Saturday, 16 August 2014

Oxfam Trailwalker 100km - 22-24 August 2014 - Less than a week to go!

Myself and my fabulous teammates are taking part in Oxfam Trailwalker, Australia’s greatest team endurance event. 

Teams of four will tackle 100km of Australian bush within 48 hours. 
The event, which takes place 22-24 August 2014 (from the Hawkesbury River all the way through Mosman) is not just a great test of physical and mental fitness, but a fundraising challenge to help Oxfam Australia overcome poverty around the world.


It's been a lovely (but challenging) opportunity to check out some awesome bush, scenery and wildlife that we are blessed to be surrounded by. It's been many a weekend with long days of training (hello, 13 hour walk!) and experiencing very sore quads, falling into a creek and getting 'slightly' off the track during night walking.

I'm looking forward to crossing the finish line, hopefully around the 36 hour mark. Please click here if you'd like to donate to this worthy cause!















Monday, 11 August 2014

Mordeo - Sydney CBD

Recently opened in the Sydney CBD is Mordeo Bistro and Bar, bringing Southern European food in a casual yet refined setting.

I was invited to the launch night, where guests were entertained by Ritmos Latinos and Greek Bouzouki player, Telly Andrew. Dishes and beverages from the menu were served throughout the night.

A tempting range from artisan Spanish charcuteria La Boqueria


Whitebait croquettes with cauliflower mayonnaise 

There was also an awesome buffet station with a range of options:

BBQ lamb ribs

These marinated ribs are extremely tender, with the deliciously sticky meat falling off the bone.

Slow cooked octopus with green beans and chorizo


Loukoumadis

Greek doughnuts, served with honey and a sprinkle of nuts. 

Catalana

Located in the Assembly of Deutsche Bank place, it's a handy location to grab a post-work drink and bite to eat for those in the CBD end of town.

missklicious & guest attended Mordeo launch night courtesy of Pendulum Communications


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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Yurippi at The Cliff Dive - Darlinghurst, Sydney

Who can resist a tropical tipple served in a novelty ceramic tiki mug? 

The Cliff Dive in Darlinghurst has recently launched Yurippi, an underground tuck shop which offers a more relaxed lounge vibe for a early evening catch up and a cocktail or two.

There's an extensive cocktail list, created by Michael Chiem (ex Sokyo, Black & Bulletin Place) who is the creative drinks director. It's a tough task choosing from the menu as all the cocktails sound tempting!

These colourful garlic crackers are dangerously addictive and a welcome distraction to our drink indecisiveness. 

Pina Colada

The Cliff Dive's pina colada is impressive served in a impeccably hollowed out pineapple; it is served with Bacardi, 151, coconut salted pineapple and chinese five spice.

Random tangent - Every time I think of pina coladas, the 70's song by Rupert Holmes often pops in my head "If you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain..." ♪ 


Don the Beachcomber's Zombie

Bacardi, Appleton Falernum, Pernod Grenadine & citrus. The cinnamon dusted slice of orange on the top adds a lovely fragrant touch.

I adore the cocktails here; well crafted, with good quality, balanced flavours, and the custom-made ceramic tiki mugs are very cute!

Yurippi is all about street food with a South East Asian island touch. Chef Honky has been inspired by his time frequenting yakitori bars in Japan, and wanted to bring the skewers concept back to Australia.

The Hungry Honky

This neat little platter of goodies include: one of each skewer, pickled vegies and coconut pandan rice. 

To complement the drinks served at The Cliff Dive, Honky worked with his network of Sydney chefs on a menu that incorporates the sweet, sour, and spicy, flavours of South East Asian food. With ingredients sourced from local Thai grocers, each skewer has its own unique marinade.

The skewers can be ordered individually ($3 each) and the choices consist of:

Beef - Wild ginger with caramelised sweet soy
Pork - Turmeric & lemongrass, with sweet tamarind sauce
Chicken - Lemongrass with peanut satay sauce
Octopus - Chilli & ginger, with homemade sweet chilli
Tofu - Chilli & tamarind, with som tom sauce

House-pickled vegetables and the fragrant rice are a welcome addition to make the skewers into something more substantial.



If cocktails aren't your thing, there are 40 rare rums imported from the UK. There are also beers available; from light island lager all the way to thick creamy dark beers. The wine list is focused and international, hopping from China to Spain and back, all available by the glass.

It’s a great place to catch up with friends (or take date), feast on skewers and have some delicious tiki cocktails.

The Cliff Dive is open Wednesday to Saturday from 6pm and take non-exclusive bookings in the booths for groups of 10+

missklicious & +1 dined as guests of The Cliff Dive, thanks to Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Sweet Belem - Petersham, Sydney

Petersham is a hive of activity when it comes to new cafes and places to eat. One favourite that has been around for years is Sweet Belem, a cafe and bakery which houses an assortment of amazing pastries and cakes, with the speciality being the freshly baked portuguese tarts.


Everything in the window looks delicious and I have a moment or two of indecisiveness before I narrow down a few choices. There's corn bread on the counter which disappeared in a flash, along with countless tarts, croissants, brioche, and cakes. 

Strawberry tart

I couldn't go past this luscious looking strawberry tart - a crisp and buttery tart base, with plump and super sweet strawberries sprinkled with crushed pistachios. It was as good as it looks! 

Quince tart

This quince tart is equally as good. The tartness of the quince paired fabulously with the blackcurrant ripple, which I generously slathered on. 

Since I couldn't try everything in one sitting, I also got a couple of things to takeaway:

Portuguese tart

These flaky tarts are so addictive, it's hard to stop at one!

Blueberry tart

The blueberry tart is dense with a lovely crumbly base and top. 

Definitely one of my favourite bakeries around, all the pastries I've tasted are tops, and I can't wait to go back and indulge in more!

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Friday, 18 July 2014

Yayoi - Bridge Street, Sydney

After drooling over all the Yayoi posts that have been popping up on my Instagram feed, it was the perfect destination for a Friday night dinner on a cold and windy night.



Yayoi is all about the teishoku, which translate to 'set meal', dishes and steamed rice all on one tray - the staple of Japanese cuisine. The teishoku is accompanied by miso soup, and offers a balanced meal with side dishes of vegetables and pickles.

The waitress asks whether we have dined here before, and after indicating that we hadn't, she briefly explained how the ipad ordering system works, and also gave us a bit of information regarding the teishoku, including that it would take 25 minutes for the rice to cook on our table.

Plum umeshu on the rocks

There's a decent sake menu and wine list to choose from. I always tend toward the fruity options!

After ordering our set meals, the rice is brought out shortly to be cooked on our table. 

The only issue with the cooking time of the rice was that our set meals were brought out 5 or so minutes before the rice was actually ready, which was not a big deal but I do like the idea of having all the components of your dish together.

Miso pork fillet katsu teishoku

Crunchy pork katsu in miso sauce and a slow cooked egg - ultimate comfort food!

Wagyu sukiyaki

The food was tasty of a high quality, and the venue has a lovely spacious feel. I like the idea of the electronic ordering system, but after ordering, the pad takes up precious table space. It would be great if they had a little shelf underneath the table to stash it, as ours ending up being placed on the floor when our set meals came out and there was no room for it.

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Zeus Street Greek - Drummoyne, Sydney

Zeus Street Greek is a great little new venue, dishing out delicious greek food in a casual, warm and relaxed setting. 

On this particular Friday night, the place is abuzz, lines spilling out the door and barely room to spare. Luckily, Zeus Street Greek handle it all very efficiently, with a dedicated person to organise the table waiting list and takeaway line. It's busy but not chaotic. 

After about a 35 minute wait, we manage to get a fantastic seat facing the kitchen and get to watch all the action happening. 

Poseidon pita - prawns

Lightly fried prawns with Aegean slaw, preserved lemon mayo, caramelised onion, honey & coriander. This was absolutely delicious - all the ingredients were really light and fresh, not heavy or greasy at all. I loved the addition of preserved lemon mayo and honey. 

You definitely know when something tastes amazing when you have trouble just eating your allocated half when sharing with someone!

The Zeus pita - lamb

Luckily, the other item we ordered is equally as tasty. This is Zeus Street Greek's signature slow-cooked (melts in your mouth!) lamb with Aegean slaw, smoked eggplant, onion and parsley.

Feta and oregano chips

The chips are nice enough, though I have to admit, the pitas completely overshadowed these. 

Ancient grain salad

A lovely side dish with a variety of textures from the cracked wheat, lentils, pepitas, almonds and yoghurt.

There is always room for dessert, and it's easily decided as Zeus only have one dessert option on the menu.

Loukoumades

These greek doughnuts are freshly fried and served with honey, cinnamon and walnuts. So moreish!


Zeus Street Greek's aim is to make their customers feel at home, with a philosophy of using 'time honoured methods and family recipes to make real food, with integrity, taste and freshness'. This definitely shines through in the food and the lovely vibe of the restaurant.

I am slightly devastated that I didn't get to try the haloumi this time around, but rest assured, I'll be back for it!

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