Monday, January 14, 2013

Good times collective #6

We're off and running in 2013, and straight back into the thick of things. There's a sense of reserved optimism this summer and I get the feeling that it's a prelude to a pretty massive year to come - hang on for the ride.

Pomegranate froyo with mango and lychee pearls from MooBerry, King Street, Newtown
(Disclosure: Food, booze and shoes is acquainted with staff at MooBerry)
It's the summer of froyo. The hot days so far are proof that the boom in frozen yoghurt, or froyo, operators is scarily on trend.

I don't know whether it's a short-term or even seasonal fad but I do know the cool, refreshing feel of the fruity pomegranate froyo with fruit and lychee pearls is my summer in a cup.

Biscotti froyo with Oreos and macarons from MooBerry, King Street, Newtown
(Disclosure: Food, booze and shoes is acquainted with staff at MooBerry)
On the other end from the fruity froyo scale is the all-out dessert approach: like biscotti flavoured froyo with Oreo crumbs and miniature macarons that are as cute as they are decadent.

Chicken burger with chips from The Grounds of Alexandria, Huntley Street, Alexandria
Ten months on and the crowds keep queueing up at The Grounds with no signs of waning. Personally, If I'm hungry I can't really manage a 30-minute wait so it's a good thing that they've introduced a more substantial takeaway menu on top of cakes and coffee.

I have no issue diving into a juicy fried chicken burger for brunch in the garden, especially with The Grounds' very good thick cut potato chips and aioli on the side.

Quinoa salad from The Grounds of Alexandria
The healthy among us can look to the menu of salads including this one of quinoa, kale, pumpkin, sultanas and more. A little on the sweetly-dressed side, it was a generous serve that made an interesting dip for the chips.

Bloody Mary at The Forresters, corner Riley and Foveaux Streets, Surry Hills
The jar-sized Bloody Mary at The Forresters must be Sydney's best dressed. Garnished to the point of being a salad, this vodka and tomato juice cocktail has to be healthy on some level, with cucumber, a pickled onion, cherry tomato, artichoke and rosemary all taking pride of place.

Sunday roast - roast beef with roast vegies at The Forresters
The Bloody Mary joined the weekly changing Sunday roast, complete with roast vegetables, gravy and sauce. Just be wary of potentially dry roast beef which chewy and dry, was clearly overcooked and probably kept on some heat source for a little too long.

Chicken nuggets from The Forresters
There wasn't much more satisfaction from the chicken nuggets, which were battered breast fillets smothered in a tomato and onion sauce. The unseasoned chicken has nothing on Maccas, I'm afraid.

Baked eggs with beans at Vicinity, Bourke Road, Alexandria
(Disclosure: Food, booze and shoes is acquainted with staff at Vicinity)
I've heard that Vicinity stopped serving breakfast recently, which is a shame as it was a great, airy spot with outdoor seating that is really made for brunching - and Sunday afternoon drinks.

I'm not sure which direction the venue is moving towards but the breakfast I did sample there needed tweaking. The baked eggs with beans in a tomato-ey sauce looked more like poached eggs dumped on top of some tasty home made beans, served with a huge slice of barely toasted bread.

Green and gold at Vicinity, Bourke Road, Alexandria
(Disclosure: Food, booze and shoes is acquainted with staff at Vicinity)
The 'green and gold' breakfast dish was actually quite a good, healthy option: more large-slice bread with mashed avocado, broccoli, watercress and a poached egg.

I keep meaning to return for lunch or dinner, but I'll also be watching their morning offerings with interest - after all, a big year is going to need a big breakfast.

MooBerry - Real Froyo and Smoothies on Urbanspoon

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Tina @ bitemeshowme said...

Mmm what a delicious looking post. Need to hit up The Forresters sooner rather than later!

Sherrie @ Crystal Noir said...

Sydney is definitely hitting up the froyo craze aren't they? Loving biscotti froyo though :D

Haven't yet dragged myself to the Grounds yet but with such positive reviews, looks like I ought to soon!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Oh those nuggets have so much sauce on them! A shame that they didn't have flavour too :(

gaby @ lateraleating said...

The Grounds is in my wishlist... but I hate queues.

Sara - Belly Rumbles said...

Moo Berry is the cutest froyo ever, seems I need to pay a visit.

Tina said...

Hi Tina - Yup, definitely recommend their pizzas!

Hi Sherrie - Yeah, it's been so long since I had froyo that when I did have it for the first time during this craze, I loved it!

Hi Lorraine - Yeah and I was so excited seeing them on the menu...

Hi gaby - Me too. It's a good thing their takeaway menu has expended - maybe check that out?

Hi Sara - Yup! The coconut flavour is great too, if they have that on!

Priscilla said...

Tina, you must tell me your secret.
How on EARTH do you eat all this glorious and stay so thin???!!!

That burger at the Grounds looks delicious but I can't bare the thought of the line!!!

Annie said...

Been wanting to go to The Grounds for so long but can't stand waiting in queues. So surprised about how popular this place is.


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