Lunchtime yums

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.


  1. Posted August 7, 2011 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Oh wow the theme of that cafe looks really lovely and homey, I like combinations in the savory pies, it makes me so hungry since I have not eaten in some time, I can’t look anymore XD

  2. Posted August 7, 2011 at 2:35 am | Permalink

    Goodness me, what a sweet little cafe! I love their concept of serving milkshakes in wee milk bottles – it reminds me of my days in kindergarten when milk was distributed to us kids in tiny bottles with pastel-colored straws. And what lushly decadent desserts, too!

  3. Posted August 12, 2011 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    omg that pie is beyond words!

  4. Posted August 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Aww I love those milk bottles!! Pity they don’t sell them 😦 I wonder if anyone has stolen them before though, they are so adorable!

  5. Posted August 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Those milk bottles are so adorable! Too bad they don’t sell them!

    Camila Faria

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