Divine Donuts is a small business which went live on the 5th of February 2020.
If you check them out on Instagram and Facebook (@divinedonuts_) you will see how well curated their dessert boxes are.
They also like to run little competitions for their followers here and there which I was lucky enough to win this month.
They have a range of donut flavours ranging from the creme brulee bombshell to the charming chocolate.
As you can see, their boxes don’t shy away from fulfilling your sweet tooth cravings!
In the box I won, I received the following donuts:
Creme brulee bombshell
Sinful cinnamon sugar
As soon as you open the box, that delicious smell of freshly baked donuts slaps you across the face making it hard to not devour the whole box before you take your photo.
Their donuts are soft, bursting with fillings, flavoursome (my personal fave being the creme brulee bombshell), and also keep well the day after – not that there were very many left!
The other little bits and pieces included in the box were pieces of Mars bars, marshmallows, lollipops, chocolate freckles, red skins, candied hearts, twizzlers, speckled eggs (given that we’re leading up to Easter), and another personal favourite, oreo filled eggs which were decorated beautifully in edible glitter!
How can you honestly resist this?!
The box was such a hit that we have already put in another order for the month of May but I’ll more than likely be ordering much sooner to fulfill cravings during the lockdown period.
If you haven’t checked these guys out yet, you really need to!
Also, it’s nice to give back to the local businesses during this time. I know it’s been rough on most of them so why not order a box to help them along a little bit.
A little tip for anyone wanting to visit is to purchase your tickets online as it saves you a dollar or two. It might not be much to you but it all adds up at the end of the day and you can buy a small sundae with that!
Anyway, the food at the zoo wasn’t too bad. I had a carrot cake and hot choccie to start the day off and then a sausage sizzle as a snack before lunch.
The zoo is a reasonable size so make sure you have good walking shoes on!
After the zoo we headed out to Patissez for some lunch.
The weather was scorching hot so I had to opt for something green which I never do!
The Green Goddess Bowl saved the day with fresh ingredients like green pea hummus, avocado, quinoa, sauteed spinach, broccolini, lemon, house made hazelnut dukkah, haloumi and a poached egg.
This was really quite good. It’s my one healthy meal of the year!
Hubby went for the reuben which had shaved Wagyu corned beef, melted Swiss cheese, house made Zuni pickles and Russian dressing on toasted sourdough and served with mixed leaves.
He thought it wasn’t bad but said it was a bit too ‘hammy’. What a shame Katz’s deli isn’t here to make a fortune out of people like us!
For drinks I kept my ‘green’ streak going by having an acai smoothie which had organic acai, strawberries, blueberries, coconut water, chia and raw honey.
This was quite nice and refreshing in the heat.
Wait time: 4/5
Baby friendly: yes
After that we headed to our Airbnb for a little nap before dinner.
For dinner we went to Burger Hero.
The burgers here are legit! I haven’t had a good stack in agesSss so this was a welcome.
I went for the cheeseburger which had 200g of hickory beef, American cheese and hero sauce.
That hickory beef was so good! And the flavour of that hero sauce was also really good. Those who know me know I’m a bit like Jeffrey Star and hate sauce (and like my burgers plain) so to willingly try this and like it is a rarity for me.
Hubby had the Rockin’ Rooster which had buttermilk soaked crumbed chicken, lettuce, tomato, onion, liquid cheese and chipotle sauce.
Hubby loved this! He said the chicken was juicy and flavoursome.
Wait time: 5/5
Baby friendly: yes
I wish we had more time in Canberra, as there are so many different places to eat!
Day two started off with a light brekkie at home (Nutella toast) then heading off for some bubble tea at Elora to start the tea run.
I opted for the rose milk tea which had quite a subtle flavour and hubby went for the strawberry oolong tea which was refreshing.
My ratings for this place were:
Wait time: 4/5
Baby friendly: no
After that we headed off to Adore Tea House for our high tea.
It was such a good high tea because they did pairings with the food – something they don’t do in Sydney so definitely kudos to these guys.
We started off with some sparkling iced tea in a strawberry, lemon and ginger flavoured green tea which was nice and refreshing. I always love a good iced tea!
Then we were given our first tier of sandwiches which included Australian green tea infused chicken with tarragon and almonds, Billy tea infused steak with horseradish and mayonnaise, and the traditional mint and cucumber.
It was such a good concept to have tea infused proteins!
I have to say that the chicken one was my favourite out of all but they were all pretty good!
This came accompanied with a tea called the Assam 2nd Flush which was a black tea.
This tea was quite nice a nice tea and would have to be my third favourite.
The second tier consisted of hot savoury finger food such as grilled peach and haloumi cheese bruschetta, spinach and fetta cheese puffs, and oolong tea infused chicken pinwheels.
These were all good but the grilled peach and haloumi bruschetta was my favourite! The flavours just worked really well together.
This came accompanied with a Japanese lime green tea which was my favourite of all the teas.
The last tier was dessert.
This had a hazelnut dolce de leche dome, earl grey cream tea infused creme brulee, and scones with whipped cream, rose butter, and French earl grey tea infused jam.
Can I just say that the rose butter is the best thing I’ve ever tasted?! It definitely rivals Pepe Saya and you guys have got to try it! Unfortunately it’s not for sale (yet) but they are working on it.
This one was accompanied by a Rooibos chocolate truffle flavoured tea.
I have to say that this was my least favorite tea. The flavour just didn’t do it for me. The smell was nice and chocolatey but I just wasn’t a fan.
My ratings for Adore Tea House were:
Wait time: 5/5
Baby friendly: yes
After high tea we went exploring around the area and found a little international candy store.
I walked out with some hot gummies, Barbie pez, a Wonka bar and a butterfinger flavoured lip gloss.
For dinner we went to a place called Baby Su.
Hubby happened to drive past it earlier and saw some aesthetically pleasing desserts so obviously we had to go there.
The weather was stinking hot but that didn’t stop me from ordering ramen!
It wasn’t bad but I honestly miss the ramen from the US! Plus this baby was missing the boiled egg. It was made up of chilli miso, shredded iceberg, hakata noodles, nori, and sesame seeds.
Hubby had the pork belly bao-ger lucky pack which came with a piece of fried chicken and waffle cut fries.
The bao-ger had pork belly, picked cucumber and Korean pear slaw. He loved it and thought the flavours all went really well together.
We also had a Wagyu cheesesteak springroll.
This was pretty good and tasted like a cheeseburger.
For dessert we had boba sundaes. I had the salted caramel with brown sugar syrup and hubby had the strawberry.
Both tasted really good and the strawberry sundae is vegan for those wanting a cruelty free option. It also has popping pearls which are my fave!
My ratings for Baby Su were:
Wait time: 4.5/5
Baby friendly: not really but you can squish a pram in there somewhere!
So there you have day 2.
If you guys have any recommendations for me for next time, please let me know!
When people think of Canberra they probably think of a place that’s boring and slow but its food scene is far from that.
We went on a little family trip for four days and wished we had more time to explore more eateries.
Day one we got to eating at around 5.30pm so visited a joint called Mookie (most of the other places I wanted to visit closed at 4pm!!!).
Hubby had the pork belly burger which had pork belly, Asian slaw, kewpie (Japanese mayo) and pork crackling in it and he absolutely loved it!
As a side he had the gem-go-bell which are potato gems topped with cheese sauce, jalapenos and chives which was quite tasty.
I had the Mookie wings which are spicy crumbed buffalo wings with your choice of Texas bbq sauce or devil chilli. I opted for the bbq sauce because I’m already a wimp when it comes to chilli and the spice factor on this one was already high on my radar!
I also had a small side of French fries with this.
For dessert (because who doesn’t eat dessert?!) we had concretes which are frozen custards.
These are the best thing ever! I had the geisha which was a vanilla flavoured custard with cheesecake, pink rose petals, strawberries, watermelon and crushed pistachios. Very reminiscent of Black Star Pastry’s watermelon cake.
Hubby had the apple pie which was also a vanilla flavoured frozen custard with cinnamon donut, crushed apples, corn flakes and cinnamon.
I have to say that these two desserts really blew my mind in terms of taste. They were super refreshing and just had the perfect flavour combos.
I know where I’ll be going for a frozen treat next time we come back!
Oh and for all you mummies out there, it’s also baby friendly.
All in all, this place was really good for a feed. I thought I should start doing ratings so you guys can see what I thought of each aspect.
Wait time: 4/5
Baby friendly: yes
If you guys have any questions on the ratings, please feel free to email me!
Filo food has slowly been creeping up the scene and what better than to start with dessert if you haven’t already tried the cuisine.
Mix Mix is a local business specialising in filo desserts.
They have set up a small food trailer in the Parramatta Town Hall area and attend food festivals from time to time if you ever need a sugar hit.
At the moment they are creating the famous halo-halo with a Christmas touch to get into the festive spirit.
If you haven’t tried this dessert, it’s a must!
It’s made with crushed ice, sweetened banana, jackfruit, taro jam, palm sugar fruit, coconut gel, coconut strings, white beans and sago topped with ice cream and a slice of leche flan.
Another item on Mix Mix’s menu is the coconut pandan crusher also known as buko pandan.
This is a super refreshing drink made of gulaman cubes, tapioca pearls and shredded coconut in sweetened cream.
The mango peach puffs/jolly pie was inspired by Jolliebee, is such a treat! Vanilla and ube ice cream topped with pieces of pastillas and a side of a mango and peach puff which is very similar to a Maccas apple pie.
The mango mess/mangga con yelo is another refreshing dessert made with mango fruit and puree, sago, crushed Graham crackers and merengue flakes.
Have I convinced you to try them out yet because I’m seriously hooked?!
Wine Island is a fun little experience located on Clark Island.
It’s a little island which you can get to via Batch & CoSpritz Boats, including a complimentary glass of spritz on the voyage over.
I was lucky enough to be able to go to the Friday session which was nice and chill. Tickets hadn’t sold out on this day so it wasn’t as packed as it would have been on Saturday and Sunday which was so nice as there’s nothing worse than a jam packed event!
The weather was lovely and the vibes were so relaxed as people were soaking up the sun’s rays and enjoying the tastings.
The experience I won came with transfers to and from the island, a tasting tumbler, five wine tastings per person and attendance at the Wine Selectors masterclass.
When you reach the island you’re gifted with a Wine Island water bottle and some bubbles.
There were quite a few wine stalls, Manly Spirits gin, Jetty Road Brewery beer, Brix Distillers rum, about a handful of places to eat and a Napoleon Perdis beauty bar.
I opted for Chur Mediterranean having the lamb souvlaki and loaded fries which were both so good (I’m really into Greek food at the moment)!
For dessert, local faves N2 were on the scene offering two choices of vanilla ice cream and mango sorbet with your choice of mix-ins.
If you’ve been wondering where these guys have been, they’ve shut up all of their stores and gone to catering instead so if you want something fun at your next gig, be sure to hit them up!
Tastings were a plenty with you being able to purchase more currency to load onto your bracelet for a one off fee.
Some of the bottles were quite funky.
The Wine Selectors masterclass was quite good as they offered you a range of different rosés, outlining the background notes of each one.
You can also do a little exploring and have a margarita just to change things up.
You have to climb a set of stairs for your liquid reward so be sure to have a bit of a wander around.
On the way down and back around, you’ll be able to walk closer to the water where it’s nice and peaceful.
Finishing off a four hour experience, you’re waved off with a bottle of water to hydrate you after a days worth of drinking.
Be sure to hold onto your hats as the ride back is a windy one!
French pastries are always the best pastries in my eyes.
Not only are they handcrafted beautifully but they always taste so divine, it’s hard to stop at just one.
Coco 88 in Pemulwuy is vastly growing a strong following for its delicious choux.
I got there just before lunch on a Friday and half of the choux pastries had already gone so I opted for one of each of what was left (vanilla, salted caramel and chocolate), and I didn’t feel disappointed.
The salted caramel would have to be one of my favourites out of the three. It had just the right amount of salty sweetness.
The vanilla was good but could be stronger in its vanilla bean flavour as I thought it tasted more like fresh cream.
Winner winner chicken dinner! The chocolate was also a hit.
These guys also do savoury dishes so we tried the egg wrap which wasn’t too bad.
The ham and cheese croissant was pretty good and had the right amount of flake to it.
We also got a few bits and pieces to take home like the Ferrerro choux which was pretty yummy!
We also got a box of six assorted chocolates which were quite good.
So beautifully made, it was hard to not bite each one in half to see what was in the middle.
The Yuzu and strawberry was my favourite.
The earl grey tasted just like an earl grey tea with chocolate ganache.
The espresso martini was subtle and not too overpowering in flavour.
The verbena was another one of my favourites. It had a refreshing lemon taste which I loved.
The Yuzu is also another yummy and refreshing tasting one.
Last but not least was the cognac which was quite an interesting flavour. It was a special edition for father’s day which came back due to popular demand.
We will definitely be going back for more sweet treats!
Do you have a favorite choux place? I’d love to know.