Danks Street Depot, Sydney

Danks Street Depot, Sydney

Just celebrated my first Anzac Day, Australia's equivalent to Remembrance day. A bunch of us got together for BBQ, ate excessive amounts of food, and then headed to the pubs to play two-up.
Two-up is a coin toss game that is traditionally played across Aussie pubs on Anzac day. The concept is dead simple, but the game itself is heaps of fun. Two coins are tossed, and you place your bet on either heads or tails. The cool part is that you have to find someone in the crowd to bet with. For example, if you want to place $20 on heads, you have to find someone in the crowd who is willing to place $20 on tails.

Everyone is screaming and yelling with anticipation, and you end up making friends with strangers in the process because of the interactive nature of the game. Like I said, heaps of fun. The pic below was taken just as the coin was tossed...as you can see, everyone is crowding around to see if they've made any money.

Anzac Day
Playing Two-up on Anzac Day

The best way to recover from an eventful Anzac Day is to head out for a late brunch the day after. We decided to meet up at Danks Street Depot.

Started by Jared Ingersoll and Melanie Starr, Danks Street Depot is a place that truly places value on eating local, and supporting farmers who use sustainable farming practices. They have even implemented an "All Australian" policy across their menu.

Danks Street Depot recently started a composting process where they have harvested enough soil to grow cool herbs such as stevia and lilly pilly. Their goal is for it to grow large enough to support the restaurant one day.

As soon as we sat down, we all ordered coffee to give us a jolt.

As for lunch, my friend Rinaldo and I both ordered the Cock-a-Leekie. A warm, hearty dish of biodynamic Cornucopia beef and organic chicken poached in a chicken broth with leek and barley. The dish was finished with some cooked prunes on top.

I loved the addition of the prunes. My mother-in-law often cooks prune with meat, and it is something I have learned to love. I squished the prunes into my leek and barley sauce, and enjoyed the sweet/salty combo.


CK ordered the hot beef sandwich: braised beef and caramelized onions on schiacatta (Italian flat bread) topped with jus and served with crispy salt & vinegar chat potatoes. His sandwich was very nice.

Hot Beef Sandwich
Hot Braised Beef Sandwich

JM ordered the Moroccan pie. This was a delicious stew of pure bred Suffolk roasted lamb, potatoes, chickpeas and raisins, topped with a super flaky butter puff pastry. This was delicious and was perfect for the occasion.

Moroccan Lamb Pie
Moroccan Lamb Pie

I couldn't help but snap another picture once JM dug into it. We call her Monica Geller because she, like Monica, is an obsessive, neurotic clean freak. Of course, while I was taking this photo, JM kept saying that she would have eaten her pie in a much cleaner way had she known I was going to take a photo. Silly girl.

Moroccan Lamb Pie
Moroccan Lamb Pie

Danks Street Depot
1/2 Danks Street
Waterloo, NSW, Australia
Telephone: (02) 9698 2201

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Bills, Sydney

Bills, Sydney

Hey everyone....so I'm back! Back to blogging that is.

I've finally settled in Sydney, and things are well! Gosh, where to start. My life has pretty much been go go go the last 2 months. Busy with moving, work, travel, and spending lots of time with family and friends!

I didn't realize how awesome of a network of family and friends I had in Ottawa until I had to move! It was so sad to say bye. Luckily, technology has made it incredibly easy to keep in touch. In fact, I think I talk to my family and friends more now than I did when I lived in Ottawa! Thank god for Skype and BlackBerry Messenger ;)

I thought that my move to Sydney would be a tough one, but its been the exact opposite! I basically packed my entire life in one large suitcase and that was it! Moving from a 4-bedroom house to a 400-square foot apartment has made me realize how much stuff we can live without!

The first thing I did when I arrived in Sydney was find a yoga studio and a gym to join. Gotta take care of myself! Second was to go out and buy a BlackBerry (which I've come to realize I cannot live without). I added everyone I knew to BlackBerry Messenger to prevent homesickness. Then, I called and emailed everyone I knew in Sydney so that I could add THEM to BlackBerry Messenger! In between all of that, I reconnected with my hubby and ate lots of good food! Now, I feel like I've been living in Sydney for years...amazing! All it took was a bit of food, a bit of exercise, and bit of technology. The basics right?

One of the first places I ate at was Bills, one of my favorite spots for breakfast! It is a well known spot amongs Sydneysiders and it is owned by beloved Chef Bill Granger. As I have mentioned in the past, they have the creamiest scrambled eggs that are to die for.

I had only ate at the Bills in Surry Hills, so my friend JM and I decided to check out the one in Darlinghurst. I think we drove around in circles about 10 times because the building was hard to spot. There was no visible sign, and the numbering of the buildings wasn't so intuitive...at least it's not when you're driving :) We finally had to call the restaurant to help us get there.

Bills, Sydney
Bills, Sydney
As soon as I sat down, I ordered a flat white...aaahhh, my favorite Aussie coffee drink. For some reason, the flat white is just one of those comfort familiar foods (drink in this case) that instantly puts me at ease.

Flat White
Flat White

I ordered the half order of organic scrambled eggs with sourdough toast, and sides of roasted tomatoes & aged cheddar. When you first look at the menu, you may think, "what the? Scrambled eggs and toast for $13.50...and no sides?" But trust me, it is worth it. These eggs are made with love, mixed in with a lot of cream and butter, producing the silkiest, fluffiest tasting eggs you'll ever have. The full order comes with 5 eggs and the 1/2 order comes with 3 eggs.

Scrambled Eggs with Cheddar and Tomatoes
Organic Scrambled Eggs with Sourdough Toast, Tomatoes, and Aged Cheddar

JM ordered the tartine of fresh ricotta and cured ocean trout on Iggy’s organic sourdough, with a radish, caper and parsley salad. Their ocean trout was delicious, and I loved the dill ricotta mix.

Smoked Ocean Trout Tartine
Tartine of Ricotta and Cured Ocean Trout
Another thing Bills is known for is their ricotta hot cakes with honeycomb butter & bananas, which I must try the next time I go.

The location in Darlinghurst has a nice old French cafe feel, while the one in Surry Hills has a more modern feel. Either way, their eggs are good! That's all you need to know.
433 Liverpool Street
Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia
Telephone: (02) 9360 9631

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