All posts tagged: american

Grilled to the Mac Food Truck

Food trucks, oh how the world has been taken by you of late in no small part due to the wonderful movie chef (haven’t seen it? You should!). We loved the Delish ice truck last season and now Summer is coming again we were excited to head to the Taste of Claremont festival and get a taste of the all new truck to hit the scene, Grilled to the Mac. This big yellow beast serves up some authentic Cubanos, Reuben’s, grilled cheese, and yep Mac and Cheese! Being enamoured with Cubanos we couldn’t help ourselves and went for one as well as a bowl of good ol mac and cheese. The mac and cheese was bright and had a cheesy pull. There was a bit of texture and crunch through the crumb at the top and a touch of onion. The macaroni was quite soft, a bit of a pet peeve of ours but considering we got one of the last bowls available it’s not really surprising. I’d have it again for that creamy comfort …

Brooklyn Lounge: New Opening in Claremont

On St Quentins Avenue where Madrid used to be you’ll find the Brooklyn lounge, the newest bar and restaurant in Claremont. They boast a very American menu, and a clientele of bearded, baseball capped hipsters that make you feel like you very well could be in a bar in Brooklyn. The music they were playing was very eclectic, a mix of old school hip hop, modern pop and some bar classics. The service was initially prompt and they were able to accommodate our request for a seat with a back despite being fairly busy. Out first drink to arrive was the Mos Def, it was supposed to be served with bacon but they had unfortunately sold out earlier in the day and hadn’t let us know when we ordered. It’s basically an old fashioned served with maple infused bacon, but without the bacon it was unrecognisable from any other. A good cocktail nonetheless. They forgot to bring our lemon lime and bitters along with it, but when they were alerted to it they fetched it …

Miss Kitty’s Saloon

Miss Kitty’s Saloon is an authentic American bar and eatery at the Inglewood end of Beaufort st. It definitely has that saloon feel, it’s like you’ve been transported into the old west. Miss Kitty’s provides you with peanuts to munch on when you arrive. I’ve always enjoyed cracking open the shells to expose the nuts inside. It reminds me of the good old Lone Star days (does anyone else remember this place?) when you could still hurl the discarded shells over your shoulder, and feel them crunch underneath your toes as you walked the restaurant. The food here is designed to share, so we ordered a myriad of things from the menu to arrive whenever they were ready. The first thing to make it’s way to our table was the flat bread with pulled pork and eggplant dip. The bread was fantastic, hot out of the wood fired oven, we could see it happen from our table, and slathered in butter. It pulled apart easily and was soft and steaming in the centre with a …

Varnish on King American Whisky Bar

Keen for a whiskey in a classy bar? Want an amazing meal while you’re at it? Too hipster to go to a bar that you can actually find easily? Then Varnish is for you! You’ll find Varnish on the basement level of King street, behind heavy wooden doors and down a flight of stairs overlooking a wine cellar. We visited for our Valentines day dinner. The inside is dimly lit, full of wood, American artifacts and leather. The staff are attentive and you’ll be quickly catered to for both food and drinks, with an extremely long list of whisky’s to sample. The food comes out as ready and most were designed to be shared. The first dish we sampled were corn fries with a roasted garlic mayonnaise. The chips were perfectly crisp with a beautiful crunch, the flavour of the corn and polenta was clear. The only downside of this dish was the fantastic mayo came in such a small serve! These chips really deserved a good dollop of mayo to properly appreciate their brilliance …

Dark Choc Peanut Butter Brownies – Let’s get American!

After family recently came back from the USA with plenty of amazing peanut butter and chocolate themed treats (if you havent had the chance to try a peanut butter cup, then you haven’t lived…). With that in mind and some baking to do I set about making my own little piece of Americana to Australia. Ingredients: 200g dark chocolate, broken into pieces 100g butter, chopped 1 1/4 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup plain flour 2 tbs cocoa powder 2 eggs 200g (3/4 cup) smooth peanut butter (you can use crunchy but I like the texture of smooth better) some plain peanuts to garnish if desired Method: Preheat oven to 160°C. Brush a slab pan (select depth to taste – deeper gives a gooey-er centre, a more shallow pan will give more crunch and crisp edges) with melted butter to grease. Line with non-stick baking paper, allowing the sides to overhang. Place the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl over a saucepan half-filled with simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water). …