My lunch hours have been full of treats lately. This week the girls and I had lunch at Alfresco Emporium in Collaroy, and enjoyed mini milkshakes in vintage British milk bottles with retro paper straws. The homeware store’s cafe is adorable, and serves high tea every Tuesday, as well as small cakes and sandwiches every day. Unfortunately they don’t sell the milk bottles.
My friend Jules has been suggesting we visit The Pie Tin in Newtown (above), for its American pumpkin pie and range of yummy savoury pies. It didn’t disappoint, with its huge glass cabinet of fruit filled pies, chocolate cream pies and caramel macadamia pies. When you place your order, they give you an antique pie tin with your number on it.
We tried the slow cooked pork and apple pie and the moroccan lamb pie, and I bought a slice of ‘Noelines’ caramel and triple chocolate pie to take back to work. With its dark chocolate pie crust, gooey caramel filling and rich chocolate chunks, it took me two days to finish.
We’re also lucky to be a short drive from Black Star Pastry. My friend VJ and I sampled the flourless chocolate cake with violet sugar creme, pistachio macarons, and their famous mini orange cake with Persian fig and quince, which tastes just as gorgeous as it looks.