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Foodies’ Diary: Hot’n'Cold
Author: Jackie McMillan
Posted: Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Published: The City Hub

Eat Mex Daily

Not many fast food restaurants volunteer their product to be tested by the Australian Government National Measurement Institute – that’s how sure that Guzman Y Gomez are that their product is actually GOOD for you. In fact it’s more like “restaurant quality food served fast” with a nutritional profile that means you can eat it guilt free “every day because it is fresh, healthy food”! Now if your personal trainer looks at you askance, there are brochures in store that break it down into carb., fat and protein. Plus you can tell ‘em that chilli speeds up the metabolism, pico de gallo lowers cholesterol and their tasty guacamole (made fresh three times each day) is full of good fats too! With this information in, you can imagine the look on founder Steven Marks’ face when one of his Newtown customers asked if the “D.F.” stood for deep fried! Ouch.

(PS: D.F. actually means Distrito Federal which is Mexico City.)

Flavour of the Week

Now I’m sure you need another reason to visit Gelato Messina in Darlinghurst like a hole in the head, but by golly I’ve got one. This man (I’m dubbing him ‘the flavour maker’) is Donato Toce, an experienced chef who is brain-storming up new flavours with founder Nick Palumbo. Now while I’m personally still hooked on Nick’s Yoghurt Caramel, Donato’s Gingerbread and Peanut Butter has extraordinary depth of flavour. The intensity of the peanut butter only stops when a chunk of gingerbread melts on your tongue; it’s like communion, only better! They’re adding a (limited) flavour each week. Word on the street is this week it’s Black Forest made from milk chocolate gelato, kirsch mousse and Amarena cherries. Sigh.

Padrón Peppers
As the weather heats up, so do our palates as chilli fever spreads across the land. Get in fast for an order of my favourite Padrón Peppers, the Russian roulette of peppers (because you never know when you’ll strike a hot one). Grower Richard Mohan at Midyim Eco tells me they’re “in full harvest mode.” He also let slip there are some new chillis on the horizon. Expect to see the O Couto (pronounced oh kowtoe) a chilli with no heat, and the Gernika from the Basque region of Spain next year… for now we can but salivate at his tempting photo.

Christmas Cookies
For another excellent Aussie icy treat, rock on down to the Eveleigh Markets between 8am-1pm for a limited edition Pat & Stick’s Christmas Cookie. Their latest seasonal ice-cream sandwich features cassata ice cream and gingerbread cookies. I hear it’s delicious! I can of course vouch for their Expresso Lace personally – I’m an avid product tester!



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 16th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)
The gauc at Guzman and Gomez gets a big thumbs up from me :)
Dec. 16th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
some day i will simply have to delete you from my FL
having to look at so much YUM is bad for me!!!!
now i want FOOD
Dec. 16th, 2009 09:41 am (UTC)
Would make a change from being deleted because someone hates me! XX
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Dec. 16th, 2009 10:34 am (UTC)
Eveleigh Markets is your friend... the Expresso Lace was my favourite.
Dec. 16th, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
Hey Jackie, the photos are yours? I'd say the portrait of the guy sitting before the shop stall is a really good one :) If so, congrats :D

The problem with D.F. is that you can't pinpoint which D.F. they mean. In Brazil, D.F. is Brasilia, our capital ( also, Distrito Federal ) :)

About peppers, may I suggest, if you can find then, Brazilian Murupi peppers. They're strong flavored, but extra extra hot. They're native of the amazon rainforest, now grown in other hot "all year sunshine" areas in Brazil, and a really great match to fish :) I'm sure you won't find the actual peppers, because exporting would just degrade it's flavor and they would arrive in Australia half-rotten, but the extract is just as nice for the heat and flavor, and comes in small 10ml bottles :D
Dec. 16th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
Photos are promo shots from publicists in the columns.

The peppers sound great. I have just finished eating our first serve of the Padrón Peppers, picked yesterday, express posted to me from Queensland. They're great!
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
I can try shipping you a small bottle if you want :)
Dec. 17th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
How about we do an exchange of hostages. Would you like a cookbook or an Australian product in return?
Dec. 18th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
Not really fair, since it's a really small, inexpensive thing (under AU$3) :) But I'll get one for you next week ( we're hitting the gourmet market for some Xmas food ), and when I am in Sydney, you buy me an ice cream ;)
Dec. 20th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
Dec. 21st, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
Please, send the postal address to ship the said pepper bottle, to jessica@jessicaluchesi.com :)
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