So, to now have Mo Vida so close is excitement itself.
I wrote here about a dinner I had with Mo Vida food and Spanish wine. The new Mo Vida Aqui, an industrial space behind a bank, with views to the Supreme Court, is up to Mo Vida standards.
Having had a many coursed meal there last week, it satisfied all my requirements, including one I barely knew I had, namely for an octopus terrine with smoked paprika and potato salad. Here it is:
Favourite wine - is wine a food? Yeah, sure. The heatwaves last February which led to devastating bushfires in South East Australia had one good outcome - in combination with heavy rain in mid December 2008, an outstanding 2009 riesling vintage.
This is really mostly what I have drunk this year.
Favourite packaged food: Pineapple and vanilla bean jam.
Generally speaking I do not like pineapple. To paraphrase Dr Seuss:
I do not like it in a tin
I do not like it on a pizza
I do not like it in a burger
I do not like it with ham
Not in fruit salad
Not in a muffin
Not on pavlova
Not under upside down cake
Not in a salsa
Not in a pie
I do not like it
One little bit
But this jam, which manages to smooth the sharp spikiness of pineapple with pungent vanilla-eyness, is quite something else. Perfect on toast.
This jam comes from Phllippa's Bakery, a place of such temptations we were compelled this year to buy a coffee machine to avoid our weekend trips there for takeaway coffee, as these visits always involved us also returning home laden with unnecessities like French butter, gingerbread stars, peanut butter biscuits, tomato kasoundi, creme fraiche, costly spiced nuts, raspberry cupcakes, little hand shaped dinner rolls and so on.