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Jackpot visits Three Blue Ducks

Hello readers!

It’s been awhile since I have visited one of the cafes on my list of cafes I have been wanting to visit. Whilst Three Blue Ducks is nowhere near new, I had been wanting to visit this cafe for ages now and finally a brunch date with Miss Baller and Mr Baller meant that we could all try this new cafe together. Miss Baller and I had talked about a brunch date at Three Blue Ducks for awhile now and finally we were able to pick a date to go which suited everyone.

We all arrived at the cafe around 10:30am on a Saturday and you could tell the cafe was already quite busy with most of the inside tables already full. We were in luck as there were a few tables outside that were available and so we were seated outside the cafe with a nice wooden table and wooden benches. The waitress offered Miss Baller and I a rug to share in case we got cold as it was quite chilly last weekend.

I liked the atmosphere of the cafe, everything seemed so calm and relaxing and Miss Baller and I were discussing how long it had been since we had last visited Bronte besides going to the beach back in our uni days. The cafe is nestled among some local shops and bakeries such as Iggy’s which is famous for their sourdough breads. There was an urban and modern vibe I picked up from the setting of the cafe with painted graffiti walls on the side of the cafe. The weather was very lovely that day and soon we began to feel the sun shining on us which was a nice change from the cold weather.

I had read the menu online and seen many photos on Instagram and various blogs and was keen to try their quinoa and fig bircher but come saturday I was ill with the flu and wanted something a bit warmer. There were more options on the menu once we sat down and read the menu. The online menu only shows a few dishes that they offer so I was pleased to see that there were a lot more options to choose from. I was so tempted to order the pancakes as I love all things pancakes but in the end settled for porridge.

Three Blue Ducks

Wall

Setting

Setting 2

Alley

Painted Walls

Cakes

They sell cakes, toasted muesli and sandwiches to take away or eat in the cafe – apologies about the terrible photo as I was rushing to take a photo before we left. Wouldn’t mind some of that lemon meringue tart!

Menu

The Menu

Carrot and Ginger Juice

Mr Muscles’s Carrot Apple and Ginger Juice

Ginger Cinnamon Tea

My Ginger and Cinnamon Tea

Flat White

Miss Baller’s Coffee

Coddled Eggs

Mr Muscles’s: Coddled Eggs with Chorizo, Pulled Pork and Cannellini Baked Beans $21.50

Mr Muscles ordered the coddled eggs as he wanted to order something different to everyone. It was quite a heavy and rich meal as the chorizo itself was quite rich in flavour and the baked beans were also quite heavy. This is definitely a dish for someone who is feeling rather hungry. Mr Muscles felt so full by the end of the brunch but was satisfied with his meal choice.

Poached Eggs

Mr Baller’s: Poached Eggs, Spinach, Hollandaise Sauce and King Salmon $21.50

Mr Baller decided to order the poached eggs. This dish came with a nice plump serving of salmon which had been wonderfully cooked to create a crispy skin. Although I didn’t try this dish I assumed that he liked this dish as he managed to finish the whole dish. This is always the sign of a well executed dish.

Scrambled Eggs

Miss Baller’s: Scrambled Eggs with Black Sausage, Dill Cucumber Yoghurt Salad and Red Currant Jam $21.50

Miss Baller ordered the scrambled eggs and seemed to thoroughly enjoy her meal. She mentioned that the black sausage was quite flavourful and decadent. The meal itself was beautifully presented on the plate and the texture of the black sausage contrasted significantly against the tomatoes, red currants and the softness of the scrambled eggs.

Porridge

My meal: Black Rice, Tapioca, Quinoa Porridge with Poached Fruit, Yoghurt and Honey $16.00

I was very happy with what I ordered. The black rice, tapioca and quinoa combined so well together and for something that looked rich, it was actually quite light. The sourness from the yoghurt and the sweetness from the poached fruit and honey really paired well with the porridge. This was quite a generous serve as well so I didn’t end up finishing it all but it’s definitely something I would order again. Also this was just what I needed, something warm yet not too heavy. There were also bits of walnuts and nuts throughout the porridge which contrasted against the soft poached fruit. The poached pear was soft and subtly sweet against the tartness of the rhubarb. This meal was rather healthy with all the different grains that I felt good about eating this dish – something that tastes quite indulgent but that is healthy and good for you…definitely a win win situation…or at least I keep telling myself that ;P

I really want to come back and try the orange and yoghurt pancakes and of course the quinoa and fig bircher that I missed out on trying during this first visit. Definitely a cafe that I would love to come back to regularly.

Iggy's

Miss Baller and I couldn’t help but walk into Iggy’s to buy some bread. They had some sample sourdough which we tried and instantly we were swayed to buy some bread. Their sourdough was really delicious and I’m sure that if no one was looking I could have eaten most of the sample bowl. Miss Baller and I both ordered a poppyseed bagel to eat later and halved a sourdough bread stick. The bread is so addictive and I thoroughly enjoyed my bagel which I had for lunch the next day. I will be back for more bread…carbs are my weakness afterall ;P

I don’t have a photo of the bagel and bread we bought as I quickly demolished any evidence of the wonderfully addictive bread ;P

Once again great food and even better company – that’s what I call a good saturday =)

Thanks again Miss Baller and Mr Baller for an awesome brunch date yet again…where to next?

Three Blue Ducks

143 Macpherson St

Bronte NSW 2024

Ph: (02) 9389 0010

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Friday Breakfast: 7am – 11:30am Lunch: 12pm – 2:30pm and

Saturday/Sunday Breakfast: 7.30am – 11:30am Lunch: 12.00pm – 3:00pm

Dinner (wed, thu, fri, sat) 6pm – 11pm Dinner bookings only

Website: http://www.threeblueducks.com/

Until next time!

x

Jackie

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JACKPOT visits Jones the Grocer

Hello dear readers!

Happy Monday! Haven’t had much sleep as I was having trouble sleeping last night after a very intense grand finals for my mixed basketball team…runners up in the end but a very close match nonetheless! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend indulging in all those “eat only on the weekend” type foods and hopefully getting some nice rest and relaxation in between…I know I definitely indulged especially with desserts…I curse my sweet tooth and am thinking of trying to decrease my intake of desserts so as to be a bit more healthier…but it’s so difficult when you know there are items on the menu that you can’t resist ordering….hopefully i’ll kick this bad habit of mine…I keep telling myself…it’s ok, it’s the weekend…but I use this excuse every weekend… ;P

So last Friday night, Mr Muscles decided to take me out for dinner as we hadn’t been out for a date night in a very long time. I had noticed that there was a new restaurant in Westfield near Price Line where the old Becasse used to be and really wanted to try it out so Mr Muscles decided to take me there for dinner that night. Jones the Grocer apparently used to be located in Woollahra but closed recently and moved to Westfield. There is a grocery store on the side of the restaurant where you can purchase various grocery items and in front of the restaurant there are various delectable sweet treats to choose from such as vanilla slices, fruit tarts and various other cakes and desserts. But if this doesn’t take your fancy, they also bake fresh bread loaves that you can purchase daily baked fresh from their ovens.  Furthermore, in the cabinets inside the restaurant, they have a variety of cheeses and various smallgoods that you can purchase. I feel like this place definitely has something for every type of taste bud.

Jones

Jones2

Jones3

Drinks

Grocery

Grocery 2

Cheese

Smallgoods

Bar

Restaurant

Kitchen

Menu

Menu

The Menu

Mr Muscles and I decided that we should indulge for the night and decided to order 3 courses.

Risotto

Mr Muscles entrée: Soft herb risotto with fresh asparagus, tallegio & black truffle oil $16.00

Mr Muscles decided to order the risotto as he had never tried risotto before this. It was either this or the angel hair pasta with blue swimmer crab which he was decided between. He was really happy with his choice of entrée as the flavours were wonderful and the risotto was wonderfully cooked and very creamy. I tried a bit of his risotto and really enjoyed the dish however it’s definitely one of the more heavier starters on the menu…but indulging includes eating carb-loaded foods ;P

Mushroom Cappuccino

My entrée: Mushroom Cappuccino with Truffle Cream served with Grissini $14.00

I ordered the Mushroom Cappuccino aka fancy mushroom soup as I wanted something different. The soup was cleverly presented in a coffee cup and served with a grissini bread stick. I really enjoyed the soup despite the soup being quite heavy. This entrée was very decadent, rich and as you got closer to the bottom of the soup, there were lovely bits of mushrooms to chew on. Mr Muscles tried a bit of my soup and agreed that this was a really lovely entrée.

Beef Short Rib

Mr Muscle’s main: Slow-Cooked Beef Short Rib with Roast Eye Fillet, Mushrooms & Red Wine Sauce $35.00

Mr Muscles ordered the beef as his main and was not disappointed. He loved everything about the dish from the tender eye fillet steaks to the melt in your mouth slow cooked beef short rib. There was a delicate and wonderful balance of flavours that really made the dish a success. Mr Muscles noted that the portion size was quite decent for a main course meal. The dish was also really well presented and Mr Muscles noted that he probably would order this dish again if we come back to visit this restaurant.

Salmon

My Main: Pan-Fried Atlantic Salmon Fillet with Cherry Tomato & Black Bean Vierge $30.00

I decided to order the salmon as I wanted to have a lighter main to purposely give me more room for dessert as I had been eyeing out the dessert menu even before Mr Muscles and I had started eating. The salmon was wonderfully cooked with the skin on. My only qualm about the dish was that I thought that the accompaniments to the dish didn’t quite go together. The black beans were extremely salty and while the fish itself was not salty, each time I took a mouthful of the salmon and the black beans, the black beans seemed to over power the fish. Regardless of this factor, I still quite enjoyed my choice of main.

Pannacotta

My dessert: Citrus Pannacotta with Strawberries, Basil & Candied Almonds $12.00

I couldn’t wait for dessert that when the waitress asked if we wanted to order any dessert I immediately responded a bit too quickly. I knew what I wanted to order and decided to order the pannacotta as I love all things pannacotta and couldn’t wait to try out their take on the pannacotta. I had been staring at the kitchen area where the staff were making desserts all night. They had kitchen aids and they were prepping all the desserts at the time and it was really interesting to see what desserts they were making. However, I was quite disappointed with my pannacotta only because the texture didn’t resemble a typical pannacotta. If anything, the pannacotta resembled more a creme caramel type texture. The pannacotta perhaps needed more gelatine or cream. The accompaniments to the dish however were lovely and I really enjoyed the candied almonds. I still ate most of my dessert but wished that the texture had been different.

Mousse

Mr Muscles dessert: Dark chocolate & Raspberry Mousse $12.00

Mr Muscles ordered dessert based on the fact that the knew I wanted to try out two desserts but to make me not feel as bad, he ordered one so that I could pick at his dessert while also eating mine…sigh me and my sweet tooth ;P I really had big time dessert envy when they brought his dessert out…the presentation of the dessert was really pretty and all the flavours paired really well together. The chocolate mousse was decadent but light at the same time. It really was a great dessert and I ended up eating more of this dessert than my own.

I’m definitely going to try the other desserts if we visit here again next time as I saw a lot of people ordering their home-made ice creams and sorbets.

All in all it was a really great date night with good food. Jones the Grocer is still relatively new and opened up only last week but I can tell that it’s going to be quite busy soon. They don’t accept bookings for tables of under 6 people but you can always walk in and try your luck like we did. There was no wait when we walked in as the restaurant was still quite empty at the time we went.

You should definitely try out their desserts at the front of the restaurant. I tried a lovely quinoa and date cake from there and really enjoyed it.

I know this is going to be a massive week of eating as Mr Muscle’s birthday is tomorrow and we have a birthday dinner on Wednesday to celebrate. Stay tuned for that post!

Jones the Grocer

Shop 5018, Level 5 Westfield
Cnr Market & Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW 2000

Trading Hours
Monday-Sunday: 7:00am-11:00pm

Website: http://www.jonesthegrocer.com/

Until next time!

x

Jackie

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Jackpot celebrates 28 Part 1…

Hello all!

The tiredness and exhaustion is slowly starting to sink in this morning. I’m definitely feeling some Monday-itis as I was busy taking in all of the celebrations from the weekend. Birthdays always mean lots of good food, plenty of cake and catching up with lots of wonderful people and this weekend involved all of that and much much more. This is probably going to be a long post showcasing all the food I consumed over the weekend but all that calorie intake was well worth it!

FRIDAY

Friday night involved a surprise birthday dinner with friends and family at Umi Sushi, Darling Quarter unbeknownst to me. I really had no clue whatsoever. I was under the pretence that I would be celebrating turning 28 with the BF at Sepia in the city but little did I know that he had sneakily organised a big birthday surprise dinner for me. I had a wonderful time catching up with everyone and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a birthday than with all your loved ones.

Some photos from the night:

A red velvet cupcake from Cupcake Bakery from Ms S and Mr H

One of my favourite dishes: Tiger Roll: Crabstick, Avocado, Cucumber wrapped with Prawn and Avocado

Salmon and Avocado Salad with Sesame Dressing

My birthday cake: Adriano Zumbo’s New Raspberry V8 Cake

Flavour layers consisting of: black sesame, raspberry, liquorice, lychee and rosewater. You can really taste each layer as you eat it with the layers of jelly and cream contrasting the crunchy biscuit base.

Inside shot of the Raspberry V8 cake

SATURDAY

Saturday day and night were spent in Melbourne eating wonderful food, catching up with friends and just walking around Melbourne CBD. The weather was typical Melbourne weather with sunshine, clouds and rain all in one day but that didn’t put a damper on the celebrations.

Mr Muscles and I visited Degraves Street in the city for breakfast. We were both feeling quite hungry and wanted a hearty meal to start of the day so that we could walk around the city feeling energised. Degraves Street looks like a little alley way but it is filled with little cafes on each side. Melbourne is all about the little alley ways where lots of cafes, restaurants and bars can be found.

We chose to eat at Degraves Espresso Bar. The Cafe was very small but very crowded and the cafe is well known for its assortment of paninis and breakfast food. You have to wait for a seat inside or try your luck for tables outside in the alley way. We were lucky enough to get a seat sitting in front of the window staring out at all the people eating their breakfast and sipping their coffees in the alley way. Mr Muscles chose to eat eggs benedict with sourdough toast as he usually does at most cafes we go to for breakfast whilst I chose to eat scrambled eggs on sourdough toast. The food came out very quick once we placed our order with the waiter. The food was good but wasn’t spectacular that I would come back again for it. It did the job though by filling our stomachs with enough energy to continue our walking adventures around the melbourne CBD.

After Degraves we visited my very favourite organic Cafe/Store at Degraves Street, The Organic Food and Wine Deli (TOFWD) to buy some vegan banana cake. If you love all things healthy, all things, vegan and gluten free – this is a place you must visit. They sell all types of sweet and savoury foods. Sweet food ranging from vegan banana cakes, carrot cakes and poppyseed cakes, banana breads, muesli slices, raw cheesecake slices, cinnamon scrolls, vegan muffins and so much more. Savoury foods consist of various pies made with spelt flour, an assortment of sandwiches, spelt pasta dishes and salads. Whenever I go to Melbourne, I always try and visit this place to get my organic food fix for the day.

Photos from Degraves Espresso Bar:

View of the alley way from inside the cafe

View inside the cafe

Blackboard Menu

Scrambled Eggs with Sourdough Toast $8.90

Eggs Benedict with ham served with home-made hollandaise sauce on sourdough Toast $16.00

I think i’m too addicted to green tea ;P

Another place that I always visit when I go to Melbourne is Cacao Green. I love frozen yoghurt (also known more commonly as Froyo). I became so addicted to froyo when I visited Jakarta, Indonesia many years ago where the fad was just starting. Jakarta have some really good froyo places such as Sour Sally, Red Mango and I’m sure a lot more now since I last was there. The craze has been quickly rising in sydney and around australia. I love Noggi in sydney for its Green Tea Froyo. I prefer my froyo to taste more yoghurt than icecream and they do a really good green tea frozen yoghurt compared to Moochi which is another popular frozen yoghurt chain.

Cacao Green is quite similar to Red Mango from Jakarta. They started Red Mango from a franchise in the US and Cacao Green really reminds me of the froyo from there. I prefer the original flavoured froyo here but they also sell Green Tea, Chocolate and Blueberry flavoured frozen yoghurt.

We also visited another frozen yoghurt chain to see the difference in taste and texture. At QV they have a frozen yoghurt place called Tutti Frutti Frozen Yoghurt. The difference with this frozen yoghurt is that it is self service and you can put as much frozen yoghurt and toppings into your container as you like and it is priced on weight. I didn’t think that the frozen yoghurt would taste nice but to my surprise it was pretty good. We got a mixture of taro froyo and green tea froyo with some pearls, nata de coco and mochi balls. I think I will visit this place again when I go back to Melbourne. The Taro froyo was so good that me and Mr Muscles were fighting for the last bite of it. I won in the end of course ;P

Cacao Green

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yoghurt: Taro/Green Tea Froyo with Mochi Balls, Lychee Pearls and Nata de Coco

I visited Phillippa’s bakery in the CBD. I have seen their biscuits sold around sydney in DJ’s and various cafes so I was excited to find the actual bakery in Melbourne. They sell breakfast and lunch food with freshly baked bread, pastries and biscuits/cookies. I was like a kid in a candy store wanting to buy everything I saw but once again I restrained myself to just looking at the food in awe. I ended up buying spelt muesli cookies which I hadn’t seen before. I am yet to eat them but they look so very tempting!

Bread Loaves and Baguettes

The assortment of biscuits and cookies

Assorted Pastries and Muffins

The variety of biscuits, biscotti, jams and cake slices

My purchase of Spelt Muesli Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

Umi Sushi + Udon

Shop TR10, Darling Quarter, 1 Harbour St

Sydney, Australia 2000

Trading Hours:

Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm

Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:30pm

Sun 11:30am-10pm

Phone: (02) 9283 2006

Website: www.umisushi.com.au

Degraves Espresso Bar

25 Degraves St

Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: (03) 9654 1245

Trading Hours:

Sun 8am – 5:30pm

Mon-Wed 7am-9:30pm

Thu 7am-10pm

Fri 7am-10:30pm

Sat 8am-6:30pm

The Organic Food and Wine Deli

28 Degraves Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone:  (03) 9654 5157

Website: http://www.tofwd.com.au/

Opening hours:

Mon-fri 7am – 7.30pm

Saturday 8am – 6pm

Sunday 9am – 5pm

Cacao Green – Swanston

285 Swanston Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

(03) 9654 9674

Trading Hours:

Sun – Wed 11am to 10pm

Thurs – Sat 11am to 11pm

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yoghurt

Shop 1-034, QV Urban Market, QV Building

210 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Website: http://www.tuttifruttiyogurt.com.au/default.aspx

Phillippa’s

15 Howey Place

Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: (03) 9671 4030

Hours

Monday to Friday 8.00am – 5.30pm

Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm

Website: http://www.phillippas.com.au/

To be continued with Lunch at Taxi Dining Room at Federation Square and Dinner at Ezard…

x

Jackie

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