Me and Mrs. Jones

——-09/12/12——-

Me and Mrs. Jones had only been open for 3 weeks but the word must have spread as Sunday had a bustling brunch service, luckily I booked!

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Tropical sunrise  strawberries, banana, mango nectar and passionfruit blended with ice ($8.00). I think the price is a bit steep for a beverage but it was very fruity and refreshing.

Motown mochachocolate pieces, double shot espresso, milk blended with ice and crushed flake ($8.00). Whoa! This was a hit in the face of coffee and chocolate flavours. A bit too strong for my liking.

The food took a while to arrive with a full dining area but they did apologise for the delay.

Buttermilk pancakes, fresh seasonal berries, sour cream gelati and vanilla bean syrup ($16.00). Great pancakes, Timmy ate this faster than he ordered it! I couldn’t tell that it was supposed to be sour cream gelati.

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Smashing Persiansmashed avocado, Persian feta, soy linseed toast and poached egg ($17.00). It was very unlike me to choose an option without bacon but there was something really appealing about this dish. I thought it should have had another piece of toast or something to make it more filling but I had a day of eating ahead of me so I didn’t mind.

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The interior decor has a very industrial feel. People were having lunch as I was leaving and they used really cute small fryer baskets to hold the chips with burgers.

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I hope they continue their attentive friendly service. I’ve heard the burgers are really good but I really want to come back for more breakfast options like ‘parfait‘ – frozen yoghurt parfait, fresh stone fruit salad and pistachio crumble ($15.00) or ‘cassoulet‘ – white bean cassoulet, speck lardons, eshallots, poached egg and toasted sourdough.

Venue: Me and Mrs. Jones

Address: Corner of Giles & Kennedy Street, Kingston, ACT 2604

Phone: (02) 6162 3355

Website: http://www.mmjones.com.au/

I spy with my little eye…

——-16/12/2012——-

Something new in Braddon! I’ve been in and out of Braddon recently to check out the Lonsdale St. traders and today I pop by and see there is a new eatery in town. The Elk and Pea Eating House caught my eye with their cute decor, outdoor seating and busy diners. Maybe next time when I’m not so full, I can stop by and check out their menu.

Situated down the end near Lonsdale street roasters, Pizza Gusto and the Hive (I love that store), Braddon is shaping up to be the ‘new place to hang’.

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The Elk & Pea on Urbanspoon

Recipe: strawberry and baby spinach salad

You don’t win friends with salad, but you will with this one. The warmer months are upon us and what says Summer more than sweet strawberries and a refreshing light salad.

What’s in the salad? You guessed it- Strawberries and baby spinach image

Strawberry and baby spinach salad

Ingredients~

1 x 250g punnet of strawberries sliced     1 x packet of baby spinach

1/2 cup vegetable oil                                       1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1/4 cup white sugar                                         1/4 teaspoon paprika

2 tablespoons sesame seeds                         1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Method~

1). Toss the baby spinach and strawberries together

2). Combine all the other ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk together.

3). Pour the dressing over the salad just before serving.

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It’s a simple recipe with maximum impact. It is not your usual combination and it has beautiful colours (coincidentally Christmas colours!). The only downside is that it’s not a first date food, check your teeth for seeds before smiling at everyone.