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:


Sunday, 16 March 2014

Surry Hills weekday lunches

Working in Surry Hills means that there are a ridiculous amount of lunch options within walking distance. I am seriously spoilt for choice, and here are some of my regular lunches and recommendations for the area:

For something a bit different, I sometimes check out the Sydney Food Trucks website to see if any are in the area. Veggie Patch Van will be parked in Belmore Park for lunch occasionally, which is a short walk from work.

Veggie Patch van



Zucchini burger

A nice patty made with zucchini, chickpeas and feta, served with caramelised onion, beetroot relish, dill, mayo and homemade ketchup. Not a bad choice for a healthy burger option, though hard to guess when they might be in the area.

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Classic vietnamese

A popular lunch time option, which can often lead to a decent queue during lunch peak hour. This pork baguette is served with pickled carrot, radish, cucumber, spring onion, coriander and soy dressing. Super tasty and filling!

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Roast beef with onion rings

For those with a bit more leisure time at lunch, Single Origin is a great option to sit down and grab a bite to eat. There is also a coffee sideshow and I often swing past in the morning to grab my coffee.

Toasted banana bread with coffee butter

This banana bread is out of the best I've tasted, and the coffee butter adds a beautiful caramelised flavour. 

One thing that I can never resist when getting my morning coffee are the gorgeous seasonal muffins on display, I've had a fair few over the past year or two:

Strawberry & yoghurt

Blueberry & cream cheese

Banana & passionfruit

Do yourself a favour and get one of these delicious, freshly baked muffins!

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Pork belly sandwich

Devon Cafe is a further walk, but always worth it for something a bit more special. Crisp pork crackling always goes down a treat.

Banana and nutella muffin

This muffin is a meal in it's own right, super rich and decadent, loaded with banana and lashings of nutella. Fabulous!


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Roasted vege sandwich

If it's sandwiches you're after for lunch, The Sandwich Shop is a great little hole in the wall on Albion street. This sandwich is chock full of delicious roasted vegetables, including favourites like zucchini and pumpkin. This is my favourite sandwich, tying in with the chicken schnitzel. 

They also do a great chicken, vegetable & quinoa soup during winter too.

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Another favourite is Fish Place, famous for their fresh fish and healthy side salads. 

Smoked ocean trout with side potato salad

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Mad pan brekkie 

Boston beans, spiced pork sausage, hash brown, poached egg and roast sweet onion


Mad Spuds cafe offer some heartier options for those winter months, such as baked jacket potatoes.


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If giant sandwiches and value for money is your thing, then head to Malibu sandwiches, located in an alleyway on Foster street. It's a tiny store front, with a constant queue out the door - best get in early! The sandwiches are simple, but the sandwich ingredients have a homemade touch. 

My chicken, vege and avocado. It is a monstrous sandwich, basically the size of my head. You can pretty much halve it and split it between two lunches.

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Surry Hills is spoilt when it comes to thai options, one of my favourite lunch options that I keep going back to is Shortgrain canteen - the casual, lunch-time tuckshop of Longrain restaurant. 

Fresh, light flavours never fail to impress.






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