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.
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.