I had full intentions of writing this post while summer was still going strong and the weather was still beach-worthy, but it seems like I’ve blinked my eyes and February has gone and Autumn has arrived.
Don’t let that stop you from visiting the Armchair Collective though. Even though it’s conveniently located next to Mona Vale beach, the food, atmosphere and beautiful homewares available for purchase in the store will keep you coming back for more, as we certainly did when we visited them two weekends in a row!
Traditional iced coffee – $7
We started with a couple of drinks and I couldn’t go past getting this traditional iced coffee. I’m a bit of a sucker for DIY things so this was right up my alley with each iced coffee component separated so you can mix your own. There’s a shot of coffee, milk, sugar and ice cream and it’s up to you to balance out the flavours as you please.
Iced chocolate – $6.50
The iced chocolate is also pretty mammoth sized and is generous on the chocolate syrup.
Armchair Big Breakfast – $19.50
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Chiswick has been on my go-to list for a long time, so I was glad to finally try it out one warm summer night. Going on a weeknight meant that we weren’t able to admire the beautiful gardens around the glass-panelled restaurant, but that certainly doesn’t deter people, as the restaurant was packed on a Tuesday night.
Snow crab slider, lettuce, kewpie, gherkins – $9 each
I’d heard people rave about the snow crab sliders so it was pretty much a no-brainer when it came to ordering these. I wasn’t expecting the snow crab to come out as a crab cake but it worked with the soft slider buns. These are a little steep at $9 each but they were well worth it and I was left craving for more!
Crisp buttermilk chicken, cabbage, chilli mayonnaise – $20
The buttermilk fried chicken was a deep golden brown with a crispy coating that reminded me of KFC. The chicken was succulent and the chilli mayonnaise was particularly addictive with the crunchy coating.
CHISWICK steak tartare – $22
Pulled pork burger – $10
Lately I’ve had some major burger cravings – probably because I don’t think a day goes by without a burger appearing on my instagram feed! I’d heard about the awesome burgers at Chur and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to check it out. I mean look at that beauty of a pulled pork burger! The pork is tender and juicy from the house made BBQ sauce and the generous slathering of mayo and there’s some cabbage slaw there for crunch.
Crumbed fish burger – $10
Millions of peaches, peaches for me
Millions of peaches, peaches for free!
Ok, so they’re not exactly free but they were for me! I’ve been wanting to go fruit picking for a long time, so the summer break seemed to be the perfect time to do it since my favourite stonefruit, peaches, were in season. We looked up some fruit picking places on the interwebs and the ones in Bilpin seemed to be the closest to us, so Sir D and I road tripped it out one sunny weekend.
The drive took us about an hour and 15 minutes (via M2 and M7) and by the time we got there, we were feeling peckish. On the way to the orchards, we stopped by this Pie in the Sky roadhouse on Bells Line of Road. I’m not sure if it’s affiliated with Pie in the Sky in Cowan but it was a similar set up. You can park your car pretty much anywhere around the little shed that houses the pie shop and head in to select your pies and drinks from the counter.
Steak and mushroom pie – $5
There’s a selection of savoury pies that are mainly chicken- or beef-based, and they’re all made in-house. We chose a steak and mushroom pie from the warmer which had a delicious flaky, buttery puff pastry on top and a thick gravy with tender beef cubes inside.
Apple pie with ice cream – $4.50
Although it was a sad day when Becasse and Quarter Twenty One closed in Westfield Sydney, I was also excited to see what was going to open up there. One day I walked past and Jones the Grocer had popped up in the space, and it was a bakery, a food store and restaurant all rolled into one.
Angel hair pasta with blue swimmer crab, chilli, rocket, garlic and grana padano – $19
Sir D and I had dinner there one quiet weeknight and we were seated near the windows which looked down onto the Pitt St pedestrian walkway and into the windows of the Virgin Active gym. It almost made me feel a little guilty eating our entrees while people were boxercising vigorously next door, but once we dug into our meals I was pretty sure we had the better deal.
Barbecued free-range quail with spinach and apple salad and bois boudran sauce – $21