Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Food Adventures: Kin + Co.

Location // 24 Macquarie Street, Teneriffe
Cuisine // Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Health

What started out as an early morning breakfast trip to Samson & Sophie was diverted by this new kid on the block: Kin + Co. which opened up just a bit over a month now. Staff there are friendly and welcoming and appear to really enjoy the work they do!  

Initially, I thought the cafe just had outdoor seating, yet once I stepped inside I realised how wrong I was. Located on the ground floor of a business-y/apartment-y building, the cafe itself is incredibly spacious and not to mention -- air-conditioned! The fit out is simple and clean however, good lighting can be a bit of an issue indoors. 



There's a wonderful variety of food ranging from your (not-so) average avocado on toast to a mushroom bagel and even to french toast mmmmm. With so many choices, Josh opted for Shakshuka with added spicy sausage (Josh is currently ridiculously obsessed with baked eggs at the moment, he orders them at every cafe that serves them) while I chose the Summer Granola and a HRVST ST. juice in a snazzy jar.
 

HRVST ST. JUICE #ORANGESKY | Orange + Pineapple + Lemon + Tumeric Root

Shakshuka | Two cracked eggs in a spiced tomato mix with beans, onion, capsicum + crusty bread with added spicy sausage
Summer Granola | Maple infused almonds, macadamias, hazelnuts, pecans + chia with mixed seeds, seasonal fruit, honey + bee pollen served with natural or coconut yoghurt (I chose this option).


 My Overall Rating

 Price: $$ 
Food: ✮✮✮1/2 
Service: ✮✮✮✮ 
Overall: ✮✮✮1/2


Not too sure why it's rated 2.9 on Zomato????
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Friday, October 9, 2015

Food Adventures: Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen

Location // 85 Vulture Street, West End | Brisbane
Cuisine // Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Health

Acai | Acai berries, banana, coconut, house made granola, seasonal fruit, Miss Bliss Ball

Top: Toast 'n' Toppings (house made nut & seed loaf) w/sweet potato hommus, roasted capsicum, sauerkraut, w/avocado, shrivelled tomatoes, fresh basil and crispy speck potato & w/natural PB, banana, goji berries 
Bottom: Wellness Board | Soft gooey egg, sautéed greens, asparagus, sweet potato hummus, pickles, sauerkraut, beetroot, relish, house made seed biscuit


I love seeing new cafes open around Brisbane, especially the ones that have something unique to offer. Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen did just that. Located in the quieter area of busy West End, the spacious cafe extends from the entrance right out the patio area where a lovely flower/herb garden grows against the wall. 

From the minute I walked in, my eyes were drawn to the display cabinet filled with healthy treats including Sweet Potato Brownies, Salted Caramel Tarts, Peanut Butter Protein Balls and so much more! The neighbouring cabinet is also filled with chia cups, bircher muesli and colourful salads available to dine in or takeaway. 

Service at Miss Bliss is order at the counter, receive a table number and they serve the food out to you. Staff here are friendly and welcoming and pay attention to detail. For example, they noticed there was too much clutter from my table while taking a photo so they offered to remove unnecessary items HAHA.

My top recommendations at Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen are: 
  • Acai | Acai berries, banana, coconut, house made granola, seasonal fruit, Miss Bliss Ball
  • Wellness Board | Soft gooey egg, sautéed greens, asparagus, sweet potato hummus, pickles, sauerkraut, beetroot, relish, house made seed biscuit
  • Toast 'n' Toppings (house made nut & seed loaf) w/natural PB, banana, goji berries & w/avocado, shrivelled tomatoes, fresh basil and crispy speck potato hommus, roasted capsicum, sauerkraut 


Rating
Price: $$
Food: ✮✮✮✮
Service: ✮✮✮✮
Overall: ✮✮✮✮

Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Food Adventures: LostBoys

Location // 694 Ann St Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Cuisine // Coffee, Vegetarian

'LostBoys Happiness Project' // Uplifting & funny comments written all over one side of the wall which kept us well entertained

Right across the road from The Beat

I stumbled across this gem while walking from Longtime one night and my attention immediately focused on the interior of the cafe. That night, I messaged my #SS gal pals and decided Lost Boys was our next breakfast destination. 

I thought I had aimed a little high for us to meet at 9am but surprisingly, we all kind of made it on time despite the gloomy weather.

When we arrived, LostBoys had a 'coffee on us if you beat the barista in scissors, paper, rock' game happening and even though I lost my game, Sandra one hers (for Sarah). Evidently from the name 'LostBoys', the cafe incorporates an appropriate theme - fom an indoor treehouse feature, something I've never ever ever seen or heard of before to menus that are hidden in books located on the bookshelf where you simply grab one off yourself and find yourself a table. 

LostBoys' concept definitely drew me in and it did not disappoint. The place itself was so calm and peaceful, with no pressure on us to leave quickly as some other cafes seem to have, which resulted in us staying there for quite a while, or until the rain died down. 

Carrot cake / Poached eggs with avocado and tomato / Corn fritters with avocado, relish, rocket and sour cream.

I'm looking forward to visiting soon as their new menu sounds so promising! 

Rating
Price: $$
Food: ✮✮✮✮
Service: ✮✮✮
Overall: ✮✮✮✮

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

S Y D N E Y by us.


I've recently been getting questions from people asking me why I'm in Sydney so often so I've decided to post about what I've been getting up to during my short weekend trips down here. 

Two weeks ago, Passiontree Velvet launched its first store at Macquarie Centre in Sydney. Chris and I have mentioned on a few occasions that I should host a high tea just to get the word out ya know. Before I knew it, I was looking up potential intivitees (it was actually such a tough process because there were so many people that I wanted to invite!!) and sending out emails, waiting to receive their responses. 

On the day of the event, I pretty much sat with everyone as they enjoyed their food and chatted about anything and everything (but now that I think of it, a lot of topics diverted back to food haha). Honestly, it was such a fun an rewarding experience and I had the pleasure to meet so many amazing people! I'm definitely looking forward to hosting more events in the future ;)

Cake display on fleek // I've only tried two of the eclairs but am pretty keen to try the Strawberry Cheesecake one some time soon

High Tea spread from the first session ft. Full Duchess High Tea for two, assorted cakes & macarons, tea and iced tea.


Aside from the working aspect, I met up with a friends and it was a great time just catching up since I hadn't seen them in a while. I travelled out to Redfern to try out Three Williams since I'd heard some pretty good things about the place. Unfortunately, I underestimated how far it actually was but fortunately I didn't have to wait for a table since Kevin had already done so (THANKS KEVIN HAHAHA I'M SO SORRY T_T) 

Crunchy brioche french toast finished w/ fresh berries, yoghurt, roasted pecans + pure organic maple syrup

And ofc, what's a trip to Sydney without visiting Jiwon?!

K I N by us. / Miso Yummy - Miso salmon, onsen eggs, sesame spinach & sourdough / Sub-Marine - Soft-shell crab, chilli & brioche / No Lah - Clustered muesli, yogurt, honey, seasonal fruit / The BFF Bun - Bacon, crispy egg, chilli mayo & brioche / Kaya - Homemade coconut jam & toast 

While we were eating at KIN by us, Jiwon turned to me and asked me if the baby opposite us looked familiar. Once we confirmed he looked familiar, it turned out that Janice from Jayesslee was in fact, sitting right across from us!


The Missing Piece / Pomegreatness Iced Tea - Infused with green tea, pomegranate, berries, blackcurrant & a hint of mint


The Missing Piece / Sea - Marinated wood-smoked salmon tossed with kale, quinoa, chia seeds, almonds, olive oil, garlic & lemon topped with a poached egg / Hashtag Sliders - Three sliders filled w/ slow cooked lamb, jalapeño mayonnaise & rocket, served w/ four polenta blocks 

I definitely enjoyed Sydney, but it's time to go back home and hit the books. I received my final exam timetables a few days ago and I'll be done with exams by the end of June! 

So perhaps until then xx


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Breather

I know I know, my photos are totally unrelated to the content of post but it's the best I can do okay.

After one of the longest weeks I've had this year, I think it's safe to say now is the time to take a bit of a breather. To be frank, it feels like I'm a bit everywhere at the moment as my life is currently all packed up in boxes waiting to be released once we finally move. Staying in a temporary room hasn't been all that fun either (parents are renting out all the rooms before we actually move aahah). 

Happy thoughts to brighten up your day

Inevitably, it was time for Josh to move to Sydney so I accompanied him in his drive from the Gold Coast all the way down to Sydney. We planned to leave on the Sunday however due to technical/car difficulties, we were unable to depart until Wednesday night. After dinner on Wednesday, we headed straight towards Sydney, stopping over at Coffs Harbour for the night. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get photos during the dark and my phone ran out of battery just as were leaving Newcastle the next early afternoon, but I can assure you, once you get past all the highways and roadworks, the drive from Newcastle to Sydney is definitely a beautiful one. Oh, and also, there is limit until 'I Spy with my Little Eyes' makes you have the urge to jump out of the car. 

Hours later, many 'Categories' done and dusted, things spied with our eyes, bottles of water drank, boxes of crackers and bags of fruit eaten, we arrived in Sydney at approximately 4-5 pm (ish) and I was surprised with how many things we got done during the time we arrived, to the time we slept (more like collapsed) that night. Unfortunately, due to late departure from Gold Coast, I had to leave the next afternoon! Before my flight, we were able to scope out Macquarie Centre, sit down for a meeting and have brunch at Devon Cafe. I'll be heading there next weekend for to host my first tea party (sort of)...   

I finished my first mid-semester exam for the year so here's a funky picture to celebrate.
Some funky artwork at Gelato Messina in Coolangatta

Right to left: BSKT (Gold Coast) / Blendlove (Gold Coast) / One Penny Black (Newcastle) 


If you see me around uni, I'm sorry but I most definitely do not look like this

With love xoxo


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Food Adventure: Cucina Vivo

Location / Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach 4128


Last Friday, I was fortunate enough to be invited to one of @eatbrisbane's Instameets for food bloggers at Cucina Vivo located at Jupiters Casino, Gold Coast. I was quite excited as I've never been to event like this before and it was amazing to meet new people who shared the same interest in food as me!

The entrance is deceiving as half of the actual restaurant is hidden behind the pizza counter as photographed above! Everything was set out nicely, the place was buzzing with people and the interior added that extra element to Cucina Vivo. As I mentioned previously, the restaurant is actually so spacious, there's even a patio that overlooks a gorgeous swimming pool. 


We were greeted and looked after by the most loveliest waitress called Emma. She recommended us so many funky drinks and I kid you not, I ended up having three cocktails in the span of the first hour or half. 

Started off with a Limonata Passion / Bombay Gin, passionfruit, San Pellegrino Limonata

Kawaii something (can't remember the full name) and Japanese Mojito (v. delicious)

All I know is that this drink had vodka in it, but we mainly ordered this drinks because: aesthetics 

Once everyone arrived and got settled, that's when the real fun began. 


ANTIPASTI E INSALATE
Antipasti del Salumiere / A selection of chef's choice salami, provola, giardineria 
Poppette al Sugo / Oven braised wagyu meatballs
Calamari Fritti / Lightly fried, served with dill aioli, frisee salad 
Arugula e Pere (not pictured) / Balsamic roasted pears, argula, provolone, semi-dried tomatoes, vinaigrette 


PIATTI FORTI
Pizza Ciccia / Tomato Mozzerella, meatball pieces, pancetta, hot salami, smoked leg ham, mushrooms
Petto di Pollo / Corn fed chicken breast with braised forest mushrooms, charred figs 
Spaghetti Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino / Extra virgin olive oil, chilli with a light parsley crumb


DOLCI
Flavours of Italy / An assorted variety of small, delicious desserts - two gelati, tiramisu, zuppa inglese and panna cotta
Pizza, Nutella e Mascarpone / Nutella chocolate pizza with soft mascarpone clouds and caramelised bananas

Talking to all these different people made the night that extra bit more enjoyable, even though we had just met that night, there were actually so many things we talked about. 

I'm getting hungry just looking at this post...

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