Di Bella Coffee at Baffi & Mo, Redfern

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 with smoked ham, coleslaw, poached egg and asparagus

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!

Eggs benedict with smoked ham on an English muffin
Piccolo latte (using Di Bella beans)

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.

Flat white (using Di Bella beans)

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.

Look for your cafe with Di Bella Coffee here.

Baffi & Mo
94 Redfern St, Redfern NSW 2016
Open Monday – Sunday 8am – 3pm

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Home, Pyrmont

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

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White Taro, Surry Hills

Viet skewer chicken with green papaya and herbs in a black brioche bun with chips.

A few months have passed since my last post because you know, life happens. Christmas, family from overseas were over, a few mini holidays, the occasional bump on the road, and good ol’ work work work. All powered by caffeine, whisky and carbs, of course.

It’s probably fitting to come back with a blog post about our brunch today with some girlfriends of mine. Oh you know, the type of friendship where you don’t see each other often, but when you do there’s a mutual respect and understanding that things have been busy, I haven’t forgotten you or neglected our friendship, I appreciate the love and commitment, and let’s see each other again in 6 weeks’ time. Because that’s the kind of mature friendships that in this age, I cherish more and endeavour to invest my love, time and effort. All my girl friendships are a fruit of love, commitment and most especially, investment. The plastics and mean girls have no place in my life – this is the real, raw stuff and I love each and every one of them.

Back to brunch.

White Taro is a lovely little nook in one of my favourite Sydney suburb, Surry Hills, where parking is easy to find, the coffee is amazing, and the food is exciting. One look at the mango, papaya and prawn salad and you know it’s the perfect summer meal to have with friends.

Green papaya, mango, herbs, and prawn salad
Crispy skin salmon in a black brioche bun
Chook in a broth – grilled chicken in a spiced broth with mushrooms and egg
Waffles with salted caramel bacon, egg and oat ginger crumbs

White Taro
67 Albion Street
Surry Hills Nsw 2010
Open Tuesday – Sunday 8am – 4pm

 

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