Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Lunch Series: Two Bit Villains Soda Bar




Or 'The One Where Two Meat-Eaters Unknowingly Dine At A Vegetarian Eatery'

Two Bit Villains
Shop 150
Balcony Level, Adelaide Arcade
Adelaide

LOL. I'm still not living this down. I surprised hubby with my choice of lunch date location last week, and he was pretty amused/appalled/surprised alright when he looked at the menu. I don't know how I missed this, because I did research Two Bit Villains online before proudly making my decision, but all the meat words were in quotes. For example, panko-crumbed "chicken", housemade pressed "beef" and spice-rubbed "pulled pork". ALL THE MEAT WAS FAKE. Oh My God, we laughed. We laughed, we laughed some more, and then as staunch Carnivores, we widely avoided ordering the fake meat. I looked at hubby and could see him mentally crafting the story he would tell his workmates upon his return. This tale would not feature me in a favourable light. Anyhoo, I ordered, said no to all the vegan and dairy-free options, and returned to our table. And thus began our one hour experience as vegetarians.





Drinks: I ordered a Passionfruit Hand-Crafted Botanical Soda which was very subtle in flavour and low in bubbles. My husband had a Tummy Tonic Soda Float (ginger, citrus, mint, star anise and icecream) which came in a jar (naturally) and was quite nice.





Food: I had the Onion Rings Burger (if you read this post you'll be aware of my onion ring addiction) which was lettuce, tomato, cheese on a bun stuffed with onion rings and a swirl of tomato sauce and mustard. I picked Tater Tots as my side, probably just so I could shove them in my pockets later like Napoleon Dynamite. This was a good sized meal. I mean we are talking generous servings here. I basically couldn't finish it and hubby just managed to eat his but couldn't finish mine. This never happens (he always has the ability to finish my food). I'm pretty sure the cheese was real and the burger was good. The tater tots were good. I enjoyed and was super-full afterwards. My husband got the Nacho! Nacho! Man meal with guacamole (a basket of crunchy tortilla chips topped with housemade salsa beans, grated carrot, corn, spring onions, sour cream and cheese). He said it was really nice, even the beans which he normally doesn't like. He had onions rings as a side, and obviously we shared the tater tots and onion rings, because of my #onionringaddiction. The onion rings were super crunchy and delicious! 10/10 for the onion rings!




Fun Fact: Adelaide Arcade is supposedly haunted. I was on the look out for ghosts, but disappointingly, did not meet any on the day in question. Although the pale look on hubby's face when he saw the menu came close.



Ambience: I loved the cute, funky decor, the quirky arches and the large opening out to Rundle Mall that provided a welcome breeze. We were told if we sat on a long table we may have to share, so we made a beeline for the high tables with stools along the wall. Our table was quite private and plenty fun! There weren't a ton of other diners, perhaps another four or five tables of people. The staff were all friendly and capable, no issues there whatsoever. I'm glad it didn't get super-busy. Overall, quite a lovely dining atmosphere.

I'm not gonna lie, we've probably eaten everything off the menu that we want to, with the possible exception of the Frozen Choc Peanut Pie dessert. I don't think we'd return, even though it was a pleasant surprise!


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Disclaimer: Non-sponsored. We paid for our own meals and all thoughts are my honest, unbiased opinion.

What's your favourite non-vegetarian eatery?

Friday, May 27, 2016

Ruby Red Winter Manicure!




After winning this cute-as-heck MUM-UR-FABY-LOUS nail lacquer gift set from a Temporary Princess Instagram Giveaway, I just couldn't wait to try out the stunning deep red shade, Promise On The Bridge Of Sighs. What an interesting shade name, right? Bridge Of Spies is a Tom Hanks movie, so I don't know if it's a play on that? Anyhoo, lets talk about this gorgeous shade.





Promise On The Bridge Of Sighs is a sexy ruby red with a slight shimmer, that's rich and perfect for Autumn and Winter. This reminds me of a fine glass of red wine; I just want to watch movies with hubby next to a cozy fireplace with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and a gourmet cheeseboard. I don't actually have a fireplace, but let a bitch dream. Haha.

This is two coats of Promise On The Bridge Of Sighs, followed by one of the Faby Top Coat.







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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Warm Up With Maggie Beer Soups*




As we head towards Winter, the days are getting chillier, rain is falling from the heavens and my general mood could be described as 'grumpy'. I'm a bit over driving in the rain, walking to school in the rain, and most of all, sitting in the damn rain for an hour at my son's weekly soccer training.




Thank god for coffee, afternoon visits from the neighbourhood's friendliest cat, Panda, and soup! Foodland have been marking down the Campbells Country Ladle soups lately, so I've been stocking up on Rich and Creamy Pumpkin and Creamy Chicken. However, even I get sick of the same old soups after a while, which I why I happily accepted the offer to trial a couple of Maggie Beer soups, Spiced Lamb and Tomato*, and Minestrone*. Spiced Lamb and Tomato is a welcome addition to the already established range of soups, which includes the flavours Pea & Ham, Lamb & Lentil, Minestrone and Sweet Potato, Pear & Ginger. Unfortunately I wasn't sent the other newbie to the range, Kale, Chickpea & Apple, which sounds interesting and would have been great to try. If you're interested in reading more about the Maggie Beer soup range, you can read my review of three other flavours here.

Directions: So easy! Just rip off the top of the packet, microwave for 3 minutes, stirring at the halfway point. Or you could heat it up on the stove-top, but who can be stuffed with that?




Spiced Lamb & Tomato Soup*

"With the tradition of a country cook's repertoire, this soup is thick with ripe tomato and spices, with the satisfying addition of perfectly cooked lamb."

Both hubby and I enjoyed this delicious soup. You can tell from the rich brown colour of the liquid that the soup is bursting with flavour, and this translates when put to the taste test. The liquid itself has a robust, well-developed flavour and the chunky vegetables really make this a meal in itself. The lamb is tender and juicy, and altogether the components of this thick soup combine to make a delicious, heart-warming meal. A firm favourite!




Minestrone Soup*

"With a strong nod to its mediterranean inspiration, this minestrone soup is thick with fresh vegetables and herbs with the addition of hearty cannellini beans."

This tastes so healthy, like you're eating two day's worth of vegetables in the one sitting! The liquid component is thinner and the flavour's not quite as robust as the Spiced Lamb & Tomato soup, but it's really packed full of vegetables. Unfortunately I'm not the biggest fan of cannellini beans, but I appreciate the generous mix of ingredients included in this one. I'd go for this one, with it's thinner consistency as an Entree to a main meal, and (on another occasion) use the Spiced Lamb & Tomato as a lazy Winter meal on its own.


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What's your favourite soup flavour? Have you tried Maggie Beer soups before?