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July 2018

In Dessert, Recipe on
July 10, 2018

Healthier IKEA Chocolate Oat Balls

If you’ve been reading this blog over the past couple of months, you’ll probably notice that I’ve been really into recreating things that I’ve tried (or in some cases haven’t even tried). So given how much I enjoy the IKEA Chocolate Oat Balls, it was only a matter of time before I had to recreate this one in my own kitchen!

If you haven’t tried the IKEA Chocolate Oat Balls before, you need to get yourself to your nearest IKEA and buy a pack! It’s essentially a rolled chocolate truffle, but better. Packed with coconut and oats for substance and a strong hit of coffee for that extra kick, what’s not to love?


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In Asian, Dining, Dinner on
July 6, 2018

Juan Bowl & Tea, Redfern

Juan Bowl & Tea

Unagi Hitsumabushi ($28)

There’s no shortage of good Japanese restaurants in Sydney, but if you’re looking for something that’s a little different to the standard sushi and ramen, you’ve got to check out Juan Bowl & Tea.

Juan Bowl & Tea

Tonkatsu ($23)

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In Dining, Modern Australian, Restaurant on
July 5, 2018

Lone Star Rib House, Top Ryde

Having spent the first 10 or so years of my life growing up in the west, Lone Star was always known to me as that funky looking house we drove past on the way to the shops. Not that I’d ever set foot in this Texas-inspired restaurant, but I can never forget its unique exterior. So when I realised there was another branch just 10 minutes away from work, I was keen to give it a go.

Lone Star, Top Ryde

Wild West Wind Beer Battered Onion Rings ($7.95)

A quick online search tells me that Lone Star was actually once large chain with 180+ stores in the US, now dwindled down to 4. And although Lone Star has also closed many doors in Australia, it seems to be doing better, with some 8 branches in NSW- including the Blacktown branch that I remember clearly.

Lone Star, Top Ryde

Saucy Biddy ‘Chicken’ Wings ($9.95 for 6)

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In Pastry, Recipe on
July 2, 2018

Fresh Berry Fruit Tarts

We didn’t really have much dessert growing up.

Don’t get me wrong, we weren’t deprived during childhood. There were plenty of sweet treats in the form of chocolate bars (a lunchbox staple back in the day!) and of course birthday cakes. But things like pastries were most foreign.

With limited disposable income, the choice between spending $5 on something like this fruit tart which could feed one or on a supermarket mud cake which would last the family a week, it’s not hard to see why.


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In Café, Dining on
July 1, 2018

God’s Creation, Balmain

God's Creation, Balmain

Not being from the area, I don’t hang around in Balmain very often, but it’s seems to be quite the spot for brunch. There seems to be no shortage of delicious food options, and in an area densely populated with trendy cafes you’ll be spoilt for choice for brunch.

Which naturally makes it hard for newcomers to standout. But it’s hard to miss God’s Creation, with their bright aqua green exterior.

God's Creation, Balmain

Mocha ($3.50)

It’s by no means the only standout, and we can already tell we’re in for a bit of a treat when we start reading through the menu. With options like Prosciutto Omelette, scallop deluxe and black truffle toast it’s much fancier than your average neighbourhood cafe fare.

We’ve landed at God’s Creation today, thanks to an invite from Dr Social and God’s Creation and we honestly could not be more thankful for the invite to pull us out of the comfort zone of our own hood.

God's Creation, Balmain

The Salmon di Panarea ($20)

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