Kingswood Coffee

10/680 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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Nowadays I would visit this coffee place once in a blue moon, because previously I would visit this place religiously during my break. & the reason being was my cravings for this:

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Remember that cronut craze? I don’t know if it’s just as popular as it was before. But believe me, when I say that this is the best I’ve tasted. Its taste is delicately sweet, once you bite into it there is no turning back (unless of you want to get more). The top may look similar to a Krispy Kreme doughnut, hell no, it’s just on another level. It’s not too sweet and it blends well with the pastry. Gulp this down with their organic hot chocolate, and you’re in heaven.

RATE 5/5

Ristretto & Co

156 Northumberland Street, Liverpool NSW 2170

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I’ve eaten at this cafe twice already, this blog shows the first time I’ve eaten here. It’s one of those cafes where you have to go searching for a bit (not really), it’s just cause it’s squished in a little corner. It looks like a small shop from the outside… once you’re inside, it’s like stepping into a small picnic area.

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The backyard, picnic feel of the place made me nostalgic of the times I entered those types of houses that had a lot of wooden furnitures and a vegetable garden in the back. But most of all, it was very homely. It’s a lovely place to hang, catch-up with the boys and/or girls and take in the soft rays of the sun.

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Tuna Salad $13 – Mixing the poached egg with the green beans, tomato, baked corn, sicilian olives, avocado and brown rice… was *drool*

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His: Chicken Cotoleta Panini $11 – Truss tomato, rocket, provolone & pesto mayo sandwiched in sourdough.

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Hers: Roasted Beetroot $12 – I loved the sweetness of the pumpkin, combined with sweet potato, green beans, fetta and the bold feel of the walnuts, was long-lasting throughout the whole day. 

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Orange Juice $5 – I’ve gotten this twice, like the first time I came and the second time. The reason why was because it was fresh as fudge! 

The price was exceptionally affordable, like seriously the dishes qualify for a higher price since the quality was beautiful. Eating at a place like this made the drive there worthwhile.

RATE: 4/5

Caffe Cherry Beans

Kiosk 3122, Macquarie Shopping Centre Cnr Herrying & Waterloo Rd NSW 2113 

The best thing to do before shopping is… eating!

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Service: 

Was quick and efficient, though sadly they got my coffee size order wrong.

Interior: 

It’s set inside a shopping mall, so they could only occupy a corner of the level they were on. It was cute though, because they had tables for two, four and a long table that had light bulbs hanging above.

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Menu:

I love cafes that have ALL DAY BREAKFAST. It can never get old for me. The price range is great for the value you get, ranges from about $6 – $20. Offering salads, burgers, sandwiches and again… all day breakfast menu haha!

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Orders:

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His: Club sandwich with Salad $15.50 – grilled bacon rashers, grilled checken breast, fried egg, leg ham, lettuce, tomato, spanish onion, cheesy in between white bread and topped with aioli sauce. 

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Hers: Croissant $6.90 – I opted for a classic cheese and tomato croissant. 

Opinion:

Besides getting my coffee order wrong, it is a good feed before doing some christmas shopping and the delivery time was quick! I love being fed on time haha.

RATE: 3/5

Circa

21 Wentworth St, Parramatta NSW 2150

Been here twice, and has never failed my taste buds yet! Took my partner along so he may try it out, the cafe also impressed him. We came by on a Saturday morning and we found the place already buzzing with customers. So we sat outside, only for a little while because it was too damn cold! When a table was freed up we sat warmly inside.

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Their menu ranges from $9 – $17. I love eating at this cafe because of it’s fresh produce as well as vegan options available. When you step inside once was a small garage, it is now filled with convenient wood tables and chairs, graffiti and other wooden fixtures inside. It’s very squishy inside, but since it’s Winter the more people the warmer haha! 

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African Red Hot Chocolate $4.5  Started myself off with some warm African grown cocoa beans(hint of fruits) in soy milk. 

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His: Avocado, fetta, ricotta & green pea smash with a hint of chili went perfectly well with the cherry tomatoes that were devilishly slow roasted giving the plate a fresh feel. Panache of salad was also dressed with lemon oil. $15

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Mine: Poached rhubarb, mascarpone labne, cinnamon, berries and crushed pistachio gave this french toast a two thumbs up from me! Not too overly sweet, but just enough to satisfy my early morning sweet tooth. $14

I absolutely adore this cafe, would keep coming back to try out every item on their menu. Plus, it’s so comfortably close to Parramatta station!

RATE: 4/5

Down Under Bar and Cafe

Auckland, New Zealand International Airport

20140622_112622_resizedThis was the last eatery place at Auckland, when we landed back in Sydney I had a cheeseburger meal (was craving badly) haha. When I looked at their website, I found out that this place just opened up a few years back.

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20140622_105447_resizedPrice range: $15 NZ +

What I really look forward to eating in cafes, is finding that their menus are simple and don’t have too much items. I’m one of those customers who takes forever, if I was given a menu with an endless list of items.

20140622_110515_resizedHis: Seared Lam $25NZ – it looks healthy right? Grilled capsicums, coriander, pinenuts, feta, olives and toasted Turkish bread

20140622_110519_resizedHers: NZ Farmer’s Breakfast $18.50 – I always go for a big breakfast anywhere I go! Got scrambled eggs, bacon, venison sausage, potato cake, grilled tomato and toast.

20140622_105703_resizedStein Lager – You cannot leave NZ without trying their beer! Light, slightly bubbly and has that sweet taste.

Once you enter, you might get a bit lost. There’s different sections, with an ongoing theme. Since the FIFA Worldcup is on, it’s great to watch it at this cafe because there’s different sections that caters to watching sports live.

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20140622_105027_resizedYou can also find a large bar in the middle. Lots of natural sunlight, perfect to wind-down before your flight.

RATE: 3/5

Little Melba

151 Queen Street, Auckland CBD

This cafe was situated close to our accommodation, so it’s perfect for a quick in and out. It’s an establishment that uses large windows for natural sunlight, it’s quite beautiful actually. One thing I remember is that the staff are very friendly, what I mean is that they were so ever helpful. One of the waitstaff advised us that if you said you live in New Zealand, apparently you’ll get a free entry into the Auckland Museum.

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So anyways… this small cafe had a cute, minimal menu comprising what you’ll usually see at cafes. Wooden tables and metal white chairs.

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Unfortunately I forgot what this was, but I remember it had chilli!

20140620_100511_resizedTheir locally roasted coffee beans was amazing. Just look at those cappuccinos!

I ordered myself I passion-fruit muesli tub, sweet and it didn’t get stuck in my braces haha.

RATE: 2/5

Three Blue Ducks

 143 Macpherson St, Bronte NSW 2024

A lovely restaurant close-by to one of Sydney’s famous beaches, Bronte. It’s located right in front of a bus stop, so it’s convient for people getting of and on to the bus. Me and my partner drove about 45 minutes to this restaurant for lunch. It was a while ago, so correct me if I’m wrong about the names of each of the pictures taken.

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When you enter, though it may look like a casual cafe it actually caters like a fine-dining restaurant. Their menu prices depicts it as well. But you get what you pay for, because you will be served with fresh produced food that is ideally themed for lunch and breakfast times.

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Mine: This glazed shirt rib was heavenly, I remember the fork easily sliced through the meat and it melted effortlessly in my mouth. It’s combined with lemongrass, ginger, green mango, mint and cucumber salad. $31

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His: Remember when I said “fresh”, this was! It’s a crispy skinned mulloway with corn puree on the side, mixed grains topped with lemon and parsley. For those who want a light meal. $28

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For dessert, we tried their honey (really thick) and I forgot this muffen-like thing! haha

For people who likes quick, light, fresh meals, you should surely visit this.

RATE: 3/5

The Tuckshop

Shop 1/78 Glenhaven Road, NSW, Australia 

After seeing pictures of this newly established cafe, their mouth-watering burgers, thin chips and cute coffee cups that says a warm message that includes your name, I decided that I needed to check this place out!

You won’t find a place like this near The Hills area, I think this cafe and take-away shop actually dominates the “hipster” cafe scene in the Western suburbs of Sydney. Most cafes are actually located near the city, so finding one out west is rare. A genius idea by ex-Parramatta Eels player Nathan Hindmarsh and co-partners Ricky Row, Mike Ico and Matthew Stone.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/the-hills/nathan-hindmarsh-opening-new-tuck-shop-cafe-in-glenhaven/story-fngr8i1f-1226815094056 

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You can never go wrong with an All-Day breakfast menu! If you’re like me who wakes up late, you’ll love what they’ll offer for breakfast. Their menu pricing is low-mid range.

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Their layout is unique and small, with only a few tables outside, and one large table inside. The location is perfect as it’s located next to a park and field. With one register, I can imagine that on busy days their would be a long line.

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Not so smooth green smoothie $7 – Kale, Spinach, Berries, Banana, Mint & Coconut Water

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Mine: The Lot $16 – Beef patty, bacon, egg, cheese, beetroot relish, tomato, lettuce with smokey house bbq sauce.

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His: Down South Burger $15 – Southern fried chicken burger, corn and avo salsa, slaw & franks hot sauce – I was going to order this but I saw the hot sauce and was like nope haha.

They all are served with old bay seasoned chips… oh the chips were so nicely seasoned! The burgers were delicious! I heard that their The Cheesy burger is the house favourite, so I’m going to go back and try that out. If you’re looking for a quick food fix, this place is perfect. Their menu has a variety of items to choose from and the price range is not too high.

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Remember earlier when I said they had that cute messages, I went back and ordered myself a skim cappuccino and did not regret it. It was strong, but it was so smooth that I could hardly taste the caffeine.

RATE: 4/5

Excelsior Jones Cafe

139A Queen St, Ashfield NSW 2131

Happy Easter Sunday everyone!

Was looking up for any restaurants/cafes this morning, which made y search a tad easier to narrow because most cafes were not open during the long Easter weekend. Decided to go to this place which I quite enjoyed.

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What I noticed with cafes now a days, is that they are located in mostly isolated places, which I mean like they are situated in areas where they do not have much competition. It’s like finding a secret hide-out, but when you get there, in reality it’s packed out with people haha. But you get me right? This place is situated in a quiet suburb, basically on the corner of a street.

I was not able to take a picture of the interior, what they had inside was wooden furniture, white chairs, seats by the high windows (bringing in a flow of sunshine in), open kitchen and barista bar and a little window display of very few yummy pastries.

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They offered many organic dishes, average price range, ranging from $5 – $15. Having a simple layout with not too many options, makes it so much easier for me and making breakfast more enjoyable. You know does cafes that has so many options, like it could be seen as a good thing but if you’re like me, I want about 10 options and BAM I can make my decision in a blink of an eye.

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Cappuccino – I haven’t had a notable cup of coffee in a while, and having to taste their version was refreshing. Just look at exceptional art on top, you can almost taste it.

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His: House smoked salmon hash – a mixture of fried buckwheat, eschalots and the beautiful (very necessary) poached egg makes this exquisite dish a watery mouthful. Though the fresh herbs, stated by partner did not have a major impact on the overall experience. He says it’s “warm, homely and filling”

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Ricotta Hotcakes $14 – I’m a big fan of small dishes that has a myriad of texture and flavour, which makes up for it’s humble size. It states on the menu that the fruits were spiced, but I honestly did not taste the spice. The berries though was a sweet blend with the yoghurt and pistachio praline. It was like having breakfast and desert rolled up into one!

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The juice above was… mmm

Vibrant atmosphere, attentive staff and spacious layout topped with scrumptious food made this Sunday memorable.

RATE: 3/5

Stardust Cafe

55 Sherbrooke St, Rooty Hill NSW 2766

One of the prime locations if you are ever to visit the western area of Sydney, you are sure to stop by at Rooty Hill RSL. Within the establishment you will not only be greeted with the sounds of dozens of gambling machines but will be also greeted with the smell of food! Which led me here for a local late lunch feed.

Stardust Cafe though may not be the best eatery, it was sufficient enough for my taste buds. It’s a comfortable setting, with small tables surrounded by soft chairs. It is counter service, with a limited range menu range with equally medium-price range. It’s a good place to eat comfortably and isn’t pricey.

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Peri Peri Chicken ($13.50) – House marinated chicken drumette.

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Mezze Plate ($14.50) – This looked really appealing and was quite good too. The fetta cheese I did not like, I think that it was a good cheese choice on the platter, roasted capsicum, toasted bread,  grilled chorizo, tempura prawns, calamari. This platter had a strange plate food item selection.

RATE: 2/5