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Best Salads in Bondi Beach ….

Best Salads in Bondi Beach ….

Best salad in bondi beach

Summer is a comin’ and if I know one thing for sure, it is that beer battered chips and burgers do not make for a good bikini body (god damn it!). So, here is a list of some beach-friendly salads around Bondi’s beach ….

Smoked Trout – Lox Stock and Barrel

This salad is as colourful as it is delicious. Rocket, mint, zucchini, cabbage and shaved fennel create a light and crunchy base with wedges of beetroot and crunchy candied walnuts adding to the texture. The warm, flaky trout is cooked to perfection with the honey buttermilk dressing lightly coating the ingredients to bring it all together.

Chicken Caesar – Le Paris Go

Sometimes the basic meals are the best meals. This salad is a standard Caesar with crunchy cos lettuce covered in a creamy dressing with Parmesan, bacon and juicy grilled chicken stirred through with a boiled egg on top. Crisp, creamy, filling and delicious.

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Meat Ball Salad – The Shop

These huge, plump meat balls are served with melted cheddar on stop and a leafy green salad in the middle with a generous helping of avocado. This is the epitome of a balanced meal – comfort food teamed with a bunch of healthy greens.

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Sashimi Salad – Soy Japanese

Leafy greens mixed with the signature Japanese salad of silky seaweed noodles make up bulk of the dish with thinly sliced sashimi of tuna, king fish, tuna and prawn on top drizzled in a miso sauce. Light, cold, fresh and healthy.

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Brown Sugar Salad – Brown Sugar

Roasted pumpkin and beetroot with crispy polenta tossed with lentils and goat’s cheese tumbled together and dressed with balsamic. The option is there to add a range of extras – the grilled chicken or haloumi get my vote.

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Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

Best Bloody Mary Recipe …

Best Bloody Mary Recipe …

Bloody Mary recipe

If you’re feeling hungover or after a cocktail that isn’t sickly sweet… Bloody Mary is the drink for you.

What you need:
4 cups tomato juice
1/2 cup vodka
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup ice cubes
4 celery sticks
Tabasco sauce to taste
Ledge of lemon
Cracked pepper on top
A pinch of sea salt

What you need to do:
Combine the juice, vodka, tabasco and Worcestershire sauce in a jug.
Place plenty of ice in each cup with with a celerey stalk and wedge of line then pour the cocktail in
Crack pepper on top and add a pinch of salt.

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

Coogee Pavilion …

Coogee Pavilion …

 

Merivale have done it again – another stroke of genius and another stunning venue.

The Pavilion is HUGE and located right next to the beach at Coogee, a suburb desperate for a good restaurant and bar.

Whether you’re looking for a lazy brunch, a place to hang out with your kids or some cool afternoon cocktails, The Pavilion has it all. Out the back there is a floor to ceiling scrabble game, board games and ping pong tables – the ideal games room and kids entertainment area. Along the beach side of the restaurant there is a standing bar, to the left a huge open kitchen, in the middle an abundance of dining areas and an old school pizza oven, and the front of the restaurant is home to Sydney’s busiest coffee cart.

The menu features over 10 pizzas which are made from fresh dough served thin, crisp and full of flavour. Unsurprisingly seafood is also a big focus on the menu featuring fresh oysters, classic fish and chips, sashimi plates and lobster rolls. The salads read well, but were a little underwhelming.

There is  only one coffee machine being serviced by two manic baristas serving all the patrons dining in and taking away, so if you’re in a rush or desperate for a coffee I would go elsewhere as you will probably receive your coffee 30-45mins after you order it. The meals also come out when they are ready so you might be finishing your meal by the time others are getting started – not helped by the fact the the staff are likely to kick you off your table to make room for another booking. But they will be incredibly polite about it, the staff were incredibly friendly, end when they have red wine accidentally spilled all over them.

All flaws aside, Coogee Pavilion is the perfect place for a post-beach beer – I am definitely looking forward to more visits over summer.

The bitter: The wait time to get seated and then the wait for the food and coffee
The sweet: The interiors and set up – it is the ultimate place to settle in an afternoon after the beach
The damage: Pretty standard – main meals range from $20-$30 each.

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

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Review: The Crown Metropol ….

Review: The Crown Metropol ….

Metropol

Southbank is a great alternative if your visiting Melborune to explore the city because you get to admire the views of the city and other Melbourne landmarks like Flinders Street station, the Yarra River and Federation Square from your room. Crown has plenty of hotel options in close proximity to their casino which is home to some of the biggest names in Australia’s restaurant scene (Rockpool, Spice Temple and Heston Blumenthal ‘s Fat Duck to open there soon).  The best thing about the Metropol is that it is brand spanking new as far as hotels go, so no feeling like you stepped back in time into a bad 80’s movie set here. The views are incredible, especially if you are awake for the sunrise and watching the hot air balloons descend over the CBD.

The service: Professional and friendly
The food:  Fantastic. Not just your normal room service here, you can order selected items from the resort’s restaurant menus and the breakfast buffet is -Off. The. Charts.
The rooms: Generous with space, open bathroom lay out with separate toilet and showers with an open large bath tub, a good variety of magazines and TV channels. Great modern design, natural light and comfortable interiors, definitely a room you want to spend a bit of time in.
Amenity: my favourite part of staying at the Metropol is doing early morning laps in their roof top pool with double height ceilings with views spanning across the city. The roof top bar and gym are also get the nod of approval from me – nothing better than working out and drinking on top of the world.
The Lobby: Huge, grand, modern and it features a stunning piece of colourful art I would love in my own home.
Best for: Work travel or Melbourne weekender.

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

Top 100 Best Things to do in New York

Top 100 Best Things to do in New York

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Just like the tacky tourist mugs and t-shirts say – I HEART NYC! After living there once (very briefly) and visiting many times, I never get sick of the city that never sleeps. Here is a list of 100 of the best things to do in the Big Apple (in no particular order) and a few what not to do’s:

1. Have a boozy brunch at Clinton Street Baking House

2. Have a day of eating at Eataly

3. Walk around the Guggenheim
4. Go ice skating at Rockefeller or Central Park
5. Go bowling at Brooklyn Bowl
6. Walk down Fifth Avenue
7. Watch (or play) street basketball at Riverside Park
8. Marvel at the art at the Met
9. Take a step back in time at the Natural History Museum
10. Walk the highline
11. Sit on your lap top at the Ace Hotel lobby
12. Catch the subway… you never know what will happen
13. Bar hop in the Lower East Side
14. Go to tranny bingo at Lips
15. Row a boat in Central Park
16. Go to Yankee Stadium and watch a game
17. Kayak on the Hudson River
18. Have high tea at the Plaza
19. Walk done Madison Avenue
20. Wonder through the Chelsea markets
21. Go shopping in the meat packing district
22. Have a cocktail at the Boom Boom room at sunset
23. Have a cheese burger at the Standard Grill
24. Have afternoon drinks at the Frying Pan boat bar
25. Go to the Chelsea Pier driving range
26. Get a chopper ride around Manhattan
27. Pick up a bargain at the Brooklyn flea market
28. Go op shopping in Brooklyn
29. Have a drink at the Wythe Hotel roof top bar
30. Wonder the cobble stone streets of West Village
31. See live comedy at the Comedy Cellar
32. Go to the top of the Rockafeller
33. See a Broadway show
34. Cycle around central park
35. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge
36. Have a picnic in Central Park
37. Gallery hop around Chelsea
38. Go shopping in Soho
39. Have lunch at the Boat House
40. Eat a gyro platter from the Halal guys
41. Get a massage at Okuyama Bodywork
42. Watch an outdoor movie at Bryant Park
43. Eat a slice of cheese pizza at Joe’s
44. Eat Mexican at La Esquina
45. Take a street art tour of Bushwick
46. Eat a rack of ribs at Dinosaur kitchen
47. Taste some beer at Brooklyn Brewery
48. Go to the big apple block party
49. Get drunk at a dive bar
50. Watch a game or concert at Madison Square garden
51. Volunteer at the Eagle Street Roof Top Farm
52. Go for a swim at the Equinox Printing Room roof top pool
53. Take a break and the Elevated Arce
54. Check out the old city hall subway station
55. Pay your respects at the 9/11 memorial
56. Drink beer at the movies at Nitehawk cinema
57. Eat a sandwich a pastrami at Katz Deli
58. Eat a cream cheese bagel at Murray’s bagels
59. Do sunset yoga in Fort Tryon Park
60. Eat dinner at Baltazar
61. Eat a burger at The Spotted Pig
62. Have lunch at ABC kitchen
63. Stay at The Standard Hotel
64. Admire The Frick collection at The Met
65. Explore the up and coming art scene in Dumbo
66. Drink at a college bar in Union Square
67. Go to a gay bar on Christopher Street
68. Eat dumpling’s at Ping’s Seafood, China Town
69. Eat tacos from the El Ray del Taco food truck
70. Grab a book and a coffee at Housing Works Book Store
71. Eat Sushi at Nobu
72. Spend the night at the Crosby Hotel
73. Have a coffee at Toby’s Estate
74. Go to the underground Apple store
75. Play on the giant key board at FAO Schwartz
76. Hit the d-floor at Brass Monkey
77. Eat meatballs at the meatball shop
78. Eat lunch at Pastsis
79. See a gig at terminal 5 or Radio City Music Hall
80. Go to MOMA
81. Buy designer fashion from a consignment store
82. Eat a cronut from Dominque Ansel Bakery
83. Make dumplings at Brooklyn Brainey’s cooking school
84. Take a Tribeca loft tour
85. Hail a yellow cab
86. Go to the Tenement Museum
87. Admire the view from 230 Fifth
88. Eat a cup cake from Mongolia Bakery
89. Take the aerial tram to Roosevelt Island
90. See jazz at the Village Vanguard
91. Eat a pretzel or hotdog off the street
92. Catch a train from Grand Central
93. Go on the roller coast at Coney Island
94. Admire the Statue of Liberty
95. Go to the top of the Empire State Building
96. Ride the Wall Street bull
97. Spend an afternoon drinking at Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
98. Walk the streets of Little Italy
99. People watch… anywhere!
100. Have a sleepless night in the city that never sleeps.

3 things NOT to do:

1.  Go to Time Square – It looks just like the photos, don’t waste your time
2. Go to Mid-town – boooooring
3. Ride the horses in central park – horses don’t belong in the CBD, don’t encourage it!

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

P.S Send me any I missed!

Sydney’s Best Bakeries

Sydney’s Best Bakeries

IMG_6821As people are becoming more food conscious (aka food snobs), we have seen the demise of Brumbies and the rise of gourmet bakeries. You won’t hear any complaints from me; I will take a gourmet pie over a 4 and 20 any day of the week. Here are my top picks for Sydney’s best bakeries.

Bourke Street Bakery
This bakery opened its flagship store in Surry Hills but has opened up 8 more since. Why? Because everything they bake is bloody delicious. Must order item: The lamb, rosemary and harissa sausage roll.
Bourke Street Bakery on Urbanspoon
Bourke Street Bakery on Urbanspoon

Luxe
Luxe was once a Newtown institution is now a well-loved bakery chain in the eastern suburbs. Must order item: the banana bread, toasted with butter of course.
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Sonoma
Their bread is good enough for top restaurants around Sydney, so it is good enough for me. They do a damn good coffee too. Must order item: the miche loaf toast.
Sonoma Bakery Café on Urbanspoon
Sonoma Bakery Cafe on Urbanspoon

Iggy’s
This bread is so good that you’re unlikely to get your hands on any before midday because it sells like hot potatoes (or hot bread in this case). Must order item: The sourdough, good enough to eat on its own.
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The Tin Pin Bakery
This cosy little hole in the wall has become a bustling hot spot for breakfast and lunch with cabinets full of prepare sandwiches, gourmet pies and breads. Must order item: The gluten free loaf.
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La Banette Pâtisserie
You can’t walk past this place without being in awe of the beautiful tarts and pastries. Must order item: The almond croissant.

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Brasserie Bread
Organic sourdough geniuses and suppliers to top tier restaurants, these guys know how to bake! Must order item: the olive and rosemary loaf.
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Central Baking Depot
This quaint little bakery doesn’t look like your typical CBD Café, but that is exactly where it is. Must order item: Pancetta & gruyere cheese quiche.

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Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.