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The other night the kids were off doing their own thing so I said to the wife that we should go out for dinner. She jumped at the chance, not having to cook and all, and we decided to give The Pickled Duck a try.

Upon entering The Pickled Duck we were hit with a muted roar of the patrons who were obviously all enjoying themselves. By the time we were taken to our table I got somewhat accustomed to the noise and, thankfully, we were able to enjoy a conversation without too much trouble.

The modern/industrial decor was quite pleasing and the menu wasn’t that bad. We both decided to try their “Pickled Duck” gourmet burger, which at the time was priced $14.90. The Pickled Duck Burger comprised of pulled spiced duck leg, onion marmalade, lettuce, aioli, and a sweet bun garnished with pickles. Thankfully I also ordered a serve of fries. I say thankfully because while the burger was quite tasty, it wasn’t what I would call satisfying. If it wasn’t for the fries I would have gone home hungry.

The Pickled Duck Burger looked satisfying enough, but after picking it up the burger seemed to condense into a skinny sandwich. It was weird.

While the¬†staff at The Pickled Duck were very friendly it took some time to get to place my order because there was only one girl taking them. Then once I got to place my order I had to line up again to order drinks!! They must have learned this technique from Primo’s! Never liked it there and I don’t like it here either.

On a positive side the meal was delivered promptly.

Would I go back again? Probably as it’s close to home and I won’t mind giving them another try. If you’re thinking of trying them out and order the Pickled Duck Burger, make sure you order something else with it. ūüėČ

Yesterday was Australia Day and because it was such a beautiful day the wife and I decided to check the Henley Square redevelopment.

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I kinda liked the undulating wooden slated seats leading up to the jetty. I’m not the only one either as heaps of people were relaxing on them as we walked by. The water feature in the centre of the Henley Square was also ¬†very popular.

After a bit of a look around we decided to grab something to eat and decided to give Stella a go. Like I said it was Australia Day and there were heaps of people around. Even so we were lucky enough to get a table outside. It was cleared quickly and the menus arrived soon after. Once we placed our order the drinks arrived in a timely manner. Unfortunately the food was another matter. It took almost 45 minutes and the beer was warm before the meal arrived.

Like I said though, it was Australia Day and I reckon because of the penalty rates they were probably understaffed. Once the meals arrived I have to admit I was shocked at the presentation.

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As you can see in the image above it was a tiny burger with a smattering of fries on this huge plate. If the burger wasn’t tiny enough it looked dwarfed when placed on that plate. I’m sure a smaller plate, perhaps a rectangular or oval one, would have done the meal a lot more justice.

That aside the burger was delicious and the fries were cooked perfectly. Apart from the tardiness in receiving the meal we had no complaints. The staff were very friendly, knowledgeable.

We wouldn’t have a problem frequenting Stella again and I’m sure we would receive our meal in a prompt manner once penalty rates were not an issue.

Speaking of penalty rates, my recommendation to those places that choose to open on public holidays is to not scrimp on staff. Even if means you run at a loss it’s better to do that than to give customers a bad experience. Consider it as part of your advertising costs, as great service can only lead to more business. Poor service on the other hand can prove to be quite detrimental.

Ages ago I wrote about Morialta Falls and about how beautiful it was. Lately I’ve been exploring some other great walking trails in our beautiful Scenic Adelaide. The sudden urge to get fit was brought upon by my Fitbit Charge HR, a birthday gift from my kids. More about the Fitbit later on in the post! This post is about another great place for walkers and cyclists alike. The place is called Cobbler Creek Recreation Park and its full of different trails. My favourite is the Porosa Trail.

According to South Australian Trails the Porosa Hike is about 6.5k’s should take about 2.5 hours. All I can say is they must have taken it pretty easy to have taken them that long. I walked the Porosa Trail the day after Christmas because I wanted to burn off some of those Christmas calories. I took some highlights of my walk of the Porosa Trail which you can see below.

Porosa Hike  Perfect For Burning Calories

The Porosa Trail comes with a lot of different routes. The video shows the one that I prefer which leads you to Teakle Ruins, down to the creek bed past the Trevalsa Ruin and then back to the Smith Rd car park. At the end of the video I reveal some stats of my Porosa Hike cutesy of my Fitbit app. It also shows you the exact route I took. Because of some backtracking and adding on another little track I walked a total of 11.17 k’s and I did it in a little over two hours.

I did the walk again today and this time I didn’t stop to take photos and stuff and as you can see from the image below I walked even further and did it in under two hours.

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You’ll also notice from the video that a lot of the times I was huffing and puffing and that’s because I believe you’ll burn more calories by going beyond the leisurely walk.

In the video when coming to the creek bed I crossed it to continue my walk. In todays Porosa Hike I decided to take the track to the right of the Creek bed. Man, all In can say is that a lot of the track is more suited to bloody mountain goats than hikers ūüėČ ¬†As you can see from the image it took me almost to Green Valley Drive before turning away. It was a pretty arduous addition to my hike but I don’t regret it at all because the views made it worthwhile. I intend to do the same route again on future Porosa Hikes.

Fitbit Charge HR A Great Motivator

If you’re wanting to improve your health then walking is a great way to do so, not to mention it can also improve your fitness level. If you’re laking motivation the I suggest you get your hands on a Fitbit. My Fitbit Charge HR also monitors my heart rate as well as having other great features. This includes telling the time, monitoring my sleep giving a whole lot of statistics via the Fitbit app on my Smartphone. During my walk it will give me an update every kilometre telling me how long it’s taken and my average pace. As I like to keep my pace under the 10k’s per second I will pick up my pace whenever it gets too close to that goal.

You can also compete with other friends who have a Fitbit which is another great motivator.

If you’re looking for a new place to take more than just a leisurely walk then I highly recommend tackling some of the great trails, like the Porosa Trail, at the Cobbler Creek Recreation Park. The park is named after William Peddler III, one of the early settlers in the region. William happened to be a shoemaker, also known as cobbler, ergo the name.

The Teakle Ruins below is definitely one of the highlights.

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Have you done the Porosa Hike? If so what did you think of it?

As it was my wife’s birthday on Saturday I decided to take the family out for lunch. Because it was a special occasion I thought we’d try something more upmarket. So, instead of going to your run of the mill cafe I took them to Sean’s Kitchen.

Sean Connolly a celebrity Sydney chef with numerous accolades, including Chef Of The Year, opened Sean’s Kitchen on October 10th 2014. We came to Sean’s Kitchen some 5 months later hoping for a good experience.

We’d booked for 12.30 and as you can see from the photo below it wasn’t as busy as we expected.

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It wasn’t too long before that changed though and even when it did the noise level was quite comfortable.

My first impression was it was somewhat similar to Jamie’s Italian Adelaide. Throughout the meal we found the staff very friendly and knowledgeable. The single sheet menu though I found to be quite a surprise. I was sure they must have dropped the rest of the menu on the way to the table. ūüėÄ

We decided to share some of the starters as we wanted to be able to savour as much as we could of Sean’s Kitchen’s delicacies.

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Sweet Pea and Parmesan Risotto

The Sweet Pea and Parmesan Risotto was superb. For me it was the best dish of the day. The rice was cooked to perfection and the dish was so flavoursome.

We also shared the the Duck Fat Chips – ‘The Original’ I don’t know what I expected exactly. I mean, I’ve never had anything cooked in duck fat before so I think I expected something more decadent than what it was. What we got was a serve of chips in a container that put the Leaning Tower of Pisa to shame. Nothing special at all. But then they were just chips. Perhaps a little chicken salt would’ve added some flavour.

We also gave Sean’s Kitchen Mac and Cheese a go. Once again I don’t know what we expected but we weren’t at all impressed. But then again, what can you expect from a simple plate of Mac and Cheese, right.

The last thing we shared before the main meal arrived was the Duck Liver Parfait with Brioche. When I saw the dish arrived I was a little apprehensive. What I saw was something that looked like liver pate, and I’m not a fan of pate at all. What I got was an unbelievable taste sensation. It was bloody beautiful. We all enjoyed it. If you’re going to share this dish ask for extra bread. The waiter suggested we should and we were so glad that we did.

Sean’s Kitchen Main Meals

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I had the Orgy Of Mushroom Ricotta Gnocchi, top left image of the above collage. It was quite tasty but I much preferred the head of the mushroom than the stalks. As for the ricotta gnocchi, they were OK but I reckon I would have preferred the original potato ones.

Nadia had the Grasslands Eye Fillet wit hollandaise sauce. I’m glad I didn’t order that because I would have bloody starved to death with that portion. Still, it was enough for Nadia and she loved it. She’d asked for medium rare and that was exactly what she got.

The wife’s choice was Sean’s Kitchen Free Range Chicken Saltiimbocca with asparagus and caper parsley sauce. Anna loved her choice and thoroughly enjoyed her meal.

Frank had the Dry Aged Burger with chiptle mayo and duck fat chips. Loved the burger and chips were OK.

Now it’s time to sample some of Sean’s Kitchen dessert.

Sean’s Kitchen Dessert

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Nadia had the Baked New York Cheesecake with strawberries and rhubarb. I loved the look on her face when she took her first bite. She had that OMG look while she covered her mouth in surprise. She absolutely loved it.

The wife and I shared¬†Lemon Meringue Pie with raspberries. Not fresh raspberries mind you. More on the dried, candied variety. Quite nice actually and a few more wouldn’t have gone astray. I thought the candle and Happy Birthday wish was a lovely touch. Something that we did not expect.

Frank had the¬†Doughnut Holes with passion fruit glaze. I had one and while it was OK it was nothing flash. But then what can you really expect from doughnut holes. ūüėČ

All in all we had a great experience at Sean’s Kitchen. It was a bit pricey but well worth the extra expense. I would certainly go back the next time a special occasion came around.

Sean’s Kitchen . Station Road
Adelaide SA 5000 . Australia

Phone .  (08) 8218 4244

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It’s Sunday afternoon about 1.30¬†pm and we had nothing to do so I said to the wife why don’t we try out that new Jamie Oliver restaurant in Adelaide. “You mean Jamie’s Italian Adelaide,” she said. “Whatever,” I replied. “Well, you can’t just walk into Jamie’s Adelaide! You have to book and they say there is a month long waiting list.”

Even though we didn’t think there was much of a chance getting in we went for a drive anyway. There wasn’t any street parking available so we parked it in the Myer car park which had a $14 maximum cap on Sundays.

So, we walk into Jamie’s Italian Adelaide, a small lineup, and asked if we could be seated. Even though we didn’t have a booking the lovely¬†young lady said a spot would be available in about an hour. Coo! We grabbed it, Gave her our number and went down the Mall for a walk.

They rang at 3 pm to say there was a cancellation! Man, how lucky are we. We headed on over and got seated immediately.

Jamie’s Italian Adelaide Review

I have to say I was impressed with what they did to the old heritage listed Westpac Bank site. Being heritage listed they had to keep the integrity of the old building so I’m sort of wondering how much of the interior was actually changed.

Anyway, back to the food. We decided on a couple of entree’s, the Crispy Arancini and their famous Polenta Chips. While the Arancini was really tasty I found that the rice was slightly overcooked. Because if that it lacked the texture that would have made it perfect.

As for the Polenta chips, man, they were to die for. I didn’t know what to expect but what I got was these scrumptious cubes of home made polenta that must have been baked in the oven or something. It was tasty and very morerish.

The we hit the mains. I went for the Truffle Rissoto and the wife had the Vongole Taglionini. If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know how much I love my risotto! You also know about the bad experience I had at the Brighton Hotel. Not so at Jamie’s Italian Adelaide. I’ve never had truffles before but I can safely say their Truffle Risotto was the best risotto I’ve ever had. It had the ‘wow’ factor that the Arancini lacked. The rice was perfectly cooked and it was full of flavour.

I asked the wife about her Vongole Taglionini and at first she said it was ok. Then she remembered to mix the pasta a little to soak up the juices and then her face virtually lit up.

For dessert we had the Tutti Frutti Lemon Meringue pie, complete with limoncello & crunchy pistachio brittle. My, oh my what a taste sensation that was. It made me wish I ordered my own instead of sharing it with the wife.

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OK, so the food was great. The atmosphere was good as well. It did not have the noisy background that one would normally get in cafes. I found I could easily talk to the wife without having to scream to be heard. The only downside was they didn’t have the three beers I requested so I settled for a freshly squeezed orange juice.

All the staff were extremely friendly but I personally thought it took them longer than it should to bring the drinks. Other than that I had no complaints. I was so pleased with my experience there that I can’t wait until my next visit.

Something to keep in mind is that they do allow room for walk-ins. So, if you happen to be in the area just pop in and I’m sure you will be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s Jamie’s Italian Adelaide menu. Here’s a link to some of the work done to the old Wespac building to make it what it is today.

One last thing, don’t forget to take the time to take a leak because those loos are a real talking piece.

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