The {Instagram} Week That Was…

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On Instagram?

Head over and follow along! @snappystreet

You can also post a little picture up on my Snappystreet Facebook  page and show me something fun you got up to over your own weekend!

Also, you can follow along if you have Instagram and upload your photos there, and use the #snappyweekend so I can admire all of your pictures there too!

Or even over on Twitter, again using the same #snappyweekend

I would love to feature some of your weekend photographs as well! So start snapping away!

Clubhouse, Rosebery

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 Tucked away in Rosebery is a beautiful cafe/restaurant called Clubhouse. Attached to Surf Life Saving Australia HQ this is a place that you should most certainly visit!

We went for breakfast one Saturday morning, and on arrival were one of the only ones there. This suited us nicely as we were quite sick of lining up outside the “trendy” inner city cafes for over 30mins just secure a table. The interior is styled very well, with an huge open plan kitchen scaling the back wall making it seem busier than it was. There was a fireplace, and gorgeous outdoor terrace, so regardless of the weather you were covered.

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Vegetarian Poached eggs, asparagus, goat’s curd, walnuts, parmesan, truffle oil $16

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Eggs (the way you like them) on toast $7.50 w Mushrooms $3

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The menu choices are simple, but taste delicious. Neither of us were disappointed with our dishes. After we finished eating a few more people started to arrive so the atmosphere picked up a little as well.  We couldn’t help wondering what it would be like to come back for dinner or perhaps even a long lunch in summer sitting out on the deck on the comfy looking outdoor lounges scattered with cushions.

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Clubhouse is certainly a venue that is now forever on our list. The speedy service, no wait time and delicious menu really do make this a great choice for a weekend breakfast in the Inner West. Now all we need to do, is get along and try it out for dinner with a glass of wine!

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Clubhouse

789 Botany Road Rosebery, NSW

Hours

Monday – Friday

12:00pm-11:30pm

Saturday – Sunday

8:00am-11:30pm

Clubhouse on Urbanspoon

Weekend Wanderings…

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Did you have a fun weekend? I know I did!
We finally saw some sunshine after many long days of pouring rain and puddles filling the streets of Sydney! I must say I was just happy to not have to wear boots the whole weekend, I feel like that is all I have been living in lately.

Saturday I headed in to the Strand in Pitt St Mall to watch my gorgeous best friend try on wedding gowns for her upcoming wedding next year. It is so exciting to be alongside her for this special journey! I know she will make a stunning bride and the groom will be a very lucky man.

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Waking to sunshine and blue skies on Sunday we decided to get out and about and go for a nice long walk (something I love to do!)

We headed to Kepos St Kitchen in Refern –  a venue I had been keen to try out for some time! It appeared everyone else had the same idea, so sadly we had quite a wait before we were able to be seated. I think they were overwhelmed by everyone else who had the same idea to escape the house with the first sign of sunshine. Once inside we weren’t disappointed!

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Felafel, hummus, tabolueh, mint, schiacciata bread – $16

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spinach feta risotto, preserved lemon oil, herbs – $22

 The food was very delicious, and the staff were very attentive given how busy they were for the lunch service. I was interested to see that they are open for dinner so perhaps I will have to return to check this out one night! My only advice is to arrive early (if you want to eat breakfast) as we had arrived right on midday we could only choose from the lunch menu and this also meant it was quite difficult to get a table and resulted in about a 20-30min wait for a seat.

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Later that afternoon we headed to the Bank in Newtown to meet up with my sister in law Georgia before we all headed off to their Aunt and Uncles place for dinner. It was nice to catch up over a beer in the new craft beer section of the pub Uncle Hops with her two friends Jessie and Oscar. Most people were taking advantage of the sunny afternoon and were sitting outside in the late afternoon sun enjoying a drink or two. It really felt like spring was on its way – with quite mild temperatures as well!

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Dinner with the family was lovely and we had a yummy slow cooked lamb with salad and potato bake. It was nice to catch up with everyone and get some cuddles from this cutie Millie! Isn’t she adorable? I can’t wait until the day we can finally get our own puppy! In the mean time I’ll just have to settle for the odd cuddle now and then.

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What did you get up to on the weekend?

Share a photo using #snappyweekend either on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter so I can check them all out!!

This week I am sharing a gorgeous photo taken by Dina from Blueberries and Bokeh

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She took this beautiful picture! Thank you so much Dina, make sure you head over and follow her on Instagram and keep the photos coming!

xx

The {Instagram} Week That Was…

tHE iNSTAGRAM (3)On Instagram?

Head over and follow along! @snappystreet

You can also post a little picture up on my Snappystreet Facebook  page and show me something fun you got up to over your own weekend!

Also, you can follow along if you have Instagram and upload your photos there, and use the #snappyweekend so I can admire all of your pictures there too!

Or even over on Twitter, again using the same #snappyweekend

I would love to feature some of your weekend photographs as well! So start snapping away!

Ultimate Breakfast Board

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 Weekends are made for long lazy breakfasts. There is no rushing to work, no commute, no need to throw down a piece of toast as you run out the door or sit at your desk filing emails while you eat your morning muesli. Weekends allow more time, creativity and flair on your plate. Enter the Ultimate Breakfast Board!

I find this the perfect way to have a little ‘taste’ of everything. Some mornings I can’t decide if I want eggs, a breakfast stack on sourdough or even grilled mushrooms with ham! The breakfast board takes the best parts of breakfast and allows you to showcase them all together and eat them as you see fit at the time!

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An important element in creating our perfect breakfast board is the avocado smash we like to make. All it takes is some simple steps to really help boost the flavours! For our smash, we take one very ripe avocado, a fresh lemon and some finely chopped parsley. Combine that with some salt and pepper to taste, and really get in there and smash that avocado! We like it to almost be a smooth paste like consistency as it is easily spreadable on toast and a much better alternative to butter.

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A breakfast board allows you to raid your pantry and fridge for fresh produce and assemble them all together to create the ultimate weekend smorgasbord. For us, it was simple as some sourdough, ham, baby spinach, goats cheese, eggs, mushrooms and an avocado to create a tasty avocado smash with lemon, salt & pepper with fresh parsley. It is entirely up to you what you like to have on your breakfast board, thats the beauty of it! Sometimes we also like to alternate ingredients with haloumi, baked beans or bacon (just to name a few!)

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 Cooking each element can be a little fiddly and time consuming, but I promise that the effort will well be worth it. For us, it was as simple as following a few key steps to ensure all was cooked and ready to serve at similar times.

First step was roasting the tomatoes. We lightly covered these in olive oil and mixed herbs and threw these in the oven while getting on with preparing and cooking all the other ingredients. Next up, making the avocado smash. This can then basically be left in the fridge until ready to serve. Now, I find pan frying mushrooms to take longer than making scrambled eggs, so these were next to hit the pan. With a little dash of butter and fresh parsley we kept these over a medium heat ensuring to turn them occasionally so they don’t burn or stick to the pan. Personally I like these in butter rather than olive oil as they can end up a bit too greasy for my liking that way. While the mushrooms are cooking away it’s time to prepare the eggs. Just a dash of milk with some parsley, salt and pepper and they’re good to go in the pan. Pop the toast in, and then keep an eye on it all! If you follow this order they should all be done roughly around the same time!

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What can be better than sitting down to a freshly brewed pot of English Breakfast Tea, while slowly working your way through the ultimate breakfast board? Weekend breakfasts never tasted (and looked!) so good.

Will you be giving the breakfast board a try in your home this weekend?

What is your favourite breakfast to make at home?

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Weekend Wanderings…

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I am quite fond of the saying “I need another day between Saturday and Sunday” because honestly that is how I feel every single weekend! I am sure I’m not alone there. It is funny how fast the days fly by on the weekend. Working full time means you not only have to squeeze in chores over the weekend, but also allow for social activities AND relaxation. It can be a hard juggling act every single weekend, because although you want to make the most of the 2 days you also don’t want to wake on Monday morning feeling like a zombie!

I think I had a nice balance of this over the past few days, which meant for an enjoyable weekend. Friday night and Saturday morning were filled with some chores, which then meant for most of the weekend after this we were free to do as we pleased! First stop was lunch with some friends at The Bank Hotel in Newtown. Although the weather was cold, it wasn’t raining so we took the chance to sit outside in the courtyard while we enjoyed our delicious meals. Simone and Ryan both ordered the cheeseburger, which certainly looked delicious but I couldn’t go past the special of the day. Pulled Pork with lettuce cups and condiments. It was divine! The pork was so soft and tender, and filling up my lettuce cups with the many choices of sides was fun. I almost opted for a pulled pork burger, but am glad I went with my original instinct of the lettuce cup version! Not too filling, but very tasty!

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 Saturday afternoon and evening, Ryan and I set about starting to plan our upcoming holiday. We are lucky enough to be taking 4 weeks off, and visiting Tasmania and South Australia. I have family that live in Tasmania, and Ryan has never visited so I am very much looking forward to showing him some of the beautiful sights it has to offer. I haven’t been since I was 13 years old, so am sure a lot has changed! While we are there we will be celebrating our 3 year wedding anniversary and our 10 year anniversary of being together. Any recommendations of places to go, restaurants/cafes to eat in or accommodation would be most welcome! For us, the Tasmanian leg of the holiday will be all about the beautiful countryside and landscapes that the state has to offer. Fresh produce and Tasmanian wines will also be on the agenda too!

 During our trip to South Australia, we will base ourselves in Adelaide most likely so we can then spend as much time as possible visiting all the wine regions of the state. We are planning a trip to Kangaroo Island as well, but if you have any tips or tricks for South Australia let me know!

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Sunday morning was a slow and sleepy start as the rain tumbled down outside our window. We recorded Aladdin on TV from the night before, so watched that curled up on the couch with some breakfast. I am glad that we had a chance to watch this again, it really has stood the test of time and goes to show what a true comedic genius Robin Williams was. Most of his scenes were ad-libbed during the movie, and having watched it again now as an adult you can appreciate how clever he really was.

Once the rain cleared we escaped the cabin fever feelings and headed up to The Pie Tin in Newtown for some delicious lunchtime treats! It was the perfect winter afternoon location, and we both opted for the Roast Lamb pie with a side of sweet potato fries! If you haven’t visited before, make sure you do. The offerings of sweet pies are also a stand out, but sadly we had no room to fit any in!

IMG_8402IMG_8408IMG_8403bwWandering home through the back streets of Newtown and Erskineville as the sun peered through the clouds was lovely. The weekend rain had given everything a new lease of life after not having rained in the city for so long. We are lucky to live in such an eceltic area with so much to see and offer all of the time. Most people seemed to have a similar idea to us and escaped the house while they could with the weather taking a turn for the better.

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 Sunday night we headed to our friends house for another in our tradition we have started called “Family Dinner”

Every few weeks we take turns to host a dinner party at someone’s house. It is a wonderful tradition we have started between 5 of our friends, and one that sees us having a chance to catch up every few weeks over good food and wine. One of the things I love most is the fact we start the dinners very early at 5pm. Perfect for a Sunday family dinner!

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We were very lucky to have some delicious cheese and sparkling to start off the evening, followed by a 6 hour slow cooked lamb with smashed potatoes and green beans.  For dessert we always keep it simple and small and opt for Magnum or Connoisseur Mini Ice Creams!

This is only the second of our “Family Dinners” but I know this will be tradition that will continue on for many years to come. We have already booked in our third! Do you and your friends have a similar tradition?

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 As August flies by, and another weekend down it is easy to forget that Spring will be upon us very soon! Something to remember as the rain pours down outside!

What did you get up to on the weekend?

Share a photo using #snappyweekend either on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter so I can check them all out!!

This week I am sharing a gorgeous photo taken by Renae from Colour and Dust

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She took this beautiful picture of Freshwater/Curl Curl Headland while out on a walk while the rain had stopped over the weekend. I love the atmosphere she has captured! Thank you so much Renae, make sure you head over and follow her on Instagram and keep the photos coming!

xx

The {Instagram} Week That Was…

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On Instagram?

Head over and follow along! @snappystreet

You can also post a little picture up on my Snappystreet Facebook  page and show me something fun you got up to over your own weekend!

Also, you can follow along if you have Instagram and upload your photos there, and use the #snappyweekend so I can admire all of your pictures there too!

Or even over on Twitter, again using the same #snappyweekend

I would love to feature some of your weekend photographs as well! So start snapping away!