Thursday, October 9, 2014

First Pour

First Pour, West End
Well, well, well.... Turning a year older is never easy and I felt like I have not achieve enough over the last year. Anyhow, certainly much has happened since my last birthday including graduating and getting a job. So that is an achievement for me. :)

I was lucky that a colleague swapped his rosters with mine so that I can have a few days off on my birthday. Yay! First up, I want some good caffeine dose and I found it in First Pour. Being a weekday, it was surprisingly difficult to find parking, probably due to the working hours.  

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It was not busy at all during the morning. I wanted to try something different instead of my usual flat white, and I dare myself to try the 'Chemex' filtered coffee. Lol, remember our science project in school? I feel Chemex filtration coffee is something similar with using the filtered paper while waiting for the purified water to drip down.

That coffee was good. Surprisingly it was smooth, light and quite 'sweet'. I normally like milk in my coffee but this is delectable by it pure self. 

Food choices in First Pour is quite limited and I ordered the toasted sourdough with avocado. 

Toasted sourdough with avocado - $6.50

Do not undermine this simple mashed avocado on toasted sourdough. Somehow, I enjoyed it so much that I want more. The caramelised onions jam were so yummy and that was the first time I tried it together with the avocado. My favourite combination now!

No excuse to not have a dessert on my birthday! So I chose the orange cake...

Orange cake - $5.50


The almond orange cake was really moist and flavourful. I could not finish all of it because I was pretty full by then and was overwhelmed by the sweetness after finishing my coffee.

First Pour is certainly a great start for my birthday! :)



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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Balfour Kitchen

Balfours Kitchen, Spicers Balfour Hotel, New Farm
A couple of weeks ago on a Sunday, I caught up with Lainey over high tea in Balfours Kitchen. She found out that Spicers will be ceasing the high tea service, so she quickly organise one before it ends. My experience with high tea is very limited and this is my second one so far. 

But before we start, the first question Lainey asked was whether they have their 'special potatoes'? They were not chips yet not potato gems, but potato hash looking chips. They were delicious, really moreish! 

 Right, so back to the high tea. We could order any tea and refills on the list provided. What drew my attention was the lovely tea cups and matching saucer they have! 

Our two tier of food arrived shortly after our tea. As usual, savoury at the bottom tier and sweets on the top tier.


The selection of savoury food include sandwiches, a portion of sausage roll, quiche and small selection of pickles, cheese and ham. The sandwiches were simple and consisted of cheese, cucumber and ham. The rest was all right.

Now to the sweets! I like their scones. It was light and delicious when spread with the blueberry jam and cream. I think that was the highlight for me besides the 'chips'. I found their macarons filling quite diluted and watery. The chocolate brownie and the lemon meringue tart were all right. 

Well, both of us had a good time catching up, enjoying sips of tea while we snibbled on the food. 

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Double Shot Espresso

Double Shot Espresso, New Farm
It is quite easy to take things for granted when things are easily available and accessible. For example, a good cup of coffee is certainly quite difficult to get when you are about 200km away from Brisbane! Finally after two weeks away from Brissy, I returned to Brisbane for the weekend and two of my good friends were around for brunch! 

Together with MXM and Simco, we visited Double Shot cafe in New Farm. It must be one of MXM's encounter while he was looking for properties in the surrounding area. Double Shot looks new and nice with its decor and it has both indoor and outdoor seatings. We were just a little confused whether it is a table or counter service but we finally got seats after waiting for about 10 minutes.

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Chai Latte
First up, a flat white for myself, long black for MXM and a chai latte for Simco. They were all good and the chai certainly had quite a strong hint of cinnamon.

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Flat White
Lol, great minds think alike! Simco and myself had eyes on their Shakshuka, while MXM tried the croque madame, which was Simco's second choice. 

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Shakshuka
The shakshuka came with two poached eggs, feta cheese in a bowl of spicy tomato sauce, with hummus and tortilla bread on the side. The eggs were poached to perfection with the yolk still runny. Yum! I enjoyed the hummus as well as the tortilla bread. The sauce was quite spicy, which was not what we expected and Simco struggled a little due to the heat. Otherwise, I really do enjoy this hearty meal.

While I was slurping away my dish, Simco now has his eyes on MXM's croque madame....

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Croque madame

MXM commented that the meal was really good and the relish that accompanied the dish was delicious! Overall, we had a great time catching up and I myself was savouring my cup of coffee...



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