We food lovers are a gluttonous bunch in general. We will travel far and wide for good food. Actually I didn't have to travel that far. Fortunately, my destination was within walking distance from work. What a stroke of luck. My quest this time was to find me some Razzcherries. What's a razzcherry? Well, it's dried cherries that have been infused with raspberry concentrate. I'd never heard of them before until I read Cindy's post, where she had found some razzcherries in England. Then I followed her link to her other post, where Buttons had indicated that razzcherries could be bought from Oasis Bakery. A bell rang in my head as I knew Oasis Bakery was right near my work place. I always thought it was just a bakery, so didn't really bother going. I'm glad I've been as it's a treasure trove of food.
So I had my brief to get razzcherries from the bakery. When I got there, I found so many great things. I didn't have enough time to go through everything properly, so I'll have to go back for sure. But I did find my razzcherries.
The description on the box is hilarious. It says
Razzcherries. Not since Rocky Balboe (aka Rocky VI) has America produced something so unique. Not since the Big Mac has America produced something so tasty & exclusive. Not since...where am I going with this? That's such a bad introduction! Anyways, a 'razzberry' is a cherry that tastes like a raspberry. The taste is like Briann Mannix's band - Uncanny. Unique, tasty & exclusive: really!'
Cindy describes these razzcherries like a raspberry jube lolly. I have to agree. It does taste like a jube lolly, but just better. I can't get enough of these things. I just keep eating them. They are sweet, yet sour and acidic, and fragrant and full of a weird flavour. They're like these Chinese pickled sweet plum things that I used to get mixed with a raspberry jube lolly. Mmmmmm. The only downside is that they're expensive. At $12.99 for 300g, these will have to be a rare treat rather than a regular occurance. But I recommend you try one, just for this really wonderful weird flavour.
While I was browsing quickly in the shop, I saw these Turkish coffee saucepans. Perfect. I had been looking for a small saucepan so that I could make the sugar syrup that I learnt from my Macaron Masterclass. I also picked up half a kilo of almond meal for only $9.99. I checked at Safeway afterwards, and the almond meal in there is $5.95 for 200g. Therefore, I would say $10 for every kilo. Thanks to Duncan for the tip about getting my almond meal from a middle eastern shop. I'm slowly getting there Duncan. Only a piping bag to buy before I can begin my own macaron legacy. Instead of the Isaphan, there will be the Do, or the Thanh, a durian centred macaron with a coconut shell.
Finally, when I went to pay, I saw Baklava. Oh man, I'm suppose to be saving money and yet all these temptations stare at me in the face. Of course I had to buy some, as regular readers would know that I love baklava. These baklava were good, with a very rich and strong butter flavour. BUT, they still are no match for the AMAZING baklava and other treats at El-Fayha on Sydney Road in Brunswick. I've yet to find a better baklava than at El-Fayha, but I will continue the search all in the name of research and to inform readers of this blog. I will sacrifice my own body and consume these unhealthy treats for the sake of information, wish me luck.