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It’s a brand new year!

Well hello there! Hello to 2013. Hello to new resolutions. Hello to reinvigorated motivation and a feeling of excitement. I have the feeling that this year is going to be a great one! It’s been a while since we last spoke. So I’m going to fill you in on the biggest change that has happened in the world of My favourite fruits since then and some insights garnered in 2012.

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Continue Reading January 3, 2013 at 1:43 am Leave a comment

Barossa Valley tour, January 2011, part 1(a)

What a few days we’ve had! We’ve just recently got home and I’m writing this post, flopped on the couch in Sydney, following a really fantastic few days in the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and Adelaide. I’ve got so much to tell you, but will try to do in brief – an overview follows. This post is the first in a series of three about the trip which I’ll publish this week.

Continue Reading January 30, 2011 at 5:55 am Leave a comment

Mm.. mmm.. mmmmm… meeting Maggie Beer!

Evening y’all! I’ve got so much to tell you about the amazing time that Mr L, Nanna G, Pa and I have been having in the Barossa Valley, (South Australia) these past 36 hours, and I’ll do that over the next couple of days, but tonight, I just need to focus on one thing because I’m so excited and I’m afraid I’ll ramble, so here ’tis… We met Maggie Beer today! Yes, that’s right, Maggie Beer!

Continue Reading January 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm 2 comments

A break in transmission between travel posts… and a sensational garlic prawn pasta

So we’re back and though I haven’t yet uploaded more blogs from our trip, I promise I’m going to. This week I’m in Brissie and away from my Mac (which is the custodian of all my food photography), but I was itching to say hello and share this garlic prawn pasta recipe with you because it surprised both Mr L and me with its brilliance! So forgive the break in transmission between travel posts, but for now, I’d urge you to give this recipe a go and then let me know what you think of it!

Continue Reading September 6, 2010 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Back in action! Dreaming of Greece and a long, lazy brunch at Xenos..

Bet you thought I’d fallen off the face of the Earth!  Never fear – here I am again with tail between legs… Why such a quiet period?  Well, frankly, it’s been a hard day’s night and I’ve been working like a dog.  Oh yeah – like a big dog – a Great Dane perhaps.  In any event, I’m back now and look forward to some more regularity in my life.  What’s more – Mr L and I are heading overseas in less than two weeks, so I’ll be able to share some magical food experiences with you.  Bring that on really.  In the mean time though, dreaming of Greece, I thought I’d tell you about a great Sunday brunch we had recently with BF, Commando and TB at Xenos Cafe Restaurant in Crows Nest.

The big dog here is a representation of how hard I've been working.. (pic from http://www.breederretriever.com)

The big dog here is a representation of how hard I've been working.. (pic from http://www.breederretriever.com)

A long, lazy brunch at Xenos

You know how people talk about long lazy brunches?  On this particular Sunday, that’s exactly what we had.  We met up at 10 am and had such a good time eating, chatting, laughing and playing with TB (BF and Commando’s gorgeous tiny wee man), that the time seemed to zoom by.  Before we knew it, the hands on the clock were pointing at 12:30 pm!  Time really does fly when you’re having fun.

Corn fritters of a different kind

I’m a sucker for a corn fritter.  Like my love for pork, I am somewhat renowned for this affiliation and of course Mr L knew what I was having as soon as he looked at the menu.  BF had the same idea and after a small amount of deliberating over Xenos’ extensive breakie menu, we ordered the corn fritters.  They were served with bacon, avocado and a tomato relish.  Unexpectedly, they also arrived with two poached eggs and a cheeky piece of roast tomato on the side.  A decent breakfast by any account!

The corn fritters were deep fried – a take on the corn fritter we’d not previously encountered.  With the relish and the bacon and avocado, they’re pretty good, but I’d probably prefer them less fried.  Everything else was delicious though – particularly the poached eggs and tangy relish.

Corn fritters

Corn fritters

The Cure

Mr L made his way through a number of glasses of red the night before, so when he found a menu item named “The Cure”, he wasn’t going to argue.  The Cure was comprised of bacon, steak, eggs (any way), a hash brown, five chipolatas (yes, five!) and a token piece of tomato.  The only thing that could have improved this breakfast was for it to be delivered by Robert Smith of the meal’s name sake band.  I’m not sure whether it’s due to rehydration, or the breakfast itself, but Mr L certainly has more of a spring in his step after breakie.  It’s quite possible that in this case, The Cure was better than prevention!

Mr L's Cure!

Mr L's Cure!

Tomatoey eggs

I didn’t note down the name of the breakie that Commando chose from the specials menu, but it was a special Greek breakfast, made up of poached eggs in a rich tomato sauce with loads of dippy toast.   When we’re in Kefalonia, Santorini or Mykonos in the next month or so, I’ll see if I can determine what Commando’s breakie was called and will let you know! 😉

Commando's tomatoey eggs

Commando's tomatoey eggs

The tomatoey eggs went down a treat, and BF and Commando shared a cheeky fruit plate for a breakie vitamin boost.

Fruit platter with honeyed yoghurt

Fruit platter with honeyed yoghurt

Good hosts

The people at Xenos were happy to accommodate us during our long, lazy lunch stay.  They brought us loads of drinks, lots of water and the cafe was warm on an otherwise cold day.  I’ve gotta say – in Crows Nest, Xenos is one of my faves and there’s little doubt that we’ll be back.

The low down

I’ve just been reading that Xenos Cafe Restaurant is now celebrating it’s 40th year of service.  It is located in a sunny spot at 7 Burlington Street, Crows Nest and trades over the following hours:

Breakfast: 7 days from 7:00 am
Lunch: 7 days from 12:00 pm
Dinner: 5 Days from 6 pm

Closed for Dinner Sunday and Monday nights

To contact Xenos:
Phone: (02) 9439 1748
Fax: (02) 9436 2477

Or visit the Xenos website at http://www.xenosrestaurant.com.au

What to expect from me…

It’s fair to say that the busy times at work are set to continue until Mr L and I embark on our holiday in two weeks, but I’d like to think I can blog at least a few times a week from now on.  Thanks for your patience during my unexpected hiatus!

Moving on, I think it’s unlikely I’ll be blogging daily –  a few times a week is probably more realistic and if I can manage more frequency, that’ll be a bonus! 🙂

What I’d love from you…

Soon we’re heading to London, several parts of Greece, Paris, Iceland and a few cities in the USA.  Do you have ideas about terrific little eateries, or fancy, flash restaurants that we should visit?  I’d love to hear them!  To provide a suggestion, add a comment using the form at the bottom of any of these posts.

Cheers! 🙂

Bet you thought I’d fallen off the face of the Earth!  Never fear – here I am again with tail between legs… Why such a quiet period?  Well, frankly, it’s been a hard day’s night and I’ve been working like a dog.  Oh yeah – like a big dog – a Great Dane perhaps.  In any event, I’m back now and look forward to some more regularity in my life.  What’s more – Mr L and I are heading overseas in less than two weeks, so I’ll be able to share some magical food experiences with you.  Bring that on really.  In the mean time though, dreaming of Greece, I thought I’d tell you about a great Sunday brunch we had recently with BF, Commando and TB at Xenos Cafe Restaurant in Crows Nest.

A long, lazy brunch

You know how people talk about long lazy brunches?  On this particular Sunday, the brunch lived up to its name.  We met up at 10 am and had such a good time eating, chatting and playing with TB – BF and Commando’s tiny wee man, that the time seemed to zoom by.  Before we knew it, the hands on the clock were pointing at 12:30 pm!  I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun.

Corn fritters of a different kind

I’m a sucker for a corn fritter.  Like my love for pork, I am somewhat renowned for this affiliation and of course Mr L knew what it was to be for me when he looked at the menu.  BF had the same idea and we ordered said corn fritters: served with bacon, avocado and a tomato relish.  Unexpectedly, they also arrived with two poached eggs and a cheeky piece of roast tomato on the side.  A decent breakfast by any account!

The corn fritters arrived looking deep fried – a take on the corn fritter we’d not previously encountered.  With the relish and the bacon and avocado, they’re pretty good, but I’d probably prefer them less fried.

The Cure

Mr L made his way through a number of glasses of red the night before, so when he saw a breakfast option named “The Cure”, he made the apt decision to receive help in that form.  The Cure was comprised of bacon, steak, eggs (any way), a hash brown, five chipolatas (yes, five!) and a token piece of tomato.  The only thing that would have improved this breakfast would have been delivery by Robert Smith of the meal’s name sake band.  I’m not sure whether it’s due to rehydration, or the breakfast, but Mr L certainly has more of a spring in his step after breakie – so it’s quite possible that The Cure worked!

Tomatoey eggs

I didn’t note down the name of the breakie that Commando chose from the specials menu, but it was a special Greek breakfast meal, made up of poached eggs in a tomato sauce with loads of dippy toast.

The tomatoey eggs went down a treat, and BF and Commando had a cheeky fruit plate to wash it all down with.

Good hosts

The people at Xenos were happy to accommodate us during our long, lazy lunch stay.  They brought us loads of drinks, lots of water and the cafe was warm on an otherwise cold day.  I’ve gotta say – in Crows Nest, Xenos is one of my faves and there’s little doubt that we’ll be back.

The low down

I’ve just been reading that the unpretentious Xenos Cafe Restaurant is now celebrating it’s 40th year of service.  It is located in a sunny spot at 7 Burlington Street, Crows Nest and trades over the following hours:

Breakfast: 7 days from 7:00 am

Lunch: 7 days from 12:00 pm

Dinner: 5 Days from 6 pm

Closed for Dinner Sunday and Monday nights

To contact Xenos:

Phone: (02) 9439 1748

Fax: (02) 9436 2477

Or visit the Xenos website at http://www.xenosrestaurant.com.au

What to expect from me…

It’s fair to say that the busy times at work are set to continue until Mr L and I embark on our holiday in two weeks, but I’d like to think I can blog at least a few times a week from now on.  Thanks for your patience during my unexpected hiatus!

What I’d love from you

Soon we’re heading to London, several parts of Greece, Paris, Iceland and a few cities in the USA.  Do you have ideas about terrific little eateries, or fancy, flash restaurants that we should visit?  I’d love to hear them!  To provide a suggestion, add a comment using the form at the bottom of any of these posts.

Cheers! 🙂

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July 11, 2010 at 9:48 am 1 comment

Random observations (Melbourne part 3)

A quick one – in honour of the pussycat’s (PC’s) birthday yesterday – more random observations from our recent Melbourne trip. Fluffy deer, Kindness House, cow parties (if you don’t mind!), a flock of egg separators and the best hand made pita bread. All this and we still hadn’t made it out of Fitzroy!

Continue Reading May 20, 2010 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

Sunday sunrise @ Freshie and a trip to The Little Hand Stirred Jam shop, Berrima

The alarm went off at 5:39 this morning – between then and now, we’ve been back over to Freshie for a beautiful sunrise and photography mission, before heading down to stock up on chutney, jam, honey, mustards, and more at The Little Hand Stirred Jam Shop in Berrima. We’re exhausted, but excited – Mr L is excited because he’s got some fresh photos to review, and I’m excited because I finally made it to The Little Hand Stirred Jam Shop – after all these years of their products coming to me!

Continue Reading May 16, 2010 at 10:20 am 2 comments

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