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JACKPOT visits the Tea Salon at the Victoria Room

Happy Monday dear readers!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend filled with plenty of rest and relaxation! I feel like the weekend has gone by in the blink of an eye and if anything I feel more exhausted than ever trying to pack everything into the weekend before the week starts again. I’m hoping to catch up on some sleep this weekend.

Besides playing a lot of basketball over the weekend, I managed to catch up with Mrs Papparazzi yesterday for lunch. It’s been awhile since we last caught up so it was a good to catch up on what’s been happening. We decided to try our luck and see if there were any tables available at the Victoria Room Tea Salon in Westfield Sydney as usually it’s quite busy. We were in luck as we were able to get a seat not long after we queued in line for a table. We were seated in the corner so it was good to get a somewhat private area to just chat amongst ourselves without being too disturbed by the other customers.

There is the option of having the normal high tea menu or ordering from the main menu. Mrs Papparazzi and I were quite indecisive that day so we chose to go for the easier option and opted for the Classic High Tea to eliminate any decisions and choices that had to be made. However the choice of scones was difficult in the end for me…so many to choose from and with only the choice of one scone ;P

Menu

The Menu

Tea Menu

The Tea Menu

Green Tea

Plate

Love the old fashion teacup and plate designs

High Tea

The Classic High Tea Set for 2 $38.00 pp

Sandwich Tier

The Sandwich Tier – Chicken & Wild Herbs, Smoked Salmon, Rocket, Lemon & Capers, Cucumber, Creme Fraiche & Dill and Roast Beef, Horseradish Cream & Baby Cress

Mrs Papparazzi and I started off the high tea with the bottom tier of finger sandwiches. There is quite a few variations of finger sandwiches made with either white bread or wholemeal brown bread. I loved the chicken & wild herbs sandwich despite it being on white bread and the smoked salmon on brown bread. Mrs Papparazzi loves white bread whereas I love brown bread so in the end it worked out as I ended up eating most of the brown bread sandwiches except for the roast beef as I have never been a fan of it since I was young. I liked the lightness of the sandwiches so that there was still room in my stomach for the rest of the sweet treats and scone.

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The Scones Tier

Date and Orange Scone

Date and Orange Scone

White Chocolate and Cranberry

White Chocolate and Cranberry Scone

Jam and Cream

Scones served with Cream, Strawberry Jam and Orange Marmalade

I decided to try a different scone this time as I had tried the Lavender scone on the previous time I visited and wanted to try something different. There were so may choices from savoury to sweet scones with various different flavours. I ended up picking the orange and date and was hoping that the orange wasn’t too overpowering and I was in luck as the orange flavour was subtle but paired well with the sweet dates. Mrs Papparazzi ended up choosing the white chocolate and cranberry scone which I have heard is really lovely. There is also a rose scone that they serve with bits of turkish delight inside the scone or if you have gluten intolerances, there is also a gluten-free scone which you can request for. I think I will try the gluten-free scone next time I have high tea here. My scone came with some orange marmalade however I’m not a fan of marmalade and ended up eating my scone with the classic strawberry jam instead…tasted really good! Scones and Jam – I can’t think of anything better!

The Assorted Sweeties

Assorted Sweeties – Dark Chocolate Cup with Chocolate Mousse & Strawberries, Seasonal Fruit Short Crust Tartlet (Rhubarb), Classic baked lemon cheesecake with Pistachios & a Vanilla Cupcake with Fresh Passionfruit Topping

Fruit Short Crust Tartlet

Rhubarb Fruit Custard Tartlet

Dark Chocolate Cup with Chocolate Mousse and Strawberries

Dark Chocolate Cup with Chocolate Mousse, Cream and a Strawberry

Cheesecake

Classic Baked Lemon Cheesecake with Pistachio Pieces

Vanilla Cupcake

I loved all the sweet food on offer. My massive sweet tooth ensured that I sampled each and every one of the desserts…yes I know I really need to stop eating so much dessert..I’m planning on eating healthy throughout this week hopefully ;p I loved the taste of the cheesecake. Rich and decadent and luckily served as a small portion because I’m pretty sure I could have eaten 10 of these in one sitting! Also I really loved the texture of the cupcake…it wasn’t dry and the frosting reminded me of the cupcakes I used to eat when I was a kid. I have to thank Mrs Papparazzi for taking some of the photos for me on my camera as I had eaten the sweet food before taking any close up photos of them…yep my big sweet tooth once again! ;p

It was a good catch up over a lovely high tea…I’m sure that I’ll be seeing Mrs Papparazzi again for another food adventure soon!

The Victoria Room Tea Salon

Westfield Sydney

Level 4 (Designer Gallery), Cnr Pitt Street Mall and Market Street

Sydney CBD NSW 2000

Phone: 02 9357 4488

Website: www.theteasalon.com.au

The Tea Salon Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 9:30am – 6:30pm (except Thursday 9:30am-9pm)

Light Refreshments served all day & Lunch and High Tea from 11:30am-4:30pm

So until next time everyone!

x

Jackie

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Happy New Year 2013!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Sorry for the lack of posts in the new year but I have been battling a fever and flu over the past few weeks and only recently have I recovered.

But be sure to see some new posts shortly.

I hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating the new year and although mine wasn’t eventful, I spent a nice quiet new year resting at home albeit being quite sick with a bad fever.

Looking ahead to this year and the coming months…I’m hoping to try a lot of new recipes out and also return to some old recipes and see if I can reinvent them to make them even better!

You can now find me on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/jackpoteats and instagram #jackpoteats.

Here are a few snippets of some food pics I have taken lately.

Fried Icecream from Holy Basil

Fried Ice Cream from Holy Basil

Vegetarian Finger Sandwiches

Vegetarian Finger Sandwiches at Victoria Tea Salon for Lunch

Vegan Almond & Maple Cookies

Almond Cookies

Homemade Vegan Almond & Maple Cookies

Almond Meal and Raspberry Cookies

Homemade Almond Meal & Raspberry Paleo Cookies

Mr Wong Fried Ice Cream

Mr Wong Fried Ice Cream

Vegan Rice Paper Rolls

Vegan Rice Paper Rolls for Dinner from Miss Chu filled with Tofu, Mushrooms and Vegetables

Vegan Banh Cuon

Vegan Banh Cuon from Miss Chu filled with Tofu and Vegetables

Fishball Rice Noodle Soup served with Vegetables

Fish Ball Noodle Soup during my fever/flu weeks made by Mr Muscles

Egg White Omelette

Egg White Omelette for Dinner filled with mushrooms

Pandan Donuts

Homemade Baked Pandan Spelt Donutsattempt no.1

Stay tuned for my Baked Pandan Spelt Donuts Experiment post…I think I’m slightly obsessed with Pandan ;P

Till Next Time!

x

Jackpot Eats

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JACKPOT cheats with: Sugar Hits & A Mad Hatter High Tea

Hello all!

I thought I would write this post and share with you all, the photos from my eating adventures this month i.e. the desserts I have consumed of late being good food month and all. Not only has this month provided plentiful amounts of celebrations for my birthday but considering it also coincides with good food month…this has meant more eating and eating and eating on my behalf…yes food comas galore! I can’t think of a better way to have celebrated the month of October than indulging in such wonderful foods.

Now you all probably know by now that I have the biggest sweet tooth so much so that sometimes I can’t resist dessert when it is on the menu. I’ll even eat a small main at a restaurant to ensure that I can eat dessert without feeling too guilty. You will often see that on my cheat days on the weekend, I will always indulge in a sweet treat or two to take a break from eating relatively healthy during the weekdays.

So far this month I have been to two Sugar Hits firstly at Azuma Restaurant and then at the Intercontinental Hotel and recently to a Mad Hatter Themed High Tea at the Westin Hotel. The funny thing is that previously to this I had never been to a sugar hit and it must seem quite odd for someone who has such a big sweet tooth. This year I thought I would try to go to a few restaurants to see what the Sugar Hits were all about.

AZUMA SUGAR HIT

The first Sugar Hit I went to was at Azuma Restaurant. I was quite excited to go to this Sugar Hit as I had read several food blogs on this and saw many pictures of the dessert. The dessert was an “East meets West – Dessert Bento Box” consisting of a Japanese style Panna cotta made from soy & cow’s milk with a bottom layer of brown sugar jelly served with seasonal fruit on top shaped into a face and served with buckwheat soba noodles to make up the hair. The bento box also had some homemade Yuzu Sorbet with popping candy, a Gateaux Chocolate served with cream, fruits and candied violet, 2 Marble Gateaux Cookies (Chocolate & Vanilla) and a Sake Sample which was either Yuzu or Rose Sake or a Plum Wine. The bento box came with either a choice of Japanese Green Tea or a glass of Brown Brothers Cienna Rosso (a sweet and fruity sparkling wine).

My favourite dish from the bento box was the Panna cotta. I love Panna cotta and this one in particular went really well with the brown sugar jelly as you scooped further into it. They definitely tried to make it more creative by making the fruit and noodles into a face with hair. I was hesitant about the Yuzu sorbet as I had tried Yuzu sorbet and ice cream before and feel it is a bit of an acquired taste but I was quite surprised as it was very refreshing and light. As you delved further into the sorbet and ate it, you would get a whole different texture in your mouth from the popping candy. The cookies were nice and crumbly but were not a stand out for me. Also I was quite disappointed with the Gateaux Chocolate which was basically a very dense and dry chocolate cake. I’m not a fan of cream so I chose to eat the cake without it but the cake on a whole still was definitely not a memorable dish.

While you get a lot for $20 than most places offering Sugar Hits, I felt that the Bento box was a bit of a hit and miss. There were some great dishes but also some not so great dishes as well. The dessert didn’t really leave me wanting more. You will need to book Azuma if you want to try their sugar hit dessert as they usually are booked out.

Photos from Azuma:

Menu from Azuma

Glass of Brown Brothers Cienna Rosso

Azuma’s Special Blend Japanese Green Tea

The Azuma dessert bento box

Kawaii Panna Cotta – Japanese style Panna Cotta made with soy & cow’s milk, with Brown Sugar Jelly, Seasonal Fruit Face & Buckwheat Soba Noodle Hairstyle

Home-made Yuzu Sorbet with popping sparkles

Gateaux Chocolat with fresh cream, seasonal fruits & candied violet

Marble Gateaux Cookies – Homemade chocolat & vanilla marbled Gateaux cookies

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL SUGAR HIT

I wanted to try the Intercontinental Hotel Sugar Hit after hearing from Miss J that it was one of the best Sugar Hit’s this year. So I was in luck last saturday night when a bunch of friends wanted to try this sugar hit as well. This year’s Sugar Hit at Intercontinental consists of a homemade ivory chocolate cheesecake, with salted chocolate caramel, poached strawberry and berry soil made from freeze-dried blueberries and raspberries and some red pieces of sponge cake. This dessert was served with a glass of Brown Brothers Orange Muscat and Flora.

I really liked the dessert but did not think it really resembled a cheesecake, but moreso the texture was almost reminiscent of a soft and airy white chocolate mousse. Despite this, I really enjoyed the texture of the light and airy cake in contrast to the crumbly base. The berry soil was surprisingly nice due to the crunchy texture. This contrasted the soft spongy pieces of cake served on the sides of the cheesecake. The soft poached strawberries provided another different taste texture to the dessert when eaten together with the berry soil and cheesecake. All in all I quite enjoyed the dessert as I demolished my plate clean. Mr Muscles complained that whilst the dessert was nice, he thought there could have been much more on the plate. Others were saying that while it was nice, it wasn’t very spectacular or memorable for the price. Me being me, I was just happy to consume some cake to get my dessert fix for the night. I thought that this sugar hit was better than Azuma taste wise even though Azuma provided more components to their dessert.

Note: You can’t book the Intercontinental so you should try to get there earlier if you can around 9pm. We got there at 10:40pm and were lucky to get seated as a group was just leaving at that time.

Photos from Intercontinental Sugar Hit:

Homemade ivory chocolate cheesecake, with salted chocolate caramel, poached strawberry and berry soil

 A glass of Brown Brothers Orange Muscat and Flora

THE MAD HATTER’S AFTERNOON TEA PARTY

Yesterday Mrs Papparazzi and I went to a Mad Hatter themed High Tea at The Westin Hotel. I was very excited to go to this as I love High Tea – combining finger sandwiches with scones and dessert, I can’t think of anything better! I thoroughly enjoyed the High Tea and could see their attempts in trying to be creative with their sandwiches and desserts by thinking outside the box and serving up some original looking savoury and sweet dishes to go with the theme.

The savoury dishes on the high tea menu were all visually appealing and decorative. My favourite savoury item was the Alaskan crabmeat salad on double bread which had been cut into a flat cylinder with the crabmeat filled inside. This was then wrapped with slices of cucumber. It tasted very light and refreshing. The roasted beef sandwich was not as memorable mostly because I am not that big of a fan of roasted beef however the beef was cut thinly and rolled around the fresh asparagus so the sandwich felt quite light. To be a bit different, as part of the savoury menu, there was also a cherry bocconcini and tomato salad boat which was a nice change from the sandwiches usually served at high tea. This was served with some crunchy pieces of pastry (not quite sure what it was exactly) as garnish to the salad and to provide a certain crunch to the dish and it was also served with a light dressing.

But onto dessert…my favourite part of high tea! I loved the raspberry dessert and it would have had to be my favourite item on the high tea menu. The dessert consisted of layers of raspberry buttercream with chocolate ganache and raspberry jelly moulded into a heart shape with a heart-shaped jelly on top. The raspberry and chocolate paired well together. I loved the texture of the dessert from chocolate to jelly but was sad that it was such a small serving for such a nice dessert. Mrs Papparazzi agreed that this was her favourite dessert as well. I also quite enjoyed the dark chocolate mud cake encased in chocolate icing. I don’t know how you can go wrong with chocolate covered with more chocolate and the fact that it was moulded into the shape of a hat was very clever. I wasn’t a fan of the purple macaron with blueberry cream filling as I do not like macarons in general. Mrs Papparazzi told me she has had better macarons than the one served at this high tea so I took her word on this. The macaron however was quite creative in appearance as they had stuck a piece of edible fondant on the macaron in the shape of a clock.

The scones came out well after we had finished up the sandwiches and desserts. I was getting quite full at this stage but there is always room for some scones right? And I was happy to see that they were much smaller in size than most places that serve high tea which meant that I could just fit them in. The scones were accompanied with homemade strawberry jam, a raspberry chocolate jam and clotted cream. I really liked the strawberry and raspberry chocolate jam. Although you could not really taste the chocolate in the raspberry jam as much.

The high tea was served with some sweet wine which was quite fruity in taste and a tea of your choice. I chose green tea as I usually do and mixed in some honey that they provided while Mrs Papparazzi chose to have an English Breakfast tea with milk.

Overall I really enjoyed the high tea utilising a cute and arty theme whilst also trying to resemble the theme into savory and sweet dishes by thinking of unique and imaginative ideas for each dish. The desserts were more the standout of the high tea for me and it’s always great catching up with friends over good food and indulging every now and then. I’m still thinking about that Raspberry dessert dish right now – yum! ;P

Photos from the Mad Hatter’s High Tea (Photos courtesy of Mrs Papparazzi – her photos always turn out so good! Thank you!)

Glasses of sparking white wine

Savoury Dishes

Roasted beef and fresh asparagus roulade on mini laugen

Alaskan crabmeat salad on double bread

Cherry bocconcini & tomato on a fresh green salad boat

Sweet Dishes

Layers of raspberry buttercream, chocolate ganache and raspberry jellymmmmmmmmmmm my favourite!

Dark chocolate mud cake encased in chocolate icing

Purple macaron with a blueberry cream filling

Scones served with homemade strawberry jam, raspberry chocolate jam and clotted cream

Green Tea served with honey

Azuma Japanese Restaurant

Level 1, Chifley Plaza

2 Chifley Square

Sydney NSW 2000

Tel: (02) 9222-9960

Website: www.azuma.com.au

Intercontinental Hotel – Cafe Opera

117 Macquarie Street

Sydney NSW 2000

Ph: (02) 9253 9000

Website: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental

Sugar Hit Hours: 9pm-11pm

The Westin Sydney

No. 1 Martin Place

Sydney NSW 2000

Ph: (02) 8223-1111

Website: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1183

Till next time!

x

Jackie

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