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Didn't quite make it to Leichhardt.


I didn’t quite make it to Leichhardt this past weekend, but I’m OK with that. Sure, Leichhardt is known as the Little Italy of New South Wales. Sure, they might have heaps of restaurants with delicious Italian food for all the tourists and locals to delight in. Sure, I didn’t make it to Leichhardt to see what touristy treats were in store for me, but I don’t care.

cannoliI made it to Haberfield, and what some people don’t know is that Haberfield is also like a Little Italy. It has authentic Italian restaurants with delicious Italian food and Italian accents, and even authentic Italian cannoli.

Oh, sweet cannoli.

For me there is a no more perfect dessert than ricotta cheese infused cannoli. It seems that every time I have them, I tend to overdo it a bit, but I can’t stop. I hunted for cannoli in Italy, and when I discovered their popular existence in Sicily, I ate them every day. Cannoli with candied fruit. Cannoli with chocolate chips. Cannoli with pistachios.

brooke eating cannoliIf I could be any sweet, I would be a cannoli. My pastry shell would be the perfect level of crispness and chewiness in order to promote proper eatability, and it would definitely not be overcooked. I would have a light dusting of powdered sugar to dress myself up a bit. My ricotta filling would be sufficiently cheesy and probably consist of chocolate chips, but not very many as they need to leave the cream as the dominant taste. And, most importantly, my filling would meet in the middle, leaving no gaps, no holes, no empty spaces in the pastry shell.

So, no, I didn’t make it to Leichhardt, but who the heck cares when you still get delicious cannoli in Haberfield, which is what I would have been searching for anyway.


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8 Responses to Didn't quite make it to Leichhardt.

  1. Sam October 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    Epic post, that has left me craving some good pastry’s and reminds me exactly why food from all of the world make life so amazing!

    • Brooke October 27, 2009 at 7:38 am #

      mmm yes, for sure! 🙂

  2. Bostonbill October 27, 2009 at 1:07 am #

    I seem to recall your love of Italian pastry from your time in NY. Hope you make it to Boston so I can treat you to a tour of our North End!

    • Brooke October 27, 2009 at 7:41 am #

      Thanks, Bill! I will definitely keep that in mind.

  3. Steve October 28, 2009 at 5:21 pm #

    Well, thanks for the massive cannoli craving now. This post should come with a warning.

    By the way:

    • Brooke October 29, 2009 at 7:59 am #

      Hahah, I would probably react the same way if I had to choose between weapons and sweet, delicious cannoli.

  4. AdventureRob October 29, 2009 at 2:06 am #

    This post is giving me cravings.





    • Brooke October 29, 2009 at 8:00 am #

      I guess I should open my own cannoli shop because I would apparently have made a few sales today 😉

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