Posts tagged ‘brunch’

July 3, 2012

Los Angeles, USA

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LA

The first stop on our trip is the starry-eyed Los Angeles – but staying on Hollywood Boulevard, it’s filled with drama from seeing the entire road closed for red carpet events at the Chinese Grauman Theatre, to Jimmy Kimmel’s studio, Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, Madam Tussauds and plenty of H&M, AA and Sephora to keep the pockets empty. Staying in The Hollywood Roosevelt was definitely worth the pennies to be apart of all the touristy action.

In n Out Burgers, LA

In n Out Burgers, LAIn-n-Out’s Double Double Burger

Wendy's, LAWendy’s Spicy Chicken Burger

It’s been a highly hyped up lifetime to try In-n-Out Burger, but surprisingly I was well let down. The old school diner opens 24 hours matched with a menu that is simple with only three options and at $3.55 you can’t go hungry. This would feed you with a decent sized burger, fries a plenty and bottomless soda. If this was a burger battle in LA, I’d choose Wendy’s, another diner contender who is only a few quarters more, but with burgers tasting fresher and much more flavoursome.

You’ll come to find that In-n-Out, Wendy’s, Mel’s Drive In and Dendy’s dominate the fast food market over here than McDonald’s and KFC.

Hardrock Cafe

Hardrock Cafe, LAHard Rock Cafe’s Haystack Salad

For other quick and dirty eats, Buffalo Wild Wings was the way to go for baskets of sticky wings with over 20 sauces to choose from. And the US do onion rings real good here, so stock yourself up with a huge basket with ranch sauce. Staying on Hollywood Boulevard, we couldn’t help but go pass a super douper Haystack Salad and cocktails at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Dodger Dogs, LA

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Dodger Hotdogs, LA

If it’s heading into the Summer, soak up the sports culture by checking out a game at the Dodgers Stadium to score a Dodgers hotdog and salty pretzel. There’s plenty more to fill up on with nachos, huuuuge pizzas and plenty of peanuts.

BLDBLD’s Salmon Eggs Benedict

BLDBLD’s Eggs As You Like Them

In preparation for a day of outlet shopping, we brunched up at BLD. Sadly the eggs in the US are not as good as Aussie chooks, so be super appreciative with what we have! BLD dishes up for all times of the day with some mean brunch options.

ink.sack, LA

ink.sack, LAink.sack’s Banh Mi

ink.sack, LAink.sack’s Spicy Tuna

Being a sucker for TopChef, a road trip to Melrose Ave was in order to find Michael Voltaggio’s (Season 6 winner) restaurant and sandwich joint. ink.sack is amongst the field of Marc Jacobs stores, Tokidoki, Kid Robot and Johnny Cupcakes. Get yourself a mean banh mi (yes, with pork rinds inside…), iced coffee and bag of bbq pork rinds to go.

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IMG_3405Johnny’s Cupcakes on Melrose

Plus, a must visit for cupcake lovers is Johnny’s Cupcakes. Surprisingly nothing to do with cupcakes but all his merchandise in his bakery decked out store.

LA

In-n-Out Burger
7009 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA
www.in-n-out.com

Buffalo Wild Wings
7060 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA

Hardrock Cafe Hollywood
6801 Hollywood Blvd #105
Hollywood, CA 90028
www.hardrock.com

Dodgers Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

BLD
7450 Beverly Bvld
Los Angeles, CA 90036
www.bldrestaurant.com

ink.sack
8360 Melrose Ave #107
Los Angeles, CA 90069
www.mvink.com/menu/

Johnny’s Cupcakes
7959 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
www.johnnycupcakes.com 

Hollywood Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Blvd,
Hollywood, CA 90028
www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/la/hollywood-roosevelt

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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 9, 2011

The Hardware Societie, Melbourne

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The Hardware Societie

Melbourne is almost my second home, and proud to say that I’ve gravitated away from the touristy Degraves St to find more tastier brunch options. It’s early and there are crowds buzzing around in the laneway, all with their ears open waiting for their name to be yelled out. Our names are taken on a large paper doily and the only option is to mull over the menu again and again till we’re called in.

The Hardware Societie

On the outside, the cafe is simple on the outside and so easily missed as it’s tucked between the tall skyscrapers of the city. But inside, it has quirky little accents that make you feel like nanna has invited you over for tea. The gorgeous long oak communal table has floral sugar pots and vibrant yellow butter plates. There are personal touches here and there, even with one of the staff’s birthday wish list is written on the wall.

The Hardware Societe

I’m beginning to enjoy ordering tea instead of coffee for brunch to see all the wonderful ways it can be presented. On wooden trays, with timers, and now with homemade knitted tea cosys and tea served in delicate gold rimmed china. Squeal!!

The Hardware Societe
Poached Eggs

The Hardware SocieteBaked Eggs

Presentation points go far and beyond for this little cafe. My foodies choose the poached eggs in terracotta pots filled with poached eggs, chorizos, roasted baby peppers, tomatoes, chickpeas and goats cheese. My baked eggs come in a cute little red pot packed to the brim with goodies! Delicious eggs, peas, chorizo bites and cherry tomatoes – both finished off with fresh slices of bread with olive oil.

It was so cosy and warm inside, I didn’t want to leave!

The Hardware Societe
120 Hardware St
Melbourne

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May 31, 2011

Three Bags Full, Melbourne

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Three Bags Full

Three Bags Full

After walking about 2km to get here, it’s a huge sigh of relief to walk into a cosy warm cafe. Inside it’s hustling and bustling for a Friday morning, filled with diners shielding from the cold and digging into bacon and eggs, hot coffee and pots of tea. The outside looks deceiving as it’s the corner of a block long warehouse block, but inside it boasts high ceilings, occasional traffic sign tables, modern paintings and rustic oak communal tables.

Three Bags Full

Three Bags Full
House Cured Salmon

Three Bags Full
Pumpkin & Sage Fritters

My foodies dig into the fritter based dishes; firstly with ribbons of amazingly house cured salmon, on a corn, pea and feta fritter topped with fresh rocket, wedges of avocado and a side of dill sour cream. The pumpkin and sage fritters are a heavier and little more of a guilty pleasure for breakfast, but still very tasty – served with grilled haloumi, creamed feta, crispy prosciutto, roast cherry tomatoes and mountains of rocket.

Three Bags Full
Pea & Eggs

Three Bags Full
Atlantic Eggs 

On the eggs side of the table, we enjoy pea & eggs; a combination of crushed peas, poached eggs, mint, tomato vinaigrette and feta crumbles all on top of sourdough toast. I like the introduction of peas into breakfast, it’s a light yet tasty vegetable that should be definitely used more often. I enjoy the atlantic eggs; toast, smoked salmon, poached eggs and vibrant and generous hollandaise sauce. It has a good balance; with just the right sourness and creamy texture.

Three Bags Full

A little trek (more of an adventure..) from Melbourne CBD but definitely worth the find.

Three Bags Full
60 Nicholson St
Melbourne
www.threebagsfullcafe.com

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May 16, 2011

Bird Cow Fish

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It’s nice to kick start a Saturday off with the girls and good ol’ brunch. Bird Cow Fish is another one of those no nonsense restaurants for brunch and wide spread tables to flutter about. With saying this, there are occasional screaming kids running around with mothers holding spoons of food ready to be flung into their mouths – just need to remember that they are little humans and need to be fed too…

Bird Cow FIsh Chai Latte

Bird Cow FIsh Potato gnocchi with prawn meat 

Even though it was brunch, there was very excuse to kick start with a shared entree. Our eyes couldn’t go pass the potato gnocchi, so a hearty carb starter it was! Soft potato pillows sauteed in burnt butter, verjuice (a juice made from unripe grapes), capers topped with crispy sage leaves. Absolutely amazing, even topping A Tavola & Omerta’s gnocchi from Taste of Sydney.

Bird Cow FIshFried salmon fishcakes

Bird Cow FIshPoached eggs, roast tomato, chorizo, sourdough toast

For mains, my foodie companion dives into the super crispy salmon fishcakes, and I opt for the traditional poached eggs, chorizo and toast combo. Three salmon fishcakes sat on top an tartare sauce, that were surprisingly light and favoursome within. My poached eggs were cooked wonderfully and once burst, the soft centre oozed all over my toast and crispy chorizo.

It goes to show that food doesn’t need to be over the top fancy, but as long as there are quality ingredients and simplicity, it works.

Bird Cow Fish
500 Crown St
Surry Hills, Sydney
www.birdcowfish.com.au 

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