Category Archives: Food

Bourke Street Bakery @ Parramatta

Have been hearing the name of this bakery at almost every other turn. Numerous cafes get their pastries from them, and it’s rumored that they sell out whatever they bake, everyday!

So I decided to visit the newly opened branch at Parramatta and give them a try. They open at 8am on Saturdays. When I reached at 7.55 (yes I wanted to beat the crowds), can you believe it – there was already a small hoard of people waiting outside their closed shop!

The initial small hoard – at 8am on a Saturday morning!!

Having tried one of their savory tarts, I guess I can see why people have been raving about them. Interestingly, this shop space used to belong to another bakery which apparently didn’t do so well. What a difference a good reputation makes!

Darcy Street Project

The lack of art was made more disappointing by the fact that the gentlemen after me got a wonderful baristarific cup of coffee art. What a difference a barista makes.

But still, I’d support them just because I heard one of them behind the counter saying how they’re a social enterprise – they give youths-in-need skills in coffee making, so that “they’d always be in demand” – at least until the world’s coffee beans run out.

And… Halfway through the latte, this beautiful macaron appeared in front of me, courtesy of another one behind the counter. It tasted as good as it looked.

Good intentions always make my day.

Post-Year Outing

Had a day out with the coursemates just before we flew back to our respective countries. As I type this now, I realise how nice it can be to have conversations with people who share the same interests and passions in the work we do/study. I resolve to be more pro-active in creating closer bonds between us in the coming academic year. MTs are already small in number all over the world – it won’t hurt to have a few more friends in the field!

Watermelon Strawberry cake from Black Star Pastry

Coffee from Chapter 5 Espresso

Cronuts from Brewtown Newtown

Is it any wonder that I put on weight while living in Aussieland!