You walk into a bakery and are instantly overwhelmed with the tantalising aroma of sweets and the vibrantly coloured cakes threatening to jump at you from behind the display case. Pistachio macaroons, salted caramel cheesecake, lemon tarts. With so many irresistible options, what do you choose? Your palms start to sweat, your chest tightens as your most dreaded fear comes to mind: ‘What if I pick wrong?’
Food FOMO (fear of missing out) is one of my biggest first world foodie challenges. And the only thing worse than food FOMO is food regret. You know that piece of strawberry strudel that doesn’t taste as good as it looks? We’ve all been there.
Luckily, food FOMO was not on the menu at The Crux and Co.’s high tea hosted to celebrate the launch of their new store in the CBD. I spent my Saturday drinking champagne and eating my way through the impressive array of pastries. Chocolate terrine slice, matcha tiramisu, apple mini tarts. Some savoury beef pies and sausage rolls even crossed my plate.
You know that analogy about the fat kid and cake? Yes, that was me. The sweets were as artfully designed as they were delicious. Lime green bundles of apple shaped and flavoured custard topped with a chocolate ‘stem’ sat atop a buttery tart shell stuffed with baked apple pieces. Enter the apple mini tart.
Dried rose petals delicately graced the top of the rose flavoured éclair, and mini chocolate badges with The Crux and Co. logo carefully inscribed were strategically positioned atop the berry tarts. No detail was left astray. The mastery of patisserie art is defined at The Crux and Co.
Ember is an American turned Aussie. Her love affair with Melbourne goes back four years, and she still can’t get enough of this city! Discovering new hideouts and hidden gems around Melbourne is her hobby. Marketing Strategist by day, spontaneous adventurer, brekky enthusiast, and aerial acrobat by night.
Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of Harvey PR.
Image credit: Harvey PR.