I am a hungry artist living and working in Sydney. I am completing a philosophy degree and enjoy life.
Published December 26th 2016
Hooked on Hokkaido
Located at World Square on the lower ground level (near Coles) this is the latest addition to the vibrant and interesting World Square complex. With the grand opening at World Square shopping complex 2 days before Christmas, the buzz for this new store was amazing. The lines of eager customers stretched for so long that the centre management had to arrange for special areas to be roped off just for Hokkaido customers, the queue was almost out of the shopping centre. It is still (at the time of writing) very busy over at World Square.
If you witnessed the opening, you just had to wonder what was the cause of all this interest. Was the appeal just for the novelty of a new store? Was it the heavenly scent of freshly baked cheesy goodness wafting throughout the shopping centre that was luring people by the dozen? Is it the turquoise handy take-home pack that you can easily transport on the bus or train? Or was it simply the golden baked to perfection cheese tarts themselves, so tasty and addictive.
Did you know that you can become (/are already) chemically addicted to cheese? Apparently, it raises your dopamine levels and gives you a mild high - in a way that is similar to chocolate; it really is addictive. Unfortunately for you, there is no 12-step program to detox from this soon to be new food addition. A blend of three different types of cheese baked fresh in a crunchy and aromatic pastry that you can smell baking to perfection is hardly going to help with the addition.
That first bite will have you hooked; the crusty light pastry at the bottom of the tart perfectly holds the soft and creamy cheesy concoction - that is until you bite into it. Make sure you have a tissue on hand. It is a delightfully messy, creamy experience. Like me, you might find that dignity can go take a dive; I would rather have a mouthful of tasty moreish, cheesy, buttery flavour.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the only cure is to stay away, so you could do this or you could realise that life is short and pleasures are fleeting so it is best to just let loose and indulge. What is life without indulgence? What is life without the heavenly scent of fresh baked pastry with cheeses? For only $3.90 why not spend a little on something that will make you smile? It is well and truly worth the weight.