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Little Adelaide Burger Bar

I love discovering little gems that randomly just appear by wandering about Adelaide. Pretty sure that was how half of the Adelaide list was formed.

Gilles St market is one of the house’s favorite haunts. The girls and I, almost always try to make sure that we’re available to make a little excursion down. It’s one of our favourite places for second hand clothing. But the food section is always the first area we would head to before we began shopping.

It’s usually the same few food stalls, but once in a while a new stall would pop up. This time, the Little Adelaide Burger Bar popped up.

The menu

It was actually the big board that they used as a menu that caught my attention, and then the smell of burger patties cooking, and then the actual sight of the burgers. So far I’ve tried the Delux and Lamb burgers.

The first time we discovered the burger bar, Sash and I pretty much snagged up the last two burgers he had left. The guy at the grill told us that it was (at the time) their first time at the Gilles St market and wasn’t expecting such a good response. I take it was a sign that the burgers are good.

Apparently, Little Adelaide is actually a catering company. I gathered this from a stack of name cards they had by the counter. Yes, I make a good detective… I think.
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Let’s just sit and chill

Hello internet! I am alive and back from my long hiatus (sort of). I’ve got to admit, it was a good break. Speaking of breaks, there was once Sash and I decided to pop into Red Door Bakery along King William St for brunch. I love their iced coffee and was hoping to get some. Unfortunately, at the time, they’ve still not gotten their freezer, thus no yummy ice coffee for me 😦

Red Door Bakery (King William)

The atmosphere and layout of this outlet is rather different from their Croydon outlet. Everything’s really simple and minimalistic. Simple grey walls, clean glass displays etc. The Croydon outlet has a little more of the homely-cosy vibe. However, this outlet has a lot more seating, always a plus.

Noms

We’ve tried their pies before. So we decided that we should try some of their other stuff. So we got ourselves on of their sandwiches to share. Every since we’ve embarked on this eating list, I’ve got to admit that I have gotten a little more adventurous in what I’m willing to eat. We ordered a pork and apple sandwich. In the past I’d be like… Pork? Apple? Meat? Fruit? Together??? No, thanks. Now, I’d be like… Pork? Apple? Not something I’d have together, but okay, let’s give it a try. Continue reading

Waffle Kingdom

I remember there was excitement in the air when Waffle King just opened up on Sturt Road. It was close to Westfield Marion, which was close to uni, so all the kids living up on campus were talking about it. I heard many friends gushed about their delicious waffles, but it took me several months to check the place out. In fact, when I finally got to visit the place, the hype had died down.

The owner of the place used to make waffles for places such as Bracegirdles, but has decided to set up his own waffle place calling himself the ‘Waffle King’.

Watch them make the waffles & crepes

The first time I was there, the service was… as another diner puts it on Urbanspoon ‘snotty’. My girlfriends and I were seated by this large mural that the owner had hired an artist to paint on the wall. He had explained that the king in the middle was, in fact, him. I guess that’s where the name Waffle King came from. Then he pointed out he had paid several thousands to have the mural painted. Right, noted, well good for you. Then he proceeded to give me a long speech about how I should look out for my chair and not destroy his precious mural. I replied that I would be careful, but was already starting to feel a little put off. And then, he proceeded to watch me like a hawk. I would like to enjoy my waffle in peace, thank you very much.

Although the waffles were good. I didn’t like how I was being watched like some sort of criminal. It’s not like my whole purpose of the visit was to destroy his mural. I never returned to the place for about a year or so.

Driving past it one day, Sash pointed it out and stated that we should add that place to our Adelaide List. So up on the list it went.

Smoked salmon crepe

Smoked salmon crepe

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The little bicycle cart

I just had two cups of coffee back to back, and am feeling a little bit too buzzed at the moment. Omg, so many things running through my mind right now and I can barely string coherent thoughts together. I might be spazzing a bit. I am such a lightweight. Oh goodness. Anyway, moving on with life.

I love the whole street food culture that is slowly gaining momentum in Adelaide. Street food culture has been a major player in Asia for a very long time. Asian countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea and Japan are some Asian countries that possess a really robust street food culture.

The Veggie Velo cart

I got turned away the first time I stumbled upon the Veggie Velo cart because they had a long line of people waiting for food and they were running out of ingredients for their burgers. I walked away with an empty tummy. Then I saw them again at the Gilles Street Market, and I made a beeline towards their little bicycle cart.

Perhaps the name of the cart already gives it away, all the burgers offered by Veggie Velo are vegetarian or vegan friendly. They offer two different burgers, a quinoa one and a haloumi with mushroom one. The last time I tried quinoa (in Melbourne) I found the taste of it peculiar, so I opted for the haloumi with mushroom burger.

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Happy belly!

What do you do when the food you want doesn’t come readily available at a store, food truck, restaurant or cafe? You stalk them online until you find out where they’ll be next. I’m sure we all have a friend who stalks people online, be it on Facebook or other social networking outlets. Well, I stalk pop-up food stalls and food trucks in Adelaide. Perhaps that would explain my lack of a social life? Oh wait, I have to have a social life in order to have people to stalk online. Right.

The Happy Motel pop-up booth

I’ve been eyeing The Happy Motel for a while. At first, I didn’t realise that they don’t actually have a fixed physical restaurant place. So I spent ages and ages combing through their website and Facebook page looking for their address and opening hours, only to realise much later – oh wait, they don’t have one. Oh. Now what? How am I going to get my little hands on their food? No! This is a disaster! The tragedy! Sob, sob. Cry, cry. Whine, whine. Boohoo. Life is so sad.

And then my internet stalking skills paid off. The Happy Motel was going to be at a Gourmet BBQ Festival at Rundle Park. Life is beautiful again!

Beef brisket bun

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Burgers & fries

We’ve been talking about visiting Pearl’s Diner ever since Burger Theory announced that they were going to start it. But, life got in the way, and we only got to visit the place recently.

Sash and I got there a little too early, I read the time wrongly and we arrived there an hour earlier than the time we had agreed upon with some friends. So we ended up just sitting in car in front of the diner chatting about random things. Our friends arrived soon after.

Burger No. 1

Our friends have never tried Burger Theory’s burgers. You should have heard us gasp… You’ve never what?? Dude! What is wrong with you?! How do you live your life?? 

We can be a little bit melodramatic, sometimes. Just sometimes!

So he ordered himself a Burger No.1 with chips. The amount of chips doesn’t look as sad when you get them in packet from the truck. The burger… just as good as I remember it coming from the Burger Theory truck.
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Bagel for you?

I have been curious about The Coffee Barun for quite some time because I kept coming across cafes proudly stating that their coffee beans come from, the one and only, Coffee Barun. Coffee Barun? What’s that? A little bit of googling revealed reviews claiming that they might possibly serve the best coffee in Adelaide.

Inside The Coffee Barun

Curious, I’ve made several attempts to get Sash to go with me. Perhaps, attempts and hints that were too subtle and feeble. We never went. And then, she left for Sydney to visit friends. Leaving me with one eating-buddy less, so I seeked others and this time was successful at convincing them to go with me.

The Coffee Barun roasts their coffee beans in the cafe itself. Literally, almost half of the floor space houses the coffee bean roasters. This area is cordoned off by a somewhat tallish counter, but you’re still able to watch the action go down if you want.

The coffee lived up to the heap I’ve been reading on the internet. The coffee was rich and well brewed. I secretly sighed a sigh of contentment. Mmmm… good coffee.

Eggs Royale

I got myself an Eggs Royale. Poached eggs, smoked salmon and wilted baby spinach seated upon a wholegrain bagel, topped with their very own hollandaise sauce. The bagel was warm to touch, I made a slit in the egg and watched the warm yoke slowly bleed out below the crown made up of a generous serving of smoked salmon. It being a coffee place and all, I wasn’t expecting much from the food. But The Coffee Barun exceeded my expectations. One word, yums.
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