Surfers Paradise Beach Cafe, Surfers Paradise QLD ($)

Address: 4 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, QLD

Tel: (07) 5527 6183

Website: http://www.thesurfersparadisebeachcafe.com/

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The day after we visited Muse, MC and I stumbled across Surfer’s Beach Cafe on our morning walk to the beach.

Atmosphere

It was quite crowded as it was peak breakfast period and the cafe is located at an ideal spot, right opposite the beach.

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In order to order we needed a table to sit at, so we stood around for a few minutes waiting.  We were a bit disappointed that there were about two to three tables of families that were taking up more space than they needed.  If they had moved down the table a bit we would have had plenty of room to sit.

Despite the wait for a table, we eventually found a seat by the entrance.

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The cafe has a lovely laid back surfer atmosphere.  There are surfboards on the wall and lots of yellow, blue and white around the room.

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The tables are a sort of old, worn white and the place gives off a very calm and chilled out vibe, except for the hustle and bustle of the busy diners.

Service

Service wasn’t very prominent as you have to order at the counter, which is probably a good idea given how popular the place is! Despite this, our food came out within about ten minutes and the staff were quick when we asked for things like serviettes and salt.

Food

I ordered a Tropicana Smoothie which was a very tropical combination of mango, pineapple, passionfruit and banana, some of my favourite fruits.

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Tropicana Smoothie, $8.50

For breakky I had the Big Beach Breakfast and MC ordered the Stack of Pancakes.

The breakfast was great, it was colourful and tasted flavoursome, the eggs were perfectly poached, the hashbrowns were crunchy, the bacon crisp and the tomato fresh.

Overall it was a pretty darn good fry up.

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Big Beach Breakfast, $19.50

MC’s pancakes were amazing, some of the best I have had.

I am a big fan of the thick, fluffy pancakes, the McDonald’s style ones that soak up all the syrup and just melt in your mouth. None of this crepe business.

These pancakes were all that and more.  They came with a side of butter, maple syrup and whipped cream and they were absolutely delicious.

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Stack of Pancakes, $9.95

Summary

Surfers Beach Cafe is one of those great finds that has a great view, a lovely atmosphere and a fantastic menu.  The wait can be a little frustrating but it was worth it for the view!

Rating

I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service-  4
  • Food-  8
  • Atmosphere- 8
  • Value – 7.5

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Gelato Messina, Darlinghurst ($)

Address: 241 Victoria St  Darlinghurst NSW

Tel: (02) 8354 1223

Website: http://www.gelatomessina.com/

Opening Hours: 

Sunday to Thursday: 12pm to 11pm
Friday and Saturday: 12pm to 11.30pm

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Now that I work in the area I am happily able to try out some of the amazing restaurants that Sydney’s east has to offer.

I had heard a lot about this gelato “heaven” from so many of my friends, and from fellow bloggers as well. It was after lunch one hot day that we decided to indulge in a scoop of Messina gelato.

We initially walked into the “creative department” side of the store which contains some Wonka-styled weird and wonderful single-serve desserts!

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They were so cute and very well made and we were “oohing” and “aaahing” over them for quite a while before headed next door to the gelato side.

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The cute decor and lovely peachy colours adds to the European feel.

There is a glass window at the rear of the store through which you can see the gelato being made.

Messina’s gelato is made from scratch using as many raw ingredients as possible.The piles of cold and delicious gelato flavours look so bright and enticing that I’m sure no one could resist them on a hot day.

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My friends opted for Dr Evil and Passionfruit flavours while I went for a scoop of Salted Coconut & Mango gelato in a cup.I tasted the Peach Bellini and really enjoyed it, but it was too hard to pass up such an unusual flavour as the Salted Coconut & Mango.

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There was plenty of pureed mango in my ice cream and a delicious coconut flavour as well. The salt gave it a bit of a bi-carbonate of soda flavour (sounds odd, I know, but it was in a good but unusual way). I really enjoyed this unusual flavour and will definitely be back for more!

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Rekorderlig Cider & Sparkle Cupcakery- Mango-Raspberry Cupcake Launch

 

 

Products: Mango Raspberry Cupcakes and Mango Raspberry Rekorderlig Cider

Available at: 

Rekorderlig- http://www.rekorderlig.com/au/

Sparkle Cupcakery- http://www.sparklecupcakery.com.au/

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The Brands

It’s no secret that I love Rekorderlig and many of you will be aware that I really enjoy making (and eating) cupcakes as well.

Rekorderlig Cider has been awarded ‘Best Cider in Australia’ and the brand seems to be growing bigger and better, recently releasing its new Orange & Ginger flavoured cider, which I will be reviewing in the next few weeks.

Sparkle Cupcakery is a unique store which sells a range of cute cupcakes and offers fundraising options and delivery ($18.00) on boxes of 6 or more cupcakes.Their cupcakes are made using free-range eggs and are made fresh daily.

The Event

I was very excited to be invited to attend the launch of Rekorderlig Cider and Sparkle Cupcakery’s limited edition Mango-Raspberry cupcakes.

The launch was held at Sparkle Cupcakery’s Surry Hills store , and I brought MDS along with me to see what all the fuss is about!

The Surry Hills store is like a chic boutique with a white facade and black awnings. We arrived at 6.30pm and had our names marked off the guest list. There were about 30 people there, mostly girls, and the relatively small store was packed out.

There was free-flowing Mango-Raspberry Rekorderlig all night and as I can drink Rekorderlig like it’s water, I definitely took advantage of it and had a few glasses!

Loving the free cider

Mango-Raspberry Rekorderlig is delicious. It is one of MC’s favourite drinks and if you haven’t tried it before you must!

It was MDS’ first time trying Rekorderlig and she really enjoyed it. It is the type of drink that is light and sweet and doesn’t taste alcoholic, which makes it very very very easy to drink!

MDS having her first Rekorderlig

The Product: Mango-Raspberry Cupcakes

We were introduced to the star of the show when we were offered some mini Mango-Raspberry cupcakes to try. The product was a raspberry cupcake base with mango icing.

The cupcakes were cute and the icing on top was quite plain compared to cupcakes in some other stores, but this allowed you to really taste the cupcake instead of the toppers or decoration on top of it.

The cupcake itself was light and golden. Although it was a mini cupcake, it had plenty of raspberries in it.

There was quite a lot of icing for the small cupcake, and it tasted like a mango mousse. It was light and fluffy with a pale yellow colour. I had expected a much more prominent mango flavour, but it was quite subtle and the cupcake was the main focus.

The best thing about the cupcake was that it wasn’t too sweet. You could still taste the flavours in the cupcake without being overpowered by sugar and icing. Although there was a lot of icing, the icing was light and had the consistency of whipped cream.

Overall I would say that the Mango-Raspberry Cupcakes and Mango-Raspberry Cider are both delicious. The cupcakes would be perfect for a tea party or birthday party and the cider is a great drink for lazing by the pool or a picnic or BBQ.

Rating:

I give the cupcakes 6/10 and the cider 8/10.

 

 

Mango Salsa

This is a simple and easy summer salsa which goes perfectly with chicken. Substitute the lettuce for a handful of chopped herbs (such as mint, parsley and coriander) for a fantastic salad to top bruschetta or eat with grilled fish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 cup lettuce strips
  • 1/4 spanish onion, diced (I used a brown onion as I didn’t have any spanish ones)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs chopped fresh herbs (I used parsley)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Method:

1. Lay lettuce on a plate.

2. Mix all other ingredients in a bowl and spread over lettuce.

3. Serve chilled.

I also added a drizzle of Pukara’s Australian Guava Vinegar to add an extra tangy kick!