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September 2018

In Asian Treats, Cake, Recipe on
September 26, 2018

Softest Sponge Cake Recipe Ever

Super Soft Fluffy Sponge Cake, Castella, Ogura, Asian

It’s been a while since I’ve been super excited about a cake recipe.

Sure, I’ve come across many good recipes. There’s a handful of my go-to’s, like my trusty chocolate cake which I almost always use for cake decorating. Come to think of it I’ve actually never posted the recipe up on this blog….

But I digress.

Super Soft Fluffy Sponge Cake, Castella, Ogura, Asian

My point is I haven’t really raved on about a cake for a long time. Infact the last time I remember doing so was when I discovered my sour cream pound cake recipe. Which to this day is still one of my favourites I don’t make it often enough. Check it out if you haven’t. You’ll love it!

But today, I’m sharing a recipe that has absolutely stolen the crown of my all time favourite cake! I’m not even a person who chooses favourites so this is kind of a big deal. It’s so good I’ve literally lost count of how many times I’ve made it. And it’s only been three months since I discovered it.

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In -, Café, Dining on
September 25, 2018

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Hill

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Towers
Matcha Latte ($4.50, large)
There’s no shortage of brunch options in Castle Towers, with the opening of multiple cafes in the past year. But if you’re after a quieter spot for a quick bite, there’s also Three Beans Café, one of the older cafés in the area.

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Towers
Mocha Frappe ($6.50)
We’re visiting on a weekend, and though its busy, it’s not difficult to grab a table. Service is quick and efficient, and our coffees and meals are served very shortly after ordering at the counter.

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Towers
Smoked Salmon on Rye
There’s a generous serving of smoked salmon and guacomole on the Smoked Salmon on rye, although we’re a little disappointed there’s only one egg! It’s a simple combination, but we felt like it could do with a bit of sauce for flavour and the rye a little more toasting.

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Towers
Corn and Zucchini Fritters ($13.90)
The Corn and zucchini fritters are an impressively low energy (calorie) option, with a serve only being 1010kJ. Part of reason is that the serve size is notably smaller than what you might find elsewhere, but it’s great for a light lunch. The fritters are lightly pan fried, they’re thin and soft and tasty although nothing to rave about.

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Towers

Nourish Bowl ($14.90)
The menu consist mostly of your typical brunch staples (think eggs on toast) but what captures my attention are the selection of veggie packed bowls. And I’m not disappointed by the fresh veggies in my Nourish Bowl. It comes filled with grains, peas, kale, avocado, red cabbage, carrot, onion, coriander and egg with ginger dressing.

Three Beans Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

In -, Dining, Dinner on
September 25, 2018

Contrabando, CBD

Contrabando All you can eat Tacos

How many tacos can you eat in one seating?

The answer is probably more than you think, so if you’re a taco lover like me, you’ll want to check our Contrabando’s all-you-can-eat taco deal.
The rules are simple, you can order two flavours at once, and once you’re finished you can order again and again until you’re full. There’s 7 flavour of tacos on the menu which are about $6-7 each, meaning you only really need to have 4 tacos to make your money’s worth (or they do $3 taco Tuesdays which makes it 8 tacos!).

Contrabando All you can eat Tacos

Crispy Fish ($6)

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In -, Dining, Other on
September 23, 2018

Zambrero, Marsden Park

 

I became very familiar with fast food when I was in uni. Not because I was eating it a lot though. I spent half a year on a research project on analysing how ‘healthy fast food options were, an extremely interesting project which saw me spend half my time sitting in food courts and reading fast food menus. Much more exciting than most other uni students I’d say!

It’s interesting how the fast food scene has involved over time, and is much more than the burgers and fried food that it once was. One of my favourite fast food options is Mexican, not so much for their cheese and guac loaded nachos and tacos, but because they do offer satisfying veg filled options.

Which is why we’re here at Zambrero for a quick feed today. It’s a casual, Subway style set up, where you choose your meal is personalised right in front of you- Beans? Rice? Guac? Sauce? Completely up to you.

Powerbowl with Beef ($13.90)

Powerbowl with Beef ($13.90)

I’m all for burrito bowls, especially when they’re packed with fresh veggies, and Zambrero’s Powerbowl is right up my alley. Filled with fresh lettuce, salsa, black rice and beans the Powerbowl also comes with extra filling for an extra satisfying feed. The black rice has a nice and chewy texture, and our topping of beef, cooked with a cumin and garlic rub, is nice and saucy.

Chips and Guacamole ($3.90)
For some extra crunch, we get the corn chips and guacomole which are also great for scooping up some of the extra meal from the burrito bowl.

Quesadilla with Pulled Pork ($8.90)

Quesadillas are great value, at $8.90 for two, a filed flatbread folded over and grilled. It’s a messy affair, the juice from the tomato and our pulled pork filling dripping out the sides, but the warm melted cheese helps to hold everything together.

In addition to its delicious food offerings, Zambrero stands out with its Plate 4 Plate initiative, where a meal is donated for each burrito or bowl purchased- and as of right now, they’ve donated over 25 million meals already. How fantastic is that?

Zambrero Marsden Park Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

In Café, Dining, Dinner on
September 14, 2018

Turka, Crows Nest

TURKA Cafe Meze Bar, Crows Nest

You know you’re in for a good meal when you’re given two tables for a table for two.

I’ve only had Turkish food a handful of times and if there’s one thing I remember, it’s that it’s always a feast! And that’s the vibe we’re getting at Turka, which is filled diners with tables filled to the brim with delicious share plates. It’s a cosy Turkish cafe/meze bar located on the busy corner of Pacific Highway and Willoughby Road.

It’s a relatively new addition to the Crows Nest dining scene, one of the few Turkish restaurants in the area. And there’s plenty to choose from with an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. We’re eyeing the Turkish breakfast for our next visit, but we’re here first for dinner, a menu made of dips, cold meze and hot meze.

TURKA Cafe Meze Bar, Crows Nest

Engina – Artichoke Hearts

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