Sunday Slowdown | Spring in Sydney; Gourmet May’s Crispy Rolled Crepes; Chasing Dreams’ Passion cards

During the week, I saturate my days with corporate stuff (work work work! Gotta pay the bills). However on weekends I fill my senses with anything and everything that this beautiful city has to offer. On Sundays, I prepare myself mentally and emotionally for another full-on week at work, so I usually decompress and look for inspiring things that help revitalise my mind and soul. I’ve decided to create a Sunday Slowdown list of things that I love and enjoy; people, places, and events that inspire me, and everything else that I wish to share with my readers in the hopes that they will levitate your heart and soul as much as they have mine.

This is the first of my Sunday Slowdown.

Sydney is glorious in any season, but nothing more so than Spring. Think glorious sunny days, cool, fresh morning breeze, the rainbow welcome of baby flora and just the general bright and liveliness of the city as we wake up from our winter hibernation. You slowly peel away the million layers of winter that you apply before leaving your apartment; you start seeing more people in the gym and cafes for brunch; markets and events and shows start their spring/summer calendar; you start filling in your diary with endless social activities.

We are weekend brunch lovers. There’s nothing better than waking up at a decent hour on a weekend morning (think 8am), putting on your exercise gear, starting the weekend right with some endorphins, injecting your body with some good, proper coffee and beautiful breakfast grub, and then off to the markets. This weekend, we went to my favourite after-gym cafe Room 10 Espresso in Potts Point for our usual brunch (him the salt beef brisket with cabbage slaw sandwich; mine the smoked ocean trout open sandwich with soft boiled egg, fennel and rocket salad), walked to Kings Cross Markets for some window shopping / strolling, and then picked up a lovely bunch of poppies before settling back home. After a quick siesta, it was afternoon tea time. The sun was shining through my window and I couldn’t help but feel a little a lot grateful for this beautiful weekend scene.

Gourmet May’s Crispy Rolled Crepes in traditional vanilla and coconut | Gourmet May’s lavender and peppermit tea | Chasing Dreams’ Passion Cards (thanks Rhiz!) | Poppies in bloom from Kings Cross Markets

 

Gourmet May’s Crispy Rolled Crepes in vanilla and coconut – a delicious snack of crispy, flaky thin crepes in all its buttery goodness. Reminds me of the Filipino barquillos. It was perfect with the bonus lavender and peppermint tea that came along with the box. Thank you Gourmet May’s and Polkadot PR for the gorgeous crepe samples.

Chasing Dreams Passion cards – my good friend Rhiza is both an inspiration and an aspiration. A woman of Faith, these cards are for ‘doers, go-getters and dream chasers who never tire of pursuing their dreams!’. Go chase yours.

Room 10 Espresso – a small laneway cafe tucked away in Lankelly Place, Potts Point, Room 10 Espresso serves some of the best breakfast this side of town. Everything may be low key (coffee is superb, food menu is beautiful, atmosphere is relaxed) but the whole experience is quintessential Sydney brunch. Open Monday to Sundays, 10 Lankelly Place Potts Point.

Kings Cross Markets – from organic produce, scented candles, fresh blooms, to freshly cooked breakfast or lunch to fill your tummy. Go there to eat, drink (coffee or fresh smoothies), and people watch the wonderful Kings Cross crowd.

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Thirty

So I wish I could say that the reason for the long absence was because of something significant, a life changing event, or at least something important that has taken me away from the blogging world. Well the truth is… Netflix happened.

But let’s not dwell in the past. Last month, turning thirty happened. The big 3-0. Celebrations with family and friends, lots of eating and drinking, and I definitely felt the love all around. This year definitely felt different compared to the past years. I felt that I’ve now shed the last remnants of my 20s and I’m ready to face the next decade head-on, fearlessly. No more identity crisis, hiding behind the ‘I’m young’ excuse. This is real life, it’s here, and all I have to do is just be me. This 30s thing isn’t that bad after all. In fact, I’m loving it.

And what better way to celebrate than with this: crispy bacon and maple syrup blueberry birthday pancakes made by the husband. Because birthday cakes are so for your 20s.

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Barmuda, Newtown

Sour cherry jam and ricotta on toast

What’s your agenda for the weekend?

Ours is a standing one: exercise (gym, run or cycle), brunch, markets, meet with friends, drinks, home. You won’t find be at home the whole day on weekends. I’m usually out and about, exploring this wonderful city and just enjoying everything it has to offer.

As we grew older, we soon realised that we’ve moved from being evening owls to morning people. No longer can I stay up until 2am partying – my ideal Friday evening is in bed by 10pm the latest, in my pajamas, underneath the doona. Make up removed, teeth brushed, face washed, aromatherapy candle burning to lull me slowly to sleep. Because of our early evenings, we usually pack as much as we can during the day. Mornings at our household start early, usually around 7am – 7.30am on weekends.

Brunch usually follows after our morning exercise. It’s the only time we indulge ourselves – whats on the menu? Pancakes, french toast with crispy bacon, big breakfast, muesli and some wonderful, wonderful coffee? Yes please!

We also have our usual go-to cafes. Sydney is littered with amazing cafes, you just need to get to know them. From Petersham, to Surry Hills, Newtown, Redfern, Lane Cove and all the way to Parramatta and beyond.

Barmuda is one of our favourite, reliable cafes where there’s plenty of seating, the food is affordable and delicious, their scrambled eggs is one of Sydney’s best, and the house blend coffee is spot on. The service is fast and we always leave feeling full and contented, without that awful feeling that you’ve just spent your week’s worth of meals in just one breakfast. Oh, because it’s in my favourite suburb in Sydney (yay Newtown!), we usually do a quick lap around King Street, checking out the quirky shops, browse around the markets when it’s on, and just people-watch. Newtown, after all, has its own quirky, interesting and yet lovable character.

Flat white & cappuccino
Sour cherry jam and ricotta on toast
Planet Newtown: free range eggs, bacon, sausage, balsamic and rosemary mushrooms, roasted tomatoes and toast

 

Potato stack: crispy potato cakes with scrambled eggs, roasted tomatoes, grilled eggplant, rocket and tomato relish

 

 

Barmuda

283 Australia St Newtown

 

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