Event: Sydney Tea Festival

Sydney Tea Festival is coming back for its fifth year running!

You can spend the day at Carriageworks exploring more than 70 specialty and artisan tea stalls, tasting a range of world-class loose-leaf teas at the DIY Tea Blending Station, and joining workshops and talks hosted by some of Australia’s leading specialists. You can also pick up handmade teaware as well as some sweet and savoury treats to go with the tea!

In celebration of the festival’s fifth birthday, you can also attend a special Birthday Dinner with food and tea pairing degustation at one of Sydney’s best restaurants.

Tickets are free for kids under 12, and start from $16.5 for adults. For more information, visit the Sydney Tea Festival’s website.

Sunday, August 19, 9am-4.30pm | Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh

Mary Street Bakery’s Team Opens New Dedicated Coffee Shop

If you’re a fan of Mary Street Bakery’s coffee in Perth, there’s good news for you – it has opened a dedicated coffee roastery in the CBD.

Offshoot Coffee, which is located on Hay Street, houses the roastery that provides coffee to all Mary Street shops. It uses a high-tech Loring S15 Falcon imported from the US; coffee operations manager Rummy Keshet said, “A traditional roaster is like driving a truck and a Loring roaster is like driving a Ferrari.”

The place also offers self-serve bakery treats, salad bowls, chia puddings, and even take-home coffee beans if you’re keen to make your own cuppa.

Offshoot Coffee is open Monday to Friday, 7am to 3pm at Hibernian Place, 480 Hay Street.

Max Brenner Drizzles Chocolate on Anything for Free This Friday

Do you know this Friday is World’s Chocolate Day? To celebrate, Max Brenner is covering your stuff in melted chocolate.

On Friday, July 7, customers can bring in anything to a Max Brenner shop to get in drizzled in chocolate for free.

So far, the shop has suggested to bring the following: burgers, pizzas, salads, shoes, avocado toast, magazines, or your boss. However, animals and forbidden/inappropriate items cannot be drizzled – other than that, it should be good to go.

All Max Brenner stores across Australia are participating, so get ready and get excited.

Top 5 Cafes in Annandale

Annandale is the inner west treasure in Sydney, filling wide streets with history showcasing heritage homes and old vintage mansions. But for coffee lovers, and those in need of a foodie fix, here are the top five cafes you can find in Annandale.

Revolver, Annandale St
Breakfast classics like sourdough toast, eggs Benedict, brioche French toasts and Bircher mueslis can be found in this refurbished 1890s corner store. Not only is the coffee remarkable but they are known for their excellent service.

Source: http://revolver.com.au/galleria/food/

Vinery Foods, Johnson St
No one is a fan of Mondays at the Vinery, but they are known to be a classic breakfast hot spot from Tuesday onwards. If you’re into Jazz, they play live Jazz music on Sundays. The Vinery Foods is great for any standard brunch date with a seasonal Modern European menu. Wine lovers will also enjoy their extensive wine selection.

Source: vineryfoods.com.au

Black Toast Cafe, Booth St
Located inside a split-level converted factory, Black Toast Cafe is an industrial emporium of trendy produce-driven cafe meals. Unconventional in nature, they pride themselves for having a great selection of food and soy coffee.

Source: http://blacktoast.com.au/

Fat Fish, Johnson St
The name says it all at the Fat Fish Cafe with their usual servings of locally sourced seafood with salad and chips. Sit streetside as this fish takeaway shop exterior offers a fantastic selection of salads and large portions fit for a fishy feast.

Source: fatfishannandale.com.au

The Cafe Sienna, Annandale St 

All-day breakfasts are a luxury that we all deserve, and Sienna does it best serving hearty sandwiches and high tea in a modern style cafe. With its slick and stylish interior, Cafe Sienna is best known for its great coffee and good seating.

Coffee in a Cone is Coming to Australia

Worried about your coffee cups filling up the landfill? An eco-friendly – and indulgent – alternative has arrived in Australia.

Barista Dayne Levinrad has brought Coffee in a Cone to Australia, after launching it in South Africa, Europe, Canada and Hong Kong. The cone looks like a regular waffle ice-cream cone, but the inside is coated in layers of dark chocolate to prevent any leaking.

“Picture having a coffee and a cookie – this is the same thing, just better,” Levinrad said.

“The coffee melts into the chocolate creating a creamy, chocolatey flavour explosion in your mouth. At first it is a subtle chocolate sweetness, which gets stronger as you sip further and you end with a crunchy, biscuity waffle cone with beautiful melted chocolate inside.”

Currently the cone concept is under patenting process. More stocks will soon be rolled out to selected NSW and Victorian venues for $6-6.50 each, before releasing it across the country.

For more information on stockists, visit Coffee in a Cone’s Instagram page.

The Grounds of Alexandria to Open A New Sydney CBD Branch

The team behind The Grounds of Alexandria is set to open a new Sydney CBD outpost soon in The Galeries.

The new place, named The Grounds of the City, will diverge from Alexandria’s style, inspired by the 1920s hospitality.

“The Grounds of Alexandria is all about bringing families and the local community together, so we started off thinking about who it is that we want to bring together and connect in the city,” said The Grounds co-founder and creative director, Ramzey Choker. “We really got inspired by the 1920s, a time when the inner city was a place for real social gathering and connection between professionals.”

The open-plan kitchen will be serving brasserie-style food from breakfast to dinner, with an option to takeaway. Alongside this, there will also be a barista’s bar with “coffee sommeliers” to guide patrons in their individual coffee experiences.

The new venue will also feature old-fashioned gimmicks such as shoe-shining stations and custom-made cake trolley.

Design studio Acme & Co. is again in charge of the interiors, after working on both The Grounds of Alexandria and Potting Shed. Decors include cast iron doors, pendant lighting, up-cycled timber floors, stained glass windows and marble details.

“We want to create a place that becomes like a city home away from the office and somewhere you want to go that is just really comfortable,” said Choker. “It’s going to be really different, really unique and really special.”

The Grounds of the City is set to open in late May/early June.

Recipes: Most Indulgent Pastries

Pastries: great breakfast food, wonderful companion to coffee, a snack to unstuck you from afternoon rut. Not only are pastries versatile, but there are also a range of types to choose from, varying in texture and taste. Here are eight pastry recipes that you can try at home:

  1. Croissant
Source: Ambrosia Baking

Plain or filled with chocolate, the choice is yours.


  1. Cinnamon Roll
Source: My Name is Snicker Doodle

With spices and sweet frosting, nothing could go wrong with this pastry.


  1. Cronut
Source: Deliciously Yum

For the unacquainted, cronut is the lovechild of donut and croissant – the ring shape with the buttery, layered texture. It’s perfect to dig in!


  1. Puff Pastry Cannoli Cone
Source: Campbell’s

Nothing better complements your tea time than cannoli cones a.k.a cream horns.


  1. Cream Puffs
Source: Lovely Little Kitchen

Eat as is, or mix it up with chocolate sauce and strawberries.


  1. Sausage Roll
Source: RecipeTin Eats

These hand-sized delights are great for parties and picnics.


  1. Apple Struddle
Source: All4Recipes / All4Women

A classic choice. Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the most indulgent dish.


  1. Tart
Source: Sarah L. Bolla / The Daily Meal

Sweet, small and easily customisable.