South Coast Eats: Cupitt’s Winery, Milton

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It was kind of an accident that the weekend we chose was Mother’s Day, but mum and I finally made it to the South Coast for a few days after trying to plan a mother-daughter weekend for what seems like forever.  On the Sunday (Mother’s Day) we had a decadent lunch for two at Cupitt’s Winery.

Cupitt’s is a great little winery located on a gorgeous property just outside of Milton. The cellar door is located inside a beautiful old 19th century building, while the vineyard restaurant next door has fantastic views over the vines.

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Being Mother’s Day, they had a special three course lunch menu going and delivered a sneaky glass of sparkling to the table for mum as we sat down. The menu at Cupitt’s is French-inspired, a little bit fancy and super delicious. My favourite was definitely dessert, the passionfruit tart with coconut ice cream and soft meringue was a downright winner.

We had the option of paired wines with our meal, but we were driving home that afternoon and are unfortunately responsible adults who would never drink and drive. Instead, we only had one glass each and it wasn’t an easy decision.

Mum had a glass of the Late Harvest Riesling, while I went for a glass of Rosie’s Rosé. I’ve been pretty into my rosé recently and I had heard good things about Cupitt’s take on the pink-coloured wine. If you’re into it as much as me, then definitely get your hands on a bottle of this stuff – it’s crisp and dry, with a little hint of strawberry sweetness.

Cupitt’s make a huge variety of wine – I am keen to get back and have a tasting at their cellar door. And if you’re not into wine, they also brew their own beers.

Cupitt’s Winery is located at 58 Washburton Road, Ulladulla. The cellar door is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. The vineyard kitchen is open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday, 12 to 2pm and for dinner Friday to Saturday, 6 to 8.30pm. You can also find them on facebook, twitter and instagram.

Happy Mother’s Day Mum!

– Bec x

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A Weekend Guide to Newcastle, NSW

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There is one upside to friends moving away and setting up life in another city – you get to visit them. Earlier this month, a few of us packed into the car and drove up to Newcastle to hang out with some friends, Pratham and Avril, who moved to this beautiful part of the world last year.

It rained for most of the weekend, but that didn’t matter. Pratham and Avril were awesome, letting us all stay at their place and taking us to some of their favourite spots around town. Our weekend was perfect, consisting mostly of food, coffee, beer, and more food. We did a little walking too when it wasn’t raining outside and we weren’t busy eating.

It was my first time in Newcastle and I loved it. This little industrial city is packed full of great food, good coffee, delicious local beer and other hidden gems. Newcastle has a great energy and I’m keen to get back when the weather is warmer and the sun is shining.

Here are a few of the things we managed to squeeze into our two days in Newcastle:

1. Brunch everyday

My number one priority whenever visiting a new place is always to find out where to eat brunch. In Newcastle, Pratham and Avril had that well and truly covered. We brunched on both Saturday and Sunday and it was the best.

The Lucky Hotel – 237 Hunter Street

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On Saturday we found ourselves brunching in the cutest courtyard of The Lucky Hotel. In my opinion, a great cafe interior is one thing that makes a good brunch better, and this place was ticking all the boxes. They serve a mean breakfast, their fresh juices are delish and you can soak it all up while sitting in their lush interior courtyard.

Saluna – 137 King Street

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Sunday’s brunch was another highlight. Saluna is a cute little cafe that is big on good food and good vibes. I had the pancakes and they were super delicious. The coffee here is pretty fantastic too, which brings me to my next point…

2. Drink coffee

When I said brunch was my first priority, I lied. Coffee is always my first priority and Newcastle has no shortage of the good stuff.

Good Brother Espresso Shop – 40 King Street

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Avril and Pratham – the best hosts.

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We found ourselves in Good Brother Espresso Shop on Saturday afternoon after a walk through the city was cut short by some momentary rain. Most of us needed coffee anyway and we were not disappointed here. It looked like they had a good toastie menu too.

3. Eat doughnuts

This is a must-do when in Newcastle. These doughnuts are the best.

Doughheads – Shop 3, 200-202 Hunter Street

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Doughheads

Before going to Newcastle, I was told that Doughheads make the best doughnuts ever – and boy, did they live up to the hype. After seeing that week’s menu on instagram, I was pretty excited to try them all out. On Sunday we made our way down and got a whole box to share. Needless to say, I was a very happy camper on the drive back home. And, yes, that is bacon on that doughnut.

4. Walk everywhere

Walking is always the best way to see a new city and Newcastle is no exception. It’s the perfect city to wander through, even when it’s mostly raining. The coastline is gorgeous, there are some beautiful old buildings to see and you might even run into some street art or find an old police station that’s been converted into an art space (it’s called The Lock Up).

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Pratham and Avril, thanks for having us. We’ll definitely be coming back.

– Bec x

Buy Local: The Fix Cold Pressed Juice, Autumn 2015

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You might remember a while back I wrote about local Canberra company, The Fix, and all of the delicious cold pressed juices in their summer range.

Since then, the team behind The Fix have been busy. On top of developing a new range of autumn juices, they have also opened up their shopfront in Fyshwick and launched Canberra’s very first cold pressed juice vending machine in the Canberra Centre.

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Owners, Lucianne and Jovan, are an innovative pair, their passion for the cold pressed method and their commitment to producing a high quality product really shines through in everything they do. With these two behind it, I’m not surprised The Fix is smashing it in the local Canberra scene.

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After such a kick ass summer range, I was super keen to get my hands on their new stuff for autumn. This time around they introduced some pretty obscure superfoods and I was excited to taste them all – have you ever tried cactus in a juice?

Here’s my verdict on the autumn range:

Regenerate – maqui berry, orange, beetroot, carrot, green apple, pear

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Out of all the juice’s in the autumn range, Regenerate has got to be the ultimate crowd pleaser. It ticks all the boxes when it comes to taste – it’s light, fresh and sweet. Even those who don’t normally like vegetables in their juice will enjoy this little number.

I’m a big fan of berries and if this juice is anything to go by, I particularly like the macqui berry. Rich in this magic little thing known as antioxidants, the macqui berry is super delicious while also making your insides smile.

Revitalising Cleanse – moringa, kale, wheatgrass, celery, romaine, cucumber, green apple, pear

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For a green juice, Revitalising Cleanse is surprisingly refreshing. Despite being packed full of dark leafy greens, including the more unusual “moringa”, this juice still manages to be light and sweet in taste.

The apple and pear nicely balance out the dark leafy greens, but the best part of this juice has to be the celery. Celery isn’t usually my fave, but it really shines in this juice and ties all the other ingredients together. If you want all the benefits of a green juice, but don’t actually like the taste of liquid lettuce, then this is the juice for you.

Radiate – camu camu, tumeric, carrot, valencia orange, ginger

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It is that time of year when the seasons are changing and it seems everyone I know has a tissue permanently stuck to their face. Next time I see one of those people, I am going to tell them to drink this juice.

Radiate has all of the goodies to get you through the colder months. Camu camu isn’t something I’ve crossed paths with before, but is packed full of the good stuff, containing about 60 times the vitamin C of an orange. But it’s the tumeric and ginger that are the real heroes of this juice. They are magic for your immune system and really pack a punch.

Vital Energy – chia seeds, lucuma, almonds, cashews, dates, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, himalayan salt

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Vital Energy

Vital Energy is less of a juice and more like a milk. It is creamy, nutty and a little bit sweet with just the right amount of spice.

In my opinion, the nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon really make this cashew and almond milk pop. Those spices are some of my favourite autumn flavours. I mean, nothing says autumn like a little bit of spice in my morning milk.

To top it all off, there is the sweetness of the dates and the chia seeds add a bit of ruffage. This is definitely a juice for the start of the day.

Beauty & Balance – acai berry, beetroot, spinach, celery, green apple, pear

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Do not let the dark purple colour of this juice deceive you. Beauty & Balance might look like a juice heavy in beetroot flavours, but the acai berries add a lightness that takes it straight from earthy to oh so refreshing.

The Fix team have really got the balance right with this one. They are right on trend too – acai berries are pretty popular when it comes to the “superfood” scene. And if you’re wondering, it’s pronounced “ah-sahy-ee”. I once ordered an “ackai” bowl at one of those healthy cafes and was quickly corrected by almost everyone behind the counter.

Purification – chlorella, kale, parsley, spinach, romaine, cucumber, green apple, pear

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This dark green juice is not to be taken lightly. With very little in the way of anything sweet, Purification is definitely not a juice for everyone.

The green apple and pear don’t do much to take the edge off the strong green leafy taste, but I happen to be right on board the green vegetable juice bandwagon.

As a vegetarian I’m often thinking about my iron levels, but I won’t have anything to worry about if I knock back one of these bad boys every now and again.

Inner Health – nopal cactus, pineapple, pear, lemon, ground cinnamon, ground vanilla

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Take a moment to imagine the best pineapple juice you have ever had and then forget about it, because this juice is way better.

Pineapple is a flavour normally reserved for hot summer days only, but the inclusion of cinnamon and vanilla makes Inner Health right at home in the cooler months.

Nopal cactus is a new phenomenon to me, but I’m told it’s good for your blood and is a great source of fibre and vitamin B. I was already a big fan of succulents in my home, now I’ll have some in my juice too please.

The Fix juice range is available for purchase online, as well as in selected dispensaries around town. You can also follow the Fix on facebook and instagram.

– Bec x

Note: The juice in this post was provided by the Fix. As always, all opinions are my own.

Canberra Cafe: Tupelo Coffee Co, Civic

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The other day Bec and I were cruising the city streets on the hunt for a good ol’ toasted sandwich. It didn’t take too long before we found ourselves staring at a pretty comprehensive toastie menu. The menu, that also boasts other delicious items including doughnuts and muffins all baked in-house, belongs to the relatively new cafe Tupelo Coffee Co.

Tupelo is a hole-in-the-wall cafe located on Alinga Street in the City and I must say, it really kicks ass. I ordered the “You Bastard, Reuben” with slow cooked beef brisket, sauerkraut, mustard relish, swiss cheese and Russian dressing. Bec decided to go with the “Red Right Hand”, which was pretty much a margherita pizza in a toastie. We also got a round of coffees because, you know, it’s what we do.

Anyway, back to the toasties, they were absolutely amazing little parcels of heaven. I can’t speak for Bec, but Tupelo’s take on the reuben sandwich is definitely one of the greatest, if not the greatest sandwich, of any form that I have ever eaten, ever.

The barista makes a wicked coffee, we can vouch for that, and they also offer a pint of chocolate milk for the non-coffee drinkers out there, which I think is genius. All the staff were really friendly, cool and up for a laugh – definitely a plus.

Tupelo is a groovy little cafe that’s big on delicious simple food, good coffee and chilled vibes. Located at 92-100 Alinga Street, you should definitely check it out next time you’re in the city.

– Steven

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Canberra Cafe: Eightysix, Braddon

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It was our mum’s birthday a few weeks back and in true Cuzzillo style we brunched in celebration. Our destination: Eightysix in Braddon.

As a family we are well acquainted with the dinner scene at Eightysix and were looking forward to our first time trying out their breakfast menu. First impressions were good, with Matt and Steve each ordering a bowl of complimentary nutrigrain to start – yes, free nutrigrain. They also have free berocca on the menu for those who might’ve had a bit too much fun the night before.

Thus begun our multiple course breakfast. The boys all had the actually-quite-large “medium sized breakfast”, while mum and I shared three different dishes because we couldn’t make a decision. First we had poached eggs on toast with a delicious smoked chutney, followed by the decadent french toast with figs and vino cotto, and finally, the “sunday sundae”, which looked so pretty we almost didn’t want to eat it. We did though and it was our fave – a light and summer-inspired dish of rice pudding, yoghurt, mango and almonds. As if that wasn’t enough, we then finished with a second round of coffees and a serve of the house scones with vanilla cream and raspberry jam.

If you’ve had dinner at Eightysix it shouldn’t be surprising that their Sunday breakfast menu is this good. They are all about delicious food, quirky service and good vibes. It also helps that their coffee is great. Eightysix is everything you could ever want in a late Sunday morning brunch.

Eightysix is open for breakfast every Sunday from 9am. You can find them on the corner of Elouera Street and Lonsdale Street in Braddon, and also on instagramfacebook and twitter.

Happy birthday mama bear!

– Bec x

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On a side note, we ran into my very talented photographer friend Vishal and he took these gorgeous photos of our family. Check out his facebook page for more stunning photography of Canberra, it’s people and beyond.

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Lawn Bowls on a Sunny Afternoon

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It was Sunday afternoon, the sun was out to play and so were we.

Making the most of the last of the summer months, my friends and I went out for an afternoon of Pimms, lemonade and barefoot bowls at The RUC in Turner.

Forget the convention that lawn bowls is only for white-clothed, white-haired grandparents. We found ourselves out on the green with all-sorts – young families, uni students, young professionals and the odd pro player or two. 

The RUC is shaking things up with hot chips, jugs of beer and good vibes delivered directly to your green. It didn’t matter that some of us occasionally forgot which way the bowls turned and found ourselves collecting them from our neighbours green – everyone was out for a good time and the staff were great, hitting us up with plenty of tips. 

If the sun’s out and you’ve got some friends, I highly recommend you get your shoes off, your feet on the green and your hands around some lawn bowls at The RUC, found at 54 McCaughey Street in Turner.

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Note: I enjoyed this gorgeous afternoon in the sun at the invitation of The RUC in Turner. As always, all opinions are my own.

South Coast Eats: The Rivermouth General Store, Tomakin

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In an effort to preserve summer for as long as possible, I am continuing with my coastal theme and sharing one of my new favourite eateries on the South Coast – The Rivermouth General Store in Tomakin.

On the Sunday that we visited, the sun was shining and it seemed that everyone in town had the same idea – soaking up the sunshine in the cute garden courtyard of The Rivermouth. This little cafe is all about the chill vibes and seaside location. You only have to look at their instagram to know that the team behind The Rivermouth love their surfing and coastal lifestyle.

They also love good food and good coffee – my favourite. The menu is fresh, simple and oh so tasty. Local produce is a big feature and they have a killer drinks menu with delicious juices and indulgent shakes. Did I mention their coffee is good too? And I mean, really, who can resist a takeaway cup with a good logo?

You can find The Rivermouth General Store on Sunpatch Parade in Tomakin on the NSW South Coast.

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