Monday, 21 April 2014

Rushcutters - Rushcutters Bay, Sydney

During this Easter holiday, it's been all about having the time to slow down and enjoy the scenery, catch up with loved ones and enjoy some great food. 

Rushcutters was my first point of stop for a fuel up for a city to North Bondi hike via the very beautiful Rose Bay & Watsons Bay route.

Rushcutters is a delightful food hub located on Neild Avenue in Rushcutters Bay. It places a high emphasis on creating a community, and aiming to support farmers in the Hawkesbury region, working with seasonal produce sourced within the local region.

Rushcutters menu

Their focus really shines through on their menu, with some simple items that allow the produce to be the star of the show.

Mocha

Macchiato

Coffees are always a must at the start of the day - my first macchiato is nice and smooth, though this does not follow through with my second order.

The space is lovely, light and open with a huge dining space in the converted warehouse. Rushcutters also have a all day menu, which is handy for those lazy weekends where eating times are generally thrown out the window.


The poached eggs, flaked smoked trout, green apple, capers, parsley on rye is lovely - so healthy and light, with a generous dose of greens. The plate was initially brought out without the rye bread, but this was quickly amended once we let the staff know.


I opt for the buttermilk pancakes, with berries, hive honey and goats curd. The three mini pancakes are the perfect portion for me, and I absolutely loved the super sweet berries. The goats curd added a nice tang, but was quite strong for my tastes, so I used it sparingly. 

After breakfast, I couldn't leave without checking out the pastries on display, and also the cute little co-op marketplace that is on Friday to Sundays. 

Pastries

Fresh product on offer at the marketplace

Co-op produce

Fresh rhubarb

Couldn't possibly leave without some goodies, with the assistance of the super helpful lady at the counter of the marketplace. She gave me a taste of this amazing Neila almond, chocolate and banana jam sauce (which I ended up buying!) and also picked up some Zokoko cocoa powder for copious amounts of hot chocolates during the winter seasons.


Rushcutters - definitely well worth a visit for a weekend wander :)

Rushcutters Bay

Pretzel

Ended up getting a pretzel to have as a snack later. It definitely hit the spot after lots of walking - dense and salty. 



It was such a glorious day for a walk too - sunny but not too hot. Hope everyone has had a lovely Easter break! (with loads of delicious food and chocolate)

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Bondi Hardware - Bondi Beach, Sydney

Even though we've sadly bid farewell to summer, it doesn't stop a little bar venture down to Bondi beach, destination Bondi Hardware. The name is a nod to it's past as a hardware store, now transformed into a vibrant and laid-back bar.

This visit is for Bondi Hardware's 2nd birthday bash, and it's gorgeous summery cocktails and hawaiian leis galore, with a cute holiday themed photo booth to top it all off.

Tapas

The tapas I tried were all lovely, including kingfish ceviche, buttermilk chicken, lamb skewers and root vegetable salad. I'm really keen to come back and try out some more drinks and food!


Mai tai served in the cutest tiki mug 

Getting our hawaiian on!

missklicious & guest attended Bondi Hardware's 2nd birthday party (and photos!) thanks to Jo & Olivia at Pendulum Communications

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Brickfields - Chippendale, Sydney

On a weekend, nothing beats a indulgent breakfast of baked goods, especially when it involves great friends to share a little bit of everything with! 

On this particular Saturday, we check out Brickfields, a small cafe/bakery that specialises in baked goods and sourdough bread. Located on Cleveland street in Chippendale, there is plenty of street parking in the surrounding streets.

Baked goodies 

The cafe itself is very small and the seating is mainly on narrow benches outside. Not the world's most comfortable seating, but it does the job. I'd definitely recommend getting there early if you have a larger group.

It was a lovely sunny morning, and we ordered one or two items each and pretty much had a taste of everything.

Hazelnut & fig bread

This was a wonderfully dense slice, full of gorgeous figs and studded with sweet hazelnuts. 

Apricot danish

So simple, but so delicious. Flaky pastry with a generous filling of the apricot and custard.

Macchiato

Fruit sourdough with ricotta

Apricot & prune tart

Ham & cheese croissant

Well worth a visit for the tempting baked goodies and a weekend coffee or two. 

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Friday, 4 April 2014

John Montagu - Woolloomooloo, Sydney

If it's a great quality sandwich you're after, John Montagu is the place to go. Situated in Woolloomooloo, it's named after the inventor of the sandwich. I've been here several times for breakfast, and have really enjoyed my meals here.


Menu

It's a simple menu, they stick to a few basics, done well. There's not much in the way of non-sandwich options, not quite so good for those avoiding carbs. Perfecto if you're after a hearty and indulgent hangover meal. 

Iced chocolate

Macchiato

The coffee is decent, and the cold drinks are served in the ever popular jam jars.

Chocolate brownie

We spot some baked goodies, and order a brownie to have after the meal. It's rich, so best shared between friends.

Bacon & egg roll

Maffra cheese & sage toastie with ham

This is my go-to order - cannot go past the thick, crusty slabs of bread sandwiching copious amounts of melted cheese, paired with sage and ham. Delicious!

Salmon

House cured salmon, dill, avocado and cream cheese on rye. Salmon and avocado, a match made in heaven.

A great little spot to get your sandwich on! 

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Fuku Restaurant Sake & Wine Bar - World Square, Sydney



Fuku, located upstairs at World Square, is my new go-to local Japanese. The food is nice, staff are always super friendly and the portions are large. 

Fireworks roll

Tempura prawn roll with seared tuna, salmon, kingfish and scallop with fish roe

We order this as a filler dish in case our mains weren't enough - we shouldn't have worried, as the bento and set were massive! I love the variety that this sushi roll brings, with the different seared fish.

Pork tonkatsu and udon set


Love the side dishes that come with the set, including lotus root chips and edamame. 

I opt for this kiwi mojito to celebrate the end of the working week. It is fruity, though not very alcoholic.

Salmon teriyaki bento

 This also comes with rice and miso soup. I cannot get enough of the lotus root chips and creamy eggplant. There is a small container of fruit and some kind of strawberry syrup - I'm not quite sure if it is supposed to be dessert, or to have with the fruit?


Overall, a nice little hidden gem if you're craving for Japanese (as I so often do!)

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Monday, 24 March 2014

Birthday treats

Yesterday was my birthday, and the sun came out to play for a beautiful brunch at The Boathouse at Balmoral beach. I had started celebrations on the Friday with a spectacular lunch at Nomad, dance classes and a nice long walk (prepping myself for the Oxfam 100km trailwalker!) around the harbour on Sat, followed by home cooked dinner by the boy on Saturday night,  and then went out dancing so it was a pretty damn good weekend!

Croissant french toast

The french toast naturally had my name written all over it, and it went down a treat with a side of strawberries and banana. 

Then I felt super spoilt when this amazing cake came out!! Thank you Lily, Viv, Julz, Ayana, Shan <3 p="">
Tiramisu 

The Boathouse did a fabulous job with plating this cake up - it looked spectacular. 

Such a lovely location for a casual brunch by the water - definitely recommend getting in early to get a table, especially for larger groups.

Best birthday ever. My favourite present would have to be from B, who proposed after midnight, on the morning of my birthday: