Went on a bit of an adventure (or epic journey) on Monday to go to Bowral for a job interview.
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.
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.
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!)
Springtime has certainly hit! With the gardens and wildflowers (weeds! and wanderers!) blooming
I got a tad pink from the sun, but it was lovely to be out :)
I had a latish lunch at Janecks Cafe and Bar
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
Product Talk by Nuffnang
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.
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.
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.
Apple and Cinnamon was my favourite flavour. But then, cinnamon is great, right?
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.
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?
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…
My awesome chicken burger – $18
The insides – chicken, tomato, cheese, lettuce, aioli, avocado
Bruce’s eggs benedict and slushy
468 The Esplanade,
Warners Bay NSW 2282
(02) 4948 0800
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 :)
Corn fritters with roasted tomato, guacamole and sour cream, $13
Turkey, cranberry and avo wrap with nummy chips, $13.
Top that off with some really yum coffees. :D
450 The Esplanade, Warners Bay NSW 2282
(02) 4947 4999
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.
From The Spot on Beaumont Street, Hamilton: Corn and Feta Fritters with Mushroom, spinach and tomato relish. Oh so yum!
From Cafe Pennoz in the Tuggerah Business Park: Vege Nachos. I had time to kill at work one day so I treated myself.
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!).
Friday night dinner – Santorini, Terrigal
Saturday Breakfast – Caffe Jam, East Gosford
Bacon and Egg Roll – simple just good
Mushroom “bruschetta” – maybe too much mushroom!
Saturday Dinner – Tali plate at Royal Sweets Blacktown
Sunday afternoon tea – Chocolates del Mondo, Burwood
Tropical Sundae – with mango and passionfruit icecreams :)
Sunday Dinner – Cafe Bello, Westfield Burwood
HUGE seafood marinara.
Breakfast at Hippo, Warners Bay
A surprisingly nice combo of fruits – no kiwi to pick out!
And lunch at Bella Natural Food Co, Terrigal
Gorgeous rice salad
Quinoa, lentil and chick pea salads
Dips with Turkish Bread
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.
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)
My mushrooms, spinach, tomato and aoli on gluten free toast.
Avo on toast for Amanda.
Benedict and bacon for Phil.
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)
Sunday morning brunch at Estabar, out in the sunshine. A coffee to perk me up.
Avocado, lemon and feta from the special’s board, with gluten free toast. Notice how they’ve figured out us food bloggers and instagrammers???
Breakfast beans and feta with sourdough for Rish.
Pear and walnut bread.
Some nice light brekkies to start our Sunday :)
Newcastle turned on the sunshine for our friends visiting from Canberra over the weekend.
A little different to the -4 overnight they’d come from!
We took them out for breakfast at Merewether Surfhouse Cafe, making it there 10 mins before the 11:30am cutoff for ordering breakfast.
(they were out of polenta, which is understandable given the late order, but I was very happy with what I got in its place!)
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 :)
Rish and I went for a couple of Vegetarian options:
Sweet corn fritters for him, which he thoroughly enjoyed
And Portobello mushrooms with feta for me. Mmm…
Angel went the Benedict,
And Aqua the Big Breakfast:
Gorgeous views! :)