Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Pop up patisserie @ Brewtown Newtown - Newtown, Sydney

Is there anything more glorious than entering a cafe and seeing rows upon rows of glorious pastries? I think not, so ventured over early to Brewtown Newtown when I heard they were opening their pop-up patisserie again. 

On the menu were a multitude of cruffins (a hybrid croissant muffin) and a range of other tempting pastries.

Pineapple and coconut Brewnut

Love anything tropical flavoured, especially when it involves coconut! 

Ispahan danish

The extremely pretty and ever-popular combination of rose, raspberry and lychee

Orange and poppyseed danish

Nutella Cruffin

Studded with hazelnuts and with a decadent nutella filling. The cruffin was lovely and flaky, and really just reminded me of a round croissant. 

It was hard to pick a favourite as they were all pretty good. I would probably have to say either the Ispahan danish, as I love the fruity combination of lychees and raspberries, or the Nutella Cruffin, as nothing beats a generous slathering of nutella! 

In the blink of an eye, it's almost the end for 2014... Happy new year everyone! Hope 2015 is even bigger and better, filled with lots of adventures, fabulous company and delicious food!

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Elbow Room Espresso - Chatswood, Sydney

After initially planning to have breakfast at a cafe across the road (long story short, lax opening times and witnessing the said cafe spray a can of raid all over the coffee prep area) we promptly hightailed it out of there, and decided to eat at this cute little cafe, Elbow Room Espresso.


Banana smoothie

Elbow room de hot dog

An impressive hot dog with chorizo, a perfectly cooked sunny side up egg and mustard. The gherkins served on the side help to cut through the richness.

French toast

A tempting combination of grilled banana, berry compote, pistachios and ricotta. A perfect choice for a little something sweet, with the fruit and ricotta balancing the dish out and making it lighter.

Elbow Room Espresso is a great little cafe to drop into whilst doing a spot of shopping in Chatswood. It even opens at 7:30am, perfect for the early birds. 

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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.


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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