Archive for ‘Tea’

March 20, 2012

Bread & Circus

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Bread & Circus

Tucked away amongst the For Lease signs, industrial yards and hustle and bustle of trucks, Bread and Circus brings along delicious super foods in their rustic warehouse canteen. Stripy deck chairs, beams of natural light and plenty of scattered pots of herbs and vegetables.

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

The menu changes daily, but be sure to bump in early if you want dibs on certain dishes as sometimes I’ve been one step too late with hot favourites being scribbled off the menu. Your vegetarian friends will love you for bringing them here but for those who need a little more, there’s always a protein option add on.

Bread & Circus

The best option is to grab a plate of everything. Today’s salad delights were a mix of fried snake beans, roast zucchini, pear with couscous, potatoes and a smokey nutmeg eggplant. I love the diversity of flavours and Bread & Circus sure makes salads sexy again.

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

Honourable mentions go out to the snake beans with a jalapeno coriander kick, the amazing baked pear; sweet and indulgent but balanced with couscous goodness. Not much of a fan of eggplant in general, but my foodie companion scoffed them down a treat.

If salads don’t tickle your fancy, there’s plenty of canteen styled sandwich boxes with plenty of meat, sauces, salad and generous slices of fresh sourdough bread.

Bread & CircusPreservative free bangalow pork chilli kicked salami 

Bread & CircusPoached organic Ingewood chicken w/ basil oil & thyme biodynamic yoghurt

Amongst the sandwich boxes, you’d need to pull me in a tug-a-war to decide on a favourite. Whatever protein you’re feeling, there’s bound to be a box that best suits you. The salami brings along a feisty little kick, the smoked ham is thick and generous with a sinus clearing mustard, whereas the chicken is teamed with a beautiful basil oil and thyme yoghurt.

Bread & Circus

Bread & CircusGenmaicha

There’s also a list of fresh juices and pipping hot teas. I picked one of the most usual ones of the list, a roasted brown rice and popcorn green tea. It smells amazing but definitely for those who enjoy wild teas.

Bread & Circus

And if all the superfoods are making you feel really angelic, there’s a few sweets on the counter that’s up for grabs. Feeling cheeky, we grab a huuuge (size of our plate..) cookie with generous portions of chocolate chips and nuts. Oh boy…

Bread & Circus

Perfect spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch – and being very child (little tables and chairs!) and dog friendly; Bread & Circus definitely helps promote healthy food for a clear mind and body!

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

And if you’re wondering where the coffee aroma is lingering from… don’t forget to check out Don Campos who are at the front of the warehouse. They also offer a few more tasty pastry morsels for the hungry.

Bread & Circus
21 Fountain St
Alexandria, Sydney
www.breadandcircus.com.au 

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Don Campos
21 Fountain St
Alexandria, Sydney

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July 12, 2011

Tea House @ White Rabbit Gallery

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White Rabbit Gallery

I love getting absorbed and lost in art galleries around town and White Rabbit is one of my absolute favourites. It always brings controversial and thought provoking pieces of contemporary Chinese art to the scene, and recently introduced dumplings to their tea house. Before every wander around, a pot of warm, beautiful tea and sunshine by the window is a definite must!

White Rabbit Gallery

The tea house is on the right of the entrance, and it’s gorgeous. White sky high ceilings hang the mismatching bronze and wooden bird cages, while sunshine floods through the large floor to roof windows. The wooden tables are all dressed elegantly with oriental red drapes and china teapots to match.

White Rabbit Gallery

The tea collection is quite extensive from the usual blends to some amazingly pretty choices. Teas slowly blossom as the afternoon progresses, pretty rose petals and chrysanthemum flowers. And all the fun is in smelling the selection before choosing.

White Rabbit Gallery

White Rabbit recently introduced homemade dumplings to nibble on in the tea house, and they’re deliciously soft and juicy. There are also selections of asian snacks from rice crackers, dried fruits and nuts.

White Rabbit Gallery

But hurry! The Decade of the Rabbit is currently on until July 31st and the gallery re-opens on August 25th with a new exhibit.

White Rabbit Gallery
30 Balfour St
Chippendale, Sydney
www.whiterabbitcollection.org

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March 4, 2011

QVB Tea Room High Tea

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Instead of the chicken roll Saturday morning with the boys, it was a pleasant change to have high tea brunch (or otherwise known as a fast paced gossip session) with the girls. “High tea” originated in the 17th century, where the Duchess would invite her friends over to have a meal of breads, small cakes and tea. Queen Victoria later made it popular but high tea was actually enjoyed by the working class, and low tea was served to the rich.

We didn’t don any pearls or high button silk blouses, but opted for the elaborate QVB tea room. The QVB tea room is amazing gorgeous; naturally lit, floral tea sets and goodies served on the traditional 3-tier Royal Albert silver sets. It is a set menu with a 3-tier set of savories and sweets and a tea of your choosing.

I choose an Earl Grey tea, many hate the smell of it, but I love it! There’s something that reminds me of having tea with my grandma.

The savoury tier

The savoury tier was filled with cucumber & cream cheese sandwiches, egg sandwiches and a platter of buttery scones with a platter of fresh cream and homemade strawberry jam. Being my first high tea, I have to admit that I’m not a complete fan of cucumber sandwiches… perhaps my tummy was feeling tipsy turvy that morning. I did love the scones with unstrained and lumpy sweet strawberry jam.

The sweet tiers

I’ve always had a sweet tooth, so the glistering lemon & almond babycakes, vibrant fruit tarts, artificially looking macarons, sugar dusted passionfruit shortbread and dark tiramisu sponge cake all sat there waiting for me to gobble them all up. The tier with the tiramisu sponge was my favourite, with just the perfect amount of bite sized pieces. The second tier of sweets were very disappointing, with a unsatisfying macaron and passionfruit “sandwich”.

It was a lovely way to start the weekend, but the hunt is definitely on to look for more high tea places!

QVB Tea Room
Lvl 3, North End, QVB
455 George St, Sydney
www.thetearoom.com.au

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