Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Zonefresh Portside

On Tuesday I was given a freebie ticket to go see Roman de Gare at the Dendy Portside. I've previously talked about the fantastic meal deal available over there, but that night was not the night for fine dining. I wanted a quick snack before the movie, which started at 6.30pm. Eventually I ordered the salt-and-pepper calamari deal from Fresh N Wild Fish (portion too big, squid rings huge and rubbery, chips too big, lacking flavour, salad prepared hours ago, wilted, also too big, too much onion not enough cucumber) but not before I passed by the offerings at Zonefresh Portside. Nothing suitable for a dinnery snack (except maybe the hot chickens, pies, sausage rolls, etc in the cabinet) but some very interesting items, whose location needs to be filed away for future reference the next time I need some essential yet rare ingredient.
The shop contains all the usual things you'd expect: greengrocer, deli, cheeses, butcher and so on, all with the usual high-end produce and lovely Australian-made foodstuffs. However, some things that caught my eye were:

  • jars of salted black beans
  • homegrown organic baby food
  • organic black strap molasses
  • Branded cupcake kits: Disney and Mr Men, plus generic farm and circus kits
  • Heidi Farm raclette
  • Proper clotted cream and gorgonzola
  • Frozen quail, lambs' brains, duck breasts, tripe and rabbit
  • Champagne shots cordial mix
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Fresh galangal and fresh turmeric
  • Micro herbs
  • Celeriac
  • Fresh witlof

Good to know.

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