Out there: Sabbaba | Bondi Beach

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Sabbaba Restaurant - Bondi Beach
Sabbaba Restaurant – Bondi Beach

I don’t follow any specific diet, my only rule is¬†to¬†eat only what makes me feel good and healthier – real food. That’s why I avoid some types of food, but this is definitely doesn’t serve as an excuse to not eat out. I love a good restaurant and the opportunity to try new dishes.

What I do while eating out is simple: pick an option that is as much real food as possible.

This time, the chosen one for a restaurant review was: Sabbaba. I personally LOVE the middle eastern cuisine, and at Sabbaba is very easy to get a nice plate with a little bit of everything I like. :).

The restaurant menu is very straightforward. There you can choose between:

  • Pita bread sandwich (there is a wholemeal version available as well) served with a variety of salads and dips¬†or;
  • A bowl or a (big) plate with the same variety¬†of options served in the pita bread;
  • Finally, for any of the options above, you can pick your favourite protein (including a vegetarian option with halloumi cheese).

This day, I decided to have the big plate, while my husband got a wholemeal Pita Sandwich.

Sabbaba plate option.
Sabbaba plate option.

On my plate I had:

  • Chicken shawarma;
  • Greens (the regular version comes with Tabouli, so I asked to replace it).
  • Cabbage salad;
  • Pickles;
  • Baba ghanoush;
  • Hummus (some chickpeas to garnish);
  • Tahini dressing and Salsa.

They are very understanding when you ask to replace items. Also, this plate originally comes with some pita bread as a side, which my husband was extremely happy to have. If you don’t want it, simply say the word and they’ll not include it.

Sabbaba Pita Sandwich
Sabbaba Pita Sandwich

The other option (ordered by my husband) was the Pita Bread Sandwich in a wholemeal version. You can choose between many of the filling options available or pick one of their suggestions. He had:

  • Halloumi cheese;
  • Tabouli;
  • Cabbage salad;
  • Pickles;
  • Babaganush;
  • Hommus;
  • Tahini dressing and Salsa.

No dessert for us that day. There are traditional middle eastern options available. However, none of them are gluten or sugar free. They have vegan options though.

Ah, and if you don’t have any grains restriction (and are OK with some deep fried food), they are very famous for the Falafels. ūüôā

Sabbaba – 82 Hall¬†St, Bondi¬†Beach –¬†Sydney
Check their website for other locations: www.sabbaba.com.au

 

How to make: cashew nut milk and coconut milk #lowcarb #vegan

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You will not believe when I say that it’s¬†very¬†easy to make your own vegetarian milk!
In today’s video you will learn how¬†to make two¬†different types: Cashew Nut milk and Coconut milk.

They are yummy, healthy, and ridiculously easy to make at home. Ah, and using the same directions described in the video above, you can easily create other milk flavours, such as almond, Brazil nuts, and macadamias.

Ingredients
  • Cashew nut milk
    • 1 cup (100 grams) of raw cashew nuts
    • 750ml of hot water
  • Coconut milk
    • 1 cup (100 grams) of coconut meat (or coconut flakes)
    • 750ml of hot water (in case you are using fresh coconut, you can include here the water from the fruit).
Directions
  1. Cashew nut milk
    1. Soak the raw cashew nuts with fresh water for at least 5 hours.
    2. By the next day, drain and rinse the nuts. Reserve.
    3. In a blender, add the nuts and blend them until a paste is formed.
    4. Now add the hot water.
    5. Once everything is smooth and well combined, pour the liquid in a glass container.
    6. It’s done and ready to drink! You can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days – no more!
  2. Coconut milk
    1. In a blender, add the coconut meat (or coconut flakes) and hot water.
    2. Blend everything together for about 3 minutes.
    3. Cover a bowl with a cheesecloth (you can use a sieve to add some support to the cheesecloth) and pour the blended liquid on it.
    4. Squeeze through the cheesecloth. All the milk will pass through and small coconut flakes will be retained by the¬†cheesecloth. Don’t throw them away when you finish; you can add to a cake or use to make pancakes.
    5. Store the milk in a clean glass container.
    6. It’s done and ready to drink! You can keep it in the fridge for a maximum of 3 days.

Tip: In case you decide to make almond, brazil nuts, walnuts or any other kind of nut milk, I suggest you to follow the same process as I showed above to make cashew nut milk, but then drain the liquid using a cheesecloth. These types of nuts always leave some residues, different from cashew nuts.

Out there: Sydney Tower Buffet

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Restaurant inside and a little bit of the view.
Inside of the restaurant and a peak of the city view.

Many people struggle to keep their regular diet when travelling. Reasons vary: some might say there are so many unusual options that they want to try them all; others are simply unsure about where to find options compatible with their diet plan.

In case you are spending some days in Sydney and is considering going¬†up to the Sydney Tower, but not sure whether¬†the revolving restaurant is a good option¬†or how the¬†food choices are, this post is for you. ūüėČ

Despite of being Sydney residents since 2014, last month my husband and I decided to use a gift card we got from work to have dinner at the Sydney Tower Buffet for the first time and see what’s all about this so popular¬†revolving restaurant.

Well, first things first, it really revolves :). During our dinning experience we had¬†a 360-degree view from the city. No, you don’t feel dizzy because it moves very gently, but I admit it took me some time to feel comfortable there (not a huge fan of high buildings myself).

Talking about the food, there is a buffet available¬†and¬†you can check¬†their¬†menu online, so have a look before making your decision. You’ll find there¬†a good variety of meats,¬†salads, and also some gluten free desserts (not sugar free though).

Some things I had for my dinner there.
Some things I had for my dinner there.

As you can see from the photos above I had:

  • Different types of salad and veggies, with ham, salami and beef¬†(there were¬†high¬†carb options as well, but I decided to use it for the dessert :P).
  • Plate of cheese, dried and fresh fruits.
  • Some gluten free desserts (veeery sweet).

I reckon a person that doesn’t eat grains, gluten, or follows a low carb diet can easily have dinner there.¬†The buffet is all-inclusive, so you can eat as much as you can of everything available. It’s just a matter of adding the right stuff to your plate and finding your table because, surprise, it is constantly revolving.

However, the food wasn’t amazing, I must say; everything I tried was edible but just plain OK, nothing special. Honestly, the dinner doesn’t worth the amount you pay for the experience.

However, if you put the food aside for a second, the view is unbelievable. Excuse me for the bad quality of my photos (forgot to bring my camera), but I just wanted to show you guys something from up there.

Sydney Tower buffet view
Sydney Tower buffet view

In conclusion, the view is great but the food is just OK. If you want to eat there anyways, the buffet is open for lunch and dinner, every day. Prices changes for weekends and public holidays.

For more information, check their website: https://www.sydneytowerbuffet.com.au/

How to make: zucchini noodles #glutenfree #lowcarb

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You may have heard about zucchini noodles¬†before. It’s also¬†known by a variety of different other names¬†(zoodles, zucchini pasta, zucchini spaghetti), but all of them are the same: a real food pasta made only using zucchinis.

That’s right, you need only a single ingredient – zucchini – to make your pasta. This is an amazingly healthy way to add more good stuff into your body!

Remember to also use your creativity to add extra flavour to it. You can top with a delicious homemade tomato sauce, add to a soup, mix with some fresh broccoli, garlic, olive oil, and chicken breast… Hmm, I’m already salivating here thinking about¬†all the dishes I can make with it.

Ingredients
  • 2 zucchinis
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Wash your zucchinis. Cut off the ends and let’s start making our noodles.
  2. There are many ways to make it. You can use a spiralizer, veggetti, grater or a knife. All these options will change the final looking of your noodle/pasta, but the taste will be essentially the same.
  3. After you get it done, toss in a pan with some salt and pepper.
  4. And it’s ready! Serve it with a delicious Homemade Tomato Sauce and garnished with shredded parmesan cheese. YUMMY!

Links that worth a click #week16

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2014 |Bondi Beach, Sydney ‚Äď Australia
2014 |Bondi Beach, Sydney ‚Äď Australia

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