The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney 

This is my new favourite place!

I’d heard the rumors the grounds were incredible but I really didn’t understand what the venue offered until I visited.

Based in an industrial area in Sydney not far from the airport, the Grounds of Alexandria are partly sustainable gardens known for its abundance of fresh produce and hands-on experiences. There’s a cafe, bakery, potting shed, florist, animal farm and a coffee roastery.

There are beautiful spaces everywhere you turn, lush greenery and rustic furniture setting the scene. It’s kind of like walking through a magical garden that you would have imagined as a child but combined with all the culinary goodness your adult mind can also muster. It really is the thriving urban sanctuary they describe.

I adore their philosophy: ‘The Grounds is built on the philosophy of creating experiences for communities through quality products, innovations and an ever-evolving vision.’

After wandering around in the grounds in amazement, we decided to eat at the cafe. We were lucky to not have to wait, walking in past incredibly smelling bread and stunning French patisseries.

The cafe was intimate, rustic and had a real buzz. People were moving everywhere and each one of them had their phones out, taking pictures for their instagram. I wonder if it is one of the most instagrammed places in Sydney*?

Our meals came out quickly, I had the signature breakfast, essentially avocado on toast. Avocado, heirloom tomato, feta, pomegranate, za’atar on their own sourdough. Apparently the mushrooms go well with the plate, I was too full to order them too. I did have space for a chai latte though!

Tom ordered the breakfast burger and declared ‘it was the best burger of his life.’ I don’t think I’ve ever seen him quiet for that long while he happily devoured his meal.

The more I write about this, the more I realise it is their philosophy, marketing and model that I’m attracted to. The outcome is something to be truely admired. I’d love to create something similar in Brisbane…

*Ah yes, post writing article and a quick google search, it’s not just one of the most instagrammed restaurants in Sydney but also one of the most instagrammed places in Sydney, fullstop.

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Project 41 Cafe, Bowen Hills Bliss

Did somebody say fantastic coffee & easy, healthy, scrumptious lunches?! Yeah they did.

Checked out a great new cafe, Project 41 Cafe, in Bowen Hills last week with a few of the girls from work. Not far from the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

The cafe itself is bright with lots of natural light and a cool breeze. Simplicity with funky twists for the interior design. Rad graffiti art on the wall – definitely Insta-worthy.

Almond milk – tick! I’m a big fan for an almond chai latte. The girls said the coffees were on point.

Anyway on to the good stuff – the food.

I ordered the peri peri chicken salad, which was nice and light with the contrasting crunch of the corn chips and a hit of peri peri at the end of each bite. Delish.

Ceri ordered the sweet potato and brown rice salad – which was perfect as she is GF & DF. Kris was beyond excited with the 14 hour BBQ beef brisket tortilla.

We all shared the poached chicken salad, which I probably wouldn’t have ordered on my own, but the combination with the ricotta, kale and almonds was my fave dish.

Heading back again for lunch tomorrow.

Ps. Apparently breakkie is awesome there too – report back next week on whether the rumours are true!


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Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane

A bar where they throw rose petals at you and overly garnish your drinks? Hell yeah!

Starting with cocktails, I stole Ka Lei’s drink (a freshly squeezed Apple juice with Bison vodka) so she ordered a bramble. The bar tenders were really interactive and knowledgable. In particular, Aisher was whipping some amazing concoctions!

We ordered the eggplant fingers with satay sauce and the chicken pakoras with aioli. They were both average.

What was amazing however, was the gin & tonic swordfish ceviche served on scallop shells! Best ceviche I’ve had in quite some time.

We went on to play a game with the bar tenders. They had to try recreate the taste of Spice Box – a spicy, sweet, rye rum which they’d never even tasted. There were all sorts of random ingredients being retrieved from hiding places!

The bar reminds me of the layout of bars in Canada. People actually sitting at the bar and engaging with patrons and staff. A nautical theme, dimly lit with a great range of alcohol.

Lots of fun and banter, I’d definitely go back.





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Pinspired – the food edition

I’ve been Pinspired. By Pinterest.

Yep, seeing the extra amount of time I have on my hands lately, and my parents pantry, I have been spending my days browsing Pinterest for Pinsperation of what to cook that evening.

Tonight’s edition called for some raw desserts. Date and almond bliss balls and a raw cheesecake. My first attempt, and I must say it was damn good. I’m really interested (as with the other half of the clichéd population) in raw food or ‘cooking’ at the moment and my family aren’t. However I think the desserts were the turning point.

‘What’s in this?’ …. ‘Nothing processed you say?’…. ‘All natural ingredients?’… ‘But it tastes so good!’ -Duh, I made it! It’s been blessed with the gift of my hands.

Anyway not all of my inspiration comes in the form of raw foods. I also made some damn good starters the other night, one of which now seems to be infamous and the ingredients keep magically restocking themselves in our fridge. Dates, stuffed with feta and wrapped in bacon. Can I hear you say ‘nom’?

Garden lasagne has also made an appearance, as has garlic and lemon butter angel hair with shrimp and shrimp tacos with fresh mango salsa.

I’m going to finish this blog here. My mouth is watering and it’s 12.32am – certainly not an appropriate time to start raiding the pantry. However as they say, ‘if we weren’t supposed to have midnight snacks, then why is there a light in the refrigerator?’

Oh! If you’re on Pinterest, let’s be pin-buddies! You can find me HERE






Richmond Night Market – Foodie Heaven

I love the Richmond Night Market! From the amazing food, Asian nicknacks to the ‘interesting’ performances there’s everything I need to keep me happy for an evening.

I’ve been twice now, just a 20min ride from the Yaletown station, 2 block walk then $2 at the door and you’re ready to rumble!

Food wise, it’s a dream come true. Delicious plates with small portions and smaller prices. You can eat a huge variety of everything. Thank God as its hard enough to choose knowing I can fit in only 5 plates as it is!

There’s stalls upon stalls on mobile cases, accessories and chargers. There’s onesies, fake jewellery, Hello Kitty, scarves, bags, glowing items – most things you can think of from an Asian marketplace are there.

Then there’s the entertainment… Interesting is the word I’d use. Put it this way, I’ve never sat down to watch a show but I’m sure plenty of people enjoy it…

So without further adieu my top food picks:
– BBQ’d fresh squid. I love.
– Choc dipped (sprayed) strawberries. Quality of the Choc is average at best but it’s a fun novelty to spray them yourself.
– The spiral potatoes. The name evades me right now and again it’s more for the novelty here. Maybe mine was over seasoned.
– Bacon wrapped asparagus skewers
– Pork dim sims on a stick
– Steamed pork buns
– Chow mein
– Japanese dessert crepes
– Slovakian pastry filled with Nutella and rolled in cinnamon sugar
– Bubble tea
– Mango & coconut smoothie
– Ramen

I could go on but they’re the best ones I’ve had and they’re all between $3.50 & $6! Take a friend and share to try as much goodness as you can, but they close on the 14th so get there this weekend!
















Three Brits Public House, West End

With such a fantastic location and a busy venue, I expected more.

Service was slow, I actually enquired as to whether they had forgotten our meals.

I chose the cocktail the waitress recommended and was highly disappointed. It looked cute but tasted like off cider.

I ordered the special salad of the day – trout with asparagus and greens. There was barely a fillet of trout, just three little morsels and the dressing was over bearing.

Shame, but perhaps I caught them on an off day.



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