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Cafès | Posse - Part 2

The sexiest all-day breakfast you’ll ever eat

November 24, 2014 at 11:07 am

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It’s no secret that Newtown eateries can whip together a mean brekkie. Ryan Auberson-Walsh fesses up as to why Hoochie Mamma Cafe is the perfect amount of naughty. 

Strategically positioned opposite the Sydney University Village, Hoochie’s ample space (with over 100 seats) serves the bustling student population very well come lunchtime.

Featuring the likes of an ocean trout salad garnished with heirloom tomato and horseradish, you’ll struggle to choose something from the impressive menu. It, along with incredibly an rich classic Caesar, are definitely at the top of Sydney’s salad options. But as tasty and creamy as some of the salads, pastas (one can never say no to the prawn linguini) and sandwiches are, Hoochie is all about the ultimate breakfast.

Dished out between 7am and 3 in the afternoon, anyone from uni students to all night partiers (though we could suggest they’re one and the same) can roll out of bed and still chow down effortlessly crisp bacon or toasted muesli.

Standouts on the menu include the lumberjack omelette (chorizo, mushrooms and fetta), sweet corn fritters (bacon, baby spinach, avocado and tomato relish) and the Big Hoochie (2 eggs, bacon, mushrooms, roast tomato, hash browns and pork sausage).

Chocolate berry muffins. Source

Chocolate berry muffins. Source

Yet vegetarians should not despair – around half the choices are suitably overloaded with fruits and frijoles instead of being crammed with meat. Give the ricotta hotcakes (topped with sour cherries, vanilla bean mascarpone and toasted almonds) or brekkie bruschetta (ricotta, field mushrooms, roast tomato, avocado and parsley) a whirl – both are plated to perfection, and just as magnificent in your stomach as on your plate.

Fully-licensed, anyone up for continuing a potential bender-breakfast can sip on a wine, beer or cider. Though we strongly encourage you to choose a hot coffee – they’re ideal to have with one of the daily baked muffins that in the past have ranged from fig, walnut and mascarpone to boysenberry and white chocolate.

Be a little wicked and treat yourself.

Sweets just a Flour and Stone’s throw from Sydney

November 20, 2014 at 10:39 am
Old Fashioned Vanilla Cake. Image by Sihan Lee

Old Fashioned Vanilla Cake. Image by Sihan Lee

Sadly not everyone loves a good slice of cake or chocolate tart, but Ryan Auberson-Walsh thinks that even carbophobes can’t resist a cheeky nibble at Flour and Stone.

Strawberry honey & rosemary brulee.

That is just one of the many amazing sweet options on today’s daily menu at Flour and Stone, a quaint Woolloomooloo cafe providing the best of Sydney’s baking.

Sitting countertop beside the brulee are berry pavlovas, hazelnut torte, salted caramel and chocolate tarts, old fashioned vanilla cake, and chocolate, raspberry and buttermilk cakes. We could go on…

At the helm is master baker Nadine Ingram who has garnered skills from experience at Le Gavroche, Bourke St Bakery and London’s the Ivy, every morsel of food from the sandwiches to her famous lemon drizzle cake is exquisite. From preparation to plate, her work is utterly perfect – and delicious doesn’t even begin to describe it all.

Pulling all sorts of sugary things out of the oven isn’t the end of the story. Today’s menu also consists of asparagus, mint and pea galettes, chicken, leek and tarragon pies and zucchini, chilli and gruyere buns – among many other wholesome goods.

Image by Sihan Lee

Image by Sihan Lee

But her signature sweets are what keep locals flocking back, with her trademark pannacotta lamingtons, rustic cookies and hand-iced gingerbread (there’s enough cute cutouts of monkeys, foxes, pencils and cat to break the internet) often selling out before the city crowds can ready themselves for a lunchtime feast.

Nibbled upon with the accompaniment of finely brewed Alchemy coffee and Rabbit Hole tea, Ingram’s delectables are highly praised citywide, and if you’re not 100 per cent sold on throwing your sugar-free diet out the window just yet, we think it best you swing by the inner-city café and just try not to purchase anything. Best of luck – You’ll have ordered a takeaway tart as soon as the incredible smells wafting from the countertop hit you in the face.

 

Binge eat through Balmain

November 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm
The Cottage Bar & Kitchen

The Cottage Bar & Kitchen. Source

Sitting proudly along Balmain’s blossoming tree-lined streets are a generous number of dining spots pouring some of Sydney’s best coffee, and plating up tender treats for their patrons.

Many among them are already local institutions, but we think it’s time the word got out for people far and wide to swing on by, enjoy a cuppa and chow down for breakfast, lunch, dinner or any naughty snacking in between. We’ve done the intense work (if you call eating your way through two suburbs a life-ruiner), and come up with our favourite dining order – but that doesn’t mean you can’t commit to a future return for any other mealtime munching. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

Copo load of this joint

November 14, 2014 at 3:55 pm
House smoked trout baked eggs with creme fraiche, herbs and toast

House smoked trout baked eggs with creme fraîche, herbs and toast. Image by Eileen Kha

We have finally tracked down a Sydney brunch spot worth taking your mother-in-law to. A round of applause to Copo Cafe & Diner in Drummoyne. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

For the love of bread

October 22, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Trout salad at Autolyse

This is the place that demonstrates the quiet soft power of Canberra. It’s a perfect excuse to spend time in a city that’s burgeoning coffee and art scene is consistently outshined by any and all political drama that’s unfolding in parliament house. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

The Blessed Bean answers your prayers of hunger

September 30, 2014 at 10:43 am

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If Belinda Carlisle was living in this day and age, her hit song ‘Heaven is a Place on Earth’ may very well have been about society’s love of coffee – even more relevant upon wandering into Wagga Wagga’s Blessed Bean.

This is a place so wonderful that it’s food has clearly been cooked at the hands of angels, the chefs who don white aprons only lacking a halo above their heads.

Aptly named, the arrival of this café in southern NSW certainly puts the university town back on the map, and it’s a refreshing delight for travellers stopping off for a quick bite before dashing interstate across the border. For the tired and weary, it’s here that energy is ingested via a new holy trinity – coffee, cake and gourmet sandwiches.

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The Reuben

Worth lunching on include the pulled pork roll (served with fennel slaw and caramelised apple) and The Rueben (slow cooked corn beef, sauerkraut, russian dressing, gherkins and Swiss cheese), both dished up with a side of crunchy chips.

If you’ve got the room following these generous portions, have an afternoon nibble on either a daily made muffin or brownie, absolutely essential as a side to one of their legendary coffees. Think 100 per cent Arabica coffee ground into several heavenly blends.

The local gem not only dishes out fine food and drink – it’s becoming an epicentre for food education with cupping classes (that’s cup tasting for short) this October. An ideal opportunity to become your own coffee aficionado, classes focus on everything from aroma to texture.

The Bean’s community engagement doesn’t stop there. They’ve begun taking expressions of interest for barista and latte art courses online, ready and willing to share some of the best tips for whipping together the perfect blend and topping it off with the finest of coffee art – though I’m aware something I’d create would probably remind you of Picasso or Pollock.

Definitely up there with some of the greatest urban dining spots around, it’s truly wonderful to see what a whole lot of country heart can come up with. Here’s praying that a new joint isn’t far from opening up a little closer to home.

Blessed are those who visit this café, for they will be rewarded with delicious satisfaction.
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Israeli Cafe Shenkin Opens New Location in Surry Hills

July 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm
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Providing great coffee and delicious Israeli inspired cafe food, Shenkin’s original location has been a local Sydney favorite in Erskineville for over five years now.  Today, Shenkin has expanded with Shenkin Espresso Bar in Newtown, Shenkin Kitchen in Enmore and its newest venture, Shenkin Eatery just opened earlier in July in Surry Hills.  


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