Hello Aussie Pie Kitchen!

Hello Aussie Pie Kitchen!

G’day mate!

Ahh Austrailia! Australia is on my list of places I would love to visit one day. I have heard it is a beautiful country with amazing cuisine. Till that day however, I am happy to have found a little taste of Australia right here in Calidornia.

Aussie Pie Kitchen  first opened it’s doors in Santa Monica in 2014. Offering classic Aussie pies, this place quickly became popular with foodies. Just this November 2015, Aussie Pie Kitchen opened up their second location in Inglewood.

I was so happy when I got the chance to check out this second location. Their menu consists of various made from scratch pies. Among the delicious offerings are classic aussie, ratatouille veggie, chicken tarragon, spicy madras veggie and lamb and rosemary. Customers have the choice of adding sides to their pies. The sides are stacked right on top and underneath the pie.

It was really hard for me to choose which pie I wanted but ended up choosing the Chicken Tarragon!

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The chicken tarragon pie has chicken thighs marinated in Chardonnay, worsted shire and lemon zest. It is caramlized on a skillet and braids with cream mirepoix, herbs and spices.

I chose to get it “Tiger stack” with two sides, one on top and one on bottom. My chciken tarragon tiger stack consisted of roasted garlic mashed potatoes and croissant sausage stuffing.

I loved this pie right from the start. The crust is wonderfully buttery and flaky. The chicken inside is so tender. The mashed potatoes are perfectly creamy. The croissant sausage stuffing is unlike no other stuffing! It has sausage and kale. The whole pie is deliciously rich and very fulfilling.

Alongside this pie, I got a flat white.

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Aussie Pie Kitchen offers coffee made from Vittoria Coffee, a well known Australian  manufacturer. I chose to get a flat white since that is a coffee beverage that originated in Australia. I was going for the full up taste of Australia in this visit! 😉

I enjohed the flat white very much. With a ristretto shot of espresso and steamed whole milk, this drink was the perfect pick me up drink for the day! It wasn’t too strong but just the right combination of milk and espresso.

I may not make it to Australia anytime soon but with their yummy Aussie pies and flat white, I get to have a little tatse of Australia right near home.

For more smiles  please see my recent Yelp review on Aussie Pie Kitchen.

 

Hello Two Guns Espresso!

Hello Two Guns Espresso!

I have a thing for friendly neighborhood coffee shops. There’s just something special about cute little spots where I can pleasantly sip a good cup of coffee, enjoy a pastry and just relax. When I heard about Two Guns Espresso, I knew that this one coffee shop I had to visit. The day to visit came recently. It was one of those days where I just needed some quiet time and a little break.

I walked in to Two Guns Espresso and found myself in a small and simple coffee shop. After quickly scanning the menu, I chose to get a flat white and a egg muffin pie.

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It was my first time to try a flat white. I will admit that I was intrigued with what a flat white would taste like. It’s a popular coffee drink from Australia and New Zealand that has steamed whole milk over a double shot of espresso and topped with microfoam. It’s very much like a latte. I found the flat white here to be a nice, smooth cup of coffee. It’s slightly bold in taste and definitely gave a kick start to my day. Normally for a flatwhite, the microfoam is swirled into some type of coffee art like hearts or (maybe even a hello kitty shape 😉 and so I was somewhat sad mine didn’t really have a design. It was still a good first try for me though of a flat white.

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Along side my flat white, I tried the egg muffin pie. I tried the vegetarian version with asiago cheese, tomato and egg. I really liked the pie base that was similar to a croissant in texture. The hard boiled egg was tasty and the asiago cheese gave a nice flavor. It’s a tasty little treat!

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Two Guns Espresso did a nice job of helping put a little sunshine in my day! Little coffee shops tend to do that for me 😉

For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on Two Guns Espresso.