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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.

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Counter

Bagels

The display of bagels

Menu

The Menu

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Specials of the day

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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

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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.

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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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JACKPOT eats breakfast at: Gowings Bar and Grill

Hello dear readers!

Anyone feeling the Monday-itis this morning? I certainly am! This weekend feels like it literally passed me by and it’s already Monday again! I miss by bed and during this change in weather…nothing would feel better than lazing in bed and keeping warm under the bed sheets…guess I can just dream about it for now…

Yesterday morning, Mr Muscles had told me he was taking me to breakfast…i.e. a new place that we both could try and that I could blog about of course! Mr Muscles had heard a lot about this place called “Gowings Bar & Grill” situated in the old Gowings building in the city opposite Myer. So previous to him telling me that we were going to go to breakfast at this place, I decided to look up the menu and read up on people’s reviews. The menu looked quite extensive and there were many options to choose from ranging from sweet to savoury and many other things in between. Unfortunately however, I could not find any blog reviews on breakfast at this place. Most people had done many reviews on having dinner at this restaurant. I’m more a breakfast person than I am a dinner person so I was still quite keen to try out their breakfast menu.

Gowings

Gowings Bar & Grill is situated in the QT Sydney Hotel building. The atmosphere and decor of the building as soon as you step inside the 1st floor of the building provides a quirky and modern feel. You instantly feel like you have transported yourself into a club/cabaret style place. Gowings Bar and Grill presents itself as a “European style brassiere with an edgy contemporary design”. The website says that the restaurant offers “the freshest produce from Australia’s best artisan providores”. As you walk up the stairs to the restaurant, you instantly see into the big kitchen with the chefs cooking the meals and preparing the food. The restaurant is quite big with simple but contemporary furniture. The staff were attentive and quick to come to the customers’ aid where necessary. Also, I found that the food came out very quickly as there was not a long wait time even for things such as baked eggs. I’m not exactly sure how busy this restaurant gets as we only came for breakfast. I would assume that during lunch and dinner, would be when their most busiest times were. We booked breakfast for 8:45 and there were only a few customers at the restaurant at the time, and most were hotel guests.

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The Menu

There were so many options to pick from for their Breakfast menu that Mr Muscles and I had a difficult time deciding what to eat. The waiter came around I think twice to ask us if we were ready to order and we were still undecided (I curse my libran traits for being so indecisive even when it comes to ordering food) To eat sweet or savoury? To eat healthy or slightly more indulgent? If only my stomach could fit in more food I would have ordered so many more dishes. This just means that I will have to go back and try other things. On this occasion however, I had over indulged in too much dessert the day before so I was not feeling like anything too heavy (Yes my sweet tooth made a big appearance on saturday and now I am in much regret for eating too much dessert…must cut back…soon ;P). The blueberry spelt flour pancakes had my name written all over it but unfortunately my mind had concurred already that I should not eat any more sweet stuff due to my over indulging. The worst part about it was the customer sitting next to me ordered these said pancakes and all I was doing during breakfast was eyeing her food…terrible I know! I decided to go for the healthier option ordering the Organic Yoghurt Hit which came with Granola, Oats and Almonds and marinated poached plums. Mr Muscles on the other hand was feeling quite hungry and as usual ordered a savoury dish. He ended up choosing the Wood-Fired Clay-Pot Free Range Eggs served with Sourdough Bread and because he was feeling extra hungry he also ordered a bagel on the side as well.

Green Tea

My usual green tea (organic tea hand-made by Penelope Sach) $5.50

Coffee

Mr Muscles usual coffee $4.50

Pepe Saya

Pepe Saya Butter

Mr Muscles had ordered some toast and a bagel so the restaurant had given some Pepe Saya butter to accompany the bread. Mr Muscles could not have been happier. He had heard so much about this butter and couldn’t wait to try it on his bread. He kept raving on about it so I assumed that the butter was good ;P

Yoghurt and Granola

Organic Yoghurt Hit – Topped with Spelt Toasted Granola, Oats, Toasted Almonds and Marinated Plums $9.00

Bowl of Muesli & Yoghurt

Marinated Plums

The yoghurt and granola were just what I needed that day for breakfast. It was light and not too heavy and the poached plums were nice and soft against the crunchy toasted almonds that were sliced and slivered. The granola tasted strangely familiar and I pinpointed it to be the same granola that I had eaten at Sonoma cafe previously before. I assume that they source their granola from here. The portion size of this breakfast item was on the smaller side and for people who want something light and refreshing for breakfast. The yoghurt was placed below the granola in the bowl so as you delved further into the bowl you would get a good mix of yoghurt and granola. As usual, I found many sultanas in my granola which I ended picking out and putting it on the side of my plate. I still have quite the aversion to sultanas and I don’t think that will change anytime soon.

Baked Eggs

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Sourdough Toast

Wood-Fired Clay-Pot Free Range Eggs – Baked on Cannellini Beans, Pancetta, Shallots, Parsley, Tomato served with Sourdough Bread $17.00

Mr Muscles really enjoyed his breakfast as he loves baked eggs. The sourdough toast paired really well with the baked eggs dish as you could dip your bread into the tomato mixture. With each spoonful, there was a lovely combination of flavours from cannellini beans to pancetta to tomato to the soft liquid like eggs. There are many other egg breakfast items to try and Mr Muscles has already said that we would be visiting this restaurant again for another breakfast in the future. I saw on the menu that they do a 64 degree biodynamic egg served with a warm brioche and a 3 Free-Range Egg White Omelette served with Asparagus, Kale, Swiss Chard and Shiitake Mushrooms cooked in Flax Seed Oil. Definitely a lot of items that I will have to try on my next visit ;P Also I noticed that there was a selection of warm mini pastries that you could have for breakfast that included a fruit sweet cheese Danish style pastry, a custard duck egg tart, croissant, pain au chocolat, custard fruit brioche served with butter, marmalade and jam. If only my stomach could fit more in…that assortment of pastries sounds so delicious!

Bagel

Hand made Bagel (Natural Leavened Stone Baked Bread) $6.00

Inside of the bagel

Inside shot of the bagel

All in all I really enjoyed breakfast at Gowings Bar & Grill. The menu clearly showed that the restaurant uses really good ingredients and there is a wide variety of food items to choose from. The restaurant also do lunch and dinner so I will be keen to go back to try their lunch and dinner menu on my next visit.

Gowings Bar & Grill

QT Sydney

49 Market Street,

Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 8262 0062

Website: http://www.qtsydney.com.au/food-drink/gowings-bar-grill/

Open Breakfast 6.30am – 10.30am | Lunch from 12 noon | Dinner from 6pm | Bar 12 noon – 12 midnight

Until next time!

x

Jackie

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