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Jackpot visits Brooklyn Hide

Hello dear readers!

Welcome back to my blog! After a long period of not blogging about my various baking experiments and my new café/restaurant visits, I have finally come back with a new post and I am super excited to be back! I definitely went through a period where I wasn’t sure if I could sustain blogging given my workload and the amount of basketball I have been playing recently but I hope I can keep this up from now on. It’s nearly my one year anniversary of blogging and I would like to continue sharing with all of you Jackpot’s eating adventures and much much more!

The sun came out on Sunday and what a great way to spend the weekend catching up with friends over good food. Miss Baller and Mr Baller wanted to catch up for our occasional Sunday brunch before basketball. Miss Baller and I usually try to find a new place that we all haven’t been to so we can try out the food. I suggested Brooklyn Hide to Miss Baller and immediately at the sound of “bagel”, Miss Baller was in. Miss Baller and I love our bagels – I think there is something about a freshly baked bagel that really gets us excited or freshly baked bread for that matter ;p

Brooklyn Hide’s theme is all about NYC and each menu item on offer is named after a district in New York City: Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Midtown to name a few. Although I’ve never been to New York myself, if this is anything to base the whole NYC theme, I definitely can’t wait to go! Even the atmosphere inside Brooklyn Hide is meant to be reminiscent of Brooklyn. Miss Baller and Mr Baller were recently in NYC, so I’m sure this brought back memories of their trip together.

We got to Brooklyn Hide in Surry Hills around 11am and there was plenty of parking available on the street. The place itself is quite small but cosy. There are a few communal tables available or you can sit beside the window sipping on your coffee and reading the newspaper while you indulge in some bagels. We ordered our meal at the counter and sat on one of the communal tables as there was one free at the time.

I found the staff to be very friendly and easy-going which made the eating experience even more enjoyable.

Brooklyn Hide

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Artwork

Counter

Bagels

The display of bagels

Menu

The Menu

Menu 1

Specials of the day

Menu 2

Menu 3

Menu 4

Coffee

How nice does the coffee look!

Green Tea

My sencha green tea

Midtown Bagel

Midtown Bagel – Corned Beef, Gruyère, Sauerkraut, Mustard Mayonnaise (Our Reuben) $10.00

Mr Muscles and Miss Baller both ordered the Midtown Bagel and were both very pleased with their bagel sandwich selection. The bagel itself was very moreish and quite filling but did not leave you feeling too full i.e. there was still room for dessert ;P This was Brooklyn Hide’s take on the Reuben which so many cafes are serving at the moment. This one however was slightly different and of course served in a bagel. Definitely a great take on the Reuben and Mr Muscles seemed very satisfied after.

Brooklyn Hide Bagel

Brooklyn Hide Bagel – Braised Pork, Dill Pickles & Apple Jam $10.00

Mr Baller ordered the Brooklyn Hide Bagel so that Miss Baller could also try a different bagel sandwich. This bagel sandwich looked really great and Mr Baller was not disappointed with his choice.

Bagel with Cream Cheese & Smoked Salmon

Seeded Bagel with Plain Cream Cheese and a side of Smoked Salmon $8.00

I decided to order something different from the group and went with the traditional bagel with cream cheese with a side of smoked salmon. I was really loving the seeded bagel which coincidentally every one of us chose. The toasted bagel was crisp in texture on the exterior but lovely and chewy in the middle. Just how I like my bagels. Also the cream cheese and smoked salmon combo whilst simple choices, paired really well with my bagel selection. I was full but not overly full which of course meant Miss Baller and I could enjoy and indulge in some oh so good but no so good for us cake ;P

I’d definitely come back to Brooklyn Hide to try out their other sandwiches and even their granola.

A great way to chill out and relax on a Sunday while indulging in some yummy bagels – I can’t think of anything better!

Miss Baller and I were keen to get our sugar fix so we dragged our significant others to Kurtosh after to try some cakes and take some home. Thanks again Miss Baller and Mr Baller – always fun hanging out having our ritual Sunday brunch + indulging in dessert…until next time!

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Stay tuned for my Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe ;P

x

Jackie

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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 Lox, Stock and Barrel

Hello all!

I visited a new brunch place last Saturday as I’m really keen to try various brunch places to see where the best place to have brunch is. I really wanted to go to this other cafe but as it was full I decided to go to the next cafe on my list, this being Lox, Stock and Barrel which I had seen a few posts about and wanted to see whether this was a worthwhile place to go and have brunch.

Lox, Stock and Barrel is located in Bondi Beach. I’m finding that there are more and more cafes opening up in Bondi and although a lot of them are quite small, these cafes are usually packed full of customers even early in the morning. The cafe offers both breakfast and lunch but since I enjoy breakfast more I’m always wanting to eat breakfast foods whenever I try a new cafe. The cafe also sell freshly baked treats such as brioche scrolls if you’re in the mood to eat something later on and you can take away the bagels as well to eat at home.

Mr Muscles and I got to the cafe around 9 and the place was rather packed but we were in luck as just as we got there a couple were just finishing up so we waited a few minutes to be seated. We were seated on the table facing the window of the cafe as all the other tables inside the cafe were full. It’s quite a small cafe with not a lot of tables so you are more likely to wait for a table if you come a bit later in the morning.

Lox, Stock and Barrel specialise in bagels offering different variations of bagels that are made fresh on the premises and can be eaten fresh or toasted. You can have your bagels as is with some jams or spreads or you can have them with various savoury fillings. They also offer other various dishes for people who aren’t interested in eating bagels such as french toast, porridge, muesli etc.

Sign

Inside

Inside

Breakfast Menu

The Menu

Cutlery

Coffee

Mr Muscles’s coffee

Green Tea

My green tea – loving the teapot!

Hash

Lock’N’Load – hash, smoked lox, lime & creme fraiche dill dressing $5.50 (each)

Mr Muscles was feeling extra hungry so he ordered a side of potato hash which happened to come out before his meal so he decided to eat this first before his main meal. Mr Muscles at first was confused by the flavours on the dish as he ate everything separately to try each part of the dish however once he started to eat all the ingredients together, he really enjoyed the dish and thought that this was a really well thought out dish. Also, the fact that there was some fried potato in this dish, Mr Muscles could not have been more happier with his choice.

Reuben

Reuben – Wagyu Corned Beef, Swiss & Sauerkraut on a Seeds & Spices Bagel $14.00

Mr Muscles decided to order the Reuben for his main meal for breakfast. When the Reuben came out and was displayed in front of him, I could tell he was really happy he chose this dish especially because it looked like a pretty hearty dish and perhaps more for people who are feeling that extra bit hungry. Mr Muscles devoured each bit of his sandwich and kept telling me how much he enjoyed his choice of dish. The bagel was lightly toasted and it went really nicely with the soft wagyu corned beef. Mr Muscles said he would definitely come back to eat this again. Upon finishing off his meal, Mr Muscles felt really full so much so that he skipped lunch later on in the day as he was still full from eating his sandwich. Suffice to say, it was well worth the money!

Inside the Reuben

An inside shot of Mr Muscles’s Reuben

Bagel with Jam and Ricotta

Toasted Plain Bagel with Homemade Jam and Ricotta

I was really confused as what to order from the menu as I wasn’t sure if I wanted something sweet like I usually do or something savoury instead. As this place specialises in bagel I thought that I should order a bagel to see whether they were any good. Unfortunately I had a not so pleasant experience as I ordered a wholemeal bagel to go with jam and ricotta but found out as they placed the dish in front of me that they had given me a plain bagel instead. I told them I ordered a wholemeal one but they said they didn’t have any. If they had told me earlier I might have picked a different bagel. I’m not one to complain so I just stuck with the plain bagel. Unfortunately the plain bagel they gave me was severely burnt on one side so it was really tough to eat and you couldn’t taste the softness of the inner bits of the bagel because of it like other bagels I have eaten. Also as they didn’t ask whether I wanted it fresh or toasted, they gave it to me toasted. I think I’ll have to try the bagels again next time and order them fresh as the toasted bagels was not so appealing. I sat there eating the burnt bagel and the bits that were not so burnt I managed to eat. A not so pleasing experience compared to Mr Muscles who was happy with both his meals.

Mr Muscles knew I wasn’t too happy with my meal so he ordered me a hazelnut and almond brioche scroll to take away to eat after as he knew some sweet food would cheer me up and let me just say it really did. The brioche scroll saved the day and the cafe was redeemed after that.

Brioche Scroll

Hazelnut & Almond Brioche Scroll $4.00

The scroll was really lovely and would have been even better if it was warmed up a bit but I was more than happy to eat it just as it was. The brioche was light and soft compared to the crunch that you got from the hazelnut and almond pieces and the sugar pieces in the centre of the brioche. It was a pretty great scroll and I would have been more than happy to just eat this as my breakfast. Lesson learned is that I should always stick to what I like to eat for breakfast and not diverge away from the norm.

Apart from the bagel mishap, Mr Muscles and I enjoyed our visit at Lox, Stock & Barrel. We will definitely have to go back to try out all the other food items and also to try the other bagels in the hopes that there won’t be the same mishap again.

Lox, Stock & Barrel

140 Glenayr Avenue

Bondi NSW 2026

Ph: (02) 9300 0368

Opening Hours: Open 7 days a week 7am-4pm

Website: http://loxstockandbarrel.com.au/

Until next time everyone!

x

Jackie

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