Decode: Adventure

Decode: Adventure: Adelaide Day #3

Decode AdventureConsidering how we ended up sleeping in the past two mornings, the Tiger and I got up relatively early today to take a walk in the Adelaide Botanical Gardens. (Thank goodness we went that day though, they were closing the next day for WOMADelaide)

It was a rather cool morning, early on a Sunday, so it was nice to have the gardens almost to ourselves. Walking through the tropical greenhouse, herbal gardens, and succulent fields, we settled in an interesting-looking shelter (built around a tree) so that the Tiger can draw and I was able to read.

The entrance to the Botanic Gardens
The entrance to the Botanic Gardens
Into the tropical greenhouse...
Into the tropical greenhouse…
Something caught the Tiger's attention!
Something caught the Tiger’s attention!
Just this alcove and mini-waterfall.
Just this alcove and mini-waterfall.
The arid gardens
The arid gardens
It's such a nice scene to just look at
It’s such a nice scene to just look at
For herbs and such...
For herbs and such…
Where we took a quick stop
Where we took a quick stop
Do you see who I see?
Do you see who I see?

The Botanic Gardens of Adelaide is located at North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000. To find out more about them, click here.

I think this day also marked the time of our trip where every future day in Australia involved us meeting a friend of either of us.

We met the Tiger’s friend, Elizabeth, at The Original Pancake Kitchen for lunch. The place was incredibly crowded but needless to say, I missed this place immensely.

The cabin-feel of the place stretches through the restaurant itself, enveloping the cozy couch booth seats and cedar-coloured wooden chairs and tables peppered through the place. Chalkboard writing, black-and-white framed photographs, and mini jukeboxes drilled into the walls completed the atmosphere pretty well.

Seated at a table all the way in during this crowded Sunday
Seated at a table all the way in during this crowded Sunday
I still love their homey decor
I still love their homey decor
JUKEBOX!
JUKEBOX!

We ordered a Canadian Feast – a short stack of buttermilk pancakes with tomatoes, two sunny-side ups, Canadian bacon, whipped butter, and maple syrup. Like the last time my mom and I visited, I loved how they gave you a generous jug of maple syrup before serving you your dishes. We ordered a Blueberry stack for dessert as well, served in a dessert bowl to hold the ice cream drippings.

Thick and fluffy, the pancakes did not disappoint, the savour of the buttermilk complementing the nutty sweetness of the maple syrup and pancake batter itself. The voluminous cakes also served as a delicious, buttery base for the thick-cut, meaty bacon and bouncy egg, holding this breakfast-related taste package together, slathered with butter and syrup.

Our Canadian Feast!
Our Canadian Feast!

Like the Canadian Feast, the dessert pancakes were a treat – the blueberry tartness cutting through the thick, rich pancake, going together with the smooth vanilla ice cream buried somewhere underneath the compote. Being a big fan of blueberries, the Tiger was satisfied (He kind of attacked the dessert before I could take a photo. LOL!).

The Original Pancake Kitchen is open 24/7 and is located at 13 Gilbert Place, Adelaide SA 5000. For more information on them, click here.

The Original Pancake Kitchen
The Original Pancake Kitchen

Post-lunch was another walk to the South Australian Museum, where we spent a better half of the afternoon. To find out more about what we thought, click here for a more detailed Museum Escapades post.

We made our way back to the Adelaide Festival Centre, this time to attend Alison Bechdel’s “Dykes to Watch Out For” panel under “Comics Can Do Anything”. To get a more detailed post on the session, check out my Book Bites post here.

Enter...
Enter…
Cafe Brunelli =)
Cafe Brunelli =)
Alison and Sean (@SeanBlogonaut) =). Great time catching up with them!
Alison and Sean (@SeanBlogonaut) =). Great time catching up with them!

Then, we had a great dinner catch up with Sean (the Bookonaut) and his wife, Alison. Upon his recommendation, we made our way down to Rundle Street, where we met them at Café Brunelli’s, an Italian restaurant with awesome pizza.

Sharing our order, the Tiger and I got a Mushroom Prosciutto regular (10-inches) and a Prawn Salad. To describe our surprise of the arriving food in the most effective way possible, let me put it this way – Sean and Alison ordered a similar order, and we had no space for anything else on our table.

Our mushroom prosciutto out front and Sean and Alison's margherita at the back
Our mushroom prosciutto out front and Sean and Alison’s margherita at the back
Our crispy prawn and rocket salad =)
Our crispy prawn and rocket salad =)

Like I’ve mentioned in my post for Day #1, many people underestimate the importance of fresh ingredients. The mushrooms, in this case, gave a firm crunch, its fresh nuttiness balanced against the salty smoothness of the prosciutto, the wood-oven-baked crust serving as a substantial base for the toppings.

Similar to the mushrooms, the rocket salad base maintained its fresh peppery taste, great against the briny vinaigrette dressing and the crunchy prawns. Filled to the brim, the both of us could barely finish all that food.

Apart from the food, indoor seating was spacious and the atmosphere reminded me of an open deli you may go for sandwiches and canteen-style serves. Sean, Alison, and the two of us had a great time catching up on the Adelaide Festival, the urban environment of Singapore, and our creative work in general. It was a good place to generally just sit and catch up.

Café Brunelli’s is located at 187 Rundle Street, Adelaide SA 5000. To find out more about them, click here.

And I shall end my Adelaide posts with one of my favourite Adelaide landmarks - the Rundle Mall pigs =)
And I shall end my Adelaide posts with one of my favourite Adelaide landmarks – the Rundle Mall pigs =)

And as this sun sets, that’s pretty much it for Adelaide for us! Stay tuned next week as we go from Adelaide to Melbourne in this Australian adventure =).

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