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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

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My awesome chicken burger – $18

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The insides – chicken, tomato, cheese, lettuce, aioli, avocado

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Bruce’s eggs benedict and slushy

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Go Bombers!!!

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

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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 of buildings that are Newcastle.

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(I wasn’t allowed to use the giant penis *pouts*)

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So, Rish plied me with coffee and this DELICIOUS brushetta (with olives, goats cheese, mushrooms, chorizo and quinoa) and we hit the streets. Seriously, the lunch was amazing (from the Goldbergs special’s board) and Rish was so jealous that he didn’t buy it for himself!

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It’d been so long since I’d been to the Civic Park / Newcastle Library precinct that I didn’t realise that they’d FINALLY finished the street between the two. This stark, grey, concrete area goes well with the Stasi-esque architecture of the library….

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We had AMAZING weather that day! I got a little bit of sun, but was fortunately not sunburned.

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Outside the old Post Office is where we got the final shot …. actually one of our first!

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Didn’t stop us from another coffee at Newcastle’s own Sprocket Roasters and a few happy snaps ;)

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What would you say is the most “Newcastle” place you know? Nobby’s? The ocean baths? Fanny’s?

Disclaimer: Rish, and The Winterlake House may look familiar for long term readers ;) He and Camillo are friends of mine, and I helped them out with some photos the other day in exchange for a full belly, parking, petrol and tonnes of coffee. I wasn’t asked to make this post, it’s just because the food was so awesome that I can’t NOT write about the day!

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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 :)

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

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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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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 Grove Hotel.

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After much deliberation, Bruce had a schnitzel with prawn mornay sauce and such delicious chips!

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While I had a chicken salad, which was full of yums and washed down with a glass of Chardy :)

When in Rome!

The Lemon Grove Hotel
112 Nelson Street, Wallsend, 2287
[02] 4955 9511

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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.

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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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Saturdays are for Eating

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Breakfast at Hippo, Warners Bay

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

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Spanish Omellette

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Hippo Munch

And lunch at Bella Natural Food Co, Terrigal

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Gorgeous rice salad

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Quinoa, lentil and chick pea salads

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Dips with Turkish Bread

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Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
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 ;)

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Baked Camembert

Paymaster’s Cafe Newcastle was our host, we had upstairs to ourselves, with little orange dots with a different number each allowing us to split the bill.

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle

Ahhh, telling dirty jokes. Us? Never!

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Grilled Eye Fillet of Beef

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle

The chef came up to fill us in on the menu, what was available, what was not. Unfortunately (for us and them!) they didn’t offer us desserts, only coffees… and so many of them looked tempting!

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Stuffed Squid

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Harrissa Spiced Lamb

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Special Chicken with Polenta

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Supreme Breast of Chicken

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
A rather untouched Paymaster’s salad…

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Paella Before

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And after :D

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
With coffee to end! (I so stole Anna’s truffle!)

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So, I will be writing up the actual content of the Speech Pathology conference over at Speech n Stuff, but you came here for the food, right? Yes, I know you well ;)

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There’s always a risk at conferences, that it could be repetitive, day in day out, or perhaps the risk of the Melbourne conference, when I had two fruit plates and a leafy salad to live off for a day. But the catering crew at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart won.

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I share with you the gluten free offerings for the week.

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Noms all around.

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Rish and I spent Thursday wandering around Hobart, checking out the cute little houses of Battery Point, and eating lots of food.

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We stopped for lunch at Jackman and McRoss, a bakery in Battery Point. And, despite being full from breakfast still, we couldn’t resist their fresh offerings.

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Rish went for a delicious Lamb Shank pie.

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While I had a Frittata with a side salad.

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Mmmmmmmmmm.

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Washed down with the Citron Presse (juice f a lemon with sparkling mineral water) for me and a bottle brewed local ginger beer from Gillespie’s for Rish.

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Jackman and McRoss
57-59 Hampden Road
Battery Point TAS 7004
(03) 6223 3186

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Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

A late lunch over the weekend at the fairly new (opened in November) Merewether Surfhouse. I both hadn’t realised that the original clubhouse had finally been torn down nor that this gorgeous new building with stunning views was just down from the Beaches hotel.

Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

With a rare break in the rain for the day, and the waves still deeming the beach closed, lots of onlookers were just standing and watching the waves come in, and the brave bunch of surfers out beyond the break.

Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

Our friendly and helpful waitress brought out break and warmed olives to start us off. Nice, meaty little olives :) These were nommed away on while we each ordered something different :)

Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

The catch of the day – Whole market fish from the grill with shellfish butter, crushed potatoes and a leaf salad ($33.50). The fish was cooked beautifully I’m told, however Liz wasn’t a fan of the sauce.

Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

120 day grain fed rump from the Rangers Valley, NSW. 300 gram ($29.50). All of the available sauces are gluten free.

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Pasture fed New York sirloin sources from Gippsland, Victoria 350 gram ($34.50). The steaks came out with double fried chat potatoes with rosemary
and pancetta salt and green beans.

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Crisp skin pork belly with seared scallops, mandarin, star anise glaze and herb salad ($19.50)

Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

Surfhouse ‘surf and turf’ – slow cooked glazed beef short rib and grilled half lobster tail with crushed potatoes, spinach and a horseradish dressing ($39.50)

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And my order – a piece of delicious ocean trout with creamed cannellini beans, braised fennel, roast truss tomato and lemon thyme oil ($29.50).

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Two of the Lemon and lime creme brulee with toasted coconut macaron ($14.50) were ordered. I scored one of the sweet sweet macarons and a few spoons of a tarty brulee.

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Washed down with a (very large) pot of peppermint tea ($4).

Do you prefer your surf or turf? x

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