Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A cosy dinner at Crackerjack

After working up an appetite wandering the 'Love your locals' market in Seaford my best friend and I decided to pop into Crackerjack for a late dinner.

We were very impressed with the new menu featuring some winter comfort food favourites.  We sipped on a glass of red, Shadowfax shiraz for her and I can't go past my favourite Foxeys pinot noir, whilst deciding on our dinner choices.

Golden Crumbed Brie with quince paste, micro salad and grissini sticks

We shared an entree of the golden crumbed brie. The creaminess of the cheese was perfectly complimented my sweet quince paste, fresh herb grissini sticks, that are made in house, and a touch of sour lemon to cut through the richness.  We absolutely loved this dish!!

Sesame prawns with coconut and lime sauce and a cucumber salad

For our main I ordered the pork and my bestie ordered the Coconut salad from the specials board.  

The perfectly cooked crispy sesame prawns tasted amazing with the coconut lime sauce, two of my favourite flavours together, and the fresh raw beetroot addition to the salad was spot on, this would be a great dish to enjoy out on the deck overlooking the ocean on a warm summers day...  or just settle for inside with the heater on until summer comes around once again!!

Apple branded gammon steak
'Tender pork in cider glaze with pineapple salsa, gruyere fondue and crispy potato'

I loved the flavour combo of my pork dish, rich salty pork, creamy cheese, sweet pineapple, crispy potatoes with a squeeze of fresh lemon.  A real hearty winter dish with the freshness of the pineapple and lemon to cut through the richness.

Until next time fellow foodies..


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Become a VIP for a $30 Boathouse dining voucher

VIP emails will keep you up to date with all the Boathouse and Crackerjack special events, menu changes, wine appreciation dinners, live music on the deck and possibly a little something special for your birthday.

For a limited time you can claim your $30 Boathouse dining voucher simply follow this link VIP, or go the The Boathouse Restaurant website, register your information and your voucher will magically appear in your inbox!!  

Also I am pretty excited that the The Boathouse's fantastic winter warmer deal is back.  I tried this last year and it was delicious and great value for money.

Until next time fellow foodies...


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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Boathouse and Quest Escape & Indulge Package

The Boathouse and Quest Frankston are offering an Escape & Indulge Package until August, including a nights stay in a one bedroom apartment with welcome pack of wine, robes and slippers and a 3 course meal at The Boathouse including a glass of sparkling.  My man and I were lucky enough to experience this romantic package this week.

I checked in early to the Quest Frankston and was amazed at how spacious our room was.  Although we were heading out for dinner we could have cooked up a storm with the fully equipped kitchen including a dishwasher, coffee machine and all the pots, pans and utensils you would need.

Whist waiting for my man to arrive, stuck in traffic from the city, I occupied myself watching some Foxtel, DVD's were also available to borrow at the front desk, and took a short walk across the road to the beach to watch the sunset.

Our spacious one bedroom apartment with the extra luxuries of a bottle of Mornington Peninsula Shiraz, robes and slippers included in the package


Foxey's Sparkling and 'Earth and Sea' plate with Steamed Flinders mussles, Coffin Bay oysters kilpatrick, Seared Canadian scallops with sesame and soy, baby mozzarella, vegetable antipasti, marinated Australian bush olives and toasted bread

After a short walk across the road to the Boathouse we were welcomed with a glass of Foxey's Sparkling, chose our mains from a list of five dishes and shortly after our entree sharing platter arrived.  Our favourite elements were definitely the scallops, mussels and baby mozzarella on the garlic pita bread.

Gippsland prime eye fillet on a parmesan croute with french mustard and cheddar melt, sautéed vegetables and shiraz jus

Seared kangaroo saltimbocca on sweet potato puree with roast autumnal vegetables and herb salad

Roast chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella and basil on a zucchini and sweet corn risotto with crushed roma tomato sauce

Our gorgeous waitress, Alesha 

Although last time at the Boathouse I enjoyed the kangaroo and steak we couldn't resist but order this again as the dishes were slightly different with an autumn seasonal feel to them.  The kangaroo was beautifully tender and the steak cooked to perfection, once again.  Although we didn't order it i captured a snap of the chicken dish, it looked amazing!!
Long island iced tea served in a teapot

Not included in the package but when we saw it on the cocktail menu we had to order a 'teapot'.  Very refreshing and a little potent just the way we like it!

Chefs tasting dessert plate with goji berry and hazelnut slice, Crackerjack blod orange ice-cream, baklava, trifle, caramel fudge, apple and plum crumble and caramel truffles

The romantic touch of a heart of strawberry coulis was 'icing on the cake' after such a lovely dinner.  The desserts were a little 'afternoon tea' for my liking, I usually prefer something sweeter for desert, but the Crackerjack blood orange ice cream and apple and plum crumble were my favourites on the plate.  I have been assured that the platter is ever changing and will include some sweeter dessert items in the future for all you sweet tooth's out there!

A relaxing end to a lovely night


Whilst my poor man had to get up extra early to make it to work I enjoyed a sleep in and decided to go for a walk along the beach.  I got a little carried away and ended up walking 4.5 kilometres but it was such a beautiful morning I just couldn't stop!!  

For the last two years Frankston Foreshore has been awarded the 'Victorian Clean Beach of the Year' and it really does show, the beach is well groomed and clean with a well maintained boardwalk, look outs with shade and facilities all the way along the foreshore.

There is so much to do around the Quest Frankston area, the Bayside shopping centre is only a 5 minute walk, no need to pay or fight for a parking spot, the start of the beachside boardwalk is only a 10 minute walk.  There is an amazing playground for the kids and a couple of undercover BBQ areas.  Only a short walk across the road is the Kananook creek with a walking trail where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll, some birdwatching, or feed the ducks from the bridge.

Before checking out I was shown the newly refurbished 'demo room' at Quest, a sneak peak of things to come.  The room was gorgeous with a bold damask upholstery, coloured splash back and leather furniture it is very modern and chic.  Televisions in the bedrooms is a new bonus to the rooms.  The gardens are currently being redone and all rooms are looking to be done by the end of the year.

Thank you to the lovely staff at Quest Frankston for being so attentive and hospitable, and for an amazing night. 

To book the indulgence package go to wotif.com (follow the link) or contact Quest Frankston on 03 8796 1000

Until next time fellow foodies..

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Lunch in the Autumn sunshine at Crackerjack

Such a beautiful Autumn afternoon yesterday out on the deck at Crackerjack Cafe, for a belated birthday lunch for Mum, with my Aunty.  Here's a brief summary and a few photos for you to enjoy... 

After noticing some of our favourite foodie combinations on the menu, some elements we had previously tried at The Boathouse Restaurant, we decided to order the share plate to start and we were not disappointed.  Every element was delicious from the crispy toasted bread, soft prosciutto, creamy goats cheese, pitted olives and fresh slaw.  A fantastic start to a lovely afternoon catching up in the sunshine and gazing out over the bay.

Crackerjack share plate - honey roasted fig, dukkah rolled chèvre, herb crumbed eggplant, celeriac and kipfler slaw, marinated olives, prosciutto and toasted turkish bread

Sesame crusted fish cakes - sweet curried beetroot and orange yoghurt. Hazelnut crumbed pork cutlet - with caraway spiced braised red cabbage, caramelised apple and roquette. Smoked Tasmanian salmon salad - with roquette, almond, avocado, orange and a vinaigrette

All the mains were delicious and were thoroughly enjoyed by Mum, my Aunty and I.  Our dishes were accompanied by glasses of Geppetto sparkling, Crackerjack Shiraz and my personal favourite Foxeys Pinot Noir.

Until next time fellow foodies...

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