Decode: Adventure

Decode: Adventure: Adelaide Day #2

Decode AdventureDay 2 started with the breakfast of our shopping the evening before. Note to self: descend a spiral staircase slowly and carefully, especially when you’re half asleep.

White grapes, Goat's cheese, Champagne shaved ham, and Chili Ciabatta for breakfast
White grapes, Goat’s cheese, Champagne shaved ham, and Chili Ciabatta for breakfast

Soon after, we made our way to Rundle Mall and Street, just down the street and across a junction. We caught a glimpse of the Rundle Balls (no kidding, it’s a landmark really called that) and a few of the Adelaide Fringe Festival performances.

While Rundle Mall provided for the usual mall stuff, we garnered a few ideas from their Fringe and Festival Box Offices, like how all festival tickets are 50% if you bought them between 12 noon to 3pm. I thought it was a cool idea to get more people interested or participating.

The Rundle Balls
The Rundle Balls
Tap dancing buskers!
Tap dancing buskers!
The Adelaide Arcade in Rundle Mall
The Adelaide Arcade in Rundle Mall
The fountain at its front
The fountain at its front
The awesome interior
The awesome interior
Cockroach. Really.
Cockroach. Really.
Do you see what I see? A hotel along Rundle Street.
Do you see what I see? A hotel along Rundle Street.
Waiting outside...
Waiting outside…
...the Adelaide Comics Centre!
…the Adelaide Comics Centre!
Another performance from the Fringe!
Another performance from the Fringe!

Moving on to Rundle Street, we looked around a few shops (art supplies, window shopping), and took a few turns before we found ourselves a street off Rundle, at Grenfell Street. Looking for some lunch, we decided to stop at a place the Tiger was recommending before we flew to Australia.

Le Carpe Diem Patisserie!
Le Carpe Diem Patisserie!
Interior decor
Interior decor
Classy...
Classy…
...quaint...
…quaint…
...au francais...
…au francais…

Started by an Australian and French husband and wife team, Le Carpe Diem is a bright, open café and patisserie along Grenfell Street. We were greeted in French before being ushered to our seats. After a quick look through our menu, we ordered – the Tiger got a Le Traditionelle, and I got a Rouen, both accompanied by a frothy cup of Belgian hot chocolate.

The hot chocolate was served together with a karafe of iced water, while I was in the middle of photographing the interiors and the Tiger was whipping his sketchbook out. Topped with an Everest of whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa, we were in for another surprise when the hostess brought another jug of hot chocolate each – “The rest of it,” as we were told.

Writing alongside Belgian hot chocolate
Writing alongside Belgian hot chocolate
My Rouen, buckwheat crepes with mushroom, swiss, and creme fraische
My Rouen, buckwheat crepes with mushroom, swiss, and creme fraische

Our galettes (savoury crepes) came shortly after. The Tiger’s Le Traditionelle was a buckwheat crepe with gruyere, ham, and egg. My Rouen was a buckwheat crepe with mushrooms, swiss, and crème fraische. While I normally am a fan of savoury pastry (like how I like sausage and eggs with my waffles), this blew me away.

Cheese and mushrooms form a combination that will hardly cause complaints – we have it in pasta bakes, pizza, pratas (in Singapore, at least). In this number, the combination of swiss and fresh cut mushrooms provided a burst of flavour and silky texture. Together with the subtle nuttiness of the buckwheat and the tang of the crème fraische, your palette will be sent for a ride through the tunnel of culinary love with this place.

Similarly, the Belgian hot chocolate was a great pairing. The incredibly dark chocolate gave a subtle bitterness that slowly evolved into a sweetness that slid down your throat, aided by the smooth cream sitting afloat the brown liquid goodness.

The Garanche, chocolate on chocolate and liquor =)
The Garanche, chocolate on chocolate and liquor =)
Cannele du Bordeaux, one of the most interesting desserts I've had
Cannele du Bordeaux, one of the most interesting desserts I’ve had

And if that was not enough, we got a sweet crepe of a dessert topped with Belgian chocolate sauce, chocolate ice cream, orange slices, and a Grand Mariner drizzle. If that was not enough, they set it aflame in front of you – think a deconstructed (but not so) Crepe Suzette.

While the dessert crepe did not disappoint, what caught my attention was the Cannele de Bordeaux, a French pastry that’s caramelized on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside. Think a more solid crème brulee, encased in its caramelized topping, reduced down to a size of a madeleine. *smacks lips*

The only thing that could complete that imagination was sitting in a café in Paris itself. And Le Carpe Diem’s simple but quaint décor completed the entire package. In fact, it was such a welcoming place we actually went back the following night (where the Tiger got caught drawing their counter front. LOL!)

Le Carpe Diem is located at 230 – 232 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, SA 5000. For more information on them, click here.

After which, we made a quick shuffle to the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, where the Adelaide Writers’ Week was held. I went for True Grit, a panel featuring authors David Vann and D.W. Wilson, while the Tiger sat at the back and drew some more. If you would like a more detailed account of the panel, click here.

We took a walk along the Adelaide Festival Centre after the panel and getting our books signed, resulting in the following barrage of photos.

Statue leading to the gardens
Statue leading to the gardens
Entrance to the Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden
Entrance to the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden
Outside the Adelaide Festival Centre
Outside the Adelaide Festival Centre
CAMWHORE!!!
CAMWHORE!!!
Scene in the bright summer sun
Scene in the bright summer sun
The Adelaide Festival Centre
The Adelaide Festival Centre

All this before having a quick Mexican takeaway dinner downstairs and heading back upstairs to rest up for an early morning the next day. So that’s Day #2 for you, and I’ll leave all of you with the pictures of our Mexican dinner.

Tacos and Salad...
Tacos and Salad…
...and overstuffed Quesadilla...
…and overstuffed Quesadilla…
... and what you do after. LOL.
… and what you do after. LOL.

P/S – You can track all our Australian adventures with the tag “adelaide-melbourne adventure 2014”.Blanket Fortress Logo

Advertisements

One thought on “Decode: Adventure: Adelaide Day #2

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s