All posts tagged: brunch

Lavender Chia Pots

Winter is definitely coming in Melbourne, these pitch black mornings are a killer to wake up to aren’t they? It is my belief that in winter breakfasts need to be carefully planned, I’m talking about doing as much as you can the night before so you can snooze that alarm and stay in bed until the very last minute without compromising on flavor or benefits, so this recipe is a guaranteed winner, introducing our Lavender Chia Pots. Make these the night before and voila your looking at your main reason to throw yourself out of bed in the morning. An ideal healthy breakfast rich in nutrients and nourishing goodness. There’s a reason chia seeds are as popular as they are, they’re high in fibre and a great source of anti-inflammatory properties, did you know they actually contain more potassium than bananas? But my absolute favorite thing about this recipe is using Lavender. Everyone knows how relaxing Lavender is, so imagine how calming it is to our body when we eat it? It is infamous for its …

24hours in NYC: Food itinerary

24 hours in New York what’s your plan? I’m not talking a trip up the Top of the Rock, I’m talking about where are you going to eat? It is my firm belief that all great plans begin, feature and end with a great meal, so if this sounds like your kind of itinerary then I think we are going to get along just fine. I’m thinking: 1 city – 24 hours – 3 meals = 3 amazing restaurants to visit? Let’s cut straight to the chase, there’s food involved and we never mess around with restaurants. These three are my favorite places I have visited in the last two weeks so I promise you they will not disappoint. Just prepare yourself for a busy day and make sure you’re wearing baggy trousers (think Joey from Friends in his Thanksgiving pants) and don’t worry if you feel guilty after I have just the solution: you can work it off the next day at a Trapeze class? I have literally thought of everything. Now get to …

Where to eat in New York: GF & Vegetarian

Did you know that this month is National Celiac Awareness Month? No? I’ll be honest I didn’t either until the other week. Ooops – And it’s something I really should get behind more – I mean jesus we need all the extra help we can get if we plan on ever eating a meal in a restaurant that isn’t a salad. It’s like being continuously punished for your health issues because apparently missing out on pizza just isn’t quite punishment enough. Thank fully times they are a changing and everyone is slowly cottoning on to allergy issues and providing more options to cover everyone, thank god. Before I moved here from Melbourne I think I googled top restaurants before I even researched tourist attractions, I mean a girl needs to have her priorities in order right? So in honour of Celiac month here is a roundup of my favourite GF/vegetarian restaurants I have found in New York so far: Fig and Olive Helen and I went here one night solely because it was the name of the restaurant we …

Tall Timber

Nothing makes a good Sunday without a decent Brunch date included, it should become a obligatory rule for every weekend without question. Seriously I literally love nothing more than waking up nice and early, throwing on some workout clothes and skipping breezily past someone doing the walk of shame and then just walking around the Botanical Gardens or along the beach until my stomachs growling like a feral animal and it’s time to feast. Sounds pretty perfect right? If anythings going to put you in a good mood for the day I think this has to be it and just think by the time you’ve exercised and eaten most people haven’t even managed to crawl out of bed. So you can feel nice and smug as you consider making Tall Timber you’re next Melbourne breakfast spot… This little cafe kept popping up all over the place until we finally decided it was a sign and since we’d only heard good things it would be silly not to see what it had to offer. It’s pretty small …

Little Big Sugar Salt

7 weeks away from our self challenged Melbourne Brunch mission simply means we have 7 weeks of breakfasts to make up for and after almost 2months of suspicious omelettes and banana pancakes I think a Smashed Avo is more than deserved. A quick Instagram stalk later and Sunday morning a tired and hangry Jonny was being dragged up Chapel Street to Little Big Sugar Salt. The night before the girls and I had one of our dinner dates, the first since I’d returned and somehow that one drink we all promised shockingly somehow turned into a few bottles, being the last table in the restaurant and finally being asked to leave. Ooops. And I don’t drink, one drink hits me the equivalent of a full on bender and I had TWO glasses…so lets just say when we arrived at LBSS and had a not unexpected 15 minute wait there was no way I was loitering anywhere without a large coffee firmly glued to my hand, don’t quite agree with my latte on this one though, …

Canggu, Bali

If Kuta was the drunk-party girl, Ubud is the hippy saving-the-whales artist so Canggu is the effortlessly cool friend you want to hate but you just can’t. This place is undoubtedly Bali’s hottest neighbourhood right now. With amazing health cafes, yoga and surf camps and an actual decent cup of coffee, without all the usual touristy crap this is somewhere you can’t help but fall in love with. I mean Jonny had to forcibly remove me eventually, I didn’t want to leave, he fully made me. Blame him. Don’t expect much culture and variety in this post, I warn you straight up it’s all about the food today. You are literally spoilt for choice for places to eat here, it’s a foodies dream, it’s my dream. More importantly after drowning in Nasi Gorengs and fish BBQs finally I was looking at menus with actual gluten free options where a salad wasn’t just shredded carrot and a cucumber on a lettuce leaf. The vibe here is very chilled and effortlessly cool, probably something to do with everyone being a surfer or a yoga teacher, but the best thing …

Banana, Blueberry & Avocado Smoothie

Like everyone, I am obsessed with juices and smoothies at the moment. Every morning after yoga we make one for Breakfast. It’s so quick and easy to throw something together when you’re in a rush and even better it’s so good for you because it’s packed full of nutrients. This recipe is one of my favourites and it’s a classic,  some might say boring but why does that have to mean it’s bad? Why overcomplicate something that works perfectly well. It’s simple it’s tasty and being Potassium deficient the combination of avocado and banana is a real life saver. What you’ll need – – banana – avocado – frozen berries (we use blueberries) – dollop of Greek yoghurt – decent glug of apple juice then blend all together. And Voila. What’s more this is the perfect recovery smoothie with it’s anti- inflammatory qualities. Just what you need to get all your vitamins and minerals in one easy go without the heavy meal. Perfect for Breakfast after exercise this will keep you going all morning. What do you think?  Do you prefer this one or our …

Feast of Merit

As much as I love brunch and trust me I really do, it does get a little bit samey. I mean lets be honest, you’re guaranteed the same breakfast favourites in some shape and form no matter where you go. And that industrial look and vibe is becoming so over used it’s almost losing it’s value and that’s a shame because when a cafe does it right it’s golden. However our little breakfast outing this weekend to Feast of Merit was a refreshing change. For starters it offers a Middle Eastern inspired twist on breakfast. Intriguing right. And we loved the decor, lots of distressed wood, plants, window seats and big windows flooding the place with light. And it didn’t look overdone. Keep talking… Unusually for a Sunday around 9ish it was eerily empty. Embarrassingly we were the first and only ones there but no need to worry they all started trickling in soon after we received our coffees and Virgin Mary’s. It’s become a breakfast staple. I enjoyed my soy latte so much I …

Lucky Penny

It’s creeping scarily quickly into winter here in Melbourne. Something I never thought we’d have to face after escaping the tropical climates of England, definitely not what we signed up for on the big Aus adventure… I’ve decided I’m one of those people who has that seasonal mood thing. It gets cold. I get miserable. I’d literally avoid any evening activity if it meant staying in the warmth of my bed. Wild I know. The other night Jonny dragged me kicking and screaming out of the flat for dinner. I hadn’t been feeling too good and we were both in one of those annoying moods where we couldn’t decide what we fancied or make a decision to save our lives but it was way to cold to walk up and down looking for somewhere, not if Jonny wanted an enjoyable evening anyway. Thankfully Lucky Penny is close enough to endure the frostbite and they opened up last week in the evenings with little share plates and more importantly a cheeseboard. We’ve popped in here a …

Baked Eggs in Avocado

It’s simple really, you can’t beat eggs and you definitely can’t beat avocado so putting the two together has dream brunch written all over it, so just make this dish at the weekend and you can thank us later. This is a fail safe recipe. Tasty, looks the part and involves minimal effort. Top marks for Jonny for rustling this up for us the other day. He even did his and hers versions, such a good egg… What you’ll need – 1 avocado – 2 eggs – bunch of asparagus – mushrooms – (optional chorizo) – basil What you’ll need to do – Grill the asparagus on a baking tray with a good drizzle of oil and salt (roughly 15 minutes) – Meanwhile, Cut the avocado in half and scoop just enough out the centre of each just to fit an egg – Flip the Avocado halves over and cut a small piece of the skin away so that they will sit without rolling around – Season with salt and place on a baking tray – Break an egg …