Monet Meets Cava V

CaveCupcakesChezHelvetica shared stories, pictures and the amazing flavors experienced Down Under with a group of very creative, special friends (the exclusive members of Cava V). With inspiration from meals at Middle Eastern Maha Halloumi SaladRestaurant in Melbourne and the Amora Jamison Hotel in Sydney, a Grilled Halloumi and Eggplant Arugula Salad opened the celebration. Halloumi is a traditional cheese from Cyprus, and when grilled, has a sensational savory taste. Yotam Ottlenghi’s Burnt Eggplant, Wild Rocket Arugula and Pomegranate Lemon Dressing completed the dish, accompanied by Pita, Flatbread and Kalamata Olives. Velvety Marqués de Cáceres Rosé from Rioja accompanied this course, soon followed by delicious Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut to pair with Dungeness Crab Cakes and Sweet Chili Sauce, a recipe learned at The Culinary Arts Center aboard the Noordam. Washington state Crab Meat mixed with Celery, Onion, Chives, Lemon, Egg, Worcestershire and Tobasco Sauces, Garlic, Thyme and Panko Bread CrumbsCavaCrabcakes bathed in a luscious Sauce comprised of Butter, Cream, Sherry (instead of Sake), Lime Juice, Ginger and Sweet Chili Sauce. Then the art project sparked by Mini-Monet Cupcakes seen at The Flats in Sydney . . . ChezHelvetica’s Chocolate Ganache and Vanilla Bean Mini Cupcakes decorated like colorful fireworks by the Cava V with assorted frostings, sprinkles and toppings. Simply Spectacular!


In the Land of Oz, Tazy and Kiwi

Farmers Market Melbourne
Farmers Market Melbourne

Enchanting New Zealand, Tasmania and Australia may be defined geographically as Down Under, gastronomically ChezHelvetica redefines them as Up Over the top. With verdant land, passionate farmers, chefs and shop managers, the flavors in this part of the world are unparalleled. From hangi (food cooked on stones) by Maori villagers in Rotorua, homemade Scones and PreservesHangi (served at Manderley Sheep Farms in Akaroa), organic Tasmanian Lamb (at a delightful private dinner in Hobart) to the best Middle Eastern Food ever tasted at Maha Restaurant in Melbourne. The Culinary Arts Center aboard Holland America‘s Noordam enhanced this experience with recipe demonstrations of local dishes. Also, the finest Coffee at Havana Coffee Works in Wellington and Flat Whites (at Fullers Books in Hobart and throughout Australia). The grand finales – delicious Chocolates in Wellington or Napier (site of Silky Oaks Chocolate Museum), and Mini Monet Cupcakes at The Rocks in our last majestic port of Sydney. A truly unforgettable journey!

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