5 October 2014

Kids Who Brunch: 7 Brunch Spots (and an encore) in Sydney

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1. Trio in Bondi

Trio is the place to be if you are looking for fine dining at 9 in the morning. Looking out onto the famous Bondi Beach, this place offers breakfast with a side of fancy and a Middle Eastern twist. If you're indecisive like me, go for their Breakfast Tasting Plate. The real winner of the day though was Trio Breakfast Burrito. Order with a Trio-customised cappuccino and your belly will thank you later.

56 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

2. Lumiere in Surry Hills

A spur-of-the-moment Urbanspoon search led us to Lumiere - you can't go wrong with a cafe that serves all-day breakfast. Specials of the day may include mouth-watering baked eggs, but a highly recommended from the regular menu goes to the ricotta hotcakes with mixed berry compote (tick), mascarpone (tick), maple syrup and honeycomb (holy moly, tick). Order with a side (read: bowl) of bacon - do it.

425 Bourke Street, Surry Hills 

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3. Stain in Lane Cove

Here's something local if you live on the lower North Shore and happen to pass through Mowbray Road. I went with a few friends and the meal was met with mixed reviews. Nonetheless, those mushrooms were as good as they look. Separated from the main road by park areas and with plenty of outdoor seating, it's definitely a nice place to stop by if you need to grab a bite.

Cnr of Mowbray Road & Felton Ave, Lane Cove North

4. Luxe Bakery in Newtown

Brunch at Luxe Bakery not only made for a good Instagram photo, but also gave us a decent meal and pretty smooth coffee. The breakfast/lunch menu is pretty standard but well done, so no complaints there. Like all other boutique cafes in Sydney, there's not much room so make sure you get there nice and early, or order your coffee to-go.

195 Missenden Road, Newtown

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5. Elbow Room in Chatswood

A new sun-lit local favourite has emerged amongst the busy streets of Chatswood - an outlier amongst neighbouring Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese restaurants. Open at 6am, go here for people-watching while munching on a chorizo hot dog (pictured above) or opt for a more traditional breakfast option of bacon, eggs and avocado on toast.

6 Spring Street, Chatswood

6. Salvage in Artarmon

Ah. This place. I've dedicated a whole blog post to this little cafe (literally) here. If you're looking for quality coffee (they were noticed by Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Guide Awards last year) and some pretty sick food concepts, make your way down to Artarmon station and grab a nice sunny outdoor seat.

5 Wilkes Ave, Artarmon

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7. Salvage in Artarmon, encore

Yep. This place again. But seriously.

8. Devon in Surry Hills

Speaking of sick food concepts, Zacharay Tan's Devon in Surry Hills has got my tick of approval. People-watching by the window sill, chai latte, poached pear, smoked salmon, bagels....please take all my money so I can once again savour breakfast perfection. I can't wait to go back and try Devon by Night!

76 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills

8 September 2014

Vivianna Does Makeup's Lemon Drizzle Cake

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I generally don't wear make-up (or know a lot about it), but recently I've found myself returning to Vivianna Does Makeup time and time again to watch her well-edited videos and read her always very well-written blogposts. Last week I decided to try out a recipe that she had posted and baked this delicious lemon drizzle cake. It's been a while since I've whipped up a cake in the kitchen so this very simple yet tasty cake was the perfect choice to mark my foray back into the kitchen. The cake disappeared into hungry stomachs within two days and I'm already planning to bake it again in the near future. 

Find the recipe here.

1 September 2014

In the Moment (No. 3)

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I took to flatlaying my past two mornings, sans study notes for an upcoming exam. I've been busy getting inspired from past magazine issues and jotting down (hopefully) world class ideas while sipping on my morning coffee.

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23 August 2014

I'll See It When I Believe It


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There's nothing like the feel of morning after a good night's sleep: the smell of fresh coffee, snuggling into oversized knits and boyfriend coats, and ready to face the world. 

6 January 2014

Inspired by Fresh Interiors


If you've been following me on Pinterest, you'd see that I have a bit of an obsession with interiors and decor, so much so that a few months ago I had to split them into two different boards. Having moved around a bit and visited hundreds of open houses since I was a little kid, I've always had a fascination with other people's homes. Some hadn't changed for a few decades, while others were newly built. As a result I've been thinking about what my first home would be like when I move out. Be it a studio apartment or a mansion (yeah, sure), one of my priorities would be a nicely furbished kitchen and/or workspace area. Natural lighting, Scandinavian and Californian influences (think white, wooden surfaces and pot plants) and a touch of colour/quirky are a must for me.

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13 December 2013

In the Moment (No. 2)

As much as I have been digging monochrome lately, a part of me will always be attracted to the bright, the bold, and the beautiful. Lately I've been loving chunky statement jewellery, print magazines (doing it the old way), and abstract postcards. Elle, for example, has been hitting the ball out of the park lately with its issues - I'm particularly digging their witty collaged editorials. This is what my summer looks like. xx

27 November 2013

Brunch at Salvage


This morning I went to brunch with a close friend to catch up on all things life. We haven't seen each other in a while, so in the spirit of doing things 'the old way', we decided to have brunch at Salvage. I love the decor at Salvage - it's a small, mostly outdoor, space with wooden tables and school chairs, and vintage-looking cups that made my friend go, "I think they need to buy new cups." They were awarded Two Cups from the SMH Good Cafe Awards earlier this year, and the only business to have been successfully opened in that shop location for as long as I've known! Can't wait to go back and savour the rest of their constantly changing menu.

You can find Salvage Specialty Coffee at 5 Wilkes Ave, Artarmon, Sydney.

On the Menu:
Smashed avo with tomato and seeded sourdough
Cured king salmon and poached egg with pickled fennel on seeded sourdough
Soy chai latte

22 November 2013

Merry #dressmas by Boohoo

You've no doubt seen the Christmas decorations going up all over the place, and carols starting to chirp on loop over the sound systems. Yep, November is finishing up soon and Christmas is actually here again for another year. I know this because I’m once again scrambling to buy Secret Santa gifts, learning Carols to sing at nursing homes, and badgering Ryan with gift suggestions (not that I normally don’t do this, but this time with the “It’s for Christmas!” excuse).

Christmas also inevitably means parties with food and games (oh no, what a bore, give me Uni exams instead) (says no one ever), and this means dressing up. While I’m not a fan of dressing up in red and green, I’m most definitely a fan of party dresses, so I thought I’d show you a couple of ways that I would style dresses from Boohoo. Because my Christmas parties are set at different times during the day and at different locations (I’ll be chilling at the park with friends for one party and dining at a fancy restaurant for another), my definition of a party dress really varies. Nonetheless, as you can see, I’m currently coveting shift dresses whether it be for day or for night – they’re perfectly comfortable for our summer Christmases (or if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, just chuck on a blazer or a coat and you’re set!) and yet still stylish for almost any body type.

To celebrate Christmas, Boohoo is running a competition for fellow dress lovers called #dressmas. For your chance to win $1000 worth of Christmas party wear, all you have to do is snap a picture of yourself in your favourite party dress and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #dressmas and tag @boohooofficial. Too easy! Competition ends on 13th December so start getting your Christmas dress (and camera) ready. Happy snapping!

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