favourite eats at the moment

You might have noticed that i am not blogging about restaurants as much as i used to, i like to bake and try out recipes that i find out on the internet, and its much more fun when you are in the kitchen as well!

So i've decided to do a little post on the places i've been going to this year, that stand out for me and i am always coming back to :)


Bar Italia
169/171 Norton St
Leichhardt nsw 2040
ph:02 9560 9981

berry yogurt, pistachio
$3.50 per cup

The icecream here - is so delicious! Big bear has taken me here twice in one week, and we have tried toblerone, bounty, berry yogurt, pannacotta, and pistachio flavours, at $3.50 for a cup (or a scoop on cone) i found this a bargain price for the amount that you get!! My favourite by far is the pistachio flavour followed closely by the bounty. The pistachio icecream has so much soft chunks of pistachio, and the same deal goes for the bounty - REAL chunks of fresh coconut its really yum :)

Fanman Catering
57/3 Canberra St
St Johns Park nsw 2640

cheesey chips $5.50 (medium sized)

Grilled fish with creamy prawn sauce
with chips & salad $12

This take-away shop opened some time late last year - i used to come here before that and had seen it go through 2 owner changes.

The first time around, they used to have these awesome fat potato chips they would cook to order, lots of chicken salt, and wrap it up in a large piece of white paper. I found it so much fun to just rip into that paper parcel and savour each and every single chip in it!

The second time around i came for the same thing ^_^ they made yummy shoe string fries and were so generous with the chicken salt it was awesome! Although they wer served in cardboard take away boxes, it was still delicious and i'd always stop here for a feed on my bike riding days :)

& now, oh boy :) YUM! Its my fave local cheap eat joint AND they also make awesome hot chips! (as pictures above) they do standard hot chips but they also do cheesey hot chips which is just ridiculously good. There is bacon sprinkled on top but Bigbear will eat all that for me :) And you will find melted stringy cheese even through the middle of it all, its so damn good!

They have a bistro style menu with so many items ranging from grilled or fried fish, steaks, pork and beef ribs, lamb chops, to pasta, tacos, smoked salmon salads, there is so much to choose from and the most you'll pay is $16! It's a totally very major cheap eat, i totally recommend dropping past if you are ever out this way. Big bear and I have gotten a few of our friends hooked already, the word is spreading ;)

Fat Panda
233C Canley Vale Rd
Canley Heights nsw 2166

eel and cream cheese handrolls

Ever since a friend told me about these eel and cream cheese hand rolls, i cannot leave without having atleast one (sometimes two!) The combination of the rich creamcheese and the smooth eel is mind blowing, you have to try it - i promise you won't be disappointed :)

Other then that, this is my favourite Japanese restaurant out west, they also have a sushi train running if you just want a quick bite :D

Ben & Jerry's
27 S Steyne
Manly NSW 2095


Another favourite icecream place of mine i have been to a few times this year already is Ben & Jerry's! They have really creamy icecream, some interesting flavours, lots of options for cones, and they also do shakes, coffee, brownies etc, it's a really great one stop dessert shop! The line can get quite long at times, but i'm tellin ya, it's worth the wait :)

My favourites so far would have to be the chocolate fudge brownie (with generous brownie chunks in it) & peanut butter cookie dough yummo!


Liana's
306 Church St
(corner Phillip st)
Parramatta nsw 2150


If i crave pasta, i come here :) Their serving sizes are generous, the sauces are very creamy and seasoned nicely, and they have a lot of options to choose from, pasta, pizza, desserts and sides and they also do steak and risotto etc but i have yet to explore the other options yet!

DO NOT go across the road to Criniti's, even though there is always a line out the front of Criniti's, the food is NOT that great (i had a pizza and pasta last weekend and was very disappointed) and i found that they are quite expensive as well..

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my favourite places to eat! If you like, leave a comment telling me about YOUR favourite places, and who knows i might go and check them out in the future :)

29 comments:

Obesebaby said...

The pistachio gelato place is also my favourite, I went there few weeks ago and tried the almond flavour becoz they sold out the pistachio. and it was surprisenly good too!

Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! said...

Love the shot of the ice cream... and I concur on Criniti's =)

chocolatesuze said...

i love reading a roundup of fav foods! and super loved the pic of the ben and jerrys icecream

Anna @ TheLittlestAnchovy said...

Ah Bar Italia! I was trying to explain this place to someone the other day and couldn't remember the name! I used to go here ALL the time. I think it is now time for a re-visit :)

Tina @ bitemeshowme said...

Love to see what your favourite places are.. perhaps I need to get myself to them all =p

joey@FoodiePop said...

Great places for those out west!

Julie said...

baking is awesome :). I still haven't tried Liana's walked pass so many times!

sugarpuffi said...

sprinkles on the cone!!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Everything looks delicious Betty and I'm a sucker for sprinkles! :P

minibites said...

I always go to Holy Basil so next time that I cannot be bothered to wait 40minutes in the cold I am definitely jumping over to Fat Panda!! And those sprinkles on the coneee... woowwwee!!

Hannah said...

Ohhhh! In my mind, nothing in your post compares to the pistachio gelato, no matter how good the savoury foods or Ben and Jerry's were (and I've had my fair share of amazing B&J!) Your post reminded me of my hunts in Florence last year for the perfect pistachio gelato...

Mary said...

aww!!! those cheesy chips look DANGEROUSly DELICIOUS!!! i reckon cheese on anything is a winner!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

That pistachio yogurt looks to die for =D

lateraleating said...

Great looking ice creams @ Bar Italia, will try them next time I'm in the area. That pasta looks great but not sure if it deserves the trip to Parra...

Iron Chef Shellie said...

oh how i love an icecream cone covered in 100s and 1000s :) I think I need to find me some icecream!

vickys said...

I can't decide which I'm more crazy about; the cheesey fries or the eel and cream cheese maki. damn!

Kari said...

All of your food snaps are amazing, but that first one of the icecream cups has sparked an icrecream craving :) I'm impressed at the price too! Good value indeed.

Jennifer (Delicieux) said...

Mmm that Ben & Jerry's ice cream looks DELICIOUS!!!!

Nic@diningwithastud said...

We went to Criniti's in the city and I didnt really rate it either. That pasta looks delish!

Adrian (Food Rehab) said...

Cool roundup! I'm very intrigued about the eel and cream cheese handrolls

Phillip Nom said...

The FAT MAN strikes back! Love posts about bloggers best hits!

yummychunklet said...

That berry yogurt looks so good right now! Great favs. And congrats on your recent 200th post! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I've added yours to my Google Reader and look forward to reading your future posts.

Gastronomy Gal said...

I can't eat ice cream at all and haven't since I have been a child as it makes me too sick- this shot is the one and only time I've even felt like it!!

msihua said...

Very cute :) Love that B&J Shot.. now I'm craving some.. nom noms!!

JasmyneTea said...

TOTALLY agree, Criniti's was a major disappointment! I don't understand why people line up! Great list by the way, you've given me some ideas, and a lot of these places are close to me :)

tinkerbelle86 said...

love bar italia!!

Foodiva said...

The ice cream shots in this post really have me drooling...I think I'm so up for the bounty-flavored one! Yummy.

Thanks for coming by my site, btw. It's lovely to have a new visitor leave a comment.

tinytearoom said...

I've always wondered about Liana's. I get so indecisive about which restaurant to visit when I'm at that part of Church St. I mostly give up and move on. Good to know that this place with worth a try.

I dislike how Crinitis allow their patrons to queue all over the sidewalk and I find it vulgar at the amount of patrons that are willing to wait in line for below average food. Whenever I walk pass that place I make it a rule to walk on the other side of the road.... do I sound bitter?

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Congratulations on your 200th post and I love the ice cream and yogurt flavours!!!!