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To Bowral

September 24, 2014 · 0 comments

Bowral Station sign

Went on a bit of an adventure (or epic journey) on Monday to go to Bowral for a job interview.

Train Ticket Bowral
ZOMG check it out, it’s a paper ticket!

Reasoning with myself that the $8.60 in train fare was about half of what the TOLL ROADS would cost me to get there, let alone petrol and having to stay awake for the journey, I got to Fassifern before 6am for the three trains there and three trains back.

Trainlink NSW purple train carriages to Newcastle

Settled in for a nap on the first leg, hoping all my connections would line up – which they did! Including the revelation that “Panania” is a place, and that people get excited to be getting on diesel trains, especially oldies on their excursion tickets who ignore the “quiet carriage” signage.

NSW Trainlink Cityrail diesel train at Bowral station

The interview was a couple of kilometres walk from the station, but as you see my feet were prepared (with heels to slip into on arrival!)

Daffodils Bowral

Springtime has certainly hit! With the gardens and wildflowers (weeds! and wanderers!) blooming

Daffodils Bowral

Wild flower bowral

flow bowral

red flower bowral

I got a tad pink from the sun, but it was lovely to be out :)

train board bowral clock

I had a latish lunch at Janecks Cafe and Bar

Courgette and Haloumi Breakfast fritters

Courgette and Haloumi fritters (all day breakfast menu – $17) and a lovely local Riesling!

All fuel for the epic journey home…

Janeks Cafe and bar
4/14 Wingecarribee St Bowral NSW 2576
(02) 4861 4414

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Product Talk by Nuffnang

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets

I was sent a couple of boxes of Uncle Toby’s Quick Oats Sachets via Nuffnang to have a try of and tell you about.

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets
Creamy Honey. With extra sugar cos they weren’t for me

I’ve been eating oats in winter forever. I’ll put it up front, that I prefer just getting plain oats or plain quickoats and doing them in the microwave with milk and (preferably brown) sugar. But since the world is all about convenience, I’ve had these sorts of things sitting in my draw at work for a post gym breakfast or a warm afternoon snack.

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets

So, what do I like about these and their flavours?

I like the built in measuring cup on the sachet! No more guesstimating or rummaging for a certain cup measure to add the milk with. After that you only need to stir and whack it in the microwave for 90 seconds. Easy peasy.

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets

Apple and Cinnamon was my favourite flavour. But then, cinnamon is great, right?

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets

The apple and honey was the boring one… it needed way more apple to be able to notice it under the honey. If I’d had apples on hand, I probbly would have put half an apples worth of slices on it.

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets

The raspberry highlights in the last one was a pleasant surprise.

So, how do you cook your oats? Does something easy like this appeal to you?

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Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Cutest Babycinos Ever ($1 each)

Went for a late lunch /slash afternoon tea with the family for my birthday. Cupcakes and babycinos for the kids, cake and coffee for my Mum and sister, and meals for B and I because I couldn’t face cake, and hadn’t had lunch…

Birthday Arvo Tea @ HippoBirthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Cute Cupcakes

Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
My awesome chicken burger – $18

Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
The insides – chicken, tomato, cheese, lettuce, aioli, avocado

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Bruce’s eggs benedict and slushy

Birthday Arvo Tea @ HippoBirthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Go Bombers!!!

Hippo Espresso
468 The Esplanade,
Warners Bay NSW 2282
(02) 4948 0800

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Caught up for Brunch with my Mum the other week, and I have to say I love places that do an all day breakfast menu. This meant I could get these wonderful fritters after midday when Mum was ready for a wrap :)

bella beans
Corn fritters with roasted tomato, guacamole and sour cream, $13

bella beans
Turkey, cranberry and avo wrap with nummy chips, $13.

Top that off with some really yum coffees. :D

Bella Beans
450 The Esplanade, Warners Bay NSW 2282
(02) 4947 4999

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Slowly slowly, cafes and restaurants on the Central Coast and Newcastle and venturing beyond having a single vegetarian item on the menu, and giving options for those who don’t want meat in every meal. Admittedly, most are still full of cheese and/or mushrooms (which is okay until your vegetarian date doesn’t like mushroom, or your friend is vegan) but they are getting there.

Here are a few (cheesy – so glad I’m back on the dairy, though my waistline might not be) vego options I’ve had over the past couple of weeks.

The Spot, Beaumont Street HamiltonThe Spot, Beaumont Street Hamilton

From The Spot on Beaumont Street, Hamilton: Corn and Feta Fritters with Mushroom, spinach and tomato relish. Oh so yum!

Vege Nachos

From Cafe Pennoz in the Tuggerah Business Park: Vege Nachos. I had time to kill at work one day so I treated myself.

vegetarian pizza , hungry wolf, Terrigal

From Hungry Wolf’s Pizza, Terrigal: Dom’s Special (Cheese, tomato, mushrooms, onion, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, olives, garlic and chilli (optional) – minus the mushrooms and chili. It’s always a nice little delight to get artichoke on something. Way back when I worked in Tuggeranong (not to be confused with Tuggerah), there was a cafe downstairs at Homeworld that sold an amazing vegetarian foccacia with roast Mediterranean veges which I loved… and made me realise that I did like artichoke (from a jar anyway!).

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Friday night dinner – Santorini, Terrigal

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Souvlaki!!!!

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Moussaka

Saturday Breakfast – Caffe Jam, East Gosford

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Bacon and Egg Roll – simple just good

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Mushroom “bruschetta” – maybe too much mushroom!

Saturday Dinner – Tali plate at Royal Sweets Blacktown

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Sunday afternoon tea – Chocolates del Mondo, Burwood

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Tropical Sundae – with mango and passionfruit icecreams :)

Sunday Dinner – Cafe Bello, Westfield Burwood

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HUGE seafood marinara.

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Vege burger

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Saturdays are for Eating

October 20, 2012 · 5 comments

Breakfast at Hippo, Warners Bay

Hippo Espresso Warners Bay

A surprisingly nice combo of fruits – no kiwi to pick out!

Hippo Espresso Warners Bay

Spanish Omellette

Hippo Espresso Warners Bay

Hippo Munch

And lunch at Bella Natural Food Co, Terrigal

Bella Terrigal

Gorgeous rice salad

Bella Terrigal

Quinoa, lentil and chick pea salads

Bella Terrigal

Dips with Turkish Bread

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Frankie's Place, Darby Street

Sunday morning breakfast with some of my nearest, dearest, and fittest (! they all did Tough Mudder, and lived through it, 3 weeks ago!) high school friends.

Frankie's Place, Darby Street

Home made baked beans with poached eggs for Rish (similar, but not the same as Lisa had last time I was there for a meal)

Frankie's Place, Darby Street

My mushrooms, spinach, tomato and aoli on gluten free toast.

Frankie's Place, Darby Street

Avo on toast for Amanda.

Frankie's Place, Darby Street

Benedict and bacon for Phil.

Frankie's Place, Darby Street

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Newcastle

Newcastle springs. Been a little while since I’ve lived through one, but I remember now, too hot in the sun for a jumper, but the second the clouds come in with that strong wind, the jumper is back on again in an instant. Always carry one, something light, black, and tied around your handbag.

(which is my advice for a Canberra summer evening, btw)

Estabar

Sunday morning brunch at Estabar, out in the sunshine. A coffee to perk me up.

Estabar

Avocado, lemon and feta from the special’s board, with gluten free toast. Notice how they’ve figured out us food bloggers and instagrammers???

Estabar

Breakfast beans and feta with sourdough for Rish.

Estabar

Pear and walnut bread.

Some nice light brekkies to start our Sunday :)

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Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

Newcastle turned on the sunshine for our friends visiting from Canberra over the weekend.

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

A little different to the -4 overnight they’d come from!

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

We took them out for breakfast at Merewether Surfhouse Cafe, making it there 10 mins before the 11:30am cutoff for ordering breakfast.

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

(they were out of polenta, which is understandable given the late order, but I was very happy with what I got in its place!)

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

Vittoria Coffee is such a Newcastle thing… This was perfect. They initially mixed up Angel’s coffee order, but were happy and helpful in sorting it out :)

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

Rish and I went for a couple of Vegetarian options:

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

Sweet corn fritters for him, which he thoroughly enjoyed

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

And Portobello mushrooms with feta for me. Mmm…

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

Angel went the Benedict,
And Aqua the Big Breakfast:

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

Gorgeous views! :)

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