So again on a Saturday, I headed over to Epping, found the exact same spot outside the shop to park and met Chef Gena from Sweetness. Fortunately, I had J with me again so I wasn't as nervous walking into the shop and asking for the Chef. The lady who I spoke to first did look surprised when I asked for the chef but not a second had passed, and Chef Gena hears her name and comes over with a bright smile. I can't stress how lovely she is; she's been trying to help me and Ja meet up (which hopefully will happen sometime) and talking to her, she was grateful for the feedback that I'd given her and before you know it, the next minute J&I were both being offered slices of the Chai Loaf that was on sale that day.
We talked about her shop and her cakes, I found out a bit more about Ja, she explained to the two other girls how Ja and I knew each other (which can be a bit of a mouthful) and with her recommendation, I left the store with the following bag of goodies:
This is the Chai Loaf that Ja was recommending. It was moist and full of flavour and even if you're not that big a fan of chai, you'll love it if you try it! There was only a small slice left over on the next day and it tasted as if it had come straight out of the oven - it remained moist and admittedly, I was a little sad to see the last of it go into my mouth.
I started grabbing at bits and pieces in the shop until Chef Gena pointed me to the sample pack ($16.50). Here you have nougat, toffee, caramel and assorted marshmallows. How pretty everything is!
From the selection on the counter, I got myself another Chocolate Brownie, the Rocky Road (which is very very good! Chef Gena showed us the 2.2kg rocky road block that she'd made as a special order for someone's birthday - J's mouth was watering!), lemon & coconut slice and a ginger & almond slice (which my uncles/aunts though tasted like the filling in the thousand year old egg pastries which I thought was quite bizarre).
To top the day off, Chef Gena sent me home with a free pack of biscuits. She was appreciative of the feedback I gave in my last post and hoped that I would enjoy this new batch. And well, I can definitely say that this batch tasted lovely (they were some same, some different biscuits to the ones I bought last time) and omg, the florentine biscuits taste so good!
All night, I kept telling all my uncles and aunts about Gena and I think people were starting to get sick of me. At some point during the night, mum starts telling me 'You're so silly. You're so happy over a pack of biscuits'. Well, I was and I'm not too shy to admit it!
Thanks Chef Gena!