Weekend withdrawals

Weekend withdrawals

Not even midday on Monday and I’m having weekend withdrawals. I started editing some of my Asia snaps before I realised I was doing them out of order. So in conclusion, I got disheartened and put them off for another post. In lieu of my holiday photos, here are some weekend pics. Beginning with a 3 cheese pizza/elevator selfie from Friday.

pizza-selfie

Saturday/Sunday was spent procrastinating (the crazy flash storm didn’t help with my indecisiveness). We found ourselves on a mini road trip to Cabramatta to try out Tan Viet. Which I would definitely recommend. It was bar none the best fried chicken I’ve had to date. The skin on each piece was crispy beyond perfection, and the meat was juicy and succulent. Anyway. Just try it. Trust me.

chicken-bridge

The other highlight of my weekend is something I’m ashamed to admit. I went and got the 3DS Yoshi console with the Animal Crossing game. I used to play it on the NDS during university, and felt like reminiscing. Besides which the Professor Layton x Phoenix Wright crossover game comes out in a few days which I’m dying to get my hands on too!

yoshi

Did you get up to anything interesting on the weekend? AND more importantly, are you wearing something green for St Pat’s day today?

Brunching at Kitchen by Mike

Brunching at Kitchen by Mike

The weekends seem few and far between so I don’t really get much done besides bumming around. It always ends up the same story – morning sleep ins where I get little to nothing done, and before I know it, it’s the start of another work week.

Last weekend I managed to squeeze in some terrarium slash random gardening. My last basil plant turned into a flowering dried plant before it died, and as a consequence spread its seeds into surrounding pots. Little basil plants have since shot up, so I decided it was time to re-pot them. I also made another terrarium with some succulents from the garden.

H and I also managed a trip to Kitchen by Mike. Neither of us are morning people, so it is always a late lunch. This time we got the lamb with cous cous, as well as a quarter chicken with an avocado and black bean salad. I love the idea of a half avocado drenched in soy/black bean. It was absolutely moreish and I quickly craved the other half of the avocado. The lamb was so tender and bursting with flavour too. And that harissa sauce. Oh em gee.

Kitchen by Mike

All I can say is that if you haven’t yet been to Kitchen by Mike, you really need to arrange a time to go! They pride themselves on making tasty, wholesome, responsible food from seasonal ingredients. I love how the menu is forever changing. I adore the salads they have.

Kitchen by Mike

And you can’t go past coffee + cake. They have a great assortment of baked goodies, and of course I want to try them all! In this case I settle for a slice of hazelnut cake with some pretty mean chocolate icing. Love.

Kitchen by Mike

In conclusion. I’m still listening to that Mika song from the last post.

My redeeming grace(s)

My redeeming grace(s)

I’m struggling to keep my head above water at the moment. I’m essentially procrastinating as I type this, but a girl’s gotta have an outlet. I can never imagine what it is like to be busy when I’m idle. If that makes any sense whatsoever. I’m quite thankful to be busy – it’s always good to keep your mind occupied and have deadlines and targets to aspire to. I must remember to keep drinking water though. Being busy often causes me to skip the essentials.

Two things that did keep me relatively sane today are my current manicure (spots, stripes and florals) + my bright blue Ant that I brought in with me today. I rarely have green mani’s so it was a nice refreshing change. Not sure about the red flowers though. I might change that soon. I generally don’t bring the Ant with me to work, but I felt like a bit of colour in my outfit.

nails

On the food front, I popped by Lorraine’s Patisserie today to try a pie. It was lovely and delicious and flakey. The beef pie is more tomato-ey than gravy-ey as H pointed out, but I still really enjoyed it. It was a teensy bit on the oily side, but it made up for it in taste. I also went to Sassy Red earlier in the week for nasi lemak. I think this I’m OD’ing a bit on the comfort food this week.

FOOD

Anyway, I hope everyone’s week is a bit saner than mine is at the moment!

Five things

Five things

ONE. Did some random errands today. It was a miserable and wet day, so I brought the red camellia out for some cheering up. I kept the outfit simple today: black ace jeans [bettina liano]; long sleeve chambray shirt [forever 21] and of course my red camellia woc [chanel]. I am extremely late to the chambray party.

Chanel camellia

TWO. H and I went out for an obligatory iced coffee from Don Campos. You know. The famed ones that contain three jillion shots of espresso. Go figure it is now one am and I’m wide awake blogging about nothing in particular at all.
Campos iced coffee

THREE. Oh there was the most random pillow fight outside the MCA forecourt today. It consisted of a large cordoned off area and a whole lot of feathers. By the time I had gotten there, people were picking feathers out of their hair and clothes. Some unfortunate souls made the mistake of wearing knits, and seemingly had a much more difficult time removing the fluff.

Pillow fight

FOUR. Easter chocolates. Namely Godiva chocolates marked down to half price. Yes, yes and yes. I bought a box. Not yet opened. To be saved for that special occasion I think!

Godiva chocolate

FIVE. An assortment of Lebanese pastries from Abla’s in Granville. Crisp, sticky, sweet goodness. A welcome break whilst working on the last of my streamers. On the home stretch!

Baklava

Ms G’s: A diner no finer

Ms G’s: A diner no finer

As part of the March into Merivale period, Ms G’s offered a lunch with a diner themed menu. I always try to make an effort to visit one event during March. The interiors were decorated with pastel honeycomb soda shakes and the waiters and waitresses wore those adorable little hats that diner folk used to wear. With our meals we got the choice of a chocolate or strawberry shake or just a soft drink.

A diner no finer

Upon learning the shakes were all premade with regular milk, I opted for a coke (damn you lactose intolerance). It arrived at the table in a frosty glass bottle, so retro!

Ms G's Diner no Finer

All four courses had two options. For the first it was clam chowder or poutine. Naturally we got both. The poutine was definitely the highlight of this course, slathered in a slightly salty gravy balanced by goats curd. The chips kept their lovely crunch despite being drenched in the salt. My first time eating poutine was definitely not a disappointment.

Ms G's Diner no Finer

Ms G's Diner no Finer

The second round was a choice between buffalo wings with ranch and celery sticks or southern buttermilk fried chicken. The buffalo wings smelled quite potent with its basting, but upon tasting it was turned into a pleasant chilli tang. I’ve loved the fried  chicken chops at Ms G’s before, so knew the crunchy-on-the-outside and juicy-on-the-inside nature of the fried chicken. I do wish it came with a dipping sauce though.

Ms G's Diner no Finer

The two choices for mains were either a cheeseburger or lobster roll. Both choices came with fries, a pickle and a coleslaw. The cheeseburger came in a soft bun, a little reminiscent of those used at McDonald’s, but a little more sweeter like a brioche roll. The meat patty was a lovely bite with the pickle and onion relish adding some added crunch.

Ms G's Diner no Finer

The lobster roll was another first for me. I think I’ve only ever had crab rolls in the past. It was a sweet and salty roll with creamy chunks of lobster dispersed throughout. I can’t get enough of brioche rolls. There was a celery crunch that mixed up the textures in the roll. The blurred out section of the photo were the un-photogenic remnants of the previous courses chicken dish :p

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Finally, last course was a choice of a banana split or apple and rhubarb pie. It was no question at all when all of us at the table decided to get banana splits. I’m not a fan of banana and ice cream, but the vanilla bean ice cream mixed with the chopped nuts complimented the sweetness of the banana, and I was hooked until the end.

Overall I did love the experience, the ambiance and the food were quite unique. At $50 per person, I’m not sure if I’d make it an annual occurrence  as I do really like the normal menu at Ms G’s a little better. I do think this is one of those things you have to experience at least once!


MS G’S
55 Victoria St
Potts Point NSW 2011
http://merivale.com.au/msgs

(02) 8313 1000

Gnocchi obsession

Gnocchi obsession

I’ve had a bit of a crazy week filled with lots of food and coffee (no surprises there). I never understood gnocchi. From a young age, my first and only experience had been the Latina Fresh version which was nothing compared to how it was supposed to taste. So I went through most of my life not knowing what it was supposed to taste like – until I tried some from H’s plate when he ordered it.

I fell in love with its pillowy goodness. Light and fluffy. I couldn’t believe I had been depriving myself of such an awesome pasta for so long. Anyway. Long story short I became obsessed. I was determined to make it myself. H was skeptical. But I usually have my way. Anyway. I made it in bulk over the weekend. For freezing. To eat. For the next few months.

If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be hiding under a giant pile of gnocchi.

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Brunching at Kepos Street Kitchen

Brunching at Kepos Street Kitchen

I had a bit more of a foodie weekend than usual. It may have to do with the horrible weather Sydney has had the past few days, coupled with the fact that I’ve been sick this previous week and have been dying to escape the confines of my bedroom.

I’d heard a lot about Kepos Street Kitchen. In my head it was somewhere close to Kitchen by Mike. But that may have more to do with how they both share the word ‘kitchen’ in their title. Anyway. H and I made our way to the Alexandria/Redfern border. We found ourselves on a quaint leafy street, lined with pretty terrace houses. It was the day-after-Mardi-Gras, so the remnants of the day before were still flying proud.

Rainbow pride

The cafe is at the end of the cul-de-sac – it’s a nice little space that appears to be a converted from a residential house. It’s pretty busy when we get there at midday. We wait a little bit at the entrance as the waitress gets us a table ready. I didn’t mind the wait as much as I got a chance to stare at all the pretty pastries and cakes.

Kepos Street Kitchen

She leads us to the back of the cafe, where the rear backyard has been converted into a pergola of sorts, complete with roof shades both to keep out, and let rays of sunshine in. As a nice homely touch, each table has a pot plant overflowing with a range of different herbs.

Kepos Street Kitchen

It definitely was difficult to choose from the offerings on the menu. It all sounded tasty! Kepos offers coffee by The Grounds. I’m always partial to pretty green cups of coffee.

Kepos Street Kitchen

H had his eye on the chorizo omelette, soon realised it was no longer on the menu and opted for the falafel sandwich ($16)  instead. He wasn’t disappointed in the least with the stacked sandwich, bursting with hummus, mint and fresh tabouli. Each bite was crunchy and loaded with flavour. We were going to order a bowl of fries to share, but the waitress informed us they came with a small bowl – which was more than enough for the two of us.

Kepos Street Kitchen

I decided to try baked eggs ($15) for the very first time. I figure might as well try it first done properly than attempt to cook it myself. I absolutely loved it. They had a great mix of spices that worked really well with the tomato shakshuka. It arrived piping hot and steaming. I loved dipping the accompanying sourdough in the coriander tahini. It all was a match made in heaven. Pardon my cliche.

Kepos Street Kitchen

H had a hankering for a sugar hit, so we decided to go ahead and order the churros. They arrived enclosed in a brown paper bag, I assume for the even distribution of the cinnamon sugar. There was a huge dollop of salted caramel, which was absolutely lovely. There are no more words.

Kepos Street Kitchen

Kepos Street Kitchen

Taking a quick glance around at the other tables, I notice that the beef wagyu burger is a popular choice. I’ll definitely be returning for it one day soon.

 

Trading hours:

Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm, 6:00-9:30 pm
Thursday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm, 6:00-9:30 pm
Friday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm, 6:00-9:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, 6:00-9:30 pm

 

KEPOS STREET KITCHEN
96 Kepos St
Redfern NSW 2016
(02) 9319 3919