But first, a couple of foodie finds (because I'd feel weird not posting some food pics). We recently discovered Blackwood Pantry not far from us in the beach town of Cronulla...we went two weekends in a row. The plan was to try something new the next time, but I just couldn't - my first dish was so good I just ordered it again! Round 1 started with an apple, aloe vera, cucumber, mint juice and an orange, carrot, ginger, lemongrass juice. We split the Fremantle grilled octopus with spiced carrot hummus, chickpea, toasted pepitas, dutch carrots, paprika oil & fennel salad and a dish called Black Chyna (black rice, roasted pumpkin, macadamia, snow pea sprouts, avocado, tahini dressing w/ a poached egg). Both were delicious, but the octopus was definitely the standout. We had the coconut hotcake for "dessert", which was topped with fresh blueberries, pomegranate, passion fruit curd, kaffir lime syrup, sliced coconut and edible flowers. It looked like a work of art and was good, albeit a bit tart (though this didn't stop us from cleaning the plate). Pickle somehow found room for a second dessert (possibly because there may have been an unequal distribution of the coconut pancake) and managed to track down some gigantic chocolate covered strawberries at the Cronulla Spring Festival.
Round 2 started with a drink called the Beuno for me, which was warm almond milk, hazelnut and white chocolate...for some reason, I thought this was going to be coffee-based (like a flat white with a little something extra), but it was really like a super sweet hot chocolate made with Nutella and proved far too sweet for my taste. Pickle ordered a chocolate mint pistachio milkshake...I'm not that into milkshakes, but it was crazy tasty. I doubled down on the Fremantle octopus (it was just too good to stray), and Pickle branched out with the short ribs sandwich, another tasty pick.
it was a breath of fresh air and a lovely way to welcome spring!