Friends from the other side of Melbourne have recently challenged us. As lovers of chocolates and anything sweet, they asked if we were familiar with this place that topped the list of The Age's Top 40 Eats with their vanilla slices (the cake type thing that is known in Israel as Creme Schnitt).
Our team of researchers took the challenge seriously, and this afternoon we visited said place. We didn't really have lunch, so the big slice of vanilla we got was pretty much it. As Jo & I shared it between us, you can say that the six something dollar lunch was as cheap as lunches get... More importantly, though, this was indeed one mighty vanilla slice (as the photo taken with my PDA demonstrates). Most other places have this yellow thing that is full of sugar as their vanilla, but here we had ourselves some very creamy vanilla served with a bit of cream on the side and stuck in between pastry that actually tastes nice and is covered by fine sugar. Sure, this wasn't the healthiest lunch ever, but it was one of the better desserts ever recorded by man (ask Jo if the same applied to women).
Talking about desserts, Jo didn't let me order another slice for dessert. Don't worry, though: this is a definitive case of "I'll be back". The real question is actually whether said friends will bother visiting our side of town for a taste of the promised slice. If they're anything like my Israeli friends coming to visit me in Australia, I wouldn't hold my breath.