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Friday, November 18, 2005

Birthday Blow-out

matcha cake

The best part about having a birthday is the excuse to eat out.

So far there's been a delightful Thai lunch and a delicious Japanese dinner this week with family and friends.

Coming up:
  • a picnic with fellow foodies feasting on gourmet delights;
  • a girly high tea at The Observatory;
  • and new gastronomic terrain covered in Iraqi and Laotian cuisine.
Yes, I take my birthday celebrations very seriously... or should that be serially.

And then of course there is cake. Inspiration struck in the form of a green tea cake from Bread Top in the new-ish World Square in the city.

Fluffy matcha sponge cake, thick clouds of matcha cream and a spiralling coil of sweetened red bean.

I had my cake.
And I ate it too.
Otherwise what would be the point?

matcha cake slice
27 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 11/18/2005 08:23:00 am


  • At 11/18/2005 10:32 am, Blogger Kelly said…

    Happy birthday, AG! Hope the year ahead is filled with lots of delicious moments :)

  • At 11/18/2005 12:11 pm, Blogger PiCkLeS said…

    wow what a nice cake! wishing you a excellent birthday!! keep up the great blogging and eat plenty!

  • At 11/18/2005 12:50 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Happy Birthday!

    That cake looks delicious :)

  • At 11/18/2005 1:08 pm, Blogger cin said…

    happy happy birthday, AG! i fully believe in birthday celebrations lasting ALL week, and my husband even starts celebrating for me 2 weeks in advance! he calls it my birthday fortnight! ENJOY

  • At 11/18/2005 2:23 pm, Blogger deborah said…

    HAPPY Happy Birthday Helen! I hope you have a wonderful day. You chose perfectly with the cake - GREEN tea! Looking forward to high tea celebrations for all scorpio bdays ;)

  • At 11/18/2005 3:45 pm, Blogger Nic said…

    Happy Birthday!! And boy does that cake looks fantastic!

  • At 11/18/2005 4:32 pm, Blogger santos. said…

    happiest of birthdays, AG! what a gorgeous cake. may you have a prosperous and delicious year.

    ps--iraqi and laotian cuisine? in the same restaurant?

  • At 11/18/2005 8:49 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Happy Birthday.
    I recently celebrated my birthday as well.What a great idea to celebrate the whole week.
    Have just recently found your blog and am really enjoying reading it.

  • At 11/18/2005 9:04 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Aww, 'appy Birthday AG.
    Here's to many more bithday cakes, and ermm...cakes and food and more cakes and stuff!

  • At 11/18/2005 9:17 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    where's the truckloads of brulee?!

  • At 11/18/2005 9:40 pm, Blogger Reid said…

    Hi AG,

    Happy Birthday to you! That matcha (I hope it's matcha) cake looks delicious. Can you save me a slice? =)

  • At 11/18/2005 9:45 pm, Blogger Chubby Hubby said…

    Happy Birthday! Here's to many, many more!

  • At 11/18/2005 11:13 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…


  • At 11/19/2005 12:26 am, Blogger bokbaksa said…

    Happy Birtyday!!!
    Thank you for your fabulous pictures and writings.

  • At 11/19/2005 1:24 am, Blogger OsloFoodie said…

    Oh my gosh, I dreamed about matcha cakes so this looks like my dream comes true, only you got to eat it! Looks like you had a nice birthday and I hope many more to come. And thank you for such lovely photos and writings.

  • At 11/19/2005 6:43 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Happy Birthday, AG! :) Have a wonderful year, and may you have many, many more delicious birthdays. :)

  • At 11/19/2005 12:38 pm, Blogger boo_licious said…

    Happy Birthday AG. Matcha cake looks fantastic.

  • At 11/19/2005 4:13 pm, Blogger Ben said…

    Happy b'day mate. Hope you have a good one.

    High tea at he Observatory is an experience I highly recommend, as is Laotian food (there are soe great Laotian places at Fairfield). Hope you have fun.

  • At 11/19/2005 6:30 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Happy birthday ..AG..!!
    Love the picture of the cake..!!

  • At 11/20/2005 6:40 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Happy Birthday! You certainly know how to celebrate in style - that cake looks magnificent! And I can't wait to see your reports on Iraqui and Laotian food.

  • At 11/20/2005 11:40 am, Blogger R said…

    Happy birthday again.

    I thought you would be interested to know that I was googling to find Formaggi Ocello, to find out where their shop is, and the first two hits were your foodie blog! And then the next was Pinkcoco.

    Still haven't found where their shop is however...

    And were is the Laotion entry? Hope that it was good.

  • At 11/20/2005 12:07 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Wow! 21 happy birthdays! I feel so overwhelmed and spesh!

    Hi Kelly - Thank you, and yes, I hope so too! =)

    Hi Pickles - Thanks. I think 'great [food] blogging and eating plenty' tend to go hand-in-hand!

    Hi Nicole - Thank you. The cake was quite more-ish!

    Hi Cin - Oh me too! How else would you fit in all the appropriate eating?

    Hi Saffron - Thanks, it's been brill so far. And I thought you would approve of the green tea cake. No green lamingtons at Bread Top though =)

    And high tea - here I come!

    Hi Nic - Thanks. I've wanted a green tea cake for aaages.

    Hi Santos - No, they are separate restaurants - hehe. And thanks for the delicious wishes =)

    Hi missk - Happy Birthday to you too. And you really should try celebrating it for a week. You won't go back! =)

    And I'm glad you're enjoying GYF. Welcome and hope to see you back here soon!

    Hi Vegemite - Thank you. I definitely like the sounds of that!

    Hi Jimmy - Thanks. lol. I wouldn't want to share a brulee =)

    Hi Reid - Indeed it was matcha, and whoops, sorry I ate the last piece the other day. =)

    Hi ChubbyHubby - Thank you, and I hope so!

    Hi Gwenda - Thanks. Wow. I feel like I'm at a cyberspace birthday party =)

    Hi bokbaksa - Thank you. I'm happy that you're enjoying it. I've always thought that meal is best shared =)

    Hi oslofoodie - You dreamed of matcha cake? You sound like me. I am always dreaming about food =) Let me assure you that it very good!

    Hi Julia - Thanks. Birthdays aren't as exciting the older you get, but I do look forward to all the eating celebrations that come with it! lol

    Hi boo_licious - Thank you. The cake was quite tasty. I must make my own one day.

    Hi Ben - I'm looking forward to High Tea and yes we did go to Fairfield for Laotian. I didn't realise how many restaurants there were there (albeit Thai + Laotian cuisine).

    Hi Mama BoK - Thank you. The cake was delicious!

    Hi Melissa - Thanks for your kind wishes. We had Laotian last night. It was great. Iraqi is next week. So much eating!

    Hi R - Thank you, and yes I remember having trouble finding where Formagi Ocello were. I think they may only operate via Fox Studio Markets, Pyrmont and Northside.

    We had Laotian last nite. It was tasty. Pics are coming... hold your horses! =)

  • At 11/20/2005 6:57 pm, Blogger Joycelyn said…

    hi ag, happy birthday! what a lovely cake; here's to a year ahead filled with nothing but the most delicious that life has to offer!

  • At 11/20/2005 7:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Happy Birthday, AG!!! I tend to celebrate for a whole month :)

  • At 11/20/2005 7:50 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    a very happy birthday AG! the cake looks delicious and hope this year brings you more food than you can possibly eat!

  • At 11/20/2005 10:12 pm, Blogger ragingyoghurt said…

    wow. that is some cake. i heard about bread top, but didn't realise it was in world square. i was only walking through there a week ago. instead i found a tea shop on the ground floor, which sold an intriguing sencha+maccha blend.

    um. where is bread top within the maze of WS? thank you.

  • At 11/20/2005 11:01 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi J - Thank you. Delicious sounds good!

    Hi Nora - A month? Now there's an idea!

    Hi Chocolatesuze - More food than I could eat? That sounds like torture! lol

    Hi bowb - Yes the tea place looks intriguing. Did you partake in some?

    Breadtop is right next to Coles. There is also an Asian grocery attached as well.


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