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The Australian

13 Sep

I have passed by The Australian nearly every day for the past 5 months on my walk to and from work.  I decided it would be a good place to meet up with a friend for a quick drinks and a bite.  We arrived during happy hour and found that they had live music. Some very good rock from the 90s kept us happy the entire time.

We started with the Aussie Sliders which came with seasoned mini beef burgers, topped with pepper jack cheese, served with beets.  We went with no cheese (due to my allergy).  These had nice flavor.

Then we tried the Grilled Kangaroo Skewers, which came with four roo skewers, basted with tamarind barbecue sauce and grilled rare, served over a bed on julienned carrots and cucumbers and dusted with toasted and chopped cashews.  I thought it would be fun to try something so novel!  We were both surprised how much it tasted like tender steak.  Quite good.

But the real reason I was there was for the pavlova.  Not a lot of places serve pavlova, and I’m kind of obsessed with it, so we had to get it.

It had a really nice passion fruit sauce around it and a big pile of whipped cream.  The pavlova itself was quite good, with a crunchy shell and soft give in the center.  Pavlova isn’t a complex dessert, but this one was executed well and tasted great.  Thumbs up!

Overall, The Australian is a better than average bar. It has all the makings of a run-of-the-mill establishment, but the food is interesting and flavorful, they have live music, and they have pavlova!  Score!  I’m curious to try some other things on the menu and have a full meal there.

Total Nom Points: 6.5 out of 7

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Stay tuned

22 Aug

Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA! Wedding planning is a beast.  We just came back from Maine where we spent 4 days seeing 11 venues. It was crazy, but we saw some great places. In fact, we found FOUR places… all of which are in hot contention.

If you want to see our exploration process, I started a blog about the search: A Very ME Wedding

I’d also like to mention that my last post was #500 here on NYC Nom Nom.  I can’t believe how far this has come.

Stay tuned… more FOOD POSTS coming very soon!

BoozeCarriage.com Review

10 Jul

I really enjoy blogging here at NYCNomNom, but free booze certainly makes it that much better!  BoozeCarriage contacted me with an offer to try out their service with a $50 credit.  Couldn’t turn that down! So now I will live blog the experience…

I browsed their website and first found it strange that wine and liquor were separate from beer. I checked out the beer page first and found they had an okay selection, with about a dozen craft beers on their list. None of them tickled my fancy, so I switched over to the liquor/wine page and dove into White: France.

Low and behold, two Vouvrays on the list! Our favorite type of wine is quite rare, so this was a lovely surprise.  I clicked on each one and sadly, there is no information about the wines. This seems like a great place to put in a quick blurb and some tasting notes. Hopefully they are working on that! Oh and no vintage? That’s a bit strange.

Prices seem reasonable, with most in the $12-$20 range and one coming in at $24.99.

Into cart: Remy Pannier Vouvray for $12.99

Went to try a Search and realized they had no Search.  Not loving the UI of the site or information therein, but hopefully this is a work in progress. I see that they have a way to rank it by review, but there are no reviews yet, so I have to assume I’m seeing a beta version.

Now to see if they have Russian River Chardonay.  White: California…

57 options… no vintages and no descriptions on where it’s from. I found Patz & Hall, the wine that started our Russian River Valley obsession, but it’s $40 and doesn’t specify what year. They had some $40 years, some $80 years, and some $20 years. Ehh… why not? Patz & Hall Chardonnay it is.

BoozeCarriage has a promise that anything on their site will be delivered, for free, in 30-60 minutes. You have the option to add a tip to the delivery-person, which I appreciate since I don’t always have small bills handy.

The check-out process is easy enough, but when entering my code in for the credit, it only displays a small note but still shows the total cart amount in the box.  I hesitantly hit the button to proceed and hope that the credit goes through. Payment information on the next page shows I’ve only been charged for the amount I went over on the credit. Phew!

Order placed at 8:35pm…

By 9:35pm, can I really have wine in my hand without any planning ahead of time?

My mind wanders… Party runs out of wine, no need to run to the liquor store, order from BoozeCarriage! Come home from a bad day and really need a scotch? No worries! BoozeCarriage is there for you.

My pondering is interrupted by a phone call.  It’s less than 5 minutes after I place the order and a nice gentleman is informing me that they are out of Patz & Hall but they DO have another Chardonnay from Napa that is on sale for the same price.  Hopefully it really is a $40 Chardonnay!  I find it listed on the site (Grgich Hills Chardonnay) for $42.  Fingers crossed it’s good.

I’m disappointed by this, but the customer service is good enough that I’m not too upset.

9:10pm: Doorbell rings… but it’s our dinner instead (Thai food… a good pair with our white wine!)

9:17pm: Doorbell Take 2… SUCCESS!  The wine has arrived. Ordered just 40 minutes ago. Not too shabby!

And they are chilled! Even better.

9:19pm: Wine is open. Thai food is set. Life is good.

We try the Chardonnay and yup… it’s damn good.

Thanks BoozeCarriage.com

Full disclosure: BoozeCarriage.com reached out to me and provided me with a $50 credit to try their site with the purpose of reviewing it.  The review I have posted is reflective of my honest opinion about the experience.

WANT: 3D Chocolate Printer

8 Jun

I have a strange fascination with 3D printers. I saw the technology first about 6 years ago and found it fascinating and have been watching the technology grow year after year.

But today… today I found out that they have now combined 3D printing… with chocolate.

Does life get better than that?

And today, on Fab.com, you can get your very own Chocolate 3D printer for just $3,999.

My birthday is in exactly 70 days… just saying.

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Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale

28 Dec

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Currently reviewing this new beer on the NYC Nom Nom Facebook page. Go on over to Facebook and Like us for the play-by-play.

Kodak Gallery: My very first cook book

21 Aug

I am a member of FoodBuzz, and there are some wonderful perks that we receive from advertisers.  Since I work in the advertising industry, I am very familiar with these promotions and I always feel honored when I am one of the lucky bloggers who has the opportunity to check out new products and try new things so I can tell my readers about them.

Most recently, I was provided with the opportunity to make a photo book with the Kodak Gallery.  It took me a bit longer than I anticipated to put it all together, because I took on the extreme undertaking of putting together my first cookbook.  I was also lacking on a theme, but then Mike came to the rescue (per usual) and suggested I make a cookbook of my favorite dessert recipes. BINGO!  Best part: I will now have something to reference in a nice, concise, pretty format while I bake.  YAY!

I just finally completed it (a bit past the deadline… sorry Kodak!) and I am now anxiously awaiting its arrival.  Here is the cover art:

It was a very easy process and a lot of fun to be able to compile my own book.  It took a bit of time to work out, but really that was because of the choice I made to have it be a collection of recipes rather than a standard photo book.

I am also able to offer my readers 40% off a medium hardcover or a large Photo Book. They tell me you simply have to go to www.kodakgallery.com/creativity to redeem.   The offer is only available through this URL from 8/1/11 – 8/31/11, so act fast!

Special thanks to Mike for the idea and the help in assembling.

 

NOTE: This post is part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program with KODAK Gallery.  I received this book for free as part of a promotion, but was in no way asked to provide a review, positive or negative.  All content contained is property of NYCNomNom.com.

Restaurant.com Giveaway WINNERS!

23 May

Thank you to all who entered.  It was fun to see the diverse answers in the “favorite restaurant” question.  Check out the Comments section of the post for some great recommendations!

A HUGE thank you to Restaurant.com for providing these great prizes.

So without further ado, here are the winners (with thanks to Random.org for making sweeps much easier!):

Winner 1:
Kyle W.
Comment- “Eating Gnocchi in Florence in this little back alley with my friend. I’ll never ever ever be able to recreate that experience in my whole life.”

Winner 2:
Jamie R.
Comment- “Caracas – best.food.ever.”

Winner 3:
Lillian C.
Comment- “The best dining experience to date that I have had was a kaiseki dinner in Takamatsu, Japan. The flavors were so clean and I know there will be no way for me to ever recreate it, so I guess I will just have to go back. 😉 They also had *the* best sake (it was their house sake). The whole formal setting of the meal with the waitress and owner dressed in full kimono made the meal an actual experience. :)”

Winner 4:
Dave L.
Comment- “Favorite restaurant right now is Yabu across the street from our office. Great meeting spot!”

You will all be receiving emails from me that includes your discount link.  Please come back and visit and let me know where you end up! 🙂

Happy Nomming!

My guest blog on Excellent Everyday Wines

9 May

If you are curious, you can go check out my guest blog on Excellent Everyday Wines

And the winner is…

11 Apr

Katy de Groot!

Congratulations Katy.  You have won $20 worth of food delivery on AllMenus.com courtesy of Signpost.com.

For more information on Signpost, see this blog post.  More deal links coming soon!

And stay tuned… another sweepstakes coming next week.

Happy Nomming!

NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2011 Extended!

9 Feb

NYC Restaurant Week now goes through February 27th!  Get your reservation now… need some tips on where to go? Check out my wrap-up here.