CAFE REVIEW: The Tiny GIANT

Dear Instagram,

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Taking up a little corner of Audley st in Petersham, where the grumpy barista used to live; number 110 to be exact, is The Tiny GIANT. A little cafe with a large Instagram following, thanks to its pink fairy floss topped french toast and cronuts. It’s easy to get drawn in by the bombardment of enticing snaps so naturally I wanted to try it out for  myself.

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MOON FACE

 

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Dear Internets,

I have entered the moon face phase of this pregnancy which means excitement, impatience and puffiness is at its peak while the tiredness creeps back in. Often, I feel the pull of coffee, but since I have restricted myself to one a week, I’m choosing more wisely about where I drink it.

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Not one for exploring new food places on my own, I stole my sister from campus to join me. After seeing beautiful images of egg waffles on Instagram that reminded me to go back to Hong Kong, Haven specialty coffee, in Sydney seemed an obvious choice. Not only do they take your coffee peculiarities extremely seriously (there’s a charted ordering guide and everything), they also have an egg waffle menu!

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I opted for the middle of the line “interesting but not too weird” option of Hokkaido Red Bean & Matcha, paired with a mocha. My sister on the other hand opted for something from the lunch menu which was rather tempting too; cured salmon with avocado with poached eggs on toast…the twist? Poached strawberries atop the salmon and avo combo. It added a bizarre tart flavor without interrupting the texture of the dish…all rather strange.

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My mocha had a beautiful dark chocolate coffee flavor without marching into the murky waters of “bitter and burnt”that often sits opposite the powdered artificially sweet spectrum that’s common place. Topped with messy chocolate syrup and nuttiness, I had no complaints with my coffee of the week. Ah maybe all this healthy eating is the true cause for my more egg on legs aesthetic. Thank god for black monochromatic shift dresses and head shots.

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#FOODSTAGRAM

Dear Internets,

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I’ve been eating out a lot lately. Part of it is due to the large volume of travel I’ve been doing lately and the other aspect is the fact that pregnancy doesn’t allow you to eat much safely. As a result, my Instagram account has been inundated by photos of food…yes I am that person. The unforeseen consequence of this has been people commenting that I am making them fat or hungry. I try avoid very unhealthy foods if I can but of the latter accusation, I may be guilty. To those affected, I extend my sincere apologies.

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That being said, if you are a foodie and you look forward to opportunities of hunger, please find below some foodporn for your viewing please. You have been warned so please grab a snack before you scroll down. I will not be liable for any food adventures that take place as a result but I would be thrilled to hear about them! Here’s where I’ve been lately:

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The Cupping Room, Canberra

A haven for real coffee and food enthusiasts but I warn you, don’t ask for a caramel latte, they probably don’t have it. I routinely get the dark chocolate Mocha. It’s bittersweet, complex and rewarding like a relationship. Their new Autumn menu looks amazing though I will miss their brilliant pancakes; try the french toast. For those savory breakfast lovers, Huevos Bollo is fantastic! I would have loved to try the salmon too but looks like it’ll be a few more months before I can have cured salmon again. Home of one of the best cronut I’ve had to date (salted caramel is a must try)

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Penny University, Canberra

Another discovery from my Canberra trip and a delicious one! Their daily juices are fantastic as is their breakfast and lunch menu. I just can’t get past the quack Thai for luck which is essentially a very generous duck pad Thai filled with tofu and vegetables. Everything on the breakfast menu is a winner but for something light, colorful and delicious, try the chia and coconut rice pudding. For something savory, Japanese salmon fishing in Yemen is not just a story but an amazing meal too.

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The Poolside cafe , Sydney

Hidden within walking distance from the NSW art gallery, perched atop the Andrew “Boy” Charlton pool is the the poolside cafe. I urge you not to look at the milkshakes if you are trying to be healthy. They offer breakfast, lunch as well as a variety of drinks and judging by the group I was with, the Aranchini, Scallops and confit trout were all crowd pleasers. Lots of desserts for a beautiful summery day too so make sure you leave a little room.

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Roll’d, franchise.

Roll’d is a Vietnamese street food franchise I tried last year and for me it really filled the gap between junk fast food and salad. They offer Vietnamese style subs (banh mi), rice paper rolls (cuon), pho and bun (my favorite) among other things. If they have the soft shell crab cuon, go for it. Otherwise, the chicken bun meal with spring rolls and Vietnamese lemon ice tea is a filling binge eating deterrent, a very important consideration when heading onto a flight or hunting for lunch at 3pm.

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Kiss the Berry, Brisbane.

This is one for the smoothie and smoothie bowl enthusiast. You’ll often find it packed in the morning with runners, office workers, cyclists and school students alike. While the snickers delight bowl on their standard menu came highly recommended, I’m a sucker for seasonal menus so I had to try the caramelized fig and salted caramel syrup bowl. I went light on the syrup so I wasn’t bouncing from the walls and kept things somewhat healthy. This smoothie, topped with granola, banana, cacao nibs, almonds, coyo and coconut salted caramel syrup was an amazing multi-textural start to the day! It certainly beat the hotel breakfast while keeping me full and feeling light , a necessity in long meeting filled days.

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I hope I didn’t make you hungry and if you don’t live on the east coast of Australia, perhaps it’s time for a visit?

LONG LIQUID LUNCH

Dear Internets,

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Yup, I’ve taken the blog equivalent of a long liquid lunch because life has been pretty mental.  You may be fooled into thinking you have seen me sitting around doing nothing but I’ve just mastered the art of sleeping with my eyes open. As a result, many of my meals have been sipped on the go. I’ve become the master of fresh juice and home made smoothie combos but tomorrow I have no time to stop and I can’t make a smoothie out of my hotel room.

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Tomorrow (so I don’t just get drive through junk food) my liquid meals on the go are made by pressed juices. I’ve been sold on the Mylks for years, particularly my fave: the espresso almond milk. Next on the hit-list: a banana salted caramel smoothie and a tonic. Keep an eye on my instagram, I’ll be looking out for their raw food too. What are your fave liquid lunch combos?