Thursday, 28 August 2014

Globe Bar - The Langham, Sydney

Having afternoon tea is such a indulgent and luxurious way to spend a girl's day out. On one particular weekday off, I decide that afternoon tea is the perfect backdrop for a catch up with a girl friend.

The staff were more than accommodating when my friend was running late by half an hour; they even kept checking to see if I was alright and offered me some tea whilst I was waiting.  

Tiffin afternoon tea

The sweets tier included an assortment of pastries and cakes - including mini tarts, chocolate brownie, and french macarons.


The Langham Sydney's Globe Bar has a lovely and opulent feel to it and the best service. The Langham Sydney is currently undergoing renovations until the 1st of December, 2014, so I'm keen to see what it will be like post-renovations!

Globe Bar (The Langham) on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Kingswood Coffee - World Square, Sydney

One of my new favourite local coffee shops is Kingswood Coffee, conveniently around the corner from home. 


Kingswood uses Sensory Lab for it's milk-based coffees, and more importantly has a range of guest baked pastries, including the famous Brewtown Newtown's cronuts.

Macchiato

The coffee here is smooth and consistent. Open at 6am on weekdays, it was a lifesaver on the day of the Oxfam Trailwalker event, as it meant I could get a decent caffeine fix before hopping on the train to the starting line. 


Chocolate brioche

Jam cronut

I've spotted the Brewtown Newtown cronuts on almost every single visit, and Kingswood seem to stock a decent variety of them - jam, original glazed, chocolate, and cinnamon.

A fantastic little spot to grab your morning caffeine fix, and maybe sneak in a naughty treat (or two!)

Kingswood Coffee on Urbanspoon

Monday, 25 August 2014

The Pig & Pastry - Petersham, Sydney

Petersham has built up a nice collection of cafes around the area. One of these is the adorably name The Pig & Pastry. 

The Pig & Pastry overlooks Petersham park, and is a fairly recent addition, having opened its doors in mid-2013. This cute little cafe always seems to be busy on the weekend - luckily parking in the surrounding streets is relatively easy to find.


Breakfast menu

The menu consists of the usual suspects, plus some daily special sodas, and baked goodies at the counter. The breakfast menu is served until 11:45am.

Macchiato

Mornings aren't really complete with a coffee fix. Pig & Pastry use coffee by De Luca.

Pineapple & berry smoothie

The smoothie of the day is this lovely pink concoction of pineapple & berries.

The Pig & Pastry toasted banana bread

The boy goes with the banana bread as his choice, and it has a lovely crunch on the outside, and is wonderfully fragrant and fluffy on the inside.

Sweet corn fritters

Served with a runny poached egg, crispy bacon and avocado salsa. I always love the combination of corn, avocado and bacon. The Pig & Pastry take their bacon seriously, and cook it to crispy perfection.

A great spot for a bit of brunch in Petersham - I'm keen to go back at lunch time and try some of the other offerings. 

The Pig & Pastry on Urbanspoon

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


Mordeo Bistro and Bar on Urbanspoon

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.

The Cliff Dive on Urbanspoon

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!

Sweet Belem on Urbanspoon