Dessert at Joe’s bar

When we didn’t stay for dessert at Temporada, I found it the perfect opportunity to go try the gelato sandwich at Joe’s bar that I have wanted to sample since it opened. When we arrived inside the bar, without seeing the menu we asked if they still served the gelato sandwich and when they said that they did, we had told two of the waitstaff that we wanted the gelato sandwich before we sat ourselves down on one of the lounges. After a little while, one of previous waitstaff asked if we had our order taken, it was a bit confusing as we thought we already had ordered, so we re-ordered with her and she convinced us to also order the cannoli with her description of chocolate ricotta and candied pistachios.The order took longer than expected as the large tables were also on the same course as us, but when we received our dessert I was a little underwhelmed to say the least.Gelato tramezzino ($12.00). This was two pieces of short bread sandwiching choc chip ice-cream (? we were told it would be vanilla but it had chocolate flecks through it). If you are wondering if short bread goes well with ice-cream, it doesn’t. The crumbly nature of the short bread meant that the whole dessert collapsed into a messy pile after the first bite. I was really disappointed with this.

The messy heap that was left before I gave up.
IMG_0280Cannoli pistachio ($16.00). As soon as I took the first bite, I started to wonder how we would finish all four cannolis. The shell was too thick, really brittle and borderline stale and the ricotta filling wasn’t much better. I didn’t get the sense of ‘chocolate ricotta’ or ‘candied pistachio’ that was in the description that the waitress told us about. The only reason why we took the rest of the cannolis home was because I saw how much that we paid for it.
Small flat white ($4.00). TimmyC said that his coffee tasted bitter, ashy and really bad. 
We didn’t see a single menu so we were a bit surprised at some of the prices when we got the bill. It was definitely not worth it at all. It is a shame that we didn’t enjoy any of the desserts that we ordered; maybe their savoury options are better?


Have you been to Joe’s bar? I would love to hear your experience.
Venue: Joe’s bar
Address: 69 Canberra Avenue, Griffith, ACT
Phone: (02) 6178 0050


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Cow and the Moon

Our friends had been telling us for years to go to Cow and the Moon but whenever we dined in Newtown, we get excessively full and can’t fit any more in.  So this time, we decided to have gelato as our ‘meal’ so we could definitely fit it in. Since Cow and the Moon won best gelato in the world, yes the WORLD(!) with their flavour Mandorla affogato, everyone else also had the same idea on this gorgeous (border lining hot) Spring day.

It can be a a bit daunting when you see the line but it didn’t take too long to zoom through to the front (15-20 minutes?).IMG_5289.JPGCow and the Moon has been around for ages but only now is it getting recognition for their delicious gelato.IMG_5291.JPGA window glimpse into the future, we are getting closer!IMG_5290.JPGI love their upcycled tin holding gorgeous poppys.IMG_5292.JPGThey also have other sweets and cakes but I don’t think anyone is here for that.IMG_5294.JPG

IMG_5293.JPGA price list for cups, drinks and take home packs.IMG_5295.JPGYou would not believe what happened next, you couldn’t even make this stuff up, but the last of Mandorla affogato was scooped up by the person who was served just before me. I gave a hopeful look to my server and asked if there was any left but she informed me that there was going to be a 20 minute wait til the next batch was ready. Tim wasn’t willing to wait (or line up again), so I had to go with a quick plan B.

I didn’t want to waste anyone’s time, I was disappointed with the lack of Mandorla affogato but I didn’t want to taste test replacement flavours so I just chose names of gelato flavours that I would think I would like. It was slightly frustrating not having a menu on the wall and having to actively bustle through the crowd to get a glance of the other flavours but we managed to get an interesting array. Other interesting flavours that I did not get to try included: baby beets, which had a gorgeous colour, pomegranate and strawberry and balsamic vinegar.IMG_5296-0.JPGThe flavours I was able to taste were banana and salted caramel; vanilla; sticky date and merango tango. All the gelato flavours were smooth, creamy and sweet but the one that really stood out for me (which I didn’t think I would like) was the banana and salted caramel. I felt that the other flavours were sweet but not identifiable as their stated flavour.IMG_5300.JPGFor those who follow my instagram and read my blog regularly, you know that I went back to try my luck with Mandorla affogato again. The line was much shorter on a week day but still very busy since it was the school holidays. Mum and I were browsing the flavours and I had noticed that the flavour choices had changed. I held my breath when once again, just inches away the empty stainless steel tray where the Mandorla affogato once was, was taken away. Before I could even start to pout, it was replaced with a full tray straight away. Phew! That was close.

I also chose dulce de leche as my other flavour, again it was sweet but not distinguishable. Mandorla affogato really stole the show. The coffee flavours were strong and smooth but was complimented by the sweetness of the caramelised almonds which also brought the texture to another level.IMG_5390.JPGIs it worth the line up? Well no one likes to line up for things but it was really good if you like coffee/almond/caramel flavours. Mum and I personally really enjoyed it. Other people may not have enjoyed their flavours and complained that it was all hyped and not worth waiting for, but what you need to remember is that a particular flavour won the world’s best gelato and it just happened to be made in Newtown, Sydney, you can’t just taste any willy nilly flavour from Cow and the Moon and then disregard the competition results when you didn’t eat the Mandorla affogato *end rant*.

Venue: Cow and the Moon

Address181 Enmore Road Enmore, NSW

Phone: 02 9557 4255

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Dolce & Salato pasticceria

Over the weekend Canberrans were out and about, enjoying the sun, doing a spot of shopping and a lot of them were having a sweet treat from the new dessert hot spot in Civic Dolce & Salato pasticceria, which had only just opened up less than a week ago.20131201-210834.jpg

A quick look inside- there are very cute tea-cup lights and a very big cabinet full of Italian desserts but I’m always a little wary of Italian pastries because there is nothing worse than stale pastries, so I went with a gelato instead.20131201-210849.jpg

Lots of friendly staff ready to take your gelato orders.20131201-210900.jpg

I am a fan of the indoor and outside seating area.20131201-210910.jpg

Tiramisu gelato ($5.00) and Yoghurt berry ($5.00). In the first instance of tasting the tiramisu, you could really taste the liquor followed by a coffee flavour. There is no mistake that it was tiramisu but the texture of the gelato when I went in for my first mouth full had me worried as it had the consistency of thick cookie dough batter.

The yoghurt berry in comparison had a completely different texture and it wasn’t overly sweet, a nice refreshing flavour for Summer.

I didn’t see anyone take any tastings so I don’t know if they are available, but you would hope to enjoy it when it was 5 bucks a scoop!20131201-210926.jpg


I can see this place getting very busy during the upcoming hotter months with their great location, large variety of gelato flavours, extensive Italian dessert range and with the eventual wood-fired breakfast menu.

Venue: Dolce & Salato Pasticceria

Address: 108 Bunda Street, Canberra, 2600

Phone: (02) 6248 8660

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That gelato place


They have updated their opening hours:

Monday – Wednesday 9am – 5:30pm

Thursday – Saturday 9am – 9pm

Sunday 10am – 5:30pm

Closed Tuesday 25th Dec

Wednesday 26th 10am – 4pm


Having only just opened last Friday, ‘that gelato place‘ is fresh, colourful and refreshingly delicious.


I love how they cater to everyone by offering dairy free, diabetic, gluten free and soy gelato. They have almost 100 gelato flavours in their freezer along with cannoli gelato, gelato cakes and mini cones.


They have 24 Pure Gelato flavours ready to serve in a cup or cone.

Single scoop ($3.90), double scoop ($5.60), triple scoop ($6.80).

It was hard to choose but my friend and I chose mango and caramelised fig. Yum yum! image


They are now open til 9pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Venue: that gelato place

Address: Shop 10, Whitney Place, Cooleman Court, Weston Creek, ACT


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Gelato Joe’s sweet treats


I thought this appeared from no where but it has been a while since I walked down Ali baba’s way in civic. Gelato Joe’s sweet treats only just opened yesterday and has many Italian desserts, gelato, pies and coffee.

Nice to know that they have put so much love in their product.

They also have a window full of Italian sweets.

Caramel panna cotta ($3.90) I don’t know if they only had one cup size but I didn’t think I would still be able to see the bottom of the cup before I started eating. Despite the size the flavour was really nice, I did try their banana bread flavour but it wasn’t as good and slightly gritty.

Custard filled profiterole ($5.00) the cream tasted very alcoholic and strong but it was balanced out by the toffee top and choux pastry. I don’t think it is worth $5.00 and there was only a little bit of custard in the centre of the cream cloud.

They provide some limited seating.

There are a lot of gelato flavours so you should scoot on down and try the large range they have.

Venue: Gelato Joe’s sweet treats

Address: 108 Bunda Street, Civic, ACT 2601

Phone: 0414 870 000


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You scream, I scream, we all scream for- gelato!


Strolling around Port Macquarie in the warm weather what could be better? Strolling around in Port Macquarie with gelato!

They had some unique flavours and they all looked very decadent, which one to choose? (feel free to ask for a sampler before you commit to one flavour)

In the end we chose ‘forrest fruits’, ‘cookies and cream’ and ‘Baileys’. Very tasty!