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Bene at Three Beans Kareela 10/10 stars

Have just had the most delicious eggs benedict ever. So delicious I think it’s time I share my local treasure hidden amongst the Sutherland shire Sydney. The area is quite relaxed and cool. Walking into three beans is like walking from a tiki tour in the hottest sun of the shire into the ritz. Beautiful marble tables with old clawed feet on a black and white geometric tiled floor. The chairs are all wooden cane with large sitting lounge that has a beautiful maroon leather head rest. The walls are dark grey blue. The lighting is all industrial contemporary adding a nice blend of past and present that makes this cafe feel like a trendy home amongst the laid back shire lifestyle.  


The eggs bene with spinach and hollandaise at Three Beans Kareela is a bit more than amazing. The flavours melt in your mouth with the slightest and purest tang of vinegar which tells me the eggs have been cooked right. Whilst never overpowering the gooey perfectly poached eggs. The hollandaise is of perfect consistency however tastes like it’s made in house which is a very difficult dressing to perfect. That being said the lovely and gorgeous young barista makes a very delicious chai latte as well. 10/10 stars. Everything was on point. Even admiringly the printed napkins Three beans- “organically grown made with soul”.


Flavours of Cirque cafe Newcastle

Walking into Cirque cafe Newcastle the decor is simple and quite minimalist.

Clean cut dark brown tables and white walls with one wall black for chalk drawings of circus flags. The day’s specials are chalked upon the wall confit duck, Parmesan and rocket penne.

I’m thinking to myself this is something I’ve seen before. Amongst the throng of boring same same cafe restaurants in Newcastle I am crying out for something fresh.

The name of the cafe Cirque promises me something new. I am here for the food and the food only. The minimalist look sets the atmosphere for the bustling conversations of entrepreneurs, lawyers and rich house wives. The prices of food are quite realistic and reasonable for what has been offered.

This is the third day I have visited Cirque. Let me say I only ordered a coffee just once the first day I visited, a cappuccino and it was burnt. That being said I do not know whether to blame the barista or the tools the barista has been given. I suspect that the coffee machine itself is overheating the coffee while its inside the machine or the waitress is pressing down the coffee with too much pressure and the water isn’t fully soaking through in time. So ok I wasn’t incredibly impressed with the coffee however the service provided was very good.

Coffee in Newcastle at any cafe is usually burnt and it is rare to find a good barista. Something that is so lacking and is undeniably ignored upon the cafe restaurant scene in Newcastle nowadays.

Cirque does offer a list of other non caffeinated drinks such as detoxifying juices and iced chocolates which are a better representation of Cirque.

The food at Cirque is flavoursome and fresh. The first day I ate at Cirque I had the eggs Benedict on salmon with hollandaise. The appearance was simple piled with extra hollandaise spilling down the sides. Kind of boring. The flavour was as expected an explosion of hollandaise sauce, poached egg and salmon.


The linguini meatballs were ablaze with colour and had a strong Italian aroma. Very wisely littered with fresh herb flavours and meatballs that were just the right size for a mouthful. I was very impressed with the share of shaved parmesan embellishing the dish.


On the second day I had a Wagyu beef burger with a side of hand cut potato chips. The Wagyu beef patty was just like mum makes although with a good quality Wagyu mince. A delicious combination of herbs mince and onion . The spicy beetroot jam beneath the patty and combination of lettuce, tomato and toasted bun with aioli had just the right flavours to make the burger melt in your mouth. My only complaint was the height of the burger was hard to manage grabbing and fitting a full mouth full in and the burger had to almost be deconstructed to be eaten which I didn’t mind as it tasted so good. The chips were equally as tasty. I’m quite sure the aioli is also made in house with a few secret flavours that make it amazing.


Today I had a simple bowl of fresh fruit and yoghurt that had been presented perfectly with a side of honey.


The beetroot and goats cheese tort appeared hidden in a sea of loose leaf salad leaving me to think we are playing hide and go seek which I thought was quite playful and enjoyed. The shaved Parmesan on top seemed a little too similar to the linguini although a fitting match for the rocket salad.


Addicted to Vinyl cafe great toasties and even better coffee

Located a short walk from King and hunter street in the Central Business District Newcastle, Australia is the cafe Vinyl.

Stepping into Vinyl is like transcendence of the ages. Music playing varies from New York New York to other hit tunes of the ages. Surrounded by Walls of vinyl records an old piano, suitcases, record players. Posters of the Beatles, Lennon and Bob Marley. You can not help but feel at home or inspired. Vinyl is just the atmosphere to de-stress and relax away from the corporate world.

Let’s not stop there. Food is a mix of simple yet tasty gourmet sandwiches, melts (toasties) and wraps perfect for lunch time. Enough food that you are full but you are not over eating. So very healthy for a mid day luncheon with a close friend or important meeting.

The baristas are well trained and own the business. So coffee is very important and made amazingly. Unlike the majority of cafes in Newcastle the coffee is never burnt and milk is always fresh and creamy. Made traditional style with a shake of chocolate powder.

Why not relive your childhood memories with a cold very thick thickshake, my favourite being the strawberry thickshake. Yum!

I would say that their prices are on par with other local cafes but the atmosphere and music makes it better.

Overall this would have to be my favourite cafe in the Newcastle Cbd to relax away my lunch times.

Modelling in shoot is good friend and designer Samantha Louise South








My Teabag Dress

The Tea Bag Dress!

My first eco-friendly designer dress

This was my first environmentally friendly design originally inspired by Australian textile artist Jennifer Hawkins who at the time in 2007 was creating patchwork quilts and wall hangings from tea bags. I started the teabag dress as a major project for my HSC textiles. It is still a working piece that I draw inspiration from as I still don’t think it is quite finished. I have quilted more than 2000 Lipton teabags, machine felted, hand embroidered and embellished. I have painted and now am in the stages of refitting the dress to a stock size 10. This is my side project that I love so dearly.

There are a few interesting people making teabag textiles and art around the world.

Original T-Bag Designs, a collective of artists residing in South Africa. These artists transform recycled tea bags into a variety of beautiful items, including works of art, household objects, jewelry, stationery, and clothes. For many of the artists, their tea-bag creations have freed them from a life of poverty.”

Continue reading on Examiner.com: Recycle those tea bags and make room for loose leaf tea – Los Angeles LA | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/la-in-los-angeles/recycle-those-tea-bags-and-make-room-for-loose-leaf-tea#ixzz1MD13qoJK

The links to view their website don’t seem to work for me so I’m not entirely sure the article is relevant or not although it does reference my dress backdated to the 31st of March 2009.So time has moved on a bit.There is another reference at the Chinese Tea Shop Blog:


A couple of earlier blogs also reference my tea bag dress amongst other tea related articles. I found dyeing with tea an interesting idea for the future.


I really love the coffee and tea festival newsletter. It has really opened my eyes to the world of tea infused foods and painting with coffee. Check out the Mona Latte!


I find the idea of this design scourer very interesting although not especially related to my tea bag dress.I admire her close and personal , customer service orientated business and hope that my business will grow in the same general direction into the future.


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