Food Review

Eat St.

On Sunday afternoon, just on dusk, we jumped in the car and headed to the Eat St Markets.

 

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Alongside the twisting river of Brisbane was a bustling little village filled with great metal boxes, colourful lights and the warm flowing scents of amazing food.

 

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Wandering through the created streets and laneways, it became clear how hard of a decision dinner would actually be.

 

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We finally came upon something that Jade was looking for – Duck San Choy Bow. Tucked down a backstreet, the humble store front served its soup and main dishes to the chilled people walking by.

 

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Mission one complete and beers in hand, we continued under the setting sun to find dinner for me [sans duck and the like].

 

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As the colours in the sky started to fade, the music and throbbing pulse of the markets got stronger and louder.

 

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We made one final stop – arguably the most important of the night – to the Cronut stand.

 

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Sometimes I don’t take a photo. Some moments are best just enjoyed, and dessert was one of them.

 

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Have you been to Eat St. Markets? Have you gone back? I think I would like to go again, but with a better idea of what I want this time. Too much choice can be a burden. And then you end up ordering the sour cream and cheese pizza – delicious, but ridiculous.

Stranger.

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The Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds of Alexandria

Just a short drive from the hassle and bustle of the Sydney International Airport is The Grounds of Alexandria – a stylized eclectic mix of gardens, aged structures and gourmet delicacies.

 

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The gardens are quite massive, and create an enticing juxtaposition of man made structures and natural flora.

 

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Inside the Cafe, the urban elements of the warehouse-like structure take control, and you find yourself surrounded by the sights and smells of the fresh pastries and bread.

 

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Your eyes and your taste buds are instantly drawn to the bright pops of coloured tarts, cakes and sweet delicacies.

 

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Now we all know what really counts – and that’s good coffee. My poison takes the form of a short, double shot soy latte, I find that with so many elements involved it can be quite easy to miss the mark. Temperature, taste and texture are my three main testing points, and I was more than satisfied with the offering from The Grounds.

 

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There was definitely city vibes inside The Grounds Cafe, but not at all in a negative way. You felt like you were just a step away from the hustle and bustle – an excellent place to talk excitedly about future plans and adventures in your day.

 

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Amongst the sprawling gardens you will find not only the Cafe and Bakehouse, but also the Research Facility – the on-site coffee roasting, research and testing facility. There are so many elements that make up The Grounds, and it is truly an adventure to wander and sight them all.

 

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x   where – The Grounds of Alexandria, Building 7A, NO.2 Huntley St, Alexandria NSW 2015

x   who – www.groundsroasters.com

x   what – Cafe, Bakery, Coffee Roasters, Outside Dining, Show Gardens, Markets, Events.

x   coffee – Almost like seasonal eating, the coffee at The Grounds changes frequently, depending on what is currently being roasted on site.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed my first major cafe review, as I am excited to continue sharing them. You might even see me – coffee in one hand, camera in the other – anywhere around Brisbane, Sydney and the NSW Clarence Valley.

Stranger.

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