Breakfast at The Grounds of Alexandria

I have a confession… this post has been sitting in my drafts folder since March… I was debating on whether or not to post it considering I came here so long ago, but I took so many photos it would have been a waste if I didn’t. So, here you go! (Five months later…)

I visited the cafe at The Grounds of Alexandria in Sydney earlier this year when I picked my boyfriend up from the airport. It was the perfect breakfast stop before the 3 hour drive back to Canberra, and oh my, was I amazed. I didn’t realise how huge the establishment was! I believe the area used to be an industrial car park which the owners transformed into something really special. Not only is there the cafe but a restaurant, called The Potting Shed, as well. They also bake bread and pastries in-house and roast their own coffee beans.

As you walk in you are welcomed by a vibrant green walkway.

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There is a carnival-like atmosphere as you make your way through to the cafe passing carts filled with colourful desserts. Although not pictured, there was even a doughnut vendor cranking out fresh, doughy balls of fried, sugary goodness.

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I had to resist all the desserts on offer since we were about to eat breakfast but I definitely need to try some next time I visit! Kinda regretting that I didn’t get some to-go… ah food regrets.

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They even had a homemade lemonade cart right outside the cafe.

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Our Signature Avocado

I ordered the Ground’s signature avocado dish which came with avocado two ways; smashed and sliced, heirloom tomato, two poached eggs, a huge slab of feta, pomegranate seeds, a sprinkling of za’atar and mint on house baked bread. Yes. I love it when cafes add cheese to their avocado dishes. Cheese makes everything better. I liked the pops of sweetness from the pomegranate, and the za’atar gave it a nice tang.

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Breakfast burger

My boyfriend ordered the breakfast burger. It’s hard to go wrong with bacon, eggs, avo, lettuce, cheese, tomato relish and smokey mayo on a brioche bun. Let’s just say he was pretty satisfied and demolished it in about five bites (although not before I stole a sneaky nibble). The smokey mayo was pretty damn good and worked really well with the tomato relish. To make the dish even better, we got a side of crispy polenta chips with the burger. Unfortunately all the photos I took of them were horrible, but trust me they looked good!
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How could I not order a coffee at a coffee roastery?

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While we waited for our breakfast, I wandered over to the front counter and found this marvellous array of bread. Mmm carbs…

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I loved the homely feel of the cafe with rusty signs, brick walls and wooden surfaces.

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Oh and I forgot to mention, there is a florist right next door too! IMG_1066IMG_1078

The Grounds of Alexandria is really something. I’ve never experienced breakfast quite like it and I’d totally recommend a visit if you’re ever in Sydney.

Details for the cafe at The Grounds of Alexandria:

Opening hours:

Weekdays

7:00am to 4:00pm

Weekends

7:30am to 4:00pm

Address:

Building 7a, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria NSW

 

My first breakfast at home after travelling through South America

This post is basically about the foods I craved the most while I travelled around South America. It’s a bit-different from my usual recipe-style posts, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed eating my first breakfast at home after two months!

Travelling around South America was one of the most liberating experiences of my life. It was filled with meeting amazing people, purchasing last minute plane tickets at the airport counter, being accused of credit card fraud, taking 30 hour long bus rides, a few stints of food poisoning and altitude sickness, and of course trying out the delicious food each country had to offer.

From the succulent steaks and charred chorizo sandwiches in Argentina, the fresh and vibrant ceviche in Peru to the homely quinoa soups in Bolivia, I was at the mercy of South America cuisine (I did snap a few pictures on my phone of the amazing food we had, but unfortunately the quality isn’t so fab, so I won’t be posting any pictures here. I did however post a few photos on instagram (username my.foodfix) during my two months of travelling, so if you feel like a gander, go on over and have a look!). But despite the amazing food, there are just some foods I will always crave. 

Basil pesto

IMG_0429Mmm basil pesto. Pasta was my go to dinner during my travels- it’s cheap, easy and for some reason I never get sick of it. Unfortunately, basil wasn’t readily available and the jarred stuff was selling for 10AUD a pop.. so that was out of question. I had to make do with your standard tomato pasta, though I ALWAYS loaded it with cheese, which in my opinion makes everything better. I always prefer fresh pesto as opposed to the jarred stuff (although when you’re strapped for time, I’m totally all for it), mainly because I can add what I like! I only put in a little bit of garlic because I think it can be overpowering, and I like to use walnuts instead of your standard pine nuts or almonds. Instead of making pesto pasta (which I had later that same day), I mixed a heaped spoon of pesto with another heaped spoon of ricotta, smeared it on seeded toast and topped it off with spinach, smoked salmon and a squeeze of lemon. It was amazing. If you haven’t tried this combo yet, I highly recommend it.

Avo on toast with sweet cherry tomatoes

IMG_0427I wasn’t deprived of it by any means- Avocados were so cheap everywhere we went, in fact we had it quite often. Avocado is another food I could never get sick of. Normally, I generously drizzle my toast with extra virgin olive oil, add the avocado (I often smash the avo for ease and convenience, but for the purpose of visual appeal, today it was sliced) and tomatoes, squeeze a bit of lemon juice and sprinkle on a bit salt and pepper- yum.

Bacon

Greasy, crispy bacon. I wouldn’t call myself the biggest bacon fiend (I have a friend who cooks up 4 rashers of bacon for breakfast everyday and somehow still manages to be the tiniest person I know), but after a couple months (who am I kidding, it was more like a couple days), I started getting withdrawals. Like cheese, bacon has this amazing quality to just make any dish better. So naturally, I just HAD to fry some up.

A cuppa

I’m an English Breakfast or Earl Grey with no sugar and a dash of milk kinda gal. Sadly for me, fresh milk was quite hard to come by throughout Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru, and the more traditional teas we came across were generally of the herbal variety (though I do love green tea). Back home, I tend to have one or two cups of tea a day, one in the morning and one in the late arvo. Sometimes I cave, and have a cup before bed (caffeine doesn’t affect me), but that often leads to midnight trips to the bathroom to relieve my bladder.. Note to self: stop drinking tea before bed.

And on that note, here’s one last picture of my amazing breakfast!

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