Lox Stock & Barrel …

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Lox Stock & Barrel is Bondi’s newest café, and the crowds they are constantly bombarded with is a testament to how excited the locals are the have a great new place to enjoy breakfast and lunch. And why wouldn’t they be? The team from my favourite haunt Brown Sugar are responsible for this NYC deli inspired, so it is no wonder they have already become a crowd favourite.

The menu looks like it belongs in a window of bistro in SoHo Manhattan, which I love. Their bread and butter, is in fact their  bread, which is freshly baked in-house each day and there are plenty of types to choose from including sourdough, bagels and soy and linseed and many more. Once you have curated your carb of choice you can pick a number of toppings like the avo smash, feta, scrambled eggs or house cured smoke salmon. I teamed my poached eggs and sourdough with a couple of potato Rostis which are served with cream cheese and a generous amount of herb coated smoked salmon. A huge, delicious way to start the day.

Next time I will be coming back to try their wagyu corned beef and pickled bloody mary – a quintessential NYC brunch meal, both of which look absolutely delicious. The coffee also hit the spot and all of these delights were enjoying in a bright, sleek and simple space which spills over into an outdoor courtyard.

The Bitter: The service was a bit sloppy, but I dined on day 3 of opening so I am sure they are running like a well oiled machine by now.

The Sweet: Fresh, seasonal ingredients and an unique menu.

The Damage: Great value – beautiful breaky and coffee for less than $20.

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.
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Healthy Lasagne Recipe….

Healthy Lasagne Recipe….
I love Italian food, I think that anyone who doesn’t it crazy or lying. But I understand that when trying to eat light and clean, pasta doesn’t go hand in hand… wrong! This recipe is a super healthy, low calorie option that allows you to have the best of both worlds – delicious comfort food with a fraction of the fat. This recipe is suitable for 6 servings, because we all know lasagne taste better the next day!
What you need:
  • 300g lean beef mince
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 can of tomato soup
  • 1 cup water
  • 250g tomato paste
  • Small tub of ricotta
  • 150g fresh spinach
  • 3 fresh lasagna sheets
  • Hand full of fresh basil
  • Parmesan

What you need to do:

Brown the mince in a large saucepan and add the minced garlic, tomato soup, half a cup of water and 150g of tomato paste and bring the pot to the boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and leave it to simmer for 30 mins, until the sauce has thickened.

Preheat the oven to 180C fan-forced. Beat the cottage cheese in a large bowl with wooden spoon until it is as smooth as silk then add the spinach and the meat sauce and mix until combined.

In a lasagna dish, spread a small amount of the meat/spinach sauce on the bottom, then place a sheet of lasagne on top, repeat until all 3 sheets are finished.

Combine the basil with the remaining tomato paste and water and pour it over the top of the lasagna and sprinkle with grated parmesan, then bake for 30 minutes.

Then, most importantly, enjoy your guilt free, low calorie lasagne…. Blessimo!

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

Brisbane’s Best Mexican….

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Dos Amigos

There are many types of Mexican, from healthy, fresh and light to the cheesy, large and filling. No one does the latter better than Dos Amigos. This Taringa restaurant was operating long before tacos became the new sushi, and were once upon a time one of the only mexican restaurants in the city. So they have had plenty of time perfecting their food and more importantly, their margaritas!

The Dos Amigos speciality is the fajitas served with a sizzling plate, but my personal preference is the chicken enchilada combo which isteamed with refried beans, spicy rice and guacamole (be sure to leave the tight fitting clothes at home!)

Dos Amigos – 185 Moggill Rd, Taringa, QLD 04068
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Tuckeria Fresh Mexican

This meal is the perfect mid-weeker meal – quick, easy, fresh and won’t break the bank. Located in the heart of the valley on Brunswick street, Tuckeria is a great meeting place before a night out and a few tummy filling meals before a few too many margaritas. Your meal is assembled right in front of you while you pick how you want your taco/salad/burrito/nachos assembled – beans, no beans, sour cream, guacamole and a variety of tender marinated meats and a spread of spicy salsas (or mild if you’re so inclined). My hot tip – the beef taco salad and a side of spicy cheese fries.

Tuckeria Fresh Mexican – Shop 13 ‘Central Brunswick’, 421 Brunswick St
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El Torito

If you want the most authentic Mexican experience in Brisbane, El Torito is where you go. Not only will you feel like you’re a native surrounded by the colourful decor throughout, the chef himself is from south of the boarder and serves dishes from his native country. You will find slow cooked beef stewed and chorizo quesadillas on the menu but for me the must-have dish is the El Torito Nachoes – generously topped with beef, chicken and beans, what more could you want?

El Torito – 146 Boundary St, West End, QLD 4101
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La Quinta Mexican Café y Bar Bulimba

La Quinta is possibly the most lively restaurant in Brisbane and is consistently packed with people and parties. If you want to celebrate a birthday, farewell or just the fact it is a Friday night – there is no better place to do so. The sangria and margaritas come by the jug full, along with many imported beers , all of which go hand in hand with the amazing menu. If you do happen to be dining with a group, book ahead and opt for one of their brilliant banquets. If not, you can never go wrong with their chilli con carn nachos.

La Quinta Mexican Café y Ba – 1/189 Oxford St – Bulimba, QLD 4171

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Guzman y Gomez Mexican

It is no wonder there is a Guzman y Gomez are popping up all over the place – they have finally mastered Mexican that is as quick as fast food but taste a million times better and is much better for you. This is a great lunch time option with most meals coming in at around $10, my personal favourite is the burrito bowl with shredded pork topped with guacamole and spicy salsa. If you’re in the valley, their big, open restaurants is perfect for a hot day with plenty of ice margaritas to cool you down.

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Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

The Longrain and the Shortgrain of it….

Sydney is heaven for foodies, with new cafes, bars, restaurants, food truck and pop ups opening daily, there is no shortage of a new place to try. But as trends come and go (and we all know how trendy Sydney-siders like to think they are), so do these determined eateries. It is rare to find a venue that stands the test of time, but one has, through GFCs and fad diets, Longrain has remained one of the hottest haunts in town. So, what better place to celebrate my blog turning 1 year old?

Cornered on Commonwealth and Hunt Street, this spicy temple of all things asian, wine and cocktails has been a favourite of near and far for over a decade. The restaurants had recently expanded over two levels to include Shortgrain Bar – a waiting spot for those desperately trying to get a seat upstairs and a lunch canteen during the day. But this is more than just a waiting room, it is a dark lit, bustling bar serving amazing cocktails including exquisite expresso martinis and Caipiroskas, their signature cocktail. To keep the hunger at bay they offer a variety of entrée style dishes such as salt and pepper cuttle fish and fried chicken wings with sweet chilli and lime.

Once your wait it is over you will be ushered up the impressive stair case into the main restaurant, once a warehouse but now a sleek, modern space made up of an impressive wine and cocktail bar and a number of long communal tables. The set up itself reflects the food’s philosophy – Asian banquets menu filled with varying textures and flavours from sweet, salty, sour and hot. The staff here are professionals and will able to design the perfect assembly of meals based on personal tastes and complimenting flavours – as well as the most suitable wine or cocktail to accompany, which of course, is of equal importance when celebrating a blog birthday.

It is imperative you start with the Betel leaf which is filled with trout, mint, green papaya and a chilli peanut relish. This little dish is packed with refreshing flavours and good inspiration for what to order next. The other highlights of the meal included the steamed pork belly with szechuan pepper pepper and Crispy skin duck lathered in a sweet fish sauce with fried eschalots, garlic, chill tumbled on top. To accompany, I recommend the fried rice, it is carefully curated, lacking any of those impurities so often found in.

The Bitter: You need to dine in big groups to experience it properly

The Sweet: That melt in your mouth pork belly – which I am sure has added some width to my own pork belly

The Damage: It will cost you a pretty penny, but you will leave full of food and beautiful booze (a cocktail or two and some wine) for around $100 a head.

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

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Shortgrain Canteen & Shop on Urbanspoon

New Year, New Beer: February…

As part of my New Year, New Beer challenge I have taken it upon myself to try 28 new beers and ciders over February….

1. Sydney bitter, SYD – good old fashion hoppy beer

2. Coopers Sparking Ale, SA – cloudy and fruity, quite refreshing

3. Big Ugly Dog, MLB – Sweet and a hint of citrus

4. Naked for Satan, MLB – this beer is almost as cool as its name

5. Hienkenin, HOL – A testament to the Dutch, they can do more than smoke!

6. Tooheys New, AUS – It is getting old… but a golden oldy

7. Cheeky Rascale Pear Cider – Good not great – taste more like a beer

8. Peroni, ITA – Italians beer is as good as their food and men!

9. Tooheys Super Dry, AUS – As the name suggests, it is pretty dry

10. Cusquena, Peru – Fizzy and refreshing

11. Peroni Red, ITA – just like Peroni, only red

12. Little Creatures Pilsner, WA– tasty, not prefer to the paler ale of theirs

13. The Grifter – a hard to find, delicious pale ale

14. Dirty Granny, AUS – an apple cider on the bitter side, just the way I like it

15. Hahn Super Dry , AUS– as the name suggests, it is super dry

16. Whistler Larger, CNA – A larger, the Canadian way eh!

17. Fat Yak Pale Ale – Taste better than the name sounds

18. Crown Larger, AUS – not for me, at all.

19.  Kirin, JAP – The Japanese are genius, love it!

20. Cascade Premium Light, TAS – a light, basic beer, perfect for the responsible

21. Kopperberg Pear Cider – the perfect peary drink for a Sunday hangover

22. James Boags Premium Larger, AUS – largers have their place, just not in my mouth

23. VB, AUS – or as I like to call, Bogan’s milk

24. Budvar, CHZ – crisp refreshing beer, just like the weather in Prague

25. Trumer, AUS – a German pilsner beer made by the Austrians

26. Tui, NZ – Stale – Kiwis version of VB

27. Stinlarger, NZ – Crisp, clean and full of flavour.

28. Monteith’s Apple Cider – The perfect way to end the month – delicious!

Until next month…..

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.