Something great is coming

TimmyC and I are going on our honeymoon! 

I remember when I was telling people that I was engaged, people thought I was already married and when I got married, people thought I had already been on my honeymoon. I could never win. 

It has taken a while to plan (17months to be exact) but it is finally happening. I am usually the least organized foodie, however I have definitely pulled my weight when it came to planning this trip because I had a foodie wish list I wanted to fulfill. 

Join me on this foodie journey to see where I end up. In the mean time… any guesses?

#Worlds50Best

What I wouldn’t give to be in Melbourne right now; snacking on cheese and prosciutto in Federation Square watching a live stream of the World’s 50 Best awards as they are happening. It is the second awards show to happen outside of London in its 15 year history and tonight is the first official public screening of the event.

Knowing I couldn’t be in Melbourne tonight, I did the next best thing. I attended the #worlds50best talk in Sydney last weekend. Like a true fan girl, I was on the Sydney Opera House website as soon as the tickets went for sale. For me the panel was star studded with Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana), Brett Graham (The Ledbury), Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn) and local chef Peter Gilmore (Quay and Bennelong) with Annabel Crabb as MC.

The hour talk went by so fast, covering how each chef started and talking about their experiences. I was the most excited to hear from Massimo but I ended up leaving as a true fan of Dominique Crenn, with her confidence and witty honest responses.

The Q&A segment saw an audience member ask ‘as a female, when did Dominique decide between career and family life?’ The room felt uncomfortable as he kept finishing almost every sentence with ‘no offence’, but her response was simple- he didn’t know anything about her life. In fact she does have kids, so do the other male chefs on stage. So why ask her specifically? She offered to have a drink with the man or go out dancing afterwards if he wanted to talk about it further in person but she invited him for now during a limited timed event about food to ask a different question. What a champion!

I’ll be closely watching the #worlds50best FB page and count my way down from #50-1 for 2017.

Spotted… In Belconnen

It has been a while since I browsed the mall in Belconnen and I noticed a few eatery changes coming soon.

Outback Jacks have now closed making way for a Lone Star Rib House. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too much longer. After a few shops shuffles, Rashays will be opening soon next to Hoyts cinema. 

Have you seen any other eateries coming soon?

Flower child 

Tapping into local knowledge of North Sydney, I asked my cousin where should I go for brunch that is in Chatswood, has air con (it was forecasted to be a 38-degree day!), good food and easy access as we were going with TimmyC’s grandma. She gave me two options but she mentioned that Flower Child was a sister cafe of the famous Grounds of Alexandria- BINGO! That was the one we were going to choose, the only downside was that they don’t take any bookings. TimmyC’s parents went 1 hour early to book a table for 6 people, they had to leave their mobile number and would be called when the table was available. What was supposed to be a 35-minute wait turned into just over 1 hour because every man, woman and child decided to have brunch there as well.Freshly squeeze juices~

Watermelon, pineapple and orange ($7.00).

Pineapple, pear, apple, mint and ginger ($7.00). I would have liked a stronger ginger taste but the juice overall was nice and refreshing.Cake~

Passionfruit cheesecake ($7.00). I may have chosen this cake based on its pretty looks but luckily it was yummy. There weren’t many layers or different flavours in the cake so the price may seem a tad steep for its size and complexity. Breakfast~ available all day

Toast with jam toasted sourdough ($7.00) with avocado ($3.00). I thought I would have received house made jams as well as the avocado but apparently not. The reason why I ordered such a simple brunch was because I already had breakfast and this was really just supposed to be the savoury component as I was also ordering juice and cake.

Flower Child Fruit salad seasonal fresh fruits with compressed pineapple, watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, lychee, pistachio, freeze-dried raspberries and yoghurt sorbet ($17.00). We didn’t see any lychee or grapefruit in the bowl but TimmyC happily enjoyed his light and refreshing breakfast but his favourite thing on the plate was that yoghurt sorbet. We are going to have to try and make some!Flower Child French toast banana mascarpone, sliced banana, dark chocolate crumb, baked pecans, fresh berries, salted toffee and maple syrup ($19.00). I didn’t know if all these ingredients would have made for an OTT breakfast but TimmyC’s Aunty finished the whole lot with ease.Brunch~ available all day

Tasmanian crispy skin salmon crispy skin salmon with young potatoes, green beans, truss tomatoes, radish, grapefruit, baby cos and olive tapenade mayo ($24.00). TimmyC’s Dad and Grandma both thoroughly enjoyed their meal. I loved the look of the crispy skin, it is making me crave salmon as I write this post.I think it was much easier to get a table for 2-4 people but I wouldn’t come here when it is really busy and expect to get a table without a small wait. Despite the hordes of people, a waitress set up our table, took our order and came back with our food in a timely manner. I loved the diverse range of menu items, the prettiness of the surrounds and food but I did not enjoy the wait and slightly cramped table we were on.

With gorgeous food and amazing looking cake cabinets like this, it is easy to see that this cafe has ties with The Grounds of Alexandria.Venue: Flower Child

Address: Level 3, Westfield Chatswood, 1 Anderson St, Chatswood NSW 2067

Phone(02) 9412 1555

Flower Child Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Blink and you’ll miss it

For months I was looking forward to a Greek restaurant finally opening inside the Hellenic Club in Woden. My email subscription to the club was a constant weekly reminder for me to go to Orexi, the highly anticipated new Greek eatery bringing with it a promise of upmarket food by an international Greek chef- Yiannis Baxevanis.

To my surprise, during my weekly brief scroll down the club’s email, something caught my eye which made me scroll back up and re-read the text. Something was different and it took me a brief moment to realise that Orexi’s banner was replaced with Fillo’s Taverna and bar, which started trading last night.

I started typing in Orexi’s website, the page could not be found. I searched the club’s site; no trace of Orexi. It would almost be like they never existed, except for the mixed reviews online as recent as last week.

I wonder what happened?

Looking at Fillo’s menu, there are plenty of things I want to try as it has a lot more range than when they were at The Hamlet. I might have to try it sooner rather than later, just in case they get replaced.