So apparently 2017 was the year of the Buddha bowl.
I’m not one to stay on trend, so I’m a little late getting on this bandwagon. But I’m loving bowls at the moment. Poké bowls, Buddha bowls, nourish bowls (to a lesser extent, smoothie bowls), you name it! Because hey, it means that eating colourful veggies is finally cool!
Inspired by Tinker Northcote’s Mango and Saffron Panna Cotta, this Breakfast Panna Cotta is a simple combination of coconut panna cotta and seasonal fresh fruit. It is sure to brighten your morning!
My usual breakfast on a weekday is a bowl of cereal. Yes, it’s not the most exciting I’ll admit. But it means I always get one serve of dairy by 9am in the morning, it’s easy, cheap and I can mix up the type of cereal I buy to get a bit more variety.
So when it comes weekends, I’m usually more into a savoury cooked breakfast. Something along the lines of eggs and toast- if you read any of my café reviews, you’ll probably notice I almost never order granola or muesli. Or anything sweet for that matter!
This Breakfast Panna Cotta Granola Bowl is one of the few sweet, cold dishes that I would actually order at a café. Would being the keyword, as I’ve yet to order one, but the combination of a silky smooth panna cotta with fresh fruit and berries sounds good to me!
I know there’s a number of cafés which offer breakfast panna cotta bowls in Sydney, but I’ve yet to come across one that plated quite as beautifully as the one from Tinker Northcote. Which unfortunately, is in Melbourne. Not to worry, I do enjoy recreating dishes from cafés so their version of this dish served as great inspiration for me!
Living somewhere with minimal public transport, I do like to scout out local eats because not having to travel far always makes the day so much less tiring. When it comes to cafes, there’s only a handful around me that I regularly go back to so when Moss Bros Dessert & Brunch Cafe opened I was super keen to give it a go.
It’s located on the main strip of Rouse Hill Town Centre, a large space which once housed a chocolate cafe which was pretty much the only dessert option in the complex. Moss Bros is a much welcomed upgrade from the previous occupant though, just take a look at their stunning cake display and you’ll understand why.
It’s not every day that I venture out towards the CBD these days, but when I do, it’s usually on a Sunday when more than half of the cafes I want to visit are not actually open. Boo.
I am however, fortunate enough to have friends who have excellent food recommendations, which is how I end up all the way in Woolloomooloo for a quick bite at Smoking Gun Bagels.
It’s a tiny store tucked away in the quieter back streets of Woollomooloo- not exactly an easy find, but the promise of delicious homemade bagels and coffee is enough to draw a constant stream of visitors. Afterall- there aren’t all that many places which do bagels in Sydney!
Seating is very limited but bagels are a quick eat so it isn’t a long wait if you’re after a table. The menu is quite simple, with options ranging from the brekkie staple of bacon & eggs, to more exciting flavours like Kimcheese as well as dessert options if something like lemon meringue is more your thing.
You’re Just Too Good to Beetroot ($14)
When dining out, I tend to prefer visiting places with good reviews but every once in a while I do come across some surprisingly good eateries which are well hidden from the internet. Such was the case when I visited The Dining & Co, a little cafe hidden away in the quieter suburban streets of North Ryde (a stone throw away from my karate classes infact!).