Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Fossix Coffee - Sydney CBD

Fossix Coffee is a neat little coffee shop, hidden away in the lobby of a Sydney CBD office building. Fossix is a micro roaster in the heart of the city, so expect great coffee. There's also a handful of both sweet and savoury food items on the counter readily available for a quick takeaway. There's also a menu with some items such as burgers and salads.

Breakfast salad bowl

One morning, I pick up a healthy breakfast salad bowl to go. The breakfast bowl has a middle eastern touch, with beetroot hummus and grilled capsicum, mixed with quinoa, pepitas, tomato, rocket and a boiled egg. I might be the only one here, but I have to say, I do love a good breakfast salad - I wish more places would do it! 

Lemongrass pork burger

It's not often that you see a pork burger on the menu; Fossix's version is flavoured with lemongrass, and is served with crunchy slaw, pickled carrot and a spicy slaw. It kind of reminds me of a banh mi. 

Vermicelli salad with additional chicken

The vermicelli salad is lovely and fresh. I'm glad we order the grilled chicken to add to the salad, as it is very flavoursome; perfect when mixed in with the edamame, pickled carrot, slaw and cucumber. The addition of fried little pieces of potato is a bit of a strange one, and the dish probably could have done without it (as much as I love potato!).

I spy some sweet whilst ordering, and save room to sample the following:

Japanese cheesecake

Salted chocolate chip cookie

The Japanese cheesecake was on the dry side, which was disappointing. However, I did very much enjoy the crisp, jam packed with chocolate chips and slightly salty cookie. 

It's nice to see another cafe in the Sydney CBD that has some unique (eg not just bacon and egg rolls) breakfast items.
Fossix Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, 23 September 2016

Bruny Island, Tasmania

Having been to Tassie twice in the past six months, I definitely think it's the best option for a local getaway; with amazing food and scenery, what more can you ask for?

During my Hobart trip earlier this year, we went on a day trip to Bruny Island with Bruny Island Safaris. The tour departed our hotel around 7am, heading to the car ferry deparature point at Kettering.

Bruny Island Cheese Company

First stop was to the Bruny Island Cheese company for some cheese tasting. There were a few gems, but the most memorable one was a hilariously named "Nanna's Undies", a semi-hard cheese aged in herbs. The name is due to the lavender and herbs that coat the cheese, which has a fragrance reminiscent of nanna's lavender scented drawers.

The Neck

Next stop is The Neck, an isthmus of land which connects the two halves of Bruny Island. 

After climbing 200-odd timber stairs to the Truganini lookout, there's a stunning 360 view of the beautiful surroundings. 

Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve is also home to fairy penguins, which can be seen during the warmer months (September to February)

Mixed berries in champagne jelly and ice cream

One thing that Tassie also has an abundance of is berry farms. Bruny Island berry farm's signature dessert is the mixed berries in champagne jelly; it's a simple and refreshing offering. 

The second half of the tour included a lighthouse tour of Cape Bruny lighthouse, where we enjoyed sweeping views of the rugged Tasmanian coastline, followed by some lunch at Hotel Bruny, oysters at Get Shucked, plus a visit to the local fudge and whisky shops. 

Cape Bruny lighthouse

Hotel Bruny fish platter for two

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