First official day of winter 2016, and it’s everything it promised it to be: cold, cloudy, drizzly 1st of June. I’m stuck at home with flu, feeling sooky and sorry for myself and often drifting off to Codral-land. It makes me think back to when we went to the ‘burbs in summer, when it was warm and balmy, with Mr J eagerly visiting his beloved bike stores, and me? Expect me to hunt the best cafe around town, with alfresco dining earning bonus points.
In comes Wolfe & Co – a lovely, bustling cafe in a quiet corner in the Hills District. Wolfe & Co prides itself in using and sourcing local produce, including some local Hawkesbury suppliers. The coffee is Five Senses, and the sauces, preserves, jams, granola and muesli are all housemade. Yes, there is life beyond the Inner West and Inner city areas of Sydney, people! Yes, this is a pretty good find in suburbia (a pretty popular stop for cyclists too!). Do they make good coffee? Yes. Is the food nice? Oh yes. Is the service good? You bet. Unfortunately, they ran out of their infamous Creme Brulee French Toast when we arrived, however it could only mean one thing: another visit is a must to try them out next time!
Wolfe & Co
538 Old Northern Road, Dural, NSW
Open Monday to Friday from 6am-4pm; Saturday from 7am-3pm; Sunday from 8am-3pm
Winter, Spring, Summer… Autumn! It was as if overnight, the seasons changed from balmy 24 degree nights to chilly, crispy 16 degree mornings. It’s a big goodbye to summer of ’15 and hello to autumn. I can’t really complain: I’m an autumn kind of person. I do like my beach trips and warm, breezy afternoons, but I’m also a fan of staying under the doona, cozying up by the fire with a glass of vino, and that much loved weekend brunch of good old bacon and eggs and coffee.
Speaking of which, last Sunday, I patted myself on the back for a well planned day: church, brunch, grocery shopping, and back at home before it started pouring rain the afternoon. The morning was glorious though – you know, the kind where the wind has a cold bite to it, and nothing can start the day right than a warm hug of a cup of coffee? Thanks to Di Bella Coffee, after feeding our souls at church, we fed our hungry stomachs with glorious coffee and brunch fair. Di Bella Coffee roastery is home grown and started in Brisbane in 2002, and uses the crop to cup practice where they support farmers and communities to ensure sustainability and quality is maintained.
Thanks to Di Bella coffee for the generous invitation to try their coffee at Baffi & Mo. Trish and Mr J dined as a guest of Di Bella coffee.
Mr J usually starts his day with a piccolo and I the humble flat white. No other place (in my opinion) does coffee like Australia, and Baffi & Mo doesn’t disappoint. It’s your good, old, Inner West cafe that serves excellent food and perfect coffee. No fuss and no frills – exactly my kind of Sunday setting.
The potato hash stack is my go-to brunch fair here at Baffi. It’s like you’re getting a super crunchy hash brown, topped with ham, a punchy slaw, soft egg and asparagus. Brunch in a plate!
Baffi & Mo is an institution in Redfern, and their coffees are consistently good. You know, the type of coffee that you drink because you just really, really like coffee. This piccolo is just right – smooth, has depth and just the right amount of milk & foam – kudos to good beans, good milk, and a good barista.
I’m claiming flat whites is as Australian as you can possibly get – and I’ve tasted flat whites overseas and they are usually total, utter failures. I love my flat white, and I know when one is either proper or a total dud. This is a quality flat white – smooth (again) and rich.
I’ve moved around a lot since I left home in Darwin at the ripe age of 18. I’ve lived in university campuses, slept on friend’s couches and floors, and have had my fair share of numerous apartments – all shapes and sizes. But the one move that was the best out of the lot was moving to Pyrmont with my husband. Pyrmont is one of those suburbs that I never thought I’d live in. I remember telling myself before, when I earn enough money I will move closer to the city. I’ve always been a high achiever of sorts – it’s my best and worst trait I suppose. I’ve had to consciously teach myself to be content in what I have, and I must say, I’ve seen a change (and an improvement!) in my own growth and maturity. If you ask me 2 years ago what I value most, I would probably say career, financial stability, and professional development; now, it would be God, marriage and a work-life balance. See? Growth and maturity.
Pyrmont has the best of both worlds: village and urban life. It’s pretty much a stone’s throw from the city, with beautiful water views, parks just right outside our doorstep, and that lovely village-y community that reminds me of New York. But, this is my beautiful city of Sydney, and this is my home in Pyrmont. After moving here, Mr J and I became instant locals and Pyrmont Local Growers Markets regulars. One weekend, I took my camera out for a spin at the monthly markets, and just started snapping away of my beautiful backyard. I hope you fall in love with my beautiful suburb, as much as I have. 🙂
Pyrmont Local Growers Markets runs every first Saturday of the month (except January)
Pyrmont Bay Park
Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont