From book recommendations to cooking gadgets and food products, here’s what the I Ate My Way Through team are currently obsessed with:

[quote]Looking for authentic Chai tea that can you can easily brew at home? Never one to be happy with the instant powder or sickly sweet syrup. Chamellia 9 Spice Chai Tea is a delicious blend of 9 aromatic spices with organic black tea and raw organic honey. My preferred way of serving this is to brew 200ml of boiling water with one tablespoon of chai tea for 5 mintues. Then add 50ml of warm soy milk and serve in your favourite teapot. Available directly from Ta

Chamellia fresh chai - Amy staff pick[/quote]



I’m nuts about peanut butter. But not any old peanut butter. THIS peanut butter.

sabrine - pic's peanut butter
Image credit: Pic’s Peanut Butter

I discovered this fountain of nutty euphoria at a baby show recently (as you do) and finished the entire jar in 5 days. Now before you start calling me a fatty boomba, I suggest you try it first. And if you hate peanut butter like I used to, let me assure you that this will blow your dislike of nuts right out of the water. Made from 100% Aussie peanuts in that wonderful lil island we call New Zealand using only hydropower (they’re greenies too!). Read the fascinating Pics story here and pick one up for yourself at any major supermarket. — Sabrine Elkhodr[/quote]



sammy - stay grounded cafe

I am loving Saturday nights at Stay Grounded. Nestled in the beachside town of Collaroy, SG’s is a boutique daytime café which specialises in good coffee, good food and good vibes. Only one night a week, the rustic café opens after dark and becomes a stage for local artists who play an acoustic set underneath jam jars hanging from the ceiling. It is my favourite place to be – sitting on colourful cushions, listening to live music and munching the crispy pork belly with apple and fennel salad – DELICIOUS! — Sammy Gibson

Stay Grounded
1093 Pittwater Road, Collaroy NSW
Phone: (02) 9984 1222

Stay Grounded on Urbanspoon[/quote]

[quote]jen staff pick - kayla itsines

Believe it or not, I’ve started counting calories (check out the MyFitnessPal app)! With my voracious appetite, this is the last thing I would have ever expected to enjoy but I’ve been doing it for almost two weeks and now in hindsight, I feel like I’ve been previously eating blind. Calorie counting has put food intake into context so I’m really understanding the nutritional breakdown of what I’m having, and also how much exercise actually needs to be done to justify that little bit of indulgent eating.

This new mindful eating philosophy has also inspired me to take on Kayla Itsines’ 12 week challenge. I stumbled across her Instagram @kayla_itsines last year and I absolutely love the challenge of her circuit training guides. So you won’t see me eating out any less this year, but expect to see a lot more on fitness! Follow my journey on Instagram @_jenius. — Jennifer Lam[/quote]



Anova precision cooker sous vide

I recently picked up the newest Anova precision cooker sous vide. Their first model was a great success through kickstarter and when they announced a version 2 with Bluetooth and supporting app connectivity – I made sure I preordered.

The unit itself is fantastic in both its build quality and ease of use. The great part about these immersion units is that it can be used with any of your pots plus storage is great as it’s about the size of a stick blender.

I won’t go into too much detail as I’ll save it for a full product review but after tasting my 4 hour prime rib roast – this product is something I would recommend to any home cook.

And don’t forget about the 63 degree eggs served with my sweet kimchi pancakes! — David Tang



Taki's balls - Jess staff pick

My staff pick would have to be the delicious balls of dough known as Taki’s Balls. The amaze-balls sweets are available at the Night Markets at the Queen Victoria Markets every Wednesday evening, so unfortunately if you live interstate like me, you’ll have to take a sneaky Melbourne trip to get them. The Nutella Balls are everything you could want in a ball; doughnutty, fried, and drenched in sweet, sweet hot Nutella and topped with crushed hazelnuts. Aw yeah. — Jess Cronin

Editor’s Note: The loukoumades at Kouzina Greco in Parramatta, Sydney, are pretty awesome too![/quote]

[quote]If you’re a sweet tooth that would often be found devouring fairy floss when you were little then you have to try Pariya’s Pashmak Persian Fairy Floss. The sweet pashmak is weaved into wool-like strands (it literally feels like wool in your hands) and has the melt in your mouth effect. My favourite is the orange blossom, it contains a natural flavour and has a subtle sweetness so you can eat loads at once. — Phoebe Brown

phoebe staff pick - pariya persian fairy floss

tammi staff pick - gelatissimo mojito gelato

Summer has always been about the frozen treats, and this time, Gelatissimo is upping it up a notch by releasing new, cocktail inspired flavours like Mojito and Pina Colada! I especially liked the Pina Colada: a creamy coconut base is spiked with a tanginess from pineapple, and transports you to a beachside resort on a balmy island.

It also gets that song stuck in your head: If you like Pina Coladas… — Tammi Kwok


Figs are no ordinary fruit. Its the only fruit which flowers inside the fruit. There is a small hole at the base of the fig which allows a specific wasp to enter and fertilise the flower.

Fresh figs are a taste sensation. It is surprising to me, the amount of people who have never tasted fresh figs.

Figs served with goats cheese and a splash of Balsamic vinegar provide a breathtaking entrée as well as hitting all the flavour buttons. — Nyla Thomas

nyla staff picks - figs[/quote]

[quote]Chocolate chip biscuits from The Cook’s Companion by Stephanie Alexander. Quick and easy to make, these biscuits are my favourite to take on picnics or keep in the pantry for little treat to accompany a hot cuppa tea! — Georgia Swanborough

georgia staff picks chocolate chip biscuits
chocolate chip recipe - stephanie alexander and natalie paull
[quote]Food for Thought: Two of my most enjoyable activities are reading and eating. One of my relaxing moments are when savouring food while reading food inspired writings. It is even better when I can match the food with the passage that I am reading, to provide instant connection with the chapter’s ambience and the mood of the characters.

I have childhood memories of apples and books in Louisa Alcott’s Little Women and Enid Blyton’s descriptions of the Famous Five picnics – the lemonade, lashings of boiled eggs, melt in the mouth shortbread biscuits, squares of chocolate – I am sure my love of picnics, boiled eggs and cutting chocolate into squares is influenced by these early readings!

Other books I have enjoyed include: Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate; Julia Child’s My Life in France; Madhur Jaffrey’s Climbing the Mango Tree; Ann Vanderhoof’s An Embarassment of Mangoes (about travel in the Caribbean); Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma; Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. My eyes have feasted on films such as Ang Lee’s Eat, Drink, Man, Woman. — Teresa George[/quote]

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.