Saturday, 2 March 2013

A Trip to Adelaide and a visit to rockabilly soda bar, Two Bit Villains

crown casino chinese new year riverwalk southbank
Happy belated Chinese New Year! Pretty late due to my recent trip to Adelaide - sorry! For Chinese New Year we went down to Crown Casino's annual Chinese New Year celebration on the Riverwalk. Fireworks, food stalls, dancing, music, stores and my favourite, the Riverwalk lit up by chinese lanterns, make this one event I try not to miss. I stayed up way past my bedtime watching the fireworks and fire dancers, as I was flying out early the next day to Adelaide.

In Adelaide, I attended an intensive food writing course as part of the University of Adelaide's Masters of Food Writing course. I have been looking at the course for a while but my Mum finally convinced me to just do it! I am staying in Melbourne and travelling back and forward to Adelaide for any major events. The first one was the elective Food Writing course, which was perhaps one of the best weeks of my life! Meeting a whole group of like-minded people who had also made an Urbanspoon/blog-researched list of where they would dine for every meal was fantastic!

I had never been to Adelaide before and it was just such a lovely little city. I had only heard bad things about it but it is bursting at the seams with culture. The government has injected millions into the culture and entertainment throughout the CBD - doing up little laneways with artwork and funky seating arrangements, eclectic and cool cafes are being drawn to the new vibe.

adelaide north terrace the little van lemonade drinks

adelaide arcade rundle mall fountain

I was lucky enough to be there for the opening of the Garden of Unearthly Delights for the Fringe Festival, which was such an amazing and odd evening of delicious and diverse food and eclectic homegrown entertainment. Just wandering around the garden itself which was so rampant with colourful characters and unique experiences was certainly an unearthly delight!

adelaide fringe festival garden of unearthly delights

umbrella revolution at the garden of unearthly delights adelaide fringe festival

veggie galley at the garden of unearthly delights adelaide fringe festival

big top at the garden of unearthly delights adelaide fringe festival

pigs on fire dutch bbq at the garden of unearthly delights adelaide fringe festival
I ate so many things during my week in Adelaide, I am surprised I fit in the seat on the plane back home. One of my favourite places was a little shop by the name of Two Bit Villains, tucked away on the upper level of Adelaide Arcade. Oozing rockabilly glamour, this place makes their own sodas from scratch. Oh boy, are they good. I had a creaming soda float as they had sold out of the one I was dying to try - chai soda. I was not disappointed. At a measly $6, you get a large cup of fresh, rich and full of flavour vanilla seed dotted homemade soda, topped with creamy ice cream, foaming up and emerging from the top of the cup like a well-baked souffle. The lovely folk even gave me a second glass with the leftover soda that didn't fit in the cup with the ice cream. Reminds me of the days they used to give you the extra milkshake in a second glass if they made too much. That is possibly one of my most favourite things - I finish my milkshake, and voila, there's more!!

creaming soda float at two bit villains in adelaide arcade

Not only do they serve food and drinks in a killer little shopfront decked out with bar counter and comfortable couches, but they sell custom clothing! I went a little crazy, perhaps fuelled by sugar, and ordered a number of 100% cotton handmade dresses ranging in price from between $60-95. Absolute bargain! I am keen to go back to Adelaide, just to visit Two Bit Villains again and finally try this chai soda. 

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