Late breakfast at Eurovida

After tennis with the boys, Xuan drove us to Paddington for a late breakfast at Eurovida –ย  mmm, so hungry!

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There were no free tables when we first arrived so we were invited to sit at the bar and order drinks to start. Didn’t have to wait long and we were soon seated at a table by the window.

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Xuan and Kee Ping

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Re-hydrated with some water and then ordered some drinks for breakfast.

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Missing pictures, but a chocolate milkshake for Kee Ping which he said was not bad. Along with a cappuccino for Xuan and a flat white for Mike – coffees were apparently quite good!

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A house made iced tea for me. Refreshing and I liked the fresh mint.

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Loved the wooden chandeliers. Very rustic and would look great in a cottage by a lake.

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And then the wait for food… which took a lot longer than we expected. The service was very pleasant but luckily we weren’t starving and grumpy!

Simple Eats for Mike: 2 poached eggs, toasted sourdough bread, Italian sausage and grilled haloumi cheese. Tasty sausages although not spicy as expected!

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Simple Eats for Xuan as well: scrambled eggs with sourdough bread and grilled haloumi. Nice fluffy scrambled eggs and large side of not-too-salty haloumi!

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Kee Ping got one of the specials of the day: Belgium waffle with poached pear, maple syrup and cream. For $17, we all expected a much larger serving, with at least 2 waffles. The dish was also too sweet.

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I got the Grilled haloumi with poached eggs, sautรจed spinach, beetroot relish, sourdough toast. Nicely poached eggs and interesting beetroot relish which had good texture but I wish it had been a little more flavourful! The spinach could use some seasoning too, a hint of garlic would’ve been very nice. Also, I love watercress salad and find it such a shame when it’s sprinkled haphazardly as garnish (as seen with all 3 of our savoury dishes). A little bit on the side with a spritz of vinaigrette would make the dish much more tasty!

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We also got a side of fries with aioli sauce to share. The cut and taste of fries reminded me of McDonald’s fries, although slightly healthier if that’s possible. Aioli sauce was nice and garlicky – yum!

On the way out, I saw these huge banana chocolate pecan muffins and had to get one for later. It was big and looked very appealing but unfortunately didn’t taste exceptional. Very tough consistency for a muffin and not strong in flavour. Oh well!

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Overall we enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. We don’t live near Paddington but if it were more convenient, we would probably visit again.

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Egg Bistro – A great find

The first thing we liked about finding our way to Egg Bistro: super easy to get to from our house via public transportation. Lovely, because it means we may have found a new favourite spot.

Warmly greeted by the friendly waitress as soon as we walked in, we were given the choice of either sitting in the air conditioned dining room or in the secluded and shaded courtyard. It was a lovely day, so we opted to sit outside.

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Service was prompt as we were immediately brought menus and water. Mike and I had a discount voucher – $19 for a value of $39, simply pay the difference if we order more. We were told that even though our voucher was for breakfast and brunch, we were more than welcomed to order from the lunch menu. A nice option as it was nearly lunch time and the lunch menu items were enticing as well.

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For drinks, Mike ordered a flat white ($4) and I got a Tea Drop Mint Strawberry Iced Tea ($4). Coffee was awesome and my iced tea was very light and refreshing – definitely good choices.

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Loved the fancy-design matching cutlery

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After a bit of deliberation, we both ended up choosing items off the brunch menu. Didn’t have to wait long, food came out quickly!

Mike ordered the smoked salmon on rye with cream cheese, spinach, coddled egg & caper hollandaise. Yummy hollandaise sauce, a nicely poached egg and generous amounts of smoked salmon – Michael was a pleased man.

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I got the spiced lamb sausages with quince, radicchio, cauliflower, kipfler & thyme dressing. Lots of components but loved the combination of flavours! The sweetness of the quince (my first time trying, not disappointed), the bitterness of the radicchio, the creaminess of the cauliflower, the poached egg, and of course, the lamb sausage – so yummy! Also a very generous portion, especially with the potatoes, I shared quite a bit with Mike and was still completely stuffed!

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Despite sitting outside in the back of the restaurant, we were checked on during the meal to make sure everything was good, and it was!

After eating, we stayed for a while and got some studying done! (Looking at lectures of skin conditions may be awkward in public spaces, haha). Never felt any pressure to leave, which was great and when we went to pay, our waitress even suggested next time grabbing the couches so we could spread out and be more comfortable.

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Home made soda syrups and jams for customers to buy. Mike and I plan to pick up something next time we’re back.

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Come back you say? Yes, most definitely. We didn’t have expectations when we read the mixed reviews online, but we could not fault a single thing during our visit. Great service and great food. We went on a weekday in between breakfast and lunch – perhaps that’s the trick to avoiding the long wait times we read about. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What could make a really enjoyable experience even better? Our waitress (forgot to get her name :() had packed up 2 pear and buttermilk muffins for us to take away. She didn’t want them going to waste and figured we would be peckish later – so nice! And they were delicious ๐Ÿ˜‰

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These don’t belong anywhere

A few pictures from here and there in the past few months that don’t belong anywhere in particular! Still wanted to share them though ๐Ÿ™‚

March 02. Homemade crispy chicken tossed with a garlic/fish sauce glaze, salad with fresh peaches and rice – yummy dinner!

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March 03. Saw Butter Baking‘s post on Peanut Butter Swirled Healthy Fudge Brownie Bites and readjusted it a little to suit what we had in our pantry. Tasted SO RICH, I couldn’t believe there was no butter/oil involved. Will definitely make them again ๐Ÿ™‚

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During Orientation week (March 20), we reviewed our fundoscopy (looking into the eye using a special device) skills. The best way to see the optic disc (where your nerves come out at the back of your eye) is with your pupil dilated. Most people had an eye dilated with Tropicamide so we could practice on each other. We then ended up walking around squinting one eye in the sun (sensitive!) because no one brought sunglasses. Or, like me, ended up having a hard time seeing/focusing properly for a few hours! Good fun though ๐Ÿ˜›

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Lunch and study date with Mike (March 21) at The Coffee Club in Fortitude Valley. Buy a drink and get a meal for $10. Iced jasmine green tea – so refreshing!

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Chicken club sandwiches for the both of us with fries and salad

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Nom nom nom

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Went into an art/bookstore with Yoni before our last exam and walked out with this $1 mug. I am the best.

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Mum saved these chocolates from Christmas to bring to Vietnam to give to Mike and I when we met up in Vietnam. Worth it. These are so tasty! And crunchy!

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Soft shell crab yumminess at Gambaro’s (@ Emporium)

Geez, I know it looks like it from my recent posts – but I haven’t been eating 24/7, I swear.

Over these past few months, Mike and I have bought a number of vouchers for restaurants around the city. We are quite in love with these deals, as it gives us many opportunities to try new places, well within our financial means.

One of the last vouchers we used this week was for 2 imported iced teas, 2 gourmet soft shell crab burgers (normally $14.50 each) and a large bowl of chips to share at Gambaro’s (@ Emporium).

The voucher was being sold by Groupon for $19 but because I had a $10 Groupon coupon, we paid only $9. What a deal!

The voucher stated that we had to make our booking online, however, because we went to book the day of, the system wouldn’t let us. Instead we were told to call the restaurant to make a booking. I tried calling twice between 10-10:30am but no one picked up. So we decided to head down anyway!

Gambaro’s was less of a restaurant and more like a cafe with a limited number of tables. We explained to the lady working that we tried to call but no one picked up. She seemed a little unhappy but told us to take a seat and she would bring out our food shortly. We decided to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather.

The imported teas were 2 TeaNY drinks (founded by electronic musician Moby) made in USA. One was vanilla berry hibiscus and the other peach berry green tea. Both were good! The package and taste (diluted, weak flavours) reminded us quite a bit of Vitamin Water.

Unlike many negative reviews on Urbanspoon complaining about the wait times and quality of food – our food came within 15 minutes and not only looked delicious (definitely looked better than the picture in the voucher) but tasted great as well.

The crab burgers were seriously yum! On a nice bun with japanese mayo, a variety of greens and slices of tomato, cucumber and red onions. I wouldn’t have called the bowl of chips ‘large sized’ but we certainly didn’t need any more fries!

During the hour or so we spent dining, the place quickly filled up. With diners getting takeaway, redeeming vouchers or just having a normal meal. Everybody seemed to be attended to promptly and food was quickly served as well.

Upon leaving, we said thanks and good bye to the lady who served us. She seemed a lot happier as the day got busier and thanked us for coming. With a little hesitation, she handed me a card and asked us to leave a review regarding our experience on Urbanspoon. She seemed quite unhappy regarding all the negative reviews people have been posting. I told her we’d be more than happy to talk about our positive experience, especially now that I’m regularly linking my blog to Urbanspoon.

Would we come again? Yes! But not while we’re on a budget! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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MOS Burgers for Lunch

We stopped at MOS Burger for lunch on Nov 7 after our second exam. Eating out is so quick and easy during study time – who could say no to such convenience? ๐Ÿ˜›

Mike’s last time at a MOS Burger was years ago in Taiwan and I’d never been so we were both looking forward to lunch.

The staff were super friendly and greeted us loudly as soon as we walked in the door. The menu itself is very simple with a variety of burgers, rice (buns made of rice!) burgers and hotdogs. Additionally, you can choose to add on chips and a drink or soup to your meal. Mike decided on the Spicy MOS Burger and I chose the Gourmet Wagyu Cheese Burger. We also bought chips and a cranberry iced tea to share.

The total came to around $15 and after placing our order, we headed upstairs to grab a seat. It was nice to see tons of room, even a tatami area!

Waiting for food and thinking about another exam tomorrow = ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

What I was waiting to eat…

The awesome drink in a photo of the day I mentioned a few posts back. Iced tea with fresh cranberries and blueberries – amazing!

Our food quickly arrived!

Mike’s Spicy MOS Burger

My Gourmet Wagyu Cheese Burger

The chips were standard and even though the burgers don’t look like much, we both agreed they were quite tasty! I especially liked the fresh thick slices of tomato and the wasabi kick in mine, but Mike wished his burger had been much spicier. We both agreed that the bun was great quality – very thick, chewy and quite filling which was an unexpected surprise!

With our stomachs happy and our brains fueled, we crossed the street to King George bus station to head home and hit the books hard for our last exam – woo hoo!

Would we come back? Yep!

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Photo #253: The Taste of Fresh Cranberries

November 07, 2012

Believe it or not, today was my first time having real cranberries and oh my – they are delicious! Mike and I stopped to have lunch of MOS Burger after our exam. For a limited time, they have cranberry iced tea as part of their meals. What a treat to have a drink with not only fresh cranberries but blueberries as well – delicious!