Shawa Grill – Street Lebanese food • Miranda, Sydney

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Shawa Grill is the newest Lebanese restaurant at Westfield Miranda and already has a spot in my heart. ❤️

They offer an amazing menu, full of yummy options such as plates, rolls, dips, and traditional Lebanese desserts.

For anyone looking for low carb options, you can also find breadless choices, like baba ghanoush or hummus topped with a meat of your choice.

My order

As it was our first time there, we decided to stick to the classical options and these were our choices:

  • Mine: Shawa plate meal – chicken shawarma, hummus, baba ghanoush, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
  • Hubby: Shawa roll meal – lamb shawarma, hummus, baba ghanoush, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
  • Dessert to share: Knafeh – Lebanese style cheesecake.
Shawa plate meal - chicken shawarma, hummus, baba ghanouj, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
Shawa plate meal – chicken shawarma, hummus, baba ghanoush, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
Shawa roll meal - lamb shawarma, hummus, baba ghanouj, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
Shawa roll meal – lamb shawarma, hummus, baba ghanoush, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
Knafeh - Lebanese style cheesecake.
Knafeh – Lebanese style cheesecake.

Everything was spot on! Super delicious and generous portions.

I only wish they had an option to replace those hot chips with something else.

Hubby was more than happy eating all of them, but I would prefer having some extra salad, but I was told it wasn’t possible.

Now, what about the dessert, you may be asking!
It was my first time trying Knafeh, and I already can say is one of my favourites.

It’s literally melted cheese, topped with semolina, pistachio, and sugar syrup.
I understand that it might not be to everyone’s taste, but please trust me and give it a try.

Location-wise it couldn’t be any easier, just get the train (T4 line) bound to Cronulla and alight at Miranda station.
Boom! You have arrived at the shopping centre, now head to the upper area where most of the restaurants are located and you’ll easily find it. 🙂

Shawa Grill – Street Lebanese food
Shop 2205 Westfield Miranda
600 Kingsway Miranda NSW 2228 Australia
More information: www.shawagrill.com.au

Day trip to Kangaroo Valley | Car trip from Sydney

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Kangaroo Valley day trip map
Kangaroo Valley: a day trip map

It was supposed to be just another sunny winter weekend at home, but then Hubby and I decided to get the Sunday off to explore the Kangaroo Valley.

Our idea was to get there around 9 in the morning, do some hikes, have lunch, and spend a bit of the afternoon exploring the area, finally coming back to Sydney still before dark.

So we got enough time to do a bunch of things, which I will be describing next.
If you want, you can go straight ahead to my shared Google Maps with things to do in the Hunter Valley with all the places and attractions we visited.

Places to go

Three views walk
Here you have – yep, you guessed right,  three easy and relatively short trails to pick from.

In case you are not in a hurry you can do all of them in the morning.
The trails are flat and don’t have much to offer along the way (just a nice walk), but the reward is at the end of each one of them, with breathtaking views.

You can see below photos from each view.

If you have to pick between one or two of the trails, I suggest picking the Shoalhaven River View (the longest trail) and/or Lake Yarrunga View (the shortest one).

Lake Yarrunga View
Lake Yarrunga View – Length: 3.4km return

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Burger Project | Sydney CBD

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On a lazy and chilly Friday night, hubby and I decided we should have a burger. We were around the CBD area in Sydney that evening and the Burger Project seemed a good option. I had been there before and liked, so why not confirming the expectations?

There are many different burgers, and guess what, any of them you can have without the bun! Yep, they wrap it on a lettuce leaf for you. Perfect for those avoiding wheat/gluten or following a low carb diet.

I might say that eating a burger like this is not an easy task. I’ve tried, trust me. So I suggest you use the fork and knife kindly provided by the restaurant. A mess-free experience guaranteed. 🙂

My order

When the subject is a burger, I like to play safe, which means I normally go for the classic options. That night our order was:

  • Mine: double burger – 2x grass fed beef, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & secret sauce.
  • Hubby: the same, but with the bun (no photos because he ate too fast 😜).
Double burger, close up.
Double burger, close up.
Double: 2x grass fed beef, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & secret sauce.
Double: 2x grass fed beef, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & secret sauce.

The burger is super tasty and price-wise very appealing. As I said before, eating with the lettuce wrap is not an easy task, unless you are a ninja. 🙂

About the secret sauce, it is indeed very secret. Couldn’t find any information on their website, and their employees had no idea what was in it. So if you are very strict with your diet (especially with sugar) I would recommend skipping it, just to err on the side of the caution a bit, you know.

Burger Project
MLC Centre – Lower Ground Floor, Shop 6.22
19 Martin Place Sydney NSW 2000 (multiple addresses available)
More information: www.burgerproject.com

Think.Eat.Save by OzHarvest, at Martin Place, Sydney

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I love a good cause, but even more when it is food related. 🙂

Food for thought

Today, here in Sydney, we had this event organised by OzHarvest called Think.Eat.Save Martin Place where the main idea was to attract awareness to the food waste occurring every single day of our lives.

Did you know that an alarming one third of the food produced for human consumption (roughly 1.3 billion tonnes … yes, BILLION TONNES) is wasted, or simply lost during some stage along the way from the fields to our tables?

Photos
How was the event

There was so much to see and learn, as you can see from the photos above, but let me try to summarise some of the most interesting parts.

First and foremost, free lunch with rescued food.
That’s right, not only the meals served today were prepared with perfectly edible food (but that would otherwise go wasted from restaurants and supermarkets due to their serving policies), but they were also served free of charge!

Meals were prepared by a collection of world-class Australian chefs including Neil Perry, from the Rockpool Group, and Matt Moran (ARIA catering).

Chef Neil Perry at the event

It was a great opportunity for networking as well. With at least 5,000 people expected to have attended the event, plus impeccable organisation by the volunteers, meet-and-greet like-minded people was an easy task. 🙂

Finally, you could also join a live panel discussion regarding food waste, food security and sustainability with a number of experts in this field. Ah, there was also some stands from Woolworths and Glad where they promoted some of their initiatives aligned with the idea of reducing food waste.

If you missed the event, or just happen to live somewhere else, the event also takes place in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle, and Perth.

This is an annual event, so if you could not attend this time, don’t worry, you will have a new chance in 2018!

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