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Three Blue Ducks or as the yummy mummies around Bronte call it, Three Great F&%$s! Why? Because three professionally trained (young & good-looking) chefs, a couple of whom have Tetsuya on their resume, decided to open up their dream cafe in Bronte beach. After travelling the world together they decided surfing and being the object of women’s desires was more of a priority than feeding high-brow types over white linen. The result? Casual coffee and excellent eggs whilst breathing in the sea air.

The cafe won’t be hard to find along Bronte’s MacPherson Street shops, the place is constantly swarmed with people trying to snag a seat. So much so that the barista next door decide he join forces with the ducks to create extra space. And what a space it is! It has a rustic, DIY feel with street style art adorning the walls and mis-matching furniture creating an unpretentious place for the pretentious pigs that come here.

After hearing, reading and seeing the hype around Three Blue Ducks my expectations were high to say the least. Things were off to a great start when we got seated straight away and served perfectly brewed coffee, so I was getting even more excited about the food. The menu is small and intriguing. After a few mojitos the night before I needed something big and bad for me. The eggs benedict with wilted spinach and smoked trout had caught my eye but the thought of fish was unpalatable at that point so I asked for it to be substituted with bacon.

Apparently my order translated into poached eggs, bacon, roasted tomato and a side of basil with no hollandaise and a substantial serving of attitude on the side. The waitress was rude and unapologetic. Perhaps she just needs a good duck? That aside the meal was still tasty, as was the bacon and egg roll.

The Bitter: Staff that seem unwilling to serve you
The Sweet: Perfectly poached eggs and great art work
The Damage: Standard breakfast – meal and coffee will cost $25 per pig.

Oink Oink,

Truffle Pig.

Three Blue Ducks – 143 MacPherson Street, Bronte Beach –

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Comfort at my table… pretty self-explanatory really. A brilliant cook/artist (Nims), who has a undenialble love for all things feminine and vintage wants people to feel comfortable at her tables. Well, its working! All the pigs around town are willing to put up with uncomfortable queues to taste her culinary creations, both on the plate and on the walls.

Amongst the industrial streets of Milton you can find this not-so-secret sanctuary filled with fresh flowers, kitsch furniture and the smell of freshly baked goods wafting throughout. The place is always bustling with girly girls, Paddington hipsters, ladies who gossip, and blokes and business men who seem to love the potions that are fit for the hungriest pigs!

The menu has all the traditional favourites with a unique twist, just like the cafe itself, and is conveniently divided into Sweet and Savory. Whenever I see ham on a menu I struggle to look past it, so without much hesitation I opted for the green eggs and ham. I was presented with thickly cut ham straight off the bone teamed with creamy scrambled eggs mixed with homemade pesto. And if that isn’t enough to tempt you, it also comes with a smokey tomato relish… perfection.

My fellow piglets were generous enough to let me do my “market research” and taste their dishes, which were a feast for the eyes as much as they were for the appetite. To my left I tasted the mushroom breakfast – sauteed mushrooms  topped with ricotta and grilled lemon, delicate and delicious. To my right I got to taste the savory mince… this is when the food envy set in. The spoon full of mince I tasted was like a party in my mouth, appropriately teamed with 2 fried eggs and sourdough toast, I definitely know what I am ordering next time.

The joy didn’t stop at the main course. Here you can find a range of different coffees, drinks and teas to start, finish or accompany your meal. May I suggest you start with the lemon in hot water, which is great for digestion and you will need it if you plan on finishing off your meal. Or, if you want to conclude with a cookie – there is an abundance of sweets in the cabinet, all freshly made in-house. I highly recommend you wear comfortable pants when you want to go to get comfortable at these tables.

The Bitter: It is busy…. long waits on weekends and when you finally get seated there is a long wait for food
The Sweet: These days tables are being replaces with milk crates, but here you have space to move and art to admire
The Damage: Huge meals for slightly less than average – you can get a meal and coffee for around $15.

Oink Oink,

Truffle Pig.

Shop 5,19-23 Cribb St – Milton, QLD 4064 –

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Bean on Dean is a small little sanctuary and an ideal place to enjoy a perfectly brewed coffee and light bites in Brisbane’s western suburb of Toowong – an inner city area starved of decent places to enjoy a morning pick-me-up and a good quality meal. Bean on Dean has undoubtedly brought this dire little strip of shops to life and the pigs of Toowong (including myself) have welcomed Bean on Dean with open, caffeine-deprived arms.

Bean on Dean is the brain child of a mother and daughter team (Ashley and Tracy) who are as passionate about their coffee as they are about their art. The team here are as relaxed as the atmosphere… you’re welcome to stay for a coffee, a snack, a meal or you can just enjoy a sunny saturday with your dog by your side. Unlike many of Brisbane’s busy breakfast haunts, you won’t be shuffled away to make room for the next impatient piggy patron while you’ve barely swallowed the last spoon full of your scrambled eggs. They have done a brilliant job of accommodating all of Toowongs demographics – the ladies who catch up over cappuccino, the young professionals on-the-go and the hungover uni students looking for a filling feed.

Meals here are basic but brilliant and can be found on the “Lite Bites” menu. I have tried a few items, all of which hit the spot! Firstly I had the most popular item, the ‘Kerfuffle” which is sourdough topped with avocado, Danish feta, rocket, olive oil and balsamic on the side to taste, a combination done widely and not always done well, but they nailed it. On my second visit I went for another one of their gourmet toppings on toast –  sourdough piled with soft cheese, cured meat and rocket with beetroot relish on the side…. if you serve a slice of pig well, you have a loyal customer in me, hence why I keep coming back.

Despite being the perfect place to relax on a lazy morning, Bean on Dean pride and label themselves as an expresso bar, and they have an impressive bright green coffee machine to match the title. Although I am no expert in this department, I know a good coffee when I taste one, and I know they are great when I order 2, which I did. So if you are the i-don’t-have-time-to-dine-out type like many of their customers, you can grab a toastie or muffin to go to accompany your campos coffee in the mornings. Convenience, quirky and a can’t go wrong option.

The bitter: Not open on Sundays, probably when I need a coffee and breakfast close to home the most!

The sweet:  Quick, easy, friendly cheap and deeeeeelicious!

The damage: You can get a perfect coffee, a tasty meal and an art exhibition for under $20

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

45 Dean street Toowong, QLD 4066 – (07) 3870 5445

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1. Bondi Massive:

On top of the hill at the south end of Bondi, Bondi Massive is the perfect place to stop and people watch or make a pit stop before heading to the beach, here you have a menu and a take away cabinet fit for a pig!   Personally I go straight for a window seat and order the baked eggs, you can’t go wrong. This brilliant breakfast consists of prosciutto, 2 eggs, machergo cheese and sage placed in a fry pan and thrown under the grill, served with corn salsa and toasted sourdough on the side. Prochitto, perfection….. pig happy.

The bitter: It is small, so when the sun is shining you might have to be a patient pig

The sweet: The service, they will love you as long as you don’t knock Collingwood

The damage: The bill won’t be Massive, you can get a juice, coffee and meal for under $30

Bondi Massive – 2 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach – NSW 2026 – (02) 9365 5738

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2. Trio:

Wander down the hill a little further and you will stumble across a big set of windows, some beautiful boars basking in the sun and hoards of people waiting to get in. Once you weasel your way in I have no doubt you will be happy with the mediterranean menu – poached pair porridge for those who like it lite, or for my fellow hungry pigs you can’t go past the Boss Eggs. Being a Truffle Pig, I oinked with joy when I tasted the creamy scrambled eggs mixed with truffle oil  teamed with some olive sourdough and smoked salmon. Hello heaven on a plate!

The bitter: If you get seated outside be sure to slip slop slap or you will turn into crackling, no umbrellas here

The sweet: The menu offers all your familiar favourites as well as some exotic eats

The damage: Slightly more expensive, but you will be so full you will skip lunch so its worth the $35 you pay for all the trimmings

Trio – – 56 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

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3. Deli Bottega:

Tucked away in the back streets, this place is the perfect place to watch the world(or Bondi) go by while sipping on a coffee and scratching your head over what to order from the menu that is for a feast for the eyes as well as your belly. Let me make it easy for you and suggest the pesto eggs, you won’t regret it. Perfectly poached eggs, crisp and crunchy prosciutto and silky smooth homemade pesto stacked upon some perfectly tanned sourdough toast.

The bitter: In the warmers months the service can be slow when pigs are packed in

The sweet: I have dreamt about bathing in that pesto it is that delicious

The damage: Standard breakfast bill, meal and coffee for about $20

Deli Bottega – 144-148 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

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4. Brown Sugar

Don’t underestimate this teeny tiny restaurant, it knows how to produce big and beautiful breakfasts and bunches. For those mornings when can’t quite decide what you feel like, Brown Sugar has the answer – the 5 Side Plate. Tomatoes, rocket, avo, prosciutto and feta – what more could you want? Well… I was really hung over and hungry so I ordered eggs and hash browns too. Don’t judge me! If you tasted it, you would understand. The iced coffee was the exact headache cure I needed to see me through the day, all-in-all the perfect meal.

The bitter: This place is as small as a brown sugar bowl so there is limited space

The sweet: Bunch, I love a place that celebrates the time between breakfast and lunch with another meal

The damage: Standard $25 to fill you up and quench your thirst, unless you’re as hungry as me of course, then you might need a mortgage.

Brown Sugar – – 106 Curlewis St, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

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5. Harry’s Expresso

When I think of the name Harry I think of kid or a K9 who is friendly, relaxed and dishevelled, same goes for this happy hang out. The juices are liquid perfection and the toast is even better. The portions are perfect and the ingredients are undeniably fresh. My favourite would have to be the sourdough toast with smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers. You will be served these  scumptious slices by the friendly staff who seem to the know their regulars and their dogs by name.

The bitter: Sharing your bench with strangers, I am happy to hear their stories but I don’t want to share mine

The sweet: Cheap, cosy and casual – prepare to eat out of our lap

The damage: barely any, you can get a coffee and a meal for under $20.

Harry’s Expresso – 136 Wairoa Ave,  Bondi Beach 2026 NSW –  (02) 9310 2180

I am always on the hunt for good food so if I have missed any great beach side breakfasts, send your suggestions my way.

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

This Corner Store offers more than your daily papers and a carton of milk. The cafe offers ridiculously good breakfast and lunch daily, prepared and served by the trendiest of wait staff in one of the best looking cafes in Brisbane. Thankfully, this architecturally designed, open plan, tasty-as-hell haven is nestled into the quiet leafy streets of my home suburb, Toowong.

When the Corner Store Cafe opened I felt like all my piggy prayers had been answered. I no longer had to wake up hung over on a Sunday and drive in a post-kebab and tequilla shot daze to New Farm or Paddington to get my hollandaise drenched bacon fix, I could now trot on down the street to feast on some of Brisbane’s best food.

I know a place is going to be good when I can’t decide what to order – the impressive yet unpretentious menu (which changes regularly) had me perplexed – corn cakes or the Boston beans? The bacon swayed me toward the corn cakes and I am glad it did. They were simple but full of flavour, perfectly accompanied with home made chutney and crispy bacon. The eggs were poached to perfection – water free, firm but the yolk warm and runny on the inside (crappy cafes please take note!). To tie me over I ordered a cold press coffee which had been brewed for over 12 hours then mixed with ice and milk, which was just as delicious as their freshly squeezed juices.

My counterparts ordered from opposite ends of the spectrum. One ordered the incredibly indulgent Belgium waffles served with home made roasted pear, chai and date ice cream lathered in maple syrup and the others opted for the wholesome but healthy avo on rye option, which was served with a delicious tomato and coriander salsa. I tasted both (much to their dismay) and I can confirm that the deliciousness was consistent across the board.

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better I looked to the right hand side of the menu and my taste buds went into a piggy tail spin! Cheese burger, pork sandwich, prawn tacos and a beef dip baguette… I was torn and struggling to make a decision once again. The friendly waitress suggested with overwhelming enthusiasm that I should go for the beef dip and I soon understood why.

I was presented with lashings of rare, slow cooked rib fillet tucked into a crusty baguette with caramelised onion, teamed with a side of salty roast potatoes and a bowl of horseradish dipping jus – piggy perfection! I ate it quickly as everyone around the table was eyeing off my meal like a pack of hungry hyenas. Despite being a pig and eating it all myself, I still managed to fit in a prawn taco which was also delicious surprising because my loyalties usually lie with the hard shell (but I would be willing to make an exception here).

Corner Store Cafe is also the perfect place to grab something if you’re on the go. The cabinet is always full of gourmet sandwiches, salads and sweets to satisfy all tastes. There is also a gourmet groceries, flowers and vegetables you can take home with you if you’re feeling inspired to cook after your great meal.

The bitter: barely any bitterness here but you might have to wait a while on weekends to get to the good stuff.

The sweet: It is all good but the beef dip has stolen a piece of this pig’s heart.

The damage: Minimal a meal and drink at breakfast and lunch is about $20 – $25 and worth every penny in the piggy bank!

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

Corner Store Cafe – 113 Sylvan Road, Toowong, QLD –

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