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Number 7; Architects & Heroes

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Number 7; Architects and Heroes – 25 Rokeby Road, Subiaco

Architects and Heroes

Architects and Heroes

A dreary Monday morning in Perth calls for one thing. Eggs.

Architects and Heroes is a small café, on the once populated, Rokeby Road, Subiaco. It’s an unfortunate thing that Subi has lost its touch – it’s no longer buzzing with people at the corner markets, there’s no live music, there’s constant shop change overs and then there, is the same old standard and ever so average restaurants. Not to mention the fact that every time you’re near the corner, you get that horrible feeling a morning DJ from Nova is going to jump out at you with extra enthusiasm and bombard you with questions about the screeching sounds that make up the Australian top 40.

But not this place. This place sparks life on the bleek and boring Rokeby Road. It’s nothing less than a gem. But of course it is, with barristers that weigh their coffee grindings, expect precision with both drinks and food here.

Welcome to a place that plays good music, a place that isn’t overcrowded, a café with a wooden breakfast bar and staff that will make you laugh about you taking photos for their instagram. It’s not every day you have people smile and actually continue asking questions after “how are you?” when you order your meal. Or anywhere as a matter of fact. Whatever happened to check out chicks making conversations? Actually, what’s even happened to check out chicks? Self service check outs are yet another socially isolating concept of this decade. Anyway, I digress. Endeavouring to ask how we were lucky enough to be out for breakfast on a Monday, made us appreciate the situation just that little bit more.

A and H interior

A and H interior

Ordering my usual, and having a good experience from the get go, I expected to have breakfast out within 10 minutes. While I sat at the breakfast bar and looked out to the street, I kept thinking that the men in suits were just an added bonus to this venture. Unfortunately, after I realised I had been staring at Jake Gyllenhall look a likes, 20 minutes had passed and we had to ask whether are order had been placed. Which.. it hadn’t. After some hustle and bustle, we finally received our breakfasts. Two amazing ’63 degree eggs’ with two roasted tomatoes. Splitting the egg for a perfect poach, I was impressed. It’s just a shame that my bread made my stomach a little uncomfortable. I think the barrister had been paying too much attention to my Monday morning antics and had forgotten that we had ordered gluten free bread.

63 degree eggs

63 degree eggs

The food itself was tasty. The eggs were fresh and the tomatoes weren’t ladended in oils and salt. The sweet tunes of Phoenix played through the speakers as we sipped our ever so perfect coffee. I may go as far as to say, it’s one of Perth’s best brews. And one of the main reasons of what’s bringing it so high into the top 10 this year.

Although the food was delayed, the positive vibe of the place, the cleanliness, the great coffee and the fact its bringing buzz back into flat, boring Rokeby road, means an A grade for the Perth café scene.

Coffee

Coffee

The Good Things:
+The Coffee
+The Price
+Business Meeting Friendly
+Tasty Food
+The Staff
+The Vibe +Jake Gyllenhall

The Not So Good Things:
– Parking in Subiaco (if you think Bondi is expensive, this is next level)
– The delay on food
– I expect weekend mayhem
– Stick to groups of 2 or 3, it’s small
– The fact Jake Gyllenhall wasn’t Jake Gyllenhall

A final note: Get your orders as good as your coffees and you’re cracking for a A+ 7/10.

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Number 8; The Grounds of Alexandria

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The Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds of Alexandria

Number 8; The Grounds of Alexandria

What a place.

The Grounds of Alexandria has it all. Not just breakfast, but markets, to fresh lemonade, to an imfamous pig! The grounds of Alexandria is more than a café. It’s a village. From baked goods inside, to flowers outside, to farm animals in that corner, to bread samples in that corner, from homegrown fruit to freshly squeezed lemonade, there is nothing this place is missing. The ambiance upon entering, is just ridiculous. We came early on a Sunday morning, having been warned about how busy it gets. 8am and we were at the front a small cue. Expect this, especially on the weekends. But its worth the wait. And in the meantime, you aren’t standing there in a line. There’s a village to explore.

Let me set the scene for you. At 8am, the cheery staff are setting up their stalls in the gardens. A hello to the new folk, a hello to the regulars, the staff are smiling and are apparently not hung over like the large majority of waiters in Surry Hills. In the far back corner of the grounds, you have the infamous Alexandria Pig. Children petting and squealing with excitement that a café has farm animals and a cubby house to play in while mummy and daddy purchase their freshly baked bread. Move down the path and you are at the florist, where there are flowers are of all colours, shapes and sizes. Spend some time in here, pick up the jars, look at the homemade jams, honeys and utensils and then follow the path and enter the stalls.
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Lemonade, homemade breads, fresh olives, a thousand types of homemade nuts – from honey almonds or choc macadamia, every delicious good you can think of. Desserts, everywhere, fresh strawberries, toffee apples and vibrant strawberries line the stalls as you make your way back towards the entrance of the café.

Nut party

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Dessert Galore
Dessert Galore

You are never short of service at the grounds. Staff that are on the ball, and willing to help. The extensive organic menu is fantastic, allowing you to chop and change and choose your breads and sides (for those of us that are a tad fussy). The gluten free bread, is the best I have had in this fair country of ours. Homemade, well toasted, light and thick. None of this 1cm thickness crispy, tasteless powdery bread.

The Grounds Of Alexandria
The Grounds Of Alexandria

It is well priced, the food is fresh and organic. There is choice for everyone. Although I have had better eggs in my time, I was so satisfied with the hype up about this place, and that it was meeting expectations, that I hardly even noticed that my tea was bought out after my meal.

Eggalicious
Eggalicious

The only downside to the service, is that with such demand for tables, pushiness with clearing the table is evident – and leisurely chats aren’t able to held at this period of time over the weekends. Nevertheless, take away your quality coffee, which is roasted there on the grounds, and chat outside in the outdoor seating area. A place with a unique concept, has bought together a lot of different ideas together, and has bought it together well. It’s really an outing, more than a breakfast date.

The good things:
+ The ambiance
+ The activities!
+ Kid friendly
+ Fresh, Organic, On Site Produce (in meals and on sale)
+ Roasted On Site Coffee
+ The staff
+ Quick food service
+ Menu choices
+ The selection of breads, nuts, desserts
+ Flowers!

The not so good things:
– The cue. Legit, CUE post 8am.
– The feel to have to get out of the restaurant quickly
– Minor details on the table missing; salt & pepper, serviettes

A final note: Take a step into a European village, this is an outing, not a 20 minute brunch date. 7/10.
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Number 9; Tropico

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Number 9; Tropico – Flora Tce, North Beach

Interior of Tropico

Interior of Tropico

Perth hype! The brunch scene in this city has come a long way in 3 years, but when someone hash tags a new place that isn’t in the usual brunch spots of Perth – every suburban Perthian arrives at the cafes door step within the first 3 weeks of it opening. Naturally, I was one of them.

Tropico is a beautiful, natural lit open café on the brink of Perth’s gorgeous coast line. With it’s high chairs and wooden tables, minimalistic décor and shiny cutlery, it certainly sets the atmosphere of a holiday get away. With an extensive menu, Tropico caters to both the young and old. With options for those that are lactose or gluten intolerant, and the ability to mix and match foods – they’ve got things well sorted with their menu.

It’s unfortunate that the staff aren’t so sorted. While we watched the pedestrians walk their dogs, we noticed that some 10 minutes had passed before the waitress took our order. Actually, it wasn’t until we pointed that out, that our order was taken. It then become one of those situations, where we were then asked if we “were ok?” By every other staff member thereafter. Not to mention, another 2 people trying to then take our order again.

Mushroom Party!
Mushroom Party!

Nevertheless, the food at Tropico did not disappoint. With well poached farm fresh eggs and perfectly toasted bread – I forgot that I had been hassled three times about whether or not I liked my food. Both my sisters were also raving about their meals. Not to mention, the MUSHROOMS! Who even cooks mushrooms that well!? Hands down, the best mushrooms I’ve had in Perth. I can’t deal with over cooked, stringy mushrooms. But these, and my sister agreed, were perfectly cooked. Not over the top with olive oil, and just the right amount of herbs. Winner! The coffee situation was ok too. Not the best long black I’ve had, but not burnt either. And with almond milk as an option, I was pleased.

tropico2

The transition between having the table cleaned and paying was a little messy. Again, we waited. This time we were waiting at the till, while 2 girls made no eye contact as they poured their coffees. The other 3 girls chatting on the other side of the counter, took their time noticing us before one of them sorted out our bill. Irritating to be ignored, but luckily, the food is good enough to override that.

The good things:

+ The location
+ The food
+ The décor
+ The environment
+ The menu

The not so good things:
– The staff
– The prices of drinks

A final note: Sort the staff out like they have the menu, and you’d have a winner on your hands. 7/10

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Number 10, 2014

Can you even believe its been a year?!

46 Henry St, Fremantle

46 Henry St, Fremantle

Eggsploring Perth took off in 2013, with 65 eggsplores and an epic top 10 coming through – it was going to be a tough for anywhere to beat the cafes we had last year. In saying this, each of these places were revisited this year – with only a few of them re-entering our top 10 for 2014. But, bare in mind, eggsploring perth has expanded and included the city of Sydney, making competition harder and tougher for the breakfast scene in WA. Lets refresh last on last years top 10.

#EGGSPLORING PERTH TOP TEN 2013

Place Suburb Verdict
10. Gordon St Garage West Perth 7.5/10
9. Vans Cottosloe 7.5/10
8. Deli Chicchi Mt Claremont 8/10
7. Mrs S Maylands 8/10
6. Voyage Hillarys 8/10
5. Piccollos Corner West Leederville 8.5/10
4. Moore and Moore Fremantle 8.5/10
3. Sayers Leederville 8.5/10
2. Gusto South Perth 9/10
1. Typika Claremont 9.5/10

Before I get to announce this years number 10, how does one score a 10/10 for brunch? I am nit picky. I have been doing this for a long time, so it’s not just are the eggs runny or hard. It’s an extensive list.

Here’s my check list:

- The Food -
The quality
– Free range? Organic? Fresh veges?
– Are the eggs poached perfectly?
– Are the eggs at the right temperature?
– Avocado – fresh, ripe etc?

- The Menu -
* Options? And options that aren’t just eggs!
* Variety
* Gluten free choices
* Cost
* Too much or too little to choose from?
* Sides can or cannot be added?
* Cabinet goodies!

- The Drinks -
* Choices and variety
* Prices
* Size
* Tea bag or tea leaves?
* Brand of coffee used
* Products used – i.e juices and teas – organic, store bought, home made etc

- The Service -
* Staff demeanour upon entry
* Do they bring you water and menus?
* Are they friendly?
* Do they know what is in what?
* Seating arrangements
* Do they take bookings?
* Time to wait for ordering
* Time to wait for food
* Cleaning post feed

- The Ambiance -
*
Cleanliness
* Is the cafe too small, too big, just right?
* Noise factor
* Are there products for sale (organic goods, produce, home made goods)
* Are pets allowed outside?
* Quirk factors (tables, chairs, numbering systems, roofs, floors, weird hanging bikes etc)

- The finer details
– Is the hype up about a place worth it?
– Is there napkins at hand?
– Are the menus clean and new?
– Do they bring you more water when needed?
– Did they take the plate away too quickly?
– Are they asking too many questions?
– Do we have to pay to park?
– Is there bathrooms?
– Is there salt and pepper on the table?
– Is my drinking glass clean!?

So, enough of that. What’s 2014 number 10?

Bondi Wholefoods – 30A Hastings Pde, North Bondi 
It’s splashed all over Instagram, it’s hashtagged all over the globe, it’s the number one hipster hyped up brunch place in Bondi – and it’s pretty decent considering every yogi and their furballs are in there from 6am, every day.

Sometimes, when a place is as busy as Bondi Wholefoods, you expect the service to be slow, and crap, and all over the place. Luckily, that isn’t the case here. Arriving at peak time on a Saturday morning at 10am, we had to wait no longer than 5 minutes for a table. I found it hard to stay in my seat prior to ordering because attached the the café itself, is a small section of organic wholefoods. Reasonably priced fruits, vegetables, nuts, proteins and organic products line the shelves of Bondi Wholefoods – making it clear that this place is serious about good nutrients in what they serve. A definite plus.

Bondi Wholefoods

Bondi Wholefoods

The café is crowded, expected. Tables out the front, a small café bench as you enter, and a court yard out the back with large cushioned chairs and funky stools. Every table is cleared immediately, and the place is buzzing. Surprisingly, you don’t have to yell at each other to try and hear each other either. Even with all these people around, the waiters are still relaxed. Wearing no uniform, they are laid back, helpful, and take orders quickly. Placing your water down on the table, and ensuring you have your knives and forks ready for brunch, the staff remain chilled throughout the entire process. Even the girl at the till, who is working around the clock and trying to get the payment line smaller (and failing due to the popularity of the restaurant) is well composed and friendly.

The menu at Bondi Wholefoods is impressive. From acai bowls, to poached eggs, to quinoa porridges, raw treats, fresh salads.. its kind of hard to choose. With options for vegans and vegetarians, there’s something on the menu for everyone. Maybe not children though? It’s less of a family place and more of a “I’m growing up and in my mid 20 – 30’s lets get organic brunch” place. The pricing for Sydney is probably a tad over budget, but in comparison to Perth, it’s the eggact same. Opting for something close to my usual, I ordered two poached eggs with the tomato avocado basil smash.

Poached Eggs with Avo

Poached Eggs with Avo

Bam. 2 well poached farm fresh eggs. The avocado was ripe and substantial and the gluten free bread was good quality. Not burnt, not undercooked, and 3 slices, not 1 or 2. Good. Runny eggs need more bread. The tomatoes were raw, and a little hard, but nevertheless, still delicious. But yet, there was something missing. The basil perhaps not strong enough, the tomatoes perhaps not soft enough. I just can’t seem to put my finger on it. However, In comparison to what my partner in crime ate, my eggs seemed to cause a little food envy. The quinoa porridge was somewhat tasteless and a little burnt for the price on offer. However, coming back more than once, my eggs have continuously been perfectly poached with great taste and service.

The good things:
+ The menu
+ The selection of raw treats
+ The quality of the food
+ Kitchen service
+ Staff personas and willingness to help
+ The small shop attached
+ Selection of smoothies
+ Protein powders used (Raw Amazonia Co)

The not so good things:
- Lack of parking near by
– I don’t fancy dogs near me at breakfast
– Cost
– No bookings

A final note: A little hyped up, but constantly cracking good eggs. 6.5/10 </p>

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The Book Kitchen

Two Words

The Book Kitchen Menu

The Book Kitchen Menu

Let Down.
#eggsploringsydney The Book Kitchen

There is nothing I hate more than a place that is hyped up, and is then a total let down. Sometimes, I can deal with it, if there are factors of the place that are still good – but this, this, was next level bad. So much hype. “The fritters are great!” “The eggs are great!” I don’t know who these people were telling me to go here, but they’ve either never been to Perth for Brunch or they have lived in a pineapple under the sea.

Lets start with the service.
We rocked up at 9:30am on a Sunday. Fair game, it was busy. We got a table, and that was fine. But what kind of place puts a table right in front of the door? So close in fact, that the door would hit the back of my chair. Irritating to say the least. Some 5 minutes after sitting down, we received our water and our menus which were ‘oh so loving’, thrown onto our table. Pleasant staff.

Of course, this was just the beginning. I had to be the one to ask the waitress for our drinks. She frantically ran to the counter to get her pen and paper and came back looking stressed and overwhelmed. We then ordered with a different waitress, who didn’t smile once, nor seemed at all interested in her job. This was clear – because she ended up getting our orders wrong anyway. Being too scared to ask this wench of a waitress if we could move tables, we decided we would move to another table ourselves.

It took 35 minutes for our food to come.

It was cold.

And it was presented like this.

Weird.

 

And cold.

And cold.

Before we tucked into our food, we looked at the presentation and wondered who would want to make a meal look smaller and less appealing that it already was? I know what mum used to say, but sometimes, you have to play with your food.

We fixed that.

We fixed that.

Right. So, my poached eggs were cold. My bread was cold, and covered with butter, when I had asked for butter less, and my wilted spinach had been soaking in a bath tub for at least an hour. A return to the kitchen. And then, came my friends egg dish. Cold patties, and a rock hard egg. Another return to the kitchen.

Another 5 minutes passed till we received our new food. Presented just as poorly, of course.

The taste was bland. The wind was still blowing through the door. And the frantic nature of half the staff began to stress us out.

Inside the Kitchen

Inside the Kitchen

Sure. The interior is “trendy” and I love open kitchens. But I do not love rude staff. Nor do I love cold eggs. We spoke to the manager, who happened to be one of the less friendly people on the floor. We asked for a mere removal of something for our waiting period and poor food. She was not pleased. It wasn’t until I said I blogged about breakfast that she cracked a smile and apologized.

The good things:
+ Cool Interior
+ Books
+ Location

The not so good things:
– The staff
– The staff
– Oh, did I mention, the staff?
– The food – cold, and presented poorly
– The ambiance – negative, frantic staff
– The staff

A final note:
Bad Egg. 2.5/10

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The Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds of Alexandria
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I’ve been to a lot of places before coming here, but I just want to blog this one first. It just can’t wait.

WHO?

HONESTLY, WHO!? Thought of this amazing concept! The Grounds of Alexandria has it all. It’s a village. Reminding me very much of a ‘horio’, a greek village. From baked goods inside, to flowers outside, to farm animals in that corner, to bread samples in that corner, from homegrown fruit to freshly squeezed lemonade, there is nothing this place is missing. The ambiance upon entering, is just ridiculous. We came early on a Sunday morning, having been warned about how busy it gets. 8am and we were at the front a small cue. Expect this, especially on the weekends. But its worth the wait. And in the meantime, you aren’t standing there in a line. There’s a village to explore.

Let me set the scene for you. At 8am, the cheery staff are setting up their stalls in the gardens. A hello to the new folk, a hello to the regulars, the staff are smiling and are apparently not hung over like the large majority of waiters in Surry Hills. In the far back corner of the grounds, you have the infamous Alexandria Pig. Children petting and squealing with excitement that a café has farm animals and a cubby house to play in while mummy and daddy purchase their freshly baked bread. Move down the path and you are at the florist, where there are flowers are of all colours, shapes and sizes. Spend some time in here, pick up the jars, look at the homemade jams, honeys and utensils and then follow the path and enter the stalls.

 

20140629_081227Lemonade, homemade breads, fresh olives, a thousand types of homemade nuts – from honey almonds or choc macadamia, every delicious good you can think of. Desserts, everywhere, fresh strawberries, toffee apples and vibrant strawberries line the stalls as you make your way back towards the entrance of the café.

Nut party

Nut party

 

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Dessert Galore
Dessert Galore

You are never short of service at the grounds. Staff that are on the ball, and willing to help. The extensive organic menu is fantastic, allowing you to chop and change and choose your breads and sides (for those of us that are a tad fussy). The gluten free bread, is the best I have had in this fair country of ours. Homemade, well toasted, light and thick. None of this 1cm thickness crispy, tasteless powdery bread.

The Grounds Of Alexandria
The Grounds Of Alexandria

It is well priced, the food is fresh and organic. There is choice for everyone. Although I have had better eggs in my time, I was so satisfied with the hype up about this place, and that it was meeting expectations, that I hardly even noticed that my tea was bought out after my meal.

Eggalicious
Eggalicious

The only downside to the service, is that with such demand for tables, pushiness with clearing the table is evident – and leisurely chats aren’t able to held at this period of time over the weekends. Nevertheless, take away your quality coffee, which is roasted there on the grounds, and chat outside in the outdoor seating area. A place with a unique concept, has bought together a lot of different ideas together, and has bought it together well. It’s really an outing, more than a breakfast date.

The good things:
+ The ambiance
+ The activities!
+ Kid friendly
+ Fresh, Organic, On Site Produce (in meals and on sale)
+ Roasted On Site Coffee
+ The staff
+ Quick food service
+ Menu choices
+ The selection of breads, nuts, desserts
+ Flowers!

The not so good things:
– The cue
– The feel to have to get out of the restaurant quickly
– Minor details on the table missing; salt & pepper, serviettes

A final note: Take a step into a European village, this is an outing, not a 20 minute brunch date. 8.5/10
 

Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding

image

Ingredients
*1 tbsp Chia
*1 scoop isapro (vanilla protein)
*1 tsp cacao
*1 tbsp natvia
*60gm blueberries
*40gm blackberries
*1/3 cup cold water

Method
Process all ingredients, except blackberries. Place into small bowl. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Top with blackberries to serve!

Serves 1
P 30: F 5: C 15

KY Xo

Four Ate Five

Four Ate Five – 485 Crown St

Four Ate Five Interior

Four Ate Five Interior

Holy goat. Who waits in a cue at 9:30am on a Sunday morning for eggs?
I do. #eggsploringsydney

Not too long a go, my friend and I took a pleasant around Macquarie’s chair and then made our way down for Sunday brunch into Surry Hills. I’d seen this place a few months back, looked at their menu, and thought, yep. It’ll be good. And you know what? Yep, it was good.

Four Ate Five is a top quality healthy café that is next door to the infamous O Organic Produce. It seems like they are constantly competing with each other. So, who else would determine whose eggs are better? Me of course.

Poached Eggs on Soy and Linseed

Poached Eggs on Soy and Linseed

Although having to wait in a line, we were still seated where we wanted to be as soon as the doors opened. We were promptly visited with menus by the lovely bubbly waitress, who gave her recommendations on coffees and breakfast options. The menu at Four Ate Five is fantastic. A mix of good, hearty meals, whole grains, eggs, yoghurts, and all things delicious. It’s friendly vibe lets any one and any one be drawn to it. Families and pets are welcome.

After reading through the menu, I decided on my usual (because I am lame like that), while my partner in crime got a breakfast muesli – 5 seed bircher style, I had ‘eye’ food envy to say the least.

5 Grain Porridge

5 Grain Porridge

But with the taste of my breakfast, the perfect poach of my egg – I soon forgot about her bowl of berries and devoured everything on my plate. With a good selection of quality breads to choose from also, and my choice of soy and linseed, I could have eaten an entire loaf.

The café itself is very busy. Although decked out well, wooden chairs, and simplistically rustic, inside made me a little claustrophobic, so being seated outside was spot on. Service when needed, bill delivered to us, and the advice on the coffee – top notch. A hint of honey, with a long black blended with ice – there’s really nothing better. Expect a slight delay in food service, but expect nothing but the best eggs.

Almost as good as a Greek Frappe

Almost as good as a Greek Frappe

The good things
+ The food
+ The menu options
+ The look of the muffins, oh my god!
+ Gluten and lactose free friendly
+ Outdoor and indoor seating
+ The staff
+ The general happy vibes

The not so good things
– Cues
– Parking on crown st
– Dogs at my feet

A final note: Sydney eggsplorations, continue like this, and you may blow Perth out of the water. 8.5/10

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Finally!

Protein Pancakes

Protein Pancakes

I have mastered, the simplest, and easiest protein pancakes possible.

Ingredients
1/3 cup oatbran
1 scoop unflavoured or vanilla protein powder
1/2 liquid egg whites
1-2 tbsp. natvia
Cinnamon to top
Natvia to top
20g Natural Peanut Butter to top
1 kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped

Method
1. Heat fry pan
2. Mix together oat bran, egg whites, protein powder and 1-2 tbsp. natvia
3. Spoon the mixture into the fry (3 spoonfuls)
4. Flip when the pancakes  begin to bubble
5. Remove from pan when cooked, top with cinnamon, PB, natvia and kiwi fruit!

Makes 3 pancakes.
Protein; 30g
Fat; 12g
Carbs; 50g

Eggsploring Sydney

#Eggsploringsydney

MAY! Already. Welcome back to my blog. Having travelled for the last 5 months, I have now returned to Australia to continue my eggsplorations. However, this time, I am in a different city. The big apple of Oz. The city of opportunities. The one and only… Sydney.

Having moved over here, I am a little overwhelmed with the amount of organic, fresh and farm to table type cafes and brunch spots there are here. Its unbelievable! Having written out my “to go” list, I’ve made a teenee tiny little dent within the last 3 weeks, in the 50 + cafes I have to eggsplore. Plans for Syndey are the same as at home in Perth. Run a successful PT business, help as many people as I can, live life to the fullest and enjoy healthy, clean, raw, organic foods as often as possible.

However, I’m taking Running Hearts up a level here. Working out of the brand new Fitness Playground in Surry Hills, (http://www.thefitnessplayground.com.au), I’m not only going to be training people to get them fit and healthy, but I am also taking on a small business enterprise to help educate the population about our toxic environment, detoxification and the importance of it in regards to the human body. Please make welcome my new business, The Wellness Revolution Sydney. I’ll be holding free educational seminars every Thursday of June in Redfern, to share my knowledge and help people understand how our toxic environment, the foods we eat, the water we drink ,the air we breathe in, and the things we apply on our skin, affect our bodies ability to naturally burn fat, regulate mood, digestion, immune, organ function and metabolism. Not only that, but I’ll be focusing on how our blood becomes more acidic when we don’t eat organic and alkaline and how this enhances our bodies susceptibility to illness and disease. Did you know that 95% of illness and disease is lifestyle inflicted? Meaning that we have the chance to avoid them – or turn it around… Find out more at my seminars;

The Wellness Revolution Seminars

The Wellness Revolution Seminars

BUT for now, lets return to eggs.
Bondi Wholefoods, North Bondi

It’s splashed all over Instagram, it’s hashtagged all over the globe, it’s the number one hipster hyped up brunch place in Bondi – and it’s pretty decent considering every yogi and their furballs are in there from 6am, every day.

Sometimes, when a place is as busy as Bondi Wholefoods, you expect the service to be slow, and crap, and all over the place. Luckily, that isn’t the case here. Arriving at peak time on a Saturday morning at 10am, we had to wait no longer than 5 minutes for a table. A wee bit excited having come off working a cruise ship for 4 months, I found it hard to stay in my seat prior to ordering because attached the the café itself, is a small section of organic wholefoods. Reasonably priced fruits, vegetables, nuts, proteins and organic products line the shelves of Bondi Wholefoods – making it clear that this place is serious about good nutrients in what they serve. A definite plus.

Bondi Wholefoods

Bondi Wholefoods

The café is crowded, expected. Tables out the front, a small café bench as you enter, and a court yard out the back with large cushioned chairs and funky stools. Every table is cleared immediately, and the place is buzzing. Surprisingly, you don’t have to yell at each other to try and hear each other either. Even with all these people around, the waiters are still relaxed. Wearing no uniform, they are laid back, helpful, and take orders quickly. Placing your water down on the table, and ensuring you have your knives and forks ready for brunch, the staff remain chilled throughout the entire process. Even the girl at the till, who is working around the clock and trying to get the payment line smaller (and failing due to the popularity of the restaurant) is well composed and friendly.

The menu at Bondi Wholefoods is impressive. From acai bowls, to poached eggs, to quinoa porridges, raw treats, fresh salads.. its kind of hard to choose. With options for vegans and vegetarians, there’s something on the menu for everyone. Maybe not children though? It’s less of a family place and more of a “I’m growing up and in my mid 20 – 30’s lets get organic brunch” place. The pricing for Sydney is probably a tad over budget, but in comparison to Perth, it’s the eggact same. Opting for something close to my usual, I ordered two poached eggs with the tomato avocado basil smash.

Poached Eggs with Avo

Poached Eggs with Avo

Bam. 2 well poached farm fresh eggs. The avocado was ripe and substantial and the gluten free bread was good quality. Not burnt, not undercooked, and 3 slices, not 1 or 2. Good. Runny eggs need more bread. The tomatoes were raw, and a little hard, but nevertheless, still delicious. But yet, there was something missing. The basil perhaps not strong enough, the tomatoes perhaps not soft enough. I just can’t seem to put my finger on it. However, In comparison to what my partner in crime ate, my eggs seemed to cause a little food envy. The quinoa porridge was somewhat tasteless and a little burnt for the price on offer.

Eggs and Quinoa

Eggs and Quinoa

The good things:
+ The menu
+ The selection of raw treats
+ The quality of the food
+ Kitchen service
+ Staff personas and willingness to help
+ The small shop attached

The not so good things:
- Parking near by
– I don’t fancy dogs near me at breakfast
– Cost
– No bookings

A final note:

Decent, but theres better places to be hyped up about. 6.5/10
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