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. 

Sushi of Masuya on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Long Men Lou Vegetarian Restaurant, Chi Lin Nunnery - Diamond Hill, Hong Kong

A world away from the hustle and bustle and skyscrapers that Hong Kong is renowned for, lies the Chi Lin Nunnery.



Chi Lin Nunnery is a large temple complex, was established in 1934, and houses Buddhist relics, lotus ponds, and the Nan Lian garden, a beautiful and scenic public garden.

There is also a vegetarian restaurant at the Chi Lin Nunnery, Long Men Lou, which offers dishes that are free from MSG, plus low in fat, sugar and salt. 

Mixed entree platter

Their signature appetiser dish is a taste of five small dishes, all with quite interesting textures. 

Braised shitake mushrooms 

Stuffed bean curd rolls

Sweet and sour bean curd

A bit like a vegetarian take on sweet and sour pork, with plenty of capsicum scattered throughout the dish, along with fresh chunks of pineapple.

Walnut dessert

Quite enjoyed this creamy and sweet dessert soup. 

Overall, a lovely and fresh buddhist vegetarian meal in the nice surroundings of the temple grounds. 


Chi Lin Vegetarian - Long Men Lou
60 Fung Tak Road
Chi Lin Nunnery
Diamond Hill MTR exit C2

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Let's do Dessert - Good Food Month - Ananas, Sydney

One Good Food Month I always end up attending is Let's Do Dessert, or previously known as Sugar Hit. This year is no exception, besides the fact that October is almost over (it's flown by crazy fast!) I do end up getting to the tempting Ananas offering. 

What I loved most is that Ananas had a full dessert menu to select from, along with the Let's do dessert option.

Let's do dessert - Les Desserts 4 Play

Including an exploding black forest (in a cherry form), banoffi pie eclair, mango passion and coconut entrement, and a triple chocolate fantasy tart. This plate was perfect for those who like to taste a bit of everything !

Not sure if the banoffi pie eclair description on the menu was correct, as we thought the eclair was some kind of violet/earl grey combination.


Trio of eclairs

Ananas 4 ways with coconut mousse

Yve's Apple

A refreshing combination of granny smith apple sorbet, champagne foam and coconut pannacotta. So light and fruity, this was the favourite dessert of the night.


Ananas Bar & Brasserie on Urbanspoon

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Pyrama - Pyrmont, Sydney

Pyrama is a nice little Pyrmont cafe, offering all day breakfast on the weekends. The menu consists of all the standard breakfast items one would expect - a big breakfast; eggs Benedict; bacon and egg roll; muffins, and the list goes on.  At night the restaurant is a contemporary restaurant, with a tempting  sounding Modern Australian menu.

Mocha

Macchiato

Of course, coffee is a must to any breakfast - the coffees are decent, but nothing amazing.

2 eggs on toast with bacon

This dish came out and I immediately thought it looked like a face haha, not sure if that was intentional. 

Sweet corn fritters

I could not go past the fritters; served with a winning combination of crispy bacon, avocado salsa, sweet chilli & sour cream. At first glance, I thought there was too much sweet chilli sauce, but I did end up soaking it all up whilst eating the fritter.

Pyrama use certified organic free range eggs, a massive plus!

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