Sunday, 14 December 2014

SoCal - Neutral Bay, Sydney

SoCal is a cool little Californian style bar, located north of the bridge in Neutral Bay. SoCal is part of the Applejack Hospitality group, the people behind bars like The Botanist and Bondi Hardware, and recently celebrated it's first birthday in style.

SoCal

Summery cocktails - Margarita & Garden party

The margarita was a a refreshing blend of Reposado tequila, Cointreau, lime, and a dash of sugar and half salt rim. 

The Garden Party was a lovely floral mix of blueberry infused Tanqueray gin, elderflower liqueur, spiced blueberry syrup, rhubarb bitters and basil. 

Sriracha chicken quesadillas 

There was no shortage of tempting offers of food, including moreish corn chips and guacamole; flank steak and chimmichurri skewers, and spiced eggplant tostadas which went down very well with the cocktails. 


Happy 1st birthday, SoCal! 

missklicious and guest attended SoCal's birthday bash thanks to Pendulum Communications. Images are courtesy of La Tessa Photography

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Jiangnan Kitchen - Haymarket, Sydney


There always seems to be new restaurants popping up around the Haymarket area, more than I can seem to keep a track of! One of these new places is Jiangnan Kitchen on Goulburn street. 

Noodle soup with vegetable and homemade meatballs

The soup is nice and clear, and the meatballs remind of of fish balls, though these are light and springy.

crispy rice with this sweet and sour pork and beef

This was an interesting dish with the crispy rice being pieces of puffed rice, reminding me of rice bubbles. A creative idea, but I didn't think it worked well in practice, there was way too much sauce which might have worked better with a bowl of regular rice. 

spring onion pancake

Overall, not a bad place to grab a bite to eat. Would be keen to try some more items from the menu - it seemed like every second table had a hot pot looking dish, so perhaps that's the way to go?

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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Miami Cuba - Manly, Sydney

I've been working back lately so have managed to accumulate a lot of time off - beneficial for when the bestie is in town from Melbourne and it's a beautiful 35 degree beach weather weekday! 

We decide to head to Manly via the scenic ferry trip from Circular Quay and feast on fish and chips on the beach. 

Upstairs is another bar and seating around - such a cool space with bright tropical wallpaper and retro furnishings reminiscent of 1950's Cuba. 

We pick a lovely spot that overlooks Manly beach, sitting right next to the window means we get the cooling sea breeze. 

El Cubano 

Miami Cuba's version of the famous Cuban sandwich - pulled spiced pork, smoked ham, smokey pickle, american cheese, chipotle mayo, served on house made bun and with fries.

Miami Cuba is in a fabulous location, it has nice little cocktail list, and the menu has a variety of tempting options. Would definitely be keen to return and try out some of the other dishes or the breakfast!


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Friday, 21 November 2014

Lentil as anything (with a sneaky drink at Earl's Juke Joint) - Newtown, Sydney

I love lazy Sunday catch ups. It's a time to unwind, relax and recharge for the week to come. One of my favourite things to do is go for a walk and explore. 

On this particular Sunday, we decide to go for a wander to Newtown after checking out the Glebe Street Fair. First stop is Earl's Juke Joint, a fun small bar that has been refurbished from an old meat shop. We grab a seat at the spacious wooden bar, and order a couple of well-crafted cocktails.

Memphis Slim (on the right)
Vodka, ginger wine, pear juice, lime juice and spiced vanilla syrup

El Chooky 
A fruity blend of coconut tequila, Campari, lime, grapefruit bitters and agave



We then popped next door to Lentil as anything for a wholesome vegetarian meal. Lentil as anything is a not for profit organisation where customers pay what they feel the food is worth. There's a nice community vibe, and this trust setup allows everyone the opportunity to dine out. 

Some warm homemade chai to start with

The menu consisted of four different daily options, we chose two dishes to share: Vegetable, lentil curry with rice and salad, with the other dish mainly consisting of beans with a salad and fried bread.




I love the concept and vibe of the place, such a great idea. The food is very simple and it feels like you're dining at a friend's place - very homely.

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Saturday, 8 November 2014

Bread & Circus Wholefoods Canteen - Alexandria, Sydney

Bread and Circus definitely ticks all the boxes - it is vibrant and has a casual, fun vibe. The food is fresh and wholesome. I'm a huge fan of the daily salads, and since Arthur Street Kitchen is no longer, I find myself hankering after a really well done salad. Bread and Circus happily fulfils the craving! 

Located in a lovely sun-filled warehouse space in Alexandria, Bread & Circus is decorated with colourful decor and crates of fruit and vegetables everywhere. On a weekend lunchtime visit, the place is quite busy but we manage to squeeze onto a share table within a few minutes of waiting.

Iced coffee

Perfect for a warm day, though a tad on the bland side due to the ice. 

Macchiato 

Something green 

A refreshing cold pressed juice with mix of kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, apple and lemon.

Goats corn pumpkin biodynamic egg frittata

This was amazing. The frittata was so flavoursome with the dollops of goats cheese throughout, along with corn, pumpkin, kale, caramelised red onion, plus thyme and basil. Even better were the daily salads served on the side including:

Roast baby carrot, zucchini, wild rocket & feta
Lemony broccolini cabbage flower stem & farro
Charred yellow bean & crunchy cavalo nero
Fresh cabbage kale & two kind of sprout
Smoky corn, wild rocket leaves, lime & mayo



Seasonal fruit plate

Seasonal fresh fruit with biodynamic yoghurt and a drizzle of agave syrup. A lovely sweet way to end the meal. The fruit included blood orange, peach, pears, mango, strawberries and kiwi fruit. 

We ordered the frittata and fruit plate to share between two, and it was perfect portion-wise.  

Verdict? A great space with food that's fresh, healthy and wholesome. What's not to love?


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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Christine Manfield Desserts for the launch of Dessert Divas - Nomad, Sydney

Having been a huge fan of the amazing desserts at Universal, I was over the moon when I heard that Christine Manfield would be offering her desserts for a few nights at Nomad to celebrate the launch of her new book, Dessert Divas.

Tropicana

A fruity combination of passionfruit curd, coconut and nougat crumble, mango, coconut cloud, caramelised white chocolate ice cream and passionfruit sorbet.

Mocha bomb

Coffee lovers rejoice! This chocolate mousse dome, date espresso caramel bombs and espresso ice cream was fantastic. The espresso ice cream was full-bodied and strong, perfectly paired with the chocolate domes, which opened to reveal the sticky rich caramel inside.

Always a fabulous meal to be had at Nomad and this was no exception. We had a few mains before digging into dessert and everything was perfection.

As for Christine Manfield's desserts, wishing there was a more permanent location to visit!

Check out the rest of the dates for the Dessert Divas roadshow - http://christinemanfield.com/events/

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Friday, 31 October 2014

Sushi of Masuya - Haymarket, Sydney

Masuya is one of the first places the Mr and I first went on a date, so I was keen to check out Sushi of Masuya when it popped up where Musashi used to be, near Capitol Theatre. 

Deluxe sushi platter


Sashimi platter

Just like Masuya, the sushi and sashimi here is of high quality and fresh. 

Deep fried oysters

The deep fried oysters come out freshly fried and are extremely moreish. We end up ordering a second round of these. 

Definitely a nice sushi spot for a bit of pre-theatre dining. I'm keen to check out some of the bentos too, which are only available during lunch. 

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