sydney snacks ii

If my radio silence hasn't been any indication, I've been a bit of a busy bee lately. In between long uni days, assignments and somehow squeezing in a social life I've barely had time to catch a break, let alone blog! True to form though, if there's anything I'll make time for it's food, specifically ice cream. I've actually made this kind of post before, but I think I'll start making quick roundups of the stuff I eat a regular thing. More often than not, my phone's full of food photos that never see the light of day. While the quality's not exactly ideal, as they say the best camera's the one you have with you!  Anyway, onto the main course...

      

I've visited Chanoma Cafe twice in the last fortnight and I'm not even ashamed to admit it. At $2.90 a pop for the green tea soft serve, it really can't be beat when it's late and I'm desperate for my green tea fix! The matcha fruit anmitsu's also a good option if you're after a more wholesome dessert, and comes with fresh fruit, red bean paste and dango.
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Yep, you saw right – yet another late night dessert run at Anita Gelato, which I actually blogged about not too long ago! Note that I didn't get any of the above flavours, but went for panna cotta and Belgian chocolate instead. The panna cotta tasted like caramel and was a bit sweet on its own, but when paired with the bittersweet chocolate it made the perfect combo! I just love this place a lot, the interiors are so inviting and the interesting flavours always keep me coming back for more.
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Menya Mappen is my go-to place for a quick meal, and I'm pretty sure every uni student I know would agree! If you ask me, ontama bukkake udon's the way to go, although they also have other noodle and rice dishes if you're so inclined. With the plethora of side dishes (tempura, anyone?) it's easy to get a quick, cheap, and satisfying meal. What more you could ask for?
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Would you believe that I hadn't paid a visit to Aqua S before yesterday? I may actually be the slowest food blogger in existence. In any case, I'm not sure how I felt about the signature sea salt flavour! It tasted nice at first, but got a bit overwhelming by the time it melted into a blue puddle. On the other hand, I loved the tofu soft serve. It tasted just like Asian soy milk and wasn't too sweet, plus it seemed to hold up better than the sea salt ice cream. I would totally have it again, but sadly I think it's only available until the end of this week. I'll definitely be back after the next flavour switch, though!
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breakfast at autolyse



If you ask me, there's nothing more satisfying than having a big breakfast. Besides the fact that I'll never pass up an opportunity to eat eggs, waking up in time for the breakfast menu always leaves me with a weird sense of accomplishment afterwards. Unfortunately that also means I don't go out for breakfast or brunch nearly as much as I'd like, but my wallet will probably be thanking me for it!

Anyway, one rainy morning my friend and I decided to drop by Autolyse in Central Park. While I love Surry Hills and all the cafes it has to offer, it's a bit of a trek for someone who lives far from the city like me. Autolyse isn't exactly new anymore, but it's definitely one of the more popular dining options in the convenience of Central Park. It has a unique menu that's super tempting, which is all the more dangerous for me since uni's just a hop and skip away...

      

True to form I ordered a mocha, since I still can't get used to having full blown coffee just yet. There was no shortage of chocolate and it seemed to be melted into the rest of the drink, which is more than I can say about other versions I've tried! Autolyse also has a number of teas, cold pressed juices and coffees on offer, which I barely even noticed on a board behind the front counter.



So the whole reason for this trip was because I wanted to try Autolyse's 64 degree eggs, or good old eggs Benedict under a different name. It had kale, poached eggs, smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce all on a cheesy sourdough muffin, although you can also switch out the salmon for ham or bacon. It was sooo good, the eggs were cooked perfectly and I loved the buttery hollandaise sauce! If I had to nitpick all the components together ended up being a bit rich, so I'm thinking I might've been better off with either ham, or at least a plain muffin. Nevertheless, eggs Benedict's one of my favourite breakfast dishes and this one definitely hit the spot.



My friend got the bacon cheese bruschetta, which came with bread toasted with cheese, avocado spread and bacon with more cheese on top. She likened it to a breakfast pizza, and mentioned that the woodfired edge seemed to give it that distinct smoky flavour. Although she liked it she also found it a bit cheesy, and added pepper to balance it out. As if that weren't enough it also came with salad and a plain omelette, which looked really tasty. I should probably note that these two items are only available until midday, so people who love their weekend sleep in need not apply! 



Considering it's named after a baking technique, it's not surprising that Autolyse has a lot of pastries and breads that are baked onsite. In fact, I'm pretty sure we would've indulged more if time (or our stomachs) allowed for it! My dining buddy and I shared the pain au chocolat and it was super flaky and buttery, just like a croissant should be. When we got to the chocolatey centre the ganache was insanely rich and bitter, probably not to everyone's taste but I thought it was necessary to cut through the buttery croissant layers.

      

If you miss out on breakfast don't fret, since there's tons to choose from on the all day menu. On my first visit I had the sous vide lamb shoulder sandwich, which was packed with pickled onions, pulled lamb shoulder, and tabouli. It was quite light and tasty, although I did wish the lamb was a little less dry. Apparently they've started doing these in burger form now, so I'll have to try that on my next visit.

My friend got the roasted pumpkin, beetroot and kale salad in the background, and I never thought I'd say this but I kinda had salad envy! Apparently it was really filling too, and on top of that it came with bread and butter on the side.
  

Not the best shot of the exterior since it started pouring down, but you get the point. All in all, I love this place and will definitely be back! The staff's super friendly and accommodating. Plus it has such a chill atmosphere, and is perfect for when you haven't had your first coffee and need a bit of peace and quiet. Anyone else a fiend for breakfast/brunch/whatever you prefer? I'd love to know!

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homemade iced coffee



There are very few things I like about summer, but an excuse to drink iced coffee all day long definitely makes the list. Heck, even that won't stop me during the rest of the year, and you'll often find me with a glass (or cliche mason jar) in hand when it's pouring outside! It's a far cry from when I used to dislike coffee full stop, but I think the taste has grown on me over the years. I'm definitely no purist though, and when I'm not having a mocha I like my coffee the Asian way with condensed milk over ice. It isn't necessarily the healthiest beverage out there, but it's definitely addictive!

To be honest, the method for this is super simple and probably doesn't even need a recipe. In fact, my mum refuses to use measurements and it still turns out great every single time! Sadly I don't have her skills, but there's really no right or wrong way of doing it. Besides, I don't think it makes much of a difference when you're in desperate need of caffeine...

      



   Iced Coffee Recipe
4 tablespoons instant coffee
250mL hot water
200g condensed milk
¼ teaspoon salt
Sugar
Milk of choice
1. Add hot water to the instant coffee, and stir until dissolved. Then add the condensed milk, salt and sugar to taste. Stir everything together and leave to cool down.

2. If you prefer more coffee, you can always add more instant coffee depending on how strong you like it. Serve over ice with equal parts milk and coffee concentrate. I'm a bit lactose intolerant so I like using soy milk, which tastes just fine (although pretty sure it'll work with anything else!)



The result? A strong, refreshing iced coffee that's a little on the sweet side, just how I like it! The only thing missing is a dollop of whipped cream, even though I reckon this is pretty decadent as is. Let me know, how do you like your coffee? Or if you're not a fan, what do you order instead? I'm really keen on discovering new drinks to try out!
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