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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 eats at Orto Trading

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! My weekend consisted of indulging in a lot of wonderful foods in celebration of Chinese New Year which resulted in a large food coma and some basketball to balance things out as always. I feel so exhausted this week but no matter how tired and exhausted I am, I always feel the itch to want to bake and experiment using new ingredients and flavours. Stay tuned for more recipes and more baking experiments.

Back but to my actual reason for posting…I wanted to visit a new cafe and I had read a lot about Orto Trading from various food blogs so I was eager to try and see what the food was like. I got up early Saturday morning to ensure that we could get a table while the cafe was not too packed. We arrived at the cafe around 9:30am and there were quite a few tables available. Orto is located in Surry Hills but away from the busy crowds of Crown Street. It was hard to find because it is located on a corner and the signs are only visible once you pull up closer to the cafe. I liked all the simple but bright signs located in front of the cafe and on the door of the cafe which contrasted dramatically with the modern interiors of the cafe.

I found the cafe to be very spacious and a lot of natural light filled the cafe through the glass windows. You have the option of sitting outside or indoors where there are plenty more tables and chairs. The counter is full of daily baked desserts such as homemade muffins, cookies and bread. The vibe of the cafe is a cross between rustic and modern at the same time.

Orto

Plants

Orto Sign

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Bar

Bar 2

I thought this was quite cute – hanging old drink bottles filled with water and flowers on top of the bar

Kitchen

Tables

Table Setting

Menu

Menu

The Menu

Juice

Apple juice with mixed berries

I really loved the juice with the mix of apple and berries it was so light and refreshing! The flavours all worked well together. The appearance of the juice was really pretty even with the paper straw however the only drawback was that once you had drank a bit from the straw, the straw slowly softened as it was paper and after awhile it was not as pleasant to drink from.

Coffee

Mr Muscle’s Coffee

Eggs Benedict

Mr Muscles meal: Eggs Benedict with Berkshire Gypsy Ham and Hollandaise served with a side of house made Boston beans  $20.50

Mr Muscles enjoyed his meal however he felt he had eaten better eggs benedict at other cafes. While the presentation was very visually appealing with fresh ingredients, the food was lacking the wow factor in terms of taste. The baked beans which he ordered as an accompaniment to the dish however were quite enjoyable as they added extra spicyness to the dish to add a whole new flavour to the beans and give it a little kick.

Muesli

Orto’s house made muesli served with fresh fruit, organic Meredith’s sheep yoghurt and organic honeycomb $12.50

I had read about their signature waffles on various blogs and wanted to this dish but was not feeling too hungry at the time so decided to go for the healthier option. I will definitely have to try the waffles if I come back to visit next time. I decided to order the muesli that came with fruit and yoghurt instead. Unfortunately, I didn’t really think the muesli was that great. Once again, while the food was very visually appealing, I found this dish super difficult to eat with all the fruit planted on top of the muesli with fruit that I thought while they were trying to showcase fresh produce, the fruit didn’t really pair well with the dish. I would have preferred berries or apples compared to the massive amounts of figs that were used for the dish. Also, I found that the honeycomb was a nice addition to the yoghurt but was difficult to eat as it was hard to break through it. I think this dish would have been better if they had served toasted muesli instead of natural muesli as even with the yoghurt and milk served on the side, the dish lacked a lot of flavour. I think I hyped up the dishes well before coming here as well so I was hoping for a lot of great dishes but somehow they fell short. Perhaps it was the wrong menu choice as well on my behalf so I’ll definitely have to try something else next time.

Date Cookies

Muffins

Muffins 2

Assorted homemade cookies, cakes and muffins at the counter

I took away the sticky date cookie after my meal to try some of their homemade baked goods. I unfortunately didn’t really like the taste of the cookie as well so did not end up eating much of the cookie in the end.

I’ll have to try Orto again and order some other dishes to see whether this visit was just a one off with wrong choices in menu items. Orto provides a vast range of brunch and lunch options so next time I might try some savoury options instead. What I love about the cafe is that they use fresh quality ingredients in their menu items which I am seeing more and more in new and upcoming cafes that are opening around Sydney.

Orto Trading

38 Waterloo Street,

Surry Hills NSW 2010

Trading Hours:

Ph: 0431 212 453

Trading Hours:

Breakfast and Lunch: Tues-Sun 8am-3pm

Dinner: Tues-Sat from 6pm

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

Stay tuned for some baking adventures in the kitchen in my upcoming posts ;P

Until next time

x

Jackie

 

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JACKPOT visits YOUENI FOODSTORE CAFE

Hello dear readers!

Hope you all are having a wonderful long weekend! Happy belated Australia Day as well – I hope you all celebrated by doing something Australian whether it be indulging in various Australian foods such as Pavlovas, Lamingtons etc or having a bbq to celebrate with friends and family…I hope you all had a good time celebrating!

As the weekend is usually the time I like to really indulge in foods, I decided to visit a new cafe that I haven’t been to before. I had read a lot of reviews online from various food blogs about Youeni Foodstore and I saw various instagram photos circulating around displaying all the wonderful foods on offer from the foodstore cafe and I knew immediately that this was a cafe I needed to visit. Youeni Foodstore have 3 locations: Surry hills, Darlinghurst and the newly opened cafe at Castle Hill. I decided to try the cafe at Surry Hills as it was the closest to home.

The cafe is situated among various warehouse like buildings nestled in the middle. It is a cosy atmosphere with a few tables and chairs which have been placed outside the kitchen space/counter where you can peer into the kitchen to see what the staff are cooking inside. If you aren’t feeling like eating in, you can easily takeaway coffees, homemade baked goods such as muffins, scrolls and toasted muesli if you are feeling peckish. Outside of the cafe, the owners have placed various boxes of fruits and vegetables to emphasise their use of fresh fruit and vegetables in their dishes. We got to the cafe around 9:30 and it was not very busy so we were able to get a table but as we were leaving, there were a number of customers who were starting to sit down and eat breakfast. It’s probably best to go earlier to this cafe so that you don’t miss out on all the wonderful pastries on offer.

Specials board

New menu items at Youeni

Fruit and Veg

Fruit and Vegetables displayed outside the cafe

Youeni Cafe

Tables and Chairs

Kitchen

The Kitchen

Muffin of the Day

Muffin of the Day: I think this was blueberry

Scrolls

Scrolls

Menu

Menu2

Menu

They didn’t have any green tea on their menu (usually my choice of tea) so I settled for a white peony tea instead.

Tea

My Peony Tea

Coffee

Mr Muscle’s choice of coffee

Mr Muscles decided to order the scrambled eggs as he usually tends to pick the savoury items while I pick the sweeter items on the menu. He was not disappointed by his choice as he raved on about how the very creamy scrambled eggs worked well with the giant kale leaves that accompanied the dish. You could tell the vegetables were fresh. Mr Muscles also ordered an extra side of avocado which had been seasoned with olive oil, sea salt and pepper. I tried a bit of his scrambled eggs and it was really rich and creamy. It was definitely a hearty meal and probably best eaten when you are feeling really hungry.

Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs, pan-roasted tomatoes, kale, olive oil, toast $12.00

Avocado

Side of Avocado $3.00

I ordered the breakfast crumble which was served with natural yoghurt as I was feeling like some toasted muesli. The breakfast crumble was a lot more dense and heavy than I expected as they had stewed the oats with dried fruits such as figs and fresh fruits that had been slow cooked including peaches and blueberries and hazelnuts and toasted coconut. Although being slightly on the heavier side for a breakfast item, I thoroughly enjoyed my choice of breakfast. I felt that the yoghurt cut through all the heaviness of the breakfast crumble and the softness of the fruits paired well with the crunch of the oats and nuts.

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Breakfast Crumble, Seasonal Fruits, Natural Yoghurt $9.00

Crumble

My breakfast crumble close up ;P

After we finished up breakfast, I couldn’t stop eyeing the pastries at the counter so Mr Muscles ended up buying me a cardamon and cinnamon scroll to takeaway. I couldn’t wait and decided to eat it on the spot. It was really delicious and I gobbled it up in a matter of seconds. The scroll was unexpectedly quite light and had some sugar sprinkled on the top of it and I liked that it wasn’t very large in size so I didn’t feel so bad eating it all up. I almost didn’t get a photo of the scroll close up as I was about to bite into it until Mr Muscles reminded me that I should probably take a photo of it before I demolish it whole ;P

Cardamon and Cinnamon Scroll

Scroll close up

 

Youeni Foodstore

Shop 3, 8 Hill Street

Surry Hills NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 9380 7575

Website: http://youeni.com/

Trading Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4pm and Saturdays 9am-4pm

Until next time!

x

Jackie

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