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Secret Garden

Apr 26, 2012


 
 
 
 
 
 
Images via Natalie Hayllar {eatreadlove}

The secret is out!


This 'not so secret' garden in the heart of Alexandria's industrial area is 'The Grounds of Alexandria'. If the buzzing weekend crowd was anything to go by, this brand new collaboration between Ramzey Choker, award winning coffee expert Jack Hanna and 'The Artistry' will be a huge success. Urban cafe and coffee roastery meets Artisan bakery and fine food restaurant, The Grounds has it all! The cafe spills onto a big inner city garden, lined with teddy bear magnolia's and lavender. Fresh garden herbs and home grown heirloom vegetables are used daily in the kitchen. Sydney's coffee connoisseurs will love the on site ground roasters and huge selection of espresso and filter coffees. 

It must have been my lucky day on Sunday. While I admit the place was overflowing with a very eager crowd, I scored a car park right out front and my two little boys were thrilled to find Farmville's baby animals to pat and cuddle in the garden while we waited for our table. The baby ducks wrapped snugly in towels and 'bunny brushing' was a big hit with my two nieces! As expected on a sunny Sunday tables inside were in hot demand, but the maĆ®tre d' was delightful, even offering chocolate brownies to ease the wait. The Grounds is something Sydneysiders have been searching for - the perfect combination of relaxed affordable dining, great coffee, stylish interiors and garden space for the children to play. It was just one of those memorable Sundays with my family. 
EAT: the very reasonably priced herb crumbed schnitzel with house slaw and salse verde and old fashioned caramel milkshake jars were our table favourites. The Grounds is open for breakfast, lunch, coffee and drinks and you can eat inside and out, although outside is just for takeaway at this stage with plans for table service coming soon.

PLAY: the kids loved the natural wooden playground equipment and the jumping castle (possibly not a regular fixture) was a great distraction. While the place is still buzzing, I suggest that you arrive early to reserve your table, then wander around the garden with a takeaway coffee while you wait!

LOVE: designers Caroline Choker and Natalie Longhean of Sydney's The Artistry have done a brilliant job with the interiors and styling.  A huge fan of exposed brick, industrial lighting, rustic tables, Tolix style chairs and mosaic floor tiles, the entire space flows perfectly from the inside out, with vibrant splashes of yellow and green, bowls of fruit, flowers and hanging lanterns. The old Alexandria brick chimneys make a very cool backdrop to Erin Martin's vegetable garden. 

Cant wait to return on a quieter mid-week morning to sit and enjoy this lovely urban oasis with a coffee and some artisan baked goods. Bliss.  
Natalie x


The Grounds of Alexandria
2 Huntley Street, Alexandria, Sydney
Open for breakfast, lunch, coffee and drinks 
7am-4 mon-fri and 8-3 weekend.



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Ritual + Style {via Ilse Crawford}

Apr 24, 2012


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Via Georg Jensen

Sharing a little of my current 'Scandinavian style love' phase. Whether it is dreaming of waking up at the Wreta in Sweden, or the beautiful and dreamy FRYD by Jeannette Lunde, a culinary journey through The Royal Cafe, Copenhagen, or Rabens Saloner fashion flair, Scandinavian style, especially Danish style continually inspires and delights. 


The brand new Ilse Crawford collection for Georg Jensen is no exception. This stunning new collection brings a renewed sense of style to enhance everyday rituals - dropping your keys in a bowl, placing your jewellery on the bedside table or lighting a candle to relax and reflect.  The designs have evolved from a detailed study of the history of Georg Jensen and Danish culture. In addition to the iconic polished steel, Ilse has used sensual materials like solid copper, black glass and brass to bring warmth to the collection. I just love the 'big mama' vase, also available in luxury sterling silver. Today I spotted the entire range on display at Georg Jensen Bondi and it looks absolutely divine.  Add a little 'hygge' (Danish for comfort and cosiness) to your home. Pure and elegant as always, Ilse Crawford for Georg Jensen has perfected the art of adding a little 'style to your everyday rituals'.  


Natalie x



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SHE RAW by Lilli Waters

Apr 15, 2012

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Photography by Lilli Waters {she raw}
Inspirational Photography for a Cause

Lilli Waters is this month's featured artist on the blog. I was so moved when I received these stunning photographs of Australian women, and even more thrilled when I realised that they will be exhibited in Melbourne in May to support a great cause. 

SHE RAW is a unique initiative to create awareness and help prevent violence against women.  Australian photographer Lilli Waters has taken 41 amazing portraits of women from very diverse backgrounds and all walks of life in her first solo exhibition - She Raw. The exhibition documents everyday women within a state of fantasy whilst drawing from their everyday experiences. As with “women who run with wolves” these women roar. The stunning portraits uncover some engaging, mysteries and complex persona's of Lilli’s subjects including musicians, stay-at-home mothers, artists and health professionals. 

On the 3rd of May 2012 atBlak Dot Gallery in Melbourne, will host a gala event showcasing artist Lilli Waters debut exhibition. What I love about this exhibition, apart from the absolutely dreamy photography, is that instead of making her debut about her personal achievement, Lilli is dedicating the exhibition to The White Ribbon Foundation to promote ending violence against women.

For more information visit www.sheraw.org The photographs will be published in a book with 50% of the profits going to the White Ribbon FoundationPlease show you support by sharing this blog post on facebook and twitter and spread the word for a great cause.


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The Grounds of Alexandria

Apr 12, 2012

The Artistry of The Grounds 

  
     
 

Images via The Grounds of Alexandria

EAT: doesn't this look amazing. I usually wait to post on the blog after I have eaten there, but for this I can't wait. It just looks too good! Love the look of this industrial style coffee roasters, cafe with a beautiful fresh organic garden out back. The Grounds of Alexandria is a lovely concept, in such a great part of Sydney too. Alexandria will certainly be buzzing with this new 'foodies find'. So excited that our wonderful city and the fabulous resident chefs and designers keep coming up with such amazing places to dine. Even better when there is such a strong focus on locally grown produce. Cant wait to try - put this one on your weekend hit list.

For full review click here


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Foodies guide to...Vancouver

 
 
 


Images via Sam Saunders, Edible Canada and Tourism British Columbia
Welcoming our April 'Guest Blogger' Samantha Saunders to eat read love to share some fabulous foodie finds from the beautiful culinary heartland of Canada - Vancouver British ColumbiaAfter living in Vancouver for three years, and a recent trip back, Sam loves that Vancouver is such a cosmopolitan city, yet right on nature's doorstep - close to beautiful wineries, some of the world's best skiing, and amazing food markets. Fabulous local produce is presented skilfully by world class chefs. "There is a very active foodie scene in Vancouver and a diverse range of cuisines from around the globe - a strong Asian influence as well as North & South American influences too'. says Sam. 

Lucky for us Sam has kindly shared her 'must do' list - a little taste of the wonderful culinary delights the British Columbia region of Canada has to offer. 
  • Granville Island Market - open every day, on the water, right in the city, local produce of all kinds as well as local artisan's products, casual dining and popular restaurants. 
  • Edible Canada is the new 'it' place to eat, and they even have gourmet Kayaking tours - gourmet catering on the neighbouring Gulf Islands (between Vancouver and Vancouver Island).  
  • Foodtrucks: the new trendy thing in Vancouver (also SFO, Seattle) a huge variety of great quality take away roaming the streets of downtown and beyond. New locations are tweeted each day. Licenses are hotly contested when released by the best Vancouver restaurants. Popular 'Japadog' serves hot dogs with a Japanese flavour
  • The Okanagan is the major wine region - about 4 hours east of Vancouver. Beautiful, surprisingly excellent wines, however they only have small stocks to ensure most never leave British Columbia. Another good reason to go and visit!  
  • The Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge is on the North Shore of Vancouver, 15 mins from downtown. 
The good news is that if you visit www.becuriousinbc.com before April 13 midnight you might just win a trip for 4 to British Columbia this Summer to experience it all for yourself. Hurry up you don't have much time left to enter.


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dahlia love

Apr 6, 2012


Photos by Natalie Hayllar {eat read love}

LOVE: an early morning coffee surrounded by beautiful bright pink Dahlias, my flower of the month. Autumn light streaming in and the dark blue walls as a contrast, these pink Dahlias just looked so pretty I had to take some pics. Some great home inspiration too - using a rustic old ladder as a magazine/book rack, and why not peg up your favourite Polaroid photographs on a board. What a relaxing little place to start the Easter long weekend - at the Treehouse Connection 


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Persian love cake



EAT: just experienced my first Persian Love Cake served with fresh yoghurt. It was so delicious! A very quiet and cruisy day in Milton today, many shops closed for Easter, but the lovely 'little gunga' was open and serving some fine coffee and cake. What a nice place to relax and unwind...they have a nice blog too http://littlegunga.blogspot.com.au/ 


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