Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining, Sydney CBD ($$)

Address: Basement level, 82 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW

Tel: (02) 8084 2505

Website: http://www.rabbitholebar.com.au/

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday -12.00 pm to late

Saturday- 4.00 pm to late

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Pendulum Communications invited MC and I to Rabbit Hole Bar and Dining’s (RHBD) first birthday party, located underground on Elizabeth Street.

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The entry

Celeb guests included Justine Schofield (of MasterChef and Everyday Gourmet fame), Nacho Pop, Sam McMillan and Brittany Cairns, while fellow food bloggers; Simon from Simon Food Favourites, Bob from Jugernauts, and Tina from Food, Booze and Shoes were also in attendance.

Atmosphere

RHBD has a very quaint almost 20’s feel to it with lots of neutral colours and old fashioned cartoons on the walls.

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There are two bars: one in the main area, and one in another more intimate space around the corner.  

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Main bar

We headed over after work, about 6.30pm and managed to find a table in the room to the left of the main bar area. 

This space had a bar in the middle and featured cushioned seats on one side of the wall and mismatched wooden chairs, large round barrels and stools around the rest of the space, some covered in white rabbit-like fur.

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Smaller bar area

It was quite dark and the only light we had came from down lights, mirrors, sky lights and candles which added depth and brightened up the dark spaces.

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The place has a quirky and private feel and features mysterious Alice in Wonderland-like accents such as rabbit-related cartoons, flowery cushions in contrast to the dark bar and seats, and “DRINK ME” worthy cocktail concoctions!

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The music was quite relaxed and laid back and contributed to the “classy hipster” vibe.

Service

The staff were pretty attentive, walking around to collect empty glasses and to ask if we wanted another drink, and the bar staff were great at pouring the drinks, serving them up with flair and informing us of the ingredients.

Food

Owner Doug Laming has appointed a new chef, Jeremy Metivier who has worked in Michelin star restaurants and who is the driving force behind RHBD’s new French fine dining menu.

The menu included dishes such as:

  • Goats Cheese and Beetroot Apples
  • Scallops on Beetroot Shortbread with Mango and Beetroot Emulsions
  • Mini Wagyu Sliders with Brie Cheese and house made Relish
  • Slow Roasted Lamb with Artichoke Puree, Coriander and Wine Jelly
  • Salmon Gravlax with Cucumber and Aloe Vera “Snow”
  • Chocolate Skulls, with Firm Spicy Pirate Cream and Coconut Cake

Unfortunately, as MC and I were seated on one side, most of the food never made it past the crowd at the front of the room, so we only got to try 3 dishes.

One of the dishes we tried were the Goats Cheese and Beetroot Apples.  This dish was very elegantly presented on a bed of golden crumbs with glossy grapes and peppered balls of goats cheese covered in an almost waxy edible red coating.

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The other savoury dish we tried was the Salmon Gravlax appetiser, mini versions of the salmon gravalax, cucumber lake, orange cream and aloe vera snow dish available from the dinner menu.

These were little morsels of heaven; perfectly sliced salmon with a green cucumber jelly, delicate edible decorations of orange, red and white and beautiful purple flowers to garnish.

An exquisite tasting dish which had a flavour that matched its appearance.

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Finally, for dessert we enjoyed the Chocolate Skulls– spoons of a spicy custard-like cream with coconut cake rounds, chopped summer fruit and dark chocolate skills with a gold dusting.

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These skulls were lit on fire, leaving the custard warm, the chocolate slightly melted and the on watchers in awe!

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Overall, while we didn’t get much food to try, the menu looked quite appetising and the dishes that were on offer seemed to be different and well put together.  I can see how this place would appeal to the office works and corporates in the Martin Place and CBD area with its fine dining dishes and creative cocktails.

Drinks  

As RHBD is owned and run by Doug Laming, a “molecular mixologist” (read: awesome cocktail maker who uses physical and chemical modification of ingredients to create interesting drinks), it makes sense that he would put his skills on display and serve up an array of cocktails. 

Some of the cocktails we tried included:

  • The Smoked Apple
  • Breakfast Bouquet
  • The White Cloud Above Mount Gay
  • The Wood and Smoke
  • You’ve Gone Nuts
  • Stolen painkiller

Although we didn’t have much food, we did have a LOT of drinks!  We wanted to try one of each of the ones we saw so we ended up sharing quite a few between us.

First up was the Smoked Apple. It contained  torrontes and pomme verte layered agar apples, Ceylon tea infused cinnamon syrup, rhubarb butters and cloudy apple juice finished with fresh cider, smoked salt and some apple slices.

It was a pleasant looking dish, served in a short glass and while the smokey flavour wasn’t really to my liking, MC enjoyed the fresh flavours and boldness of the drink.

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We then shared one of the sweetest drinks, the Breakfast Bouquet.

This drink has larios, gin, double creme de cassis, rose and strawberry jam, wild willow water, fresh lemon and a dash of rhubarb bitters.  It is a complex yet sweet looking cocktail which looked lovely, topped with a rose petal and blueberry.

As you drink the cocktail the scent of the rose petal wafts up and leaves you feeling as though you are walking through a field of roses!  Lame but true.

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We also enjoyed a rum and marshmallow foam cocktail which was called the White Cloud Above Mount Gay.

Mount Gay extra old rum is shaken with black pepper, pineapple caramel, fresh lime and more pineapple, and is then poured over marshmallow foam which leaves a white cloud on top.

The drink is another sweet one which, after the previous sweet drinks, we found a little hard to swallow.  While it was interesting to watch it being made, I wasn’t a fan of it as it was a little too sweet.

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The Wood and Smoke was an interesting cocktail which the menu says is made from ingredients including Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, Laphroaig single malt whiskey, quassia (bark chips), barberry bark syrup, acid phosphate and bitters.

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After shaking up a storm, the bartender pours the slightly cloudy drink over ice, where it settles and turns from creamy to clear.  A cinnamon stick is placed in the drink and is then set alight, giving a woody and smoky scent.

While I preferred the sweeter drinks, MC, a Jim Beam and Jack Daniels fan, enjoyed this smoky, cinnamon flavoured cocktail over the rest.

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The You’ve Gone Nuts drink contains Sierra Millenario infused with tonka beans, and shaken with Disaronno amaretto, house-made peanut and cashew syrup and finished with walnut bitters.

The cocktail looks like it is full of lemon juice with a sugar rim but in actual fact, like the other cocktails, it was quite sweet rather than sour.

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Finally, the Stolen Painkiller, a first for me, this powdered cocktail tasted like fizzy sherbert pops.  It contained powdered rum, pineapple, coconut and passionfruit powder and was served in half a passionfruit shell.

The interesting presentation and tangy sour taste was a great way to finish off our cocktail tasting and we enjoyed it, although one of the guys seated next to us wasn’t a fan!

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Rating

I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service-  6
  • Food-   5 (what food?)
  • Atmosphere- 7
  • Value – 7

TCFB dined as a guest of Pendulum Communications and Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining.

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Product Review: Obela Hommus Dips

The product: Obela Hommus Dips- varieties

Where to buy it: Woolies, Coles, IGA and specialty grocers

For more information:
http://obela.com.au/
https://www.facebook.com/ObelaAU?fref=ts

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I was super excited when this package arrived in the mail one weekday.

Along with a funky picnic rug, I got 6 delicious flavours of Obela hummus dips to review including:

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Who are Obela?

Obela is a brand created through a partnership between PepsiCo and Strauss Group.

It is a Mexican brand which incorporates many South American flavours, including capsicum and garlic, into its products.

The range includes refrigerated hummus dips, and it aims to be a fresh and healthy option whilst also offering variety and flavour.

What is hommus?

Hummus (Arabic for “chickpeas”) is a Middle Eastern spread or dip, which has been eaten in the region for centuries.

It is made using cooked and pureed/processed chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, tahini, salt and lemon juice.

It is generally high in iron, vitamin C, folate, and vitamin B6. It is also a good source of dietary fibre.

It is an extremely versatile spread which can be used on sandwiches, as a snack and as a dip. It is great with crackers, chips and veggies and does not have a very strong flavour.

My review

I tried the dips with two types of crackers:

1. the crackers I got in my Obela delivery; and

2.some Lebanese bread that I cut up and threw in the oven until it was crisp and brown.

Both were great with the dips but I think the plain Lebanese bread was a healthier alternative and really showed off the flavours of each dip.

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Crackers

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Lebanese bread chips

The dips had a slightly creamy, nutty flavour yet they would still be smooth enough to spread on a wrap or sandwich.

The packaging was great, I loved the beautiful rich maroon and the pictures of the ingredients on the front, which made the product feel more authentic.

I think the presentation is good enough to actually serve the dip straight out of the packaging at a dinner party (less washing up!).

They dips were quite thick and held all the bits of toppings (garlic, capsicum etc) in place even if you shook them up or moved them around (yes, I did). There was also a generous amount of toppings in each packet and I felt that they added some colour and excitement to the dip.

The hummus was very easy to eat with the Lebanese bread and between Wicko, Mum and I we managed to demolish a dip easily within about 20 minutes.

I think this product is versatile and tasty and is a great healthy snack to have in the fridge with carrot sticks, celery or even crackers.

I give it an 8.5/10.

Disclaimer: We tried Obela Hommus dips free of charge thanks to NakedComms. This does not affect the content or opinion of the review as all views expressed in this article are our own.

Product Review: KFC Grilled Twister Salsa

Product: KFC Grilled Twister Salsa

Available from: KFC

For more information: http://www.kfc.com.au/

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KFC has brought out a new range of twisters- the grilled salsa range. They are a relatively new menu item, having been released earlier this year.

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I had seen the ads on TV but was a little dubious as to how good they could possibly be as my previous experiences with wraps had shown that they could sometimes be soggy and difficult to eat.

When I was contacted by a representative of KFC to try the new range, I was intrigued and pretty excited to see how they actually tasted.

I ordered the Grilled Twister Salsa wrap. The wrap costs $7.00 on its own or $10.00 as a meal/combo.

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Appearance wise, the wrap looked nothing like what was shown in the picture. I was a little disappointed to see that the marketing material wasn’t exactly very accurate. But then again, how can you package a wrap overflowing with fillings?

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When I bit into the wrap I was surprised to find a crunchy filling. I looked in the wrap and noticed….corn chips! Very random! However, they were a fantastic addition to the wrap, adding a more Mexican feel to it and also a new texture.

The flavours in the wrap were great. My twister was toasted so it was warm and not doughy. The chicken was well cooked, the tomato salsa was delicious and tangy, and the salad was fresh and light. I actually really enjoyed this wrap and commented to MC that I would definitely be trying it again!

Whilst at KFC I also noticed the following sign:

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Looks like they have a special deal on the snackboxes- definitely one to try when you are feeling peckish!

Rating

I give the new twister a 7/10.

Fat Noodle @ The Star, Pyrmont ($)

Address: Level 1, Casino, The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont NSW

Website: http://www.star.com.au/sydney-restaurants/casual-dining/Pages/fat-noodle.aspx

Opening Hours:

Sun – Thurs 11:30am – 2:00am, Fri & Sat 11:30am – 6:00am

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Last night one of my best friends (who shall now be known as MDS) and I decided to have some dinner out in the city. We finally decided on checking out The Star, which I hadn’t been to before, and set off towards Pyrmont.

When we got there I was surprised at the casino’s transformation. It had changed from old and staid to new and exciting. The old façade was replaced by glass and coloured lights, and new restaurants and clubs made it busier and more interesting. The revamp had definitely improved it.

After wondering about for a bit we asked a staff member about the dining options available at the casino. We were told that with such late notice Momofuku and Black by Ezard were booked out but the other restaurants would be available. We eventually decided on some Asian and headed towards a small, informal eatery called ‘The Fat Noodle.’

The Fat Noodle

Luke Nguyen is the master Chef behind this Chinese/Indonesian/Vietnamese/Thai/Malaysian eatery.

We were quickly seated on one of the high benches. Although we would have preferred a lower table we didn’t want to wait the 10 minutes as we were starving.

Service was pretty good and the staff came over a few times to ask us what we wanted to eat, until we eventually made up our minds and placed an order.

I ordered a Sweet Longan Tea to drink, which was an extremely sweet lychee-like fruit tea which came in a tall glass with longans at the bottom. The longans were a purple-y colour (maybe stained from the tea?) and looked very unusual. It had a bit of a “brown sugar” flavour but was refreshing and a good way to balance out the spice in the food.

To start off we ordered some Honey Soy Prawn skewers which were delicious and fragrant. Although it would have been better if there were 4 skewers instead of 3, we really enjoyed this entree and the honey flavour reminded me of another of my favourite Asian dishes, honey chicken.

I decided on a Singapore Laksa which had a combination of scallops, prawns, chicken, tofu and egg. It came out in a HUGE bowl and I was impressed by the appearance of the dish in general. The taste was great too and I really enjoyed the creamy laksa. I overheard someone else who ordered the dish comment that they were sweating cos it was too spicy but I thought it had just the right amount of flavour and spice. I could have done with a few more prawns and a bit more chicken, however.

My friend, MDS, ordered the Wok tossed Angus Beef with Noodles. It also came out in a large bowl. I tried some of the beef and crunchy nuts on top and found it was well-cooked and tasty. My friend seemed to enjoy the dish too and ate most of it.

Overall a delicious meal with good service. The food was tasty and filling and the atmosphere was great as the restaurant is in the middle of the Casino floor. A good experience.

Rating:

Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):

    • Service- 6
    • Food- 7
    • Ambience- 7
    • Value – 8.5

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Graduation Dinner – The Malaya, King Street Wharf ($$)

So yesterday marked my graduation from the Bachelor of Business degree. It was a very exciting occasion for myself and for my family and I had a wonderful but very busy day!

Me in my graduation robes and cap

After the ceremony my parents took my brother, boyfriend and best friend out for a celebratory dinner at The Malaya. This is one of my mum’s favourite restaurants, and after asking my fans on facebook which restaurant I should go to, it was clear that Malaya is a popular choice for many foodies as well!

The Malaya

Interior of the restaurant

Service

I have got to say that the service at this restaurant is exceptional. The staff both over the phone and in the restaurant were extremely welcoming and helpful. They were constantly refilling our water glasses, bringing us more rice and asking if we needed anything. The staff who we spoke to over the phone when booking were polite and friendly. I would even go as far as saying that the service at The Malaya was better than the service I received at Est., a three hatted restaurant!

Atmosphere

The atmosphere was great. Considering it was a Wednesday night, I was surprised to find that The Malaya was full to capacity and we were very lucky to be able to score a seat one row away from the window, with a view of beautiful Darling Harbour.

The view!

Food & Drinks

After ordering our drinks, beers, LLB and various juices, we put in the food order for dinner. Although we were told the kitchen closed at 9.00pm (we only got there around 8.00pm after the graduation photos etc), we were able to order our meals and they arrived within 10-15 minutes. Excellent!

The food was delicious. Everyone was raving about how flavoursome and appetising the dishes were. We were originally going to order a banquet but I wanted to be able to choose dishes that I actually wanted to try, rather than get some random dishes on the set menu. I chose all the dishes we had that night and everyone seemed happy with my choices.

Considering we had one person who had never had Malaysian food before, and 3.5 who can’t handle very spicy food (I’m not very good with very spicy food but I don’t mind a bit of a kick, so I make up the half!), no one struggled with the amount of chilli in the food.

We ordered the following dishes:

  • Coconut Beef Rendang
  • Kwai Du Noodles
  • Chilli and Lemongrass Prawns
  • Salt and Pepper Squid
  • Original Malaya Curry- chicken
  • Kapitan Chicken
  • Korma Lamb
  • Steamed Rice

Coconut beef rendang

The rendang was the first dish I tried. The beef just fell apart so easily, it was soft and tender and absolutely mouth-watering. A great start to the meal.

Kwai Du 

I tried this dish last but it was great. The noodles had a smoky texture and flavour to it and there was plenty of seafood and chicken. Great presentation and a good sized portion.

Chilli and lemongrass prawns

These prawns looked devillishly spicy but none of the non-chilli eaters struggled very much when they ate them. There was a sweet, almost honeyish flavour to the prawns at first, which later gave way to the spicy kick of the chilli. They were cooked well and were bursting with flavour.

Salt and pepper squid

I think this was my brother’s favourite! This dish had a heavier batter than the usual S&P squid but were, in my opinion, much better! They were crunchy and very salt and peppery!

Original Malaya curry

Rich, creamy and delicious. This curry has been made to the Malaya’s recipe since 1963. A must-try dish which we all enjoyed.

Kapitan Chicken

Interestingly the chicken in this dish is lightly battered before being immersed in the curry, which gave it an unusual texture. However it was something new, and it too tasted creamy and moreish.

Korma Lamb

Korma lamb. Also a classic Indian dish. Delicious tender lamb, lovely smooth curry. What more could you ask for.

Steamed rice is served per person so this bowl was continuously refilled throughout the night. The rice was light and fluffy as rice should be, and we went through about 2-3 bowls of this!

Overall we had a lovely night and really enjoyed the meal. We managed to have almost all of the Kwai Du left over, and some of the Original Malaya Curry as we were all too full to finish them off.

We tried a bit of the cupcakes I had brought for dessert but everyone except myself (there is always room for dessert!) struggled to finish them!

Cupcakes

Cost:

While The Malaya may be considered a bit on the pricey end of things for Thai/Malaysian cuisine (most dishes are around $27-30 each), it was definitely money well spent. I cannot fault the evening, we had an excellent time and I would definitely go there again.

Rating:

Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):

    • Service- 9
    • Food- 9
    • Ambience- 8.5
    • Value – 8

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Excellent BBQ Hot Pot, Parramatta ($)

Address: 159-175 Church Street, Westfield Parramatta/Shop 2180, Parramatta

Tel; (02) 9891 5998

Opening Hours:

7 days- 9.00am to 1.00am

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With about an hour to spare before our movie started (we watched Looper and it was mid-blowingly good- I recommend it!), we decided to grab a quick bite to eat.

We originally saw this place and thought we would get a hot pot since I haven’t had one for a few years, the last time being a small Korean place in Capitol Square in the CBD. However, once we got inside we were tempted by the other options on the menu and decided to go for some rice instead!

Atmosphere

The actual restaurant is pretty bare and not very fancy at all. It is a basic, almost food court styled restaurant with a big signboard near the cash register with the menu on it.

Interior of the restaurant

There was a big pile of prawn cracker bags and boxes of various dishes on a table near the bbq duck window at the front of the restaurant.

Service

Service was alright. As soon as we entered the restaurant we were greeted with a “hello”. We chose a seat by the window and within 2 minutes were served a hot pot of green tea.

As soon as we had looked at the menu and put it aside, the waiter came over to us and took our order. It was refreshing to not have to wait so long to order food, although this might be due to the fact that there was only one other table eating at the restaurant while we were there.

Food

We chose to order some prawn crackers to munch on. How can you say no to these delicious, oily but crunchy munchies?!

We also ordered Salt and Pepper Prawns with rice and BBQ Pork with rice.

The Salt and Pepper Prawns were delicious. They were coated in a crisp but light batter and had pieces of garlic stuck to the outside of the batter. They were served with steamed rice and bok choy which freshened up the deep fried dish. The only negative about this dish would be that there weren’t that many prawns, but then again- can you ever have enough?

Salt and Pepper Prawns with rice

The BBQ Pork with rice was a bit of a disappointment. It had a nice red colour to it and there was plenty of pork on the plate, but the meat itself was very fatty and tough. It was difficult to eat and required a lot of chewing. The pieces of fat put me off a bit and I ended up picking the fat off the pork, which was annoying. It also had a very meaty smell to it which wasn’t very appealing. This dish was also served with steamed rice and bok choy.

BBQ Pork with rice

Overall not a bad cheap Chinese meal, but I probably wouldn’t return unless it was to actually try the hot pot.

Rating:

Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):

  • Service- 4
  • Food- 3.5
  • Ambience- 2
  • Value – 6

15 Great American food adventures!

While in the US (for about a month in total), I ate many American-style foods which were both delicious and overwhelming at the same time! It was exciting to be able to try new things which I wouldn’t be able to have in Australia.

This is a list of some of the delicious American food adventures I had. Make sure you also have a look at my posts on The Cheesecake Factory, Cafe Mason and the Plaza Hotel’s Palm Court Tea.

1. Noah’s Bagels, San Francisco

This place is great! The variety of bagels (see below) is amazing and they offer both sweet and savoury options. Service is pretty quick and the place has a great buzzing atmosphere.

My cranberry bagel with strawberry jam (or “jelly” as the Americans call it), went down a treat and was the perfect start to the morning!

2. Buffalo Wild Wings, Los Angeles

This is the all-American wings and football joint. Located on Hollywood Boulevarde, my friend and I unwittingly came across this place after a day spent sight-seeing in Los Angeles.

We were absolutely hungry, and although we weren’t really in the mood for heavy, fatty foods we decided this was the best option available at the time.

Every meal comes with a trivia toy/game that you and your companions can use to compete against the other tables in the restaurant and against people from other restaurants as well, for the top spot on the TV screens around the room.

The menu comes with different sauce options (see below), ranging from “smilin'” to “screamin'”. We decided to go for 8 buffalo boneless chicken wings to share, with a buffalo sauce. Not being a fan of chicken wings because of the annoying bones, I absolutely loved the boneless wings.

We demolished these crunchy little morsels and moved on to the next course. I ordered a buffalo ranch chicken sandwich and my friend ordered a wrap. Both came with chips/fries.

Whilst at the restaurant we witnessed some fellow diners participate in the wings challenge where they had to eat as many wings as possible within a set time frame. Although kind of crazy and disgusting, it was fun to watch and made for an interesting night out!

3. Hotel Food- Monte Carlo, Las Vegas

Whilst a bit overwhelming and very filling, a big buffet meal is a MUST when in Vegas. The city is famous for its clubs, casinos and overload of food in buffets!

We tried the one at the Monte Carlo, where we stayed, and tried to get a bit of variety on our plates with some salad and fruit as well. I also previously stayed at the Hilton in Las Vegas and found their food great as well. As long as you stay at a good hotel (and there are many in Vegas on the Strip), the buffet should be satisfying 🙂

4.  Little Italy: Buon Appetito and a little gelato/coffee bar, San Diego

On our first night in San Diego, my bestie and I were starving and wanted something that wasn’t fast food.

The staff at the Hilton Doubletree suggested Little Italy, and we found ourselves here:

The place was beautiful and had a lovely atmosphere with a large crowd and little candles on the tables.  We really enjoyed our meal there and I always remember it as one of the best Italian meals I have ever had!

Insalata Fantasia – Escarole and baby greens tossed in or raspberry vinaigrette with sliced pears and topped with Gorgonzola cheese

Linguini allo Scoglio- Fresh clams, mussels, bay scallops and shrimp

Basil Pesto Gnocchi

Here are some photos of the coffee and gelato bar:

5. Max Brenner, New York City

Everyone knows I love Max Brenner. It is my ultimate chocolate heaven and while in New York I was determined to visit the store there.

We went one night after dinner, around 11.00pm and caught the subway. It didn’t take long before we had found our way over to the familiar looking store.

The store was extremely busy and we were told that there would be a wait of 30-45 minutes for a table. We decided to do take-away instead and were able to get a cocktail table and some stools to sit on.

I ordered a waffle which I hadn’t had since I was in Australia 6 months ago, but found it was smaller, and less crisp than the ones here. I also noticed the food didn’t seem as fresh as the ones back home. Nonetheless, I do love Max Brenner and was very happy to visit this chocolate lovers paradise!

Chocolate Pizza

6. Wipeout Bar & Grill, Pier 39 of Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco

Pier 39 is a beautiful place and we wished we had more time to spend here as we only had a few hours after our Alcatraz Tour and day of San Fran sight-seeing!

We found this little beach themed bar and grill and thought we would get into the Cali spirit and dine there! The restaurant has a beachy feel and the staff are “totally awesome dude”! Very chilled and laid back.

We enjoyed our burger + chips and fish + chips and then went to explore the rest of the Pier!

7. Serendipity, Las Vegas

A lovely eatery with great dessert and drink options including a frozen hot chocolate :p

8. Planet Hollywood, Times Square New York

An American favourite, we had to dine at Planet Hollywood before we left!

With great food, very interesting props and decor, and entertaining waiters, we had a unique and fun, if not overwhelming, dining experience!

9. Magnolia Bakery, New York

This famous bakery is known for its amazing cupcakes. A “sugarholic” like me couldn’t possibly leave New York without a visit to this cute cupcake store.

It was great to be able to see the cakes being iced right in front of you and my little choc cupcake was a great after dinner treat!

10. Dylan’s Candy Bar, New York

This New York Wonkaland is owned by Ralph Lauren’s daughter, Dylan, a self-confessed sugar addict.

The store in New York features 2 levels of lollies, lollies and…more lollies!

I loved this place and anyone with a sweet tooth is sure to have a blast in here!

11. New York Pizza

If you don’t try anything else in New York, make sure you have a slice of GIANT New York pizza. Cheap as chips and as common as Lindsay Lohan arrests, these babies will fill you up and give you your money’s worth!

12. M&M World

There are plenty of these around and everyone will enjoy exploring the cute and colourful home of the world’s most famous chocolate buttons!

 

Yes Folks, that’s m&ms in those tubes!

13. Coca-Cola World

There are almost as many M&M World Stores as there are Coca-Cola ones. I saw these stores in New York, Vegas and LA. Great for Coke lovers to grab souvenirs, vintage items and vitamin water flavoured lip glosses!

14. Lolly stores

See also the Sugar Factory, It’s Sugar and Universal Studios lolly shops for more swweeet treeeats! 🙂

 

 

 

 

15. Flip Restaurant, Bloomingdale’s New York

A great burger joint for shopping fuel. Check it out if  you’re in the area!

 

So those are a few of my favourite dining experiences in the USA.

I’d love to hear what your favourite American restaurants or cafes are. What was the food like? Was it something unique you hadn’t seen before? Let us know by posting a comment below!