Since I was coming back from lunch with my Mother at Cronulla (yes, she's still going to vote Liberal, even with Labor's offer of high-speed broadband for all) I needed to wash the bad taste out of my mouth (the taste of conservative politics, and the taste of crab cakes made with seafood extender) I decided a little produce stop was in order:
Now largely I go here for the Bangalow Sweet Pork Proscuitto. It's to die for.
But I was also drawn (by a Dyson powered vaccuum suction, I tell you) to the Tartufo Sausages... yes folks, truffles and sausage. They're going to be soooooo good.
Pino's Dolce Vita
45 President Ave Kogarah NSW 2217
Phone: 02 9587 4818
Now just as I was about to drive away, I noticed a sign for Empanadas next door... and I clicked - it was Sugarloaf Patisserie which had featured in Good Living on the 20th February, 2007. Now not only are they supposed to cook some of the best Empanadas in Sydney, they also have that wicked, wicked dulce de leche - or milk caramel. I followed my caramel monster in, and tried a traditional South American sweet whose name escapes me - but it was puff pastry with caramel between it, rolled in coconut. It was good! I also bought some Beef, Onion & Egg Empanadas and a Caramel Meringue because it looked so good!
37 President Ave Kogarah NSW 2217
Phone: 02 9553 4933
Now I was on a roll... so I decided to try for a third produce win. I read about Pasta Emilia's in this week's Good Living and I was interested because not only do they make their own pasta, including all sorts of interesting organic varieties, including spelt and rye, they also have duck stock! If there is anything that can improve my partner's mushroom risotto it will be even better stock, and I reckon duck trumps veal!
129 Macpherson Street, Bronte, 0415 286 268
Mon-Fri, 10am-7pm; Sat, 10am-6pm.
And if all that didn't make me feel better enough, I picked up the fake palm I won on EBAY and it looks awesome (and it was cheap). It has amazing detail... in fact it looks so real I think the cats may try to eat it like the fake banana tree.
And when I got home, a package arrived for a Shimmy Corset Jacket, and it looks even better in person than it did in the photo. I am very good at making myself feel better, yes I am.
PS: I have to also say, to the dick-wad in car licence plate YXZ-891 who had a sticker saying: "Curiosity didn't kill the cat, MY CAR DID!" you are a tosser, and I can only hope you suffer the same fate.
PPS: The local church, All Souls, had a sign saying: "Vote to help our weak and marginalised, not the strong and self-satisfied." Probably the best thing I have ever seen on a church notice board. They are a bit funny with their signs - they had one saying the priest was away, so it was a good time to visit the church.