Falafel Zaman – Street Lebanese food • Neutral Bay, Sydney

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It’s no news that Lebanese food has a special spot in my heart. I love food that I can play with the ingredients to make amazing combinations, tweaking things for a different flavor every bite.

Another day, Hubby and I had some errands in Neutral Bay around lunchtime. THE perfect excuse to try a new place and Falafel Zaman was the chosen one for that day (great choice by the way).

My order

The good thing about Lebanese food is that you can share everything. So this is what we did:

  • To share: Mixed Grill Plate – skewers (1 kafta, 1 lamb, 1 chicken), fattoush salad, chips, 1 kibbeh, 2 falafels, hommus, garlic sauce, and 2 pieces of Lebanese bread.
  • Hubby: Lamb Grilled Wrap – Grilled premium lamb fillets wrapped in Lebanese bread with hommus, onion/parsley, sumac, and pickles.
Mixed Grill Plate - fattoush salad, hommus, garlic sauce & 2 pieces of lebanese bread.
Mixed Grill Plate – fattoush salad, hommus, garlic sauce & 2 pieces of lebanese bread.
Mixed Grill Plate -skewers (1 kafta, 1 lamb, 1 chicken), 1 kibbeh, 2 falafels, and chips.
Mixed Grill Plate -skewers (1 kafta, 1 lamb, 1 chicken), 1 kibbeh, 2 falafels, and chips.
Lamb Grilled Wrap - Grilled premium lamb fillets wrapped in lebanese bread with hommus, onion/parsley, sumac, and pickles.
Lamb Grilled Wrap –
Grilled premium lamb fillets wrapped in lebanese bread with hommus, onion/parsley, sumac, and pickles.

We’ve found their food super yummy and service was great. However, it was pricey for the amount of food, especially for the mixed plate. Perhaps I’m not used to the prices in that area, but I feel portions could be more generous.

Aside from that, I loved their falafel, not oily, crunchy on the outside and super moist on the inside.

Neutral Bay – Street Lebanese food
238 Military Rd, Neutral Bay NSW 2089
More information: www.falafelzaman.com.au

Travel itinerary • 3 days in Florence – Italy 🇮🇹

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Everything you can do in 3 days in Florence!
A bird’s-eye view of everything you can do in 3 days in Florence!

Florence was the third city we stayed during our holidays in Europe, and I can honestly say it got a special place in my heart since the very first day.

Differently from Rome, I found the city much calmer, organised, easier to navigate around, and with a great modern vibe (even with all the historical buildings it has).

I had 3 amazing days there, which I’ll be happily sharing with you now.
If you want to get straight to the point, here you can get my Google Maps with all the main attractions conveniently marked for you.

Keep reading if you would also like an overview of these attractions.

Day 1

Mercato Centrale
In case you’re a foodie like me, this is THE place to be.

Stroll along a good number of stalls feature local products and produce; and don’t forget to visit the upper level full of yummy restaurants.

Perfect place to sample the best Italy has to offer.

Mercato Centrale
Mercato Centrale

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5 Terre Gelateria • Manarola – Cinque Terre

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5 Terre Gelato - entrance.
5 Terre Gelateria – entrance.

After having lunch in Vernazza, we decided to get the train back to Manarola to take some extra photos of the area.
But I might also say we had a second goal in mind: try a gelato from 5 Terre Gelateria.

We found very good reviews online about them, and early in the day, while we were exploring this little town, this place was always super busy.

They also have a selection of brioches (which can combined with ice cream to please the most demanding sweet tooth 😜) and crepes, but we only tried their gelato at the occasion.

So, after all this walking, why not have our gelato of the day there, right?

My order

Their selection of gelato covers the most traditional flavours, so we decided to follow the idea and stick to the classics!

  • Mine: Amarena and Cremino.
  • Hubby: Dark chocolate and Tiramisu.
Amarena and Cremino.
Amarena and Cremino.
Dark Chocolate and Tiramisu.
Dark chocolate and Tiramisu.

The verdict

Everything was super creamy and delicious! Rich in flavour and great texture!

Totally worth a visit to refresh yourself after a day hiking around the Cinque Terre. 🤗

I also noticed they have another shop further down the street, just closer to the beach.
By our observations on the day this one was usually less busy, but you have two options in any case. 🙂

I couldn’t find it on Google Maps though, maybe it was a temporary store?

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/kZcmKHz2Vts


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy or Cinque Terre.

Ham and Cheese Pie 🥧 • Low Carb Pies #4

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Another brilliant variation of my super popular low carb pie recipeHam and Cheese pie.

Again, super yummy and super easy to make; filling this time is basically diced ham, cheese, and oregano!
You can watch the video above to learn how to make it, step-by-step, or simply follow the directions below.

Easy peasy!

Ingredients
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 cup (260g) of tahini (or almond butter)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 cups (340 grams) of ham, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 2 cups (340 grams) of mozzarella cheese, diced
Directions
  1. In a bowl mix together eggs, tahini, salt, and baking powder.
  2. Line a parchment paper on a cake tin and pour half of this batter in. I’m using a 24 cm square tin.
  3. Then make a layer of ham, followed by mozzarella cheese, finishing with a layer of the remaining batter.
  4. In a preheated oven to 160°C (320°F), bake it for 50 minutes or until golden brown. ⏰
  5. IT’S DONE! 🎉

Would like to see more low carb pie recipes?
I have an entire collection of ideas and recipes especially created for you! 🙂

Ah, as you may have noticed, I used tahini for the main recipe, which gives you a nut-free result.
If you’re OK with nuts, you can also use almond butter. 🙂