Star Wars-Themed Burger is Coming to Sydney This Week

In celebration of the Star Wars day, BL Burgers graced Sydney with the all-new galaxy-coloured burgers.

BL Burgers’ special of the week is Return of the Chedi, a burger with blue-purple “galaxy milk” buns, beef patty, three kinds of cheese (American, Triple Smoked Cheese Kransky and Red Cheddar Sauce), pickles and ketchup.

The burger, sold at $17, will be available until the end of this week at Bar Luca Sydney, BL Burgers Darlinghurst, and BL Burgers Beach Road as well as through online delivery services UberEats and Foodora.

If you’re interested, hurry up – there are only limited numbers each day. May the Fourth be with you!

Recipes: Most Indulgent Pastries

Pastries: great breakfast food, wonderful companion to coffee, a snack to unstuck you from afternoon rut. Not only are pastries versatile, but there are also a range of types to choose from, varying in texture and taste. Here are eight pastry recipes that you can try at home:

  1. Croissant
Source: Ambrosia Baking

Plain or filled with chocolate, the choice is yours.

 

  1. Cinnamon Roll
Source: My Name is Snicker Doodle

With spices and sweet frosting, nothing could go wrong with this pastry.

 

  1. Cronut
Source: Deliciously Yum

For the unacquainted, cronut is the lovechild of donut and croissant – the ring shape with the buttery, layered texture. It’s perfect to dig in!

 

  1. Puff Pastry Cannoli Cone
Source: Campbell’s

Nothing better complements your tea time than cannoli cones a.k.a cream horns.

 

  1. Cream Puffs
Source: Lovely Little Kitchen

Eat as is, or mix it up with chocolate sauce and strawberries.

 

  1. Sausage Roll
Source: RecipeTin Eats

These hand-sized delights are great for parties and picnics.

 

  1. Apple Struddle
Source: All4Recipes / All4Women

A classic choice. Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the most indulgent dish.

 

  1. Tart
Source: Sarah L. Bolla / The Daily Meal

Sweet, small and easily customisable.

What’s New In Newtown?

Newtown is a vibrant village filled with eclectic and eccentric people. From the corners of Marrickville to the bustling streets of Enmore, there are plenty of cultured hotspots to grab a bite to eat at. Here’s our list of the current trending eateries around in Newtown.

Bloodwood
Address: 
416 King Street, Newtown 2042
Opening Times:
Monday – Thursday (5pm-late), Friday – Sunday (12pm-late)
Website: Bloodwood
In 2010, a former Newtown Observatory turned restaurant and bar opened at the end of King Street. Illuminated with industrial lighting, Bloodwood greets guests with its rustic interiors and serves artfully plated dishes infused with unique flavours matched with their funky cocktails. Bloodwood Restaurant also hybrids as a bar area/ waiting area, a mezzanine dining area, back deck dining area and a communal table in the basement gallery.

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Oscillate Wildly

Address: 275 Australia Street, Newtown 2042
Opening Times: Tuesday – Saturday (6.30pm-11.30pm)
Website: Oscillate Wildly

Fine Dining finds an unusual spot in Newtown. Across the road from Black Star Pastry, you will find nestled off the main street of Newtown, a delightful restaurant with an irresistible degustation menu designed by former Marque chef, Karl Firla. Be inspired by his dishes and experience the decadence of Oscillate Wildly’s innovative creations.

Sourced from: restaurantguide.com.au

Miss Peaches
Address: 201 Missenden Road, Newtown 2042
Opening Times: Wednesday – Sunday (5-12am)
Website: Miss Peaches

Transport yourself to the Southern parts of America when you enter Miss Peaches, a jazz and blues-filled diner.Mimicking the exteriors of a Southern American shak, this soul food kitchen will give you a menu filled with Southern Fried Chicken, gumbo, pie, jambalaya and sliders.

Sourced from: The Urban List

The Animal at Newtown Hotel

Address: 174 King Street, Newtown 2042
Opening Times: Daily (midday to midnight)
Website: The Animal at Newtown Hotel
Have you ever thought about eating at a restaurant decorated with yellow rubber duckies? Me neither. But Newtown Hotel greets you with an abundance of yellowy friends suspended above the bar. The Animal is located upstairs, and true to its named, the menu serves animals, a line-up that does not cater very well to vegans or vegetarians. If you enjoy your meat cooked on coal-fire BBQ pits, The Animal is definitely the place for you.

Sourced from: Best Restaurants

Lentil As Anything

Address: 391 King Street
Opening hours: Open daily for lunch (12pm-3pm) and dinner (6pm-9pm). Weekend brunch (10am-12pm)
Website: Lentil As Anything

On the opposite end of the dietary requirement spectrum comes “Lentil As Anything”, a vegetarian restaurant that originally began in Melbourne, caters to those who enjoy organic, cruelty-free meals. Opened in 2015, the place also serves mocktails with a great upstairs hangout area. Staffed by volunteers and paid refugees, Lentil As Anything offers a community friendly experience.

Sourced from: MDIA

 

Recipes: Tastiest Fried Rice Dishes

No food is more fun to cook than fried rice – you can turn leftovers and old rice into a new, tasty dish, or even start with fresh ingredients as you like. Moreover, with thousands of variations, fried rice will never be a bore. Mix it with meat or make it vegan, cook it greasy or keep it light – you can’t go wrong.

Here are 6 fried rice recipes to inspire you:

  1. Paella
paella
Source: Fox and Briar

This famous Spanish dish is perfect for dinner parties – serve it in a pan for the most authentic experience.

  1. Kimchi Bokkeumbap
kimchi bbokeumbap
Source: No Recipes

This “high-flavor, low-effort” dish is a Korean staple. Serve with a sunny sideup on the side, and you’re good to go!

  1. Tom Yum Fried Rice
Tom Yum Fried Rice
Source: Rasa Malaysia

With the rich spicy and sour Thai Tom Yum flavour, this rice will satiate all your hunger.

  1. Nasi Goreng
nasi goreng
Source: stardustannie / Food.com

This traditional Indonesian dish will leave you wanting more. To make it spicier, add more bird’s eye chillis.

  1. Yang Chow Fried Rice
yang chow
Source: Kawaling Pinoy

Prefer a lighter flavour? Go with this recipe. For the vegetarian version, swap the shrimp and sausages with tofu.

  1. Pineapple Fried Rice
pineapple fried rice
Source: Damn Delicious

For those who like it sweet and juicy, this recipe is what you’re looking for.

Recipes: 8 Best Pizzas

Comedian Henry Rollins once said, “Pizza makes me think that anything is possible.” And who could blame him? Whether you’re alone in bedroom or out in a house party, your night would not be complete without pizza. The doughy crust combined with the various topping mixed with hot cheese and sauce makes everyone come back for more.

But instead of picking up the phone to order some, why not try to make your own pizza? Here are eight recipes to inspire you.

  1. Italian Pizza / Pizza Margeritha
margeritha
Source: Walks of Italy

Wondering how authentic Italian pizza tastes like? Well, wonder no more with this native recipe.

 

  1. Chicken Pesto Pizza
Source: Ciao Florentina

With a touch of Genoese pesto sauce, this pizza will bring Italy to your mouth.

 

  1. Calzone
calzone
Source: Delallo

Channel your inner Ben Wyatt with this calzone recipe. A portable delicious meal that is its own container? It’s a game changer indeed!

 

  1. Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks
Source: Sugar Apron

This garlic bread pizza recipe is perfect for house parties and picnics. Pair with tomato sauce dip for that extra goodness!

 

  1. Pizza Ring
pizza ring
Source: Kiss My Apron

This tear-apart pizza is sure to be a popular appetizer among your guests. For a healthier alternative, replace the pepperoni with mushroom and broccoli.

 

  1. Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
deep dish pizza
Source: King Arthur Flour

You don’t have to go all the way to Chicago to taste the city’s signature pizza. Famous for its thick, pie-like filling, this one will fill you up.

 

  1. Pizza Cupcakes
pizza cupcake
Source: Plain Chicken

Opting for something more portable? Get your muffin trays out and get your hands on this recipe. You can also customise each pizza cupcake to suit your guests’ preference and dietary requirements!

  1. Raw Strawberry Chocolate Dessert Pizza
chocolate strawberry pizza
Source: Oh My Veggies

Who says pizza can’t be sweet? With healthy, all-vegan ingredients, you can eat this one without guilt!

Best Fish and Chips Spots in Melbourne

Who doesn’t love the classic fish and chips? In the summer heat, eating fish and chips with cold drinks is always a great thing to do – be it by the beach, in a cool bistro, or inside a tuck shop. However, where in Victoria’s capital can we find the tastiest of this combo? Here’s a list for the best fish and chips in Melbourne.

Tank

149 Lygon Street, Melbourne

Source: Tank Fish & Chippery

One of Lygon Street’s institutions, Tank has also opened a new joint in Emporium. Although it might be on the expensive side, the juicy scallops and the great service are worth it.

 

Hunky Dory

181 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Source: Hunky Dory

Simple as the place may be, Hunky Dory will leave you wanting more with one of the best beer-battered fish in the city.

 

Tommy Ruff

1/3 Carre Street, Elsternwick

Source: Tommy Ruff

This relaxed and casual Elsternwick shop is always buzzing with customers. The food and deep fried goods come at a very affordable price, too – aside from the fish and chips, don’t forget to order the oysters as well as salt and pepper calamari.

 

Hooked

172 Chapel Street, Windsor

Source: Hooked Fish & Chippery

For your ideal fish and chips – crispy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside – look no further than Hooked. For a twist, also order the panko-crumbed fish burgers and the salt and pepper calamari on the side. It’s advisable to come in during lunch time for special deals.

 

Blu by Australian Seafood Fish and Chippery

146 Gaffney Street, Coburg

Source: Blu by Australian Seafood Fish & Chippery

Fish or salad? At Blu, you can have the best of both worlds, with fresh ingredients and generous portioning.

How to Cook the Best Steak: Tips and Advice

It is notoriously difficult to get steaks right – sometimes it’s too hard and chewy, other times it’s bland and far from juicy. How can we best cook steaks? Here are a few tips from renowned chefs and experts.

Sit the meat outside of refrigerator

Take your steak out of the refrigerator and place it in room temperature approximately one hour before cooking. “Frying or grilling it from cold will stop the heat from penetrating to the middle as efficiently,” said Jamie Oliver.

Pick the best pan and heat it up

“A heavy-duty, thick-based frying pan, ideally with a non-stick coating, will achieve good results, as will a heavy griddle pan or skillet,” said Natalie Hardwick of BBC GoodFood. Heat the pan (or griddle or barbecue) up before putting the meat in to get a juicy, caramelised taste from the meat.

Cook the steak

Take a look at the BBC GoodFood’s guide; cook a 3.5cm thick fillet steak:

  • Blue: About 1½ mins each side
  • Rare: About 2¼ mins each side
  • Medium-rare: About 3¼ mins each side
  • Medium: About 4½ mins each side

For a 2cm thick sirloin steak, cook:

  • Blue: About 1 min each side
  • Rare: About 1½ mins per side
  • Medium rare: About 2 mins per side
  • Medium: About 2¼ mins per side

Feel the meat (or take the temperature)

To make sure your steak is cooked to your liking, feel it with your fingers, Hardwick said. “When rare it will feel soft, medium-rare will be lightly bouncy, and well-done will be much firmer.”

However, others said feeling up the steak could be a little difficult, especially for untrained cooks. “Just take the steak’s temperature and know for sure,” said Dawn Perry of Bon Appetit. For a medium rare steak, remove from the pan at 60°C or 140°F; for medium, 68°C or 155°F; for well-done, 75°C or 165°F.

Let the meat rest after cooking

Do not cut the steak right away – let it rest for about 10 minutes to get the juiciest, most tender steak. It would not get cold – instead, it would reabsorb and redistribute the juice.