I have to admit, being a food blogger is awesome! Being invited to some of Sydney’s newest cafes to try out their favourite dishes, experimenting with food photography, and of course eating all the time – what could be better?
Well, it does have its downfalls. I love food and I love eating, but Sydney’s food trends tend to revolve around freak shakes, and burgers, and doughnuts – but rarely clean, wholesome food. So maintaining a balanced diet can be so difficult. Lately I have been experimenting with healthier food options, food that is for one tasty, but also nourishing. So, I thought I would share one of my favourite smoothie bowl recipes with you.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl
You will need
For the muesli
- 1 cup oats
- 1/3 cup puffed rice
- 2 Tbsp desiccated coconut
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
For the smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup rice milk
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp peanut butter
- 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
- 5 cubes of ice
- Mix all the dry ingredients for the muesli together, then add the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
- Add a thin layer to a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes at 180 degrees celsius, or until golden.
- leave to cool while you make the smoothie.
- For the Smoothie, add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add to a bowl and decorate with muesli and whatever else you wish. I added melted sugar-free chocolate, banana, mango and some goji berries.
- Enjoy the guilt free goodness!
Kelly’s Bar and Grill is a South African-style restaurant located on level 6 of Bondi Junction Westfield. Now, don’t be put off by Kelly’s location, as this spot had city views! Level 6 of Westfield Bondi Junction is a foodies dream – some of the best spots including Bondi Pizza, San Churro and New Shanghai all in the one location, overlooking Sydney’s city and Bondi.
Ohh my inner asian was thrilled to discover that Hello Kitty Diner had opened at the Chatswood Interchange.
I don’t know about you guys, but i’m a huge fan of novelty restaurants – always have been! My first experience of a novelty restaurant, and one in which I hold a high opinion of is Xerts Restaurant. Xerts was a family friendly restaurant that was set out to look like a spaceship. You started by ‘lifting off’ in a spaceship (aka the lift). Once you reached the top, you entered the inside of a spaceship that hovered around the milky way. The restaurant boasted futuristic elements with diner style tables and a computer in your booth to order your food. Now please note, this restaurant was huge in 2000, so computers to order your food on was out of this world – literally! However now that isn’t anything out of the ordinary. This restaurant was a sure treat to visit and was my childhood fave!
So as you can see, getting the chance to visit the Hello Kitty Diner was totally up my street and brought out my inner child, and inner asian! The seating, like Xerts, was booth style, and resembled that of an american diner. The restaurant had pink elements everywhere, it almost looked like the air was pink! The food was american diner inspired as well, with an asian flair. For instance, there was a Korean fried chicken burger with kimchi slaw, or sweet potato chips with miso mayo. The miso mayo was divine, delectably savoury, with a hint of sweetness.
I ordered what I had seen floating around Instagram – the Hello Kitty waffle with fried chicken and maple syrup. I was a skeptic at first, sweet dessert, with fried ‘dinner food’ didn’t seem like a match made in heaven. However I was pleasantly surprised to find that this dish was so delicious, and perfectly balanced – worth going back for! I wasn’t a fan of the sweet potato fries however, they were sogy and lacked that moorish crunch. Furthermore, the Hello Kitty Diner soda was way too sweet with no flavour, dont order it!
The burgers were okay, just standard burgers cooked well, with a soft brioche bun, nothing to really rave on about. However I do want to go back to try that Korean fried chicken burger that I mentioned before, as their fried chicken and waffles was delicious.
All in all, go check this place out, its cute, well priced and
Xerts Restaurant, Darling Harbour
Hello Kitty Diner, Chatswood Interchange
Who would have thought that the new ‘hipster’ style cafe’s would branch out of the city and into the suburbs? What’s more is who would have thought that they would branch out into The Hills! Being a Hills girl myself, I have never been proud of the cafe’s that we have on offer out here, and always opted to travel closer to the city to meet friends. However, 2015 has brought a new wave of gorgeous, trendy cafe’s into this area, where people are traveling from all over Sydney to get to – I know, crazy!
One of these so called ‘hipster’ cafe’s is The Tuckshop in Glenhaven. I had heard people talking about how cool this place was for a long time, with its crate seating, bright vibrant interior and of course their delicious food; burgers, breakfast and the like!
So of course, with nothing to do on a Tuesday morning, and being my hangry self, I dragged myself out of bed and headed five minutes down the road to The Tuckshop to check out whether it matched up to some of my Eastern suburbs – favourite places!
And alas – it did indeed! The Tuckshop brought Glenhaven rd alive for the first time ever! The place was full of young people desperate for a fancy feed. Seating sprawled out into the back courtyard, and onto the side of the cafe, and featured an almost picnic feel. The menu’s were set on the wall for people to help themselves, which gave the place even more of a ‘tuckshop’ vibe. What I loved about the menu was that everything was available all day – even breakfast which was awesome as even though I had slept in, I could still go for what I was craving, muesli.
The toasted muesli ($12) was actually really good, very sweet, however balanced by the natural yogurt. The serving was also very generous! I also (surprisingly) loved the coffee!
All in all, every one should go check this place out, I will definitely be a regular!!
And last thing – it isn’t the city and I cannot care less!
The Tuckshop Cafe
Shop 1/78 Glenhaven Road, Glenhaven NSW 2156, Australia
+61 2 8850 5549
Via Napoli is a cult favourite restaurant, and one of my personal favourites as well! Set along Longueville rd in Lane Cove, its location is unassuming, but the quality of the food here is outstanding! Friarielli from the foot hills of Mt Vesuvius and buffalo mozarella flown in fresh from Naples – it is definitely no comparison to the local pizza shop!
A crisp, cold Saturday morning, with all the family at home definitely was calling for a brunch date at Wild Pear Cafe. Wild Pear is one of my favourite breakfast spots, with its quiet setting amongst the farms of beautiful Dural!
Each time I visit, it is a must that I order the bacon and Avocado stack with chilli jam. Such a simple dish, but so tasty and generous. What I love about Wild Pear is that it is value for money! The serving sizes are huge, but they do not compromise on flavour and quality! I would also go as far as to say that they have some of the best coffee in Sydney. I definitely recommend visiting Wild Pear, especially for breakfast, its worth the drive all the way out to Dural!