Tella Balls Dessert Bar launches in Sydney with a new sweet creation

When I told a friend I was going to the Tella Balls Dessert Bar launch in Dulwich Hill on Thursday 25 February 2016, she told me she had been stalking them on Facebook. I thought that was a bit extreme until I found out that they have been posting tantalising images on Facebook and Instagram for months before the opening.

Further, the Dessert Bar is run by Aki Daikos and Simon Kappatos – the same people who own The Foodcraft Espresso and Bakery in Erskineville – who created an instagram sensation.last year with their Tella Ball shake (a nutella ball doughnut on top of a nutella milkshake).

Like its predecessor, the Dessert Bar has its own new creation , the gelat-dough, which is doughnut flavoured gelato, shaped like a doughnut.

The Dessert Bar also has-the new Crazy Cronut Shakes ($12) with four options. There’s the double chocolate shake (topped with a Kit Kat cronut), the peanut butter shake (topped with a Reese’s cronut), the salty caramel shake (topped with a caramel cronut and pretzels), and the Tella Ball Crazy Cronut Shake (topped with a Nutella cronut).

However, only eight out of their 40 menu items are made with nutella. Their desserts also encompass the chocolatey goodness of Kit Kat, Snickers, Oreo, Reese, Cadbury Flake, Maltesers and Kinder Bueno.

There are four choices of milkshakes ($10) that are topped with a Nutella ball. They include chocolate, salted caramel, strawberry and vanilla.

When it comes to waffles there are many options.

There is the Tella Bella ($16), their signature housemade Belgian waffles topped with Nutella, fresh strawberries and vanilla bean gelato.

Their Ricotta and Blueberry waffles ($16) are topped with ricotta and blueberries, drizzled with Canadian maple syrup, and finished with a dollop of mascarpone.

Their Waffle Burger ($20) is vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two housemade Belgian waffles, with lashings of Nutella, fresh strawberries, and fresh banana.

And their Choc Art ($16) is a combination of melted milk and white chocolate poured over Belgian Waffles.

There are also lots of cakes and mousses, in case all the other sweet treats are not enough.

It is not surprising then, that all who attended demolished the Tella Balls and cronuts, lapped up all of the gelato and sorbet, and chowed down the pancakes, waffles and crepes.

Tella Balls Dessert Bar is located at Shop 5/370 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill

Open daily from 11am to 11pm.

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ECCO showcases the best in leather at its ECCO Leather Factory Petit Event

I made my own bag at the ECCO Leather Factory Petit Event on Thursday 25 February 2016, and this has been the best event EVER.

ECCO flew its team in from the Netherlands and transformed a warehouse in Alexandria into a leather workshop equipped with everything required to make leather goods including all supplies for making a leather bag.

Australian media and bloggers were then invited to come and experience the quality and innovative technology of ECCO leather. The variety of leather was incredible. There was leather from different animals (cow, yak, sheep, pig etc.) in a multitude of colours and thickness. There was even glow in the dark leather and heat sensitive leather that changed colour when heat was applied!

Participants could choose to either make a purse, a clutch or a large carry bag.  The results were amazing. Although the designs were provided, some people changed those designs to make their bag more unique.  Everyone’s personality come through in the bags they produced. The creativity of the participants coupled with the quality of the leather meant that the bags that were made looked like they could easily retail anywhere for more than $100 (and for some people’s bags for more than $300).

Everyone knows that ECCO is a leading brand of shoes that combine style and comfort, but few know that ECCO is one of the largest producers of high quality leather, supplying leather to luxury brands such as Louis Vutton.

In fact, 50 per cent of its business is the supply of leather to other brands. ECCO leather supplies leather to innovative brands such as Apple (for iphone/IPAD cases and wrist bands for watches), Alexander Wang (for clothing) and Indigo jeans (for combining leather with denim).

The company was founded in 1963. It is one of the few major shoes manufacturers in the world that owns and manages every aspect of its leather and shoe productions and its retail sales.

Today ECCO’s shoes and accessories are sold in 88 countries at 3,060 ECCO shops and shop-in-shops and at 14,000 sales points around the world.

The company is family-owned and employs 19,800 people worldwide. It has factories in the Netherlands, Thailand, China and indonesia.

ECCO’s newest innovation is the second edition of its successful ECCO INTRINSIC sneaker collection – INTRINSIC 2 and INTRINSIC KARMA.

This new brand is designed to help people embrace a balanced lifestyle and make dressing up and down a breeze.

Features include direct-injected outsoles with flex zones, a low-profile design for greater comfort and flexible inlay soles shaped for natural movement.

In addition to experiencing the FUN of making a bag and getting to take it home, participants were also gifted a pair of shoes of their choice.

Now how nice is that!

For more information about ECCO, go to:


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