Random Eats

So things have been a little quiet around here – and with good reason – as other parts of my life have been hurtling ahead at full speed. I am now an expert in getting quotes for minor home renovations and dealing with tradespeople, most of whom do turn up at agreed times. My mother has moved from our family home into a more manageable smaller place, and said family home is now listed for sale. *sniffle*


Down The Shire there happens to be a Lindt Café where Monsieur Poisson and I manage to catch a much-needed breather over a caffe latte, hot chocolate (melted chocolate plus steamed milk self-mixing fun) and a slice of Opera cake. It’s the husband’s favourite and, though the edges are a little dry being the last slice of the day, the layers themselves are moist with coffee syrup and buttercream.


More sweet options have popped up closer to home in the form of Yogurberry, where customers can help themselves to soft-serve yoghurt – up to 6 flavours daily – and decorate with the selection of toppings on offer. The end product is charged dependent on weight where customisation is the focus of the fun.


Zen Q is the home to Taiwanese desserts and, while there is plenty of novelty about their Honey Toast series with each variety being about the size of a third of a loaf of bread, it’s the “Matcha Snow Ice” with its folds of ice confection which captures my attention. The texture is somewhere between a sorbet and an ice-cream, but lighter than the latter as far as creaminess goes.

(clockwise from top left) Mini Me, Bitty...Bitty, Royale w' Cheese and Ugly Balls from Gelato Messina Laboratorio and Patisserie

We find ourselves at Gelato Messina’s Laboratorio and Patisserie one day following breakfast nearby for a couple of special birthday people. Who said you can’t have gelato for lunch, heheh? The “Mini Me” is too cute not to get with its Mario mushroom appearance and mention of popping candy in the base, but does get a little tricky to eat being top-heavy. No such issues with plain-looking “Bitty...Bitty” apart from a bit of vodka milk escaping when we manage to bust open the domed top – the salted caramel gelato underneath is swoon-worthy! The “Royale w’ Cheese” has us going all Pulp Fiction, of course, and proves the hardest to eat with components melting at different rates as well as slipping about the place. While the “Ugly Balls” is far from ugly with its delicate honey gelato and crunchy outer coating.

And, finally a happy and safe Easter to everyone! I’ll be chomping away at my favourite Red Tulip bunny and, if you’ve yet to stock up on chocolate eggs, Lindt has these cute-as miniature ones in egg cartons.


happy easter!

24 comments:

  1. Umm so like, I notice that they are all desserts :P I've been meaning to head to Messina for their desserts (I only found out recently that they do this - always thought it was just a gelato bar). They all look so interesting!

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  2. ugly balls. heh heh. happy easter!

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  3. Wow - I didn't like my last ZenQ experience but that “Matcha Snow Ice” looks sensational!

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  4. Gelato fo lunch is sooo good! I have gelato 3am in the morning!

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  5. Congrats with the final stages with your mother's home; hope you guys felt you had a well deserved break over the passing week. I'm still yet to visit the Gelato Messina lab, those creations look fabulous.

    Happy Easter. Those egg cartons are super cute!

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  6. Happy Easter to you too! I like the idea of the Messina Gelato desserts but they can be awfully difficult to eat. And you have tradesmen that DO turn up on time???? That's gotta be a miracle!

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  7. happy easter sunshine! moving is always stressful - no matter who it is!
    hope you hv a wonderful break :)

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  8. I also felt quite sad when my parents sold up the family home of 22 years about a year ago. So many memories in that house - it was certainly interesting all the stuff we found when it came to moving!

    Hope you have a lovely Easter as well :)

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  9. Happy Easter! It's great that this major saga has come to an end and you can move on to other, hopefully less stressful, things.

    Love the little desserts from Messina. Have yet to try any though.

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  10. Happy Easter Rita! Love the new gelato messina cakes - I just need to get around to trying all of them! Those Lindt eggs are too cute in their cartons

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  11. How adorable is the Messina ice cream creations? I'd love to try them out myself soon! :)

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  12. Oh Emm Geeeee that matcha snow ice is much like the shaved ice that I've seen popping up at random food markets. It's texture is totally addictive and makes you keep eating one spoon after the other. Divine.

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  13. Happy Easter gorgeous!!! I am yet to venture to Gelato Messina’s Laboratorio and Patisserie, it looks like so much fun. I too will be munching on a Red Tulip bunny, they are my fave!

    Hopefully this long Easter weekend will allow you to do a bit of R&R after a hectic few months.

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  14. OMG OMG OMG!!! LOVE this post!!!! It's definitely my type of posts lol all about desserts, cakes, yoghurt, chocolate and more! I 've never heard of Zen Q but that Snow ice looks perfect like something that I've had in Hk or Taiwan :D Sighhh how come we never get the good things here in Melbourne :(

    It must be so sad to see the family home go :( with so many memories but at least it'll be easier for your mum ~ Happy Easter again!

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  15. I have yet to tried Messina! Their creations are just amazing!

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  16. that lindt cake looks yum! hope you had a lovely relaxing easter.

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  17. Yuumm! We have a lindt cafe in our westfield. I am always tempted with their petit fores.

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  18. aaaw check out that mushroom! Very Super Mario Bros! hehe

    Habbby Easter!

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  19. Hope your Easter was lovely! Also, best of luck selling your house :)

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  20. Haha who could resist quoting random bits of Pulp Fiction while eating the Royale with Cheese? Hope you had a great Easter Rita :)

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  21. Royale with Cheese is the cutest! Glad to hear you got a little breather - esp when things have been so hectic for you Rita.

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  22. It's always sad when you have to sell the family home. I hope you get a good result. The toadstool is very cute. What great little works of art xx

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