May 28, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson
Try saying THAT three time fast! lol
This “courtesy invite” was extended to me due to being an Adelaide Yelp ELITE member reviewer.
Who said free membership doesn’t have its privileges too?
“Privileged” I was today on the fun food-filled flavours food trail; the privilege was ALL mine!
Let’s get started, eh?
The WONDERFUL food trail started off at Java Lifestyle Coffee and Tea where owner Mario walked us through the various types of beans he sourced from South America, Indonesia, and Africa too!I must admit to not being the “smartest skippy in the paddock.” (Aussie lingo…well, I don’t think any translation is necessary; but if there is, it would be the “state” one is in prior to one’s daily “routine” of coffee.
Thanks to owner Mario, (and I WAS paying attention ) for coffee drinkers, there are only two types of beans; the QUALITY coffee bean…The Arabica coffee beans and Robusta coffee beans used for espresso because of its harsher taste.
Arabica coffee beans thrives in “higher altitudes” that receive large amounts of rainfall.
Mario “debunked” some of the myths about coffees, oils in coffee beans, roasting or blending, but you won’t get the secret from me.
The cafe is full of “nostalgia” and coffee and tea related accessories.
I particularly like seeing the original coffee machine Mario’s dad used a long time ago!Onto Salta In Bocca (which means “ Jump into Mouth”) where Andreas and Therese Carstensen was our lovely hosts who explained not only about the history of the business (which was bought by Andreas for Therese’s birthday), but of the exquisite almond breads and macarons they made.We got to taste test various almonds breads and macarons.
Photo Courtesy of Yelper Lee L.
My favorites was the mulberry and pistachio almond bread as well as the croccantini; (An Italian flavored cracker; “roasted hazelnuts, roasted almonds, and the finest egg products make this meranque biscotti.”)
I WONDER who this person is taking the photo in the window? lol
You have to admit, it IS a “tad” funny!
I did not KNOW who was in the photo until I came home and down loaded…It was ME!!Next on the Food Trail was San Jose Smallgoods run by Portuguese owner Jose (pronounced with a soft J).
I was “delighted” in tasting their Premium Prosciutto, Aged Chorizo, Porchetta Roast, Polish Sausages etc.
I really enjoyed learning about the the Proscuitto in the making, salami ready for fermentation, and Zampone (where the meat is stuffed in pig’s trotter instead of casing) too!
Would I try making my own? I think I will leave it to the multiple award winning experts and now know where to purchase their high quality products!
The beef sliders were delicious and even went back for a second one that was calling out to me, “PICK ME!! PICK ME!”
JoJo’s Juice Bar & Gallery juices, crushes & smoothies are from $5.00; a bargain too!
We still have another two stops on the Food trail to go!
Delicias Argentinas was our next discovered gem; and a food gem it was!
To add to my um, well, “distraction“, Karina’s homemade Alfajores were STARING me in the face!
I was “wondering” if I would have room for dessert, but something inside me “sensed” I would have to come back another day to experience.
We were “welcomed” into the wonderful world of Argentinian food with Bunelo de acelga (battered spinach fritters) and Bucadito de califlor (battered caultiflower fritters)
Photo Courtesy of Yelper Lee L.
These were followed a beautifully marinated eggplant dish, followed by a marinated roasted peppers dish.
This was followed by Vacio al horno (“traditional” veal flank, slow cooked, yet crispywith a tomato and herb sauce) and Matambre con ensalata Rusa (special veal roll prepared with fresh herbs and spices)
Photos Courtesy of Yelper Lee L.
Where was I during all of this that I did not have any photos of my own?”, I “hear” you say?
My hearing, in addition to my smell is EXTRAORDINARY!
In addition to catching up with my Yelper (that’s what we reviewers are called) friends Suzie and John, platter were being presented, and as we were served one dish, the next platters was coming towards us from the next table too!
I got “totally” caught up in the food friend atmosphere and did I mention there was Argentina music playing in the background too!?
A VERY BIG thanks to my fellow Yelper Lee for staying concentrated, so I could share his wonderful photos and you also get to see!
With my mind “STILL” in Argentinian fun filled food mode, sadly our time had come to depart.
I DO feel a little part of Karina (and her mum’s) Argentinan heritage, food culture has “touched” my heart!
The last stop of on Flavours of Campbelltown Food Trail was Mercato.
Mercato’s has had a “passion for food, wine, and family” since 1972.
Rino, our host was delightful in explaining how Mercato’s is “a family business” who pride themselves on providing “the best, authentic products from Italy.”
Mercado’s provides a WIDE variety of pasta, wines, cheese etc.
You could almost literally spend half a day or more just looking (and buying) the unique product lines and range they carry too!
I am ALWAYS like a “kid in a candy store” when I visit.
I have visited Mercato’s many times before, but each visit always feels as if it was “my first.”
This is GREAT for local business, GREAT for Adelaidians to discover, GREAT for Adelaide tourism too!
As a South Aussie, I am SO PROUD and HAPPY, I got to share this “fun filled food” Flavours of Campbelltown Food Trail.
When next in Adelaide, perhaps you would like to experience other hidden “fun filled food gems” with me?
I might not have started out as the smartest skippy in the paddock, but as a result of the Flavours of Campbelltown Food Trail, it made my mickeydownunder day!