September 16, 2016

Hidden Jem cafe, Kenthurst


Breakfast salad - spinach, strawberries, haloumi, avocado, walnuts and carrot.

Breaky bowl - Yoghurt, granola, fruit, chia seeds, pistachio and honey.



Apologies for another late post, it has been a hectic few months and the draft posts are adding up!

A few months ago I caught up with @sweetandyummie, @littleadventuresdiary, @vicklysweet and @msjayemm for brunch at the Hidden Jem café in Kenthurst.

Newly opened at the time and having heard good things from others in the area I was looking forward to checking it out.

From your standard banana bread to a healthy breakfast salad, one does not need to feel guilty eating here. For those of us who don't care or eat with our eyes there are the waffles and killershakes, topped with enough sugar to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Ordering at the counter, service was quick and friendly.  To match the food the décor is fresh, clean and bright.

Overall it was an enjoyable brunch consisting of good food and good company.

September 13, 2016

Eating out in Honolulu

Aloha, apologies for the late post, it has been about three weeks since I returned from warm, sunny Honolulu and it's only now that I have found the time to put together this post.

The trip to Honolulu was great! Though challenging at times (with a toddler and baby) it was nice to escape the daily routine of waking up, feeding the kids, rushing out the house, rushing back home, feeding the kids, getting them down for a nap, housework, cooking, more feeding, bathing, bed time you get the drift, it's never ending!

Unlike our last trip to Hawaii, this time we only travelled to the island of Oahu. Taking it easy we spent most of our time by the pool, at the beach or shopping. One day we got a little adventurous and went to Hanauma Bay, by time we got our s**t together, watched the ten minute presentation all visitors must watch, and got down to the bay we only had one hour to snorkel before we had to head back to the tour bus.

Snorkelling with two kids was fun, after five minutes of snorkelling I felt bad for Mr FPL who was stuck  on the shore with the two of them so I stopped took one of them and used the rest of my time taking selfies.

Looking back now all I can do is laugh, when travelling with young kids it's best to have no expectations at all.

Though we couldn't tour the island like unattached adults at least we could still eat and eat we did which is what todays post is all about, the places we ate at.

Hanauma Bay
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Across the road from the beach, 70's décor, cocktails, shakes, massive burgers and fries, a light up cup for the kids this place screams 'tourist'. Great value for money you will roll out of this place.

Bills Sydney
A must visit for any Aussie or non Aussie is Bills. Famous for breakfast the ricotta hotcakes are a must and are available all day. We dined for dinner and were impressed, everything we ordered was fresh, delicious and light, unlike other restaurants we had been to it was nice to leave the restaurant not feeling like we had gained five kilos.

Flatbread with goats cheese
Bianco pizza, caramelised fennel, sausage, chilli and ricotta

Crispy squid

Veal and pork ragu
Rib eye, miso and tarragon butter, horseradish, watercress and fries

Ricotta hotcakes

Wanting some good sushi we dined here following the recommendation on the Hawaiian Airlines website. Without a booking we had to wait twenty minutes for a table. The sushi was great, the best being the one topped with salmon, dill and capers.

Uncle Tetsu
With no line, unlike its newly opened Sydney store we took advantage and ordered an Uncle Tetsu Japanese cheesecake. Fluffy and light this cheesecake certainly was morish and didn't last long.

Eggs n Things
Another 70's décor, touristy establishment is Eggs n things. As the name describes they serve Eggs n things. After an hour wait we were lead to the dining area upstairs where we ordered and ate our Eggs n things. Great value for money one can order two eggs, meat and three pancakes for $9.99, if you are feeling a little rich you can upgrade your spam to a steak.

Steak, potatoes and eggs
Magnolia Bakery
Located on Level two at the Ala Moana centre is the Magnolia Bakery and Magnolia café. For any sweet tooth this place is a must! Serving their famous cupcakes, banana pudding and cookie sandwiches to name a few if shopping wasn't such a priority I would have spent more time there.

KCC Farmers Market
Held every Saturday morning is the KCC Farmers Market. Arriving around 8:30am it was busy, from flowers to fruit, abalone to fried green tomatoes these markets are worth a visit. Below is a burger I ordered from one of the stands.

Island Vintage Coffee
If you love coffee you have to try the coffee at Island Vintage coffee, using kona beans the coffee is great! We went for breakfast, the menu is fresh and healthy, a great alternative to a greasy buffet.

Mocha made with kona beans

Staying at the Outrigger on the Beach  meant a sneaky Lava flow or two from the bar at Dukes.

The Cheesecake Factory
A must for every visitor is The Cheesecake factory. With an extensive menu one can order almost anything, meals here are large and well priced. The cheesecake isn't bad either. 

PauHana Food trucks

Along Beach walk one will find this market of food trucks, after a few hours at the beach we stopped here for lunch, rustling together the small number of notes and coins in our wallets we order the Third best Ramen in the US and a Chicken katana bowl with rice. Tasty the food truck market was a good find.

Third best Ramen in the US.

Chicken katana bowl and rice

Tommy Bahamas
Also along Beach walk is Tommy Bahama's resteraunt. Falling in love with the décor and the outdoor courtyard I enjoyed dining here. The food was fresh and delicious.

Goat's cheese dip with mango salsa

Crab and avocado salad

Chicken jidori
Located in the DFS building you will find the Godiva stand. At the stand you can buy chocolates, milkshakes and ice cream.

Atlantis Steak and Seafood
As the name suggests this resteraunt serves steak and seafood. Set up for tourists we were in and out of there in about an hour. As a group we ordered a combo deal which included oysters, prawns, mussels to start, steak and lobster as a main and a dessert to share.

P.F. Chang's
Recommended by one of Mr FPL's collegues was P.F. Chang's. Really good Chinese food accompanied by lots of vegetables this place is a must.

To celeberate our last night Mr FPL and I had a kid free dinner at Azure. Located just off Waikki beach at the Royal Hawaiian this resteraunt is a must if you are looking to dine somewhere special. Sitting facing the beach we arrived just before sunset and took advantage taking as many selfies as we could. A quick look at the tasting menu with matching wines and we were ready to order. Largely seafood based, each course was delightful. Sad that it was our last night it was nice to end the holiday with a beautiful food, wine and company.