Happy 2014!!! How time does fly when you’re busy stuffing your face with all sorts of no-no foods. We’re in the prime of summer right now (for us Southern Hemisphere dwellers) and cool, refreshing ciders and light fruity sweets are in. Oh my goodness, the sweets. I haven’t been cooking very much because of the heat- and also lack of inspiration- but also because there is so much to see and do, and not nearly enough time to do it all. Here’s a heads up for my fellow Sydney-siders. The Sydney Festival is on in the CBD with loads of stuff to check out. There’s a giant building facade and mirror display at Darling Harbour, themed jumping castles in Hyde Park, and a bunch of music and after-hours events for the adults, which you can also find in Hyde Park. Be sure to check it out as it ends on Australia Day (not including the Monday public holiday). For more information, check out the website: Sydney Festival 2014
Today’s post is just a quick review of a cafe I’ve been dying to try out. Blackflower Cafe is located across from Market City, near the UTS library. It’s a kind of “blink and you’ll miss it” place because the interior is completely black and I’ve walked pasta fair few times without realising it was there. They’ve got the standard coffee and light meals options, but they have an awesome selection of teas, macarons, and desserts. I chose a Rose Earl Grey tea which was quite nice. This one has to be well steeped so you can taste the hints of earl grey which is slightly overpowered by the rose, but still a good cuppa.
When you first step in you’ll immediately notice the desserts cabinet and good-golly you’ll be in heaven. There isn’t too much to choose from, but don’t let that deter you. They’ve got a good selection of macarons to the left, and a good handful of cakes and desserts on the right. I got the “Mario’s Garden Tiramisu” and, as the name suggests, it’s a sort of deconstructed tiramisu based on Super Mario. I got it mainly because of how it looked (it had a meringue toadstool! You can’t pass that up!). You had chocolate soil (very messy when trying to eat), layers of sponge and Chantilly creme, and espresso jelly. I admit, the jelly was the strangest part of it all and it didn’t really seem to mesh quite well, mainly because it was in little clumps at the bottom and tasted a little strange. It wasn’t the best tiramisu, but I’ll give them an A+ for creativeness. My friend chose the “Lust” cake, which was a combination of rose, lychee, and hazelnut. It was quite eye catching as well! I tried a little and liked it better than my tiramisu, but sadly, the rose and lychee flavours where a bit weak and it was hard to distinguish between the flavours. The crispy hazelnut base was awesome, though.
Be sure to check them out as there were quite a few people there, suggesting that what we picked was just bad luck. A man at the table next to ours ordered a mousse cake and I kid you not, I was prepared to go over and sweet talk him into letting me try a bit. Also, if you have any recommendations for great coffee and/or sweets in the Sydney CBD area, please let me know. I’ve lived in Sydney my entire life but there’s always more to discover! Have a great summer (or winter) and happy eating!