Benvenuta tutti! It's a new year and we have a new paninoteca on the horizon!
Before we get stuck into the weekly panino grind, a big thank you to everyone who supported the hampers during Christmas time - I cannot wait to show you what is in store this year!
Comonque, as I have now entered the new year with different circumstances I cannot help to think of what has happened over the last 12 months. From losing my mum, losing a job, taking time out for myself, getting another job and starting a business I was well and truly exhausted by the end of it!
The one thing I struggled to tell people was the job loss 3 months after my mum died. At the time, I thought my employment was the only thing that was holding me together and for the most part, it actually tore me apart. I had no confidence left, I thought all my years in law school were a waste, I struggled to relate to my friends and I refused to resign because my mentality was, "I have had enough change this year, I don't want to change this". However, they did it for me, and the same colleague also said to me "change is where the magic happens" and it did. I created a business out of my misfortune.
In hindsight, it was the best thing that ever happened to me, I had three months to myself to grieve, find a job in a firm that appreciates me and launch my very own product.
Like my mother used to say, "when one door closes, another one will always open". Although, there was no will left in me during that time, to see any door open I perservered! I took it One Panino At A Time, I had a staff meeting with myself and said to myself to get it together because it isn't over!
Here I am, 10 months later, zen, happy, working with people that I love and creating a blog for all of you to enjoy.
This reflection all occurred when I made my way down to Ned's Bake in South Yarra, with their golden plaque at the shop front, you know these europeans mean business!
Their loaves being made in-house, their rustic yet, modern architecture from the inside of the building, and floor to ceiling bread baskets, it is hard to shy away from this up-market paninoteca!
So to reflect back on the last 12 months of my life, I got myself one of the specials they had available in their perfectly displayed windows:
> Roast Pork
> Caramelised Onion
> Roasted Capsicum
> Pesto aioli
Alright lets get started on the light and soft bread, perfection, made in-house, say no more!
The sliced roast pork and the caramelised onion with pesto aioli gives you that sweet n' tangy taste that is a mix between Florence and Melbourne, (the tang was defnitely a Melbourne vibe). Lets not forget the bread of spinach it was laid upon, this panino gave you that crisp bite nestled between the roasted capsicum that can only be made from a wog bake house!
This panino was so easy to eat I should of ordered two! Ned's Bake gives you that modern-italian twist the yuppies down in South Yarra are always on the hunt for!
You'll be sure to find their golden plaque at 134 Toorak Road, South Yarra or go and visit them on instagram nedsbake.