My sister Simone is an inspirational and fun-loving girl.
I adore everything about her and I’m so thrilled that she is one of the great guests on ADRIAN CAN’T COOK.
Simone is a 26 year old girl with Down Syndrome. She jokes, laughs, cries and gets sad – just like any of us. She has shows she loves, singers she adores and loves celebrities.
She is just a down-to-earth person with a huge heart of gold.
Though very quiet and shy, Simone still shows off her talents in the kitchen and teaches me a yummy sweet recipe she learnt at her Disabilities Centre.
I hope you enjoy watching this as much as I did filming it. I hope she inspires you as much as she does me.
Today we are shooting with my extra super special guest, my younger sister, Simone!
Wait till you see what yumminess we are whipping up in La Cocina de Juanita (my mama). Stay tuned!! X
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A brilliant crowd of 200 turned up to celebrate the grand opening of Bacco QVB on Tuesday night and enjoyed themselves eating all house made Italian delights from the Bacco kitchen, there was a Charcutterie and fresh pasta tables and Bacco’s house made pastries and cakes where plentiful. It would have been impossible to count the trays of delightful food coming out to the guests – there was just so much food and drink, it was like it never stopped!
The night was a celebration of all things Italian with the Songsmiths performing live, Italian Vespas on show in green/red and white plus all the very gorgeous authentic Italian barstaff all dressed by Voi Fashion (Roberto Cavalli). Everyone invited was asked to wear a splash of red, which naturally I did. But who was voted best dressed? Yes – yours truly! My stunning partner Bianca Venuti was subtly capped off with a pretty red rose.
With all the food, drinks, entertainment and great company, it was hard to make everyone leave and the party kicked on till 10pm to celebrate the opening of Bacco’s sister venue, 2nd floor of the QVB building where they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, also serving Italian styled high tea as something a little extra to Bacco’s Chifley Tower venue.
Check out the review on Bacco HERE
Bacco Wine Bar Pasticceria, known for their delectable home made cakes, pastas, canapé’s and Italian Apertivi cocktails just opened its doors to its second CBD venue located on the second floor of the spectacular Queen Victoria Building. Open 7 days, there’s nothing better then stepping into authentic Italian glamour, enjoying breakfast, lunch or a dinner of house made Italian fare. Maybe you just feel like a glass of wine at the beautiful bar or simply relax and enjoy an Italian Style high tea.
Owner, George Michael, was inspired to create Bacco throughout a trip to Italy. Simplistic yet stylish; Bacco Wine Bar Pasticceria, QVB is on the second floor of the glorious QVB building. Like its sister venue in the Chifley Plaza, Bacco QVB features marble floors and benchtops, polished timber features and the iconic imported Italian grape lights and surrounding triple windows.
Everything is house made, including the pastas, risottos, sauces, cakes and chocolate, not to mention the ingredients used in the upmarket cocktails. The bar menu includes spicy home-made Italian meatballs, cured kingfish with orange spring herbs and pan toasted brioche and a mint sautéed king prawns with crispy vegetables and vanilla scented olive oil.
For dessert, Bacco’s extraordinary pastry Chef, Brendan Dewar produces every cake and pastry on site plus Bacco’s own hot chocolate recipe, made from pure Belgium Calvatore Chocolate. Bacco’s high tea features Italian sandwiches, sweet and savoury petite gateaux served with a fine selection of tea’s or choice or Campari high tea with a Campari cocktail.
Bacco’s creative Italian menu is complimented by a carefully chosen wine list featuring old and new world classic wines well matched to the simple Italian fare at Bacco.
The cocktail list, conceptualized by Bacco’s Italian bar team ranges from a traditional Bellini to the house speciality, Giorgio Il Bello, a true aperitif from Venice, made with Aperol, elderflower and pinot grigio spritzed with homemade lemonade, served in a glass rimmed with handcrafted orange rhubarb dust. Exclusive cocktail making courses are also on offer to learn the secret to making premium Italian cocktails.
Whether it is a Panini at lunch with a colleague, high tea with your mother-in-law or an evening glass of wine at the bar with a shared plate of Italian delicacies, Bacco is an authentic yet modernistic Italian culinary experience, one experience I will remember.
Hours: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 7 days a week from 8am.
Pros: Perfectly Italian. The food is so fresh, the word fresh can’t even describe it’s freshness. Deliciously authentic. Enthusiastic staff. Well priced. The Ricotta Ravioli is to die for.
Cons: My obesity – I’d eat there every day if I could and finish off every meal with a massive and amazing dessert!
Pricing: Breakfast for $4.50 to $16, Lunch & Dinner $14 – $32, Desserts- $15, Cocktails $15, high tea from $33 – $47.
Final say: I love this place. I’d quite easily become a regular of Bacco!
Check out all the fabulousness that went on at the launch party right HERE!
Which restaurant did I recently go to for a special first date? Verde in East Sydney.
I wasn’t too sure what to expect for the first date, but when we turned up to Verde, I was impressed.
Authentic Southern Italian cuisine, the décor not so authentic Italian. It was more modernised high-end Australiana with eclectic Italian touches dotted throughout. With a small courtyard on the roof, large private dining room, an intimate booth and wine bar, it caters for any occasion.
From the moment I walked in, I felt warm and comfortable as the lovely lady at the front desk asked us to move upstairs as our table was waiting and ready. The young waiter upstairs guided us to our private little table for two, which was obviously a personal request.
We were handed our menus for food and wine. Authentic Italian food always has plenty of seafood, so I was in the mood for a white wine, and that we got. A bottle of the 2008 Indian Pacific Semillon Sauvignon which was a pleasant drop to start off the tedious task of what food to order of the extensive mouth-watering menu.
Our Head Chef, Antonio Ruggerino, has created a menu based on authentic Italian cuisine with a strong Southern Influence. Some of the recipes have even been passed on by our Nonnas’ from San Giovanni di Gerace – a small village in Southern Italy’s, Calabria.
Knowing we had a wonderful chef with Nonna’s knowledge, we realised we were in for a special treat.
We ordered for entree, the Zucchini flowers filled with ricotta and spinach, fried white bait with garlic aioli and Arancini Balls with Grape Tomato Salsa. Ok, maybe we went a little overboard, but boy was it good!
The Zucchini flowers were a great size, not too big, not to small. They were perfectly filled, not under filled and not over filled. They weren’t oily, they had a delicate taste and the filling wasn’t over powering and dominating the taste of the flower. Arancini balls – delicious! Cooked to absolute perfection. The white bait which is one of my favourite things to eat at Italian/Spanish restaurants was absolutely delicious and really crispy, the garlic aioli not overly garlicy – especially for that first kiss to end the night.
For our mains, I ordered the homemade Linguine Marinara, prawns, Vongole, Barramundi with white wine and my date got the roasted veal cutlet, rosemary potatoes, prosciutto bone marrow Involtini. My linguine was al-dente, the prawns fresh, juicy and succulent and the most delicious part was my Barramundi. The Vongole (Vongole is a tiny clam) was also yummy, although they are small, so the flavour isn’t as intense as anything else on the dish. The roasted veal cutlet was roasted to perfection and the rosemary potatoes were amazing – I’d know because I took some from the plate. What’s your’s is mine – unless it’s already mine!
We also got a small salad of rocket, pear, Pecorino, Lemon and E.V Olive Oil. This has always been one of my favourite salads. It’s super delicious if you use blue vein cheese as an alternative to Pecorino – although Pecorino is just as amazing!
So you think I’m going to spill everything on what was for “dessert” don’t you?! Well I am… Caramel and chocolate liqueur Panna Cotta with Nutella semifreddo – AMAZING! Nutella is one of my most favourite things IN THE WORLD! So I loved this dessert. I also learnt that it’s also my dates favourite too! Nutella has got to be a foundation to a long relationship right? We’ll see about that!
Pros: Pleasant and attentive staff, not too quiet and not too loud – perfect for a date, not too dark and not too bright – perfect for a date, wholesome and flavoursome food, not too expensive.
Cons: There wasn’t really anything negative that stood out.
Pricing: Entrees between $4.50 and $16, Mains from $21 to $30, Desserts all $12. The bottle we had was $39, but they range from $35 to $690.
Final say: Well the date couldn’t have gone better. I can thank some of this on the great food and the venue itself. Great food and great wine is the key to anybodies heart – I think both Italians and my date could agree with that, right?
So are you wondering if there was a second date? … There’s been many more since! (with the same person!)
Corner Stanley St & 115 Riley St, East Sydney – (02) 9380 8877
This week I’ve got a little obsessed with Jones The Grocer. First it was their macaroons, now it’s their chocolate Easter eggs.
As Easter has fast approached us and we celebrate this weekend, we all need last minute gift ideas. So why not stop off at Jones The Grocer for these eggcelent (I can’t help myself) and delicious Easter egg gifts.
They are presented eggceptionally well and there is a different size to suit everybody! Smooth milk, dark and white handmade chocolate, some marbled – all delicious and all by the fabulous chocolate makers – Adora.
Run in before they run out – a great gift we would all enjoy for many kg’s to come! Eggs above $56.www.jonesthegrocer.com.au
One of my favourite little sweets which I love to gorge on are Macaroons. Where is the best place for Macaroons? Jones The Grocer in Woollahra of course!
They have a great range of flavours to choose from; raspberry, rose, coffee, chocolate, blueberry, pistachio and coconut. My personal favourite – Pistachio.
Grab yourself a tasty Macaroon and a nice fresh Iced Tea and relax in the lovely surrounds of the store at 68 Moncur Street, Woollahra – (02) 9362 1222
If you know me well, you will know I love my jewelry – especially rings. There’s nothing more luxurious then wearing an outstanding ring made of gold, rather large in size and striking. For men, just one signature ring, women can get away with more.
I have a Bulgari 5-band B-Zero white gold ring, which I am starting to get over now. So I am on the search for a new piece which is something special. As I’ve got older, I’ve thought I could start to drift into the yellow and white gold combination.
I can stop the search. I have found exactly what I want.
This is the Quatre Ring Diamonds made by the French jewelry makers, Boucheron. This ring is actually made of white, yellow rose and chocolate gold. I didn’t even know chocolate gold existed! The exquisite effects used on this ring make it one dramatic piece. It has an embossed rose gold, a white gold with a row of diamonds, a chocolate embossed diamond point and a yellow godron motif. Priced at $12,100 with diamonds. There is an option without diamonds, $5950.
If this is not one of the most beautiful men’s rings you have ever seen, I’m not too sure what is?
Available at 178 Jersey Rd, Woollahra – (02) 9007 5330