Back again

Guys, I’ve been a stranger, I know. I’ve just been busy with this whole business of living, which for me has lately entailed lots of working, sweating and bitching about the heat, occasional bad decision making, staying up late and of course eating. Always eating.

My new trove of Australian snacks and goodies

My new trove of Australian snacks and goodies

But also, my roommate and best good friend (Did you just catch that Forrest Gump reference? Cause it happened.) has been gone, traveling around the Land Down Under for work while I’ve been home in Brooklyn, jumping at every small noise I hear in the night. But now, after a seemingly endless two weeks or so, she’s back, and because she’s amazing, she brought back a ton of Australian goodies, cookies (ahem, sorry, biscuits!), chocolate, candies, some damn good potato chips (honey soy chicken? DE-freakin’-LICIOUS.) and even Vegemite!

I was kinda hoping she’d have smuggled back a koala to be our new pet, but this? This all will do just fine.

I’m ready to get back into the swing of things, things like having a roommate, binging on candy and blogging all about it. Bring on the rest of summer!

Aussie style pies

Tuck Shop's traditional meat pie

I usually like my pies to be of the sweet variety: pumpkin, coconut cream, Key lime, Crack. But a recent savory pie experience at Tuck Shop‘s Chelsea Market location has broadened my gluttonous horizons.

Flaneur and I went to Chelsea Market for lunch on a lazy Saturday afternoon, with no particular destination in mind, (always a safe idea when heading to the foodie goldmine that is Chelsea Market) and it was actually the beau’s idea to stop at Tuck Shop.

Guiness steak and mushroom pie

He went with the traditional meat pie with ground beef and I went with the Guinness steak and mushroom pie, and even though I’ll be honest and admit I had no idea what Guinness steak meant and mostly chose it because of the Guinness I am familiar with, those pies were pretty good. The flaky, golden crust on both pies had a rich buttery flavor and was both crispy and thin on top, thick and doughy around the bottom. The filling in both pies was hearty and creamy, thick and satisfying without being too salty.

They were simple but delicious, no frills but absolutely finger licking. And best of all, because they’re savory, it means you can have the sweet kind afterward. And anytime you get to eat double pie, it’s a good thing. Double win.