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Cafe Macquarie Belmont Iced Coffee
Iced Coffee

Just back from a very filling lunch at the (surprisingly hipster) Cafe Macquarie in Belmont. Why surprisingly? Well, I just didn’t picture mason jar iced coffees in the highway suburb of Belmont. Nor the haloumi salad with quinoa that I nommed down!

Cafe Macquarie Belmont Haloumi Salad
Haloumi Salad with quinoa and greens, $17.50

The greens were a lovely mix – snow peas, broccoli, asparagus, fresh mint leaves, baby spinach and sprouts, with the crunch of pistachio nuts and the zesty lemon juice.

Cafe Macquarie Belmont
Club sandwich with chips, $15.50

These chips were awesomely crunchy! Would be lovely on their own or with their house made aioli.

Cafe Macquarie Belmont Cappuccino
Skinny Cap

The cafe was also involved in the “Block by Block” street art project that’s brightened up the ageing building in the area

Cafe Macquarie
26a Macquarie Street
Belmont, NSW 2280
02 4947 0658

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Aroma’s is the cafe we tend to go to when, it’s lunchish and we haven’t yet eaten, but would also like to head to K-Mart or Bunnings (but that’s moving soon!) or perhaps to browse at EB games ;)

purple coffee aroma's glendale

(yes, we have a Kinnect. Yes, I own a fitness game. I got the older version that DOESN’T have Michelle Bridges, because she makes me gag)

Aromans big breakfast

So we brunch… the “big breakfast” is above, and the yummy Spinach and feta quiche with chips and salad below.

spinach feta quiche chips salad

Coffees and meals always satisfy!

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We headed to Canberra for Xmas this year, to help people move house and to be with Bruce’s family. There are two vegans and a vegetarian in the household, so the menu for Christmas lunch was an array of delicious salads, some chicken and feta for us meat eaters, and fruit salad and pavlova for dessert. A deliciously healthy and filling meal that made for awesome leftovers!!!

potato salad
Potato Salad (vegan)

noodle salad
Crispy Noodle Salad (vegan)

Coleslaw
Coleslaw (vegan)

garden salad
Garden Salad with Olives (vegan)

vegan sausage roll
Vegan “Sausage” Roll. WAY better than the usual grey meat.

chicken
Chicken. I had to shred these BBQ chooks because noone else in the kitchen would touch them. I really don’t like stuffing or that ewie chicken jelly.

feta
Tasty tasty salty feta.

fruit salad
Fruit salad. Yummy Yummy.

pavlova with mango and blueberries and cream
Pav.

cards against humanity
That evening, those aged over 13 played cards against humanity…. interesting explaining to your bf’s son what “bukakke” is… But a super fun game!

A delicious Xmas. I’ve always had a salad based Xmas lunch – it’s the Irwin side of the family way – so really enjoyed this!

Om nom nom.

Oh and I got Diet Coke for xmas! Twice!

diet coke

#winning

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Munchies Belmont

Popped out for lunch today, and ended up in the main street of Belmont…

Munchies Belmont

How cheap are these burgers? I got the “plain” beef burger for $5.50 (below) and Bruce got the “Malibu” gourmet burger with a home made chicken schnitzel for $10. Standard salad toppings were a given on both and the meats were awesome :)

Munchies Belmont

Munchies Belmont

Delish!

Munchies Sandwich Bar
592 Pacific Hwy,
Belmont NSW 2280
(02) 4947 7212

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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…

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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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Wandering around with the New Kids (oh fine, Real Estate agents) in town

June 7, 2014

Hey check out those handsome fellas. You’d give them a couple million dollars for a house, right? :) How do you get the profile pic you want for the Newspaper feature to “launch” your local start-up? Apparently, you spend the afternoon wandering around the CBD of Newcastle, trying to get the right angles in front […]

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Brunch is the Best! Bella Beans @ Warners Bay

May 10, 2014

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 […]

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Pub Lunch @ The Lemon Grove Hotel, Wallsend

May 8, 2014

It was our every intention to head to Wallsend to the Krank It! festival at the start of April…. a plan foiled by going on the Saturday, and it being a one day event on the Sunday….. So we watched some of the cars coming into town while trying a pub lunch at The Lemon […]

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Local and Vego #meatfreemonday

April 22, 2013

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 […]

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Saturdays are for Eating

October 20, 2012

Breakfast at Hippo, Warners Bay A surprisingly nice combo of fruits – no kiwi to pick out! Spanish Omellette Hippo Munch And lunch at Bella Natural Food Co, Terrigal Gorgeous rice salad Quinoa, lentil and chick pea salads Dips with Turkish Bread

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Jessica’s 30th Birthday Lunch – Paymaster’s Cafe, Newcastle

August 20, 2012

Rish’s Roast Pumpkin and Beetroot Tarte Tartin And the string of 30th birthdays, engagement parties, weddings, and spawning continues. Something about the face that I graduated highschool in the year 2000, I’m told. So, this time around, it was Jess’s turn to turn 30. Another lunchtime affair (showing our age ;) Baked Camembert Paymaster’s Cafe […]

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