Out there: Albero-di-lemone Trattoria | Sutherland

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I need to tell you, my food weakness is pizza. Every now and then I make it at home, always trying some low carb recipes and playing around with different toppings. This is totally fun and I love it!

However, when I spot a really good pizza place I make exceptions to my diet routine, allowing me to indulge once in a while with a good and traditional Italian pizza, and this is the case with Albero-di-lemone Trattoria, in Sutherland, Sydney.

Their pizza is so good that’s worth every gram of gluten and refined carbs in it. But, before you go all sad and think this is not for you, hold on a minute! There is a gluten free crust available, not to mention delicious risotto and salad options. They also have specials every day, with different flavours for pizza, risotto and salad that are not on their regular menu!

Entree

We (Hubby and I) had been there several times, so the following photos are a collection of dinners, ok? 😛

Normally we get for the entree:

  • Buffalo mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, chilli e basil (GF)
  • Garlic and herb pizza
Albero-di-lemone - Antipasto: Buffalo mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, chilli e basil.
Albero-di-lemone – Antipasto: Buffalo mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, chilli e basil
Albero-di-lemone - Antipasto: Garlic and herb pizza
Albero-di-lemone – Antipasto: Garlic and herb pizza

Mains

Their pizza serves well two people, leaving room for an entree or a dessert. The risotto, however, is HUGE and I advise you to not get anything else in case this is your choice. Below a few things we already tried:

  • Margheritta: the classic mozzarella, tomato e basil pizza.
  • Napoli: olives, anchovy, capers e pesto.
  • Risotto: roasted pumpkin, prosciutto, fontina, oregano. (GF)
Albero-di-lemone - Main: Margheritta ‘the classic mozzarella, tomato e basil pizza’.
Albero-di-lemone – Main: Margheritta ‘the classic mozzarella, tomato e basil pizza’.
Albero-di-lemone - Main: Napoli ‘olives, anchovy, capers e pesto’.
Albero-di-lemone – Main: Napoli ‘olives, anchovy, capers e pesto’.
Albero-di-lemone - Main: Roast pumpkin, prosciutto, fontina, oregano risotto.
Albero-di-lemone – Main: Roast pumpkin, prosciutto, fontina, oregano risotto.

Hmm, I dream with this risotto every now and then…

About their pizza, the crust is very crunchy and thin enough. Toppings come in a good quantity, they use very good quality ingredients and their tomato sauce is fantastic!

I highly recommend trying their special pizza flavours! We had it a couple of times and we absolutely loved.

Albero-di-lemone Trattoria
Shop 2, 720 Old Princes Highway – Sutherland. NSW 2232
For more information: www.albero-di-lemone.com.au

Out there: Cocowhip | Sydney

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Cocowip original (plain)
Cocowhip original flavour (plain)

Have you heard about Cocowhip? It seems like this is the new healthy trend this summer here in Sydney.
It is vegan, refined sugar-free and according to their website: this refreshing cream is “loaded with bio-fermented freeze dried coconut water powder providing the equivalent of over 10 cups of Yoghurt!“.

Before trying it I did a bit more research on their website and they say in each 100 grams of the original flavour, you will find 16.1g of carbs, 0.1g protein and 3.7g of fat. However, I’ve found the ingredients list a bit disappointing and not that real food-ish as you can see below:

Ingredients:
Coconut Water, Vegan Premix (Cocowhip Coconut Powder, Corn Starch [Non GMO], Natural Sweetener [Xylitol], Coconut Sugar, Inulin, Guar Gum, Carob Bean Gum, Vegan Mono-diglycerides), Coconut Probiotic (Bio-fermented Coconut Powder, Freeze Dried Coconut Water, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Plant Arum).

I understand they need some of these ingredients to get the creamy consistency, like corn starch and guar gum. But I don’t know why they decided to use 3 types of sugar?! There is xylitol, coconut sugar, inulin and I’m not even counting the natural sweetness of coconut water.

Anyways, I’ve decided to take the risk and tried some. Below I have the original one with mango swirl, and hubby got also the original version with gluten free caramel slices and chocolate syrup.

Cocowip with mango and Cocowip with gluten free caramel slices
Cocowhip with mango and Cocowhip with gluten free caramel slices

The ice cream is very, very light, and you can feel it’s not as sweet as a regular ice cream (which is great, but why all those sweeteners?). I found it very refreshing as well, and a nice option for any vegan friends out there. However, it’s not something out of this world, of course, better than regular ice cream but maybe it works better as part of a dish as I saw some cafes doing.

As far as I could understand, they sell the ice cream to cafes and restaurants, and then they make their own creations. These two I had at Heart & Soul Organic Chai Cafe, at Cronulla beach. You can check their website for more locations: www.cocowhip.com.au

Out there: El-manara Lebanese Restaurant | Lakemba – Sydney

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I simply love middle eastern cuisine; all their spices, strong flavours, and the way you eat and share the food. Everything seems so relaxed and comfortable. It’s like this type of food is always made by that lovely grandmother and I feel like in every bite, it gives my stomach a lovely hug.

I truly think I have some sort of past connection with that region haha, but anyways let’s talk about serious stuff here: my lunch at El-manara Lebanese Restaurant.

It was a friend’s idea. She is from Jordan and after visiting Lakemba (a well-known Lebanese suburb in Sydney), she invited me to go there again. The restaurant is a small and simple place, but the food my friend, is absolutely fantastic! As we say in Brazil: this is to be eaten praying (yeah, it makes sense in Portuguese :P).

Ah! In case you follow any low carb, paleo or gluten free diet, simply by skipping the pita bread you can find many options that suit these diets. I got some on the pictures below.

My order

We were in four (my friend and her boyfriend, and my hubby), and I might say I was very fortunate to have two specialists with us. They did the order and at first, I thought that it was a lot of food, but silly me. That food was outstanding and I couldn’t stop myself from eating a bit of everything (neither them). 😛

For the mains we got:

  • Kafta and Shish Kebab. [GF]
  • Fattah – layers of pita bread, chickpeas, and natural yoghurt mixed with lemon juice. According to my friend, this is a traditional breakfast dish in the Middle East.
  • Hoummos with meat. [GF]
  • Lebanese salad – Tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, lemon juice, garlic & olive oil. [GF]
  • Pickles and veggies plate – Olives, tomatoes, chillies, and pickled turnips.
  • Cooked kebbeh with garlicky dip.
  • Savoury yogurt to drink (surprisingly good). [GF]
Kafta and Shish Kebab
Kafta and Shish Kebab
Fattah
Fattah
Hoummos with meat
Hoummos with meat
Lebanese salad
Lebanese salad
Lebanese salad
Lebanese salad
Cooked kebbeh (4 pieces)
Cooked kebbeh (4 pieces)
Savoury yoghurt to drink
Savoury yoghurt to drink

For me it’s clear when I really like a place, I crave it! Now, for example, writing this post and seeing these photos, I’m almost getting on a train to go there again.

Also, take advantage to explore the suburb itself, visiting some shops with traditional Lebanese products and stop in a Café for a sweet, maybe some Turkish or Arabic coffee, and why not some mint tea too?

El-manara Lebanese Restaurant: 143 Haldon Street, Lakemba, Sydney, NSW
The menu is available on their website: www.elmanaralebaneserestaurant.com.au

Out there: Grill’d (and their Low Carb Bun) | Sydney CBD

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On today’s post, I’ll give a very a good tip for those following a low carb (or non-strict paleo diet), or that could have some sort of gluten intolerance: the Grill’d Low Carb Bun. According to their website, the bun has less than 9g of carbs (they don’t specify whether it’s net carbs, though) and is made of free range whole eggs, almond meal, coconut cream, water, tapioca flour, honey, psyllium husk and salt. The bun is Gluten, Grain, Dairy Free and NO SUGAR!

It is also written on their walls that they keep sugar to a minimum on their regular burgers, adding it only to some dressings or dips, for example, the Sweet Chilli Mayo.

Finally, there is a dedicated nutrition page with dietary information and the most amazing thing EVER! A page with the carb quantity in each one of their burgers. Isn’t it cool, or what?

Ah, you can have the bun with any of their burger options available. So, it is just a matter of not going crazy and picking a healthy one as well. 🙂

My order

For that day I’ve decided to get my burger on a low carb bun (you know, quality assurance purposes :P) with some sweet potatoes chips (not low carb, but hubby ate most of them :P). So the choices were:

  • Almighty burger in a low carb bun: Grass-fed lean beef, tasty cheese, crispy trim bacon, free range egg, a couple of slices of beetroot with salad, relish, herbed mayo, and extra avocado (21.8 g of carbs).
  • Sweet potato chips to share, and herbed mayo.
Almighty burger in a low carb bun.
Almighty burger in a low carb bun.
Sweet potato chips to share.
Sweet potato chips to share.

I don’t know about you, but I really don’t miss bread at all. However, I do feel that eating a burger wrapped in a lettuce leaf (or similar) is definitely not the same experience. So, although this bread is very simple, I really liked to have a burger in a similar way as everybody else in the restaurant.

I would totally go there again to try different burgers flavours with this bun. About the sweet potato chips … well, there is no way to go wrong with sweet potatoes, right? They were yummy, but I wish they had a baked version available as well.

Grill’d: Level 6, Restaurant Precinct, Westfield Sydney, Sydney

It’s a very popular burger chain in Australia 🇦🇺
Check their website for other locations: https://www.grilld.com.au

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. 🙂

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