Cafe Morso, Pyrmont with Katie

Brunch with Katie at Cafe Morso, Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont, Sydney, Australia

hey.hi.hello… happy thursday!!!!
how are you going? – i’m splendid as i’ve taken the last few days to absolutely relax and have throughly enjoyed the last few days of my holidays. i have 4 more days of freedom and then i’m back into it for the second semester. // i have picked up a tiny cold and while i don’t feel sick during the day, i definitely feel it in the evenings #sicklychronicles14.

miss katie and i have a wonderful habit of catching up every few months during the holidays for a massive catch up session. on this particular day, we went to cafe morso.

i was drawn to their breakfast special… potato rosti with avocado, mushroom and poached eggs. i loved this dish, it was such a wonderful combination of flavours and textures. // we decided to have dessert because… it’s impossible for us to catch up without having dessert. // the dessert was a steamed apple pudding with green apple gelato and vanilla anglaise.. it’s a regular on their private dinner menus thus occasionally appearing for lunch too!

Brunch with Katie at Cafe Morso, Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont, Sydney, Australia

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Ippudo, Sydney: Westfield, CBD Level 5

full disclosure: i dined as a guest of ippudo, sydney with a friend… i was compensated for my time… the opinions below are my OWN.

My Ippudo Dinner, Westfield Sydney, Level 5, Australia

upon arriving at ippudo for dinner, i knew exactly what i was going to order even before i walked in.

i was craving and had to order their shrimp bun: (steamed bun with deep-friend shrimp and ippudo original sauce). i have been having dreams about this bun, and the minute it arrived i was salivating because i couldn’t wait to devour it. // my friend ordered their pork bun: (steamed bun with braised pork and ippudo original sauce).

i decided to showcase the pork bun because let’s face it – it looks ohhh so sexual.

additionally, i couldn’t resist their camembert tempura: (camembert cheese dipped in batter and deep-fried). // even as a girl who tends to avoid cheese, i will always order this dish when i visit simply because i can’t think of a better way to indulge in something so wonderfully delicious. // when you bite into this delightful morsel, you are greeted by the most incredible ooze of camembert and you reach heaven for a minute.

My Ippudo Dinner, Westfield Sydney, Level 5, Australia

when it came time to order our dishes, i was drawn towards the sautéed tasmanian salmon: (salmon with maître d’ butter with an accent of japanese shiso accompanied by seasonal vegetables). // as a big lover of salmon i was excited to try this dish because i am always fascinated by the variety of ways salmon can be prepared… this salmon made me smile as it was served with the skin and the skin is my favourite part when it is done well, and ippudo knows exactly how it should be prepared.

My Ippudo Dinner, Westfield Sydney, Level 5, Australia

our second dish was their barramundi saikyo yaki: (marinated with sweet saikyo miso grilled and served with wasabi sauce). // this barramundi MELTED in my mouth and the marinate was incredibly wonderful, subtle and delightful. can we just take a minute to appreciate the presentation…? everything is intrinsically placed in a deliberate position and it is almost too beautiful to eat.

My Ippudo Dinner, Westfield Sydney, Level 5, Australia

when it came time to order ramen, i was a little hesitant because i’ve never ordered ramen before, like ever! – i spoke at length with the waiter about choices because i was horrifyingly under-prepared for the extensive amount of choices i had when it came to picking ramen. the first choice i made was the broth: chicken… the second choice was to remove the chicken chashu… and the third choice was to pick my toppings. after about ten minutes of discussion, i was ready to place my order.

i landed upon their tori shoyu tamago ramen with flavoured egg: (topped with original chicken chashu, menma, leeks, naruto and nori. chicken broth blended with special bonito extract. served with medium wavy noodles). for ramen toppings, i chose: nori: (seaweed), negi: (shallots) and ajikiku: (flavoured black mushroom).

My Ippudo Dinner, Westfield Sydney, Level 5, AustraliaMy Ippudo Dinner, Westfield Sydney, Level 5, Australia

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Brewtown, Newtown

Brewtown, Newtown, Sydney, Australia

a few weeks ago the delightful monica stayed over for a girlie night of soup, chitchat and messina ice-cream… we stayed up chatting until the wee hours of the morning and woke up around 11am ready for brunch. after brunch we found sunshine, worked on our winter tans whilst chitchatting and figured out how to synchronise our timetables for second semester. #nerds.

we made the decision to head to brewtown for brunch… i decided to eat what i ate when i last visited brewtown because i loved it sooooo very much… my favourite dish is their beetroot cured ocean trout, avocado smash, rye sour dough toast, dill, persian feta & beetroot relish, with two poached eggs on the side… and yes, we tried a cronut (and no, i’m not fan). // despite the fifteen minute wait, we throughly enjoyed brewtown and i’m dying to try their new menu.

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Bread and Circus, Alexandria

Bread and Circus, Alexandria, Sydney, Australia

hey… how was your weekend? – mine was splendid.
i’m having minor freak outs this morning because it just occurred to me that i’ll be back at uni next week. i cannot believe my holidays are nearly over because it has felt like they went by incredibly quickly. i’m both excited and nervous to go back, with the second semester always being that tiny bit tougher than the first.

stepping into bread and circus a month ago, i couldn’t help thinking about why it took me soooo long to go back. have you ever felt a sense of ease and comfort when going into a cafe, even thought it has been two years? – i sure do…

my friend and i decided to share two meals… the first being the fruit plate with seasonal fresh fruit, biodynamic yoghurt and a drizzle of agave syrup. // the second being caramelised lemony banana pancakes with banana, ricotta and biodynamic egg flour less pancake, maple syrup, lemon compound butter, caramelised banana and strawberry salad.

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Pioik Bakery, Pyrmont

PiOik Bakery, Pyrmont, Sydney, Australia

i’ve been visiting pioik several times over the past month and this post is a combination – pioik is a wonderful addition to pyrmont.

when i first visited, i fell madly in love with their bread wall… it’s so glorious and it’s always full of freshly baked bread, what could be better than that? their entire selection of eats make my mouth water and i’m slowly making my way through each and every one of their delicious treats – for some reason, i can’t resist. // one visit was with the delightful rachel and we both enjoyed brunch, followed by dessert and take home treats.

Pioik Bakery, Pyrmont, Sydney, Australia

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Love.Fish, Rozelle

Love.Fish, Rozelle, Sydney, Australia

our dear family friend sharon and her partner came to sydney for a vacation, as a get-away from melbourne for the weekend. we decided to share one of our local restaurants with them… love.fish.

it’s about 12 minutes from our place and their casual atmosphere makes for a wonderful location to take visiting friends. // we indulged in entrees, mains (i had their yellowtail kingfish, grilled) and just had to try their banoffee pie with banana and chocolate for dessert. the food is wholesome and fresh, and i love the variety of fish their menu has to offer – i always leave with a smile. // Love.Fish on Urbanspoon

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My 26th Birthday Lunch at Boathouse, Blackwattle Bay

My Birthday Lunch at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

my wonderful family treated me to lunch at boathouse on blackwattle bay for my 26th birthday. the boathouse has become our #1 birthday destination and i could not be happier because we always have the most splendid time here. #starlozbday14

every.single.time we come to the boathouse we are blown away by the service and the food – this visit was no exception as we had a truly stunning afternoon.

upon arrival we started with champagne and petuna ocean trout roe served with potato blinis, wasabi and creme fraiche. // this dish was a texture explosion with the potato blinis melting in our mouth and the wasabi stimulated our nasal passages due to it’s powerful burning sensation.

My Birthday Lunch at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay: My Birthday Lunch at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay: petuna ocean trout roe: potato blinis, wasabi and creme fraiche.

my entree on the day was seared local yellowfin kingfish with saffron, red peppers and almonds. // i devoured this in minutes because the texture of my kingfish went perfectly with the accompaniments… i’m talking silky smooth kingfish with the almonds giving a welcomed and delightful crunch.

My Birthday Lunch at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay: seared local yellowfin kingfish with saffron, red peppers and almonds

another entrees we loved on the day was miso glazed north queensland cobia with seared scallops, cauliflower, apple and walnut crumble. // my family has a minor obsession with cobia and three of us ordered this entree.

My Birthday Lunch at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay:: miso glazed north queensland cobia with seared scallops, cauliflower, apple and walnut crumble.

our table of six shared two servings of the hand cut chips because we cannot resist these chips. they are so divine and completely moreish, we love them soooooo very much.

My Birthday Lunch at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay: hand cut chips with aioli

my main was recommended by colin himself, i went with their pan fried local mahi mahi with zucchini, basil, chickpea, seared calamari. // look at how beautiful the mahi mahi is… i never knew fish could look so sexy. i’ve not eaten mahi mahi before and i’m glad i choose this dish because it’s a very lovely fish to eat, especially with the seared calamari.

My Birthday Lunch at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay: pan fried local mahi mahi with zucchini, basil, chickpea, seared calamari.

to end our wonderful afternoon, we each ordered the soufflé for dessert. // i absolutely love when these beautiful copper pots come out of the kitchen with soufflé inside and i’m always dying to dive into my dessert when it arrives.

My Birthday Lunch at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay: Banana Soufflé.

thank you.thank you.thank you to the boathouse for once again helping to make my birthday lunch soooooo incredibly special. Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay on Urbanspoon

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My Uni Results (Sem 1, ’14)

Fat Noodle, The Star, Pyrmont, Sydney, Australia

yesterday, july 14, i received my (second year) semester one results…
all i can see: credits and distinctions – booooyah!!!!!! // i’m so very thrilled with the results and i couldn’t be happier. i worked especially hard this past semester and i’m excited to see that all my hard work has paid off.

this photo series is from when i finished my last exam for semester 1 on june 25. i promptly took myself out for noodles and tofu at fat noodle… as one does!!! // i was happy to be finished with exams and when mum asked me how i wanted to celebrate, i couldn’t think of anything better than a steaming bowl of soup… i decided to try their kimchi seafood hotpot with blue swimmer crab, prawns, mussels, scallops and tofu as it was new on their menu and was screaming my name. i also HAD to order their salt and pepper silken tofu as it was back on the menu because i had missed it dearly.

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Three Williams, Redfern

Brunch at Three Williams, Redfern, Sydney, Australia

since finishing my exams, i have been taking life very easily. easy involves sleeping in late, then rolling out of bed to go and have brunch. glorious!!! – after seeing countless postings on three williams i had to go and see what all the fuss was about… i was impressed by everything. the service was wonderful, the food arrived quickly and the entire experience was delightful.

we ordered and loved their raspberry and coconut dairy free smoothie. // grilled prawn narmie. // avocado and baked beans: smashed beans and avocado on charred toast, with fried eggs. // fish croquettes with lemon and aioli. // Three Williams on Urbanspoon

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Bar Zini, Pyrmont

Bar Zini, Pyrmont, Sydney, Australia

an afternoon delight… that is exactly what this treat was.

mum and i strolled down to have a manicure, followed by coffee in the sun. once we sat down for coffee, we begun talking about options for a snack… we were presented with the option of having green apple and marmalade cake with crème anglaise with rhubarb compote which had been prepared for their dinner menu, and was ready to taste if we were game – which of course we were. coffee and cake in the afternoon sunshine is sublime. // after chatting with the waiter tim for awhile, we discovered our shared love for instagram and my takeaway coffee had my handle on it… love it!

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Trovatino Cafe, Abbotsford

Trovatino Cafe, Wareemba, Abbotsford, Sydney, Australia

hello there, how are you? – i’m wonderful, absolutely splendid. #holidays

for the past two years, mum’s close friend mj has lived in chiswick. sadly we haven’t visited his place often, but we have had lunch at his favourite cafe (trovatino) several times. // whenever we visit mj, we plan our day around lunch at trovatino’s because we enjoy it that much… i’ve discovered a love for their adaptability and have created my own toasted wrap with scrambled egg, avocado, spinach, smoked salmon and spanish onion – it is tasty and in my opinion the perfect combination of flavours.

during our last visit, karen their social media guru approached me and asked if i was ‘starloz’ – completely out of the blue and it shocked me considering how infrequently i’ve visited. i don’t think i’ll ever fully adjust to being recognised in public, it surprises me every single time. // truth be told, i’ve been a couple of times without taking photographs. // we also went absolutely ice ream happy during this visit too, we tried golden gay time, turkish delight, sticky date, apple crumble, salted caramel and sour cherry… holy yummers!

Trovatino Cafe, Wareemba, Abbotsford, Sydney, Australia

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A Lazy Night in

With my friend Arjibear

every now and then, it’s completely acceptable to stay in with a friend, especially during winter. // awhile ago miss arjibear and i had a lazy night in. we had dinner, watched a movie and posed for photographs… i adore lazy nights because they involve me doing absolutely nothing and that’s simply divine… i’m not lazy, i’m just very relaxed.

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