For Melbournians coffee is an important part of the daily routine. We can’t talk we can’t breathe without the morning coffee. That’s why The Melbourne International Coffee Expo makes a lot of sense. Café owners and baristas, distributors or independent roasters, equipment manufacturers, big or small, domestic or from overseas, they all had a meeting point: MICE 2016 Wandering around in the expo is hard not to notice everybody’s passion. I was really impressed with small roasters talking so proudly about their beans or with baristas offering you a freshly made coffee. Initially I thought that my main interest at the expo is the coffee itself, either brewed, grinded or roasted beans. After a short talk with one equipment distributor I realized the importance of the machines in achieving the best taste. Even though I politely explained my purpose there and that I might never be a customer for that type of equipment they were talking so passionately so it was impossible to refuse the chat. But it worth every second. I generally drink just one coffee a day but here I tried about 5 types of coffee (and 2 of tea) and was surprised how quickly time goes by. I was late afternoon just like that! I left the expo happy and alert (from 5 coffees) and promised myself that next year I should dedicate more than one day for this event. Eugene Pitulice, 18th March 2016
Impala and Peacock tea house Impala and peacock Tea house is located at 558 Sydney rd, Opening hours Sunday – Monday 10 -6 Tuesday- Friday1pm -6 pm. Saturday Private high tea showers only
I was privileged to be asked to photograph and review this little gem of a place, looking forward with great anticipation for the long awaited day to arrive. The Impala and peacock as expected did not disappoint. It has been open over a year now and the owner Sarah who though young, has an impressive knowledge of all things tea. She takes great pride in both her gorgeous tea house and sharing her knowledge and passion with interested cliental. Tea drinking has a culture all of its own, which is obvious from even just a glance around this unique place, with its impressive array of teas and equipment which you can purchase to continue the dining experience at home. As a new convert to the world of tea drinking, I was in awe and intrigued at the variety of teas, tisares and the ceremony of tea drinking. I particularly loved that the tea came in glass pots, so that the beautiful colors were on display, and were presented upon glass warmers which both added to the classy presentation and the experience of keeping the tea at a perfect temperature. We were greeted by Amy, who was lovely, helpful, attentative and very approachable. She was very accommodating, and professional with an extensive knowledge, which she was more than happy to share. I usually associate high tea with fancy restaurants and a stuffy atmosphere however I was delighted with the relaxed and inviting atmosphere, coupled with simple but stylish decor. The most note worthy of which is a giant breathtaking vintage chandelier encased in a metal orb which is stunning and quite a sight to behold. The atmosphere is very warm and welcoming and the highly trained staff were always on hand to answer any questions or to be of assistance. On the day we went we were treated to high tea, a scrumptious selection of sweet and savory offerings, and fresh fruit complimented by delicious tea matching. We started off our afternoon’s adventure with Golden bud and Brunswick breakfast tea to enjoy with the savory tier. Golden bud was delightfully rich and light, delicately refreshing with hints of malt, caramel and honey overtones. It’s comforting, moorish flavor was complimented perfectly with the rich tangy mushroom, stuffed with Quinoa and salsa verde. The homemade frittata was perfectly cooked, smooth, and flavorsome with a light texture, perfectly moist yet firm. The Brunswick breakfast tea was a great choice to match with both the beetroot, pumpkin and feta sandwiches which in and of themselves I found had perfectly complimenting flavors and also with the traditional cucumber sandwiches which were light, with the addition of a delicate cream cheese, with ribbons of cucumber mixed well with the subtle flavor of dill as a accompaniment. Next we moved on to my favorite part of any meal, the desserts, and I was in for a real treat. First off we tried the Passion fruit, lemon and coconut slice which I can only describe as to die for! This is a definite attraction all on its own and the only down side is that it is very moorish, and a potential addiction, so dieters beware! This delightful, tangy, sweet, smooth, creamy dessert encompassed multi flavors and textures all in one, I strongly suggest you try it for yourself. The flourless orange cake was delicate, light in texture, had a full zesty flavor and was a fantastic match with Invigorate a recharging tisane, this warming, soothing drink with definite mango, orange and peppercorn overtones was a match made in heaven. The Aromatherapy tea we enjoyed was a good match with the more subtle flavors of traditional scones with jam and cream. Aromatherapy is a blend of peppermint, spearmint and lemon grass amongst other refreshing, invigorating, flavors. The scones were light, paired with delicious sharp, tangy, mouth watering raspberry jam and fluffy whipped cream. Very satisfying indeed. Our incredible afternoon was completed by a fresh array of seasonal fruit which I enjoyed immensely whilst sipping the piece de resistance ‘Blooming tea’. For anyone who has not yet tried this incredible, beautiful to behold, delightfully light, comforting , white tea and jasmine flower which definitely does hit the flowery notes, is certainly missing out. So without spoiling the excitement I will not disclose any more, but take my word for it, popping down to the Impala and Peacock is a definite must to try this tea and many other delights. They have absolutely won me over. I will be revisiting this gorgeous, tea house many more times in the near future. Thank you Impala and Peacock for an amazing and memorable afternoon. Camilla Wilson photos and breief: Camilla Wilson at GW Photography & onstage pix http://gwphotography.pixieset.com/
ENTERTAINMENT BOOK: COFFEE AND CAKE OFFER AT MICHEL'S PATISERIE NEW
Michel's Patisserie; 2 coffees and 2 tiramisu cakes is only $7 for two people with our Entertainment Book 2016. You can buy your new 2016-2017 book from our Club today. The money go towards supporting our projects that you all enjoy to be part of. Your kind words towards our work is good but this small monetary investment will keep supporting our new year work and new exciting projects. Just also letting you know that because we sold less than 10 books last year (we went through 8 only!) we did not receive a cent from your donations as all the money went to the Entertainment Book Publisher. We hope we will do it better this year with your support aiming for more than 10. Please note that we can not afford to give away the books for free to our event participants as we did it in 2015 anymore, sorry. Our page:https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/182v887
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A shakerato is a drink prepared using espresso and ice cubes. It is popular and easily obtainable in Italy..
Preparation The shakerato is prepared by shaking together a shot of espresso with ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and simple syrup. Once a frothy consistency has been obtained it is strained into a glass. It is usually served in a martini glass Sometimes, Baileys is added to give an alcoholic twist.
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