Category Archives: Food Lovers

Brekkie @ The Grounds

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Meeting friends for brekkie is one of my favourite things to do on the weekend. It is a very Aussie habit that we’ve happily taken on, as we love eating breakfast.

There are many cafes in the city that serve amazing food and it is always a great experience to discover new places, with innovative menus, that use fresh and locally sourced ingredients, that serve great coffee and that offer a good atmosphere.

With this is mind, we really wanted to try The Grounds as their reputation is quite good. The wait for a table is always long so we designed a “clever technique” where one of our friends, who lives close by, went there early to get a token and then called us to advise how long the wait was. We then left home just in time to arrive when they were calling out our table 😉

The atmosphere is good, the decor is amazing and the space itself is very nice with different sitting areas. They even have pigs, chooks and goats that you can pet. The service, however, was very poor! We had several issues with our order and the several waiters that served us were confused and were not really well-informed about menu. My food was actually quite yummy (above pic) but that was not the case for everyone which was quite disappointing.

With so many great places in the city, I don’t think that I will be going back anytime soon.

It is so sad when nice places just let their standards drop, either because they can’t cope with the influx of customers, or they simply rely on their notoriety and slack off when it comes to service… Either way, I know that what keeps me loyal to a business is not only the quality of their products but mainly the quality of their service. As such, I can truly say that The Grounds have not succeeded in deserving my custom…

Chocolate Festival

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Two weeks ago, Sydney welcomed the chocolate festival at The Rocks, and as big chocolate lover I made my way there after a very light breakfast.

The weather was fabulous and we had fun taking selfies with the Opera House as our background, as if we were a couple of tourists 😉

At 11:00 AM there were already lots of people but the queues were not too long. The difficult part was deciding what to try since there were so many yummy looking options and only so much one can eat.

Our choices were perhaps a bit predictable but, as soon as we heard that both Adriano Zumbo and Anna Polyviou were going to be featured in the event, we knew exactly what we wanted to try.

And we were not disappointed!

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I quite enjoyed it and thought that it was a successful event all around 😀

Leichhardt Long Lunch

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This past Saturday we were blessed with an “Indian Summer” day in Sydney. The thermometers went up to 28 C in the inner-west and the sun shined bright and warm.

The Leichhardt Long Lunch was on and it was a perfect opportunity for us to browse the different stalls (all from local business) have some nice lunch, and drinks, sit outside, and even learn some new recipes at the cooking demonstrations.

The tiramisu and pistachio ice-cream from Bar Italia were amazing and we loved the sample of passatelli with mussels from the chef at Capriccio.

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I find these events a great way to cultivate and maintain the community spirit. Sydney is a huge city but each suburb has its own vibe and identity which I firmly believe should be preserved.

Leichhardt is well-known for its Italian community and many restaurants so I can’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate it than with an outdoor long lunch 🙂

Not Just Coffee

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I love discovering new cafes and nice spots where one can sit down and slowly enjoy one’s coffee (tea, beer, whatever you fancy!) 🙂

A couple of weeks ago, we went to the  Paddington Markets and as the queues were too long for the food, we decided that we would look for a cafe in the area instead. As we walked down Oxford Street, window shopping , we came to a halt when we saw this sign. We turn into a little lane and about 200 meters ahead we found this very cozy cafe.

IMG_20150814_103206The staff was lovely and welcoming and menu was very interesting, with a couple of surprise elements. We decided to try the Samurai Aussie Croissant and it was absolutely delicious! 

I truly recommend it 😀
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Gelato Messina

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In Sydney, when you think Gelato you think Messina. I had been wanting to try these for a long time and I am so glad to say that they did not disappoint 🙂

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Queue at Messina Darlinghurst at 10 PM

After a homemade dinner, we got in the car and drove to town. We got to Victoria Street at 10:00 PM and could not believe the queue outside!

But the service is quick and organised and we were served very promptly.

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The decor celebrates ice-cream, summer and Italy. There are many gelato flavours to choose from and the display is mouth-watering. For a moment you want to ask for a scoop of each ;-p

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We decided to try two of the house specials. Not only were they both delicious, we were pleasantly surprised with the price. Given that they are so renowned, I was expecting these to be expensive but they are actually cheaper than many of other brands I´ve bought before.

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Paleo café

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Paleo diet is one of the new trends.  I haven’t research much about it but basically it eliminates anything that is processed and could not be found in nature.  In a simplistic view we should not be eating anything that our grandparents would not recognise as food!
When I heard that they had opened a Paleo Café in Paddington,  one of my favourites suburbs in Brisbane,  I knew it was time to try it out 🙂 And what a great excuse to meet some friends over breakfast and catch up!
The service was not great but the food was delicious! I liked the concept  the fact that you can buy lots of ingredients and even books about this lifestyle in the one place.
I love trying new things 🙂

Jellyfish Restaurant

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It was hubbie’s b-day on the 23rd. What better way to celebrate than discover another one of Brisbane’s best restaurants. This time we went to Jellyfish in Eagle Street Pier. The location is prime and the view of the bridge, lighted up at night, is a plus that compliments a beautiful meal.

We first heard of this restaurant in Masterchef The Professionals, as one of the contestants, Rhett Willis, (2nd place), was the head-chef there. I am not entirely sure if he is still is…

But it was not the celebrity factor that made us want to try the restaurant but rather their fish menu. They have at least 6-8 different types of fish daily and they are renowned for their freshness.

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We both love seafood and we were not disappointed. Not only to fish was fresh and perfectly cooked but everything else was superb. The side dishes and desserts were awesome. The service was impeccable and the waiters were professional and polite without being stuck up .

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All in all, it was a perfect dinner date and I truly recommend it to the seafood lovers out there.